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Sunday, September 6th at 8:00 pm
David Grisman

The Dakota’s scheduled show with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience on Sunday, September 6 will now be held at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul.

For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep — embracing many styles, genres and traditions.

An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David has forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms, jazz and bluegrass, with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom — “Dawg” music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia). In doing so, he’s inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience includes Keith Little (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, the Country Gentlemen) on 5-string banjo, guitar and vocals, Jim Nunally (John Reischman & the Jaybirds) on guitar and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Samson Grisman on bass and of course, David Grisman on mandolin and vocals.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $50.00 and $40.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to the price of each ticket.

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Saturday, September 12th at 8:00pm
Todd Snider

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Todd Snider has been a fixture on the Americana, alt-country, and folk/rock scene since his 1994 debut album Songs For The Daily Planet. The album features the songs “Alright Guy” and the alt-rock satire “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which struck a chord with younger people as well as aging rockers who grew up with the folk revival of the 1960s. A maverick singer/songwriter, spinning tall tales of the many things he’s seen while out on the road, he's also known for his entertaining live concerts and gift for interacting with his loyal audience. Snider’s released over 15 albums through the years, including two highlyacclaimed albums in 2012: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables and Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $26.00 and $22.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Sunday, September 13th at 7:00pm
PeeWee's Big Adventure
Welcome to Films at the Fitz, where the movies are interactive and the bar is always open. We screen modern-day classics and cult films and encourage you to recite your favorite lines, sing along with the songs, and dress up like the char¬acters. We’ll even feature local bands and special guests in tune with our movie selections. Basically, Films at the Fitz is the most fun you can have at the movies, at your new favorite old movie house.

We’ll supply the fun. You supply the commentary.

Ride your bike and show it off. Social Hour at 6:00pm, movie at 7:00pm.

About Peewee's Big Adventure

When Pee Wee Herman's most prized possession, his bicycle, is stolen, he embarks on a cross-country journey to find it.
Cast: Paul Reubens, E.G. Daily, James Brolin

With Special Musical Guest Gabriel Douglas.

Gabriel Douglas has built his reputation on the churning, heavy-thumping blues rock of 4onthefloor, whose sound is defined as much by his wild man warrior-bellow vocals as it is by the steady pulse of the four members’ synchronous bass-drum thuds—but a delve into the corners of his catalog reveals an artist with a startling breadth of interests. The man keeps busy, holding down gigs in several stylistically distinct groups while regularly performing and recording solo. The solo shows let the guttural howls show through and the songs breathe new lives as stripped down road songs.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm
Talking Volumes
Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, and The Loft Literary Center are proud to announce the 16th season of Talking Volumes.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of the bestsellers “Freedom” and “The Corrections.” He’s been a Pulitzer finalist and won the National Book Award. Time Magazine he declared him the “Great American Novelist.” He is a passionate birder.

About Purity

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

Purchase your copy of Purity here.

Season Packages are on sale now. Three show packages are $69-$75, full season packages are $115-$125. Individual tickets go on sale July 23rd. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00, with a VIP experience available for $50.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio, The Loft Literary Center, and Star Tribune subscribers receive a $2.00 discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, September 19th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion Street Dance

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 19th. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. Stick around after the show for meatloaf and mashed potatoes, live music, and contests for valuable prizes on Exchange Street in front of the Fitzgerald Theater.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, September 26th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters. Special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, October 3rd at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters. Special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, October 10th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion with Special Guest hosts I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan) kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. I'm With Her joins the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, October 11th at 8:00 p.m.
Jake Shimabukuro
Cedar Cultural Center presents Jake Shimabukuro


The beloved ukulele virtuoso returns with a new album due out late in the summer! Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $50.00 and $40.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, October 17th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters. Special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, October 18th at 2:00pm
Science Night Junior

Have fun with science! Get your microscopes and lab coats out, because MPR News’ Tom Weber is staging a few science projects for us. Produced with the Brains On! podcast, and geared toward families and kids of all ages, Science Night brings you new perspectives through interviews, the arts, music — and maybe even some dancing.

We’ll get beakers bubbling, on October 18, with an edition about Cats vs. Dogs and the differences between our furry friends. (Are you a cat person or a dog person?) Don’t miss out!

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public, $21.00 for members of MPR, and $12.00 for students with a valid id. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $45.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Thursday, October 22nd at 7:30pm
Splendid Table 20th Anniversary Celebration
The Splendid Table is public radio’s classic show about food and the people who eat it. Lynne Rossetto Kasper brings you in-depth stories about where our food comes from, the science and culture that surrounds it, as well as recipes and cooking tips.

Lynne will be joined on stage by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, Superstar Chef Enrique Olvera, and Argentine chef and grill master Francis Mallman.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $35.00, $28.00, and $20.00 with a limited number of VIP seats for $55.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, October 25th at 7:00pm
Talking Volumes
Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, and The Loft Literary Center are proud to announce the 16th season of Talking Volumes.

Jeffrey Cranor is a writer and director who works with several theater groups in New York City.

Joseph Fink is a writer and the creator of “Welcome to Night Vale.”

About Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel

“Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel” is the first book based on the fictional world of the celebrated podcast of the same name. The twice-monthly podcast is delivered in the style of community radio station updates for a small desert town called Night Vale whose inhabitants experience extraordinary events. Picture Lake Wobegon crossed with the X-Files.

Purchase your copy of Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel here.

Season Packages are on sale now. Three show packages are $69-$75, full season packages are $115-$125. Individual tickets go on sale July 23rd. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00, with a VIP experience available for $50.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio, The Loft Literary Center, and Star Tribune subscribers receive a $2.00 discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Monday, October 26th at 7:00pm
The Mask You Live In
The Mask You Live In, an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Presented by Penny and Bill George and the George Family Foundation, and Maureen Pelton & Charlie Hartwell, The Mask You Live In illustrates how we, as a society, can do better to raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Moderated by Brian Newhouse of Minnesota Public Radio, a panel discussion with the film’s director and experts will follow the screening:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Writer, Director, Producer, The Mask You Live In

Ashanti Branch, Mentor and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club (featured in the film)

Joe Ehrmann, Founder, Coach for America (featured in the film)

John J. Choi, Ramsey County Attorney

For more information about The Mask You Live In, please go to: www.therepresentationproject.org

George Family Foundation

Tickets go on sale September 9th at noon. Tickets are $8.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, October 31st at 8:00pm
Little Shop of Horrors and Gremlins
Welcome to Films at the Fitz, where the movies are interactive and the bar is always open. We screen modern-day classics and cult films and encourage you to recite your favorite lines, sing along with the songs, and dress up like the char¬acters. We’ll even feature local bands and special guests in tune with our movie selections. Basically, Films at the Fitz is the most fun you can have at the movies, at your new favorite old movie house.

We’ll supply the fun. You supply the commentary.

Have a spooktacular Halloween with a haunted tour of the Fitzgerald! Doors open at 8:00pm, and the movies start at 9:00pm.

About Little Shop of Horrors

A quiet, shy flower shop employee finds an extraordinary plant with unusual appetites.
Cast: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, and John Candy

About Gremlins

A gadget salesman looking for a special gift for his son finds a pet Mogwai, an adorable creature he's told can never be exposed to bright light, water, or fed after midnight. Failure to follow directions results in a gang of Gremlins tearing up the town on Christmas Eve.
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel, Corey Feldman

With Musical Guest Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power) met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. The indie rock trio's songwriting quickly caught the ear of Minneapolis label Afternoon Records, who signed the band and released their It Hurts EP in early 2013. Since the release of It Hurts, the three friends have performed around the Midwest, working on new material that expands upon the homespun sound of their previous work. Their brand new album Psychic Reader is the result of their sonic growth. Bolstered by the experimental touches of the album's producer, Brett Bullion, Psychic Reader draws from the influences of all three members, exploring a number of musical styles over the course of 33 minutes. Kerry's strong vocals and lyrical sensibilities tie the songs together as a cohesive unit, making for an album that is both surprising and universal.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Monday, November 2nd at 8:00pm
Milk Carton Kids

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Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced the release of their third album, Monterey, out on May 19th. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids and their new album. The two years since the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, have been significant ones for the group. In addition to a Grammy-Award nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, “Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative.”

With The Goodbye Girls. Purchase your copy of Monterey here.

Tickets are on sale now through the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office. Tickets are $33.50 and $30.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Science Friday

Join Ira Flatow and the staff of public radio's Science Friday for a lively evening of science news and entertainment in front of a live audience. A veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning journalist, Flatow will discuss current science topics with local experts and will welcome audience participation with Q&A opportunities.

Science Friday is the trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. Started as a radio show by host and executive producer Ira Flatow, Science Friday has grown into much more: They produce award-winning digital videos and publish original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars. They call it brain fun, for curious people.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $28.00 and $35.00, with a limited number of VIP tickets for $55.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30pm
Joe Jackson

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The ever-restless songwriter Joe Jackson traveled the world to record Fast Forward, his first collection of original songs in seven years, set for October 2nd release via Work Song/Caroline. Originally conceived to be released as a series of EPs, the album was produced and arranged by Jackson, and features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities – New York, New Orleans, Berlin, and Amsterdam – each with a different set of first-call supporting musicians. The results rank among the richest and most rewarding music of his storied career.

These career-spanning shows will feature Jackson “as my own opening act,” playing a short solo/piano set before bringing out a full band which will include Maby on bass, guitarist Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones, Feist), and drummer Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest). Joe Jackson’s last release, 2012’s The Duke, was an ambitious, horn-free tribute to “fellow music pioneer” (NPR) Duke Ellington, which Rolling Stone hailed as “movingly subtle.”

Tickets are on sale now through the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office. Tickets are $45.00 and $37.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, November 6th at 7:00pm
Talking Volumes
Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, and The Loft Literary Center are proud to announce the 16th season of Talking Volumes.

John Irving is a National Book Award winner, an o. Henry award winner, an Oscar winner, an inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About Avenue of Mysteries

As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. “An aura of fate had marked him,” John Irving writes, of Juan Diego. “The chain of events, the links in our lives—what leads us where we’re going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don’t see coming, and what we do—all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.”

Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future.

Purchase your copy of Avenue of Mysteries here.

This event is taking place at the University of Minnesota's
Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Season Packages are on sale now. Three show packages are $69-$75, full season packages are $115-$125. Individual tickets go on sale July 23rd. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00, with a VIP experience available for $50.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio, The Loft Literary Center, and Star Tribune subscribers receive a $2.00 discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00pm
Talking Volumes
Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, and The Loft Literary Center are proud to announce the 16th season of Talking Volumes.

Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. She has written about the lives of Benjamin Franklin, Vera Nabokov, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Her last book, “Cleopatra: A Life” topped the bestseller lists.

About The Witches

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

Purchase your copy of The Witches here.

Season Packages are on sale now. Three show packages are $69-$75, full season packages are $115-$125. Individual tickets go on sale July 23rd. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00, with a VIP experience available for $50.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio, The Loft Literary Center, and Star Tribune subscribers receive a $2.00 discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, November 14th at 8:00pm
The Moth

The Moth – hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing room only crowds worldwide. Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five widely divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, September 22nd at noon and to the general public on Thursday, September 24th at noon. Tickets are $30.00 and $35.00. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $55.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, November 15th at 2:00pm
Science Night Junior

Have fun with science! Get your microscopes and lab coats out, because MPR News’ Tom Weber is staging a few science projects for us. Produced with the Brains On! podcast, and geared toward families and kids of all ages, Science Night brings you new perspectives through interviews, the arts, music — and maybe even some dancing.

Gross Out! is a look at the science behind our body’s craziest functions. Ick!

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public, $21.00 for members of MPR, and $12.00 for students with a valid id. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $45.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Friday, November 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Leo Kottke

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Acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke is widely known for his innovative fingerpicking style, which draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music. A two-time Grammy nominee, Kottke has recorded over 40 albums in a career that's spanned more than 40 years. He recorded his debut album 12 String Blues in 1969. His follow-up caught the attention of legendary guitarist John Fahey and, with the help of Fahey’s manager; Kottke signed a recording deal with Capitol Records. His albums for Capitol drew critical praise and he breached the Top 50 in 1975 with Chewing Pine. In concert, Kottke mixes his dry sense of humor with jaw-dropping instrumental selections from his storied career, playing solo on his signature 6 and 12-string guitars. Fast and technically proficient, the emotion and soul communicated through his acoustic guitar separates him from other players. Leo Kottke is a musician’s musician, enjoyed by those who love his unique guitar playing style and sound and appreciated by musicians and guitarists who understand his incredible guitar talent and virtuosity. The word “virtuoso” may well be overused, but when referencing Leo Kottke, it is absolutely true. He's a true virtuoso, a legendary master of the five-finger picking technique and 12-string slide instrumentals.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $48.00 and $44.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, November 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Gales of November

The Fitzgerald Theater is proud to present Gales of November.

After your Thanksgiving feast, take in Gales of November, a concert version of the acclaimed play Ten November. This haunting tale looks at the final voyage of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in a Lake Superior storm 40 years ago this fall. Acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling narrates and is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including Peter Ostroushko, Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Claudia Schmidt, Ruth MacKenzie, Eric Peltoniemi and Jeff Willkomm. The program features the music of composer Eric Peltoniemi and the narration, recitation and monologues of playwright Steven Dietz from the original play.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $25.00 and $35.00, with a limited number of VIP tickets for $55.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00pm
Talking Volumes

Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, and The Loft Literary Center are proud to announce the 16th season of Talking Volumes.

Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of “A Thousand Acres,” “Ten Days in the Hills,” “Some Luck,” and “Early Warning.”

About Golden Age

1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Moving seamlessly from the power-brokered 1980s and the scandal-ridden '90s to our own moment—and beyond—Golden Age combines intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, bringing to a magnificent conclusion the century-long portrait of one unforgettable family. It is the crowning literary achievement from a master of American storytelling.

Purchase your copy of Golden Age here.

Season Packages are on sale now. Three show packages are $69-$75, full season packages are $115-$125. Individual tickets go on sale July 23rd. Tickets are $25.00-$30.00, with a VIP experience available for $50.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio, The Loft Literary Center, and Star Tribune subscribers receive a $2.00 discount. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Thursday, December 10th at 7:00pm
Science Night

Have fun with science! Get your microscopes and lab coats out, because MPR News’ Tom Weber is staging a few science projects for us. Produced with the Brains On! podcast, and geared toward families and kids of all ages, Science Night brings you new perspectives through interviews, the arts, music — and maybe even some dancing.

Taste — Yum! — features delicious insight on our most scrumptious sense. Don’t miss out!

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public, $21.00 for members of MPR, and $12.00 for students with a valid id. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $45.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, December 13th at 5:00p.m.
Family Vacation and Elf
Celebrate the holidays with MPR members, friends and family at The Fitzgerald Theater. Come see festive holiday comedies Elf and Christmas Vacation. The bar will be open and you can take free family holiday photos with the Big Red Party Button Photo Booth. Talk and sing at the screen, dress up and play drinking games. Bring the family for Elf and the friends for Christmas Vacation. Or get away from the family and holiday and take a break from shopping with Films at the Fitz.

5:00-6:00 - Festive Happy Hour
Holiday music, beverages, candy, and popcorn
Big Red Party Button Photo Booth – with holiday props
Photos are taken out in the open, so more than two people can get in on the fun. Just gather your friends in front of the backdrop, hit the Big Red Party Button, and say cheese!
6:00 - ELF
7:45 – more music, photos, fun, concessions barkers
8:00 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

About Elf
After accidentally falling into Santa Claus' gift sack, a human baby is raised at the North Pole, growing up to believe he is an elf. Due to his large size, the "elf" causes chaos in Santa's workshop, forcing Kris Kringle to send him on a mission to find his human roots.
Cast: Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter, Bob Newhart, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, Faizon Love, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Lerner, Peter Dinklage, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel

About National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This sequel to the two Lampoon Vacation flicks has the Griswold family staying home for the holidays and being invaded by bickering relatives.
Cast: Beverly D'Angelo, Chevy Chase, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, John Randolph, Juliette Lewis, Mae Questel, Miriam Flynn, Randy Quaid, William Hickey

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, December 19th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion Street Dance

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters. Special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, December 26th at 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion Street Dance

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater. Join Garrison and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun with all your favorite characters. Special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00, and $33.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Friday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Hooking Up with Second City

Hooking Up with Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love.

The Second City knows a few things about love they have been looking at and laughing about relationships for more than 55 years! This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.

Tickets go on sale to members of MPR on Tuesday, August 11th at noon and to the general public on Thursday, August 13th at noon. Tickets are $25.00 and $35.00, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $55.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, March 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Laurie Anderson
SPCO's Liquid Music presents Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson delicately explores the inextricable link between the past, present and future through her custom curated songs and stories for this tailor-made evening of music. Lacing together a sonic landscape of electronics, voice and violin along with her signature surrealism, Anderson captures an irreverent snapshot of the American Now and, as The New York Times writes, “continues to imbue her work with a singular perspective that is both haunting and timeless." Stationed in the intimate Historic Fitzgerald Theater, the ephemeral and the nostalgic will coalesce into a truly extraordinary evening.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $39.00 for the general public and $36.00 SPCO Subscribers, WAC members, and members of Minnesota Public Radio. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Tickets for all Fitzgerald Theater events are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may also purchase tickets for selected events by calling 651-290-1200 during our regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.). Phone orders are subject to a processing fee.

Tickets are also available through the eTix at 1-800-514-3849 or online at www.etix.com. eTix phone hours are: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter a performance. Out of respect to all patrons and broadcasts being recorded, children under 4 will not be admitted to performances that are not designed for children. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

The Fitzgerald Theater is entirely smoke free. There are no designated smoking areas in the theater or within 10 feet of the theater entrance. This ban includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

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