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Friday, April 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, authors and co-hosts of A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment: The two friends and author join Kerri Miller at the Fitzgerald to discuss their works and their craft.

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 24 books including What I've Stolen, What I've Earned, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press; Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, from Grove Press; and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a novel from Little, Brown Books for Children.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public and $23.00 for MPR members. Season Packages are available for $66.00 A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Empire Records
Films at the Fitz presents Empire Records


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.

Jill Riley and Jade will DJ and host a fun and interactive evening to celebrate Record Store Day and the 20th anniversary of the cult classic Empire Records. All female rock group L’Assassins will play a set or surf and rockabilly garage rock including a surprise cover. The “Rex Manning” drink special, beer and popcorn and your favorite movie concessions will be available and we want you to sing along, talk back to the screen and dance in the aisles.

About Empire Records
The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain. A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed?
Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue.

About L'Assassins
While songs like “Backseat Bomp” immediately conjure classic artists – think the Trashwomen, the Cramps, the Sonics and Wanda Jackson – Minneapolis-based four-piece L’Assassins never sound like a throwback. In just two short years the band’s surf- and rockabilly-tinged garage rock has landed them spots opening for Cherie Currie, the 5.6.7.8’s, Andre Williams and Ronnie Spector, as well as Dum Dum Girls and Detroit Cobras. The ladies also have two European tours under their belts (documented in the video for “Lovin’ on the Run”). Check out their YouTube page for more videos.

Doors/DJ set 7:00pm
L’Assassins 7:30pm
Film 8pm

Tickets are on sale for members of Minnesota Public Radio now. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 31st at noon. Tickets are $15.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, April 19th at 5:00pm
Minnesota Varsity
Minnesota Varsity is a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota and its environs. This is the second season that non-Minnesota residents, from areas bordering Minnesota and from Sun Valley, Idaho, are eligible to enter.

Music students (aged 14-18 or 9th-12th grade) from across Minnesota, as well as those who live or attend school outside Minnesota but strictly within the listening areas reached by MPR’s terrestrial radio signal (MPR News, Classical MPR networks and The Current) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. Student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for traditional piano trio: violin, cello, and piano, or for any solo or combination of those instruments, between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

Four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of celebrity judges and one by an online Audience Vote. Past Showcase judges have included conductor Nicholas McGegan, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sara Hicks, Cantus’ Aaron Humble, baritone and actor Bradley Greenwald, and SPCO concertmaster Steven Copes. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by musicians Jennifer Runck, Annie Kezar, and Francesca Tortorello, Mentor Carol Barnett, and American Composers Forum. The Showcase Artists will perform on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in a live radio broadcast. The Showcase Composers’ works will be premiered at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of the live Showcase concert broadcast.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are available in person at the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office the evening of the event. The Fitzgerald Showcase Event will be broadcast live. During the event, audience members and radio listeners (via web) will have the chance to participate in an “Encore Vote”, to select the Artist who will play an encore at the end of the show.


Friday, April 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Paul Scheer
Paul Scheer is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. Scheer currently stars on the FX series “The League”, The ABC series “Fresh Off The Boat” and in the Adult Swim comedy-action-parody series “NTSF:SD:SUV::”, which he created. Has had memorable roles in “30 Rock”, “Happy Endings”, “Parks and Rec”, “Burning Love”, & “Childrens Hospital”. He recently starred in a web series for JASH called “SCHEE-R-L” which recreated classic moments from MTV’s “TRL”. He’ll be appearing in the upcoming comedy “LONGSHOTS” with Taye Diggs, Anne Heche and Topher Grace. You can hear him weekly on the popular movie discussion podcast “How Did This Get Made?” You can follow Paul on @Paulscheer or paulscheer.com

Neko Case is a Grammy-nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. Neko has developed a sound all her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees. Her most recent solo album is “The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You.”

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Neko Case
Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her latest Anti- release, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss.

Neko Case is a Grammy-nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. Neko has developed a sound all her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees.

With Rodrigo Amarante

One of the masterminds behind Brazilian band Los Hermanos and founding member of the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante is an inescapable musical figure in his native South American home.

Breaking out of the Brazilian market in 2008, alongside friends Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro, Amarante formed the group Little Joy and the trio released their self titled debut album which gained critical acclaim in the US and worldwide.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $48.00 and $43.00.

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Sunday, April 26th at 1:00 p.m.
Alive Inside
As part of a month-long celebration in April of Minnesota’s rich culture of choral music, Classical Minnesota Public Radio presents a matinee screening of the documentary Alive Inside with a performance by Twin Cities based Giving Voice Chorus.

Giving Voice Chorus creates an opportunity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease to join together with their care partners to connect through the power of music. The choir will perform a few selections before a short panel discussion moderated by Classical MPR’s Brian Newhouse on the memory-music connection before the showing of the film.

About the Film

Alive Inside, a 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner, chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Tickets are on sale Tuesday, March 3rd at noon through the Fitzgerald Box Office. Tickets are $10.00.

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Tuesday, April 28th at 7:30pm
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of London
There has been a choir of boys and gentlemen at St Paul's Cathedral, London for over nine centuries. The present Cathedral Choir consists of 30 choristers (boy trebles), eight probationers (who will become choristers) and 12 professional adult singers (or Vicars Choral): four altos, four tenors and four basses.

At the very heart of the Choir's being is the ancient monastic tradition of singing daily services.

In recent years the Choir has established itself as one of the major forces in British church music. The size of the choir and its mature, professional tone set it apart from any other comparable group of singers. Outside regular duties in the cathedral the Choir frequently gives concerts and broadcasts and has many notable recordings to its credit. Join them on Tuesday, April 28th at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $42.50, $37.50, and $32.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Ryan Bingham
Mary Lynn Rajskub is best known for her iconic performance as “Chloe” on FOX’s “24”, which she has reprised on “24: Live Another Day”, the number-one rated show of 2014. She has also recently appeared in recurring arcs on “2 Broke Girls” and “Californication”, and can be seen as a regular panelist on “Chelsea Lately”. On the big screen, Mary Lynn was recently seen in theaters in “Safety Not Guaranteed” (Duplass Bros.), and also starred in “The Kings of Summer” with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Other credits include “Arrested Development”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Mr. Show”, “Larry Sanders”, “Julie and Julia”, “Punch Drunk Love” and “Sunshine Cleaning”.

Ryan Bingham was actually in the back of a van in North Dakota when he wrote “The Weary Kind,” a song that became the centerpiece of the 2010 film “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges. It earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, and skyrocketed him into the spotlight. Bingham never really set out to be a musician, though. His mother bought him a guitar when he was 16 years old, and a neighbor taught him a mariachi tune. When he grew tired of playing the only song he knew, Bingham began penning his own music, discovering the writing process to be a therapeutic coping mechanism for dealing with the tumultuousness of his upbringing. His first performances were informal affairs in the backseats of cars with friends on the way to rodeos, where he was competing professionally on the weekends. Every now and then, Bingham's friends would convince him to break out the guitar in a bar, and before he knew it, he had more gigs playing guitar than riding bulls. Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of producer/engineer Jim Scott, his latest album is “Fear and Saturday Night”.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, May 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Danny Pudi
Danny Pudi has quickly established himself as a highly sought after actor in film and television. He has just finished shooting the lead role of the independent feature “The Tiger Hunter,” opposite Jon Heder, and last year starred in “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.” Prior to that he starred in the European feature “Vijay and I.” Pudi’s first directorial effort took him to the Sundance Film Festival in early 2014, where his short film “Untucked,” a documentary film about the Marquette basketball team and produced by ESPN Films, was in competition. Pudi will next be seen returning to his breakout role of ‘Abed,’ in the hit comedy “Community,” previously on NBC and continuing its life on Yahoo.com. Pudi’s other television credits include recurring roles on hit dramas “Greek” and “Gilmore Girls” and guest starring roles on “Royal Pains,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Chuck,” and “ER.”

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) named his flamboyant alter ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, Minn., where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passersby in the food court. "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person," he says. "It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life. ... I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life, so now we're one and the same." His latest record, the soulful “Bye Bye 17”, was released in 2013 on Cult Records, with the single Prisoner having its world debut on The Current.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, May 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Party Download
Public radio's wildly popular “arts and leisure section" The Dinner Party Download is taking its show to the Twin Cities - for the first-time ever!

Join hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano, along with comedian Michael Ian Black (The State), musicians Angel Olsen and Lizzo, acclaimed author Marlon James and other special guests for a party to end all parties. On the menu: revealing interviews, big laughs, questionable “etiquette” advice, your next favorite songs, stories of all stripes, and (yep) a custom cocktail from your friends at Eat Street Social & Bittercube. It’s everything you need to fuel your week’s conversations.

The table is set. Won’t you join?

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $35.00 and $25.00. Members of the Wits Social Club receive 10% off up to four tickets. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m.
The Weepies

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Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years.

In 2014, Deb beat cancer, and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers. The couple was unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, so they worked at home, inviting guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in an unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including: Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey, and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans. Nettwerk will release SIRENS on April 28, 2015.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 6th at noon. Tickets are $32.50 and $28.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, July 18th at 8:00pm
Paula Poundstone

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Thirty-two years ago, Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country – stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”

While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that separates her from the pack of comics working today, and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike, is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party: when you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then, someone says, “Tell that story you used to tell,” and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6th at noon 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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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.

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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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