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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 July 17th at noon. Tickets are $26.00 and $22.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be 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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 Street Dance

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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 go on sale Friday, June 26th at noon. 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 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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 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, 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 go on sale Friday, May 1st 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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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 go on sale Friday, July 17th at noon 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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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 go on sale now Friday, July 17th at noon. Tickets are $48.00 and $44.00. 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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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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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 go on sale Tuesday, July 21st at noon. 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, 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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For a list of all the Minnesota Public Radio's upcoming events around the region click the following link.

Minnesota Public Radio Regional Events Calendar