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—>Dashiell sees the documentary film about stained glass artist Rowan LeCompte and the artisans who worked with him on a commission for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and says we will all come away with a new appreciat...
—>Dashiell sees the documentary film about stained glass artist Rowan LeCompte and the artisans who worked with him on a commission for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and says we will all come away with a new appreciation of the medium after watching the movie. –the artblog editors————> Peter Swanson, the director of the new documentary “Let There Be Light”, spent six years behind the camera to tell the story of Rowan LeCompte, a master stained-glass artist who has been honing his craft for the past 70 years, and his work on the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The film follows its subject as he is commissioned to design a series of lancet windows and a rose window for the National Cathedral, following the acclaim given to the west Rose Window (a work described as ”the most beautiful window in all of Christendom”) he designed in the same space. The film also dedicates substantial time to following Dieter Goldkuhle, a German glass artisan, who worked closely with LeCompte for decades, crafting Rowan’s intricate patterns and Biblical imagery from sheets of vibrant glass, and to Mary Clerkin Higgins, who took over from Dieter when he left this final project to pursue other commitments. Garrison Keillor provides somewhat stilted and droning narration, but his voice-overs are thankfully infrequent and brief, used only to fill in the occasional historical detail or advance the story more efficiently. Rowan LeCompte, the artist. Swanson spends a good deal of time filling in LeCompte’s backstory. The artist got his first commission at 16 and quickly gained admiration for his bold, modern approach to the artform. While many traditionalists felt stained glass windows should be muted and restful, LeCompte’s windows are more often richly hued and sparkling with color,  with a greater focused on patterns than literal imagery. The artist and his history It’s hard not to get caught up in LeCompte’s charming, passionate discussion of his past, his inspirations, and his craft, so earnest and genuine is his love for his medium.  For LeCompte, his art is a never-ending experiment, demanding an openness to new possibilities and unexpected turns.  We see the respect and deference Mary Clerkin Higgins and Dieter Goldkuhle have for LeCompte, and it’s clear why they feel this way -  LeCompte is an exacting perfectionist and a passionate artist, who nonetheless remains a humble and generous collaborator. A detail of the rose window LeCompte designed for the National Cathedral. The artisans on the project Dieter Goldkuhle similarly comes across as a passionate artisan (“I’m not an artist,” he insists) who has devoted his life to his craft. His job is to select glass, cut it, piece it together and, once LeCompte has painted the panels, to fire it. We see him engaging in each of these steps, and stop briefly in the glassworks in Germany he sources from, where panes of glass in every hue imaginable are handcrafted in what Goldkuhle calls “a ballet around a furnace.” Goldkuhle is thrilled by ”the magic of glass and the relationship it has with light,” and is clearly in love with the medium. It’s nice to see Goldkuhle and LeCompte interacting, as well, in part because it offers insight into how time consuming stained-glass production can be, but also to see how a true collaborative spirit can yield the best results. There are moments of tension between the men, but ultimately their respect for one another is the dominant force behind their 4-decade long collaboration. Goldkuhle left the National Cathedral Project in 2009 after four years of working on it, and passed away in 2011 before it had been completed. Dieter Goldkuhle, the master glass artisan who worked with LeCompte for five years. LeCompte painting a panel from one of the lancet windows designed for the National Cathedral. The commission
about 5 hours ago
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios — the minds behind Robot Chicken — and L Studio recently debuted Friendship All-Stars of Friendship, a series of stop-motion animated web shorts that brings together two celebrities who could be friends...
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios — the minds behind Robot Chicken — and L Studio recently debuted Friendship All-Stars of Friendship, a series of stop-motion animated web shorts that brings together two celebrities who could be friends for a hilarious parody combination (for example, NPR’s Ira Glass and Garrison Keillor, or director Guillermo del Toro and his [...]
9 days ago
This fall, Gimme! Coffee is proud to be the official specialty coffee sponsor of Ithaca's State Theatre. Taking the stage alongside our award-winning coffee will be notable performers like: Laurie Anderson, The Temptations, Philip Glass,...
This fall, Gimme! Coffee is proud to be the official specialty coffee sponsor of Ithaca's State Theatre. Taking the stage alongside our award-winning coffee will be notable performers like: Laurie Anderson, The Temptations, Philip Glass, Elvis Costello, Garrison Keillor and many more. This star-studded, distinguished lineup will enjoy sipping a hot cup of Gimme in the green room before they perform and theatergoers can get Gimme in 10 or 12 ounce servings at the concession stand. The State Theatre dates back to 1915. Designed by Ithaca architect Henry N. Hinckley, it was originally an auto garage and dealership. In 1926, Cornell Theatres, Inc. purchased the building and hired celebrated theatre architect Victor Rigaumont to design and oversee the transformation of the garage and showroom into an atmospheric cinema and vaudeville palace. Rigaumont incorporated elements of the Moorish and Renaissance Revival Styles and the Collegiate Gothic symbolism of Cornell University to create a magical haven for theatre and moviegoers. Opening night, December 6, 1928, was a memorable and entertaining spectacle featuring Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats of Modern Music. The show promised "21 Peppy, Snappy Entertainers" and admission cost 50 cents. [from the State Theatre website] While ticket prices may have gone up some since 1928, the quality of the acts that are booked at this 1,600 seat venue is always very impressive. Other upcoming performances include: Merle Haggard Bruce Hornsby Lewis Black Michael Franti Ladysmith Black Mambazo Also interesting to note, that one of the most beloved and respected bands in America, Yo La Tengo, recently wrote "One bag of Gimme! Coffee Leftist" into their Hospitality Rider. This proves we are fans of our fans. For more information on any of these upcoming shows, please visit the State Theatre website.
16 days ago
I am here for but a short time, speaking at the university, but here is what comes to mind: 1. Folk singer: Is that what he is?  Bringing it All Back Home remains my favorite Dylan album, of many candidates. 2. Rock music: The Replacemen...
I am here for but a short time, speaking at the university, but here is what comes to mind: 1. Folk singer: Is that what he is?  Bringing it All Back Home remains my favorite Dylan album, of many candidates. 2. Rock music: The Replacements were pretty awesome for a short while.  The Artist Formerly Known as Prince has an impressive body of work, with Sign of the Times as my favorite or maybe Dirty Mind, though when viewed as a whole I find the corpus of work rather numbing and even somewhat off-putting.  Bob Mould I like but do not love, the peaks are too low. 3. Jazz: The Bad Plus come to mind. 4. Writer: Must I go with F. Scott Fitzgerald?  I don’t like his work very much, so Ole Rolvaag is my choice. 5. Coen Brothers movie: Raising Arizona or Fargo.   The more serious ones strike me as too grim. 6. Director: George Roy Hill, how about A Little Romance? 7. Columnist: The underrated Thomas Friedman, who ought to be considered one of the world’s leading conservative columnists but is not. 8. Scientist: Norman Borlaug.  I hope you all know who he is by now. 9. Advice columnist: Ann Landers, most of the time she was right, much better and sharper than her sister Dear Abby, plus she coined better phrases. What else? Garrison Keillor belongs somewhere, even though he isn’t funny.  Thorstein Veblen is often unreadable but on status competition, and its Darwinian roots, he was way ahead of his time. Overall this is a very strong state, and on top of that I feel I am missing some significant contributors with this list.  Are there painters or sculptors of note from Minnesota?  I can’t think of any.
21 days ago
You just never know where culture is going to pop up in our part of Washington County. A recent article in the local paper mentioned an upcoming concert by a group called Harpeth Rising. It caught my eye because the composition of the gr...
You just never know where culture is going to pop up in our part of Washington County. A recent article in the local paper mentioned an upcoming concert by a group called Harpeth Rising. It caught my eye because the composition of the group seemed a bit unusual: violin, cello, drums and banjo. Attendance required a reservation, and the precise location of the venue would not be revealed until your reservation was received. Well, the concert site turned out to be the back yard of a cottage on Hedge’s Lake, just a few miles from our new home here. A tent and stage had been erected for the occasion and the audience consisted of about 30 of us, making this performance quite intimate, to say the least. The property owner, a former Glens Falls radio personality named Dave Covey, explained that he was trying to recreate a time when a big pavilion on the lake was the scene of summer entertainment for the area: bands, dancing, roller skating. The pavilion was torn down to make room for more cottages, he said. Having inherited the estate of a successful plumber from Hoosick, he apparently has the means to make this vision a reality. Harpeth Rising plays a high-energy brand of folk/bluegrass fusion. Here’s the back story: they all met at in music school at Indiana University where they were classically trained. The banjo player majored in viola. Four years out of college, they’re touring the country and internationally, trying to make a name for themselves. Take a listen: They should be playing on Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor, are you making a note of this? Meanwhile, from the police files, a 33-year-old Hudson Falls woman was charged with stealing checks from an acquaintance and forging them. Some 42 checks totaling $6,105 were said to be involved. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the cardboard boat races in Schuylerville this weekend. Rules required “human-powered” boats made of cardboard or “100 percent recycled material” capable of holding at least one crew member and seaworthy enough to race a “short distance” on the Hudson River. Racers could either bring their boats pre-made, or build them on site from materials that would be made available at no charge. Fifty-five German orchestra students are currently rehearsing with 46 American choral students in preparation for concerts August 15 in Schuylerville and August 16 in Salem. The German students are staying in homes in Salem. Members of the Salem Festival Chorus are scheduled to travel to Luedinghausen, Germany, in 2014. Mark you calendars for the annual “Pumpkinpalooza” in Hoosick Falls, scheduled for September 21. Featured at the event is the “Punkin’ Chunkin’ ” contest, in which teams or individuals build a catapult or similar contraption that can launch a pumpkin of at least three pounds and hit targets 100 to 250 feet distant. “Distance and trajectory are important,” according to organizers, “but the competition is about accuracy. You have to hit that target.” The Hudson River Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for the fall production of Titus Andronicus. Those seeking a part should report to the United Methodist Church, 227 Main Street in Hudson Falls, on August 14 at 7 p.m. Anyone 13 year of age and older is welcome. No previous acting experience is required. The annual campfire program at Saratoga Historical Park is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, beginning at 9 p.m. Visitors are urged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The 17th annual fishing tournament for young anglers is scheduled for August 18 on Lake Lauderdale. Children 15 years of age and younger are welcome. Report to the Washington County Park Pavilion. The tournament runs between 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. But please note this is a catch-and-release event with shoreline fishing only. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided. Finally, Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Linds
about 1 month ago
Birthdays 1925 - Felice Bryant (d. 2003) 1935 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (d. 1977) 1936 - Charles Pope (Tams) (d. 2013) 1942 - B.J. Thomas (71) 1942 - Garrison Keillor (71) 1943 - Lana Cantrell (70) 1945 - Kerry Chater (Gary Puck...
Birthdays 1925 - Felice Bryant (d. 2003) 1935 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (d. 1977) 1936 - Charles Pope (Tams) (d. 2013) 1942 - B.J. Thomas (71) 1942 - Garrison Keillor (71) 1943 - Lana Cantrell (70) 1945 - Kerry Chater (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) (68) 1949 - Carlo Novi (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) (67) 1950 - Rodney Crowell (66) 1952 - Andy Fraser (Free) (61) 1952 - Richard Joswick (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods) (61) 1958 - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) (55) 1959 - Michael Peterson (54) 1960 - Jackie O'Sullivan (Bananarama) (53) 1962 - Alison Brown (51) 1964 - Ian Dench (EMF) (49) 1965 - Raul Malo (Mavericks) (48) 1966 - Kristen Hirsch (Throwing Muses) (47) 1977 - Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) (36) Deaths 1971 - Homer Haynes (Homer & Jethro) - Heart attack (51) 1984 - Esther Phillips - Liver & kidney failure due to drug use (48) 2001 - Larry Adler (harmonica player with Sting, Elton John) (87) 2001 - Billy Byrd (credited as first electric guitar player in country music) - Natural causes (81) 2009 - Mike Seeger - Cancer (75) On This Day 1963 - The film Beach Party with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Dick Dale & the Del Tones premiers. 1965 - Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five is pulled off of a Chicago stage by rabid fans, breaking ribs. 1970 - Over 200,000 people attended the Goose Lake International Music Festival in Leoni, MI to see acts like Bob Seger, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Mountain, 10 Years After, John Sebastian, Iggy & the Stooges, MC5, Brownsville Station, James Gang, Rod Stewart and the Flying Burrito Brothers. 1970 - Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac. 1979 - X-Ray Spex break up after Poly Styrene tries to take the group in a folk direction. 1982 - Sting sued Virgin Publishing saying that he has an unfair deal with the company over his early works. 1985 - Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall become the parents of James Leroy Jagger. 1987 - 24 years after the release of Beach Part, Back to the Beach opens in the U.S. 1997 - An estimated one-million people attended a Garth Brooks concert in Central Park, New York, the largest crowd in history. 1999 - 55 people are arrested for rioting outside of a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, CT. 2000 - The family of Jimi Hendrix won in court, gaining ownership of www.jimihendrix.com. 2002 - Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington of Oasis were injured in a car accident in Indianapolis, IN, receiving cuts and bruises. 2003 - The Osmonds received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2007 - Lily Allen's U.S. work visa was canceled after she arrived in Los Angles over an alleged assault in London. Marriages 1954 - Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto 1974 - Peter Wolf (J Geils Band) and Faye Dunaway 1995 - LL Cool J and Simone Johnson Recorded 1971 - Just Another Band From L.A. - Frank Zappa Released 1965 - It Ain't Me Babe - Turtles (single) 1989 - The Cinderella Theory - George Clinton Broadcasts 1955 - Ed Sullivan Show - Bill Haley & the Comets Number Ones – U.S. Singles 1954 - Sh-Boom - Crew Cuts (7 weeks) 1965 - I'm Henry VIII, I Am - Herman's Hermits (1 week) 1971 - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees (4 weeks) 1976 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee (4 weeks) 2004 - Slow Motion - Juvenile Featuring Soulja Slim (2 weeks) Number Ones – U.S. Albums 1982 - Mirage - Fleetwood Mac (5 weeks) 1993 - Black Sunday - Cypress Hill (2 weeks) 2004 - Autobiography - Ashlee Simpson (1 week) Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles 1965 - In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett (1 week) 1971 - Hot Pants (Part 1) - James Brown (1 week) 1976 - Getaway - Earth, Wind & Fire (2 weeks) 1993 - Check You Self - Ice Cube Featuring Das EFX (1 week) Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles 1961 - I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline (2 weeks) 1965 - The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (and the
about 1 month ago
As of 1:30 on the morning of Friday, July 26th, I became a Grandmother for the first time. My oldest daughter had a baby boy. and...naturally, he is stunningly beautiful. Naturally. To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, Windsor Locks, CT...wh...
As of 1:30 on the morning of Friday, July 26th, I became a Grandmother for the first time. My oldest daughter had a baby boy. and...naturally, he is stunningly beautiful. Naturally. To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, Windsor Locks, CT...where all the children are above average.And although my son-in-law is a baseball fan, I will be doing my very best to introduce him to comics. Get them hooked at a young age, I say. It worked with my kids, and hopefully, we'll be working on the next generation now. I'll be saving my Lil' Gothams, and Superman Family books, and will of course, be buying him a Green Lantern Onsie, as soon as I find one. I'll wait a little while before introducing him to some of my other books...we don't want to frighten him. Gosh...I'm a Grandmother. I'm having just a little bit of trouble dealing with this. I'm...OLD!But still feisty.
2 months ago
.Here's Wednesday's live music events, PLUS a "heads up" on great things happening Thursday, AND this week's ongoing festivals and music camps. Hope you're enjoying a bit o' the outdoor concert scene that makes summer music special! (If ...
.Here's Wednesday's live music events, PLUS a "heads up" on great things happening Thursday, AND this week's ongoing festivals and music camps. Hope you're enjoying a bit o' the outdoor concert scene that makes summer music special! (If not, there are events within to get you started...). --------. In this edition...1) Tix still available; we're republishing Monday's Ticket Alert / Special Feature Story on RUN BOY RUN 2) Weekday Festivals & Music Camps 3) Wednesday's LIVE MUSIC4) Heads-up on some THURSDAY Events. --------. . # 1: ~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~ TICKET ALERT / SPECIAL FEATURE STORY: RUN BOY RUN ~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~ . They're a hot bluegrass / old-time band who've TWICE performed on radio's "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION." They won the ultra-prestigious "Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest." And they are playing only ONE Southern California show -- in a small venue -- during their national tour. This'll sell-out QUICKLY, so jump on it.. ? RUN BOY RUN is an exciting young band from Tucson, Arizona. They have a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time / bluegrass styles, and feature a unique instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass, along with three female lead singers with beautiful harmonies.. Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion," didn't just book them twice; he raves about them: "Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony singing - that's all you need in the world today! When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever." . Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Two Time Prairie Home Companion guests RUN BOY RUN truly exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound.". The band's members include two sets of siblings. Brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle & guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello & vocals), combine with sisters Bekah Sandoval (fiddle & vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin & vocals). The band is completed by Jesse Allen (upright bass). . Called by Paste Magazine, "one of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now," Run Boy Run self-released their full-length album "So Sang the Whippoorwill" in March 2013 to critical regional and national acclaim. . From winning the band contest at "Pickin’ in the Pines" in the first weeks of forming in 2009, to playing the main stage at the "Telluride Bluegrass Festival" as band contest winners in 2012, to making a second appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading their signature instrumentation and sweet three-part female harmony vocal music and youthful energy nationwide. . Brother and sister Matt and Grace Rolland have fiddle music running through their blood, raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table. The group's three female lead singers, sisters Bekah and Jen Sandoval, grew up deeply rooted in the bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Bass player Jesse Allen was brought-up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. They're all solid, instrumentally, in a lavish string mix for the genre. The band's "whole" exceeds the sum of its formidable parts, incorporating touches of classical, jazz, and folk through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s sound. . In addition to counting Garrison Keillor among their fans, it has been widely ibserved that Run Boy Run brings a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time/bluegrass style, featuring a solid instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass.. ? HOW TO GET TICKETS for their ONE local show: . It's on Tuesday, July 30, at 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, in Altadena.  Phone right away for reservations before all the seats are gone -- 626-
2 months ago
. Up front today is a TICKET ALERT and a special feature story so you'll know why you want to go -- because you'll have a brief chance before this is gone. .Monday's and Tuesday's live music events and this week's ong...
. Up front today is a TICKET ALERT and a special feature story so you'll know why you want to go -- because you'll have a brief chance before this is gone. .Monday's and Tuesday's live music events and this week's ongoing festivals and music camps are all here, too. . --------. In this edition....1) TICKET ALERT / SPECIAL FEATURE STORY: RUN BOY RUN2) WEEKDAY FESTIVALS & MUSIC CAMPS 3) MONDAY'S LIVE MUSIC4) TUESDAY'S LIVE MUSIC. --------. . # 1: ~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~ TICKET ALERT / SPECIAL FEATURE STORY: RUN BOY RUN ~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~ . They're a hot bluegrass / old-time band who've TWICE performed on radio's "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION." They won the ultra-prestigious "Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest." And they are playing only ONE Southern California show -- in a small venue -- during their national tour. This'll sell-out QUICKLY, so jump on it.. ? RUN BOY RUN is an exciting young band from Tucson, Arizona. They have a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time / bluegrass styles, and feature a unique instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass, along with three female lead singers with beautiful harmonies.. Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion," didn't just book them twice; he raves about them: "Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony singing - that's all you need in the world today! When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever." . Venue impresario Bob Stane says, "Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Two Time Prairie Home Companion guests RUN BOY RUN truly exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound.". The band's members include two sets of siblings. Brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle & guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello & vocals), combine with sisters Bekah Sandoval (fiddle & vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin & vocals). The band is completed by Jesse Allen (upright bass). . Called by Paste Magazine, "one of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now," Run Boy Run self-released their full-length album "So Sang the Whippoorwill" in March 2013 to critical regional and national acclaim. . From winning the band contest at "Pickin’ in the Pines" in the first weeks of forming in 2009, to playing the main stage at the "Telluride Bluegrass Festival" as band contest winners in 2012, to making a second appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading their signature instrumentation and sweet three-part female harmony vocal music and youthful energy nationwide. . Brother and sister Matt and Grace Rolland have fiddle music running through their blood, raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table. The group's three female lead singers, sisters Bekah and Jen Sandoval, grew up deeply rooted in the bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Bass player Jesse Allen was brought-up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. They're all solid, instrumentally, in a lavish string mix for the genre. The band's "whole" exceeds the sum of its formidable parts, incorporating touches of classical, jazz, and folk through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s sound. . In addition to counting Garrison Keillor among their fans, it has been widely ibserved that Run Boy Run brings a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time/bluegrass style, featuring a solid instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass.. ? HOW TO GET TICKETS for their ONE local show: . It's Tuesday, July 30, at 8 pm, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, in Altadena.  Phone right away for reservations before all the seats are gon
2 months ago
[purchase] I imagine that most of the posts for our new theme will be introductions to songs, but I could not see letting the theme go by without featuring Garrison Keillor. Keillor is the host of the (usually) weekly radio show on NPR, ...
[purchase] I imagine that most of the posts for our new theme will be introductions to songs, but I could not see letting the theme go by without featuring Garrison Keillor. Keillor is the host of the (usually) weekly radio show on NPR, A Prairie Home Companion. The show features many musical guests from the world of folk music especially, but notable exceptions include Emmy Lou Harris and Nancy Griffith. By all reports, this is a show that many musicians love to appear on, and some come back every chance they get. It certainly sounds that way, based on the quality of the performances. Garrison Keillor hosts the show and sets the tone. Companion is modeled after old-time radio shows that featured a mix of music and friendly monologues from the host, and this is where Keillor shines. The show takes place in the fictional town of Lake Wobegone, Minnesota. Lake Wobegone is a Norwegian-American Lutheran enclave, (got all that?), and Keillor presents the local news every week. This is really Keillor’s humorous and affectionate tribute to the small town America that exists partly in the American Midwest, and partly in Keillor’s imagination. You can tell that Keillor grew up around people who either lived this way or wanted to remember a fanciful version of their past. Keillor’s gift is to find a wonderful dry humor in this, while never making fun of his subjects. He may tweak them for their foibles, but he remains someone they would want to tell their stories to. The video I have posted comes from a show from January of this year, and Keillor addresses the question, “How cold was it?” This monologue is not collected anywhere, so my purchase link is for an older album that does a great job of showing you what a complete program is like.
3 months ago