A Prairie Home Companion

june 8, 2007 - day 223

Yesterday we had tickets to “A Prairie Home Companion” at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park here in Los Angeles. I don’t know if you are familiar with this live broadcast radio variety show. If you – especially you Europeans – are, it might be because of the same-titled movie that was released in 2006. Here in the US, the show is very popular and while usually broadcast from St. Paul, Minnesota, it’s frequently taken on the road.

Last night, we had the opportunity to be part of the live taping of the show [which was actually aired in the afternoon today – I am listening to it right now!!! – Thanks to live broadcast stream on the Internet]. I ordered the tickets a couple of weeks ago and gave them to J on our anniversary. He was ecstatic! We are both fans of the show. I was introduced to it a couple of weeks ago when we watched the movie. Garrison Keillor, host of the radio show, played himself in the movie and he’s hilarious! Since then, I have listened to the show a couple of times in the car on my Saturday afternoon [grocery] shopping tours. It is a great mix of comedy, story-telling and different styles of music.

J and I left for Griffith Park early and brought our dinner. We wanted to leave ample time to get to the venue [you never know how long driving in LA will take you] and decided to have a picnic at the park since the Greek Theater is part of the Griffith park recreational area. Turned out that many other people had the same idea – so we were sitting on our blanket amidst a whole bunch of people who had brought their dinners as well. It was great!
The Greek Theater itself is an open-air natural amphitheater nestled in a tree-enclosed setting at Griffith Park – a truly awesome venue.

The show was three hours long without a break, but it didn’t feel like that AT ALL. I could have watched for another few hours. It was funny and entertaining with great special guests like Martin Sheen [part of the comedy sketches ], Meta Weiss [a great, young cellist] and Paula Poundstone [a stand-up comedian].

J and I had an absolutely fantastic night!

Oh yeah, and just be prepared. What Generation will play on that stage someday. I am pretty sure about that :)

  1. Of course they will :-D – but this time you should be prepared because all of us will sit in the first row, screeming the heart out of our lungs :-D

    Love ya – it really sounds like an awesome late anniversery gift!

  2. sounds like a great time. even though i’ve never heard of that show here in germany. that was a nice anniversary gift :-)

  3. Oh cool! I’ve never heard of it but it sure does sound like a great show.
    I’m sure What Generation will have a great show on stage, too!

  4. Ich liebe das GREEK THEATRE!!! Unglaublich toll und die AKUSTIK ist wahnsinn. Hab dort THE BLACK CROWES mit JIMMY PAGE im Jahre 2000 gesehen. ps. the black crowes spielen am Samstag in der Hollywood Bowl (falls Du sie kennst LOL)

    Irischen Gruss in “meine Heimat” ;)

  5. You made me really curious about that show! Must have been such a great time! I love open air events with picnics, too!

  6. Leider kenne ich das nicht. Muss ich? Liest sich aber als ob ihr eine schöne Zeit hattet. *smile* Danke für die Gute Besserung, werde jetzt auch mal wieder immer fleißig updaten und auch diese Woche SPF und so wieder machen. Wünsche dir noch einen schönen Tag. *knuddler*

  7. oh how nice! what a great time you guys had!! too bad we couldnt join you!! how cool!! did you book your flight to us yet?? ;-) love ya!!

  8. I’ve never heard of that show before either. But it sounds like you had a great time!!!

  9. Thanks for your help. Changed it, and know…. does it work?! I hope so…

  10. Alle guten Dinge sind 3, also das heißt doch jetzt das es geht. Danke nochmal, habe ich garnicht gemerkt. *daumendrück*

  11. I can’t believe I haven’t commented. I thought I already had. Well, that show sounds fun! I’m glad you had a good time.

  12. It’s been a while since I’ve stopped over. Regarding PHC: I’ve seen it twice and love it! I met Garrison Keillor after one of the shows (aren’t you impressed?!?). The show airs here in Atlanta on Saturday nights, and I prefer it to any other sort of show.

    Glad to see you are doing well. Good luck to What Generation and with your upcoming visits from family.

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