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Season #38 kicks off on Saturday, September 17, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper.

(ST. PAUL, MINN.) July 20, 2011; Time flies. Seems like just yesterday (at least to some of us) that A Prairie Home Companion was starting its very first season. Now Garrison Keillor is set to kick off season number 38 with six fun-packed St. Paul broadcasts – plus the fan-favorite street dance.

The opening show and annual street dance will be held on Saturday, September 17 – the live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, followed by the dance and meatloaf supper on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz.

Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. And Garrison will welcome special guests and get us caught up on the news from Lake Wobegon during his signature monologue.

After the broadcast, everyone heads outside for the Prairie Home Street Dance. Enjoy the music, food (the famous $5 meatloaf dinner!), and fun, with Garrison leading the festivities. This event is open to the public and free ó save a small charge for refreshments.

And in the weeks that follow, there will be five more live APHC broadcasts at the Fitzgerald Theater: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, and 22. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets or online, or in person at the Fitzgerald box office.

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WHAT: 2011ñ12 Season Opener of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor followed by the annual (and free) Street Dance.

WHO: Garrison Keillor, with Tom Keith, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, special guests, and much more.

WHEN: Season-opening broadcast is Saturday, September 17, 2011, 4:45 p.m., followed by the Prairie Home Street Dance, 7ñ10 p.m., whatever the weather.

The rest of the St. Paul fall run: September 24, October 1, 8, 15 and 22.

WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange St. (at Wabasha), downtown St. Paul (Street Dance on Exchange Street, in front of the theater).

TICKETS: Order online through, call 800 982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The general public may purchase tickets in person at the Fitzgerald box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may order tickets by phone at 651 290-1200. A limited number of rush tickets are sold on day of show: numbers issued at 2:00 p.m. and rush ticket sales at 4:00 p.m. ($15 each, limit of two, cash only).

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). Check local listings or go to for specifics.