An Evening with Garrison Keillor: Wit and Wisdom Comes to the Carpenter Center

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Garrison Keillor brings his soft-spoken anecdotal reportage on the human condition to the Carpenter Center on Wednesday, September 22. This evening with Keillor, widely hailed as “the Mark Twain of our time,” will be an ideal kickoff event to the carpenter Center’s annual Wit & Wisdom series of performances.

For four decades Keillor has been a man to whom Americans have listened. Beginning in 1969 Keillor hosted a morning drive-time program at St. John’s University, and shortly thereafter he published a short story in The New Yorker magazine, the beginning of a major publishing career that has included fiction in The Atlantic Monthly, an advice column on, and over a dozen books of fiction and poetry.

By 1974 Keillor had debuted A Prairie Home Companion, the now iconic live comedy/music/variety show that continues to be broadcast nationwide on public radio each week. Keillor’s “verbal and storytelling genius has spun a whole world out of thin air,” says film critic Roger Ebert. “A Prairie Home Companion is not about anything in particular. Perhaps it is about everything in general.”

The enduring popularity of Keillor’s unique blend of humor, satire, commentary, and pathos testifies to his astute sense of the commonality that binds all Americans—and all humans—not merely those of us familiar with the small-town life and values he lionizes in his tales of the fictional Lake Wobegon. Thus do Keillor’s stories speak to audiences wherever he roams, be it New York or Long Beach, and not merely those in his home base of St. Paul, Minnesota. “We’re all just people; that’s all we are,” Keillor has said. His particular gift is softly to get at just what that means, and to share it with a live audience for a couple of hours at a time.

Settle in for an evening of satisfying stories topped with an undisguisable, original humor that can only belong to Garrison Keillor, as the host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion returns to share more of his unique and wonderfully wry anecdotes about life in America.

An Evening with Garrison Keillor is Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 8:00pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, 90815.

Single tickets for An Evening with Garrison Keillor are $65 and $60 for seniors. The evening is the first of three events in the Carpenter Center’s 2010-2011 Wit & Wisdom Series, which includes David Birney’s stage adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” and An Evening with Billy Collins, arguably the most popular former U.S. Poet Laureate. Tickets for the entire series are $99—and include free parking!

For additional information and tickets visit the Carpenter Centers website, (562) 985-7000, or Box Office Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm.

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