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A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION KICKS OFF ITS 39th SEASON.

SEPT. 15th BROADCAST FROM THE FITZGERALD THEATER TO BE FOLLOWED BY ANNUAL STREET DANCE AND MEATLOAF SUPPER.

Tickets for all six fall shows at the Fitz go on sale July 31 at noon CT.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — As we slog through the summer heat and humidity, it's good to think about a crisp fall evening and the kick off of A Prairie Home Companion's 39th season.

Join Garrison Keillor for the Saturday, September 15th season-opening live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Actress Sue Scott and Tim Russell (the man of many voices) will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. Garrison will welcome special guests and get us caught up on the news from Lake Wobegon during his signature monologue.

Following the show, whoop it up at the annual Prairie Home Street Dance and Meatloaf Supper, on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz. Enjoy music (by hard-driving Texas band the Derailers), food (the famous $5 meatloaf dinner!), and fun, with Garrison leading the festivities. This event is open to the public and free — 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 22, 29, October 6, 13, and 20. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 31, through Ticketmaster outlets or online, or in person at the Fitzgerald box office.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by Allianz and Ford. Audio clips, scripts, and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: 2012–13 Season Opener of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, followed by the annual (and free) Street Dance.

WHO: Garrison Keillor, with Tim Russell, Sue Scott, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Derailers, and much more.

WHEN: Season-opening broadcast is Saturday, September 15, 2012, 4:45 p.m., followed by the Prairie Home Street Dance, 7–10 p.m., whatever the weather.

The rest of the St. Paul fall run: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, and 20.

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

TICKETS: On sale beginning Tuesday, July 31, at noon Central Time. Prices: $48.00, $38.00, $32.00 (includes $2.50 facility fee). There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. Minnesota Public Radio members receive a $2 discount.

Order online through Ticketmaster.com, 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 www.prairiehome.org for specifics.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org