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Fun Evening in Nashville

Nancy and I had a real treat yesterday.  We went up to Nashville to see the live radio broadcast of Garrison Keillor's  A Prairie Home Companion at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  It was a terrific show.  Garrison's musical guests were country music's biggest star, Brad Paisley, and bluegrass giant Sam Bush and his band.  They did all the normal classic skits -- "Guy Noire, Private Eye"; "The News From Lake Wobegone"; "The Ketchup Advisory Board"; plus a few others we hadn't heard before.  They played some great songs, and generally put on a great show.

Keillor himself makes it clear that he owes a debt to old radio show hosts like Fred Allen, and Bob and Ray, but the fact remains that he is a unique talent in American culture.  He has a wonderful sense of humor; he's not a great singer, but he's good; he's a decent writer; and his "News From Lake Wobegone" is a brilliant monologue that he does without any notes or visual cues.  I know that he doesn't make it up on the spot.  I mean, he couldn't, right?  But it's all in his head, and that's pretty stunning given how well each week's installment of the "News" holds together.  Anyway, it was all great fun and I have no doubt that we'll go again the next time he and his crew are in town.

After the show, we went to a restaurant called Horn of Africa, where we had a marvelous Ethiopian meal.  Truly excellent.  If you haven't had Ethiopian cuisine, you should.  It's spicy and delicious, and you eat it with your hands, using a special spongy bread called injera to pick up the curries and stews and lentils.  Wonderful!


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May. 3rd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Guy Noire!

Ooh, Ethiopian sounds nummy. Todd would go nuts for it, since he thinks curry is the food of the gods. *grin*
May. 3rd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ethiopian food might be my favorite cuisine. I love Thai and Indian, Lebanese and Moroccan, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, and just about every other kind of food you can think of. But Ethiopian is so unique and, unfortunately, so hard to find, that when we do get it, it's incredibly special
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May. 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
It's a great production to see, Valerie, and it's so cool to be part of the broadcast. Definitely worth it!
May. 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hah! That's outstanding. I was also in Nashville this weekend (for the annual Unitarian Universalist regional assembly) and heard a couple of the other guests at the assembly went to Prairie Home Companion.

Was it tough to get tickets?
May. 4th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Actually getting tickets wasn't too hard because we're membgers of our local NPR station, so we got to order tickets before the general public. That said we ordered the first day and still wound up in the 8th row up in the balcony to the side. I don't what you have to do to get center orchestra....
May. 4th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you had a great time in my hometown. I love Garrison too. I try to catch the radio show whenever I can.

I've never had Ethiopian food, but Indian and Japanese are my favorite extra-American foods. I have read good reviews about Horn of Africa in the papers, I might have to try it. My wife unfornately doesn't do ethnic (although I am trying to talk her into going Japanese.)

May. 4th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. We had a great time. Next time the show comes to the Ryman, you should try to see it. Ethiopian food is wonderful and definitely worth trying. It is spicy though, so if that's an issue you need to order carefully.
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