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Garrison Keillor

When: Tue., March 29, 7:30 p.m. 2016

GARRISON KEILLOR & RICH DWORSKY

It's hard to figure out what Garrison Keillor means for America, especially when the woolly gray sedative of his voice is pooling in your ears, but he definitely means something. Is the A Prairie Home Companion host a whitewasher of small-town life, a liberal in Lutheran's clothing, both—or is he, by now, just a folksy murmur we know by heart? Keillor's variety show was old-fashioned when it began more than forty years ago, yet it has somehow survived the digital revolution without changing much, persistently milking 1930s radio plays and bebop-a-reebop sponsor jingles. It's been in my life for as long as I can remember. There are times when I can't stand to hear it and times when there's nothing I'd like better than to hear—sentimental, I think, not for Keillor's retrograde America, but for the vanished kingdom of my childhood, when the world seemed as secure and unchanging as Lake Wobegon. Now, before modernity comes to the program at last (mandolin monster Chris Thile becomes the host when Keillor retires this fall), the seasoned storyteller visits Memorial Hall with longtime Prairie Home pianist Rich Dworsky, courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts. It's an autobiographical victory lap for an American institution. —Brian Howe

UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL 7:30 p.m., $10–$89, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

Price: $10-$99

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