Las Vegas, NV
May 20, 2020
Garrison Keillor hits Las Vegas with a new solo show!
April 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor comes to the Rochester Civic Theatre for a night of stories, songs, poetry, and humor. Tickets $50 and up
February 19, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 2 of 2. Tickets $30+
February 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 1 of 2. Tickets $30+
We sat outdoors for a meal
Which is, as we say, Quite The Deal,
To sit with our friends
As the sunset descends
And talk about things that are real.
What’s real is work and love and it’s work that we talk about — bad luck to talk about love — and two people at the table are musicians and out of work, and one is an investment fund manager, which involves specialized vocabulary, and one is a writer who’s talked for a living and is trying to retire, so the conversation ranges widely, most of it optimistic. Supper is a meatless hot dish. Dessert is fresh fruit. We look out over New York rooftops and talk about future travels (uncertain) and the underpants men in a nearby apartment and books and the Minneapolis cops who murdered a handcuffed man. A summer night in the shade of a small tree. I want to write a magazine piece about my teachers who made a difference in my life. I want to write another Lake Wobegon novel, having almost finished the current one. I want to get out and do shows again someday. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t work. The manager says, “I wouldn’t either.” So on we go. Got a magazine rejection today but it doesn’t matter. I can hear my daughter singing in the next room. My wife is restless, tired of the pandemic, but now and then, three or four times a day, she comes over and puts her arms around me and her head next to mine and that counts for everything. Everyone I know is pretty much in the same boat: nobody is exercising their freedom to crowd up against strangers. So much is strange in this lockdown but the overriding fact, to a Minnesotan, is that it’s summer at last, we’re eating outdoors, and we’re all in this together. Meanwhile, I hear word that my church will not open for public services probably until Easter, 2022. Have mercy, dear Lord.