Garrison Keillor’s longevity is an interesting play. Broadcasting live from St. Paul for nearly 40 years, his throwback production honors that relatable, wholesome, oh-so-NPR Middle-Americana. But what’s kept him fascinating is the peculiar subversive undercurrent seeping up between the Powdermilk Biscuits commercials. Keillor isn’t as spit-shined as the Lake Wobegon characters he creates; there’s a darker cunning to him that emerges in interviews and during points of political friction. He’s not afraid to let that out, however politely, and to use his storytelling platform to address his concerns. That balance of gentle entertainer and societal commenter is why we’ve loved him more over time, rather than flipping the dial. He’s bringing the town where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average to the Music Hall at Fair Park (1925 Elm St.) at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, so buy your Prairie Home Companion tickets now; they range $43 to $73. Visit ticketmaster.com. Special guests are Aoife O’Donovan and The Carper Family.
Sat., Nov. 16, 2013