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November 22, 2004 // UPDATED 4:43 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Over the river and . . .

Even if he moved to New York City and lost his ability to pronounce the letter "r," Garrison Keillor will always be considered the quintessential Minnesotan. For years, we've welcomed him into our homes to hear his pithy, down-home comments about life in Lake Wobegon.

Now, what could be more magical than seeing him speak and sing in person?

Keillor will be joined onstage by the local VocalEssence Chorus, and he's also invited The Hopeful Gospel Quartet to sing along with him, accompanied by "Prairie Home Companion" pianist Rich Dworsky.

Proceeds from the event will go to support VocalEssence's musical work with Minnesota youth.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall. $36-$101. 371-5656.

Close call

Years ago, I asked Iggy Pop if he thought rock music had changed much from when he was a young star. Pop used an Insane Clown Posse video he'd seen earlier that day to proclaim that no, rock stars still sang silly songs and wore silly clothes.

He went on to draw some really great parallels between softer-pop band *NSYNC (pronounced "in synch") and the dark, noisy, metal/rap band (the insane Clowns). For example, they both probably wear the same amount of make-up.

However, until I see a boy band that features open fires, chainsaws, food fights and bare, hairy chests, I'm going to say that the Insane Clowns are still in a completely different category than your average youthful crooners.

Sunday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m. The Quest, 110 N. 5th St. $28.50-$33. 338-3383.