On Sept. 7th, we drove to Austin to see Garrison Keillor’s “Summer Love Tour” at the Moody Theater, new home of Austin City Limits. Garrison Keillor and Sara Watkins sang romantic songs played by Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band. There was no Guy Noir skit or Sue Scott. Actually, there were no skits at all, just Garrison singing and musing about Lake Woebegone. Occasionally, the extraordinary sound effects man, Fred Newman, would perform his magic to Mr. Keillor’s meandering narrative. Once, Mr. Newman beautifully sang a cappella, which was a special treat. At intermission, Keillor and Watkins stepped off the stage and walked slowly through the audience, encouraging everyone to stand and sing some old songs most of us knew. They came within a few feet of us, which was slightly thrilling. All-in-all, the three hours of entertainment went by quickly, and everyone left with faces aglow and happy chatter.
Rating: No rating for live theater, just a very high recommendation.
Last night we saw “Contagion” and left the theater intent upon wearing rubber gloves and face masks should any such scenario ever become reality. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Gwyneth Paltrow leant credence to this action-thriller about a quick-spreading, deadly virus and the research for its vaccination, but it is not Oscar material.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars.