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The Price is Right Live 

When: Thu., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $30+

No disrespect to Drew Carey—or to Jerry Springer, I guess, who hosts The Price Is Right Live at DPAC—but for me, the show will always evoke the orange hues of the classic set, perfectly matched to the tan of host Bob Barker, with his skinny microphone and his strange zeal for neutering pets. When I was little, the program ran in constant syndication on daytime TV, and it became permanently entwined with my sense of childhood summers in the suburbs, their endless idleness, joy, and boredom. I watched with a certain mystification: What did a box of Rice-A-Roni cost? A car? And what on Earth was "California emission?" But I knew all those flashing gold vanity lights meant filthy lucre, that the driving theme music contained a promise of limitless wealth and progress. And the games looked fun—putting golf balls, cracking safes, rolling giant dice, punching paper holes for money, and, of course, Plinko. Now I'm older, and I know what things are worth. But wouldn't it still be a thrill to spin the big wheel? Come on down. —Brian Howe

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