That crazy puppet reality is something no other variety show has attempted to replicate since. And as we rush deeper into our digital era, it's also something that makes The Muppet Show stand alone. "One of the strengths of our simple little crude puppets is that they're really there. They're really talking to people and it's really happening right then," says Goelz. "A lot of the performers worried about it before they came on. They said, 'How am I going to talk to a frog?' The thing is, when you talk to Fozzie, that guy is real, and he is so compelling that Frank [Oz] can be right next to him and you don't look at Frank because it's so exciting to talk to this stuffed bear who's alive. It's a remarkable illusion," Goelz adds, "and it's why I got into this work in the first place."

Up 'n' coming: Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment announced this week that they're hosting the premiere Treasure Island Music Festival on Sept. 15-16. The outdoor event is being primed for annual repeats, but the initial kickoff will host an impressive list of electronic (Sept. 15) and indie (Sept. 16) acts. Confirmed performers include M.I.A., Gotan Project, Ghostland Observatory, Modest Mouse, M. Ward, and Built to Spill, among others, as well as local bands, fashion designers, and tons of munchies. Get the full lowdown at the SF Weekly's new music and culture blog, "All Shook Down," at

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