Kevin Kling, Minnesota-based author, playwright, and storyteller. Contributed photo.
With special guest Kevin Kling at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, December 22
Minneapolis-based musician Dan Chouinard is celebrating his 11th year at the Old-Fashioned Holiday Sing-Along in Lanesboro on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Chouinard will host the evening with his fantastic piano and accordion playing, gentle spirit and genuine appreciation for sharing stories with the audience. As a treat for the audience, Chouinard has invited special guest Kevin Kling, a well-known playwright and storyteller whose plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Kling and Chouinard have performed together for over a decade in shows for Open Eye Theatre, Minnesota Public Radio and the Guthrie Theater, including 10 years of the annual Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log with the Brass Messengers and Simone Perrin (Chouinard’s guest on the Lanesboro Holiday Show in 2014).
Based in Minneapolis, Kling delivers hilarious, often tender stories and is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life, hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. Kling has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. In 2014, Mayor R.T. Rybak named Kling Minneapolis Story Laureate.
Kling was born with a congenital birth defect — his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. In 2001 Kevin was in a motorcycle accident and suffered brachial plexus injury (BPI). The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.
Chouinard will also welcome local talent to the stage during the Holiday Sing-Along, including Carla Noack; Jeremy van Meter and Catherine Glynn; The Rhubarb Sisters, Elizabeth Fuglestad, Valerie Peterson Wilson, Beth Hennessy and Julie Kiehne; The Burdock Brothers, Tim Kiehne, Dave Ruen and Peter Torkelson; Tom Schramm and Walter Bradley; Bertram Boyum; The Fillmore County Fools; and the Ekstrom Trio.
The Holiday Sing-Along is presented by Lanesboro Arts. Tickets are going fast! The cost is $15, or $12 for LA members. They are sold online at www.lanesboroarts.org, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery by calling 507-467-2446, and — if there are any left — at the St. Mane Theatre box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the event. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro. For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org.