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Kevin Kling to perform at Long Lake Theater

Kevin Kling

Kitchigami Regional Library will present "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like "Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log," delivers hilarious, often tender stories. 

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 describes his zodiac sign as "Minnesota with Iowa rising..." He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater.

His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he 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.

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.

More than eight years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident. 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.

Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals and residencies. He has been invited to perform at the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. for his ninth consecutive year.

"Telling Tales with Kevin Kling" is part of the Kitchigami "Say It, Sing It" Storytelling project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For reservations, call Long Lake Theater, 732-0099. Seating is limited; arrive by 6:45 p.m. to claim tickets.