Wide Spot Performing Arts Center, Stockholm, WI, November 14, 2015

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On Saturday, November 14 @ 7pmthe widely celebrated playwright, storyteller, NPR commentator and legendary Kevin Kling will grace our very own WideSpot stage with his hilarious and often tender autobiographical tales about hopping freight trains, getting struck by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia and, despite all that excitement, finding time to grow up in Minnesota.

Joining Kling will be Minneapolis-based theater actress, composer, vocalist and accordionista Simone Perrin, who has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion. Kling and Perrin collaborate to create a performance that covers a range of humor, tenderness and music.

A not-to-be-missed event, we recommend ordering your tickets early, then prepare for an utterly captivating evening.

Tickets — advance sales:  $20
Tickets — at the door:  $23 (ticket availability at the door is not guaranteed)


Buy Tickets

  • Online: at link below
  • By phone: Leave a message at 715-307-8941. We’ll call you back ASAP.
  • By mail:  Send 7 days in advance to WideSpot Performing Arts, PO Box 600, Stockholm, WI  54769

For more information on WideSpot events, please call 715-307-8941 or email us

Please note: WideSpot is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

“Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup”, Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing, MN, October 10, 2015

Kevin Kling’s Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup

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The Sheldon Theatre
443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue)
Red Wing, MN 55066

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Phone Numbers:
Local: 1-651-388-8700
Toll Free: 1-800-899-5759

7 PM

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Kevin Kling, nationally known storyteller, presents Hammer Anvil, and Stirrup with cellist/ composers Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan.

Show review here!

In Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup (named for the tiny powerful bones of the inner ear), the trio explores through word and music the science of waves in sound, light, water, and emotion. How do these waves affect us on conscious, spiritual, and physical levels with their power of healing? Kling’s innate sense of observation brings an astute perspective with stories that are always timely. Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup is a mixture of original music, folktales, historical accounts of both science and personal, along with necessary persistent postulations. Come enjoy this show for a perfect evening outing, for when you leave you will walk out into a whole new world, a world rich in sounds, patterns, momentum and music.

Since 2007 Mr. Kling and cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney have explored timely themes to present in new work on the Open Eye stage in Minneapolis. These have ranged from trauma recovery (Come and Get It, 2007-08, Flight 2009), fairytales (Folks and Heroes, 2010), religion (Joice Rejoice 2011), politics (Politico, 2012), and the human/animal bond (Humanimal, 2013). The newest work, Hammer Anvil and Stirrup (2014), was remounted this August due to popular demand and was received again with great enthusiasm. Mr. Kling’s work is well known through MPR broadcasts, performances at the Fitzgerald Theater, and Open Eye’s intimate 90-seat venue. Kevin Kling is a superb storyteller whose tales can revive a soul and, with the music of Ultan and Kinney, this work will go right to your core. It may be just what you need.

Kevin Kling with music composed, arranged and performed by cellists Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan in Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup

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, deliver hilarious, often tender stories. Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…” He grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minneapolis suburbs, 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. Kevin Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals, residencies, and has been invited to perform the
acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN for several years. Kevin has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories, has published five books; The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother and On Stage with Kevin Kling.

Michelle Kinney (cello) Michelle gratefully acknowledges a 2014 McKnight Fellowship in Composition, a 2014 Next Step Fund grant from MRAC, a MN State Arts Board touring grant for the band Jelloslave, and all previous support for her work, from the Bush Foundation, The Knight Foundation and Jerome Foundation. Other current notable projects include Jelloslave, The Cherry Spoon Collective, Maithree – with Veena virtuoso
Nirmala Rajasekar, and 2Red with Queen Drea. By day, she hones her craft as Musician in Residence at the University of Minnesota, accompanying classes for the amazing young dancers. Michelle composes for dance and theater, highlights include her 9 years of collaboration with Kevin Kling, and co-composing the music for a 2012 TED Talks performance in LA, with the dance company Black Label Movement. She has toured and recorded with national new-music/jazz, rock and pop recording artists, including: Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant, among others.

Jacqueline Ultan Cellist Jacqueline Ultan is a singularly creative artist in her field with a distinctive voice as a performer, composer and improviser. Jacqueline’s unique versatility is reflected in the diversity of her many artistic collaborations. She has founded several groups including Saltee, a beat box, cello, and guitar groove trio; cofounded
Jelloslave, a 2 cello, drum, and tabla quartet; and J2J, a flute/cello duo.
Jacqueline also plays in pop band The Starfolk, The Minneapolis Music Company, and The Cherry Spoon Collective. Jacqueline is in demand among today’s renowned theater, dance, pop, rock, and new music artists including The Jayhawks; Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Dan Wilson; local storyteller Kevin Kling, with whom she has created new work for 8 consecutive years in collaboration with a small core group at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis, among many others. In February 2012, Ms. Ultan co- wrote and performed music for a TED Talks conference in L.A., presented with Twin Cities- based Black Label Movement dance theater. Jacqueline recently won a 2015 Commissioning Grant and a prestigious 2014-15 McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship,
both administered by Macphail Center for Music; A 2013-14 Minnesota State Arts Board Touring Grant for the band Jelloslave; A 2011 Jerome Foundation 416 Club Commissions Grant; and a Subito Grant from the American Composer’s Forum. Jacqueline is also a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty of the Macphail Center for Music, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, along with a home teaching studio. Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in performance from Yale University.

St. OLAF ORCHESTRA, “FINN MCCOOL”, Northfield, MN, November 16, 2014



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Skoglund Auditorium

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Story! Storytelling Festival, Story, Iowa, September 18 -21, 2014



Cape Clear Storytelling Festival, Ireland, September 5-7, 2014

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival

Cape Clear is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. The stunning scenery, folklore and uniqueness of the island’™s flora and fauna truly make Cape Clear a place apart.

The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival is now in its 20th year, and has become one of the most renowned festivals in the world storytelling calendar. Each year we invite some of the most accomplished tellers from around the world, and also present the best Irish exponents of this most ancient of art forms to a world audience.