Events

2018 Events & Performances

January

“FOR THE BIRDS”, FREE CONCERT WITH ZEITGIEST AT CARLTON COLLEGE, NORTHFIELD, MN, JANUARY 25, 2018

A compelling combination of colorful musical performance, songs, and storytelling featuring the new music ensemble Zeitgeist, humorist Kevin Kling, and composer Victor Zupanc, For the Birds is a concert length work that, on the surface, seems to be about birds. It features a series of musical pieces extolling the nature of each particular bird (sparrows, roosters, woodpeckers, Canadian geese, hawks), drawing parallels with our own human nature. Interspersed between, is insightful storytelling created by Kling reflecting on childhood memories, immigration, illness, accidents, and healing. However, just below the surface (but discernible to those that look), For the Birds is a work about that part of our human nature that compels us to reach beyond ourselves for more —more opportunity for our family, more money, more fun, more speed, more knowledge, more love. When all goes well, we call that need aspiration. When it doesn’t, and we plunge to the earth with melting wings, we call it hubris. Through utterly delightful music and a worldview only Kevin Kling can provide, For the Birds gives us the space to contemplate our nature, laugh at ourselves, and heal.

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Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8:15pm
Kracum Performance Hall, Carleton College

One North College Street
Northfield, Minnesota 55057

Free and open to the public
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February

“KINDLY RELYING ON THE STRANGENESS OF OTHERS”, KEVIN KLING & SIMONE PERRIN, MABEL TAINTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, MENOMONIE, WI, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

“Kindly Relying on the Strangeness of Others” 

“Those in search of a skilled storyteller suitable for idling away a late summer evening need look no further than Kevin Kling, the man former mayor R.T. Rybak named the Minneapolis Story Laureate. A prolific writer and performer with dozens of projects to his name, Kling is renowned for his ability to imbue his insightful observations and autobiographical tales with heartfelt humor. Kling is also well known for his collaborations with fellow artists, particularly the gifted musician Simone Perrin. With Perrin contributing her own engaging asides along with her musical accompaniment, Kling’s Minnesota-centered coming-of-age narratives should strike a particular chord.”   Brad Richason, City Pages

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
205 Main Street East
Menomonie, WI 54751

7:30 pm

Ticket Sales: 715-235-0001
Office: 715-235-9726

Purchase Tickets, $18 – $25

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KEVIN KLING & FRIENDS, “THE LOVE SHOW”, O’SHAUGHNESSY AUDITORIUM, ST. PAUL, MN, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

All aboard for a new episode of “The Love Show”! Join us as we set off on another voyage over the high seas of love with trusted and able crew Kevin Kling, Dan ChouinardPrudence JohnsonSimone PerrinClaudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer.

Whether you’re still island hopping or on the cruise of a lifetime, “The Love Show” and its full buffet of songs and stories remind us that love is our greatest gift. A passenger from an earlier voyage says, “We came to your Love Show on our first date and we are still married!”

“The Love Show” — the perfect harbor for life’s rough seas.

Wednesday, Feb 14 | 7:00 pm

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Tickets

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