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Kevin Kling & Simone Perrin

Aug. 20
6:30 p.m.
$5; free for kids 12 and under
Music, Speakers, Theater

Those in search of a skilled storyteller suitable for idling away a late summer eve 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. Eschewing artifice, Kling evokes empathy with a stirring balance of amicable wit and inviting candor, a trait that has made him a favorite guest on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. 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. Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods encompasses 60 lush acres, circumvented by winding trails dotted by sculptures and other works of art. For an evening of storytelling under the stars, it’s difficult to imagine a more complementary pairing of artists and atmosphere.