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Storyteller Kevin Kling in Dawson

DAWSON -- Storyteller Kevin Kling and musician Simone Perrin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium as part of the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association Winterfest Weekend.

Kling, best known for his popular NPR radio commentaries and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers "hilarious, often tender stories."

Kling is a well-known playwright and his plays and adaptations have been performed around the world.

His 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 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 five years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident and 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.

Performing with Kling is Simone Perrin, a Minnesota-based theater artist, composer, vocalist and accordionista. She was most recently featured on a "A Prairie Home Companion" broadcast from Winona. She is currently featured in a collaboration with Kling in Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of "How, How, Why, Why Why," a play by Kling.

Stony Run Woods from Granite Falls will be the featured artist showcase in the lobby for this performance. Their furniture of willow and oak "celebrate a lifestyle that represents the handmade and personal. Details and comfort define their work with a combination of naturally occurring, unusual shapes in hand-formed pieces to create physically comfortable and visually pleasing designs." Dale and Jo Pederson, creators of Stony Run Woods, teach classes in furniture and trellis making, as well as timber framing, at the Milan Village Art School in Milan.

The open seating tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call the box office at 320-769-2955 ext. 246 or visit t he Web site at

'Close Knit' exhibit at PRCA

MORRIS -- The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance presents "Close Knit" an exhibit of the works by Tuesday Night Knitters through March 14.

The knitters exhibiting are Pieranna Garavaso, Sue Gooch, Jenny Nellis, Lori Kurpiers, Mark Logan, Sylke Boyd, Evy Cole, Iloise Groth and Myrna Stahman. Among the items on display are lacy scarves and shawls, intriguing socks, a variety of felted items, sweaters and curtains.

The Tuesday Night Knitters meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the PRCA.

There will be a public reception with the artists from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Ridgewater student exhibit at Barn

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College professional photography students will have an exhibit of their works at The Barn Theatre gallery during February.

Works by 16 students in the second year of the photographer program at Ridgewater include portraiture, environmental photography, commercial photography, and pieces digitally enhanced using Photoshop software.

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during shows. Admission is free.

Students exhibiting are Claire Arnold of Albany, Darcie Braaten of Litchfield, Kayla DeBoer of Luverne, Charnelle Hayhurst of Willmar, Becky Hayhurst of Melrose, Laura Holzheimer of Montevideo, Adam Hommerding of Melrose, Jennifer Kremer of St. Joseph, Amy Lubbesmeier of Sauk Rapids, Amber Mueller of Richmond, Annaliese Power of Cokato, Abby Reishus of Alexandria, Kayla Swanson of Lynd, Elizabeth Warga of Holdingford, Aimee Deckert of Freeman, S.D., and Bobbie Gutzmer of Hankinson, N.D.

Kris Kristofferson plays the Pantages

Tickets go on sale Friday noon

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kris Kristofferson, the legendary singer-songwriter, writer, actor and musician, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday and range in price from $42 to $47. They are available online at, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-982-2787 or by visiting a Ticketmaster Ticket Center.

Kristofferson is best known for penning such classic hits as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night."

Over a 40-year career, Kristofferson's songs have been covered by more than 450 artists and he is a three-time Grammy Award winner. He has had 17 Top 40 albums and appeared in 100-plus films, documentaries and television programs.

Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, but he has collaborated with other famous figures of the Nashville scene including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings (as part of The Highway Man supergroup), as well as Ray Price, Roger Miller and Jerry Lee Lewis.