TENDER MERCIES: Songs and Stories From Our American Roots – North/South: Minton Sparks & Kevin Kling
July 15–16, 2016
Two soulful minds join forces for an evening of raucous storytelling. A poet, playwright, author, speaker-songwriter, and—above all else—a storyteller, Nashville’s Minton Sparks dazzles audiences with her spoken word/honky-tonk hybrid performances. Kevin Kling is known for his hilarious recounts of true events on NPR’s All Things Considered. 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.
Tickets: $20 ($15 Students)
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall & Ellen Barkin, the festival will feature artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance. Echoing the musical interests of the younger generation in The Sheen Center's neighborhood, the festival also fits this year's mission to explore mercy and forgiveness as part of Pope Francis' "Year of Mercy," alongside other programming such as the sold-out engagement of David Mamet's The Anarchist and the current gallery exhibit Die Jim Crow featuring art from prison inmates.