• When: Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.
• Where: Kohlstedt Hall at the Willow Glen United Methodist Church at 1420 Newport Avenue (at the corner of Minnesota Avenue)
• Cost: $10 per person at the door. $8 for members of Aural Tradition.
Most widely known as the bitter crank and rapid-fire ranting Ian Shoales heard on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and seen on ABC’s nightly “World News Now,” Merle Kessler will be his mild mannered self in his one-man spoken word show. However, he will share some of Ian’s rants and songs toward the end of the show.
“Floyd City” tells of Kessler’s childhood and coming-of-age in this North Dakota town during the 1950’s, told through stories and songs about a place and time when America was grappling with television, civil rights and the Cold War.
Mr. Kessler is a cofounder of the Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre comedy troupe, in which he introduced the character of Ian Shoales and also helped create the mock Q&A science show “Ask Dr. Science,” with Dan Coffey.
He is the author of “Ian Shoales’ Perfect World” (Viking/Penguin, 1988), “I Gotta Go: The Collected Commentary of Ian Shoales” (Putnam/Perigee, 1985), and a second collection of essays titled, “Not Wet Yet” (2.13.61 Publications, 1997).