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Kevin Kling tonight

Kling will be featured in a Twin Cities Public Television program at 7 p.m. today on TPT-17. "Dance in the Dark" opens with an 18-minute Kling monologue about his motorcycle accident, his childhood, and his new perspective on life and death.