What is it? The tale of Wicked John the Blacksmith, as told by renowned storyteller Connie Regan-Blake, featuring music composed by Grammy-winning composer Mike Reid and performed by The Kandinsky Trio.

Why see it? Wicked John’s story, given in a version common throughout the American South, resonates across time and culture, painting a humorous picture that could also be just the warning your old ornery self needs. Regan-Blake’s mesmerizing ability to convey the humor and pathos of John’s fate, coupled with the intimate fire of the Kandinsky Trio, should create that wonderful, elusive mixture of circumstance where a story is not merely heard but experienced.

Who should go? This tale begs to be heard by all. Bring the kids, bring the grandparents. While the passing down of some southern traditions may invite controversy, this performance speaks to our common humanity. (Robert Bondurant)

PICCOLO SPOLETO • $10, free/children under 12 •
1 hour 15 min. • May 25 at 6 p.m. • New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church, 22 Elizabeth St. •
(888) 374-2656