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What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.


Author Rachael Hanel to Speak at the Northfield Public Library

Author, Rachael Hanel will give a talk on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7 pm at the Northfield Public Library on her book “We’ll be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter”.  Rachael is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and teaches Mass Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  The book is described as “at times heartbreaking and at others gently humorous and uplifting”.   The book was a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards.   The program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606. 

 






Japanese Gardens in North America subject of Carleton Art History Lecture

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The Carleton College Department of Art and Art History will present “Rising Suns in the North: Japanese Gardens in Minnesota” on Friday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Art historian Kendall Brown, author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” will discuss his book, tracing the local manifestations of this trans-Pacific imagination by examining the rich history of Japanese Gardens in Minnesota.

Created along with photographer David M. Cobb, “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” (Tuttle Publishing, 2013) extols the serenity of Japanese gardens, lauding their soothing environments in a world of "the cacophony of cities (and) the anonymity of suburbs (The Oregonian). The lavishly illustrated book acts as a tour guide to 26 such gardens—including the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Francisco Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and Shomu'en (Pine Mist Garden) at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn.


Carleton College presents North Indian Musical Guest Artists, Red Baraat

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Carleton College is pleased to present a not-to-be-missed appearance by critically acclaimed and very popular music pioneers, Red Baraat. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton Concert Hall.

Internationally renowned for their fusion of Indian Bhangra music with eclectic world sounds, Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the United States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with elements of brass funk, jazz, go-go and hip-hop—expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound.


Carleton to Commemorate ‘Day of the Dead’

Day of the Dead Altar

Carleton College will host a service and celebration on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall in commemoration of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). In addition to a religious ceremony, the event will feature food and dancing, and members of the community are invited to bring objects symbolizing remembrance of departed loved ones for a special alter display. This annual event is free and open to the public.


Carleton Players present Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”

The Carleton Players will present William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” October 30 through November 2 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, with performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. October 30, 31 and November 1, along with two 2 p.m. matinee performances November 1 and 2. Directed by David Wiles, Performances are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at go.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.


Award-winning Actress Elizabeth Liang Explores Her Multicultural Background in Carleton Convocation

Elizabeth Liang

Award-winning actress Elizabeth Liang will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 31 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey,” Liang’s presentation will explore her own multicultural background, asking “who you are when you’re from everywhere and nowhere.” This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Raised in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Connecticut as a Guatelalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent, Liang is the author and star of her one-woman show, “Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey,” which premiered to critical acclaim in Hollywood in 2013 and currently is on tour internationally.


Music by Anna Marie Mitchell, Solar Energy Demonstrations for Kids, Fall Produce at Riverwalk Market Fair 2014 closing Saturday

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair

Look for music by Anna Marie Mitchell, solar energy demonstrations for kids, fall produce, tomatoes, apples, sweet and savory pastries, fresh local produce; and the area’s finest art and craft at the 2014 season closing day of Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 1 pm in Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.

Music by Up and Coming Singer Songwriter Anna Marie Mitchell

16-year-old Anna Marie Mitchell is already attracting notice for her performing and original song writing.  She made it to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2013.  Now she has released her first CD and has caught the eye of the Nashville music establishment.  She was listed as “one to watch” by the Nashville songwriters Association International for her song “Broken Glass.” 

Solar Power Demonstrations for Kids by All Energy Solar


Something special for teens! Capone's 210 Club a Speak Easy event at the Library.

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That's right!  Saturday evening, Oct. 25th the library's meeting room will be transformed into a 1920's era Speak Easy- with games of chance, nibbles and beverages!  All strickly on the "up and up!"  The library's Teen Advisory Board has been preparing for this event for over a month.  TAB President Emma Prichard has her boas, necklaces and flapper outfit ready to go along with the playlist of 1920's jazz.  The Washington Street side door will open at 7pm.  Costumes are encouraged! Admission is free.  

For more information please call 507-645-1804 or email Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us

For those 18 and under, middle schoolers are invited but not younger kids! Thank you!

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 


Minnesota’s Own: Preserving our Grand Homes

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David Sylvester will present a program developed by author Larry Millet on his book Minnesota’s Own: Preserving our Grand Homes.  Mr Sylvester will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 PM about his new book.  He will show pictures of some of Minnesota’s beautiful homes from around the state and tell stories about their construction, original owners and restorations.   This program is cosponsored by the Northfield Historical Society and the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.  For more information call the library at 507-645-6606 or the Northfield Historical Society at 507-645-9268.  The program is free and open to the public.


Welcome to Purple Door Youth Theater!

Alice @ Wonderland is the first production of Purple Door Youth Theater in Northfield.

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to announce Purple Door Youth Theater.  PDYT is a new tuition-and-audition based educational theater company for young people grades 2-12.   Each Purple Door Youth Theater session provides both a full scale production and classes.  Highly qualified instructors teach acting, technical and administrative theater lessons, personal character skills, and provide hands-on-theater experiences.  Students will be involved with every aspect of producing a show from designing and building, to performing, to marketing and ushering.  

Purple Door Youth Theater productions use quality, professional, family-friendly theater scripts.  The first show is Alice @ Wonderland by Jonathan Yukich. 


Journalist and documentary filmmaker Peter Frumkin to speak at Carleton about his craft and the state of documentary filmmaking

Peter Frumkin

Director, writer and producer Peter Frumkin will appear at Carleton College on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Carleton for the week of Oct. 20, Frumkin will speak on the state of documentary filmmaking. This event is free and open to the public.

Peter Frumkin has been a director, writer, and producer of documentaries and non-fiction media for over 30 years. His works have been broadcast on PBS, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and Courtroom Television. His documentary subjects have included history, culture, science and engineering, health care policy, environmental policy, and medical ethics.


Northfield Arts Guild presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Deon Haider and Steve Lawler as Morticia and Gomez Addams

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is thrilled to open the 55th Season with the new musical comedy THE ADDAMS FAMILY in time for the Halloween season.  This adaptation, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, proves that even Morticia and Gomez must deal with the same issues as every parent when their daughter Wednesday brings home her respectable boyfriend from a “normal” family.  The original Broadway run of the show premiered in 2010 and showcased Broadway stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia.  This musical is spooky, silly fun for the whole family. 


Acclaimed poet, essayist and professor Brian Turner to appear at Carleton

Brian Turner

In conjunction with the national touring humanities exhibit, "Always Lost: A Meditation on War," on display through October 24 in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, renowned war poet Brian Turner will appear on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center Room 236. The recipient of numerous literary honors, Turner's poetry appears in the award-winning volumes "Here, Bullet" (2005) and "Phantom Noise" (2010), and his memoir "My Life as a Foreign Country" (2014) has just been published by W.W. Norton. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times and in The New Yorker.

A public meditation piece reflecting on the lives lost since September 11, 2001, “Always Lost” was created by Western Nevada College sociology professor, Don Carlson, and named after an observation by American writer Gertrude Stein, who said, “War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.”


Carleton College to host Spanish Cartoonist Miguel Brieva

Welcome to The World: An Exhibition of Works by Miguel Brieva

In conjunction with a display of his work now on exhibit in the Carleton Gould Library, the College will host renowned Spanish cartoonist Miguel Brieva on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The artist’s presentation about his work will be in Spanish, with English translation provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Miguel Brieva (Seville, 1974)is a Spanish cartoonist who has cultivated multiple genres combining text and image: comics, graphic humor, illustration, animation, visual poetry, and sketches. Initially, he self-published his work but now works with Random House Mondadori. His work, often compared to the style of advertisements from the 1950s-1960s, has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers in Spain and Latin America, including El Pais, La Vanguardia, Rolling Stone, Piaui, Ajoblanco, and Diagonal.

Although Brieva’s work addresses a wide variety of themes, unifying concerns include the contradictions of industrial society, the ways the mass media shapes people’s imaginings, and the frightening social and environmental consequences of the capitalist system.


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