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Acclaimed troubadour Jack Klatt comes to The Contented Cow in Northfield!

Jack Klatt

Just in time to officially kick-off the holiday season, The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present a special appearance by acclaimed troubadour, Jack Klatt on Friday, November 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Northfield audiences always pack the house when Jack comes to town – so I’m especially pleased to present him this holiday weekend,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “The Cow will be hopping Friday night!”

In authentic troubadour tradition, Jack Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by. Klatt has sang in countless barrooms, cafes, living rooms, theaters and street corners all over the world, entertaining folks with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice, continuing in the tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Towns Van Zandt.


Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer to perform at Northfield’s Contented Cow

Jake Hyer & Martin Devaney

The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present critically-acclaimed and popular Twin Cities singer/songwriter Martin Devaney, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist and long-time collaborator Jake Hyer, on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public.

Dubbed “the Mayor of St. Paul” by friends and compatriots in the Twin Cities music scene, Devaney is a classically-trained musician and renowned singer-songwriter with six albums to his credit, each garnering more and more praise from critics and fans. His latest release, “House of Rust,” puts Devaney on the brink of national stardom. He has been described as “a charming, bushy haired, sweet-voiced tunesmith” by No Depression magazine (the go-to- source for lovers of alt-country music), and has quickly become known for his poetic, yet unpretentious songs and inspired live performances. Devaney has shared the stage with an impressive list of national acts including Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, The Jayhawks, Semisonic, Soul Asylum, Billy Bragg, Evan Dando, Damien Jurado, Rhett Miller, Mike Doughty, Mary Lou Lord, The Roots, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Richard Buckner.


The Matchmaker at Northfield High School

MatchmakerNorthfield High School Theater Presents The Matchmaker by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Thornton Wilder.

Fridays and Saturdays, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 PM. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for students.

The Broadway musical Hello Dolly is adapted from this farce: Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder's clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.


Public Benefit Concert for the Skatepark at The Cave

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition and The Cave (Carleton College) are hosting a public benefit concert for the skatepark on Saturday, November 8, at The Cave. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be matched by a generous donor.

The concert features local bands The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. There will also be an opportunity to see the preliminary skatepark designs, view the Skateboard Coalition video, and talk to local skateboarders.


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

Quiet Beauty

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

Red Baraat, photo credit: Steve Welsh

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. 


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