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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.

Celebrate “no school” with these special events Thursday & Friday!

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The library is thrilled to host special activities while the kids are out of school Oct. 16 and 17.  

Magician Tim will entertain us with his slight of hand on Thusday, 10/16 from 11 to noon.  The Friends and Foundation of the library make this event possible!

On Friday, 10/17 from 11 to noon Musician Jack Pearson will present “On the Trail of America: celebrate great American Songs!”  This program is made possible by a SELCO Grant.

Both program are free and open to all and will be held the library's meeting room. 

Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St.  507-645-6606


Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Fall Concerts

Crouching Tiger Concert

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) starts its 35th Year celebration with concerts of Mozart and Chinese music on October 18th and 19th.   The first performance will be at First UCC Church in Northfield, MN on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 P.M., and the second will be at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 19. Both concerts feature soloists Gao Hong on Pipa (lute),  Gail Nelson on violin, and Martha Larson on ‘cello.

Visual artist and Carleton alumna Christina Seely presents “Changing Time: an Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change”

Christina Seely

In conjunction with the Carleton College art exhibit “Marking Time,” which addresses the impact of climate change through photography and other new media, featured artist Christina Seely ’98 will make a campus appearance to discuss her work and muse upon climate change from her perspective as an expeditionary artist. Seely will present “Changing Time: an Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change” on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

Carleton Hosts Screening of Acclaimed Conservation Film Chronicling the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

From Billions To None

In commemoration of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon  over a century ago, Carleton College will present a special screening of the acclaimed film, “From Billions to None: Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction,” on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

“From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction”reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon and explores the pigeon’s striking relevance to conservation issues today, such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries, the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species, and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.

National touring humanities exhibit, “Always Lost,” comes to Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity

Always Lost

The national touring humanities exhibit, “Always Lost,” will be featured in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity October 13-24, 2014, with an opening reception on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center Room 148.  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.”

In the fall of 2008, Carlson was stopped in his tracks by The New York Times' Roster of the Dead. "Four thousand faces of American military who had perished in Iraq stared at me," he said, "and I realized that this war has been perhaps one of the most impersonal wars ever fought."

Carleton College presents renowned author and environmentalist, Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez

Carleton College is pleased to present renowned author and environmentalist Barry Lopez on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Lopez will present a talk entitled “The Writer and Social Responsibility,” followed by a short Q & A session and a book signing.

Barry Holstun Lopez is an American author, essayist, and fiction writer whose work is known for its humanitarian and environmental concerns. Described as “the nation’s premier nature writer” by the San Francisco Chronicle, his non-fiction work examines the relationship between human culture and the physical landscape, while his fiction addresses issues of intimacy, ethics and identity. His 1986 classic, Arctic Dreams, received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life, and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction. More at

Carleton’s Latino American Heritage Convocation reflects on Colombian and Cuban influences in an exploration of family, language and identity

Daisy Hernández

Author and columnist Daisy Hernández will present Carleton College’s Latino American Heritage Convocation on Friday, Oct. 3 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled "Feminism, Sofia Vergara, and Writing about Familia: A Talk on Media Representations,” Hernández will reflect on her Colombian and Cuban heritage in an exploration of family, language and identity. Carleton Convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for 2015 Living Treasures Award


Philip Spensley, on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission. invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered a Northfield Living Treasure.

The award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate.  The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:

Poets to Read at Henricksen Exhibit at Northfield Arts Guild


On Friday, October 3, 7 p.m., PENCHANT (Northfield Women Poets) will appear with Stephanie Henrickson in the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery to celebrate Henricksen as an artist and an activist.  Join us for "Poems at an Exhibition."  Poems celebrating women, the land, everyday events.  Particiating poets:  Karen Herseth Wee, Riki Kolbl Nelson, Mary Moore Easter, and Jane Taylor McDonnell.

Bring some friends to share art seen and heard.



Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.

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