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New Exhibit to be Unveiled at City Hall


Philip Spensley, chair of he city’s Arts and Culture Commission, announces that this coming Friday there will be an artist reception in conjunction with the opening of the second professional artist's art exhibit in the main corridor of City Hall. Jill Ewald, Arts and Culture Commission member, is the curator.  A new schools art installation will also be on display on the second floor.  

Northfield City Council has embraced the promotion of artists who reside in the Northfield Area, and the beautification of the City through art in public places. As part of this, the renovation of City Hall included creating a gallery atmosphere in both levels of City Hall: professional artists show their work on the first floor and student work is on display on the 2nd floor. Both shows rotate. The second professional Show will open this Friday, Feburary 27, from 4-6 in City Hall. Snacks will be provided.

Carleton presents annual production of “The Vagina Monologues;” All proceeds to benefit the Hope Center

Carleton presents "The Vagina Monologues"

Carleton College will present its annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny and sometime poignant, this student-produced and student-performed theatrical production is inspired by women’s experiences with sexuality, love and resilience. All of the proceeds, including ticket, t-shirt and candy sales, will be donated to the Hope Center in Faribault.

Tickets will be sold on a $5-$25 sliding scale and can be purchased at the door or inadvance online at

Northfield Reads Selection is "Enrique's Journey"

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Do you have your winter reading planned out?  Put Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario at the top of your list and participate in a community read!  Northfield Reads is initiated by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools, Carleton College, and Content bookstore.  

How do you participate?  Read the book and suggest the book for your book group, form a group at your church, or discuss the books with some friends.  Some students at Northfield Schools will be reading the book.  On Monday, April 13, at 7:00 – 8:30 pm the community will gather at the Church of St. Dominic for a program and small group discussions.


Celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie presents “Documenting/Creating Community” at Carleton College

Wing Young Huie

On Monday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m., celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie will present “Documenting/Creating Community,” discussing how photography works as a tool to help build community. Huie’s presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, on the Carleton College campus.

Wing Young Huie’s photographic projects document the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or internatonal museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, and uses photography to both record and honor communities. 

Renowned soprano and scholar Janet Youngdahl presents a “Celebration of Hildegard” at Carleton College

Janet Youngdahl

Visiting scholar and renowned soprano Janet Youngdahl will present a “Celebration of Hildegard” on Friday, Feb. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel. An early vocal music specialist, Youngdahl will present the music, writings and artwork of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the visionary abbess and healer whose spiritual compositions are among the most astonishing and unique creations from the dynamic milieu of 12th century Benedictine monasticism.

Syrian oud player Issam Rafea presents an evening of classical and contemporary Arab music at Carleton

Issam Rafea

Syrian instrumentalist Issam Rafea will present a concert of classical and contemporary Arab music on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Rafea is an internationally acclaimed oud player, a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music and considered to be an ancestor of the guitar. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in Kuwait on 1971, Issam Rafea studied in Kuwait and Syria at the High Institute of Music in Damascus. He received his BA degree in oud and double bass in 1995. Currently, in addition to his position as Chair of the Arabic Music Department at his alma mater in Damascus, he is on faculty of the Arab Conservatory where he teaches both oud and western harmony.

Preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to speak at Carleton College

Sherman Alexie/Photo credit: Chase Jarvis

Acclaimed award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie will present the Christopher U. Light Lecture at Carleton College on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Security, Sovereignty, Selfishness: How to be a 21st Century American Nomad,” Alexie’s presentation is open to the public.

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. Considered a preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer and filmmaker, he has garnered high praise for his depictions of contemporary Native American reservation life.

Northfield Arts Guild is Bringing Two Renown Artists to Teach Workshops

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The Northfield Arts Guild is offering an opportunity to take workshops this spring with two reknown artists.

Richard James Nelson  (http: // specializes in fine woodblock prints of northern flora and fauna.

He has shown his work in galleries across Minnesota and currently has work on display at the Arts Guild.  You may recognize his wood cut that was used for our Cannon River Roots Festival last year.

Richard will be leading a woodblock printmaking workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 14 – 15 from 9:00 am – 5:00 each day.

Students will learn the ancient technique of creating a multi-colored print from multiple woodblocks or through the reduction method.  Learn and practice preparing mixing and applying ink to your block(s) for printing.  All materials provided by the instructor.

Carleton Faculty Recital Features Renowned Pipa Master, Gao Hong

Gao Hong

Renowned composer and pipa master Gao Hong invites the public to an evening of music and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Using the pipa, a pear-shaped traditional Chinese lute, Gao Hong will share her own personal adventures, using the versatile instrument to take the audience along a three-part journey beginning in old China and continuing to the musician’s life today. Entitled “Gao Hong on the Highway,” this fun and experimental concert is free and open to the public.

The program will open with “Mother-in-Law Arguing with Daughter-in-Law,” a 100-year-old piece that tells the story of a mother-in-law arguing with her daughter-in-law through the various descriptive sounds of the pipa. Once lost for decades, this piece was reconstructed by Lin Shicheng, the late pipa master and Gao Hong’s mentor. Gao Hong is currently the only pipa musician known who can play this piece.

Calling All Artists: Art for City Hall

Art at City Hall

Calling all artists: The City of Northfield and its Arts and Culture Commission are soliciting artists interested in having their artwork displayed at City Hall. The artwork may be for sale or on loan, and the application deadline is Friday, January 30.

Exhibition Dates: February 19, 2015 – August 20, 2015.

Medium: Any 2-D or free-standing 3-D medium, no electronic (limited space for 3-D)

  • All art must be framed and/or completely ready for installation. The works will be secured.
  • All art must measure no more than 5 feet on its largest dimension.

Insurance: Artists will carry their own insurance or sign a waiver.

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Bombshell: The Art of the Pin-Up

Stop on down to High Noon Ink in downtown Northfield for a pin-up art show! The "Bomber Pin-Up" is a classic piece of Americana that dates back to World War I and World War II and continues to this day. High Noon is hosting an exhibition of modern re-creations of these works of art in honor of this American tradition. So stop in and check out the show, the shop, and meet the artists while you're at it.

High Noon Ink, Downtown Northfield

Saturday, January 31st @ 5pm

Free Show!

Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off Saturday, January 31st at 10 am

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of the 5th year of its Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st, at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  The short documentary featuring Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry project, produced by local filmmaker, Paul Krause, will be shown at the event.  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  The winners of the 2014 competition have been invited to share their entries from last year’s contest. 

Northfield's 2015 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off - Saturday, January 31st, 10 am in the Northfield Public Library Meeting Room

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of this year's Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  In celebration of the start of this year's contest, the public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  

August: Osage County at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. This drama tells the story of the tumultuous Weston family as they near the most epic of family meltdowns.  Described by the New York Times as “Fiercely funny and bitingly sad” this play is a gritty, honest, look at a family in crisis.  This show is intended for an adult audience.

Auditions announced for OLIVER! at the Northfield Arts Guild

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces auditions for the beloved musical theater classic OLIVER! Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this production brings to life the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. One of the most popular musicals in the world, Oliver was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

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