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National Poetry Month 2014

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April is National Poetry Month! Although the month is already half over, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate poetry this April. Here are some ideas:

  • Listen to the winners of the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest read their winning poems and talk to KYMN’s ArtZany! host Paula Grandquist about poetry. The show, originally broadcast on Friday, April 11, is archived here
  • Attend a poetry reading. On Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Monkey See, Monkey Read, you can listen to poets Dallas Crow (St. Paul) and Rob Hardy (Northfield) read their poetry. You can find out more about the reading here.
  • Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24. You can find out more about this event here.
  • Buy a book of poetry at Monkey See, Monkey Read, or at either of the college bookstores. How about Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, which is published by Minnesota’s own Graywolf Press? Or a book of poems published by Northfield’s Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press?

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide

range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


Popular Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield in support of their latest CD release, “Ghetto Prophet”

Charles Walker Band

Back by very popular demand, the Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield for a not-to-be-missed evening of fantastic live music and dancing on Saturday, April 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Currently in the midst of a busy national tour in support of their new CD release, “Ghetto Prophet,” the Charles Walker Band are renowned for their energetic live performances and top-notch musicianship. Based in Milwaukee, the band was awarded 2013's Best R&B/Soul Band by the Wisconsin Music Association (WMA).

“This is a rare opportunity to catch one of the nation’s hottest R&B bands, right here in downtown Northfield,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “I’m a big fan of this band’s classic sound and their live performances are HOT!”


Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's first collection of poetry, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Hosts French Film Director, Marion Stalens

Actress Juliette Binoche and her sister, documentary filmmaker Marion Stahlens

In conjunction with its ongoing International Film Forum, Carleton College will host French filmmaker Marion Stalens, the director of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait (Juliette Binoche dans les yeux) (2009). Stalens will present a talk entitled “Between Fiction and Reality, Fine Lines” on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. This event is free and open to the public.

In advance of Stahlens’ appearance, Carleton will present three short films on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.—Danse Afrique Danse, Le Voyage du Fauteuil, and Silence or Exile. The following evening on April 14 at 7 p.m., the public is also invited to a screening of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait.

In this film, Stalens provides a new view of Binoche, an Oscar-winning actress and the director’s sister, by providing a window onto her artistic life beyond the red carpet. This portrait explores Binoche’s complex personality as an artist, revealing her artistic depth by capturing her throughout 2008 at work on a variety of different projects in disciplines ranging from cinema to dance to painting. The close relationship between the director and her subject infuses the film with a sense of intimacy and authenticity that invites the public to share in this extraordinary artist’s world.


Carleton Hosts Queer Documentary Film Festival

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In celebration of Pride Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as part of its first ever Queer Documentary Film Festival. These films celebrate the diversity of experiences and identities within queer communities. Screenings will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity and are free and open to the public.


Carleton College presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, performed by some of the world’s most respected artists

Taiseer Elias

Carleton College proudly presents FUSIONS, an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Jewish music, at the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. FUSIONS will be presented by world-renowned musicians Taiseer Elias on the oud, Uri Vardi on cello, and Menachem Wiesenberg on piano. A discussion with the three virtuoso artists will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

A master of both Eastern and Western music, oud player and violinist. Taiseer Elias is one of the foremost Middle Eastern musicians of our time. Recognized as a leading figure in classical Arab music, he is the founder and conductor of the first Orchestra of Classical Arabic Music in Israel, and currently the musical director and conductor of the Arab-Jewish orchestra and the Music Center in Jerusalem. Elias has recorded with a number of ensembles including White Bird, Bustan Abraham, Ziryab Trio (of which he is the musical director) and others. He has also composed music for theater and films. Additionally, Elias is the head of Eastern Music Department at the Rubin Academy of Music, the head of the Musicology Department at Bar Ilan University, and director of Arab music education in the Education Ministry in Israel.


Radio Comedy This Weekend: Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving

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The Sr. Center's Encore Radio Acting Company will present “Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving,” a George Burns/Gracie Allen piece this weekend.  Performances are Saturday, April 5 at 7pm and Sunday, April 6 at 2pm.  Just $10 buys the show plus dessert afterward. 

Show includes live performance (“Prairie Home Companion” - style) of Burns and Allen script first aired in 1947, presented by our Encore Radio Acting Company.  We’ll have a full orchestra (well, a one-man orchestra in the person of Dave Miller), and musical entertainment by a famous women’s trio (Myrna Johnson, Ruth Legvold and Leslie Lykins).


2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners Announced

The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 89 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  The winning poems are available on the attached .pdf file

The Arts and Culture Commission applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:


Historical Society Fundraiser: Night of 10,000 Laughs - April 11

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This year’s Night of 10,000 Laughs (formerly Ole and Lena Joke Night) will roar to life Saturday, April 11, at the Grand Event Center. The event will feature the return of Ole, Lena, and Tina for a set of fun-filled Norwegian-style humor. And joining them this year will be Minnesota joke master T McKinley, who will add his own brand of Minnesooota-style comedy.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Northfield Historical Society or online (see below).  Due to high demand, we are encouraging attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. - See more at: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/category/events/#sthash.QMf4tPXD.dpuf


The Daddy Squeeze Trio brings their signature blend of upbeat swing to Northfield’s Tavern Lounge

Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton

The Daddy Squeeze Trio, featuring accordionist extraordinaire Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, along with acclaimed musicians Mark Kreitzer and Tom Lewis, will make their Northfield debut on Saturday, March 29 at The Tavern Lounge. The Daddy Squeeze Trio will perform from 8 to 11:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

The Daddy Squeeze Trio is known for “making great music even better.” They swing the standards, mixing in Latin and rock grooves, all the while surprising their audiences with slightly twisted covers of forgotten pop tunes.


New Carleton Art Exhibit Highlights the Complex Forces Shaping the Mississippi River Landscape

Richard Misrach, Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana, 1998

A new exhibit in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum highlights the complex forces shaping the Mississippi River landscape. “Petrochemical America: Project Room” is a unique collaboration between celebrated photographer Richard Misrach and landscape designer Kate Orff. Based on the book Petrochemical America (Aperture, 2012), the project brings into focus the complex economic and ecological forces that have shaped the industrial landscapes of the lower Mississippi River’s “Cancer Alley.”

The public is invited to an opening reception for “Petrochemical America: Project Room” on Thursday, April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Commons. Along with light refreshments, the reception will include a tour of the exhibit led by Minneapolis artist and photographer Paul Shambroom, who will explore issues of power through grand landscape imagery.


Looking for a "few good kids" who would like to volunteer at the library this spring and summer.

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It's time for "Spring Training" for Library Pages! We are looking for kids who will be finishing 5th grade and up who want to volunteer to help create, prepare and present the summer reading program for children from preschoolers to 5th grade! Library Pages will learn team work, library skills, early literacy techniques and have fun doing it. A time commitment of 1 or 2 days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays afterschool until 5) from April 8th through the end of May is required. Then during the summer reading program T W TH June 10- July 30. Our summer evening entertainment series; Books & Stars is part of the summer reading program and the Library Pages are often needed to assist the performers.


Exciting opportunity: Seeking art for City Hall

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The Arts and Culture Commission is working to place art in City Hall in an exhibit to open in conjunction with the grand opening of the newly rennovated bulding on Washington Street. This gala event will take place mid- to late- May, 2014, coming up quickly.

The Arts and Culture Commission seeks art by local artists for the opening exhibit to run into January 2015. One or more pieces of art may be purchased by the City to initiate a permanent collection. Showing will be historical photographs of the City of Northfield, Washington Street builiding, and the Colleges.


It's Lizards and Legos at the Library for Spring Break!

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The Northfield Public Library is celebrating spring break with some fun activities!  


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