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Carleton Concert Presented by Distinguished Pianist Lydia Artymiw

Lydia Artymiw

On Sunday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to a piano performance by distinguished guest artist Lydia Artymiw, performing a diverse program of works by Mozart and Schumann, along with a selection of works by Ukranian composers. This performance, held in the Carleton College Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.

“Lydia Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear,” wrote Bernard Holland in a recent New York Times review. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw is considered one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. 


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Carleton Invites Public to Screening and Discussion of the Critically Acclaimed Film, “Never Let Me Go”

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Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, the public is invited to a special screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film, “Never Let Me Go” (2010, rated ‘R’). Based on best-selling novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), the film is a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Following the screening of the movie, Alan Rubenstein, senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics and Hanson Scholar in Ethics, will lead a discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

This hauntingly poignant and emotional story stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightly—who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. Released in 2010, “Never Let Me Go” was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland.


Carleton Awarded Grant to Host Contemporary French Film Festival

Carleton College is once again partnering with FACE, the French American Cultural Exchange, to present the Tournées Film Festival, bringing five acclaimed contemporary French films to the campus and the Northfield community.

The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered figures in French cinema.

The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to each film. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.


TPT-MN to Air HARVEST documentary on February 1

Twin Cities Public Television will air Paul Krause's documentary Harvest this coming Saturday, February 1 on their Minnesota channel (Charter Cable 396). The program will air four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Jane McDonnell's Poetry Reading - POSTPONED!

Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed. 

Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.


Make Your Mark - Special Kick-Off for 4th Annual Sidewalk Poetry Competition

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From Northfield Arts and Culture Commission Chair Philip Spensley, comes this announcement:

Time to get those images that inspire you into words.  For the fourth year running, Northfielders will have the opportunity to see their poems or those written by their friends and neighbors stamped into sidewalks around town. 

The 2014 competition kicks off Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. in the Just Food's Community Meeting Room with the first public screening of Paul Krause's new documentary "Northfield's Sidewalk Poetry" (see the bottom of this post for a short preview).  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite poem to share.  The 2014 competition runs throughout February, with the final date to submit poems either mailed or delivered by 5:30 pm on February 28.


Carleton presents Area Premiere of “Remembering Nokutela,” Latest Film by Professor Chérif Keita

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Carleton College will present the area’s premiere screening of “Remembering Nokutela,” the latest documentary film by Professor of French and Francophone Studies ChérifKeita, on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The film, screened as part of the College’s International Film Forum, and co-sponsored by the Carleton Humanities Center, chronicles Keita’s four-year-long journey to uncover the story of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), the long-forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa. A question and answer session with Keita will follow the screening. The film is suitable for all audiences and the screening is free and open to the public.

Keita stresses the significance of this particular film: “All too often, the (hi)story of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, that footnote simply disappears when a woman has not been able to conceive or bear a child.” The story “rescues Nokutela from the purgatory of history, almost a century after her death at the age of 44.”


Carleton presents Weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is hosting a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held every Thursday (while classes are in session) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, these screenings are free and open to the public.


Public Invited to Screenings Hosted by Carleton Film Society

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The Carleton Film Society, a student-run organization that promotes arthouse films, presents weekly public screenings on Saturday evenings at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Each film is preceded by an introduction from a Carleton professor or other guest speaker, and student-led discussions follow the screenings. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming screenings include


Carleton presents an Evening with The ’53 Swingbillies

The '53 Swingbillies

Carleton College is pleased to present a not-to-be-missed performance by The ’53 Swingbillies, taking place Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The ’53 Swingbillies honor several musical traditions, including Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Swing. 1953 being the year that both Django Rheinhardt and Hank Williams died, as well as the year that guitarist/singer/songwriter Mark Kreitzer and fiddler Tom Schaefer were born, there may well be a cosmic connection beyond a love of the music! The band is rounded out with bassist/vocalist Chuck Kreitzer and percussionist Anthony Ihrig.


ALISON MCGHEE AUTHOR EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 21.

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Come to the Northfield Public Library and meet New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer prize nominee , Alison McGhee on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  The event was originally planned for January 7, but was rescheduled because of the extreme cold.  Alison McGhee is a Minnesota author, and won the Minnesota Book Award for her first novel, Rainlight, in 1999.  Since her very successful beginning, she has written other adult novels:  Shadow Baby and Was it Beautiful and Falling Boy.  After writing several of her adult novels, she began writing picture books, young adult novels, and children’s chapter books.  She has garnered awards in several categories of her writing.  In addition to her first Minnesota Book Award, she won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award for Rainlight.  She won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award for her book Countdown to K


St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Comes to Carleton College

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The revered St. Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to Carleton College for a special performance on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 the general public, $7 for students and seniors, and free for those with a Carleton or St. Olaf College ID.

Rich orchestral colors and textures abound in this program by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), considered to be one of the finest chamber ensembles in the world. The talents of SPCO flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan will be showcased in the elegant dances and flashy badinerie of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2, followed by Stravinsky’s Neoclassical ballet suite from Pulcinella. Bach will also be revisited by way of Anton Webern’s pointillist interpretation of the Baroque master’s Ricercare from The Musical Offering, and the program concludes with Mendelssohn’s cherished Italian Symphony.


Carleton Faculty Recital to Showcase the Sounds of “Lonely Hearts and Free Spirits”

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On Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Carleton music faculty will present “Lonely Hearts and Free Spirits,” a recital performed by Patricia Kent, soprano; Lawrence Weller, baritone; and Lara Bolton, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

The program will include songs by Austrian composer Franz Schubert and French composer Francis Poulenc, including his Banalities and Fetes Galantes. Also featured will be Twin Cities composer David Evan Thomas’ hilarious Lonely Hearts.


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