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Stage Combat Practice At Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Find out how onstage fights really happen!  This Saturday, June 14, Riverwalk Market Fair is delighted to welcome members of the Great River Shakespeare Company of Winona who will present demonstrations and practice in basic hand-to-hand stage combat techniques (no weapons used). Recommended for youth ages 11 to 18.  Youth ages 7 to 10 accompanied by an adult, please.  9 am to noon in Northfield's Bridge Square.


Young People's Theater Workshops Starting Soon

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The Northfield Arts Guild is once again conducting their popular Young People's Theater Workshop. The Arts Guild staff of theater artists lead young students in creating an original production.  The mornings are filled with classes in creative dramatics and dance.  In the afternoons, participants take part in writing an original script and rehearsing. Live performances are open to the public on the last two days of the session.

This year, two week and three week workshops are being offered.  "The two week workshop (YPTW2) is in response to our students who were unable to commit to three weeks in the summer." says Ann Mosey, Executive Director of the Guild.  "These workshops are already full, though we have spaces available for YPTW3, which is our three week workshop."


Multicultural effort for peace featured in 3 free films in June

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A trio of thought-provoking films about Israelis and Palestinians working together for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine are planned for the 2014 Palestine Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the series features films in which Israelis and Palestinians tell stories of how the Middle East conflict has impacted their lives.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1050 Cedar Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with a brief question-and-answer period.


Books & Stars line-up announced- something for everyone!

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We have a great line-up of family friendly entertainment on Wednesday nights in Northfield.  All in thanks to the Friends & Foundation of the Library, The Northfield Historical Society and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council there will be 8 shows for eveyone to enjoy.  Thanks to our sponsors there is NO CHARGE! Booker, the book bus opens for library material check out at 6:30.  The shows begin at 7 pm.


Annual Public Sculpture Unveiled

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On Friday, May 16, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission held the unveiling of Octopus Garden,the annual work of outdoor sculpture created through collaboration between the Commission and the Northfield Public Schools. Hand made glass forms, steel and concrete are the materials used by the team comprised of local glass artist Rick Swearer, Carleton apprentice Eliza Dennis and twelve Northfield High School students:  Maddie Guyot; Noah Heil; Caitlin Kelley; Calvin Kragseth; Bailey Mastin; Carmela Ortiz; Alex Pepel; Annika Peterson; Olivia Riggins; Irene Stoutland; Avery Swearer, and Amber Zetelmo.

Located on the corner of 3rd and Division Streets, Octopus Garden is the third work of local artists and high school students. The projects are funded by the South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


Northfield Arts Guild presents THE FANTASTICKS

Luisa (Chelsea Lloyd) and Matt (Michael Domingues) in the Arts Guild production of THE FANTASTICKS.

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  THE FANTASTICKS, the longest running musical  of all time. Considered a classical piece of musical theatre, the history of the show speaks for itself  boasting a run of 42 consecutive years in New York! With music by Tom Jones and lyrics by Harvey Schmidt, audiences will recognize favorite songs from the show “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”  This tale, full of magic and moonlight, is a story of young love and the quest to discover who we are meant to be.  THE FANTASTICKS  will be presented in Northfield’s Central Park.


Acclaimed Florestan Recital Project Presents PANIC, A Groundbreaking New Song Cycle by Composer Andy Vores and Poet Todd Boss, at Carleton College

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The internationally acclaimed Florestan Recital Project will come to Carleton College on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Led and performed by artistic directors Alison d’Amato (piano) and Aaron Engebreth (baritone), the eclectic ensemble will perform PANIC, a groundbreaking song cycle by composer Andy Vores and poet Todd Boss. This event is free and open to the public.

PANIC is a presents a multi-disciplinary song cycle based on the novel “Pan” by Nobel-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. Set to a new libretto by Minneapolis poet Todd Boss, PANIC explores the themes which Hamsun vividly presents such as solitude, longing and madness. Vores’s music combines a vivid contemporary soundscape with a pillar of classical music tradition, the narrative solo song cycle. The program will also incorporate projected images by Lynn Lukkas and dancers from the Univeristy of Minnesota.


Genesis: The Art of Creation to air Saturday on TPT-MN

Genesis: The Art of Creation, a documentary by local filmmaker Paul Krause and produced by Documentary Northfield will be aired this coming Saturday, May 17 at 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm on TPT's Minnesota Channel.

The documentary features the artistry of local artist Fred Somers and the creation of his largest painting Genesis. The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul.


Su Smallen and Larry Gavin Poetry Reading at Monkey See Monkey Read

 

Su Smallen and Larry Gavin will read from their latest poetry collections at Monkey See Monkey Read Thursday, May 15, 7:30 pm.


Second Annual Martial Arts Festival

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The Second Annual Martial Arts Festival will be held on Saturday May 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Northfield Middle School main gymnasium.  The disciplines highlighted will consist of Kyudo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Gumdo.  Each discipline will provide a twenty-five minute demonstration displaying their individual differences and uniqueness.  Informational booths for each discipline will also be available.  Come enjoy the performances while learning about the martial arts and the many opportunities there are to participate in the Northfield Community.

 

     


Esteemed Scholar Wendy Doniger to present Carleton’s 2014 Lindesmith Lecture

Activist and scholar, Wendy Doniger

Esteemed scholar Wendy Doniger will present the 2014 Lindesmith Lecture at Carleton College on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled “Freedom of Speech in India, from the Vedas to the Present,” Doniger’s lecture will address issues of censorship in India. Considered one of the world’s leading scholars in Hinduism, Sanskrit, and Indian textual traditions, The Washington Post calls Doniger “a feisty and exhilarating teacher.” This event is free and open to the public.


Carleton Presents an Evening of Traditional and Contemporary Arab and Iraqi Music

Yair Dalal

Acclaimed musician Yair Dalal, violinist and oud player, will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Arab and Iraqi Jewish music on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Great Hall. This performance of unique world music is free and open to the public.           

Much of Dalal’s repertoire reflects his extensive musical skills in both classical European, Jazz and Arabic music—also reflecting the strong affinity he has for the desert and its habitants. Dalal’s family came to Israel from Baghdad and his Iraqi roots are embedded in his musical work. Whether working on his own, or with his acclaimed Alol ensemble, Dalal creates new Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with a range of influences originating from such diverse cultural milieus as the Balkans to India. The evocative compositions comprise a unique and colorful sound.


Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Presents Argentine Novelist, Screenwriter and Critic, Alan Pauls

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Carleton College is pleased to present Argentine novelist, screenwriter and critic Alan Pauls on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Pauls’ appearance is part of the College’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship series, designed to bring renowned artists from all genres to campus. His talk, entitled “The Depth of my Depths,” is free and open to the public.

Called “one of the best living Latin American writers” by Roberto Bolaño, Pauls is considered one of the most original voices in current Latin American literature. He studied Literary Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, where he also later worked as a lecturer for Literary Theory. He founded the magazine Lecturas críticas and worked as an editor for the daily paper Página/12.


World-Class Indian Musicians to Perform at Carleton College

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Shujaat Husain Khan and Samir Chatterjee, world-class virtuosos of the sitar and tabla, will perform together in concert on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed musical performance is free and open to the public.


Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 10-11

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With the theme “Vive la France!!” Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present its final concerts of the 2013-14 season on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2014. The concerts will feature Northfield mezzo soprano soloist Deesa Staats in arias by Berlioz, Massenet, and Offenbach. Also featured will be the Northfield Harp Ensemble playing in Debussy’s “Petite Suite” and the Cesár Franck D Minor Symphony.

The Saturday concert will be performed at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. , Northfield, at 7:00 PM and the Sunday concert at 7:00 PM in Cannon Falls at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Boulevard. Advance tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild (www.northfieldartsguild.org; 507-645-8877) and at the door before each concert. 


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