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Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:01pm
Carleton College is pleased to host a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, the series premieres September 22 and screenings are free and open to the public.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:29pm
Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk
Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk Market Fair for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27. One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints. Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show. Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is the featured art on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster. A former teacher, and always and passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement. A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work. Kathy says, “Being there were Claude Monet painted and experiencing the light as he did has had a profound effect on me. I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:34am
Two new art exhibits in the Carleton College Perlman Teaching Museum will address the impact of climate change through photography and other new media. Featuring the work of two Carleton alumni, Christina Seely ’98 and Ken Tape ’99, both exhibits explore time, space, and evidence of climate change in the Arctic landscape.
The public is invited to celebrate the fall exhibitions on Friday, September 19 with an opening reception from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. The event begins with a lecture by Tape entitled “A Century of Warming and Change in the Arctic” at 7 p.m. in Room 326 of the Weitz Center, followed by light refreshments and a celebration of the fall exhibition in the Perlman Teaching Museum from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Submitted by Betsey Buckheit on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:54am
The panel of local events organizer, Paul Niemisto (Vintage Band Festival), Ann Mosey (Cannon River Roots Festival), and Hayes Scriven (DJJD and Outlaw Run) will present their experience as well as helping facilitate discussion about the impact of events on the community, the challenges and costs of presenting events, and considering how to make it easier to stage great events in Northfield.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:29pm
Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”. Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read!
6:30-8 pm in the library's meeting room Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. 507-645-6606 No charge!
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:51am
Sept. 9 Meet author Michael Perry who will be talking about his new young adult novel “The Scavengers”. Co-sponsored by Monkey See, Monkey Read! 6:30-8 pm
Sept. 11 One Cobbler’s Adventure on the Appalachian Trail—Randy Malecha will talk about his hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 7-8 pm
Sept. 20 Meet local author Lisa Galle Bolduc She will be reading from and talking about her picture book “Autumn” 10:30 am
Sept. 24 “The Amish in America” with David Sudermann This program is part of the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Invitational Talks. For more information about the CVEC go to www.cvec.org.7-8 pm
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:17pm
Schoolhouse Apirary will present bee watching (in an enclosed observation hive) at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, August 30. Learn about bee habits and efforts to keep beehives healthy and robust against colony collapse disorder from Laura Heiman, beekeeper. Alexander's Ragtime Brass Band, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz. This small reprise of the hugely popular Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.
Riverwalk Market Fair takes place Saturdays, June through October in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts. (Riverwalk will be closed Saturday, September 6, for Defeat of Jesse James Days).
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:44pm
Hilary Scott is an award-winning singer-songwriter who brings her unique brand of melodic and lyrically memorable indie/pop songs to audiences nationally and internationally. Her Midwestern tour makes at stop at the Contented Cow on Wednesday, Setpember 3, at 8:00 pm. Scott has recorded with Nashville producer Matthew Wilder, and was signed for a five song writing and publishing deal with him in 2005.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:06pm
As the summer winds down, a celebration of music is still underway with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. Concerts will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf College, Monday, Aug. 25, at Carleton Concert Hall at Carleton College and Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Grand Event Center. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the door for $5.
Festival Concert II –
Sunday's performance began with WindWorks playing Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat major, Op. 6, followed by new works -- a Bridge Chamber Music Festival 2014 debut called kids these days -- by Composer Doug Opel. The evening concludes with Piano Trio #2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 of Franz Schubert.
“I wrote two short pieces for a piano trio comprised of violinist Kyu-Young Kim, cellist Pitnarry Shin and pianist Esther Wang, who have come together for the occasion of this year's Bridge Chamber Music Festival, said Composer Doug Opel. “These are the first two of what I intend to be several short pieces under an album titled kids these days, a collection that will evoke the exuberance, playfulness and carefree spirit of youth. These works, individually titled in the library and spin dizzy are each a musical depiction of the image implied by their name.”
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 9:43am
Music at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, will be by Wake-Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Wake-Robin's specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. Banjo Helen Forsythe, previously scheduled for this Saturday, will perform at Riverwalk on September 27.
Riverwalk Market Fair takes place ever Saturdays, June through October, rain or shine, in Northfield's Bridge Square, 9 am to 1 pm. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:58pm
By JoyRiggs, freelance journalist
More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.
“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”
In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.
Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:30am
8th Grade Farewell Fest
At their recent board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved seven grants to support several projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.
Funded projects included:
8th Grade Farewell Fest
All Northfield Middle School 8th graders were invited to the 1st annual 8th Grade Fun Night held in late May. There was music, carnival games, mini-golf, karaoke, fun with inflatables, and refreshments. Fun Night was a time of celebration for the 8th graders as they completed their middle school education.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:42pm
The Jesse James Film Festival will come to an end on Thursday, August 21 with "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at 6:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:11pm
“The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to return to the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival,” said Ray Shows, Artaria’s first violinist and the quartet’s founding member. “We will be performing Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a world premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya.”
The performance will take place tonight, August 20, at St. Olaf College (Urness Recital Hall) in Northfield as part of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival. This is the first of six concerts being offered in the week-long series. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $5.
The Artaria String Quartet’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. “The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent,” said Shows in eager expectancy.
Composer Reinaldo Moya comments: “Dreaming in Waves begins with a warm and serene texture. The first violin provides some contrast by 'floating' in and out of sync with the rest of the quartet. The first violin is jittery, and somewhat anxious, while the rest of the group continues in its gentle texture, as though in a dream.
Submitted by Rachel Haider on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:45pm
Political races are full of intriguing characters who envelope our world through advertising. Political ads seem to be never-ending. But when did this all begin and who was involved?
The new family-friendly, high-energy musical comedy, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, answers that question in an intriguing and entertaining way. The story, (which plays Sept 4-6) revolves around important historical characters like Daniel Webster, John Tyler, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay. The play takes a fictional look at the very real incidents surrounding the 1840 presidential campaign and the seating of our 9th and 10th US Presidents. This presidential campaign was the first time that presidential candidates were treated as products.
The playwright and composer, W. Watts Biggers was an American novelist and advertising man. He is possibly best known as the co-creator and songwriter for such television cartoons as “Underdog” and “Tennessee Tuxedo”.