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5th Annual Latino (and Friends!) Play Festival


In case you are unaware or have forgotten, Northfield Human Rights Commisioner Corinne Smith alerts all to an amazing production that will be on in Northfield this weekend--The Latino Play Festival.

This is the 5th annual production by this group.  The production is created by a high school drama class that originated to provide a voice for Latino youth.  For the last two years the group has been open to other students from the high school so represents diversity.

Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals


"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 

Carleton’s library gets “Solid Gould” treatment from artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant

Prolific artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant will speak at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “Solid Gould Hits:  The College Library as Archive, Small Publisher, Maker Space, Laboratory, Incubator, and Late-Night Social Club,” Sturdevant’s presentation celebrates the many ways the library is used, along with the variety of resources it offers.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 9-10

CVRO May 2015 Concerts

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, directed by founder and conductor Paul Niemisto, will present two May concerts in celebration of the end of their 35th Anniversary season.The first concert will be in Northfield on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St. The second concert will be in Faribault on Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Ave NW.

“Vibrantly screwy” musical duo Polygraph Lounge to perform at Carleton College

Polyphonic Lounge

The zany musical duo Polygraph Lounge will appear nightly at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Called “vibrantly screwy” by Time Out New York, the duo will perform “Live From Brooklyn,” a rib-tickling musical rollercoaster in the spirit of Spike Jones, Victor Borge, PDQ Bach, and Weird Al Yankovic—and featuring Carleton students and an audience noseflute choir (the community is invited to “BYON.”) Performances are free and open to the public.

Carleton invites the community to an Evening of Arab Music

Bassam Saba

Bassam Saba, a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, will perform on oud, violin, buzuq, saz, and the Western classical flute in a rare appearance on Thursday, May 14from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall.

Saba is part of Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, and he performs extensively in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. He has worked with some of the most prominent Arab musicians of our time: Fairuz, Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Wadi El-Safi, and Kazim al-Saher. Saba has also worked with Western musicians, such as Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Sting, and Herbie Hancock.

Renowned Ragamala Dance Company presents “Sacred Earth”

Ragamala Dance Company

As part of Carleton College’s weekly convocation series, the renowned Ragamala Dance Company will present a special performance on Friday, May 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

“Sacred Earth” explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Performed with live music, the dancers attempt to create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance derived from it.

The performance of “Sacred Earth” is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

10 Weeks to a 5K

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10 Weeks to a 5k.  Do you want start running?  Train to run your first 5K with support from the Northfield Y. 

Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. 

Wedensdays May 27 - July 29, 10 sessions 

6:30-7:30 pm 

Meet in the Northfield Y gathering room (just inside the front doors). 

Registration fee:  $30 for Y Members, $40 for Community Members.  Ages 16+  Before the first session, get your legs ready with 8 days of walking.  Visit the Y's website to register or call 507-645-0088.   Download our flyer for more details. 

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” gets big screen treatment at Carleton’s Weitz Center Cinema

Colm Freore in the Stratford Festival's production of King Lear

William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” will hit the big screen on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The screening is of the 2014 production at the renowned Stratford Festival in Canada, starring celebrated classical actor Colm Feore as the mad king and directed by the company’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino. This event is free and open to the public.

Recorded in high-definition, the film is the first in a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival to film and broadcast all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next ten years. “King Lear” originally premiered on 350 movie screens across the United States in February 2015. The Stratford Festival plans to release three or four new films each year as part of an almost $40 million effort.

The attempt to bring the complete works of William Shakespeare to audiences around the world is the first by a North American arts organization and the dream of artistic director Cimolino.

Renowned “word crafter” and Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker to speak at Carleton College

Daniel Levin Becker

Renowned “word crafter“ and Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker will present “re: Composition—Of Books and Bots” on Thursday, May 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema at Carleton College. Based in San Francisco, Levin Becker is a member of the French literary-mathematical collective, Oulipo, a group of Parisian writers and scientists who use strict mathematical rules to generate literature.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.

Carleton Players present Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters”

The Three Sisters

The Carleton Players will present Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” premiering Thursday, April 30at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater, with additional performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. on May 2, 3 and 9. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations can be made at

Arcadia Charter School presents public performance featuring Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley

As the culminating event of a special ongoing arts residency with students at Arcadia Charter School, the critically acclaimed indie rock band Rogue Valley will appear Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a public performance that will include music, dance, puppetry, poetry and video. This not-to-be-missed production is free and open to the public.

For several weeks, singer/songwriter Chris Koza and members of Rogue Valley have been working with students and staff at Arcadia Charter School collaborating on this original production. The musicians have also hosted public songwriting workshops, at the Northfield Senior Center and at The Grand Event Center, focused on discussing their approach to music-making and encouraging community members of all ages to share their own musical talents and create music along with the band.

Carleton and St. Olaf music faculty come together to present “Music of War”

Music Of War

Music faculty from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges will come together for a special performance on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Entitled “Music of War,” the reflective and provocative program will feature musical selections from and about war. This event is free and open to the public.

Included in the program are songs by Schumann, Ives, Poulenc, Bernstein, and Stephen Foster—along with Olivier Messiaen’s poignant and haunting “Quartet for the End of Time,” written during his time imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

Performers include St. Olaf assistant professor of music Francesca Anderegg (violin); St. Olaf assistant professor of music Scott Anderson (clarinet), Carleton senior lecturer in cello Thomas Rosenberg (cello); Carleton senior lecturer in voice Rick Penning (tenor) and his wife, Sandra Penning (soprano); and Carleton associate professor of music Nicola Melville (piano).

Bring the family to OLIVER!

Fagin and his gang of boys welcome Oliver!

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to present the beloved musical Oliver! with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.   Performances run April 17-19, April 23-26 and May 1-2 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 W. Third Street, Northfield.   Tickets online at

This beloved classic musical will captivate audiences with the incredible and well-crafted tale of a young orphan's quest to find a home and family in Victorian London.  Charles Dickens' larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with brilliant and unforgettable songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Consider Yourself."  Oliver! is one of the most popular musicals in the world   It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical; the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. 

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