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The Northfield Arts Guild Thanks Northfield Community for Bright Lights Campaign Support

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is very pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our Bright Ideas Campaign. This campaign began in the spring of 2012 to help purchase new theater lights for our outdated system. Through the course of this incredibly successful campaign $1500 was raised! Our theater lighting is now in the 21st Century!

This could not have been accomplished without the work of the many volunteers who worked on the campaign or without the financial support of the Northfield community. The Northfield Arts Guild would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all who donated time and money to make this campaign successful.


Seniors' Rock This Saturday

Three great musicians, Lori Williams, Craig Wasner and Nick Weaver, will entertain with rock 'n' roll music.  Think of it as a concert, a chance to dance,or an opportunity to sing along to your rock 'n' roll favorites.  Whatever the reason, come to enjoy yourself and support The Sr Center (This is our Annual Fund Drive Kickoff - Tickets are $20).


Carleton Players present acclaimed playwright David Mamet’s explosive drama, Race

Race by David Mamet

The Carleton Players will present acclaimed American playwright David Mamet's explosive drama, Race, with performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 and 9-10 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Directed by David Wiles, Race forces audiences to consider their own beliefs regarding race, sex and guilty. The thought-provoking play questions numerous assumptions and stereotypes of American society and race relations.  Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at https://carleton.tixato.com/buy.

Celebrated playwright David Mamet often gets his best results by writing about people at their worst. Race tells the story of two attorneys, charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface. It's a crime mystery that's both dramatic and darkly comedic, riddled with Mamet’s signature barbed one-liners. Mamet himself has said that the “theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject.”


Layl McDill, visiting artist, to teach polymer clay workshops at Arts Guild

Flower Wall Sculpture

You have probably seen Layl McDill's fantasy sculptures and wall hangings at local art fairs. (If you haven't, go to http://www.claysquared.com for a sampling.

Layl is coming to the Northfield Arts Guild at the end of May to teach two workshops so that you can create your own polymer clay fantasies.  Both workshops are on Saturday, May 31st.

Make a Flower Wall Sculpture in her 3 hour afternoon workshop. Your 8 inch polymer clay flower will really bursts from the wall! Learn the mysterious fluffiness technique and the new "McDill Twist".  Then play in the glitter! Who doesn't love glitter!?


Three Links Seeks Cinco de Mayo Performers

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Angie Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Three Links Care Center, is looking for volunteers who will perform for residents at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Links Care Center.  If you could share some fiesta musical talents or if you know of anyone willing to perform, call her at 664-8839. 


Arts a la Carte Friday at Northfield High School

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Karna Hauck reminds the public that the 14th annual “Arts a la Carte” Evening of the Arts will be held on Friday, April 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Northfield High School.  Nearly 1000 students and community members attended last year's event making it a huge success!


Jazz trio featuring two St. Olaf professors releases new album

Dave Hagedorn (left) and Phil Hey (right) joined forces with Chris Bates (center) to form the Good Vibes Trio.

The debut album by a musical trio that includes St. Olaf College Artist in Residence Dave Hagedorn and Instructor in Music Phil Hey “will delight the jazz cognoscenti,” notes a story in the Star Tribune.

But, the paper adds, the self-titled album by the Good Vibes Trio, which also includes Chris Bates, has a reach far beyond jazz aficionados.

“There is something inherently charming and accessible about the shifting, sifting trade-off of lead and supportive roles among the trio, which turns a potential weakness — three essentially percussive instruments without the harmonic versatility of a horn or piano — into a signature virtue,” states the Star Tribune.


"Harvest" Documentary Broadcast Saturday on TPT-MN

"Harvest: A Community's History Founded in Bronze," a documentary film by Northfield filmmaker Paul Krause will be broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television four times (1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm) on Saturday, April 26. Dorothy Novak, head of TPT's Program Department said, "I’ve watched the program – VERY well done!  I found the whole process of how to create a sculpture very interesting." TPT-MN may be seen on Charter Cable channel 396 and on Direct TV 17-2. Other documentaries about Northfield may be found on Krause's documentary website: Documentary Northfield


Peter Pan at Arcadia: May 8-10

Peter Pan posterArcadia Charter School Presents: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9, 7:00 PM, and Saturday, May 10, 2:00 PM

An adaptation of the J. M. Barrie story by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, who adapted Les Miserables for the stage. This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. However, for the first time, the play is here restored to Barrie’s original intentions. In a whimsical, ambiguous and ironical manner, he speaks here as clearly to adults as he does to children. This piece is performed in a playful, storytelling fashion from beginning to end, including Barrie’s heartbreaking and heartwarming conclusion to Peter and Wendy’s story.

Tickets: $6 for Adults, $4 for Students. Performances at Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield. For more information call 663-8806, extension 212.


World-renowned Chinese Performers Present an Evening of Traditional Music and Ancient Kunqu Opera at Carleton College

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World-renowned Chinese actors and musicians will present a not-to-be-missed evening of traditional music and ancient Chinese Kunqu opera on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The performance will feature superstar Kunqu opera actress Shen Yi-Li from Shanghai, accompanied by top professional performers of Chinese traditional instruments: Chen Tao (Dizi), Liu Li (Guqin), Xia Wenjie (Erhu), Gao Hong (Pipa), and Huang Shirong (Drum). This very special event is free and open to the public.

“It is such a rare opportunity to see Kunqu performed in Northfield,” says Gao Hong, world-class pipa player and director of Carleton’s acclaimed Chinese music ensemble. “I really hope people attend this amazing event.”


Grand Ol’ Summer: Activities for Kids and Their Grandparents!

Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.


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 chapbook, 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.


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!”


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