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Acclaimed Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s Film Comes to Northfield


Senior care providers Northfield Retirement Community and Three Links have partnered to bring the acclaimed documentary film “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” to Northfield for a one-time showing. The film, which chronicles Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease while on his final tour, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Northfield Middle School.

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and made the decision to deal with it publicly. The film documents the legendary singer’s goodbye tour as well as his evolving relationship with his wife, Kim, and his children. It details Campbell’s amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.

Winter Session Starts at the Northfield Arts Guild

Richard James Nelson

Get out of the house this winter and exercise your creativity.  The Northfield Arts Guild Winter Session starts January 18th with our popular dance, ceramic, and visual arts classes plus some new workshops.

o   Erica Ness, local school teacher, is offering a series of workshops for teen-agers including calligraphy, up-cycling old clothes, intro to watercolors, Zentangles and making a sketchbook.

o   Dan Petrov, whose work is on display at City Hall, and Richard James Nelson, who has pieces in our gift shop, will be teaching workshops in March and April.  Dale Brown will be teaching a fused glass pendant workshop as well as a light painting photography workshop.

o   Rachel Haider is offering a theater stage management workshop in January.

Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum opens 2015 with “A Collection Embodied,” featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection

Carleton College opens 2015 with a new exhibit in the Weitz Center for Creativity’s Perlman Teaching Museum. “A Collection Embodied” is a student-curated exhibit featuring recent acquisitions to the College’s Art Collection, offering over forty prints, photographs, ceramics and other works. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 9 with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception, as well as other related events, is free and open to the public.

Carleton brings internationally acclaimed Danish design collective N55 to campus for a five-week residency

Carleton College will host the internationally acclaimed Danish art, architecture and design collective N55 for an arts residency focused public space from January 9 to February 5, 2015. N55 members Ion Sørvin, Till Wolfer, and Anne Roome will collaborate with Carleton students to set up a design laboratory focused on public space by imaging a hypothetical new building complex for the College’s Cowling Arboretum. The residency will include public lectures and events, culminating in an exhibition in the Braucher Gallery of the Perlman Teaching Museum.

Thrivent invites you to The More the Merrier with Sister!

Thrivent wants to celebrate the holidays with you!

Nobody loves Christmas more than Sister! Nobody brings a Midwestern holiday celebration to life like Sister. Experience the voices of the angels, the fun of the elves, the joy of the Aunts, the feeling of home, the warmth of friendship and share in the miracle of live theater. Your gift awaits in original Sister arrangements of holiday classics, fun characters, extended family that joins in the show, lefse samples for the Norwegian in all of us, and lots of spontaneous laughter! Put on your elf hat and bring your friends, your neighbors, your family and your coworkers to experience the energy of Sister.

Sing Along with Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra's "Messiah"

CVRO Messiah concert poster

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra  (CVRO) will perform the Christmas edition of Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday, December 12 beginning at 7pm. The concert will be held at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, 515 NW 2nd Ave. in Faribault, Minnesota. Joining the orchestra will be a Festival Chorus drawn from a number of local choirs and four vocal soloists. In addition, members of the audience will be invited to sing along during the chorus numbers including the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”.The soloists for this holiday concert are Gary Ruschman (tenor), Timothy Takach (bass), Deesa Stats (contralto) and Linh Kauffman (soprano).

There is a suggested donation of $15 for the concert.  To reserve tickets, visit or call 507-645-8877.

Honky-Tonk Legends Trailer Trash Bring Their “Trashy Little Xmas Show” Back to Northfield!

Trailer Trash at The Grand

Honky-tonk legends Trailer Trash will bring their very popular “Trashy Little Xmas Show” back to Northfield’s Grand Event Center on Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at the KYMN Radio studios (200 Division Street) and online at www.thegrandnorthfield.comand

One of Minnesota’s most popular bands, Trailer Trash has been performing their annual holiday revue for over 20 years to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis and Rochester. The band is particularly pleased to bring their holiday extravaganza back to Northfield again in 2014.

“We love Northfield,” says Trailer Trash frontman, Nate Dungan. "It's a huge music town, and the Grand is a terrific venue to play. We always have a blast there! “

Northfield Arts Guild presents INSPECTING CAROL

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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of the hilarious holiday comedy INSPECTING CAROL by Daniel Sullivan. Come ring in the holidays with us as we get a behind-the-scenes look at this theater company’s slapdash yearly production of A Christmas Carol.  When the ridiculousness of the production hits an all time high, and rehearsal productivity hits an all-time low due to casting mishaps and funding issues, this theater company must try to pull off one more year of their big money-making show in order to impress the surprise inspector from the NEA.  Full of laughter, silliness and warm holiday cheer, this show is the perfect celebration of art and the things we endure as non-profit arts-organizations.  If we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying!  Join us for the show described as “A razzle dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

Acclaimed troubadour Jack Klatt comes to The Contented Cow in Northfield!

Jack Klatt

Just in time to officially kick-off the holiday season, The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present a special appearance by acclaimed troubadour, Jack Klatt on Friday, November 28 from 8 to 10 p.m.

“Northfield audiences always pack the house when Jack comes to town – so I’m especially pleased to present him this holiday weekend,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “The Cow will be hopping Friday night!”

In authentic troubadour tradition, Jack Klatt has traveled far and wide through the highways and bi-ways of America, Europe and Canada with his guitar always near by. Klatt has sang in countless barrooms, cafes, living rooms, theaters and street corners all over the world, entertaining folks with his boisterous finger-picking style and whiskey worn voice, continuing in the tradition of folks like Utah Phillips, Blind Willie MacTell and Towns Van Zandt.

Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer to perform at Northfield’s Contented Cow

Jake Hyer & Martin Devaney

The Contented Cow in Northfield is pleased to present critically-acclaimed and popular Twin Cities singer/songwriter Martin Devaney, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist and long-time collaborator Jake Hyer, on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public.

Dubbed “the Mayor of St. Paul” by friends and compatriots in the Twin Cities music scene, Devaney is a classically-trained musician and renowned singer-songwriter with six albums to his credit, each garnering more and more praise from critics and fans. His latest release, “House of Rust,” puts Devaney on the brink of national stardom. He has been described as “a charming, bushy haired, sweet-voiced tunesmith” by No Depression magazine (the go-to- source for lovers of alt-country music), and has quickly become known for his poetic, yet unpretentious songs and inspired live performances. Devaney has shared the stage with an impressive list of national acts including Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, The Jayhawks, Semisonic, Soul Asylum, Billy Bragg, Evan Dando, Damien Jurado, Rhett Miller, Mike Doughty, Mary Lou Lord, The Roots, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Richard Buckner.

The Matchmaker at Northfield High School

MatchmakerNorthfield High School Theater Presents The Matchmaker by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Thornton Wilder.

Fridays and Saturdays, November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 PM. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for students.

The Broadway musical Hello Dolly is adapted from this farce: Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder's clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.

Public Benefit Concert for the Skatepark at The Cave

The Northfield Skateboard Coalition and The Cave (Carleton College) are hosting a public benefit concert for the skatepark on Saturday, November 8, at The Cave. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be matched by a generous donor.

The concert features local bands The Liberty Orchestra, Pillow Fighting, El Triunfo, Love Surprise, Charley Markson and the Cutters, and Bob Crash. There will also be an opportunity to see the preliminary skatepark designs, view the Skateboard Coalition video, and talk to local skateboarders.

What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.

Author Rachael Hanel to Speak at the Northfield Public Library

Author, Rachael Hanel will give a talk on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7 pm at the Northfield Public Library on her book “We’ll be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter”.  Rachael is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and teaches Mass Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  The book is described as “at times heartbreaking and at others gently humorous and uplifting”.   The book was a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards.   The program is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606. 


Japanese Gardens in North America subject of Carleton Art History Lecture

Quiet Beauty

The Carleton College Department of Art and Art History will present “Rising Suns in the North: Japanese Gardens in Minnesota” on Friday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. Art historian Kendall Brown, author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” will discuss his book, tracing the local manifestations of this trans-Pacific imagination by examining the rich history of Japanese Gardens in Minnesota.

Created along with photographer David M. Cobb, “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America” (Tuttle Publishing, 2013) extols the serenity of Japanese gardens, lauding their soothing environments in a world of "the cacophony of cities (and) the anonymity of suburbs (The Oregonian). The lavishly illustrated book acts as a tour guide to 26 such gardens—including the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Francisco Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and Shomu'en (Pine Mist Garden) at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn.

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