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Calling All Artists: Art for City Hall

Art at City Hall

Calling all artists: The City of Northfield and its Arts and Culture Commission are soliciting artists interested in having their artwork displayed at City Hall. The artwork may be for sale or on loan, and the application deadline is Friday, January 30.

Exhibition Dates: February 19, 2015 – August 20, 2015.

Medium: Any 2-D or free-standing 3-D medium, no electronic (limited space for 3-D)

  • All art must be framed and/or completely ready for installation. The works will be secured.
  • All art must measure no more than 5 feet on its largest dimension.

Insurance: Artists will carry their own insurance or sign a waiver.

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Bombshell: The Art of the Pin-Up

Stop on down to High Noon Ink in downtown Northfield for a pin-up art show! The "Bomber Pin-Up" is a classic piece of Americana that dates back to World War I and World War II and continues to this day. High Noon is hosting an exhibition of modern re-creations of these works of art in honor of this American tradition. So stop in and check out the show, the shop, and meet the artists while you're at it.

High Noon Ink, Downtown Northfield

Saturday, January 31st @ 5pm

Free Show!

Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off Saturday, January 31st at 10 am

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of the 5th year of its Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st, at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  The short documentary featuring Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry project, produced by local filmmaker, Paul Krause, will be shown at the event.  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  The winners of the 2014 competition have been invited to share their entries from last year’s contest. 

Northfield's 2015 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Kick-off - Saturday, January 31st, 10 am in the Northfield Public Library Meeting Room

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will mark the start of this year's Sidewalk Poetry competition with a Kick-off event on Saturday, January 31st at 10 am in the Northfield Library Meeting Room.  In celebration of the start of this year's contest, the public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite short poem to share.  

August: Osage County at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces the upcoming production of  the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. This drama tells the story of the tumultuous Weston family as they near the most epic of family meltdowns.  Described by the New York Times as “Fiercely funny and bitingly sad” this play is a gritty, honest, look at a family in crisis.  This show is intended for an adult audience.

Auditions announced for OLIVER! at the Northfield Arts Guild

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater announces auditions for the beloved musical theater classic OLIVER! Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this production brings to life the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. One of the most popular musicals in the world, Oliver was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 1968 film version won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

Carleton professor shadows Marco Polo’s famous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing (and beyond) in the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey”

Carleton Professor Qiguang Zhao

Carleton College is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed mini-series, “Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey,” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema January 25 and 29. Shot in epic cinematic style, the three-part series explores the philosophical and historical questions about East and West, then and now, as it contemplates the meaning and implications of Marco Polo’s infamous 13th-century journey from Venice to Bejiing. The series follows Carleton professor Qiguang Zhao, Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, as he travels to Venice to chase the shadow of Marco Polo.

A childhood fascination with the Italian explorer has become a lifelong passion for Professor Zhao. In the three-part film, Zhao seeks out the Marco Polo story, chronicling the people, places, power and perceptions of a Westerner discovering the East centuries ago, and asks what resonance this has for the world today.

Rock 'n' Roll Revival Ticket Fundraiser to Benefit Fine Arts Boosters

Rock 'n' Roll Revival

Tickets to the Northfield High School's production of Rock 'n' Roll Revival can be a hot commodity. This year, The Northfield Fine Arts Boosters are offering concert-goers a chance to win the best seats in the house. NFAB has launched a blind bid ticket auction that runs until Feb. 13.

NFAB is auctioning packages of four prime seats for each upcoming performance of Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival 2015. These seats are visually and acoustically the best seats in the house.

The auction is a fundraiser and is online only. Bidding opened on Jan. 15 and closes on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Bids are blind so bidders will not receive information on the status of their bid until the auction has ended.

To place a bid, visit

Carleton presents screening of award-winning documentary film “Above All Else”

Above All Else

Carleton College will present a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film “Above All Else” on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Directed by John Fiege, Carleton Class of 1997, and produced by Daryl Hannah,  “Above All Else” reveals the hidden story of how the Keystone XL pipeline battle in East Texas has built a community of resistance to the climate crisis in Amerca. Winner of the Best North American Documentary at the Global Visions Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an inspiring, dramatic, and very timely eco-doc.” This screening is free and open to the public.

Arts and Culture Commission Celebrates Theo and DeWayne Wee


The public is invited to celebrate the 2015 Living Treasure Award to Theo and DeWayne Wee on Thursday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. The award is given annually by the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to a person or organization that has contributed substantially over a period of time to the identity of Northfield and to its quality of life through arts and culture.

Commission chair, Philip Spensley, notes that over the years since their arrival in Northfield in 1966, the Wees “consistently, generously and unstintingly contributed their skills and talents to a wide range of community organizations and events;” They both serve as organists for local churches and have worked with the public schools’ music programs.

Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me Film Postponed


Tonight’s Northfield showing of the “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” documentary, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to severe weather. The film has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 29. Northfield Retirment Community and Three Links will be in touch with all ticket holders via email next week to confirm their attendance at the January 29 showing. Visit for more information.

The Arts for Martin Community Choir: An Invitation

Arts for Martin

You are invited to join singers from around the Northfield community for our annual evening of reflection on and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, at Arcadia Charter School’s Arts for Martin, Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

This is an inspiring evening, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists and actors from throughout the community, middle school to professional level.

Come and join the community choir. All ages and levels are welcome. We will gather for rehearsal at Arcadia on Tuesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM and Thursday, January 15th, 7:00 PM. The performance is at 7:00 PM Friday, January 16th at Arcadia, 1719 Cannon Road.


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Last summer, Margo Krager opened her shop, Reproduction Fabrics in Northfield.  More precisely, she moved her store from Montana, to be closer to her daughter and family, and continued a business she has had for years.  Her shop, on the second floor of the 1st National Bank building, with an entrance on 4th street, specializes in fabrics from different time periods, covering 1775 - 1950.  She sells to individual sewers and quilters, but her biggest customers are from the movie and television industry, theater companies, and historical centers who want to produce authentic looking costumes.  She does considerable business online.  Margo will talk about reproduction fabrics, emphasizing textiles during the Jesse James era, on Tuesday, January 13, at 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library. 

This program is part of the library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program, and is free and open to the public.


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Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter. During the cold, snowy months of January and February, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library. Join the library Hot Reads program starting Monday, January 5, and read for prizes until Saturday, February 28. After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines about the book. The name and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be posted on the bulleting board downstairs. Patrons will be able to browse book comments for ideas of new books to read.  Three winning names will be drawn each week and each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business.  Patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center. Their completed slips will also be posted at the library, and the participants will be included in the weekly drawings. Several library programs are being planned for winter months.

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.

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