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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. 

"The Dead Lands" by Ben Percy Release Party - Tonight at 7pm!

The Dead Lands Release Party - 7pm, April 14

Celebrate Benjamin Percy‘s latest novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, at a free hometown release party, featuring a reading by the author and music from Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders and Wesley Church & The Fabulous Vanguards. It’s all happening at the Upstairs Rueb ‘n’ Stein at 503 Division Street South.

Northfield’s Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels and two short story collections. He is a contributing editor at Esquire and writes the Green Arrow series for DC Comics. His crime series, Black Gold — set in the North Dakota oil fields — is currently in development with STARZ TV network.

Books and CDs will be available for sale from Content Bookstore.

150th Observance of President Lincoln's Assassination

Our American Cousin

Take a journey back in time on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. You will be spending an evening at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. to witness the 150th anniversary of events that changed the course of history forever.

On April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln arrived late to the theater to see the play “Our American Cousin,” but was in good spirits. Midway through Act III, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head and stabbed Henry Rathbone who was seated next to the President. Booth immediately jumped from the President’s box to the stage, shouting “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto)”.  He broke his leg when he landed on the stage, but managed to escape the theater and Washington D.C.

Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and Receive Rewards

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Best Summer Ever!
Friendship, Accomplishment, Belonging

Register for Y Navigator Camp in April and get rewarded! If you register between April 1-15, you’ll receive a $15 gift card, good towards merchandise in the Y Store! Register between April 16-30 and receive a $10 gift card. It’s easy– register today!

Y Navigator is a flexible 3-, 4- or 5-day-a-week camp, available from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with programmed activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., that is based at the new Northfield Y facility.  Come one week or come all summer! Kids will enjoy trips to local and not-so-local destinations, all designed to strengthen their imaginations and stretch their bodies. Includes swimming at our pool.

Your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive, nurturing environment.

Author / MPR Commentator Jonathan Odell Reads at Content Bookstore

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Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."

World renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu makes rare Northfield appearance at Carleton College

Jon Nakamatsu

World renowned classical and jazz pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. A Van Cliburn gold medalist, Nakamatsu is considered to be one of the most sough-after pianists of his generation. Bernard Holland of theNew York Times wrote, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants."

Nakamatsu’s not-to-be-missed performance will feature selections by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin—and is free and open to the public.

Nakamatsu draws unanimous praise all around the globe as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. He is noted for his continuously expanding career based on a deeply probing and illuminating musicality, as well as his quietly charismatic performing style.

Triathlon been on your bucket list?

Do you want to complete a triathlon? The Northfield Y is offering a 6-week Y "Tri" to Get Fit program that will teach you proper form and strategy to train for a triathlon. Each session will include an educational and a workout component. Work with Kyle, one of our Certified Personal Trainers; he will take you through a 6-week course meeting once a week (no class April 22) to learn about the training process for a Sprint Triathlon, and give you workouts to complete for the next week. Ages 15 and up.  

More information on the Y's website, including online registration and more details on Kyle's Personal Training experience

Sophocles meets the Wild West: Carleton presents "Murder at Jagged Rock"

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On Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 pm, Keyne Cheshire will present excerpts from Murder at Jagged Rock, his brilliant re-imagining of Sophocles’ tragedy The Women of Trachis set in the Wild West. The event will take place in LDC 104, and will last appoximately 90 minutes.

The Women of Trachis tells the story of the fatal jealousy of Deineira, the wife of Herakles. Cheshire has moved the action from mythical Greece to the mythical Wild West, and set his translations of Sophocles’ choral odes to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass. 

Northfield Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry Contest 2015 Winners Announced

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The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the city's fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Chosen from among 101 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who participated in the competition and announces the following winners, in aphabetical order:  Anna Chotlos, Toni Easterson (2 poems), Brendon Etter, Rob Hardy, Anne Kopas (2 poems), Nicole Lewis, and Leslie Schultz.

Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House to open second location


Longtime downtown Northfield coffee shop Goodbye Blue Monday is set to open its second location in Dundas in what is expected to be the first of 73 new shops.

The new java shop’s soft opening is slated for April 11 and will kick off with a "Breakfast of Champions."

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