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Veterans Share Their Stories at Carleton College

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0in">In Minnesota alone, 1 in 13 adults are veterans—and all have compelling stories to tell. On Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m., six Minnesota veterans will bring their stories to Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity in Telling: Minnesota, an original three-act play based on their experiences. A reception and 30-minute moderated discussion with the cast immediately follows the play. The event is free and open to the public, but ticket reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.


The Carleton Players present Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal”

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The Carleton Players will present American playwright Sophie Treadwell’s riveting play, “Machinal,” inspired by the real life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder.  Performances are nightly Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., along with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy/.

“Machinal” tells the story of Helen, a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, lives a life nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. Taking place just before the great Depression, Sophie Treadwall's play tracks the life of a desperate young woman destroyed by the world of money, men and machines.


Genesis: The Art of Creation to be Broadcast this Saturday on TPT-MN

Paul Krause's documentary, Genesis: The Art of Creation, will be broadcast four times this coming Saturday, February 22. on TPT-MN (Charter cable channel 396) Broadcast times are 2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm. The film documents the creation of the painting Genesis by our nationally honored local artist Fred Somers.

The painting was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondolet in St. Paul. At the time of its creation, the painting was Fred's largest work.


Sidewalk Poetry Sought

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Want to MAKE YOUR MARK in a downtown sidewalk?  Here's your chance! Thanks to funding provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield is currently conducting its fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest.  Residents of Northfield and students attending Northfield schools at all levels (including the colleges) are eligible to participate.  Each person may submit up to two poems.  A blind judging process is carried out, during which judges are unaware of any identifying information regarding the poets.  Please look to the website of the Friends and Foundation of the Library for important contest guidelines.  Poems may be submitted to the Library throughout the month until 5:30 pm on Friday, February 28th.  Winning poets will be announced in March.


Carleton Concert Presented by Distinguished Pianist Lydia Artymiw

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On Sunday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to a piano performance by distinguished guest artist Lydia Artymiw, performing a diverse program of works by Mozart and Schumann, along with a selection of works by Ukranian composers. This performance, held in the Carleton College Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.

“Lydia Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear,” wrote Bernard Holland in a recent New York Times review. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw is considered one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. 


Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 


Carleton Invites Public to Screening and Discussion of the Critically Acclaimed Film, “Never Let Me Go”

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Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema, the public is invited to a special screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film, “Never Let Me Go” (2010, rated ‘R’). Based on best-selling novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), the film is a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Following the screening of the movie, Alan Rubenstein, senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics and Hanson Scholar in Ethics, will lead a discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

This hauntingly poignant and emotional story stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightly—who live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. Released in 2010, “Never Let Me Go” was directed by Mark Romanek from a screenplay by Alex Garland.


Carleton Awarded Grant to Host Contemporary French Film Festival

Carleton College is once again partnering with FACE, the French American Cultural Exchange, to present the Tournées Film Festival, bringing five acclaimed contemporary French films to the campus and the Northfield community.

The Tournées Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of contemporary French cinema. The films span generational and geographic borders, offer a range of genres and subjects, and showcase innovations in both style and storytelling. There are films by first-time directors alongside those from respected and revered figures in French cinema.

The films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Carleton College faculty members will provide a brief introduction prior to each film. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.


TPT-MN to Air HARVEST documentary on February 1

Twin Cities Public Television will air Paul Krause's documentary Harvest this coming Saturday, February 1 on their Minnesota channel (Charter Cable 396). The program will air four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Jane McDonnell's Poetry Reading - POSTPONED!

Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed. 

Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.


Make Your Mark - Special Kick-Off for 4th Annual Sidewalk Poetry Competition

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From Northfield Arts and Culture Commission Chair Philip Spensley, comes this announcement:

Time to get those images that inspire you into words.  For the fourth year running, Northfielders will have the opportunity to see their poems or those written by their friends and neighbors stamped into sidewalks around town. 

The 2014 competition kicks off Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. in the Just Food's Community Meeting Room with the first public screening of Paul Krause's new documentary "Northfield's Sidewalk Poetry" (see the bottom of this post for a short preview).  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite poem to share.  The 2014 competition runs throughout February, with the final date to submit poems either mailed or delivered by 5:30 pm on February 28.


Carleton presents Area Premiere of “Remembering Nokutela,” Latest Film by Professor Chérif Keita

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Carleton College will present the area’s premiere screening of “Remembering Nokutela,” the latest documentary film by Professor of French and Francophone Studies ChérifKeita, on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The film, screened as part of the College’s International Film Forum, and co-sponsored by the Carleton Humanities Center, chronicles Keita’s four-year-long journey to uncover the story of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), the long-forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa. A question and answer session with Keita will follow the screening. The film is suitable for all audiences and the screening is free and open to the public.

Keita stresses the significance of this particular film: “All too often, the (hi)story of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, that footnote simply disappears when a woman has not been able to conceive or bear a child.” The story “rescues Nokutela from the purgatory of history, almost a century after her death at the age of 44.”


Carleton presents Weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is hosting a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held every Thursday (while classes are in session) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, these screenings are free and open to the public.


Public Invited to Screenings Hosted by Carleton Film Society

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The Carleton Film Society, a student-run organization that promotes arthouse films, presents weekly public screenings on Saturday evenings at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Each film is preceded by an introduction from a Carleton professor or other guest speaker, and student-led discussions follow the screenings. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming screenings include


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