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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

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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."


Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell presents Carleton Convocation and Community Sing

Ysaye Maria Barnwell

Friday, April 3, the Carleton College convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement.  And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities.

Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.


"Swing Low," a unique collection of hanging landscapes, opens in Carleton's Weitz Center for Creativity

Installation by artist Rebecca Hutchinson

Arts staff at Carleton College are busy installing a new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum that literally ‘hangs’ in the Braucher Gallery. “Swing Low,” opening Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3, features sculptural works from four talented artists that hang from the space’s ceiling grid, creating a unique and varied visual landscape.

“Swing Low” features the work of three Minnesota artists—Elizabeth Simonson, Alison Hiltner, and HOTTEA (aka Eric Rieger)—along with Massachusetts artist Rebecca Hutchinson. All four artists will speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening event, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


Enrollment to open for summer classes at the Northfield Arts Guild

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On March 20th, the Northfield Arts Guild's enrollment begins for our Summer Classes.  The Young Peoples Theater (celebrating it's 25th year!) will have two three week sessions this year:  June 8 - 26 and July 13 - 31.  Our summer art and clay camps are scheduled for the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd.  Your kids will learn to work in many different media and have fun expressing themselves.  For the musically inclined, we are offering dance classes for ages 8+ and Music Together for infants to 5 and their parents. For more information and to enroll visit our website at www.northfieldartsguild.org.


'Prof rockers' The Counterfactuals selected to perform at 2015 MN Music Summit

The Counterfactuals

The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—have been selected to appear as part of the 2015 Minnesota Music Summit, sponsored annually by the Minnesota Music Coalition. The Counterfactuals will perform along with nationally-acclaimed musical artists Fathom Lane and Chastity Brown on Friday, April 10 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, Minn.

Advance tickets to the performance, and more information about the Minnesota Music Summit and the Minnesota Music Coalition, can be found here


Eight Northfield Poets Included in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes Anthology

Eight Northfield poets were chosen for inclusion in SELCO's 2015 Poetic Strokes anthology. SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is a consortium of public libraries in eleven southeastern Minnnesota counties, representing communities from Cannon Falls to Austin and Winona. 55 poems were chosen from 286 entries submitted by 219 individual poets. The Northfielders included in the anthology are: Toni Easterson, Scott Forsgren, D.E. Green, Rob Hardy, Brenda Hellen, Jim Holden, Laura Cloak Meyers, and Anna Priore.  


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network - Join us Monday, March 2nd 6:00 pm

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community - Supporting our local veterans

Call to Action:  Join us for our Kick-Off Event, When:  Mon March 2nd 6:00-8:30 pm at the National Guard Armory

What is a Yellow RibbonCommunity?

A Yellow Ribbon Community unites key areas within a community to create a comprehensivenetwork that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of creating access toresources that meet the needs at the local level of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families across the state ofMinnesota.

Why Become a Yellow Ribbon Community?


Jay Ungar and Molly Mason performing with the CVRO March 8

CVRO with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason March 8

The 2014-15 season of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) marks the 35th anniversary of the orchestra. The third concert of this celebratory year, Americana: Traditional Fiddling Spectacular will take place Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. This single performance will be in the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium beginning at 3:30. The concert will feature internationally renowned folk musicians Molly Mason and Jay Ungar. Advance reservations for tickets can be made online at www.cvrorchestra.org, or by calling 507-645-8877.  Suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for students and children.


New Exhibit to be Unveiled at City Hall

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Philip Spensley, chair of he city’s Arts and Culture Commission, announces that this coming Friday there will be an artist reception in conjunction with the opening of the second professional artist's art exhibit in the main corridor of City Hall. Jill Ewald, Arts and Culture Commission member, is the curator.  A new schools art installation will also be on display on the second floor.  

Northfield City Council has embraced the promotion of artists who reside in the Northfield Area, and the beautification of the City through art in public places. As part of this, the renovation of City Hall included creating a gallery atmosphere in both levels of City Hall: professional artists show their work on the first floor and student work is on display on the 2nd floor. Both shows rotate. The second professional Show will open this Friday, Feburary 27, from 4-6 in City Hall. Snacks will be provided.


Carleton presents annual production of “The Vagina Monologues;” All proceeds to benefit the Hope Center

Carleton presents "The Vagina Monologues"

Carleton College will present its annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Sometime funny and sometime poignant, this student-produced and student-performed theatrical production is inspired by women’s experiences with sexuality, love and resilience. All of the proceeds, including ticket, t-shirt and candy sales, will be donated to the Hope Center in Faribault.

Tickets will be sold on a $5-$25 sliding scale and can be purchased at the door or inadvance online at https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/gsc/vagmons2015/tickets/.


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