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Saturday night live music in Northfield

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In addition to the Just Food Cabaret at the NAG Theatrer, six other area venues are hosting music-related events tonight:

Hogan Brothers, The Grand, The Tavern, The Contented Cow, Brad's Corner Bar, and The Key.

See P. 7 of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) and the calendar entry for The Key's Punk Show for more.


ArtOrg's printmaking studio opens

ArtOrg's printmaking studio, lower floor of the Perman building (under the Art Store), held its grand opening last night with demonstrations, part of Artcrawl. Click photos to enlarge.

Local artists Rick Swearer and Liz See demonstrated the same press technique that was used to print Kari Alberg's Govenors Ball lithograph.


Scott King of Red Dragonfly Press demonstrated letterpress techniques to (left and center)) Jeanne Hatle and (right, L to R) Margit Johnson, Eric Johnson, Steve Hatle, Steve Wilmot, Sam Demas, and my main squeeze, Robbie Wigley.


John Berkey at ArtOrg


The "John Berkey Observed" show at ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery ended last night with a closing party. Above left and center: John Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey. Right: ArtOrg auctioned an original 1977 Berkey conceptual art piece for the movie Star Wars on eBay this week. The auction ended at 9 pm last night and the piece reportedly sold for $5,000. I've got my eye on a print of "Moonrise."


Weekend entertainment

negcoverthumbgeneric.gifThere's lots happening this weekend in the Northfield area, in addition to the Art Crawl. Where?

See pages 6-7 of the current issue of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF).


Art Crawl is today

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Ruth Sylte, Director of Communications for ArtOrg, has a posted an entry for today's ArtCrawl on the Upcoming.org calendar that's the most comprehensive. Someone made a poster for the event that's been plastered about town (above right, click to enlarge) but no one seems to have the PDF for it on their web sites. Participating organizations' event links: ArtOrg, ARTech, Art On Water Gallery, Northfield Arts Guild.


Rotarian lunch


At yesterday's Northfield Rotary lunch: Left: Jim Blaha, Charlie Skinner, Bob Will, Mark Mohlke, and Rick Estenson. (Skinner and Mohlke were admitted. It'll be my turn in a few weeks.) Center and right: Vicki Dilley's presentation included she and her husband Lee's Peace Corps years in Tuvalu. The basket of flags represent the countries of exchange students they've hosted at their home over the years. Click photos to enlarge.


Tidying up downtown


City of Northfield crews were downtown yesterday morning, taking advantage of the March-like weather to trim trees and remove Christmas lights and holiday banners. Click photos to enlarge.


Ramping up for the new Northfield.org

Despite the appearances, it was not an Oprah discussion group at my house earlier this evening. It was actually the NCO Tech Committee, scheming and building the next generation platform for Northfield.org. (Click photo to enlarge.)

L to R: NCO Board member Adam Gurno, NCO Tech committee chair Chip Cuccio, Sean Hayford O'Leary.

Our target date for the new site is Feb. 1. What could happen?


St. Olaf professor wins $200,000 award

armstrong.jpgStar Tribune: St. Olaf choir leader wins $200,000 teaching prize. "St. Olaf College choir conductor and music professor Anton Armstrong is the winner of the most lucrative award in the nation for great college teaching."

St. Olaf News Service: Anton Armstrong '78 receives $200,000 'great teaching' award

Baylor University has named Anton Armstrong, conductor of the famed St. Olaf Choir, the recipient of the 2006 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching -- the single largest award given in the United States to an individual for great teaching. Armstrong, the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and a 1978 alumnus, will receive $200,000; an additional $25,000 will be awarded to the St. Olaf Music Department.


CAP presents to PRAB; discussion continues on ISSUES list

cappowerpointthumb.gifThe dog park proponent group, Canines at Play (CAP) made a presentation to Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on Tuesday. CAP member Rick Estenson sent me this PowerPoint of their presentation. I've converted it to a PDF (4 meg).

Join our ISSUES email discussion list to participate in a discussion of this and other hot topics with over 150 other Northfield area citizens.


Northfield, Lee Lansing featured in today's South section of Star Tribune

Northfield and Mayor Lee Lansing are featured on the front page of today's Strib South Section: Hammering out an identity: "A downtown businessman himself, Northfield's mayor has pushed plans to let the city grow without losing its small-town feel."

Ross Currier of the NDDC and The Crossing are also included in the article.


The Parlor is closing

The Parlor Home Decor and More store in the Archer House is closing and is having a sale.


New blogger at the Historical Society

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator. Click for a larger view.

He joined the blogosphere last week with this post.


$25,000? Click. Kaching!

I took this photo yesterday of ArtOrg Executive Director Dave Machacek taking a long gaze at one of John Berkey's pieces that recently was purchased for $25,000 by a visitor to the ArtOrg web site.

Over $100,000 of Berkey's work has been sold since the exhibition, John Berkey Observed, opened last fall at their Moving Walls Gallery. The show closes this Friday, Jan. 13, with a party, part of this weekend's Northfield Art Crawl. Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey plan to attend. See Dave's blog post for more.


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