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Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)As always, ­ Northfield has more entertainment than you can shake a stick at starting tonight, Friday, April 14, with a Faculty Recital by the Veblen Trio, 8 p.m., at Carleton and The Fabulous Lovehandles at the Fabulous Grand Event Center at 8:30 p.m.

Marty Anderson will be rocking the Contented Cow (the deck might even be open!). Harmonic Voodoo is playing Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas and Chris Herriges is at the Tavern (again - it's deckable!)

Saturday night the Contented Cow is hosting Chernobyl the Musikal, Dawn's will again sport Harmonic Voodoo and Bridgewater Ramblers are at the Tavern. And then on Sunday you can enjoy one more shot at the weekend with Sunday Night Live from 5-11 p.m. at the Cow.

Before the next weekend rolls around, you might want to download a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide for the most comprehensive details on what's ahead for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds. And there's more great weeknight entertainment just ahead, including Nordic Jam Monday at the Cow, and Mark Mraz Thursday night at the Tavern. And for yet another opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of the Grand, NDDC and the Grand are hosting a Northfield Documentary Film Festival Thursday at 7 p.m.


Northfield.org "Springtime" Photo Contest - $50 Grand Prize!


The First Annual Northfield.org Springtime Photo Contest

The contest is closed! Thanks for your interest!

This year Northfield.org is holding a photo competition for the best "Springtime" photo. Winner will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks during the big Northfield.org Membership Drive Kickoff Celebration!

More inside!...


Fairy Tale Princess visits Northfield

Click for larger sizePrincess Märtha Louise of Norway came to Northfield yesterday on a book tour to support her new childrens book, a fairy tale featuring her grandfather and great-grandparents as characters. She is the last member of Norway's royal family to visit our fair city, coming just six months after a visit by her brother, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus.

The Junior Singers of the Northfield Youth Choirs entertained the standing-room-only crowd at St. Olaf's Buntrock Commons and Svein Nyhus, the book's illustrator, showed and spoke about a few of the illustrations, pointing out some interesting "hidden" details in the images. Then the princess read from the book, with an expressiveness that delighted the schoolkids gathered at her feet, before settling down to sign autographs for hundreds of book-clutching admirers.


Vienna? Paris? No, Northfield.

Romantic Walk Along the Cannon

Many people went out last night to enjoy the beautiful evening -- including this couple taking advantage of a romantic evening along the Cannon.

But beware! I saw my first mosquito this morning. Heidi Hamilton also said the city will have a wide variety of projects going on this summer, but that this year's Highway 3/19 work shouldn't be quite as disruptive as last year's.

Speaking of the Cannon and projects, the Cannon River Watershed Cleanup will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. Interested volunteers can contact Hilary Ziols at 507-646-8400.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_ware.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/ware.jpg The Northfield Historical Society presents The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. This event will be held at the Grand Event Center on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. A special exhibit designed and produced by NHS intern and St. Olaf Student *Becca Wheeler*, will be on display. Becca will also give a quick history on the Grand.

Following Becca's presentation there will be a video documentary, which was done by two Carleton Students *Megan Vig* and *Lauran Allinson*. Following the video, there will be a brief panel discussion on remembrances of the Grand given by *Steve Swanson, Herb Fick, Phyliss Finger, Brynhild Rowberg*, and *John Mark Schad*.

This event is _free_ to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

_Editor's note_: Hayes has kindly agreed to file a write-up of the event after it happens. Thanks, Hayes!


Arts A La Carte at Northfield High School This Friday

Click to view larger sizeThe music and visual art departments at Northfield High School are gearing up for Arts a la Carte, a student celebration of all the arts on Friday April 7th from 6:00 until 9:00 at the High School. And the one dollar admission will buy you a chance to win an Ipod! 

This event will showcase the talents of hundreds of talented students and will feature vocal and instrumental ensembles, a student art exhibit and booths of the Honors Art students who will be demonstrating in various media, including painting, ceramics and filmmaking. 

There are also student run activities for the whole family such as face painting, art button making, marbleized paper making, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), wandering magician, portrait artists and book making, just to name a few! And back by popular demand is the make your own fish print T-shirt event. 


Health Insurance Forum with Kip Sullivan

Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, will be at St. Olaf on Thursday, April 6th to present the background history of our current health insurance system and explain why the coalition believes a universal single-payer insurance system is a better plan. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Northfield League of Women Voters and the St. Olaf Nursing Dept.

April 6, 2006 at 7pm, St. Olaf Science Center, Room 274.

For more information, see the MUHCC website: http://www.muhcc.org/


Norwegian girls choir to perform at St. Olaf

Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral's Girls' Choir from Norway, conducted by Anita Brevik, will perform a concert at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the choir's United States tour titled "Songs Across the Sea."

In addition to visiting St. Olaf, the choir will travel to Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., and New York. The tour runs from April 1-11 and aims to promote Norwegian culture and heritage.

The tour follows the St. Olaf Choir's visit to Trondheim, Norway in June 2005. While at Nidaros Cathedral the two choirs, together with Norwegian mezzo-soprano Randi Stene, recorded the holiday special A St. Olaf Christmas in Norway, which aired nationally in December on PBS.

The concert program for this tour includes selections spanning the musical spectrum, from Norwegian, Swedish, English, Latin and German songs, to Mozart compositions to traditional Norwegian folk songs.


Tonight's Entertainment Options

Wow! Check out what's happening TONIGHT in our not-so-sleepy little town...

On the live music front, the Blue Moon String Band gets a jump on all the other bands by strutting their acoustic/country/folk/americana stuff at 7pm at Hogan Brothers.

90 minutes later your musical options increase dramatically. A new band called Scattered Skies makes their debut at Froggy Bottoms at 8:30. Harmonic Voodoo gets their groove on at the Tavern Lounge right around the same time.

Also at 8:30, Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders [full disclosure: I am a Bratlander] rock the Contented Cow with their original folk, gospel and protest songs and an eclectic mix of roots music and outlaw country.

And finally, If music's not your thing, Faribault's Merlin Players theater company bring their Monty Python-esque Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) to The Grand for the second night of a two-night stand.

Hope to see you downtown!


Norwegian princess to visit St. Olaf College

Princess Martha Louise of Norway, the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja and fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, will visit St. Olaf College on Thursday, April 13, as part of a national speaking and promotional tour for her book Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns.

Princess Martha Louise will be in the Black and Gold Ballroom in Buntrock Commmons at noon for a 30-minute presentation about growing up as royalty in today's world and why she wrote her bestselling children's book. Her remarks will be followed by 80 minutes of book signing. The talk is free and open to the public. Svein Nyhus, award-winning illustrator of the book, also will be present. Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns is on sale at the St. Olaf Bookstore. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns centers on events in 1905, when Norway's union with Sweden was peacefully dissolved and Norway needed to find a new royal family. The book's tale begins there and is based on the childhood of the princess' grandfather, King Olav V. Little Prince Olav wants to play in the snow and ski just like the other children, but every time he leaves the palace something bad happens to the crown on his head, and the king and queen are not amused.


Northfield Entertainment Guide: April, 2006 issue

Click to view PDFThe new issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) is now available free throughout the Northfield area and here via PDF.

Click the image to view it within your browser or right-click on the image to "Save link/target as..." and then view or print it from your computer.



Geek Night; March 30

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Geek Night is on March 30, at the The Contented Cow. Geeks normally arrive starting around 7:00 PM. The Cow will be providing the obligatory whiteboard, supporting geeks' needs.

Geek Night is an informal social gathering, where topics of discussion range from math, to computer science, to philosophy, to chemistry - and everything else geeky.

Bruce Morlan has a math puzzler on his blog as a Geek Night teaser.


Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid, the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s annual book sale, will be Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29, at the Northfield Ice Arena, South Highway 3, Northfield.

Book donations will be welcome at the arena beginning Monday, April 3. Hours of collection will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. During the week of April 18 through April 23, the arena will be open to receive book donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26-April 28; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

The hospital auxiliary uses funds from the book sale to support the Northfield Hospital and other community health projects.


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