Arts and Entertainment

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Susan Hvistendahl Signs Her Book at Village on the Cannon

Volumes 2 and 3 of Susan Hvistendahl's trilogy of "Historic Happenings" books will be presented at the Village on the Cannon Community Room, along with a book signing, on Thursday, June 11, with a social time at 6:30 followed by the presentation of books on St. Olaf and Carleton happenings at 7 pm. The books are compilations of columns written for the Entertainment Guide since 2007. Refreshments will be provided by the Northfield Historical Society, which published the books in collaboration with the Guide. Special musical guest on the VOC piano will be Marc Reigel of Carleton's Night Crawlers, a rock group featured in the Carleton book.

Books & Stars the weekly series of outdoor entertainment begins June 10th!

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Books & Stars is a community-wide entertainment series held at various parks on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 in June, July & August.

Booker, the Northfield Book Bus opens at 6:30.  Booker has Library materials for all ages and summer reading program supplies!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy free, family friendly entertainment.

June 10 Way Park Ventriloquist James Wedgwood

Made possible by a grant from SEMAC, Myrtle Houston Fund and the Northfield Historical Society

June 17 Central Park Singer Justin Roberts

Sponsored by the Friends & Foundation    of the Library.

Palestine Film Series Begins June 9


Bethel Lutheran Church Mission and Justice Committee and Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel announce an international film series focused on the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.  The films will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on June 9. They will be shown at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield and are free and open to the public. There will be time for a brief discussion following each film.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Rise Up Singing

Northfield area community members are invited to gather and sing together on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington St in Northfield.

Singing together is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of relaxing fun. We'll use the Rise Up Singing songbook -- a huge collection with the words for 1,200 folk and popular songs, so there's sure to be something for everyone. Songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share.

People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome - please come and bring a friend!

Carleton’s renowned Chinese Music Ensemble performs in concert

Chinese Music Ensemble

The Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The program will include Chinese music ranging from traditional to modern compositions, with performances in a variety of configurations, including a trio, a quintet, the Pipa Ensemble, the Guzheng Ensemble, and solos by award-winning artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Established ten years ago, the ensemble plays traditional Chinese instruments. Comprised primarily of Carleton students, the performance will also feature Northfield High School student, Alida Dice. Under the direction of world-class Pipa artist, Gao Hong, the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble has performed to much acclaim at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, and at numerous conferences and Chinese celebrations through the region.

Carleton screens National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo’s stunning best-selling book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” comes to life on the big screen on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. in the Weitz Center Cinema.

Presented in high-definition video by National Theatre Live in London, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is playwright Sir David Hare’s new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo’s first-hand account of life in a modern day Mumbai slum. Boo spent three years recording the lives of its impoverished residents and her uncompromising re-telling received numerous accolades, including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2012.

5th Annual Latino (and Friends!) Play Festival


In case you are unaware or have forgotten, Northfield Human Rights Commisioner Corinne Smith alerts all to an amazing production that will be on in Northfield this weekend--The Latino Play Festival.

This is the 5th annual production by this group.  The production is created by a high school drama class that originated to provide a voice for Latino youth.  For the last two years the group has been open to other students from the high school so represents diversity.

Book launch and signing at The Key: Table 13 Journals


"Table 13 Journals: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation" is  the personal story of a teenager's struggles with drugs, violence, and persistent thoughts of suicide. The story is set in 2000-2001, a product of the mentoring program at the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key).

The story is told in young Miles Harrison's own words, written when he was 15 and 16, and in the words of Ted O'Toole, who was his mentor at the center during this period.  It also tells the story of the healing effects of the remarkable youth center  and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism.

Ted O'Toole -- a lawyer and Zen practitioner, now a Buddhist priest -- and Miles Harrison’s mentoring sessions evolved into writing journals, then writing a book using their journals entries written over their year-long mentorship. “Table 13” is the table at Bill’s Pizza Palace, where Miles and Ted met to compare journal entries.

The authors' official book launch and signing is on June 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. at The Key – the building that the Center’s kids themselves own and operate -- at 109 Sixth Street West, Northfield, Minnesota. 

Carleton’s library gets “Solid Gould” treatment from artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant

Prolific artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant will speak at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “Solid Gould Hits:  The College Library as Archive, Small Publisher, Maker Space, Laboratory, Incubator, and Late-Night Social Club,” Sturdevant’s presentation celebrates the many ways the library is used, along with the variety of resources it offers.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 9-10

CVRO May 2015 Concerts

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, directed by founder and conductor Paul Niemisto, will present two May concerts in celebration of the end of their 35th Anniversary season.The first concert will be in Northfield on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St. The second concert will be in Faribault on Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of our Merciful Savior, 515 2nd Ave NW.

“Vibrantly screwy” musical duo Polygraph Lounge to perform at Carleton College

Polyphonic Lounge

The zany musical duo Polygraph Lounge will appear nightly at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Called “vibrantly screwy” by Time Out New York, the duo will perform “Live From Brooklyn,” a rib-tickling musical rollercoaster in the spirit of Spike Jones, Victor Borge, PDQ Bach, and Weird Al Yankovic—and featuring Carleton students and an audience noseflute choir (the community is invited to “BYON.”) Performances are free and open to the public.

Carleton invites the community to an Evening of Arab Music

Bassam Saba

Bassam Saba, a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, will perform on oud, violin, buzuq, saz, and the Western classical flute in a rare appearance on Thursday, May 14from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall.

Saba is part of Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, and he performs extensively in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. He has worked with some of the most prominent Arab musicians of our time: Fairuz, Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Wadi El-Safi, and Kazim al-Saher. Saba has also worked with Western musicians, such as Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Sting, and Herbie Hancock.

Renowned Ragamala Dance Company presents “Sacred Earth”

Ragamala Dance Company

As part of Carleton College’s weekly convocation series, the renowned Ragamala Dance Company will present a special performance on Friday, May 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

“Sacred Earth” explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Performed with live music, the dancers attempt to create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance derived from it.

The performance of “Sacred Earth” is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

10 Weeks to a 5K

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10 Weeks to a 5k.  Do you want start running?  Train to run your first 5K with support from the Northfield Y. 

Enjoy a fun way to get healthy, meet new people and experience the power of the group in helping you to reach your goal. 

Wedensdays May 27 - July 29, 10 sessions 

6:30-7:30 pm 

Meet in the Northfield Y gathering room (just inside the front doors). 

Registration fee:  $30 for Y Members, $40 for Community Members.  Ages 16+  Before the first session, get your legs ready with 8 days of walking.  Visit the Y's website to register or call 507-645-0088.   Download our flyer for more details. 

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” gets big screen treatment at Carleton’s Weitz Center Cinema

Colm Freore in the Stratford Festival's production of King Lear

William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” will hit the big screen on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The screening is of the 2014 production at the renowned Stratford Festival in Canada, starring celebrated classical actor Colm Feore as the mad king and directed by the company’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino. This event is free and open to the public.

Recorded in high-definition, the film is the first in a massive initiative by the Stratford Festival to film and broadcast all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next ten years. “King Lear” originally premiered on 350 movie screens across the United States in February 2015. The Stratford Festival plans to release three or four new films each year as part of an almost $40 million effort.

The attempt to bring the complete works of William Shakespeare to audiences around the world is the first by a North American arts organization and the dream of artistic director Cimolino.

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