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HOPE FOR BRENNA Benefit Concert May 6 at Hogan Brothers

Click to view PDFA benefit concert will take place Saturday, May 6th, from 6-10 p.m. at Hogan Brothers. The concert will feature acoustic music from high school performers Andrew Wilson, Schuyler Huber, Nat Allister, Ben Cooper, Charlie Husman, Erik Eliason, and Damiel Lohmann. All proceeds go to a 15 year old girl named Brenna Hanson who is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic to treat her brain cancer.

There will be a small silent auction with a variety of art pieces available. There will also be a CD for sale produced just for this event, featuring the artists playing at the benefit. There is no cover charge for this concert, but a suggested donation of $3 is appreciated.

For more information or to donate artworks, please email me at magnetskateboards@gmail.com or give me a call at (507)645-5898.


Paul Christian returns to The Tavern

Paul Christian will be performing at the Tavern, Friday, April 28. You won't want to miss this rare opportunity to hear the singer that's been compared to Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison more than 200 times in the last four years! You can check out Paul Christian at www.myspace.com/paulchristian or www.paulchristian.com 

Paul's band will share the stage with members of "Skittish,"who were ranked at 181 on the CMJ Charts after only one week of their release, "The Tragedy of the Commons." Their website is at www.iamskittish.com

Paul Christian last performed in Northfield, Mn July 4th of '05.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)A weekend's worth of entertainment officially kicks off at the Grand this evening, 7 p.m., with the HealthFinders fundraiser that will include a catered dinner, live music by the Bridgewater Ramblers and Pide Kaimas as well as a silent and live auction. HealthFinders is a grassroots organization that helps under- and uninsured residents of Rice County find healthcare, so support a good cause and have a great time.

And again - for its second weekend, the Northfield Arts Guild's sexy, sultry sensation, "Cabaret," is filling the house with a 7:30 performance. Tickets are probably sold out, but it¹s always worth a shot to see what's at the door. If not that, sit back and enjoy "Up the Down Staircase," another theatrical production at the Northfield Middle School, also at 7:30.

But wait...there's more!


Feel Guildy this Saturday

Click for larger sizeMark your calendars and bring your checkbooks, its time for the Northfield Arts Guild's annual Auction for the Arts this Saturday, April 29th.

Ed Kuhlman and Mary Rossing [pictured at left] SPRING into the Arts and host the evening's activities once again at the Guild's largest fundraiser. We depend on the funds raised to keep the doors open, the classes running, the theater lights on, and the art on the gallery walls.

The Silent Auction Runs from 7-8pm with the always entertaining Live Auction from 8-10pm. Admission is $15 at the door. 

The Northfield Arts Guild auction is so much more than just an auction...it's entertainment!


Local Doctor/Actor Featured on TV

"It's probably safe to say you rarely see your doc in drag..."
 
Last Friday, WCCO news ran a story on Dr. Steve Lawler, a family practice physician at Northfield's Allina Clinic who's starring in the Northfield Arts Guild's production of Cabaret. I'm not sure how long the video clip will be up on the wcco.com website, but it's worth seeing. And you've gotta love the title: "Doc By Day, Cross-Dressing Emcee By Night"!

Cabaret is running for two more weekends at the NAG Theater, and tickets are limited.



Today's Earth Jam Music Schedule

Happy Earth Day! Today's forecast for a partly cloudy 67 degrees couldn't be more perfect for a day of hanging out on Bridge Square and listening to eight(!) live bands as part of Earth Jam 2006.

Here's the lineup:

2pm  Lucas Paine
3pm  Taggart Bros
4pm  Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
5pm  Harmonic VooDoo
6pm  Ben Cooper
7pm  The Chokey
8pm  Unicorn Basement
9pm  Hortense McLeode

Hope to see you downtown!


Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)Once again - Northfield dishes out more things to do than you can shake a stick at.

Perhaps as a precursor to the July Vintage Band Festival, The St. Olaf Collegium Musicum is going even further back to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras tonight, Friday, 7:30 p.m. in the Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf. And on the extreme opposite side of the coin, the Northfield Arts Guild Theater will host the opening of Cabaret, sensuous, sexy and sizzling (these are local actors, mind you) at 7:30 p.m.

Note that technically Cabaret is SOLD OUT Friday and Saturday with only a handful of tickets left for Sunday's matinee. But hope is not lost as a ticket or two can oftentimes be had at the door. Worst case scenario, you can't get into Cabaret but you've opened up a block of time to take in some of this other great entertainment!


Making Northfield a city of Happy Feet

Spring is the time of year when a lot of people put on their walking shoes or pull their bikes out of the garage for a ride. The trick is getting more people to do it -- and making it safer, easier and more fun for everyone. If you want to share your ideas, post a comment at the end of this story, or better yet, come to the RENew Northfield Transportation Committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the 2nd floor conference room at 402 Washington St.

Ideas already on the agenda include a local "Commuter Challenge" event and a new ad hoc effort tentatively called the Happy Feet Campaign.


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Northfield Documentary Film Festival

Click to view a PDF of the posterThe Northfield Documentary Film Festival will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 7-9 pm at the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, in downtown Northfield. This is another in the Third Thursday Presentation Series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center.

During the evening, several short films about Northfield’s past will be featured.  Leading off the evening will be “The Jesse James Music Festival”, a 1978 film by Martin Schieckel, Carleton College class of 1977. Martin currently lives in St. Paul and will be attending the showing of his film. Next will be “The Cannon River,” produced by Dennis Wilcox and Paul Krause for the Northfield Community Video Project. This documentary was originally released in 2000 and was recently revised for the Northfield Sesquicentennial in 2005. It artfully and succinctly provides a look at the historical, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and recreational aspects of the river.



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.


Bob Dole tells St. Olaf audidence about leadership

NOTE: THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN BY ST. OLAF STUDENT KARL OLSON.

Former Senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole delivered a speech to more than 700 students and community members at Skoglund Auditorium Tuesday, April 11. His speech, titled "Leadership in the 21st Century," described some of Dole's personal heroes and their leadership styles and touched on topics such as education, immigration, the current administration and foreign affairs.

More inside...


A Festival of Student Art

Edible Dinosaur Art - click for larger imageLast week my family, along with many others in Northfield, happily participated in an array of student art events. On Thursday evening, Sibley Elementary School, where my son is in kindergarten, presented an celebration of arts and literacy. Student art filled the hallways, and participants could make bookmarks or books, listen to stories in a tent at "Camp Caldecott" (staged in the darkened gym, where shadows of tree branches were silhouetted against the wall), or attend a poetry reading. Pizza in the cafeteria was also popular; a second order from Domino's was required to meet the demand of hungry kids and parents.

On Friday night, the popular annual Arts a la Carte event took place at the high school. Honors Art students displayed and discussed their work, a viewer-judged student art show was on display in the media center, and entries in the Edible Art contest were on view in the upper cafeteria (see photo for one fine example). Magicians, musicians and dancers performed in the lower cafeteria. Visitors could also get their faces painted by a number of student artists, including my 11th grade daughter, and many flocked to the fish printing studio. "Fish printing," you ask? Yes, indeed, fish printing. For a $5 donation, one could paint a genuine dead fish to one's heart's content; a student assistant then carefully pressed the decorated fish against a new white t-shirt, leaving, well, a fish print! My son wore his proudly on Sunday, after we set the colors by briefly baking the shirt in the oven in accordance with the directions supplied with the shirt. The odor lingers a bit, since we have not yet washed the shirt, but that of course is part of the charm.

On Saturday, the Northfield Arts Guild presented Imagination Celebration, its official day-long reception for the all-school art exhibit now on view. Parents flocked to the gallery to see their children's artwork, and students added to the festive feel with performances, musical and otherwise, throughout the day. My 7th-grade daughter played a Bach concerto on violin!


Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who've been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year.  I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics: 1) Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield; 2) the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA; 3) an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (32 minutes) or subscribe to the podcast


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...


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