Arts and Entertainment

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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.

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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...


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.



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