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Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFI know it's a long weekend, and you're thinking of leaving town, but you really should stay. There's a lot to do right here, and besides...your friends are here! A quick look at the Northfield Entertainment Guide (you can download it here or pick up a Guide at key spots around town) will tell you all you need to know.

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NHS Honors Art Students Present Their Final Show at the NAG

Click to enlargeThe Northfield High School Honors Art students are pleased to present their semester's body of work at their end-of-the-year show at the Northfield Arts Guild.  This year's show has been named "A Feast for the Eyes" and it will showcase the work of 13 senior artists.  The show will open on Thursday, May 25th and run through Saturday June 3rd.  There will be an opening artists reception on Saturday May 27th from 7-9 p.m.  The NHS women's choral group, Cattywampus, will be singing at the reception and there will be desserts and refreshments for everyone.  The reception is free and open to everyone.

The artwork that will be on display at the show was created during second semester. Each student in Honors Art had the opportunity to create a thematic series of work that embodied their individual interests in both mediums and concepts.  The artwork in the show represents the wide array of interests and mediums that the students chose to work with.  The art forms include:  acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, mixed media, fashion design, ceramics, digital fim, graphite drawings, pastel drawings and Photoshop. 

The featured Honors Art artists include:  Nat Allister, Lotte Brackee, Emma Closser, Athena Currier, Josh Engen, John Fischer, Sarah Goldfeather, Derek Huber, Ali Kopseng, Josh Nelson, Riahl O'Malley, Anna Sweitzer and Caitlin Truax. 

All of the artists hope that you enjoy the show and greet them on Saturday night.

Katherine Norrie is an art teacher at Northfield High School. 

It's time to think about summer reading!

Numerous studies have shown that summer reading programs help ensure that school children retain reading and learning skills over the summer break.

Catch the Beat, the Northfield Public Library's children’s summer reading program will start June 13th for “read to me kids” through 5th grade.
The purpose of this summer reading program is to have fun and to keep kids reading this summer. It is free and open to all.
"Reading goal booklets" can be picked up at the library beginning the week of June 5. We're encouraging kids to start setting a weekly reading goal and START READING! They'll earn a prize for every goal they meet, and they'll also have a chance to earn prizes at the hour-long weekly programs!

The program schedule is attached, and also available on the library's website at  Remember, reading over the summer is important and also fun!

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFIf you’re thinking of enjoying some outdoor dining, tonight’s the better bet for the weekend – high of 70 and no call for rain. The May Entertainment Guide lists all the outdoor options within a contest on page 23 – a chance to pick up a gift certificate to boot!

Otherwise – Friday finds Pigs in a Pen (bluegrass) at the Cow and Kevin Steinman (acoustic guitar) at Hogan Brothers. Jeff and Sabrina are at the Tavern and Whiskerfish returns to Dawn’s Corner Bar. Carleton presents the Choir and Chamber Singers and the theatrical “Waiting for Godot” at 8.

Saturday you’ll find Celtic Cat and Prairie Dog at Hogans, Dana Drives at the Cow, Joe Paulik at the Tavern and Whiskerfish is still holding court at Dawn’s. There are also dance and senior recitals on the latter part of the weekend. Download or pick up a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide at key spots around town for details on these and other happenings throughout the month of May.

Enjoy the weekend!

Photos: spring wine-tasting event at the Grand

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Left: Northfield Liquor Store's Steve DeLong and Just Food Co-op's Stuart Reid were two of the managerial beauties on duty at tonight's "Drink Global, Shop Local" spring wine-tasting event at the Grand. Click the photos to enlarge and see the Flickr photo set or the old style album for a dozen more.

Ole to Film Mockumentary: "Harry Putter and the Sorcerer's Phone"

Jeremy Gustafson, a 20 year old student at St. Olaf College, is writing and producing Harry Putter, a series of seven independently produced shorts which parody the Harry Potter stories by JK Rowling and associated Warner Bros. films.

Harry Putter begins filming this June and will have scenes on campus at St. Olaf that will require the help of local extras. Auditions for lead roles will be held on May 20. For more information on the movie and/or how to audition or be an extra, please visit

Syttende Mai Celebration at the Ole Store

Nordic JamThe Ole Store will feature the music of Nordic Jam on Wednesday, May 17 to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, or grunnlovsdag, commonly known as "Syttende Mai." Syttende Mai (literally, "17th of May") is a celebration of the day in 1814 when Norway's constitution was signed in the town of Eidsvoll, Norway. Nordic Jam will play in the Coffee House from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Northfield's Nordic Jam is a group of local musicians who gather weekly to play and learn music from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their American immigrant communities. This is the group's first appearance at the Ole Store.

Art Crawl TODAY - Saturday, May 13

There's all sorts of great art on display around town at all sorts of galleries. Today's Art Crawl is from 3-6 pm at the following locations:Click to open PDF

  • Art and Frame
  • ArtOnWater
  • ArtOrg
  • Carleton Art House
  • Carleton College
  • Circa Restoration Studio
  • Northfield Arts Guild
  • St. Olaf College
  • Swag
  • The Ole Store

Click the poster image here to view a PDF that shows the details, or visit for more information.

Carleton hosts Kaleidoscope Festival Saturday

“Kaleidoscope,” Carleton College's Ninth Annual International Festival, will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival—which aims to showcase ethnic diversity at Carleton through food, performances and activities—represents 111 international students from 38 countries. As was true at last year’s festival, donations will be accepted for the Center for Children’s Happiness, a non-governmental organization that provides a home and education to Cambodian orphans.

Kaleidoscope will feature 25 performances, including demonstrations of kendo, a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo swords. Other performances include African and Irish dancing.

The wide variety of food choices will include Indian curry, Russian desserts and Chinese dim sum. In addition, students will offer activities throughout the event, including salsa dance lessons and origami instruction.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFNorthfield, as always, has a weekend full of activities ahead! Details on everything listed here and so much more for the rest of the month can be found in your monthly Northfield Entertainment Guide (NEG) – free at several hot spots around town and as a downloadable PDF here.

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Schlosser Follows in the Footsteps of Upton Sinclair

Eric SchlosserTo a packed audience of students and citizens at Carleton College this morning, Eric Schlosser, author of the best-seller Fast Food Nation, presented a historical perspective on the labor practices of the meat packing industry from the time of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle to today.

Schlosser briefly promoted his new title (written with Charles Wilson), Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, which directs insights from his groundbreaking exposé, Fast Food Nation, to the preteens and adolescents who comprise the fast food industry's biggest market. However, the primary content of his talk reflected on the relevance today of Upton Sinclair's expose of the meat packing industry and labor practices of 1906.

Noting that 100 years ago the top 5 meat packing companies controlled 55% of the market share, as compared to the top 4 today controlling 80% of the market share, Schlosser described the plight of the immigrant workers today in an industry closely partnering with the giants of the fast food world. In 2002, Schlosser observed that the meat packing industry had the highest injury rate of any industry. Due to changes in how injuries are recorded for the federal government, Schlosser commented with irony that bottled water plants now hold that position.

Lorna Landvik's coming to town

Click for larger posterNORTHFIELD READS! Meet Minnesota author Lorna Landvik Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. downtown at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street. The featured title will be her new paperback Oh My Stars.

Lorna Landvik is the author of the bestselling novels Patty Jane's House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, Welcome to the Great Mysterious, The Tall Pine Polka, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and most recently Oh My Stars. She is also an actress, playwright, and proud hockey mom.

While growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lorna's passions were writing and theater. After graduating from high school, she and her best friend traveled across Europe and settled briefly in Bavaria. Upon returning to the States, Landvik attended the University of Minnesota and then moved to California, where she performed stand up comedy at the Comedy Store and at the Improv. During this time she also scouted bands for Atlantic Records.

Student Soloists to Perform with St. Olaf Orchestra Friday

The St. Olaf Orchestra will present a concert featuring senior student soloists and a work by a senior composer Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

"For many members of the St. Olaf and Northfield communities this concert has become one of the highlights of the school year," says Steven Amundson, conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra. "It's great to have the opportunity to work with some of our finest senior performers."

This year's concert will feature six senior soloists: Kristin Clark on marimba, Karin Hancock on piano, Claire Kelly on violin, baritone Eric Neuville, soprano Sonja Tengblad and Micah Wilkinson on trumpet. In addition, the orchestra will perform Rage by senior student composer Matt Peterson.

Pictured here are: (front row, l-r) Sonja Tengblad, Kristin Clark, Claire Kelly and Karin Hancock; (second row, l-r) Micah Wilkinson and Eric Neuville.

Northfield Youth Choirs End Season with Friday Dinner, Saturday Concert

Poster by Kari Alberg - click to view larger sizeThe Northfield Youth Choirs(NYC) wind up their season with two special events that are open to the public this weekend. NYC's annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church. A suggested donation is asked of $7 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for those under 5, with a family maximum price of $24.

On Saturday, the choirs will perform their spring concert, "Come Make a Home," at 4 p.m. in the Northfield Middle School auditorium. Admission is free.

The concert's theme, "Come Make a Home," is named for the piece performed by the NYC at the Governors Ball in December. The piece, commissioned for the youth choirs and written by Northfield residents Dan and Christine Kallman, was choreographed and will be danced by Shari Setchell.

"This is only the second time this piece will be performed in Northfield," said artistic director Liz Shepley. "Anyone who wasn't able to hear its debut at the Governors Ball will have a second chance this Saturday."

BOOK & STARS Schedule for this summer!

Click to view larger posterWednesday evenings throughout the summer, you are invited to enjoy fun, free family entertainment at various parks all over Northfield!

Booker the Book Bus opens at 6 pm, the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Booker has library materials for all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for fun! The Cocoa Bean returns to sell their refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice and half the proceeds are donated to Booker!

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