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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.

Read the rest of this entry for the details...

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!

Read the rest of this entry to view the full schedule.

Northfield Entertainment Guide: May, 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.

The NEG is published by Rob Schanilec and Lora Steil at By All Means Graphics. We're partnering with them to keep readers updated regularly on what's going on around town.

Cantatas of J.S. Bach - Sunday at Carleton

The one year old Arius Chamber Music Society will perform two Bach Cantatas, No. 21 I Have Had Much Distress and 140 Wake, Arise (Wachet Auf), and Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue for Strings at the Carleton College Concert Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. Arius will bring its own acclaimed orchestra and one of the Twin Cities’ premier choirs, Exultate. The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium of Northfield, in collaboration with Arius, has developed a lecture series on the same two Bach Cantatas. The series will culminate with the Carleton College performance.

Arius musicians are professionals who have played in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Sinfonia and Lyra Baroque Orchestra as well as many other national and international ensembles. They perform each of their programs at multiple venues throughout Minnesota. Programs include works for various ensemble sizes from string quartet to string orchestra and, occasionally, chamber orchestra. Arius plans to present one concert series each year that includes one or two Bach Cantatas and is currently working with the Carleton College administration to make this an annual event in Northfield.

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 or give me a call at (507)645-5898.

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