Is it spring? It feels like it with these mild temps! Check out these great things you won’t want to miss this weekend!
Friday Noontime Concert: Randall Ferguson | Friday, Feb. 17 at Noon | Northfield Public LibraryClassical guitar, flamenco guitar and ukulele.
Carleton Symphany Orchestra | Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm | Concert Hall, Carleton
Ronald Rodmad director.
Dial M for Murder | Fri/Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm | Northfield Arts Guild Theater
When murder calls…hang up! Deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in this gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? The exciting ending of this psychologically suspenseful story, which has thrilled audiences for decades, will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
Downstream Environmental Film Series: Video & Activism | Sat 4:30pm | Weitz Center, Carleton
Several films, including Chris Malloy’s The Fisherman’s Son: the Spirit of Ramon Navarro, will be shown. Details at downstreamfilmseries.com
Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble | Sun 3pm | Concert Hall, Carleton College
The Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble performs on traditional bowed strings, plucked strings, winds and percussion instruments. Their repertoire includes Chinese classical, folk, percussion, minority and contemporary music. A professional Guzheng Ensemble from Sichuan Conseravatory of Music in China will also perform at the concert. Gao Hong, director.
As Minnesotans, the colder temps don’t stop us from enjoying our weekends! Check out these fun 5 activities happening in Northfield this weekend!
Goodsell Observatory Open House | Fri, January 6, 7pm – 9pm
Friday, January 6th from 7:00-9:00 pm if clear. View the moon, stars, planets, and nebulas using a variety of telescopes.
Nip n’ Tuck/The Sleepers | Fri, January 6, 9pm – 12am | The Contented Cow
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Gary Rue brings two of his bands to the Contented Cow. Former pop idles of the ’70’s Nip ‘n’ Tuck will open with all Gary Rue original music. At 10pm, Brit “Beat-Boom” band The Sleepers will take the stage, offering up two rollicking, toe-tapping, sing-along sets of British invasion music.
Bagels & Birds | Sat, January 7, 9:30am – 10:30am | River Bend Nature Center, Faribault
Enjoy coffee and bagels in a relaxed atmosphere while watching the antics of wildlife. Meet in the comfort of the building to observe the birds and other visitors to the Windows on the Wild backyard habitat feeding area. Help with identification, fun facts, binoculars, guide books, and conversations will make this a great way to start the day.
Snowshoe tour through the Carleton Arb. | Sat, January 7 | Carleton Arb.
Winter is a magical time of year where a frozen world becomes a playground for adventure. Whether you join us for a lovely moonlight tour by candlelight or partake in one of our more adventurous trips with wine or beer as a reward at the end, we know that you will never look at winter the same way again. Check out http://thegearresource.com/outfitters/snowshoeing/ for more info.
Chris Miller | Sat, January 7, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Lyrics that will make you cry, a voice that will make you sing and a guitar that will make you dance. Throw in a healthy dose of off-the-cuff wit and you’ve got a Chris Miller show!
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Northfield is so delightful so LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Check out the top 5 things you MUST do this weekend in Northfield! (All the cool kids will be there!)
Join the Cow Holiday Orchestra featuring Wendy, Lori, Dave and Nate for the annual celebration of holiday spirit and songs designed to take you back to a simpler time of angels in the snow, hot chocolate on the stove and family gatherings featuring long stories by your aunts and uncles that don’t seem to have a point. It’s a sing-along and everyone’s invited to join in, even if you are a bit off-key.
Tim Howe | Fri, December 16, 9pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub
Silky vocals, melodic lines and acoustic guitar. Tim Howe has been compared to Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Howie Day.
Jingle Bell Run | Sat, December 17, 9am | Northfield YMCA
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a Northfield community holiday tradition presented by the Northfield Area Family YMCA with support from Carlson Capital Management. 100% of race registration fees go to support programming and scholarships at the Northfield Y. These dollars ensure that everyone and anyone who wants to participate in swimming, sports and recreation, quality family time or a wide variety of fitness opportunities, can regardless of their financial situation
Sister: The More The Merrier | Sat & Sun, December 17 & 18, 2pm & 7pm | The Grand Event Center
Capture the spirit of Christmas in one simple step. It’s easy, economical and efficient. It makes more of your merry, gives you the greatest return and the biggest bang for your holiday buck. The bottom line is this: SISTER ALWAYS DELIVERS! It’s “THE MORE THE MERRIER” and SISTER always gives more. You know what to do. Bring the ones you love and make more of your time, your money, your relationships and your Christmas spirit. Ramp it up. Do it for YOU! Get your tickets, come to the Grand Theater in Northfield and experience the entertainment that is known as “a must see holiday tradition!”
NAGCracker Encore | Sat, December 17, 5pm – 6pm | 304 Division Street
The Northfield Arts Guild Dance Studio is proud to present “NAGCracker”. This annual event of holiday-inspired pieces features work from the Arts Guild Dance Theater Company and Mexican Folklórico Dancers. This vibrant performance is sure to set the mood for the upcoming holidays. This is an encore performance of our Winter Walk show. The event is free and open to the public; performed in the Arts Guild Dance Studio
Happy (Spooky) Weekend Northfield! Here are the 5 things you won’t want to miss in town this weekend!
An Evening with Kevin Kling and Friends | Fri, October 28, 7:00pm | Northfield High School
A special one night benefit performance for Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Master storyteller Kevin Kling, award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel and Interact’s incomparable Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities create an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music and storytelling. Hear Kevin Kling tell real-life stories that by all rights shouldn’t be true. Born with a congenital birth defect, a motorcycle accident added considerably to the list of things he cannot do. But Kling sees every experience as a blessing and material for a darn good story. Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Kevin has worked with Interact for two decades as a playwright, humorist and inspiration through the healing power of this stories. He joined Interact for Interact Thailand 2014, taking their vision of radical inclusion – a vision of “everybody in” – from the Land of Lakes to the mountains of Chiang Mai. Come for the show, stay for the conversation after. Tickets: $25, available at klingnf.org.
The Rocky Horror Show |October 28 & 29|Northfield Arts Guild Theater
Oct. 27-29 7:30pm, Oct. 28-29 midnight, Northfield Arts Guild Theater Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show is presented as a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Arts Guild. In this cult classic, virginal heroes, Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, encounter the dog days of sexual hedonism in the form of a transvestite mad scientist, his wild collection of servants and his latest creation – a muscular man named Rocky. With glam rock, cross-dressing, elaborate choreography and a warped sense of humor, the audience is encouraged – ”don’t dream it, be it.” The score includes favorites like “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.” Appropriate for adult audiences only. Tickets: $15, available at northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild.
Mark Allen | Sat, October 29, 7pm – 11pm | Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio
Local favorite Mark Allen is an Americana singer/songwriter who presents a touch of country, blues, rock and a hard-hitting harmonica. His passionate performances feature your favorite covers as well as original compositions from his CD, Whiskey Sweet, recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. In inclement weather, show moves to 9pm-12:30am inside.
Annual Pumpkin Fest in Way Park | Sat, October 29, 5pm | Way Park, 720 1st St W
This year’s festivities include the dedication of the new Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5pm, followed by the rest of the Pumpkin Fest. Enjoy a concert, and then stay to try out all the instruments. Fall treats, face painting and group games. Bring your pumpkin to display on the Giant Wall of Pumpkins.
Mill Town Haunt |October 28-31, 6pm – 10pm | Rice County Gas & Steam Engines, Hwy 3, just south of Dundas (map)
An all-volunteer haunted house with proceeds going to charity and the food shelf. 507/301-4268 or email@example.com for more info.
Featuring music by Contratopia. Led by dance caller Robin Nelson. All welcome, no partner required. Contra dance instruction at 7pm. Tickets: $9 adults, $6 students (family cap $25). Free admission for Northfield area growers and farmers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota. These summer Saturday festivals offer locally grown produce, artisan foods, and a juried selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Renowned “kick-ass Americana band” (Hindsight Harmonies), this Twin Cities ensemble makes their way back to Northfield in support of their latest release, “Heaven’s Operahouse.” The group’s popular laid-back roots rock draws on influences ranging from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and John Prine to The Eels and Tom Petty – lending their own unique brand of roots music that melds smart lyricism with pop-infused melodies. More at artvandalaytunes.wordpress.com.
Featuring the Laura MacKenzie Trio, which includes Laura MacKenzie on wooden flutes, whistles, pipes and voice, Dáithí Sproule on guitar and voice and Mary Vanory on fiddle. Laura has received an abundance of honors and awards for her work in traditional music, both Irish and Scottish, and is quite unique in the diversity of her instrumental skills. She has been honored with Bush and McKnight performing arts fellowships. Dáithí Sproule, well known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song and his place in the internationally-acclaimed Irish supergroup Altan, is a virtual font of cultural knowledge and lore. He has been a major force behind the success of traditional Irish music in today’s popular culture. Mary Vanory is one of the premier Irish fiddlers in the American Midwest and teaches at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul. She performs and records with numerous ensembles, including Brass Lassie, Captain Kaliber and Common Reel. With CVRO, the Laura MacKenzie Trio will present a program of traditional music originally arranged for Dáithí’s group, Altan, in celebration of the ensemble’s 25 years of performing music together. These well-loved tunes and songs have been performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Opera Orchestra, and range from delightful dance tunes to beautiful ballads, sung in both Irish and English. In addition to this repertoire, orchestral pieces will include Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Tickets are available at CVROOrchestra.org, NorthfieldArtsGuild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild. “Pay-what-you-want” tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons are encouraged to support CVRO through a suggested admission of $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Also Oct. 22 in Cannon Falls.
“A Beautiful Fall”
The leaves are changing and so is the weather
It’s time to put away the shorts and put on the sweater
Halloween is near and Thanksgiving is coming
My favorite time of year this is becoming
‘Tis the season of pumpkin and apple
An ordinary time for loved ones to meet at the chapel
I wish they appreciated the beauty of fall
Then and only then they could see why it’s the best season of all
By Dean N. Julia
A commemoration of the historic relationship between Carleton College and the town of Northfield. Music by The Counterfactuals at 5:05pm and 5:50-7pm, the popular prof-rock band comprised of Assistant Professors of Philosophy Daniel Groll (lead vocal and guitar), Jason Decker (guitar) and Assistant Professor of Music Andy Flory (bass) from Carleton College and Mike Fuerstein (drums), Assistant Professor of Philosophy from St. Olaf College. Celebration remarks by Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, Carleton President Steven Poskanzer and St. Olaf President David Anderson at 5:20pm, followed by birthday cake for all. In case of inclement weather, event relocates to Carleton’s Weitz Center.
Independence of Thought: An Unfolding Story 1866-2016 – through Nov. 16 – Exhibition in honor of Carleton’s sesquicentennial curated by students in spring term 2016 courses. The exhibition aims to bring past student experience alive by highlighting six key time modules through immersive displays comprised of artifacts, photographs, publications and audio echoes from the past. Infographics created by students in Professor Bill North’s Carleton in the Archives course, also spring term 2016, help make sense of college history and culture across time. Reception: Oct. 14, 7-9pm, Weitz Center Commons. The Making of a Sesquicentennial Exhibits: Oct. 15, 11:10am-12:10pm, Olin 141 – The process of creating the exhibit presented by Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Fall Harvest Festival | Sat &Sun, October 15 &16, 8am – 8pm
Bridgewater Produce Farm, 4706 Lonsdale Blvd E, Northfield, MN 55057, USA (map)
Pick your own or browse pre-picked pumpkins. Pumpkin Playland open 11am-5pm with cornbox, corn maze, kids barrel cart rides, mini-mazes, play areas, hay rides. Playland admission: $5, see ad in the Entertainment Guide for $2 off coupon. Sa/Su Oct. 1-23, also Th/Fri Oct. 20-21.
A free, self-guided tour featuring 40 artists, 21 studios, demonstrations and a unique opportunity for the public to visit with artists and see them at work in their creative work spaces. Artists whose working studios are not set up for visitors will be guest artists in other studios. Original work will be available for purchase. Painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork and more. This annual event is lauded as a premiere art event in Minnesota and beyond. More information and a map are available at www.studioartour.com. Oct. 15-16.
Northfield Arts Guild Theater On the eve of heiress Tracy Lord’s second marriage, a steady stream of visitors, including her ex-husband and the paparazzi, create a most unwelcome guest list. With manners running high, and expectations low, the big question is whether Tracy will make it to the altar at all. In our era of tabloid journalism and growing class-consciousness, Philip Barry’s classic romantic comedy is as potent and incisive as ever. The Philadelphia Story is a fascinating peek into the mixed-up lives of the rich and famous who seemingly “have it all.” Tickets: $17 adults, $12 seniors/students, available at www.northfieldartsguild.org, 507/645-8877 or at the Northfield Arts Guild office.
This historic tour features actors portraying past notable Northfield citizens at their grave sites. This family friendly event is full of mysterious stories. Twenty-minute tours. Cost is $4/adults, $2/child (ages 6-13), $3 NHS Members. More info, or sign up at www.northfieldhistory.org or 507-645-9268.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Miss Becky Kapell comes back to Northfield in support of her 2012 debut solo release, “For Now.” Her country-twinged songs are sometimes plaintive and spare, sometimes humorous and lively and capture the frustration and heartache of unrealized dreams. As a special treat she’ll be joined by pedal steel guitarist extraordinaire Randy Broughten (the Gear Daddies, Trailer Trash, The Cactus Blossoms). More at www.missbeckykapell.com.
An acoustic five-piece Americana band playing blues, bluegrass, cajun, pop, country and western music. From originals to Morrison, Scruggs to Marley, Merle to Elvis, TTB plays a wide variety. Hot banjo, soulful vocals, tasty guitar, romantic bowed bass, funky mandolin and bluesy harmonica make up a unique, toe-tapping sound. You will marvel at the instrumentalist, sing along and be amused with the band’s originality and light-heartedness.
Happy Fall, y’all! It’s officially Autumn in Minnesota and there are many fun events happening around Northfield to celebrate! Check out the 5 things you won’t want to miss this weekend! See you around!
Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air Saturday market located along the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota. These summer Saturday festivals offer locally grown produce, artisan foods, and a juries selection of art work. Each Saturday provides a different mix of special events, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Stumbling up the stairs of a suburban basement, J Eastman and the Drunk Uncles climbed to the bottom of the Minneapolis indie rock scene in 2015 with a shambolic collection of tunes about alcohol, beers and existential anxiety. The band layers J Eastman’s gritty hooks with loud guitars to somehow pump out a bevy of non-chart-topping rave-ups. With standout tracks like “Not the liquor,” “Josephine” and the REM-esque “Oh Harry,” the music of the Drunk Uncles appeals to loners, drunks and the broken hearted in equal measure.
High-energy acoustic singer/songwriter playing rock, country and alternative music from many past and current artists like Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Miranda Lambert, Matchbox Twenty, Ryan Adams, Bruno Mars and more. Ross has played in various projects around the Twin Cities and nationally for more than 20 years. On the Lily PADio. Cancelled if bad weather.
Minneapolis-based acoustic folk, blues and country musician Chris Holm returns in support of his debut solo release, “The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore.” A fingerstyle guitar picker and harmonica player, Chris channels the high-spirited liveliness of Charley Patton, thumping on his suitcase drum, attacking his guitar strings with abandon and shouting along in a gravelly howl, later to channel the lonesome sounds of a weeping slide guitar and a blue yodel. Despite his Northern Minnesota roots, Chris has formed an intimate connection with the music of the American South. Raised on the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival, he eventually dug into the music that inspired those great artists and discovered a deep appreciation for country blues and hillbilly country music.
Join faculty composer Andrea Mazzariello and visiting ensemble Mobius Percussion for a screening of video work that foregrounds original music, featuring the world premiere of a film version of Mazzariello’s “Symmetry and Sharing.” Other works include visual treatments of technologically-assisted spoken word, collisions of music and theater, even a new music audiovisual secret family recipe. The screening session will be followed by a Q&A session with the featured artists.
Take a step back and resurrect songs of love, peace and flower power from the late ‘60s and early ’70s. The Bonnie is Bonnie Jean Flom. The Clydes are Bill McGrath and Scott McMillan. More at bonnieandtheclydes.com.
After cutting his teeth with various college bands and acoustic duos, Dave Hudson made his way through the Minneapolis music scene writing and singing his own blend of melodic acoustic-rock music. His style has been compared to the likes of the Gin Blossoms, U2 and the Counting Crows. His self-styled mix of cover songs ranging from the ’80s, ’90s and today, blended with his own recorded and nationally released music, has kept crowds coming back for more. On the Lily PADio. Cancelled if bad weather.
It’s FINALLY here! The Weekend we’ve been waiting for ALL YEAR! It’s the DEFEAT OF JESSE JAMES DAYS in Northfield! Here are the 5 events you won’t want to miss this year!
1. Thursday Night Thunder | Thursday, September 8, 6pm-8pm | Division St.
This is a NEW event! Meet local motorsport racing teams, family fun with autographs and games!
2. P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo | Friday, September 9, 7pm; Saturday, September 10, 2pm & 7pm | Rodeo Grounds
This PRCA sanctioned rodeo is comprised of five generations over 75 years. They are known around the country for providing rodeos with high quality stock and great professionalism. Jim and wife Julie own and operate Sutton Rodeos Inc. with their son Steve and his wife Kim. Steve and Kim’s children Amy, Brent and Brice also participate in the Sutton Rodeo empire. Base in Oneida, South Dakota, Sutton’s supply stock for about 20 PRCA, college and high school rodeos a year. In 1995 and 1996, Sutton Rodeos were responsible for the openings at the National Finals Rodeo, held in Las Vegas. While the Dallas Cheerleaders were contracted one year, the event proving most popular was the Sutton’s brainchild the “Ultimate Poker Game” where five of the nation’s top bullfighters sat at a poker table while a bull was released in the arena. The last man sitting won.
3. Classic Car Show | Saturday, September 10, 9-3pm | Riverside Park
Celebrating the 25th Annual Sundowner Car Club Show
Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Riverside Park on Hwy 3
Admission $2.00 plus button, Kids 15 and under free with paid adult
One of the most promising country rock artists/bands in the upper Midwest, Chad Johnson, Russell Franek and The 8th Street Band are the very definition country rock. Telling stories of the everyday working men/women with voice and musicianship as honest as the words they are singing. Blending country, rock, soul and blues to build a sound that is familiar yet completely their own, It is no wonder this group of seasoned pros have built one of the largest followings in their region and beyond.
Between Chad, Russ and the band they have released four studio albums; have independently sold more than 15,000 CD’s; have shared the stage with Collin Raye, Allison Scott, Mark Joseph and The American Soul, The Jason Paulson Band and more; have played festivals throughout the Midwest including Moondance Jam, Jamming Country Fest and more; and are currently recording their 5th album (Untitled) with Nationally recognized Producer, and recording artist Gary Sadker (Owner of Magenta Records & Red Ridge Entertainment. Credits include Collin Raye, Buddy Jewell, Eric Heatherly, Payton Lynn, Cole Washburn, Ben Swing, Skinny Molly, Chris Webb, Kyle Whitaker, and Hope)
Weather you see Chad & Russ play their duo acoustic show (The 8th Street Duo) or the full 8th Street Band it will be a night not easily forgotten.
On stage 9:30pm-1am. 32 Below takes no breaks. As a result of their hard-working roots and their respect for the crowd, when this band takes the stage the music does not stop. Combining their inspired original music with songs by artists they love, 32 Below has rolled their spectacle to venues across the country, leaving behind only wide eyes and dropped jaws. The combination of over three hours of unparalleled energy in their relentless show, nationwide airplay, and 25,000+ albums sold has opened many ears to the sound of the boys from Fargo, ND. Ever-changing for better than a decade, 32 Below has always made music that can only be described as all their own.
Sunday, Noon to 6pm
NFL Football Games at Noon.
Special Appearance after the Grand Parade by the “Minnesota Pipes & Drums”
5. Grand Parade | Sunday, September 11, 2pm | Division St.
Start time is at 2pm on Sunday. The parade lineup will be posted a week prior. The route starts at the high school and runs straight down Division St to the public Library. Average elapsed time runs between 90 minutes to 2 hours. This parade is well attended so arriving early is recommended.
Also, be sure to get to your spot early for a pre-parade concert on the parade route by the Schell’s Hobo Band!