1. Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio | March 17 & 18, 7:30pm, and March 19, 2:00| Northfield Arts Guild Theater
Created by librettist Jim Payne and composer Robert Elhai. directed by Ben Krywosz, featuring performers Gary Briggle, JP Fitzgibbons, Joshua Hinck, Norah Long and Eric Morris with musical direction by Jerry Rubino and Jill Dawe. Nautilus Music-Theater presents this new music-theater piece based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic novel. It tells the story of residents of Winesburg as they struggle to overcome loneliness and isolation, and long to create a life of the imagination in a small town in the early 1900s. The show consists of three one-act pieces. Act One tells of the Reverend Hartmann’s struggle with his sexual attraction to Kate Swift, the local high school teacher. Kate, in turn, is drawn to her former student George Willard, both as an intellectual protee and a possible lover. Act Two is about farmhand Ray Pearson, whose friendship with a young coworker reignites in Ray his own longing for domestic freedom and youthful aspirations. Act Three tells of George’s mother Elizabeth Willard, her thwarted artistic ambitions and her determination to ensure that George will not be railroaded into a conventional life of mediocrity. Honoring Anderson as their source material, Payne and Elhai have created an extraordinary trilogy of theatrical portraits. The score is rooted in musical Americana, including “roots” orchestration (piano, violin, accordion and string bass) in a vernacular folk style consistent with the characters’ rural culture and psychological state. Gorgeous melodies and expressive harmonies complement lyrics which are both clever and poignant, creating a masterpiece of musical storytelling that combines the accessibility of musical theater with the emotional scope of American opera. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at 507/645-8877, the Northfield Arts Guild, or northfieldartsguild.org/theater/special-theater-events/.
2. Kirk & Low | Sat, March 18, 10pm |Tavern Lounge
Musical barnstormers Jim Kirkendall and Stevie Low. One is folk, the other is quite a bit of rock and roll. Each presents his own solo set and each draws from a deeper reservoir of experience. Kirkendall spent time as a full-time musician, playing coffeehouses and folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Low worked his way across the U.S. and Canada performing in clubs and on concert stages. In 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Buzzards. Expect an eclectic evening of original material and classic covers.
3. Fathom Lane | Fri, March 17, 8pm | Tavern Lounge
Fans await the highly anticipated forthcoming new album release, Asilomar (coming out June 2017), from this Twin Cities based band. Over the span of two critically acclaimed full-length albums (2013’s “Fathom Lane” and 2012’s “Down By Half”) Fathom Lane has garnered international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound. More at fathomlane.com
4. Bar Bingo |Sat, March 18, 3pm | Northfield VFW
Get out your dobbers and get ready for a fun and fast game of BINGO!
5. Gabriel Moll | Sun, March 19, 8pm | The Contented Cow
Gabriel Moll is a multi-instrumen talist, performer, composer/arrang er and luthier based in Minnesota.