Photo album, video: Arlo Cristofaro at the NAG

Arlo CristofaroThe Great Glass JarArlo Cristofaro at the NAG, Aug 23, 2013

I first blogged about Arlo Cristofaro-Hark back in 2011 when I took photos of him inside a greenhouse at ARTech (now called Arcadia Charter School).  He graduated last spring and after attending McNally Smith College of Music courtesy of PSO, he’s become a musician with a new CD release this past week, The Great Glass Jar. He performed at the Upstairs NAG last night.

See the video below, my large slideshow of 20 photos (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

MPR’s Molly Bloom visits Northfield for their ‘Get Out There’ segment

More than a few Northfielders got this email recently from Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst for MPR News and their Public Insight Network:

Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst, MPR NewsI’m writing today because you’re a source in our Public Insight Network and you’ve told us that you live in Northfield. We’re working on a series of stories that we think you might be able to help us with.

MPR News is been doing a series of stories called “Get Out There,” in which we profile Minnesota towns (you can see them here). We want to find the places, eateries, and activities that might be hidden gems. So we’re coming to you to see what you think people should see, do or eat when they’re in Northfield. If friends were visiting from out-of-town, where would you take them? Please tell us here.

Griff intrudes on Almanac tapingMolly heard from 35 Northfielders and graciously let me follow her around yesterday while she visited some of the recommended "hidden gems."

I promised that A) I wouldn’t make any suggestions on where she should go; and B) that I’d try not to get in the way like I did the last time a public media journalist visited.

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Her first stop was the Northfield Historical Society where Chip DeMann, Hayes Scriven and Brad Ness tried to impress her with, what else, lots of old stuff.

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After a quick couple of photos at the NAG, she bought a cupcake at CakeWalk and forced me to eat half of it.

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She chatted with Catherine Dominguez at GBM and took a photo of Nathan Nelson reading newspapers there, a quaint activity that they probably don’t see much of any more in the public media empire. After a visit to the Weitz Center (alas, closed for the summer), she had lunch at Chapati, and then ventured–no further stalking by me–to the Brick Oven Bakery and the Northfield Farmer’s Market in Riverside Park.

Molly Bloom, Victor Summa, Paul HagerShe also was witness to how much I get abused by the citizenry on a daily basis, courtesy of Victor Summa and Paul Hager.

Her story should appear on the Get Out There blog on Thursday, at which point, I invite y’all to chime in here with your suggestions on the other places/hidden gems of Northfield that she should also have profiled.

NAG’s silent auction for the Festival of Wreaths ends at 3pm on Saturday

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I stopped by to take a few photos of the Northfield Arts Guild’s annual Festival of Wreaths silent auction last week.

Wreaths are decorated by your friends and neighbors; some traditional and many whimsical and outrageous. Be sure to consider these one-of-a kind holiday wreaths when decking your halls.

Get your bids in by noon on Tuesday 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 1

Northfielder Aleka Pitsavas to perform March 17 at the NAG Theater

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Jean Wakely and Marybeth Coyle-Frederick stopped by my corner office at the GBM yesterday to let me know that Aleka Pitsavas is performing Saturday, March 17, 7:00 PM at the NAG Theater, 411 W. 3rd Street. Tix at the door, $15.

Here’s an excerpt from Aleka’s bio page:

A monastic composer / song writer for over a decade, Aleka has spent the majority of the past eleven months creating and completing forty-five original works. A selected twelve of which she is ready to reveal; first to a chosen few and now to the public in her debut CD White Darkness.

For more, see this Oct. 14, 2011 Nfld News article: Stars align for Northfield singer/songwriter

This month, Northfielder Aleka Pitsavas has been spending countless hours recording her first studio album. Short fingers and a lack of self-confidence made Pitsavas keep her music to herself for years, but her brother John Pitsavas, before his death, gave her a kick start.

Meredith & The McKinstrys to team with Chris Koza for a Feb. 10 show at the NAG

I got this press release from Mr. Left-Handed Entertainment, Rich Larson, who has purchased a Locally Grown membership so he can promote events like this. I’ve added links and images to it:

Rich Larson, Left-Handed EntertainmentFebruary 1, 2012 – Northfield music favorites Meredith Fierke, Steve McKinstry and Dylan McKinstry will play a concert in tandem with Twin Cities legend-in-the-making Chris Koza for a night of intimate, acoustic, atmospheric pop-folk music at the Northfield Arts Guild on Friday, February 10 at 8pm.

Steve McKinstry, Dylan McKinstry, Meredith Fierke at The WeitzFierke and the McKinstrys will be previewing material from their highly anticipated new album which will be released this spring. “This is by far the best music I’ve ever made,” says Fierke. “Steve and Dylan each bring something unique to the table, and together we’re creating something that I’m very excited about. I can’t wait for people to hear these songs.”

Fierke’s previous album, 2008’s The Procession, garnered so much attention that Minneapolis radio station Cities 97 placed her song Train’s Song on the prestigious Cities Sampler. Later that year, she was named Northfield’s best performing musician by the Northfield Entertainment Guide. The extra amount of time she and the McKinstrys have taken in recording their new album has created a lot of conversation amongst the Northfield music scene. “People have been wondering what they’re up to,” said local music promoter Rich Larson. “I’ve had a chance to hear most of the new album.  The extra time and work really shows. Every song is a knock out. It’s going to be a real treat to hear this music in a great room like the one at the NAG.”

Left-Handed Entertainment Presents Meredith and The McKinstrys with Chris KozaThe show at the NAG is the second of a month-long tour of small coffee houses and arts venues that Koza is making throughout Minnesota. This comes fast on the heels of a two month West Coast tour with his band Rogue Valley.  “I love seeing road warrior performers like Chris,” said Larson. “The best time to catch a singer/songwriter is in the middle of a long touring cycle like the one he’s in right now. He’s had some opportunity to flesh out his music in front of a lot of different audiences, which is really the best way to develop a song. This is going to be a very good night of music.”

“The thing that really strikes me is the $10 ticket price,” said Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “You’d pay $25-$30 for this exact show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis or the Fitzgerald in St. Paul. And, frankly, the NAG is a far more intimate setting. For fans of good music, this isn’t bargain. It’s a steal.”

The Northfield Arts Guild is located at 304 Division Street South. Doors will open at 7:30, and the music will start at 8:00. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.left-handedentertainment.com or at the door the night of the show. For more information, contact the Northfield Arts Guild at (507) 645-8877 or Rich Larson at (612)756-0490.

Related: see my blog post of photos of Meredith Fierke, Dylan McKinstry, and Steve McKinstry performing at the Carleton Weitz Center Theater last November.

Danse Macabre and Area 51 at the NAG Theater on Friday

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Ann Etter and Mary Lundergan Hahn stopped by my corner office at GBM last week to let me know about Danse Macabre, which Mary says is a:

a one night only, terrifically fun, fundraiser at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater on Friday October 14, with Area 51 playing live.

Rumor has it that the emcee for the event is someone who has a thing for Jesse James:

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Photo album – Northfield Ties: A Photography Invitational

Last night the NAG hosted the opening reception for Northfield Ties: A Photography Invitational.

Patsy Dew and Meg OjalaThis exhibit, curated by Patsy Dew and Meg Ojala, features the work of 13 photographers who have ties to Northfield. Digital, black and white, color, and panorama shots show the diverse range of photography being done in and around Northfield.

Artists exhibiting are Patsy Dew, Scott Forsgren, Doug Foxgrover, Beret Griffith, Dennis McClintock, Meg Ojala, David Perez, Craig Perman, Stephanie L. Rogers, Linda Rossi, Leslie Schultz, Katie Shorey, and Cate Vermeland.

See my album of 28 photos, view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Jim Bohnhoff’s hanging dub dub dub promotes the WWW exhibit at the NAG

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This morning, Jim Bohnhoff pointed me to his latest creation, a hanging dub dub dub that promotes the WWW Exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild.  Right photo: psychologist Elaine Nesbit struts her stuff while under the influence of art.

According to the blurb on the NAG home page:

This innovative show explores how communications technology has influenced contemporary life, revolutionizing how we interact and process time and experience. Features a ten-minute mediated tour of the show running continuously at the NAG, the Northfield Public Library, and on U-Tube.

25 local and regional artists exhibit in this intriguing and very diverse show. The opening reception is this Friday evening, July 8, 6 – 9 pm, and is part of the Northfield Gallery Crawl. Stop in to meet artists and enjoy this thought provoking work.

First place awarded in NAG’s Festival of Wreaths competition

Donut wreath by Mary Closner

It’s a little known fact that the Northfield Arts Guild Festival of Wreaths (last year it was trees) is a competition, not just an auction/fundraiser.

This year’s winner: the donut wreath by Mary Closner. The winner bidder: the principals at Construction Consulting Partners who promptly donated it to you-know-who.

Photo album: ‘Jesse’ reunion party at the NAG theater

jesse_tn The musical comedy/melodrama Jesse opened last night at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. A number of those involved with previous shows (1976, 1977, 1986, 1994, 2001) were on hand for a little post-show reunion party.

See the post “Jesse” Rides Again on the NAG 50th blog for the complete history of the play, sponsored this year by Hvistendahl, Moersch, and Dorsey.

See the album of 23 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

NAG 50th joins the blogosphere and the twittersphere

NAG 50th sshot Northfield area organizations are increasingly seeing the advantages of setting up blog sites (a website with regular pages but built with a blog platform) for special events (eg, ArtSwirl, JuneBug).

The latest is the NAG 50th Blog, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Northfield Arts Guild." Of course, they’ve also joined the twittersphere (twitter.com/nag50).

Full house for ‘Coop’ author Michael Perry’s reading

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coopbookcoverJerry Bilek, owner of Monkey See Monkey Read, downtown Northfield’s last remaining bookstore, hosted a reading to a packed house at the Northfield Arts Guild last night by author Mike Perry. Perry’s new book, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting, is out.  Local author Tom Swift (right photo) was on hand to help with on-site book sales.

Jerry hates Twitter and Facebook but Michael apparently sees merit in them. Follow Michael Perry on Twitter and visit his Facebook page.

Photo redux: NAG’s Auction for the Arts

edvolta4 The Northfield Arts Guild’s annual Auction for the Arts is tonight, 7 pm at the NAG’s Division Street headquarters. It’s a 1970’s theme with Mr. Ed Kuhlman doing the live auction Travolta style. “Learn to throw a pot and undulate your middle in a belly dance; try out some theater costumes or makeup while listening to strolling performers; play an ongoing ‘70’s trivia game while taking part in our silent and live auctions…”

See these NAG Auction photo albums from 2008 and 2004.

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Photo album: NAG production – Steel Magnolias

I took these photos at last night’s dress rehearsal for the NAG’s production of Steel Magnolias which opens this weekend. See the Northfield News review, the album of 28 photos or this slideshow:

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