BAMG/NEG head honcho Rob Shanilec invited me to a party at Jennifer and Chris Sawyer’s house on Monday to kick off the promo blitz for the big event of the Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, the Beaux Arts Ball, coming up on Dec. 19 at Carleton College’s Great Hall.
Rob is co-chair of the event, as he was for the last big ball, the 2005 Sesquicentennial Governors Ball (photo album here, 2007 blog post summary here)
The event will feature music by the Bend in the River Big Band and information about ballroom dancing lessons will soon be leaking out.
Dan Freeman was at the party with his undertaker face and tuxedo on. It’s not too early to contact Dan about a tuxedo for the event.
And you can now purchase tickets online for the Beaux Arts Ball. Don’t wait too long, tho. Only 500 will be sold.
See the album of 21 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
Paul Niemistö, conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), among other roles, stopped by my corner office at the GBM on Tuesday to give me the promo pitch for the Nov. 1 performance of "an abridged concert version" of Carmen – which means that a cast of singers will be on stage with the orchestral musicians.
For details, see Paul’s Carmen post on the CVRO news blog (subscribe to the CVRO RSS feed), and see the Northfield Arts Guild’s blurb on Carmen. Tickets can be purchased from NAG (online or their store) or at The Rare Pair.
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).
Ever since Brendon Etter finishing having Sex with Seven Women at the NAG last year, he’s been working on having Sex with Seven Men at the NAG this year.
I tried to get some some rehearsal photos this week but alas, I failed.
For more info, see his Northfield.org calendar entry, the NAG play description A Fundraiser with a Racy Title, and the Nfld News article A racy-titled sequel.