Okeh, don’t expect me to do this every week. However, there’s so much going on this weekend that I’ve been asked by several people to post before Friday morning. Consider this a head start on the heads-up.
So, let’s start with tonight, Monday March 10. There’s a special edition of the weekly Nordic Jam at the Eagles Club, 7 to 10 pm, 304 South Water Street. Up on the western hill, there’s a film screening of “Double Indemnity”, part of St. Olaf’s Classic American Film Festival, 7 pm in Buntrock Commons.
Tuesday, March 11, there’s a discussion of the Housing Chapter of the Comp Plan at the Planning Commission Meeting (7 pm at City Hall) and I believe that this is considered to be an art form in Northfield. However, as former Chair of the Northfield Planning Commission, I’d recommend the Northfield High School Choir Concert, 7:30 pm in the Middle School Auditorium.
Then on Wednesday, it’s Willow Brae, harpist Andrea Stern and wind-player Laura MacKenzie, doing traditional Irish and Scottish music at the Lion’s Pause, on the St. Olaf College campus at 7:30 pm. Thursday, the Northfield High School Orchestra performs in the Middle School Auditorium, also at 7:30 pm. Finally, Chris Koza, St. Olaf alum and 2005 Minnesota Music Award Winner, plays at the Tavern Lounge, 212 Division Street; stop in for more details.
Things start to get really busy on Friday (March 14). There’s Cabin Fever Mini-Golf at the Northfield Public (Downtown Historic Carnegie) Library, with tee-offs at 6 and 8 pm. Here’s an opportunity to get rowdy in the library, don’t miss your chance. It’s a benefit for the Library Teen Board. At 6:30 pm, it’s the Northfield Arts Guild‘s annual Auction for the Arts at the Guild’s Theater. Esteemed auctioneer Ed Kuhlman will lead a veritable Roman orgy of Italian wines, Mediterranean foods, and warm climed song and dance…oh yeah, and fantastic art by local artists. Proceeds support the Northfield Arts Guild. Finally, the Sizzling Eggheads will reprise their tribute to Jimi Hendrix, bringing the Cabooze experience to Northfield (and giving me an excused to post a picture of Hendrix), 7 to 11 pm at the Upstairs Rueb, 503 Division Street South.
Saturday starts off with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with a parade down Division Street to the Grand Event Center, beginning at 1 pm. I’ve been assured that it’s also acceptable to celebrate St. Urho and St. Joseph too. Northfield born band Down Lo releases its sophomore album “In Our World” with an all ages 5 to 7 pm show and a 21 and older show from 9:30 pm to 1 am at the Upstairs Rueb. Next it’s the Northfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Membership Ball, 7 pm in the Great Hall of Carleton College. The evening features Minnesota’s jazz favorite Christine Rosholt. The sixth annual Forcefield Cabaret is at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater at 7 pm. Find yourself surprised and/or impressed by the local talent that takes the stage for an evening of outrageous good times. Finally, if you haven’t gotten enough of celebrating saints already today, there’s the St. Urho’s Day Fest from 7 to 11 pm at the Eagles Club. There will be dance instruction from 7 to 8 pm followed by music and dancing with Multe and Finn Hall. Check out the great dance floor at the Eagles Club.
You’re probably pretty tired by now. Fortunately, St. Olaf offers a couple of restorative options. The spring concert of the St. Olaf Orchestra, 3:30 pm at Boe Memorial Chapel and a Guest Recital by Soprano Kelly Kaduce, 7 pm in Urness Recital Hall.