Let’s start it off with The Key. The oldest youth-run youth organization in American celebrates its 15th year of existence with an Open House, tonight, Thursday January 29th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., 303 South Water Street. All are welcome. There’s also a lecture, yes, a lecture, that’s creating a buzz, at least downtown, “The Hundred Guilder Print“, 5 p.m., Boliou 104, Carleton College campus, “Movement, the Camera and the Creative Process“, 7 p.m., Dittman Center, Wagner/Bundgaard Studio One, St. Olaf College campus, “The Ghost Town of Lewiston“, starring a downtown favorite, Marion Hvistendahl, 7 p.m., Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street, Karaoke, 7 p.m., Froggy Bottoms, 305 South Water Street, Mark Mraz, at The Tavern Lounge, riverside of The Archer House, 212 Division Street and extended hours until 9 p.m. for 14 Artists Small Functional Ceramics at ArtOnWater Gallery, 217 South Water Street.
Then Friday, January 30th, there’s the Carleton Convocation by David McMillen, a nationally recognized expert on the Freedom of Information Act and confidentiality of information collected by the government on individuals and businesses, somewhat of an art form and certainly a part of the culture here in Northfield, 10:50 to 11:50 a.m., Skinner Chapel, Carleton Campus, yes, I am a groupie of Occasional Jazz, 5 to 7 p.m., The Contented Cow, 302B Division Street, a movie: “The Midnight Meat Train“, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m., Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College, One Act Plays, Northfield High School Auditorium, 1400 Division Street South, Mark Mraz, 8:30 p.m., Froggy Bottoms, Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Rueb-N-Stein, and local talent Mark Grundhoefer, on acoustic guitar, The Tavern Lounge.
Finally, on Saturday, January 31st, there’s a Foosball Tournament, 1 p.m., Fieldhouse, 620 South Water Street, One Act Plays, 7:30 p.m., High School Auditorium, Prudence Johnson/Dan Chouinard singing Gershwin and Carmichael, 7:30 p.m., First United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, Sweet Jazz, featuring Christina Schwietz, Peter Webb, David Miller, and Christy Moors, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., The HideAway, 421 Division Street, Karaoke, 9 p.m., Fieldhouse, DJ Music, 9 p.m., The Rueb-N-Stein, and, only in Northfield, Norwegian Cowboy at the Tavern Lounge.