Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist hosts another double decker show. This week the show begins with director Bob Gregory-Bjorklund and students from the Northfield High School fall play You Can’t Take It with You. Next, the show highlights music from the first 411 Concert Series of the season with musician Palmer T. Lee of The Lowest Pair.
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You Can’t Take It with You
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
THE STORY: At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view.
Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.
Northfield High School Auditorium
Friday and Saturday, November 4, 5 and November 11,12 at 7:30 pm
with a matinee on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm
Tickets $7 adults, $5 students
Sold in the High School Activities Office and also at the door
Now in its 5th season, the 411 Concert Series features regional and nationally-recognized artists in the intimate venue of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater and offers a truly unique listening and viewing experience. Each concert opens with a local musician. The series is produced by NAG members Ray Coudret and Dan Rustad.
411 Concert Series
Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 West Third Street
Tickets: $25, northfieldartsguild.org/music/411-series/
Opening the show will be Randy Broughten from Gear Daddies, with Dan Gaarder from Trailer Trash and bassist Andy Olsen.
The Lowest Pair
An Americana banjo duo from Olympia/Minneapolis, The Lowest Pair features Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Their website states, “Fans already know that the chemistry between Palmer’s Midwestern charm, those long winters spent listening to a steady diet of Townes Van Zandt and John Hartford, and Kendl’s poetic and playful way with words, her unique approach to the banjo, and her barefoot-in- the-cool-river-water mystique combine to make a powerful sound, but what’s new in 2016 is both the inclusion of those non-banjo sounds (harmonica, drum, bass, violin) and an incredible expansion of their songbook” in their two new records, Fern Girl and Ice Man and Uncertain As It Is Uneven.
Palmer T. Lee built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the Midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi.