This Week’s Weitz Calendar

Upcoming public events at
Carleton’s Weitz Center

(Note: times and venues are subject to change.  Carleton recommends verifying before you attend: .)

Film (Weitz Cinema)

Sun., Feb. 7       2:00    Student Union Movie Organization: “Everest” (2015)

“A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.” (

5:00   “No Impact Man”

Documentary: “The Manhattan-based Beavan family…abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.” (

8:00    Student Union Movie Organization: “Fargo” (1996)

“Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.” (

Mon., Feb. 8       7:00    International Film Festival: “The Makioka Sisters” (Japan, 1983)

Directed by Kon Ichikawa.  “This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms.  It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their activities and the seasonal variations in Japan” (

Sat., Feb. 13       8:00    Student Union Movie Organization: “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015)

“In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.” (

11:00    “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Sun., Feb. 14      8:00    “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

11:00    “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Museum exhibitions (through March 9)

Ayomi Yoshida: As Cherry Blossoms Fall

Yedoensis,” a room-size installation, reflects on the ephemerality of life that cherry blossoms symbolize. Comprised of thousands of tiny woodcut petals glued into place one by one, the on-site installation at the Perlman Teaching Museum required the help of a large team of assistants who joined Yoshida from Japan for the first weeks of January.

Falling Blossoms, Floating World

A selection of ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating world” complements Ayomi Yoshida’s installation about the threatened existence of cherry blossoms.

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Eclipse of the blood moon

Seldom are conditions so perfect as they were on Sept. 27 for a total lunar eclipse.   These photos were taken with Nikon D 7000 and 400 mm telephoto lens,  with multiple different f stops and speeds,  then assembled with Pic Monkey software.    Enjoy—–Ed

Blood Moon Eclipse

A Feast for Eyes and Stomach

Here are some scenes from the annual NESNA picnic,   June 21, 2o15,  at the Weitz Center.    Enjoy this slideshow.    Ed

Pigeon Feathers

I thank my wife for putting this story together.

For several weeks in June,  this beautiful pigeon  was seen scrounging for food  between 3rd and 4th streets,  in Nevada and Maple yards.   On June 16  she stood for  6 hours on rocks in our home’s area well.   A photo of her revealed she had bands on her ankles.   We called various sources  to learn that pigeon bands meant she was a racing bird,  and was lost.    She was apparently dehydrated , unfed and not flying,  an easy  prey for hawks or owls.

She was caught and placed in a bin with grass, sunflower seeds and water while we tried to find a pigeon racing club person who would take her.

A man from Faribault,  who has a flock of racing pigeons,   gladly came   and picked her up.    He races birds in 100 or 400 mile races.   Below is a photo of this pigeon with   friendly chipmunk  taken  before the daring rescue.


Fifth Annual CVEC Film Festival

It’s coming again!

The 4th Annual Northfield Summer Film Festival

This year: “The Golden Days of the Hollywood Studios”

In cooperation with Carleton College, the Elder Collegium will present a series of four great films from the 1950s.  All are free and open to the public, on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, at Carleton’s Weitz Center cinema (Union and 3rd Streets), beginning on July 7.  Here’s the schedule:

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 7:  The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 14:  Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 21:  All That Heaven Allows (1955)

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 28:  The Searchers (1956)

Seminars: In connection with the above films, CVEC will again offer a course of seminars, each to be given at 9:30 the following morning and led by the presenter of the week’s film.  For more information, go to