Annual and Gallery Events at Paradise Center for the Arts

Annual Events

Songs & Scenes: Celebrating 25 Years of The Merlin Players in Faribault!

Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Adult $16 | Child 12 & Under $9

Join The Merlin Players as they present songs and scenes from 25 years of entertaining southern Minnesota. Founding members and new members as well will share the best of our musicals and straight shows.
PLUS Doug Madow is on the piano!

Walter Salas-Humara

Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm
Member $15 | Non-Member $20 | Student $10

*Join us before the show, from 5-7pm, in the Carlander Family Gallery as we celebrate Walter’s artwork at our Gallery Opening Reception.

A Cuban-American whose parents fled Castro’s Havana with him still in the womb, Walter Salas-Humara was raised bilingual just across the Florida Straits in Fort Lauderdale. College at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a residency with the Vulgar Boatmen left him with a lifelong habit of Mudcrutch/Tom Petty-style crunchy guitar riffs. Chasing the punk prairie fire to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, he formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism.

“Walter has defined an Indy-Roots sound that helped bring the music we know as Americana into the modern age.” -Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone

Sponsored by Artist Julie Fakler – JMF Studio

Elisha Marin

Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm
Adult $19 | Student $10

Elisha Andrew Marin is a musician, artist, teacher, explorer and world traveller with a strong passion for folk music. Enjoy a stroll through his special brand of folk/americana original music and get swept away by his command of the stage, charm and raw talent. You’re even invited to stay and celebrate his CD release party after the concert in the Paradise Lobby.

Big Hats & Big Hearts Derby Party

Saturday, May 2 at 4:00pm
General Admission Tickets $20

*Purchase tickets before May 2 to be entered to win a Paradise Performance Package valued at $450

Don’t miss this annual spring tradition featuring live music, hat contests, Derby-themed games and door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar with Derby-themed beverages, live and silent auctions, and the greatest two minutes in sports on the big screen. Celebrate and support the arts through this great evening of fashion, fun, and friends!

Support the Arts. Strengthen our Community.

80’s Prom Party with Street Talk

Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm
General Admission Tickets $15

Bring on the big hair, colorful dresses, bad decorations, spiked punch and great live music. Get your friends together and come to our 80’s Prom Party featuring the band Street Talk.
There will even be a Grand March, crowning a Prom King & Queen, and of course, no ‘80s prom is complete without the Balloon Arch photo booth! Prom dress and ‘80s attire encouraged.

STREET TALK was conceived with one goal in mind: To entertain! This six piece band performs some of the biggest multi-million selling hits from the eighties, nineties and 2000’s with a focus on the ‘80s for Prom Night. STREET TALK showcases their decades of experience, accomplished musicianship and 5 lead singers combined with a unique ability to engage and entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Performing major hits from artists as diverse as Prince, Heart, Queen, Journey, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and more.

Sponsored by Sponsored by Crossroads Professional Building – Southern Heights Dental & Richie Eye Clinic and C&S Vending

Summer Comedy Showcase

Saturday, July 18 at 8:00pm
General Admission Ticket $15

*This Performance is Rated R*

A special night of comedy showcasing new and emerging MN comedians, along with established headliners, for an exciting night of laughs hosted by comedian Nathan Smesrud.

Artist Talks

Throughout the year, we schedule Artist Talks where you can spend a few hours getting to know our current exhibiting artists. Learn what motivated and inspired them in their work and follow their journey from conception to completion.

Faribault Area Student Art Exhibit

student exhibit

Student Exhibit:
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 5-7pm
All Area School Student Exhibition
Second Floor Gallery

Holly Days Sale

Holly Days Sale November 19 – December 19. Grand Opening – November 19 4-8pm.
Paradise Center galleries and gift shop will be decked out in boutique style and filled with the artistic wares of 20 plus regional artists. The “GRAND OPENING,” which runs 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, will be a gala event with free hors d’oeuvres, music, and a cash bar to enjoy while browsing through the beautiful array of artistic creations. What a wonderful way to find that one-of a kind gift for someone special or to pick up unique hostess and teacher gifts at a nominal cost! A portion of the sales will help fund continuing programs and exhibits at the Paradise Center for the Arts. Sale runs through December 21st. Corey Lyn Creger Memorial Gallery – TBA

Contact Info:

Paradise Center for the Arts 507-332-7372
321 Central Ave. N.
Faribault, MN 55021


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Thursday: 12pm-8pm
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