January 2nd, 2015


January 9th at 7:30pm
The Music of Furia
$17 Members / $22 Non Members / $10 Students


Furia is an ensemble of innovative musicians including Northfield’s own, Meredith Fierke (vocals, guitars and banjo), Steve McKinstry (B3 and pump organ) and Schuyler Petersen (mandola, guitar & banjo) Cities 97 Sampler Volume Number 21 Artists “Fierke falls somewhere in the space between songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Cat Power” — City Pages. Furia crafts unexpected combinations of color and counterpoint. Soaring vocal melodies and intricate instrumentation, reminiscent of 19th century art music, are joined with a “glass scraping metal-edged” soundscape of the industrial world creating a unique “dirty-pretty” aesthetic. The show will feature a gallery exhibiton in the Carlander Gallery debuting a line of jewelry by Jessica Prill, inspired by Furia’s music.

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Paradise Center prepares to ‘rock’ this holiday season

December 13th, 2014

“Who doesn’t love a good Christmas song, am I right?” asks area musician Mark Allen. “I mean, as long as it is after Thanksgiving.”

Allen, known for his work with the band The Key West Rejects, will be joining Mike Hildebrant and the Over & Back Band on the Paradise Center for the Arts Stage as they present “Rock The Tree Top.”

rock the tree topThe idea for a “rock and roll” holiday concert was an idea that Paradise Center executive director Ryan Heinritz conceived after attending the “Rock & Roll X-Mas Spectacular” in Detroit Lakes.

“I knew right away that I would like to see something similar to this on a smaller scale at the Paradise,” Heinritz recalled. “I wanted to work with local musicians to bring a concept of not just playing your old-fashioned Christmas and holiday songs, but playing them with a rock and roll twist.”

Heinritz envisioned the pairing or Mark Allen with The Over & Back Band for this event. And Allen is not a stranger to holiday songs.

“You’re in choir; you’re in theater; you’re in music. You end up throwing some holiday tunes into your set,” he said. “There’s something special about Christmas music. Any Scrooge would agree that these songs can bring a smile to your face or warm your heart.”

Allen said that one of his favorite holiday songs is “Silent Night.”

“That one has a spot in my heart,” he said. “It has a lot of meaning during this time of year.”

Mike Hildebrandt has been a part of the Minnesota music scene for 30 years. With The Over & Back Band, he said that “we like Christmas music, but we haven’t played too many holiday shows, so this is a newer thing for us.”

Hildebrandt said that aside from more contemporary “rock” leaning holiday songs like “Run Run Rudolph,” the show will include some reworked holiday standards, arranged to fit into the Over & Back style.

“Our band’s style is a little jazzy and a little funky,” Hildebrandt said. “What we’ve been working on so far sounds fun.”

Hildebrandt said there are a lot of different musical backgrounds within the band − jazz, bluegrass, a little country − and that they are looking forward to putting their stamp on each song.

“People always enjoy seeing us play,” Hildebrandt said. “We’re spontaneous and the crowd can tell that we’re having a good time on stage.”


Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:27 pm | Updated: 9:31 pm, Thu Dec 11, 2014.
By Kevin Krein
Posted on Dec 11, 2014
by NfldNewsKevin

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Auditions Set for Community Theater One Acts

November 24th, 2014

Paradise Center for the Arts Announces Auditions for it’s Paradise Community Theatre winter One-Act Plays.

PCT will be holding auditions for 3 different one-acts that will be performed February 27-March 7th.  Auditions will be Sunday, December 7th from 6 -8 and Monday December 8th from 6:30 -8:30 in the bahl family auditorium at the Paradise Center for the Arts located at 321 Central Ave N. Faribault, MN 55021.

PCT is looking for a total of 6 women and 9 men ages 18 and older.  Brock Lammers will be directing Daniel MacIvor’s play “This is a play”.  “This Is a Play” is a hilarious postmodern romp through the interior lives of actors in a bad play.  Kelly Huff will be directing “It’s not you, it’s me” by Don Zolidis.  This show explores the painful art of breaking-up through comedic, awkwardly realistic characters in a serious of wildly hilarious scenes.  The Third play is “Man and God, Having a few Beers and Talking things over” by Jeffery Scott.  A play about just that!

If you have never auditioned or are interested in less rehearsals than a regular show – this is the time to audition.  You can audition for the show of your choice or let the directors choose.

Rehearsal will be staring in January and it may be one or two times a week depending on the show.  Copies of the scripts are available to check out at the Paradise Center for the Arts, and there is an audition packet for “It’s not you, it’s me”.

You do not need to prepare anything for auditions, you will be expected to read from the script.

Fore More information or Questions call the paradise at 507-332-7372 or email .

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Fun for the Whole Family.

November 17th, 2014

Jared Sherlock, Award-Winning Illusionist and Comic Magician
Friday, November 21st 7-8pm

Jared Sherlock blends modern magic, juggling and friendly audience interaction to deliver high-energy, comedy for all ages. From a contemporary performance of the infamous bullet-catch, and a sawing of his beautiful assistant in half, these are just a few of the things you will encounter when you see Jared Sherlock live!

$7 Youth Members 18 and under / $12 Adult Members
$10 Youth Non Members 18 and under / $15 Adult Non Members
Part of the 2014 Crossroads Family Seaosn

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Open Position. Box Office & Member Services Associate

November 4th, 2014

Paradise Center for the Arts
Open Position
Box Office & Member Services Associate

Primary Duties:
Answer all incoming calls and assist all patrons, guest and members.

Sell Subscription and Single tickets to all Paradise Center events by phone and online leads.

Assist customers with internet ticket purchases.

Assist all customers with gift shop and gallery sales as well as class registrations.

Data Entry of all ticket orders using PCA ticketing system.

Responsible for all aspects of Group Sales for all PCA events, to include gathering leads and follow up with new Group sales prospects.

Responsible for New Membership Sales and working with Executive Director and Operations Manager on Existing Membership Retention Programs.

Maintain supplies in Box Office, inform Operations Manager when supplies are low and need to be ordered.

Work during theatre Box Office hours and show times, selling tickets, processing comp requests and working alongside volunteers and house manger to assure that patrons are comfortably in their seats prior to curtain time.

Learn PCA database ticketing and management systems including performance setup and maintenance, as well as Website ticketing maintenance, and all necessary reporting and troubleshooting.

Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director and Operations Manger
At least 5 years working in Customer Service environment
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must be self-starter who can work independently.
• Must be well organized and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
• Friendly, outgoing with great customer service skills a must.
• Exceptional computer experience with MS Word, EXCEL, various Data Entry and Internet savy.

About the Position:
Part Time
Tuesdays – Saturday’s (Weekend Nights and Some Sunday Afternoons)
Average 28 – 32 Hours Per Week
Hourly position plus commission

Ryan Heinritz
No phone calls, please

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Welcome to the 2015 Season.

November 1st, 2014


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Welcome to the 2015 Season

October 31st, 2014

Welcome to The Paradise Center for the Arts, located in beautiful Historic Downtown Faribault, Minnesota.

As we enter our eighth year in our gorgeous facility, and our fifth straight year of full season programming, I welcome you to the 2015 season. Filled with Tony Award Winning, Grammy Nominated, Emmy Award Winning work, coupled withsome of best visual and performing artists from across the Nation. There is truly something for everyone this season.

Ryan's Head ShotIt has been an amazing experience to serve as the Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts for the past five years. This has been one of the most exciting and challenging opportunities I have had to face in my career.

It’s has been a long uphill battle to get to this point in our organization. As we work to maintain this momentum and keep growing for the future the battle continues.

Winston Churchill once said, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

Too often patrons and community members see our Marquee lit up at night or can’t find a parking space downtown on a Friday or Saturday Night because we have a performance that evening, and they think, ‘wow that place is doing great.’

Well that’s not the case. WHACK.

Yes, over the past five years we have made great strides in moving our business forward to become a sustainable, viable business in the heart of our community. We have reduced our three quarters of a million dollars in debt by nearly 30% while continuing to balance a budget with over $400,000 in annual operating expenses. We have year after year increased our programming providing our community and region outstanding high quality visual and performance art opportunities, and at an affordable price.

We have a burning desire to strengthen our community through the arts and education and provide a venue for established and emerging artists to exhibit and perform. With over half a million dollars in debt currently still we are saddled with overhead expenses that hold us back from bringing to life the possibilities our members, patrons and community hope for. We are focused on the success of this organization, its sustainability, and the impact it makes on the vitality of our Historic Downtown. I invite you to Support the Arts and strengthen our Community. Join us in our journey to earn the support of 1000 members. Financially make a tax deductible contribution. Register for a class or educational camp. Attend a few of the 70 programs offered this season. With your support hopefully we won’t have to take that fourth swing of the pile driver.

Imagine the Possibilities.
Ryan Heinritz
Executive Director

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October 31st, 2014

Fourth Annual Wine Women and Comedy

Saturday, November 8th 7:00pm
Featuring SONGBLAST, Dueling Guitars
$17 for Members $22 for non members

Ladies, it’s Girls Night Out and Pat Balder and Glen Everhart are ready to battle each other in the ultimate duel for your laughter. Kick off those heels, grab a glass of wine, let that hair down and get ready for two guitars, two killer voices, & too much fun!
Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Agency, Patrick Andreas Agency

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Grand Ole Paradise Tonight.

June 13th, 2014

From the Faribault Daily News
Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:50 am | Updated: 11:56 pm, Thu Jun 12, 2014.

The Paradise Center for the Arts will be showing Grand Ole Paradise, An evening of Pickin’ & Grinnin’ on Friday, June 13 as a part of the 2014 KGP Logistics Music Season.
What would it be like if Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry were combined into one evening? The show will take some “ole” fashioned country music and sketch comedy featuring performers from around the region.

The show will include classic country songs from artists like Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, June Carter and other music legends.
Ryan Heinritz, executive director of Paradise Center for the Arts, said he is extremely excited for this production.
“It’s not every night that you can get 20 of the region’s most talented musicians and performers to donate their time and talents to support the arts,” he said.

Barb Piper, director of the production, said it has taken some time to get this production ready. “I have been working on it since November, researching on the Grand Ole Opry,” Piper said.
She said she tried to find the right era of musicians. “I wanted to focus on the bigger, older names. Not the contemporary opry, but not the really old either,” Piper said.
The production will also include Eau Claire comedian Larry Heagle.

Piper, who has several family members in the cast, said the show will have a total of 28 songs. Piper’s 82-year-old father, Henry, 44-year-brother, Dan, and 23-year-old daughter, Lauren, will all be taking part in the show. She said the spectators can expect the cast to be coming in and out dressing like the Grand Ole Opry stars. “There will be a total of about 20 cast members, including the musicians,” she said.

Listeners can also expect a surprise performance from an up-and-coming star. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Center for the Arts.

If You Go
What: Grand Ole Paradise, An Evening of Pickin’ & Grinnin’
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13
Where: Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Ave N, Faribault. 507-332-7372
Cost: $15 for members/ $19 for non-members/ $10 for students

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LIVE AUCTION ITEMS – 2014 Auction for the Arts

April 30th, 2014

Here is a list of  Live Auction Items that will be up for Bid at the 5th Annual Big Hats & Big Hearts Annual Auction for the Arts and Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday, May 3rd at 4pm – 7pm.


Live Auction Items

Private in home Wine Tasting for 10, includes seven different wines.

STOCK THE FREEZER! MEAT FOR A YEAR! A quarter of beef from Carlander Cattle Co.

Private Three Course Dinner for 8 at the Historic Hutchinson House Bed and Breakfast

Breakfast and Bullets: Breakfast with Faribault Police Chief and Rice County Sheriff at Bernie’s and then head out to the Range for some hand gun and machine gun target practice.

Three Course Dinner with Wine for Four Guests at the Chefs Table at the New Alexander’s Supper Club

Seven Course Meal with Wine Parings for Six at the Ole Store Restaurant in Northfield

An Unforgettable Evening in Faribault for two. Enjoy a one night stay at the Loft at Be My Guest, with Dinner for Two at Alexander’s Supper Club and Two Tickets to Straighten Up and Fly Right, The Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole at the Paradise Center for the Arts. September 26, 2014.

MEA Weekend Get-A-Way to the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells For four Days three nights. Oct 16 – 19, 2014

Discover Peace and Tranquility in the Minnesota North Woods and Lake Hattie. Three days two nights at TUCK –A-WAY Resort on Beautiful Private Lake Hatiie just 45 Minnesota north of the Brainarded Lakes Chain. Known for its large aggressive crappies, abundance of walleye, bass and northern pike, Lake Hattie is also the perfect relaxing fisherman’s retreat.

Gunflint Lake Get-a-way. Spend 6 days 7 nights in a newly renovated cozy cabin that sleeps comfortably 4 and accommodates up to 7 on gorgeous Gunflint Lake just  minutes form the Canadian border

Plan your own Vacation Adventure. From The West Coast to the East Coast From Galveston, Texas to Door County WI, From Playa del Carmen to the Bahamas the possibilities are endless and your destination is up to you! Enjoy a week long stay at a Travel Adventure Condo just right for for you.

Escape to Marco Island. Just Steps away from white-sand beaches, blue-green waters, warm tropical breezes, and fabulous sunsets, Enjoy a week long stay, in this first floor condo on the South End of Marco Island for up to 6 guests. April 15 – Dec 21st.

Toes in the Sand! Enjoy a week long Mexican Vacation at the RCI property of your choosing. Dates selection based on availability.




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