Special Events & Performances

Paradise Center for the Arts
2015 Special Events and Performances



January Thaw, Featuring The Fabulous Love Handles
Saturday, January 31st, 7:00pm
$17 Members / $22 Non Members

Don’t miss the hottest ticket of the winter and the best group outing of the season! Dance off the winter blues with an evening filled of unbelievable live music from one of Southern Minnesota’s most popular bands! Playing music spanning the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and today! ” The Fabulous Love Handles” play it all.


Saturday, February 14th 7:30pm
The Baby Boomer Comedy Show
Be My Valentine
$17 for members / $22 for non members
Sponsored by 1st United Bank, Faribualt

Want a great night out of comedy you can relate too? Then you need to check out the Baby Boomer Comedy Show! In this hilarious 90-minute theatrical event, fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics you’re dealing with. . . family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and all. . . and they do it with clean humor that’s been a hit across the nation. The laughter won’t stop as Kent and Jan hit a humor home run.


Saturday, March 14th 7:00 pm
Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos
$20 for members /  $25 for non members
Sponsored by The Crossroads Group, Faribault

Back to Back Sold out Performances in 2013 and 2014, Dave and Ted are back in Paradise as Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos again continues to defy all the expectations and experiences of a dueling piano show. It’s a class act adventure, and you pave the way to a wild and zany night of pure entertainment. Whether twenty five or eighty five, you are guaranteed to be on your feet and part of the action!


Comedian C. Willi Myles
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm
$17 for members $22 for non members
Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Tony Langerud Agency

C. Willi Myles returns home to the Paradise for his Line in the Sand Comedy Tour. As always Willi’s extremely funny non-offensive stories and jokes and gives a unique spin to life’s everyday challenges as he applys humor to them. Referred to as “America’s Everyday Comedian,” Willi is truly comedy at its best.


Songs & Scenes: A Celebration of 20 Years of The Merlin Players

Saturday, May 16th 7:30pm
The Merlin Players in association with the Paradise Center for the Arts presents
Songs & Scenes: A Celebration of 20 Years of The Merlin Players
$15 Members / $20 Non Members $10 Kids 12 and under

Join us for a fun-filled evening of scenes and songs from past Merlin shows, reuniting many of our alumni andpresent performers. Get your tickets early: the 15 year anniversary show sold out!


July 11th at 7:30

Tonic Sol-fa

$17.00 Members / $22 Non Members

* A $3.00 processing fee will be added at purchase per order*

Award Winning A Capella at its best. Tonic Sol-Fa is an Emmy Award-winning trio that has earned a reputation as America’s premier vocal group. Building a loyal fan base with sold-out national tours – and now seen widely on public television.


Friday October 9th 7:30pm

Tickets $17 Members / $22 Non Members

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With topics ranging from football to married life to dogs wearing sweaters, Tim Harmston’s stand-up comedy show veers from the dark and demented to the delightfully absurd in a unique blend of somewhat “out there” one-liners and creative, well-written jokes, which may pass you by if you aren’t listening!
Tim’s show is goofy, yet smart, with side effects of contagious laughter. He can easily skip from a joke which forces you to think out of the box – over to a light-hearted gibe on your favorite sport team’s last game. His slightly edgy, yet respectful (his mom was a church secretary) material is a breath of fresh air.

Shannan Paul loves to laugh and to share this love with her audiences. Her storytelling and infectious smile are sure to crack up even the most stone-faced curmudgeon. She can relate to just about everyone whether they be students, Sci-Fi fans, jocks, or soccer moms.
She started her professional career working for Fortune 100 companies including Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America. Since her cubicle days, Miss Shannan has moved on to become a radio show host, actress, certified fitness instructor, a proud former player of the Women’s Professional Football League,and a touring stand-up comedian who has performed for a wide range of audiences.


Friday October 16th 7:30pm

Tickets $17 Members / $22 Non Members

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Beat Boom! Radio: British Invasion Music

Gary Rue and The Sensational Sleepers pay tribute to “fab” British bands of the ‘60s including: The Yardbirds, The Animals, The Hollies, The Dave Clark Five, The Zombies, The Searchers, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. The Sleepers perform songs like, “We Gotta Get Outa This Place,” “You Really Got Me,” “Look Through Any Window,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “She’s Not There,” “Hippy Hippy Shake” and “Tobacco Road.” The Sleepers give audiences a rare opportunity to hear songs overshadowed by the greatness of John, Paul, George and Ringo, impeccably performed by the heirs apparent: The Sensational Sleepers! But there will be plenty of The Beatles to satisfy as well: “Help!,” “Ticket To Ride,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and many more. Travel back to look and listen to the music that changed the world!


The Sound of Simon

Saturday, October 24th 7:30pm
Tickets $17 Members / $22 Non Members

* A $3.00 processing fee will be added at purchase per order*

The Sound of Simon – A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel comes to Paradise Center With a career spanning decades, the music of Simon & Garfunkel remains among the most treasured in American popular song. The Sound of Simon pays tribute to this world-renowned duo in an evening of harmony and music.


November 11th 7:30pm

$17 for Members $22 for non members

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 17 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984. Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music and a recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award (in 2011) . Other band members include mandolin player Rick Faris, guitarist Dustin Benson and bass player Dan Eubanks. The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver (Compass Records) won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.




Wine Women and Comedy

Saturday November 14, 2015 – 07:00 PM

Featuring Mary Rowles

$17 for Members $22 for non members

*A $3.00 processing fee will be added at purchase per order*
Sponsored by Farmers Insurance, Patrick Andreas Agency

Ladies, it’s Girls Night Out and Mary Rowles is Back at the Paradise. This knock-out, stand-out comedienne is a combination of Lily Tomlin, Andrea Martin and Celine Dion all rolled into one! Her heartwarming characters, side splitting stand-up comedy, and hilariously inspired songs create a contagious laughter that begins the moment she walks on stage and lasts for weeks. So kick off those heels, grab a glass of wine, let that hair down and get ready for another hilarious evening with Mary Rowles.


November 21st 7:00pm.

$20 Members / $25.00 Non Members

Sponsored by The State Bank of Faribault

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“Joseph Hall’s Elvis – Rock ‘N’ Remember Tribute” brings the King back for every fan of Elvis Presley, and for anyone who just loves great music! “Joseph Hall” has truly nailed it when it comes to portraying the most popular singer to ever pick up a microphone; he has the mannerisms, the vocal talent, and that signature suave look that captured the hearts of America throughout the all-too-brief career of Elvis Presley. And we can’t forget those moves; those swiveling hips that frustrated television censors and delighted millions of adoring fans! There are plenty of Elvis imitators to be found, but a sincere and truly talented tribute artist like “Joseph Hall” is rare. His impeccable portrayal landed him in the Top Ten on America’s Got Talent, prompting delighted responses from the judges, including the typically sharp-tongued Piers Morgan. He’s also made several television appearances that include Fox News, The Morning Show, and Good Morning America, and gotten him the respected recognition of Elvis Presley Enterprises.




Pints & Vines: Fifth Annual Wall of Wine & Beer and Tasting Event.
Saturday, February 21st 7:00pm
$17 for members / $22 for non members
Sponsored by Bauer’s Southside Liquors

The only event in town where you could potentially Win a Wall of Wine and a Wall of Beer in the same night and Sample a variety of fine wines and handcrafted brews. Limited Tickets Available so get them early.


Sixth Annual Big Hats & Big Hearts
Annual Auction for the Arts and Kentucky Derby Party.
Saturday, May 2nd 4pm-7pm.
Tickets are $17 for Members and $22 for non members.
The Not-To-Be-Missed-Event of the spring. Join us for an afternoon of food, fashion, friends and fun and help rise the ever needed funding for future arts & education programming at Paradise Center. Take part in silent and live auctions and watch the greatest two minutes in sports. Enjoy all the festivities of the Kentucky Derby right here in Paradise.


These activities are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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