Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Acoustic gallery at the Paradise tonight March 21, 2019

The marquee on the historic building housing the Paradise Center for the Arts in downtown Faribault promotes upcoming events.


TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT. Not of Rod Stewart—which may have been your thought if you, like me, remember that hit from 1976.

Rather tonight’s the night for the Acoustic Gallery at the Paradise Center for the Arts in historic downtown Faribault.

I blogged about this several days ago so won’t rehash all the details. But, basically, this is a Thursday evening of music, art and poetry by local performing, visual and literary artists. Neymeyer & Co kicks off the event with music from 6 – 7 p.m.

Poetry readings by five Cannon Valley poets follow from 7 – 8 p.m. That includes me.

And guests can, at their leisure, wander the Paradise galleries to explore the artwork of three artists.



The whole Acoustic Gallery concept is new to the Faribault art center. I love the idea of sharing local and regional music and art close-up in the intimate setting of the lobby and galleries. I’m excited to read my poetry in the community I’ve called home for 37 years.

I realize many people, when they hear the word poetry, want to run the other way. But I suggest you rethink preconceived ideas and give this poetry reading a try. Poetry read aloud is a bit like music. Lyrical. Of storytelling. A performance. Only in hearing poetry can you truly grasp its depth. I’ve heard these other poets read. And when they read, the cadence of their voices mesmerizes, draws you into their poems. Beyond written words.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “Acoustic gallery at the Paradise tonight”

  1. The theater marquee is very elegant. I’ve never been to a live poetry reading, but may have to take your advice and give it a try.

    • Oh, Dawn, you should attend a poetry reading. You’ll be surprised at how much you appreciate poetry read aloud.

      I can’t recall if the Paradise marquee is refurbished or a completely new replica. But, yes, it’s beautiful.

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Have a good time

  3. Ann Vohs Says:

    It sounds like a wonderful event. I am sorry I am unable to attend.
    I read this story in the Los Angeles Review of Books and thought of you.
    A Deeper South by Pete Candler

  4. I hope you had fun, Audrey. How wonderful for you!

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