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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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51 Sheboygan Street

920‒921‒5410

Features

  • Group Rental Available
  • Public Meeting Rooms
  • Wi-Fi

Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 11am - 3pm

*Please check Visitor Information on web site home page for any changes to daily hours due to events.

About Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown , Wisconsin.

A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.


Available for private parties:
Capacity 80 comfortably
Catering must be from list of preferred caters
Bar available.

Rooms available (capacity in parenthesis)
Fountain City Room (200-250)
Great Hall (160-250)
Café 1906 (75)
Susan O. Ahren Contemporary Wing (2 levels; 75 per level)
The Plaza (150-200)
Grand Board Room (30)
Classroom (30)
Art Classroom (30)
South Meeting Room (15)
East Meeting Room (8)

Upcoming Events


Melissa Wilkinson: Artist Q&A Talk

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
FREE
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 12 with a Q&A about her exhibition: “UnNatural Histories.”

Melissa is an artist living in Tennessee. We will meet with her via Zoom in our Great Hall. Capacity will be 10% of capacity. You may attend in person or at home via Zoom.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Zoom.
A mask or face covering is required in the building. We will watch the Zoom Q&A talk in our Great Hall.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk via Zoom at home, we will email you the Meeting ID and Password.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar and snacks available.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/melissa-wilkinson-artist-talk/?instance_id=1240.


Armchair Boogie

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Armchair Boogie is a four-piece Bluegrass Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Fond du Lac’s own Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014. A rhythm section was added in 2015 when Eli Frieders (bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) came on board.
This FREE concert is held outside on THELMA’s Plaza. The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! Games are available! Who doesn’t love life-size Jenga or a great game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.
Starting in 2015 from a front porch in the college town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Armchair Boogie can be defined by their pickin’ skills and infectious grooves. Augie Dougherty (banjo, vocals) and Ben Majeska (guitar, vocals) began playing under the name before becoming complete with the addition of Eli Frieders (bass) and solidification of Denzel Connor (drums) as the driving rhythm section behind a bluegrass, up-tempo, jammin-funkgrass outfit.

In the spring of 2018 Armchair Boogie moved to Madison, WI and released their first album. During this time they began touring around Wisconsin, the Midwest, and across America. Their journeys on the road have led them to stages such as Blue Ox, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Summer Camp, and Live on King Street. They’ve had the honor to share the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Dead South, Kitchen Dwellers, Pert Near Sandstone, Trout Steak Revival, and have jammed with many more.

With the help of a loving and dedicated following, the group was able to successfully crowdfund their album, “What Does Time Care?”, which was released on October 11, 2019.

From bluegrass to funk to folk, Armchair Boogie delivers dynamic original performances nationwide.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/armchair-boogie/.


Chicken Wire Empire

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$5 Admission
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Chicken Wire Empire began as a four-piece traditional bluegrass band. Half of the group is rooted in bluegrass and the other half is steeped in jamband music. With the addition of Jon Peik (banjo), Ernest Brusubardis IV (fiddle), and Greg Brundage (guitar), a new sound was found in Milwaukee, and Chicken Wire Empire joined the roster of high energy jamgrass.

“The new Chicken Wire Empire record is a technically proficient, well-crafted mixture of modern original songwriting and time earned classics. They seem to have taken on some wonderfully exciting elements of modern progressive bluegrass while also retaining their original character, born of their greater Milwaukee town roots.” – Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Thursday, August 13
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
$5 admission (Includes wristband, one fandana mask (while supplies last)

There are two entrances into the event — one at each end of the block on Sheboygan Street – Marr Street and Portland Street. Capacity is limited to 250 people to allow social distance so tickets at the door may not be available day of. Must purchase ticket ahead of time to ensure your spot. All patrons must be 21 and older to attend. Other changes include temperature checks at the gate, and all clear bags.

Anyone with the temperature over 100 degrees F will not be permitted inside the event. All bags and purses must be clear and will be checked as no carry-ins are permitted. Bag chairs are permitted but guests will be required to completely open them up before entering the event space. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests throughout the event and all patrons. Except those who rent Marguerite’s Lookout on THELMA’s top level, must remain in the street.

You understand that by purchasing this ticket and coming to a THELMA concert, you are assuming the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (or other public health risk). We are all in this together. If you show up and are showing symptoms or have a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or more, we will have to require you to leave immediately. You understand that THELMA is committed to keeping all patrons safe from the spread of the virus. A mask or face covering is required in all areas of the building.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/chicken-wire-empire-2/?instance_id=1260.


Jacob Miller

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Standing room tickets only: $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Wisconsin native Jacob Miller left his hometown for Portland, OR the summer of 2009 via Amtrak, bringing with him only a suitcase and an electric guitar. After one year in the city he left to travel North America, both to study and perform music while working on various farms and ranches between travels. Time spent as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina shaped his devotion to the finger-picking style of the region. Spending countless hours playing alongside vintage recordings and with local old-timers in the surrounding areas of Appalachia, Miller delved into the inner workings of the music’s style and history.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/?post_type=ai1ec_event&p=5635.


Adriane Little: Artist Q&A Talk

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
FREE
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 19 with a Q&A about her exhibition: “Mapping Mrs. Dalloway.”

Adriane is an artist living in Michigan. We will meet with her via Zoom in our Great Hall. Capacity will be 10% of capacity. You may attend in person or at home via Zoom.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Zoom.
A mask or face covering is required in the building. We will watch the Zoom Q&A talk in our Great Hall.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk via Zoom at home, we will email you the Meeting ID and Password.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar and snacks available.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adriane-little-2/?instance_id=1264.


Pocket Kings

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

The Pocket Kings are a crack unit of elite musicians trained in the fine art of igniting guerrilla dance parties and whipping crowds into a groove-inspired frenzy. Their weapon of choice? The best R&B, Soul, and Funk music of the modern era. The point is, The Pocket Kings bring an incredibly tight musical performance full of interesting, funky, danceable songs that will keep any joint jumping all night!

This FREE concert is held outside on THELMA’s Plaza. The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! Games are available! Who doesn’t love life-size Jenga or a great game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/pocket-kings/.


Five Card Studs featuring Ms. Rocky Mountains

7 pm
$5
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

The 5 Card Studs live show is a unique blend of big-time Las Vegas attitude and 70’s TV game show schmaltz, all glossed over with a washed-up lounge/wedding singer veneer.

Performances feature many recognizable 60s & 70s AM Gold classics – hits from artists such as Neil Diamond, Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Santana; soul classics from Al Green, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett and so much more!

Thursday, August 27
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
$5 admission (Includes wristband, one fandana mask (while supplies last) and one “Free Spin” on the prize wheel at THELMA’s promotional table.)

There are two entrances into the event — one at each end of the block on Sheboygan Street – Marr Street and Portland Street. Capacity is limited to 250 people to allow social distance so tickets at the door may not be available day of. Must purchase ticket ahead of time to ensure your spot. All patrons must be 21 and older to attend. Other changes include temperature checks at the gate, and all clear bags.

Anyone with the temperature over 100 degrees F will not be permitted inside the event. All bags and purses must be clear and will be checked as no carry-ins are permitted. Bag chairs are permitted but guests will be required to completely open them up before entering the event space. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests throughout the event and all patrons. Except those who rent Marguerite’s Lookout on THELMA’s top level, must remain in the street.

You understand that by purchasing this ticket and coming to a THELMA concert, you are assuming the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (or other public health risk). We are all in this together. If you show up and are showing symptoms or have a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or more, we will have to require you to leave immediately. You understand that THELMA is committed to keeping all patrons safe from the spread of the virus.

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/five-card-studs/.


The Jimmys

7:00 pm
$10 admission
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

THE JIMMYS combine the seasoned keyboard and Hammond B-3 organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals, drummer Chris Sandoval – veteran of the Tommy Castro band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and rounded out by an amazing horn section!

Seven piece award winning blues and R&B band!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/the-jimmys-3/?instance_id=1261.


Tweed

7 pm
$5
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues!

Formed in late 2010, Tweed featuring Gervis Myles (formerly known as Tweed Funk) garnered national attention with the release of 4 albums and dates throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States. With Gervis Myles on board, the band recorded, mixed, and released “Love Strong” in just 8 days, a 10 track album featuring 9 original songs.

2019 WAMI nominee for R&B/Soul Artist, Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In 2018, Tweed successfully toured Europe performing shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia. Another tour of Europe is currently being assembled for fall of 2019.

Thursday, September 3
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
$5 admission (Includes wristband, one fandana mask (while supplies last) and one “Free Spin” on the prize wheel at THELMA’s promotional table.)

There are two entrances into the event — one at each end of the block on Sheboygan Street – Marr Street and Portland Street. Capacity is limited to 250 people to allow social distance so tickets at the door may not be available day of. Must purchase ticket ahead of time to ensure your spot. All patrons must be 21 and older to attend. Other changes include temperature checks at the gate, and all clear bags.

Anyone with the temperature over 100 degrees F will not be permitted inside the event. All bags and purses must be clear and will be checked as no carry-ins are permitted. Bag chairs are permitted but guests will be required to completely open them up before entering the event space. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests throughout the event and all patrons. Except those who rent Marguerite’s Lookout on THELMA’s top level, must remain in the street.

You understand that by purchasing this ticket and coming to a THELMA concert, you are assuming the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (or other public health risk). We are all in this together. If you show up and are showing symptoms or have a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or more, we will have to require you to leave immediately. You understand that THELMA is committed to keeping all patrons safe from the spread of the virus.

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/tweed/.


Unity the Band

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. They have been nominated for 2018-2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin and are the 2018 WAMI winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.


They treat fans to original music blending with influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/unity/.


25th Anniversary Takeover - WDTS

5:00 PM – 10:00PM
$100
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

A Grand Celebration!
Friday, October 2 at 5 pm
Help THELMA celebrate 25 years as an organization with a recharged and revamped Windy Dinner THELMA Style. We are doing a complete building takeover with festivities on every level. Live music on every floor, raffles, art classes, food stations, cocktails, silent auction and more! This event will definitely go down in THELMA history! It’s the event of the year!

In honor of the organization’s 25 years, Members of THELMA are the recipients of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award. The award goes to an individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on THELMA and the Fond du Lac community.

“Our members are an integral part of our success and we are thrilled to give this prestigious award to them,“ said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “They have brought us through our first 25 years, they will bring us the next 25 years.”

The award, which is a model, of the Andrew Redington sculpture that sits on the corner of Marr and Sheboygan streets, will remain on permanent display at THELMA.

This award is different than those given in the past, as it’s a mirror instead of glass. The idea came from Time Magazine’s Person of the Year when it was awarded to “You.” The mirror represents that our success is a reflection of our dedicated members. Our success is their success.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/25thanniversarytakeover/?instance_id=1115.


Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
General Seating $40
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

A night of serious blues and dancing boogie woogie featuring Tommy Castro and Marcia Ball!

Ever since he first picked up a guitar and started making music, Tommy Castro believed. He believed he would not only be able to make a living playing music, but could develop his own signature sound and style. Today he is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show.

Four time GRAMMY nominee and winner of eight Blues Music Awards, singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.”

Thursday, October 8
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/marcia-tommy/?instance_id=1135.


Huntertones

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Seating $25, Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music.

The band formed in Columbus, Ohio and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. They’ve performed in over 20 countries world wide and continue to tour the US and abroad. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world.

“Soulful, tasty and groovy. I dare you not to dance or be in a good mood during and after listening to this beautiful music” –Lionel Loueke

“Honest, genuine, skillfully executed music without limitations that is uplifting and cannot be quantified.” –Jon Batiste


Friday, October 9
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/huntertones/?instance_id=1142.


Phillip-Michael Scales

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Seating $25, Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Chicago singer-songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales, the nephew of blues great B.B. King creates thumping, tuneful folk-rock music! To say that Scales was born with music in his blood would be an understatement. As the nephew of the legendary B.B. King, Scales grew up on a healthy dose of motown, soul and of course the blues. But as he evolved and later attended Berklee College of Music, so did his taste in music, skewing more towards indie rock.

Friday, November 20
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/phillip-michael-scales/.

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