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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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51 Sheboygan Street

920‒921‒5410

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  • 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


Comic Book Creation: Characters in Motion

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members) Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
THELMA

Learn about drawing comic book characters in various action poses. We will start with simple poses and build into more complex ones to give life to all of the amazing characters created in class.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages to enjoy with the whole family. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

No other discounts apply

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-comic-book-creation-characters-in-motion-2/?instance_id=1131.


Non-Objective Drawing

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Explore the universal and timeless appeal of abstraction through non-objective drawing. Learn about the formal elements of art while gaining insight into how to create engaging and thought provoking drawings.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-comic-book-creation-characters-in-motion-2/?instance_id=1131.


Five Card Studs featuring Ms. Rocky Mountains

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

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, June 11
Outdoor concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza
Free admission
The street will be closed in front of THELMA. Food and drink available.
Family friendly with outdoor games including life-size Jenga and Connect Four!
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends.

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


Creature Painting

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members) Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
THELMA

Let your imagination go! In this entertaining class, students will learn how to paint different creature from their imagination. We will study different poses and features while creating amazing new fantasy creatures.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages to enjoy with the whole family. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

No other discounts apply

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-creature-painting-4/?instance_id=1133.


Watercolor Painting

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

See colors and shapes come to life with watercolor. Through this traditional painting class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting, explore new techniques and learn about painting what you see as we focus on painting a colorful still life.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead. Large groups welcome. Invite friends and spend the afternoon creating your own piece of artwork!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/watercolor-painting-3/?instance_id=1134.


Maple Road

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

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.

Maple Road is a high energy, four piece band out of the Washington County area that has been delivering a unique blend of blues and rock for over ten years. Along with classic favorites, we add originals to the mix. Maple Road always draws a crowd and has a substantial following, making us a great fit for any venue. The diversity, originality, and “homegrown” feel of Maple Road appeals to a wide range audience and keeps fans coming back for more. Dually fronted on guitar and vocals by Jenny Abbott and Randy Panas, and backed by Russ Wheeler on bass and Max Jones on drums, Maple Road delivers an unexpected and intriguing musical mix of power and soul that demands attention. The band released their second album entitled, “Ain’t Lookin’ Back” and for Maple Road, there couldn’t have been a more appropriate title…recently released their second album entitled, “Ain’t Lookin’ Back” and for Maple Road, there couldn’t have been a more appropriate title.

Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/maple-road/.


Cardboard Sculpture

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members) Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
THELMA

In this sculpture class, students of all ages will cut, glue, tape, assemble and paint cardboard to create unique sculptures. Students will discover a new world when they use their hands to build and combine materials together to create fun objects from everyday materials.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

No other discounts apply

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-cardboard-sculpture-3/?instance_id=1137.


Mixed Media

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

The mixed media class is a group of artistic experiences rooted in one fundamental creative principle –providing you with a foundation that will inform and inspire your vision and imagination. We will explore line, color, texture, shape and pattern through a unique project utilizing a wide variety of techniques and materials.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/mixed-media-4/?instance_id=1136.


Tweed

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

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

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.

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, June 25
Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends.

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


Copper Box

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Roots/Americana quartet loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.
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 agreat game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.

Danny Jerabek of Copper Box was nominated for 2019 Polka Artist.

Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, percussion, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, percussion, etc.) both were nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs and formed a band and the rest is history!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/copper-box/.


Feed the Dog

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

2019 Bluegrass/Americana Artist nominated, Feed the Dog is an eclectic and action-packed, high-energy, jam-rock-grass band. The Appleton based group features masterfully crafted fiddle, Kottke like finger pickin’ acoustic six and twelve string guitar, funky bass lines, and percussive soul. Also nominated for 2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 Album of the Year for – Tenderloin.

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.

Band Members: Ellis M. Brown | Erik Juvonen | Tim McIlree | David Blessent

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/feed-the-dog/.


Adriane Little: Mapping Mrs. Dalloway

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers. Virginia Woolf’s life and writing were partly, yet significantly guided by the death of her mother when Woolf was just 13-years-old. This loss reappears across her novels. As an artist, I am interested in studying both her writing and her as a woman who experienced this early and profound loss. Conceptually, this work is supported by continued research to advance the trope of the missing mother. Mapping Mrs. Dalloway represents a new way of visualizing text and image within my practice by incorporating data mapping in this new work.

For Mapping Mrs. Dalloway, I walked the streets of London and photographed along the path that Mrs. Dalloway walks in the novel. In doing so, I brought the walking path and Mrs. Dalloway forward 90 years into the present. These are the same streets that Woolf herself walked countless times. My intention was not to illustrate the novel, but instead to use stream of consciousness in capturing the images. This mirrors the literary strategy of the novel. This project challenged me to photograph in a new way. I was limited to a specific amount of time while in England. I knew where I would walk but I was not certain what I would actually find. As each day past, I became more familiar with the sense of place created by the movement of people in the city and the project evolved.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adriane-little/.


Kyle Megna and The Monsoons

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are a tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other.

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.
Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.

Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/kyle-megna-and-the-monsoons/.


Annual Street Concert: The Mavericks with The Jimmys

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are a tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other.

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.
Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.

Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/kyle-megna-and-the-monsoons/.


Hot and Dirty Brass Band

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

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! It’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! Nominated for 2019 Horn/Big Band Artist and 2018 New Artist of the Year, it’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! When the house lights go down and the stage lights come up… it’s time to get Hot & Dirty! Hot & Dirty is not your traditional brass band! Influenced by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Bonerama, and modern-day brass bands, the Hot & Dirty Players bring the party wherever they go. The high-energy brass will keep you shakin’ all you got, all night long! Just remember our name in the morning, The Hot and Dirty! They have a passion for music and an obsession with brass.


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.

Michael Clobes, 2019 Reeds/Brass nominee plays the trombone and does vocals. Kevin Klemme plays the trumpet and does vocals. John Vollmar plays the tenor Sax and does vocals. Kyle Samuelson plays the sousaphone. Matt Cordier plays the drums.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/hot-and-dirty-brass-band/.


On Stage@THELMA: Bots, A New Children's Musical

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fee $185 ($148 for THELMA Members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

BOTS! A New Children’s Musical is coming to THELMA this Summer!

THELMA’s arts day camp – On Stage @ THELMA will feature the theatrical adventure “BOTS!” The story tells of a BOTS Robotics Competition where teams and their (singing and dancing) robots are all vying for the top prize! Amidst the coding, building, and fierce competition, two members from rival teams befriend one another and throw everything off-balance. Will their collaborative spirit sabotage their teams’ chances of winning? This musical invites humans and robots alike to discover the power of technology and teamwork!

Fourth through eighth grade students will learn the lines, the music, the dances, and build the sets in this two week adventure. Then on the final day, students perform it twice!

Camp Dates: July 27 – August 7 (except weekends), 9 am to 2 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/on-stagethelma-bots/?instance_id=985.


Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers

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

A professional musician since 1978, Cathy Grier’s undeniably powerful voice accompanied by tasty Blues guitar stylings, both acoustic and electric, affirms her place on the world stage. Trailblazing at an early age as an MTV Basement Tapes winner, Cathy has experienced every aspect of the music industry. She’s written hit songs, formed a record company, produced artists in multiple languages, toured extensively, supported important causes and even honed her craft in the subways of New York City as a busker.

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/cathy-grier/.


Salsa Manzana

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

An authentic Salsa band of students, alumni and professors from Lawrence University. Get ready to dance!

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/salsa-manzana/.


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/.


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/.


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/.

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