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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


Maple Road

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Enjoy music, drinks, and the performing arts with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.
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. 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.

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


Yoga among the Art with Lora Vahlsing

10:00am – 11:00am
$12 ($15 for nonmembers)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Enjoy a unique opportunity to practice yoga! Lora Vahlsing, certified yoga instructor, will lead you through a very special yoga class. In this gentle practice you’ll be led through poses and a meditation that highlights the artistry of the practice.

No experience needed. Bring your own mats and wear comfortable layers.

$12 ($15 for nonmembers)

Limited class size. Pre-register to ensure spot.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/yoga-among-the-art-with-lora-vahlsing-5/?instance_id=1684.


Cathy Grier and The Troublemakers

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

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.

Through it all, she has remained true to herself, her music, her writings and her fundamental Blues performances. Inspired by the early great female Blues artists of the 20’s and 30’s, she honors them by continuing to bring the people’s music to the stage. You can’t help but feel her life story with every heartfelt raw performance.

One woman, one guitar, part storyteller, part blues traveler. Cathy’s multi-dimensional guitar technique, her talents on slide and harmonica, her gutsy vocal range, and her unique song craft, thrill audiences with her performances, and affirm her commitment to representing the Blues worldwide.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/cathy-grier-and-troublemakers/.


Chalk Pastel Landscapes

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

In this chalk pastel class, we will talk about achieving depth, using mark-making to form shape and texture, layering tones, and blending. Get those fingers messy and join us for this landscape class. Come with an idea of what kind of landscape composition speaks to you.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. Adult class. Ages 14 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adult-art-class-chalk-pastel-landscape/?instance_id=1565.


Studio 51: Tissue Paper Suncatchers

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Join us for a class that celebrates the summer sun! We will be making colorful, translucent suncatchers using tissue paper. Customize your colors and make any shape that you like! You will love taking this project home and hanging it in your window.

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-tissue-paper-suncatchers/?instance_id=1563.


A Glass with Your Class: Brush and a Beverage

5:30 – 7:30 pm
$45 ($36 for THELMA members) Includes one glass of wine or beer.
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Come get galactic in this painting class where we learn several techniques to achieve a glowing, beautiful galaxy painting. Learn how to paint shining stars, planets, and soft blended cosmos. Your first drink is on us.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All materials provided. Adult class. Ages 21+. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/a-glass-with-your-class-brush-and-a-beverage/?instance_id=1631.


Throwback Stereo

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Do you miss the 90’s? Throwback Stereo is a 90’s cover band, bringing a high-energy show from the best of music’s most popular decade. This band is doing it the right way! Playing the hits and putting a tight band on stage to perform them every night. You will hear it all, songs you know every word to and the “Geez, I forgot about this song” moment that we all love. Either way you’re sure to have a blast at a Throwback Stereo show!

The goal of a Throwback Stereo show is to take you back in time for a little while and let you jam, dance, and sing to some of your favorite music, so check it out, you won’t want to miss these guys!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/throwback-stereo/.


Oil Painting Pet Portraits

2:30 – 4:30 PM
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

This oil painting class will teach you all you need to know about painting your beloved pet. Learn how to achieve a proportional likeness, use blending techniques to simulate depth of field, and how to represent fur in a detailed, yet realistic manner. Please bring a photo of your pet for reference!

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. Adult class. Ages 14 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adult-art-class-oil-painting-pet-portraits/?instance_id=1571.


Studio 51: Weaving

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

In this class students will learn the basics of weaving and how to achieve different shapes and textures with a variety of materials. We will incorporate some creative stitching and knotting techniques and finish the pieces off with beads, feathers, etc.

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-weaving-2/?instance_id=1632.


The WhiskeyBelles

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles (nominated for 2018 Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the year) are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing.

The ‘Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline – they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience. Chrissy Dzioba (joe-buh) plays guitar and vocals. Kimberly (Kimmy) Unger plays the fiddle and vocals. Sara Moilanen plays the bass and vocals.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/the-whiskeybelles-2/.


Bascom Hill

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Bascom Hill is a trio of lager-loving, joke cracking, Wisconsin-raised musicians in the truest sense of the word. As veterans of the music scene, a lot has changed for them personally and in the biz over the course of 4 albums. But through it all, one thing has remained constant: a commitment to their music, which is known for its effortless hooks, memorable choruses, and clever lyrics. Bascom Hill has fully embraced life as an indie band.
Bascom Hill’s music has been featured on over 70 TV shows and has shared the stage with The Fray, Lifehouse, Gavin DeGraw, Bob Schneider, Hanson, Augustana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and more. Bascom Hill was the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards 2010 Pop Artist of the Year and won the 2006 Album of the Year for “Maybe.”

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/bascom-hill/.


Riding Shotgun

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Riding Shotgun is a high energy power trio that plays upbeat and danceable Rock, Pop and Country hits spanning several decades. With their full sound and rich harmonies, you would expect to see more than just the three of them on stage. But this is no surprise with their years of experience performing in bands like Oil Can Harry, The Toys, The Pulltops, Mind Games, and Xeno and the Happy Jax, just to name a few. Playing a variety of hits by artists such as Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Luke Combs, The BoDeans, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Billy Idol, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Rolling Stones, Journey, Green Day, The Black Keys, Blink 182, Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, and OneRepublic, they bring excitement and fun to every club, fair, festival and picnic.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/riding-shotgun/.


Chicken Wire Empire

5 – 8 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

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

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


Hot and Dirty Brass Band

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

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.


Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.

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-2/.


Unity the Band

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

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-the-band/.


Copper Box

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Roots/Americana quartet loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.
Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.

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!


The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums, percussion) and Dave Chyla (bass, guitar). Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion,” he began to “rock out” and improvise –thinking a little more, “outside the box.” He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX, and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV. In 2015, Danny accepted an Artist Endorsement deal with Hohner Accordions, INC.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/copper-box-4/.


Copper Box

7:00 pm
Free Admission
THELMA

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Roots/Americana quartet loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.
Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.

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!


The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums, percussion) and Dave Chyla (bass, guitar). Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion,” he began to “rock out” and improvise –thinking a little more, “outside the box.” He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX, and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV. In 2015, Danny accepted an Artist Endorsement deal with Hohner Accordions, INC.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/copper-box-4/.


Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

7:30 pm
General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA)
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.”

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


Phillip-Michael Scales

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
General Admission Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
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.

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

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