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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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51 Sheboygan Street

920‒921‒5410

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  • 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


Adult Art Class: Figure Drawing

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

THELMA figure drawing is back, so get ready to study the human form! This class is an independent figure drawing session with little to no instruction unless students request it. We have supplies on hand such as pastels and charcoal, but you should plan to bring your own newsprint/sketchbook paper. Prepare to sketch several short poses as a warm-up before the long pose. All students must be 18+.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adult-art-class-figure-drawing-3/.


Dead Horses

8 pm
General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA) Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Dead Horses will be performing at THELMA on December 4 starting at 8 pm.

Dead Horses isn’t a band in the conventional sense. Rather, it’s an intimate, folk-inspired conversation between two close friends. At its core, the participants are guitarist/singer Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based pair’s musicality, emotionality, and ambitions have sent them on a winding journey in music.

“There is a lot vulnerability in what we do,” Dan acknowledges. “We share in this very personal expression, and we have a common bond in our personal goals.” Sarah adds: “We are both running towards this dream of doing what we love-recording music and touring-even when the outcomes are uncertain.”

Dead Horses weave together a patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that span trad roots, indie-folk, and other experimental musical idioms. In its artistic continuum, Dead Horses has explored freeform musicality and thoroughly composed approaches. Thematically, the songs are personal, revelatory, and relatable, brimming with imaginative phrases, poetry, vulnerability, and a feeling of redemption.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/dead-horses/.


Studio 51: Macramé Jewelry

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Learn the beautiful knotting art of macramé in this beginner class! You will learn both a straight and twisted style and can choose some beads to work into your creations. Whether you want to make a necklace, bracelet, or decorative keychain, you will love this new skill. Macramé makes a great gift for the upcoming holidays too!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-macrame-jewelry/.


Isthmus Brass

8 pm
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Isthmus Brass will be performing at THELMA on December 10 starting at 8 pm.

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison the IB was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together. They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for the Porchlight Homeless Charity and at retirement homes in Madison. Since then the group has taken off on the professional concert circuit and is currently being selected to perform on concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/isthmus-brass-2/.


Adult Art Class: Oil Painting Winterscape

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Tackle the challenge of a snowy landscape in this oil painting class. We will talk about how the warmth or coolness of tones transforms the atmosphere of the painting. You will also learn some techniques for painting snow, sky, and how to pay attention to atmospheric perspective.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adult-art-class-oil-painting-winterscape/.


Studio 51: 3D Paper Snowflakes

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Unlike the classic cut-out paper snowflakes that we all know, this paper snowflake project is big, bold, and three-dimensional. Great for all ages, this class will give you some beautiful new decorations for the holidays! Try out different sizes, add some glitter, and hang it from your ceiling or windows for a wintery accent.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-3d-paper-snowflakes/.


Lighthouse Big Band Holiday Edition with guest opener from Theisen Middle School Jazz Band

7 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/lighthouse-big-band-holiday-edition/.


Lighthouse Big Band Holiday Edition with guest opener from Theisen Middle School Jazz Band

7 pm
Free to Attend
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Lighthouse Big Band featuring holiday music with guest opener from Theisen Middle School Jazz Band December 14 at 7 pm!

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

The Lighthouse Big Band continues the month of holiday celebrations with a show of holiday music and the band’s annual pizza party for its followers. Add to that a performance by the Theisen Middle School Jazz Band you have a recipe for a most enjoyable evening of music of the season. Make your plans now to attend this annual event!

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as To

m “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/lighthouse-big-band-holiday-edition/.


The Jimmys

8 pm
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

The Jimmys will be performing at THELMA on December 17 starting at 8 pm.

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-6/.


Adult Art Class: Figure Drawing

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

THELMA figure drawing is back, so get ready to study the human form! This class is an independent figure drawing session with little to no instruction unless students request it. We have supplies on hand such as pastels and charcoal, but you should plan to bring your own newsprint/sketchbook paper. Prepare to sketch several short poses as a warm-up before the long pose. All students must be 18+.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/adult-art-class-figure-drawing-4/.


For Kids from One to Ninety-Two

7:30 pm
Prices Vary
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

For Kids from One to Ninety Two will be performing at THELMA on December 18 starting at 7:30 pm.

About the Band:
“For Kids from One to Ninety Two” is a holiday extravaganza, with everything from beautifully lush, traditional fare to great pop songs and joyful, family favorites.

The show features yours truly, singer, bassist Michael Bailey and world-renowned electric violinist and founding member of Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood and the amazing band STEEM.

This concert is a feast of musical styles, all woven together by the spirit of the season. You will hear “Chestnuts Roasting” written by my father Mel Torme’ on a hot July day in Beverly Hills, all the great Trans Siberian hits recorded by original member Mark Wood and our new holiday classic, “I Remember Christmastime” and many more

This show will warm your heart but it’s also plenty exciting enough to make it beat a little faster, just the sort of feeling that this time of year is all about. Come to the show with the real hitmakers and make it your best Holiday ever! – Steve March-Tormé

December 18, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm

Tickets:
General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

No other discounts apply

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join at thelmaarts.org!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/for-kids-from-one-to-ninety-two/.


Studio 51: Winter Slime

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Have some gooey fun in this class where we make some slime together! You will be shown a couple of different recipes and modifications to make your winter-themed slime just right. We will also be decorating containers to store the slime in with a wonderful winter touch!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-winter-slime/.


Lighthouse Big Band Between the Holidays Getaway with Special Pre-New Years Eve Music

7 pm
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/lighthouse-big-band-between-the-holidays-getaway/.


Lighthouse Big Band Between the Holidays Getaway with Special Pre-New Years Eve Music

7 pm
Free to Attend
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Lighthouse Big Band featuring holiday music with special pre-New Years Eve music December 28 at 7 pm!

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

The Lighthouse Big Band concludes the month of holiday celebrations with a “Between the Holidays Get-Away.” There will be many friends of the band home for the holidays and it’s very likely there will be a variety of guest musicians joining the band this night. The band will play a mix of seasonal music and dance music as we are all looking towards New Year’s Eve.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/lighthouse-big-band-between-the-holidays-getaway/.


Northsoul

8 pm
General Seating $10 ($6 for Members of THELMA) Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table Bistro Table for Four $80 ($48 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $60 ($36 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Northsoul will be performing at THELMA on February 11 starting at 8 pm.
Two Voices and Twelve Strings Strong. The acoustic rock and folkified pop from the rising star of Fondy emits northern soul. The foundation of Northsoul has Travis Worth on upright bass and vocals, Trevor Lindgren on mandolin and vocals. Travis and Trevor are Fond du Lac, Wisconsin natives with a rich and varied history of collaboration. Northsoul can be found in all sorts of venue arrangements, engaged in a quest to make positive impact and foster community.

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


Davina and The Vagabonds

8 pm
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Davina and The Vagabonds will be performing at THELMA on February 18 starting at 8 pm.
So much more than just a blues act, Davina and the Vagabonds’ shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday, but comparisons don’t suffice: she is a true original.

“One of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds,” – Phoenix Blues Society.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/davina-and-the-vagabonds/.

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