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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Ph: 920-921-5410

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

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

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 Fond du Lac, 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.

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www.thelmaarts.org
info@thelmaarts.org

Features:

  • Public Meeting Rooms are available at this location.
  • WiFi services are available at this location.


Upcoming Events:

May 5, 2017
Salsa Manzana

8 pm
Free admission
THELMA

An authentic Salsa band of students, alumni and professors from Lawrence University. Plenty of room to dance.


May 6, 2017
Paper Bird Making

10:30 am - Noon
Free admission (Suggested donation $5 for supplies)
THELMA

Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, kids 5 and up can participate in an open studio to learn to sculpt birds out of paper. Instructor Lora Vahlsing will guide participants through the creative process. Students will be working with paper, glue, pens and markers.


May 6, 2017
Taking Flight

10:30 am - Noon
Free admission (Suggested donation $5 for supplies)
THELMA

Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, kids 5 and up can participate in an open studio to learn to sculpt birds out of paper. Instructor Lora Vahlsing will guide participants through the creative process. Students will be working with paper, glue, pens and markers.


May 10, 2017
David Hein: Community Children's Choirs in America

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

As THELMA’s longest running program, and in recognition of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale 20th Anniversary, hear Marian University Assistant Professor of Music David Hein, and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorale present the history and development of children’s choruses in America.

A nationwide children’s and youth choir movement gained enormous momentum through the decade of the 1980s. This was in response to a confluence of conditions in society; new thinking among music educators and choral music practitioners; vision and mission in faith communities; and a general shift in how society viewed children and the arts. Hein will explore four key figures in this history, detailing important aspects of their careers and organization process.

Linking it to Fond du Lac’s own Children’s Chorale, he will show how our community children’s chorus is a direct antecedent of this movement — through its founding directors. The presentation will include photos and video, and plethora of audio examples.


May 12, 2017
Davina and the Vagabonds

8 pm
Tickets start at $15
THELMA

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,” – Phonix Blues Society.

(Rescheduled from February 17.)


May 19, 2017
THELMA Presents: The Ruby James Band

Bar 7pm, Concert 8pm
Tickets start at $20 ($12 for members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Ruby James has been rocking dance halls all across the nation as half of the duo that started the R&B, new vintage ensemble of WiFEE and THE HuZz BAND. Prior to becoming WiFEE, James was an established solo artist who toured the country in and generated four solo albums since 2007.

James is returning to THELMA as a solo artist showcasing material from her past releases. Her music ranges from the acoustic feel of “Sweet As Sin,” “Desert Rose” and “Happy Now” to the rock and edgy sounds of “Voodoo Queen.”

Ruby James carries a soulful, sweet sound while simultaneously being bold and commanding. Her musical range carries from Americana to Blues, to Rock-n-roll.

Band members that will be joining James include Melaniejane on Cello, Greg Roteik on Bass, Azch Vogel on Guitar, Matt Spatol on Keys, and Rob Gay on Drums.

Discover the power and magic of Ruby James up-close and personal.


May 20, 2017
Marketa Sivek Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Marketa Sivek was born in Vsetin, Moravia (Czechoslovakia). She grew up under communist rule and experienced the influence of the Soviet Union on the freedoms and lifestyles of the people of her country and her own family. Marketa was accepted to Charles University in Prague to study Archival Science. After the peaceful Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism, Marketa made a decisive move to immigrate to the United States and later on dedicate her life to painting. She is a self-taught artist living and working in Chicago. Her art is represented by galleries in Chicago, St Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Marketa's work is part of many corporate and private collections, among them Deloitte, American Restaurant Association, and the private collections of Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hamilton, of the band Aerosmith.

Marketa spends considerable time traveling to distant destinations in search of an understanding of the visual representations of inner and outer experience. Her painting series are a constant evolution of the growth of feelings and sensations emerging from these newfound experiences.

Marketa's hope is for her patrons to experience her paintings as part of their lives. She hopes that they will enhance the emotional aesthetic that color and texture bring to one's life. Sivek's technique is harmonizing, and the underlying message she wishes to communicate hums the same tune. Intellectually, the situation is dire; however, the unified whole connotes peace and promise.

Marketa's work has been featured in Chicago Home magazine, CS Interiors, ELLE Decor, as well as on the Rachael Ray Show, and I-90 North. Her work is part of many corporate and private collections, among them Deloitte and The American Restaurant Association.

Representation: Terzian Galleries in Park City Utah, as well as in Chicago, St, Louis and Atlanta.


June 7, 2017
20th Anniversary Festival Concert FDL Children's Chorale

6 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a group of fourth through eighth graders that are taught to sing, appreciate the techniques of singing, and what it takes to perform. They create lifelong friendships and gain valuable leadership qualities. Guests will be able to hear the kids sing and Alumni are welcome to join the June 7 Street Concert that will take place in front of THELMA.


June 7, 2017
Children's Chorale 20th Anniversary concert

4 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Fond du Lac Children's Chorale is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a festival concert in the street in front of THELMA. The concert will include the current enrolled students and Alumni. If you know anyone that is an alumni singer they are welcome to join! Have them contact David Hein the director.


June 15, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Copper Box

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The 11 Thursdays of Summer at THELMA is back with our favorite Zydeco band!

Fronted by Danny and Michelle Jerabek, Copper Box is a genre-bending celebration of fusion roots rock that channels the rowdy communal feel of a small-town party with their refreshing, gutsy, americana sound of artists like the legendary Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion), Doug Sahm, Clifton Chenier, Los Lobos, and CCR…a must see!


June 22, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Tweed Funk

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Welcome Smokey Back!

Tweed Funk has been an integral part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues.

A review of Tweed Funk’s new album First Name Lucky by Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

“Tweed Funk is a multi-faceted weave of old school Memphis soul, blues and rock, creating a sound you can wrap yourself up in….’First Name Lucky’ is classic soul with a modern edge and may be the next thing to make Milwaukee famous.”


June 29, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Alex Wilson

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Alex Wilson Band’s style and tasty originals matched with his undeniable stage presence and unmistakable guitar style will drive you to the dance floor. To say that the Alex Wilson Band is one to look out for down the road is an understatement. Taking the world by storm, this band is a force to be reckoned with.

“The Alex Wilson Band is a trio of musicians with deep raw vocals and a big-band blues sound and an increasing fan following in the Midwest.” – Troy Johnson of Maximum Ink


July 6, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Kyle Megna and the Monsoons

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Kyle Megna & the Monsoons are best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. 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 and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.


July 13, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Pocket Kings

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

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!


July 15, 2017
2017 Membership Exhibition Reception

7 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

2017 Membership Exhibition Ends September 9th.


July 20, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Cajun Strangers

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Don’t plan on sitting at a Cajun Strangers’ show! – Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison-based band playing traditional Cajun dance music from Southwest Louisiana! The music consists of two steps, waltzes and blues, and is sung mostly in Cajun French. It was born out of their love for Louisiana porch music, the band performs Cajun and Zydeco dance music with “unbridled energy and contagious enthusiasm that’s more than enough to entice the most sedentary patron to rise up and shake what their mama gave’em.” – Dirty Linen Magazine


July 27, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - WhiskeyBelles

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Three Chords and the truth! Roots country music, born of gin halls and juke joints Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure.

The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio. Think Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). 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.