THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Oct
15
Tue
Lake Reading Series with Author Nickolas Butler
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet an author! Nickolas Butler will read a selection of his work. There will be open mic before his reading.
 
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which has been optioned for film development and translated into ten languages. Beneath the Bonfire, a collection of short stories, followed a year later. In 2017, The Hearts of Men was short-listed for two of France’s most prestigious literary prizes even before its American publishing. In 2019, his fourth book, Little Faith was published, and he is already at work on another novel set in the mountains of the American West. Prior to publishing Shotgun Lovesongs, Butler worked a long list of jobs including: coffee roaster, liquor store clerk, office manager, hot-dog vendor, author escort, meat-packer, bed-and-breakfast manager, telemarketer, and Burger King maintenance man. He is married and lives with his wife and two children on sixteen acres of land adjacent to a buffalo farm in rural Wisconsin.
 
Cash bar available.
 
Arrangements for the appearance of Nickolas Butler made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.
 
Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. Cash bar. Bar opens at 6 pm.
 
Dec
7
Sat
Big Ten Championship Watch Party
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Watch the game on the BIG SCREEN this Saturday night! Everyone is invited to come watch the game in our Great Hall! Stop down after the KFIZ Christmas Parade of Lights, we will have the bar open!
 
Wisconsin and Ohio State will play in the 2019 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 7! The ninth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm.
 
Bar opens after the Christmas parade at 5 pm. Popcorn available for purchase. Feel free to bring own food or order food to be delivered at THELMA. (Sorry, homemade food not allowed. Must have original food packaging.)

Jan
24
Fri
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children’s show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers’ deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character.

| Documentary, Biography | 2018

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language 
Bar opens at 6 pm. Popcorn available for purchase. Wear your favorite cardigan to the film and receive a FREE bag of popcorn to enjoy! 

Tickets are $5 ($4 for THELMA members). Tickets HERE.

Feb
29
Sat
Silent Film Screenings: “Safety Last!” & “Felix in Hollywood” featuring Live Organist
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Experience the magic of silent cinema with a live accompaniment by Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist, Jay Warren. See the short cartoon “Felix in Hollywood” before the movie “Safety Last!” begins!

Felix in Hollywood:

A starving actor, reduced to trying his luck in the movies, travels to Hollywood. His cat, Felix, poses as a travel bag and comes along.

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy | 1923

 

Safety Last!:

A boy leaves his small country town and heads to the big city to get a job. As soon as he makes it big his sweetheart will join him and marry him. His enthusiasm to get ahead leads to some interesting adventures.

1h 10 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 1923

 

Jay Warren – Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist – brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original scores for the silver screen. As a regularly featured photoplay organist for the Silent Film Society of Chicago, he has accompanied most of the great silent films throughout his forty year career in his famous rousing style. He has been featured annually for the society’s highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival since its inception in 2000. Jay has appeared 14 times playing the huge E.M. Skinner pipe organ for silent films at the University of Chicago’s famed Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He also performs film accompaniment on the beautiful Letourneau pipe organ in the Crimi Auditorium of Aurora University. Jay has also made several silent film photoplay appearances on the incredible 5 manual Wurlitzer located at the Sanfilippo Foundation’s Place de la Musique in Barrington, Illinois.

Bar opens at 6 pm. Popcorn available for purchase.  February 29 is Leap Day! Anyone born February 29 and can show proof will receive a FREE bag of popcorn to enjoy! 

Tickets are $5 ($4 for THELMA members). Tickets HERE.

Apr
16
Thu
Lake Reading Series: Student Voices **VIRTUAL**
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Students will be creating videos of readings of their written work. We will share the videos on this page as well as our Facebook page on April 16.
This evening is for the upcoming student poets and writers to shine. Local students will read from pieces of their own work. Listen to original work created by local students!
 
This reading is supported by Marian University.
 
Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. 
 
Aug
3
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 
 
Led by Amy Manion, join us for our next meeting August 3 at 7 pm. We meet the first Monday of the month.  

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It’s a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

 

 

Sep
8
Tue
THELMA Book Club
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 
 
Join us for our next meeting September 8 at 7 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will be in a large space to accommodate social distancing. A mask or face covering is required in the building. Thank you for your cooperation.***

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK!

About the book:

“Eloquent and moving…Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”—Publishers Weekly

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

 

Nov
21
Sat
Abstract Painting
Nov 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this experimental class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with acrylics, discover new techniques and learn about the formal elements of abstract painting.

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.

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Dec
8
Tue
THELMA Book Club
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 
 
Join us for our next meeting December 8 at 7 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will meet via Zoom. Email [email protected] if you would like to join our virtual meeting.***

About the book:

“[Moore’s novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.” Washington Post

“A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacré Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper  Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.” -Google Books