THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Jan
21
Fri
Jazz for 90’s Kids
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A traditional jazz quartet that plays untraditional jazz songs in a traditionally jazz way! Whether you’re an avid jazz lover, or new to jazz music, there is something for everyone! Featuring Mike Malone (drums), Malakai Flynn (guitar), Austin Bolden (bass), and Jake Opperman (saxophone). These 4 musicians have been studying jazz through college and have been playing professionally around Wisconsin ever since. They are excited to share their unique sound and arrangements live with you! Check out Jazz for 90’s Kids on YouTube for complete studio recordings, videos, and future projects!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time:
8 PM – 10 PM
Bar Opens:
7 PM
Price/Tickets: 
$20 General Admission ($12 for Members)
Location: 
Fountain City
Feb
7
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on February 7 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the Thelma front desk.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the Book:

In SMALL GREAT THINGS, Jodi tackles the profoundly challenging yet essential con­cerns of our time: prejudice, race, and justice.

“SMALL GREAT THINGS is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers…The difficult self awareness is what sustains this book…forcing engaged readers to meditate on their own beliefs and actions along with these characters….It’s also exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.” – Washington Post

 

Feb
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love is in the Air
When it comes to holidays, playing music is always a good way to commemorate the special occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re the songs that touched our hearts, and filled us all with the feelings of love and romance. Whether you’re celebrating solo, hosting a sweet fête with friends and family or having a candlelit dinner with your significant other, songs about affection can be a nice backdrop to the love-filled day.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s set for this evening will be filled with songs about love. Come join the band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance club as we deliver our Valentine’s Day gift to you in our own unique musical fashion.

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.

“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.

 

Band Information HERE 

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Feb
12
Sat
Copper Box
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Copper Box is a quartet based in Oshkosh, WI and was started in 2002 with co-founders, Danny & Michelle Jerabek.  Danny Jerabek grew up performing in his dad’s band at the early age of 9 and was self-taught on button accordion (currently endorsed by Hohner Accordions), drums, trumpet, sax, etc.  He married Michelle Thull, who also performed in her dad’s family band and they started Copper Box so they could be together on stage.  With the help of a few other very talented musicians (currently, Dan Cable (DC) on drums and Dave Chyla on bass), Copper Box continues to deliver a punch in entertainment and musicality, playing familiar songs with a twist in a multi-genre accord (polka-rock-blues), as well as their own originals for concerts and events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 12
Time:
5 PM – 7 PM
Price/Tickets: Free General Admission
Location:
Fountain City
Mar
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Swing into Spring
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During the winter months of constant darkness and cold, looking forward to spring is the sparkle that keeps our souls warm. Spring brings along with it beautiful flower blossoms, melodious chirping birds, warm and pleasant sun, and a new beginning to everything. Spring also symbolizes rekindling the flames of love, as the warming weather symbolizes the warming of the heart. Are you ready to take off your heavy winter coats and get ready to sing along with the birds? If the answer is ‘yes’, join the Lighthouse Big Band as we “Swing into Spring,” with songs about Spring, celebrating nature, the warm weather, and love.

Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. 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, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

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 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 is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

Mar
18
Fri
Reilly @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Voted Celtic band of the year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2019 and 2015, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act. The band’s travel circuit around the Midwest continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected and professional level group. National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly and Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars. Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene.

Being a strong part of the Irish and non-Irish musical community throughout the Midwest, Reilly have appeared regularly at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee, Manhattan, IL Irish Fest, Will County, IL Celtic Fest, Bastille Days in Milwaukee, City of Indianapolis events, Harley-Davidson festivals, River Rhythms in Milwaukee, countless St. Patrick’s parades and activities, Bradley Center events, and at far too many Irish pubs and non-Irish locales around the Midwest to mention. They’ve shared the stage with Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Enter the Haggis, The Prodigals, Barra MacNeils, Seven Nations, The Bridies, Luka Bloom and more. Members of Reilly are also involved with community and social outfits such as the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Chapter.

Reilly celebrates Celtic musical heritage and their own American upbringings in both the live setting and on record. They provide a lively musical feast for those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, a dose of modernism, and a full pint of fun and good will.

“For our first Irish Festival we could not have picked a better band. They not only play lots of “Irish songs” but throw in more popular songs that were influenced by the Irish. Great energy and musicianship.” –Jim, Central WI Celtic Fest president

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 7
PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Fountain City
Mar
20
Sun
Sliding Into Seniorhood Play Reading
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm
Staged play reading at by playwright Kim E. Ruyle

May be an image of textThe paths of six intriguing characters intersect as they navigate the unpredictable and challenging twists and turns of aging. On the slide into seniorhood, they encounter relationships and experiences, some painful, some sensual, and some just downright silly. When all is said and done, will they find that life has left them with anything more than simple memories?

The play was the Grand Winner of 2020/2021 Original Playwrights Full-Length Competition (Shawnee Playhouse/Pennsylvania Council of the Arts) and was produced in Pennsylvania in September.
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time:
2 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Cafe 1906
Mar
22
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Vocalist Night
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Listening to music is an emotional experience. Music makes us feel something, and brings out feelings we didn’t know we had, and can do so without words.
But when words and music are put together, we get an experience that goes beyond instrumental music. You get a story, a situation, or even a string of nonsense words that produce a feeling.

The Lighthouse Big Band has invited some of our favorite vocalists to join us for an evening of musical stories, told by the band and the singers. Come join vocalists Dave Janke, Erin Krebs, Corynn Latta, Janet Planet, and Eva Thelen with the Lighthouse Big Band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for a most entertaining evening!

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. 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, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

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 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 is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

Apr
4
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Apr 4 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on April 4 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting is  The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the Thelma front desk.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the Book:

A #1 New York Times Best Seller!

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew.

But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm—the wily, charismatic Duchess and earnest, offbeat Woolly—have stowed away in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take the four of them on a fateful journey in the opposite direction to the city of New York.

Spanning ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’s third novel is a multilayered tale of misadventure and self-discovery, populated by an eclectic cast of characters, from drifters who make their home riding the rails and larger-than-life vaudevillians to the aristocrats of the Upper East Side. An absorbing, exhilarating ride, The Lincoln Highway is a novel as vivid, sweeping, and moving as readers have come to expect from Towles’s work.

Apr
12
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Through the Decades
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The “Big Band Era” transformed popular music in the United States throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

As the United States reeled from the Great Depression, big band music became increasingly popular. Led by bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Chick Webb, the big band era thrived throughout the 1930s, inspiring new popular swing dances like the jitterbug and the jive.
During World War II, big band music dominated the airwaves. Popular vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra brought a new element to the jazz orchestra sound. By the late 1940s, however, the swing era was coming to a close. New York musicians and bandleaders developed a new style called bebop, a complex form of jazz, that gained popularity for a time. Although the big band genre never regained the popularity it had at its peak, younger musicians like trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Buddy Rich started their own big bands, continuing the tradition during the following decades. On this evening Lighthouse Big Band will be performing music of these favorite big bands for your listening and dancing enjoyment!
Come join us in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for another entertaining evening of big band jazz!

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time:
 7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. 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, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

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 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 is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE