THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

Dec
20
Fri
The Jimmys
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Jimmys have been tearing up stages with their blend of blues, soul, funk, and R&B for nearly 10 years. Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli has assembled an all-star band. With multiple awards under their belts, and a growing legion of fans, the band will crush anyone in their path on their way toward absolute galactic domination.

Wisconsin’s seven-piece club band, helmed by deft singer-keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli, makes a good case for international notice behind the rousing entertainment of their record since forming in 2008. They run the stylistic gamut – jump blues, shuffles, boogies, golden-era R&B, even New Orleans traditional jazz – using an honest, crisp expressionism that pegs them as eclectics of a particularly interesting sort.

Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets
Standing room only $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Jan
3
Fri
Derrick Burbul Artist’s Exchange
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Artist’s Exchange: Friday, January 3, 6 – 8 pm

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about his process, inspiration, and execution of his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Diary of a Mad World

“My desire to mix word and image has led me to create my Diary of a Mad World portfolio. Here, I create images that appear to be grainy modernist styled black and white photographs. However, what the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance,become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image. The viewer is left to reconcile the connotation of the image and denotation of the words.

“The relationship between images and words can be traced back all the way to fourth century B.C. Greece to the Poet Simmias of Rhoades, who wrote his writings in the forms of images, much like the Futurist poets of the early 20th Century. The relationship between images and words in the visual arts is often tumultuous, and sometimes harmonious, but is undoubtedly a very rich part of the contemporary art dialogue.

“I use dynamic asymmetrical compositions to capture the viewer’s attention, and I use large-scale images for the space they allow for me to add minute details in the form of text. What the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance, become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image through the variety of styles in how the “grain” is arranged to create texture. The texture is sometimes more organic and chaotic, and other times will be more formally structured to create pattern. Sometimes the words are more visually obscure and other times they are more visually overt. The words themselves are original poems, stories, and critical writings on art and photography I have written. In the end, the text may challenge, distort, or complement the context the photograph creates, but whatever they do, the text adds an abstract quality both visually and conceptually.”

Jan
9
Thu
Christopher Dowell: 20 Below
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

“In the pursuit of sturgeon, we found ourselves standing on the ice in a landscape devoid of any visible horizon. The snow blew past in ribbons, and the wind burned any exposed skin. We moved the shack over the hole cut in the ice, and now, sheltered from the wind, we took our first look into the abyss below my feet.

The exhibition 20 Below explores the tradition and dedication to sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. How vital this mysterious and ancient fish is to the way of life, and how critical this community is to the lake sturgeons’ sustainability. There is still much work ahead for those involved with ensuring the future of the fish in Lake Winnebago. There is a collective will, to ensure that future generations can continue to participate in a tradition, securing the lake sturgeons’ population for future generations. Thanks to the community’s respect and understanding of its history and its passion for protecting and conserving the fish there is hope that we could be witnessing a renaissance, a return to the heyday of lake sturgeon.”

Fish of Legends
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life. From generation to generation, fishing stories have served as a source of fascination, humor and pride. Many of these stories have been retold and embellished upon to the point they become legendary. The work in this exhibition focuses on such legendary stories of the sturgeon. The stories on display have been gathered and reinterpreted by local artists through painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic media and sculpture. Each of these artists uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths to form a connection with this celebrated ancient fish.

Jan
10
Fri
Driveway Thriftdwellers & Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Driveway Thriftdwellers have emerged as a top original act in Wisconsin’s Country and Americana music scenes. They will perform with the Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers with original songs doing a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.
Friday, January 10
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $5
General Seating $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 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.

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Jan
22
Wed
Fish of Legends Reception and Panel Discussion
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

Opening Reception: January 22, 5 – 6 pm

Free admission and open to the public, view the work and meet the artists, biologists and sturgeon advocates who played a major role in the exhibition. Cash bar and snacks available.

Panel Discussion: January 22, 6 – 7 pm

Free admission and open to the public, this event features discussing the culture around sturgeon. The panel will feature artists, biologists and other sturgeon experts. Cash bar and snacks available.

  • Each panelist will have about 15 minutes to present their topic along with a short Q&A
    • Ryan Koenigs, DNR Sturgeon Biologist and Dr. Ron Bruch, Fisheries Scientist, UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (representing the DNR)
    • Anne Moser, Senior Special Librarian and Education Coordinator, UW Madison, Aquatic Sciences Center (representing the Wisconsin Sea Grant)
    • Jim Patt, Sturgeon for Tomorrow Southwest Chapter President (representing Sturgeon for Tomorrow)
    • Christopher Dowell, Documentary Photographer (discussing his work on display in the 1st floor gallery)
  • A longer Q&A will occur at the end with a social hour afterwards from 7 – 8 pm

Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life. From generation to generation, fishing stories have served as a source of fascination, humor and pride. Many of these stories have been retold and embellished upon to the point they become legendary. The work in this exhibition focuses on such legendary stories of the sturgeon. The stories on display have been gathered and reinterpreted by local artists through painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic media and sculpture. Each of these artists uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths to form a connection with this celebrated ancient fish.

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
15
Sat
Nikki Hill
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment.
 
With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, she delivers a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past, steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section, to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.
 
Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious! One club advertisement called Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.
 
If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’—you have been warned.
 
Saturday, February 15
Concert 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $10
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 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

 

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Feb
21
Fri
Eric Jacobson Quartet
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In collaboration with the Fond du Lac High School, attend our jazz night with the Eric Jacobson Quartet!

As a performer, teacher and clinician Eric Jacobson is in high demand. Eric has performed with Grammy Award Winners Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, Tito Puente Jr. and Eric Benet. Eric has had the privilege to perform and study with well known jazz artists such as: David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans,Willie Thomas, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen. Eric studied trumpet under the infamous Johnny Hemkes throughout his High School years in Racine, WI.

Eric toured the world in 2010-2013 with Milwaukee’s local soul band “Kings Go Forth” but now stays a bit closer to home and is a top call trumpeter for high profile gigs in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago. He recently performed in the windy city at the Green Mill with the Chicago Yestet and at Andy’s Jazz Club with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and We Six. He frequently plays with the popular Milwaukee-based Latin band De la Buena.

Since 2010, he has been the trumpeter with the Conservatory’s resident jazz sextet We Six, providing fiery solos and contributing arrangements and original compositions to the band’s repertoire. Eric has also been busy in the recording studio. He recently recorded for Johannes Wallmann “The Sweet Minute Big Band” and Willy Porter’s CD Human Kindness. Watch for Eric’s latest CD as a leader, Discover, to be released under Brian Lynch’s jazz label Holistic MusicWorks.

“Eric is the real deal! – a truly world class jazz trumpeter with a gift to inspire, motivate and teach students of all ages with dramatic results. By sharing his own passion for the music with his students, he instills that “fire in the belly” that makes great musicians; and in instilling a love of practice and a robust work ethic, he equips his students with the tools to excel for a lifetime. And most important, he provides a compelling example of excellence for his students by his own brilliant playing.

Friday, February 21
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm
 

Tickets

Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)

Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 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

 

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Eric Jacobson Quartet will be hosting a clinic with students February 22 at the Fond du Lac High School.

As Artist in Residence for the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Jazz institute program, I’ve witnessed at a first hand the development of Eric’s students and marveled! Students of his are now making outstanding careers in top universities and conservatories, including in my own jazz trumpet studio at the Frost School Of Music, University Of Miami.

The word is out in the jazz world about the accomplishment of Eric Jacobson as both player and educator, and he’s making that world a better place with his great work!”

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.