THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Sep
16
Thu
Hot and Dirty Brass Band
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm
Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! It’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! Nominated for 2019 Horn/Big Band Artist and 2018 New Artist of the Year, it’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! When the house lights go down and the stage lights come up… it’s time to get Hot & Dirty! Hot & Dirty is not your traditional brass band! Influenced by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Bonerama, and modern-day brass bands, the Hot & Dirty Players bring the party wherever they go. The high-energy brass will keep you shakin’ all you got, all night long! Just remember our name in the morning, The Hot and Dirty! They have a passion for music and an obsession with brass.

Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. 
 
Michael Clobes, 2019 Reeds/Brass nominee plays the trombone and does vocals. Kevin Klemme plays the trumpet and does vocals. John Vollmar plays the tenor Sax and does vocals. Kyle Samuelson plays the sousaphone. Matt Cordier plays the drums.
 
Thursday, September 16
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
 
View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.

 

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Sep
23
Thu
Unity the Band
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. They have been nominated for 2018-2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin and are the 2018 WAMI winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.

 

 

 

They treat fans to original music blending with influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set. 

 

Bar opens at 6 pm.
Unity the Band starts at 7 pm.

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

 

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.

 

Sep
30
Thu
Joan Lobis Brown: Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms
Sep 30 – Nov 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 30, 2021 –  November 13, 2021

Joan Lobis Brown is a visual activist whose portrait and landscape photographs have been widely shown in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. She had seven solo exhibitions scheduled for 2019–2020. In the last six years, she has been selected for more than 100 international juried competitions. Her work has been published online and in print magazines such as The Huffington Post, ZekeMic.com, Hyperallergic.com, The International Photo Review, Featureshoot, POZ and others.

 “Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a portraiture series— accompanied by text culled from interviews with the subjects— that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse ethnicities, races, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

American baby boomer women—– women born between 1945 and 1964—were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, fitness, health and prosperity.  Now, as these women enter their mid-50s, 60s, and 70s, they face a unique set of challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.

Women have been, and still are, the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. When they are visible, they are often and euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgement of maturity might be taken as an offense. Even worse, older women are sometimes thought of and depicted as crones or witches. As a child, I believed these depictions to be true; as an adult, and a baby boomer woman, I now know them to be false.

Since 2015, I have photographed and interviewed 39 unknown yet outstanding baby boomer women who have shattered stigma, dismantling stereotypes to become extraordinary women launching new careers, achieving physical goals, overcoming adversity and making society a better place for all of us. Their stories cover a wide variety of accomplishments. They are athletes, scholars, activists, businesswomen, artists, immigrants and sur­vivors. They are role models all. These amazing women are a testament to the character, courage, vitality and spunk of American baby boomer women. –Joan Lobis Brown

For more information on the artist click HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Joan Lobis Brown’s exhibition “Women of an UNcertain age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a poignant survey of women’s personal stories of challenges, growth, and achievement. We are allowed into their private experiences while tackling very public issues for women. Viewers can visually connect with these individuals through Brown’s photographs as they read their stories.

The women represent a wide array of races, religions, and backgrounds that have significant influence on their experiences. You will read stories about illness, body image, immigration, and homosexuality (to name a few). You will be reminded of the struggle and significance of women achieving positions of power, authority, and expertise in a world that consistently resists it. Brown also includes elements from her series “Women’s Postcard Project: ‘I am Speaking!’” in which she asks women of all ages what they would tell their younger self. Brown’s exhibition is culturally and emotionally significant for all in the community to experience.

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

THELMA Member Spotlight
Sep 30 – Nov 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 30 – November 13, 2021

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

THELMA is proud to present the 2021 Member Spotlight exhibit, featuring the varied artwork from our own members! This exhibition welcomes art from all experience levels and brings them together into one diverse and unique show. With an opening reception on Thursday, September 30th from 6pm-8pm, members of the public can view the art and meet the artists behind it. The Member Spotlight allows us to show off the many talents of our THELMA members and provide a glimpse into the creativity that exists in Fond du Lac. THELMA’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts, and it is a special occasion when we can do so with artwork from within the community itself!  

 

2021 Call for THELMA Member Artwork

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts welcomes artwork submissions for the 2021 Member exhibition. Artists must have an active membership with THELMA at the time of submission and art must remain on display throughout the exhibition period. Works in all media will be considered.

  • Deadline to submit: August 21, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: by September 1, 2021
  • Exhibition dates: September 30 – November 13, 2021

How to Apply

To apply, please email the following to Shannon Kupfer, Curator and Arts Education Coordinator, at [email protected] with the subject line “Member Submission”:

  1. Artist’s name, phone number, and preferred email
  2. 1-10 high-quality photos of proposed artwork. If sending photos individually, label as follows: lastname_01, with the numbers coordinating with the image list.
  3. An image list with the artist’s name, title, media, size, and date

Note: More than one artwork may be accepted. Artwork with individual components forming a whole (such as a triptych) can be considered one artwork submission.

 

Sales
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts will retain a 35% commission on all sales.

Shipping
Artists are responsible for shipping to and from the gallery. Hand-delivery must be arranged with Shannon Kupfer.

Insurance
All artwork is insured by THELMA while on site.

Quality
Oil paintings must be dry at time of drop-off. Paper artworks must be framed. Unframed canvases must be gallery wrapped and have clean edges. All 2D artwork must come equipped with hanging hardware. Artwork that requires outlets or technology from THELMA must be labeled as such at the time of submission.

 

Oct
9
Sat
Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

SOLD OUT! No general admission seating or tables available.

 

Two blues performers in one night! Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro!

 

October 9, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm
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

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

 

Marcia Ball: 

“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth.”
– Rolling Stone

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says pianist, songwriter, and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career.  Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse party every time she takes the stage. Born in Orange, Texas and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, her deep Acadian heritage and a lifetime of absorbing Gulf Coast rhythm and blues is evident in her original songs and the classics she chooses to cover.  This has made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.  With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs.

Tommy Castro:

“Castro is one of the brightest stars in the blues-soul genre. Voracious blues energy and ultimate soul power…impassioned vocals and pure inventiveness in his stellar guitar solos.” –Blues Music Magazine

“Sizzling, slow-burning, gritty blues and rock…shimmering, swampy, downright funky vibes drenched with Castro’s stinging, pure and crisp lead runs and fluid, jet-fueled solos.” –Living Blues

“Soul-baring, roadhouse-meets-church, Memphis guitar licks…gritty voice…Southern colors and rootsy textures.” –Washington Post

“The hardest thing to do,” says internationally beloved soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro, “is be yourself, take some chances and bring your fans along with you.” Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Since his solo debut in 1994, he’s made 16 albums—the last seven for Alligator—each its own unique chapter in the book of Tommy Castro. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each release is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation—a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

“I like to keep things fresh and interesting,” says Castro, “Tom and I have talked about making a record together for a long time. Collaborating with him was even better than I imagined. I had an outline for the story and then Tom and I talked it out and the songs just started to organically grow out of each other.” Castro continues, “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me. It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”

The road has always been Castro’s home away from home. He’ll instantly ignite a crowd, turn them into loyal fans and then keep those fans coming back for more. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and performed thousands of gigs, leading his bands at clubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world. Famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa says, “Tommy has always been top of the heap among blues guitar players. He always puts on a great show.”

 

 

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Oct
15
Fri
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio will be performing at THELMA on October 15 starting at 8 pm. 

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill” Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy WatersBo DiddleyB.B. KingWillie DixonBuddy GuyJohn Fogerty and George Thorogood.  He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.

“The first time I heard Duke it gave me chills,” said Fogerty. “I hadn’t experienced energy like that in a long time. It was like walking in on Jimmy Swaggart in his heyday. Everybody in the audience was shouting and screaming and having a good time. I mean the crowd was just eating out of this guy’s hand. Immediately the light went on in my head–somebody ought to record these guys.”

Tumatoe is a self-taught guitarist who learned to play by watching Chicago’s blues legends. His guitar playing has been described as “B.B. King played through Jimi Hendrix (with a touch of Andy Gill).”

Tumatoe’s songs are noted for their humor, something he explains as, “There are two elements of the blues. There’s the general intensity of the music…and an element of humor, some twist in the lyrics. It’s like a comedian turning something sad into something funny.”

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

October 15, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

 

General Seating $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table

 

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.

Dec
4
Sat
Dead Horses *SOLD OUT*
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

***This concert has been SOLD OUT! Look for upcoming concerts HERE.***

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.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 4, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
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

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
10
Fri
Isthmus Brass
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

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.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 10, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) – CALL FOR RESERVATION
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT
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.

Dec
17
Fri
The Jimmys
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
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!

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

 

December 17, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 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)
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.

Dec
18
Sat
For Kids from One to Ninety-Two
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm

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

 

General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

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!