Family Games Day!

Sunday, March 24th

11 AM to 3PM

Free Family-Friendly Event.

We will have our classic bowling and ping-pong; also group games like El Dorado and Tsuro, and classic board games, like Monopoly and Pictionary. The group games will be hosted by Planet Chaos, a local gaming store. You may also bring your own chess boards, checkers, or Backgammon games. We will also have pizza, popcorn and pop for sale.

2019 Spring “FACTalks”

Tuesday, March 12: Michael Kienitz, 7:30 PM

“Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty”

Photojournalist Michael Kienitz will share his experience documenting the vanishing glaciers of Iceland. His recent exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison is a culmination of five years of work collecting images of this incredible but disappearing landscape of active volcanoes, ice caves, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, wetlands, black sands, and mountains, all created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.

Michael Kienitz, has been a photographer for over forty years. His traditional photography has appeared in Life, Time, and Newsweek, Elle, Rolling Stone and other major publications worldwide. He has won a number of major awards for his photojournalism work, and was an instructor of photojournalism in the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For years Kienitz photographed a variety of conflicts around the world, before recently shifting his attention to the disappearing landscape of Iceland.

Scottish Anthology of Poetry

The public is invited to attend the book launch of Forty Voices Strong: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Poetry.

The book launch event will be held at the historic Fort Atkinson Club overlooking the Rock River on Thursday, February 28th from 7-9 pm. This event will include selected readings from the anthology by Scottish natives Ruth & Gordon Gavin and the anthology’s editor, Prof. Patrick Moran of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Copies of the anthology can be purchased after the reading. The evening’s event will conclude with the traditional Irish/Scottish sounds of Fort Atkinson’s very own Sergeant Early’s Dream.  Please join us at this free event as we celebrate the rich tradition of Scottish Poetry.

Guitar Trio

Chamber Series Concert

Avanti Guitar Trio

Featuring Classical & Contemporary music

Join us on January 27, 2019 from 4-5pm for the first of the 2019 Chamber Series Concerts. Stay after the concert for a complimentary appetizer reception. This is a great opportunity to meet the performers!

The Avanti Guitar Trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable, and welcoming. Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg, and Wesley Hixson blend together pristine technique and sensitive interpretation, earning critical acclaim for their engaging concerts and varied programming.

Based in Chicago, Illinois AGT repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Contemporary, and features newly composed music, engaging transcriptions of classical masterpieces, and an occasional rock/pop or jazz tune.

Formed in 2010 the Avanti Guitar Trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers.

While these concerts are open and free to the public, many dedicated patrons and sponsors are to be thanked for their generosity and support of the Chamber Series Concerts.

Jazz at the Fort Atkinson Club

DENNIS CARROLL TRIO

Featuring Gayle Kolb

Winter Fundraiser
Friday, February 22
8:00 to 11:00 pm

"We believe in the curative power of music.  We play not to impress, but to express; because that’s the only way its curative power can be accessed."

Contact or visit The Fort Atkinson Club at 568-1720 to purchase over the phone or in-person. Our address is 211 South Water Street East. Hope to see you there!

About the Dennis Carroll Trio

Enjoy a warm evening of cool jazz, food and drinks at the beautifully restored, historic Fort Atkinson Club. We're honored to present, direct from the Windy City, the Dennis Carroll Trio along with vocalist Gayle Kolb. The musicians are Dennis Carroll on bass, Joey Skoch on piano, and George Fludas on drums. 
These highly respected artists teach music and travel around the world: performing, recording, and producing jazz. About their music, Dennis Carroll says: "We believe in the curative power of music.  We play not to impress, but to express; because thats the only way its curative power can be accessed."
This event is a fundraiser for The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center. The trio and Ms. Kolb will perform upstairs, in the Theater, with cabaret-style seating. Food and drinks will available before and during the performance.

This event will overlap by an hour with the Jefferson County Literacy Council’s Great Gatsby Casino Night. Patrons for that event may enjoy the music upstairs for only $15 additional. 

Regular admission is $45, Members are $40.  Sponsorships also available, with two free tickets!

Online ticketing available at: 
https://fortatkinsonclub.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Dennis Carroll - Bass

Dennis grew up in Poplar Grove Illinois. He learned music from his father, William, the band director at North Boone High School. Dennis has played and recorded with many jazz greats, including Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, and Eddie Harris. Dennis is currently a jazz bass professor at DePaul University in Chicago, and a jazz mentor through the Ravinia Teach and Play Program in Highland Park, IL. Dennis produces and arranges jazz records, for artists including Kyle Asche, Mike Allemana, Gayle Kolb, and Hinda Hoffman. Dennis is very excited to perform and present the music of Gayle Kolb for this event at The Fort Atkinson Club. He and his group hope you enjoy it!

Gayle Kolb - Voice

Gayle began her singing career in Los Angeles, performing for many years at the Hyatt Hotels and the Hotel Bel Air. With her jazzy voice she had the honor of performing with greats such as Joe Pass and Sweets Edison. Gayle is often noted for her vocal passion, husky whisper, and heartfelt vocal interpretation of the music. As one critic said, “she fills her songs with every uninhibited depth of herself”. As Gayle would tell you, “I learned the difference between singing a song and embracing it”. She returned to her hometown of Chicago where her musical family resided. Gayle says her dad was her biggest fan and would whisper to her on the stage “Gayle, sing Midnight Sun”. Gayle quickly received a contract for four years with The Terrace, performing 6 nights a week with her own group. She also periodically performed in Las Vegas, including numerous appearances at the Playboy Club and a magical night of filling in for Lainie Kazan at the Blue Max. She took a hiatus from the music business after marrying and raising a family. She always knew she would return someday. A recent collaboration with mentor and talented musician Dennis Carroll led to a memorable CD in August of 2017, and Gayle is happy for the opportunity to collaborate and perform together again on The Fort Atkinson Club stage.

George Fludas - Drummer

George was born in Chicago in 1966. He was inspired to play drums by his father, who was also a drummer, and who exposed him to great jazz drummers such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, and “Philly” Joe Jones. He began his professional career in the late 80’s playing with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Jodie Christian, Lin Halliday, Bobby Broom, Ron Blake, and Eric Alexander, and international greats including Diana Krall, Kenny Burrell, and Roy Hargrove. He has performed at numerous jazz venues in the US and internationally such as The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, Catalina’s in Hollywood, the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the Glasgow and Edinburgh Jazz Fests. He toured Europe and Japan extensively with groups led by Hank Jones, Diana Krall, Cedar Walton, and Joey DeFrancesco. George lives and works in Chicago with many of the top names in jazz such as Ray Brown, Bobby Broom, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Joey Skoch - Pianist

Joey received a Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied with Ron Perrillo, and studied both jazz and classical piano at Capital University. Joey performs with some of the world’s greatest musicians in Chicago, including Bobby Broom, George Fludas, Dennis Carroll, and Sarah Marie Young. In 2017 he appeared on Gayle Kolb’s debut album “Getting Sentimental” and accompanied Gayle at the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival. Joey feels that every performance could be his last, and loves to leave the audience with a sense of exhilaration!

Collage of artwork

Student Art Exhibit “Art in the Community”

Student Art Exhibit “Art in the Community”

November 2- 8, 2018

Teacher/ Artist: Thomas Jewell

The Fort Atkinson Club adult art class program provides an opportunity for area artists to come together and pursue their graphic art interests.  Instruction is provided by Wisconsin artist Thomas Jewell, who assists each student to achieve their goals in the medium of their choice.  All skill levels are welcome from beginning to more advanced work.

As a result of the classes over the past two years, considerable progress has occurred.  Today quite a number of drawings and paintings have been created in graphite, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, watercolor and acrylic painting mediums.  The works of art display a wide range of styles and subject selection.

To highlight the artists’ efforts an exhibit is scheduled to be held at The Fort Atkinson Club located at 211 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. A reception will be held on Friday evening, November 2nd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Please join us for this exhibit. It is an opportunity to see original art work created by talented area artists.

 

FACtalks Fall Lecture Series 2018

FACTalks /fak täks/ (pl. noun) our Fall Lecture Series. Informative and wide-ranging talks given by local experts in their fields. Q&A will follow. Tuesdays at 7:30pm at The Fort Atkinson Club, 211 S. Water St. East. Free and open to the public!

Organizer: Ben Knowles (benjamin.d.knowles@gmail.com)

Upcoming Talks:

Tuesday, September 25: Jeremy “Guzzo” Pinc and Ann Engelman

“Why Poetry Inspires: How the Fort Atkinson Poetry Corner Came to Be”

Artist Jeremy Pinc and Ann Engelman, President of Friends of Lorine Niedecker, present the stories behind the two Poetry Walls at Main St. and Sherman Ave, and context for the poems and stanzas that were chosen.

Jeremy Pinc is a Fine Arts painter living in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. His work can be seen in many venues around town, notably the Café Carpe and the Lorine Niedecker murals at Sherman Ave and Main St. He is currently enrolled in the Masters program at UW-Madison. His art interests include cartoons, graffiti, fine arts painting and graphic design.

Ann Engelman is a management consultant for public broadcasting and non-profit organizations. She was the founding President of the Public Television Programming Association, the Assistant Director of Program Operations at PBS and the Executive Producer for Independent Eye, a series of television programs designed to showcase the work of independent producers. She is currently President of the Board of Directors for Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and manages the Wisconsin Poetry Festival.

 

Tuesday, October 2: Rachel Wood

“Inside the Human Voice: The Science of Singing”

Composer Richard Strauss wrote: “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” Most of us rely on our voices for communication every day, and many of us love to sing. But have you ever wondered how the voice works? How do the different parts of the human instrument—the respiratory system, the larynx, and the vocal tract—work together to produce the sounds of singing? This talk will explore the following topics:

  • How does the human voice work?
  • How is vocal sound produced?
  • How is the voice similar to/different from other instruments?
  • What makes someone a “good” singer?
  • What can vocal training accomplish?
  • How can I improve my singing voice?
  • How can I keep my singing voice healthy?

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. In Wisconsin, Rachel has appeared as a soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Janesville Choral Union, Sinfonia Sacra, Sonata à Quattro, Whitewater Chamber Players, and Madison Bach Musicians. Rachel completed her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. Rachel has served as a Lecturer of Voice at the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and voice pedagogy.

 

Tuesday, October 23: Members of La Cultura Latina, Fort Atkinson High School

“An Introduction to ‘La Cultura Latina’: Latino Food and Dance”

Members of La Cultura Latina will present an introduction to Latino culture, focusing on food, music and dance. Different styles of dance will be demonstrated, and audience members will be invited to sample Latin cuisine. Afterwards, the students will take questions about their culture and lives within the local Fort Atkinson Latino community.

La Cultura Latina is a club for Latino high school students in Fort Atkinson to talk about what matters to them, plan for the future, and celebrate their culture.

 

Tuesday, November 6: Mark Chaney and Ben Knowles

“A History of Electronics in Dance Music”

Come learn about the history of electronic dance music through the hardware that made it possible. We will discuss the evolution of genres and styles from the 1970s through the present, and the synths, drum machines, sequencers, samplers and other gear that define them. The basics of analog synthesis and MIDI will be covered, and we will have our equipment set up for live demonstration, as well as an opportunity for hands-on jamming.

Mark Chaney and Ben Knowles are local musicians who record and (very occasionally) perform as VLVX.

 

Tuesday, November 20: Angie Szabo

The State of the Arts: Teaching Art in Fort Atkinson

Local artist and art educator Angie Szabo will give a wide-ranging talk about the past, present, and future of art education in Fort Atkinson. How does one teach creativity? What philosophies lie behind artistic instruction? And how are these important skill sets and thought processes best conveyed to younger generations?

Angie Szabo teaches art at Fort Atkinson High School. She is also a practicing Visual Artist, the wife of a talented Native American Artist, mother to three talented young artists, a member of the Black Hawk Artists, and an Executive Board Member of the Fort Arts Council

Chamber Series Concert

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4pm

FREE and open to the public.

Formed in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet now performs with UW-Madison Professor of Percussion Anthony DiSanza in a wide range of styles, from classical to jazz to commercial music.

Regarded as one of the “superb brass ensembles in the USA” (Musicweb International) and praised for “remarkable musicianship and versatility” (International Trumpet Guild Journal), the widely acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet has maintained a position at the forefront of brass chamber music since the group’s founding in 1972. In addition to its regular concert series on the campus of UW-Madison, the quintet performs extensively throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances in New York at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. The quintet is one of three faculty chamber ensembles-in-residence at UW-Madison. Deeply committed to the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the group travels widely to offer its concerts and educational services to students and the public in all corners of the state. Current members are Alex Noppe and Matthew Onstad, trumpets; Tom Curry, tuba; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Daniel Grabois, horn; and Anthony DiSanza, percussion.

This performance will showcase the group’s versatility and creativity, spanning centuries and blurring genres with works by Michael Tilson Thomas, David Sanford, Modest Mussorgsky and Pat Metheny.

Supper Clubbin’ at The Club!

Fall Fundraiser
Saturday, October 13
5:00 to 11:00 PM

Celebrate Wisconsin's rich supper club culture with an evening of food, fun, music and more! Enjoy a family-style dinner of baked chicken and beef tips, classic cocktails, bowling, ping-pong, and live music by The Chris Hanson Band featuring Robin Pluer. Proceeds benefit The Fort Atkinson Club community center.

Before you sit down to dinner, enjoy a complimentary cocktail, while partaking in ping-pong or bowling on our vintage lanes.

Start off your meal with the ubiquitous relish tray and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. Top it off with fresh baked apple pie and pumpkin bars ala mode. After dinner, sip on a creamy aperitif while enjoying live music and dancing upstairs in the theater, or more games downstairs.

The Chris Hanson Band serves up a tantalizing mix of jazz, swing, standards and country, featuring one of Wisconsin's most talented and treasured female vocalists, Robin Pluer, along with ace guitarists Chris Hanson and John Parrott, violinist Glenn Asch, and bassist John Babbitt.

Individual ticket price includes dinner, live music and games.

$65 per person 
$450 per table of 8