• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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exhibitions
May 27 - Aug 28

Between a Portrait and its Other {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}

performances
August 28

Alternating Currents Live presents Ernest Dawkins and the Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
August 31 - Sep 28

Sister Carrie Book Club 

special events
September 9 -11

Offsite: Indian Summer Festival 

exhibitions
September 15 - Oct 30

In the Gallery: David McLimans

readings & workshops
September 16

Book Release: Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, but Mostly Conversation by Alan Wieder

 

performances
September 18

Alternating Currents Live presents Tomeka Reid and her Italian Friends 

readings & workshops
September 24

Offsite: “Katherine Kuehn - A Closer Look at Poetic Stitches,” A Reading

readings & workshops
September 25

Book Release: Michael O’Leary, Peter O’Leary & Amy Evans

special events
November 11

36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

Featured Upcoming Events

Between a Portrait and its Other {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}

May 27 - August 28
5:00pm, FREE

  Between a Portrait and its Other For Paul Vanderbilt {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}   Opening reception: Friday, May 27 | 5-7 PM Exhibition: May 27 to August 28, 2016 FREE and open to the public. This summer, Woodland Pattern Book Center will explore the notion of personal collections and archives. Three prominent individuals—Joseph Pabst (activist philanthropist), Bryce Clark (owner of Cempazuchi restaurant) and Andy Kraushaar (Visual Materials Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison)—present their unique photographic collections in Between a Portrait and its Other, an…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Ernest Dawkins and the Boglifier Project

Sunday, August 28
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

  featuring Ernest Dawkins - reeds Ben LaMar Gay - trumpet, electronic sound manipulation Makaya McCraven - drums   The Boglifier Project builds upon new compositions by Ernest Dawkins that engage the richness of urban rhyme and African American folk melodies, alongside live acoustic sound, electronic signal processing, looping, dance, creative improvisation. and the collective interplay and exploration of sound.   Ernest Dawkins is one of the world’s premiere saxophonists and composers aspiring for his music and compositions to reflect the evolving collective cultural memory of the American…

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Sister Carrie Book Club

August 31 - September 28
6:00pm, FREE

  In anticipation of the October 7 world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie, we hope you’ll join Woodland Pattern and the Florentine Opera Company as we read the classic novel by Theodore Dreiser.   The book club will meet at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday evenings starting August 31. Each week will feature an exciting sneak peek at arias from the opera, with Q&A opportunities from the stage director William Florescu, local historian John Gurda, the Grammy-winning composer and librettist Robert Aldridge and…

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Offsite: Indian Summer Festival

September 9 - September 11
9:00am, Adults $15 | Elders (60 and over) $12 | Children 12 and under FREE

  Woodland Pattern is happy to celebrate 30 years of the Indian Summer Festival at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park.   This year, Woodland Pattern will expand our literary programming at Indian Summer to include: Ojibwe language workshops for children and adults led by Margaret Noodin, performances by the women's singing group Miiskwaasining Nagamojig (Swamp Singers), Native reader theater, readings by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser and group readings by Milwaukee Native poets.   And, as always, the Woodland Pattern booth will feature hundreds…

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In the Gallery: David McLimans

September 15 - October 30
6:00pm, FREE

  Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, book sketches, and sophisticated editorial illustrations. McLimans’ children’s books, including Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2007), recognized as a Caldecott Honor Medalist and a New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year, will be available for browsing in the store.       David McLimans (1948–2014) was born in Beaver Dam and attended…

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36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

Friday, November 11
5:30pm, Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple; Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door

  We’re excited to announce that our 36th Anniversary Gala will feature poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles!   SAVE THE DATE Friday, November 11 at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall 5:30 pm reception | 7 pm program   TICKETS Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door   Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, September 6.    Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls.…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
May 27 May 27 - August 28
5:00pm, FREE
Between a Portrait and its Other {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}

  Between a Portrait and its Other For Paul Vanderbilt {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}   Opening reception: Friday, May 27 | 5-7 PM Exhibition: May…

Read More

performances
Aug 28 Sunday, August 28
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Alternating Currents Live presents Ernest Dawkins and the Boglifier Project

  featuring Ernest Dawkins - reeds Ben LaMar Gay - trumpet, electronic sound manipulation Makaya McCraven - drums   The Boglifier Project builds upon new compositions…

Read More

readings & workshops
Aug 31 August 31 - September 28
6:00pm, FREE
Sister Carrie Book Club

  In anticipation of the October 7 world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie, we hope you’ll join Woodland Pattern and…

Read More

special events
Sep 9 September 9 - September 11
9:00am, Adults $15 | Elders (60 and over) $12 | Children 12 and under FREE
Offsite: Indian Summer Festival

  Woodland Pattern is happy to celebrate 30 years of the Indian Summer Festival at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park.   This…

Read More

exhibitions
Sep 15 September 15 - October 30
6:00pm, FREE
In the Gallery: David McLimans

  Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the…

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special events
Nov 11 Friday, November 11
5:30pm, Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple; Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door
36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

  We’re excited to announce that our 36th Anniversary Gala will feature poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles!   SAVE THE…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Small Press The Sexual Organs of the IRS and Other Poems Bernadette Mayer & Jennifer Karmin
  River Ross Gay & Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.
  Rhabdomantics Beth Towle
  culebra Roberto Harrison
  OLIO Tyehimba Jess
  Tributaries Laura Da'


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culebra by Roberto Harrison

Small Press

"In these strange, open-eyed, open-hearted, beautiful poems, there is nowhere to stand, or there is everywhere specific. I feel as if I am looking at Borges' aleph: sacred mutating representatives of every category—weather animals language pain geographies software—announce themselves, declare connectednesses I'd never have predicted. This journey, this snake moves through lived experience like breath from the underside of time." —Catherine Wagner

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