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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 4 - Jan 31

Elephant House: photos by Dick Blau

exhibitions
January 10 -22

Exhibition: Museum of Advice

performances
January 19

Formations presents Seed Sounds Trio & The Montauk Project

readings & workshops
January 20 -20

FemFest Workshop: "What's So Bad About the F-Word?"

readings & workshops
January 21 -21

FemFest Workshop: Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing

performances
January 22

Concert: Alash Ensemble

readings & workshops
January 25

Book Release: Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

film & video
January 26

 aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

special events
January 28 -29

23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

readings & workshops
February 9

Poetry Reading: Marjorie Agosín

Featured Upcoming Events

Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration with historian of the zoo, Nigel Rothfels.     Exhibition: Sunday, December 4 through Tuesday, January 31 Opening Reception: Sunday December 4 | 1 PM to 5 PM   Dick Blau is a photographer and filmmaker and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed UWM Department of Film. Working with anthropologist colleagues, he is the author of Skyros Carnival, Bright Balkan Morning, Polka Happiness, and Polka Heartland,…

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Exhibition: Museum of Advice

January 10 - January 22
11:00am, FREE

  Exhibition runs: Tuesday, January 10 through Sunday, January 22 Reading & Reception: Saturday, January 14 | 2 PM   All FREE and open to the public.    In conjunction with August’s first ever Milwaukee Fringe Festival, local performance artist and poet Anja Notanja Sieger organized the Advice Tent for the public where 423 individual questions were posed to 26 experts within the tent. Questions posed to the experts ranged from the serious: “Should I get married on October 14th?”; to the vague: “What’s next?”; and…

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Formations presents Seed Sounds Trio & The Montauk Project

Thursday, January 19
7:00pm, FREE

  {Set One}   Seed Sounds Trio The freely improvising trio Seed Sounds plays monthly (now at 23 consecutive months) at Milwaukee's Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, where they invite their favorite musicians as guest performers, guaranteeing a wide variety of musical approaches and challenges with unpredictable, spontaneous results. Tentative exploration gives way to pathfinding, to new directions, emotional release, surprisingly structured inventions, and creative sonic communication.   Paul Westfahl (Swing Chevron, Maya No Maya, The Little Lake Stompers, Milwaukolis) - drums and percussion Cody Steinmann…

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FemFest Workshop: "What's So Bad About the F-Word?"

January 20 - January 20
6:00pm, FREE

"What's So Bad About the F-Word?" femTALK, Monica Miller & Katie Loughmiller   Feminist is a loaded word. It often elicits negative reactions that span from an eye roll to extreme and open disdain. These reactions are expected from close-minded Trump supporters, but why is it that those who are philosophically in support of feminist principles are often just repulsed by this word? What is so bad about the "F-word" and how can we reclaim, rename, or redefine the term feminist?   ​*This discussion includes…

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FemFest Workshop: Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing

January 21 - January 21
3:00pm, FREE

Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing Michelle Eigenberger & Sarah Busch Bolted Vintage & SarahBelle Alterations & Designs   Ever walk into a thrift store and feel totally overwhelmed and unprepared? Or unpack your thrifted finds just to realized the clothes you bought have damage? Build the skills you need to hunt down the best vintage clothing by learning the secrets of dating and identifying vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s with vintage retailer and expert Michelle Eigenberger of Bolted Vintage. PLUS! Learn…

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Concert: Alash Ensemble

Sunday, January 22
2:00pm, $15 General Admission

  Woodland Pattern is pleased to welcome Alash, masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.   Bady-Dorzhu Ondar: vocals, igil, guitar Ayan-ool Sam: vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar Ayan Shirizhik: vocals, kengirge, shyngyrash, shoor, murgu,…

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Book Release: Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Wednesday, January 25
7:00pm, FREE

  Join us as we welcome Alan Bernheimer in celebration of his recent translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism (City Lights, 2016). Bernheimer will be in conversation with visual artist and composer/improvisor, Hal Rammel.    ABOUT LOST PROFILES Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—Lost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the Surrealist Movement. Opening with a reminiscence of the international Dada movement…

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aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

Thursday, January 26
7:00pm, donation suggest

  Artists engaging in acts of performed masculinity that r(E)scape notions of the contemporary.   aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki.      Still from Selected Actions by William Lamson

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23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of poets, writers, and lovers of the arts who set up camp at the book center and indulge in 15 hours of literary revelry. The event will run from 10 AM Saturday morning until 1 AM on Sunday, and will feature 150 poets and writers from Milwaukee and environs. All are welcome to participate, we only ask that each performer raise…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Dec 4 December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE
Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration…

Read More

exhibitions
Jan 10 January 10 - January 22
11:00am, FREE
Exhibition: Museum of Advice

  Exhibition runs: Tuesday, January 10 through Sunday, January 22 Reading & Reception: Saturday, January 14 | 2 PM   All FREE and open…

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performances
Jan 19 Thursday, January 19
7:00pm, FREE
Formations presents Seed Sounds Trio & The Montauk Project

  {Set One}   Seed Sounds Trio The freely improvising trio Seed Sounds plays monthly (now at 23 consecutive months) at Milwaukee's Jazz Gallery…

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readings & workshops
Jan 20 January 20 - January 20
6:00pm, FREE
FemFest Workshop: "What's So Bad About the F-Word?"

"What's So Bad About the F-Word?" femTALK, Monica Miller & Katie Loughmiller   Feminist is a loaded word. It often elicits negative reactions…

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readings & workshops
Jan 21 January 21 - January 21
3:00pm, FREE
FemFest Workshop: Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing

Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing Michelle Eigenberger & Sarah Busch Bolted Vintage & SarahBelle Alterations & Designs   Ever walk into a thrift store…

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performances
Jan 22 Sunday, January 22
2:00pm, $15 General Admission
Concert: Alash Ensemble

  Woodland Pattern is pleased to welcome Alash, masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the ancient art of throat…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jan 25 Wednesday, January 25
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

  Join us as we welcome Alan Bernheimer in celebration of his recent translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of…

Read More

film & video
Jan 26 Thursday, January 26
7:00pm, donation suggest
aCinema presents If Effort Would Help

  Artists engaging in acts of performed masculinity that r(E)scape notions of the contemporary.   aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen…

Read More

special events
Jan 28 January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more
23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press OLIO Tyehimba Jess
  Up Jump the Boogie John Murillo
  Garments Against Women Anne Boyer
  Threnody Juliet Patterson


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OLIO by Tyehimba Jess

Small Press

"Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant, this outsized second volume from Jess (Leadbelly) celebrates the works and lives of African-American musicians, artists, and orators who predated the Harlem Renaissance." —Publishers Weekly

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