• 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
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived performances
Jun 18 Thursday, June 18
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


Scrawl

 

Chris Burns - electric guitar

Hal Rammel - amplified palette

Jim Schoeneker - electronics

 

Hal Rammel and Chris Burns have been improvising together for many years in a wide variety of ensembles in the Milwaukee area. In 2013 they began playing and recording as the duo Scrawl, focusing on amplified percussion, via Hal’s amplified palettes and Chris’ work with electric guitar. They have released the duo CD Scrawl (Penumbra Music) in 2014 and, most recently, Flares (Universal Reptile). Jim Schoenecker joined Scrawl for its first CD release concert in February 2014 at Woodland Pattern. In Scrawl, the trio edition, Jim continues to contribute unpredictable and dynamic analog synth sounds to the amplified instruments of Burns and Rammel.

 


 

Devin Drobka's BELL DANCE SONGS

 

Devin Drobka - drums

Chris Weller - tenor saxophone & clarinet

Tony Barba - tenor & soprano saxophones & bass clarinet

John Christensen - bass

Jay Mollerskov - guitar

 

"These songs were written over a period of 3 years while i lived in Brooklyn and Milwaukee and are a series of dedications to various people and experiences. The band was finally assembled when I moved back to Milwaukee in 2013. Chris, Jay, John, and Tony are some of the Midwest's most fearless improvisors and musicians and they make up the core of Bell Dance Songs." —Devin Drobka