• 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
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived performances
Apr 10 Sunday, April 10
7:00pm, Pay What You Can


Edward Wilkerson Jr. - reeds and didgeridoo

Tatsu Aoki - bass

Michael Zerang - drums and percussion


Edward Wilkerson Jr. is one of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene. He has been a major presence in Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization's music school and serving for a time as AACM president. Wilkerson’s best-documented ensemble as a leader is 8 Bold Souls, an octet he formed in 1985. As a working band, and since their formation, they have released four CDs: 8 Bold Souls, Sideshow, Ant Farm, and Last Option. In addition to his work with 8 Bold Souls, Shadow Vignettes, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Wilkerson has played with the AACM Big Band, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, the Temptations, Chico Freeman, Geri Allen, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, and George Lewis.


Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, as well as a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres from jazz to traditional Japanese music. He has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films, and performs both nationally and internationally.

Michael Zerang has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. He has performed as part of the Alternating Currents Live on many occasions including concerts with Mats Gustafson, Jaap Blonk, Joelle Leandre, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake, and many others.