• 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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readings & workshops
April 29

Poet Reading with Mark Doty

readings & workshops
April 29

Iroquios Raised Beading Workshop with James Kelly

exhibitions
May 4 -4

Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

readings & workshops
May 10

Poetry Reading: Lindsay Daigle

readings & workshops
May 16

Poetry Reading: Mai Der Vang, author or Afterland

readings & workshops
June 6 -9

Intersite: Geopoetics of the Urban Garden and Beyond 

Archived readings & workshops
Aug 31 August 31 - September 28
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

 

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 Herschel Garfein, and members from the principal cast of Sister Carrie.

 

Copies of Sister Carrie will be available for sale at Woodland Pattern. Participants receive discounted tickets to the opera, and free admission to other Sister Carrie community engagement events. More details here.

 

If you have any questions, please call Woodland Pattern at 414-263-5001, or email WP Program Coordinator Michael Wendt at michaelw@woodlandpattern.org.


Sister Carrie tells the tale of a young girl who moves from Waukesha to Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, chasing her dreams of wealth and fame, helped along by men on her path to stardom on the vaudeville stage in New York. Dreiser uses the theme of materialism against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution—a theme and time period today’s readers will still find relevant.