• 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
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 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

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
Nov 17 Thursday, November 17
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

{SET 1}

Russ Johnson - trumpet
Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics
Tim Russell - percussion & electronics

Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community. He has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and performed on more than 75 recordings as a sideman. Russ has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, Russ has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. Russ has performed in more than 40 countries across the globe.

Jay Mollerskov is a guitarist & composer in Milwaukee, WI. He attended UW-Milwaukee where he received a composition degree as well as an MM in guitar performance while studying with Dr. Yehuda Yannay, Dr. John Welstead, Dr. Chris Burns, Steve Nelson-Raney, and Bobby Broom. Jay is an active part of the improvised music scene in Milwaukee where he performs with Trench (Devin Drobke, Steve Nelson-Raney, Jay Mollerskov) Hal Rammel, and others. Jay founded the Formations Series for New & Improvised Music in October 2014 with the help of Devin Drobka after a trip to NYC.


Tim Russell is the Music Director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Dance Department. He was recently called “The premier composer for Modern Dance in Milwaukee" by the Shepherd Express and his “Compelling original Music" (Madison Isthmus) has been used by choreographers such as Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Maria Gillespie, Gerald Casel, WildSpace Dance, Danceworks, Liz Sexe and Kun Yang Lin bringing Tim and his music all across the country from the Judson Church in New York City to ODC in San Francisco. Outside the realm of Dance, Tim is an active participant in the Milwaukee Music scene. He performs with many of Milwaukee's top artists across all genres.



{SET 2}


Mark Mantel - vibraphones


Mark Mantel (b. 1961), in Milwaukee, WI, got his Ph. D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mantel's music explores the creation and layering of dense musical materials derived from physical models, text-driven and real-time live electronic elements, "found-objects", and theatre and theatrical elements. The works of many writers and painters serve as points of departure in much of his music as an attempt to explore artistic processes closely associated with other disciplines. Improvisation, formally, spontaneously, and structurally, plays a substantive role in defining his music. Currently, Mantel is working on an opera, "2100", involving multiple stages, film, video sculpture, and multiple ensembles concerned with the Industrial Revolution, automation, and the precarious nature of humanity.

Mantel will performing improvisations from his vibraphone series, works for vibes, text, and percussives, as well as performing with invited guests.