• 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
Dec 15 Thursday, December 15
7:00pm, Pay What You Can


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Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano saxophone

Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics

Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals


Trench is a Milwaukee based trio that performs original music with an emphasis on improvisation. With backgrounds in jazz, rock, free improvisation, and new music, Steve Nelson-Raney (soprano saxophone,) Jay Mollerskov (guitar,) and Devin Drobka (drums,) bring their shared experience to this music without the boundaries of style. Members of Trench have performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald, Tony Malaby, Dan Nimmer, Greg Osby, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Sanders, Marvin Stamm, and Ernie Watts.


{SET 2}


The Tontine Ensemble


Allen Russell - violin

Molly Lieberman - viola

Patrick Reinholz - cello

Barry Clark - bass


The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the dream of playing music and getting weird. Its four current members first played together in Dave Schoepke’s basement for a Blank Radio improvised recording session and soon found themselves rehearsing regularly, exploring works by 20th and 21st century composers and experimenting with improvisation. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and perform regularly around the Milwaukee area and beyond.


The Tontine Ensemble has appeared in performances with Danceworks (Paleontology of a Woman and Footsteps, Shadows and Whispers) and Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered). They have also performed as part of Milwaukee Follies, Mike Neumeyer and Friends, and the Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective. They have shared performances with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and Geodes.


In September of 2014 the Tontine Ensemble was described as “a tight group” that demonstrates “their virtuosity in an expansive set of improvisations” by the Shepherd Express.