• 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
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

October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

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

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
May 18 Thursday, May 18
7:00pm, Give What You Can


{SET 1}

Nick Zoulek - solo saxophone

Nick Zoulek is a modern artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound. His focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. As a soloist and composer, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). The versatility Nick displays on the instrument has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts” (Shepherd Express). As an interdisciplinary artist, Nick has scored and performed dance works with Wild Space Dance Company, the Madison Ballet, and HYPERlocal. Additionally, his films have garnered numerous awards in experimental media, and have been screened at festivals around the world, most notably in England, Serbia, Africa, and around the USA. Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through self-composed pieces for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone.

Nick is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches saxophone and jazz studies courses. He is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University with the guidance of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has learned with Jean-Michel Goury, Dr. Matthew Sintchak, and Dr. Jon Amon.

{SET 2}

The Oak Creek Ensemble

Jason Wietlispach - winds and strings
Rick Ollman - winds and percussion
Mark Mantle - percussion
David Are - percussion
Hal Rammel - amplified palette
Linda Binder - strings
Wilhelm Matthies - mosesa
Guest light switch conductors drawn from a hat at the event.

Oak Creek Ensemble is a group that has played together off and on for a number of years, mostly recording together in Jason Wietlispach’s studio in Oak Creek. Over the years, Jason evolved a light switch semi-composing format when we were free improvising, to create surprising shifts in musical direction and texture.

May 17 will be our 3rd public performance. Each time we have played in the public, we have extended the light switch concept to the listening audience. We invite you to come to the Formations Series, May 17, and put your name in a hat for a chance to be a light switch composer.