• 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 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

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

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

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
Oct 22 Sunday, October 22

Alternating Currents Live presents this improvising duo featuring the iconic and prolific drummer Tom Rainey with Milwaukee’s Devin Drobka. The concept of this duo occurred to Devin on a drive towards Madison one evening: "The idea rang loud inside my head. I wanted to play duo with one of my favorite musicians and heroes." This concert is the first of a week of duo performances throughout Wisconsin.

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1978 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, JaneIra Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Barry Guy, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, amd Simon Nabatov among many others. Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his quintet, Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists.

Devin Drobka, drummer, composer and educator has been playing drums for the past 20 years. Devin is currently one of the most in demand performers and educators in the Midwest. Devin has performed with with Tony Malaby, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Tom Chang, and Lena Bloch among many others. Currently Devin teaches at the West End Conservatory and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Devin is also teaching drumset and helping coach combos at UW-Whitewater. He actively performs, records, and tours with the groups Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Dim Lighting, Argopelter, Field Report, and Soft Alarm.