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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

performances
April 26

Cross / Pollinate: Ruth B8r, L Allen, Apollo Vermouth, J Janzer

readings & workshops
April 27

Reading: Dara Wier

performances
May 5

Performance: The Bridge #2.1

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

performances
May 26

Alternating Currents Live presents: Urs Leimgruber - Jim Baker Duo

Featured Upcoming Events

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

March 6 - June 12
11:00am, Give What You Can

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays, starting March 6 | 11 AM Dhamma MKE is a breath-based meditation circle established to cultivate awareness in ourselves, our community, and beyond. Sessions will consist of two twenty-minute sitting sessions, a short walking meditation, and a brief reading for contemplation/inspiration. All are welcome. Please bring your own cushion and/or blanket. Chairs will be available for those who request them. Led by musician and composer Anthony…

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Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - June 29
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday, starting April 6th | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Readshops led by Karl Gartung: Participants will dive into foundational works from the 20th century, beginning with works by “Objectivist" poets such as Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker. We will be reading the poetry aloud and discussing it as questions arise, on the spot, as deeply as needed. The only prerequisite is curiosity. The first book to be read…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, April 23
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Cross / Pollinate: Ruth B8r, L Allen, Apollo Vermouth, J Janzer

Friday, April 26
7:00pm, Give What You Can

cross / pollinate is a quarterly performance series featuring two curated pairs of musicians and poets. The first quarterly installment features: Ruth B8r Ginsburg + Lilo Allen Apollo Vermouth + Jenny Janzer

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Reading: Dara Wier

Saturday, April 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including In the Still of the Night (Wave Books, 2017), You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2013), Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2009), Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006), Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005, 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award), Hat On a Pond (Verse Press, 2002), and Voyages in English (Carnegie Mellon, 2001). Also among her works are the limited editions (X In Fix) in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm Series, Fly on…

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Performance: The Bridge #2.1

Sunday, May 5
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

The Bridge intends to form such a network for exchange, production, and diffusion, to build a transatlantic bridge that will be crossed on a regular basis by French and American musicians as part of collaborative projects. And, in addition to the scheduled projects, encourage meetings and relationships between creative musicians and perpetuate them. In other words: to give them the times and spaces to join and rejoin on both sides of the ocean and to deepen their exchanges.   The Bridge #2.1 includes:   Dan…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Alternating Currents Live presents: Urs Leimgruber - Jim Baker Duo

Sunday, May 26
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a key member of the European scene of contemporary improvised music since the 1970s. He specializes in solo concerts and performs regularly; in collaborations including Trio Leimgruber-Demierre-Phillips, Quartet Noir with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, Jacques Demierre, Roger Turner, Thomas Lehn, Gerry Hemingway, Joëlle Léandre in performances in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, and South-America. His recordings include work with Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Keith Rowe, Günter Christmann, Günter Müller, Sunny Murray, John…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Mar 6 March 6 - June 12
11:00am, Give What You Can
Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays, starting March 6 | 11…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - June 29
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Every other Saturday, starting April 6th | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Readshops led by Karl Gartung:…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 23 Tuesday, April 23
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

performances
Apr 26 Friday, April 26
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Cross / Pollinate: Ruth B8r, L Allen, Apollo Vermouth, J Janzer

cross / pollinate is a quarterly performance series featuring two curated pairs of musicians and poets. The first quarterly installment features: Ruth…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 27 Saturday, April 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Reading: Dara Wier

Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including In the Still of the Night (Wave Books, 2017),…

Read More

performances
May 5 Sunday, May 5
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Performance: The Bridge #2.1

The Bridge intends to form such a network for exchange, production, and diffusion, to build a transatlantic bridge that will be…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 7 Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

performances
May 26 Sunday, May 26
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents: Urs Leimgruber - Jim Baker Duo

Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a key member of the European scene of contemporary improvised music since the 1970s. He…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Small Press bruise bullet flower Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline


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bruise bullet flower by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Small Press

bruise bullet flower documents the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black, brown, and mostly queer-identified individuals living under the daily threat of gun violence in the United States.

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