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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

readings & workshops
September 5

Br!NK New Play Festival

film & video
September 6

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

readings & workshops
September 7

Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

readings & workshops
September 7

Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form - a workshop with Ana Božičević

performances
September 11

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

exhibitions
September 14

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

performances
September 15

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

performances
September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

Featured Upcoming Events

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - September 28
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August 24 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…

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Dhamma MKE

July 3 - September 25
11:00am, $Give What You Can

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM 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 Deutsch. Follow them on…

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The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

August 1 - September 26
11:00am, Free and open to the public

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski Opening reception: Thurs. August 1 | 6-8 PM The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and images that produce auditory effects of both sound and silence. While the works in this exhibition often ask to be read, they…

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Br!NK New Play Festival

Thursday, September 5
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Toured Reading of Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer by Inna Tsyrlin. Part of Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK New Play Festival. About Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer Aleksandra, a university student arrested by the Soviets for reading an article from the West, is sent to a Gulag camp for seven-years. To help survive her sentence, she joins the camp’s theatre troupe but when she learns that she’ll be performing for the American Vice-President Henry Wallace, she faces a life or death…

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aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

Friday, September 6
7:00pm, $5 Suggested Donation

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program For over 20 years, Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival has showcased a diverse selection of adventurous, new short films and videos–each 3 minutes or less. For over 20 years, Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival has showcased a diverse selection of adventurous, new short films and videos–each 3 minutes or less. This unique festival has become a lively Houston tradition, providing audiences with opportunities to experience a wide-ranging cross section…

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Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

Saturday, September 7
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Born in Croatia in 1977, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017), the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013) and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). She is the recipient of 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from Feminist Press, and the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire…

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Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form

Saturday, September 7
2:00pm, $35 GENERAL ($30 MEMBERS)

We have a new workshop coming up on Saturday, Sept. 7th, with a special opportunity to explore our home neighborhood of Riverwest! From Ana: In this workshop we will play with space and find correspondences in words to explore the materiality of our meeting spot: Woodland Pattern and its wealth of art, as well as the Riverwest neighborhood. A poetic walk from A to B will bring us to the nearby Gordon Park where we will speak (in poetry) to…

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Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

Wednesday, September 11
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being, an exhibition of works by Thomas Gaudynski The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski on view in the gallery August 1 - September 26 The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and…

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AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

Saturday, September 14
3:00pm, Free and open to the public

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood Book Release and Reception | 3-6 PM AVIARY is designed and published by the friends and family of Ken Wood. For information on pre-order please contact Carolyn Wood – cwcarolynwood@gmail.com. Books pre-ordered via Carolyn (discount!) will be available for pickup at the Book Release Sept 14. A limited number of copies will also be for sale by Woodland Pattern Book Center. 13 x 11”, Hard Cover w Dust Jacket, Premium Lustre Paper, 104 Color Pages In search…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

Sunday, September 15
7:00pm, $6 Members | $7 Student & Senior | $8 General

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi, solo double bass, and duo with Russ Johnson, trumpet Double bassist/composer Silvia Bolognesi returns to Milwaukee for an evening of compositions and improvisations for solo double bass followed by a series of duets with Milwaukee trumpet virtuoso Russ Johnson. Silvia Bolognesi last performed here with the quartet Tomeka Reid & her Italian Friends in 2016. Double bassist, composer, and arranger Silvia Bolognesi graduated in double bass at the Institute R.Franci of Siena.  She teaches double bass and…

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Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Thursday, September 19
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Hal Rammel (sound palette) & Jay Mollerskov (guitar) Set 2: Tim Daisy (percussion)

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Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

Friday, September 20
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

John Sierpinski is the author of Sucker Hole (Cholla Needles Press,  2018). His poetry has appeared in River and South Review, Indlandia Journal, Red Coyote, Mojave River Press and Review, Nebo, California Quarterly, Stoneboat Literary Journal, as well as many other literary magazines and journals. His work is also in six anthologies. He is a Pushcart nominee. He lives in Yucca Valley, California. Sylvia Cavanaugh teaches high school cultural studies and has advised breakdancers and poets. She and her students are…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - September 28
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August…

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readings & workshops
Jul 3 July 3 - September 25
11:00am, $Give What You Can
Dhamma MKE

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM Dhamma MKE is a…

Read More

exhibitions
Aug 1 August 1 - September 26
11:00am, Free and open to the public
The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski Opening reception: Thurs. August 1 | 6-8 PM The Point Being features a selection of Thomas…

Read More

readings & workshops
Sep 5 Thursday, September 5
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Br!NK New Play Festival

Toured Reading of Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer by Inna Tsyrlin. Part of Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK New Play Festival. About…

Read More

film & video
Sep 6 Friday, September 6
7:00pm, $5 Suggested Donation
aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program For over 20 years, Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival has…

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readings & workshops
Sep 7 Saturday, September 7
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

Born in Croatia in 1977, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of…

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readings & workshops
Sep 7 Saturday, September 7
2:00pm, $35 GENERAL ($30 MEMBERS)
Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form

We have a new workshop coming up on Saturday, Sept. 7th, with a special opportunity to explore our home neighborhood…

Read More

performances
Sep 11 Wednesday, September 11
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being, an exhibition of works by Thomas…

Read More

exhibitions
Sep 14 Saturday, September 14
3:00pm, Free and open to the public
AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood Book Release and Reception | 3-6 PM AVIARY is designed and published by the friends and…

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performances
Sep 15 Sunday, September 15
7:00pm, $6 Members | $7 Student & Senior | $8 General
Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi, solo double bass, and duo with Russ Johnson, trumpet Double bassist/composer Silvia Bolognesi returns to Milwaukee…

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performances
Sep 19 Thursday, September 19
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1:…

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readings & workshops
Sep 20 Friday, September 20
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

John Sierpinski is the author of Sucker Hole (Cholla Needles Press,  2018). His poetry has appeared in River and South…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Lorine Niedecker in Spain Natalia Carbajosa
  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


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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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