• 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
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Archived performances
Apr 10 Sunday, April 10
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

 

Edward Wilkerson Jr. - reeds and didgeridoo

Tatsu Aoki - bass

Michael Zerang - drums and percussion

 

Edward Wilkerson Jr. is one of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene. He has been a major presence in Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization's music school and serving for a time as AACM president. Wilkerson’s best-documented ensemble as a leader is 8 Bold Souls, an octet he formed in 1985. As a working band, and since their formation, they have released four CDs: 8 Bold Souls, Sideshow, Ant Farm, and Last Option. In addition to his work with 8 Bold Souls, Shadow Vignettes, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Wilkerson has played with the AACM Big Band, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, the Temptations, Chico Freeman, Geri Allen, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, and George Lewis.

 

Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, as well as a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres from jazz to traditional Japanese music. He has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films, and performs both nationally and internationally.


Michael Zerang has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. He has performed as part of the Alternating Currents Live on many occasions including concerts with Mats Gustafson, Jaap Blonk, Joelle Leandre, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake, and many others.