• 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
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

special events
August 12 -23

CLOSED for inventory

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

September 11

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

September 14

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

September 15

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

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

Archived performances
Jun 16 Thursday, June 16
7:00pm, $Give What You Can



Michael Bettine - solo percussion


Stories We Tell Ourselves

Michael Bettine is a storyteller. He tells stories with percussion. He uses different sounds that will bring up memories, so the stories, are your own stories. The stories you live.


"I had 2 recent experiences that changed my musical perspective. In January, I was the artist in residence at an amazing festival held at a museum in Australia. In February, I presented a site specific performance at the Charles Allis Art Museum. In both of these instances, I related the music I played to the art that surrounded me and I used stories to connect things."


Michael will be presenting music based on these 2 experiences, the music that makes up his latest album, 'Stories We Tell Ourselves.'



Hal Rammel - sound palettes

Matt Turner - cello


Join us in this celebration of two new recordings by the Matt Turner - Hal Rammel Duo: “As On a Pivot of Air” (Penumbra Music 10” vinyl, recorded live at Acme Records & Music Emporium in Milwaukee last year) and “Orchestra of Storms” (an online release from Plus Timbre). 


Matt Turner is regarded as one of the world's leading improvising cellists and has been featured on more than 40 recordings on O.O. Discs, Music and Arts, Accurate, Tautology, Crouton and other labels. He has recorded with Marilyn Crispell, Joseph Jarman, Bill Carrothers, Bill Stewart, Scott Fields, Myra Melford, Jeff Song and others. Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and his Master of Music degree in Third Stream Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen and Joe Maneri.

Hal Rammel has been designing and building musical instruments since the mid 1970s.  He first developed the amplified palette in 1991 when he performed frequently with cellist Russell Thorne in Chicago.  He has produced many variations on this instrument and recorded with the amplified palette on the solo CDs Midwest Disquiet and Agog.


Cellist Matt Turner and I have been playing together since I first moved to southeastern Wisconsin 20 years ago. The sound of the cello has been integral to my concept of the amplified palette from the instrument’s beginnings in 1991. Matt is one of the most powerful and constantly innovative cellists and improvisers I’ve ever worked with and I’m very proud to have improvised alongside him for all these many years.  

-Hal Rammel