• 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 readings & workshops
Aug 31 August 31 - September 28
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

 

In anticipation of the October 7 world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie, we hope you’ll join Woodland Pattern and the Florentine Opera Company as we read the classic novel by Theodore Dreiser.

 

The book club will meet at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday evenings starting August 31. Each week will feature an exciting sneak peek at arias from the opera, with Q&A opportunities from the stage director William Florescu, local historian John Gurda, the Grammy-winning composer and librettist Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, and members from the principal cast of Sister Carrie.

 

Copies of Sister Carrie will be available for sale at Woodland Pattern. Participants receive discounted tickets to the opera, and free admission to other Sister Carrie community engagement events. More details here.

 

If you have any questions, please call Woodland Pattern at 414-263-5001, or email WP Program Coordinator Michael Wendt at michaelw@woodlandpattern.org.


Sister Carrie tells the tale of a young girl who moves from Waukesha to Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, chasing her dreams of wealth and fame, helped along by men on her path to stardom on the vaudeville stage in New York. Dreiser uses the theme of materialism against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution—a theme and time period today’s readers will still find relevant.