• 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

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Archived readings & workshops
Aug 31 August 31 - September 28
11:00am,

 

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.