• 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 - 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

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

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

Archived performances
Dec 15 Thursday, December 15
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

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Trench

 

Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano saxophone

Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics

Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals

 

Trench is a Milwaukee based trio that performs original music with an emphasis on improvisation. With backgrounds in jazz, rock, free improvisation, and new music, Steve Nelson-Raney (soprano saxophone,) Jay Mollerskov (guitar,) and Devin Drobka (drums,) bring their shared experience to this music without the boundaries of style. Members of Trench have performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald, Tony Malaby, Dan Nimmer, Greg Osby, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Sanders, Marvin Stamm, and Ernie Watts.

 


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The Tontine Ensemble

 

Allen Russell - violin

Molly Lieberman - viola

Patrick Reinholz - cello

Barry Clark - bass

 

The Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the dream of playing music and getting weird. Its four current members first played together in Dave Schoepke’s basement for a Blank Radio improvised recording session and soon found themselves rehearsing regularly, exploring works by 20th and 21st century composers and experimenting with improvisation. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and perform regularly around the Milwaukee area and beyond.

 

The Tontine Ensemble has appeared in performances with Danceworks (Paleontology of a Woman and Footsteps, Shadows and Whispers) and Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered). They have also performed as part of Milwaukee Follies, Mike Neumeyer and Friends, and the Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective. They have shared performances with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and Geodes.

 

In September of 2014 the Tontine Ensemble was described as “a tight group” that demonstrates “their virtuosity in an expansive set of improvisations” by the Shepherd Express.