• 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 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

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

 

{SET 1}

 

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.

 


{SET 2}

 

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.