• 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

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
Oct 22 Sunday, October 22
7:00pm, $Give What You Can


Alternating Currents Live presents this improvising duo featuring the iconic and prolific drummer Tom Rainey with Milwaukee’s Devin Drobka. The concept of this duo occurred to Devin on a drive towards Madison one evening: "The idea rang loud inside my head. I wanted to play duo with one of my favorite musicians and heroes." This concert is the first of a week of duo performances throughout Wisconsin.

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1978 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, JaneIra Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Barry Guy, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, amd Simon Nabatov among many others. Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his quintet, Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists.

Devin Drobka, drummer, composer and educator has been playing drums for the past 20 years. Devin is currently one of the most in demand performers and educators in the Midwest. Devin has performed with with Tony Malaby, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Tom Chang, and Lena Bloch among many others. Currently Devin teaches at the West End Conservatory and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Devin is also teaching drumset and helping coach combos at UW-Whitewater. He actively performs, records, and tours with the groups Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Dim Lighting, Argopelter, Field Report, and Soft Alarm.