• 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
readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

special events
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

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


readings & workshops
November 1

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

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

Archived performances
Dec 9 Sunday, December 9
5:00pm, Program + Reception: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance

The Dark Matter String Band

The Dark Matter String Band, a collaborative trio featuring bassist
Christian Dillingham, guitarist Matt Gold, and violinist James Sanders
explores the concepts of early 20th Century African-American string band
music in a 21st Century context.

Matt Gold is a guitarist and composer based in Chicago, IL. His work pulls
from diverse traditions of electric and acoustic music. He performs in the
guitar + drums duo SUN SPEAK. In addition to The Dark Matter String Band
he is a member of the duos Storm Jameson and Hood Smoke and plays in bands
led by notable Chicago artists including Makaya McCraven and Greg Ward.

Bassist Christian Dillingham is equally at home in many musical worlds. 
He has made frequent appearances in Chicago’s vibrant classical scene,
playing with the Lyric Opera, the Grant Park Symphony, Fulcrum Point New
Music Project and the Chicago Opera Theatre. Dillingham is also a member
of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic. He has played and
recorded with dozens of musicians, including Melvin Butler, Kevin
Mahogany, the late piano master Willie Pickens, Dee Alexander, Victor
Goines, Bobby Broom, Sean Jones, Jim Gailloreto, Nick Mazzarella, Greg
Ward and Mike Reed.

Violinist James Sanders confidently crosses stylistic borders, yet stays
true to both the jazz violin legacy and his rigorous classical training to
create music that transcends category yet remains faithful to its multiple
inspirations, which include his Caribbean heritage. He is a regular
presence in Chicago’s creative music movement and has performed around the
world, including major jazz festivals in Italy, Brazil, Poland, and
Chicago. He leads the long-running Latin jazz group James Sanders’
Conjunto as well as Proyecto Libre, an ensemble that pulls equally from
free improvisation and Afro-Caribbean traditions.