• 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
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

March 24

Julie Ezelle Patton + Paul Van Curen + Melinda Zitnick

readings & workshops
March 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
March 27

Reading: novelist Halle Butler

readings & workshops
March 28

UWM United We Read: Student / Faculty Reading Series

readings & workshops
April 3

Reading: Tommy Pico

readings & workshops
April 4

Master Class - The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud])

film & video
April 5

aCinema presents: Tarpaulins

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
April 7

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop

readings & workshops
April 9

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 12

Community Reading: Tea Krulos

readings & workshops
April 13

Poetry Reading: Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Edgar Garcia

readings & workshops
April 13

Master Class: How To Lose Every Little Thing

readings & workshops
April 14

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
April 17

Community Event: Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101

April 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 28

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Archived performances
Dec 9 Sunday, December 9
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)

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.