• 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 9 Sunday, December 9
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

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.