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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 21

Book Release: Alix Anne Shaw and Toby Altman

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived performances
Oct 22 Sunday, October 22
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS


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.