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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

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
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

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

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28


film & video
Nov 3 Sunday, November 3
2:00pm, Free and open to the public

“From her first experiment with the Sony Portapak to the multi-layered autobiographical exercise that helped her through chemotherapy, pioneering lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) has expanded her visual vocabulary beyond her extensive work with celluloid to actively employ the immediacy of video production for over 40 years. Haptics, lesbian sensuality, playfulness, collaboration, and illness, all thematically present throughout her career, are encapsulated here in a brief overview of Hammer’s analog and digital output.” (Curators KJ Relth and Mark Toscano) 

It’s an Interlace is one of 3 programs to be presented this season celebrating the career of this singularly remarkable artist who we lost earlier this year. The three programs — with over 20 works to screen — are but a sampling of this maker’s considerable achievement, demonstrating an activist sensibility that encouraged an ongoing experimentation with the possibilities of form and a representationally expansive reach to her subject matter. The UWM Union Cinema will host the programs Ecstatic Subjectivity (Tuesday, October 22) and Mediated Sensuality (Thursday, October 24). 

All programs are curated by KJ Relth, programmer for the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Mark Toscano, film preservationist at the Academy Film Archive, the archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. 

Milwaukee’s Barbara Hammer tribute is presented by Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema, the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, and aCinema, with thanks to the UWM Union Cinema, the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.