Oct 12 - 14
No Studios Grand Opening Weekend

No Studios Grand Opening Weekend

Presented by No Studios at No Studios

The packed lineup of events includes open houses, film screenings, panel discussions, pop-up events around Milwaukee and more!

No Studios, a new hub for the creative arts in downtown Milwaukee founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Milwaukee native John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) and business partner Chris Abele, is offering a variety of grand opening events for Milwaukeeans to learn more about this new organization and how to get involved, and the many ways No Studios promotes culture, community and connectedness. Throughout the weekend, No Studios will offer opportunities to experience all it has to offer, from a state-of-the-art screening room and performance stage, to diverse programming in locations throughout Milwaukee, to a cocktail bar and social spaces.

See below for a complete schedule. For updated details and information, visit www.nostudios.com or text NOSTUDIOS to 474747.


Grand Opening events:

Friday, Oct. 12
7 – 9 P.M. (open to the public)
No Studios, in partnership with the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance’s diversity committee, will present a panel of Milwaukee-based female filmmakers focusing on inclusion in the industry.

9 – 11 P.M. (open to the public)
Film screenings and live music performances by local artists Shaddye, Melodic Prodigies and K-Stamp in No Studios’ gallery.


Saturday, Oct. 13

10 A.M. – 5 P.M. (open to the public)
Open House. Milwaukeeans can take tours of the building and experience a variety of activities.

• Colectivo coffee and pastry tasting (10 A.M. – 12 P.M.) – Local coffee roaster Colectivo will serve as No Studios’ coffee provider, on the menu in the gallery lounge cocktail bar, in addition to wine, craft beers and cocktails.
• Ice cream social (12 – 2 P.M.) – An opportunity to mingle with local artists and No Studios representatives.
• Beer Tasting (2 – 4 P.M.) – A beer tasting with local craft brews.
• The work of local Milwaukee filmmakers will be featured with short film screenings running throughout the weekend.
• Art by three local artists—Della Wells, Katy Cowan and Sheila Held—will be on view during the opening. The Green Gallery is advising No Studios’ visual art programming.

1 P.M. (open to the public)
Highlighting its effort to provide access to the arts throughout all Milwaukee communities, No Studios will host a free public pop-up performance with Milwaukee Ballet II, Panadanza and Signature Dance Company at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Molly Snyder, senior writer and editor for OnMilwaukee, will moderate a post-performance panel discussion.

2 – 4 P.M. (No Studios member exclusive)
Preview screening of WHAT THEY HAD, starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas. The film, which was shot in Chicago and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be in theaters this October. The film will play in No Studios’ state-of-the-art screening room.

6 P.M. (No Studios member exclusive)
Members Welcome Party with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres from The Lowlands Group and an open bar. The lineup includes Milwaukee music artists Evan Christian, Olen Franklin, Marcya Daneille and Q the Sun and Friends.

Sunday, Oct. 14
2 – 4 P.M. (No Studios member exclusive + local students are encouraged to attend – please show your student ID)
No Studios, in partnership with Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, will host a workshop on marketing and communications for filmmakers, led by Sylvia Desrochers, No Studios’ director of media and programming and president of Los Angeles-based film PR firm Big Time.

Admission Info

Free Admission

Dates & Times

2018/10/12 - 2018/10/14

Location Info

No Studios

1037 W. McKinley Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207