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David Luhrssen

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David Luhrssen lectured at UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is author of Secret Societies and Clubs in American History, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism, and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, War on the Silver Screen, Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel, A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, and Searching for Rock and Roll. He has contributed to the American National Biography Online, the Grove Dictionary of American Music and 100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America and has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, the Journal of American History, and other journals. Luhrssen co-founded the Milwaukee International Film Festival, is a regular contributor to WUWM’s “Lake Effect” program and Managing Editor of Milwaukee’s weekly newspaper, the Shepherd Express.

The Singles collects each of The Doors’ 45s, A and B sides both, on two CDs. more

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While some of the imagery in mother! is compelling, director Darren Aronofsky falls into the trap of contemporary horror directors for whom enough is never enough and subtlety is sacrificed for visual overkill. more

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Despite a long running time and a profusion of baroque horror visuals, It is an effective adaptation of Stephen King focused on a band of outsider kids forced to confront their fears. more

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Menashe is a moving and astutely observed film set amidst Brooklyn’s Hasidic community. more

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Frank Sinatra was still in his peakyears, a couple decades before time began to collect its inevitable chargesagainst his voice, at his 1962 concert in the Royal Festival Hall. Royalty waspresent, but all eyes were on the perf.. more

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On Flying Carpet, the German world music ensemble Quadro Nuevo collaborate with Cairo Steps, a German jazz band, on an album that explores the music of the Middle East. more

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Milwaukee’s Mark Borchardt stars as a possible serial killer in Melonie Gartner’s new film, Where the Great Spirits Live. more

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The Milwaukee Short Film Festival, located this year at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill, offers two days of films 15 minutes or less in length. The selections are from all over the world but include many minority and women directors from Milwaukee... more

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The first American death in the conflict that grew into the Vietnam War was, in the words of Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, “the result of a tragic misunderstanding." Lieut. Col. A PeterDewey was in Saigon in 1945 trying t.. more

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Colin O’Brien and Travis Burch release a new album, Avalanche, which includes a haunting rendition of the spookily enigmatic “Peggy-O." more

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In Slight Exaggeration, poet Adam Zagajewski argues eloquently against the flat irony of postmodernism and for admiration and enthusiasm in the humanities. more

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The sequel to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, shows the growing danger of climate change. It also spends too much time on Gore. more

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Financial analyst P.M. White assesses his experience as a Chicago Uber driver in Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption—Memoirs of an Uber Driver. more

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European group Talinka releases an album of undefinable yet jazz-influenced music. more

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Milwaukee jazz singer Roxi Copland releases her third album, Bad Decision. more

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Return to the Gathering of the Waters: Milwaukee Poets in 2017 collects work by 47 Milwaukee poets more

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Ricky Phontaine, a Milwaukee rapper with an alias adapted from a minor character on Martin Lawrence’s ’90s sitcom, debuts as an album artist with his artistic persona fully formed. more

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In a reversal of the usual American order of the day, Stax’s stars were African American but behind them stood integrated ensembles such as The MGs. more

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As Wisconsin historian Michael Edmonds astutely observes in his picture-book history, the architects “wanted nothing to do with modernism" and resolutely designed an edifice that was “nostalgic, reassuring, and safe." more

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“Lone Star BBQ—The PerfectPartner for Your Chicken," Lee Hayden insists. A movie star in the 1970s, Lee(Sam Elliott) is reduced to doing voice work for commercials. He keeps impatience in check when the unseen producer asks .. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Nursery, The Three-Way Wedding, Love After Love, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Fifth Season. more

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Kelly Madonald is outstanding as a housewife who discovers a wider world of experience through jigsaw puzzles in this quirky but heartfelt film. more

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Sam’s Tap is a tiny place refurbished out of a decaying dive bar, The Long Trail. The neighborhood hipster hangout boasts interesting specialty drinks and tasty menu items at reasonable prices, including a great “Milwaukee Panini.” more

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Live 1962-1966 is drawn mostly from previously issued entries in a series documenting the Bob Dylan music once sought by bootleg LP collectors. more

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Jethro Tull founder-flautist Ian Anderson culled through 50 years of releases for this three-CD set, a well-chosen collection representing the band from the beginning through almost now. more

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In BlacKkKlansman, director Spike Lee adapts an unlikely but true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Return, The Banishment, Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, A Ciambra. more

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A collection of travelers’ accounts from the 17th through the 20th centuries, A Morocco Anthology shows that for many Westerners, the East represented an ideal of life beyond the stodgy restrictions of the West. more

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Entertaining and meaningful, Eighth Grade casts light on the challenges of adolescents in the painful rite of passage from middle school to high school. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Blue Desert, Under Capricorn, Hamlet, Sid Caesar: The Works. more

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Slovenian scholar Jože Pirjevec’s detailed biography of Josip Broz, nicknamed Tito, tells the story of a worker who clawed his way to become dictator of the “worker’s state” he established in post-World War II Yugoslavia. more

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Rendered in an unusual format, a fold-open accordion within a hard cover, the graphic novel Undocumented has a narrative all-too common in today’s America. more

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For its fifth album, the Brazilian prog band Dialeto collaborate with King Crimson’s David Cross. The result is outstanding in its field. more

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Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to the blockbuster Mama Mia! The Movie, lacks the bright panache of original, partly because it lacks Meryl Streep in the starring role. more

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On his third album, Vincent Poag displays a distinct voice as a songwriter as well as a singer—an old voice reflecting on a life already half lived. more

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Trolley will be joined by fellow Milwaukee ’90s rock veterans Heathrow and Solomon Grundy’s for a bill at Club Garibaldi on Friday. more

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Chicago chain Aloha Pokē recently opened its first Milwaukee venue (220 E. Buffalo St.) in the Third Ward. Pokē, a Hawaiian-rooted dish, exemplifies bespoke, healthy fast food suitable for a quick lunch or a carryout. more

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The ancient Greek tragedies continue to be performed and new translations published. The latest, from UW-Milwaukee classics professor David Mulroy, revisits a trilogy by Aeschylus. more

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Dan Kaufman stresses in The Fall of Wisconsin that the state whose motto was “Forward” has become the laboratory for America’s right-wing extremists, mislabeled as “conservatives.” more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Addiction; The Big Country; I, Jane Doe. more

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