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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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The protagonist of Jinn, Summer (newcomer Zoe Renee), is a high school senior and aspiring dance major confronted suddenly with a life-changing shift. Her mother converts to Islam, dons a hijab and subsumes herself in a new system of thought and ... more

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For more than a century U.S. directors have shot films, including many classics, across the border in Mexico. more

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The first full day of the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival program is packed with 29 films across the event's 8 venues, highlighted by the 2018 Colombian crime film, Pájaros de Verano (Birds of Passage) at 3:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theater. more

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The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. with one of two showings of Science Fair, directed by Milwaukee native Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster. more

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In The Real Lolita, Sarah Weinman uncovers the real crime and tragedy behind the film and novel Lolita. more

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Some 300 films from many nations and genres will be screened during the 10th annual Milwaukee Film Festival. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: All Styles, Boris Karloff Collection, The Doctor From India, La Familia. more

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Milwaukee native Michael Schumacher’s The Contest is large and filled with facts, telling details and observations about the people and events of its momentous year. more

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Milwaukee eclectic philanthropist Donald Baumgartner and his biographer Kurt Chandler will discuss With the Wind at His Back: The Charmed and Charitable Life of Donald Baumgartner. more

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Robert Redford retires on a charming note with The Old Man & the Gun. more

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Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) tells a gripping story of the Apollo 11 mission through the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. more

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American politics and society has often been acrimonious but the past also shows that people of good will can rise above division. more

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She will be reading along with fellow Milwaukeean Cesca Waterfield, Racine’s Kelsey Marie Harris and—a long way from home—Memphis’ Kim Vodicka. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Imagine/Gimme Some Truth, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: The Complete Films, Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town. more

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Film Clips include Bad Times at the El Royale, Film Girl Film Festival, First Man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Movie Collectable Show. more

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With “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare,” the Jewish Museum Milwaukee mounts the first large-scale exhibition on the hunt for Communists in the movie industry since 2002. more

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This first-ever book on Victor Lundy’s career includes many black and white photographs of the accomplished architect’s residential, commercial, governmental and ecclesiastical projects. more

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Employing stark lines drawn from a dark palette, graphic artist I.N.J. Culbard has made a mission of interpreting the cosmos-bending tales of H.P. Lovecraft. more

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The Rumpus Room in Downtown Milwaukee is so popular on weekends that, during a recent visit, the party ahead of us was told there was a two-hour wait. more

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The latest Marvel movie is a fun mess anchored by Tom Hardy's solid performance. more

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