David Luhrssen

David Luhrssen lectured at UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He is author of The Vietnam War on Film, The Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, Secret Societies in American History, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen and Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism. He contributed essays to the American National Biography Online, the Grove Dictionary of American Music and 100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America.

Military historian David Stahel studies what happened after Germany’s failure to take Moscow in December 1941. Read more


Film scholar Barbara Tepa Lupack investigates two forgotten pioneers of early cinema. Read more

I Hate Hollywood


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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Nightingale, 16 Bars, I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher. Read more

Home Movies


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Each year, we let our readers choose the best local fish fry. For the 2019 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee, they turned the “Best Fish Fry” category into a hotly contested one, indeed. Read more

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Kenosha author Michael Schumacher transcribed the journals of poet Allen Ginsberg as he traveled alone in South America. Read more



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Rather than assigning blame to young fathers, UWM professor Paul Florsheim provides a more nuanced perspective on the state of many young families in America. Read more

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Data scientist Alexander Boxer has written an enjoyably lucid account of astrology’s ancient origins as astronomy’s fraternal twin. Read more


A new translation by Chinese history professor Michael Nylan of the ancient classic is clear and perceptive. Read more



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This year, UWM’s Festival of Films in French celebrates the culture and history of many countries with French influences, including Haiti, Quebec, Morocco and Senegal. Read more



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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert," The Siren, Invasion Planet Earth. Read more

Home Movies


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Present Music’s Valentine’s Day concert, ‘The Avant-Garden of Love,’ will feature numerous, short, multimedia pieces looking at romantic love from various perspectives. Read more

Local Music


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Pita Palace serves warm and lightly toasted pitas, perfect for scooping up some creamy hummus or baba ghanoush. Read more

Short Order

'Joker' and 'Judy' won as expected, but 'Parasite' earned unprecedented honors for a foreign language film. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Will South Korea's Bong Joon-ho take the big prizes at this year's Oscars? Read more

I Hate Hollywood

'The House That Jack Built' is hard to watch but harder to forget. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Moving Parts, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, The Price of Everything, Black Angel. Read more

Home Movies

Oz Perkins' movie is not a fairy tale for the fainthearted, but neither is 'Hansel and Gretel' when read closely. Read more

Film Reviews

Oxford University astrophysicist Chris Lintott writes about the crowdsourcing of science to categorize the universe. Read more


Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic Party, shares a hopeful message about helping rural Americans rather than rebuking them for supporting harmful GOP policies. Read more


New Orleans trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis capture the flavor of his shows, with echoes of Latin America, classic R&B and blues. Read more

Album Reviews