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David Luhrssen

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 veteran British actor recalls his working class background, his emergence in the 1960s and the long career has has enjoyed. more

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A pushback against Edward Said’s narrow thesis has been underway and is manifest in James Parry’s Orientalist Lives: Western Artists in the Middle East 1830-1920. more

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The Milwaukee blues ensemble teamed with veteran blues producer Tom Hambridge for their latest LP, Charmed & Dangerous. more

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Milwaukee’s heartfelt songwriter and prolific recording artist Harvey Taylor travels across diverse territory on his latest album, Old Souls. more

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Originally released last summer, The Wife is back in theaters, reminding Academy members of Glenn Close’s marvelous performance as lead actress. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The Third Murder, The Interpreter, Star Trek Discovery: Season One, Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti. more

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The 2009 publication of Carl Gustav Jung’s The Red Book revealed that he was thinking in images as well as writing about them. The Art of C.G. Jung is a further exploration of visual art produced by the path-laying psychoanalyst. more

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In Hiking with Nietzsche, we learn about the allure of philosophy—and a good deal about Friedrich Nietzsche, whose ideas on order, chaos and tragedy are given clear exegesis. more

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Storied Milwaukee filmmaker Mark Borchardt's documentary on rural Wisconsin's annual UFO convention is now available. more

I Hate Hollywood

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Amy Winehouse: Back to Black, Nothing Sacred, Mamie Van Doren Film Noir Collection, The Power of Myth: 30th Anniversary Edition. more

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Unrated due to language, sex and violence, Widows is this year’s best crime drama—by far. more

Film Reviews

Martin Popoff’s latest book is a fan’s gush over the melodic power-chorded metal of one of the 1970s most distinctive bands. more

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Hitler’s Collaborators is a sophisticated analysis of wartime politics and postwar court records in Nazi-occupied Western Europe. more

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Longtime Milwaukee broadcast journalist Mark Concannon will discuss Mettle & Honor: Wisconsin Stories From the Battlefield on Dec. 7 at Boswell Book Company. more

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The story of filmmaking in the Bay Area is told in a new book, Hollywood in San Francisco. But the author also has other topics in mind. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Who is America, Midaq Alley, The Sound of Music Live! more

Home Movies

Provisions: The Roots of Jamaican Cooking is a cookbook about Caribbean family recipes by the owners of a Kingston gastropub. more

Eat/Drink

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in a reality-based comedy about black-and-white traveling companions in the segregated South. more

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With Random Dances and (A)tonalities, clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron duets with Cuban-born pianist Aruán Ortiz on thorny explorations that suggest inspired moments at the jazz club long after closing time. more

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50 Years—Don’t Stop is a well-curated overview of a group that began as a spirited British blues-rock combo and ended as a platinum-smooth global pop act. more

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