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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: Heartworn Highways Revisited, Consenting Adults, Ruby Gentry, Bad Company. more

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Double Vision is a fascinating, and first, biography of the Franco-American couple who opened the groundbreaking Menil Collection art museum in Houston. more

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In Space Barons, Christian Davenport chronicles the failures, the successes and the thrills associated with entrepreneurs seeking to put humans back on the moon—and send them beyond. more

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Three Milwaukee bands and one New York act team up for a bill celebrating synth-heavy ’80s new wave. more

Local Music

Both Sides of the Sky is the latest in a series of releases of unreleased recordings that seek to present the material as Jimi Hendrix left it, albeit mastered for maximum sonic quality. more

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Recorded in concert during their 1972 American tour, the music on How the West Was Won sat in the vault until the band’s 25th anniversary and now sees light again in a remastered version. more

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Green Day, Roy Orbison and the origins of the African-American entertainment industry are among recent books that examine the roots of American music. more

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New book examines censorship and self-regulation in the early years of movies and raises questions relevant in today's discussion over social media. more

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These 1960 recordings from European concert halls by Miles Davis’ quintet documents not only John Coltrane’s final outing with Davis but his last gigs as a sideman. more

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Nancy Tregre Wilson’s Mémère’s Country Creole Cookbook draws from a deep well of family lore and recipes to create an accessible guide to this popular cuisine. more

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The writers that Viet Thanh Nguyen assembled for his essay collection, The Displaced, powerfully report on their experience of being forced to leave a homeland and trying to find—or adjust to—a new home. more

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Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Faces Places, The Outer Limits: Season One, Pastor Paul, Frank Serpico. more

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We dedicate the 2018 edition of our annual City Guide to our readers, the people of greater Milwaukee. more

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Scholarly yet entertaining, Simon Brown's book helps explain how Stephen King became the world's most popular horror author in print if not always on film. more

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Dave Watson will discuss his book about his experience of living in Australia, Walkabout Undone: A Memoir, on April 6 at Voyageur Book Shop. more

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The newly opened Toast (231 S. Second St.) has cheery circa 1969 décor and a great menu of Southern, Tex-Mex and even Quebec-inspired breakfast and brunch cuisine. Try the donut of the day. more

Short Order

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Birdman of Alcatraz, Curse of the Mayans, The Paris Opera, Joan of Arc. more

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Blockers, Chappaquiddick, Foxtrot, The Leisure Seeker and A Quiet Place. more

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Celebrating a big anniversary this year, UWM’s Latin American Film Series continues to bring movies to Milwaukee that would otherwise never be seen on screens large or small. more

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