The Buzludzha Monument

Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria. The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement with the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The Monument was opened in 1981. No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse. The building exemplifies the brutalist architectural style common to many state constructed communist buildings. The Architect was Guéorguy Stoilov.

Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century’s top films

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

BBC Culture poll of 177 film critics around the world puts David Lynch’s 2001 surrealist masterpiece in top spot

Source: The Guardian

“Twin Peaks” Soundtrack to Be Reissued on Vinyl

Twin Peaks Vinyl Reissue

Twin Peaks Vinyl Reissue

Death Waltz has detailed its reissue of the original soundtrack for David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” which first came out in 1990.  It goes on sale online on August 10. The new vinyl includes lyrics and liner notes from composer Angelo Badalamenti, fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks reports (via Fact). The cover, designed by Sam Smith, pays homage to the tiling of the Black Lodge from Lynch’s show; Lynch approved the artwork. The vinyl is “Damn Fine Coffee” color, another nod to the series.

Source: Pitchfork

I Hate Illinois Nazis!

Our Back Pages: When Blues Brothers crashed Milwaukee

It’s one of Milwaukee’s biggest moments in the movies, and the city’s a stand-in for Chicago, of all places.
Milwaukee’s moment in the spotlight during the making of “The Blues Brothers,” in August 1979, didn’t make that much of an impression at the time.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four.  Audiences will finally get learn exactly what happened to Roger Cormans’ only un-released film, 1994’s notorious Fantastic Four.  This documentary telling the story of the film comes out later this fall.  How could it be any worse than Josh Tranks 2015 Fantastic Four film.

When Parks Were Radical

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted

More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted changed how Americans think about public space. Milwaukee Wisconsin is blessed with Frederick Law Olmstead’s vision.  Lake Park Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Source: The Atlantic

Druck und Verlag von George Brumder: Reception and Gallery Talk

George Brumder

George Brumder

Please join us to celebrate Druck und Verlag von George Brumder: An Exhibit of Milwaukee German-Language Publishing on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Special Collections, fourth floor, UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

There will be a gallery talk about the exhibit at 6:00 pm and light refreshments will be served.

George Brumder, through his Germania Publishing Company, was the largest producer of German-language materials in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This exhibition offers an overview of UWM Special Collections’ comprehensive collection of publications by Brumder demonstrating the importance of his work to German-Americans in Milwaukee and the nation as a whole as a producer of German-language materials.

George Brumder’s publishing enterprise played an important role in the cohesion of Milwaukee’s German-American community, publishing bibles, dictionaries, self-help books, fiction, biographies, children’s books, cookbooks, newspapers, and more.

The exhibition will offer an idea of Milwaukee’s position at the center of American German-language publishing from the 1860s into the 1920s, and the centrality of George Brumder’s work to that field.

“Druck und Verlag von George Brumder” will be on display from July 28 to September 30, 2016 and open to the public between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
For more information, please contact Special Collections at or 414-229-4345.

Neil Young Reissuing Time Fades Away, Tonight’s the Night, On the Beach, Zuma

Four long-delayed Neil Young vinyl reissues, including the reprint of rare 1973 album Time Fades Away, will finally be released on September 6. (Time Fades Away was long exclusive to Young’s Pono service.) Remastered versions of On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, and Zuma round out the box set, which is coming via Reprise. The albums were released as a limited edition set for Record Store Day in 2014, a press release notes, but these are their first standalone reissues.

OAKLAND, USA - JULY 14: Neil Young posed backstage at Oakland Stadium, California on July 14 1974, during the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1974 US Tour. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

OAKLAND, USA – JULY 14: Neil Young posed backstage at Oakland Stadium, California on July 14 1974, during the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1974 US Tour. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Source: Pitchfork

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo Title Sequence (1958) - Saul Bass

Vertigo Title Sequence (1958) – Saul Bass

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

After a long wait during coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics …. the new trailer for Rogue One roared on screen!