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UW-Eau Claire Summer Music Concerts
and Film Series Schedules Announced

RELEASED: May 31, 2007

Howard Luedtke
Howard Luedtke

EAU CLAIRE — An outdoor concert by Blue Max on Monday, June 11, highlights the first day of an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Led by Howard Luedtke, one of the Midwest's best slide guitar players, the Eau Claire power-blues trio will perform from 7-9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments will be sold and popcorn is free. The show will move indoors in the event of rain.

Blue Max has been voted Best Blues Band for seven consecutive years in the La Crosse Tribune's weekly magazine, LaX. The band has shared the stage with such big-name blues artists as Long John Baldrey, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Debbie Davies, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddie Shaw, James Solberg, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker and Johnny Winter. Luedtke has released a solo acoustic CD, "Alone with the Blues" (2006), and his three recordings with Blue Max include one recorded during the band's 1995 European tour with Clyde Stubblefield.

Other performers on the Monday-evening Music on the Mall concert series include Papa John Kolstad and Clint Hoover (June 18); the Black-Eyed Susan Band (June 25); Matt Wahl (July 2); the Billy Krause Trio (July 9); the Peter Phippen Group (July 16); Darlyne Cain (July 23); and Keith Scott (July 30).

The Jazz at Noon series also begins Monday, June 11, with shows from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday in June on the Central Campus Mall (rain site The Cabin of Davies Center). Jazz groups will perform under the direction of UW-Eau Claire graduate Steven Hobert, a freelance musician, music contractor, teacher and composer. Hobert plays piano, accordion and woodwinds with ensembles ranging from jazz combos to such local bands as Daredevil Christopher Wright and Fat Maw Rooney. Recently Hobert toured with Five by Design, a Minneapolis-based vocal group, and he heard the debut of one of his compositions at UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I spring concert.

Scene from Fog of WarCombining documentaries with thoughtful dialog, the Summer Cinema series will open Tuesday, June 12, with "The Fog of War" (2003), winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A nuanced examination of the life and times of Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense during the Vietnam War, the film has a moral and political complexity that resonates today. Rated PG-13, the 107-minute documentary will be presented Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Wednesday's screening will be preceded by an informal discussion beginning at 6 p.m. in The Dulany of Davies Center. Free food and beverages will be provided during the discussion, which will be led by Stephen Gosch, UW-Eau Claire professor of history. In 1983 Gosch created a groundbreaking course titled The Vietnam War, which he team-taught with political science professor Leonard Gambrell for 20 years. Gosch will teach the course this summer and during the fall semester.

"How strange the fate that brought together Robert McNamara and Errol Morris to make 'The Fog of War," wrote film critic Roger Ebert in his four-star review of the Oscar-winning documentary. "McNamara, considered the architect of the Vietnam War, an Establishment figure who came to Washington after heading the Ford Motor Co. and left to become the president of the World Bank. And Morris, the brilliant and eccentric documentarian who has chronicled pet cemeteries, Death Row, lion tamers, robots, naked mole rats, a designer of electric chairs, people who cut off their legs for the insurance money and Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time.'

"McNamara agreed to talk with Morris for an hour or so, supposedly for a TV special. He eventually spent 20 hours. ... McNamara was 85 when the interviews were conducted a fit and alert 85, still skiing the slopes at Aspen. Guided sometimes by Morris, sometimes taking the lead, he talks introspectively about his life, his thoughts about Vietnam, and, taking Morris where he would never have thought to go, of his role in planning the firebombing of Japan, including a raid on Tokyo that claimed 100,000 lives. He speaks concisely and forcibly, rarely searching for a word, and he is not reciting boilerplate and old sound bites; there is the uncanny sensation that he is thinking as he speaks. ... His thoughts are organized as '11 Lessons From the Life of Robert McNamara,' as extrapolated by Morris, and one wonders how the current planners of the war in Iraq would respond."

Other Summer Cinema documentaries include "Primary" (1960) and "Crisis" (1963), two landmark cinma vrit films that focus on John Kennedy (June 19-21); "Hoop Dreams" (June 26-28); "Henry Aaron's Summer Up North" (July 10-12); "An Inconvenient Truth" (July 17-19); "Super Size Me" (July 24-26); and "Dogtown and Z-Boys" (July 31-Aug. 2).

A complete Summer Session Programs schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, 715-836-4833, or online www.uwec.edu/dc/ap/summer.

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JS/KH

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