Submit your ideas if you want Milwaukee to be featured on Pop Pilgrims
This week, The A.V. Club launched a new video series called Pop Pilgrims, a travel show where we visit landmarks of pop culture in 12 cities around the U.S. Despite our obvious bias, The A.V. Club here in Milwaukee thinks this idea is cool, except for the fact that the show skipped over Milwaukee. But chill, because even though 11 of the cities have already been marked for pilgrimage, picking the 12th city is in the hands of you, the readers. Registered users can submit ideas (city, state, and an explanation of the location), and there is no reason a bunch of those ideas can’t come from Milwaukee. Here are just a few:
• The Oriental Theatre: Back when the Oriental featured live rock shows, The Pretenders plucked a scrappy band of local musicians off the sidewalk and made them their opening act. Those musicians, of course, were the Violent Femmes, who would go on to become a kinda-sorta big deal.
• Summerfest: Back in 1972, comedian George Carlin was arrested after performing his infamous “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” routine at Summerfest. The incident led to a national dust-up with the FCC and forever changed American obscenity laws.
• UWM campus: Many of the scenes from Milwaukee’s beloved American Movie were filmed on the UWM campus. If you want to get really specific, a pilgrimage to the basement of Mitchell Hall might be in order—it was there that Mike Schank regaled buddy Mark Borchardt with a heartwarming tale of an acid trip gone bad.
Of course, there are tons more. Submit them already.