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Wednesday, April 23rd


The Culturator: Wordsmith – Q&A w/ Ann Tozer
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For this week’s The Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Paper Darts’ Ann Tozer, on curating Wordsmith, ‘a jewelry meets literature’ exhibit, and fills us in on the connection between the two seemingly unrelated art forms.




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Monday, April 21st


The Magic Flute – Gnarly, Mesmerizing, and Too Many Notes
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The Minnesota Opera’s staging of classic Mozart comedic opera “The Magic Flute” is a visual masterpiece that tips into excess.




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Monday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 2
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  Where do we begin with this episode? It was chock full of secret alliances bearing fruit, people revealing themselves to be assholes, surprising changes in status quo, and an out of left field honest conversation. To begin, let’s talk about the secretively manipulative shark in the room; Jim Cutler. In the partners meeting in Ted’s office, it was he that basically cock-blocked Pete and Ted on their get of […]




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Sunday, April 20th


What’s What: Continuing Art Exhibits
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Our guide to continuing Twin Cities art exhibits, as recommended by l’étoile’s staff.




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Saturday, April 19th


Le Talk: Mark Fox of Fox Tax
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On the eve of their Tenth Anniversary celebration, we chat with the co-founder of the acclaimed tax firm and gallery space.




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Wednesday, April 16th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 9
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In this episode, the girls resurrect (and fill in as hosts) of RuPaul’s old talk show. Hilarity ensues.




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Tuesday, April 15th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 1
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After an interminable wait, the men & women of SC&P enter a new year, new statuses, and a new world in Los Angeles.




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Friday, April 11th


Wing Young Huie Does Still Life
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Susan Woehrle visited Minneapolis artist Wing Young Huie and gallery director Stephanie Rogers to discuss Huie’s upcoming show “Still Life” at Third Place Gallery.




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Thursday, April 10th


The Culturator: The Color Space Palate
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For this week’s Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Color Space Art and Imaging co-founder Chris Barfield about the company’s latest project which is primed to be a one-stop art resource, that promotes work for art professionals and novices alike.




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Wednesday, April 9th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 8
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It’s Comedy Tonight, as the remaining drag queens must perform stand up comedy. Hilarity (?) ensues.




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Tuesday, April 8th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 7
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Paint your face and sell it queens! The remaining eight girls have to create commercials for RuPaul’s new makeup line.




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Tuesday, April 8th


Analyzing the “Mad Men” Season 7 Promo Photos
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If you’re among those who scored tickets to this Sunday’s “Mad Men” season seven viewing party at Jax, hosted by Vita.mn and Jake Rudh, the question weighing on your mind all week has been: What to wear?!




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Monday, April 7th


Improv + Wes Anderson Comedy = Deadpan Hit
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This week, contributing writer Maggie K. Sotos reviews “Darjeeling Unscripted,” the improv comedy based on the style of writer/director Wes Anderson. Spoiler alert: it’s good!




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Friday, April 4th


Paige Dansinger Paints Cherry Blossoms For All
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Susan Woehrle takes a tour of artist Paige Dansinger’s colorful new show, “Cherry Blossoms,” at her downtown gallery, #GALLERYPAIGE.




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Thursday, April 3rd


The Culturator: Benjamin Fredrickson
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On the evening of the opening reception for his exhibit, “All the World’s A Stage,” l’étoile chats with MPLS ex-pat/photographer Benjamin Fredrickson about his latest flesh-centric portraiture work, past projects and creating art in NYC.




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Tuesday, April 1st


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 6
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The girls are asked to serve up some 90s hip hop realness for charity, but first there’s some reading to be done…




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Tuesday, April 1st


The Rogue Epicurean: Fine and Dandy
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The Rogue Epicurean highlights The Dandies Project, a initiative that features stylish local men of color in a blend of fashion & cultural commentary.




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Friday, March 28th


The Culturator: In the Shadows
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In this week’s edition, The Culturator sits in on a DIY shadow puppetry workshop taught by puppeteer, Annie Katsura Rollins, and learns the history and theory behind the theatrical storytelling medium.




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Friday, March 28th


In Review: ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess’
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The “controversial” adaptation of the iconic musical/opera is making its case with a winning production at The Ordway this weekend.




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Tuesday, March 25th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5
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It’s time for the annual Snatch Game challenge, where the queens must break out their best celebrity impersonations. Hilarity (?) ensues…




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Monday, March 24th


In review: The Fashion Ball
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Voodoo dolls, Dallas references, and porcelain doll marionettes. This year’s Ballet of the Dolls fundraiser clawed out your eyeballs, squirmed into your skull, and then filled your brain with rainbows, clowns, and ’90s jams.




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Monday, March 24th


In review: “ARENA Bikini Cherry Bomb” Fashion Show
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Emily Chang reviews ARENA Dances’ 7th annual swimwear show fundraiser, ARENA Bikini: Cherry Bomb.




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Sunday, March 23rd


In Review: Macy’s Flower Show
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We got an exclusive peek at Macy’s and Bachman’s annual Flower Show, a “Secret Garden” filled with all the colors of the springtime.




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Thursday, March 20th


Le Talk: Jennifer Davis goes on a “Joyride”
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Tucked away in an unassuming corner of Northeast Minneapolis, the almost-year-old gallery Public Functionary has been host to several intriguing exhibits but surely none as playful and childlike as ‘Joyride,” a new installation by Jennifer Davis.




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Tuesday, March 11th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3
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In this episode, the twelve remaining contestants were asked to serve up horror movie realness. The results were… spooky.




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Thursday, March 6th


The Culturator: Guess Ready Review – Q&A w/ Kate Casanova
"Green Screen," plastic plants, fans, and video projection from Kate Casanova, Daniel Dean, and Ben Moren

This week, The Culturator chats with artist Kate Casanova, member of the artist collective Guess Ready Review, about the collective’s artist residency in Mallard Island and this weekend’s exhibition which will debut the art inspired by the remote, northern MN island.




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Tuesday, March 4th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season Six, Episode 1 (Part 2!!)
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Second verse, same as the first, as the second half of this season’s queens arrive tardy to the party.




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Monday, March 3rd


Oscar 2014 Twitter Roundup
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The Twin Cities Twitterati gathered as one to take in the glitz, the glamor, and the Liza that was the 2014 Oscars!




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Tuesday, February 25th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 1
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She’s back! Miss RuPaul’s School For Girls is open for business in a surprisingly changed-up premiere.




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Monday, February 24th


The Idiot Box – “Downton Abbey” Series 4, Episode 8
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The season ends in a grand fashion with old friends returning, new loves blooming, and scandals being averted. Plus we look at the new regimes at The Tonight Show and Late Night…




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