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Thursday, September 18th


The Culturator: In Search of… – Q&A w/ Edie Overturf and Derek Van Gieson
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This week, The Culturator chats with printmaker Edie Overturf and illustrator/painter Derek Van Gieson about their Public Functionary exhibit “In Search Of…”, a unique collaboration exploring narrative and origin.




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Monday, September 15th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 4
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A time-twisting chamber piece might just be the best Doctor Who episode of recent vintage.




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Monday, September 8th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 3
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Legends collide as the Doctor comes face to face with the “impossible” Robin Hood




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Thursday, September 4th


The Culturator: Clay Shapes – Q&A with Erin Smith
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This week, in honor of an awesome nod in NYLON magazine for her ceramic works, Juleana Enright checks in with SHIP&SHAPE co-founder and local ceramics maker, Erin Smith.




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Wednesday, September 3rd


In Review: “The Mystery Of Irma Vep” at Jungle Theater
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In this special review, Todd O’Dowd takes in The Jungle Theater’s hilarious remount of Charles Ludlam’s ridiculous masterpiece.




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Tuesday, September 2nd


Le Talk: P.O.S. Is Ruining The World
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In this special interview, Juleana Enright chats with the iconic Minneapolis hip-hop artist on his return to performing following his kidney transplant, and his upcoming headlining gig at “The F*cking Best Show Ever” on September 13.




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Monday, September 1st


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 2
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The Doctor discovers InnerSpace as he goes on a Fantastic Voyage into the head of his greatest enemy. Literally.




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Monday, August 25th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 1
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A great new Doctor. An on-point companion. Dear Old Friends. A surprise return villain. All of which are nearly thwarted by an uneven script in this extended series premiere.




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Tuesday, August 19th


In Review: Theatre Coup d’Etat’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
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Susan Woehrle takes in an outdoor production of the classic Shakespearean comedy at Kelley Park in Apple Valley by award-winning Minneapolis Company Theatre Coup D’etat.




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Wednesday, August 6th


In Review: The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival
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In this special omnibus review, Susan Woehrle and Todd O’Dowd share their reviews of what they saw at this year’s edition of the nationally-acclaimed festival, continuing in town through August 10.




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Thursday, July 31st


LOL/OMG On the Fringe: A Look Back
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A first-time producer (and writer/performer/director) last year, our own Jakey Emmert looks back on what he will — and won’t — miss about taking part in the Fringe Festival, which kicks off today.




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Wednesday, July 30th


Le Talk: Jeff D. Larson of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
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On the eve of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, we talk to its new executive director on his goals for the largest non-juried performance festival in the United States; running July 31 – August 10.




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Monday, July 28th


The Idiot Box: “Let’s Be Careful Out There”
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In his column, Todd O’Dowd takes a look at the comedy “Barney Miller” and the drama “Hill Street Blues” and how they made television safe for the modern day show runner.




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Friday, July 25th


The Culturator: Midnight’s Children
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In this week’s column, Juleana Enright chats with owner/sales and boutique manager Ash Marlene Hane about her co-venture The Midnight Brigade; a new artist run space in South Minneapolis that connects artists while housing a gallery, apparel boutique, screenprinting studio, and cassette tape label – all under one roof.




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Tuesday, July 22nd


The Idiot Box: Of (Talking) Moose and (Prehistoric) Men
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Continuing his examination of classic television shows, Todd O’Dowd looks at two animated shows that forever altered primetime television landscape.




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Friday, July 18th


In Review: “Crazyface” At Shadow Horse Theatre
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In this special review, Susan Woehrle takes in Shadow Horse Theatre’s compelling production of horror icon Clive Barker’s rarely-produced play.




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Friday, July 11th


A Convention Where Fandoms Converge
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A brief overview of CONvergence, the Midwest’s largest sci-fi and fantasy convention, with a photo gallery!




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Thursday, July 10th


The Idiot Box: And The Nominees Are…
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The 2014 Emmy Awards nominees were announced. Herein are our reactions (including who is missing).




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Monday, July 7th


The Idiot Box: In The Name Of The Moon…
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In this special report, we look at the importance of the Sailor Moon franchise on fandom and review the debut episode of the rebooted new series.




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Monday, July 7th


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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Friday, June 27th


Chrisopher E. Harrison and Daniel Kerkhoff Take a Sedimental Journey
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Near the banks of the mighty Mississippi we chatted with artists Christopher E. Harris and Daniel Kerkhoff and curator Bethany Whitehead about dirt, nature, art, and their upcoming exhibit opening at Banfill-Locke Center For The Arts.




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Tuesday, June 24th


Tim Navarro Cast In Season 13 of “Project Runway”
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The local designer and half of the TIM+THOM label has become the sixth local designer cast on the Emmy-winning reality-TV competition.




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Monday, June 23rd


In Review: “Wits” 50th Episode
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In this special tag team review, Anthony Enright and Todd O’Dowd take in the anniversary episode of the hit local public radio show.




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Friday, June 20th


Le Talk: John Moe & The Evolution of “Wits”
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In this exclusive interview, we chat with the acclaimed writer and radio personality on his career and the forthcoming 50th show of Wits.




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Tuesday, June 17th


The Idiot Box: Oh, Archie!
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As the start of a new series, we will look at some of the most influential television shows of all time. First up, All In The Family and the work of legendary television producer Norman Lear.




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Friday, June 6th


Public Functionary Examines The Hero’s Journey
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Susan Woehrle talks to artist Michael Cina, photographer John Klukas and Public Functionary curator Tricia Khutoretsky about the artists’ collaborative mixed-media project, “Cina & Klukas: She Who Saw the Deep.”




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Wednesday, June 4th


Art and Design Mix for the Walker’s Mini Golf
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Enjoy an artistic round of 9 or 18 holes at one of the Walker Art Center’s most popular attractions: “Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf.”




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Thursday, May 29th


Charles Youel is Cranked for ARTCRANK
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We shoot the breeze with ARTCRANK founder and curator Charles Youel about Saturday’s exhibit and party at Shelter Studios, and offer a preview of some of the posters.




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Wednesday, May 28th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 7
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In the dramatic mid-season finale, history is made, people come and go, heirs are apparent, and one of the best moments of the year happens.




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Friday, May 23rd


John Schuerman Maps the “Origins of the Moment”
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We interview curator John Schuerman about the Instinct Art Gallery’s new time-oriented show, “Origins of the Moment.”




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