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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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Wednesday, May 21st


The Culturator: The Many (Painted) Faces of Chantar
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The Culturator catches up with Travis Chantar to chat about how he draws inspiration from gender and sexuality themes, design, drag and culture, and what can attendees can expect from Thursday night’s art show, Tribe by Chantar.




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Wednesday, May 21st


Meet the New Wave of Contemporary Artists Redefining ‘Rural’
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Rural America Contemporary Artists (RACA) aims to draw attention to artwork that goes well beyond bufflehead portraits and gentle landscapes in a playful, eclectic exhibition by Greater Minnesota artists on view now in Minneapolis.




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Tuesday, May 20th


Review: Classes Mingle in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s “One Flea Spare”
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Theatre Coup d’Etat and Soap Factory’s new staging of “One Flea Spare” is a character study which plays out in a series of charged, class-driven interactions.




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Tuesday, May 20th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 Finale
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It’s time to finally crown America’s Next Drag Superstar in the annual overstuffed finale!




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Monday, May 19th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 6
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In the penultimate episode before the mid-season finale, the iconoclasts of SC&P find family in the most unlikely places.




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Thursday, May 15th


The Culturator: Art-A-Whirl Survival Guide
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To assist you in not having an Art-A-Whirl-induced aneurism this weekend, we’ve asked three local artists to compile five survival tips from the perspective of AAW artists and a gallery owner.




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Thursday, May 15th


Amy Toscani Makes Sculpture for The People
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Amy Toscani’s current exhibit at the MIA’s MAEP Galleries, “Chastushki,” is all about the plasticity of vernacular. We talk about her exhibit in anticipation of her artist’s talk this Thursday.




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