LATEST ARTICLES / CULTURE

Monday, October 27th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 10
DrWho0810-01

A dip into a fairy-tale scenario turns the penultimate episode of the season into a slightly off affair.




Read More
Monday, October 20th


The Rogue Epicurean: On a Roll
Byredo - Oud Immortel - Roll-On Oil - $78
Another woody fragrance with Patchouli and Papyrus are blended with a hint of smoke. Tobacco leaf and moss adds depth while incense and Rosewood bring an elegance.

Celebrate the changing seasons with woodsy, complex, and fuss free roll-on fragrance oils perfect for the Fall and Winter to come.




Read More
Monday, October 20th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 9
DrWho0809-01

in this stand-out episode, Clara Oswald becomes the Doctor. This is not a good thing, historically speaking.




Read More
Monday, October 13th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 8
DrWho0808-01

A glamorous train ride becomes the last hurrah for The Doctor and Clara. Or is it?




Read More
Monday, October 6th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 7
DrWho0807-01

A crisis on the moon, an ethical dilemma, and Clara finally loses it in this game-changing episode.




Read More
Friday, October 3rd


The Culturator: Cirque du SoGay – Ride Ready
Photo by Joseph P. Sullivan © 2013

In this week’s Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Cirque du SoGay co-founder, E.G. Nelson about the annual queer-friendly group ride and gets the lowdown on this year’s event, its killer prizes, and its future goals.




Read More
Friday, October 3rd


The Dark Side of Kate Iverson
bm-4

In an exclusive interview, Susan Woehrle chats with artist and woman about town (and former l’étoile Editor-In-Chief) Kate Iverson about her new exhibit opening this week at SooLocal.




Read More
Monday, September 29th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 6
DrWho0806-01

The Doctor returns to an iconic place and runs smack into Clara’s double life in this darkly hilarious episode.




Read More
Tuesday, September 23rd


In Review: The 2014 Ivey Awards
IveyAwardsHeader

The Twin Cities theatre scene gathered for their annual celebration of the season.




Read More
Monday, September 22nd


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 5
DrWho0805-01

It’s an old-school caper as the Doctor has to rob the most secure bank in the universe.




Read More
Monday, September 15th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 4
DrWho0804-01

A time-twisting chamber piece might just be the best Doctor Who episode of recent vintage.




Read More
Monday, September 8th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 3
DrWho0803-01

Legends collide as the Doctor comes face to face with the “impossible” Robin Hood




Read More
Wednesday, September 3rd


In Review: “The Mystery Of Irma Vep” at Jungle Theater
Bradley Greenwald as Lady Enid Hillcrest in The Mystery Of Irma Vep at Jungle Theater (Photo Cedit: Michael Daniel)

In this special review, Todd O’Dowd takes in The Jungle Theater’s hilarious remount of Charles Ludlam’s ridiculous masterpiece.




Read More
Tuesday, September 2nd


Le Talk: P.O.S. Is Ruining The World
P.O.S. Photo Credit: Doomtree.net

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.




Read More
Monday, September 1st


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 2
DoctorWho0802-01

The Doctor discovers InnerSpace as he goes on a Fantastic Voyage into the head of his greatest enemy. Literally.




Read More
Thursday, August 28th


In Review: Saint Dinette Pop-Up Preview
PopUp-Featured

In a special report, Todd O’Dowd waxes rhapsodic on his love of pop-up restaurants in light of the recent Saint Dinette pop-up preview party.




Read More
Monday, August 25th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 1
DrWho0801-Featured

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.




Read More
Tuesday, August 19th


In Review: Theatre Coup d’Etat’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
P8080485

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.




Read More
Monday, August 18th


The Rogue Epicurean: Skirt-ing The Issue
quick-flank-steak

The Rugue Epicurean explores unusual suspects in a search for the best (reasonably priced) cuts of beef for Summer grilling.




Read More
Wednesday, August 6th


In Review: The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival
FringeReviewHeader2014

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.




Read More
Thursday, July 31st


LOL/OMG On the Fringe: A Look Back
FringeLogo_Dark_CMYK_FINAL

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.




Read More
Wednesday, July 30th


Le Talk: Jeff D. Larson of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
Print

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.




Read More
Monday, July 28th


The Idiot Box: “Let’s Be Careful Out There”
hill-street-by-dvdtimes-codotuk

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.




Read More
Friday, July 25th


The Culturator: Midnight’s Children
Ash Marlene Hane, Rose Sexton, Ryan Wurst - The Midnight Brigade

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.




Read More
Tuesday, July 22nd


The Idiot Box: Of (Talking) Moose and (Prehistoric) Men
RockyBullwinkle

Continuing his examination of classic television shows, Todd O’Dowd looks at two animated shows that forever altered primetime television landscape.




Read More
Friday, July 18th


In Review: “Crazyface” At Shadow Horse Theatre
crazyface

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




Read More
Friday, July 11th


A Convention Where Fandoms Converge
photo (3)

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




Read More
Thursday, July 10th


The Culturator: Media Hungry
A few goodies from Chicago's Dumpster Tapes Dead Media plans to have on hand.

In anticipation of Friday’s Opening Party for new record-slash-book-slash-poster shop, Dead Media, The Culturator’s Juleana Enright chats with co-owner, Paul Dickinson about the experience locals can get from the new store and the concept of “dead media.”




Read More
Thursday, July 10th


The Idiot Box: And The Nominees Are…
EmmyStatues

The 2014 Emmy Awards nominees were announced. Herein are our reactions (including who is missing).




Read More
Monday, July 7th


The Idiot Box: In The Name Of The Moon…
SailorMoonCrystal-02

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.




Read More