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Monday, September 29th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 6
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The Doctor returns to an iconic place and runs smack into Clara’s double life in this darkly hilarious episode.




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Tuesday, September 23rd


In Review: The 2014 Ivey Awards
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The Twin Cities theatre scene gathered for their annual celebration of the season.




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Monday, September 22nd


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 5
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It’s an old-school caper as the Doctor has to rob the most secure bank in the universe.




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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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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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Thursday, August 28th


In Review: Saint Dinette Pop-Up Preview
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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.




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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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Monday, August 18th


The Rogue Epicurean: Skirt-ing The Issue
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The Rugue Epicurean explores unusual suspects in a search for the best (reasonably priced) cuts of beef for Summer grilling.




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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 Culturator: Media Hungry
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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.”




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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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Thursday, July 3rd


The Culturator: The Thrifting Sensation
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The Culturator catches up with local fashion blogger, thrifting maven and zine founder, Holly Hilgenberg to chat about her fashionable new project Double Peace Studio, this weekend’s summer vinyl and vintage sale with Yeti Records, the thrill of thrifting and the vintage fashion scene in MPLS.




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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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Thursday, June 5th


The Culturator: Heliotrope X – Underground Auditory Bliss
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In this week’s edition, The Culturator goes inside the Twin Cities’ long-running independent festival of underground and underexposed music, Heliotrope X. We chat with event organizer, Richard Barlow, about this year’s 10th installment and what attendees can expect.




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