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Monday, September 26th


In Review: I AM Inspired
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Beth Hammarlund reviews I Am Inspired, an FWMN event featuring clothing from six local boutiques and art from Caitlin Karolczak.




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Friday, September 23rd


In Review: Matryoshka in Japan
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Beth Hammarlund reviews designer Danielle Everine’s latest show, “Matryoshka in Japan,” as part of l’étoile’s FWMN coverage.




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Friday, August 12th


In Review: The 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival
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As the revered performance festival winds down, Todd O’Dowd picks the 11 most memorable shows of this year’s festival.




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Friday, May 27th


In Review: The Christians
Andrew Erskine Wheeler and the cast of Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of The Christians.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company achieves a theatrical miracle with its area premiere of Lucas Hnath’s modern day morality play.




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Wednesday, May 25th


In Review: The Glass Menagerie
James Napoleon Stone and Kaylyn Forkey in Theatre Coup d'État's production of The Glass Menagerie.

Theatre Coup d’État triumphs with a hauntingly beautiful and viscerally painful production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play.




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Wednesday, May 25th


The Niles Files: Born Again
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An overview of Walking Shadow’s stellar production of “The Christians,” at the Mixed Blood Theater, alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “The Book of Mormon,” currently at the Orpheum, which in tandem dig into a contemporary American spiritual crisis.




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Tuesday, May 10th


In Review – “The Shining”
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Minnesota Opera ends its 2015-16 season in triumph with the world premiere of the fantastic and terrifying operatic adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic horror novel.




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Thursday, April 21st


BREAKING: Prince Reported Dead at 57
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The multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member was found dead at his studio / home this morning.




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Tuesday, April 12th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 6
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This week’s challenge saw the remaining seven queens (and a few friends) go Over The Rainbow with a reading-inspired challenge.




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Thursday, April 7th


In Review: A Tale Twice Told
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New Epic Theater takes a huge artistic risk with its presentation of “The Normal Heart” and “Coriolanus” in repertory.




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Tuesday, April 5th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 5
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The most beloved challenge in the show’s history leads to one of the weakest episodes in the season.




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Tuesday, March 29th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 4
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In this special episode, the girls form New Wave singing groups for the entertainment of two musical legends.




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Tuesday, March 22nd


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 3
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The first acting challenge (with more than questionable material) leads to a surprising result and one of the most inspired runways in the show’s herstory!




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Wednesday, March 16th


In Review: “Tosca”
Kelly Kaduce in Minnesota Opera's production of Tosca.

Minnesota Opera proves it can deliver in the standard operatic repertoire with a thrillingly sung and conducted production of “Tosca.”




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Tuesday, March 15th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8, Episode 2
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What happens when one of the best team challenges is paired with one of the worst lip syncs? Let’s find out together!




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Thursday, March 3rd


The Idiot Box: “The Time Has Come…”
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In preparation for the return of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” we look at the best Lip Sync For Your Life battles over the past seasons.




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Monday, February 8th


Led by Lizzo, Grrrls Take Over Twin Cities Hip-Hop
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In the wake of her sold-out Mainroom headlining debut at First Avenue, Anthony Iverson offers an appreciation to the current queen of the Twin Cities music scene.




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Thursday, January 28th


In Review: “Pericles”
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On the winds of a highly-anticipated debut, Guthrie Theater artistic director Joseph Haj makes a stunning debut with his gorgeous and entertaining production of “Pericles.”




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Wednesday, January 6th


BREAKING: Brian Oake to co-host The Current’s Morning Show
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In a bit of surprising (to some) news, the long-time radio fixture joins the Current’s Morning Show starting March 7.




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Tuesday, December 29th


A Few Of Our Favorite Things: The Best Of 2015
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l’étoile presents its annual list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities this year!




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Friday, December 18th


In Review: “The Sound Of Music” at the Ordway
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The Ordway delivers a very traditional take (in the good and bad sense) of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.




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Saturday, December 12th


In Review: A Very Non-Traditional Holiday
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Miss Richfield 1981 and Walking Shadow Theatre Company are offering two non-traditional tonics to the Holiday Season.




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Friday, December 11th


In Review: Nutcracker (Not So) Suite
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James Sewell Ballet triumphantly remounts director and choreographer Myron Johnson’s iconic spin on the holiday classic.




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Wednesday, December 9th


A Crate Digger’s Guide to Spicing Up Your Holiday Playlist
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Anthony Iverson spices up your holiday playlist with ten off-beat Christmas songs that you need to hear.




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Thursday, December 3rd


The Idiot Box – The 2015 British Arrows Awards
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Todd O’Dowd reviews the 2015 edition of the beloved annual salute to British television advertising being screened at the Walker Art Center December 4 – January 3.




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Thursday, November 12th


In Review: Six Nights of Theatre
Adam Qualls and Claudia Wilkens in New Epic Theater's production of Doubt.

In this omnibus review, Todd O’Dowd takes in opening weekend performances from Casting Spells Productions, the Jungle Theater, New Epic Theater, Transatlantic Love Affair, Theatre Coup d’Etat, and Workhaus Collective over the course of six days.




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Monday, September 28th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 9, Episode 2
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The second half of the Series 9 opener is a more intimate, and considerably stronger, affair.




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Tuesday, September 22nd


In Review: The 2015 IVEY Awards
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Todd O’Dowd reviews the good and the questionable at this year’s edition of the coveted Twin Cities theatre awards.




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Monday, September 21st


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 9, Episode 1
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In the first half of a two-part season opener, the long-running British sci-fi series looks back at its past (and one of its greatest stories ever) with mixed results.




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Wednesday, September 16th


The Idiot Box: Fall Television Preview
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In this preview, Todd O’Dowd looks at the fall television line up and picks out which shows are the most intriguing.




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