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Wednesday, August 5th


In Review: The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival
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In this special omnibus review, the l’étoile staff reviews a sampling of shows from this year’s edition of the acclaimed performing arts festival; performing now till August 9




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Thursday, July 30th


Out Of The Black Box: The Mississippi River Boat Ballet
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In a special report, Chase Burns chats with Twin Cities performer and provocateur Patrick Scully talks about his newest work; a ballet on the Mississippi River performed by boats!




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Monday, July 27th


In Preview: The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival
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In this special preview, Todd O’Dowd looks at all 174 shows at this year’s edition of the acclaimed performing arts festival and notices some unique themes among the shows.




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Monday, July 13th


A Music Junkie’s Troubled Quest for the Perfect Playlist
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Anthony Iverson looks at Prince’s recent decision to consolidate his streaming catalogue to Tidal, and how that has affected his music listening habits in the age of the music streaming arms race.




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Wednesday, July 1st


LOL/OMG On The Town – MIA’s Summer Party
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Gigi Berry went #UNDERtheTENT for the Minneapolis Institute Of Arts’ massive summer party in honor of its 100th birthday.




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Monday, June 29th


Nodin Anthology Reading at the new Subtext Bookstore
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Susan Woehrle chats with several prominent Midwestern poets – including Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen and more – about their inclusion in the esteemed local anthology; and being featuried in a reading from it on Monday at Subtext Bookstore




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Thursday, June 25th


Le Talk: Latrice Royale
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In this exclusive interview, Todd O’Dowd talks to the acclaimed drag queen about her career after “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” her other ventures, and her Twin Cities debut at First Avenue as part of Grown & Sexy Pride.




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Tuesday, June 23rd


In Review: Rock The Garden 2015 – Day 2
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Todd O’Dowd and Gigi Berry took in the second day of the 2015 edition of The Walker and The Current’s annual music festival; featuring Modest Mouse, Babes In Toyland, Seun Kuti & Egypt ’80, JD McPherson, and The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger




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Monday, June 22nd


In Review: Rock The Garden 2015 – Day 1
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The 2015 edition of The Walker and The Current’s annual music festival kicked off with The Stand4rd, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Conor Oberst, and Belle and Sebastian. Gigi Berry and Todd O’Dowd were at the scene.




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Thursday, June 18th


LOL/OMG Review: Bobby Raps & Corbin at Varsity Theater
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Gigi Berry offers up a quick review of the hip hop duo’s show at Varsity Theater in celebration of their recent EP.




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Wednesday, June 10th


In Preview: The Walker’s 2015-16 Performing Arts Season
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In the wake of the Walker announcing its 2015-26 Performing Arts season, Todd O’Dowd offers up his picks for the most intriguing works of the season.




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Friday, May 22nd


In Review: Revival Fever
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In this review, Todd O’Dowd looks at the trend of revivals this season, including Sandbox Theatre’s revisitation of “War With The Newts” and Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp’s remount of “Utopiacopia.”




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Tuesday, May 19th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 12
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The final four must face the de rigeur music video challenge (and de rigeur producer manipulation) in this lackluster episode.




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Monday, May 18th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 14
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The acclaimed series ends on a reflective – and controversial – note.




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Thursday, May 14th


What’s What: Guide to Art-A-Whirl 2015
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Here now is l’étoile’s annual guide to the hottest events and exhibits at the 2015 Art-A-Whirl




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Tuesday, May 12th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 11
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In this rollercoaster of an episode, we say “konichiwa” to a special guest judge, and “dasvidaniya” to a beloved competitor.




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Monday, May 11th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 13
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In this gut punch of a penultimate episode, two characters face the future while Don is haunted by his past




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Tuesday, May 5th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 10
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It’s time to prance as the remaining six queens must perform dance mashups.




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Monday, May 4th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 12
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The SC&P gang finally joins with McCann-Erickson, and it goes as well as you would expect in this hilarious and horrifying episode that has a surprising local connection.




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Wednesday, April 29th


We Will Rock You: A Few Words On Bullying
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This week, We Will Rock You takes a break from the Top 40 to talk just briefly — and with music involved, we promise — about something near and dear to this writer’s heart: bullying. Which sucks. A lot.




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Tuesday, April 28th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 9
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RuPaul’s Drag Race finally (!) pays homage to arguably America’s First Drag Superstar.




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Monday, April 27th


Report: #localqueerTC questioning the motives of The Welcoming Committee
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In an open letter, a collective of Twin Cities LGBTQAI event producers question the motives of the Boston-based company trying to make inroads in the Twin Cities market.




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Monday, April 27th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 11
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It’s the end of SC&P as we know it, and not everyone feels fine in this haunting episode.




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Tuesday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 8
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A surprise return or seven leads to one of the most insane (and insanely awesome) episodes of the season.




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Tuesday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 10
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The future is the topic of the day, but many characters’ futures are up in the air in this episode.




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Tuesday, April 14th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 7
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The return of an audience-favorite challenge leads to a controversial elimination.




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Monday, April 13th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 9
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A slightly disappointing episode examines the wreckage of Don Draper’s life through the women he shared it with.




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Friday, April 10th


In Review: “Mr Burns…” Electrifies The Guthrie
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Anne Washburn’s witty post-apocalyptic comedy on cultural survival is getting a fantastic production at the Guthrie.




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Tuesday, April 7th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 6
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A long awaited return of our favorite judge breathed life into a lackluster challenge.




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Monday, April 6th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8
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The mid-season premiere asks (and answers!) a very important musical question.




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