Wednesday, March 8th

The Idiot Box – “Feud” Season 1, Episode 1

To kick off his coverage of Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series, Todd O’Dowd breaks down some of the backstory and references in the first episode centering around the legendary feud of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

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Monday, September 26th

In Review: I AM Inspired

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

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

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

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

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
The Christians

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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…”

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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