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

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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Wednesday, September 16th

The Idiot Box: Fall Television Preview

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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Monday, September 14th

Le Talk: Hannibal Buress

In this special interview, Gigi Berry chats with the acclaimed comedian about his career, his love of music, and his upcoming shows this Wednesday – Friday at the Varsity Theater.

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Monday, September 14th

In Review: Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season Opener

After a thrilling year, Minnesota Orchestra opens their 2015-16 season with a lovely, if tonally-jarring, season opener; enhanced by a thrilling performance by six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald.

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Wednesday, September 9th

The Idiot Box: Here’s Stephen!

Todd O’Dowd weighs in on the latest change in late night television with the debut of Stephen Colbert’s new show on CBS.

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Wednesday, August 5th

In Review: The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival

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
Rehearsal for the Mississippi River Ballet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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