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Thursday, November 20th


In Review: “On Golden Pond” and “Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”
Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr in the Jungle Theater's production of On Golden Pond.

The Jungle Theater and Theatre Coup d’Etat serve up different courses of theatrical comfort food.




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Friday, November 14th


The Culturator: A Cultural Common Room – The Soap Factory Celebrates 25 Years
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In honor of their 25th Anniversary celebration, Juleana chats with The Soap Factory’s Executive Director Ben Heywood ,for an in-depth look into its unique history and its vision of engaging artist and viewer in consumable art.




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Thursday, November 13th


Le PSA: Give To The Max!
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In honor of the sixth annual Give To The May Day, we have a public service announcement.




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Wednesday, November 12th


In Review: “Disenchanted!”
Stephanie Bertumen as Hua Mulan, Jen Burleigh-Bentz as Snow White, Bonni Allen as Cinderella, Joy Dolo as The Princess Who Kissed The Frog, and Kim Kivens as Ariel in Disenchanted!

A charming production and brilliant cast give the kiss of life to this remount of the New York-bound musical revue.




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Tuesday, November 11th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 12
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The dead are returning in an emotionally complex and satisfying end to the season.




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Thursday, November 6th


The Culturator: Conjuring Up the Stritch Spirit
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In this week’s edition, Juleana Enright chats with Robert Frost of queer performance partnership, Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp, to get the deets on Saturday’s tribute show, “Stay Where You F***ing Are: A Tribute to Elaine Stritch,” plus gain a little insight on the Stritch appeal.




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Monday, November 3rd


The Idiot Box – “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 11
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The penultimate episode of the season is loaded with death, betrayal, and more. Not to mention the return of a classic Doctor Who villain or two.




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Monday, October 27th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 10
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A dip into a fairy-tale scenario turns the penultimate episode of the season into a slightly off affair.




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Monday, October 20th


The Rogue Epicurean: On a Roll
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Another woody fragrance with Patchouli and Papyrus are blended with a hint of smoke. Tobacco leaf and moss adds depth while incense and Rosewood bring an elegance.

Celebrate the changing seasons with woodsy, complex, and fuss free roll-on fragrance oils perfect for the Fall and Winter to come.




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Monday, October 20th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 9
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in this stand-out episode, Clara Oswald becomes the Doctor. This is not a good thing, historically speaking.




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Monday, October 13th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 8
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A glamorous train ride becomes the last hurrah for The Doctor and Clara. Or is it?




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Monday, October 6th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 7
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A crisis on the moon, an ethical dilemma, and Clara finally loses it in this game-changing episode.




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Friday, October 3rd


The Culturator: Cirque du SoGay – Ride Ready
Photo by Joseph P. Sullivan © 2013

In this week’s Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Cirque du SoGay co-founder, E.G. Nelson about the annual queer-friendly group ride and gets the lowdown on this year’s event, its killer prizes, and its future goals.




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Friday, October 3rd


The Dark Side of Kate Iverson
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In an exclusive interview, Susan Woehrle chats with artist and woman about town (and former l’étoile Editor-In-Chief) Kate Iverson about her new exhibit opening this week at SooLocal.




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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
Bradley Greenwald as Lady Enid Hillcrest in The Mystery Of Irma Vep at Jungle Theater (Photo Cedit: Michael Daniel)

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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