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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
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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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Monday, September 14th


Le Talk: Hannibal Buress
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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
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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!
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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
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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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