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Wednesday, April 16th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 9
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In this episode, the girls resurrect (and fill in as hosts) of RuPaul’s old talk show. Hilarity ensues.




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Tuesday, April 15th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 1
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After an interminable wait, the men & women of SC&P enter a new year, new statuses, and a new world in Los Angeles.




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Monday, April 14th


In Review: April Showers Bring Bitch Flowers
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The bitch is back. Last Friday night, April showers brought Bitch Flowers and it officially became spring in the Twin Cities.




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Monday, April 14th


The Rogue Epicurean: A Beard in the Hand
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In anticipation of this weekend’s Minnesota Beard-Off, Anthony Enright espouses the virtues and pitfalls of the latest trend in men’s grooming.




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Monday, April 14th


In Review: “Mad Men” Season 7 Premiere Party
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Last night, vita.mn and Jake Rudh threw their annual “Mad Men” premiere party at Jax Cafe, a glorious salute to vintage fashions in the audience.




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Sunday, April 13th


What’s What: Continuing Art Exhibits
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Our guide to continuing Twin Cities art exhibits, as recommended by l’étoile’s staff.




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Wednesday, April 9th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 8
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It’s Comedy Tonight, as the remaining drag queens must perform stand up comedy. Hilarity (?) ensues.




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Tuesday, April 8th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 7
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Paint your face and sell it queens! The remaining eight girls have to create commercials for RuPaul’s new makeup line.




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Tuesday, April 8th


Analyzing the “Mad Men” Season 7 Promo Photos
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If you’re among those who scored tickets to this Sunday’s “Mad Men” season seven viewing party at Jax, hosted by Vita.mn and Jake Rudh, the question weighing on your mind all week has been: What to wear?!




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Monday, April 7th


The Rogue Epicurean: Whites of Piedmont
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The Rogue Epicurean highlights the overlooked white wines from Italy’s Piedmont district; perfect for Spring sipping.




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Thursday, April 3rd


The Culturator: Benjamin Fredrickson
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On the evening of the opening reception for his exhibit, “All the World’s A Stage,” l’étoile chats with MPLS ex-pat/photographer Benjamin Fredrickson about his latest flesh-centric portraiture work, past projects and creating art in NYC.




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Thursday, April 3rd


The Universe According to Callahan: 6 Minnesota Radio Stations That Don’t Have Diversity Issues
Artists Toki Wright and Slug participated in a panel discussion on media and hip-hop (Photos by Jay Gabler/MPR)

If we’ve learned anything from the fracas over MPR/TPT’s “The State of Hip Hop,” we’ve learned that our big public broadcasters have some diversity issues to address. Rob Callahan offers 6 MN radio stations that don’t.




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Tuesday, April 1st


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 6
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The girls are asked to serve up some 90s hip hop realness for charity, but first there’s some reading to be done…




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Tuesday, April 1st


The Rogue Epicurean: Fine and Dandy
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The Rogue Epicurean highlights The Dandies Project, a initiative that features stylish local men of color in a blend of fashion & cultural commentary.




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Friday, March 28th


The Culturator: In the Shadows
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In this week’s edition, The Culturator sits in on a DIY shadow puppetry workshop taught by puppeteer, Annie Katsura Rollins, and learns the history and theory behind the theatrical storytelling medium.




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Friday, March 28th


In Review: ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess’
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The “controversial” adaptation of the iconic musical/opera is making its case with a winning production at The Ordway this weekend.




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Tuesday, March 25th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5
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It’s time for the annual Snatch Game challenge, where the queens must break out their best celebrity impersonations. Hilarity (?) ensues…




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Monday, March 24th


The Rogue Epicurean: Signs of Spring
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The Rogue Epicurean helps you transition your wardrobe into Spring with clean, unstructured pieces appropriate for the changing weather and on into the warm months.




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Sunday, March 23rd


In Review: Macy’s Flower Show
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We got an exclusive peek at Macy’s and Bachman’s annual Flower Show, a “Secret Garden” filled with all the colors of the springtime.




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Tuesday, March 18th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 4
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Sing out, queen! Hold on to your hats (and eardrums) as the girls present the premiere of “Shade: The Rusical!”




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Monday, March 17th


The Rogue Epicurean: Shaken, Not Stirred
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The Rogue Epicurean helps you perfect the deceptively simple beautifully complex king of cocktails, the Martini.




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Friday, March 14th


The Culturator: And the Beat Goes On – A History of Live Transmission
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On Saturday, DJ Jake Rudh presents an anniversary celebrating 13 years DJing his über popular weekly dance night, Transmission. In its honor, The Culturator and Rudh chat Transmission’s history, success and bridging the generational music gap.




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Tuesday, March 11th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3
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In this episode, the twelve remaining contestants were asked to serve up horror movie realness. The results were… spooky.




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Monday, March 10th


The Rogue Epicurean: Style Shakeup
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The Rogue Epicurean helps you avoid a style rut with recommendations on ways to shake up your standard office uniform.




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Monday, March 10th


RECAP: MarsCon 2014
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Kate Iverson takes a tour through last weekend’s annual science fiction convention MarsCon, a festive mingling of aliens, orks, goths, gamers and nerds.




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Thursday, March 6th


The Culturator: Guess Ready Review – Q&A w/ Kate Casanova
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This week, The Culturator chats with artist Kate Casanova, member of the artist collective Guess Ready Review, about the collective’s artist residency in Mallard Island and this weekend’s exhibition which will debut the art inspired by the remote, northern MN island.




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Tuesday, March 4th


The Idiot Box – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season Six, Episode 1 (Part 2!!)
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Second verse, same as the first, as the second half of this season’s queens arrive tardy to the party.




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Monday, March 3rd


LOL/OMG! Oscar 2014 Twitter Roundup
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The Twin Cities Twitterati gathered as one to take in the glitz, the glamor, and the Liza that was the 2014 Oscars!




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Monday, March 3rd


Oscar 2014 Twitter Roundup
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The Twin Cities Twitterati gathered as one to take in the glitz, the glamor, and the Liza that was the 2014 Oscars!




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Monday, March 3rd


The Rogue Epicurean: Scintillating Sherry
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The Rogue Epicurean helps you understand and navigate the often misunderstood but exceptionally rewarding world of Sherry.




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