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Tuesday, June 2nd


The Shopping List: 6/2-6/8
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This week in The Shopping List, Indigo & Snow releases a lovely new hand dyed collection, Askov Finlayson holds a sunglass sale in time for summer, Artist Market at The White Page, and more.




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Thursday, May 28th


Weekend What’s What: 5/28-5/31
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With summer on the horizon, it might be easy to overlook all of the fantastic events going on, but this weekend offers some sweet gigs that you won’t want to miss.




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Wednesday, May 27th


We Will Rock You: Reviews A-Poppin’ feat. Whitey Morgan, A$AP Rocky
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Two great summer albums for ya — the magnificently authentic outlaw country of Whitey Morgan and the 78s (seriously, cannot be beat) and the deeply trippy, acid-drenched hip-hop of A$AP Rocky, which sees the afro-futuristic underground coming into the mainstream in a big way.




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Tuesday, May 26th


The Shopping List: 5/26-6/1
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This week in The Shopping List, don’t miss out on the first annual MN Vintage Crawl hosted by Public Functionary, KISA Boutique celebrates some big changes, Golden Rule Collective has a grand opening, and more.




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Monday, May 25th


LOL/OMG!: Soundset 2015 Review
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In this special review, Gigi Berry (with the help of the Twin Cities Twitteratti) reviews the 2015 edition of the acclaimed hip hop festival.




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Thursday, May 21st


Weekend What’s What: 5/21-5/24
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Memorial Day Weekend features plenty to do outside and kicks off outdoor music season in full force with events like Soundset, the Memory Lanes Block Party, and more




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Wednesday, May 20th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Monophonics, Strange Names, Belfast Cowboys
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A fine selection of albums this week, folks, including the Monophonics’ The Sound of Sinning (which we’re calling the #2 album of the year so far!), the first album by Minneapolis synth-poppers Strange Names, and a killer album by scene vets Belfast Cowboys.




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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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Tuesday, May 19th


The Shopping List: 5/19-5/25
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This week in The Shopping List, the Minnesota History Center celebrates new exhibit, Inspiring Beauty, with a big bash, Wilson & Willy’s holds a tribute to the Boundary Waters, a Spring Wellness pop up to kick the winter blues, and more.




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Monday, May 18th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 14
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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
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Here now is l’étoile’s annual guide to the hottest events and exhibits at the 2015 Art-A-Whirl




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Thursday, May 14th


Weekend What’s What: 5/14-5/17
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Just because Art-A-Whirl is dominating the weekend doesn’t mean that there aren’t a ton of other great events going on. Here’s our list…




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Wednesday, May 13th


We Will Rock You: I Listen To The Top 20 (So You Don’t Have To): Christian + Gospel Edition
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In which our writer nearly loses his mind listening to the top 20 — not the Pop top 20 this time, but the Christian and Gospel top 20, a cesspool of inspid songwriting and generic vocals. A masochistic task, to be sure. Praise, um, God?




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Tuesday, May 12th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 11
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In this rollercoaster of an episode, we say “konichiwa” to a special guest judge, and “dasvidaniya” to a beloved competitor.




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Tuesday, May 12th


The Shopping List: 5/12-5/18
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This week in The Shopping List, Art-A-Whirl offers up a superb collection of locally made shopping, party and say goodbye to Mad Men and Vita.mn, Cocktails at the Castle, and more.




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Monday, May 11th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 13
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In this gut punch of a penultimate episode, two characters face the future while Don is haunted by his past




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Thursday, May 7th


Weekend What’s What: 5/7-5/10
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As spring hits its stride there are more events popping up that will tempt you to venture out of the house and explore parts of the Twin Cities both old and new.




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Wednesday, May 6th


OMG! City Pages Bought By The Strib
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In a surprise move, the Minneapolis newspaper has bought out the Minneapolis-based arts and news weekly.




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Wednesday, May 6th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Kamasi Washington, Van Hunt, The Orange Peels
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Three absolute knock-out records this week. Kamasi Washington’s The Epic is easily and handily the best record of the year so far and manages to resurrect a dead genre, while Van Hunt’s album is awesome funk. And the Orange Peels? The only summer car record you might need.




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Tuesday, May 5th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 10
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It’s time to prance as the remaining six queens must perform dance mashups.




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Tuesday, May 5th


The Shopping List: 5/5-5/11
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This week in The Shopping List, favorite local florist Spruce pops up with a flower market just in time for Mother’s Day, Cliche predicts Minnesota’s next heritage quality brands, big news from Lily and Violet, and more.




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Monday, May 4th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 12
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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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Thursday, April 30th


Weekend What’s What: 4/30-5/3
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This weekend provides plenty of opportunities for you to get outside and enjoy the weather, with bike tours, parades and much, much more.




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Wednesday, April 29th


We Will Rock You: A Few Words On Bullying
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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
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RuPaul’s Drag Race finally (!) pays homage to arguably America’s First Drag Superstar.




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Tuesday, April 28th


The Shopping List: 4/28-5/4
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This week in The Shopping List, Envision Spring 2015 runway show brings a fierce line up of local talent, Hardt Jewelry and Julia Moss Designs open new showrooms, Flirt Boutique has a birthday, and more.




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Monday, April 27th


Report: #localqueerTC questioning the motives of The Welcoming Committee
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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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Monday, April 27th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 11
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It’s the end of SC&P as we know it, and not everyone feels fine in this haunting episode.




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Thursday, April 23rd


Weekend What’s What: 4/23-4/26
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This weekend offers the opportunity for you to explore all kinds of concerts, visual art openings and theater productions both east and west of the river.




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Wednesday, April 22nd


We Will Rock You: Two More Reviews feat. The Alabama Shakes and the April Fools
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A couple more reviews this week (the albums are coming fast and furious) — this time a knockout new album from the Alabama Shakes and an album by local band The April Fools that will bring to mind the best singer-songwriter album from 1978 that you’ve never heard.




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