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Wednesday, April 23rd


We Will Rock You: The Twenty Best XTC Songs
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In honor of this year’s “Senses Working Overtime 2: A Tribute To XTC” show at Icehouse, here’s a list of twenty absolutely killer XTC tracks — if you’ve never heard the group, here’s your primer!




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Wednesday, April 23rd


The Culturator: Wearable Art & Lit with Wordsmith
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For this week’s The Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Paper Darts’ Ann Tozer, on curating Wordsmith, ‘a jewelry meets literature’ exhibit, and fills us in on the connection between the two seemingly unrelated art forms.




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Tuesday, April 22nd


The Shopping List: 4/22-4/28
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This week in The Shopping List, Envision Spring 2014 promises to be a fashion spectacle and Danish Teak Classics takes interested folks behind the scenes of furniture-making. Also in store, Pierrepont Hicks + Liberty London team up, Askov Finlayson releases their NORTH baseball caps, and more.




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Monday, April 21st


The Magic Flute – Gnarly, Mesmerizing, and Too Many Notes
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The Minnesota Opera’s staging of classic Mozart comedic opera “The Magic Flute” is a visual masterpiece that tips into excess.




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Monday, April 21st


The Rogue Epicurean: May Flowers
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The Rogue Epicurean reconsiders his initial reaction to this Spring’s trend of floral prints for men, and suggests some key pieces and pairings.




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Monday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 2
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  Where do we begin with this episode? It was chock full of secret alliances bearing fruit, people revealing themselves to be assholes, surprising changes in status quo, and an out of left field honest conversation. To begin, let’s talk about the secretively manipulative shark in the room; Jim Cutler. In the partners meeting in Ted’s office, it was he that basically cock-blocked Pete and Ted on their get of […]




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Thursday, April 17th


Weekend What’s What: 4/17-4/20
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Celebrate the spring Minnesota tradition of snowfall, snow melting and crazy temperature swings with an equally bipolar serving of weekend offerings.




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Thursday, April 17th


The Niles Files: “God’s Not Dead” and Gimme That Check-Box Religion
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Niles compares two recent faith-based films, Darren Aronofsky’s strange and formidable “Noah” and the softer–if more insidious–”God’s Not Dead.”




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Wednesday, April 16th


We Will Rock You: Record Store Day 2014 Buyer’s Guide
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Jon Hunt presents our hand-picked selection of gems from this year’s Record Store Day collection for you to print out and bring along to your favorite record store.




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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


In Review: United Way’s 5th Annual WINGs Flight of Fashion Fundraiser
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Last Friday’s United Way’s 5th Annual WINGs Flight of Fashion show had us up in the air with its upgraded venue, the Radisson Blu Mall of America, and its showcase of the chicest boutiques in Minneapolis.




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Tuesday, April 15th


LOL/OMG is growing and WE WANT YOU!
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LOL/OMG is growing and needs new local talent!




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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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Tuesday, April 15th


The Shopping List: 4/15 – 4/21
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This week in The Shopping List, the Antique Spectacular Show and Flea Market comes to St. Paul. Also in store, A Mano releases a new collection, the Glam Slam event breathes new life into old clothes, Selby & Snelling hosts a Spring Fling, and more.




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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


Week(day) What’s What: 4/14-4/16
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Let l’étoile plan your whole week! Read on for weekday to-do’s happening before the weekend kicks in, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.




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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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Thursday, April 10th


Weekend What’s What: 4/10-4/13
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This weekend, get cultured with the huge variety of arts, music and theatrical offerings this weekend in the Twin Cities.




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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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Wednesday, April 9th


We Will Rock You: Welcome To The Future. This is Synthwave.
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We Will Rock You introduces you to a new genre. Fan of ’80s sci-fi, horror, action movies? Love synth music? Love space music? Enjoy cheesiness in all its many forms? Then Synthwave is for you! Read on!




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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


String Theory: Peter Som for Kohl’s
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Celebrate spring and the upcoming summer with looks from Peter Som’s St. Barths-inspired collection for Kohl’s. Beth Hammarlund previews the looks and shares her love of soft pants.




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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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Tuesday, April 8th


The Shopping List: 4/8-4/14
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This week in The Shopping List, The American Craft Council Show makes its way to St. Paul. Also in store, Junk Bonanza gives antique-hunters an easy place to look, the Let’s Play Dress Up sale offers great deals in the North Loop, bumbershute opens a second location within D.NOLO, and more.




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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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Monday, April 7th


Improv + Wes Anderson Comedy = Deadpan Hit
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This week, contributing writer Maggie K. Sotos reviews “Darjeeling Unscripted,” the improv comedy based on the style of writer/director Wes Anderson. Spoiler alert: it’s good!




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Thursday, April 3rd


Weekend What’s What: 4/3-4/6
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This weekend is all about anniversaries: Extreme Noise celebrates year 20 with a film screening and two nights of punk shows, dance series Kinetic Kitchen fetes year ten, First Avenue celebrates year 44; and Northeast haven the 331 Club rings in year 115.




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Thursday, April 3rd


Le Talk: Extreme Noise Celebrates 20 Years of Punk
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In honor of Extreme Noise’ 20th anniversary, l’étoile sat down with EN’s Mark Nelson and looked back at the record store’s history.




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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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