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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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Wednesday, April 2nd


We Will Rock You: Local Review Round-Up feat. The Bad Plus, Howler and Loop Line
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This week, Jon has positive reviews for bands he has been wrong about: the Bad Plus and local snot-punk faves Howler, plus an introduction to Loop Line, a nifty Beach Boys-flavored band.




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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


String Theory: The April Fashion Show Guide
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In this week’s String Theory, Beth Hammarlund shares the five must-see fashion shows of April, including work from designers Samantha Rei, Caroline Hayden, Joynoëlle, and plenty of other local favorites.




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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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Tuesday, April 1st


The Shopping List: 4/1-4/7
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This week in The Shopping List, the North Loop hosts its Spring Fashion Crawl. Also in store, Ruby3 steps out at June for the first time in three years, The Dandies Project launches its exhibition, and more.




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Tuesday, April 1st


The Niles Files, April Fools Edition: “Dressed for the Occasion”
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For the fourth annual April Fools edition of the Niles Files, Niles takes a look back at Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan’s 1989 masterpiece of commerce and bodies, “No Holds Barred,” the only film in history to open with the name “Jesse Ventura.”




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