Thursday, April 8, 2010

Weekend What's What 4/8-4/13


As we gear up for Spring MNFashion Week (happening April 16-25th) we can't help but be in a mild frenzy over what we're going to wear! Call us girls, but we think MNFashion Week is the best of all possible excuses to spend our money on beautiful, frivolous things. This weekend amid all the fun parties, art openings and rock shows, take some time to get your shop on at area boutiques! Not only is buying local in direct support of all our amazingly talented designers, but it pretty much guarantees you'll stand out in the crowd. Plan your weekend party itinerary below, then check out our Guide to Sales and Shopping for ideas on where to find that perfect somethin'-somethin' to wear to Voltage or any number of amazing events happening during MNFashion Week!



Jahna Peloquin updates our Guide to Sales & Shopping

Juleana Enright interviews Voltage designer George Moskal

Juleana Enright interviews Voltage designer Pafoua Thao


Punk is Not Dead

@ Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall

7pm-10pm / 21+ / Free

Louisa Greenstock & Gábor Tar have hopped the pond from Birmingham to remind you that punk is indeed alive and kicking on the third floor of Brit’s Pub. The likeness of just about every '70s punk icon that defined the era will be hanging and ready to take home. Who wouldn’t want a portrait of Joe Strummer, Sid and Nancy or Billy Idol staring them down during their morning cereal? DJ Jake Rudh spins first wave punk all night set to the backdrop of rare video footage. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Refugee Committee to help Haiti.

BTW: RIP Malcolm McLaren.

Click HERE for the Facebook Event


Design in the Dark presents: Helvetica

@ Goldstein Museum of Design
33 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave
St. Paul

7pm / Free

Helvetica. You know it, you love it, you use it. You don’t even need to be a font geek to appreciate it. In a world of visual information, the classic typeface may just be the voice of a generation. And to documentary filmmaker, Gary Hustwit – director of the feature-length film, Helvetica – the font is more of a vast member’s only club than a simple typography setting. Tonight, join the Goldstein Museum as they present the final film in their current Design in the Dark series; a kudos to the iconic 50 year-old typeface, Helvetica. Already shown at over 200 film fests as well as in museums and cinemas worldwide, the documentary is not to be missed, especially if you’re devoted design junkies, like us.

Click HERE for the Goldstein site


Enough with the Spring cleaning -- how about some Spring redecorating? We are totally inspired to re-do our rooms after peeping the wallpaper studio of Nama Rococo. Being big fans of retro-modern beauty, we can totally appreciate these lovely designs that combine era-influenced ideas with a new bold twist. Not only are each of the color palates uniquely mixed, but the pretty patterns are all hand painted and screened. They call this family-style design “imperfect perfection”, making each wall a totally unique piece of art. We want!

Click HERE for the Nama Rococo site


Works by Amy Rice, Allan Ingenito and Beth Baker

@ Frank Stone Gallery
1224 NE. 2nd Street

5-9pm / Free

Stop by the Frank Stone Gallery this Friday to peruse pretty paintings and glorious glasswork! We here at l’étoile can’t get enough of the acrylics and antique artifacts artist Amy Rice combines in her adorable artwork. Rice is showing off some of these beautiful narrative pieces, sketched in pencil and covered in charming pastels along with eye candy from local jeweler Beth Baker and her glass tile beauties as well as the sandblasted, colorful glasswork of artist Allan Ingenito.

Click HERE for this art event and more at



@ Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S

7pm doors / all ages / $10 adv, $12 day of

Remember when Bon Iver went all ultra-emo and locked himself in a cabin to make his revered, For Emma, Forever Ago? Yeah, we gotta say we’re pretty happy he did. Not only was a darn cathartic, love-scorn album made out of the experience, but it was also the birth of the Iver’s former DeYarmond Edison members’ new project, Megafaun. A band with more than just a clever name, the local-ish Eau Claire indie folk trio brandishes musical talent, dipping their experimental fingers into everything from freak and traditional folk, to stripped down gee-tar and classic blues. Don’t miss Megafaun tonight promoting their latest mini-album Heretofore at the Cedar, joined by friends Duluth’s piedmont bluesman, Charlie Parr and Michigan’s Breathe Owl Breathe.

Bonus: Word has it that Megafaun has some serious GAYNG affliations.

Click HERE for the Cedar site


Amanda Christine & kjurek couture Open House

@ Cliche
2403 Lyndale Avenue S.

8pm-10pm / Free

Stock up on fresh local fashions in honor of the impending MNFashion Week at Cliche! Seasoned Twin Cities designers Amanda Christine and Kimberly Jurek (of kjurek couture) will be on hand to flaunt their latest lines, and from what we've seen so far, this lovely garb easily embodies Springtime folly with elegant shapes, flirty hem lines and plenty of poppy color. In other words, go gear up before these lovely limited run looks sell out! Sip refreshments, bop to tunes from Ken Hannigan (Anthem Heart) and mix and mingle with other fashion-forward femmes.

Click HERE for the Cliche site

BONUS: See additional looks and read more about these two designers on City Pages' Dressing Room blog HERE.

Photo by Rod Hesse for Amanda Christine


Dosh Album Release Party

@ 7th St. Entry
701 1st Ave N

9pm / $12 / 18+

Tommy is Dosh’s fifth (!) release under the Anticon label, proving once again that the prolific, experimental one-man-band knows how to mix things up and engage his audience. Expect more drums and vocals, and a slightly wilder sound on this ten-song release. Dosh is definitely an exciting musical powerhouse and the cozy Entry will make you appreciate his handiwork that much more -- especially when you get gander his crazy creative process! With Facecandy and Ghostband.

Click HERE for the First Ave site


Street Sounds

@ The Record Room (formerly the VIP Room)
701 First Ave. North

10pm / 18+ / $3 adv, $5 door

As the second Friday of the month comes around once again, the nights out begin to get a little warmer and a little groovier. For this month’s edition of Street Sounds the cool designer dudes/DJs at BURLESQUE of North America and Attitude City are once again bringing you a crazy night of dance floor antics and all-vinyl wax flipping. Join in the fray with the AC boys, Mike the 2600 King and Winship as they pump out some of the funkiest disco classics and house beats known to man.

Co-Sponsored by l'etoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Carnivale of Mischief & Mayhem

@ Ground Zero
15 4th St NE

10:30pm-2am / $6 for 21+, $8 for 18+

More of a naughty “Something Wicked This Way Comes” than your average, kiddie-themed carnival, tonight Midnight Muse presents their monthly adventure into Mischief & Mayhem with all the debauchery you can handle! For their April installment, MM and host Musette welcome MPLS bluegrass folkers The Boys n’ The Barrels for some down home, foot-stomping tunes, plus tons of vaudeville-inspired, cabaret acts like naughty carnie games and contests (with prizes!), a round of “Plinko” from Rock & Roll Ray, performances by local burlesque queen Sweet Lilly Bee and belly dancing by Nasheeta and so much more. After the festivities, stick around for a goth-stomp-ridden, broody dance party of darkwave proportions spun by Next Element DJs Noise and Nitrogen!

Click HERE for the Facebook event

George Moskal & Pafoua Thao

With Voltage: Fashion Amplified just a week away, l'étoile returns to give you the skinny on the talented local designers involved with this year’s runway show. Each week, tune in for more designer spotlights and get the lowdown each participants design aesthetic, personal style and a sneak peek of their ’10 Voltage collections. Not to mention, l'étoile Culture Editor, Juleana Enright will let you in on an intimate Q&A sesh with each designer, where they'll dish on everything from their favorite local spots to how they sharpen their creative chops. This week’s spotlights include George Moskal and Pafoua Thao.

Voltage Fashion Amplified happens Friday, April 16th at First Ave. For tickets and more info visit

Read Juleana Enright's Voltage Spotlight on George Moskal

Read Juleana Enright's Voltage Spotlight on Pafoua Thao



@ Shelter Studios
2112 Broadway St. NE, Suite 150

7pm-12am / Free

Bike art! Artists such as Amy Jo, Jennifer Davis, Anthem Heart, Broken Crow and Aesthetic Apparatus (just to name a mere few) show off and sell their epic, bike-inspired poster art at the annual ARTCRANK exhibit. Buy a print, and help support Full Cycle, who gives bikes to homeless kids and teaches them bike maintenance. And don't forget to bring one of those cool art-student poster tubes to sling around your neck for your bike ride home, because at $30 a pop, you'll be able to stock up on awesome local art without breaking the bank. The show will be up through May 1st at One on One Bike and then heads to the Northrup King Building during Art-a-Whirl, so if your chain falls off and you miss tonight's opening party, fear not.

BONUS: Crank it up! Pre-party for poster people at Kings! (4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis) Meet here at 5pm for free appetizers and $3 taps then posse up for a group ride over to the exhibit at 6:30pm.

Click HERE for this art event and more at


Opera Night Out: Salome

@ Ordway
345 Washington St N
St. Paul

7:30pm-1am / $35+

“Obsession, served on a platter?”...Sounds delicious to us. Tonight, the Minnesota Opera debuts their production of Strauss’s erotic Biblical retelling of obsession, desire and epic vengeance: Salome. Following the Bible-based story, seductress Salome (Mlada Khudoley) vows revenge after the imprisoned prophet John the Baptist dismisses her lustful propositions. Illicited to dance for the powerful, lecherous King Herod -- who promises the beautiful coquette any payment she wishes -- Salome perversely commands the Baptist’s head on a silver platter. Filled with decadent scandal, lusty charm and gorgeous deviance, the infamous opera is not to be missed. Following the performance, join the MN Opera’s hip young patrons group, Tempo, for an exclusive after-party at nearby hotspot, Pop! (6 W. 6th St.) which will feature an evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, Middle Eastern treats and scrumptious cocktail specials. Plus, belly dancing, portrait sittings in Salome’s palace, an International Dance Music set from Radio K and a trunk show with scarves, pashminas and jewelry for purchase courtesy of A Turkish Affair boutique. Fancy! Salome runs through April 24th.

Click HERE for the Minnesota Opera site


Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls EP Release

@ The Beat Coffeehouse
1414 West 28th St.

7:30pm / $5 / 18+

Our favorite dirty wordstress Courtney McClean and her naughtybilly band the Dirty Curls will be releasing their first EP of refreshingly shameless, hilariously dirty country songs at the appropriately titled Beat (haha) coffeehouse this Saturday evening. Cheeky and loose in all the right places, the new EP Cowgirl The Fuck Up! will tickle your fancy (and other things) with erotically humorous bluegrass tunes with names like "Suck A Ring," "I Ain't Pregnant" and "Do You Mind If My Boyfriend Joins Us?" This isn't your grandpa's country, and hey, We’ll drink to that! Along with the DC's you'll also be treated to the talents of comedian John Schreiner, slam poet Wonder Dave, and Americana band Paladin Road.

Co-sponsored by l'etoile!

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Rogue Valley w/ Chris Koza

@ Fitzgerald Theater
10 E Exchange St.
St. Paul

8pm / $25

Well, it’s Spring...and no one has pondered that concept more thoroughly than the dashing Chris Koza. Koza has devised a theater production that complements his latest release, Crater Lake, the first of four albums to be released with the turning of the seasons. The amazing Sanden Totten will titillate the audience with a story of Spring love and Fitzgerald Theater indie-artist apprentice Alicia Wiley tackles the Wurlitzer Theater Organ with locals Jeremy Messersmith, JoAnna James, the Waconia High School drumline, and others. Simply fantastic!

Click HERE for the Fitzgerald Theater site


Video Games Live

@ Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Avenue

8pm / $25-$50

What do the Super Mario Brothers, Lara Croft and Sonic the Hedgehog have in common with the Minnesota Orchestra? Well, this weekend we’ll find out! This Saturday night Orchestra Hall hosts Video Games Live, a touring interactive experience full of video game footage and live on-stage gaming, all set to the enchanting sounds of our very own Minnesota Orchestra. Release your inner gamer with familiar jingles from popular games like Tetris, Frogger, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Everquest, Zelda, Halo and more. So, grab your n00b friends and cough up that $25 for a geeky multimedia concert that will rock your socks off.

Click HERE for the Orchestra Hall site


Envision: Artopia

@ Graves Hotel
601 1st Avenue N.

9pm / $25-$50

Ignite Models' Envision fashion show is quickly becoming one of the main events during MNfashion Week every season to see local fashion - and be seen wearing local fashion. This swank runway show held at the luxurious Graves Hotel features a slew of talented local designers including Amanda Christine, kjurek couture, Jenny Carle, Arwyn Birch, Russell Bourrienne, Sarah Holm, Peloria, and Rose White. Boutique looks from Cliche, Elsworth Menswear, OPM and others will be shown as well. Additionally, Rocco Altobelli stylists will collaborate with each of the designers to create avant garde looks -- live on stage -- that embody "Spring." And with the theme "Artopia" we expect there will be some delightfully wild looks! DJ Real Talk Radio and vocalist Dajae will keep your toes tapping throughout the evening. The perfect event to warm up for MNFashion Week, coming up April 16-24th!

Bonus: Our own fashion editor, Jahna Peloquin, will be joining an esteemed panel of judges to pick the best look of the night!

Bonus Bonus: After Party at the nearby Lounge nightclub! Complimentary admission with a hand stamp from the fashion show.

Click HERE for the Envision site

Photo by Miles Schuster


David De Young of profiles Voltage: Fashion Amplified band the Red Pens!

"Guitarist and drummer two-piece rock bands have appeared on the local and national scene in the past whom I have wished would get a bass player. Red Pens is not one of those bands. The duo of Howard W. Hamilton III and Laura F. Bennett have no trouble filling rooms (even First Avenue’s main room, where they played the most recent “Best New Bands” showcase) with their powerful, feedback and emotionally-drenched dissonant sound. The band holds the stage with the energetic presence often reserved for three and four-piece ensembles."

Click HERE to read the full profile

Photo by Stephanie Colgan


JagerCon: Sci-Fi Tuesdays

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Avenue N.

Every Tuesday
10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Join hosts Kate Iverson (l'étoile magazine, Secrets of the City) and Beth Hammarlund (l'étoile magazine, A Tiny Machine) every Tuesday Night for JagerCon! JagerCon is a weekly sci-fi party featuring screenings of classic nerdy movies and television shows -- topped off with 2-4-1 cocktails all night served by Star Captain Paul!

Mingle with like-minded sci-fi geeks, discuss D&D strategies, and use that Captain Picard impression you've been perfecting to pick up chicks at the bar. Snort-laugh the night away while bragging about your MMORPG addiction and enjoy a cozy, nerd-friendly environment.


APR 13: Strange Days
APR 20: Doctor Who: The Enemy Within
APR 27: Tank Girl
MAY 4: Moon
MAY 11: Ghostbusters
MAY 18: Pontypool
MAY 25: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
JUN 1: The Neverending Story

This week's flick is Strange Days


Jahna posts images from Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman's new lookbook!

I was fortunate enough to have served as Lead Stylist for Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman's Spring 2010 show at New York Fashion Week last fall. And now, his Spring 2010 lookbook for the same collection is up at his website, He also has lookbook photos of his previous collections, "Inside the Looking Glass" (Fall 2008), "Eluded Love" (Spring 2008), and his capsule collection for the Un-Prom at the Walker Art Center (May 2006), plus runway images from "Eluded Love."

Click the link below to view the Spring 2010 lookbook in its entirety. Photography by Herring&Herring (Dimitri Scheblanov & Jesper Carlsen), with styling by Eva Zuckerman.

Click HERE for the full post with images at Le Petit Connaisseur



Excuse us while we gush. l'étoile's own advertising manager, Brian Gioielli is one of the finalists for the annual One Man Minneapolis contest! The competition identifies the one man in the Twin Cities who represents the best of the best from the perspectives of community involvement, personality, intelligence and fitness. Well, if you ask us, Brian embodies all of these! Our boy not only volunteers his time for l'étoile, but also does a ton of charity work including being the Vice President on the St. Paul Festival Association board, 12 Bars of Christmas charity event co-organizer, and YMCA volunteer. He's also hilarious, adorable, and one of the most kind-hearted and fun dudes we've ever met.

The best part? If Brian wins, he gets to donate $2500 to his choice of charity, and has even committed $1000 of his personal winnings to l'etoile, so we can put together outfits to donate to another great non-profit, Dress for Success! Isn't he sweet? Vote for Brian every day starting this Friday at!!!!

Save the Date: Imagination Mechanism
an interactive fashion party exploring the creative process

Friday, April 23, 2010 / Free
7pm to 11pm (photo shoot styling begins at 7:30pm)

Join l'étoile magazine for a real-time peek inside our creative process! We'll return once again to the Eitel Building's gorgeous Rooftop Sky Park on Loring Park for a stylish, interactive mixer that will invite you to play creative director for a day. Try your hand at designing fashion photo shoot mood boards and story boards with the help of l'étoile staff, then watch as we implement these same processes to create a live fashion photo shoot that will include everything from styling, shooting, retouching, and even editorial layout -- all right before your eyes. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be available, along with music from l'étoile DJs. And dress to impress: we'll be giving away prizes to the most "fashion photo ready" attendees! Sponsored by l'étoile magazine, MNFashion and Secrets of the City.

Voltage Tickets on Sale NOW!

Voltage: Fashion Amplified returns to First Avenue on Friday, April 16! An MNfashion production, Voltage is the flagship fashion event held each spring, kicking on MNFashion Week! Filled with a bevy of local fashion design set to the backdrop of rockin' local bands, Voltage is a can't-miss event! For a full lineup of designers and bands, to purchase tickets, and also keep up on Voltage news, teasers and the schedule for the Vintage Voltage Rock Show series held at the 501 Club leading up to the big event at 1st Avenue visit

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Juleana Enright, Lauren Gantner, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Rob Callahan, Beth Hammarlund, Jahna Peloquin

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