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Calamity Janes

May 4, 2010

Calamity! WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 20 WHERE: The Lab Theater, 700 First St. N. TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door (Sold at Cliché boutique) Collectives are so hot right now. Think La Nouvelle...

The Fashionista is in - Advice before heading out

The Fashionista is in – Advice before heading out

May 3, 2010

So this is it, ladies and gentlemen âÄî my final column as your handy-dandy Minnesota Daily Fashionista. WeâÄôve been together for a little more than a year, which is quite a bit longer...


The wonderful world of Etsy

April 28, 2010

Ets y, an online marketplace for handcrafted gifts and vintage treasures, is a treasure trove of sweet trinkets and one-of-a-kind finds that you can brag about snapping up before your hipper-than-thou...

The Fashionista is in - Walk of Shame Survival Guide

The Fashionista is in – Walk of Shame Survival Guide

April 26, 2010

Last weekend was Spring Jam, wasnâÄôt it? IâÄôd completely forgotten until I happened to notice more than a few hot messes stumbling home on Sunday morning from whatever salacious activities...

Solving a mystery with the Harty Boys

April 21, 2010

âÄúThe Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping PlatypusâÄù WHERE: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 Lake St. W. WHEN: Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. TICKETS: $12 A priceless work of art has been stolen...

Battle of the báhn mi

Battle of the báhn mi

April 14, 2010

Move over muffulettas and poâÄô boys. Báhn mi, a French baguette sandwich with a French-Vietnamese twist, is having its 15 minutes of fame in Twin Cities cuisine. The sammy is so...

The baby-sitters are back

April 14, 2010

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Claudia Kishi. Kristy Thomas. Cathy Dollanganger . No, these aren't pop stars or the hottest new members of the Disney clan, but to a certain generation of young women,...

The Fashionista is in – Fashion Week

April 14, 2010

Major âÄúfashionâÄù cities like New York City and Paris have Fashion Week, a crazy period during the spring and fall when designers present their collections to the press. Obviously, youâÄôre...

From Jeremy Messersmith's Twitter

Local Celebrity Twitters

April 7, 2010

When Twitter was developed all the way back in 2006, who would have known that its succinct manner of condensing life and self-promotion into 140 innocent little characters would have become so incredibly...

The Fashionista is in – Talking Beauty with Beauty Bets

April 5, 2010

Elizabeth Dehn has an impressive resume: stints with Target and [beauty company] Kiehl's, writing for national publications like Rachael Ray's magazine and formerly serving as lifestyle editor at local...

Cooking with in-season ingredients

March 31, 2010

With the arrival of 50-degree weather comes the University Avenue barrage of grills boasting greasy burgers and hot dogs. While each has its merits, adding a few new ingredients to your usual routine can...


An art party with a bang

March 31, 2010

Ricochet Kitchen WHERE: Bedlam Theatre WHEN: April 3, 8:30 p.m. TICKETS: $5 (21+)/$10 (18 and under) On a typical night at the Bedlam Theatre, bands, plays and community events fill up the sprawling space....

The Fashionista is in – Spring Beauty

March 30, 2010

The temperature is climbing, and that means itâÄôs time to change up your beauty routine and freshen up! Be gone, winter blues, and with you your red cheeks/noses, chapped lips and frozen fingers....

ROBOTLove is movin’ on up

March 26, 2010

Watch out, Uptown, N.E. is gunning to be the new arts mecca of Minneapolis. What was once a relatively blah neighborhood, save for the presence of Lunds and SurdykâÄôs, has recently blossomed into...


Review: She & Him, Goldfrapp

March 25, 2010

ARTIST: She & Him ALBUM: âÄùVolume TwoâÄù LABEL: Merge Records Confession: I am not a Zooey Deschanel fan. In fact, as of late I have come to detest all that Ms. Deschanel stands for:...

Cake Eater creators Emily Harris and Sheela Namakkal

Let them eat (Surly-flavored?) cake

March 24, 2010

I am drinking coffee with the ladies of Cake Eater Bakery, and though IâÄôve only known them for about three minutes, I already know that their soon-to-open shop may become my new favorite hangout....

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club visit First Ave. this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY TESSA ANGUS

Weekend Culture Compass – “Wizard of Oz” and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

March 23, 2010

Thursday, March 25 Music âÄî Bella Koshka, Me & My Arrow, the Alpha Centauri 7th St. Entry 701 1st Ave. N. 8 p.m. $6 Fresh off of a stop at AustinâÄôs SXSW music festival comes darkly...

Local photographer Jenn Cress tells A&E about Paris fashion week.

The Fashionista is in – Profile: Jennifer Cress

March 23, 2010

IâÄôd been emailing back and forth with local photographer Jennifer Cress, 32, about chit-chatting with me for a Fashionista column and she was all for it âĦ except at the time,...

Guest sexpert Robyne Robinson, at your service

March 10, 2010

Possibly because most of A&E has such a burning love and blistering desire for the lovely and talented Ms. Robyne Robinson, FOX9 anchor, art enthusiast and designer of Rox jewelry, we couldnâÄôt...


The “Yo Gabba Gabba!” dance train makes a stop in Mpls.

March 10, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! WHERE: U.S. Bank Theater at the Target Center WHEN: March 13, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. TICKETS: $17-45 Way back in the summer of 2007, Aidan, the 3-year-old I nannied, used to race to the TV...

Fashionista beauty endorsements: Spring 2010

March 9, 2010

 Hello darlings! Can you believe my makeup-obsessed self completely neglected to endorse anything for winter? I can't! So, without further ado, here's my list of passionate loves for springtime, which...

The Fashionista is in - Oscar dish

The Fashionista is in – Oscar dish

March 8, 2010

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, but the majority of Hollywood starlets nixed Dior and Chanel for the Oscars, in what was not necessarily a wise choice. I can't imagine what it's like to choose a dress...

The fashionista is in - DIY: Spring Break Bronze

The fashionista is in – DIY: Spring Break Bronze

March 3, 2010

Last year at this time, I was a Darque Tan devotee. How can you not be? Have you visited the place? ItâÄôs clean, sparkly and certain beds even come with aromatherapy. ItâÄôs heaven in...

Ms. Handler and Chunk.

Turning the pages with Chelsea Handler

March 3, 2010

âÄúChelsea Chelsea Bang BangâÄù AUTHOR: Chelsea Handler PAGES: 247 PRICE: $25.99 Chelsea Handler is a funny lady. SheâÄôs funny when sheâÄôs not-so-secretly making mad fun...

Non-infected residents of Ogden Marsh survey the damage.

They’ve got “The Crazies,” and you should too

February 27, 2010

âÄúThe CraziesâÄù STARRING: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson DIRECTED BY: Breck Eisner RATED: R PLAYING AT: Area theaters "The Crazies" had me so unnerved about silent, empty...

Oberstar with Michelle Kwan, who had a cameo in the remake of “Ice Castles.”

U student acts in ice skating film

February 25, 2010

As Twitter trending topics and incessant âÄúTodayâÄù show coverage would suggest, Americans are fascinated by figure skating. Maybe itâÄôs the glittery costumes and romance of it,...

Fro-yo war: Fru-Lala vs. DIY

February 24, 2010

There have been many enduring rivalries in history: the Hatfields and McCoys , the Montagues and Capulets (who cares if theyâÄôre made up?), Leno and Letterman , Pepsi and Coke âĦ...

Get smart on campus with Trivia Mafia

February 17, 2010

Question: WhatâÄôs the best way to spend a drunken night on campus that doesnâÄôt involve screechy karaoke at Blarney or weak dollar rails at the Library? Answer: Playing trivia, duh! And...


All-deaf cast takes on “Vagina Monologues” at the Ritz

February 17, 2010

âÄúThe Vagina MonologuesâÄù WHEN: Feb. 19-20, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE: The Ritz Theater, 345 13 Ave. NE TICKETS: $19 Playwright/actress/activist Eve Ensler had to have known that âÄúThe...

The Fashionista is in - Alexander McQueen: A Tribute

The Fashionista is in – Alexander McQueen: A Tribute

February 15, 2010

Aside from the blue gingham âÄúDorothy dressâÄù I wore daily from ages three to five, the first time I was ever truly enchanted by fashion came courtesy of Alexander McQueenâÄôs...

Last minute valentine’s day guide for the ladies

February 10, 2010

Hey ladies, itâÄôs almost ValentineâÄôs Day and youâÄôre screwed. YouâÄôve made zero plans with your significant other (if you have one) or with your trusty band of girlfriends...


The Fashionista is in – Designer lines at Target

February 10, 2010

February is a tough month. The weather is frigid, the sky is gray and everyone is relatively miserable, myself included. IâÄôm already hankering for March, mainly because of what TargetâÄôs...


The Fashionista is in – Fashion marketing

February 7, 2010

Before I dive into this edition of Fashionista, I have to mention that I completely neglected to mention one of my favorite models, the gorgeous Crystal Renn, in last weekâÄôs âÄúModels...


Baby Jonas goes it alone

February 4, 2010

NICK JONAS ALBUM: âÄúWho I AmâÄù LABEL: Hollywood Records I have very little shame in admitting my Nick Jonas fascination. The kid is the musical mastermind in his sibling three-piece,...

Minne Tonka helps make the Midwest best in Burlesque.

The art of the tease

January 27, 2010

Best of Midwest Burlesk WHEN: Jan. 28-30 WHERE: Varsity Theater (Thursday)/The Ritz Theater (Friday-Saturday) WHEN: 9 p.m. âÄî Thursday/7 & 10 p.m. âÄî Friday-Saturday Burlesque, just...


The Fashionista is in – Models 101

January 25, 2010

I talk a lot about fashion designers, runway shows and celebrities in this column, but I rarely talk about one of the most vital parts of fashion in general: Models. WeâÄôre not going to get into...


The Fashionista is in – New York Shopping and Golden Globes

January 20, 2010

Shopping in New York Nothing beats winter break âÄî endless hours of âÄúJersey ShoreâÄù reruns, spending all my days in my frigid apartment and, best of all, taking a trip to New...


Put the guitar down, Lil Wayne

January 20, 2010

Lil Wayne ALBUM: âÄúRebirthâÄù LABEL: Universal RELEASE DATE: Feb. 2 âÄúRebirthâÄù may just be Lil WayneâÄôs âÄúChinese Democracy .âÄù Granted, the...

Oh no! Prince Naveen needs a princess kiss to transform back into a real boy.

Disney’s New Orleans fairy tale fails to enchant

December 11, 2009

The Princess and the Frog STARRING: Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard RATED: G PLAYING AT: Area theaters YouâÄôd like to think going to see a Disney film at the ripe old age of 22...

Winter break workouts

December 9, 2009

Tallying up everything you eat during the holiday season will only result in a cold, nervous sweat. If your family is anything like mine, there will be potatoes swimming in butter, calorie-laden fudge...


The fashionista is in – get that holiday glow.

December 9, 2009

The end of the semester means the end of four glorious months of me spewing out my opinions on everything from runway shows to Bumpits. But despite losing my soap box, it also means holiday parties. And...

Weekend Culture Compass - Mates of State, Lookbook and Christmas stuff

Weekend Culture Compass – Mates of State, Lookbook and Christmas stuff

December 9, 2009

Thursday Music âÄî Andrew Bird St. MarkâÄôs Cathedral 519 Oak Grove St., Mpls. 8 p.m. $29-32 Andrew Bird is an ace whistler and a fantastic fiddler. HeâÄôs doing a tour of churches...

My picks for best of the decade — Kara

December 3, 2009

I spent most of the 2000s in a teeny tiny town up near Fargo, population approx. 243. The only way we got "indie" music was from "The O.C." soundtrack.   My Personal Favorite Movies...

Top journalistic start-ups of the 2000s

December 2, 2009

In the past 10 years, Minnesota journalism has expanded more than we could have ever dreamt in 2000. The prevalence and popularity of both the Internet and blogging started a revolution amongst both journalists...


The hot list

December 2, 2009

Any good âÄúend of the decadeâÄù list must mention the people who raised our blood pressures by power of sheer hotness alone. Here are our favorites. LADIES 1. Olivia Wilde We kicked Angelina...


The Fashionista is in – Holiday shopping guide

December 1, 2009

How was your Thanksgiving? I eschewed Black Friday shopping (rare for me) in favor of my bed and turkey leftovers. (Plus thereâÄôs nowhere to shop in North Dakota. Bebe just made its way to Fargo.)...


The Fashionista is in — News update

November 24, 2009

Model Daul Kim dies Things are not always glamorous and gorgeous in the fashion world. There are drug overdoses, murders and other horrible tragedies that sometimes cancel out the glitz. On Friday, it...

Holiday party DIY

November 24, 2009

Face it âÄî weâÄôre getting older. Soon weâÄôre going to have to helm our own holiday cocktail hours and assorted feasts, so we better start learning now. Perhaps the spirit of...


Interview: Mary Karr

November 18, 2009

Razor-sharp sentence-wielding writer Mary Karr has lived such a life that itâÄôs allowed her to pen not one, not two, but three gripping memoirs. Her latest is âÄúLit,âÄù the story...

The dish on Gastro Non Grata

November 18, 2009

GASTRO NON GRATA WHEN: Nov. 22 WHERE: Triple Rock Social Club, 6 p.m., $5 I met Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell of Gastro Non Grata one gloomy Friday afternoon at the Wienery on the West Bank. Over Upsetter...