Frank Stone Gallery, Minnesota Opera and more: l'etoile's Picks of the Week

As you may or may not have gathered from previous posts, local art, fashion and events blog, l'etoile magazine has formed a cool collaboration with City Pages and The Dressing Room. We'll be sharing select arts and culture content with each other and each Friday, we'll be pointing out five cool events featured on l'etoile's popular Weekend What's What. For even more hip weekend events from l'etoile, as well as features on local fashion designers, shopping and sales guides, photo editorials and the like, visit the blog at

To see our top five l'etoile picks of the weekend, continue reading below...


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. -Lauren Gantner

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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! -Juleana Enright

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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 and 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 hot spot, 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. -Juleana Enright

Click HERE for the Minnesota Opera 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! 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. Grab your n00b friends and cough up that $25 for a geeky multimedia concert that will rock your socks off. -Lauren Gantner

Click HERE for the Orchestra Hall site


Envision: Artopia

@ Graves Hotel

601 1st Avenue N.


9pm / $25-$50

This swank bi-annual 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, as well as boutiques Cliche, Elsworth Menswear, OPM and others. 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. -Kate Iverson

Bonus: l'etoile 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.

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Photo by Miles Schuster

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