Best of the Twin Cities 2020: Arts & Culture

Lolli Morlock

Lolli Morlock

Remember when it was safe to leave the house without fear of contracting the plague? On the day of the first stay at home mandate, this section of Best Ofs was about to go out to our copyeditor to read. Then the shit hit the fan.

In uncertain times, it’s important to support artists and celebrate the diverse range of voices, ideas, and successes on the local scene. This year’s winners include historic firsts (including a long overdue showcase of art by Native women), a pro wrestler who crushes homophobia with their butt cheeks, and open mic hosts who are handing the mic to people who don’t always have a stage.

Here is our roundup of the best of the best winners in this year's Best Of the Twin Cities issue.

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Best Place to Buy Art Supplies: Ax-Man Surplus

Best Museum Exhibition: “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists”

Best Museum: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Gallery Exhibition: “Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo”

Best Art Gallery: Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Kid-Friendly Activity: Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Public Art: Zaníyaŋ Yutȟókča: Brave Change

Best Fashion Designer: Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event: A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Movie Theater: Heights Theater

Best Play: Wayward Theatre Company’s Macbeth

Best Theater Troupe: Haunted Basement

Best Theater: Park Square Theatre

Best Actor: China Brickey

Best Design in a Theatrical Production: Chicago at Theater Latté Da

Best Director: Lauren Keating

Best Arts Event: Out There Festival

Best Dance Company: Ragamala Dance Company

Best Choreographer: Rosy Simas

Best Dance Performance: Water Will (in Melody)

Best Pro Wrestler: Devon Monroe

Best Open Mic (Comedy): Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Best Comedy Club: Sisyphus Brewing

Best Standup Comedian: Shannan Paul

Best Local Comedy Podcast: Middle of Somewhere

Best Book Store (Used): Eat My Words

Best Bookstore (New): Subtext Books

Best Poetry Collection: Homie by Danez Smith

Best Book (Nonfiction): Magical Realism for Non-Believers by Anika Fajardo

Best Book (Fiction): The Shallows by Matt Goldman

Best Author: Peggy Orenstein