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BEST MUSEUM

Walker Art Center

Despite its fastidious and cultivated image, the Walker Art Center isn't without flaws. First of all, there's the issue of the building: Not only does it look like the head of a sci-fi monster that's about to devour Loring Park with one chomp of its evil window incisor, but the sterile outside is the suicidal color of the dirt-slush substance that drowns our streets in late March. In 20 years from now, the snide comment on the seriousness of architecture (or an overlooked flaw in an abstract design by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron?) isn't going to be any more celebrated or understood. Yep: still ugly. Then there's the issue of the inside of the building. Sections of it are so poorly laid out it's as if the art is trying to hide. Is this part of the joke? Does it have something to do with monkeys? And then there's the little problem of budget: Construction at the Walker went $6 million over, putting the Sculpture Garden on hold. So what's so great about this place that it merits the award for Best Museum? Hands down, for contemporary art, film, and dance, the Walker is one of the best museums in the world. Its free Thursdays feature performances, talks, and workshops that anyone, including a Parisian art snob, could easily appreciate. The family events, lectures, and readings help to feed, support, and educate a growing Twin Cities arts community that's essential to the health of the cities. Plus, it helps fuel the passive-aggressiveness that Minnesotans are famous for: We can't fully embrace something new without pointing out that it's...a little different.

Best Museum Exhibition (2015) Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

Best Music Festival (2015) Rock the Garden

Best Place to Buy Jewelry (2015) Jewelry Artist Mart at Walker Art Center

Best Museum (2014) Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition (2014) Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Best Museum Exhibition (2012) "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870" at Walker Art Center

Best Place for a First Date (2012) Target Free Thursday Nights at Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition (2011) From Here to There: Alec Soth's America

Best Place to Make Out (2011) Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Make-Out Spot (2009) Walker Art Center's Sky Pesher

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage

BEST ART CINEMA Oak Street Cinema

BEST ART GALLERY Outsiders and Others

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BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Midnight Evils

BEST BLUES BAND Butanes

BEST BLUES BAR Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

BEST BOOK The Painted Drum

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Roseville 4

BEST COMEDY Shut Your American Pie-Hole

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Brother and Sister Summer Camp

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) The Go! Team

BEST CONCERT VENUE Walker Performing Arts Center

BEST DANCE CLUB Level

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Jazzdance

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST FESTIVAL MayDay Parade and Festival

BEST FILM Hansel and Gretel

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM KFAI The Session

BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER

BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM KFAI

BEST JUKEBOX Triple Rock Social Club

BEST KARAOKE Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL Rain Taxi

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Friends with Benefits

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Modern Radio

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BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Minnesota History Center

BEST NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL WITH A LOCAL SOUNDTRACK

BEST NEW BAND Ass

BEST OLD BAND Salamander

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge

BEST PIANO TUNERS Gagnon Piano Service

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park

BEST PUB QUIZ Brit's Pub

BEST PUBLIC ART Local Strategy

BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE TV SHOW Mikenastics

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Rhythm Lab

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI

BEST RADIO STATION ABOUT NOTHING FM 107.1

BEST ROCK BAND Sicbay

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club

BEST SALSA NIGHT El Nuevo Rodeo

BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE onefinalnote.com

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW Theatre of the World

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION Live Action Set

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Pillsbury House Theatre

BEST TREND IN LOCAL RADIO

BEST TV STATION KTCA