Best of

the Twin Cities

BEST MUSEUM

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minnesota Museum of American Art is sexier than the MIA. The Children's Museum and Science Museum are more likely to hold a child's attention. The Bakken boasts one of Ben Franklin's original glass "armonicas." The Walker's crowd dresses better. We could go on about all the advantages other local museums—including the Bell with its charming dioramas—hold over the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, but who'd care? Over the course of 93 years and nearly 100,000 acquisitions, Minnesota's only encyclopedic art museum has established itself as the metro's most inexhaustible repository of culture. Where else in town can we view a winged demi-god from ancient Assyria, two Rembrandt self-portraits, and Salvador Dali's lobster-topped Aphrodisiac Telephone, all under the same roof? Not that the institute traffics exclusively in the past, by any means: Since 1975, its artist-run Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program has relentlessly showcased work by distinguished artists, established and emerging, from all over the state, including the current collaborative celebration of the museum itself by painter Richard Rock and sound artist Abinadi Meza. Need we mention the slew of special events and educational programs, the D'Amico & Sons-operated café and coffee shop, or the museum shop's considered selection of gifts, books, posters, jewelry, and DVDs? Most important, admission to the facility is always free, and fees for even the biggest exhibitions are consistently reasonable.

Best Place to Do Something for Free (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Make-Out Spot (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum Exhibition (2013) "Rembrandt in America" at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best View (2012) Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2007) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2010) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION (2010) "The Louvre and the Masterpiece," Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST SIGN OF SPRING (2010) Art in Bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Way to Spend $5 (2017) Minneapolis Institute of Art

BEST ACTOR James Craven

BEST ACTRESS Sarah Agnew

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere, Strictly Leakage

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage

BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY Dan Cole

BEST ART CRITIC Patricia Briggs

BEST ART GALLERY First Amendment Gallery

BEST BAND NAME Emerson, Lake and Lyndale

BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS The Hockey Night

BEST BLUES BAND The Butanes

BEST BLUES BAR Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Club

BEST BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR The Dog Says How, by Kevin Kling

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER Morgan Thorson

BEST CITIZEN-BASED MEDIA OUTLET The Uptake

BEST CLUB DJ Soviet Panda

BEST COMEDY Jerry Springer—The Opera

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Doomtree Blowout at First Avenue

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) M.I.A.

BEST CONCERT VENUE First Avenue

BEST CRAFT SHOW No Coast Craft-o-Rama

BEST DANCE CLUB The Front

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE Zenon Dance Company fall season

BEST DANCER Anna Marie Shogren

BEST DIRECTOR Joel Sass

BEST FESTIVAL Twin Cities Pride Celebration

BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY Kerri Miller

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST Brother Ali

BEST JAZZ ARTIST Irv Williams

BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST JUKEBOX 331 Club

BEST KARAOKE Staraoke Karaoke at Grumpy's

BEST LITERARY JOURNAL Rain Taxi

BEST LIVE ARTIST Skoal Kodiak

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Foreclosure and Eviction

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL De Stijl

BEST MOVIE THEATER Riverview Theater

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION "Frida Kahlo," Walker Art Center

BEST NEW BAND Gospel Gossip

BEST OPERA La Boheme

BEST OUT-OF-TOWN CHEERLEADER FOR LOCAL MUSIC WFMU-FM

BEST PINBALL SS Billiards

BEST PLACE TO BUY ART FROM A VENDING MACHINE Chambers Hotel

BEST PLACE TO BUY PUNK/METAL MUSIC Extreme Noise Records

BEST PLACE TO BUY USED DVDS CD Warehouse

BEST PLACE TO LEARN AN ART FORM Highpoint Center for Printmaking

BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE Zenon Dance School

BEST PLACE TO WATCH MOVIES OUTDOORS Walker Art Center's Summer Music and Movies

BEST PLACE TO WATCH MOVIES OUTDOORS AT A BAR Solera

BEST PUBLIC ART The Merit Wall

BEST R&B ARTIST The New Congress

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Root of All Evil

BEST RADIO STATION The Current 89.3 FM

BEST RECORD LABEL (COMEDY) Stand Up! Records

BEST ROCK BAND Vampire Hands

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club

BEST SONGWRITER M.anifest

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION Peer Gynt

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Open Eye Figure Theatre

BEST TV NEWSCASTER Bill Carlson

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR Eric Perkins

BEST TV STATION ION Television: Channel 41

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON Paul Douglas

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE) Laura Larson of Baby Guts

BEST VOCALIST (MALE) Mike Gunther