Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Reading Series

Books & Bars

Though smoking has been banned here for years, it's likely that one will remember a night at the Books & Bars Book Club as having been thick with cigars. At one session, participants debate Nabokov, the pronunciation: "It's Nabokov." "Nabokov. I'd always heard Nabokov." "Why would anyone with such a difficult name even write, anyway?" "It's Nabokov. I know. I was a graduate student in English." Thus begins a round of slow, sarcastic applause for the self-professed grad student. Pints of cheap beer are sipped. Then the participants contemplate Lolita, the month's book. And it's apparent that this is how literature was meant to be discussed—in public, at a neighborhood bar, with mildly inebriated strangers. In its fourth year, Books & Bars—the monthly reading group sponsored by The Onion, Magers & Quinn, and the Bryant-Lake Bowl—has become an indispensable means for promoting reading within the community, giving new meaning to the term "literary buzz."

Best Actor Kris L. Nelson

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best AM Radio Personality Al Malmberg

Best Art Gallery Art of This Gallery

Best Book By a Local Author Bart Schneider's The Man in the Blizzard

Best Book Publisher Graywolf Press

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Columnist Nick Coleman

Best Comedy The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero: Or Is McCain Able?

Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months Mad King Thomas

Best Dance Performance of a Classic University of Minnesota Dance Program students performing Missa Brevis

Best Dancer Marciano Silva Dos Santos

Best Director Marion McClinton

Best Drive-In Movie Theater Vali-Hi

Best Fashion Show Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Best FM Radio Personality Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

Best Large Theater The Jungle Theater

Best Literary Magazine Knockout

Best Local-Music Broadcast MN Soundtrack, KFAI

Best Local-Music Compilation Twin Town High

Best Movie Theater Riverview Theater

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

Best Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best New Stage Gremlin Theatre

Best Place to Learn to Dance Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Dance Institute

Best Place to Read a Book Minneapolis Central Library

Best Poet Louis Jenkins

Best Print Collective Burlesque of North America

Best Public Art The Grain Belt Beer sign

Best Radio Station Minnesota Public Radio, KNOW 91.1 FM

Best Record Label Rhymesayers Entertainment

Best Slam Poet El Guante

Best Small Theater Frank Theatre

Best Sports Anchor Randy Shaver, KARE 11

Best Sports-Talk Radio Host Dan Cole, KFAN

Best Tattoo Parlor The Ink Lab

Best TV Newscaster Alix Kendall, Fox 9

Best TV Station Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11