Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months

Mad King Thomas

It's good to worry a bit when you go to a Mad King Thomas show—not about whether the artists might get hurt or what the critics will say, but how close you should get to the action onstage. During a Mad King Thomas program, the fourth wall is broken down with a sledgehammer, and everybody in the audience bears witness, at close range, to the glorious mayhem unleashed by the Sage Award-winning trio of Tara King, Theresa Madaus, and Monica Thomas. In January's Love Me, Love My Questionable Art at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, MKT shared the stage with dancers Sally Rousse, Hijack, and Galen Treuer. The evening's high jinks ran the gamut from high art to low, from twisted family stories to a doughnut auction—plus a post-feminist fashion show for good measure. King, Madaus, and Thomas owe their aesthetic to performance art icons like Karen Finley and Dancenoise, but they certainly have their own voices, and right now these women are using them to roar.

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 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 Reading Series Books & Bars

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