Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Columnist

Nick Coleman

Much speculation ensued after Nick Coleman's byline disappeared from the Star Tribune in early February. There was no explanation from the paper, no farewell column. Eventually details emerged. At first Coleman refused the buyout package offered by management that reportedly couldn't stand him (management having changed since the Strib lured Coleman back from the Pioneer Press over five years ago). But when the higher-ups reassigned him to the Variety section, the 36-year veteran reporter and columnist gave up the fight. While the Strib's new column scribes, Gail Rosenblum and Jon Tevlin, are doing fine work so far, Coleman's strong voice, his penchant for standing up for the underdog, and his accumulated experience (not to mention sources) are sorely missed. Whether picking a fight with Governor Pawlenty, exposing the associates whose silence was bought by fraud king Tom Petters for so long, or simply exposing unfair beer-selling practices planned for the new U of M stadium, Coleman told it like it was. We didn't always agree with his opinions, but often we did, and his well-written arguments were always excellent fodder for debate.

Best Columnist (2012) Jon Tevlin

Best Columnist (2011) Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune


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 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 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