Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Large Theater

The Jungle Theater

Size is in the eye of the beholder. While not the largest theater in the Twin Cities, the Jungle is easily one of the most ambitious, providing a steady stream of well-staged and -imagined productions. Last year was a particularly banner one for the Jungle—including two of the year's best productions, The Syringa Tree (back for another run in July) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Jungle's success isn't just about the acting onstage, it's found in every piece of the theater's production. From the always-gorgeous sets to innovative sound and lighting design to a willingness to use more experimental techniques, Jungle shows are feasts for the senses. Even when the elements don't come together as a coherent whole, the pieces always provide a reason to head to Lyn-Lake for an evening. Though theater founder Bain Boelhke is spending 2009 away from the Jungle, Joel Sass—responsible for both of the shows mentioned above—is a more than able steward.

Best Ensemble (2013) The Birthday Party at Jungle Theater

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION (2007) Last of the Boys

BEST STAGE DESIGN (2010) Joel Sass, the Jungle Theater

Best Theater (2017) Jungle Theater

Best Play (2017) 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

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 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