Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Fashion Show

Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Minneapolis may not have the Olympian size, bottomless-budget theatrics, or front-row celebrity roster of the runway shows of New York Fashion Week, but it does have a precious jewel in Spring MNfashion Week's Voltage: Fashion Amplified. Voltage celebrates its fifth season April 24, and it stands out in the small sea of blowout fashion nights for a reason: It always thinks New York, even in the Midwest. Voltage expands on the innovative premise that fashion and music are seamlessly sewn together. Each of the year's best up-and-coming local designers outfits a buzz-worthy band with flashy custom threads inspired by their sound; in exchange, the bands keep a mean beat to the clothes parade. Held in the First Avenue Mainroom and produced again by Ruby3 milliner Anna Lee, Voltage also plays the good-cause card on top of all that stylish noise: MNfashion, the umbrella organization of which Lee is executive director, provides support to Minnesota's vogue visionaries (all proceeds from this year's Voltage will help develop a sewing co-op). Hey, East Coast: That's how you do fashion-forward.

Best Concert Venue (2014) First Avenue

Best Sound Team (2014) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2016) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2013) Cedar Cultural Center

Best Rock Club (2013) First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2012) tUnE-yArDs at First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2012) Doomtree Blowout 7 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry

Best Dance Club (2012) First Avenue

Best Dance Night (2012) Get Cryphy

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2011) Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

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 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