Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Girl Made Good

Aditi Kapil

Though Aditi Kapil wasn't born in Minnesota (she was raised in Sweden and is of Bulgarian and Indian descent), she has made the state her home since she attended Macalester College, where she studied dramatic arts and dance, and is both a resident artist at Mixed Blood Theatre and a core writer at the Playwright's Center. An actress, director, and playwright, Kapil has won national recognition recently for her writing. Her plays have been workshopped and produced around the country, and she has received several prestigious honors, such as the Stavis Playwrighting Award in 2009 and grants from TCG, the McKnight Foundation, and others. Her most recent play, Agnes Under the Big Top, was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program. It premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play was called a "spirit-soaring experience" by the Hartford Courant when it premiered at the Long Wharf, and the production was described as "graceful and evocative" by Variety.

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski