Best of

the Twin Cities

Best TV Newscaster

Jana Shortal

She's smart. She's hip (well, she was spotted once sporting a Pavement shirt while reporting on a local CD-release party, so she's hip for a newscaster). We like KARE 11's Jana Shortal because it's unlikely we'll ever see her behind the anchor desk sporting the Republican-wear outfit of most other female newscasters: the pearls, the buttoned-up suit dresses, the shoulder-length, neatly coiffed, golden blond hair. And it's unlikely we'll ever see her covering a frivolous or sensational thing without a laugh. Case in point? A September report she filed on Minnesota's new SweeTango apple was rife with puns and bad jokes. Shortal described the apple as such: "For real, y'all, the SweeTango is an apple love child, born of a 20-year breeding between Papa Honeycrisp and Mama Zestar." The piece ends with Shortal taking a big messy bite and deadpanning flatly, mouth full of apple, "It's like a tango in my mouth." At the risk of reducing a talented and fun reporter to her looks, we gotta say it: We dig the hair. We dig the glasses. And above all, we dig Jana.

Best TV Weatherperson (2013) Belinda Jensen, KARE 11

Best TV Weatherperson (2011) Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11

Best TV Weatherperson (2009) Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11

Best Sports Anchor (2009) Randy Shaver, KARE 11

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR (2008) Eric Perkins

Best Actor Bradley Greenwald

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best Album of the Past 12 Months The Cactus Blossoms

Best AM Radio Personality Esme Murphy

Best Art Gallery CO Exhibitions

Best Band Name Hot Rash

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Roma di Luna

Best Blues Club Bayport BBQ

Best Choreographer Carl Flink

Best Classical Musician Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Best Club DJ Plain Ole Bill

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

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

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

Best Concert Venue Varsity Theater

Best Country Band Cactus Blossoms

Best Country Music Venue Lee's Liquor Lounge

Best Cover Band Tramps Like Us

Best Dance Club First Avenue

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance

Best Dance Night Get Cryphy

Best Dance Performance of the Past 12 Months Storm, Zenon Dance Company

Best Dancer Eva Mohn

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Female Vocalist Brute Heart

Best FM Radio Personality Jake Rudh

Best Folk Artist Chastity Brown

Best Hip-Hop Artist MaLLy

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Jukebox The Herkimer

Best Karaoke James Ballentine VFW Post 246

Best Live Artist Zoo Animal

Best Local Band Made Good Howler

Best Local Music Broadcast Radio K's Off the Record

Best Local Music Compilation Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3

Best Male Vocalist Astronautalis

Best Movie Theater The Trylon

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870" at Walker Art Center

Best Musical Cabaret

Best New Band Night Moves

Best New Nightclub Honey

Best Play In the Red and Brown Water

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Record Label Moon Glyph

Best Rock Band Bloodnstuff

Best Songwriter Dan Wilson

Best Tattoo Parlor Leviticus Tattoo

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best TV Sports Anchor Joe Schmit

Best TV Station KSTC 45

Best TV Weatherperson Keith Marler

Best Writing Classes The Loft Literary Center