Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Columnist

Jon Tevlin

Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin is funny and serious, often in the same piece. Last fall, he followed up a City Pages report about Parasole restaurants charging its servers for credit card tips by asking hard questions of the chain's management and wondering what ad makers would dub the controversy. Maybe, he wrote, they'd call it "Cheapo Latino." Like the best old-school newspaper columnists, Tevlin seems equally at home in the corridors of the Capitol and in the living rooms of average folks. His strength is the human-interest story, finding a small incident in people's everyday lives that illustrates a larger issue: a good Samaritan neighbor who fixes up houses on his block, an unemployed homeowner arrested for not keeping up repairs on his house, a handicapped man who may no longer be able to live independently when he loses a health insurance program after retirement. Whether Tevlin is reporting on political disputes in Little Falls or attending a vigil for three-year-old shooting victim Terrell Mayes Jr. on New Year's Eve, his columns go far beyond expressing opinion for opinion's sake. At their best, they open a window onto the human condition, in all its nobility, silliness, depravity, and courage.

Best Columnist (2011) Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune

Best Columnist (2009) Nick Coleman


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 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 Newscaster Jana Shortal

Best TV Sports Anchor Joe Schmit

Best TV Station KSTC 45

Best TV Weatherperson Keith Marler

Best Writing Classes The Loft Literary Center