Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Theater

Mixed Blood Theatre

It's not just that Mixed Blood Theatre is coming off a particularly strong season, though its 2011 offerings were excellent from beginning to end. Mixed Blood hit particular highs with its return-to-its-roots production of Avenue Q and the end-of-the-year Center of the Margin festival, which tackled disability issues with the same verve and understanding the company has brought to other topics over the last 30 or more years. That alone was enough to push Mixed Blood to the fore, but it was a change in how folks could see the shows that really made them stand out. In the fall, Mixed Blood introduced "Radical Hospitality," offering seats to all performances free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, which put additional weight behind the company's longstanding policy to include as many audiences as possible. The free tickets not only made for more full houses (which often can make for better performances) but shared the experience with audiences often left on the outside. Theater is a living, breathing art form, and the more who come to the party, the better the result is for everyone.

Best Place to Do Something for Free (2014) Mixed Blood Theater's Radical Hospitality Program

Best Comedy (Theater) (2011) The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Mixed Blood Theatre)

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 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