Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Choreographer

Karen Sherman

In Soft Goods, Karen Sherman animated dancers, theater technicians, a whole bunch of lights and stage machinery, and the Walker Art Center’s entire McGuire Theater. The premise was a tech rehearsal for a production that we never saw. But then we witnessed many performances in this 90-minute event: light and shadow shows, taped and live narratives that overlapped like an Altman movie, dancers working things out and obeying their choreographer’s every command, techies coiling cables and traveling up Genie Lifts. There were moments of vaudeville, film noir, rock-show ambiance, pure dance, and silly moves, all rhythmically controlled yet totally unpredictable. Sherman illuminated the beauty of stage machinery and made us realize the vulnerability of those both center and backstage. She used all the bells and whistles of the well-equipped McGuire stage without ever resorting to gimmickry or overkill. She wrapped us in a sensurround experience.

Best Actor Randy Reyes

Best Actress Shelby Richardson

Best Art Crawl FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Best Art Gallery All My Relations Gallery

Best Art Supplies Art Materials

Best Author Louise Erdrich

Best Book (Fiction) 'Knockout' by John Jodzio

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Comedy Club Joke Joint Comedy Club

Best Dance Company TU Dance

Best Dance Performance James Sewell Ballet's 'Killer Pig'

Best Director Peter Rothstein

Best Fashion Designer Russell Bourrienne

Best Fashion Show Envision

Best Gallery Exhibition Lindsay Rhyner: "PRV's"

Best Movie Theater Showplace ICON Theatre at West End

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: "Shadowlands"

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Sisyphus Brewing

Best Play 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

Best Public Art Erin Sayer's Prince stencils

Best Standup Comic Greg Coleman II

Best Theater Jungle Theater

Best Theater Troupe Sandbox Theatre