Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Gallery Exhibition

Lindsay Rhyner: "PRV's"

No, Hair and Nails isn’t actually a salon. The unassuming south Minneapolis storefront gallery hit the local art scene last fall, courtesy of visual artist Ryan Fontaine and dancer/choreographer Kristin Van Loon. So far, they’ve had a string of offbeat, contemporary art shows. Lindsay Rhyner’s “PRV’s” was especially great. The exhibition featured gorgeously intricate hanging textile pieces with dreamy fish and exotic forests, a creepy installation of body parts and mirrors, and elaborately designed punk vests sporting glittery reptiles, references to vintage video games, and epic floral scenes. Rhyner’s mastery of craft fuels her riotous vision; as a textile-based artist she often explores thrift stores and alleys for materials.

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 Choreographer Karen Sherman

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 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