Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Theater Troupe

Sandbox Theatre

“Best Theater Troupe” is not the same as “Most Consistent Theater Troupe,” but even last summer’s cheesy 600 Years had a weirdly undeniable energy that was a testament to this group’s skill at building collaborative, self-contained worlds. Sandbox turned Park Square’s Boss Thrust Stage into a boxing ring for the elegiac Queens, then used that same space to get inside the mind of game-show addict Michael Larson for the character study Big Money. With Derek Lee Miller stepping aside as artistic director, the 13-year-old company is currently exploring new ways of structuring its organization to give the creators of each show maximum room to roam. Local theater fans will be watching with interest to see what the future holds for these perpetually curious creators.

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 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