Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Actress

Shelby Richardson

Every so often, a performer comes along who brings such complete conviction that she exerts a gravitational pull, transforming our understanding of everything else happening onstage. Such is the case with Shelby Richardson, whose casting can make any show a must-see. Richardson had two especially powerful performances last year. In Theatre Novi Most’s The Seagull, she brought such heartfelt sincerity to the part of Nina that she freed the rest of the cast to make hay with Chekhov’s comedic side. In Basic Instinct 1.1, independently produced in the tiny White Page Gallery, Richardson played the lead role in a transformative reimagining of the Sharon Stone role. The show, which grew out of a solo sketch by Richardson, repeated the film word-for-word and shot-for-shot — but with the male characters entirely removed. With technical precision and bold resolve, Richardson turned an unlikely premise into one of the most compelling shows of the year.

Best Actor Randy Reyes

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

Best Theater Troupe Sandbox Theatre