Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Open Mic (Comedy)

Sisyphus Brewing

For up-and-coming comedians in the Twin Cities, finding stage time to work on their craft is essential. While there are many venues — from nationally revered comedy clubs to hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants — that offer the opportunity to catch live comedy any night of the week, Sisyphus Brewing has quickly carved out a niche. Its open mic night, hosted by veteran comic Corey Adam, has become known as the freshest, funniest, and best produced one in town. Sisyphus owner Sam Harriman spent several years as a comedian, so creating the right kind of venue and atmosphere for comedy comes as second nature. The room fits about 90 people, but offers the same stage, lighting, sound, and layout of the bigger clubs in town. Best of all, the taproom has done a great job of cultivating the right kind of audience: one that understands how comedy rooms operate. That means that performers can get solid experience without having to contend with loud talkers or a sizzling fajita platter.

Readers’ Choice: Acme Comedy Co.

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 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