Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Book (Nonfiction)

'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Minneapolis isn’t what it used to be. Whether you assume that to be good or bad might change after you read The King of Skid Row, a historical account of the Gateway District during the 1950s and ’60s by journalist James Eli Shiffer. John Bacich (a.k.a. Johnny Rex) was at the center of it all as the former owner of a bar, liquor store, and “cage hotel” (tiny, one-room crash pads) in the area. Through interviews with, and photographs taken by, Bacich, Shiffer uncovers a forgotten demographic: wayward bachelors bereft of employment, families, or a place to call home. Sociology students researched them, mission workers tried to “save” them, and police busted them for excessive intoxication. Shiffer vividly evokes the neighborhood at its violent and drunken peak in this vivid and fascinating account of a bygone era.

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 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