Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Museum

Walker Art Center

You’d think that the Walker Art Center’s new lobby off Vineland Place has always been there. The brand-new, open, cheery gathering space offers a warm welcome to museum visitors. The Walker’s new restaurant, Esker Grove, is another addition, with delicious food and drink from the creative mind of chef Doug Flicker (and there’s the added luxury of sipping your cocktail against the backdrop of Frank Big Bear’s new collage, Multiverse #10). The Walker also triumphed this year with the opening of its much-anticipated Merce Cunningham exhibition, a collection of dance ephemera including sets, photography, costumes, and even live performances; Chris Larson’s collaboration with Grant Hart resulted in a rock ’n’ roll exploration of memory; and “Question the Wall Itself” turned the world of interior design on its head, examining how decor and the use of space can impact culture and politics. We can’t wait for the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this spring, which will include a variety of new sculptures and old favorites.

Readers’ Choice: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition (2015) Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

Best Music Festival (2015) Rock the Garden

Best Place to Buy Jewelry (2015) Jewelry Artist Mart at Walker Art Center

Best Museum (2014) Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition (2014) Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Best Museum Exhibition (2012) "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870" at Walker Art Center

Best Place for a First Date (2012) Target Free Thursday Nights at Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition (2011) From Here to There: Alec Soth's America

Best Place to Make Out (2011) Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Make-Out Spot (2009) Walker Art Center's Sky Pesher

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 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