Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Standup

Ali Sultan

Ali Sultan is everywhere these days. He is an emcee at Acme Comedy Co. and House of Comedy, opening for some of the biggest national names in standup. He’s also a regular fixture at smaller rooms across the state, including the Red Sea Bar in Minneapolis, Dubh Linn Brew Pub in Duluth, and the Local Blend in St. Joseph. In his standup, the Yemen-born Sultan does an incredible job of blending personal experiences from his upbringing with thoughts on culture and the daily grind of a young dude trying to survive the bullshit of life. He got a massive boost in visibility when he was featured on Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City on Comedy Central last Decemer. With a full schedule of out-of-town gigs and festivals, and a quickly growing local fan base, Sultan isn’t a comedian who’s ready to hit the big time; he’s already there.
Readers’ Choice: Jenn Schaal

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom'

Best Museum Paisley Park

Best Theater Troupe Sheep Theater

Best Fashion Designer Winsome Goods

Best Public Art United Crushers

Best Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis for TU Dance

Best Local Comedy Podcast 'Profession Confession' with Gabe Noah

Best Theater Penumbra Theatre

Best Mural CTUL Building

Best Actress Maeve Moynihan

Best Play 'Annie'

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Art Gallery The White Page

Best Book (Fiction) 'Gone to Dust'

Best Fashion Event Fashion Week MN

Best Museum Exhibition 'Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe'

Best Gallery Exhibition Julie Buffalohead

Best Movie Theater Trylon Cinema

Best Art Event Spearwave

Best Open Mic (Comedy) The Comedy Corner Underground

Best Author Bao Phi

Best Director Laura Leffler

Best Actor Zack Myers

Best Dance Performance Morgan Thorson’s 'Still Life'

Best Bookstore (Used) Uncle Hugo’s

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Northwest Graphic Supply Co.

Best Bookstore (New) Moon Palace Books