Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Author

Bao Phi

Bao Phi is kicking butt on the literary front. The Vietnam-born, Phillips neighborhood-raised, Macalester-educated author is a finalist in two categories for the Minnesota Book Awards this year: one for his debut children’s book, A Different Pond, and another for his second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel. He also recently nabbed the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book in the country. Beyond his unique talents and perspective, what makes Phi’s writing so endearing is his humility and honesty. Whether he’s admitting a parenting flub on Facebook or calling out racism in his hometown, you never get anything less than the brutal truth, told beautifully. 

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 Local Standup Ali Sultan

Best Open Mic (Comedy) The Comedy Corner Underground

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