Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Choreographer

Marcus Jarrell Willis for TU Dance

Sensible Existence by Marcus Jarrell Willis was a thrilling deep dive into choreographic consciousness. A former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Willis created the work for TU Dance, whose founders (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) also danced with Ailey. Reportedly inspired by Descartes’ writings on self and the world, the work seamlessly demonstrated the mind-body connection inherent to intelligent choreography. Set to Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, the work has a European sensibility replete with painterly lighting, a penchant for tableaux, and a sense of mystery afloat with gestural questing. Amid the fluid abstraction was a quietly pulsing joy, balanced with a tiny tantrum and moments of clenched agony. Curiosity got kicked into motion with the flick of a head. Here was grace and timelessness presented with deceptive, yet intoxicating simplicity.

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 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 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