Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Art Event


Since 2016, the arts collective Soomaal House of Art (photographer Mohamud Mumin, artist Khadijah Muse, and designer Kaamil Haider) has been presenting some of the most consistently ambitious regular arts programming in the Twin Cities. Spearwave is a series of one-night-only artist salons and exhibitions across a variety of venues, including mosques, museums, libraries, community centers, and alternative exhibition spaces. Bringing contemporary art and spoken-word performance by often Somali-American artists into settings that don’t typically play host to contemporary art, Spearwave creates a space for emerging artists to experiment with ideas and forms, as well as an opportunity for local audiences to gather together for an evening, often in spaces they might not have otherwise visited.

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 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