Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Design in a Theatrical Production

'Chicago,' Theater Latté Da

Chicago was hardly an obscure show when Theater Latté Da leader Peter Rothstein set out to direct it last year. The musical has been a Broadway fixture for decades, touring productions have burned up the highways, and the 2002 film won six Oscars. Latté Da’s team, though, transformed the Ritz Theater to draw audiences into an immersive world that set the show in a speakeasy and took us to a Chicago we’d never seen before. Scenic designer Eli Sherlock erased the line between actors and audience, pulling seats onstage and pushing artists into the house for a fully realized cabaret in which every single song had a distinct visual personality. Creative props and set elements appeared as if by magic; costume designer Alice Fredrickson and lighting designer Mary Shabatura ensured that every member of the charismatic cast shone with a fun, sexy sparkle.

Best Musical (2013) Spring Awakening by Theatre Latte Da and U of M Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Best Theater (2011) Theater Latte Da

Best Musical (Theater) (2011) Violet (Theater Latte Da)

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Ax-Man Surplus

Best Movie Theater The Heights Theater

Best Pro Wrestler Devon Monroe

Best Fashion Designer Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Best Art Gallery Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Gallery Exhibition Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo

Best Public Art Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

Best Comedy Club Sisyphus Brewing

Best Standup Comedian Miss Shannan Paul

Best Local Comedy Podcast Middle of Somewhere

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Best Kid-Friendly Activity Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Choreographer Rosy Simas

Best Dance Performance Water Will (in Melody)

Best Arts Event Out There Festival

Best Theater Park Square Theatre

Best Theater Troupe Haunted Basement

Best Play 'Macbeth,' Wayward Theatre Company

Best Actor China Brickey

Best Director Lauren Keating

Best Bookstore (New) Subtext Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Eat My Words

Best Poetry Collection 'Homie,' by Danez Smith

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'Magical Realism for Non-Believers' by Anika Fajardo

Best Book (Fiction) 'The Shallows' by Matt Goldman

Best Author Peggy Orenstein