Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Actor

China Brickey

For years, China Brickey has been lighting up productions in supporting roles. If you saw her hilarious turn in Penumbra Theatre’s Girl Shakes Loose (2017), the excitement she brought to Old Log Theatre’s Ghost the Musical (2017), her stalwart sailor in Transatlantic Love Affair’s The Privateer (2017), or her ebullient bridesmaid in the Ordway’s Mamma Mia! (2018), you probably wondered when Brickey would finally get her star turn. Then, in 2019, director Lisa Channer put Brickey in the shoes of Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s iconic heroine, in Pride and Prejudice at Park Square Theatre. In Kate Hamill’s irreverent adaptation, Brickey set the perfect tone of playfulness balanced with sincere emotion and sparkling intelligence. If there was still an Ivey Award for emerging artist, this outstanding actor would be a prime contender.

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 Director Lauren Keating

Best Design in a Theatrical Production 'Chicago,' Theater Latté Da

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