Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Open Mic (Comedy)

Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Straight, white, male comics: Some of you are very funny. But there are so many other voices that deserve stage time as well. In November 2018, comedians Devohn Bland and Xochi de la Luna decided to take matters into their own hands, creating Uproar Open Mic. Taking place Mondays at Du Nord Craft Spirits, Uproar is an open mic for women, trans, nonbinary, Black, brown, indigenous, and LGBTQ comics. Each week features seven to 10 comedians doing five minutes each, and a pre-booked headliner closes out the show. What started as a small open mic has quickly become one of the most consistently funny showcases in town, where new comedians can work things out and more experienced performers can get weird. Past headliners have included local favorites like Brandi Brown and Mary Mack, as well as out-of-towners like Akeem Woods and Rachel Scanlon. 

Readers’ Choice: Acme Comedy Co.

Best Distillery (2015) Du Nord Craft Spirits

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 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 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