Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Public Art

Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

There’s a marvelous thing that happens if you visit Zaníyan Yuthókca as the sun begins to set. The lake’s water reflects the colors of the sunset, bouncing through the sculptural forms that make up the installation. There are metal railings, made to look like tall grass filled with birds and critters overlooking the water, that cast shadows stretching over the ground. The piece also features phrases in the Dakota language, and a circular gathering space marks the land that was traversed in the 1830s by the Dakota leader Mahpíya Wičháta (Cloudman) in the village of Heyáta Otúŋwe. Created by Angela Two-Stars, Mona Smith, and Sandy Spieler, the installation captures the beauty of Bde Maka Ska, and honors the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people. 

Readers’ Choice: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

BEST LAKE (2010) Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests (2018) Bde Maka Ska

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 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 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