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  • BEST ACTOR

    Phil Kilbourne

    Kilbourne has earned a lot of notice on Twin Cities stages in recent years, most prominently in Hapgood at the Jungle in 2002 and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with Frank Theatre in 2003. It was in playing Langley Collyer in Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle, though, that he delivered a haunting performance that set him apart from the… More >>
  • BEST ACTRESS

    Sonja Parks

    The mark of a great actress is her ability to inhabit her role convincingly in any part or production, and Parks possesses this ephemeral quality. The last year has seen her in two Children's Theatre shows: the Somali/African American collision Snapshot Silhouette and the eco-warning Splash Hatch on the E Going Down. She played characters younger than herself in… More >>
  • BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY

    Patrick Reusse

    Patrick Reusse has become a ubiquitous presence on KSTP-AM (1500). The crotchety sports pundit pops up hourly on Bob Davis's maniacal morning show, regularly visits with Ron Rosenbaum and Mark O'Connell during the midday hours, and comes back again to chat with his old chum Joe Soucheray during drive time. Then there are the weekends, with Reusse putting in another… More >>
  • BEST AREA PREMIERE

    Fucking A

    Frank Theatre treated this local unveiling of Suzan-Lori Parks's play like the lopsided treasure it was, staging it on the floor of an empty machine shop and applying layers of dread, panic, and tempered affection to a prickly and unforgiving storyline. Shá Cage was both appealing and frightening as Hester, an abortionist living in a backwoods dystopia and dreaming of… More >>
  • BEST ART CINEMA

    Oak Street Cinema - CLOSED

    To celebrate its 10th anniversary, our local museum of the moving image is reeling in the years, spending three weeks on a dozen and a half of its best-attended, best-loved repertory titles: Hitchcock's Vertigo (May 11-12), Kurosawa's Yojimbo (May 9-10), Godard's Breathless (April 29 through May 1), and the Maysles brothers' Grey Gardens (May 11-12). It's a reminder not only… More >>
  • BEST ART GALLERY

    Creative Electric Studios - CLOSED

    Over the past year, this little gallery in northeast Minneapolis (run by artists Karl Raschke and Dave Salmela) has housed some of the most buzzed-about exhibits in town. From a show by local comic-book artists the International Cartoonist Conspiracy (which featured work by acclaimed comic-book creators King Mini and Sam Hiti, among others) to an exhibit by the Minnesota Association… More >>
  • BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER

    Riverview Theater

    It's not just for the neighbors anymore. The only Minneapolis movie house of any kind within miles of its far-east locale attracts filmgoers from all over because, for one thing, it's an awfully nice room: both wide and long, with unusually comfy seats, a huge screen, and state-of-the-art sound. For another, you feel immediately welcome when you walk in. The… More >>
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHER

    Judith Howard

    A silent apparition, a punk rock goddess, a complex character from Shakespeare: Judith Howard summoned all of these presences in "Ophelia," a solo that fearlessly celebrated all aspects of the feminine psyche--and the unique ability to gracefully doff many, many petticoats in a postmodern nod to Salome. In "Suite Goodbye," Howard played the vamp. Clad in black lingerie and brandishing… More >>
  • BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS

    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    A bold organizational move that gave the musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra responsibility for their own affairs--and their subsequent decision to have a series of "artistic partners," rather than one music director--has generated interest both locally and nationally. One of these artistic partners (the excellent Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd) led the SPCO concert on February 26, but the… More >>
  • BEST COLUMNIST

    Nick Coleman

    Nick Coleman is old-school. He grew up in blue-collar St. Paul. When he needs material for his thrice-weekly Star Tribune column or wants to check his gut against the word on the street, he heads for a barbershop. He favors blunt, declarative sentences, with an occasional sprinkling of gee-whizzery. But while Coleman has enough blue-collar cred to be welcome in… More >>
  • BEST COMEDY

    Knock!

    After the dust settled from Fringe 2004, SRO Productions picked two of the year's most popular productions for a best-of at the Loring Playhouse. Kicking off the evening was Theatre Latté Da's Knock!, which dove headlong into the world of a 12-year-old boy named Toehead (ostensibly a younger surrogate for show creator and star Jim Lichtscheidl). The production was airtight… More >>
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  • BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS

    Buckets and Tap Shoes

    10foot5 is more than one dancer, but when hoofers like these unite in a groove so deep that pieces of the stage floor start flying around, such details hardly matter. 10foot5 is the creation of Minneapolis brothers Andy and Rick Ausland, two lanky, tap-dancing, peace-loving guys who enthusiastically celebrate the funk in our beloved Funkytown. Their performance Buckets and Tap… More >>
  • BEST DANCER

    Stephanie Fellner

    In past Christmas seasons, we've seen Stephanie Fellner command the stage with a mixture of Mick Jagger swagger and Cruella de Ville mischief as the Rat Queen in the Ballet of the Dolls' production of the Nutcracker?! (Not So) Suite. This year she took on the considerably sweeter role of Cinderella, and transformed the typically bland, Disneyfied character into a… More >>
  • BEST DIRECTOR

    Dominique Serrand

    As an artistic director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, as well as in outside projects, Serrand weds a unique and almost contrarian aesthetic to a propensity for producing tons of work. In recent months he's co-directed a new staging of Carmina Burana, a run of The Miser at Jeune Lune, and an energy-packed Maria de Buenos Aires in the… More >>
  • BEST FILM

    Security and the Constitution

    Well-known as the hardest-working filmmaker in the cities, documentarian extraordinaire Matt Ehling (Urban Warrior) has, since 9/11, been crafting the sort of PBS-worthy docs that PBS doesn't dare to broadcast anymore. His latest is, you could say, a noble effort to inform us of what we might at this point be too terrified to want to study on our own.… More >>
  • BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY

    Mary Lucia

    Her older brothers and sisters can speak of a time in the Twin Cities when another magical media icon Mary (Richards) could turn the world on with her smile. This Mary, heard weekday afternoons on the Current (89.3 FM), may not have earned a statue on Nicollet Mall (yet), but who needs false idols or reruns when you've got the… More >>
  • BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM

    RSE Radio

    Two decades ago, there were one or two radio shows in town that played rap music. Now, hip hop is Top 40, with heavy rotation on commercial stations B96 (96.3 FM) and KDWB (101.3 FM), and also on KMOJ (89.9 FM) community radio every Friday and Saturday evening. Specialty shows on other left-of-the-dial stations abound, from The Session on KFAI… More >>
  • BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER

    CalibanCo Theatre - CLOSED

    Theatergoers in the Twin Cities are often blissfully unaware of the embarrassment of independent riches in this town. In most other American cities of this size, there are but a handful of theatrical options on any given weekend. Here, a couple of dozen offerings are on the plate at any given time. Earlier this year the tiny CalibanCo served up… More >>
  • BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM

    KFAI 90.3/106.7 Fm

    The nighttime is the right time for jazz radio. It has actually been proven in the lab that saxophones, diminished chords, and recitations of album-jacket personnel lists sound 30 percent better after 10:00 p.m. Mindful of this fact, KFAI presents jazz Monday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. through midnight, round about which anything can happen. Fresh Air has long been… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL IMPRESARIO

    James Morrison

    When most of us think of international theater, what comes to mind is the Walker Art Center's programming of avant-garde, experimental, and often nonsensical productions. In that grand shadow, the Guthrie Theater and its World Stage Series director James Morrison slowly grew a divergent international program, one that just wrapped up a breakthrough season and is poised to explode once… More >>
  • BEST MOVIE THEATER

    Lagoon Cinema

    If the best movie theater is the one that has the best new movies, then this 10-year-old multiplex offshoot of the Uptown--run by the muscular Landmark Theatres--is clearly the best. In the past year, owing to the bargaining power of its parent company, the Lagoon has played exclusive host to no small number of "specialty film" essentials (like 'em or… More >>
  • BEST MUSEUM

    Walker Art Center

    Thanks to a recent 260,000-square-foot expansion (designed by award-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron), Minneapolis can proudly claim it has a museum equal to Paris's famed Pompidou Center. It's true--there's a world-class art museum right in the center of America! Even the New York Times claimed the Walker was one of the best contemporary art exhibition facilities in… More >>
  • BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION

    Chinasaurs

    Science geeks and kindergarteners unite in the giddy pleasure of seeing the largest traveling exhibition of Chinese fossils ever to tour North America. The six-year-olds growl carnally at the velociraptor and rattle off facts to accompanying adults about the diet composition and prey-accusation methods of the small dinosaur. The older paleontological admirers check the placement of the oversized toe claw… More >>
  • BEST OPERA

    Maria de Buenos Aires

    Even though it got blasted by critics for lacking any discernable plot, Maria de Buenos Aires was the sexiest, most arresting opera production to come along since, well, Jeune Lune's production of Carmen last year. With a seven-piece tango orchestra, gorgeous singing (and singers), and visual trickery, Maria packed an exotic and visceral punch. Even though the music was bare-bones… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC ART PROJECT

    Peace House

    The corner of Franklin and Fifth Avenues, where many cars turn to catch the freeway, has long been a homely vista, especially when compared with the corner across the bridge where the Electric Fetus sits. A Dairy Queen stood empty on Franklin and Fifth for years, known as the "Crack Dairy Queen" until it was finally torn down. These days,… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE SHOW

    Kinpride

    Cable access is a medium often associated with Pyrex-clutching church ladies and juvenile pranksters looking for 15 minutes of local quasi-fame. Kinpride, a 30-minute talk show, has shattered the mold on both counts with provocative but evenhanded discussion of issues surrounding the GLBT community. Kinpride first aired in St. Cloud in 1999, ruffling more than a few feathers in the… More >>
  • BEST PUNK ROCK RADIO SHOW

    Voice Cried Softly

    Sure, there are a few local DJs that hew more closely to the sonic boundaries of punk rock, but for our money, no one embodies the spirit of anarchy and irreverence more than Eric of Voice Cried Softly. Where else can you hear the Shaggs on the heels of "Let the Eagle Soar" by John Ashcroft? Faithful listeners of… More >>
  • BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT

    The Root of All Evil

    It's Saturday night after closing time, and you want music that you don't have to cue up yourself. Commercial radio feels alive, but commercials kill your mood. KMOJ (89.9 FM) has switched to slow jams, as if the party were already over. The Current (89.3 FM) plays some funky Talking Heads, but ruins it by following up with something slow.… More >>
  • BEST RADIO STATION

    KFAI

    It should be admitted up front that KFAI's reluctance to program contemporary popular music during daytime weekday hours--and its parallel commitment to news programming--left a gap on the FM dial through which the Current (89.3 FM) has driven a semitruck. But would MPR's new alt-flagship be considered as adventurous were KFAI to switch its a.m. and p.m. schedules--tossing exotic hardcore… More >>
  • BEST SHOW WITH NO VISIBLE HUMAN BEINGS

    Autotomy

    A little production company called Grinding Into Emptiness, composed of local artist Kristi Ternes and sometime Twin Cities resident Roger Peet, assembled last December at Bedlam Studio to put on a multimedia show rife with happy darkness. Autotomy combined shadow puppets, live music, and conventional puppetry to tell a story of allegory and paranoia in a police state that raised… More >>
  • BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW

    Beauford Delaney

    This exhibit had two tales to tell: one of the mid-20th-century American painter Beauford Delaney, whose modern art style changed dramatically when he moved from New York to Paris, and the other of Sue Canterbury, assistant curator of painting and modern sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, who spent five years searching through private collections to find forgotten works… More >>
  • BEST SPORTS-TALK RADIO HOST

    Dan Barreiro

    Every year we struggle with this category. There's just too much inanity that goes with the territory of hosting a sports-talk show. In order to be successful, you've got to spend way too much time pandering to the kind of sub-chimpanzee listeners who believe that the main problem with the Wolves this season was that Wally didn't shoot the ball… More >>
  • BEST STAGE PRODUCTION

    Flags

    A month before last fall's presidential election, Mixed Blood Theatre rushed Jane Martin's Iraq War play, originally intended for the Guthrie, to the stage. It featured Chris Mulkey as Eddie, a gutbucket patriot proud that his son is off killing the enemy--until that son is killed, and Eddie goes into a spiral of questioning every value about America that he… More >>
  • BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA

    Guthrie Lab

    While last year's Guthrie Mainstage shows were of the sort that one admired rather than loved, the action taking place in the Guthrie Lab possessed a consistently high level of quality and adventurism that made it the closest thing to a sure bet. Lady with a Lapdog was Chekhov on truth serum, full of manic highs and dreamy lows. Blue/Orange… More >>
  • BEST TV NEWSCASTER

    Cyndy Brucato

    Yeah, yeah, we know about her work as a flack for Republican politicos, a pharmaceutical giant, and Big Tobacco. Blurring the lines between PR and journalism has made Brucato the ultimate insider of the local TV dial--and not in a good way. But the sad commentary on the state of the local anchor is this: Cyndy Brucato came back last… More >>
  • BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR

    Eric Perkins

    Only local sportscaster Eric Perkins could do a segment about a family who plays a snowy game of baseball to celebrate opening day of spring training, and allow it to descend into a bizarre, nightmare-fueled short film that features "Perk" as six different but equally whacked-out characters, including an imagined baseball legend called "the Bopper" and a whiny, tobacco-stained… More >>
  • BEST TV STATION

    PBS

    Twice this year, public television found itself at the center of culture-war skirmishes. First, in January, conservatives raised a stink when an episode of Postcards from Buster, a PBS show about a cartoon rabbit, dared to show a same-sex couple. A month later, under threat of FCC fines, PBS was forced to edit swearing in a Frontline documentary about American… More >>
  • BEST TV WEATHERPERSON

    Ken Barlow

    When news anchor Paul Magers left KARE-11 in late 2003 for an unbelievably high-paying gig in Los Angeles, he left behind some pretty big Bruno Magli shoes to fill (and no doubt a large supply of self-tanner). Who would've expected that it'd be meteorologist Ken Barlow, and not Magers's replacement Frank Vascellaro, who would step in to become KARE's perpetually… More >>
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