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  • BEST ACOUSTIC PERFORMER

    House of Mercy

    Walk into St. Paul's Turf Club one Sunday night a month, and you'll be treated to an old-timey hootenanny radio broadcast, the likes of which may have never taken place around these parts before. Reminiscent of flatbed-truck revival meetings hosted by Bob Wills and the Carter Family and/or Hank Williams's "Health and Happiness Show," the House of Mercy Band soars… More >>
  • BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE

    Adult Only Superstore

    We were tempted to give this award to Zombie's House of Curiosities on University in St. Paul for its unparalleled kitsch value: It's a classic head shop that carries pipes, water bongs, throwing stars, and—in a back room—uproariously trashy smut. But then we stumbled across the Adult Only Superstore on Washington Avenue and our mouths hit the floor. It's a… More >>
  • BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS

    Atmosphere

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, so we went with the obvious choice. (We were all ready to crown Prince's new best-of, Ultimate, when we found out its release had been delayed.) But there's something to be said for such an easy decision. The fact that we uncontrollably bob our heads whenever we find the duo in the "A"s of our iPod means… More >>
  • BEST ALL-AGES VENUE

    The Garage

    The under-21 music scene is as diverse as any other kind, with a host of small venues catering to young people—community centers, bars with all-ages nights, high school cafés. Yet only one club in town has shows every weekend without age or genre restrictions. Founded in 1999 with backing from the city of Burnsville, the Garage features live music Fridays… More >>
  • BEST ARCHITECTURAL RENOVATION OF AN OLD BUILDING

    Franklin Community Library

    The atmosphere in the Franklin Community Library is jubilant. Children—when they aren't parked with a book in the children's pavilion, teen arena, or stairwell—are run-walking the short maze of the small library's recently renovated footprint, often forgetting to heed the "inside voices" rule. Or they're staring slack-jawed at the kids'-area computer screen in front of them, too heavily weighed down… More >>
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  • BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

    Midnight Evils

    So the City Pages "Best Rock Band" of 2003 and 2005 is now the "best ex-band" of 2006—a boring choice, maybe, but the right one. Unlike others who broke up in '05 (the Jayhawks, Martyr A.D., Tulip Sweet and Her Trail of Tears), the Midnight Evils went out loud. They were, to the end, a near-perfect distillation of the hopped-up… More >>
  • BEST BAR YOU CAN SMOKE IN

    Al's

    In the immediate aftermath of the March 31, 2005 Minneapolis smoking ban, the only discernible detrimental effect in most local bars was the thick scent of stale beer and piss wafting through the slowly dissipating, formerly fortified smokescreen. Once winter hit, it was the "I'm-freezing-my-ass-off-here-can-you-believe-this-smoking-ban-bullshit?" look from suffering addicts. Luckily, just across the Uptown lakes lies Al's, where smokers and… More >>
  • BEST BARTENDER

    Michel Bechara

    Long ago, the epicenter of sin in the Twin Cities was located along Interstate 494 in the south metro, a forgotten land called the "Bloomington Strip." It was the early 1970s, when a twentysomething immigrant from Lebanon started slinging drinks for the legendary Purple People Eaters at the Left Guard, a joint near the old Met Stadium. "I knew everybody:… More >>
  • BEST BEACH

    Lake Harriet

    Nothin' like a city lake, and nothin' like the Harriet North Beach, where popcorn, bikers, bikinis, runners, rollerbladers, and various freaks parade by, giving the fleeting months of June-July-August the feel of endless summer. Let the suburbs have their way-too-crowded pay-to-swim pools. We'll ignore the lifeguards and let the dog swim and ruminate on the fact that Henry David Thoreau… More >>
  • BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR

    William's Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

    The category isn't "Best Bar" or even "Best Atmosphere at a Bar;" it's "Best Beer Selection," and Williams is like that rich kid in high school rolling around in a new H2. He's pretty full of himself, but damned if he's not going to be homecoming king with a "10" for a queen while you're stuck pounding Everclear, hoping to… More >>
  • BEST BIKE TRAIL

    Elm Creek Park Reserve

    If your bicycling outfit is festooned with the logos of energy-bar manufacturers; if you paid more for your bike than the per capita income in the Philippines; if you care more about how you look on your bike than what you can see from the saddle, then this trail is not for you. For everyone else, the Elm Creek Park… More >>
  • BEST BLOG (LEFT-WING)

    Minvolved

    Minvolved is one of the newest lefty blogs on the scene, but it's proving to be one of the most prolific. Started by the folks behind Clever Peasantry (now defunct) and MN Publius (www.mnpublius.com), Minvolved, as with our right-wing choice, sticks to the facts with a dash of humor, a modicum of dismissive attitude, and the occasional post on furry… More >>
  • BEST BLOG (PERSONAL)

    Driver2165

    For the online voyeur, personal blogs offer the seductive charge of reading someone's innermost thoughts, akin to reading their diary, which, of course, you're doing, only the writer has been kind enough to publish it on the internet for all the world to see. Sadly, most blogs, like those old hardcover diaries, only hold the interest of the writers themselves.… More >>
  • BEST BLOG (RIGHT-WING)

    Nihilist in Golf Pants

    A political blog not completely composed of spittle-spewing invective and pearl-clutching indignation? No smug harrumphing over opposition missteps or the echoing national committee talking points? 'Tis a rare breed indeed. The Nihilist in Golf Pants contributors take their cues more from P.J. O'Rourke and David Letterman than like-minded bloggers Michelle Malkin or Little Green Footballs. Instead of venomous diatribes, one… More >>
  • BEST BLOG (SPECIALTY)

    MN Beer

    If your tastes have matured beyond the King of Beers, and you've grown bored with even the finer European imports, MN Beer will be your guide to finding local breweries, microbreweries, beer-related events in Minnesota and Wisconsin, homebrew information and pubs that serve unique and tasty microbrews from all over the country. Launched last September, the site also tracks which… More >>
  • BEST BLOODY MARY

    Uptown Bar and Cafe

    Once upon a time in Minneapolis history, this greasy-spoon diner was a popular destination for visiting musicians—and really, what is more rock 'n' roll than drinking alcohol first thing in the morning? It's undeniably the best time to order up a Bloody Mary from the Uptown Bar and Café. What you'll get is a celery-salt-rimmed, ice-cold pint loaded with tomato… More >>
  • BEST BLUES BAND

    Butanes

    To understand the refined qualities of the Butanes, all you really have to know is that New Orleans native Earl King, the late singer, guitarist, and eccentric genius who wrote such Crescent City nuggets as "Big Chief" and "Trick Bag," adopted these Minnesotans as his band of choice and took them home to accompany him at such high profile gigs… More >>
  • BEST BLUES BAR

    Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

    Blues is the backbone of the live music scene—check out the calendar at www.mnblues.com for at least 10 events per night. What gives Famous Dave's the edge is reliable booking of national acts (Muddy Waters's buddy Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Detroit blues queen Alberta Adams, Roomful of Blues), and an otherwise full calendar of house-rocking music, from blues brunches on… More >>
  • BEST BOONDOGGLE

    Last July, the city of Minneapolis installed cameras at 12 busy intersections and began snapping photographs of every vehicle that ran a red light. The owners of offending vehicles were then mailed $142 tickets. Naturally, the stated purpose of the stop-on-red program was "public safety." But it's a safe bet that city leaders didn't mind that these prolific ticket-writing machines… More >>
  • BEST BOWLING ALLEY

    Elsie's Bowling Center

    No matter how much bowling alleys try to look like freshmen dorm rooms once the sun goes down, bowling will never be hip, not really. Throw all the dumb black lights and drink specials you want into the game, and it will still be undertaken seriously only by a certain breed of player—and it ain't that dude in the ironic… More >>
  • BEST BOXER

    Jason Litzau

    Since turning pro in 2002, the St. Paul native has quickly compiled one of the gaudier records of any Minnesota fighter in recent memory: 17 wins (15 by way of knockout), zero losses. Naturally, a lot of the early Ws were a product of friendly matchmaking. No one, for instance, is likely to remember Litzau's 2004 knockout victory over tomato… More >>
  • BEST BROKEN PROMISE

    In January this improbable duo sent a letter to City Pages attacking a cover story that suggested their relationship was on the skids. The mayor and then-police chief of Minneapolis vigorously defended their working partnership while pillorying those who had suggested to CP that things were less than hunky-dory down at City Hall. "As a pair of reform-minded mavericks who… More >>
  • BEST CAREER MOVE

    Kirby Puckett

    In his prime, Kirby was the most beloved athlete in Minnesota. It wasn't just a .318 lifetime batting average, the 10 All-Star appearances, or the two championships. Puck possessed a potent gift for setting people at ease. Some of that was attributable to garden-variety charisma. But some of it was more complex than that. Unlike a lot of the post-Ali… More >>
  • BEST CHARITY

    Minnesota AIDS Project

    If you truly are judged by your enemies, then Minnesota AIDS Project is one helluvan organization. During last year's legislative session, the 23-year-old nonprofit group earned the enmity of Rep. Tom Emmer, a freshman Republican from Delano who can charitably be described as "eccentric." During his first stint at the Capitol, Emmer has proposed such novel legislative initiatives as chemically… More >>
  • BEST CHEAP THRILL

    Meth

    Granted, meth (or crank or ice or glass or tweak or whatever else you call it) has wreaked horrendous damage on families and communities across Minnesota. Between the blizzard of scare stories in the media, the proliferation of those nasty "Life or Meth" billboards on the freeways, and the batch of harsh new meth laws passed by the legislature, Minnesotans… More >>
  • BEST CLUB DJ

    Karl Frankowski And Jeff Dubois

    The highly competitive electronic music community has had one big glow stick up its ass for years, taking itself seriously despite a ridiculous history that includes elephant-legged phat pants, candy necklaces, and liquid-style dancing. Crushing notions of meticulously preplanned three-hour sets that barely flirt outside stiff genre lines, the boys who call themselves Attitude City are making it all right—dare… More >>
  • BEST COACH

    John Gagliardi

    Now that we finally got rid of that lunkhead Mike Tice and that coach's coach Flip Saunders, it's time we take stock of the rest of the local yokels on the benches and the sidelines. And? Well, it's ineptitude all around, really—a truly bad year for coaches. Both Gopher hockey teams ended their seasons in disappointing fashion, the Twins took… More >>
  • BEST COCKTAILS

    Red Dragon Restaurant

    The Red Dragon is a dive bar and restaurant that somehow manages to have a certain pseudo-poshness thanks to its 1920s Japanese gangster decor and woodwork. The jukebox is usually loud enough to drown out the worst pickup lines, but there's also a more quiet back room with tables long enough to hold your best friend's drunken birthday party. And… More >>
  • BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE

    Cole Konrad

    Suffice it to say that it was an off-year for athletics at the U. None of the major teams performed to expectations, and for criminy: Do we have to pretend to be interested in yet another meaningless bowl game for the football team? That said, there was at least one champion walking around campus this year, and a very big… More >>
  • BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL)

    Brother and Sister Summer Camp

    So many nights spent at the Entry/Turf/Triple Rock seeing Mallman/P.O.S./STNNNG and winding up drunk/partly clothed/dancing 'til dawn make for a lot of blurry recollections. Michael and Katie Gaughan plan their family-friendly events with the express purpose of having their fans remember. That's why other Brother and Sister gigs have involved sets at the YWCA, the St. Louis Park Aquatic Center,… More >>
  • BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING)

    The Go! Team

    Admit it. When you first heard the Go! Team's cartoon-crazy debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, you figured the band was a bunch of cute little Asian cheerleaders teeny-bopping through their uncle's record collection—an anime-on-acid waltz with equal measures of the Jackson 5 and Scooby Doo. If you were lucky enough to see them explode onstage at First Ave last October, you… More >>
  • BEST CONCERT VENUE

    Walker Performing Arts Center

    You expect intimacy in a 385-seat space, but the McGuire's steep, raked seating—the first row is right at stage level, and even the back row looms close to the action—puts the performers in the audience's lap, with superb sight lines and a cutting-edge acoustical design to further freshen the experience. The balcony box seats that rim the perimeter of the… More >>
  • BEST CORPORATE CITIZEN

    Kevin Garnett

    We here in the Twin Towns like to think we're blessed with a benevolent corporate community: Target, General Mills, 3M, and even the privately owned Cargill are all noted nationwide for their charitable giving. Still, none of them could match the outpouring generated by the one-man corporation known as Kevin Garnett. While he might be smaller than some of the… More >>
  • BEST CRIMINAL

    Joshua Gardner

    You might remember him better as "Caspian James Crichton-Stuart IV, the Fifth Duke of Cleveland." That's the hilariously pretentious moniker utilized by Gardner while posing as a British aristocrat considering enrollment at Stillwater Area High School. Gardner visited the school three times last fall, speaking in a British accent and distributing business cards adorned with a family crest. He claimed… More >>
  • BEST DANCE CLUB

    Level

    Downtown Minneapolis has entered an era of decadence unsurpassed in its long history—we'd tell you more, but the Humvee limo is waiting outside, and it runs out of gas in about 30 seconds. So consider Level a throwback to a time before VIP-everything: namely, the early '90s, when Level's beautiful stonewall space under the historic Lumber Exchange Building was occupied… More >>
  • BEST DAY TRIP

    Winona Sugarloaf

    They had big plans. You have to give them that. The land speculators and the traders, the paddleboat magnates and the faro hustlers. After they tore down their claim shacks on the river flats, they built in the permanent stuff—brick and locally quarried limestone. They threw up houses in the steamboat gothic style that looked like wedding cakes, decorated for… More >>
  • BEST FARMERS' MARKET

    Minneapolis Farmers' Market

    Though suburban communities have recently been growing their farmers' markets—or creating new ones—the Minneapolis Farmers' Market is still the best place for a wide selection and good deals. And while the Minneapolis market might not be able to boast of an uppity ban on non-local items (cough, St. Paul), there's still plenty of homegrown fare. Local stuff is marked, too,… More >>
  • BEST FESTIVAL

    MayDay Parade and Festival

    It's hardly a news flash that too many festivals have been overrun by corporations and politicians. With endless product booths and glad-handing candidates, many a "festival" contains the ambiance of a crass, straining-to-be-joyful exercise in marketing. Not so the MayDay Parade and Festival. This annual pagan celebration of workers, nature, and winter's end remains delightfully odd and over-the-top. Loosely organized… More >>
  • BEST FISHING HOLE

    Northeast Tip of Pike Island

    If a quality fishing hole is defined as one that serves up fish like a Catholic church basement during Lent, yet is generally avoided by meddlesome fellow anglers, then the phallic northeastern tip of Pike Island is a glorious hole indeed. Here the mighty Mississippi and the modest Minnesota converge, creating a confluence of sport fish that teem in the… More >>
  • BEST FREE PARKING

    Hennepin Avenue at I-94

    Let's face it: Drinking and driving isn't what it used to be. Sure, Daddy was good at it, but Minnesota has finally hopped on the .08 wagon. No more whipping doughnuts in the K-Mart parking lot with the toddler on your lap. There's good news for weekend tipplers, though, especially those who favor downtown Minneapolis and Loring Park. Steer into… More >>
  • BEST GADFLY

    Ed Morrissey

    According to the American Heritage dictionary, a gadfly is one of three things: "A persistent irritating critic; someone who acts as a provocative stimulus; or one of an array of various flies that bite or annoy livestock and other animals." So far as we know, Morrissey does not harass cattle. On the other two counts, though, he meets the definition… More >>
  • BEST GAS STATION

    Pump and Munch

    It's no wonder some folks in south Minneapolis reacted with familial empathy earlier this year at the news of a robbery at the Pump 'n Munch. Alex, the morning attendee who was robbed in mid-January by a guy wielding a screwdriver, has been greeting the same Kingfield-neighborhood customers at the corner of 44th and Nicollet for more than nine years.… More >>
  • BEST GAY BAR, BEST LESBIAN BAR

    The Town House

    Could the Cities' best gay bar and best lesbian bar be the same place? Though we traditionally separate the sexes when it comes to picking the ultimate GLBT hangouts, this boy-girl bar is the perennial favorite. The long-lived Town House attracts a mixed crowd and offers the best of many worlds: a laid-back neighborhood-pub feel along the lines of Minneapolis's… More >>
  • BEST GOLF COURSE

    Inver Wood Golf Course

    Municipal golf has always been a mixed bag. What you save on greens fees and gasoline is frequently offset in other, pernicious ways: glacial pace of play, beat-to-hell golf courses, and bare-bones amenities. It needn't be so, and as proof we offer Inver Wood. Sprawling across a huge expanse of Inver Grove Heights, Inver Wood boasts an 18-hole championship course,… More >>
  • BEST GYM

    YWCA

    The Midtown YWCA might very well be the most diverse spot in all of Minnesota. Spend any time in any of the gym's five tidy locker rooms, and you're bound to overhear conversations in as many as six different languages in a single night. The Midtown Health and Fitness Center is also the country's largest YWCA, sporting a lap and… More >>
  • BEST HAPPY HOUR

    Koyi Sushi - CLOSED

    The great sushi war currently raging in downtown Minneapolis has resulted in an East-meets-West dining experience worth shouting about: sushi happy hour. Normally, Japanese is a dish best served to small appetites with deep pockets. At three or four bucks a roll, however, even the most gluttonous raw fish lovers can enjoy the addictive little nuggets at nontraditional prices, and… More >>
  • BEST HELLRAISER OR ACTIVIST GROUP

    Communities United Against Police Brutality

    Unfortunately, not everyone who is charged with a duty to "protect and serve" does so in a positive or even legal manner. Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) aims to rectify this reality by empowering victims of abuse to seek justice while working for change in the system through direct action, court observation, lawsuits, and public education. It scrutinizes the… More >>
  • BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE

    Tayler Hill

    Hill was our pick last year when she wasn't even in high school. As an eighth-grader, she took Minneapolis South High School to the state tournament, claimed a spot on the Star Tribune's All-Metro team, and averaged more than 20 points per game. This year, she propelled South to an unbeaten season until the District finals, where her squad fell… More >>
  • BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST

    I Self Devine

    For a couple of months after its August release on Rhymesayers, I Self Devine's Self Destruction seemed to be everywhere. "Ice Cold," the lead single, blasted out of speakers at First Avenue during the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop, rattled from car windows on Lake Street, and went into rotation on local-music radio. Self had been admired since the… More >>
  • BEST HIP-HOP DJ

    Willy Lose

    It's hard to imagine the entire hip-hop scene agreeing with this choice—even humble Willy Lose himself, or his fellow Unknown Prophets. There are too many battle champions (Jimmy2Times), radio stars (Disco T), and absent legends (IXL). Yet what Lose has, and what others don't, is a new rap CD on which you notice him. Credit Unknown Prophets with giving him… More >>
  • BEST IRISH PUB

    The Local

    Is it possible that the Local is simply too swank of a joint to qualify as the best place in town to drink alcoholic beverages of Irish derivation? With its beautiful, dark wood bar, elegant windows, white-shirted bartenders, and $5.50 pints, it's hardly the kind of joint to attract Paddy McAlcoholism, hell-bent on liver destruction by age 40. But the… More >>
  • BEST JAZZ ARTIST

    Phil Hey

    Phil Hey is not the first guy you notice onstage. First of all, he's a drummer, and he doesn't bash like the late Buddy Rich, or indulge in marathon solos, or play that much arty "free jazz." But it's no coincidence that when Phil Hey is the one keeping time, a wealth of rhythmic possibilities and creative nooks and crannies… More >>
  • BEST JAZZ CLUB

    Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

    The Dakota and jazz have history. Between opening in Bandana Square in 1985 and reopening on Nicollet Mall in 2003, the club saw a world of music pass through its doors. George Benson made the Dakota his informal jamming spot. Mourners gathered there to remember "Captain" Jack McDuff. The new Dakota kept a grand piano at its center, but doubled… More >>
  • BEST JUKEBOX

    Triple Rock Social Club

    Death to digital jukeboxes! Those 50-cents-per-Top-40-single vending machines are proof that digital distribution of music really can be evil—and we ain't talking about LimeWire or BitTorrent. The real jukebox experience is one that lets you browse album covers, offering up every track (at four for a buck, dammit) and reflecting honestly the stripes of whatever bar it occupies. The Triple… More >>
  • BEST KARAOKE

    Grumpy's Bar & Grill

    You can't throw a rock in this town without hitting a karaoke night. This probably has something to do with the fact that when you throw that rock, you'll probably nail some poor musician as well. And that sad, injured bassist is probably on her way to Staraoke at Grumpy's downtown. Why Staraoke? Well, we can start with the iconic,… More >>
  • BEST LIBRARY

    Minneapolis Central Library

    We're excited about the opening of the new Minneapolis Central Library next month, but this branch location is a prizewinner right now. Nearly a century old and recently given a major restoration, north Minneapolis's Sumner Library is a Tudor Revival style building equipped with elegant woodwork and a hard-to-come-by mixture of coziness and seriousness. Its main selling points are the… More >>
  • BEST LINGERIE

    Fredrick's

    Victoria's Secret is what it is—reliable, limited, and increasingly boring (not quite vanilla-utilitarian Maidenform, but getting there). Sixty-year-old Frederick's of Hollywood is lingerie without shame (one bra is named "Hollywood Extreme Cleavage"), and more accommodating to a range of sizes. This chain's stores are more relaxed, too. In the Rosedale outlet (near JCPenney), clerks are helpful, not brittle. Sheer variety… More >>
  • BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL

    Rain Taxi

    No real surprise here, but hey, Rain Taxi isn't just the finest lit publication in town, it's one of the finest in the country. The quarterly just celebrated its 10th anniversary and has survived by giving the serious reader what she wants: no press releases masquerading as criticism, no celebrity and quasi-celebrity profiles, just lots and lots of reviews, essays,… More >>
  • BEST LIVE ARTIST

    Birthday Suits

    Sweet J.A.P. were an energetic five-piece garage rock band who were barely restrained by the stages they played. So you'd think Birthday Suits, composed of less than half of the old band's lineup, would be able to keep things more contained, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. Hideo Takahashi explores the outermost edges of the band's performance spaces and sometimes winds… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL BOY GONE BAD

    Dean Zimmerman

    "Money, money, money." That's how former Minneapolis City Council member Dean Zimmermann allegedly responded when asked by a developer how he could garner his support for a zoning change. According to an FBI search warrant affidavit, Zimmerman was taped making this seemingly incriminating demand on June 6 at a restaurant. Seven months later the Green Party member was indicted by… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL BOY MADE GOOD

    Dante Culpepper

    Has a star athlete ever been less appreciated than Daunte Culpepper? The sporadically brilliant, psychologically fragile former Vikings quarterback was never embraced by Minnesotans. Even when Culpepper was performing at the peak of his abilities—as in 2004 when he passed for nearly 5,000 yards and tossed 39 touchdowns—there would be some booze-addled yahoo calling into the KFAN post-game show to… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL GIRL GONE BAD

    Nicole Helget

    Memory, of course, is a tricky thing. No author of a memoir can reasonably assert that her remembrance of things past is absolutely accurate, that it is devoid of all embellishment. That said, there is a critical difference between the taking of poetic license in matters of dialogue and chronology and, say, cooking up a story about how your besotted… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD

    Nicole Helget

    The editors at the Minnesota Historical Society Press must have suspected they had a winner on their hands before they got their first glimpse of Helget's memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways. After all, Helget, a writing instructor at the Minnesota State University Mankato, had already been pegged as one of the state's fast-rising literary talents. In 2004 she won… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION

    Friends with Benefits

    This little CD has a big heart, and in most cases that translates into an overstated album that gets crushed under the weight of its purpose. But Friends with Benefits works because its bands—mostly proven indie-rock and fuzz-pop groups (Mike Gunther, the Deaths) with a couple of fresh faces (the Malmbergs, the As We Go Alongs)—are as good as the… More >>
  • BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL

    Modern Radio

    With 19 bands on its roster and around 30 releases in its catalog, Modern Radio has been a staple in the Twin Cities music community since 1999. Owner and driving force Tom Loftus has a fantastic ear for talent, and he goes out of his way to make sure that other people hear it, too. Bringing us local rock classics… More >>
  • BEST LOCALLY CREATED COCKTAIL

    Cosmopolitan

    In the past decade, there has been a wealth of ingenious mixological creations in the Twin Cities. There's the tropical, citrusy, utterly debauched Kama Sutra Mama at Chino Latino. Martini Blu has a delicious signature drink, a mix of orange vodka, sake, blue curacao, and pineapple juice called the Martini BLU. Tiburón offers a surprisingly satisfying invention mixed from apple… More >>
  • BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE

    cursor.org

    Who can possibly keep up with all the grim news transpiring around the world these days? Civil war in Iraq, mounting bloodshed in Afghanistan, nuclear rumblings from Iran, genocide in Sudan. It's all a bit bewildering to comprehend. That's why Cursor, with its peerless cataloguing of the day's important news stories, is so valuable. The site's tireless, crackerjack staff stays… More >>
  • BEST LOFT OR CONDO PROJECT

    Le Parisien Flats and Marketplace

    While admittedly Le Parisien Flats and Marketplace reminds us of the French village at Epcot Center or the Paris Casino in Las Vegas (both elaborate efforts to capture the real deal in places that are nothing like the eternal City of Light) it still earns this year's nod because the 13-unit condo development incorporates a number of innovative, eco-friendly, and… More >>
  • BEST LYNX PLAYER

    Nicole Ohlde

    Last season marked the end of an era for the Minnesota Lynx—but it's not one that many will look back on with any degree of affection. With the trade of all-time-leading scorer Katie Smith to Detroit at mid-season, the Lynx severed the final tie with its inaugural 1999 squad. While Smith was undoubtedly the best player on the team during… More >>
  • BEST MARGARITA

    Boca Chica Restaurante

    Margaritas are usually pricey drinks—order one at any restaurant and you can expect to part with enough cash to pay for an entire meal. Which is why it's disappointing when something mediocre, stale, overly sweet or tart, or from a plastic bottle arrives in a salt-rimmed glass. Rest assured, Boca Chica does not have this problem. Made from scratch with… More >>
  • BEST MARTINI

    Moscow On the Hill Restaurant

    Peruse a martini menu at any trendy bar around town and you may see items that are far from an actual martini—drinks that are watered down with "secret ingredients" like artificially-flavored fruit juice, drinks that don't even contain hard liquor, and drinks that call themselves martinis based on the glass they're poured into. But like someone wearing a celebrity mask… More >>
  • BEST MAYOR

    Randy Kelly

    Yeah we know: He's not mayor anymore and he's kind of a prick. But in the months since Randy Kelly suffered the most monumental electoral butt-whooping we can recall, we've grown sentimental for his boorish brand of Boss Tweed politics. The East Sider ran St. Paul like his own private fiefdom, with no one else (least of all his fellow… More >>
  • BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—MINNEAPOLIS

    Spring Street Tavern

    Combine cheap beer, a rec room atmosphere, and a sloppy, tasty batch of chili cheese fries and you've got yourself a pretty nice little neighborhood hangout. Head to Spring Street Tavern on a Saturday and grab some really cheap beer (read: $5 for a pitcher of Premium) and you've got the best neighborhood bar in Minneapolis. Tucked away in a… More >>
  • BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—ST. PAUL

    The Muddy Pig

    A great neighborhood bar needs to have a certain aura. It can't be too crowded, it's gotta have some decent food, it needs to be cozy and homey, but you should still be able to cut loose. This St. Paul not-so-secret has it all in spades. Decked out like an English pub, but without all that pesky soccer memorabilia (it… More >>
  • BEST NEW BAND

    Ass

    Hardcore punk isn't supposed to be surprising anymore. King Kong covering Judas Priest is nearly the standard sound. But on a good new compilation, Twin Cities Hardcore: Bring It Together (TCHardcoreJournal.com), one group's holler is more blurt than growl. "In high school I was a punching bag/When I got out, I was a punching fag/You fuck with me, man, I… More >>
  • BEST NEW NAME FOR COON RAPIDS

    When Coon Rapids City Council member Joe Sidoti recommended changing the name of his fair suburb back at the start of this year, we were all for it. Sidoti argued that the name conjured a sort of rural, backwoods sensibility that was, well, a tad embarrassing. "We've got a city of 65,000 people," he said. "Does the name Coon Rapids… More >>
  • BEST OLD BAND

    Salamander

    Although Salamander have been together in one configuration or another since guitarists Sean Connaughty and Erik Wivinus first started collaborating in 1992, last year's Bent Hemlock is a promising new portent for a band usually welcomed more warmly on out-of-town radio stations and concert stages than in their hometown. (Their record label is located in Australia.) A mix of the… More >>
  • BEST OPEN BAR/PATIO

    The Liffey

    The era of the smoking ban here in the Twin Cities produced an unlikely by-product: Can anyone remember a year that saw a bigger proliferation of patios at drinking establishments across the metro? Some, of course, were nothing but makeshift shanties, little awnings propped up above back doors that open to parking lots. Not to say these weren't welcome—a smoker's… More >>
  • BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY

    Acme Comedy Co.

    Tuesdays through Saturdays at this Warehouse District basement club are reserved for big-name locals (like Dave Mordahl and Darlene Westgor), talk-show circuit veterans, and B-plus-list coastal types. Which is all well and good, but in the age of Arrested Development and The Office, the real funny is born of uncomfortable silences and awkward characters. And for that, no open mic… More >>
  • BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT

    Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge

    Is there a mic more open than that of the Poets' Groove at the Blue Nile? With a 10:00 p.m. signup on Tuesdays, the night is more casual than the Southern Theater's Balls Cabaret on Saturdays (which requires prior arrangement by phone), and the spectacle is as unpredictable. For three years, spoken-word artist Desdamona has hosted the 18+ open-mic night… More >>
  • BEST PICNIC SPOT

    Prospect Park Water Tower's observation deck

    The problem with most urban picnics is effort—or more precisely, the lack thereof. Here's the usual routine: Get out of car, walk to table, unpack, eat, return to car, go home. Maybe you grill. Big deal. No work, no glory, no sense of accomplishment—just another succession of mundane details, totally lacking in any sense of the epic. That's where the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE

    Bryant-Lake Bowl

    Seriously, watch Blind Date if you want a decent blueprint for a good first date. The producers have a sound basic structure, even as they populate it with silicone augmented sociopaths and sleazy fame-whores: Combine light exercise with artistic endeavor, finish with a shared meal, and you can see whether a nascent love affair is going to spark or sputter.… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO BIRD-WATCH

    Avery's Sandhill

    Among casual birders, Carlos Avery is best known for its sandhill cranes. The southernmost population of the birds in Minnesota, Avery's sandhill colony was established in the early 1960s by a game warden who had confiscated a captive crane from a farmer in northwestern Minnesota. Nicknamed "Old John," the bachelor crane—whose wings were clipped, rendering him flightless—succeeded in luring migrating… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO CANOE

    St. Croix River

    With more than 150 miles of flowing curves, lush green scenery, ancient geological features, passing wildlife, and plenty of fishing, the St. Croix River provides a channel for the clumsy amateur and the more experienced rapid-runner alike. If you don't mind seeing some low-speed powerboats here and there, the stretch between Taylors Falls and Apple River offers scenic bluffs and… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO DUMP SOMEONE

    Movie Theatres

    Let's face it: If you're going to publicly dump someone, chances are you care less about looking like a callous ass than you do about ridding yourself of this clingy bastard for good. Unless you're a total weasel, it's likely you've tried ending it before in private, during an after-dinner discussion that almost always begins with, "Ummm, I think we… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO GET DUMPED

    Mall of America

    Being at the Mall of America is tantamount to suffering a few hours of agony anyway, right? What's a little heartache to go with it? It might even make being at the mall more fun. Let's look at some key considerations in breakup-siting: Is there enough privacy to salvage your pride? Well, no, but there's loads of anonymity, which should… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO HIKE

    Interstate State Park

    Of Minnesota's three major rivers, the St. Croix is by far the loveliest. Its waters run cleaner and clearer than those of the Mississippi or the Minnesota. That's not the main appeal. Plainly put, the St. Croix Valley is home to some of the most stunning scenery in all Minnesota. And nowhere is that scenery more dramatic than at Interstate… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE

    Centennial Lakes Park And Putting Course

    Global warming is threatening to make outdoor skating an extinct Minnesota pastime (or a sport for danger-freaks only). Till then, though, this wonderland-ish rink might be Edina's premier attraction (depending on how you feel about Southdale). It features three big ponds connected by canals, making for more interesting routes than the standard circular monotony. The nearby office parks keep the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO JOG

    The Twin Cities are consistently lauded as a top running locale by folks in the know, and there is no shortage of high-quality trails winding around lakes, through leafy woods, and along urban corridors. The paths along the Mississippi River, however, offer a particularly spectacular setting for either a short or long run. And thanks to the proximity of the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE

    University-Minnesota Dance

    Some may think a university is an intimidating place to learn to dance, fearing that the studios will be filled with ambitious dance majors. But it really all depends on what you want from the experience. If your goal is to seriously study dance and earn a degree in the subject, the University of Minnesota is certainly among the top… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO MEET GAY FAMILIES

    Rainbow Families

    The Children's Museum? Costco? Unless you're a pro at chatting up strangers, connecting with other gay families can be a challenge, and seeing the ones you might already know is another kind of challenge, what with work and T-ball practice and trips to Costco and all. Minneapolis-based Rainbow Families' annual conference, then, is a must. Rainbow Families works year-round as… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

    Fat Boy Billiards - CLOSED

    Fat Boy Billiards is a no-nonsense pool hall for no-nonsense pool players. The fourteen pool tables, two snooker tables, and two billiard tables are part of what sets this place apart from the others: They're all well-maintained, clean, and flat. The cues are fairly unwarped (you'll have to come up with some other excuse for your bad shots), though of… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS

    Minnehaha Park and Falls

    Our survey of expat Minnesotans produced this go-to wish list: Big 10 Sub Shop ("for the sandwiches, extra crispy fries, pitcher of Leinenkugel's or Pabst in a pinch"), Cafe Lurcat ("for the little hamburgers in the bar"), Al's Breakfast, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, French Meadow, First Avenue, and Walker Art Center. All fine choices, but the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO WASTE TIME PRODUCTIVELY

    Minnesota Historical Society Library

    Face it: You yearn to waste time. But the older you get, the guiltier you feel about the naps, the Playstation, the beer. Luckily there are respectable, productive ways to while away the hours, and the best local example of this is the Minnesota Historical Society Library. Minnesota history, believe it or not, is colorful and a little twisted, and… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS

    Loring Park

    There are other free outdoor screenings of films on celluloid with live musical warmup—in St. Paul's Castillo Park and Stillwater's Lowell Park, for instance. But Summer Music and Movies in Loring Park is special. A grassy hillside accommodates a large, reclining audience in a natural amphitheater surrounded by trees. The spot looks and feels like Minneapolis's Central Park, the name… More >>
  • BEST POLITICIAN

    Mike Hatch

    Mike Hatch is a mean son of a bitch. He prizes loyalty, demands competence, and ruthlessly culls out those who don't meet those standards. While he might not be the first guy with whom you'd choose to down Jell-O shots (his daughters are another matter in this regard), these character traits have made his tenure as attorney general tremendously successful.… More >>
  • BEST PUB QUIZ

    Brit's Pub

    The explosion of Irish Pubs in non-Irish cities over the last 15 years has brought to our shores traditions like watching soccer at 8:00 in the morning, drinking two-tone beer, and being expected to know which country besides Spain borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Kieran's, Kip's, and Keegan's, among other local Irish pubs, have monthly, sometimes… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC PARK

    Fort Snelling State Park

    This has got to be the only park in the state—in the country?—where you can fish for carp, golf, tour a historical frontier outpost with a costumed guide, bike along a sandstone bluff, learn about maple syruping, cross-country ski, sit in for Sunday chapel, and play rugby. Granted, no single person is likely to enjoy all those activities. And, to… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC RESTROOM

    Ike's Food & Cocktails

    We baptized quite a few public restrooms in Minneapolis in our search for the best. Thankfully, our task was somewhat simplified by restroomratings.com, a web page that must serve as further evidence that anything that exists in the real world will eventually be digitized and commented upon on the world wide web. They seemed particularly impressed by the restroom at… More >>
  • BEST R&B ARTIST

    Mick Sterling

    Unlike the younger generation of Bunker's bands—Kip Blackshire, the New Congress—Mick Sterling makes no pretension of connecting with the contemporary universe of black pop. His music is a blues fan's R&B. "I'm a meat-and-potatoes kind of singer," he writes in his highly readable 2005 book, The Long Ride Home: A Life in the Minnesota Music Scene (Crotalus). "Sometimes it ain't… More >>
  • BEST REASON NOT TO MOVE TO THE 'BURBS

    It is easy to pick on the suburbs. This explains why city folk have spent much of the last half-century engaged in the sport: It is the forensic equivalent of a prairie dog shoot. But not all 'burbs are the bland, homogeneous entities of the common caricature. Drive up Central Avenue in Columbia Heights and you'll come across a more… More >>
  • BEST REASON NOT TO OVERHAUL YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT

    Star Tribune

    In the cattier circles in local media—which is to say, pretty much everyone in local media—the redesign of the Star Tribune has been the object of nearly constant guffaws since its launch this fall. As the state's leading news organ, of course, the Strib has always been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, some fair, some unfair.… More >>
  • BEST REASON TO READ THE PIONEER PRESS

    Tim Nelson

    Beat reporting is a difficult job. To do it well you've got to report on the shortcomings and shenanigans of people in power—and then show up the next day to face their wrath. There's also the risk of tedium. How many insignificant zoning hearings and City Council meetings must you suffer through just to turn up one journalistic nugget? Nobody… More >>
  • BEST REASONS TO READ THE STAR TRIBUNE

    Pat Reusse and Jim Souhan are always solid, Garrison Keillor is reliably writerly and persnickety, and the Business section delivers some of the most insightful writing and analysis around. More and more, though, we find ourselves turning to the thoughtful prose of outdoors writer Anderson and travel writer Welsch. Both have a way of painting a scene and drawing us… More >>
  • BEST ROCK BAND

    Sicbay

    In an area filled to the brim with extraordinarily talented musicians, it's no easy task to pick one single band that is "The Best." But Sicbay, having recently celebrated their seventh anniversary, are overdue for some well-deserved attention. Having released three full-length albums, an EP, and six split 7-inches with such notables as Deerhoof and Austria's Valina, the band have… More >>
  • BEST ROCK CLUB

    Turf Club

    This time last year, hipsters were all aflutter about the impending doom of this much loved venue. The Turf Club had changed hands—bought by a guy who ran Irish pubs, no less!—and the Clown Lounge had been stripped of all its disquieting Barnum and Bailey flair. But as with the rebirth of First Avenue not long before, the Turf Club… More >>
  • BEST ROMANTIC BIKE RIDE

    Midtown Greenway

    Biking in the city is great, but weaving single file through traffic and potholes is not the best precursor to getting laid. Tucked down from the busy and brighter streets, the Midtown Greenway becomes a quiet spot to take a breather. The ongoing expansion of the city trail system provides a huge loop throughout the city that you can take… More >>
  • BEST SALSA NIGHT

    El Nuevo Rodeo

    Expanding and renovating the legendary Vannandy's dance hall four years ago, El Nuevo Rodeo improved just about everything—security, food, decor, and music. Now the restaurant serves rare dishes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. (brunch to after-bar), while the competitively booked live music calendar is dotted with stars from every genre across Latin America—Puerto Rican reggaetón to Mexico City metal.… More >>
  • BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE

    onefinalnote.com

    In college, Scott Hreha sated thrill-hungry jazz fans by booking artists like Peter Brotzmann and Susie Ibarra as part of the U of M student organization/DIY booking agency, Tone Scientists. Meanwhile, he was building a website to house concert photos, record reviews, and essays on jazz history. Over the years, www.onefinalnote.com has evolved into a freestanding online magazine. The layout… More >>
  • BEST SIGN OF SPRING

    Winter is a miserable time for smokers. You see them huddled in the streets, clinging close to one another, sometimes barely leaning out their office doors. They puff away with alarming alacrity in a race to inhale a satisfying amount of nicotine before the frigid air becomes unendurable. With the thaw, these breaks take on extended proportions. On a magnificent… More >>
  • BEST SIGNAGE

    Murray's Restaurant And Cocktail Lounge

    Sure, everybody knows that the key to business success is "location, location, location," but we'd like to suggest another essential ingredient: signage, signage, signage. We've plummeted since the glory days of the mid-20th century, when businesses proudly announced themselves with all the flash they could muster, creating enormous monstrosities of neon and painted steel. Back then, if you wanted to… More >>
  • BEST SONGWRITER

    P.O.S.

    As Jimmy Jam points out, "producer" is just another word for songwriter. If you provide a singer with lyrics, melodies, arrangements, and samples, you're not just an engineer. P.O.S. produced most of his wildly ambitious new hip-hop album, Audition (Doomtree/Rhymesayers), as well as wrote the lyrics, so there's no question of authorship. What's left is an old prejudice that "songwriting"… More >>
  • BEST SPIN CLASS

    The Firm

    The music is deafening, the bikes are old, and let's not even think about how much sweat is soaked into the wooden platforms. But hey, you're burning 900 calories an hour and having about as much fun perspiring as one can have outside the bedroom. Stop complaining and bike harder. At the Firm you'll find divas of all types, and… More >>
  • BEST STATE FAIR ATTRACTION

    4-H Competition

    Just because the 4-H competition is for kids doesn't mean it's for amateurs. No, this statewide youth agriculture program has more regulations than the American nuclear industry: The bylaws for parking fill half a page! Animal husbandry is no ordinary hobby; your average skate-boarder doesn't need to sign something like a Dairy Goat Ownership Affidavit to compete. Though you'll see… More >>
  • BEST STATE FAIR FOOD

    Sunfolwer Ice Cream

    It's true that there are many admirable foods served up at the State Fair. The $2 U of M milkshakes are filling yet economical, the deep-fried candy bars are a poetic ode to sugar-hedonism, the mac-n-cheese on a stick is weird yet tasty, and of course everyone is obligated to consume at least one cheese curd or else fail to… More >>
  • BEST STRIP CLUB

    The Double Deuce

    There's something oddly comforting about cozying up next to a stripper you could probably hit on if you saw her out at the bar some random night. If you want the Scores of the Twin Cities, go to Seville or Sheik's: all low-level, modern, tinted lighting and faux-burlesque chic, with the best-looking girls—and the most expensive drinks. If you want… More >>
  • BEST SUBURBAN LAKE AREA

    Square Lake Park

    For years, there have been signs posted at the entrance to Square Lake Park warning of potential swimmer's itch. After years of patronizing one of the real outdoor treasures in the entire metro, we think somebody is just trying to keep the place a secret—the only itches we've encountered are from the occasional mosquito bite. On the contrary, the water… More >>
  • BEST TENNIS COURTS

    Bassett Creek Park

    One word: Astroturf. That's right, the stuff of indoor sports and welcome mats has moved outside to the courts of Bassett Creek Park. It's like Minnesota's answer to Wimbledon's grass courts, found in a (free) public park no less. A quick 15-minute drive from downtown Minneapolis brings you to this 70-acre park—plenty of room to mill about while waiting for… More >>
  • BEST THUNDER PLAYER

    Brett Branan

    Last year's Thunder squad had one huge hole: a solid central defender to anchor the team's three-man back line. Both Nate Knox and Brett Branan spent time in this vital position, but the defense never gelled. As a result the team allowed 42 goals in 28 games. By comparison, in 2004 the squad permitted just 23 goals in an equal… More >>
  • BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER

    Kevin Garnett

    His precocious talent forever changed the way society regards high school basketball players. Not yet 30 (that happens at the end of next month), he ranks fifth in total minutes played among active NBA players. In other words, Garnett is a grizzled eminence who happens to be younger than the Twins' Torii Hunter or the duo in the White Stripes.… More >>
  • BEST TWINS PLAYER

    Carlos Silva

    There's a feisty Venezuelan pitcher on the Twins roster who had a record-breaking season in 2005, but it wasn't Johan Santana. While the team's ace continued his rise to the top of every fantasy-baseball nerd's wish list by logging unreal strikeout numbers and the league's second-best ERA, 26-year-old hurler Carlos Silva quietly made history in a less-glamorous but nonetheless impressive… More >>
  • BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

    The idea that taxes are inherently bad—and that most people don't want to pay them—is accepted as gospel truth in many quarters. Thankfully, it's not true. When politicians make their aims clear, the public can be remarkably game. Case in point: In 2000, the voters of Minneapolis approved, by a margin of two to one, a $140 million referendum to… More >>
  • BEST VAMPYRE

    Jonathon Albert Sharkey

    Jonathon Albert Sharkey's gubernatorial campaign would have vanished in a puff of smoke even if he wasn't already back in Indiana, awaiting trial on charges of felony escape and probation violation. Unlike the organization that helped put Jesse in office, the Vampyres, Pagans, and Witches Party had no apparent resources beyond its hilarious website and Sharkey's eagerness to move his… More >>
  • BEST VICTIM

    Vikings

    This season saw the usual farcical fare for our beloved but perpetually wronged 'Queens: bad calls from the refs, a plague of hard-luck injuries, a spate of off-the-field incidents that distracted from the simple task of winning on Sundays. Ho-hum. Slowly but surely, however, the steady accretion of those tragicomic, non-football-related things gradually turned the Vikes from hunters into hunted.… More >>
  • BEST VIEW

    Walker Art Center

    It's been a year since the Walker expansion opened to the public and while many still debate the merits of the architectural design by Herzog & de Meuron, most will agree that the new building has contributed significantly by providing new ways to appreciate downtown Minneapolis from the Walker rooftop. At night, the balcony outside the 20.21 restaurant provides a… More >>
  • BEST VIKINGS PLAYER

    Darren Sharper

    You have to give the 2005 Vikings credit for one thing: It didn't take them long to squelch all that giddy preseason talk of a Super Bowl run, thereby disabusing the Purple faithful of their usual late-fall delusions about the team's prospects. That said, the 2005 Vikings really were not a bad team; they were a mediocre and poorly coached… More >>
  • BEST VILLAIN

    Tim Pawlenty

    Don't call it a comeback because it never went away, but smoking got more local press this year than at any time since the state of Minnesota sued the tobacco companies back in 1998. First, there was the constant finagling with local smoking ordinances, which included Hennepin County scaling back its total ban. And Tim Pawlenty spent the end of… More >>
  • BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE)

    Like fellow prairie bohemians Haley Bonar and Sara Softich, or Texas cult diva Jolie Holland, the Roe Family Singers are the new wave of old-time. They play traditional-sounding originals rooted in bluegrass, folk, and genres once labeled "hillbilly" and "race" when they were 78s—but with a streak of self-conscious spookiness. Comics artist Adam Wirtzfeld plays musical saw behind married singers… More >>
  • BEST VOCALIST (MALE)

    Robert Robinson's

    Maybe it's because he really is shaped like a bowling ball (even Kirby Puckett was never quite this round), but the sounds that come out of Robert Robinson's mouth have an especially vivid resonance and profundity of tone. Without a hint of strain, his voice envelops the room, and even old standbys like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "A Change Is… More >>
  • BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY

    Superior Hiking Trail

    Are you one of those armchair adventurers who subscribes to Outdoor magazine or Men's Journal and avidly reads about people roller skating down the Himalayas, or surviving a summer on psychedelic mushrooms, owl dung, and the lint scraped out of their Swiss army knife? Well, get off your ass and get real. At the crack of dawn on Saturday morning… More >>
  • BEST YOGA

    First thing we must say is that true yoga is not done in some sweat-box with drill instructors. Second thing we must say is that Bikram Choudhury is not a spiritual guru, but a hole-in-the-soul Westerner laughing all the way to the bank. Third thing we must say is that yoga is not a competitive sport, and that this "best… More >>
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