Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Book (Fiction)

'Knockout' by John Jodzio

John Jodzio’s short-story collection Knockout pulls no punches. Writing primarily through a first-person point of view, Jodzio lets readers climb into the minds of some seriously disturbed characters in unusual situations: Two dudes fresh out of rehab figure out how to pinch animals unconscious for fun and profit. A family-owned opium den struggles to stay in business when the Opium Depot opens nearby. A grieving man contemplates buying a sex chair from his late mistress’ husband at a garage sale. Jodzio unapologetically spins these bizarre stories that somehow seem plausible — if only in an alternate, whacked version of the universe. While this isn’t Jodzio’s first go-round with publishing short story collections (2010’s If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home and 2011’s Get In If You Want to Live are equally entertaining), Knockout was the first of his tomes to catch the attention of the New York Times, and the reviewer thoroughly enjoyed it.

Best Actor Randy Reyes

Best Actress Shelby Richardson

Best Art Crawl FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Best Art Gallery All My Relations Gallery

Best Art Supplies Art Materials

Best Author Louise Erdrich

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Comedy Club Joke Joint Comedy Club

Best Dance Company TU Dance

Best Dance Performance James Sewell Ballet's 'Killer Pig'

Best Director Peter Rothstein

Best Fashion Designer Russell Bourrienne

Best Fashion Show Envision

Best Gallery Exhibition Lindsay Rhyner: "PRV's"

Best Movie Theater Showplace ICON Theatre at West End

Best Museum Walker Art Center

Best Museum Exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: "Shadowlands"

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Sisyphus Brewing

Best Play 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' at Jungle Theater

Best Public Art Erin Sayer's Prince stencils

Best Standup Comic Greg Coleman II

Best Theater Jungle Theater

Best Theater Troupe Sandbox Theatre