Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Director

Peter Rothstein

Last year was the latest in a series of triumphant years for Theatre Latté Da. The company purchased the Ritz Theater, giving themselves a permanent home and guaranteeing that the northeast Minneapolis landmark will remain in active use as a venue for live entertainment. It was a coup, and rightly applauded. All of that, though, was built on the steady eye of Peter Rothstein. Last year, once again, he demonstrated his gifts for giving classic musicals a fresh and intimate feel, drawing on our deep well of local talent. With Gypsy, he took a show famous for its dark corners and shone a razzle-dazzle light that emphasized the material’s glorious theatricality. In the fall, by contrast, Rothstein led a gut-wrenching Ragtime that chose lean, pointed resonance over distracting stage business. It was further evidence of his ability to put the Ritz’s unique space to good use, promising many great things to come from this perfect pairing.

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 (Fiction) 'Knockout' by John Jodzio

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 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