Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Actor

Randy Reyes

Randy Reyes is acclaimed as a leader in the theater community, successfully serving as artistic director of Mu Performing Arts since 2013. It was acting that brought Reyes to prominence, though, and while his busy schedule limits the number of onstage roles he can take, he becomes a linchpin of any production he joins. Case in point: The Oldest Boy, the reflective Sarah Ruhl play that provided a long-overdue showcase for Asian American performers at the Jungle Theater. Reyes brought gentle conviction to the role a Tibetan Buddhist whose American wife (Christina Baldwin) is learning to embrace a faith that suddenly presents a profound challenge. Even better was Mu’s own tot, wherein Reyes pulled off the daunting trick of playing a school-age boy seething with hurt and frustration after immigrating to America from the Philippines. It was painful to watch, but impossible to look away from.

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 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