Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Mural

CTUL Building

The Twin Cities’ mural game is strong right now. You can’t go too far in either city without spotting a colorful scene on the side of a business, garage, or other space (do those painted utility boxes count?). Some pay homage to homegrown icons, some welcome viewers to the neighborhood, and all of them brighten up our dismal winter landscape. Our favorite for now adorns a small building on a humble Chicago Avenue block, home to the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha. The CTUL works to organize low-wage workers all over the Twin Cities, and its membership and leadership are made up of those workers themselves. So is the portrait on the wall outside. The eye-popping mosaic-style painting with a sunny yellow background depicts Alexis Collins, a young mom, fast-food employee, and activist. She’s holding a microphone, advocating for better wages, better conditions, a better life for working people like herself. We like the art and the message.

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom'

Best Museum Paisley Park

Best Theater Troupe Sheep Theater

Best Fashion Designer Winsome Goods

Best Public Art United Crushers

Best Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis for TU Dance

Best Local Comedy Podcast 'Profession Confession' with Gabe Noah

Best Theater Penumbra Theatre

Best Actress Maeve Moynihan

Best Play 'Annie'

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Art Gallery The White Page

Best Book (Fiction) 'Gone to Dust'

Best Fashion Event Fashion Week MN

Best Museum Exhibition 'Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe'

Best Gallery Exhibition Julie Buffalohead

Best Movie Theater Trylon Cinema

Best Art Event Spearwave

Best Local Standup Ali Sultan

Best Open Mic (Comedy) The Comedy Corner Underground

Best Author Bao Phi

Best Director Laura Leffler

Best Actor Zack Myers

Best Dance Performance Morgan Thorson’s 'Still Life'

Best Bookstore (Used) Uncle Hugo’s

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Northwest Graphic Supply Co.

Best Bookstore (New) Moon Palace Books