Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Pro Wrestler

Devon Monroe

Gay panic has long been a trope in professional wrestling. From the exóticos of lucha libre to WWE’s sexually ambiguous Goldust, homosexual performers have often been kept low on the card for their flamboyant behavior. But Devon Monroe takes that old-school homophobia and uses it as a superpower. The independent star is a head-turner between the ropes, bouncing from turnbuckle to turnbuckle with crane-like grace and impeccable eyeliner. In a top-rope signature move, the 21-year-old performer smashes opponents’ faces repeatedly into their twerking ass, daring the crowd to deny the charisma and athleticism it takes to pull off such a move. You can’t. Black sexcellence prevails, and it’s running wild in the Twin Cities.

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Ax-Man Surplus

Best Movie Theater The Heights Theater

Best Fashion Designer Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Best Art Gallery Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Gallery Exhibition Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo

Best Public Art Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

Best Comedy Club Sisyphus Brewing

Best Standup Comedian Miss Shannan Paul

Best Local Comedy Podcast Middle of Somewhere

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Best Kid-Friendly Activity Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Choreographer Rosy Simas

Best Dance Performance Water Will (in Melody)

Best Arts Event Out There Festival

Best Theater Park Square Theatre

Best Theater Troupe Haunted Basement

Best Play 'Macbeth,' Wayward Theatre Company

Best Actor China Brickey

Best Director Lauren Keating

Best Design in a Theatrical Production 'Chicago,' Theater Latté Da

Best Bookstore (New) Subtext Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Eat My Words

Best Poetry Collection 'Homie,' by Danez Smith

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'Magical Realism for Non-Believers' by Anika Fajardo

Best Book (Fiction) 'The Shallows' by Matt Goldman

Best Author Peggy Orenstein