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2013 Best of the Twin Cities

2013 Best of the Twin Cities

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BEST TV MUSIC SERIES

Lowertown Line
Photo Courtesy of TPT

The Lowertown Line

Minnesota breeds musicians, from folk (Dylan) to pop (Prince) to soul (the Steele siblings). And now those stars will be shining even brighter thanks to Twin Cities Public Television’s newest program, The Lowertown Line. Modeled after PBS’s groundbreaking music-performance show Austin City Limits, it features hip-hop queen Dessa as host, a live studio audience, and, of course, the best local musicians around (think: Trampled By Turtles, Chastity Brown, and, coming your way in winter 2014, Har Mar Superstar). Tickets for May’s Brother Ali taping sold out in less than 40 minutes, proving that Minnesotans are clamoring to get up close and personal—and have more interaction than a regular concert, via Dessa’s questioning the musicians and post-show audience Q&A sessions. It’s like American Bandstand, except Dessa is Dick Clark, the musicians are homegrown, and the odds you’ll bump into the musicians at late-night happy hour after the show are more or less guaranteed. • Catch the next episode of Lowertown Line on October 31, tpt.org
 

BEST UNKNOWN LANDMARK

Skyway
photo by  A. Steinberg/Sidecar

The First Skyway

When Minnesotans hear “skyway,” they think Minneapolis. But the prize for the state’s first floating hallway—actually, the world’s first—goes to the link between the 17th and 16th floors, respectively, of the First National Bank Building and Merchants Bank Building in (drumroll, please) St. Paul. The sky-high connection was incorporated into the plans for the First National Bank Building in 1931, and though it’s no longer St. Paul’s tallest building, its “1st” sign—and unique walkway—will long be an icon of the skyline. • The skyway sits above Fourth Street, between Robert and Minnesota Streets.
 

BEST BRIDGE

Stone Arch Bridge

Not to knock the Cha-Cha Slide and Macarena, but there’s a whole world of dance beyond being told when and how to clap. For those of us who are more rhythmically challenged than The granite-and-limestone icon, built for no small sum by railroad baron James J. Hill, serves as a fitting tribute to the mighty Mississippi that fueled Minneapolis’s world-renowned milling industry. The bridge’s train tracks are long-since gone, but the remaining bicycle-and-pedestrian paths offer the city’s penultimate view of St. Anthony Falls. • nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/stonearch.htm
 

BEST LESSON

Zenon Dance Company
photo by Scott Pakudaitis

Zenon Dance Company

Not to knock the Cha-Cha Slide and Macarena, but there’s a whole world of dance beyond being told when and how to clap. For those of us who are more rhythmically challenged than gracefully gifted, never fear. The 31-year-old, world-renowned Zenon Dance Company also operates a school, staffed with crazy-talented professional instructors. Friday night you’re watching these dancers bend into incomprehensible postures on stage at the Cowles, Saturday afternoon they’re teaching you—yes, you—how to overcome your wallflower syndrome and blossom into a regular Fred Astaire—or Beyoncé or Shakira or Nutcracker ballerina. (Well, maybe not that far, but you get the point.) • 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1101, zenondance.org
 

BEST MINNESOTA INVENTION

WIN
Water skis
PLACE
Rollerblades
SHOW
Nerf ball
 

BEST ART MUSEUM

WIN
Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (tie)
PLACE
Weisman Art Museum
SHOW
Museum of Russian Art
 

BEST SPORTS VENUE

WIN
Target Field
PLACE
The Xcel Center
SHOW
TCF Bank Stadium
 


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