Celebrating in Style at the Best of the Twin Cities Made in Minnesota Party [Video]

City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2015 Party from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Last week, folks celebrated City Pages' biggest issue of the year at the Best of the Twin Cities party. Orchestra Hall was decked out in City Pages swag and filled to the brim with some of this year's award winners giving away sweet and savory treats. Check out all the fun from the Made in Minnesota Party here.


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Best Of 2015: Behind the Look of the Issue

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L-R: City Pages' Best Of cover, and stylists working on our cover model
Yesterday, our Best Of the Twin Cities 2015 issue hit stands. Each year, our editorial staff selects a theme and aesthetic to carry through the issue. For this edition, we decided to go super meta, choosing to work with "made in Minnesota." So not only are we giving shout outs to our favorite people, places, and things in the cities, we're also celebrating our fair state through photo shoots that include art, jewelry, clothing, and more by Minnesota artists and companies.

City Pages art director Emily Utne was in charge of creating the look of the issue. It was a project that started back in December.


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Best of the Twin Cities 2015: Arts and Entertainment Categories

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Emily Utne
With a new year comes hundreds of ways to entertain yourself in the Twin Cities -- whether it's watching a play or catching a flick, trying your hand at an open mic or trying to find the best book to dive into. This year was no exception, and we picked the very best in arts and entertainment for the 2015 Best of the Twin Cities.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2015: Shopping and Services Categories

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Emily Utne
The Best of the Twin Cities 2015 issue has hit newsstands all over the metro, and now you'll have your updated go-to list for all those things you need and want. We present to you this year's best places to shop and get stuff done.

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Celebrate the Year of Minnesota Made at City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Party

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Tony Nelson
Folks at last year's Best of the Twin Cities bash.
It's the time of year again when we pull out all the stops to find the absolute best of the best food and drink, services, and more in the Twin Cities. With Minnesota and the Twin Cities topping national lists just about every week, we decided it was high time we put a spotlight on tons of amazing, Minnesota-made goods.


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Nominate Your Favorites in the 2015 Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Poll

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The Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Poll is back!

Each year the City Pages staff puts together our annual Best of the Twin Cities issue, full of recommendations for the best people to follow, the best things to do, and the best places to eat, drink, play, and party.

But we want your input, too. So we've put together the 2015 Readers' Poll for you to share your opinions on the best of the best in the Twin Cities. First, nominate your favorites in 100 select categories. Then we'll tally the nominations, and have you vote on the top five nominees in each category. We'll reveal the results in our annual Best of the Twin Cities issue, hitting the stands April 15, 2015.

The best part? If you participate in our Readers' Choice Poll, you will automatically be entered to win four general admission tickets to our Best of the Twin Cities party on Thursday, April 23 at Orchestra Hall. Now go on, shout out everything you love about the Twin Cities. Click here to get started.


10 best dressed at the Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party

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Tony Nelson
At City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Party, we celebrated local bests, including the best dressed. A secret fashion-spotter from Minneapolis retailer Len Druskin was onsite at the happening at Muse, handpicking the top 10 best dressed party goers. Here are the most fashionable folks from the celebration, listed with what they wore and what they think of their impeccable style.

See also:
Red Carpet Photobooth: Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Party


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How to go Hollywood for the Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party

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Emily Utne
We're ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille.
With the Best of the Twin Cities issue on newsstands, it's finally time to celebrate with a good old-fashioned Hollywood soiree. We've got the nosh, the drinks, the music, and the fun -- you've just got to get glam.

As an extra incentive to put on the ritz, we're having a contest for everyone who dresses up. Minneapolis fashion retailer Len Druskin will be sending a secret fashion spotter to our party, and will pick the 10 best looks of the evening. Each winner will be featured on our site, and will receive a $100 gift card. So start planning your outfits now.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party: Get your tickets!

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Best Ofs 2014: Behind the look of the issue

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City Pages art director Emily Utne prepares models for the cover shot, right
Yesterday, City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities 2014 hit the streets. Each year, we pick a theme to aesthetically carry through the issue. For this edition, we went with old Hollywood glamor, delving into the fashion of the '40s and '50s, and taking a page from entertainment scenes that include burlesque troupes, bellydancers, iconic songstresses, and fashion magazines.

The look of the issue is something we typically plan many months in advance, and this year was certainly no exception. Along the way, our arts director, Emily Utne, created the look of the issue through research, location scouting, and a whirlwind of photo-shoot preparation that included wrangling vintage duds, experimenting with props, and hauling a giant hairdryer up to our sixth-floor office.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Behind the Trailer [slideshow]

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Get your Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party tickets now!

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Emily Utne
The Best of the Twin Cities 2014 issue has just hit the streets, and that means it's time to celebrate.

This year's Best of the Twin Cities party is going to be one of the most decadent soirees in the city, and we want you there to help us celebrate on the red carpet.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Winners

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