Best Ofs 2014: Behind the look of the issue

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

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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: Arts categories

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Right this very moment, City Pages' Best Of the Twin Cities 2014 is hitting the streets. For this year's theme, we took a healthy dose of inspiration from Hollywood's glam Golden Age, especially celebrating the looks and aesthetics of the 1930s to the '50s.

For easy perusal, we've compiled some of the top arts winners -- be they theater, dance, literary, fashion, or visual arts related -- into one handy post. Come take a look.


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Win the VIP experience at the 2014 Best of the Twin Cities Party!

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Now's your chance to win our Best Of the Twin Cities Party VIP Prize Pack and party with us like it's the golden age of Hollywood.

So what's in the prize pack? We're glad you asked.

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2013 Best of the Twin Cities Party photobooth


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Premiere of the 2014 Best of the Twin Cities trailer

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With only a few weeks to go before we release our mega-packed Best of the Twin Cities issue in April, we're counting down the days until our old Hollywood-inspired soiree to celebrate the best of the best in local places, services, and more.

It's time to start planning your red carpet-ready looks for our Best of the Twin Cities party this year, and we've got the perfect inspiration for you. What better way to pay tribute to the glitz and glam of the movies than with our very own trailer? We're ready for our close-up.

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Text your votes for the Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Readers' Poll

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Text your votes for the Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Readers' Poll

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Just a few short weeks until we reveal the winners of City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities 2014! But first, we need your help.

We've reached the second round of voting for the 2014 Readers' Poll after tabulating your write-in ballots from round one for each category. Don't let your voice go unheard.

Let us know who you think the best of the best in the metro are by texting the codes for your favorites to 61721 in each of these categories. Voting ends on Friday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m., so get those phones out!


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Party like it's the golden age of Hollywood at City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Party

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Come celebrate City Pages Best of the Twin Cities issue on Thursday, April 24 with us at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis!

Our biggest issue of the year features hundreds of Best Of award-winners, from the best places to get pretty much any kind of cuisine in the Twin Cities to the best ways to explore our exceptional metropolis.

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City Pages' Best Of app just got even better

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Want to know where to go and what to do in the Twin Cities? Your essential mobile guide--also known as our Best Of app--just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping, and nightlife recommendations from City Pages' expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content.


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Best Ofs 2013: Outtakes and behind the look of the issue

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Emily Utne
Yesterday, our Best of the Twin Cities issue hit the streets. This year's edition takes a page from the gorgeous, decadent, art-deco world of the Roaring '20s. Our sources of inspiration included modern re-imaginings of the era (a la Baz Lurhman's upcoming take on The Great Gatsby), as well as iconic folks and films from the period, such as Clara Bow, Coco Chanel, and Metropolis.

The look of the issue is something we typically plan months is advance, and this year was no exception. The process involved research, wrangling of vintage duds, a few photoshoots, and experimentation with watercolors.
  
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How to go Gatsby for our Best of the Twin Cities party

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It's finally here: Tonight is your chance to step back in time to the Roaring Twenties. This year, our Best of the Twin Cities party takes on a decidedly Fitzgerald flavor. Use The Great Gatsby as your lead, and live it up at one of the year's most-epic parties. We'll provide the music, the drinks, the food, and the fun. The only thing you need to do is find something to wear.

From period looks by Clara Bow and Zelda Fitzgerald to Coco Chanel introducing the Little Black Dress, the '20s were such an iconic time that it's no wonder we're still inspired by the era. Whether you're a Daisy or Jordan, Gatsby or Nick, we've put together a list some of the most-essential '20s trends and styles to consider should you choose to transform for the evening. For sartorial inspiration, take a look at some of our favorite outfits from the latest film adaptation by Baz Luhrman, as well as a few authentic period looks.

In the meantime, we'll be brushing up on our Charleston.

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City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities party is coming

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