The Best of 2015: Who and what stood out

Peter Rothstein at a rehearsal of "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914" at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

Mr. Consistency: Director Peter Rothstein is the Star Tribune's Artist of the Year

From "Oliver" to "Sweeney Todd," theater director Peter Rothstein had an exceptional year. Pretty much like every other year.
Lynx forward Maya Moore is the 2015 Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year.

Sportsperson of the Year: Maya Moore is the leader of her pack

December 25, 2015
Maya Moore, 26, will dominate the game, make the big shot, dance on the court for the fans, sign hundreds of autographs and praise her teammates. Does Moore think she's the best player in the world?
Chef and owner of Spoon and Stable Gavin Kaysen.

Local chef makes good as Spoon and Stable earns best restaurant

December 17, 2015
Minneapolis' four-star Spoon and Stable immediately earned its reputation — with good reason — as the toughest reservation in town since the doors opened late last year. It's our restaurant of the year.

Top TV of 2015: Networks have their work cut out

December 20, 2015
The best TV of the year includes only one network show – and you'll never guess which one.

Top theater of 2015: 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Rodney King' were Preston's best

December 20, 2015
Twin Cities stages popped with a range of talents and styles.

Top theater of 2015: Musicals and a Joe Dowling trifecta top Royce's list

December 21, 2015
The Guthrie director went out with a bang, and great musical productions sprouted all over town.

Top music of 2015: D'Angelo, Stevie Wonder lead Jon Bream's list

December 21, 2015
Hello, it's me, Adele. I saved the record business in 2015, but I didn't get year-end love from the Star Tribune's music critic.

Top music of 2015: Sleater-Kinney, Courtney Barnett lead Riemenschneider's list

December 20, 2015
Sleater-Kinney and D'Angelo hadn't been seen here in concert for a decade. When they finally did return in 2015, they reminded us what we had been missing.

Top art in 2015: A big birthday year for Twin Cities museums

December 21, 2015
Special exhibits, surprises and expansion plans marked the art scene.

Top dance of 2015: Dazzling moments here, there and everywhere

December 20, 2015
Twin Cities dance scene stepped outside the usual stages in a superlative year.

Rick Nelson's Top 10 dishes of 2015

December 21, 2015
From pancakes to pie and pasta, Rick Nelson goes back into his 2015 dining-out diary and highlights the year's 10 most memorable dishes.

Year in review of Twin Cities restaurants: Where and what folks are eating

December 17, 2015
Twin Cities dining trends of the year included variations on raw food, eating in the suburbs and going Italian.