Arts & Culture
1994 Readers Poll
1994 Critics Picks
Best Choreographer

A dancer of purpose and mystery, who dazzles veteran choreo-graphers and instructs women over 40 in the joys of movement.

Deborah Hay
1703 Alta Vista
512/707-2512

Best Comic

What makes Kerry mad, dammit? Well, start with anatomically incorrect Ken dolls and run with it. As for Shannon (see Best Actress), she cries a river of laughing tears regularly at Esther's.

Kerry Awn

Shannon Sedwick
Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth
www.esthersfollies.com

Best Dance Company

More than a tap company ("Jazzestry" doesn't have the same ring), they move with style to any beat: hip-hop, salsa, blues.

Tapestry Dance Company
2015 E. Riverside Ste. 7-BD
512/474-9846
www.tapestry.org

Best Dance Space

Think globally, dance locally in Bass Hall, or enjoy a homegrown whirled piece at Synergy.

Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman
512/471-2787
www.texasperformingarts.org

Synergy Dance Studio
3425 Bee Caves Rd.
512/327-4130
www.synergydancestudio.com/

Best Library

Gee, talk about rocking that vote - it was awfully close with the Christian Science Reading Room. But seriously, the public library isn't just for books. It's also magazines, videos, recordings, and much more.

Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina
512/974-1010
www.austintexas.gov/library

Best Photographer (art)

Pogue never misses a photo op - you should have seen him shooting those flowery Annie Sprinkle closeups. Chronicle readers know him best for his relentless coverage of city hall.

Alan Pogue
Texas Center for Documentary Photography
2104 E. MLK
www.documentaryphotographs.com

Best Place To Hear Poetry

It's intimate / It's very nice / The place to be / If words be your vice

The Chicago House
607 Trinity
512/473-2542

Best Stage Director

At the helm of the Austin Lyric Opera, McClain has ignited a passion for musical spectacle that has ALO selling out performances and central Texans calling for encores.

Joseph McClain
Austin Lyric Opera
901 Barton Springs Rd.
www.austinlyricopera.org

Best Theatre Actor

Shear appropriateness. His gift to us is his presence. Kudos for his tireless support and development of black theatre artists.

Best Theatre Actress

The mother of Esther's (and new baby Susannah) tackles roles from Ann Richards to Patsy Cline to Alice in Wonderland.

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth
512/320-0553
www.esthersfollies.com

Best Theatre Company

Every week for nearly 20 years, this cast of dozens has managed to transform into a cast of thousands of comic characters both real and fictional - one finger on the pulse of Austin while another strokes the funny bone.

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth
512/320-0553
www.esthersfollies.com

Best Theatre Space

One space is small enough to be a tribal circle while the other is big enough to host a Buddy Holly concert; both are well-equipped to take you on a magical journey.

Topfer Theatre at Zach
202 S. Lamar
512/476-0541
www.zachtheatre.org

Best Annual Party

Only an ass doesn't know about this last legitimate excuse to expand your consciousness and get in touch with your tie-dye clad inner bongo player. Pease Park, in the spring, man.

Best Art Gallery

It's not the Metropolitan but it is a chance to enjoy art made by humans on the inside and naturally sculpted beauty outside.

The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th
512/458-8191
www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

Devaki Knowles

Best Artist

Readers couldn't choose between Colburn's life-size metal-sculpted Native American pieces (as shown at Spirit Echoes) and Gruener's much larger-than-life portraits of single flowers (seen at the Westbank Gallery and Chez Fred). We'll take 'em both.

 
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