Arts & Culture
1995 Readers Poll
1995 Critics Picks
Best Annual Party

Pardon our acidic wit/this party is a giant hit. With all those costumes, it's never a bore. What a sweet tribute to sad old Eeyore.

Pease Park
1100 Kingsbury

Best Art Gallery

Gorgeous landscaping for art's sake on the outside. Art for your sake on the inside.

The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th

Devaki Knowles

Best Choreographer

Not only a skilled dancer and choreographer, Ariel is an artist who pushes herself to new discoveries through interdisciplinary collaborations. Her work with visual artists (like her sculptor son) and composers have added dimensions to Austin dance.

Best Comic

The man who's taken the concept "bad brown biker speed" and turned it into a high (?) art form returns for his 50th consecutive year as Best Comic. Rock Awn, dude.

Best Dance Company

The popular bellydancing troupe gets another nod. During the school year, they provide a magic carpet ride to the Middle East with a weekly Thursday night show.

Best Dance Space

An intimate, inviting, open space, given added energy by the ghosts of hundreds of dancers who have leapt and turned and inte-rpreted their way across this much-loved floor.

Synergy Dance Studio
3425 Bee Caves Rd.

Best Library

A great source for print and other information. Alas, by the time this makes print, the main branch will be closed for at least six months for a major renovation. Details of Infotrac and other resources are still up in the air, but the reference numbers will continue to operate and you can find out whatcha need to know.

Best Place To Hear Poetry

This cavernous café hut provides ample room for budding bards and experienced poets, with space left over for your friends to cheer you on. Spoken word open mike every Sunday - sign up at 7:30pm.

Best Theatre Actor

Warm, witty, and now totally Tony (following a Best Actor nomination for A Tuna Christmas on Broadway), this consummate comic actor is someone we never tire of seeing.

Best Theatre Actress

Motherhood has not slowed but rather enhanced her act, as the divine (or is that diving?) Ms. Sedwick sweeps the actress category once again.

Shannon Sedwick
Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth

Best Theatre Company

Less than a year old, this comedy troupe with (among others) Marc and Laura Pruter, Greg Dorshak, Eric and Scott Perry, and Christy Ingram, has already won a following for their mix of improv and sketches. Check out their weekly gigs at the Velveeta Room to learn about Sam Spade's lingerie and Justice Man!

Best Theatre Space

The Paramount is simply "the grande dame of Austin theatres." You feel rich sitting in the audience. Zach Scott offers a pair of flexible spaces, which are used to better and better effect every season.

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

Topfer Theatre at Zach
202 S. Lamar

photo by John Anderson

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