The gorgeous atmosphere was perhaps the reason Laguna Gloria garnered more votes than its own parent museum, downtown Austin Museum of Art, which won second. Mary Doerr and Laughing at the Sun tied for third.
For the first time in years, an artist who actually lives in Austin beat out regular fave Amado Peña. Doerr's Images of Austin are everywhere. One peek at her shop on Burnet will show you why.
Lambrou's infectious enthusiasm for ballet and contemporary sensibility give even perennials like The Nutcracker a fresh spin. Andrea Ariel throws herself into the art of dance – part gymnast, part sprite – to make movement that's exhilarating. Gray is a hoofer, plain and simple – a dancer with that old-school show biz polish and panache, and an old-schooler's mastery of tap; her every step jazzes.
For those who complain that Austin's recent growth trend has stolen the city's identity, Ruta Maya may be the spot to soak up some native vibes, particularly when Austin's local poets show up.
At once nostalgic and novel, the Paramount makes sure everyone rides first class, with wine and beer to boot.
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