Arts & Entertainment
2016 Readers Poll
2016 Critics Picks
Best Actor/Actress

Kaci is simultaneously the most unique and relatable actor I've had the pleasure of seeing. She brings so much depth, joy, and passion to her work and I genuinely believe, with all my heart, that she's changing the world with her craft. Caiti Ward

Best Art Gallery

Great space. Awesome humans. Wonderful gallery. Kristina DeLos

3005 S. Lamar Ste. C-110-B

Photo by Jana Birchum

Best Burlesque Performer

Ginger Snaps keeps the weird in Austin burlesque, from the best, weirdest troupe (Black Widow) to mentoring, teaching, and bringing up the next generation. She also is an amazing aerialist and aerial burlesquer, bringing the art to new heights! Eve Richter

Best Choreographer

Allison's portfolio of work across an amazing spectrum of different communities – from sanitation workers to arborists to Goodwill employees – demonstrates that her choreography transcends dance, changes lives, and strengthens community. Michele Martell

Forklift Danceworks
2023 Cesar Chavez

Photo by John Anderson

Best Classical Musician

What a powerhouse! Is he even human? Juliana Gilchrist

Best Dancer

Lindsey's movement is so genuine and inspiring. She beautifully shines her truest light through her graceful and gesture filled movements. Lorie Young

Devaki Knowles

Best Drag Performer

Louisianna is an inspirational person both in and out of drag, with effortless style and a heart of blood-red gold. Lexi Landolt

Best Fiction Writer/Poet

Right out of the gate, she has wowed the entire United States. Leah Moss

Best Film Festival/Series

The easy access to some great films is always appreciated. Grant Rothhammer

Best Improv Troupe

With a name so long, only their mad skills could justify it. Chris Moredock

Photo by John Anderson

Best Local Video Game Developer

BioWare makes my favorite games. Their storytelling and characters are so compelling, it feels real – like you actually have space alien friends and are in love with a space alien boyfriend even though he looks like some kind of weird raptor-bird. Tabitha Thompson

3110 Esperanza Crossing #110

Best Movie Theatre

I mean, come on, Adele sing-alongs, movie quote-alongs from my childhood, and hosting Jaws on the Lake? This is a no brainer. Alamo is what makes Austin. Marshell Bastidas

Multiple locations

Devaki Knowles

Best Muralist

Xavier brings an exciting style and energy to the Austin mural scene. This guy is going to be HUGE! JM Ledesma


Best Museum

SoundSpace and other multidisciplinary events expand the role of museums in our lives and engage a larger community. Tara Barton

200 E MLK

photo by John Anderson

Best Nonfiction Writer/Memoirist

Spike isn't just a writer, she embodies everything that is wonderful about Austin. Spike promotes all the local museums, musicians, artists, writers, and local restaurants. She doesn’t compete, [but] instead promotes. Also, Spike officiated my wedding! Melissa Zone

Best Outdoor Festival

ACL got me fucked up the day after, but the experience was so incredibly worth it. ACL chooses the greatest lineup every year, making it a really magical experience for every festivalgoer. Holland Dorgan

Best Party Place

Zoodust, Motown Mondays, comedy shows, Nineties parties, Eighties parties, and so many other forms of entertainment all in one place. Gaby Garofalo

1120 S. Lamar

Best Performance Space/Theatre

I know this seems kind of silly but I love their bathrooms. In the women's there is like a "powder room" area with just lights and seating. I imagine it like in the early 1900s when women would go to freshen up. Like you read in a book. Shireen Connor

713 Congress

Photo by John Anderson

Best Repertory Theatre

The absolute Mecca for film aficionados! Obsessed with this place and totally tell all my visitors about it. Really appreciate how they cater to movie fans and the entire movie-going experience. Alison Alcantara

Multiple locations

Best Stand-Up Comic

Tha' best, dammit! So fresh, brash, and unafraid of taking her comedy anywhere it wants to go. Marci Spivey

Best Theatre Director

Jenny has been creating and producing amazing work in Austin for years! So happy to see her recognized this year! Adrienne Dawes

Jenny Larson, creative director, Salvage Vanguard Theater

Best Up and Coming Filmmaker

He's funny as hell Michael Conner

Photo by John Anderson

Photo by John Anderson

Best Visual Artist

There's something so poignantly bittersweet and lovely about his pop-culture landscapes. Quentin Norris

Nakatomi, Inc.

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