Arts & Entertainment
2017 Readers Poll
2017 Critics Picks

photo by Sandy Carson

Best Art Gallery

“Because women doing art!!!” Katie Cameroneil

Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca

Best Visual Artist

“Beautiful artist, and even more beautiful of a human being.” Jessica Hovind

photo by John Anderson

Best Performance Space/Theatre

“I want to win the lotto so I can buy the balcony box. I’d live in it if they’d let me. So glad that Austin continues to treasure this space.” Roanna Flowers

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

Best Theatre Director

“Rudy’s contributions to the local theatre community are innumerable but with every project you see his drive, ingenuity, and love for the script and the cast.” Tynisha Scott

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

photo by Devaki Knowles

Best Actor/Actress

“She’s visceral, unflinching, funny, honest, and unapologetically herself. Ebony is a queen.” Taji Senior

Best Classical Musician

“Graham is indicative of what is Weird about Austin. He is talented, unique, clever, and a wildly gifted composer, musician, and performer.” Vee Cline

photo by John Anderson

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Best Dancer/Choreographer

“Allison does dance that celebrates the work of ordinary Austinites. Her art elevates us all.” Jane Rivera

Allison Orr
Forklift Danceworks

Best Muralist

“#TRUTH is an elementary art teacher turned muralist, and the source of hundreds of friendly pink monsters, gigantic sneakers, mustaches, and larger-than-life portraits of people we know and love in Austin, from MLK Jr. to Gary Clark Jr.” Cabe Lindsay


photo by Bret Brookshire

Best Improv Troupe

“Master Pancake ruins movies I thought I liked and makes bad movies enjoyable. It’s a gift, really.” Morgan Hancock

Master Pancake

Best Stand-up Comic

“Vanessa is next-level funny and one of the nicest, most genuine human beings on the planet. I fully expect to see her on SNL or with her own Netflix special in the near future. She is destined for greatness.” Kana LiVolsi

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Sarah Wilson

Best Fiction Writer/Poet

“Her sense of humor is only exceeded by her sense of right and wrong. Thank goodness she is always willing to speak her mind.” Alice London

Best Nonfiction Writer/Memoirist

“Her writings serve as a public service for many. Raw, honest, funny, and a beacon of light for many in the dark.” Flora Batts

Spike Gillespie

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Devaki Knowles

Best Drag Performer

“This spooky b is 🔥🔥🔥.” Anastacia Uriegas

Best Burlesque Performer

“Body positive inspirational badass.” Kelly Stocker

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Best Movie Theatre

“There is no competition. If you pick anything besides the Drafthouse, you’re probably from Dallas.” Ashley Steele

Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040
Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

Best Film Festival/Series

“As broad as Sundance, and Janet Pierson knows what’s up!” Tamara Hoover

South by Southwest
400 Bowie

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by Devaki Knowles

Best Up-and-Coming Filmmaker

“This fucker does everything, and he does everything well.” Andrew Hilbert

Best Local Video Game Developer

“God bless Rooster Teeth for being a job creator for so many creative folks.” Travis Benn

Rooster Teeth

photo by David Brendan Hall

Best Outdoor Festival

“It makes my neighborhood a hot mess, but the bands! I just can’t be a hater.” Laura Forsyth

Austin City Limits Music Festival
300 W 6th Ste. 2100

Best Museum

“Fabulous exhibits and an amazing aura.” Aarti Gosrani

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK

photo by John Anderson

Best Local App

“First place I check when I’m planning my anything from ‘where kids eat free’ to my next weekend adventure.” Danette Castaneda

Do512 Lounge
2208-C S. Lamar

Best Graphic Artist

“Tim’s visuals are a deeply saturated dive into the fantastical otherworld I wish I inhabited.” Abriel Young


photo by Sandy Carson

Maria Bamford at the Moontower Comedy + Oddity Festival   photo by John Anderson

Best Stand-up Showcase

“Hysterical!” Shannon Shuppert

Moontower Comedy Festival

Best Zine/Chapbook

“An artsy nudie mag with fun articles produced by some truly talented young ladies.” Christine Kirk

Peach Fuzz

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