Arts & Entertainment
2018 Readers Poll
2018 Critics Picks

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Art Gallery

“A woman's work is never done. So it goes for Women & Their Work.” Amy Smith

Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez

Visual Artist

“Flip is one of the best visual artists I've ever seen, across the globe. She is witchy in the best way possible. Her work speaks a unique language of its own.” Michael Kunitzky

Photo by Bret Brookshire

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Performance Space/Theatre

“Show me another place in town where the Marx Brothers have hung out and I'll vote for it." John Gross

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

Theatre Director

“Lisa is an extraordinary contributor to the community and her work in bringing Ground Floor Theatre back into the art world is worthy of a standing O!” Karen Blaney

Lisa Scheps
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale #122

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“She's the most lovely, giving, and delightful performer and person in the history of ever.” Adam Artho


“Mical has been killing it this year! Danny who? Mical is the #1 Trejo.” Michelle Keffer

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Classical Musician

“Graham is the very heartbeat of Austin. So much love for this man and his creative generosity.” Michelle Voss


“Allison Orr & Krissie Marty are an unbelievable team that brings people together and changes lives through their hard work and talents!!” James Guiden

Allison Orr
Forklift Danceworks
2023 E. Cesar Chavez

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“Mez has caused me to actually get a traffic ticket for crossing lanes illegally to see his work when driving by it.” Andrew Hoke

Graphic Artist

“She helped design all my favorite places in Austin!” Jeremy Nguyen

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Comic Creator

“Drew's comics are fun, weird, and horror-influenced. Genius-level stuff.” Joey Muerto

Drew Edwards

Comedy Troupe

“It's been 40+ years, and Austin still hasn't tired of Esther's. I don't how they keep comedy so fresh for so long, but who cares as long as we're all doubled over laughing.” Mary Summerall

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth

Photo by Jana Birchum

Photo by Jana Birchum

Stand-up Comic

“Avery has this magical quality on stage and draws the audience in. She's so calm and so witty and quick all at once and gives off an amazing positive energy. I always love seeing her sets.” Espi Rivadeneira

Comedy Club/Venue

“Legit food. Legit service. Legitter comedy.” Destiny Lalane

Cap City Comedy Club
11506 Century Oaks Ste. B-100

Photo by John Anderson

Photo by John Anderson

Stand-up Showcase

“Moontower brings very funny people from all over the country to Austin and introduces our local scene to them.” Frank Netscher

Moontower Comedy Festival

Fiction Writer

“There aren't many authors for whom I'd just be happy to be No. 105 on the hold list for the ebook from the library, but Sarah is one of them.” Kim Usey

Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Nonfiction Writer

“What's not to love about Spike?” Kim O'Brien

Book by an Austin Writer (Pub. 2018)

“This is one of the best books about Texas that I've ever read: an honest glimpse of Texas in all its glory and its ignominy.” Alyssa Potasznik

Lawrence Wright

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Burlesque Performer

“Amazing, and talented! One of my favorite people and performers.” Stephanie Real

Drag Performer

“Louisanna is a fierce queen, a good Judy, and has an Instagram dedicated solely to her booty.” Ethan Cummins

Photo by Devaki Knowles

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Local Video Game Developer

“I'm a superfan of them!!!” Shigekazu Watanabe

Rooster Teeth

Movie Theatre

“I'm spoiled now. I don't know how to watch movies any other way.” Carol Fraser

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

Photo by John Anderson

Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Demme, and Susan Sarandon at AFF 2013   photo by John Anderson

Film Festival/Series

“For 25 years the Austin Film Festival has fostered the community's love of film and brought so many creatives together in an annual festival that never disappoints.” Bita Ghassemi

Austin Film Festival

Outdoor Festival

“Ever-growing and ever-changing, you can't beat the amazing variety of (famous, unknown, and everything in between) bands/artists that ACL brings you.” Katherine Squier

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Photo by David Brendan Hall


“The new Austin by Ellsworth Kelly puts the Blanton into a class of its own.” Becky Jolin

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK

Fashion Showcase

“I love all the Austin glimmer & glamour!” Jacqueline Ramos

Wild Card

“Mortified Austin is one of the kindest, most life-affirming, and raucously hilarious shows in town. You'll laugh your butt off and feel like you're adding good to the world at the same time.” Marcelo Teson

Mortified Austin

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