Arts & Entertainment
2019 Readers Poll
2019 Critics Picks

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"B Scene, Jeffrey Gibson, SoundSpaces ... What's not to love?" Meera Chandy

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK

Art Gallery

"Carefully and thoughtfully curated contemporary art by an organization dedicated to uplifting women artists." Kay Marley-Diworth

Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez

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Visual Artist

"His artwork makes me smile. Very happy art!" Kanako Ishihara

Performance Space/Theatre

"Visiting the Paramount is like walking into a time machine. It has so much history. Ask about the Houdini hole." Leo Sopicki

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

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Theatre Director

"Lisa is all about access and pushing boundaries. She is a great asset to Austin theatre." Simi Denson

Lisa Scheps
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale #122


"Amber is able to find the heart, the mind, and the body in every character she creates. Every one of them is whole and human." Rudy Ramirez

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"Wonderful teacher. Phenomenal actor. Beautiful spirit." Rosa Ambriz

Classical Musician

"Michelle puts together the most amazing programs and is truly a gifted and charismatic pianist. You feel the emotion as she plays." Linda Masters

Michelle Schumann
Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Rd., Ste. 190

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"Stephen is making the most interesting ballets in the country." Chris Tomlinson

Stephen Mills
Ballet Austin
501 W. Third


"The most talented young people making culturally and socially relevant public art in Austin! Nothing inspires me more." Corinna Archer Kinsman

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Graphic Artist

"Lauren’s aesthetic is incredibly clean, and the way she arranges text makes my mind happy." Kait Rhone

Comedy Troupe

"Classic yet contemporary humor. So creative!" Yolanda Torres

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth

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Stand-up Comic

"Has truly kept comedy vibrant in this city. Never gets enough credit. And has made radio funny again, too." Dale Dudley

Comedy Club/Venue

"Best of both worlds: Completely supportive of local comics while bringing in some of the finest national acts you could hope for – all while keeping tickets reasonable. Thank you, Cap City!" Stephanie Molnar

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

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Comedy/Storytelling Showcase

"Moontower is the obvious choice here. They win the gold, silver, bronze, and tin medal in this category." Travis Summers

Moontower Comedy Festival

Fiction Writer

"Sarah is an Austin treasure." Peggy Little

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Nonfiction Writer

"What a trip she is!" Pam Arthur

Spike Gillespie

Comic Creator/Graphic Novelist

"Her graphic novels are a sheer joy to read, and her prose absolutely sings." Paul Benjamin

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New Book by an Austin Writer

"Want to get good and mad? This electric, disquieting novel about giving male abusers a taste of their own medicine is just what the doctor ordered." Rosalind Faires

Amy Gentry

Burlesque Performer

"There's a reason Ginger Snaps keeps winning year after year. Her burlesque acts are original, funny, and sexy." Laura Ozuna

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Drag Performer

"Tall, terrifying, and the nicest person you will ever meet." Axel Perez

Drag Showcase

"Poo Poo is one of the sickest shows I've seen. They are a very progressive troupe that is leading today's drag shows." Albert Morales

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Local Video Game Developer

"This is ironic because they just laid off their entire video game staff." Zane G.

Rooster Teeth

Movie Theatre

"I’m so so so glad that so many options exist for film, but Alamo runs this bitch." Aron Taylor

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Film Festival/Series

"SXSW Film has become my favorite part of SXSW; I love that we get world premieres and some really interesting activations for new shows and movies." Sharon Tressa DeSimone

Outdoor Festival

"ACL is a lifestyle, not just a festival." Kennedy Engleman

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Arts and Entertainment Wild Card

"Seeing this festival grow over the years is really cool. Where else am I going to find a slightly used copy of Battle Arena Toshinden?" Joseph Poenisch

Classic Game Fest

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