Arts & Entertainment
2022 Readers Poll
2022 Critics Picks

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"I looove the cathedral. I’m not religious but it’s so elegant, simple yet meaningful. A true work of art." Heidi Gerlitz

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK

Art Gallery

"Beautiful new space and Chris Cowden has been supporting excellent women artists in a supreme way." Janet Maykus

Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez

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Visual Artist

"Passion, work ethic, and a lovely personality!" Brianna Myers

Performance Space/Theatre

"A beautiful venue. Some of my all-time favorite entertainers performed here." Richard Monsees

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Jana Birchum

Theatre Director

"A force to be reckoned with." Dewy Brooks

Lisa Scheps
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale #122


"She can do it all, drama and comedy. She's so authentic." Polly Hoang

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"Loved his work for Street Corner Arts." Claudia Corum

Classical Musician

"Brown suit, long hair, weird done well – it’s everything you need Austin classical music to be." Michelle Keffer

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"She really makes sure to know her students and learn their talents, capabilities, and capacities to ensure a fun-to-perform number that is also so interesting to watch." Kira Grifin


"Her colors, style, and messages are so happy and positive. Her murals always bring a smile to my face. Love you Zuzu!" Blaire Babyak

courtesy of Zuzu Perkal

Graphic Artist

"The work feels nostalgic, current, and futuristic all at once." Eric Rodriguez

Comedy Troupe

"High-energy hilarity that keeps Austin weird." Teresa Watkins

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth

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Stand-Up Comic

"Vanessa is the GOAT! Seriously one of the funniest people in the world. And she’s so good to her fans!" Katy Gladhill

Comedy Club/Venue

"Best atmosphere for not a lot of clams!" Kenneth Wilson

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

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Comedy/Storytelling Showcase

"Incredible lineup and great venues." Brittany Clay

Moontower Comedy Festival

Fiction Writer

"A gift to the Austin literary community." Claudia Corum

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Nonfiction Writer

"Actual living legend. Anything he does, I'm riveted." Ari Gernaat

Comic Creator/Graphic Novelist

"Batman!" Mohammad Kachooee

New Book by an Austin Writer

"Because it bravely challenged conventional, historical thinking." Suzanne Newell

Burlesque Performer

"Ginger Snaps is always sexy, innovative, entertaining, and most important of all, glittery!" Katie Cowden

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Drag Performer

"Napoleon Bonaparte would have lamented relinquishing this broad to his dying day." Casey Allen

Drag Showcase

"The cunts never disappoint! Honey Baby on the mic is pure comedy, Bohemia is so sexy, and Bridgette bandit [sic] is the cutest bimbo in town serving knee slides for days!!!" Kathee Lozano

Coconut Club
310-B Colorado

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Local Video Game Developer

"I'm looking forward to Weird West!" Bryan Smith

WolfEye Studios

Movie Theatre

"Great food, great drinks, and a safe haven for any and all cinephiles. What’s not to like?" Michael Payton

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

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photo by John Anderson

Film Festival/Series

"My favorite week of the year! Pure magic <3" Conner Smith

South by Southwest
1400 Lavaca


"He's built so much of the ATX film scene, and has remained a great artist and generous community member." Jennifer Graham

photo by Rich Fury / courtesy of Netflix

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Outdoor Festival

"Me and 80,000 friends." David Sullivan

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Arts and Entertainment Wild Card

"It should be an an(nu)al tradition in Austin." Hanna Huang

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