Arts & Entertainment
2024 Readers Poll
2024 Critics Picks

courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art


“Lots of cool art, great programs for all ages. A free day each week, so all are able to come and visit.” Kate Schnack

The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK

Art Gallery

“Thoughtfully curated, highly talented and diverse artists, and really awesome people managing the gallery.” Sara Smith

Women & Their Work
1311 E. Cesar Chavez

photo by Jana Birchum

courtesy of Elissa Marie

Visual Artist

“I looooove Elissa Marie's work: It's witchy, feminist, and powerfully original.” Angela Polacheck

Performance Space/Theatre

“I can't imagine Austin without the Paramount Theatre. It's that iconic.” Nicole Mueller

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress

photo by Lauren Johnson

photo by Jana Birchum

Theatre Director

“Lisa Scheps doesn't just make theatre, she fosters an environment of love and growth. I have worked with her three times now as a costume designer and this theatre is loving and giving and gives me the space to play.” Desiree Humphries

Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale #122


“She is a fabulous talent! Saw her recently and was blown away by her energy, wit, and brilliant charm.” Amy Sawtelle

courtesy of Katie Folger

photo by Nathan Russell

Classical Musician

“Sophie is a phenomenal composer, cellist, and collaborator. She continually inspires me in my practice as a musician.” Maura Tuffy


“Ballet Austin has become a national sensation, almost solely due to Stephen Mills. His original choreographed works are being performed globally.” Norma Hawes

Ballet Austin
501 W. Third

courtesy of Ballet Austin

Photo by Leandra Blei


“Austin OG. Incredibly talented and cares about the community.” Loida Martinez

Graphic Artist

“Love the retro vibe & colors. Captures an energy.” Kim Dunn

Photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Comedy Troupe

“Political humor that's fun to take your conservative visiting relatives to when they visit.” Susanne Harm

Esther's Follies
525 E. Sixth

Stand-Up Comic

“Her laugh alone is contagious and she absolutely slays. ” Brenda Hubbard

via Paramount Theatre

photo by John Anderson

Comedy Club/Venue

“The OG for Austin comedy.” Channing Kingery-Boles

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

Comedy/Storytelling Showcase

“Love shines from the stage and fills the room; you leave glowing.” Melissa Meyer

courtesy of Queer to Tell

photo by Jana Birchum

Fiction Writer

“She always tells a good tale.” Myra McIlvain

Nonfiction Writer

“Lisa has lived her life out loud. She is brave and steadfast in her mission to educate others.” Barbara Foreman


photo by Matt Stryker

Cartoonist/Comic Creator

“Most unhinged comics out there. Love ’em to death.” Daniel Christensen

New Book by an Austin Writer

“Such an important book!” Kirt Reynolds

photo by Rusk Photography

Burlesque Performer

“Whether on the ground or in the air, Ginger Snaps exudes confidence and sexuality with every move. A pleasure to watch onstage.” Betsy Greytok

Drag Performer

“Brigitte not only has FIERCE stage presence but is progressing this country as she does it. She is an inspiration, a bad bitch, and one hell of a queen.” Morgan Miller

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Jana Birchum

Drag Showcase

“The Vixens always bring the moves, fashion, drama, and laughs to the patio every single Sunday.” Skyler Korgel

Movie Theatre

“A cinephile's nirvana.” John Langmore

AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Ste. 3100

photo by Jana Birchum

Samuel D. Hunter and Darren Aronofsky attend AFF's opening night film premiere of The Whale   courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Film Festival

“Amazing variety of films, more chances for audiences to hear the filmmakers speak even at the smaller films, and easy for locals to attend.” Kynna Sullivan


“Legend. Dazed and Confused was one of my favorite movies. I never even knew it was filmed in Austin till I moved here. It just influenced my life and Linklater will always be the king in my books.” Nathan Bernier

courtesy of Netflix

photo by John Anderson

Outdoor Festival

“Music and fun times. Best back-to-back weekends all year.” Ruben Sanchez

Arts & Entertainment Wild Card

“Will Taylor has created a truly unique and beautiful way to bring nature and music together. He is an Austin treasure.” Brett Bachus

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