Arts & Entertainment

  • Dallas Museum of Art

    BEST ART GALLERY

    Dallas Museum of Art

    Bill Engvall: from Dallas comedy clubs to overnight star, give or take a few years What a doll. A talking doll actually. Its official name is the Bill Engvall Blue Collar Comedy Tour Talking Plush Doll, part of a set that includes comics Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. Engvall in fine plush costs $15.95. Requires three… More >>
  • Best TV News Anchor

    Heather Hays, KDFW Fox 4

    There's a lot to consider when naming the best news anchor, but in the end, it always comes down to that indescribable "it" factor that radiates from the tube, and that's exactly what has us tuning in to Fox 4 on a nightly basis to watch Heather Hays ply her craft. Sure, it helps that she's easier on the eyes… More >>
  • Best City Council Member

    Angela Hunt

    Hunt is the only real biko on the council—determined to see Dallas transform itself from a generic regional car-centric Blah-ville to a unique, truly cool Biko-City that will draw creative, productive, entrepreneurial people from around the world. But don't trust us on that. Let her explain in her own words. On her website, Hunt says: "Policymakers and city staff will… More >>
  • Diane and Hal Brierley; Resident Acting Company

    Best Theater Company

    Diane and Hal Brierley; Resident Acting Company

    We haven't decided if we're totally happy with the Wyly as an audience-friendly theater space (those hard green chairs are enemies of spines), but we're certain there's no other local theater company so fine and so deep-benched with talent as Dallas Theater Center's Brierley Resident Acting Company, which calls the Wyly Theatre home base. Just look at the list of… More >>
  • Best Blast of Gay

    Gay List Daily

    Founded in Dallas by PR guy Cooper Smith Koch, Gay List Daily is a slick, free e-publication blasted out via e-mail every morning to thousands of inboxes. Dedicated to all things trendy and gay, it's fashioned after Daily Candy, offering tips and reviews of culture and couture, food and frivolity and whatever else is striking the editors' fancy on a… More >>
  • Kessler Theater

    Best Backstage

    Kessler Theater

    The backstage area at Oak Cliff's newly restored Kessler Theater has everything a band could want on show night and more. Lots of free parking directly behind the venue? Check. A convenient backstage door for pre- and post-show smoke breaks? Check. Plenty of room for stowing gear? Check. Upstairs lounge for setlist writing, beer drinking and groupie courting? Check. And… More >>
  • GrapeFest in Grapevine

    READERS' PICK BEST FESTIVAL

    GrapeFest in Grapevine

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  • READERS' PICK BEST RADIO STATION

    1310 The Ticket

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  • Best Radio Station

    KKXT-FM 91.7

    There was a time not long ago when a decent playlist on the radio could only be found via satellite. With some local radio stations stuck in the '90s and others on a steady rotation of Black Eyed Peas and, umm, more Black Eyed Peas, the best music on the airwaves actually came from a sports talk radio station. But… More >>
  • Best Blog

    Car Free in Big D

    Patrick Kennedy's cause is a daunting one: winning over truck-loving locals to the car-free lifestyle, and hoping those building this city proceed with an eye on livability. And yet, something about the 31-year-old blogger and design consultant recalls a guy voted "Most Likely To Succeed" back in high school. Well-spoken, opinionated and lively, his blog posts sometimes take on the… More >>
  • Sixth Floor Museum Reading Room

    Best Place to Go to Understand Dallas

    Sixth Floor Museum Reading Room

    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has become a serious international repository of documents, films, periodicals and research dealing with the Kennedy assassination, much of which the museum is now making available to the public in a sunny reading room staffed by a full-time academic research librarian. You do have to call ahead for an appointment, but the reading… More >>
  • Margot and Bill Winspear; Opera House

    Best New Theater

    Margot and Bill Winspear; Opera House

    In a sweep of 60-foot lipstick-red walls on its glass facade, the new 2,200-seat Winspear Opera House welcomes theatergoers into Dallas' finest new arts facility. In its first season, the Winspear wowed audiences with Broadway tours of the Pulitzer-winning drama August: Osage County, the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening and then the topper, the world premiere of Jake Heggie's magnificent opera… More >>
  • Neil Young

    Best Concert

    Neil Young

    Heading in with a mix of hope and skepticism, we weren't exactly sure what to expect from Neil Young's high-dollar solo performance June 7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Would we get an hour and a half of classic Neil? Or an hour and a half of Greendale (which is what we got the last time Neil rolled through town… More >>
  • Best Place for a Street Festival

    Bishop Arts District

    Thanks to an incredibly energetic bunch of neighborhood advocates, particularly Go Oak Cliff and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District has become the best place to go for a festival. Even better, they're the kind of creative, exciting, invigorating fests that make you proud to live in the 'hood. It seems like just about every month there's some… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST THEATER COMPANY

    Theatre Three

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  • Mi Cocina

    READERS' PICK BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

    Mi Cocina

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  • Best Media Harassment

    Pete's Tweets @wfaaweather

    WFAA chief meteorologist Pete Delkus is behind one of DFW's most popular twitter accounts, @wfaaweather.com, with more than 10,000 faithful followers. Sure, it's great to see accurate forecasts pop up in your twitter feed—it got really exciting during February's "Snowmageddon," especially—but mostly it's just satisfying to give the man a friendly ribbing whenever he misses the mark. He's a good… More >>
  • Best Links For IM-ing Coworkers

    Good At Internet

    There's something really satisfying about sending a laugh through the office cubicle farm. And when a friend directed us toward the local blog Good At Internet, we knew we'd hit gold. The site features graphic and/or idea mash-ups...which means our descriptions won't do them a bit of justice. "Herve VillaChe" features the Fantasy Island star's face on Che's portrait. "Guinnessis"… More >>
  • Best Daily Newspaper Columnist

    Katie Fairbank, "Problem Solver"

    First, some definitions. Daily newspaper: We only have one in this burg. Newspaper columnist: A newspaper writer who manages to get out of his/her bathrobe at least once a year to do some useful reporting. Point is, we've already narrowed the field. But of what we have to work with, Katie Fairbank, author of The Dallas Morning News' "Problem Solver"… More >>
  • Best Theater Fundraiser

    Broadway Our WayUptown Players

    Dallas' top musical comedy stars come together every year for this gender-flipping revue that raises funds for Uptown Players. Men sing Broadway anthems written for female characters; women sing the men's songs. So you get a much darker jailhouse scene from Chicago and a sidesplitting version of "The Game" from Damn Yankees. Among the talented actors who perform in this… More >>
  • Best City-Backed Rave

    Electric Daisy Carnival

    Just one week after California-based party promotion company Insomniac made its Electric Daisy Carnival debut in Texas with a well-attended (some 11,000 purchased tickets), gorgeously presented (the art installations around the fest's Fair Park offering were enough to make even the drug-free trip out), city of Dallas-backed offering, all hell broke out at the fest's Southern California version, which has… More >>
  • Glee Club

    Glee Club

    Glee Club

    For 30 years, the hundreds of members of the Turtle Creek Chorale have sung for the love of singing. Its an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Its 200 or so singers, all men, pay dues to be part of the group whose mission is to entertain, educate, unite and uplift our audiences and members through music that is distinguished for its innovation,… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST LOCAL ACTOR

    Andrews W. Cope

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  • READERS' PICK BEST WINE LIST

    Veritas Wine Room

    Veritas Wine Room… More >>
  • Best Camera Club

    Photopol.us

    Think back to the geeks in the camera club, hanging around the darkroom after school and arguing about their F-stops. So what if they weren't the ones carried off the football field in a giddy swarm of cheerleaders? Ten years later, we all know who the real cool kids turned out to be. And since Photopol.us came around, they even… More >>
  • Best PR Stunt

    Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" VideoNew Amerykah, Part II: Return of the AnkhPete Schulte, attorneyJames J. Scheske, attorney

    Listen, Queen of the Lake: Don't think for one second that you've slipped one past all of us. We watched your video for "Window Seat," which came out right before the release of your latest opus, New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh, and we totally got the message you were putting out there in your low-budget clip about… More >>
  • Best Local Actor

    Regan Adair

    Unfailingly elegant, except when he's playing the odd redneck slob, Dallas theater actor Regan Adair is usually the best reason to see whatever play he's in. Over the past year he's been on a roll of great roles, starring as a 1950s TV comedy writer in WaterTower Theatre's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (by Neil Simon), as a suave businessman… More >>
  • Best Christmas Show

    A Christmas CarolDallas Theater Center

    Dallas Theater Center returns to its old home at Kalita Humphreys Theater one more time this year for the last performances of its beloved version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Adapted by Richard Hellesen, with music by David de Berry, the show is a heart-melting, spectacularly staged run-up to the holidays. This year's production, directed by DTC company member… More >>
  • Best Shiny Happy People

    The Dallas Family Band

    The collective known as the Dallas Family Band seemed to rise out of nowhere last summer, with at least one of its member acts—a formidable list that includes Jacob Metcalf, The Beaten Sea, The Fox and the Bird, Wheeler Sparks, Spooky Folk and Lalagray—popping up on nearly every folk-tinged bill in town. It's their guerilla supergroup performances as the Dallas… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST RADIO TALK SHOW

    The Hardline, The Ticket 1310

    The Hardline, The Ticket 1310… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST LOCAL ACTRESS

    Danielle Pickard

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  • Best Film Festival

    Dallas International Film Festival

    2010 marked the first year that Dallas' pride and joy of celluloid and big screens left the AFI umbrella and adopted its own moniker: The Dallas International Film Festival. And it was a banner year thanks to the delicious programming talents of artistic director James Faust, senior programmer Sarah Harris and chairman of the board Michael Cain. There were roughly… More >>
  • Best Urban Explorer

    Justin Terveen

    From Reunion Tower to One Arts Plaza, there are plenty of landmarks on the Dallas skyline to catch your eye—and Justin Terveen shoots them all with monkish dedication. What makes his work stand out, though, is the way an abandoned high-rise tower, a run-down shack on Deep Ellum's fringes or a homeless guy in a doorway all get treated with… More >>
  • Best Local Actress

    Sally Nystuen Vahle

    A member of Dallas Theater Center's Brierley Resident Acting Company, Vahle has been acting professionally for 25 years. Known for her versatility and strength in a variety of roles (she once played the title role in Macbeth), Vahle's had a great run of star turns recently. She was lovely as royalty in DTC's pop-art A Midsummer Night's Dream, then turned… More >>
  • Best Fancy Dresser

    Aaron Patrick Turner

    Costume designer Aaron Patrick Turner makes the metaphorical silk purse out of sows' ears for many a local theatrical production. Working on lavish budgets or on the "Can you get it free?" plan, Turner has earned a reputation as a meticulous creator of beautiful period costumes. Among his best are the clothes he made for Trinity Shakespeare Festival's Twelfth Night,… More >>
  • Best Local CD Release

    Suburban Nature by Sarah Jaffe

    Regular readers of the Observer music section won't find this nod as much of a surprise. The best local release of 2010? That's easy: It's Sarah Jaffe's Suburban Nature, a collection of heartbreaking, vulnerable tunes penned by the prodigious 24-year-old Dallas native, who for the past year has toured the country supporting the likes of fellow DFW products Midlake and… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

    Angela Hunt, District 14

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  • READERS' PICK BEST PUBLIC SCULPTURE

    Traveling Man, Deep Ellum

    Traveling Man, Deep Ellum… More >>
  • Best Art Gallery

    Conduit Gallery

    The Conduit isn't just a "walk in, stand and stare" sort of art gallery. Oh, sure, you can do that all day long, but the spacious gallery nestled in the Design District doesn't require you to keep still or whisper your thoughts. You will feel the creative energy in the air, and if you're fortunate to make it to an… More >>
  • Best Trip Back to the Barre

    School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas

    We always heard if you didn't graduate high school and go on to become a professional dancer you'd be relegated to watching So You Think You Can Dance? from your couch for eternity. Wait, what? No. Contemporary Ballet Dallas knows that isn't the case when it opens its East Dallas doors almost daily and welcomes adults to revisit dance classes… More >>
  • Best Theater Director

    Kevin Moriarty, Dallas Theater Center

    In three years as artistic director at Dallas Theater Center, Kevin Moriarty has experienced the high of moving his company into the shiny new Wyly Theatre downtown, and the low of a box office bomb like the Bible-themed In the Beginning (which he directed). But nobody faults the guy for taking big chances. Moriarty, an Indiana native who came to… More >>
  • Best Theater Festival

    Festival of Independent Theatres

    Everybody's got to start somewhere and many a Dallas actor, director and playwright have been launched from this annual summer festival of fringe theater companies overseen by Bath House regulars Marty van Kleeck and David Meglino. Only troupes that don't have their own home stages can qualify for this three-week event, which features mostly new scripts (none more than an… More >>
  • Best Club DJs

    Tony Schwa and Big J.

    Ain't no party like a Cool Out party 'cause a Cool Out party don't quit. Quite literally, actually: For the past few years, Dallas has flocked to Tony Schwa and Big J's weekly residency upstairs at the Cavern, which remains the best DJ-helmed party in the Dallas area. Even as more DJs have become hip to the fact that Monday… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST RADIO DJ

    Kidd Kraddick, 106.1 Kiss FM

    Kidd Kraddick, 106.1 Kiss FM… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST MOVIE THEATER

    Angelika Film Center

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  • Best Justified Impulse Buy

    Art Conspiracy

    The goal of Art Conspiracy is simple: to bring artists together to create, in 24 hours, art that can then be auctioned to folks who can't/don't generally buy art...while they enjoy live music. The proceeds may benefit a pre-selected charity, but in reality, the event draws so many creative people (and fans of creative people) that the entire art scene… More >>
  • Best TV News

    News 8 Update

    There's a reason why WFAA's 10 p.m. newscast is consistently atop the Nielsen ratings: Veteran anchors Gloria Campos and John McCaa are the strongest duo in the game, and relevant stories take precedence over those, found on other stations, that we sometimes confuse for infomercials. Gary Reaves, Rebecca Lopez, Jason Whitely and Chris Hawes highlight a deep crop of reporters… More >>
  • Best Middle Finger To the Music Industry

    FeelerThe Toadies

    In 1997, three years after taking the nation by storm with their still-holds-up-quite-well major label debut, Rubberneck, the now-seminal North Texas rockers in the Toadies went back into the studio to record their follow-up. The resulting album was Feeler, a disc that the band now looks back upon as perhaps the best in its catalog. Thing is, Interscope Records, to… More >>
  • Best Family Court Judge

    Tena Callahan,302nd District Court

    It's no small thing being branded an activist judge in Texas, particularly because judges are elected and the state is so conservative and activist judges raise the ire of heavily financed tort reformers. Add to this the fact that the judge is in family court where the law is rarely challenged or changed, and you can sense how much courage… More >>
  • Best Radio DJ

    Paul Slavens

    You really have to hand it to KKXT-91.7 FM. Even if its playlists are pretty random, the station, with its tag line "music to the core," is a refreshing entity amid the national corporate-helmed options cluttering your FM dial. Never is the KERA sister station and NPR affiliate's free-form nature more evident than for two hours on Sunday nights when… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST LOCAL CD RELEASE

    Pardon Me, Jonathan Tyler And the Northern Lights

    Pardon Me, Jonathan Tyler And the Northern Lights… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST NEWS ANCHOR

    John McCaa, WFAA

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  • Best Movie Theater

    AMC NorthPark 15

    Yes, AMC NorthPark 15 is part of a major chain. But, hold up, naysayers. It's also got ample leg space (good for shopping bags and tired legs), great sound and a burly concession stand. The theater provides both 3D and non-3D options for films available in both formats, and offers a killer blend of mainstream big-budget flicks and indie/art house… More >>
  • Best Public Sculpture

    Deep Ellum's Traveling Man

    If only because you can only shoot so many portraits in front of brick walls and murals, the Traveling Man has been a welcome addition to the Dallas cityscape. But after a year of keeping watch over Deep Ellum's western front, the hulking guitar-headed robot man, towering public art installation and friend to all giant metal birds, has finally shed… More >>
  • Best Chorus Girl

    Katharine Gentsch

    If you attended any musical theater productions in or around Dallas over the past 12 months, you probably saw 21-year-old SMU theater major Katharine Gentsch singing and dancing somewhere just behind the lead actors. Since September 2009, she has appeared in a remarkable string of shows: as a "Hot Box Girl" in Guys and Dolls at WaterTower Theatre, in the… More >>
  • Best New Arts Event

    Free Night of Theater

    Presented last fall by The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Theatre Communications Group, the Free Night of Theater launched a national program to bring new audiences to live theater performances. Thousands took up the offers of free tickets from Kitchen Dog Theater, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, the Eisemann Center, Rover Dramawerks, Teatro Dallas, Dallas Children's… More >>
  • Best Hero

    Dan Stark, The Good Guys

    His biggest career accomplishment? Saving the governor's kidnapped son all the way back in 1985. And, OK, maybe he's been riding that train about 25 years too long at this point. But the fact remains: Dan Stark is a goddamn hero, folks. And it's not just his mustache, his always-present aviator shades, his sweet 1979 Trans Am or the fact… More >>
  • READERS' PICK BEST BLOG

    The Unticket

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  • READERS' PICK BEST TV NEWS SHOW

    WFAA Channel 8 News

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