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Arts & Ent. Club DJ - Club Night - Country Act - Electronic Act - Experimental Act - Folk Act - Hip Hop Act - Indie Act - Jazz Act - Karaoke - Latin Act - Mainstream Rock Act - Metal Act - Music Venue - Open Mic - Pop Act - Punk Act - Soul Act - Reggae Act - Strip Club - Art Gallery - Arts Advocate - Dance Troupe - Festival - Movie Theater - Museum - Theater Troupe - Thespian

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Best Club DJ
; ; 1st: DJ Digital

2nd: DJ Kittybat

3rd: Jimmy Joslin

Best Pop Act
; 1st: Megaphone;

2nd: Mumpsy

3rd: Andy Matchett and the Minks

Best Club Night
; ; 1st: Takeovr @ Roxy
; 740 Bennett Road
; 407-898-4004
; www.roxyorlando.com

2nd: Friday at Slingapour's
; 19 N. Orange Ave.
; 407-849-0471
; www.wallstplaza.net/slingapours

3rd: Torque at Crooked Bayou
; 50 E. Central Blvd.
; 407-839-5852
; www.crookedbayou.com

Best Open Mic
; 1st: The Globe Thursdays
; 19 N. Orange Ave.
; 407-849-0471
; www.wallstplaza.net/globe

2nd: Austin's Coffee
; 929 W. Fairbanks Ave.
; 407-975-3364
; www.austinscoffee.com

3rd: Natura Cafe
; 12078 Collegiate Way
; 407-482-5000

Best Country Act
; ; 1st: Thomas Wynn & the Believers
; www.thomaswynn.com

2nd: Hindu Cowboys
; www.hinducowboys.com

3rd: The Lonesome City Travelers
; www.lonesomecitytravelers.com

Best Punk Act
; ; 1st: The Attack

2nd: Awesome and the Ass Kickers

; 3rd: Slippery Slopes

Best Electronic Act
; ; 1st: Yip-Yip
; www.yip-yip.com

2nd: Taveovr DJ Team

; 3rd: Viernes

Best Soul Act
; 1st: The Legendary JC's
; www.thejointchiefs.com

2nd: Shaun Rounds Blues Band

3rd: Peter Baldwin

Best Experimental Act
; ; 1st: Brian Feldman
; www.brianfeldman.com

2nd: Yip-Yip
; www.yip-yip.com

3rd: (tie) Viernes

3rd: (tie) DRIP
; www.ilovedrip.com

Best Reggae Act
; 1st: The Supervillains

2nd: Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom

3rd: Mystic NRG

Best Folk Act
; 1st: Matt Butcher
; www.mattbutchermusic.com

2nd: tie – Matt Mendel

2nd: tie – Thomas Wynn & the Believers
; www.thomaswynn.com

3rd: Tommy Treadway
; www.tommytreadway.com

Best Strip Club
; 1st: Dancers Royale
; 5221 E. Colonial Drive
; 407-281-0120

2nd: Rachel's
; 8701 S. Orange Ave.
; 407-858-9800
; www.rachels.com

3rd: Thee Dollhouse
; 5570 S. Orange Blossom Trail
; 407-858-1319

Best Hip Hop Act
; 1st: Solillaquists of Sound
; www.solilla.com

2nd: Krondor Krew
; www.krondorkrew.com

3rd: S.K.I.P.

Best Art Gallery
; 1st: Bold Hype
; (relocated to New York City)
; www.boldhype.com

2nd: CityArts Factory
; 29 S. Orange Ave.
; 407-648-7060
; www.cityartsfactory.com

3rd: Orlando Museum of Art
; 2416 N. Mills Ave.
; 407-896-4231
; www.omart.org

Best Indie Act
; 1st: Marc With a C
; www.marcwithac.com

2nd: Andy Matchett & the Minks

3rd: Thomas Wynn & the Believers
; www.thomaswynn.com

Best Arts Advocate
; 1st: Beth Marshall
; http://bethmarshallpresents.com

2nd: Mark Baratelli
; www.thedailycity.com

3rd: Margot Knight
; www.unitedarts.cc

Best Jazz Act
; 1st: Sam Rivers
; www.rvbea.com

2nd: Absinthe Trio

3rd: Shaun Rounds

Best Dance Troupe
; 1st: Voci Dance
; www.vocidance.org

2nd: (tie) VarieTease
; www.babybluestarproductions.com

2nd: (tie) DRIP
; www.ilovedrip.com

3rd: Yow Dance
; www.yowdance.org

Best Karaoke
; 1st: Big Daddy's
; 3001 Corrine Drive
; 407-644-2844

2nd: Korndogg's Rock Band Karaoke
; 2059 Dixie Belle Drive
; 407-702-5745

3rd: Rising Star at Citywalk
; 6000 Universal Blvd.
; 407-224-2189
; www.universalorlando.com

Best Festival
; 1st: Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
; www.orlandofringe.org

2nd: Nerdapalooza
; www.nerdapalooza.org

3rd: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
; 407-672-6390
; www.wpsaf.org

Best Latin Act
; 1st: Rico Monaco & Sol Sons

2nd: Latin Express

3rd: tie – Abdias Ernesto Garcia

3rd: tie – Latin Quarter

Best Movie Theater
; 1st: Enzian
; 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland
; 407-629-0054
; www.enzian.org

2nd: Plaza Cinema Café
; 155 S. Orange Ave.
; 321-558-2878

3rd: Regal Winter Park
; 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
; 407-628-0163
; www.regmovies.com

Best Mainstream Rock Act
; 1st: Thomas Wynn & the Believers
;www.thomaswynn.com

2nd: Megaphone
; http://megaphonemusic.net

; 3rd: Hydrosonic

Best Museum
; 1st: Orlando Museum of Art
; 2416 N. Mills Ave.
; 407-896-4231
; www.omart.org

2nd: Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
; 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park
; 407-645-5311
; www.morsemuseum.org

3rd: Orlando Science Center
; 777 E. Princeton St.
; 407-514-2000
; www.osc.org

Best Metal Act
; 1st: Empyrean

2nd: Khann

3rd: Gargamel!

Best Theater Troupe
; 1st: SAK Comedy Lab
; 29 S. Orange Ave.
; 407-648-0001
; www.sak.com

2nd: Mad Cow Theatre
; 105 S. Magnolia Ave.
; 407-297-8788
; www.madcowtheatre.com

3rd: Orlando Shakespeare Theater
; 812 E. Rollins St.
; 407-447-1700
; www.orlandoshakes.org

Best Music Venue
; 1st: The Social
; 54 N. Orange Ave.
; 407-246-1419
; www.thesocial.org

2nd: Back Booth
; 37 W. Pine St.
; 407-999-2570
; www.backbooth.com

3rd: Will's Pub
; 1040 N. Mills Ave.
; 407-898-5070

Best Thespian
; 1st: Peg O'Keef

2nd: Brian Feldman
; www.brianfeldman.com

3rd: John DiDonna
; www.emptyspacestheatre.org

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Writer's Picks

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Best concert windfall

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Traffic from Harvest of Hope Fest
;www.harvestofhopefest.com

This indie-minded St. Augustine music festival is only in its second year, but it has already established itself as a magnet that draws hot local bands to the area. Since the Orlando metro area is only a couple of hours away, the region has become a giddy recipient of the festival's spillover: The week of the fest, there's a revolving door of talent moving through our venues. Music fans can look forward to Harvest of Hope not necessarily to attend the festival itself, but to attend the local shows that come our way while it's going on.

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Best regional trend

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The rise of Florida's ;indie-music scene

This has been a banner year for Florida indie bands, with three homegrown acts making national releases. First, South Florida's Surfer Blood made a beaming national debut with one of this year's most celebrated records, Astro Coast. Then, ascendant St. Pete psych-pop act Blind Man's Colour arrived on the national scene with its Wooden Blankets EP, a much-improved follow-up to its meandering debut album. Orlando's music scene was represented, as well, when experimental sound sculptors Viernes released their heady opus Sinister Devices in June. All three bands were signed by Kanine Records, a surging Brooklyn label co-owned by Orlando native Lio Cerezo.

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Best big-screen bait and switch

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IMAX Digital at Universal Cineplex 20
;6000 Universal Blvd.
;407-354-3374
;www.amcentertainment.com/universal

The popular AMC cinema at CityWalk started to promote that it "now has IMAX," but when did they rip the roof off to install a seven-story screen? Here's the secret: They didn't. Unlike the old-school Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 and IMAX, the Universal Cineplex 20's new and so-called "LieMAX" theater involves a barely larger-than-normal screen, digital projectors and blatant exploitation of the once-trusted IMAX brand. Suffer through Iron Man 2 on the second row aisle and you'll wonder why you spent that extra $5.

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Best new ad-hoc theater district

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Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park
;www.winterparkplayhouse.org
;www.breakthroughtheatre.com
;www.goatgroup.com

Downtown stalwarts SAK Theatre and Mad Cow Theatre are shuffling locations, and the city is shoveling dirt for a new performing arts center, all in hopes of creating a stable theater district. Folks in Winter Park aren't waiting around for that to happen. Between the recently expanded Winter Park Playhouse, the new community Breakthrough Theatre and the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre's hopefully soon-to-reopen Cherry Street space, the less-than lustrous Fairbanks Avenue thoroughfare has become north Orlando's Broadway.

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Best chance to bemoan philistinism

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The demise of Urban Think! Bookstore
;625 E. Central Blvd.
;www.urbanthinkorlando.com

Despite its location in one of the most self-consciously trendy blocks of Orlando, the cultured folks at Urban Think! discovered that vacationland still won't support an actual intellectual exercise, instead opting for cookie-cutter bestseller stacks in big boxes. The small shop with a carefully chosen selection of new and used books closed in March after an eight-year run. The Urban Think! Foundation says it's still trying to decide what to do next, but last we heard the annual Page 15 Young Writers Camp would still be held there this summer.

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Best substitute for music

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WMFE-FM (90.7) news-talk format
;11510 E. Colonial Drive
;407-273-2300
;www.wmfe.org

Cheers to local public radio for its pivotal format shift last November from classical music to news-talk. Orlando's thinking class deserves something of its own, dammit, and smart, cultured programming like The Diane Rehm Show and Fresh Air is a downright benediction. Music is one of our top passions, but we're glad to give up what was a nominal pleasure at most for the much greater good of balancing and elevating the city's intellectual dialogue. You know, not that we need it or anything.

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Best architectural ;juxtaposition

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Seminole County sheriff's office ;and justice center
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100 and 101 Bush Blvd., Sanford

Just off 17-92 there's a short 3-D course in 20th-century architecture, mirroring its highs and lows. Facing down Bush Boulevard, to the right stands a harmonious modern synthesis: a little Art Deco, a little Bauhaus, a little International style mix in the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. To the left looms the Criminal Justice Center, with its forbidding and monotonous facade and square-columned cupola making a unified, if dismaying, architectural statement: stucco Stalinist.

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Best vehicular venue for visual art

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TheDailyCity.com Mobile Art Show
;www.thedailycity.com

About a dozen different downtown venues participate in the monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, but most of those are in boring old buildings. Only one gallery dares to go outdoors: TheDailyCity.com Mobile Art Show makes its home inside a U-Haul truck parked at the corner of Pine Street and Orange Avenue. Curator Mark Baratelli ;consistently keeps the cool-stuff-per-square-inch ratio sky-high.

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Best pretending that the economy hasn't killed local arts

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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Mad Cow Theatre concert opera series
;www.orlandophil.org

When the Orlando Opera Company shuttered its doors (with an echoing scream of "Jim Ireland!") last year, the two other spokes in the city's performing-arts wheel were left in a lurch. The departure of singing fat ladies from the local stage also sapped the mood of fine arts enthusiasts in Orlando. Without so much as a signature nervous blink, Philharmonic executive director David Schillhammer set into motion a collaboration with local staging experts at Mad Cow that would allow the show to go on, as it must. Two successful stripped-down performances (with the orchestra on stage), Carmen and Porgy and Bess, took place this spring to glowing reviews. Musical ;lemonade, then.

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Best dramatic myth

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The Orlando Peoples Critic
; www.facebook.com/orlandopeoplescritic

In spring 2009 a frustrated personage began writing glowing theater "reviews" and posting them on Facebook under the nom de plume "Orlando Peoples Critic." This individual has since stopped reviewing in favor of providing information on anything and everything that's going on around town. So perhaps a more appropriate moniker would be "Orlando People's Promoter." The person posting the information remains anonymous, and local arts groups are milking it, lapping up the free PR.

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(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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