Best Of 2020

Best Book by a Local
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'Lake Life,' by David James Poissant

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As the Starling family gathers for their last annual vacation at the North Carolina cottage they've owned for decades, the ties that bind them have frayed until they're threadbare – and in the weekend that follows, they rupture completely, setting loose a tide of secrets and lies. Poissant is one of our most talented local writers and we've been waiting for this, his first novel, for what feels like a very long time. If 2020 did nothing else good, at least it brought us this book.

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2020

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2020

Arts & Culture

Best Arts Event or Art Festival
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1st: Epcot International Festival of the Arts disneyworld.disney.go.com

2nd: Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival orlandofringe.org

3rd: The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival wpsaf.org

Best Burlesque Troupe
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1st: Corsets & Cuties, a Burlesque Cabaret corsetsandcuties.com

2nd: Les Vixens lesvixens.com

3rd: The Ladies of the Peek-a-Boo Lounge instagram.com/ladiesofthepeekaboo

Best Comedy Club or Night
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1st: SAK Comedy Lab sakcomedylab.com

2nd: Orlando Improv Comedy Club

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3rd: Shit Sandwich Comedy Showcase bullandbushorlando.com

Best Dance Company
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1st: Orlando Ballet orlandoballet.org

2nd: Phantasmagoria phantasmagoriaorlando.com

3rd: Central Florida Irish Dance centralfloridairishdance.com

Best Film Fest or Series
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1st: Florida Film Festival floridafilmfestival.com

2nd: Orlando Film Festival orlandofilmfest.com

3rd: Uncomfortable Brunch enzian.org

Best Gallery
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1st: CityArts orlandoslice.com

2nd: Mills Gallery millsgalleryorlando.com

3rd: Snap! Orlando snaporlando.com

Best Literary Reading Series
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1st: Orlando Story Club orlandostoryclub.com

2nd: Loose Lips

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3rd: Functionally Literate burrowpress.com/fl

Best Local Actor
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1st: Carlos Navarro iamcarlosnavarro.com

2nd: Ben Ptashinsky instagram.com/equityben

3rd: Laura Hodos laurahodos.com

Best Local Author
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1st: James Holmes jamesholmesauthor.com

2nd: Owl Goingback

owlgoingback.com

3rd: Kristen Arnett