Best Of 2020

Best Porchraits
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Matt Keller Lehman's 'Social Distancing at 85mm' series

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As we spent the first months of the quarantine sternly admonishing you to "stay at home, stay at home" like a broken record, we became aware of a gnawing need to see fellow humans. We weren't alone. Orlando Weekly photographer Matt Keller Lehman was eager to do a porch portrait series, interviewing and photographing Orlandoans in lockdown, and we quickly compiled a list of just a few near and dear to our collective hearts. Seeing these portraits and reading their words made them seem closer and infinitely farther away at the same time. But that's life for the moment. We're still locked down, but we hope to see you all again someday soon.

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

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3rd: Kristen Arnett