Best Of 2021

Readers Poll Winner Highlight — Best Movie Theater: Enzian Theater

The overall forecast for the movie theater sector is one of unrelenting grimness, but Maitland indie cinema Enzian is swimming defiantly against the tide of prevailing wisdom and maybe even flourishing. And you noticed, voting it as your fave spot to catch a flick locally — even over the big cineplexes. Orlando's mainstay arthouse proves handily that bigger isn't always better (although we were saddened when their plans to expand to three screens were shot down by the neighbors). With an adventurous bill of cinematic fare — both streaming and in-person, the proverbial different strokes for different folks — as well as a crackerjack menu that goes way behind popcorn and Milk Duds, and the Eden Bar on site serving up craft cocktail creativity, it's an all-around pleasure to meet a friend and/or watch a film there. Special mention as well must be made of their various ongoing film series: the Peanut Butter Matinee films for kids, Music Mondays rock-docs, Cult Classics dredging up overlooked masterpieces, the Film Slams that spotlight local up-and-comers, and the jewel in the crown, the Florida Film Festival (which the Enzian pulled off safely back in 2020). See you at the pictures. (enzian.org)

First: Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, orlandofringe.org

Second (tie): Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, disneyworld.disney.go.com

Second (tie): Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, wpsaf.org

Third: Mount Dora Arts Festival, mountdoraartsfestival.org

First: Thornton Park 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk, thorntonparkdistrict.com

Second: 1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art, omart.org

Third: Sanford Art Walk, third Saturday of every month, historicdowntownsanford.com

First: SAK Comedy Lab, sakcomedylab.com

Second: The Improv, theimprovorlando.com

Third: April Fresh's Comedy Brunch at Southern Nights, facebook.com/southernnightsorlando

First: Florida Film Festival, floridafilmfestival.com

Second: Orlando Film Festival, offvirtual.com

Third: Central Florida Film Festival, centralfloridafilmfestival.com

First: Orlando Story Club, facebook.com/orlandostoryclub

Second: African American Read In at OCLS, ocls.info

First: Orlando Ballet, orlandoballet.org

Second: Phantasmagoria, phantasmagoriaorlando.com

Third: Central Florida Irish Dance, centralfloridairishdance.com

First: Benjamin Ptashinsky

Second: Carlos Navarro

Third: Dewayne Williams

First: John Green, johngreenbooks.com

Second: David James Poissant, davidjamespoissant.com

Third: Owl Goingback, owlgoingback.com

First: Benjamin Ptashinsky, instagram.com/equityben

Second (tie): Ben Brainard, benbrainard.com

Second (tie): Ryan Holmes, facebook.com/ryanholmescomedy

Third: Ginger Minj, twitter.com/thegingerminj