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Readers’ Poll Winners: Arts & Entertainment

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Readers’ Poll Winners: Arts & Entertainment
Best Artist
 
 
Lovrich captured the portraits of Capital Region creatives over the span of a year. MAKERS 360 brought those creatives together first through social media and then through events at Albany Center Gallery. There aren’t many creatives in the region that Lovrich hasn’t inspired. 

 

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Best Photographer

KIKI VASSILAKIS

When it comes to getting a great shot, Kiki always hits the mark.

 

Best Graphic Designer

RAEANNE WRIGHT

Uniting art and tech to make some sharp web designs.

2ND (TIE) CAROLINE CORRIGAN, LAURYN SCHROM

 

Best Videographer

CHROMOSCOPE PICTURES

Troy

The team behind videos for Sean Rowe, Girl Blue, and Wild Adriatic swept this category with a vengeance.

2ND JAMEL MOSELY

3RD KIKI VASSILAKIS

 

Best Painter

ALEX WATERS

Dark, abstract and provocative–Alex Waters has the kind of edge that is at times missing in the Capital District art scene.

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Best Cartoonist

IRA MARCKS

In addition to creating his own beautiful graphic novels and hosting free Comic Jams at your local library, Ira produced the magic that is this week’s cover.

2ND DANA OWENS

3RD TERESA BURNS PARKHURST

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Best Illustrator

JESS FINK

She’ll have you shipping some adorably sexy robot-human couples among other trademark characters.  

 

Best Dancer

LAURA TEETER

An entertaining and inspiring performer to watch.

2ND SARA SENECAL

 

Best Choreographer

ELLEN SINOPOLI

The founder of Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is known for her take on a variety of genres and inspirations to create beautifully creative performances.

2ND SARA SENECAL

3RD ROBIN CRIST

 

Best Dance Studio

TROY DANCE FACTORY

This isn’t your mom’s stuffy dance studio – the heart & soul of dance pro Nadine Medina, TDF takes hip-hop, tap and chairlesque seriously, and also produced an epic dance video on a rooftop.

2ND ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY

3RD DANCE FORCE INC.

 

Best Author

WILLIAM KENNEDY

Tried and true. William Kennedy captured the Albany of old while critiquing the Albany of present.

 

Best Director

NICOLE VAN SLYKE

Producer-Director at WMHT, Nicole’s local documentary production is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

2ND (TIE) MAGGIE MANCINELLI, JOHN YOST

3RD CHRIS FOSTER

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Best Set Design

CHARLES STECKLER

A resourceful artist who knows how to provide a sense of place.

2ND JOHN STEGEMANN

 

Best Small Theater

CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATER

Albany

This familiar home for local theater handily won the category. This year’s production of An Iliad is a shining example of what makes The Rep so special.

2ND MOPCO

3RD (TIE) ALBANY CIVIC THEATER, STEAMER NO. 10

Best Large Theater

PROCTORS

Schenectady

Known as the “community’s living room,” Proctors consistently delivers world-class Broadway in the same breath as it provides the region’s most robust educational programming, support for countless non-profits, and community programs like the Downtown Ambassadors – and our readers know it!

2ND THE PALACE

3RD THE EGG

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Best Local Production This Year

“RAGTIME” AT PARK PLAYHOUSE

“This show deserves full houses for each and every remaining performance,” our theater critic Amy Durant wrote.

 

Best Touring Production This Year

“CABARET” AT PROCTORS

This acclaimed masterpiece and cautionary tale gained chilling modern relevance in this remarkable tour.

 

Best Comedian

ERIN HARKES

Host of several local open mics and variety shows and always at the ready with her guitar, Erin is a stalwart in the comedy scene and ever at home on the stage.

2ND WILLIAM HUGHES

3RD ETHAN ULLMAN

 

Best Comedy Series

STORYTIME TIME WITH ETHAN ULLMAN AT MOPCO

The best way to understand this hybrid of a comedy show and storytelling event is to just go see it.

2ND CHICKS ARE FUNNY

 

Best Comedy Club

THE FUNNY BONE

Albany

The best club in the area for stand-up, but they won’t be held responsible if the comedian makes fun of your outfit.

2ND (TIE) COMEDY WORKS, MOPCO

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Best Poet

AMANI O+

The social justice advocate, poet and artist is calling for change and has captured the local community’s attention, rocketing her to the top.

2ND D. COLLINS

3RD MARY PANZA

 

Best Poetry Night

TROY KITCHEN

A fresh scene full of new and powerful voices. Troy Kitchen has become a cocoon for new talent.

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Best Burlesque Collective

POP CULTURE PROVOCATEURS

The hottest burlesque troupe in the area is keeping the scene alive.

2ND BING BAMBOO ROOM

 

Best Burlesque Performer

PERSEPHONE POMME

Creative, gorgeous and daring. Persephone Pomme won our readers’ hearts and votes.

2ND TEASY ROOSEVELT

 

Best Fashion Designer

KIM VANYO

Kim’s studio – Khymanyo – features special occasion, custom designs creating a unique, unconventional look that our readers love.

 

Best Movie Theater

SPECTRUM 8
Albany’s arthouse theater remains king in a sea of multiplexes and IMAX theaters.

2ND MADISON

3RD (TIE) BOWTIE, SCOTIA CINEMA

 

Best Drive-In Theater

MALTA

The best place to catch a movie in your car and kick back the way your parents used to.

2ND HOLLYWOOD

3RD JERICHO

 

Best Screenings

THE MADISON

Great flicks in a historic theater with super tasty popcorn makes The Madison the best screen on the scene.

2ND SPECTRUM 8

 

Best Art Gallery

ALBANY CENTER GALLERY

A compelling new location has helped invigorate this already vital gallery.

2ND OPALKA

3RD COLLAR WORKS

 

Best Museum

NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

Albany

You can’t beat the Cohoes Mastodon that’s been on display at the NYS Museum since 1915. You just can’t!

2ND (TIE) ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART, MASS MOCA

3RD MISCI

 

Best Art Museum

THE CLARK

Williamstown, Mass.

The Clark’s essential exhibits are not only inspirational but a boon to the Northeast. Its recent “Picasso Encounters” show was a revelation.

2ND MASS MOCA

3RD ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART

 

Best History Museum

ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART

The Albany Institute has an Albany attitude—its exhibitions punch above their weight and are always sharp and smart.

2ND NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

 

Best Museum for Kids

MISCI

Schenectady

Want your kids to grow up inquisitive and interested in understanding how the world works? Bring them to miSci.

2ND NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

3RD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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