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BEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


BEST LOCAL ORIGINAL BAND

Joywave

@joywavemusic; joywavemusic.com

Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People | Sirens and Sailors | Teagan and the Tweeds


BEST LOCAL SOLO MUSICIAN

Teagan Ward

facebook.com/teaganwardmusic.com; teaganward.com

Mikaela Davis | Cammy Enaharo | Jon Lewis


BEST LOCAL HIP-HOP ACT

Moses Rockwell

mosesrockwell.bandcamp.com

Benny Beyond | MdotCoop | Tyreckdagoat


BEST LOCAL ALBUM OF 2019

"Things I Remember from Earth" by Maybird

Maybirdmusic.com

"Elephino" by Elephino | "Lung Cycles" by Lung Cycles | "Purple, Green, and Yellow" by Ananmon


BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (ARENA/LARGE VENUE)

CMAC

3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. (585) 394-4400; cmacevents.com

Blue Cross Arena | Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre | Main Street Armory


BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (CLUB/SMALL VENUE)

Anthology

336 East Avenue, (585) 484-1964; anthologylive.com

Abilene | Bug Jar | Flour City Station


BEST LIVE DJ

DJ Kalifornia

kaliforniaentertainment.com

DJ Chreath | DJ Darkwave | Tim Tones


BEST LOCAL AUTHOR

Bethany Snyder

@bethanyswrite; bethanysnyder.com

Georgia Beers | Gary Craig | Brian Wood


BEST LOCAL POET

Rachel McKibbens

@rachelmckibbens; rachelmckibbens.com

Anthony Blake | Charlie Cote | Jacob Rakovan


BEST LOCALLY WRITTEN BOOK OF 2019

"Love Like Sky" by Leslie Youngblood

lesliecyoungblood.com/love-like-sky

"22 Minutes: The USS Vincennes and the Tragedy of Savo Island: A Lifetime Survival Story" by Jeff Spevak | "Gavin Goode" by David Seaburn | "Without a Prayer: The Death of Lucas Leonard and How One Church Became a Cult" by Susan Ashline


BEST PERFORMANCE PRODUCED BY A RESIDENT THEATER VENUE

"Hamilton"

at Rochester Broadway Theatre League, rbtl.org

"Newsies" at JCC CenterStage | "Revival: The Resurrection of Son House" at Geva Theatre Centre | "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Blackfriars Theatre


BEST PERFORMANCE PRODUCED BY A LOCAL THEATER GROUP

Grey Noise Theatre Co.'s "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" at The Avyarium

Greynoisetheatre.org; avyarium.com

DVC's "At Swim, Two Boys" at MuCCC | Out of Pocket Productions' "Barbecue Apocalypse" at MuCCC | Dangerous Signs' "Man of La Mancha" at MuCCC


BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

Geva Theatre Center

75 Woodbury Boulevard, (585) 232-4382; gevatheatre.org

Blackfriars Theatre | Grey Noise Theatre Co. | WallByrd Theatre Co. | Out of Pocket, Inc.


BEST LOCAL STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Woody Battaglia

@woodybattaglia; facebook.com/woodybattagliacomedy

Ilhan Ali | Dario Joseph | Malcolm Whitfield


BEST LOCAL COMEDY GROUP

Nuts & Bolts Comedy Improv

facebook.com/nabcomedy

EstroFest | Polite Ink. | Unleashed


BEST LOCAL DANCE COMPANY

Garth Fagan Dance

50 Chestnut Street, (585) 454-3260; garthfagandance.org

PUSH Physical Theatre | Rochester City Ballet | Sirens & Stilettos Cabaret


BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Shawn Dunwoody

@shawndunwoody; shawndunwoody.com

Jason Dorofy | Stacey Rowe | Sarah C. Rutherford


BEST ART EXHIBIT OF 2019

Monet's Waterloo Bridge at Memorial Art Gallery

mag.rochester.edu

6x6x2019 at Rochester Contemporary Art Center | "Just Folks" at RIT's City Art Space | "Sass Menagerie" at Whitman Works


BEST ART GALLERY

Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Avenue. (585) 276-8900; mag.rochester.edu

ARTISANworks | Rochester Contemporary Art Center | UUU Art Collective


BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Jim Montanus

@jamesmontanus; montanusphotography.com

Will Cornfield | Gerry Szymanski | Aaron Winters


BEST LOCAL FILMMAKER

Scott Fitzgerald

@fairportpicts; fairportpictures.com

Alex Freeman | David Marshall | Linda Moroney


BEST LOCAL FILM FESTIVAL

Rochester International Film Festival

rochesterfilmfest.org

ImageOut | Rochester International Jewish Film Festival | One Take Film Festival


BEST LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rochester International Jazz Festival

rochesterjazz.com

Fairport Canal Days | Lilac Festival | Party in the Park


BEST LOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Corn Hill Arts Festival

cornhillartsfestival.com

Clothesline | Lilac Festival | Park Ave Summer Art Festival


BEST LOCAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL

ROC Pride Fest

rocpridefest.org

Annunciation Greek Festival | Puerto Rican Festival | Rochester Black Pride | St. Josaphat's Ukranian Festival


BEST FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Food Truck Rodeo

cityofrochester.gov/foodtruckrodeo

Flour City Brewers Fest | Foodlink Festival of Food | Rochester Real Beer Expo


BEST LOCAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATTRACTION

Strong National Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Square Drive, (585) 263-2700; museumofplay.org

Rochester Museum & Science Center | Seabreeze | Seneca Park Zoo


BEST LOCAL DRAG PERFORMER

Mrs. Kasha Davis

Kashadavis.com; @mrskashadavis

DeeDee DuBois | Kyla Minx | Wednesday Westwood

In This Guide...

    Explore the Best of Rochester

    The results for our annual scavenger hunt are in. We asked you to respond to our 2019 Best of Rochester readers' poll with your favorite people, places, and things as you've explored our fine region, and you delivered.

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    Best Local Color

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    Best Nightlife

    BEST NIGHTLIFE BEST NEW BAR/CLUB

    Best answers

    OFF-THE CUFF, SOMETIMES OFF-COLOR RESPONSES TO OUR BEST OF ROCHESTER 2019 PRIMARY BALLOT

    Critics' Picks

    BEST YOUNG FARMER: Eric Houppert of Deep Root Farm There are myriad categories featuring food in the Best of Rochester awards, but nothing about the people growing (and supplying) local ingredients behind the scenes. Several years ago, Macedon resident Eric Houppert made the jump from graphic designer to farmhand at Mud Creek Farms in Victor.

    GALLERY: Best of Rochester 2019 Party

    Over 500 Best of Rochester party-goers decended upon the atrium at Village Gate to celebrate the winners of the 2019 Best of Rochester reader poll. See the full list of winners here!

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