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Best of Rochester 2013: Arts & Entertainment 

Best Local Band Something Else (Runners up: Bogs Visionary Orchestra | Cherry Bomb | Sirens & Sailors)

Best Solo Musician Mikaela Davis (Runners up: Johnny Bauer | Hieronymus Bogs | Ted Nicolosi)

Best Classical Musician/Group Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Runners up: Angelicus String Quartet | Sound ExChange Orchestra | Ying Quartet)

Best Local Album of 2013 "Overstay Their Welcome" by The Isotopes (Runners up: "Annica" by Moho Collective | "Highways" by LastNote | "Level" by Violet Mary)

Best Concert (Arena/Large Venue) Fun. @ CMAC (Runners up: Avett Brothers @ CMAC | David Byrne & St. Vincent @ XRIJF | Lumineers @ CMAC | Trombone Shorty @ XRIJF)

Best Concert (Club/Small Venue) Sirens & Sailors @ Water Street (Runners up: JD McPherson @ Abilene | Jon Spencer Blues Explostion @ Bug Jar | Mac DeMarco @ Bug Jar | Ra Ra Riot @ Water Street)

Best Live Music Venue CMAC. 3355 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua, 394-4400, cmacevents.com. (Runners up: Abilene Bar & Lounge | Bug Jar | Water Street Music Hall)

Best Club DJ DJ Flex (Runners up: DJ Darkwave | DJ Kalifornia | DJ Naps)

Best Local Author Frank De Blase (Runners up: Charles Benoit | Linda Sue Park | JoLynne Valerie)

Best Local Theatrical Production of 2013 (Non-Musical) "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Geva Theatre Center. (Runners up: "August: Osage County," JCC Centerstage | "Steel Magnolias," Blackfriars | "The Whipping Man," Geva Theater Center)

Best Local Musical Theater Production of 2013 "The Book of Mormon," Rochester Broadway Theatre League (Runners up: "Legally Blonde," JCC Centerstage | "Next to Normal," Geva Theatre Center | "Rent," Blackfriars)

Best Local Theater Company Geva Theatre Center. 75 Woodbury Blvd., 232-4382, gevatheatre.org. (Runners up: Blackfriars | Downstairs Cabaret Theater | JCC Centerstage)

Best Comedian Sky Sands (Runners up: Vinnie Paulino | Marianne Sierk | Ralph Tetta)

Best Comedy Show The Comedy Club. 2235 Empire Blvd., Webster, 671-9080, thecomedyclub.us. (Runners up: Geva Comedy Improv | Goo House | Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv)

Best Dance Studio Tango Café. 389 Gregory St., 271-4930, tangocafedance.com. (Runners up: DK Dance | Pittsford Dance Studio | Rhythm Society)

Best Local Dance Company Garth Fagan Dance. 50 Chestnut St., 454-3260, garthfagandance.org. (Runners up: FuturPointe Dance | One Dance Co. | Rochester City Ballet)

Best Local Artist Sarah Rutherford (Runners up: Albert Paley | Cordell Cordaro | St. Monci)

Best Local Art Exhibition of 2013 Wall/Therapy (Runners up: "6x6x2013," Rochester Contemporary | "Boys vs. Girls," 1975 Gallery & The Yards | "The Gender Show," George Eastman House)

Best Local Art Gallery Memorial Art Gallery. 500 University Ave., 276-8900, mag.rochester.edu. (Runners up: 1975 Gallery | ArtisanWorks | Rochester Contemporary Arts Center)

Best Photographer Tammy Swales (Runners up: Dan Dangler | John Schlia | Gerry Szymanski)

Best Mural Thievin' Stephen @ Tap & Mallet. 381 Gregory St., 473-0503, tapandmallet.com. (Runners up: "Sleeping Bears" by ROA | Faith 47 @ Mill Street | "Frog & Crane" by Mr. Prvt)

Best Family-Friendly Attraction National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square Dr., 263-2700, museumofplay.org. (Runners up: Rochester Museum & Center | Seabreeze Amusement Park | Seneca Park Zoo)

Best Movie Theater The Little. 240 East Ave., 258-0400, thelittle.org. (Runners up: Cinema | Dryden Theater | Pittsford Cinema)

Best Local Festival Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (Runners up: Corn Hill Arts Festival | Lilac Festival | Park Ave Summer Art Festival)

Best Special Event Food Truck Rodeo (Runners up: First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival | PGA Championship | Rochester Real Beer Week)

Best Local Drag Performer Darienne Lake (Runners up: Kasha Davis | Aggy Dune | Samantha Vega)

In This Guide...

    Best of Rochester 2013

    Here's the deal
    Normally I start out the introduction to City Newspaper's annual Best of Rochester issue by blathering about the awesomeness of Rochester and making terrible puns based around that year's theme. I'm taking a different tactic this year — although there will probably still be puns.

    Best of Rochester 2013: Food & Drink

    Best Pizza Mark's Pizzeria. Many area locations.

    Best of Rochester 2013: Goods & Services

    New Retail Store Little Bleu Cheese Shop. 684 South Ave., 730-8296, littlebleucheese.com.

    Best of Rochester 2013: Local Color

    Best Local Politician Louise Slaughter. @louiseslaughter (Runners up: Lisa Jacques | Tom Richards | Joe Robach)

    Best of Rochester 2013: Nightlife

    Best New Bar TRATA. 145 Culver Rd., 270-5460, tratarochester.com.

    Best of Rochester 2013: CITY Critic Picks

    Best Way to Fool Others Into Thinking You Cooked From Scratch Newbury Park Pastries' Chicken Pot Pie

    Best of Rochester 2013: Best Answers

    Off-the-cuff, sometime off-color responses to our Best of Rochester 2013 Primary Ballot
    Spelling bee "La Petite Pouting"; "La Petite Pouring"; "Pouting Truck"; "Me Petite Poutine"; "Poutite Poutine"; "Poutine: Have fun sorting through all of the spellings of that" (Best Food Truck)

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