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Best of OKC 2018: Arts, Culture and Entertainment 

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Best local living author

S.E. Hinton
2. Lauren Zuniga
3. Bob Burke
4. Carolyn Hart
5. Lou Berney


Best local band/artist

My So Called Band
2. SuperFreak
3. Hosty
4. Weekend All Stars
5. Violent Affair


Best radio personality or team

Joey and Heather
KYIS 98.9

2. TJ, Janet and J Rod — KJ103
3. Rick and Brad — KATT-FM
4. The Morning Animals — WWLS-FM
5. Jack and Ron — KQOB-FM


Best performing arts group

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
1727 NW 16th St.

2. Oklahoma City Ballet
3. Oklahoma City Philharmonic
4. Dust Bowl Dolls
5. Adèle Wolf Productions


Best visual artist

Jay Roberts
Mind Bender Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery
4012 N. Tulsa Ave.

2. Jason Pawley
3. Kris Kanaly
4. Denise Duong
5. D.G. Smalling


Best local annual event or festival

Festival of the Arts
Arts Council Oklahoma City
500 Couch Drive

2. Paseo Arts Festival
3. deadCenter Film Festival
4. H&8th Night Market
5. Norman Music Festival


Best charity event

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
2. Hero Awards — Central Oklahoma Humane Society
3. Boots & Ball Gowns — Infant Crisis Services
4. Red Tie Night
5. Gumdrops and Lollipops Ball — The Anna’s House Foundation


Best free entertainment

Festival of the Arts
Arts Council Oklahoma City
500 Couch Drive

2. Paseo Arts Festival
3. Sonic Summer Movies — Myriad Botanical Gardens
4. Heard on Hurd
5. Sunday Twilight Concert Series — Arts Council Oklahoma City


Best bar for live music

The Blue Note
2408 N. Robinson Ave.

2. VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
3. JJ’s Alley Bricktown Pub
4. The Deli
5. Lost Highway


Best dance club

Groovy’s
5705 Mosteller Drive

2. Cowboys OKC
3. Dollhouse Lounge & Burlesque
4. Greystone Lounge
5. The Liszt Nightclub + Lounge


Best concert venue

Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno Ave.

2. The Jones Assembly
3. The Zoo Ampitheatre
4. Tower Theatre
5. The Criterion


Best open mic/comedy night

The Loony Bin
8503 N. Rockwell Ave.

2. 51st Street Speakeasy
3. Sauced on Paseo
4. VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
5. Elecktra’s Open Mic at The Root


Best public art/mural

Plaza Walls
in 16th Street Plaza District

2. New Zealand OKC Thunder player Steven Adams by Graham Hoete on The Paramount building in Film Row
3. Welcome to Uptown murual on The Pump Bar building in Uptown 23rd District
4. Western Avenue murals
5. 21c fence mural by Denise Duong on W. Main Street and N. Classen Blvd.


Best place to buy local art

The Paseo Arts District
Paseo St. from NW 28th St. and N. Walker Ave. to NW 30th St. and N. Dewey Ave.

2. Festival of the Arts
3. DNA Galleries
4. Mind Bender Tattoo
5. JRB Art at the Elms


Best art gallery

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd.

2. DNA Galleries
3. Little D Gallery
4. JRB Art at the Elms
5. Howell Gallery


Best museum

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive

2. Science Museum Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
4. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
5. Sam Noble Museum


Best local district

Midtown
northeast of the downtown business district

2. 16th Street Plaza District
3. The Paseo Arts District
4. Uptown 23rd District
5. Automobile Alley


Best casino for gaming

Riverwind Casino
1544 State Highway 9, Norman

2. WinStar World Casino and Resort
3. Remington Park Racing & Casino
4. Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
5. Newcastle Casino


Best casino for live entertainment

Riverwind Casino
1544 State Highway 9, Norman

2. WinStar World Casino and Resort
3. Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
4. Remington Park Racing & Casino
5. Newcastle Casino


Best LGBTQ+ bar or club

The Boom!
2218 NW 39th St.

2. HiLo Club
3. The Copa
4. Tramps
5. Partners


Best pre- or post- event spot

The Bleu Garten
301 NW 10th St.

2. The Jones Assembly
3. The Pump Bar
4. Edna’s
5. Bunker Club


Best bowling alley

Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
421 NW 10th St.

2. Heritage Lanes
3. HeyDay
4. Meridan Lanes
5. Sooner Bowling Center


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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