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2013 Winners MUSIC FOR FREE

Editor's Choice

“SCREEN ON THE GREEN”

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to appreciate the genius of this idea: Simulcast the opening of music director Josep Caballé-Domenech’s first full season to the people gathered on the north lawns outside the hall. That’s video and sound pumped directly from the Pikes Peak Center stage to a 25-foot screen. And it was all for free — which is some smart marketing and laudable community building. I hope we see it again in the 2013-14 season.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners INTIMATE SPOT FOR MUSIC

Editor's Choice

THE LOFT

A smallish, brick-lined room. Squeaky floors. Neon signs. It’s a music hall featuring touring and local bands, sure, but The Loft offers something beyond cool tunes, something intangible. That feeling that you’ve stumbled into an in-crowd you never knew existed. My only nit: I want more. The calendar, which includes dancing and improv, doesn’t note any concerts until soulful singer-songwriter Jonah Werner (with Hillary Hand) plays on May 4.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners GALLERY WITH BIG IDEAS AND THE SMARTS TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN

Editor's Choice

GALLERIES OF CONTEMPORARY ART 121 AND 1420

Some of the most challenging places to see art are often college galleries. And while the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ GOCA spotlights some pretty heady stuff, director Daisy McConnell also has created programs — for instance, “ChitChat,” which brings together disparate lecturers on radically divergent topics — that plumb pop culture, art and our need to learn.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners PRODUCTION THAT WOULD HAUNT YOU

Editor's Choice

“THE PILLOWMAN”

A totalitarian state. Torture, pedophilia and dismemberment. Mental retardation. Child murder. Racism, suicide and a butcher knife. The SET production of Martin McDonagh’s award-winning play sounded — well, like a really big downer. And while you wouldn’t have been humming a happy tune after it was done, Max Ferguson’s directorial debut was not only compelling (appalling, grotesque and deeply disturbing), but it lingered for a long time, fodder for conversation and private reflection.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners EVENT WORTH BRAVING THE CROWDS

Editor's Choice

“WHAT IF” FESTIVAL

It’s quirky, yes, but akimbo paths are sometimes the richest. And there are no more out-of-the-box thinkers than creator Imagination Celebration, which provides arts programs for area kids. In 2012, its third year, the learning festival drew more than 20,000 festivalgoers to 102-plus interactive exhibits in a six-block span of downtown Colorado Springs. Involved were creative individuals, organizations and corporations in our region. Six performance stages rounded out the mammoth event with 40 hours of entertainment. This year it all rolls out on Sept. 7.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners MIND-BLOWING ARTS COLLABORATION

Editor's Choice

“THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY”

You would have had to have been sedated not to be rocked by this astonishing piece of playwriting and acting. I gave it an A+, one of only a handful I’ve given out over the years. Also great to see: The collaboration between Curious Theatre Company and TheatreWorks, which, despite its venerated history, continues to be a real local risk-taker.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners VIEW OF A LIFE’S WORK

Editor's Choice

“FLOYD D. TUNSON: SON OF POP”

Although a prolific artist who’s well regarded in the region, Tunson rarely shows in the Springs. This 40-year retrospective by the FAC was something of a gift for fans and the uninitiated alike. The sprawling exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures offered a welcome window into his mania for craftsmanship, his challenging point of view and the picture his work creates of the evolving place of African Americans in a predominantly white world. Frankly, I was down-to-the-ground shaken by some of his imagery.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners STAR ON THE RISE

Editor's Choice

Natalie Johnson

The Business of Art Center has had a rough ride since it opened 24 years ago. In June, activist and Manitou businesswoman Johnson stepped up with some big plans, including partnerships with organizations such as Concrete Counch, the Manitou Heritage Center and the Manitou Springs Library. Community building is key to her trajectory, she says. Amen, I say.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners ACTOR TO REMEMBER

Editor's Choice

SAMMIE JOE KINNETT

WYNOT Radio Theatre, TheatreWorks’ “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “Everyman on the Bus”. Almost a year later, I still can’t get his seductive (joyful, human) portrayal of Berowne (in “Love’s Labor’s Lost”) out of my mind. Although a secondary character, Kinnett’s command of the challenging language and his ability to inject joy into a potentially throw-away role, memorably thrust him into the foreground. Kinnett understands craft, and with it, he creates an authenticity that lingers, reflecting people we’ve known, or even better, ourselves.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2013 Winners NIGHTCLUB

Voter's Choice

COWBOYS

This downtown night spot is pretty much the gold standard for an evening on the town. Voters mentioned the drink specials and the entertainment, which they called top notch. One voter said it best: "Fun. Never a dull moment."

"BLONDIES ULTA LOUNGE "
COPPERHEAD ROAD HONKEY TONK SALOON
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2013 Winners SOLO MUSICIAN

Voter's Choice

SEAN WALDRON

Voters liked this singer-songwriter's music. "Fresh, exciting, original musician who writes his own songs and sings a la Jason Mraz! Great personality and fantastic rapport with his audiences." His vocals also drew praise. "One goddamn amazing voice!" Plus, one said, "He's sexy!!!!!"

SEAN WALDRON
JOE UVEGES
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2013 Winners MUSIC VENUE

Voter's Choice

STARGAZERS THEATRE AND EVENT CENTER

Going to Stargazers — with or without a performance on tap — is a cool trip in itself. The renovated building has all the charm and quirkiness of an old time movie theater, plus a convex ceiling. Voters commented on the intimate setting, the eclectic programming and the comfortable seating. "This place is a real gem that cares about the local community,” said one voter, "as well as the musical arts, and it always finds a way to give back where it can.”

THE BLACK SHEEP
PIKES PEAK CENTER
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2013 Winners LOCAL STAR ON THE RISE

Voter's Choice

PHILLIP TAPIA, VICE PRESIDENT OF TAPIA ADVERTISING

Voters raved about this member of Tapia Advertising, which has clocked 36 years of advertising and promotion experience. "If you allow Phil to be creative," wrote one, "he can blow any business owners mind with his ideas! He's a big thinker in a small pond." Another: "Phillip should have been selected for this years ago! He started as young entrepreneur while still in high school. I always knew this kid was going places!"

GRANT SABIN
SEAN WALDRON
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2013 Winners LOCAL FESTIVAL

Voter's Choice

SPRINGS SPREE

A landslide hardly describes the preponderance of voters who chose this 35-year-old event as their favorite. Drawing as many as 70,000 people to these two days of food, music and (hopefully) sunshine may have something to do with it. One voter put it simply: "Wow!!! My family had a blast last year!"

TERRITORY DAYS
MEADOWGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
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2013 Winners LOCAL CONCERT

Voter's Choice

COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC

When it comes to orchestral music, Colorado Springs Philharmonic is pretty much ground zero. The orchestra offers a challenging season with three music series as well as special guests like the legendary Itzhak Perlman in 2012 and Sir James Galway in March. And in September, they simulcast a concert to a giant screen on the Pikes Peak Center lawn. "We were out of town," wrote one voter, "but the decision to broadcast the performance to picnickers on the lawn was pure genius."

BLUES UNDER THE BRIDGE
MEADOWGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
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2013 Winners KARAOKE BAR

Voter's Choice

THUNDER & BUTTONS

You've got a great voice (at least your mother says so). You know all the words to every song (well, "Hey Jude" has been known to stump you). This Old Colorado City bar offers your moment or two of stardom with karaoke Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. "It's more than just karaoke. The DJs are hilarious and make it fun to be there whether you sing or not."

GOOD COMPANY
DUBLIN HOUSE
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2013 Winners Casino

Voter's Choice

BRONCO BILLY'S CASINO

The vibes are friendly, and they still use quarters in many of the machines, you said. There are promotions and freebies to be had, and you can top off a great day of gaming with some tasty food in Baja Billy's Restaurant and Cantina.

WILDWOOD CASINO
DOUBLE EAGLE HOTEL AND CASINO
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2013 Winners Local Band

Voter's Choice

CLAYMORE DISCO

Voters were enthusiastic about the alt-pop band that's making a name for itself in the region. They're touring schedule doesn't dull the connection with local fans, though. "Talk about awesome performers! And they are such nice awesome people to hang around! Claymore is just amazing!"

SOFAKILLERS
HYDROGEN_SKYLINE
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2013 Winners Bar

Voter's Choice

JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE AND PUB

This bar's been on the scene for years, and is consistently good. They have live Irish music, hearty food and barkeeps who know how to mix a good black and tan. They also throw one of the city's biggest St. Patrick's Day parties, and manage to keep themselves out of the headlines, and off the police scanner. You approve.

COWBOYS
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY'S
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2013 Winners Museum Exhibit

Voter's Choice

COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM

We all face The Question: Where do you take out-of-towners for a taste of Colorado Springs? The answer, according to one voter: this former El Paso County courthouse turned municipal museum. Although most voters didn't cite a specific show, they said it was "a very good source of local history. I learn something new everytime I go."

"FLOYD D. TUNSON: SON OF POP," THE FINE ARTS CENTER
"MAGIC TOWN," THE MICHAEL GARMAN MUSEUM & GALLERY
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2013 Winners Artist

Voter's Choice

LIESE CHAVEZ

Now a three-time winner of this category, Chavez garners praise as the best of the best. Fans call her "amazingly talented" and her work "wonderful, imaginative, whimsical, beautiful." "Her art," said one voter," speaks of a dreamy half-glimpsed world — haunting and sweet."

STEVE WEED
BRANDON MIERA
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2013 Winners Musical

Voter's Choice

"HAIRSPRAY," FINE ARTS CENTER

A misfit teen with a hankering to dance. A popular dance TV show. And a city-splitting racial divide. Director Scott RC Levy's 2012 production of the Tony-winning musical was well sung, beautifully staged and "more fun than outta be legal!!"

"GYPSY," THE FAC
"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT," FIRE&ICE THEATRICAL TROUPE
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2013 Winners Gallery

Voter's Choice

Fine Arts Center

Based on the 1983 film of the same name, this delightful retelling expanded on the lives of beloved characters and captured the wonder and glee of Christmas for a little boy in the '40s.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery
The Modbo
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2013 Winners Play

Voter's Choice

"A Christmas Story," Fine Arts Center

Based on the 1983 film of the same name, this delightful retelling expanded on the lives of beloved characters and captured the wonder and glee of Christmas for a little boy in the ‘40s.

"The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," Theatreworks
"You Can't Take it with You," Theatreworks and "Reservoir Dogs," Theatre 'D Art
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2013 Winners ACTRESS

Voter's Choice

Birgitta De Pree

De Pree, who also won in 2012, is co-founder and frequent director at the Millibo Art Theatre. Voters call her long-running character Babette Matdiva "outrageous." (And they're right.) But like husband Jim Jackson, she's also a tremendous clown, especially in her roles in MAT children's programs. She's the "second funniest clown you'll ever see, and an amazing dramatic arts example for the kids she visits in local schools."

Amy Brooks
Crystal Carter
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2013 Winners ACTOR

Voter's Choice

Jim Jackson

The co-founder and artistic director of the Millibo Art Theatre, Jackson made his bones as a clown traveling an international circuit. His shows are surprisingly sophisticated — entertaining to children and adults alike (if sometimes for different reasons). Jackson is the "funniest clown you'll ever see," wrote one voter.

Christian O'Shaughnessy, Dante Martinez
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2012 Winners Public Art

Voter's Choice

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

The museum and theater are big draws to the FAC, but you don’t have to go inside to get a little culture. There’s a lot to look at, including “Portal,” one of several works by local artist Christopher Weed, “Fiesta Dancers,” a larger-than-life-size work by internationally known artist Luis Jimenez, and above the entrance, Boardman Robinson’s gorgeous deco mural.

Art on the Streets
Air Force Memorial By Brandon Mera
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2012 Winners Outdoor Tasting

Editor's Choice

Fiddles, Vittles and Vino

When so many of the best foodie events in town mean getting dressed up and rushing from one table to another, this outdoor festival, held annually at Rock Ledge Ranch just outside Garden of the Gods, offers some tasty bites from some of our top local chefs, along with some fine wine. Featuring live bluegrass in a laid-back atmosphere, proceeds from the July 29 event benefit Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

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2012 Winners Reason to Dress Fancy During The Holidays

Editor's Choice

YOT Club Annual Charity Event

Known to be the holiday charity event of the season, YOT Club (that’s “TOY” spelled backward) puts on this annual event to collect toys and books for children. One of the few black-tie events made affordable to area young professionals, this is a chance for some of Colorado Springs’ movers and shakers — seasoned and up-and-coming — to show their metro style while supporting a local cause.

— Chosen by Loree Rider

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2012 Winners Movie Theater

Voter's Choice

Kimball's Peak Three Theater

An old theater in the heart of downtown serving espresso, wine and beer is enough to win votes. But as the tagline goes, it’s where “movies matter.” Owner Kimball Bayles champions off-the-radar indies in the intimate setting of art houses long past.

Cinemark Tinseltown
Hollywood Theater Interquest Stadium 14
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2012 Winners Karaoke Bar

Voter's Choice

Good Company

The kind of place where everybody knows your name, especially if you’re any good at karaoke. And don’t forget Texas Hold ’em nights! This neighborhood favorite also has a tasty menu to enjoy.

Thunder and Buttons
The Hatch Cover
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2012 Winners Gallery

Voter's Choice

Modbo And S.P.Q.R

In terms of out-of-the-box work from emerging artists, there are few galleries in town to compete with Arts Alley galleries Modbo and S.P.Q.R. You may not fall in love with everything you see there, but there’s an invigorating edge to the ambitions being worked out in every show.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
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2012 Winners Mural

Voter's Choice

The Warehouse

Artist Douglas Rouse kicked off his ambitious 12 Mural Project with this intricate painting, which covers the east and west sides of the building. It hit some bumps along the way, but the ever-inventive muralist rallied, including solving funding shortfalls by offering to include likenesses in the mural for $500-$1,500. And 18 months later, it stands as one of the premier works of its kind.

Westside Tattoo
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Old Colorado City
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2012 Winners Exhibit

Voter's Choice

Birger Sandzen

It was impossible not to fall in love with this sprawling exhibit of Post-Impressionist Birger Sandzén’s work, the largest ever seen in Colorado. His way with color, texture and an almost poetic sense of place created exquisite picture postcards that were so vibrant they seemed to shimmer in the frame.

"Small Works Show", The Modbo
"Vogel(N)", The Modbo
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2012 Winners Museum

Voter's Choice

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

It was neck-and-neck with the Pioneers Museum this year, but the FAC — and museum director Blake Milteer’s often-inspired programming — won again. As always, Milteer’s genius lies in his keen sense of balance: international names with regional up-and-comers, the historical with the contemporary, out-and-out beautiful with the head-scratching curious. He’s ambitious as well: His summer exhibition of South African artist William Kentridge, who also saw a Museum of Modern Art retrospective earlier that year, was a coup for the museum and the city.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
American Numistatic Association Money Museum
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2012 Winners Fesitval

Voter's Choice

Territory Days

Today, 80,000 to 150,000 people turn out for this celebration of Old Colorado City’s status as first capital of the Colorado Territory in 1861. History aside, there’s a lot to do during the Memorial Day event created in 1975, including browsing the rows of arts and crafts vendors, noshing on the street food or dancing to the array of musical acts.

Meadowgrass Music Festival
Commonwheel Labor Day Art & Crafts Festival
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2012 Winners Musical

Voter's Choice

"Assassins"

Since taking the position last summer, director of performing arts Scott RC Levy has blazed new programming trails at the Fine Arts Center. This problematic Stephen Sondheim musical kicked off his first season with flawless production values, layered acting and voices to envy.

"Sense & Sensibility", Tinrook Productions
"A year with Frog & Toad", FAC
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2012 Winners Play

Voter's Choice

"The 39 Steps"

This unlikely adaptation of the Hitchcock classic generated a lot of positive buzz during its run. Critics agreed. The Gazette’s Warren Epstein called the production “spit-your-wine-out funny,” adding that it was “performed with such flair and timing that it stands as one of the funniest productions TheatreWorks has produced in years.”

"The Crucible", Tin Rook Productions
"The Merchant of Venice", Theatreworks

Editor's Choice

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Director Clinton Turner Davis and a cast of remarkable actors created one of the strongest performances I’ve seen this year. It was at times powerful, at times sweet. The August Wilson classic was paced beautifully and rendered with deeply human colors, good and bad. Riveting.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2012 Winners Actress

Voter's Choice

Birgitta De Pree

Through the years, De Pree has established herself as a confident director, educator and dauntless organizer of the Six Women Playwriting Festival. She’s also beloved as a performer in the Millibo Art Theatre’s run of children’s productions, many of which go into schools. Perhaps no role inspires an audience’s glee like her Babette Matdiva, the stylish Eastern European host of many Millibo Art Theatre events. In Babette, De Pree’s wit, her genius at ad-lib and ability to embody character not only charm but have virtually established Babette as a person in her own right.

Lacey Maynard
Sally Hybl

Editor's Choice

Alysabeth Clements Mosley

If you go to local theater, you likely know this actor/director’s work. But you remember it because she consistently brings authenticity and nuance — even a gritty elegance, when required — to her roles, which this year included Springs Ensemble Theatre’s “Coronado,” Star Bar Players’ “Bug” and recently, “Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand Beouf.” She does troubled ladies well, but my favorite this year had to be her brief but memorable appearance in “Empty Plate.” Her Louise shimmered with tenderness and fragility. Amazing.

— Chosen by Tracy Mobley-Martinez

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2012 Winners Band

Voter's Choice

Last Band on Earth

This band seems to do it all. It’s released two CDs of original material and had four No. 1 songs on MP3.com. Locally, it plays hits from the ’70s through today and mounts a tribute to Pink Floyd.

Less Than Zero
Sofakillers
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2012 Winners Solo Musician

Voter's Choice

Joe Uveges

Few local performers have the kind of name recognition of Joe Uveges. In fact, after playing the Front Range the past 18 years, this New York native has earned a consistent place as the region’s most loved singer/songwriter.

Chuck Snow
Jason Miller
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2012 Winners Music Venue

Voter's Choice

Stargazers Theatre

It’s hard to miss Stargazers, a domed building built as a movie theater in 1969 and resurrected in 2008 for live performances. Consistently interesting bookings and retro authenticity have made the grand but quirky space the place to go for a memorable night of music.

Pikes Peak Center
The Thirsy Parrot
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2012 Winners Theater Company

Voter's Choice

Theatreworks

Founded in 1975, TheatreWorks has remained the go-to company for quality, ambition and the talent to see it through. It upped the ante in June 2011 when it contracted with Actor’s Equity to increase the number of union members in the season’s roster. And if its critically acclaimed production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is any measure, it will give competitors a run for their money.

Millbo Art Theatre
The Rip
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2012 Winners Concert

Voter's Choice

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

For a lot of people, the holidays just aren’t the same without a TSO fix. The group, which also won gold in this category in 2011, obliges with a steady tour schedule, including stops at the World Arena the past two years.

Lady Antebellum
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2012 Winners Reason to Get the Blues

Editor's Choice

Blues Under the Bridge

If ever there were a time to take up the harmonica, a day at Blues Under the Bridge would be it. When you add railways and alleys to the rich acoustic mix, it’s easy to imagine you’re shuffling dust down home, even though you’re just a few blocks from the center of downtown. You’ll get a taste of national and local acts, and growing attendance each year has led to an expansion in the festival area so you can spread out and enjoy in comfort. This year’s Blues Under the Bridge is scheduled for July 21.

— Chosen by Loree Rider

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2012 Winners Artist on The Rise

Editor's Choice

Lorelei Beckstrom

A veteran of the legendary outsider gallery Rubbish, this painter has been on the scene for a while. But in the past year, I’ve seen Beckstrom’s storytelling, visual language and basic technique ripen into something considerably more moving, curious and resonant than something simply destined to hang over the couch.

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2012 Winners Star On The Rise

Editor's Choice

Josep Caballe-Domenech

Music director, Colorado Springs Philharmonic It’s tough to start a new job, especially when your predecessor retired beloved. Still, Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Caballé-Domenech handled it with aplomb when, in May, he took the baton from longtime director Lawrence Leighton Smith. His driving conducting style, out-of-the-box ideas and soft-spoken but charismatic manner promise great things as he settles into his new city.

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2012 Winners Musical Memory

Editor's Choice

J-AM Celebration: A Musical Gathering for Jown-Alex Mason

John-Alex Mason’s sudden death in October sent a profound ripple of grief through the music community and beyond. In January, friends, fans, and local and national musicians came together to pay tribute to the blues singer and guitarist, who was just 35 at his death. Music bound them, soothed them and reminded them of the joy Mason devoted his life to create.

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2012 Winners Actor

Voter's Choice

Jeff Miller

This year, Miller cemented his place as a powerful local player with Springs Ensemble Theatre’s production of “Coronado.” Nuanced and intense, Miller carved out the character of playwright Dennis LeHane’s imagining.

Kaleb Kohart

Editor's Choice

Christopher Lowell

There was a lot of competition for this category this year, but it was hard to top the work of Lowell, who yearned, connived, condemned and finally collapsed under the weight of his deeds as Shylock in TheatreWorks’ production of “The Merchant of Venice.” The veteran actor, who many know best for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin, was fearless, fiercely making the role his own.

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2012 Winners Casino

Voter's Choice

Double Eagle Hotel & Casino

There’s always something fun going on. Maybe it’s “50 is Nifty,” $2 Blackjack, “Aces Cracked,” or some wild and crazy celebration of any and all holidays. But one thing that sets the Double Eagle apart is its effort to raise money and collect items for military families through special programs.

Wildwood Casino
Bronco Billy's
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2012 Winners Sports Complex

Voter's Choice

World Arena

World Arena has the macro and micro of sports complexes handled. The main building hosts Colorado College hockey, concerts, graduations, Hall of Fame inductions — anything requiring a large crowd. The World Arena Ice Hall takes care of Olympic training (just named an official figure skating training site), skating, hockey, etc., for the masses, from top athletes to ordinary Janes and Joes.

Sportz Skillz
Villasport

Editor's Choice

El Pomar

The complex has lots of room for soccer, baseball, softball — you name it — in a nice setting by a river but also near to major roads, including Interstate 25.

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2012 Winners Nightclub

Voter's Choice

Cowboys

There’s always something interesting at Cowboys, which features heavy-duty dancing and frequent country music concerts, including the Miller Lite series. If there isn’t some country two-stepping or country swing going on, it might be because it’s Salsa (the dance) Thursday or Zumba night.

The Mansion Nightclub
Blondie's
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2012 Winners Bar

Voter's Choice

Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub

It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to draw a crowd at Jack Quinn. The authentic pub house setting, traditional Irish fare and two floors of dining and bar service make for a popular downtown spot to get your evening on.

The Rabbit Hole
Ritz Grill
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2012 Winners Hookah Bar

Voter's Choice

Hooked On Hookah

A social smoke or supplies for your home, Hooked on Hookah turns clients into friends with its comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and a theater room in the back to relax and enjoy.

40 Thieves
Vibes
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2012 Winners Artist

Voter's Choice

Liese Chavez

Once again, Liese Chavez tops the list of local artists with whimsical paintings that recall the romantic and deeply poetic imagery of the 19th century.

Brandon Mera
Brett Andrus