Oct. 22 2014 09:05 AM

our picks for the best art, theater and live music in San Diego

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Best Annual Event (non-music)

San Diego County Fair

Honorable mention: Comic-Con, San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, Over the Line

Best Annual San Diego Charity Event

La Jolla Festival of the Arts

Honorable mention: AIDS Walk, San Diego Music Awards, Switchfoot Bro Am, Bulls Only Rodeo

Best Art Framing

Art of Framing

Honorable mention: Aztec Graphics, Ray Street Custom Framing, Crack in the Wall, San Diego Custom Framing

Best Art Gallery

Contemporary Fine Arts Art Gallery in La Jolla

Honorable mention: Thumbprint Gallery, Chuck Jones Gallery, Art Expressions Gallery, Peerless Fine Art

Best Art Event

Little Italy Art Walk

Honorable mention: Ray at Night, Art Around Adams, La Jolla Festival of the Arts, Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll

Best Art School

The Art Institute of California - San Diego

Honorable mention: Art Academy of San Diego, Design Institute of San Diego, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Bravo School of Art

Best Bowling Alley

East Village Tavern and Bowl

Honorable mention: Kearny Mesa Bowl, Parkway Bowl, Mira Mesa Bowl, Poway Bowl

Best Casino

Harrah's Resort

Honorable mention: Barona Casino, Viejas Casino, Sycuan, Valley View

Best Comedy Club

American Comedy Co.

Honorable mention: The Comedy Store, Finest City Improv, The Comedy Palace, Legends Comedy Club

Best Dance Studio

Culture Shock

Honorable mention: San Diego Civic Dance Arts, Creative Dance Theatre, Visionary Dance Theatre, Tap Fever Studios

Best Cultural Festival

Little Italy Festa

Honorable mention: Pacific Island Festival, German American Societies Oktoberfest, Latin American Festival at Bazaar del Mundo, Cardiff Greek Festival

Best Film Festival

San Diego Latino Film Fest

Honorable mention: San Diego Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Surf Film Festival

Best Golf Course

Torrey Pines

Honorable mention: Balboa Park, Riverwalk, Maderas Golf Club, Steel Canyon

Best Live Theatre

The Old Globe

Honorable mention: La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, Lamb's Players Theatre, Diversionary Theatre

Best Local Performing Arts Group

Malashock Dance

Honorable mention: San Diego Musical Theatre, New Village Arts, Ion Theatre Company, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre

Best Movie Theater


Honorable mention: ArcLight Cinemas, Hillcrest Cinema, Ken Cinema, AMC La Jolla

Best Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Honorable mention: Museum of Natural History, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Museum of Man, San Diego Museum of Art

Best Skate Park

Ocean Beach

Honorable mention: Washington Street, Clairemont Skate Park, Coronado Skate Park, Alex Road

Best Annual Music Event

Adams Ave Street Fair

Honorable mention: Gator by the Bay, Ocean Beach Street Fair, San Diego Music Thing, Adams Avenue Unplugged

Best Blues Club

Patrick's Gaslamp Pub

Honorable mention: Humphreys Backstage Music Club, Proud Mary's, Croce's Park West, House of Blues

Best CD / Record Store (new)

M-Theory Music

Honorable mention: Lou's Records, Record City, Access Music, Spin Records

Best CD / Record Store (used)

Off the Record

Honorable mention: M-Theory Music, Record City, Cow Records, Folk Art Rare Records

Best Coffee House
with Live Music

Lestat's West

Honorable mention: Claire De Lune Coffee Lounge, Rebecca's, Java Joe's, Old California Coffee House San Marcos

Best Concert Venue

Humphrey's by the Bay

Honorable mention: North Park Theatre, House of Blues, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Balboa Theatre

Best Jazz Club

Croce's Park West

Honorable mention: 98 Bottles, Dizzy's, Café Bar Europa, Seven Grand

Best Live Music Club (all ages)

Soma San Diego

Honorable mention: The Irenic, Ché Café, Lestat's West, The Epicenter

Best Live Music Club (over 21)

Belly Up Tavern

Honorable mention: The Casbah, House of Blues, Soda Bar, Winstons Beach Club

Best Local Music Blog


Honorable mention: SDDialedin, ListenLocalsd.com, Owl & Bear, Tentacle Ears

Best Music Equipment Store

Guitar Center

Honorable mention: Guitar Trader, Alan's Music Center, Apex Music, Carvin

Best Music School

School of Rock

Honorable mention: Rock & Roll San Diego, Recreational Music Center, Rockademy, Villa Musica

Best Place to Get Vinyl Records

M-Theory Music

Honorable mention: Off the Record, Record City, FeeLit Records, Spin Records

Best Place to See Local Bands

The Casbah

Honorable mention: Soda Bar, Tin Can Ale House, Belly Up, Croce's Park West


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