Best Of 2009 Arts & Culture
Best Local Museum Exhibit 2008: Dead Sea Scrolls
Huge numbers of visitors attended the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where they viewed the largest and most comprehensive collection of Dead Sea Scrolls ever assembled.
Best Local Dance Performance 2008: The Nutcracker
Audiences continued to enjoy California Ballet’s annual production of a great Christmas favorite, The Nutcracker, in 2008. Staged by Maxine Mahon at the Civic Theatre, this production held youngsters and grownups equally spellbound.
Best Local Musical Performance 2008: Xanadu
What a kick Xanadu was at La Jolla Playhouse! This roller-skating pop-rock musical delivered familiar songs and a message about always following your dreams in an over-the-top production that made everybody happy.
Best Local Theatre Production 2008: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
In The Old Globe’s 11th annual production, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! delighted audiences once again. Imaginative sets, costumes, and performers powered the stage version of this holiday classic.
Best Live Music Venue (Tie): The Belly Up Tavern And Anthology
For more than three decades, the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has hosted the trendiest and hottest musicians in the world. Its many patrons are strong and loyal. 858.481.8140, bellyup.com
Anthology is a classy jazz supper club that definitely has a “big city” feeling. Located in Little Italy, it features some of the best musicians on the scene. Programming is superb and the setting is visually appealing. 619.595.0300, anthologysd.com
Best Gallery (Tie): Susan Street Fine Art Gallery And Trios Gallery
Varied media are represented in the handsome Susan Street Fine Art Gallery on South Cedros Avenue, where contemporary art is presented intelligently. Founded in 1984, this venue offers personalized art services. 858.793.4442, susanstreetfineart.com
Trios Gallery on North Cedros Avenue features lovingly handcrafted art, and sells no imports or mass-produced objects. The gallery strongly supports artists in their work, which includes sculpture, painting, glass, jewelry, and more. 858.793.6040, triosgallery.com
EDITOR’S PICK – Best Recent Musical Performance: Theresa Andersson
A recent opener during The Casbahs’ 20th anniversary concert series, Theresa Andersson, a multi-talented songstress and one-woman band extraordinaire, left a packed crowd cheering for more as she dazzled with hits from her latest release, Hummingbird, Go! theresaandersson.com Mia Stefanko
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