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Best Of 2010 Arts

Best Of 2010 Arts

Best Of 2010 Arts

Best Theater Group: The Old Globe

With its three stages and imaginative programming, the Old Globe Theatre offers great shows and lots of extras. Broadway bound musicals and alternative plays co-exist in this energetic theatre center, where the Grinch, Shakespeare, and rock music all reside. 619.23.GLOBE, theoldglobe.org


Best Musical Arts Organization: San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony is almost 100 years old, having played its first concert on December 6, 1910. After many uncertainties regarding its financial sustainability over the last century, its future is bright and its artistic life strong. 619.235.0804, sandiegosymphony.com


Best Dance Organization: Malashock Dance

Malashock Dance has survived because of its innovation, adaptability, and collaboration with other arts groups. Now in its 22nd season, it is thriving in its new home, Dance Place San Diego, at Liberty Station in Point Loma. 619.260.1622, malashockdance.org


Best Museum: Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego

MCASD is so cool. With its two sleek settings, one in La Jolla and the other in downtown San Diego, it reaches beyond traditional art boundaries, always challenging viewers. 619.234.1001, mcasd.org


Best Gallery: Trios Gallery

Trios Gallery offers a potpourri of visual art that is handmade in the USA. This means no mass-produced or imported items. Here, where visitors find beautiful sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and more, the work of regional artists is featured. 858.793.6040, triosgallery.com


Best Local Artist: Michael Flohr, Liz Jardine & Sandee Manuel

Michael Flohr blends an impressionistic painting style with urban scenes. Though he has traveled throughout Europe studying the works of great impressionists, he’s also a regular presence in local nightclubs, bars, and cafes, sketchbook in hand. michaelflohr.net

Liz Jardine welcomes clients to view her paintings and redesign them, in a kind of art recomposition. She also creates work based on patron inspiration, with finished pieces in a variety of materials. Call it art collaboration. lizjardinestudio.com

Sandee Manuel’s paintings on panels are graceful and elegant. To this artist’s mosaic art and paintings she brings her local experiences, but also an international view, having studied in Mexico as well as the U.S. sandeemanuel.com


Best Live Music Venue: The Belly Up Tavern

The Belly Up Tavern has been showcasing legendary performers and emerging artists in its Solana Beach venue for decades. Going to the Belly Up means mixing rock, pop, country, world beat, experimental, grunge, and traditional sounds in one big raucous stew. 858.481.8140, bellyup.com


Best Local Band: Switchfoot

North County-based alternative pop/rock outfit Switchfoot released Hello Hurricane in November 2009, and is currently touring across the U.S. with dates on deck in the U.K. as well. Coming up at the end of June – the band’s annual Switchfoot Bro-Am charity event at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas to support local chapters of StandUp For Kids. www.switchfoot.com


EDITOR’S PICK – Best Supper Club: Anthology

Anthology envelops guests with its sophisticated ambiance, and, of course, great music that includes jazz, blues, rock, Latin, and more. Enjoy good food and company, but, at the end of the evening, it’s the music that matters. 619.595.0300, anthologysd.com   Darelene G. Davies

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