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    Best Concert of the Past 12 Months - Dashboard Confessional, December 11, 2001

    There's nothing quite as thrilling as catching an up-and-coming young act on the threshold of a national French kiss, which is what audiences have witnessed over the past year with Boca Raton's Dashboard Confessional. And when these saviors of the e...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Act to Leave Broward-Palm Beach in the Past 12 Months - James Judd

    On and off the podium, the former music director of the Florida Philharmonic was interesting. He often began concerts by regaling the audience with pithy comments about the music or the composer, then turned around and incited impassioned performance...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Bar in Broward - The Poor House

    There is no bastion of cool like the Poor House. Located in an ostensibly historic district (whose anchor is a new $65 million, pastel-shaded mall) in the center of a town bent on cannibalizing its own past, the rough wooden interior of the Poor Hou...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Bar in Palm Beach - Blue Martini

    The chi-chi atmosphere at this CityPlace nightspot simply oozes hip. The toasty faux fire in the fireplace, recessed ceilings set off with red and blue indirect lighting, marble-lit bar tops, and live jazz in the background provide a perfect stage f...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Bar on the Water - Le Tub

    The sky is heavy and gray. A soft rain falls. You're sitting on a dock built by hand in the 1970s from bits and pieces of other people's Hollywood Beach docks, at a table fashioned from a big hunk of flotsam that washed up here too. Russell Kohuth's...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Name Change - The Factory (formerly the Metal Factory)

    As anachronisms go, Fort Lauderdale's headbanging club the Metal Factory was blissfully unaware of its dinosaur status. The chrome- and mirror-filled establishment and its throwback wait staff eventually got tired of the guffaws and smirks and outri...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Venue for Local Acts - Dada

    The excitement of watching a live band tear it up in someone's cozy living room is usually isolated to hazy, half-remembered high-school nostalgia. But the owners of Dada, a renovated quasi-Victorian home that serves as a restaurant/bar/performance ...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Venue for National Acts - Pompano Beach Amphitheater

    Considering that many South Floridians wisely take advantage of the environmental niceties our climate offers -- at swimming pools and in convertibles, for instance -- you'd think outdoor music venues would be on durn near every street corner. They ...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Rock Club - The Culture Room

    Sometimes, it's hard to profess love for the Culture Room because, well, it's a Fort Lauderdale institution, which usually means a place is tacky. But that's exactly why we love the Room, a '70s throwback that nonetheless hosts a never-ending proces...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Dance Club - Lumonics Light Museum

    Anyone who was old enough to experience the first round of rave culture and still young enough to give a damn, do you remember PLUR? You know: Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect? That was the motto behind raves when they first started, before the atroc...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Female Rock Vocalist - Paige Alison Harvey

    Fort Lauderdale has always been one of those towns where talented bands grow too big for their britches and then bolt for the good life elsewhere. But the Livid Kittens have stuck around for nearly ten years to help make a good life right here. And i...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Club VIP Room - Cream at the Liquid Room

    Cream is what you call an equal-opportunity VIP room. You can sport Puma sneakers and '70s glam sunglasses and throw in some spending cash -- and it's all good. Head to the back of the Liquid Room, beyond the velvet rope, through the etched glass an...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Club Night - Poptopia

    Drummer Steve Copeletti flies around in a helicopter during the day, working as an aerial photographer. Maybe his employment has given him ample opportunity to scout out locations for his monthly alt-music showcase, Poptopia, which has moved more of...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Intention Gone Bad - The Chili Pepper's Plea

    The owners of the Chili Pepper nightclub in Fort Lauderdale were faced with a problem this winter. One of their employees, Russell Davis, had gotten into some trouble and was facing time in the slammer for a parole violation. Back in 1997, Davis had...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Happy Hour - Max's Grille

    An embarrassment of post-workday riches: 3-for-1 drinks from 5 p.m. to closing, seven days a week. This warrants exploration. You walk into Max's and say, "Whiskey-ginger ale," and minutes later there is a trinity of golden W-GAs before you. The ta...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Country and Western Bar - Red, White & Country

    You'll hear a lot of tunes about Texas at this Pompano Beach bar, where the people are friendly and the drafts are served in frosted mugs. But that's country. Until someone writes a hit tune about Florida cowboys, those are the little indignities th...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Biker Bar - Quest Lounge

    You've got your leather chaps and dew rag, a beard down to your belly button, and a Harley with enough chrome to blind anyone with oversensitive eyes. But where to show off all of this and hang out with a similarly tough-as-nails crowd? South Florid...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Dive - Geni-Lee's Saloon/Package Store

    ber-regulars set this joint apart from your usual hole-in-the-wall. (That and the fact that the place doesn't have a phone.) The faithful patrons of Geni-Lee's perch upon their barstools like moss on gravestones. They aren't even aware that the dri...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Best Neighborhood Bar in East Broward - Coconuts

    A neighborhood joint on A1A in Fort Lauderdale may seem like an oxymoron, but the section that draws crowds from all around the area can be said to stop at Pusser's Rum, the south end of the beach strip. Beyond that stretches a line of hotels, conve...

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    Best Neighborhood Bar in West Broward - Jacaranda Bar & Grill

    It's blinding bright outside, but inside the Bar & Grill, a soothing darkness rests the eyes and welcomes the world-weary. The walls are painted a clubby forest green. Three television sets are tuned to sports news, sound off. During football season...

    on May 16, 2002
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