Arts & Entertainment

  • Best Radio Show

    WLRN-FM (91.3) Sounds of the Caribbean

    WLRN-FM (91.3) Sounds of the Caribbean has been a presence on South Florida's airwaves since 1979, when none other than Bob Marley convinced host Clint O'Neil that he could be an important voice of island culture in Miami, a city that could be called the capital of the Caribbean. Until recently, O'Neil's Monday-through-Friday, late-night broadcasts were supplemented with two weekend… More >>
  • Best Group Art Exhibition

    "The Smiths: Tony, Kiki, Seton"

    The Pissarro dynasty aside, it's not often that you find more than one generation of artistic brilliance in the same family. The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art took advantage of this art-world quirk last year with "The Smiths: Tony, Kiki, Seton," the first exhibition to encompass works by minimalist artist Tony Smith and two of his daughters. Dad was… More >>
  • Best Artist Best Solo Art Exhibition

    Carol Prusa "The Sideshow of the Absurd"

    For the past five years that she has lived in South Florida, Carol Prusa has been quietly going about her business. And that business is turning out some of the area's most distinctive art. Prusa, who teaches painting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, specializes in imagery that looks as if it's from some sort of alien anatomy textbook:… More >>
  • Best Stage Ensemble

    John Archie, Elizabeth Dimon, Dawn Renee Jones, Tracey Conyer Lee, Dan Leonard, and David Mann

    Best Stage Ensemble John Archie, Elizabeth Dimon, Dawn Renee Jones, Tracey Conyer Lee, Dan Leonard, and David Mann This all-star cast delivered all-star performances. Archie, an art-museum director, and Mann, his bookish art historian subordinate, were on fire in their central, conflicting roles. So was Tracey Conyer Lee as a pragmatic assistant caught in the middle. To this add… More >>
  • Best New Play

    Permanent Collection, Florida Stage

    Thomas Gibbons' drama featured complex characters locked in a fierce struggle over race and culture, examining the deep currents of casual prejudice and paranoia that continue to flow under the surface of American life. But the fiery, articulate ideas were only part of this play's appeal. Gibbons has the uncanny knack of revealing one of the most maddening and central… More >>
  • Best Fringe Theater

    Sol Theatre Project

    Fort Lauderdale's Sol troupe has found a devoted and growing following for its funky, informal "lounge theater" style. Offering a tossed salad of updated classics and high-powered, issue-oriented new plays, Robert Hooker and company have come a looong way in only a few short years. With such recent hits as Marisol, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and the blazing Stop Kiss,… More >>
  • Best Theater for Plays

    Florida Stage - CLOSED

    As the quality of South Florida theater continues to rise, several companies merit high praise but none more than Florida Stage for its challenging, high-quality productions, outstanding mix of local and national talent, and 100 percent dedication to new scripts. Instead of relying on star vehicles or recent New York hits, the Manalapan company, headed by producing director Louis Tyrrell,… More >>
  • Best Album of the Past 12 Months

    Charm Wrestling by Summer Blanket

    There might soon be a pill, if it's approved, and it probably will be, that would wipe out negative memories from the human brain permanently. Regret. Heartbreak. Failure. Your significant other throwing a pair of scissors at you. Anything your brain encodes as distressing. Before we all turn into Stepford wives, listen to Charm Wrestling, the debut album from Summer… More >>
  • Best Rock Band


    So the argument of what's considered "rock" gets bandied about with indifference these days, and every band in the past four years wants to think it's started the "rock revival." Fort Lauderdale's Pandabite isn't part of any rock revival, but it should get props for making music so loud and bombastic that it could practically make you shit in your… More >>
  • Best Hip-Hop Artist

    Mike West

    Not many rappers choose to operate with their given names, but this young, part-time Browardite (he spends a few months out of the year in L.A.) keeps it real real. To his credit, West doesn't need a stereotypical appellation like Professor Murder, MC Nightmare, or Dr. Drastic. Even without a fancy handle, the 25-year-old remains one of the highest-profile, independent,… More >>
  • Best Solo Musician


    Timb is a singular sensation. Timb is like catching a rainbow in a jar. The tall, blond, and skinny Boca Raton singer/songwriter has covered Rob Zombie, composed songs in German, and written a song about his life that's named after Robert Stack, all while pulling off dog collars and bondage pants. Timb's music inspires haikus: Glittering death ride/Strum your guitar… More >>
  • Best New Old Band

    Die Stinkin'

    Some bands take time to find their niche, continually building upon their sound and trying to improve any way they can. For other bands, however, it's the audience that is slow to catch on. Such is the case with Boynton Beach's Die Stinkin'. Formed nearly two decades ago by the lifeguard-punker duo of John Silvernail and Brian McManus, Die Stinkin'… More >>
  • Best Jazz Band


    No doubt about it: A good jazz guy is hard to find. The music of Diz and Bird and Miles and Mingus doesn't play as well in the subtropics as it does in some other parts of America. Jimmy Buffett is, unfortunately, more our speed. But Paul LeGrande, Rich Caruso, and Jim Chapek, who perform Friday and Saturday each week… More >>
  • Best Art Gallery

    Lumonics - CLOSED

    To call Lumonics an art gallery is to do this one-of-a-kind place something of a disservice. Yes, there is plenty of art on hand, mainly in the form of "light sculptures" -- industrial plastic pieces that range from small to monumental, all illuminated either from within or from outside sources. Some of these date back to the days of co-founder… More >>
  • Best Concert of the Past 12 Months

    Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the Culture Room, Monday, April 28, 2003

    Historically speaking, Monday night is clubland wasteland. After a weekend of partying, folks tend to use Monday for rest and recuperation. Most club owners and talent bookers hate to schedule bands on a Monday night, especially out-of-town acts without a proven track record in these parts. In fact, this inaugural visit from New York City's Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra could very… More >>
  • Best Band Name

    Nag Champayons

    Have you ever gotten a whiff of Nag Champa? It seeps into your clothes. It does strange things to you. It makes you want to turn on your black light, stare at your Pink Floyd poster, and just "be cool, man." It turns anxious Type A's into mellow love and peaceniks. Now, Afro-Cuban free-jazz groups aren't often known for a… More >>
  • Best Movie Theater

    Lake Worth Drive-In

    Cheap 'n' dirty. That's the way we like our women, and that's the way we like our movie theaters. Here, there ain't no $8 popcorn, there ain't no $12 tickets, and there ain't no highfalutin "independent films" for no sissies. It's three bucks a person ($1 for children under 12) to get in, and y'all can sit just fine in… More >>
  • Best Parody Act

    Stickshift Lover

    Taking responsibility for Stickshift Lover is a quintet of crazies consisting of moonlighting members of Where Fear and Weapons Meet and The Agency. A sendup of cock-rock excess, SSL is like Spinal Tap meets Tenacious D, topped with mulletized fright wigs of ungodly proportions. With a 300-pound front man packed into spandex tights, plus smoke machines and dry ice out… More >>
  • Best Festival

    Delray Beach Garlic Festival

    No, you don't have to try the garlic ice cream if you don't feel like it. But for your own sake, put away your preconceptions. Toss your trepidation. Forget your aversion to the smelly subterranean substance. The lowly clove is enjoying a quiet renaissance -- led by nouvelle cuisine chefs, mostly, and those who praise its health benefits -- and… More >>
  • Best Museum in Broward

    Museum of Art

    Only a year ago, Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art looked to be on the verge of collapse. Revenues were down dramatically, and key staffers came and went with alarming frequency. Two years earlier, the plug had been pulled at the last minute on a much-anticipated exhibition, "Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth," because of financial problems. Then came a seeming… More >>
  • Best Museum in Palm Beach

    Boca Raton Museum of Art

    When the Boca Raton Museum of Art reopened in its spectacular new 44,000-square-foot facility in Mizner Park, it pulled out all the stops. The inaugural show was the sweeping retrospective "Picasso: Passion and Creation -- The Last Thirty Years," which raised a question: Could the museum sustain such a high level of quality? The answer, three years later, is a… More >>
  • Best New Museum

    Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

    After four years of moving about town to display its fascinating, unique cultural exhibits, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History finally settled down in 2003 with a facility in Delray Beach. Established in 1999, the museum previously presented exhibits that explored the history of such varied topics as Third World cultures, fashion accessories, architecture, furnishings, toys, and just about… More >>
  • Best Sports Museum

    Sports Immortals Museum and Memorabilia Mart

    In 1864, the first pair of ice skates was patented in the United States. In 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman got beaned in the head by a Carl Mays fastball, becoming the first major league baseball player to die during a game. And in 1992, Andre Agassi won the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. So how are all these historical sports… More >>
  • Best Reason to Call in Sick Monday

    Punk Rock Sundays

    If you've tried to walk into Tavern 213 on a Sunday night and got stuck in the doorway, that's a good thing. Folks trying to squeeze the last bit of fun out of the weekend know that on Sundays, there is the chance they'll catch noisy, chaotic, energetic sets by AC Cobra, Malt Liquor Riot, the Slants, the Shakers, Trapped… More >>
  • Personal Best

    Louis Tyrrell

    Age: 53 Hometown: New York City Claim to fame: Founder and producing director of the acclaimed Florida Stage What he's done for us lately: The Florida Stage has stuck by its guns for 17 years, producing quality new stage works with professionalism. No tired revivals of Arsenic and Old Lace or The Glass Menagerie, no janitors stumbling on as walk-ons,… More >>
  • Best Reason to Get Crunk

    89.7 FM... er, 89.1 FM? No wait... 89.5 FM

    The now-defunct (or is it?), FCC-dodging pirate hip-hop station was dirty and raunchy and played music Power 96 wouldn't touch with a ten-foot Source award. It was a South Florida representative of the Dirty South style of hip-hop. Listeners called in to give first-name-only shoutouts to friends they knew might be tuning in. Obscenities were de rigueur. It hosted a… More >>
  • Best Magic School

    South Florida Magic Co.

    There have been better times for magic, magician Larry Taylor admits. Fewer and fewer people are getting into the business of pulling rabbits out of, well, wherever. So Taylor, who's spent 35 years as a magician in Philadelphia and South Florida, is hoping to teach the next generation. Taylor gives one-on-one magic lessons for kids and soon-to-be pros out of… More >>
  • Best Radio Station

    WBOS-FM (104.1)

    All the political, religious, and legal B.S. (and there sure is a lot of it) aside, 104.1 plays some of the tastiest nuggets of soul, funk, blues, and jazz that can be found on the radio anywhere, let alone this barren wasteland of airwaves ruled by Clear Channel and the FCC. Said to be broadcasting from North Miami, on a… More >>
  • Best Stage Production

    Permanent Collection

    Once upon a time, theater was a crucible through which a society's deepest concerns were given life on-stage. That unquestionably was the case this season when a powerful tale of racial conflict and media manipulation, Permanent Collection, blazed white hot at Florida Stage. The staging was expert, combining a professional acting ensemble, assured direction, and superior production support. But it… More >>
  • Best Stage Director

    Robert Hooker for Stop Kiss

    Working out of the tiny, bare-bones Sol Theatre, Hooker has managed to stage several strong productions in the past but nothing like this fierce, truthful portrait of lesbian love and courage. Hooker's rock 'em, sock 'em style doesn't fit every show he does, but with Stop Kiss, he found a fine match. Featuring a headlong pace and emotional detail, Hooker's… More >>
  • Best Stage Actor

    William Hayes

    In a break from his usual job as producing artistic director of the Palm Beach Dramaworks, Hayes gave an exceptionally well-rendered performance as Norman, the fussy, devoted backstage dresser for a domineering actor. Using a thick Midlands accent and a tentative, repressed physicality, Hayes managed a complete transformation into Norman, whose quiet demeanor masked his wrenching heartbreak. Hayes is currently… More >>
  • Best Stage Actress

    Julia Clearwood

    Clearwood's portrayal of a restless New Yorker who finds herself falling in love with another woman was a significant creative achievement and a highlight of the season. Clearwood not only delivered a totally grounded, honest performance but she had to do so within a mind-boggling, nonlinear narrative, alternating scenes before and after a horrible crime. In so doing, she managed… More >>
  • Best Supporting Actress

    Angie Radosh

    As a motel manager lost in a life of endless routine, Radosh didn't have much stage time, but she anchored Michael McKeever's tale of love and death. Radosh's attention to character detail gave us a window on a life of quiet desperation suddenly confronting breathless, exhilarating romance. Radosh has delivered consistently solid work in shows all over South Florida but… More >>
  • Best Supporting Actor

    Geoffrey Wade

    The memory of Wade's performance in the Ivan Turgenev classic at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton lingers. As a supercilious Russian aristocrat, he was a model of acting style and craft, balancing superb comedic timing with sudden, unnerving moments of casual cruelty. … More >>