RESTAURANTS
Best New Restaurant: Liberty Market
Best Mexican Restaurant: Valle Luna
Best Italian Restaurant: Oreganos Pizza Bistro
Best Thai Restaurant: Thai Basil
Best Indian Restaurant: Delhi Palace
Best Japanese Restaurant: Ah-So Sushi and Steak
Best Chinese Restaurant: Flos Chinese
Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine
Best German Restaurant: Haus Murphys German Restaurant
Best French Restaurant: Sophies A French Bistro
Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
Best Brewery: Four Peaks Brewery
Best English Pub: George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
Best Irish Pub: Rla Bla
Best Pizza: Oreganos Pizza Bistro
Best Gourmet Bakery: AJs Fine Foods
Best Chocolate: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Best Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Best Frozen Yogurt: Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
Best Gelato: The Gelato Spot
Best Coffee House: Lux
Best Sushi: Zen 32
Best Seafood: The Salt Cellar Restaurant
Best Deli: Chompies
Best Steak House: Durants
Best Fine Dining: Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Best Wings: Native New Yorker
Best BBQ: Honey Bears BBQ
Best Hamburger: The Chuckbox
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Pita Jungle
Best Sunday Brunch: The Phoenician
Best Downtown Lunch: Fez
Best View: Compass at Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Best Patio Dining: K ODonnells American Bar & Grill
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rainforest Cafe
Best Place for First Date: Caffe Boa (on Mill)
Best Place for a Twilight Drink: AZ 88
Best Hangover Breakfast: Over Easy

PHOENIX LIFESTYLE
Best Local Visionary: Jerry Colangelo
Best TV Newscaster: Beverly Kidd, KTVK
Best News Station: 12 News KPNX
Best Alternative/Rock Radio Station: 96.9 FM
Best Country Radio Station: 102.5 FM
Best R&B/Hip-Hop Radio Station: 104.7 FM
Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station: 95.5 FM
Best Radio Morning Show: NPR Morning Edition KJZZ 91.5 FM
Best Golf Course: Troon North Golf Club
Best Spa: Camelback Inn
Best Bookstore: Changing Hands Bookstore
Best Hiking Trail: Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon
Best Hotel Pool: Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch
Best Independent Film Theater: Harkins Camelview 5
Best Place to Get Pierced: Club Tattoo
Best Tattoo Shop: Lady Luck Tattoo
Best First Friday Hangout: Bikini Lounge
Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing: Buffalo Exchange
Best Place to Buy Antiques: Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
Best Casino: Casino Arizona
Best Health Food Store: Trader Joes
Best Mall or Shopping Center: Scottsdale Fashion Square
Best Yoga Studio: Inner Vision Yoga
NIGHTLIFE
Best Bar Concept: Cadillac Ranch
Best Nightclub: Martini Ranch
Best Local DJ: DJ Epidemic
Best Weekly Dance Night: Solstice Saturdays at Bar Smith
Best Dance Floor: Whiskey River
Best Latin Club: Sky Lounge
Best Blues or Jazz Club: The Rhythm Room
Best Place to Buy Local Music: Zia Records
Best Venue for National Acts: Dodge Theatre
Best Venue for Local Acts: Celebrity Theatre
Best Music Festival: Tempe Music Festival
Best Country and Western Nightspot: Toby Keiths I Love This Bar and Grill
Best Place to See a Comedy Show: Tempe Improv
Best After-Hours: Charlies
Best Bar for Watching the Game: Zipps Sports Grill
Best Local Band: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
Best Dive Bar: Yucca Tap Room
Best Gay Bar: Amsterdam
Best Lesbian Bar: Z Girl Club
Best Record Store: Zia Records
Best Pool Hall: Mill Cue Club
Best Bar for Conversation: Casey Moores
Best Wine Bar: Postino Winecaf
Best Sangria: Caffe Boa (on Mill)
Best Margarita: ZTejas Southwestern Grill
Best Martini: Blue Martini
Best Specialty Cocktail: Belgian Chocolate Infused Vodka Martini, Satara Thai Cuisine
Best Beer Selection: Yard House
Best Place to Be Seen: W Scottsdale
Best-Looking Bar Staff: Tilted Kilt Pub
Best Place to Find a One-Night Stand: Dos Gringos

Most popular suggestions for categories we forgot:
Best Salon: JonRic International Salon & Day Spa
Best Healthy Restaurant: DLish Drive Thru
Best Happy Hour: The Lodge
Best Auto Performance Upgrades: Evolution Motorsports
While their name doesn’t exactly roll off one’s tongue, the bizzaro choice of a band moniker doesn’t seem to be hurting !!! (CHK CHK CHK). The group, which originally formed to play an all-night party in Sacramento, has been called one of the most inventive dance-punk bands around. Their catchy tunes will infiltrate your noggin and are sure to make people bounce around on the dance floor vibrator-style. But what else would you expect from a band with a clear love of explanation points? Lead singer Nick Offer recently told expressnightout.com that the Brooklyn-based group jumped on board the dance/rock train in time to reap the rewards. “There's an evolution of dance in indie rock right now,” he said. “It's so much easier now than it was. Our first couple years, we used to get shit for yelling at the audience to dance. It felt like at the time it was a wall that needed to be hurdled or broken down.” Keep an eye out for this act, who will release their next disc in 2010 and will pack ‘em in at the Rhythm Room this week.
Tue., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2009
New works by local heavy hitters Jenny Ignaszewski, Tyson Crosbie, and Kyle Jordre. (Ignaszewski's Imagining Your Touch is pictured.)
Sat., March 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 12-6 p.m., 2009
New works by local heavy hitters Jenny Ignaszewski, Tyson Crosbie, and Kyle Jordre. (Ignaszewski's Imagining Your Touch is pictured.)
Fri., March 6, 6-10 p.m., 2009

"Mar de lo invisible (Sea of the Unseen)" Opening Reception

Artist Frida Kahlo had serious body issues. No, we don’t mean the Sasquatch eyebrows and pencil ’stache -- though if her self-portraits are any indication, Frida definitely could’ve used some Nair. We’re talking deformed legs, a crooked spine, and dozens of broken bones from a bus accident. Ouch.

Frida’s grandniece, Mexican photographer Cristina Kahlo, puts her own personal body obsessions on display in the new “Mar de lo invisible (Sea of the Unseen)” exhibit. “This series comes from a curiosity and desire to use x-ray images because they are, after all, photographs of the interior of the human body,” says Kahlo. The artist combines modern digital photography with x-rays, producing unexpected imagery that’s a subtle nod to the human body’s watery makeup. Angelfish swimming through shoulder joints. A red beta in a pelvis. The latter’s kinda freaky, but hey, at least Cristina didn’t use crabs.

(Pictured: Kahlo's Concha Nacarada de Caraco/Mother of Pearl Seashell.)
Thu., April 2, 7-9 p.m., 2009

"Que Vivan Los Muertos: Dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit"

The museum presents the 10th annual exhibit of altars, cajitas (small, traveling altars), calaveras (skulls), and calacas (skeletons) in conjunction with Calaca Cultural Center and Xico, Inc.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Jan. 8, 2009

"Que Vivan Los Muertos: Dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit" Reception

The museum presents the 10th annual exhibit of altars, cajitas (small, traveling altars), calaveras (skulls), and calacas (skeletons) in conjunction with Calaca Cultural Center and Xico, Inc.
Thu., Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., 2009
The "interconnected indigenous experience" by mixed-media artist Cro features masked creatures reflecting "the universal myth of humanity's subservient relationship to the Fates," set to a soundtrack composed by the artist.
Sat., Jan. 3, 1-5 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 17, 1-5 p.m., 2009

"A Human Tale" Opening Reception

The "interconnected indigenous experience" by mixed-media artist Cro features masked creatures reflecting "the universal myth of humanity's subservient relationship to the Fates," set to a soundtrack composed by the artist.
Fri., Jan. 2, 6-10 p.m., 2009

"A Human Tale" Third Friday Reception

The "interconnected indigenous experience" by mixed-media artist Cro features masked creatures reflecting "the universal myth of humanity's subservient relationship to the Fates," set to a soundtrack composed by the artist.
Fri., Jan. 16, 6-10 p.m., 2009

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