Categories We Didn’t Think Of: Arts and Culture

Séduction Féroce
— shebameow

Best Chamber Music Series
Four Seasons Arts
Four Seasons Arts provides a wonderful series of chamber music concerts primarily at Holy Names University. But what is really great is that they have a package for people who no longer drive that includes transportation. They also sponsor a summer program in Yachats, Oregon that is a delight. Participants get to mingle with the artists at mealtime and at seminars. — H. Leabah Winter

Best Choir Director
Terrance Kelly
As the supremely talented director of multiple choirs (for Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Imani Community Church), Terrance Kelly has expanded the musical excellence of Oakland and the East Bay for thirty years. — Farley Walker

Best Dance Party
Featuring Aima the Dreamer, Lady Ryan, and DJ Emancipacion on second Sundays at the New Parish (outdoor/afternoon party!).

— Candi Martinez

Best Drag Performer
Chico Suave
— Tigress Osborn

Best Local Publisher
Sugartown Publishing
A voice for local poets. — Helene Maxwell

Best Magazine/Publisher
Radio Silence
As Greil Marcus, the foremost authority on rock ‘n’ roll stated: “This Bay Area journal is something people have been waiting for for fifty years, whether they knew it or not.” — Davis Lukrich

Best School for Showgirls
Fishnet Follies School of Classic Burlesque
Fishnet Follies holds up life entertainment in Oakland, and the students emerging from the school are regularly near pro level. This year, they were in the lineup among the “Movers, Shakers & Innovators” of “Burlesque Hall of Fame,” the most prestigious burlesque festival worldwide. — Harden Reddy

Best Writing Club
California Writers Club
Best place to find local published authors. — JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Best OG Local Artist Support Shop that Keeps Holding It Down for the Community
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
— Kristi Holohan

Best Jazz Club
The Sound Room
— Susan Wittcoff

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