Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Arts & Entertainment finalists
For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite galleries, theaters and entertainments in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Arts & Entertainment categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!
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The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both the Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.
In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote!
Best new book by a Colorado author:
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
East of Denver by Gregory Hill
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
Water: A Vic Bengston Investigation by Richard J. Schneider
Best new festival:
Chef N' Brew
Best annual festival:
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Great American Beer Festival
Taste of Colorado
Tour de Fat
Beer, Bacon and Coffee Festival
Best arts district:
Best new public art:
Colorado map at History Colorado
David Choi murals
Arvada Art of the State
Mike Whiting Metal pixel rhino
Best unofficial new public art:
Banksy on Santa Fe
Graffiti on Matchbox
The purple witch on Colfax
Robots at Pablo's on Penn
Continue reading for more Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll finalists.