Best of Denver Winners from 1997

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In 1997, Westword published its fourteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Place to Put the New Broncos Stadium (Los Angeles!) to the Best Sneak Preview of an Art Project (the Robischon Gallery’s show on the proposed Christo project on the Arkansas — still in the works more than a decade later) to the Best Free Service: The Denver Public Library was offering lessons in that newfangled invention, the Internet. But the Internet had yet to really affect bookstores, and the Tattered Cover was going so strong that it inspired a special award that year: Best Tattered Cover.

The LoDo store won the honor, one of dozens of Best of Denver awards given to the Tattered Cover over the years. It’s impossible to imagine this town without the Tattered, but owner Joyce Meskis wants to give credit where it’s due. “The Tattered Cover would be nothing without the readers behind it — that’s the untold story,” she says. “Denver is a terrific book town, and we have been very fortunate.” Ten years after this particular award, Denver now has a choice of three Tattered Covers — one at the Lowenstein, one in Highlands Ranch and the LoDo store — which collectively put on close to 600 literary events a year. More than just bookstores, these are the heart of an active, engaged community, Internet or not. “People are definitely still reading,” Meskis says, “and we are grateful to those who’ve supported us for so long.”

Here are the rest of the winners from 1997:

Best of 1997


Best Proof That Denver Is the Center of the Universe: Satellite World Headquarters Readers' Choice: Denver Summit of the Eight

Best Proof That Colorado Is the Center of the Romantic Universe: Silhouette Books' "36 Hours" series

Best Proof That Coloradans Are Lightweights: We're thin

Best Proof That Coloradans Are Heavyweights: Denver Summit of the Eight

Best Quote From the Summit of the Eight: Rita Kok-Roukema

Best Present for the Eight at the Summit: Gifts from Mayor Wellington Webb

Best Present for the Next Summit of the Eight: Cow Hair Balls

Best Display of Civic Booty: Mayor's Gift Display at the City and County Building

Best Politician: State Representative Benjamin King Clarke Readers' Choice: Roy Romer

Best Retired Politician: Pat Schroeder

Best Romer: Paul Romer

Best Legislative Rookie: State Representative Mark Udall Readers' Choice: Diana DeGette

Best New Colorado Law: Driver's Licenses by Mail Readers' Choice: Welfare Reform

Best Political Tongue-Twister: State Representative Brad Young

Best Suggestion by a Bureaucrat: Ditching the DIA Tollbooth

Best Mayoral Performance: Mayor Wellington Webb

Best Performance by Phil Anschutz: Ski Train Expansion

Best Performance by Phil Anschutz at the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial: Mystery Juror

Best Performance by a Journalist at the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial: Steffan Tubbs

Best Denver Buildings to Become Internationally Famous: U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building

Best Free Lunch at the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Best Stephen Jones Look-alike: Al Fogleman, KWGN-TV/Channel 2

Best Bureaucratic Broadcaster: Alan DeLollis, KATV/Channel 8

Best TV News Anchor: Ed Sardella, KUSA-TV/Channel 9 Readers' Choice: Adele Arakawa, KUSA-TV/Channel 9

Best Sport in Denver TV News: Ernie Bjorkman, KMGH-TV/Channel 7

Best TV Sportscaster: Janib Abreu, KMGH-TV/Channel 7 Readers' Choice: Ron Zappolo, KUSA-TV/Channel 9

Best TV Weathercaster: Scott Zahorik, KCNC-TV/Channel 4 Readers' Choice: Larry Green, KCNC-TV/Channel 4

Best Hair on a Denver TV Personality, Male: Wayne Herman, KMGH-TV/Channel 7 Readers' Choice: Ed Sardella, KUSA-TV/Channel 9

Best Hair on a Denver TV Personality, Female: Kathy Sabine, KUSA-TV/Ch. 9 Readers' Choice: Aimee Sporer, KCNC-TV/Channel 4

Best Denver TV Morning-Show Host: Lynn Setzer, KMGH-TV/Channel 7

Best Radio DJs: Pete MacKay & Mari Szatkowski, KXPK-FM/96.5 (The Peak) Readers' Choice: Dave Granger

Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Jay Marvin, KHOW-AM/630 Readers' Choice: Peter Boyles

Best Investigative Radio Talk-Show Host: Peter Boyles

Best Radio Sports-Show Host: Tom Green, KKFN-AM/950 (The Fan)

Best Way to Go Out With a Bang: Don Martin, KHOW-AM/630

Best Way to Go Out With an Even Bigger Bang: Demolition of the DU Ice Arena

Best Long Goodbye: Bob Palmer, KCNC-TV/Channel 4

Best Crime-Time TV: "Cop Talk", KATV/Channel 8

Best Local TV Commercial: Colorado Buick Dealers Readers' Choice: Rocky's Auto "Shagman"

Best Bill Clinton Look-alike: Michael Newell

Best Local Bill Clinton Supporter: T.G. "Woody" Witte

Best Celebrity Tattoo: Representative Jim Dyer Readers' Choice: Amy Van Dyken

Best Teenage Celebrity: Mario Horta

Best Place to Watch Trust-Funders on a Weekday Afternoon: Fillmore Plaza, Second Avenue at Fillmore

Best Use for Ill-Gotten Gains: State Historical Society Grant Program

Best State Agency: Great Outdoors Colorado

Best Outdoor Toilets: The Clivus Multrum Composting System, Jefferson County Open Space Parks

Best Study Break: 2nd Floor Men's Room, Auraria Campus Library

Best Way To Awaken The Scientist In You: Denver Museum of Natural History Adult Education Programs

Best Eye on the Sky: Meyer-Womble Observatory, Mount Evans

Best Airplane at DIA: The Jenny

Best Airline: United

Best Place to Take a Picture of Out-of-Town Guests When the Rockies Are on the Road: The Balcony of the State Capitol Dome

Best Place to Take a Picture of Out-of-Town Guests When the Rockies Are in Town: Coors Field, Section 318

Best Out-of-Town Guests: Building Bridges for Peace

Best Parking Lot Sign: 16th and Wazee

Best No-Smoking Sign: Bruegger's Bagels

Best Warning Sign: Philatelic Center, U.S. Post Office

Best Graffiti: SK Grocery Store

Best Highway Sign Devoted Entirely to a Religious Organization: Focus on the Family

Best Place to Buy Official-Looking Street Signs: J&S Contractor Supply

Best Totem Pole: Rickenbaugh Collision Repair Center

Best Pavement Poetry: P.S. 1 Charter School

Best Poetic Euphemism: Jack Kerouac

Best View of Elitch's: Crescent Park

Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhood: Uptown

Best Slice of Urban Suburbia: East Bay

Best New Building: Metropolitan Lofts Readers' Choice: Denver Public Library

Best Loft Renovation: The Lofts at the Denver Dry

Best Book on Old Buildings: "Buildings of Colorado"

Best Development Under Construction: Denver Pavilions

Best Rehab of a Modern Building: Denver Health Administrative Offices

Best Rehab of a Historic Building: A.T. Lewis Building

Best Restoration Effort by a Whole Town: Silverton Town Hall, Silverton

Best Old Stone House: Old Stone House, Barr Lake

Best One-Room School Building: Pleasant Park School & Grange #156, Conifer

Best Piece of Madison County in Suburban Littleton: Southbridge

Best Guide to Colorado Living: "The Code of the West", Larimer County Planning Division

Best Rural Fixation: "Rural Is...", Colorado Rural Health Center

Best Ten-Block Strip in Denver: Larimer St., from 14th St to 24th Readers' Choice: LoDo


Best Place to Put the New Broncos Stadium: Los Angeles, California Readers' Choice: Stapleton Airport

Best Way to Pay for the New Broncos Stadium: The Bowlen Taxing District Readers' Choice: Pat Bowlen pays for it

Best Attempt to get Mile High Back to the Drawing Board: Stuart Ohlson's Redesign of Mile High Stadium; Ohlson Lavoie Architects

Best New Feature at Coors Field: The Speed Sign

Best Place to Get to First Base at Coors Field: Behind Madeline's, Near Section 150

Best Offer of a Helping Hand: The Coors Field Message Board

Best Free Ride to Sporting Events: Cheerleaders

Best Rockie: Larry Walker, Right Fielder Readers' Choice: Larry Walker

Best Av: Peter Forsberg, Center Readers' Choice: Patrick Roy

Best Bronco: Terrell Davis, Running Back Readers' Choice: John Elway

Best Nugget: Antonio McDyess, Forward Readers' Choice: LaPhonso Ellis

Best Pro Soccer Player: Chris Henderson, Colorado Rapids, Midfielder

Best Soccer Games for People-Watching: Colorado Foxes

Best New Pro Franchise: Colorado Xplosion

Best Local Sports Team: Colorado Avalanche Readers' Choice: Avalanche

Best Team With Lots of Heart: U.S. Transplant Games, Team Colorado

Best Pro Coach: Marc Crawford, Avalanche Readers' Choice: Marc Crawford

Best College Coach: Ricardo Patton, CU Basketball

Best CU Football Player: Ryan Olson, Nose Tackle

Best CSU Football Player: Moses Moreno, Quarterback

Best Air Force Academy Football Player: Chris Gizzi, Inside Linebacker

Best CU Basketball Player: Ronnie DeGray, Forward

Best CU Women's Basketball Player: LaShena Graham, Guard

Best University of Denver Hockey Player: Paul Comrie, Right Wing

Best College Athlete You've Never Heard Of: Knut Ekjord, CU Golf Team

Best Player Quote: Shannon Sharpe, Broncos Receiver

Best Sports Bar: Chopper's Sports Grill

Best Rockies Game Day Bar: McCormick's Fish House & Bar

Best Olympic Athlete: Amy Van Dyken

Best New Sports Event: IRL Colorado 200

Best Race Car Driver: Buddy Lazier

Best Bicycle Racer: Rishi Grewal

Best Greyhound: Lord Dempsey

Best Boxer: Stevie Johnston, WBC Lightweight Champion

Best Sports Upset: Louis Monaco d. Peter McNeeley, Boxing

Best Way to Rack up Hits on the World Wide Web: www.blackjacktime.com

Best Local Sports Book: The Player's Guide to Golf in Colorado

Best Public Tennis Courts: Gates Tennis Center

Best Public Golf Course: Canterberry Golf Course Readers' Choice: Wellshire

Best Denver Public Golf Course Outside Denver: Evergreen Golf Course

Best Private Golf Course: The Sanctuary Readers' Choice: Castle Pines

Best Public Playground: City Park Community-Built Playground

Best Neighborhood Playground: Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten

Best New-Mom Workout: Mom-O-Rama

Best Ladies' League: Colorado Columbines

Best Exhibition Games: First Annual National Vintage Base Ball Festival

Best Exhibitionists: Shirtless Volleyball Players at Cheesman Park

Best Place for a Twilight Outdoor Amour: Berkeley Park

Best-placed Virtual Reality: Starport, Park Meadows

Best Place to Hallucinate: Tiny Town

Best Fun Run: Run With the Animals Series Readers' Choice: Bolder Boulder

Best Bowling Alley: Bowlero Lanes Readers' Choice: Monaco Lanes

Best Place to Lose Your Balls: Cosmic Bowling

Best Virtual Bowling: Alley 19, www.starplay.com

Best Non-Lethal Blood Sport: A-1 Archery

Best Place to Puck Around: Bladium Sports Club

Best BMX Track: Skyhigh BMX, Lutz Sports Complex

Best Holy Rollers: City on the Hill Church

Best Place to Ride Bikes With the Kids: Bear Creek State Park

Best Teen Hangout: FunPlex

Best Girls Club: Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver

Best Place to Learn Fly-Fishing: Blue Quill Anglers

Best Place to Buy Worms in the Middle of the Night: Bait N Bullet Shop

Best Place to Buy Dinosaurs: United States Postal Service

Best Place to Read About Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth

Best News for Train Nerds: Kansas Pacific Rebuild

Best Training Ground: Golden Branch, Jefferson County Library

Best Train Grounds: Colorado Railroad Museum

Best Out-Of-Season Ski Shopping: Colorado Ski Museum

Best Double-Diamond Ski Run: Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge Readers' Choice: Pallavicini

Best Blue Cruiser: Harrier, Beaver Creek Readers' Choice: Big Burn

Best Snowboarding Run: Naked Lady, Snowmass Readers' Choice: Area 51

Best One-Day Bike Tour: The Triple Bypass

Best Place to Pretend You're in Africa: Primate Panorama, Denver Zoo

Best Secondary Highway: Colorado 83, Colorado Springs to Parker

Best Tour of Colorado Landmarks: Colorado Journey at Cornerstone Park

Best Tours: TourUSA

Best In-Town Getaway: On Golden Pond Bed & Breakfast Readers' Choice: Brown Palace Hotel

Best Out-of-Town Getaway: Devil's Head Tower Readers' Choice: Boulder

Best Summer Getaway: Purgatory Village Resort

Best Bird-Watching Bed-and-Breakfast: The Plover Inn

Best Birdhouses: Denver Botanic Gardens Birdhaus Competition

Best Harvest: My Garden Visits

Best Year-Round Garden Boutique: Summerhouse, Ltd.

Best Service for Colorado Gardeners: Plant Select, Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens

Best Beds: Welby Gardens

Best Erotic Gardening Book: Sex in Your Garden

Best Open-Hearted Donation of Open Space: Tweet Kimball, Cherokee Ranch

Best Tree Dedicated to William Shakespeare: The Shakespeare Elm


Best Store at Cherry Creek Shopping Center: M.A.C.

Readers' Choice: Lord & Taylor

Best One-Stop Shopping: Mammography Center at Nordstrom

Best New Store at Cherry Creek Shopping Center: The Great American Backrub

Best Reason to Go To Park Meadows: Shoe shopping Readers' Choice: Nordstrom

Best Reason to Go Near Park Meadows: The Container Store

Best Independent Outlet for Designer Clothes: Hotty

Best Place to Buy the Newest, Latest Hip-Hop Fashions: Hip Hop Fashion Shop

Best Hip Maternity Clothes: Applause

Best Locally Produced Frocks: Sarah Campbell Dresses

Best Locally Produced Coats: Treasure Coats by Sharelle Pankey, Sharelle's

Best Shirt Laundry: The Shirt Laundry

Best Wall-O-Hats: Rave's Uptown Antiques

Best Place to Buy a Cowboy-Hat Condom: Colorado Saddlery

Best Vaquero Boots: Bota de Oro

Best Cheap New Men's Clothes: T & C Mens Center

Best Cheap Facial: The Marquis Aveda Institute

Best Facelift: Walgreen Drug Store

Best Down-Home Beauty Products: Lily of Colorado

Best Old-Time Pieces: Atlantis Gems

Best Vintage Jewelry: Brigitte Schluger Gallery

Best Vintage Store: American Vogue

Best Collectible Vintage Posters: Colorado Vintage Poster Gallery

Best Movie Poster Shop: Cinema Graphics

Best Place to Find Star Wars Collectibles: Arvada Antique Emporium

Best Video Store: Video Station

Best VCR Diagnosis and Repair: Contact Electronics

Best British-Television Video Selection: Channel Six Store

Best Theater Arts Store: Scene to Screen

Best Backdrops: Colorado Scenery

Best Friend an Artist Ever Had: CoLA Arts Mediation Service

Best Medical School With No Tests: CU Mini Medical School

Best Place to Buy Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed: MacFrugal's

Best Free Service: Internet Lessons, Denver Public Library Readers' Choice: 16th Street Mall shuttle

Best Free Service, Part Two: Denver Public Library Map and Travel Collections

Best Free Service on Your Birthday: Free Admission to the Denver Zoo Readers' Choice: Denny's

Best School-Supply Store: Banks School Supply

Best Playground Equipment Supplier: Children's Playstructures Inc.

Best Children's Furniture: Kids & Co.

Best Mattresses: Z's Mattress Factory Store

Best Miniatures: Bob's Hobbies and Dollhouses

Best Doll Shop: Denver Doll Emporium

Best Place to Play Dress-Up: Dolls & Kids Closet

Best Costume Shop: Costume Department, Denver Public Schools

Best Kids' Boutique: Monkey Doodles

Best Music For Kids: Borders

Best Reliable Emergency Childcare: Seniors! Inc.

Best Reliable Web Site for Childcare: KidCare Online, http://www.KidCareOnline.com

Best Local Web Page: MapQuest, http://www.mapquest.com Readers' Choice: www.citysurf.com

Best Online Future: Mo's Mystical Metaphysical Tour

Best Alternative to Reading Trashy Tabloids at the Grocery Store: Mercury Mail, http://www.mercurymail.com

Best Magazine for Geeks: Boardwatch

Best Proof That Three's Not a Crowd: Loving More magazine

Best Nest Egg: Home Ownership Bridal Registry

Best Directions to Splitsville: Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Colorado

Best Adult Bookstore: Adult Book and Video

Best Tattered Cover: Tattered Cover LoDo

Best Used Bookstore: Books Unlimited

Best Revival of a Bookstore: The Hue-Man Experience

Best Place for Legislators to Sneak Away From Work Unnoticed: Capitol Hill Books

Best Children's Bookstore: Book Worm

Best Mystery Bookstore: The Rue Morgue

Best Study Hall: University of Denver Penrose Library

Best Higher Source: The Metaphysical Book Store

Best Place to Wear the High Life: Hemperor's New Clothes

Best Place to Get in Touch With the Collective Unconscious: Jungian Ministries

Best Place to Find Your Pagan Soul: Herbs & Arts

Best Place to Attain Home-Repair Nirvana: 52nd Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd.

Best Treasure Hunting: Soul of a Gypsy

Best African Objects and Drum Circles: From Slaveship to Ownership

Best Third-World Crafts Shop: Ten Thousand Villages

Best Place to Buy Batiks: Shakti Images

Best Fabric Store: D'Lea's Fabric & Button Studio

Best Made-To-Order Afrocentric Clothing: Akente Express

Best 16th Street Mall Vendor: JoAnn Trudel Readers' Choice: Tristan, 50-cent hot dogs

Best Larimer Square Tourist Trap: Fandango

Best Ethnic Strip Mall: Plaza Esteban

Best Judaica: Temple Emanuel Judaica Shop

Best Exotica: Kandu, Inc.

Best Eclectica: Ruins/SMS Studio

Best Eclectic Bath Shop: Manorisms

Best Wacky Lamp: Pismo Original Art Furniture

Best Mexican Furniture: Disant

Best Salvaged Home Furnishings: Architectural Antiques

Best Lawn Alligators: Joe Anderson Metal Art

Best Pet Pro Venders: Sherlock Hound's 6th Avenue Pet Supply

Best Place to Coif Your Canine: Ooh La Pooch‚z Boutique & Spa

Best Public Service for Abused Pets: Animal Orphanage

Best Public Service for Homeless Cats: Alley Cat Allies

Best Public Service for Homeless Mountain Pets: Intermountain Humane Society

Best Place to Establish a Trust Fund for Your Pet: Boulder County Humane Society

Best Place to Pamper Your Puss: The Whole Cat

Best Place to Get your Mutt Fixed: Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital Spay/Neuter Services

Best Place to Get your Mitt Fixed: Chaney's Sport & Fitness

Best Kite Store: Into the Wind Kite Store

Best All-Terrain Boards: MountainBoard Sports

Best Blowups: Boulder Blimp Co.

Best Hubcap Replacement: Hubcap America

Best Custom Two-Wheeler Dealer: Dragon Lowriders

Best Local Moving Experience: Man With a Van

Best Way to Get to the Airport: RTD SkyRide

Best Airport Vendor: Colorado Colors Readers' Choice: The Body Shop

Best Way to Get Into the Airport: Valet Parking

Best Way to Pamper Your Car While You're Out of Town: ETA Express

Best Grocery Express Lanes: King Soopers Castle Rock

Best Use of Plastic: King Soopers Card

Best Use of Paper: Paper Pleasures

Best Card Store: Montague's

Best Greeting Cards: The Gathering Place

Best Artful Framing: Old South Frame & Gallery

Best Place to Find a Framed Picture of Shaun Cassidy: Koochi Koochi

Best Place to Buy 45's: Hear Here

Best Place to Buy Used Jukeboxes That Play 45's: Universal Sales & Service

Best Vinyl Haven: Don's Discs

Best New Record Store: Wax Trax Records

Best Used Record Store: Recycle Seedeez & Tapes

Best Informed Record Staff: Twist & Shout

Best Laser Disc Store: J.B. & H. Records and Tapes

Best Place for Cigars, Cigarettes and Oldies Music: Your Cigarette Outlet, Inc.

Best Smokers: Jordan's Custom Made

Best Used Camera Store: The Camera Trader

Best Name Change: Infotest International

Best Business Name: Rentokil Tropical Plants


Best Free Entertainment: Capitol Hill People's Fair Talent Tryouts Readers' Choice: Symphony in the Park

Best Festival: Oatmeal Day, Lafayette Readers' Choice: Taste of Colorado Festival of Mountain and Plain

Best Fourth of July Celebration: Firehouse, Indian Hills

Best Arts Festival: Art Students League Show and Sale Readers' Choice: Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Best Art Show in Colorado--Ever: Boardman Robinson: American Muralist and Illustrator (1876-1952); Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Best Solo Show--Living Artist: Mary Obering Paintings (1978-1996); Rule Modern and Contemporary Readers' Choice: Mary Obering Paintings (1978-1996); Rule Modern and Contemporary

Best Solo Show--Dead Artist: David Rigsby Retrospective; Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis

Best solo Show by an Emerging Artist: Cameron Jones: bash, waste, and obfuscate; Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis

Best Group Show: Materials Witness; Emmanuel Gallery Readers' Choice: Metro Student Art Fair

Best Old-Timey Modern Show: Al Wynne; Mackey Gallery

Best Landscape Show With a Contemporary Twist: Chuck Forsman; Robischon Gallery

Best Sculpture Show: Jeffery Keith: Tools/toys, childhood & gender; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Best Ceramics Show: Altered States: Contemporary American Ceramics; Metro State College Center for the Visual Arts

Best Installation Show: Insight on Site; Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Best Print Show: Working Proof: 20 Years of Prints from Shark's Inc.; CU-Boulder Art Galleries

Best Salute to the New York School: Robert Motherwell: Master Prints; Robischon Gallery

Best Painting Show: Major Paintings; Inkfish Gallery

Best Museum Exhibit (Temporary): The Grosvenor Gallery; Denver Art Museum Readers' Choice: Imperial Tombs of China

Best Place to Buy Museum-Quality Art: The Vance Kirkland Foundation and Studio

Best Gallery That Hasn't Presented an Exhibition in More Than a Year: Sloane Gallery

Best New Public Art--High End: "Argus (P.J.)," by Deborah Butterfield; Denver Art Museum

Best New Public Art--Bargain Division: "The Welcoming Committee," by Elaine Calzolari; RTD Terminal at S. Broadway and I 25

Best Art for Arf's Sake: Cosmo's Dog Biscuit Bakery

Best Western-Themed Show: Cheyenne Dog Soldiers; Colorado History Museum

Best Sneak Preview of an Art Project: Christo and Jeanne-Claude--Works in Progress: Over the River; Robischon Gallery

Best Mural: Leo Tanguma and Friends; North Arvada Middle School

Best Museum Devoted to Bells: International Bell Museum

Best Museums Devoted to Ma Bell: Telecommunications History Group

Best Example of Teamwork in the Arts: Art & Soul

Best Public Sandbox for Poets: Bleeding TVs of Angels

Best Overdue Appointment: Mary Crow, Colorado Poet Laureate

Best Irish Rebellion: James Joyce Society

Best Coffee-Table Book: The Triumphant Spirit

Best Story Theater: The Story Gleaner

Best Place for Bilingual Bear Stories: Woodbury Library

Best Family Theater: Peter Pan; Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Slice of Americana: Stanton's Garage

Best Production of an American Classic: Orpheus Descending; Industrial Arts Theatre

Best Period Reproduction: 42nd Street; County Dinner Playhouse

Best Musical: A Brief History of White Music; The Vogue Theatre

Best Theater Production: Racing Demon; Denver Center Theatre Company Readers' Choice: Always...Patsy Cline

Best Director: Laura Cuetara; American Buffalo

Best Experimental Production: HamletMachine; The LIDA Project

Best Hamlet: Richard Nelson as John Barrymore

Best Breathless Bard: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged); Theatre on Broadway

Best Political Tragicomedy: Good; Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre

Best Surprise Performance: Joseph Miller in Faithful; Avenue Theatre

Best Dysfunctional Family Show: Faithful

Best Wicked Fun: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; The Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League

Best Villain: Paul Page in Faithful

Best Theater Company: CityStage Ensemble

Best Theater From Hell: Don Juan in Hell; Germinal Stage in Denver

Best Actor: Christopher Leo

Best One-Man Show: Harvey's Boy; Chicken Lips Comedy Theater

Best Jack-Of-All-Theater-Trades: Jeremy Cole

Best Surfer Dude: Mark Rubald in Comedy of Errors; Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Comic Performance by an Actress: Deborah Persoff in Faithful

Best Performance by an Actress: Jeanne Paulson in Molly Sweeney; Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actress: Stephanie Cozart in Arcadia; Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Feminist Performance: Therese Pickard in Painted Bread; Industrial Arts Theatre

Best Female Ensemble Theater: The Deer and the Antelope Play; Avenue Theatre

Best New Theater Company: HorseChart

Best Movie Theater: The Continental

Best Theater in Which to Absorb the Teachings of Yoda: The Continental

Best Movie Theater Parking Lot: The Continental

Best New Multiplex: Mann Olde Town 14

Best Art House: The Mayan

Best Concession Candy Bar: "Sundried Jungle Banana"; The Esquire

Best New Concession Item: The Iceman Cometh Sorbet; Mayan and Esquire theaters

Best Refuge for Pre- or Post-Movie Cocktails: The Hornet

Best Movie Promotion: Big Night Dinner, Barolo Grill

Best Movie Made in Denver: George Stanley, Ghost Hunter; Leslie Cyril and Artemus Fred, producers

Best Locally Produced Film: The 27th Hour; Mary Lynn Chambers, director

Best New Colorado Filmmaker: Steven Luff

Best Movie Produced by a Denver Cop: The Final Message; Brian Charles, director

Best Revival Run: Das Boot

Best Denver Film Festival Film: A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies; Martin Scorsese, director

Best Denver Film Festival Sleeper: Microcosmos; Claude Nuriedsany

Best Oscar Handicapper: Amy Windels, Englewood

Best Star Sighting: Esquire Theater; March 10, 1997

Best New Event: The Denver Jazz on Film Festival; Acoma City Center; May 23-36, 1997

Best Campus Film Event: Errol Morris; CU-Boulder Film Series

Best College Film Course: "Sex, Death and Cinema," CU-Boulder

Best Reference to Colorado in a Recent Movie: Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story Readers' Choice: The Shining

Best Performance by a Colorado in a Recent Movie: Asteroids Readers' Choice: The Shining

Best Heavenly Performance by a Coloradan: Martha Williamson

Best Performance by a Colorado Group at the White House: The Association of Living History

Best Sign That Colorado Bands Are Being Noticed in Places Other Than Colorado: South by Southwest 1997

Best Music-Oriented Legal Dispute: Janet Jackson vs. the Onion

Best Publicity Stunt: VH1 Press Conference; Buell Theatre; January 22, 1997

Best Protest by a Music Scenester: Hakeem Abdul-Khaaliq

Best Protest by a Music Scenester--Runner-Up: Mike Elkerton

Best Musical Soap Opera: The Samples

Best Musical Cult Figure: Ralph Gean

Best Musical Iconoclast: David Willey

Best Impersonation of a Country Singer: Bob Tyler/Bub Taylor

Best Country Radio Station: KYGO-AM/1600

Best Public-Radio Station: KGNU-FM/88.5

Best Native American Music and News: alterNative Voices; KUVO-FM/89.3

Best Rock DJ: Susie Wargin, KBPI-FM/106.7

Best Rock Band: Space Team Electra Readers' Choice: Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Best Punk-Rock Band: The Hate Fuck Trio

Best Rap Band: nGoMa Readers' Choice: Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass

Best Dance Band: Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass Readers' Choice: Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Best Blues Band: The Lionel Young Band Readers' Choice: Stanley Milton

Best Blues Vocalist: Wende Harston

Best Jazz Band: Ginger Baker's Denver Jazz Quintet Readers' Choice: Dotsero

Best Country Band: The Dalhart Imperials Readers' Choice: Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Best Bluegrass Musician: Tony Furtado

Best Singer-Songwriter--Male: Steven Ray Liedlich

Best Singer-Songwriter--Female: Sherri Jackson

Best Band Name: Whores, Pigs and Ponies

Best Stage Name: Winona Righteous

Best 16th Street Mall Entertainer: Rifkin Readers' Choice: The Mickey-Mouse-ears guy who plays harmonica and guitar

Best New Music Festival: Denver Blues Festival

Best New New-Music Festival: Creative Music Festival

Best New Acoustic Music Festival: Roots of Blues; Swallow Hill Music Association

Best Homegrown Music Festival: The Denver Rock N' Rhythm-Billy Weekend; July 12-13, 1996

Best Garage-Rock Festival: Treble Fest '96!

Best Concert--Denver: Bruce Springsteen; Paramount Theatre; October 16, 1996

Best Concert--Boulder: Tricky; Fox Theatre; January 21, 1997

Best One-Man Concert Promotion Operation: Pat McCullogh, Celtic Events

Best Theater--Denver: Bluebird Theater

Best Theater--Boulder: Fox Theatre

Best Concert Venue: Red Rocks

Best Local Recording: Starbent but Superfreaked; Foreskin 500 Readers' Choice: Sherri Jackson

Best Cassette: The Collected Works of Shitbox; Shitbox

Best Rock Label: 360 Twist! Records

Best Blues Recording: Rosewood & Steel; Mary Flower

Best Country CD: Changes in the Heart; Richard Dean

Best Bluegrass CD: I Tell You What!; Pete Wernick's Live 5

Best Dance Label: Terraform Records

Best Metal Label: Napalm Records America

Best Death-Metal CD: Thanatos Descends; Dead World

Best Classical CD: Vikings of the Sunrise; Stephen Scott

Best News for Colorado Symphony Lovers: Free Cough Drops

Best Attempt to Ballet Up to the Bar: Colorado Ballet's Bill's Saloon

Best Bossa Nova Album Made in Denver or Anywhere Else: In a Brazilian Mood

Best Jazz Recording on a Major Label: Ron Miles; Woman's Day

Best Hideaway for Jazzophiles: Sherman's Coffee House

Best Jazz Jam for Players-In-Training: Joe Lukasik's Underground Jazz University; Sherman's Coffee House

Best Colorado-Made Instruments: Ross/Warburton Basses

Best World Beaters: MKONO

Best Out-Of-This-World Fan Club: Official Star Wars Fan Club

Best Musical Performance by a News Anchor: John Soderman

Best Performance by a News Anchor on a Local CD: Ernie Bjorkman; Garden Weasels' Lawn Job

Best Musical Performance by a Sports Coach: Rick Neuheisel

Best Place to See Sports Celebrities Singing Badly: Sing Sing Piano Bar

Best Place to Kick Back After a Saturday Night Lady Buffs Home Game: Lava Lounge at the Elle

Best Rock Club: The Lion's Lair Readers' Choice: The Church

Best Punk Club: 15th Street Tavern Readers' Choice: The Lion's Lair

Best Blues Club: Brendan's Pub Readers' Choice: Brendan's Pub

Best Jazz Club: El Chapultepec Readers' Choice: El Chapultepec

Best C&W Club: The Grizzly Rose Readers' Choice: The Grizzly Rose

Best Barn Dances: Cowboy Cotillion; C-FOOTMAD/Swallow Hill

Best Darn Dances: Zydeco House Party; C-FOOTMAD/Swallow Hill

Best Place to Learn to Imitate Michael Flatley: The Wick School of Irish Dance

Best Revamping of a Club: The Mercury Cafe

Best Reincarnation of a Gay Bar: Tracks 2000

Best Dive Bar: Gordy's Lounge

Best Club Decor--Exterior: Rock Island

Best Club Decor--Interior: The Church

Best Club DJ: DJ Skunk Readers' Choice: John Chamie

Best Experimental Dance Club: The Snake Pit

Best Progressive Dance Club: Rock Island

Best All-Ages Club: Club Synergy Readers' Choice: Rock Island

Best After-Hours Club: Club Synergy Readers' Choice: Club Synergy

Best After-Hours Event Production Company: Come Together Productions

Best After-Hours Event of the Last Twelve Months: "Do You Own a Pet?"; Tribe Production Company; April 5, 1997

Best Last Call: Lane's Tavern


Best Chicken-Fried Steak: Great Scott's Eatery

Best Roast Chicken: Aubergine Cafe Readers' Choice: Boston Market

Best Chicken Kebobs: Caf‚ Euphrates

Best Chicken, Little: Brown Sugar's Burgers & Bones

Best Chicken, Livered: Plaza Deli

Best Chicken, Out: Safeway

Best Fried Chicken: Castle Cafe

Best Chicken for Chicken Feed: El Azteca

Best Chicken Noodle Soup: The Filly Bistro

Best Gumbo: Moondance

Best Takeout Clambake: Cherry Crest Market & Restaurant

Best Crabcakes: Pinots

Best Oyster Shooters: Jax Fish House

Best Fried Shrimp: Isle of Singapore

Best Fried Lobster: Trinity Grill

Best Seafood Restaurant: Starfish Readers' Choice: McCormick's

Best Fish-Eye View of Downtown: Sonoda's Seafood and Sushi

Best Frog's Legs: Le Delice

Best Fish Neck: Japon

Best Turkey Butt: Carniceria Guadalajara

Best Puttanesca: Mel's Bar and Grill

Best Pot-Au-Feu: Cucina Leone

Best Pot of Food: Empress Seafood Restaurant

Best Cheap Breakfast: Dumitri's Readers' Choice: Pete's Kitchen

Best Breakfast on Your Way to the Hospital: Hot Cakes

Best Breakfast on Your Way to the Mountains: Home on the Range

Best Brunch After a Mountain Bike Ride: Morrison Inn

Best Brunch Buffet: The Augusta at the Westin Hotel Readers' Choice: Simms Landing

Best A La Carte Brunch: Le Central Best Power Breakfast: Dixons Downtown Grill

Best Power Lunch: Thuy-Hoa's Bar & Grille Readers' Choice: The Palm

Best All-You-Can-Eat Deal: So-Fully Kosha' Restaurant

Best Veggie Buffet: Creative Cafe

Best Asian Buffet: Thai Kitchen

Best Bang for Your Buck: Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant

Best Dinner Under $5: Chef's Noodle House

Best Dinner Specials: The Park Tavern and Restaurant

Best Place for Dinner After 10 p.m.: My Brother's Bar; Wazee Supper Club Readers' Choice: Racines

Best Free Food Samples: Price Club

Best Children's Menu: Bourbon Street Pizzabar & Grill Readers' Choice: Red Robin

Best 16th Street Mall Food Vendor: The Philadelphia Filly

Best Food Court Vendor: N'Orleans Cajun Grill

Best Outdoor Patio: La Coupole Readers' Choice: Rock Bottom Brewery

Best Salad Bar: Wild Oats Readers' Choice: Healthy Habits

Best Surprise Salad Bar: The Rotary Table in the Amoco Building

Best Caesar: Cliff Young's

Best Vegetarian Menu: Hugh's New American Bistro

Best Vegetarian Pie: Bump & Grind Cardio Cafe

Best Vegetarian Sandwich: Cafe Galileo

Best Grilled Sandwich: Pressto

Best Sandwiches: Maria's Bakery & Deli

Best Subs: Mangia Subs

Best Hot Dog: Paul's Place

Best Hamburger: Brasserie Z Readers' Choice: Good Times

Best French Fries: Strings Readers' Choice: Good Times

Best Steak: Morton's of Chicago Readers' Choice: Morton's of Chicago

Best Steak According to Barry Fey: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Best Cheap Steak According to Barry Fey: Trail Dust Steak House

Best Retro Steakhouse: Emil-Lene's Sirloin House

Best Pork Prime Rib: The Prime Rib Restaurant and Steakhouse

Best Barbecued Ribs: M&D's BBQ & Fish Palace Readers' Choice: Sam Taylor's Bar-B-Q

Best Example of Using Your Noodle: Oodles

Best Plate of Spaghetti: Valente's

Best Thin Pizza: Enzo's End Readers' Choice: Bonnie Brae

Best Thick Pizza: Beau Jo's Readers' Choice: Beau Jo's

Best In-Between Pizza: Bourbon Street Pizzabar & Grill

Best Pizza-Dough Deal: Cub Foods

Best Breads: Denver Bread Company

Best Drop-In Dessert Spot: Pony Expresso and Dessert Bar

Best Before- or After-Concert Nosh: Across the Street Caf

Best Cinnamon Rolls: Eats and Sweets

Best Bagels: Bagels & Beyond Readers' Choice: Einstein Bros.

Best Bakery: Costco Wholesale

Best Cookies: Heavenly Ham

Best Gourmet Pies: Granny Scott's Pie Shop

Best Humble Pies: Heidi's Bagels & Ice Cream

Best Gingerbread: Bang!

Best Ice Cream Cakes: Magill's Ice Cream

Best Dessert Menu: Palmetto Grille Readers' Choice: Cheesecake Factory

Best Peach Cobbler: Racines

Best Fruit Cake: The Market

Best Tiramisu: Janleone

Best Way to Put the Rush Back in Rush Hour: The Coffee People

Best 25-cent Cup of Coffee: Caf‚ Nordstrom

Best Coffee Selection: Gallery Coffeehouse

Best Gay Coffee Klatch: Dietrich's Coffee

Best Lesbian Coffee Klatch: Euphemia's Place

Best Net Cafe: Majordomo's

Best Coffee in a Teahouse: Satsang Cafe

Best Happy Hour for Free Food: The Church Readers' Choice: Jose O'Shea's

Best Happy Hour Under $2: McCormick's Fish House & Bar

Best Brewpub: Breckenridge Brewery and Pub Readers' Choice: Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Best Performance by a Brewpub: Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Best Pub Pop: Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

Best Local Microbrew--Lager: 1858 Gold Camp Amber Lager, Cheyenne Mtn Brewing Co.

Best Local Microbrew--Ale: Alpenglow Strong Ale, Steamboat Brewery

Best Local Microbrew--Porter: St. Brigid's Porter, Great Divide Brewing Co.

Best Local Microbrew--Stout: Oasis Zoser Oatmeal Stout, Oasis Brewery

Best Local Microbrew--Fruit: Strawberry Wheat Ale, Breckenridge Brewing Co.

Best Local Microbrew--Spice: Saison, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Best Local Microbrew--Wheat: Tabernash Weiss, Tabernash Brewing Company

Best Local Microbrew--Pale Ale: Ancient Whale Ale, Atlantis Brewing Co.

Best Ballpark Beer: Squeeze Play Wheat, The Sandlot Brewery

Best Wine List--Selection: 240 Union Readers' Choice: Enoteca

Best Wine List--Price: Legacy Grill at Legacy Ridge Golf Course Readers' Choice: Le Central

Best Wine List--By the Glass: Trios Readers' Choice: Enoteca

Best Wine List--Selection, Price and By the Glass: Today's Gourmet Highland's Garden Cafe

Best Wine List in a Chinese Restaurant: Imperial

Best Martini: Avenue Grill Readers' Choice: Purple Martini

Best Martini Bar: The Palm Restaurant Readers' Choice: Purple Martini

Best Cigar Bar: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Readers' Choice: Enoteca

Best Bar Table: Kozy Corner Bar and Cafe

Best Bachelors' Pad: Duffy's Shamrock Restaurant & Bar

Best Margarita: Croc's Cafe

Best Offbeat Margarita: La Fogata

Best Chips and Salsa: Zolo Grill Readers' Choice: Benny's

Best Taco: El Tejado Readers' Choice: Taco Bell

Best Burrito: Z-Teca Mexican Grill Readers' Choice: Chipotle

Best Breakfast Burrito: The Bagel Deli Readers' Choice: Pete's Kitchen

Best Basic Burrito: Rosa Linda Mexican Cafe

Best Tamale: La Pasadita Inn

Best Soft Chile Relleno: Las Brisas

Best Crispy Chile Relleno: Alamos Verdes

Best Green Chile: Bamboo Hut Readers' Choice: Chubby's

Best Gringo Green Chile: Cherry Cricket

Best Red Chile: Brewery Bar II

Best Chili Con Carne: Denver Buffalo Company Readers' Choice: Las Delicias

Best Steak Ranchero: Se¤or Pepe's

Best Refried Beans: La Cueva

Best Free Menudo: Mickey Manor

Best Hot Sauce Collection: Caribbean Colors

Best Hot Sauce to Go: Hot Cha Cha Cha

Best Puerto Rican Market: Old San Juan Groceries

Best International Market: International Market

Best Mom-and-Pop Health Food Store: Sundance Natural Foods

Best Food for Thought: Seasonings for a Colorado Afternoon, Evergreen Women's Press

Best Place to Find Roast-Moose Recipes: The Cook's Book

Best Breadstuffs: Middle East Market

Best Olive-Oil Selection: Aladdin

Best Polish Deli: Staropolska Deli

Best Thai Market: Lucky Oriental Market

Best Asian Market: Pacific Mercantile

Best Steamed Dumplings: Pavilion Chinese Restaurant

Best Egg Rolls: Little Saigon

Best Unconventional Egg Rolls: Irene's International

Best Chinese Restaurant: Golden Plate Readers' Choice: Imperial

Best Sushi: Sonoda's Seafood and Sushi

Best Japanese Restaurant: Mori Readers' Choice: Mori

Best Thai Restaurant: Taste of Thailand Readers' Choice: Tommy's Oriental Thai-Chinese

Best Indonesian Restaurant: Bali Island

Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Saigon Bowl Readers' Choice: New Saigon

Best Indian Restaurant: India's

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Jerusalem Readers' Choice: Jerusalem

Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Aubergine Cafe

Best Greek Restaurant: Thia's Cafe

Best Pasta Restaurant: Pastina

Best Italian Restaurant: Barolo Grill Readers' Choice: Carmine's on Penn

Best French Restaurant: Tante Louise Readers' Choice: Tante Louise

Best Fusion Restaurant: Papillon

Best Romantic Restaurant: Manor House

Best Place for a Low-Rent Rendezvous: Bastien's

Best Place for a Discreet But High-Class Affair: Mataam Fez

Best Place to Eat When Someone Else is Paying: Tuscany at the Loews-Giorgio Hotel Readers' Choice: Morton's

Best Creative Sign Change: Panaderia Aguas Calientes

Best Restaurant Resurrection: Sadie's Kitchen

Best Place to Get Resurrected--Fast: Denver Diner

Best New Restaurant: Brasserie Z Readers' Choice: The Cheesecake Factory

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