Arts Desk

Best of D.C. Is Live, but Whose Taste Is Better: Yours or Ours?

bestofdc_stampBest of D.C.! What more is there to say?

Well, this: Our annual issue highlighting our—and your—picks for the best the District has to offer is online and in print today. Pick up a copy! Or read it here!

There's no shortage of arts-related goodies therein, and even some overlap between the readers poll and our staff picks, which we've geared toward the city's newest residents. After the jump, some compare and contrast:

Readers Poll
Best Art Gallery: Phillips Collection

Staff Picks
Best New Art Gallery: The Fridge

Readers Poll
Best Jazz/Blues Club: Blues Alley

Staff Picks
Best Jazz Club for Newbies: HR-57

Readers Poll
Best Local Band: Bataka

Staff Picks
Best Band that Left Brooklyn for D.C. and Not Vice-Versa: Bluebrain

Readers Poll
Best Local Hip-Hop Artist: Wale

Staff Picks
Best Soft Introduction to Go-Go: Wale’s “Pretty Girls”/Raheem DeVaughn’s “Bulletproof” (go-go remix)

Readers Poll
Best Museum: The Phillips Collection

Staff Picks
Best Use of Bare Wall Space: Phillips Collection’s “Intersections”

Readers Poll
Best Outdoor Venue: Wolf Trap

Staff Picks
Best Venue to See Blues Traveler: Jiffy Lube Live

Readers Poll
Best Place to See a Movie: E Street Cinema

Staff Picks
Best Independent Movie Theater: The Avalon

Best Retrospectives, Sans Fries: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Best Retrospectives, With Fries: American City Diner

Best Sound System: Mazza Gallerie

Best Theaters for Keeping Your Attention on the Film and Not the Douchebag on His Cell: Landmarks Bethesda Row Cinema and E Street Cinema

Readers Poll
Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Crooked Beat

Staff Picks
Best Place to take Visiting Punk Rockers: Smash! Records

Best Record Store: Red Onion Records & Books

Readers Poll
Best Outdoor Venue: Wolf Trap

Staff Picks
Best Venue to See Blues Traveler: Jiffy Lube Live

Make sure you check out our Arts and Entertainment in-depth picks: Best Way to Shake Up D.C. Nightlife, Best First Record, Best New Nightlife Blog, and Best Model for Breaking into the Arts Scene.

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