Editors’ choices

Best theater company

Restless Artists’ Theatre Company

295 20th St., Sparks, 525-3074

The Truckee Meadows is fortunate to be home to a lot of great theater companies. Each of them offer something unique, from Good Luck Macbeth to Reno Little Theater—but best among them is Restless Artists’ Theatre. Located in an intimate venue in Sparks, RAT stages contemporary plays and awesome renditions of the classics too. RAT also works hard to involve and educate new theater artists and stages readings of works in development and local works. And the company’s productions are often delightfully irreverent, thanks to the input of local Chautauquan, actor and rabble rouser Doug Mishler.

Best animal shelter

Regional Animal Services

2825 Longley Lane, 353-8900

Often overlooked because private organizations are better known, Regional Animal Services is noted for not trying to guilt people and for its friendliness. The employees are loving toward the animals and helpful without being overbearing—and they do not require an appointment to do business. There’s probably no such thing as a perfect animal shelter, but workers here try.

Readers’ choices

Best animal shelter

1. Nevada Humane Society

2825 Longley Lane, 856-2000

2. SPCA of Northern Nevada

4950 Spectrum Blvd., 324-7773

3. Res-Que

P.O. Box 60816, Reno, NV 89506, info@resque.org

Best art gallery

1. Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333

2. Holland Project

140 Vesta St., 742-1858

3. Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective

888 S. Virginia St., 324-0666

Best charity race or walk

1. Moms on the Run

2. Run for Education

3. Girls on the Run Sierras

Best church

1. Grace Church

1220 Robb Drive, 747-9000

2. Living Stones

445 S. Virginia St., 622-9772

3. Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

1138 Wright St., 323-6894

Best day trip

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Virginia City

3. Truckee, California

Best dog park

1. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

2. Sparks Marina Park

300 Howard Drive, Sparks, 353-2376

3. Link Piazzo Dog Park

Hidden Valley Regional Park, 4740 Parkway Drive

Best historic building

1. Downtown Reno post office

The Basement Reno, 50 S. Virginia St.

2. Bowers Mansion

4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, 849-0201

3. Riverside Artists’ Lofts

17 S. Virginia St.

Best local band

1. The Novelists

2. Mojo Green

3. Elephant Rifle

Best local dance company

1. Reno Dance Company

2. Creative Edge Dance Studio

3. Stylos Dance Studio

Best local podcast

1. Worst Little Podcast


2. Up in the Mix


3. Van Sounds


Best local theater company

1. Reno Little Theater

147 E. Pueblo St., 813-8900

2. Brüka Theatre

99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221

3. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company

124 W. Taylor St., 322-3716

Best local TV news

1. Channel 2 KTVN

2. Channel 8 KOLO

3. Channel 4 KRNV

Best monthly event

1. First Thursdays at the Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333

2. The Reno Riverwalk District Wine Walk


3. Drink-182 “Reno’s Original Emo Night”

Best movie theater

1. Galaxy Luxury + IMAX

1170 Scheels Drive, Sparks, (888) 407-9874

2. Cinemark Reno Summit Sierra

13965 S. Virginia St., 851-4635

3. Century Riverside 12

11 N. Sierra St., Reno, 786-1743

Best non-profit group

1. Eddy House

423 E. Sixth St., 384-1129

2. Holland Project

140 Vesta St., 742-1858

3. STEP2

3700 Safe Harbour Place, 787-9411

Best open mic

1. Pignic Pub & Patio

235 Flint St., 376-1948

2. Beck’s Brew House

3611 Kings Row, 787-5050

3. A To Zen Gifts & Thrift

1803 N. Carson St., Carson City, 691-3945

Best radio station

1. Alice 96.5

2. Alt 92.1

3. KTHX 100.1

Best special event at Lake Tahoe

1. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

2. 4th of July Fireworks

3. Concerts at Commons Beach

Best special event in Carson City

1. Nevada Day Parade

2. Dia de Los Muertos at the Nevada State Museum

3. Taste of Downtown

Best special event in downtown Reno

1. Artown

2. Hot August Nights

3. Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Best special event in downtown Sparks

1. Best-in-the-West Nugget Rib Cook-off

2. Hot August Nights

3. 3rd Thursday

Best special event in Virginia City

1. International Camel & Ostrich Races

2. Chili on the Comstock

3. Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

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