2017 Best of Topeka: More Arts & Entertainment winners

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Best Art Gallery

 

Mulvane Art Museum

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Art matters at the Mulvane, where the story behind a piece is explained, larger-than-life installations spark conversations and visitors make their own take-it-home creations in its ArtLab. In addition to shows featuring the Washburn University-based museum’s collection, about a dozen guest exhibitions are installed each year.

First runner-up: Alice C. Sabatini Gallery at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Second runner-up: Warehouse 414

Best Dance Studio

The Dance Factory

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Youngsters ages 3 to 18 kick up their heels at this dance studio, where instruction in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and leaps and turns take center stage. Students develop a passion for dance — and for life — as they master arabesques, heel steps and body popping for recreation, competitions or public performances.

First runner-up: Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance/Ballet Midwest

Second runner-up: Beverly Bernardi Post Conservatory of Dance

Best Ethnic Event in Northeast Kansas

Fiesta Mexicana

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s five-day festival celebrates the Oakland community’s Hispanic culture with a coronation ball, parade of decorated floats and cars, tamales and other traditional Mexican fare, mariachi and Tejano musicians, an art show showcasing local talent and a carnival with gravity-defying rides.

First runner-up: Prairie Band Potawatomi Pow Wow

Second runner-up: Germanfest

Best Bingo

Best Casino

Best Place for Live Entertainment

Best Place for Reception/Event

Best Place to Take an Out-of-towner (tie)

Best Place for Lunch

Best Wine List

Best Hotel

Best Large Employer

Best Golf Course

Prairie Band Casino & Resort

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A short 15-minute drive north of Topeka brings you to Prairie Band Casino and Resort, a gaming, entertainment and dining experience unequaled in northeast Kansas. Test your luck at more than 1,100 slots and 25 table games. Take a break from poker and bingo by teeing off at the scenic Firekeeper Golf Course. Curb your appetite at the Longhouse Buffet or Three Fires Steakhouse. Sing along with rock ’n’ roll or country legends during concerts in the Great Lakes Ballroom, and at day’s end enjoy one of the resort’s 297 luxurious guest rooms.

Best Bingo

First runner-up: Hayden High School

Second runner-up: Arab Shrine Temple

Best Casino

First runner-up: Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

Second runner-up: Golden Eagle Casino

Best Place for Live Entertainment

First runner-up: Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy/Helen Hocker Theater

Second runner-up: Topeka Performing Arts Center

Best Place for Reception/Event

First runner-up: Lake Shawnee

Second runner-up: Dillon House

Best Place to Take an Out-of-towner

Winner (tie): NOTO Arts District

First runner-up: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

Second runner-up: Lake Shawnee

Best Place for Lunch

First runner-up: The Wheel Barrel

Second runner-up: The Pad

Best Wine List

First runner-up: Blue Moose Bar & Grill

Second runner-up: RowHouse Restaurant

Best Hotel

First runner-up: Capitol Plaza Hotel

Second runner-up: Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel & Convention Center

Best Large Employer

First runner-up: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Second runner-up: Stormont Vail Health/Cotton O’Neil

Best Golf Course

First runner-up: GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness

Second runner-up: Lake Shawnee Golf Course

 

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