Best of Memphis 2011: Arts + Entertainment 

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Pink Palace Museum
1st place: "Best Museum"

Best Museum
1. Pink Palace Museum
2. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
3. Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Memphis has some spectacular museums. But the beautiful and popular Pink Palace has a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and a shrunken head.

Best Commercial Gallery
BOM 1. David Lusk Gallery
2. Gallery Fifty Six
3. Fountain Art Gallery — tie — Odessa

Here's a short list of artists with work available at the David Lusk Gallery: Hamlett Dobbins, Don Estes, Maysey Craddock, Wayne Edge, Greely Myatt, Pinkney Herbert, Anne Siems, Carroll Cloar, Ted Faiers, Mary Sims, William Eggleston, Burton Callicott, Walter Anderson, William Christenberry ... we could go on, but you probably get the point.

Best College Gallery
1. Art Museum at the University of Memphis
2. Main Gallery, Memphis College of Art
3. Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art Graduate School

In addition to its ever-changing often-fascinating touring exhibitions, the Art Museum at the University of Memphis houses a significant permanent collection of Egyptian antiquities, more than 180 pieces of sub-Saharan African art, flintlock dueling pistols, and two complete suits of Japanese armor.

Best Live Theater
1. The Orpheum
2. Playhouse on the Square
3. Theatre Memphis

The Orpheum is the only Memphis theater that gives people the chance to enjoy Broadway shows without traveling a thousand miles to New York City.

Best Movie Theater
1. Malco Paradiso
2. Studio on the Square
3. IMAX at the Pink Palace

The Malco Paradiso is a state-of-the-art facility that offers all digital presentations, comfortable seating, and a cafe with great food and drink selections.

Best Golf Course
1. Mirimichi
2. The Links at Galloway
3. TPC at Southwind

Two years after its grand opening and earning the label as the first eco-friendly golf course in the country, Mirimichi has been chosen as the Best Golf Course by Flyer readers. The course boasts native landscaping, rainwater irrigation, an 18-hole putting course, and an outside patio used for parties during the summer.

Best Casino
1. Horseshoe Casino
2. Harrah's Tunica
3. Gold Strike Casino Resort

When Memphians are feeling lucky, they place their bet on Horseshoe Casino. The casino not only has gambling to offer but great steaks, plush rooms, and fantastic entertainment as well.

Best Family Entertainment
BOM 1. Memphis Zoo
2. Memphis Redbirds Game
3. Concerts at the Levitt Shell

If you're looking for an environment suitable for all ages, look no further than the Memphis Zoo. Families can feed giraffes, check out pandas, or just watch animals relax in a habitat similar to their homes in the wild. The zoo's cool design, unique atmosphere, and large variety of exhibits make it the number-one attraction for families.

Best Sports Team
1. Memphis Grizzlies
2. Memphis Tigers Men's Basketball
3. Memphis Redbirds

The Memphis Grizzlies have come a long way. The team was phenomenal this past season, managing to win its first playoff series in franchise history. Hopefully, a championship is soon to follow.

Best Grizzlies Player
1. Zach Randolph
2. Marc Gasol
3. Rudy Gay

Best Local Athlete
1. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
2. Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
3. Joe Jackson, Memphis Tigers Men's Basketball

It's a no-brainer why Zach Randolph was awarded Best Grizzlies Player and Best Local Athlete. In the 2010-2011 NBA regular season and playoffs, he displayed the experience, skill, and leadership that played a key role in the Grizzlies' unprecedented success. Go, Z-Bo!

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