Best Local Performing Artist

Flam Chen

Readers Pick

For 10 years, Flam Chen has been perfecting the art of flame-throwing--they call it "pyrotechnic theater"--and every performance tells a story, like Ms. Spyder at her Combustible Tea Party, or the Monkey King. They fly, they fall, they spin, they dance on stilts, they wear fantastic masks and costumes, all while fiery balls circle and spin above and around their heads and bodies. If you're not terrified, amazed, dizzy and hypnotized by the afterglows sliding across your corneas, then you had your eyes closed the whole time or something.

Runners up:

2. Lisa Otey, ww.owlsnestmusic.com/lisaotey

3. Namoli Brennet, www.namolibrennet.com

Vote of note: "That guy who does BMX tricks in drag"

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