Our annual Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards celebrate local artists, filmmakers, musicians, and other essential cultural movers and shakers
GOLDIES With Obama's re-election dominating the news, and the 24th annual Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards — or Goldies — dominating this week's issue, I'm reminded of the 2004 Goldies celebration, a muted affair held just days after George W. Bush was re-elected. Way to wreck our shindig, George. Fortunately, the mood is decidedly happier in 2012. In this issue, we honor local musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and theater and visual artists — all of whom are currently making creative, inspiring contributions to the Bay Area's arts scene. We aim to award Goldies to those whose careers are still on the rise, having not yet achieved the widespread recognition we suspect they'll soon be enjoying.
This year, we also bestow an award for Lifetime Achievement on Berkeley's Shawl-Anderson Dance Studio, a remarkable "heaven for dance" for 54 years (and counting). Thinking back again to Goldies past, the Guardian has had an incredible track record in picking those who're destined for greatness: Craig Baldwin (film, 1991); Beth Custer (music, 1992); Barry McGee (visual arts, 1994); Charlie Hunter Trio (music, 1994); Charlie Varon (performance, 1995); Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (music, 1997); Krissy Keefer (dance, 1997); Paula Frazer (music, 1997); The Coup (music, 1998); Neurosis (music, 1999) — all big names, and this list ain't even reached the current millennium yet. In other words, keep this issue around, and you can say you knew 'em when.
The 2012 Goldie winners were selected by a group of Guardian editors and contributors, including Emily Savage, Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, Nicole Gluckstern, and Marke B. Please share the golden moment with us and this year's winners by hitting up the 2012 Goldies party — details below. Stay gold! (Cheryl Eddy)
With Mad Noise, Kat Marie Yoas, Dr. Zebrovski, and DJ Bus Station John
Nov. 28, 9pm, free
111 Minna Gallery , SF.
GOLDIES 2012 (click below to read about our winners):
MUSIC: THE MALLARD 
DANCE: JOE LANDINI AND THE GARAGE 
FILM: JAMIE MELTZER 
PERFORMANCE: MICA SIGOURNEY 
VISUAL ART: BRETT AMORY 
THEATER: ANNA ISHIDA 
MUSIC: 5KINANDBONE5 
THEATER: PIANOFIGHT 
MUSIC: WATERS 
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: FRANK SHAWL AND VICTOR ANDERSON, SHAWL-ANDERSON DANCE STUDIO