In our second region-wide Best of Patch Readers' Choice contest we asked which is the best place for entertainment in MetroWest.
While all five venues in the poll are not the same and each has its own unique vibe and offers different entertainment, Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham came out as the winner.
With more than 850 votes and 35 reviews, The Amazing Things Arts Center, housed in a former Framingham Fire House in downtown Framingham, brings open mic nights, theatrical shows and live music and so much more to the community.
"We are very much community-oriented," said founder Michael Moran. "There are more avenues for people to perform here."
"Amazing Things Arts Center is not only one of the best venues - bringing in an inspiring mix of all kinds of music, theatre, and art - but it's also completely committed to supporting and promoting local artists and musicians. They are creating a unique community that touches the lives of all who come through its doors in powerful ways," wrote Kim Jennings.
"We are members of several Art Centers, TCAN, Lowell Memorial, Berkshire Theater to mention a few. Amazing Things Art Center is a favorite. The shows at Amazing Things Arts Center Arts Center are variable inform, from folk to rock and everything in between. Plays run from comedies to dramas and are always done well. Who knew there could be so much local talent? No matter what form of Art you enjoy there is something for everyone," wrote Nola M. Ruel.
"Every performance I have attended has been wonderful and worthy of the best theatre in Boston," wrote Jeanne Given.
Finishing very strong in second place was Natick's Center for the Arts, known as TCAN. Receiving more than 400 votes and 22 reviews this week, this former Natick fire stations hosts nationally-known acts, seats almost 300 people and hosts more than 300 events and workshops a year.
"TCAN has it all - quality performers, local, regional and national. Folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock, classical. Also community theater...Sherlock Holmes anyone? For teens, TCAN has its own version of "Battle of the Bands", sponsored by Berklee College of Music. And let's not forget kids programs.
The historic restored firehouse and great people and outstanding artists provide a memorable experience," wrote Steve Scher.
"I have seen a great many shows at TCAN and others around the Metrowest area. But TCAN performance space is the gem. The size and acoustic quality is phenomenal. There is no better place to see a live performance in Metrowest. Performers appreciate all the effort put into this space and enjoy performing. The true benefactors are audience," wrote Tom Halchuk.