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Best of Atlanta 2009 Poets Artists and Madmen

 

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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Best art event

Of all things glittery and shiny we witnessed just before the economy officially flew off the rails, nothing was glitterier or shinier than last...

Best comedic threesome

Last fall, Actor’s Express’ production of Paul Rudnick’s The New Century presented a dream team of Atlanta comic talent with LALA COCHRAN,...

Best new theatrical venue

Southwest Arts Center
The SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER is the long overdue cultural venue on Atlanta’s southwest side — but the name doesn’t convey just how impressive...

Best local male actor

It’s not exactly a surprise when DANIEL THOMAS MAY creates a powerful character or provides a memorable interpretation onstage. He won Creative...

Best orgiastic feast

Hammonds House Museum
The Atlanta art scene might not be the most hospitable place for an Afro-Cuban political dissident who just wants to preach revolution while getting his...

Best visual artist

Installation and conceptual artist DANIELLE RONEY was already making thoughtful art that put her in the league of nationally and internationally recognized...

Best dance performance

Atlanta's dance scene teems with modern and contemporary companies vying for recognition, but with each new showcase, Zoetic Dance Ensemble sets the...

Rich Pick: Best theater company

Georgia Shakespeare Georgia Shakespeare
The spirit of “the show must go on” is alive and well at GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE. The economic downturn forced the company to cancel its annual...

Best artistic stimulus package

Art Papers is more widely known for its annual art auction blowout, which somehow persuades large swaths of the Atlanta art community to show up in the...

Best book event

For bibliophiles, the DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL is simply impossible to ignore. The largest independent book festival in the country, DBF brings a staggering...

Best gallery spotlighting local artists

Spruill Gallery Spruill Gallery
Now that the price of gas has come down, there’s no excuse for ITP-centric Atlantans not to make the trek out to Dunwoody’s SPRUILL GALLERY....

Best new trend in the arts

The last year witnessed a woeful lot of new trends. We don’t need to remind you about tanking home prices, skyrocketing unemployment, and widespread...

Best peek into an art collector's vault

Atlanta Contemporary
Curator Stuart Horodner’s 11th-hour tour de force MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center reminded us of the old...

Best reason to name-drop

Odds are, you’re not going to run into SALMAN RUSHDIE while having a beer at the Local or getting your car’s emissions checked. During his...

Best venue for stand-up comedy

Laughing Skull Lounge
When it came to choosing the best venue for stand-up comedy from the exhaustive list of two full-time comedy clubs actually located in metro Atlanta, new...

Best film event

Every year, Atlanta stages an intriguing variety of worthy cinematic activities, including the annual Out on Film Festival, monthly Film Love screenings,...

Best literary love for Atlanta

New York Times reporter Warren St. John offered an unconventional kind of underdog sports story with his nonfiction book OUTCASTS UNITED. While profiling...

Best local female actor

With a one-line role in last year’s Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Atlanta actress KATE DONADIO signaled that she’s poised...

Filthy Pick: Best public art

Armed with maps, Sharpies and $400 worth of wood, a group of local artists organized by WonderRoot and local do-gooder/merry-maker Angel Poventud ART...

Best art event

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best art exhibit in a gallery

Wm Turner Gallery
Runner-up Jason Phillips Studio 313-377-7225, www.jasonphillipstudio.com

Best book by a local author

www.susanrebeccawhite.com Runner-up Trailer Trashed by Hollis Gillespie www.hollisgillespie.com

Best local arts blog

Runner-up thoughtmarker.blogspot.com

Best local spoken word artist

www.myspace.com/thesubliminator Runners-up Kodak Harrison and Theresa Davis

Best opening

The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo
Runner-up Emergence at Spruill Gallery 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-394-4019, www.spruillarts.org

Best place to score affordable art

Young Blood Gallery Young Blood Gallery
Runner-up Art festivals

Best underground art space

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
Runner-up WonderRoot Community Arts Center 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best advocate for the arts

WonderRoot
Runner-up Jan Selman allga.org

Best art exhibit in a museum

High Museum of Art
Runner-up Louvre Atlanta at the High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4444, www.high.org

Best improv group

Dad's Garage Theatre Dad's Garage Theatre
Runner-up Whole World Theatre 1226 Spring St., 404-817-7529, www.wholeworldtheatre.com

Best local male actor

Runner-up Chris Kayser

Best dance company

Runner-up Zoetic Dance 1579 Monroe Drive, Suite F, 404-358-7340, www.zoeticdance.org

Best film series

www.silverscreamspookshow.com Runner-up Coca-Cola Film Festival

Best local female actor

Runner-up Jessie Dean

Best neighborhood art walk

www.castleberryhill.org/artstroll Runner-up Decatur ART Walk decaturartgalleries.com

Best new trend in the arts

Runner-up Puppets

Best place for author reading/signing

Runner-up Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse 991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com

Best place to hear spoken word

Java Monkey Java Monkey
Runner-up Apache Cafe 64 Third St., 404-876-5436, www.apachecafe.info

Best place to see a movie

Runner-up Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-1939, www.plazaatlanta.com

Best public art

Krog Street Tunnel Krog Street Tunnel
Runner-up WonderRoot Beltline Project 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best showbiz shout-out to Atlanta

www.adultswim.com Runner-up Tie Tyler Perry and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Best venue for stand-up comedy

The Punchline
Runner-up Laughing Skull Lounge 878 Peachtree St., 877-523-3288, www.vortexcomedy.com

Best book event

www.decaturbookfestival.com Runner-up MJCCA Book Festival

Best film festival

atlantafilmfestival.com Runner-up Jewish Film Festival

Best play

OnStage Atlanta
Runner-up Cannibal! The Musical at Dad's Garage Theatre 280 Elizabeth St., 404-523-3141, www.dadsgarage.com

Best stage director

Runner-up Susan Reid

Best touring play

Fox Theatre
Runner-up Jersey Boys at Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best gallery

Beep Beep Gallery Beep Beep Gallery
Runner-up The Alcove 2852 E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-663-0159, www.alcovearts.com

Best gallery spotlighting local artists

Beep Beep Gallery Beep Beep Gallery
Runner-up Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8, 404-522-0655, www.eyedrum.org

Best local playwright

Runner-up Steve Yockey

Best museum

High Museum of Art High Museum of Art
Runner-up Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 535 Means St., 404-688-2500, www.nexuspress.org

Best theater company

Horizon Theatre
Runner-up Aurora Theatre 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com

Best art event

Of all things glittery and shiny we witnessed just before the economy officially flew off the rails, nothing was glitterier or shinier than last...

Best art event

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best art exhibit in a gallery

Wm Turner Gallery
Runner-up Jason Phillips Studio 313-377-7225, www.jasonphillipstudio.com

Best book by a local author

www.susanrebeccawhite.com Runner-up Trailer Trashed by Hollis Gillespie www.hollisgillespie.com

Best comedic threesome

Last fall, Actor’s Express’ production of Paul Rudnick’s The New Century presented a dream team of Atlanta comic talent with LALA COCHRAN,...

Best local arts blog

Runner-up thoughtmarker.blogspot.com

Best local spoken word artist

www.myspace.com/thesubliminator Runners-up Kodak Harrison and Theresa Davis

Best new theatrical venue

Southwest Arts Center
The SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER is the long overdue cultural venue on Atlanta’s southwest side — but the name doesn’t convey just how impressive...

Best opening

The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo
Runner-up Emergence at Spruill Gallery 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-394-4019, www.spruillarts.org

Best place to score affordable art

Young Blood Gallery Young Blood Gallery
Runner-up Art festivals

Best underground art space

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
Runner-up WonderRoot Community Arts Center 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best advocate for the arts

WonderRoot
Runner-up Jan Selman allga.org

Best art exhibit in a museum

High Museum of Art
Runner-up Louvre Atlanta at the High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4444, www.high.org

Best improv group

Dad's Garage Theatre Dad's Garage Theatre
Runner-up Whole World Theatre 1226 Spring St., 404-817-7529, www.wholeworldtheatre.com

Best local male actor

It’s not exactly a surprise when DANIEL THOMAS MAY creates a powerful character or provides a memorable interpretation onstage. He won Creative...

Best local male actor

Runner-up Chris Kayser

Best orgiastic feast

Hammonds House Museum
The Atlanta art scene might not be the most hospitable place for an Afro-Cuban political dissident who just wants to preach revolution while getting his...

Best visual artist

Installation and conceptual artist DANIELLE RONEY was already making thoughtful art that put her in the league of nationally and internationally recognized...

Best dance company

Runner-up Zoetic Dance 1579 Monroe Drive, Suite F, 404-358-7340, www.zoeticdance.org

Best dance performance

Atlanta's dance scene teems with modern and contemporary companies vying for recognition, but with each new showcase, Zoetic Dance Ensemble sets the...

Best film series

www.silverscreamspookshow.com Runner-up Coca-Cola Film Festival

Best local female actor

Runner-up Jessie Dean

Best neighborhood art walk

www.castleberryhill.org/artstroll Runner-up Decatur ART Walk decaturartgalleries.com

Best new trend in the arts

Runner-up Puppets

Best place for author reading/signing

Runner-up Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse 991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com

Best place to hear spoken word

Java Monkey Java Monkey
Runner-up Apache Cafe 64 Third St., 404-876-5436, www.apachecafe.info

Best place to see a movie

Runner-up Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-1939, www.plazaatlanta.com

Best public art

Krog Street Tunnel Krog Street Tunnel
Runner-up WonderRoot Beltline Project 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best showbiz shout-out to Atlanta

www.adultswim.com Runner-up Tie Tyler Perry and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Best venue for stand-up comedy

The Punchline
Runner-up Laughing Skull Lounge 878 Peachtree St., 877-523-3288, www.vortexcomedy.com

Rich Pick: Best theater company

Georgia Shakespeare Georgia Shakespeare
The spirit of “the show must go on” is alive and well at GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE. The economic downturn forced the company to cancel its annual...

Best artistic stimulus package

Art Papers is more widely known for its annual art auction blowout, which somehow persuades large swaths of the Atlanta art community to show up in the...

Best book event

For bibliophiles, the DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL is simply impossible to ignore. The largest independent book festival in the country, DBF brings a staggering...

Best book event

www.decaturbookfestival.com Runner-up MJCCA Book Festival

Best film festival

atlantafilmfestival.com Runner-up Jewish Film Festival

Best gallery spotlighting local artists

Spruill Gallery Spruill Gallery
Now that the price of gas has come down, there’s no excuse for ITP-centric Atlantans not to make the trek out to Dunwoody’s SPRUILL GALLERY....

Best new trend in the arts

The last year witnessed a woeful lot of new trends. We don’t need to remind you about tanking home prices, skyrocketing unemployment, and widespread...

Best peek into an art collector's vault

Atlanta Contemporary
Curator Stuart Horodner’s 11th-hour tour de force MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center reminded us of the old...

Best play

OnStage Atlanta
Runner-up Cannibal! The Musical at Dad's Garage Theatre 280 Elizabeth St., 404-523-3141, www.dadsgarage.com

Best reason to name-drop

Odds are, you’re not going to run into SALMAN RUSHDIE while having a beer at the Local or getting your car’s emissions checked. During his...

Best stage director

Runner-up Susan Reid

Best touring play

Fox Theatre
Runner-up Jersey Boys at Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org
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