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Best of Atlanta 2006 Poets Artists and Madmen

 

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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Best Alternative Art Space BOA Award Winner

Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual visual arts. Now, the rest of the world has given the progressive space a vote of confidence with the award thismore...
Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual visual arts. Now, the rest of the world has given the progressive space a vote of confidence with the award this year of a $30,000 Warhol Foundation Grant. less...

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

The place to both look at art and be looked at looking at art is the CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL. The diverse Friday night scene, in an art world that is rarely cohesive or democratic, manages to appeal to everyone from dilettantes to aficionados.
www.castleberryhillartsdistrict.com.

Best Art Exhibit In A Museum BOA Award Winner

ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Goldenmore...
ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Golden Blizzard’s acid-trip drawings, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia proved it could bring it when it came to smart, happening conceptual art. less...

Best Art Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

The Westside
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudsonmore...
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudson Gallery and Octane Coffee, which has featured rotating shows of local artists. The district also is just a stone’s throw from the thriving Castleberry Hill art scene. less...

Best Book By An Atlanta Author BOA Award Winner

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are asmore...

The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are as wild and possessed by the same mad genius as his characters.
$21. MacAdam/Cage. 187 pages.

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Best Book Set In Georgia BOA Award Winner

Between, Georgia
Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized versionmore...

Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized version of the real town of Between, the novel adeptly mixes cold-blooded creepiness with lyric love and loyalty.
$22.99. Warner Books. 304 pages.

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Best Coffeehouse to See Art BOA Award Winner

Most coffeehouse art makes us cringe, but AURORA-LITTLE FIVE POINTS — the happening java joint sharing a Moreland Avenue strip with Criminal Records and Junkman’s Daughter — is actually worth traveling to for art, latte or no latte.

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historicalmore...
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historical warriors to protester-moms to victimized refugee. The cast brought Women + War down to earth and featured such local theater leaders as Synchronicity co-founder Hope Mirlis, playwright Suehyla El-Attar and Savage Tree Arts Center co-founder Kristi Casey. Like a highly trained platoon, the excellent ensemble proved so tightly knit that it’s impossible to single out any one performer. less...

Best Local Curator BOA Award Winner

Stuart Horodner

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

David Silverman
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’smore...
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’s Express’ world premiere musical Love Jerry in January. Silverman’s childlike affability took on sinister overtones, but he made the sexual predator more than just a villain, hitting the depths of self-loathing when the character confronted his transgressions — in song. Some performances change your assessment of an actor, but Silverman’s work in Love Jerry affected our insight into human nature. less...

Best All-around Play BOA Award Winner

In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’smore...
In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’s two-track plot follows a preacher courting a free spirit in a cemetery while a group of former high school friends has an increasingly fraught reunion at its old hangout. With a terrific cast of local actors, Keeping Watch captured a little of the soul of the South without resorting to stereotypes of Dixie-based theater. less...

Best Ballet — and Stoning BOA Award Winner

The Lottery
Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’smore...

Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’s angular, jolting choreography into the plot of Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” giving new meaning to the original ballet’s ritual sacrifice.
404-454-1032. www.brooksandcompanydance.com.

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Best Friend of the Arts BOA Award Winner

Lucinda Brunnen

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Indie Craft Experience
OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine,more...

OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine, the ladies-and-lads who craft proved creativity isn’t just limited to galleries. And they upped the profile on nontraditional art-making in the city.
www.ice-atlanta.com.

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Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

AMALIA AMAKI was featured in a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and a smaller show at Sandler-Hudson this year — all on the heels of a critically acclaimed exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Steve Yockey
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film basedmore...
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film based on one of his works at the Atlanta Film Festival. Currently attending school in New York, Yockey — a former CL staffer — remains a presence on the local scene: Dad’s Garage will stage a new full-length play in January. A talent who deepens with every work, Yockey writes in a menacing yet pop-savvy voice that, in his short pieces, can turn ordinary monologues or conversations into short, sharp shocks. less...

Best Spoken Word Series BOA Award Winner

Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry?more...
Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry? Best thing to hit spoken word since Saul Williams. less...

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new playsmore...
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new plays about Southern life (Turned Funny) and, primarily in its smaller Alley Stage, edgy, relevant productions (Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dael Orlandersmith’s incendiary Yellowman). Theatre in the Square isn’t just a role model for other outside-the-Perimeter playhouses; it can teach Atlanta’s hipster theaters a thing or two as well. less...

Best Art Blog BOA Award Winner

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at www.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by erudite, ballsy, often blissfully obscene writing and intelligent connections forged between technology, lowbrow, handicraft andmore...

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at www.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by erudite, ballsy, often blissfully obscene writing and intelligent connections forged between technology, lowbrow, handicraft and conceptual art. Extreme Craft should be a daily destination on every smarty-pants hipster’s surf.
www.extremecraft.com.

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Best Cartographic Dance BOA Award Winner

You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movementmore...
You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movement to unsuspecting dog walkers and youth football leagues, restoring a sense of wonder and magic to the land. less...

Best Cinematic Shout-out BOA Award Winner

ATL
ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value Village, Wayfield Foods, UrbanMedium’s Chetrooper street art, the Krog Street Tunnel,more...
ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value Village, Wayfield Foods, UrbanMedium’s Chetrooper street art, the Krog Street Tunnel, and the Southside-vs.-Northside extremes of ghetto authenticity and Sandy Springs mega-mansion surrealism. less...

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Sheila Pree-Bright
Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created a host of revealing, stereotype-busting work examining the phenomena of the hip-hop fashion accessory of grills, the blackmore...

Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created a host of revealing, stereotype-busting work examining the phenomena of the hip-hop fashion accessory of grills, the black middle class and black female sexuality, and she promises more fascinating peeks into contemporary identity to come.
www.sheilapreebright.com.

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Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Film Love

Andy Ditzler’s frightfully ambitious, dedicated series at Eyedrum, FILM LOVE, devoted to avant-garde and experimental film often unavailable to consumers by the likes of Stan Brakhage, Chantal Akerman and Joseph Cornell, is an Atlanta film culture treasure.
andel.home.mindspring.com/film_love.htm.

Best Hip-hop Hooray BOA Award Winner

A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival
Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics.more...

Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics. Smart and lots of fun.
www.arcthefinger.com.

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Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitionsmore...
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitions and local shows. Many of them feature an advocacy edge recognizing the value of great (and green) architecture and affordable design to the future of the city. less...

Best New Trend in The Arts BOA Award Winner

Affordable art
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises likemore...
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises like Beehive Co-Op and T-Shirt Construction Company — that have figured out that one of the best ways to support artists is to treat their work like retail and actually sell it. less...

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactivemore...

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactive sculptures and ebullient charm, has gone Chihuly one better and proven that there is a mainstream audience for imaginative art in Atlanta.


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Best Supporting Performer BOA Award Winner

Yvonne Singh
In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility to roles as dissimilar as a noble tribal leader in 15th-century Africa in Essential Theatre’s Leaving Limbo; a snaky, Satanic ringmastermore...

In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility to roles as dissimilar as a noble tribal leader in 15th-century Africa in Essential Theatre’s Leaving Limbo; a snaky, Satanic ringmaster in dreadlocks and ringmaster gear in 7 Stages’ Come On in My Kitchen; and several service-industry laborers in 7 Stages’ Nickel and Dimed. Singh faithfully demonstrates the ability to bring the most abstract material or highfalutin’ ideas down to earth with the rest of us.


www.TheaterATL.com

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Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic) BOA Award Winner

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best All-ages Author BOA Award Winner

Andy Runton
In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, family-friendly adventures of a young owl and his nature-loving pals. Despite the simple stories, Runton’smore...

In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, family-friendly adventures of a young owl and his nature-loving pals. Despite the simple stories, Runton’s work achieves surprising emotional depth and, given the lack of dialogue, narrative sophistication. Runton’s Owly even makes “cute” kind of cool, without being kitschy. ''www.andyrunton.com
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Best Dance-community Response To Hurricane Katrina BOA Award Winner

Moving Forward
Dancers are plenty familiar with people not eating, but this time they danced to fill others’ tummies. Pamela Dionne’s CityDance Ensemble brought together nine Atlanta companies for MOVING FORWARD, a dance festival to benefit Second Harvest’s efforts to feed the survivors ofmore...

Dancers are plenty familiar with people not eating, but this time they danced to fill others’ tummies. Pamela Dionne’s CityDance Ensemble brought together nine Atlanta companies for MOVING FORWARD, a dance festival to benefit Second Harvest’s efforts to feed the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It was a great cause and a great show, too.
524 Plasters Ave. 404-877-0005. <a href="http://"www.studiodionne.com">www.studiodionne.com.

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Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a screening of his animated antiwar film “Pass the Ammunition” at Get This! Gallery, JOSEPH PERAGINE ismore...

With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a screening of his animated antiwar film “Pass the Ammunition” at Get This! Gallery, JOSEPH PERAGINE is a much admired Georgia State University professor and working artist. He manages to keep making accessible and smart work that appeals to the young’uns as much as to the art establishment.
www.solomonprojects.com/.

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Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Composition Gallery
COMPOSITION GALLERY, a labor of love undertaken by Movies Worth Seeing staff member Ron Hughes, has brought contemporary photography — at an affordable price point in an increasingly expensive genre — to an art-needy strip of Candler Park.

Best News For The Arts Scene BOA Award Winner

CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and the exquisite New Photography exhibition. Such shows allow the High to slowly insinuate itself backmore...
CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and the exquisite New Photography exhibition. Such shows allow the High to slowly insinuate itself back into our jaded, hardened hearts. Take that, Louvre! less...

Best Theatrical Gimmick BOA Award Winner

Metamorphoses
Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild West As You Like It. Nothing in the company’s creative history, however, can match the audacity or complexitymore...
Georgia Shakespeare has never shown fear of elaborate “concept” productions, like its “Huey Long” version of Julius Caesar set in New Orleans, or its Wild West As You Like It. Nothing in the company’s creative history, however, can match the audacity or complexity of the 24-foot, 3,300-gallon swimming pool that provides the primary performing space (as well as a myriad of thematic metaphors) in Richard Garner’s exquisite production of Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES this summer. Plus, the lucky timing of staging a play with a swimming pool during a heat wave suggests that the gods were smiling on Georgia Shakespeare. less...

Best Theatrical Makeover (Mission) BOA Award Winner

After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residencemore...
After 27 years, Neighborhood Playhouse made a bid to move beyond its often wheezy, predictable fare by changing its name to THEATRE DECATUR and by programming an intriguing slate of ambitious shows. The lineup includes Terence McNally’s passage to India, A Perfect Ganesh, and two works by playwright-in-residence Patrick Cuccaro, A Perfect Order and the upcoming holiday show The Third Howl. Theatre Decatur leaves room for old standbys like The Importance of Being Earnest, but seems sincere in its embrace of more exciting plays. More power to them. less...

Best Comedian BOA Award Winner

Drew Thomas
With his quick wit and smooth delivery, DREW THOMAS has become a force in Atlanta’s comedy scene. Aside from hosting the weekly open-mic night at the Twisted Taco on Tuesdays and regularly performing at other venues across the city, Thomas recently headlined at the Punchline. He’s touredmore...

With his quick wit and smooth delivery, DREW THOMAS has become a force in Atlanta’s comedy scene. Aside from hosting the weekly open-mic night at the Twisted Taco on Tuesdays and regularly performing at other venues across the city, Thomas recently headlined at the Punchline. He’s toured nationally to perform with the likes of Bill Bellamy, Aries Spears, D.L. Hughley, Bill Burr and Ron White. And, in the fall, he will be appearing on Robert Townsend’s “Partners in Crime” on the Black Family Channel.
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Best Example Of Getting Stuck On Dance BOA Award Winner

Flypaper Dances
How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypapermore...

How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypaper to investigate sticky attachments in all the ways they hold us and, sometimes just as disconcerting, let us go.
404-931-0212. www.coriolisdance.org.

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Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

The tiny, adventurous ROMO GALLERY in Castleberry Hill consistently surprises — and sometimes confounds — visitors with its mix of emerging and established artists, and local and national talent. Its exhibition of L.A.-based artist Jennifer Celio was a standout this year.

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

J.D. Goldblatt
Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created by the late, legendary hoofer Gregory Hines. Goldblatt proved neither intimidated by his predecessor nor overwhelmed by the lavish stage effectsmore...
Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created by the late, legendary hoofer Gregory Hines. Goldblatt proved neither intimidated by his predecessor nor overwhelmed by the lavish stage effects of the Alliance Theatre production, which featured New Orleans street parties, costumed minstrels and enormous, dazzling marquees. A classic “triple threat,” Goldblatt displayed a ringing singing voice, graceful dance moves and intense acting chops that captured ’Roll’s complex racial demons. Here’s hoping someone can coax him back to Atlanta soon. less...

Best Place To See A Movie BOA Award Winner

Lefont Garden Hills
LEFONT GARDEN HILLS, the cozy Buckhead 1946 cinema, provides the perfect old-school environs for catching local independent cinema mogul George Lefont’s diverse repertoire of art house, repertory and foreign film fare.

Best Reason To Shout Out “Eureka!” BOA Award Winner

Ephiphany
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir,more...
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir, gospel vocalist Najuma, and the senior citizen dancers from the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center. There was nothing small or simple about it, but we were shouting out hallelujahs for this whole village of a happening. less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kent Gash
Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals over the past year. After warming up with Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tick, tick ...more...
Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals over the past year. After warming up with Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tick, tick ... BOOM! on the Alliance Hertz Stage, Gash tackled the most controversial material imaginable with Actor’s Express’ pedophilia-themed musical Love Jerry and brought rawness and intimacy to the year’s most daring show. And with Jelly’s Last Jam, Gash directed the Alliance Theatre’s most satisfying spectacle in years, with every aspect of the production hitting on all cylinders. less...

Best Unspoken Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

Java Monkey Speaks, Vol. 2
We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but whatever it is, we enjoyed JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS, VOLUME 2, an anthology of poems by poets who have performed at the weekly open mic at Decatur’s Java Monkey.more...

We cramped our brains a little trying to figure out whether it still counts as “spoken word” if you print it in a book, but whatever it is, we enjoyed JAVA MONKEY SPEAKS, VOLUME 2, an anthology of poems by poets who have performed at the weekly open mic at Decatur’s Java Monkey. Edited by Kodac Harrison and Collin Kelley, this second edition has some serious poetry power.
$12. Poetry Atlanta Press. 90 pages.www.poetryatlanta.com.

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Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet Company

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

Princess Bubble
By Susan Johnson and Kimberly Webb www.princessbubble.com.

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

"Channel Zero"
Broadcasts Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Comcast Channel 24. www.myspace.com/channelzero_commlink.

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Steve Yockey

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

Dale Chihuly

Best Book About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Man In Full

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Dracula
By Michael Pink Performed by the Atlanta Ballet Company www.atlantaballet.com.

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Clay Walker

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Maxwell Guberman

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Good Eats
With host Alton Brown The Food Network www.foodnetwork.com.

Best Alternative Art Space BOA Award Winner

Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual visual arts. Now, the rest of the world has given the progressive space a vote of confidence with the award thismore...
Artists have always loved EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY. The scrappy nonprofit features a democratically programmed repertoire of everything from cutting-edge sonic experiments to conceptual visual arts. Now, the rest of the world has given the progressive space a vote of confidence with the award this year of a $30,000 Warhol Foundation Grant. less...

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

The place to both look at art and be looked at looking at art is the CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL. The diverse Friday night scene, in an art world that is rarely cohesive or democratic, manages to appeal to everyone from dilettantes to aficionados.
www.castleberryhillartsdistrict.com.


Best Art Exhibit In A Museum BOA Award Winner

ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Goldenmore...
ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Golden Blizzard’s acid-trip drawings, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia proved it could bring it when it came to smart, happening conceptual art. less...

Best Art Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

The Westside
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudsonmore...
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudson Gallery and Octane Coffee, which has featured rotating shows of local artists. The district also is just a stone’s throw from the thriving Castleberry Hill art scene. less...

Best Book By An Atlanta Author BOA Award Winner

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are asmore...

The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are as wild and possessed by the same mad genius as his characters.
$21. MacAdam/Cage. 187 pages.

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Best Book Set In Georgia BOA Award Winner

Between, Georgia
Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized versionmore...

Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized version of the real town of Between, the novel adeptly mixes cold-blooded creepiness with lyric love and loyalty.
$22.99. Warner Books. 304 pages.

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Best Coffeehouse to See Art BOA Award Winner

Most coffeehouse art makes us cringe, but AURORA-LITTLE FIVE POINTS — the happening java joint sharing a Moreland Avenue strip with Criminal Records and Junkman’s Daughter — is actually worth traveling to for art, latte or no latte.

Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet Company

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historicalmore...
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historical warriors to protester-moms to victimized refugee. The cast brought Women + War down to earth and featured such local theater leaders as Synchronicity co-founder Hope Mirlis, playwright Suehyla El-Attar and Savage Tree Arts Center co-founder Kristi Casey. Like a highly trained platoon, the excellent ensemble proved so tightly knit that it’s impossible to single out any one performer. less...

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

Best Local Curator BOA Award Winner

Stuart Horodner

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

David Silverman
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’smore...
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’s Express’ world premiere musical Love Jerry in January. Silverman’s childlike affability took on sinister overtones, but he made the sexual predator more than just a villain, hitting the depths of self-loathing when the character confronted his transgressions — in song. Some performances change your assessment of an actor, but Silverman’s work in Love Jerry affected our insight into human nature. less...

Best All-around Play BOA Award Winner

In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’smore...
In a year blessed with numerous world-premiere productions, none proved more heartfelt, insightful or quintessentially “Atlantan” than Theatrical Outfit’s debut of Thomas Ward’s KEEPING WATCH, a comedy-drama about fate and faith in a small Alabama town. Ward’s two-track plot follows a preacher courting a free spirit in a cemetery while a group of former high school friends has an increasingly fraught reunion at its old hangout. With a terrific cast of local actors, Keeping Watch captured a little of the soul of the South without resorting to stereotypes of Dixie-based theater. less...

Best Ballet — and Stoning BOA Award Winner

The Lottery
Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’smore...

Though we’re slightly concerned that they may have emboldened our enemies, we loved Brooks & Company Dance’s ominous take on unquestioning allegiance in THE LOTTERY. Choreographer Joanna Brooks reworked a canonical Stravinsky/Nijinsky ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, thrusting Nijinsky’s angular, jolting choreography into the plot of Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” giving new meaning to the original ballet’s ritual sacrifice.
404-454-1032. www.brooksandcompanydance.com.

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Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

Princess Bubble
By Susan Johnson and Kimberly Webb www.princessbubble.com.

Best Friend of the Arts BOA Award Winner

Lucinda Brunnen

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Indie Craft Experience
OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine,more...

OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine, the ladies-and-lads who craft proved creativity isn’t just limited to galleries. And they upped the profile on nontraditional art-making in the city.
www.ice-atlanta.com.

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Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

AMALIA AMAKI was featured in a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and a smaller show at Sandler-Hudson this year — all on the heels of a critically acclaimed exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Steve Yockey
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film basedmore...
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film based on one of his works at the Atlanta Film Festival. Currently attending school in New York, Yockey — a former CL staffer — remains a presence on the local scene: Dad’s Garage will stage a new full-length play in January. A talent who deepens with every work, Yockey writes in a menacing yet pop-savvy voice that, in his short pieces, can turn ordinary monologues or conversations into short, sharp shocks. less...

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Best Spoken Word Series BOA Award Winner

Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry?more...
Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry? Best thing to hit spoken word since Saul Williams. less...

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new playsmore...
After 25 years of solid, occasionally controversial work, the Marietta playhouse THEATRE IN THE SQUARE has perfected the formula to meet its artistic and commercial needs. Each season, the company strikes a nearly perfect balance of fresh interpretations of theatrical chestnuts (like Bus Stop), new plays about Southern life (Turned Funny) and, primarily in its smaller Alley Stage, edgy, relevant productions (Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dael Orlandersmith’s incendiary Yellowman). Theatre in the Square isn’t just a role model for other outside-the-Perimeter playhouses; it can teach Atlanta’s hipster theaters a thing or two as well. less...

Best Art Blog BOA Award Winner

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at www.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by erudite, ballsy, often blissfully obscene writing and intelligent connections forged between technology, lowbrow, handicraft andmore...

Local artist and craft fan Garth Johnson has one of the most impressive artsy-craft-centric websites going, period, at www.EXTREMECRAFT.COM. Its visual panache is matched by erudite, ballsy, often blissfully obscene writing and intelligent connections forged between technology, lowbrow, handicraft and conceptual art. Extreme Craft should be a daily destination on every smarty-pants hipster’s surf.
www.extremecraft.com.

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Best Cartographic Dance BOA Award Winner

You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movementmore...
You’d think we would make some joke about stopping to ask for directions, but directions are far too linear for the wandering explorations of Beacon Dance in THE MAPPING PROJECT. Every month, the company created a site-specific dance in a different DeKalb County park, bringing experimental movement to unsuspecting dog walkers and youth football leagues, restoring a sense of wonder and magic to the land. less...

Best Cinematic Shout-out BOA Award Winner

ATL
ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value Village, Wayfield Foods, UrbanMedium’s Chetrooper street art, the Krog Street Tunnel,more...
ATL appreciated Atlanta’s color and geographic divides. First-timer Chris Robinson’s sweet coming-of-age movie also featured a bevy of local flavor, including Eddie’s Gold Teeth, Value Village, Wayfield Foods, UrbanMedium’s Chetrooper street art, the Krog Street Tunnel, and the Southside-vs.-Northside extremes of ghetto authenticity and Sandy Springs mega-mansion surrealism. less...

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Sheila Pree-Bright
Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created a host of revealing, stereotype-busting work examining the phenomena of the hip-hop fashion accessory of grills, the blackmore...

Winner of this year’s prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography, SHEILA PREE-BRIGHT is an enormously talented Atlanta Contemporary Art Center studio artist. She has created a host of revealing, stereotype-busting work examining the phenomena of the hip-hop fashion accessory of grills, the black middle class and black female sexuality, and she promises more fascinating peeks into contemporary identity to come.
www.sheilapreebright.com.

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Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Film Love

Andy Ditzler’s frightfully ambitious, dedicated series at Eyedrum, FILM LOVE, devoted to avant-garde and experimental film often unavailable to consumers by the likes of Stan Brakhage, Chantal Akerman and Joseph Cornell, is an Atlanta film culture treasure.
andel.home.mindspring.com/film_love.htm.

Best Hip-hop Hooray BOA Award Winner

A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival
Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics.more...

Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics. Smart and lots of fun.
www.arcthefinger.com.

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Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitionsmore...
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitions and local shows. Many of them feature an advocacy edge recognizing the value of great (and green) architecture and affordable design to the future of the city. less...

Best New Trend in The Arts BOA Award Winner

Affordable art
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises likemore...
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises like Beehive Co-Op and T-Shirt Construction Company — that have figured out that one of the best ways to support artists is to treat their work like retail and actually sell it. less...

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

"Channel Zero"
Broadcasts Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Comcast Channel 24. www.myspace.com/channelzero_commlink.

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactivemore...

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactive sculptures and ebullient charm, has gone Chihuly one better and proven that there is a mainstream audience for imaginative art in Atlanta.


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Best Supporting Performer BOA Award Winner

Yvonne Singh
In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility to roles as dissimilar as a noble tribal leader in 15th-century Africa in Essential Theatre’s Leaving Limbo; a snaky, Satanic ringmastermore...

In numerous recent roles, YVONNE SINGH achieved the goal of any theater artist: to make the artifice of stagecraft appear real. Singh brought grounded credibility to roles as dissimilar as a noble tribal leader in 15th-century Africa in Essential Theatre’s Leaving Limbo; a snaky, Satanic ringmaster in dreadlocks and ringmaster gear in 7 Stages’ Come On in My Kitchen; and several service-industry laborers in 7 Stages’ Nickel and Dimed. Singh faithfully demonstrates the ability to bring the most abstract material or highfalutin’ ideas down to earth with the rest of us.


www.TheaterATL.com

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Best Theatrical Makeover (Cosmetic) BOA Award Winner

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best All-ages Author BOA Award Winner

Andy Runton
In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, family-friendly adventures of a young owl and his nature-loving pals. Despite the simple stories, Runton’smore...

In the Owly series of graphic novels published by Marietta’s Top Shelf Productions, Lilburn native ANDY RUNTON gives “wholesome” a good name through the black-and-white, family-friendly adventures of a young owl and his nature-loving pals. Despite the simple stories, Runton’s work achieves surprising emotional depth and, given the lack of dialogue, narrative sophistication. Runton’s Owly even makes “cute” kind of cool, without being kitschy. ''www.andyrunton.com
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