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2010 Index of Winners

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Taqueria del Sol

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Spoon

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

Runners-up:


Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston's


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com


Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Capozzi's

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Capozzi's

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best dance company BOA Award Winner

gloATL
The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. Stallings and her troupe are interlopers; invaders of public space and consciousness. Their method of attack is rooted in Gaga, a performance techniquemore...
The emergence of dancemaker Lauri Stallings' GLOATL over the past year has been the artistic equivalent of a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. Stallings and her troupe are interlopers; invaders of public space and consciousness. Their method of attack is rooted in Gaga, a performance technique pioneered by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Gaga's so-called "movement language" has a balletic herky-jerkiness that bursts with athleticism and emotion. With gloATL, Stallings has eschewed the traditional stage format for venues such as Lenox Mall, the streets of Castleberry Hill, and the Woodruff Arts Center campus for her 360-degree audience/performer experiences. gloATL's 2009-10 season concluded with the epic multimedia performance Roem, setting the stage (so to speak) for the company's largest public work to date, scheduled for this fall. www.gloatl.com less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Beep Beep Gallery


696 Charles Allen Drive, 404-429-3320, www.beepbeepgallery.com

Best graf writer BOA Award Winner

Hense

Best graphic novelist BOA Award Winner

Andy Runton
Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY RUNTON produces the most persistently impressive work with his dialogue-free, kid-oriented title Owly, which gives "cute" a goodmore...
Terms like "subtlety," "innocence," and "whimsy" seldom describe contemporary graphic novels, but of all the creators in our lively, local comic book scene, Lilburn's ANDY RUNTON produces the most persistently impressive work with his dialogue-free, kid-oriented title Owly, which gives "cute" a good name. Move over, Winnie the Pooh. www.andyrunton.com/comics.html less...

Best guest actor to throw his money around BOA Award Winner

Mike Daisey
Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the volcanic indignation of Lewis Black, Daisey took on money and materialism with The Last Cargo Cult, then trained his incisive eye on the problemsmore...
Powerhouse monologist MIKE DAISEY took the Alliance Theatre by storm last spring. Marrying the verbal and thematic ingenuity of the late Spalding Gray with the volcanic indignation of Lewis Black, Daisey took on money and materialism with The Last Cargo Cult, then trained his incisive eye on the problems of contemporary stagecraft with his one-night performance of How Theater Failed America. Atlanta may have literally gotten more out of Daisey than he put in. In Cargo Cult, Daisey conducted a sociological experiment by converting his fee for each performance into cash and giving it away to his audience as they entered. At the end of the show, Daisey politely requested the money be returned. His Atlanta run left him more deeply in the red than any other city. If that makes Daisey reluctant to return, we have only ourselves to blame. mikedaisey.blogspot.com less...

Best local comedian BOA Award Winner

Andy Sandford

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings
Runner-up: Lauren Kraselsky

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

E. Roger Mitchell
A mainstay of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, E. ROGER MITCHELL proves the best kind of utility player by putting fresh spins on vivid roles from Ceremonies in Dark Old Men's urban operator Blue Haven to Gem of the Ocean's bereft Citizen Barlow. Perhaps Mitchell's most impressive quality ismore...
A mainstay of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, E. ROGER MITCHELL proves the best kind of utility player by putting fresh spins on vivid roles from Ceremonies in Dark Old Men's urban operator Blue Haven to Gem of the Ocean's bereft Citizen Barlow. Perhaps Mitchell's most impressive quality is his ability to take a sketchy character, such as The Sunset Limited's saintly ex-con, and invest it with dignity and gravitas. Mitchell can reliably make mediocre material strong, and strong material masterful. less...

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry

www.tylerperry.com


Runner-up: Chris Kayser

Best neighborhood art walk BOA Award Winner

castleberryhill.org


Runner-up: Westside


wadatlanta.org

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

The Beltline

www.beltline.org


Runner-up: Public art

Best opening BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Supernatural Conductor by Shana Robbins


Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. N.W., 404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org

Best play BOA Award Winner

Fair Use
Ironically, Alliance Theatre Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist FAIR USE proved to be more felicitous and satisfying than any of the Kendeda's storied winners to date. Actor's Express' Freddie Ashley snapped up Sarah Gubbins' ingenious and witty examination of workplace romance and intellectualmore...
Ironically, Alliance Theatre Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist FAIR USE proved to be more felicitous and satisfying than any of the Kendeda's storied winners to date. Actor's Express' Freddie Ashley snapped up Sarah Gubbins' ingenious and witty examination of workplace romance and intellectual property, which demonstrates its own points by turning into a nimble riff on Cyrano de Bergerac for the online, gay-friendly age. Fair Use proves that a play doesn't need historical settings or heavyweight subject matter to explore rich ideas and the nature of relationships. less...

Best play BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Hamlet! The Musical at The New American Shakespeare Tavern


499 Peachtree St., 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

The Beltline

www.beltline.org


Runner-up: Krog Street Tunnel

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The New American Shakespeare Tavern


499 Peachtree St., 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com

Best trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Art parties
Atlanta's art scene has experienced a changing of the guard over the past couple of years: The collective has become king. And while the twenty- and thirtysomethings behind the city's nascent art co-ops, galleries and organizations have displayed remarkable entrepreneurial savvy, and ushered in a newmore...
Atlanta's art scene has experienced a changing of the guard over the past couple of years: The collective has become king. And while the twenty- and thirtysomethings behind the city's nascent art co-ops, galleries and organizations have displayed remarkable entrepreneurial savvy, and ushered in a new generation of nonprofits, they've also shown that they know how to party. ART PARTIES such as Dashboard Co-op's launch event at the cavernous Blue Tower Gallery, Dodekapus' mad art show-cum-ice-sculpting-rave, BurnAway's fundraising extravaganza, and round two of the underground local art and music fest ARTlantis are a mere sampling of the past year's social calendar. The parties ring with the energy of those who are making up the rules as they go. What's more, the art is good and just keeps getting better. We're not saying an art show has to have fire dancers to be fun ... but it sure as hell doesn't hurt. less...

Best underground art space BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: WonderRoot


982 Memorial Drive S.E., 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best band to outlast the after party BOA Award Winner

The Constellations
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album,more...
By law, Atlanta's local watering holes have to close their taps at 2:30 a.m., but that doesn't mean the party's over. The after-hours scene is no place for the faint of heart, and THE CONSTELLATIONS' electro-debauchery provides an insider's look at what makes the South so dirty. The group's 2010 album, Southern Gothic, is a sleazy, sweat-soaked rollercoaster ride into the excesses of the night, with a cast of shady characters along for the ride. Your mother might not be their biggest fan, but their lecherous ways landed them on Virgin Records and helped them score a spot opening for Snoop Dogg on stages across the country. And you know Snoop don't party with amateurs. www.theconstellationsmusic.com less...

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

Tie: Brook at Flatiron Restaurant & Bar AND Miles Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: David at Mary's


1287 Glenwood Avenue S.E., 404-624-4411, marysatlanta.com/

Best bowling alley BOA Award Winner

Runners-up:


300 Atlanta


2175 Savoy Drive, 770-451-8605, www.threehundred.com/atlanta.html


AND


Ten Pin Alley


261 19th St. N.W., 404-872-3364, www.dolcegroup.com/

Best cathartic 7-inch experience BOA Award Winner

'Georganne' (Double Phantom)
"GEORGANNE" (Double Phantom), the latest indie brat rant from the Balkans is a melodic ride where Frankie Broyles' musings on isolation bleed into a haze of lo-fi textures and dramatic ups and downs. www.myspace.com/thebalkans

Best college crowd bar or club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Moondogs


3179 Peachtree Road N.E., 404-231-4201

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Tabernacle

Runner-up: Variety Playhouse


1099 Euclid Avenue N.E., 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com/

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Cresent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com/

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Back Pockets
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempfmore...
It's easy to mistake the THE BACK POCKETS' ragged display of noise-folk and performance art for an urban art-hippie thing. But there's not a lot of peace and love going on within this marriage of broken banjo strumming, keyboards, industrial rhythms and theatrics. Frontwoman and mastermind Emily Kempf leads a revolving cast of players in an all-encompassing cabaret that stands apart from Atlanta's rock 'n' roll bar scene. The sound is Of Montreal mixed with Marquis de Sade, with ramshackle musical elements unfolding alongside actors' exaggerated vignettes. The audience is armed with drumsticks, tearing down the wall between spectator and performer. Through it all, band members don face paint of jeweled shapes, clouds and flowers, taking on a feral presence that, despite its anti-pop connotations, results in songs and scenes that are compelling and catchy. www.myspace.com/thebackpockets less...

Best gay bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Blake's on the Park


227 10th St. N.E., 404-892-5786, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com/

Best Georgia-based music blog BOA Award Winner

Ohmpark

ohmpark.com


Runner-up: Atlanta Music Guide


www.atlantamusicguide.com/

Best jukebox BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Local


758 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 404-873-5002

Best Latin music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Chaparral


2715 Buford Highway, 678-568-9657, www.chaparralatlanta.net

Best local electronic act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

www.sonenmusic.com


Runner-up: Judi Chicago


www.judichicago.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bernadette Seacrest

www.bernadetteseacrest.com


Runner-up: Sara Crawford


saracrawford.net

Best non-mainstream mixtape to mainline intravenously BOA Award Winner

1140: The Overdose
The aptly titled 1140: THE OVERDOSE paired Atlanta's up-from-dirt MC Pill with mixtape royalty DJ Drama in a release that is the polar opposite of everything Atlanta rap has come to represent. We deem that a good thing. www.theeducatedvillains.com

Best place to throw a party that's not your house BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Opera


1150 Crescent Ave. N.E., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

Best pool hall BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: The Independent


931 Monroe Drive N.E., 404-249-9869, www.theindependentatlanta.com/index.php

Best sports bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Woofs


2425 Piedmont Road N.E., 404-869-9422, www.woofsatlanta.com/

Best young punks BOA Award Winner

Ralph
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeledmore...
RALPH's buzz-bomb guitars and screaming tornado-punk whir sound more like gems plucked from the grooves of a Killed by Death '80s punk compilation than anything recorded in recent years. The foursome of (barely) twentysomethings explodes with the kind of reeling spastic energy that couldn't be channeled into anything but punk rock. Of all the bands in Atlanta, Ralph keeps the lifeblood flowing through the post-Rob's House Records scene, and they do so without aping anyone's style. It's punk in its raw, Reagan-era form (Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, the Germs), meaning the band exists in a state of primordial three-chord bliss. The old-school punk ethos is all about capturing something special before it goes bust; the kids in Ralph are definitely reveling in that moment. www.myspace.com/imgonnaralph less...

Best affordable day care BOA Award Winner

The Sunshine House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Primrose School


1197 Peachtree St., Suite 554, 404-745-9797, and other metro Atlanta locations.


www.primroseschools.com

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up: Peachtree Road Race


www.atlantatrackclub.org

Best annual release of aggression BOA Award Winner

Pillow Fight Day


 

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