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Best of Atlanta 2014 Poets Artists and Madmen

 

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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Behind every cultural uprising exists an essential cast of characters pushing through the pavement. Take, for instance, Sean Fahie, the artist, scene curator, and self-proclaimed "purveyor of fun." Over the past year, the multi-hyphenate has become one of those perpetuating forces whose energy has rippled outward, like his easy crackling laugh, from the city's creative core. Like the mission behind the appropriately titled Art, Beats + Lyrics Radio show "The Influencers," which he hosts with creator Leroy Basnight III, Fahie exemplifies the growing synergy within Atlanta's emerging art community.

The past year has been defined by a lot of collaboration and crossbreeding. Sumptuary, the almost indefinable, totally unpredictable event series put together by Maggie Ginestra and Mike Stasny for artsy insiders, featured the work of Atlanta-based artists while helping to fund their artistic endeavors.

The local comedy scene kept blowing up, with weirdos such as Keenan Burton surfacing in conjunction with the new Rotknee Presents Records. The label, started by Star Bar's comedy open mic night host Rodney "Rotknee" Leete, will record Burton's first live album on Sept. 29. Meanwhile, Tanz Farm, the collaboration between gloATL and the Goat Farm, continued to break new ground over the past 12 months by turning dance into dialogues, workshops, and exhibitions encompassing the relationship between movement and environment.

On the DIY front, the homegrown proliferation of mass media alternatives spanned the spectrum, from Atlanta Zine Fest, which celebrated its second year, to the digital launch of AB+L Radio. And the Bitter Southerner's blastoff from free website to for-profit venture has simultaneously redeemed the South and weekly storytelling in a way that does our hearts proud.

Outside traditional gallery spaces, the Living Walls conference celebrated year five of its urban metamorphosis. And street artist SEVER's Cabbagetown mural of Charles Darwin contemplating the ATL Twins gave us new reasons to ponder the relevance of our own brand of homegrown irreverence.

All of which is proof that the outsiders are becoming insiders in this town. And that's a good thing.

— Rodney Carmichael

Best artist response to censorship BOA Award Winner

Ruth Stanford

Best local renaissance man BOA Award Winner

Sean Fahie

Best modernization of a modern art space BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Best redemption of the South BOA Award Winner

The Bitter Southerner

Best street art BOA Award Winner

Origin of Feces

Best trend BOA Award Winner

Immersive theater

Best forum for fostering DIY culture BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Zine Fest

Best reason to turn off terrestrial radio BOA Award Winner

Arts, Beats + Lyrics Radio

Best grace note BOA Award Winner

Jamie Barton

Best comedy night BOA Award Winner

Monday nights at the Star Community Bar

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Cassidy Russell

Best indie filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Natasha Niemi

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Pop-ups

Best place to see a movie BOA Award Winner

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema AND The Plaza Theatre

Best stage director BOA Award Winner

Marium Khalid AND Phillip Jusman

Best touring play BOA Award Winner

The Book of Mormon

Best pop-up arts space BOA Award Winner

  1. weloveatl Mobile Gallery

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Living Walls

Best book by a local author BOA Award Winner

American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney AND Change Machine by Bruce Covey

Best choreographer BOA Award Winner

Helen Pickett

Best comedy venue BOA Award Winner

The Punchline

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best local art critic BOA Award Winner

Andrew Alexander

Best local comedian BOA Award Winner

Angela Miller

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Mikel K Poet

Best mural BOA Award Winner

Boulevard Tunnel
boulevardtunnelinitiative.wordpress.com

Best reading series BOA Award Winner

Write Club Atlanta

Best actor BOA Award Winner

Weston Manders

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Splatter Cinema

Best book event BOA Award Winner

Decatur Book Festival

Best immersive theater performance BOA Award Winner

Saiah's Terminus

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Paris Crayton III

Best local spoken word artist BOA Award Winner

Derrick Abyss Graham

Best play BOA Award Winner

Saiah's Terminus

Best opening BOA Award Winner

Dashboard Co-op's COSMS

Best street art BOA Award Winner

Living Walls

Best collaboration BOA Award Winner

Boulevard Tunnel Initiative
boulevardtunnelinitiative.wordpress.com

Best dance company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet

Best film made in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Charles McNair

Best artist response to censorship BOA Award Winner

Ruth Stanford

Best comedy night BOA Award Winner

Monday nights at the Star Community Bar

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Cassidy Russell

Best indie filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Natasha Niemi

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Pop-ups

Best place to see a movie BOA Award Winner

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema AND The Plaza Theatre

Best stage director BOA Award Winner

Marium Khalid AND Phillip Jusman

Best touring play BOA Award Winner

The Book of Mormon

Best local renaissance man BOA Award Winner

Sean Fahie

Best modernization of a modern art space BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Best pop-up arts space BOA Award Winner

  1. weloveatl Mobile Gallery

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Living Walls

Best redemption of the South BOA Award Winner

The Bitter Southerner

Best street art BOA Award Winner

Origin of Feces

Best trend BOA Award Winner

Immersive theater

Best book by a local author BOA Award Winner

American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney AND Change Machine by Bruce Covey

Best choreographer BOA Award Winner

Helen Pickett

Best comedy venue BOA Award Winner

The Punchline

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best forum for fostering DIY culture BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Zine Fest

Best local art critic BOA Award Winner

Andrew Alexander

Best local comedian BOA Award Winner

Angela Miller

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Mikel K Poet

Best mural BOA Award Winner

Boulevard Tunnel
boulevardtunnelinitiative.wordpress.com

Best reading series BOA Award Winner

Write Club Atlanta

Best actor BOA Award Winner

Weston Manders

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Splatter Cinema

Best book event BOA Award Winner

Decatur Book Festival
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