Loading...
 
 

Best Of Atlanta 2007 Poets Madmen Large


Poets, Artists & Madmen



Atlanta’s cultural scene is a mirror image of the city itself: bustling with talent, flush with options, more than a little bit transient, certainly far-flung, but always full of surprises. There is a little bit of this over here, a little bit of that over there. There are all these seemingly disparate pieces, but without much of a unifying element.

So it goes in the cultural life of a still-growing New South city, where there will often be something old (the Fox Theatre), something new (BEEP BEEP Gallery), something borrowed (the High’s Louvre exhibit) and something that might just blow you away (take your pick). This year’s winners show that we are, indeed, a city that is alternately changing and staying the same. Sometimes it’s both; what could be hipper than hanging out at that old battle axe of a drive-in, the Starlight? How cool is it to see an artist as red-hot as a Radcliffe Bailey or a Fahamu Pecou at the traditional High Museum?

We have a population just large enough to support the gonzo stylings of spoken-word guru the Subliminator one night and a theatrical tribute to the late newspaper columnist Celestine Sibley the next. With one foot in the past and another in the future, Atlanta’s cultural scene may be a bit of a balancing act, but it’s fun to watch straddle.

— David Lee Simmons

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existencemore...
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery's unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October's Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs BOA Award Winner

The Signal
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal wasmore...
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up a national distribution deal from ThinkFilm, which will release it to local theaters this fall. The initial success of The Signal is like a real-life version of Rocky (or maybe Rocky II, because Rocky lost in the first one). less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Susan V. Booth
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productionsmore...
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productions - including Proof and My Fair Lady - while leading Atlanta's premiere playhouse. She's always been reliable, but outdid herself when visiting Actor's Express to direct Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Booth took a potentially maddening one-man show about an evasive, self-loathing narrator (played to acerbic perfection by Chris Kayser) and made it utterly engrossing. She played no small role in the Alliance earning a Regional Theatre Tony Award this year. It'll be fascinating to see what she does with John Patrick Shanley's confrontational Pulitzer Prize-winner Doubt in 2008. less...

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

Glynn Turman
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN.more...
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN. Turman's career includes the film Cooley High, TV's "A Different World" less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted thismore...
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box's macabre tour through the work of one of America's most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe's verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you've never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from "The Raven," less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Radcliffe Bailey
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projectsmore...
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projects this year at Solomon Projects and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. He also collaborated with Alejandro Aguilera for a show at Emory University's Visual Arts Gallery. Bailey even showed off some of his own art collection this year when he loaned photographs by Mali portraitist Malick Sidible to the High Museum. http://www.solomonprojects.com/artistpage/bailey/about.html less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center.more...
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt's photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly alwaysmore...
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you're with, what snacks you're eating or whether you're watching Pirates of the Caribbean or Grindhouse. (Honorable mention: For technical excellence, check out Fernbank's IMAX screen at least once.) less...

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Young Blood Boutique
YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the localmore...
YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the local craft scene. It also hosts the Kraftwork event, where artists gather on the first Thursday of each month to sell their work. With a move to a new location in the works, we’re dying to see what this little-gallery-that-could pulls out of its bag of tricks next. less...

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

Glynn Turman
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he’s already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS’ CEREMONIESmore...
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he’s already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS’ CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN. Turman’s career includes the film Cooley High, TV’s “A Different World” and “The Wire” and a Broadway debut of A Raisin in the Sun. In Ceremonies, he brought remarkable depth to his performance as a former vaudeville dancer turned failed barbershop owner. Turman not only captured the desperation of a life on the economic margins, he proved uproariously funny in the play’s lighter moments — which served to make Ceremonies’ mournful conclusion all the more tragic. less...

Best Male Performance on Stage BOA Award Winner

Doyle Reynolds in I Am My Own Wife
The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 roles in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, surely “performances” is more appropriate. In the play (directed by Actor’smore...
The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 roles in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, surely “performances” is more appropriate. In the play (directed by Actor’s Express’ newly named artistic director Freddie Ashley), Reynolds not only conveyed the seemingly limitless complexities of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, he showed multiple characters grappling with the challenges of unreliable history, political oppression, and the tension between gender and identity. Reynolds reliably proved himself to be a funny character actor worthy of Old Hollywood. Our favorite moment was his rendition of Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me?” when Dad’s Garage staged The Rocky Horror Show, but I Am My Own Wife showed what he can really do. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery
The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emergingmore...
The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery’s unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism.more...
This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt’s photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

Foundation One Studios
A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklynmore...
A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklyn to Finland. If you can’t make one of the sceney openings, the photo-packed website is the next best thing for checking out the art and the crowd. less...
  • 1
  • 2 (current)
  • »

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniels

Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts BOA Award Winner

Art Papers
Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene and beyond. But the mainstream profile of the 31-year-old bimonthly art magazine has risen significantly since the arrival of Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin in 2004.more...

Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene and beyond. But the mainstream profile of the 31-year-old bimonthly art magazine has risen significantly since the arrival of Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin in 2004. And this year, the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded Art Papers a substantial $100,000 grant.
www.artpapers.org

less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Susan V. Booth
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance’s artistic director in 2001, she’smore...
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance’s artistic director in 2001, she’s directed smart productions — including Proof and My Fair Lady — while leading Atlanta’s premiere playhouse. She’s always been reliable, but outdid herself when visiting Actor’s Express to direct Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Booth took a potentially maddening one-man show about an evasive, self-loathing narrator (played to acerbic perfection by Chris Kayser) and made it utterly engrossing. She played no small role in the Alliance earning a Regional Theatre Tony Award this year. It’ll be fascinating to see what she does with John Patrick Shanley’s confrontational Pulitzer Prize-winner Doubt in 2008. less...

Best Unlikely Place to See Art BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee
Restaurants, hair salons, coffee huts … everyone seems to want to find a way to make art work in their businesses. But “curated” is not a word that comes to mind when you think of coffeehouse art exhibitions. While so many of those art shows make you wish you were drinkingmore...
Restaurants, hair salons, coffee huts … everyone seems to want to find a way to make art work in their businesses. But “curated” is not a word that comes to mind when you think of coffeehouse art exhibitions. While so many of those art shows make you wish you were drinking gin instead of java, the exhibitions by AURORA COFFEE IN LITTLE FIVE POINTS are exceptional. Installed on the conveniently long wall running down the left side of the cafe, the rotating group and solo exhibitions feature smart work by the artists — including Aubrey Pope, Jenn Brown and Steven Brown — who belong in galleries and not just coffee shops. less...

Timeless: Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly alwaysmore...
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you’re with, what snacks you’re eating or whether you’re watching Pirates of the Caribbean or Grindhouse. (Honorable mention: For technical excellence, check out Fernbank’s IMAX screen at least once.) less...

Best Unlikely Place to See Art BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points
468 Moreland Ave. 404-523-6856 http://www.auroracoffee.com Restaurants, hair salons, coffee huts "_ everyone seems to want to find a way to make art work in their businesses. But "curated"

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Silver Scream Spook Show
1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939 http://www.plazaatlanta.com With so much of Atlanta's funky, retro edge being bulldozed or rent-hiked, those crazy kids over at the Plaza Theatre - led by the inspired husband-and-wife ownership of Gayle and Jonathan Rej - should be commended for their devotionmore...
1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939 http://www.plazaatlanta.com With so much of Atlanta's funky, retro edge being bulldozed or rent-hiked, those crazy kids over at the Plaza Theatre - led by the inspired husband-and-wife ownership of Gayle and Jonathan Rej - should be commended for their devotion to keeping the city real. The Rejs have really lit a fire under this Atlanta jewel and re-envisioned it for a new generation. The best testament to that vision is the SILVER SCREAM SPOOK SHOW. Outre film fan Shane Morton pays homage on the last weekend of every month to the old-school 1950s spook shows that combined scary movies with a cornball floor show. Morton's shtick is as welcoming to the kids he wants to educate on the merits of vintage fright as it is to hipsters looking to rekindle a lost era. less...

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Get This! Gallery
322 Peters St. 678-596-4451 http://www.getthisgallery.com GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery's edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keepsmore...
322 Peters St. 678-596-4451 http://www.getthisgallery.com GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The gallery's edgy artwork by musician Rick Froberg and train-jumping photographer Mike Brodie also keeps the Castleberry Hill neighborhood's gentrifying, upscale tendencies in check. Benjamin's eye for under-the-radar artists makes Get This! a noteworthy space with true vision. less...

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

Jack Pendarvis
We're crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We're thoroughly amused by his first short-story collection, The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure and this year's follow-up, Your Bodymore...
We're crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We're thoroughly amused by his first short-story collection, The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure and this year's follow-up, Your Body Is Changing, particularly the title novella. We get a kick out of his blog, and can't wait for his first novel, Awesome, to come out next year. We also think he's a nice guy. jackpendarvis.blogspot.com less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Jean Sterrett
Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatremore...
Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award this year for Fix Me So I Can Stand, a knotty, insightful death-row drama set in South Georgia in the 1970s. Essential Theatre's world-premiere production in the summer included a superb performance by Spencer Stephens. In Fix Me So I Can Stand - as well as Sterrett's World War I drama The Summerhouse in April set in her native Australia and staged at Theatre Decatur - Sterrett showed such a vivid sense of place that Atlanta's larger playhouses should give her work a look. less...

Best Film School for the Cinematically Precocious BOA Award Winner

Turner Classic Movies' "Funday Night At The Movies"
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES' "FUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES"

Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts BOA Award Winner

Art Papers
Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene and beyond. But the mainstream profile of the 31-year-old bimonthly art magazine has risen significantly since the arrival of Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin in 2004.more...
Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene and beyond. But the mainstream profile of the 31-year-old bimonthly art magazine has risen significantly since the arrival of Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Fortin in 2004. And this year, the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded Art Papers a substantial $100,000 grant. www.artpapers.org less...

Mara Davis: My Favorite Place to Improv BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage
I grew up with a love of theater. My mother was a theater major in college and would take me to New York every year to catch a show. I studied theater at a small college outside Boston and after moving to Atlanta in 1994, even tried out for an improv troupe. It was the most horrifying experience of mymore...
I grew up with a love of theater. My mother was a theater major in college and would take me to New York every year to catch a show. I studied theater at a small college outside Boston and after moving to Atlanta in 1994, even tried out for an improv troupe. It was the most horrifying experience of my life, because I wasn't prepared. And after catching DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE with some friends, I became a huge fan. Once they did a stage production of "Debbie Does Dallas". You just have to love the idea of doing a porno on stage knowing they're not going to do anything on stage; it had these great jokes about the porno industry including, of course, bad acting. There's no theater district in Atlanta, but there are so many of these hidden gems that some people don't know about. In Atlanta, there's always something cool going on; you just have to look a little harder to find it. But places like Dad's Garage are worth the search. " As told to David Lee Simmons" less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Theatrical Outfit
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but hasmore...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren's Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" less...

Best Timely Art BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery
TULA Art Center 75 Bennett St., Suite B-1 404-605-0605 http://www.apgphoto.org It hasn

Best Male Performance on Stage BOA Award Winner

Doyle Reynolds in I Am My Own Wife
The word "performance"

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Jody Fausett
Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead in his memorable images of dead foxes, bobcats and other fauna hanging out in suburban living rooms. Fausett's works merge a brooding sci-fi ambiancemore...
Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead in his memorable images of dead foxes, bobcats and other fauna hanging out in suburban living rooms. Fausett's works merge a brooding sci-fi ambiance and David Lynch gothic into a haunting body of work. A fashion photographer by day who recently re-emigrated from Manhattan to the land of his birth, Fausett has milked the mysterious South for everything it's worth. Locals appear to be paying attention, because Fausett's photographs have received some serious play, showing up at venues across the city, including Whitespace and StudioSwan at Serenbe. less...

Best New Takes on David Mamet BOA Award Winner

Neal Ghant
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actormore...
In David Mamet's crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma's been famously portrayed by such tough Italian-Americans as Joe Mantegna and Al Pacino. At the Alliance Hertz Stage's production of Glengarry Glen Ross, African-American actor NEAL GHANT redefined the role, embodying the character's challenge to the old-guard power structure without ever making the casting seem like a gimmick. Ghant played another young Turk in Mamet's comedy A Life in the Theatre for Theatre in the Square, and proved similarly deft at alternating between menace, respect and a mesmerizing ability to "sell" less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

Whitespace Gallery
Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family members and speeding locomotives passing on the edge of small Southernmore...
Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family members and speeding locomotives passing on the edge of small Southern towns. His most powerful images — which showed a rare tenderness and a clear eye for detail — were the tidy, personality-infused homes of a dying generation of Southerners. Mitchell’s show had an emotional depth that could take your breath away. The peaceful privacy of the alternative gallery — located in a former carriage house tucked behind an Inman Park Victorian — made the event all the more moving. less...

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs BOA Award Winner

'The Signal''
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal wasmore...
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up a national distribution deal from ThinkFilm, which will release it to local theaters this fall. The initial success of The Signal is like a real-life version of Rocky (or maybe Rocky II, because Rocky lost in the first one). less...

Best Commitment to Bizarro Humor BOA Award Winner

The Movie Version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"
You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF “AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,” the flagship show of Adult Swim on the Atlanta-based Cartoon Network. Sure, the cinematic adventures of a talking milk shake, box of french fries and wad of meat turned out to be nonsensical, maddening,more...
You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF “AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,” the flagship show of Adult Swim on the Atlanta-based Cartoon Network. Sure, the cinematic adventures of a talking milk shake, box of french fries and wad of meat turned out to be nonsensical, maddening, deliberately tedious and seemingly targeted at the totally stoned. You cannot, however, accuse the film of selling out its unique brand of humor for the sake of mass movie appeal. TV-creators-turned-film-directors Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis unquestionably stayed true to their instincts that made “Aqua Teen” a late-night hit. Even if you don’t get the joke, you have to salute their integrity. less...

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

Jack Pendarvis
We’re crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We’re thoroughly amused by his first short-story collection, The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure and this year’smore...

We’re crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We’re thoroughly amused by his first short-story collection, The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure and this year’s follow-up, Your Body Is Changing, particularly the title novella. We get a kick out of his blog, and can’t wait for his first novel, Awesome, to come out next year. We also think he’s a nice guy.


jackpendarvis.blogspot.com

less...

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Dave Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry

Best Play BOA Award Winner

Brooklyn Boy

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, notably with last year’s delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiositiesmore...

Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, notably with last year’s delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box’s macabre tour through the work of one of America’s most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe’s verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you’ve never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from “The Raven,” in a macabre image that was the stuff of nightmares.


www.puppet.org

less...

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

Trendy: Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Theatrical Outfit
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown,more...
Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the best place in town to see a play. The Outfit originally relied heavily on theatrical chestnuts after making the risky move downtown, but has since presented increasingly daring and intriguing choices, particularly in the 2006-07 season. Shows such as Waiting to be Invited and Shiloh Rules addressed such eternal Southern themes as segregation and the Civil War from original perspectives, while The God Committee offered the kind of crackling, real-time excitement only live theater can provide. Is it worth the effort of going downtown? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” less...

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

Foundation One Gallery
627-B E. College Ave. 404-806-0925 http://www.foundationonegallery.com A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov's taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspiredmore...
627-B E. College Ave. 404-806-0925 http://www.foundationonegallery.com A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov's taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklyn to Finland. If you can't make one of the sceney openings, the photo-packed website is the next best thing for checking out the art and the crowd. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existencemore...
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue's dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery's unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October's Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs BOA Award Winner

The Signal
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal wasmore...
The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up a national distribution deal from ThinkFilm, which will release it to local theaters this fall. The initial success of The Signal is like a real-life version of Rocky (or maybe Rocky II, because Rocky lost in the first one). less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Susan V. Booth
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productionsmore...
SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productions - including Proof and My Fair Lady - while leading Atlanta's premiere playhouse. She's always been reliable, but outdid herself when visiting Actor's Express to direct Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Booth took a potentially maddening one-man show about an evasive, self-loathing narrator (played to acerbic perfection by Chris Kayser) and made it utterly engrossing. She played no small role in the Alliance earning a Regional Theatre Tony Award this year. It'll be fascinating to see what she does with John Patrick Shanley's confrontational Pulitzer Prize-winner Doubt in 2008. less...

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

Glynn Turman
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN.more...
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN. Turman's career includes the film Cooley High, TV's "A Different World" less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted thismore...
Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers' creative juices flowing, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box's macabre tour through the work of one of America's most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe's verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you've never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from "The Raven," less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Radcliffe Bailey
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projectsmore...
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projects this year at Solomon Projects and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. He also collaborated with Alejandro Aguilera for a show at Emory University's Visual Arts Gallery. Bailey even showed off some of his own art collection this year when he loaned photographs by Mali portraitist Malick Sidible to the High Museum. http://www.solomonprojects.com/artistpage/bailey/about.html less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center.more...
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt's photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly alwaysmore...
You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you're with, what snacks you're eating or whether you're watching Pirates of the Caribbean or Grindhouse. (Honorable mention: For technical excellence, check out Fernbank's IMAX screen at least once.) less...

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniel's Futureproof


Browse by Category

After Dark
After Dark
CityScape
CityScape
Consumer Culture
Consumer Culture
Index
Index
Oral Pleasures
Oral Pleasures
Poets, Artists & Madmen
Poets, Artists & Madmen