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2008 Index of Winners

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

At First Sight II
We were blown away by the chutzpah of Denise Lira-Ratinoff's AT FIRST SIGHT II – a series of light boxes and videos displayed not in a pristine white-walled commercial space, or some too-hip-for-words underground grotto, but in a loading dock off 16th Street in Midtown. The one-night affairmore...
We were blown away by the chutzpah of Denise Lira-Ratinoff's AT FIRST SIGHT II – a series of light boxes and videos displayed not in a pristine white-walled commercial space, or some too-hip-for-words underground grotto, but in a loading dock off 16th Street in Midtown. The one-night affair was appropriately chilly for Lira-Ratinoff's photographs depicting the vanishing glaciers of the far, far south – Patagonia, to be exact – in stunning, ephemeral beauty. Engulfing darkness and a haunting soundscape completed the mood. Chances are you missed it; most did. But we wish others would follow Lira-Ratinoff's lead and create small pockets of magic here, there and everywhere. www.openmade.com. less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

Jim Dine's The Lost Boy

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Turner Schofield

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Rocio Rodriguez

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser
CHRIS KAYSER has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Atlanta's finest leading men, giving a particularly memorable performance in Actor's Express' enigmatic Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) in 2007. He affirmed the depth and flexibility of his craft with two shows in 2008. In the Alliance Theatre's Eurydice,more...
CHRIS KAYSER has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Atlanta's finest leading men, giving a particularly memorable performance in Actor's Express' enigmatic Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) in 2007. He affirmed the depth and flexibility of his craft with two shows in 2008. In the Alliance Theatre's Eurydice, he offered a heartbreaking portrayal of a father who wouldn't let a little thing like being dead get in the way of his love for his daughter. Kayser offered some of the most implosive work of his career in Georgia Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as the despised moneylender Shylock. One of Shakespeare's most problematic roles, Kayser played the character not as a vengeful villain but as an intelligent man twisted by a lifetime of anti-Semitism in Venice, with his sadistic behavior emerging as a misguided act of defiance. With work like that, what will he do for an encore? atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/eurydice/Content?oid=453632. less...

Best Local Online Visual Arts Writing BOA Award Winner

Jerry Cullum
JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We'remore...
JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We're glad someone with his feet so firmly planted in the art community and his head so clearly reaching for the intellectual stratosphere has given himself a place to talk back. And a place where anyone can listen in. counterforces.blogspot.com. less...

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

"Georgia Traveler"

Best Burlesque Troupe BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Mary Edith Pitts

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Charlie Brown

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Zano

Best Live Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

Yelawolf

Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

Rob's House Records

Best Local Music-Scene Mayor BOA Award Winner

Randy Castello

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Francine Reed

Best Mixtape DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Dookie Platters

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

MARTA Soulja Girl
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Best 'Hood to Get a House for a Steal BOA Award Winner

Capitol View

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

Best New High-End Hotel BOA Award Winner

Twelve Centennial Park

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