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2007 Index of Winners

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Fahamu Pecou
Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city’s art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year’s eclectic Talent Show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a “60more...

Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city’s art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year’s eclectic Talent Show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a “60 Minutes”-styled mockumentary that helped create his own cult of personality. Pecou’s wry commentaries on the artist-as-celebrity also showed up this summer at Vaknin Gallery. We’re hoping this is just the beginning. The Contemporary demonstrated an interest in new blood and a fresh vision by welcoming Pecou to its board of directors.


www.fahamupecouart.com

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Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Radcliffe Bailey

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” is hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” who delivers an engaging lineup of G-rated classic film for kids. But it also gives the next generation a lesson in Film Appreciation 101. Kennymore...

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES’ “FUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES” is hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” who delivers an engaging lineup of G-rated classic film for kids. But it also gives the next generation a lesson in Film Appreciation 101. Kenny sets up goofy introductions with a cast of real-life kiddies that evokes those creaky, locally produced TV movie nights. Tentative titles for next summer include National Velvet and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. The only downside is explaining to your 4-year-old that SpongeBob is actually a lanky white guy in nerd glasses.


www.tcm.com

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Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Ed Helms
You might not guess that ED HELMS hails from Atlanta. Helms has specialized in the kind of swaggering false confidence that seems to define this country’s modern media, only carried to comic extremes. You imagine Helms-like characters as being cloned in factories to be America’s middlemore...
You might not guess that ED HELMS hails from Atlanta. Helms has specialized in the kind of swaggering false confidence that seems to define this country’s modern media, only carried to comic extremes. You imagine Helms-like characters as being cloned in factories to be America’s middle managers and cable-news pundits, and not actually coming from real hometowns. Whether playing pugnacious dimwit Andy Bernard as a regular on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office” or practicing “fake” journalism on “The Daily Show” and as Ed Carson in Evan Almighty, Helms perfectly captures our own worst instincts with unerring humor. Every time he breaks into a piercing rendition of, say, “Closer to Fine” or “Zombie,” he does us proud. less...

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Suellen Parker
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker’s photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perversemore...

With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker’s photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culture of beauty to human loneliness. With disquieting content and technique to burn, she’s one of the city’s most visible — and most interesting — artists.


www.suellenparker.com

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Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Tim Stoltenberg

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 Local Visual Arts Website BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Planit
atlantaplanit.com

Best Bartender BOA Award Winner

Grant Henry, The Local

Best Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

The Punchline

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of people go for the swirling disco lights, hot guys and girls, large dance floor, and music that’s commercially palatable withoutmore...
Midtown nightclub MJQ CONCOURSE is the perennial favorite in this category because there’s no place more dependable on a weekend night. Each week hundreds of people go for the swirling disco lights, hot guys and girls, large dance floor, and music that’s commercially palatable without hitting the lowest common denominator. A roster of capable resident DJs, special theme nights such as the “Saturday Party Sneak Attack,” and such out-of-town DJ stars as Flosstradamus and Girl Talk add to the unpredictable fun. less...

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Charlie Brown

Best Experimental Music Venue BOA Award Winner

EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY is an experimental music institution. It’s Atlanta’s answer to such nationally heralded avant-garde venues as Tonic and the Kitchen in New York, bestowed with a weirdo Southern flair. Each month, Eyedrum’s first Thursday open improv nights are bothmore...
EYEDRUM ART & MUSIC GALLERY is an experimental music institution. It’s Atlanta’s answer to such nationally heralded avant-garde venues as Tonic and the Kitchen in New York, bestowed with a weirdo Southern flair. Each month, Eyedrum’s first Thursday open improv nights are both a party and a breeding ground for the city’s most adventurous music. Between bands, when both audiences and performers head outside for a smoke, you will hear both absurd and profound conversations on the sociopolitical implications of everything from John Cage to Paris Hilton to the White Stripes. It’s a place of integrity and extreme exploration that proves that even in the fringe areas of culture, people still like to get crunk. less...

Best Georgia-Based Band MySpace Page BOA Award Winner

Soulja Boy
Some pop phenomena are impossible to ignore, especially when led by a lanky 17-year-old kid named DeAndre Way who calls himself SOULJA BOY. The Chicago-born, Atlanta/Mississippi-bred teen created viral hysteria in a matter of months with his contagious song and dance, “Crank That (Soulja Boy).”more...

Some pop phenomena are impossible to ignore, especially when led by a lanky 17-year-old kid named DeAndre Way who calls himself SOULJA BOY. The Chicago-born, Atlanta/Mississippi-bred teen created viral hysteria in a matter of months with his contagious song and dance, “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” His MySpace page has logged over 10 million views in 18 months. The page currently hosts over 130 YouTube videos featuring fans and celebrities such as Lil’ Wayne, Beyonce and Travis Barker replicating his dance. But the best footage is recorded by Soulja Boy’s personal camera man as he documents and YouTubes practically his every waking moment. It’s enabled him to go global from his bedroom with the backing of Interscope Records. Since the label signed him via Atlanta’s own Mr. Collipark, his song has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 11 on it’s United World chart. And his debut album doesn’t even drop until Oct. 2.


www.myspace.com/souljaboytellem

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Best Georgia-Based Music Blog BOA Award Winner

Cable and Tweed
cableandtweed.blogspot.com

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

The Jaspects
The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latestmore...

The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latest release, Double Consciousness, expands jazz possibilities for a new generation of listeners while simultaneously appeasing older jazz heads. Leave it up to a band of Morehouse graduates to funk up a history lesson.


www.jaspects.com

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Joe Gransden

Best Local Promoter BOA Award Winner

Randy Castello and Tight Bros. Network
The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually found watching the door at the shows he books. And afterward he’s the first one to get the partymore...

The official talent purchaser for the Drunken Unicorn, RANDY CASTELLO AND TIGHT BROS. NETWORK isn’t the hard-nosed businessman that many promoters fancy themselves. He’s usually found watching the door at the shows he books. And afterward he’s the first one to get the party started with the out-of-town bands. Castello is the winner in this category for the second year in a row because he has a knack for booking cutting-edge underground punk, hip-hop and indie-rock acts to Atlanta — the ones that many Atlanta clubs would pass over — and he’s not afraid to invite newcomers to open his shows. Of Montreal, Prefuse 73, Deerhunter and the Black Lips were all part of the Tight Bros. canon long before anybody else ever heard of them. For that, Atlanta benefits greatly from his presence.


www.tightbros.net

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Best Local Record Producer BOA Award Winner

Aldrin "DJ" Toomp
Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His fingerprints adorn hits by Young Jeezy (“I Luv It”) and Kanye West (“Can’tmore...

Ever since ALDRIN “DJ” TOOMP produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning hit, “What You Know,” he has been the go-to guy among Atlanta’s scores of hip-hop producers. His fingerprints adorn hits by Young Jeezy (“I Luv It”) and Kanye West (“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”), and his distinctive, orchestral keyboard sound has become a trademark. It’s the unlikeliest of triumphs for a man who got his start back in the ‘80s making bass tracks for MC Shy D. Who could have predicted that, nearly two decades later, he would be poised to become an ATL beat king as ubiquitous as Lil Jon and Organized Noize?


www.myspace.com/djtoomp

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Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

Kelly Love Jones

Best Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Best Place to Hear Music for Free BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music venue with a 22-table pool room. An easygoing location with a pleasant, neighborhood vibe, the sturdy tables offer pockets of competitivemore...
Why go to a dingy pool hall when there’s BARLEY’S SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE? In the heart of downtown, it’s a bar, restaurant and live-music venue with a 22-table pool room. An easygoing location with a pleasant, neighborhood vibe, the sturdy tables offer pockets of competitive fun. Let’s hope the charm of Barley’s remains the same as the surrounding area continues to morph daily. Rack ’em up, Joe, and stay awhile. less...

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

Even swelling gas prices can’t stop folks from descending on STROKERS, the pleasure palace where parting with dollar bills never felt so liberating. Bottles aren’t the only thing popping here. In an age where Brazilian butt implants abound, clubs such as Strokers are the preferred destinationmore...
Even swelling gas prices can’t stop folks from descending on STROKERS, the pleasure palace where parting with dollar bills never felt so liberating. Bottles aren’t the only thing popping here. In an age where Brazilian butt implants abound, clubs such as Strokers are the preferred destination for those who like to take it to the gluteus maximus. You’re likely to see as many females sitting on the couch as you’ll spot sliding down the pole. Guys aren’t the only ones who lap up the two for $10 table dances on Customer Appreciation Mondays. But if you don’t have enough cash to make it rain, leave the shot callin’ to the rappers and ballers. less...

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

Best Bass-Guitar-Playing EcoPatriot BOA Award Winner

Rob Del Bueno
If America is addicted to oil (as even President Bush admitted in 2006), then Atlanta is a jittery crack whore for petro. Our sprawl and the state’s dearth of leaders willing to go to bat for regional mass transit or smart growth make the metro area’s prosperity especially vulnerablemore...

If America is addicted to oil (as even President Bush admitted in 2006), then Atlanta is a jittery crack whore for petro. Our sprawl and the state’s dearth of leaders willing to go to bat for regional mass transit or smart growth make the metro area’s prosperity especially vulnerable to spikes in oil prices or dips in supply. Enter ROB DEL BUENO. With help from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and a corps of volunteers, the former Man or Astro-man? bassist makes and sells biodiesel — a clean alternative to petroleum diesel made from used cooking oil. Del Bueno’s fuel powers a small fleet of cars and buses around town. And unlike our country’s oil titans, he doesn’t receive gazillions in government subsidies. 250 Arizona St.


www.refuelbiodiesel.org

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Best Hype About Atlanta That Isn’t Actually True BOA Award Winner

The City Too Busy to Hate
Aside from Coca-Cola bottling tap water and then selling it for a buck a bottle, the biggest con job perpetrated in Atlanta in the last 50 years is our reputation as ”THE CITY TOO BUSY TO HATE.” Almost 40 years after the Civil Rights Movement effectively ended with the assassinationmore...
Aside from Coca-Cola bottling tap water and then selling it for a buck a bottle, the biggest con job perpetrated in Atlanta in the last 50 years is our reputation as ”THE CITY TOO BUSY TO HATE.” Almost 40 years after the Civil Rights Movement effectively ended with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta remains a city divided by race in both politics and culture, echoed most recently when the crisis at Grady Memorial Hospital devolved into racial jockeying for position. While the city has had black mayors and black police chiefs since 1974, the money largely remains in lily-white Buckhead. The racial divide both defines and handicaps Atlanta as we wait for a visionary leader who will teach us to build bridges. less...

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

Lullwater Park
It’s not city or county land, so there’s no Little League field or playground. But for those not encumbered with kids, LULLWATER PARK offers an intown oasis. Just beyond the edge of the Emory University campus between Clifton and Clairmont roads, the 185-acre privately owned greenspacemore...
It’s not city or county land, so there’s no Little League field or playground. But for those not encumbered with kids, LULLWATER PARK offers an intown oasis. Just beyond the edge of the Emory University campus between Clifton and Clairmont roads, the 185-acre privately owned greenspace has paved jogging paths, wooded trails and plenty of shade. There are also opportunities for wildlife watching in the wetlands and meadows and along Peachtree Creek, with its series of charming waterfalls. The park’s centerpiece, 12-acre Candler Lake, draws fishermen, picnickers and students looking for a quiet place to read. And steady foot traffic ensures a certain level of safety. less...

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

Preston Craig

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Fighter for the Environment BOA Award Winner

Sally Bethea

Best Local Sports Radio Show Host BOA Award Winner

Two Live Stews

Best Place to Commune with Nature Without Leaving the City BOA Award Winner

Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along themore...
Atlanta may not be the city in a forest anymore, but there are still forests in the city. Scores of wooded acres endure in scattered patches, but the undeveloped fringes of the Hooch are the most dramatic. The CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is a collection of preserved tracts along the banks of Georgia’s aquatic aorta from Buford Dam to Atlanta, with ITP sections near Sandy Springs and Vinings. Year-round hiking, fishing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking are all copacetic during daylight hours, and alcohol without glass is, too. It would be wise to enjoy the river sooner rather than later, as our mushrooming metropolis is chugging it down and polluting it up faster than the Appalachian springs in northeast Georgia can trickle it out. less...

Best Place to Find Girls Gone Wild BOA Award Winner

Gwinnett is Great
On the water tower that hovers over I-85 is the declaration: GWINNETT IS GREAT. What’s Gwinnett great at? For one thing, producing otherwise unremarkable young women whose lapses in judgment — combined with their wholesome suburban-ness and vaguely attractive whiteness — accidentallymore...
On the water tower that hovers over I-85 is the declaration: GWINNETT IS GREAT. What’s Gwinnett great at? For one thing, producing otherwise unremarkable young women whose lapses in judgment — combined with their wholesome suburban-ness and vaguely attractive whiteness — accidentally propel them into the national news spotlight. In ’05, it was Jennifer “Runaway Bride” Wilbanks. This year, it’s Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston, aka the Barbie Bandits, who briefly captured the country’s imagination by looking a lot prettier on Bank of America security-camera footage than they do in real life. After they were arrested and news producers figured out they weren’t actually hot, they largely vanished. Before her guilty plea, Johnston worked as a telemarketer. Miller is, of all things, working as a babysitter as she awaits trial. less...

 

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