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Best of Atlanta 2010 Poets Artists and Madmen

 

Best Of Atlanta 2010 Poets Artists Large


Poets, Artists & Madmen

Atlanta's art scene is on the verge of something significant — teetering between making it and breaking it. Long regarded as a creative hodgepodge, the city's poets, artists and madmen have worked tirelessly in the last year to help redefine the city's artistic identity. They attracted international attention with the colossal grassroots street art conference Living Walls, improved our public art profile with gloATL and Art on the Beltline, and cultivated the kind of TV- and filmmaking-friendly environment that's allowed for the conversion of Lakewood Fairgrounds into a Hollywood-worthy soundstage, and the local filming of AMC's "The Walking Dead." So what does the future hold for the arts in Atlanta? Can we build on the momentum we've recently gained? Judging from the last year's creative outpouring, the scales are tipped in the right direction.

— Debbie Michaud

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Staibdance

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Lucha Rodriguez

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at Fox Theatre


660 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best indie crafter BOA Award Winner

Becky Striepe AND Christy Petterson

Becky Striepe: www.glueandglitter.com


Christy Petterson: abardis.wordpress.com


Runner-up: Lorigami


lorigami.com

Best neighborhood for artists BOA Award Winner

West End

Best playwright BOA Award Winner

Peter Hardy
As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy put the spotlight on his own script, Sally and Glen at the Palace, and the nostalgic dramedy packed enough punch to upstage many of Essential's productionsmore...
As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy put the spotlight on his own script, Sally and Glen at the Palace, and the nostalgic dramedy packed enough punch to upstage many of Essential's productions going back for years. www.essentialtheatre.com less...

Best poet BOA Award Winner

Paul Guest

Best public art performance BOA Award Winner

John Q's Memory Flash
Working with an old house in the historic Old Fourth Ward, a softball field, a vacant lot, and a growth of kudzu behind a strip mall, JOHN Q'S MEMORY FLASH uncovered Atlanta's queer history in the most typical of places. Oral histories from Jolly Twelve member Freddy Styles, drag queen Billy Jones, andmore...
Working with an old house in the historic Old Fourth Ward, a softball field, a vacant lot, and a growth of kudzu behind a strip mall, JOHN Q'S MEMORY FLASH uncovered Atlanta's queer history in the most typical of places. Oral histories from Jolly Twelve member Freddy Styles, drag queen Billy Jones, and softball players from the Atlanta Tomboys informed Memory Flash's installations and performances, and created an unforgettably resonant connection between the past and present. www.fluxprojects.org less...

Best reason to navigate the urban jungle BOA Award Winner

Art on the Beltline
Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON THE BELTLINE. Intended to boost awareness of the size and scope of the proposed 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit, and itsmore...
Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON THE BELTLINE. Intended to boost awareness of the size and scope of the proposed 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit, and its potential impact on you and me and our fair city, the multipart exhibit has featured everything from a poignant performance art and installation piece by Hormuz Minina to Jeffry Loy's glowing steel flower pods. www.beltline.org less...

Best stage director BOA Award Winner

Kenny Leon

Best underground art space BOA Award Winner

Tucked away in the nether regions of the Sampson Street Lofts, MINT GALLERY makes itself known with an unassuming orange door. The artist-run nonprofit gallery is practically ground zero for projects from Atlanta's emerging creatives. Owners/operators Erica Jamison and Mike Germon maintain a freneticmore...
Tucked away in the nether regions of the Sampson Street Lofts, MINT GALLERY makes itself known with an unassuming orange door. The artist-run nonprofit gallery is practically ground zero for projects from Atlanta's emerging creatives. Owners/operators Erica Jamison and Mike Germon maintain a frenetic pace conceiving of inspired artist collabos (Joe Tsambiras, Sam Parker and the Paper Twins' Here We Hide); killer group shows (Solid Gold); and hosting hot-shit guest curators (Ben Goldman and Jason Travis), while co-founder Andrew Bellury acts as liaison for MINT exhibitions at other venues around town. 684-B John Wesley Dobbs Ave. mintgallery.blogspot.com. less...

Best art exhibit in a museum BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Dali: The Late Work


High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-733-4444, www.high.org

Best fiction author BOA Award Winner

Blake Butler
Scorch Atlas author BLAKE BUTLER doesn't just write fiction, he creates interlocking worlds, apocalyptic visions raining gravel or glass or glitter. His thin volumes swell to the size of several books as you read them. Catch him locally at his Solar Anus reading series, where he's usually introducingmore...
Scorch Atlas author BLAKE BUTLER doesn't just write fiction, he creates interlocking worlds, apocalyptic visions raining gravel or glass or glitter. His thin volumes swell to the size of several books as you read them. Catch him locally at his Solar Anus reading series, where he's usually introducing other talents from small and independent presses. www.gillesdeleuzecommittedsuicideandsowilldrphil.com less...

Best improv group BOA Award Winner

Runner-up: Whole World Improv Theatre


1216 Spring St. N.W., 404-817-7529, wholeworldtheatre.com

Best local arts blog BOA Award Winner

Burnaway

www.burnaway.org


Runner-up: ArtsCriticATL


www.artscriticatl.com

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Topher Payne

www.topherpayne.com


Runner-up: Tyler Perry


www.tylerperry.com

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Kodac Harrison

www.kodacharrison.com


Runners-up:


Mikel K


www.185cool.com/mikelkpoet/


AND


Natasha Trethewey


blueflowerarts.com/natasha-trethewey

Best nonfiction author BOA Award Winner

Mara Shalhoup
After reading MARA SHALHOUP's vivid and kaleidoscopic exploration of the Black Mafia Family, BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family, you'll never be able to look at Atlanta's streets, Buckhead's mansions, or a line of cocaine the same again. Whether she's recounting the brightmore...

After reading MARA SHALHOUP's vivid and kaleidoscopic exploration of the Black Mafia Family, BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family, you'll never be able to look at Atlanta's streets, Buckhead's mansions, or a line of cocaine the same again. Whether she's recounting the bright lights and big heads at a high-end nightclub or parsing the machinations of a Byzantine federal investigation, Shalhoup is a sure-footed investigator of organized crime. www.bmfbook.com


Full disclosure: Shalhoup is CL's editor in chief. Arts freelancer Wyatt Williams chose Shalhoup for this award and wrote the blurb. We trust that Wyatt was in no way influenced by Shalhoup's role at CL when he made this selection.

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Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative dividends. In the past season, Aurora debuted the Georgia Gwinnett College Lab Series of innovative scripts at its new black boxmore...
Perhaps something's in the water in Lawrenceville. Since AURORA THEATRE debuted its new playhouse there in 2007, the once-tame suburban theater has seen increasing creative dividends. In the past season, Aurora debuted the Georgia Gwinnett College Lab Series of innovative scripts at its new black box theater, where you can see the likes of the funny, quirky boom and the intriguing, upcoming The Circumference of a Squirrel, starring Daniel May. The programming has branched out from familiar theatrical warhorses and included such coups as the regional premiere of A Catered Affair with Glenn Rainey, and hit a high watermark with Tranced, a twisty political thriller on a par with the best work of Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre and Alliance Hertz Stage. Like Marietta's Theatre in the Square, Aurora strikes just the right balance between pleasing its audience and challenging its artists. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com. less...
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