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Poets, Artists & Madmen

As an entertainment writer, I’ve definitely had my share of doubts. I think to myself, “should I be covering politics, something the typical reader might consider more newsworthy?” But it is in this dark time of political discourse that covering the arts is more vital than ever. It is individualized thoughts and emotions that art provokes that keep viewers curious and grounded. It isn’t so much what is actually on the canvas, but the chance to start dialogue. This issue’s Poets, Artists, and Madmen are doing their thing to bring life to whitespace and ignite a conversational fire, and it is our hope that they will continue to set the tone for creative awareness through art made for the people, by the people.

— Lauren Leathers, Events Editor



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Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
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Tropico Photo

Best Place for an Art and Coffee Combo BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick

Best Place for Celebrity Sighting BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
The Plaza Theatre has seen many reversals of fortune since opening in 1939, but its Art Deco flourishes and lived-in fixtures make it an ideal place to celebrate moviegoing. Plus, the Atlanta Film Festival and such screenings as Professor Morte's Silver Screen Spook Show, Lips Down on Dixie's hostingmore...
The Plaza Theatre has seen many reversals of fortune since opening in 1939, but its Art Deco flourishes and lived-in fixtures make it an ideal place to celebrate moviegoing. Plus, the Atlanta Film Festival and such screenings as Professor Morte's Silver Screen Spook Show, Lips Down on Dixie's hosting of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineprov and Plazadrome capture the spirit of cinema beyond Hollywood product. less...

Best Place to Take the Kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Nicholas Goodly

Best Public Art Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Elevate

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
OuterSpace Project

Best Radio Personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Lois Reitzes

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
WCLK-FM Jazz 91.9

Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Barry Lee

Best Street Art/Graffiti BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
MARTA stations Fahamu Pecou

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Brenda Carlyle

Best Stripper Other Than Blondie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
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Brittany Flaherty

Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
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Maya Bailey

Best Tattoo Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
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Charles Chatov

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Actor's Express
For 30 years, Actor's Express has been taking risks and breaking boundaries. They've always aimed high artistically and (almost) always meet or exceed audience expectations. Artistic director Freddie Ashley chooses challenging comedies, musicals, and dramas, and the directors he hires pull brave, gutsymore...
For 30 years, Actor's Express has been taking risks and breaking boundaries. They've always aimed high artistically and (almost) always meet or exceed audience expectations. Artistic director Freddie Ashley chooses challenging comedies, musicals, and dramas, and the directors he hires pull brave, gutsy performances from some of the best actors around. less...

Best Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Greg Mike
Greg Mike has left a lasting impression on art in the city and has killed it this year between consistently painting huge murals, putting together and founding Outerspace Project, building up ABV Agency and Gallery, and locking himself in a room for two weeks this past July with nothing but black ink,more...

Greg Mike has left a lasting impression on art in the city and has killed it this year between consistently painting huge murals, putting together and founding Outerspace Project, building up ABV Agency and Gallery, and locking himself in a room for two weeks this past July with nothing but black ink, brushes, and the bare necessities to fill eight walls at Restaurant Holmes. To keep the party going, he has more than 20 new works in progress. Mad props.

Courtesy of Greg Mike Art

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Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Donald Glover

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Luis Sandoval
Luis Sandoval is a force, that's why we asked him to participate in Best of Atlanta. Cheerful, generous, and inextricably linked to good times in Atlanta. He's the type of person you want to hug every time you see him - and he?ll probably hug back!

Best Local Comedian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Lace Larabee

Best Local Comedian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Dedrick Flynn
A comedian you love to watch, but hate to follow, Dedrick Flynn captures and firmly holds the room's attention by bringing fiery passion and an airy playfulness to every set regardless of his surroundings.

Best Local Craft Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Best Local Craft Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Inman Park Festival

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Fabian “Occasional Superstar” Williams
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williamsmore...
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williams mural he painted last year on on the parking deck at Studioplex, and, most recently, the one of Stacey Abrams on the corner of Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium - Come on in, Precious. But he likes to shake things up and tackle art of all mediums. "Atlanta should look how it feels," he says. "Culture is reflected in the music, food, and now, the walls." Whether it's advocacy or creativity, Williams makes Atlanta a better place and for that, we?re thankful. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Arthur Blank

Best Local Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Black Nerd

Best Local Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Shakespeare on Draught

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Pearl Cleage

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Topher Payne

Best Local Podcast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Atlanta Monster

Best Local Podcast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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ATL Podcast Matt Davis
Matt B. Davis tends to interview the familiar Atlanta names we love, while also introducing all new ATL faces worth discovering. Either way, there?s always the feeling of a little more Atlanta after listening. Give it a whirl!

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Stacey Abrams
If there's anything we learned from 2016, it's don't assume anything. And if we know anything about Stacey Abrams, it's that she won't give up without a fight. Previously serving as minority leader for the Georgia House, Abrams has run a tireless campaign for governor based on the issues, including themore...
If there's anything we learned from 2016, it's don't assume anything. And if we know anything about Stacey Abrams, it's that she won't give up without a fight. Previously serving as minority leader for the Georgia House, Abrams has run a tireless campaign for governor based on the issues, including the expansion of Medicaid, criminal justice reform, and affordable housing. As we stand on the precipice of change in our country, Abrams might be the surefire candidate that'll lead us to an inclusive and equitable future that benefits all Georgians. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
John Lewis

Best Local Sports Team BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics

Best Local Sports Team BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Despite the giant silver Falcon emblazoning its doors, the golden spike symbolizes the true rulers of Mercedes-Benz stadium. Record-breaking strikers and homegrown phenoms immediately stirred up an intense fanbase that repeatedly breaks attendance records to rep the Five Stripes and King Peach. Josefmore...
Despite the giant silver Falcon emblazoning its doors, the golden spike symbolizes the true rulers of Mercedes-Benz stadium. Record-breaking strikers and homegrown phenoms immediately stirred up an intense fanbase that repeatedly breaks attendance records to rep the Five Stripes and King Peach. Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, and Co. not only ignite a fire and passion for soccer, they bring back a feeling of hope Atlanta sports has been missing for some time. less...

Best Mural BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Northside Hospital's Lynn Teague Tribute by Ryan Coleman

Best Mural BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Keep by Sabek
With political discourse plunging deeper into negativity, it's important to remember compassion and kindness. Though Spanish artist Sabek is not from ATL, what he left behind - a mural that spans seven stories and represents the mutual care between humans and nature - carries a huge (both in physicalmore...
With political discourse plunging deeper into negativity, it's important to remember compassion and kindness. Though Spanish artist Sabek is not from ATL, what he left behind - a mural that spans seven stories and represents the mutual care between humans and nature - carries a huge (both in physical size and figurative thought) positive message for our city. Sabek's work presents a constant reminder that care and kindness can extend beyond geography, species, or anything else. less...

Best Muralist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Sanithna Phansavanh
Sanithna Phansavanh came to Atlanta via Kansas City, MO, where he and his family lived through a refugee program after his mother escaped Laos. He's created murals all over Atlanta incorporating ideas of growth, women as strong members of society, and perception. This year alone he completed three murals,more...

Sanithna Phansavanh came to Atlanta via Kansas City, MO, where he and his family lived through a refugee program after his mother escaped Laos. He's created murals all over Atlanta incorporating ideas of growth, women as strong members of society, and perception. This year alone he completed three murals, all full of energy, bringing the streets of Atlanta to life with every brush stroke. Keep doing your thing, Sanithna. We?re thankful for your passion and talent.

Photo courtesy of Sanithna Phansavanh

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Best Muralist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Occasional Superstar - Fabian Williams

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Center for Civil and Human Rights

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Monetary Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Best Museum Exhibition BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at SCAD

Best Museum Exhibition BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Choze at Mason Fine Art

Best Non-Profit DIY Leader BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
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Southern Fried Queer Pride
Just the name makes your happy flag fly. Not to mention they do it all for queer arts advocacy. Be proud to be a queer creative in Atlanta, thanks to groups like Wussy and Southern Fried Queer Pride.

Best Person Who Left BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Adron
Before heading out West this year in the name of love, Adron left behind a treat for ATL - her latest record, Water Music. Perhaps because we're struggling to define what is "real" in this time of social media and political discourse, there's a great need for an artist like Adron, whose record groundsmore...

Before heading out West this year in the name of love, Adron left behind a treat for ATL - her latest record, Water Music. Perhaps because we're struggling to define what is "real" in this time of social media and political discourse, there's a great need for an artist like Adron, whose record grounds its listeners in reality while giving them the impetus to take on the world. Her shows are an intimate experience, as she explains in brutal honesty the meanings behind her songs. Water Music will continue her legacy of authenticity regardless of where she is. Thank you, Adron, for keepin' it real.

Photo Courtesy of Charles Mitchell

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Best Person You Assume is Famous, But Is Not BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Cousin Dan
Cousin Dan has been pretending to be famous for years. And for this, we thank him. He is really just petitioning to play Shaky Knees, as he is quite the performer. Are you reading, Tim Sweetwood? Until then, catch him hosting Gaja Karaoke once a month.

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Phyllis Iller

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Tropico Photo

Best Place for an Art and Coffee Combo BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics

Best Place for Celebrity Sighting BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Plaza Theatre has seen many reversals of fortune since opening in 1939, but its Art Deco flourishes and lived-in fixtures make it an ideal place to celebrate moviegoing. Plus, the Atlanta Film Festival and such screenings as Professor Morte's Silver Screen Spook Show, Lips Down on Dixie's hostingmore...
The Plaza Theatre has seen many reversals of fortune since opening in 1939, but its Art Deco flourishes and lived-in fixtures make it an ideal place to celebrate moviegoing. Plus, the Atlanta Film Festival and such screenings as Professor Morte's Silver Screen Spook Show, Lips Down on Dixie's hosting of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cineprov and Plazadrome capture the spirit of cinema beyond Hollywood product. less...

Best Place to Take the Kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics

Best Place to Take the Kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Fernbank Museum

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Jessica Katoff

Best Poet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Nicholas Goodly

Best Public Art Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Elevate

Best Public Art Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tree Haus Atl

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
OuterSpace Project

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tiny Doors ATL

Best Radio Personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Lois Reitzes

Best Radio Personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Bert Weiss

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
WABE 90.1 FM

Best Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
WCLK-FM Jazz 91.9

Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers

Best Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Barry Lee

Best Street Art/Graffiti BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers

Best Street Art/Graffiti BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
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