Loading...
 
 

Best Of Atlanta 2008 Poets Madmen Large


Poets, Artists & Madmen

Atlanta artists fight the good fight. In the past year they've responded to the national call for public art in A (new) Genre Landscape, crossed cultural divides with the Atlanta Ballet's big and remained committed to the cause of a Tony Award-caliber theater scene at the Alliance. Never ones to sit idly by, our poets, artists and madmen are always looking to the future, ready to rethink tradition. Denise Lira-Ratinoff's obscure and wondrous photography exhibit in a 16th Street loading dock; Haverty Marionettes' sublime performance of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying; and the Plaza Theatre's transformation from movie house to arts and entertainment center all illuminate a community never satisfied with the status quo. The high level of participation in Best of Atlanta voting and official CL exit polls reveals a diverse support base for the arts that insists on having its voice heard. And thank goodness for that, because otherwise the terrorists would win.

– Debbie Michaud

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Sara Speert

Best Theatre Premiere BOA Award Winner

Hank Kimmel's Shorts

Best Local Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

The Subliminator

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Krog Street Tunnel

Best Arts Blog BOA Award Winner

Thought Marker Blog

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

Art Papers' Art Auction

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniel's Futureproof

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Shorts II- Brooks &Company Dance

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniels

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

Apache Cafe

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

Alexyss Tylor's Vagina Power

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Transformotion (Alliance Theatre)

Best Local Visual Arts Website (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Planit atlantaplanit.com

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Screen on the Green

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Maxey Andress

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Steve Yockey

Best Opening BOA Award Winner

Damn Dirty Ape

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

Avenue Q
  • 1
  • 2 (current)
  • »

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
CINEMA REMIXED AND RELOADED at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art did pretty much everything right. The massive, two-part exhibit brought together a frequently overlooked set of artists – black women working in film, video and other time-based media – and finally offered the perspectivemore...
CINEMA REMIXED AND RELOADED at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art did pretty much everything right. The massive, two-part exhibit brought together a frequently overlooked set of artists – black women working in film, video and other time-based media – and finally offered the perspective and critical analysis that's been due since about the early '80s. In a curatorial tour de force, director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassell Oliver (of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston) brought together Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Xaviera Simmons and two dozen other artists who'd never shown together before. Excellently installed and smartly presented, Cinema Remixed was a show of national importance, and we're glad we had it in our own back yard. less...

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Mark Collins

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival
For sheer variety, quantity and quality of films, the 32-year-old ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL still belongs on the top of the bill of local movie-related events. Parent organization the IMAGE Film & Video Center recently renamed itself Atlanta Film Festival 365 and has shown some welcome stability under executivemore...
For sheer variety, quantity and quality of films, the 32-year-old ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL still belongs on the top of the bill of local movie-related events. Parent organization the IMAGE Film & Video Center recently renamed itself Atlanta Film Festival 365 and has shown some welcome stability under executive director Gabe Wardell and festival director Dan Krovich. Plus, its springtime schedule and convenient central location at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema put Atlanta's best, most welcoming face forward in between screening times. less...

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

Whitespace Gallery
Inside a converted carriage house on Edgewood, Susan Bridges' Inman Park gallery WHITESPACE has been supporting and showcasing local talent since its inception in October 2006, and we felt it was high time to make note. In the past 12 months, Mehmet Dogu's Gallery Light Rug, John Otte's Seen | Unseenmore...
Inside a converted carriage house on Edgewood, Susan Bridges' Inman Park gallery WHITESPACE has been supporting and showcasing local talent since its inception in October 2006, and we felt it was high time to make note. In the past 12 months, Mehmet Dogu's Gallery Light Rug, John Otte's Seen | Unseen and Fereydoon Family's Stepping Blind have been outstanding contributions to the local art scene. We love the gallery's thoughtful presentation and abundant respect for these lesser-known artists with big minds and big ambitions. less...

Best Local Actor with a National Platform BOA Award Winner

Jack McBrayer

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Courtney Patterson

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

"This Is Atlanta with Alicia Steele"

Best Local Performing Monsters BOA Award Winner

Zombies
What does it say about the Atlanta area that ZOMBIES have become such popular subjects for the arts? The past year saw the national release of the Atlanta-filmed horror flick The Signal, in which a mysterious transmission turns couch potatoes into violent lunatics (not technically zombies, but closemore...
What does it say about the Atlanta area that ZOMBIES have become such popular subjects for the arts? The past year saw the national release of the Atlanta-filmed horror flick The Signal, in which a mysterious transmission turns couch potatoes into violent lunatics (not technically zombies, but close enough). Dad's Garage Theatre produced the world premiere of the stage musical Song of the Living Dead, featuring musical numbers about brain-eating undead ghouls; and zombies crashed a prom in the high school horror-comedy Dance of the Dead filmed in Rome, Ga., and due on DVD in October. Maybe no one who's ever driven in local traffic would be surprised at the proliferation of creatures that embody both mindlessness and rage. At least they're appearing in creative examples of mindless rage. less...

Best Local Poet BOA Award Winner

Kodac Harrison

DARK HORSE: Best Gallery Best Poised for a Sneak Attack BOA Award Winner

Kiang Gallery
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknownmore...
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknown locally, many are beginning to register seismically on the international scene. We're paying special attention to Danwen Xing, Sze Tsung Leong and relative newcomer Fang Er. Kiang's smart installations and remarkable curatorial eye are just what the Dirty South needs to take a virtual trip to the Dirty East. So long, New York! Cheerio, London! Next stop for the art world: Beijing. less...

Best local artist who's seen the light BOA Award Winner

Gina Niespodziani
With a style erupting from her metalsmithing background, pop-culture knowledge and an undeniable urban influence, GINA NIESPODZIANI is the obvious choice for Best Local Artist Who's Seen the Light. Her music video "Moviekiss - The Light Bright Video" for local rock band Y.O.U. is a stop-motion animatedmore...
With a style erupting from her metalsmithing background, pop-culture knowledge and an undeniable urban influence, GINA NIESPODZIANI is the obvious choice for Best Local Artist Who's Seen the Light. Her music video "Moviekiss - The Light Bright Video" for local rock band Y.O.U. is a stop-motion animated delight, and has screened at multiple film fests around the country. She recently gave back to the local art scene with a large-scale mural at Sopo Bike Shop's Atlanta Task Force location to benefit Atlanta's Homeless Neighbors. My favorite, however, is still her "Bill Murray" pop-art print series, featuring five head shots from a variety of Murray's films, including Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Seriously, how awesome is that? www.pleaserock.com. less...

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

Annie Leibovitz Photographs

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Dave Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

Sara Speert

Best Theatre Premiere BOA Award Winner

Hank Kimmel's Shorts

Best Local Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

The Subliminator

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Krog Street Tunnel

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Vernon Jones
I'm a little disappointed that VERNON JONES didn't survive this year's Democratic runoff against Jim Martin. Martin, the less charismatic candidate, is the safer bet in the race against GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. But he won't provide near the entertainment factor that Jones would have. Jones has ambitionmore...
I'm a little disappointed that VERNON JONES didn't survive this year's Democratic runoff against Jim Martin. Martin, the less charismatic candidate, is the safer bet in the race against GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. But he won't provide near the entertainment factor that Jones would have. Jones has ambition and ego to spare. A lesser man would have long ago been broken by the controversy that seems to dog him at every turn. Instead of diminishing his desire to remain in public service, however, the constant imbroglios seem to spur him onward, toward higher aspirations. The latest of those, his run for U.S. Senate, was nothing short of quixotic. But I sort of admire him for going up against insurmountable odds. He deserves a pat on the back for attempting the impossible. less...

Best Arts Blog BOA Award Winner

Thought Marker Blog

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

Art Papers' Art Auction

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniel's Futureproof

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Shorts II- Brooks &Company Dance

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniels

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

Apache Cafe

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

Alexyss Tylor's Vagina Power

Best Advocate for the Arts BOA Award Winner

Lisa Cremin
When it comes to standing up for the arts in Atlanta, the key is putting your money where your mouth is. No one is in a better position to do that than LISA CREMIN, founding director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Supporters cite her uncanny ability to target specific needs among specific artsmore...
When it comes to standing up for the arts in Atlanta, the key is putting your money where your mouth is. No one is in a better position to do that than LISA CREMIN, founding director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Supporters cite her uncanny ability to target specific needs among specific arts organizations – more often in the small to midsize range – to prevent an arts community polarized into the haves and the have-nots. The feather in the cap: As a board member of the national Grantmakers in the Arts, Cremin was instrumental in helping bring the organization's annual convention to Atlanta in mid-October. Throw in MAAF's doling out $4.1 million to more than 60 Atlanta arts groups, and you have a true advocate for the arts. www.metroatlantaartsfund.org. less...

Best Changing of the Guard BOA Award Winner

Spruill Gallery & Gift Shop
Though we'll miss former Spruill Art Center exhibitions director Julia Fenton, we're excited to ring in the reign HOPE COHN. We love that she pulled together last spring's Breaking New Ground in a matter of weeks, assembling artists and ideas at a moment's notice, even having a new room built onto themore...
Though we'll miss former Spruill Art Center exhibitions director Julia Fenton, we're excited to ring in the reign HOPE COHN. We love that she pulled together last spring's Breaking New Ground in a matter of weeks, assembling artists and ideas at a moment's notice, even having a new room built onto the facility to house some of the works. We're also looking forward to the construction due to begin on Cohn's watch, which will expand the organization's facilities by several thousand square feet. These are exciting times for the out-of-the-way space. And no, we didn't miss the apt symbolism of Sarah Emerson's new mural gracing the gallery grounds – a cresting wave in a bright sea. less...

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Transformotion (Alliance Theatre)

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Splatter Cinema

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kajjers/2461078958/
More so than the average big Southern city, we've shown an increasing appreciation for the slasher movie, where buckets of blood bring bundles of entertainment. SPLATTER CINEMA recognizes the allure of gore, which makes the occasional film series so vital to the cultural scene. And these ain't just any movies from back in the day: Splatter goes after original and spruced-up 35 mm prints of such classics as Demons, I Drink Your Blood, Suspiria and The Thing, educating younger audiences while offering a stiff dose of nostalgia for the old school. www.myspace.com/splattercinema.

Best Passing of the Poet Gene BOA Award Winner

Theresa Davis
There's no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the '70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers' Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace's daughter THERESAmore...
There's no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the '70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers' Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace's daughter THERESA DAVIS is also making a name for herself. A socially aware poet who's also part of the party circuit, Davis is in demand at poetry slams, spoken-word nights and as an MC for community-awareness gatherings such as Eyedrum's Concrete Pandemonium. Thanks to Lovelace and Davis, the Atlanta poetry scene's become a family affair. www.theresa-davis.com. less...

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