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Best Surf/Instrumental Band BOA Award Winner

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The Surge
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgencemore...
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgence of surf in the South. Now a bright new combo is reverbing through the area, hanging 10 on cool vintage equipment. THE SURGE is a trio led by surf-meister guitarist John McCorvey, who goes by the stage name “Eddie Katcher.” He’s joined by bassist “Mitch Matrix” and drummer “Stix Stechkin,” a veteran of Alabama’s legendary Penetrators. Surf’s up! less...

Best Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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Daniel Clay
DANIEL CLAY doesn’t travel the same dusty roads as folk shouters Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. His stark and stylish strumming and ominous songwriting offer a welcome sense of malevolence to the craft. Whether singing from the rooftop of the Mattress Factory Lofts or mesmerizing audiences at gallerymore...

DANIEL CLAY doesn’t travel the same dusty roads as folk shouters Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. His stark and stylish strumming and ominous songwriting offer a welcome sense of malevolence to the craft. Whether singing from the rooftop of the Mattress Factory Lofts or mesmerizing audiences at gallery shows with religious melancholy, Clay is a man in black, pursued by a cloud of the same color. He’s a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Only his voice will set him free.
www.purevolume.com/danielclay.

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Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Heather Luttrell
Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the bestmore...

Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the best Atlanta performers around. And besides, why should she be stuck singing Michael Hutchence songs at some crappy dive when her own new Grits N’ Pulp album is so much better. The single may be “Anything But Me,” but when this fiery redhead launches into tunes with titles like “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues (They Just Get Drunk),” she channels Janis, bests Bonnie Raitt and roars like the hyperactive lovechild of Ani Difranco and Social Distortion.
www.heathergrrrl.com.

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Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

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Charlie Brown

Best Actress other than Julia Roberts BOA Award Winner

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Dakota Fanning

Best Film Event BOA Award Winner

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Screen on the Green

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

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Seen Gallery

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage Theater Company

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

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Jewish Book Festival

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie

Best Local Blues Act BOA Award Winner

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The Breeze Kings

Best Local Country Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Sugarland

Best Local Electronic Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Aerial

Best Local Electronic Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Touchxtone

Best Local Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Rhinoctopus

Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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Little Country Giants

Best Local Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

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Outkast

Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

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Dixie Duncan

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

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Joe Gransden

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

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The Brilliant Inventions

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Echo Valve

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

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Tyler Perry

Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

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Peter Conlon

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

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Anthony David

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Echo Valve

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Marshall Seese

Best Local International/World Music Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Crumbling Arches

Best Local International/World Music Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

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Miguel Romero

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Amber Brooke

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

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Chris Kayser

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

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High Museum of Art

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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Regal Hollywood 24

Best Play BOA Award Winner

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Peachtree Battle - Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

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Art in Freedom Park

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Apache CafE

Best Graffiti/Guerilla Art BOA Award Winner

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Krog Street Tunnel

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

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Blondie

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

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The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

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Like a Dog on Linoleum - Leslie Jordan's one-man show

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

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Blue Collar TV

Best Visual Artist Over 30 BOA Award Winner

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Alli Royce Soble

Best Visual Artist Under 30 BOA Award Winner

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Theresa Brazen
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Best Local International/World Music Act BOA Award Winner

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TIE Crumbling Arches/Miguel Romero

Crumbling Arches www.crumblingarches.tk


Miguel Romero www.miguelromero.com

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

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Joe Gransden

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

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Blue Collar TV
The WB Network Thursdays, 8 p.m. www.warnerbros.com

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

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The Brilliant Inventions

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Echo Valve

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

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Karen Wurl
A terrific slam poet and winner of the 2005 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for new local writers, KAREN WURL debuted deliciously witty dark comedy Miss Macbeth at Power Plays, the 2005 Essential Theatre Festival. The pitch-perfect backstage satire mingled so cleverly with homages to “themore...
A terrific slam poet and winner of the 2005 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for new local writers, KAREN WURL debuted deliciously witty dark comedy Miss Macbeth at Power Plays, the 2005 Essential Theatre Festival. The pitch-perfect backstage satire mingled so cleverly with homages to “the Scottish Play” that the only tragedy of Miss Macbeth was that it needed to be longer — and how often can you say that about any play, let alone a new one? less...

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

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Anthony David

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

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Echo Valve

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Anna Kramer
ANNA KRAMER is a little lady with a great big guitar who has more in common with the Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons than anyone else. Her frayed jangle and twang meets country and rock and roll under the flag of the British invaders — a place where the old gods of guitar finesse dress likemore...
ANNA KRAMER is a little lady with a great big guitar who has more in common with the Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons than anyone else. Her frayed jangle and twang meets country and rock and roll under the flag of the British invaders — a place where the old gods of guitar finesse dress like mods and jam on Kinks songs. Whether going solo or performing with a revolving rhythm section of Selmanaires and A Fir-Ju Well members, Kramer struts a distinctive rock walk that transcends the singer/songwriter ghetto. less...

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

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Marshall Seese

Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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Little Country Giants

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

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Amber Brooke

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

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Chris Kayser

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

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High Museum of Art

Best Museum Makeover BOA Award Winner

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High Museum of Art
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART is hoping to pull some serious attendance with the Nov. 12 unveiling of its $130 million expansion designed by revered Italian architect Renzo Piano. Three new buildings linked to the original Richard Meier-designed museum will more than double the museum’s size. Expectmore...
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART is hoping to pull some serious attendance with the Nov. 12 unveiling of its $130 million expansion designed by revered Italian architect Renzo Piano. Three new buildings linked to the original Richard Meier-designed museum will more than double the museum’s size. Expect blockbuster crowds for the inaugural exhibition, a retrospective of the 88-year-old legend Andrew Wyeth. Let’s hope that what’s good for the High is good for the rest of Atlanta’s arts scene. less...

Best New Album BOA Award Winner

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Prom
Singer/songwriter Amy Ray began exploring self-image and social injustice with her bittersweet folk duo Indigo Girls. She continued with her first rebellious rock solo album, Stag, which featured a wealth of guest backup artists as she searched for stylistic footing along a gnarled backbone of rootsymore...

Singer/songwriter Amy Ray began exploring self-image and social injustice with her bittersweet folk duo Indigo Girls. She continued with her first rebellious rock solo album, Stag, which featured a wealth of guest backup artists as she searched for stylistic footing along a gnarled backbone of rootsy bristle. But with her sophomore full-length, PROM, Ray’s grown past her own awkward phase and sounds utterly confident in her songwriting and identity, delivering vignettes of surging struggle both melodic and crunchy, wrenching yet assuring.
www.daemonrecords.com/amy/.

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Best New Art Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

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Decatur
Galleries in the rising art hood of DECATUR run the gamut. Two new venues include the sleek Function Gallery, exhibiting a range of primitive and conceptual works with a shared folksy bent, and the hip New Street Gallery, showing work by local emerging artists. Backing up these new kids on the blockmore...
Galleries in the rising art hood of DECATUR run the gamut. Two new venues include the sleek Function Gallery, exhibiting a range of primitive and conceptual works with a shared folksy bent, and the hip New Street Gallery, showing work by local emerging artists. Backing up these new kids on the block are the more established galleries that have already made the Atlanta suburb an art destination, including Vinson Gallery and the Temple Gallery on the Decatur Square, the Seen Gallery in Oakhurst and the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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Romo Gallery
With a nose for cutting-edge artists and a willingness to take chances, Sam Romo’s eponymous venue, ROMO GALLERY, has added a fresh new conceptual-art voice to the growing energy of the Castleberry Hill art district. The gallery’s recent shows by outside-Atlanta artists, such as Workingmore...
With a nose for cutting-edge artists and a willingness to take chances, Sam Romo’s eponymous venue, ROMO GALLERY, has added a fresh new conceptual-art voice to the growing energy of the Castleberry Hill art district. The gallery’s recent shows by outside-Atlanta artists, such as Working Artists in Brooklyn and photographer Yoshio Itagaki’s solo show, indicate a rising national interest in artwork addressing the intersections of technology and biology with media and folklore, which should only deepen and evolve over time. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing

Best New Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Tenement Halls
The Rock*A*Teens had a ragged, reverberating wail that was easy to imagine cascading down the time-tattered streets of Cabbagetown. That sound had much to do with the vocals of singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Lopez, who continues the world-weary tradition in his new band, TENEMENT HALLS. Lopez’smore...

The Rock*A*Teens had a ragged, reverberating wail that was easy to imagine cascading down the time-tattered streets of Cabbagetown. That sound had much to do with the vocals of singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Lopez, who continues the world-weary tradition in his new band, TENEMENT HALLS. Lopez’s gently frayed voice quavers just barely above the spooks that taunt him, and his sly, spry melodies recall facets of the Kinks and Elvis Costello. While scratchy and mesmeric organs and jangly guitars warble moodily, Lopez paints scenarios of desperate, tired narrators.
www.mergerecords.com.

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Best New Play Incubator BOA Award Winner

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Alliance Theatre
You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanksmore...

You usually see hot new plays emerge from little black box theaters, not a city’s biggest playhouse. But this year, the ALLIANCE THEATRE served as a launching pad for two big, Broadway-bound, Southern-themed world premieres: The Color Purple musical and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Plus, thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Kendeda Fund, the Alliance permanently established its Graduate Playwriting Competition to develop bold new works like the Cuban melodrama Day of the Kings. The Alliance did more than pay lip service to the idea that new plays deserve resources.
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.

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Best Off-Peachtree Museum BOA Award Winner

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Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Best Out of Town Play BOA Award Winner

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The Mystery of Chung Ling Soo
By booking midsized touring shows, 14th Street Playhouse has tapped into a huge Atlanta audience and attracted such appealing one-man plays as Leslie Jordan’s Like a Dog on Linoleum and Charles Ross’ One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. Nevertheless, the most ingenious, robustly theatrical eventmore...
By booking midsized touring shows, 14th Street Playhouse has tapped into a huge Atlanta audience and attracted such appealing one-man plays as Leslie Jordan’s Like a Dog on Linoleum and Charles Ross’ One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. Nevertheless, the most ingenious, robustly theatrical event from out of town turned out to be THE MYSTERY OF CHUNG LING SOO at the 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre. New York’s Flying Carpet Theatre paid homage to Houdini-era illusionists and the golden age of magic in an intimate, inventive show that left audiences mesmerized. less...

Best Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Blame Game
Any given performance from BLAME GAME offers a glimpse of a group driving toward complex, tonal perfection. Along with bassist Chris Ware, guitarists/vocalists George Asimakos and Andrew Wiggins construct a grid of gigantic arches that are pounded into place by drummer Alex Lambert’s swaggermore...

Any given performance from BLAME GAME offers a glimpse of a group driving toward complex, tonal perfection. Along with bassist Chris Ware, guitarists/vocalists George Asimakos and Andrew Wiggins construct a grid of gigantic arches that are pounded into place by drummer Alex Lambert’s swagger from rapid-fire precision to loose improvisation. On stage, Lambert and Ware are stationed front and center while the rest of the group follows their extravagant hybrid of jazz and hardcore. Stage presence, wardrobe and personality are secondary to the shimmering and ever-thickening sounds of a group that relies on the chemistry of intellect.
www.sunrevolver.org/blamegame/.

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Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe
The old brick building is rough and raw, but the gem-colored fancy drinks are smooth and refined at the APACHE CAFE. All preceding adjectives (except “old”) also apply to the poets at Free Forum Xchange’s Sunday open-mic night as they sing their syncopated serenades to praisemore...
The old brick building is rough and raw, but the gem-colored fancy drinks are smooth and refined at the APACHE CAFE. All preceding adjectives (except “old”) also apply to the poets at Free Forum Xchange’s Sunday open-mic night as they sing their syncopated serenades to praise pussies and political power, and twist their words with a jester’s intent. They’re lovers of language all. less...

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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Regal Hollywood 24
3265 Northeast Expressway, Chamblee 800-326-3264 www.regalcinemas.com

Best Place to See a Play BOA Award Winner

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Balzer Theatre
The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzermore...

The Atlanta theater scene’s most impressive newcomer of the past year wasn’t a person but a place. Theatrical Outfit’s new permanent home, the 200-seat BALZER THEATRE, boasts a slick art deco design, a huge stage, a great sound system and not a bad seat in the house. The Balzer Theatre gives skittish audiences more than enough reason to venture downtown so long as Theatrical Outfit stages shows such as Hank Williams: Lost Highway that live up to it.
84 Luckie St. 404-651-4727. www.theatricaloutfit.org.

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Best Play BOA Award Winner

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Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Poetry Slam Series BOA Award Winner

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Poetry Atlanta
For several years now, one of the greatest cities for spoken word poetry failed to field a team for the National Slam Competition, but Atlanta is once again sending its finest slammers to the big game thanks to a series of lively local slam competitions at Java Monkey, organized by big-haired beatnikmore...

For several years now, one of the greatest cities for spoken word poetry failed to field a team for the National Slam Competition, but Atlanta is once again sending its finest slammers to the big game thanks to a series of lively local slam competitions at Java Monkey, organized by big-haired beatnik Kodac Harrison of POETRY ATLANTA, the community development extension of the Atlanta Review.
205 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-5002. www.poetryatlanta.com.

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Best Promising Young Artist BOA Award Winner

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Heidi Geldhauser
Though she's still just a pup, recent Atlanta College of Art grad HEIDI GELDHAUSER really goes out on a limb. Her thesis exhibition, Fluff, at ACA's Gallery 100, featured an installation of wedding cake and plates that invited her audience to participate in the art experience, which provoked an unexpectedmore...
Though she's still just a pup, recent Atlanta College of Art grad HEIDI GELDHAUSER really goes out on a limb. Her thesis exhibition, Fluff, at ACA's Gallery 100, featured an installation of wedding cake and plates that invited her audience to participate in the art experience, which provoked an unexpected reaction from gallery-goers. Some were content to just eat cake, but in a troubling turn, others vandalized the installation and smashed dozens of plates. Geldhauser's implicit question of just what constitutes art was clearly provocative, even threatening to some. In a concurrent show, The Future Perfect featuring work by graduating ACA students, Geldhauser challenged convention yet again by making a wonderfully clever and labor-intensive work that suggested the Sistine Chapel done by a fourth-grader. Clearly ambitious, Geldhauser is currently at work on a follow-up work addressing myth and fantasy. less...

Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

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Peter Conlon
Peter Conlon Presents www.peterconlonpresents.com

Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

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Alex Weiss
The concert business has gone from bad to worse in terms of customer exploitation through ticket brokers and price gouging, and the industry has suffered as a consequence. Fortunately for Atlanta, we have guys like ALEX WEISS who are willing to do whatever it takes to bring in decent acts for the rightmore...

The concert business has gone from bad to worse in terms of customer exploitation through ticket brokers and price gouging, and the industry has suffered as a consequence. Fortunately for Atlanta, we have guys like ALEX WEISS who are willing to do whatever it takes to bring in decent acts for the right reason: the love of music. After booking the Echo Lounge for several years, Weiss now mans his own company, OK Productions. His recent ventures include annual events like the Elvis Death Day show at Variety Playhouse, Drive Invasion at Starlight Six Drive-In, as well as booking Brian Jonestown Massacre and Japanese acts like Guitar Wolf and the 5,6,7,8’s at the Earl.
www.okproductions.net.

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Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Park

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

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Freedom Park
Though the range of work in the summer-long ART IN FREEDOM PARK exhibition ran the gamut from so-so to sublime, it was nice to see this grassroots effort (and a laudable involvement by the Freedom Park Conservancy) in trying to bring art out of the galleries and to the folk who bike, jog and sauntermore...

Though the range of work in the summer-long ART IN FREEDOM PARK exhibition ran the gamut from so-so to sublime, it was nice to see this grassroots effort (and a laudable involvement by the Freedom Park Conservancy) in trying to bring art out of the galleries and to the folk who bike, jog and saunter through the 210-acre greenspace. Notable pieces include Meshakai Wolf’s faux animal-crossing road signs warning of citified critters like squirrel and opossum on the roadways; Linda Stern‘s politically charged and user-friendly “Hammocks for the Homeless” made of construction site material; and Phil Proctor’s bright yellow metal sculpture that looks like metal origami plunked into the middle of the park. The Conservancy’s dedication to public art continued last month with the installation of folk artist Thornton Dial’s sculpture “The Bridge,” the largest piece of public art ever created by the artist. The work, at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway, sits on the John Lewis Plaza dedicated to the civil rights legacy of that beloved U.S. Representative.
The cross-shaped park runs from DeKalb Avenue to Ponce de Leon Avenue, from Boulevard to Oakdale Road. www.artinfreedompark.org. www.freedompark.org.

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Best R&B/Soul act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Slick & Rose

Best Snacks Served at a Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cake
We’re pretty sure we would have enjoyed the dancing even without the woman who walked the aisles serving us from a tray laden with jars of frosting and plastic spoons, not to mention the little pastry cooked up live on stage in an EZ-Bake Oven in the time it took one dancer to perform a shortmore...

We’re pretty sure we would have enjoyed the dancing even without the woman who walked the aisles serving us from a tray laden with jars of frosting and plastic spoons, not to mention the little pastry cooked up live on stage in an EZ-Bake Oven in the time it took one dancer to perform a short transition work. The Zoetic Dance Ensemble never fails to throw a good party ... er, performance, and this year’s CAKE, held at the hip Nickel and Dime Studios in Avondale Estates, was no exception. The snacks were just the frosting on the ... (oh, come on, you knew we had to go there).
678-966-0253. www.zoeticdance.org.

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Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Sugar
Stripper-turned-actress White Chocolate may get the lion’s share of attention in the media, but Strokers’ other superstar dancer, SUGAR, is truly the best at what she does. Visit the Clarkston club and chances are you’ll be sold on her around-the-way-girl personality on themore...

Stripper-turned-actress White Chocolate may get the lion’s share of attention in the media, but Strokers’ other superstar dancer, SUGAR, is truly the best at what she does. Visit the Clarkston club and chances are you’ll be sold on her around-the-way-girl personality on the floor and her bombastic pole skills on stage. Oh, and she looks good nekkid, too.
Strokers Club, 1353 Brockett Road, Clarkston. 770-270-0350. www.strokersclub.com.

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Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Blondie

Best Surf/Instrumental Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Surge
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgencemore...
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgence of surf in the South. Now a bright new combo is reverbing through the area, hanging 10 on cool vintage equipment. THE SURGE is a trio led by surf-meister guitarist John McCorvey, who goes by the stage name “Eddie Katcher.” He’s joined by bassist “Mitch Matrix” and drummer “Stix Stechkin,” a veteran of Alabama’s legendary Penetrators. Surf’s up! less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Like a Dog on Linoleum
Leslie Jordan’s one-man show www.brotherboy.com

Best Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Daniel Clay
DANIEL CLAY doesn’t travel the same dusty roads as folk shouters Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. His stark and stylish strumming and ominous songwriting offer a welcome sense of malevolence to the craft. Whether singing from the rooftop of the Mattress Factory Lofts or mesmerizing audiences at gallerymore...

DANIEL CLAY doesn’t travel the same dusty roads as folk shouters Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. His stark and stylish strumming and ominous songwriting offer a welcome sense of malevolence to the craft. Whether singing from the rooftop of the Mattress Factory Lofts or mesmerizing audiences at gallery shows with religious melancholy, Clay is a man in black, pursued by a cloud of the same color. He’s a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Only his voice will set him free.
www.purevolume.com/danielclay.

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Best Visual Artist Over 30 BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Alli Royce Soble

Best Visual Artist Under 30 BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Theresa Brazen

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Heather Luttrell
Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the bestmore...

Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the best Atlanta performers around. And besides, why should she be stuck singing Michael Hutchence songs at some crappy dive when her own new Grits N’ Pulp album is so much better. The single may be “Anything But Me,” but when this fiery redhead launches into tunes with titles like “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues (They Just Get Drunk),” she channels Janis, bests Bonnie Raitt and roars like the hyperactive lovechild of Ani Difranco and Social Distortion.
www.heathergrrrl.com.

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Best Alternative Art Space BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
National Black Arts Festival

Best Art Exhibition BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Van Gogh to Mondrian- High Museum of Art

Best Local Band to Break Up BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Californias


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