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2009 Index of Winners

Best lesbian bar BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bellissima
560B-Amsterdam Ave., 404-917-0220, www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge

Best local folk act BOA Award Winner

The Wild
The tree-hugging post-hippies of the ’80s stripped folk music of its bite in a way that surely caused Woody Guthrie to do back flips in his grave. Nobody understands that more than the kids in THE WILD. Such jittery, electric/acoustic folk-punk ballads as "We Will Drive These Warlords Out" andmore...
The tree-hugging post-hippies of the ’80s stripped folk music of its bite in a way that surely caused Woody Guthrie to do back flips in his grave. Nobody understands that more than the kids in THE WILD. Such jittery, electric/acoustic folk-punk ballads as "We Will Drive These Warlords Out" and "We Shall Overcome" are filled with gritty, ideological tales of hardship and determination, performed with fortitude and finesse. www.myspace.com/thewildatl. less...

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra
Unwilling to settle for restaurant gigs spent politely playing jazz standards, THE 4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA demonstrates a formidable balance of African-inspired rhythms and Yiddish inflections. The group’s original compositions, under the direction of trumpeter Roger Ruzow, are a barragemore...
Unwilling to settle for restaurant gigs spent politely playing jazz standards, THE 4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA demonstrates a formidable balance of African-inspired rhythms and Yiddish inflections. The group’s original compositions, under the direction of trumpeter Roger Ruzow, are a barrage of disciplined, baroque big-band numbers that evoke the sights and sounds of South Africa, Israel … and Cabbagetown. That sense of old-world style mixes with humor that's both classy and rollicking to produce an old-world sound, attitude and direction. www.afroklezmermusic.com. less...

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Nophi Recordings

www.nophi.net


Runners-up: Tie
Douchemaster Records
www.douchemasterrecords.blogspot.com
and
So So Def Recordings
www.myspace.com/sosodefmusic

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

SMKA's The 808 Experiment, Vol. 1

www.thesmkaexperience.com


Runner-up
B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray
www.myspace.com/bobatl

Best local music video with an elegant flair BOA Award Winner

"Black and White"
The whole year long, Brittany Bosco dripped sweat on stages from Chicago to San Francisco and back promoting Spectrum — her independently released debut EP packaged in gold Bubble Wrap. But her most memorable performance comes in the three minutes and 21 seconds of the BangPop-produced videomore...
The whole year long, Brittany Bosco dripped sweat on stages from Chicago to San Francisco and back promoting Spectrum — her independently released debut EP packaged in gold Bubble Wrap. But her most memorable performance comes in the three minutes and 21 seconds of the BangPop-produced video for "BLACK AND WHITE." A haunting visual display, it highlights Bosco's subtler side and her smoldering, Sarah Vaughan-like vocal textures in a way barely hinted at onstage. Accompanied by naked piano keys, Bosco laments her forlorn lover while the camera taunts and teases her with tightly framed black-and-white shots and soft fades. She pulls off the nod to film noir without any unintended hokeyness, and instead perfectly embodies the era when ladies sang the blues wearing long, white satin gloves. And when she gently caresses her collarbone and lifts her doe eyes to the camera, it appears that the lost art of sophistication is on the come-up once more. www.myspace.com/brittanybosco. less...

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Attention System

Best local overall music act BOA Award Winner

Black Lips

www.black-lips.com


Runner-up
Nerd Parade
www.nerdparade.net

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

OK Productions

www.okproductions.net


Runner-up
Dude City Productions
myspace.com/dudecityproductions

Best place to hear music for free BOA Award Winner

Runners-up
Tie
Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-4024, www.piedmontpark.org
and
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., 404-215-9511, www.criminalatl.com

Best sign that cock rock is back BOA Award Winner

Whores
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.”more...
Bearing witness to a WHORES show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle. The guitar,-bass-and-drum trio's brand of precision metal summons forth all sorts of macho emotions in such songs as “Daddy's Money” and “Shower Time.” But just when the vulgar display of power becomes too heavy for the faint of heart, drummer Travis Owen throws them a middle finger. He then proceeds to bounce his drumstick on the floor, catch it, twirl and shoot another bird in one fluid motion that would make even Diamond Dave want to play drums. www.myspace.com/whoresmusic. less...

Best trivia night BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Joe's on Juniper
1049 Juniper St., 404-875-6634, www.joesatlanta.com


Best urban music club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
MJQ Concourse
736 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-870-0575, www.myspace.com/mjqconcourse

Best answer to Atlanta's problems that's still decades away BOA Award Winner

Beltline
Regular CL readers know that we love us some BELTLINE. It’s always Beltline this, Beltline that, Beltline cure for cancer, etc. There’s just one hitch: It doesn’t exactly exist yet — and won’t for years to come. The city recently inked some land deals in themore...
Regular CL readers know that we love us some BELTLINE. It’s always Beltline this, Beltline that, Beltline cure for cancer, etc. There’s just one hitch: It doesn’t exactly exist yet — and won’t for years to come. The city recently inked some land deals in the southwest quadrant, but half the Beltline property has yet to be acquired and some of it is still being used for freight traffic. City poobahs say the Beltline will have full-on light-rail transit, but many skeptics believe it simply will be a greenway and bike path. And the financing proposals are more than a little shaky. So, what’s the Beltline ever done for us? Well, it gives us something to hope for and dream about — it gives us a reason to believe that, someday, Atlanta will be a better place.www.beltline.org. less...

Best country music radio station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5 (WKHK-FM)

Runner-up
94.9 The Bull (WUBL-FM)
1819 Peachtree Road, Suite 700, 404-875-8080, www.bullatlanta.com

Best grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Atlantans Together Against Crime (ATAC)

Best jazz radio station BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
107.5 (WJZZ-FM)
101 Marietta St., 404-765-9750, www.smoothjazzwjzz.com

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

Decatur Metro
Frustrated that metro Atlanta's most walkable burg didn't have its own daily news source, the quasi-anonymous resident behind DECATUR METRO decided to take matters into his own hands. Little did he know that his first post in September 2007 would give birth to the city's most prolific news source. Halfmore...
Frustrated that metro Atlanta's most walkable burg didn't have its own daily news source, the quasi-anonymous resident behind DECATUR METRO decided to take matters into his own hands. Little did he know that his first post in September 2007 would give birth to the city's most prolific news source. Half community newsletter, half sounding board for city issues, Decatur Metro is hyperlocal to the core. Daily posts — which are really closer to conversations — have probed the enigmatic aroma that wafts through Your DeKalb Farmers Market, protested the strange garbage juice leaking from a downtown Dumpster, and even veered into coverage about the city's school system and annexation proposals. The site has become such a destination that even city officials chime in on discussions and answer questions. For his nose for news, clever writing, and creating a needed community, we raise a glass of the Brick Store’s finest. www.decaturmetro.com. less...

Best local personality to follow on Twitter BOA Award Winner

Whynatte

twitter.com/whynatte


Runner-up
Neal Boortz
twitter.com/Talkmaster

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Kwanza Hall
Local elected officials — especially in Georgia — usually have to push a resolution proclaiming President Obama the Antichrist if they want to get their constituents’ attention. So give credit to ATLANTA CITY COUNCILMAN KWANZA HALL for reaching out, many times via his Blackberry.more...
Local elected officials — especially in Georgia — usually have to push a resolution proclaiming President Obama the Antichrist if they want to get their constituents’ attention. So give credit to ATLANTA CITY COUNCILMAN KWANZA HALL for reaching out, many times via his Blackberry. Thanks to an ability seemingly to be several places at once — due partly to his 140-character missives to the Twitterverse — the business development director has managed to achieve the unachievable: actually get residents in his district to care and become more engaged. The first-term councilman's been a tireless advocate for his historic and gentrifying district, which includes Poncey-Highland, Auburn Avenue and the eastern edge of Cabbagetown. And as a member of City Council's finance and executive committee, he's on the team that's set to unravel Atlanta's messy budget situation. It's no wonder that Hall, whom city political observers say is destined for higher office, is running unopposed for a second term. apps.atlantaga.gov/citycouncil/bios/2.htm. less...

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

braves.mlb.com


Runner-up
Atlanta Falcons
www.atlantafalcons.com

Best local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

David O' Brien, ajc.com

Runner-up
Richard Elliot, Channel 2/WSB-TV
www.wsbtv.com

Best mountain escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

Runner-up
Asheville, N.C.

Best neighborhood to live in BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Runner-up
Virginia-Highland
www.virginiahighland.com

Best overall radio station BOA Award Winner

www.gsu.edu/~www885


Runner-up
90.1 (WABE-FM)
740 Bismark Road N.E., 678-686-0321, www.pba.org

Best people you hate to love BOA Award Winner

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Runner-up
Neal Boortz

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

John Oxendine
We all knew he had goofy hair and was a terrible driver. But until JOHN OXENDINE began running for governor, we didn’t realize just what kind of Christian conservative whack-job our state insurance commissioner seems to be. Since he launched his campaign, Oxendine has publicly opposed Sundaymore...
We all knew he had goofy hair and was a terrible driver. But until JOHN OXENDINE began running for governor, we didn’t realize just what kind of Christian conservative whack-job our state insurance commissioner seems to be. Since he launched his campaign, Oxendine has publicly opposed Sunday alcohol sales; proposed that MARTA be privatized; made a video in which he promises to run Planned Parenthood out of business; advocated Georgia’s secession from the United States; and plumbed new depths of banality through Twitter. Favorite Ox tweet: “We finished the nursery for baby Jake. The room is Confederate Gray. Reminds me of why I am running.” Were they out of Antebellum Apricot at Pottery Barn Kids? Anyway, with each fresh lunacy, the Ox has become the most entertaining Georgia political figure since former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, and is certain to keep us smiling — until we actually have to go to the polls. www.johnoxendine.com. less...

Best pretentious place in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

www.buckhead.org


Runner-up
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road N.E., www.simon.com

Best private-school education for public-school cost BOA Award Winner

It's no surprise why Atlanta parents are always angling to send their child to HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL in Midtown. Named after the pioneering Atlanta Constitution editor who urged progress through cooperation after the Civil War, Grady High School prides itself on diversity, educational offeringsmore...
It's no surprise why Atlanta parents are always angling to send their child to HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL in Midtown. Named after the pioneering Atlanta Constitution editor who urged progress through cooperation after the Civil War, Grady High School prides itself on diversity, educational offerings and a faculty so beloved you'd think parents wanted to adopt the teachers as well. More than 62 percent of its student body is African-American, and 91 of the last school year's 234 graduates came from economically disadvantaged homes. Its well-regarded magnet program hammers the importance and power of communications and journalism, and a health science career academy introduces students to a promising field. And while disparities do exist among students' testing scores, this intown gem is a public-education standout that believes in giving the city's children the tools they need. srt5.atlantapublicschools.us/grady/site/default.asp. less...

Best slice of prime-time schadenfreude BOA Award Winner

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Say what you will about Bravo's "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA" — they've kept the city (or more specifically, Duluth) in the national media spotlight. The housewives — former Xscape singer Kandi Burruss, obligatory-wife-of-an-athlete Lisa Wu Hartwell, socialite NeNe Leakes, divorceemore...
Say what you will about Bravo's "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA" — they've kept the city (or more specifically, Duluth) in the national media spotlight. The housewives — former Xscape singer Kandi Burruss, obligatory-wife-of-an-athlete Lisa Wu Hartwell, socialite NeNe Leakes, divorcee and would-be designer Sheree Whitfield, and "country singer"/wig lover Kim Zolciak — ferry themselves to parties, charity events and restaurants while offering up varying degrees of fabulosity, vanity and over-the-top interpersonal relations. (Burruss, a new addition to the cast and a Grammy-winning songwriter who co-wrote "No Scrubs" for TLC, seems egregiously grounded. Here's hoping she catfights someone in a fountain by season's end.) The franchise is founded on two principles: Shiny things are better when they're expensive, and oblivious people make wonderful television. www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta. less...

Best uplifting local news story BOA Award Winner

Cabbagetown post-tornado

Runner-up
Jenn Hobby's dog

Filthy Pick: Best way to explore the city without spending a dime BOA Award Winner

Bike culture
Atlanta has always been known as a car-centric city. And with its endless hills, dangerous intersections and crazy drivers, it’s never been a particularly hospitable place for cyclists. Yet, despite all hindrances, BIKE CULTURE persists and even thrives here. And it’s not simply spandex-cladmore...
Atlanta has always been known as a car-centric city. And with its endless hills, dangerous intersections and crazy drivers, it’s never been a particularly hospitable place for cyclists. Yet, despite all hindrances, BIKE CULTURE persists and even thrives here. And it’s not simply spandex-clad racers or gear-headed mountain bikers taking to the streets. The current two-wheel craze has become a low-tech, egalitarian social movement that embraces all kinds of bikes — three-speeds, fixies, cruisers, road bikes, junkers — for the purpose of riding for recreation and basic transportation. Neighborhood rides have become commonplace all across the city, most notably the monthly Critical Mass gatherings, in which sometimes hundreds of riders take over the streets of downtown Atlanta. Because that’s how we roll. less...

Rich Pick: Best place to commune with nature BOA Award Winner

The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek —more...
The most beautiful — and predictably, the most tourist-heavy — of the local parks, SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK is still best experienced by leaving aside the official trails and activities. With nine miles of hiking, it isn't hard to set your own path. For the athletic, the creek — especially post-rainfall — makes for an excellent kayaking run. For a more peaceful Sweetwater experience, there's usually ducks to feed along the reservoir, not to mention multiple docks for fishing. And while not technically a part of nature, the New Manchester Manufacturing Co., a textile mill burned during the Civil War, connects the site to the area's conflicted history and provides an imposing spot to take photos, have a picnic, or use as a landmark during treks. 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871. www.gastateparks.org/info/sweetwater. less...

Best affordable caterer for impressing your foodie friends BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to passmore...
If you’re looking for a spread that’s beautifully presented and masterfully executed yet doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with ENDIVE FINE CATERING. The menu revolves around elegantly simple dishes, plated in a classy but organic way, that are sure to pass the muster of even the fussiest food snob. Think watermelon-mozzarella-balsamic brochettes, Roqeufort pizza with duck confit and fig preserves, and mini lamb chops with mint pesto — at a price well below comparable competitors. There’s no skimping on service, either. The unpretentious and attentive staff, headed by chef/owner Drew Ihrig, will impress your guests as much as the food will. 1468 Mecaslin St. 404-504-9040. www.endiveatlanta.com. less...

Best barbershop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
American Haircuts
20 10th St., Suite 100, 404-407-3227
11255 Woodstock Road, Suite 300, Roswell, 770-998-3610
americanhaircuts.com

Best boutique for dropping obscene amounts of cash BOA Award Winner

Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens.more...
Its sister store in Manhattan is such a landmark of trendiness that it’s been lauded by Time Out and lampooned on “SNL,” but JEFFREY ATLANTA is best known for bringing the season’s must-have frocks, shoes and accessories to Atlanta’s well-heeled fashion mavens. Between items by Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy and YSL, if you can’t manage to drop a small fortune at this Phipps Plaza mega-boutique, then you haven’t been trying. You may not be able to eat or pay rent after shopping at Jeffrey, but we guarantee you’ll be the best-dressed gal at the shelter. 3500 Peachtree Road. 404-237-9000. www.jeffreynewyork.com. less...

Best cigar store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Buckhead Cigar Bar
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 304, 404-844-0400, www.buckheadcigarlounge.com

Best cooking classes BOA Award Winner

The Cook's Warehouse

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Viking Cooking School
1745 Peachtree St., 404-745-9064, www.vikingschool.com

Best cosmetics BOA Award Winner

Sephora

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
MAC Cosmetics
3393 Peachtree Road, 404-231-9311, www.maccosmetics.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best furniture for hip trust-funders BOA Award Winner

If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead,more...
If you get ditzy for Danish Modern or go nuts for Knoll, then CITY ISSUE is your one-stop shop for furnishing your loft with a stylish, mid-century vibe. Sectional sofas, teak cocktail cabinets and funky Lucite lamps? Check, check and check. The store, expanded since relocating to Inman Park from Buckhead, also carries colorful vintage rugs, abstract paintings from the ’50s and such vital home accessories as rocket-shaped seltzer bottles and space-age table-top planters. If you’re into names, how about Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, and a bunch of guys with names like Jens and Hans? There’s something to be said for living in the past. 325 Elizabeth St. 678-999-9075. www.cityissue.com. less...

Best garden shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Habersham Gardens
2067 Manchester St., 404-873-2484, www.habershamgardens.com

Best gay-themed store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Brushstrokes
1510 Piedmont Ave., #J, 404-876-6567, www.brushstrokesatlanta.com

Best gun store BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club
6190 Parkway North Drive, Cumming, 678-965-5504, www.bullseyemarksman.com

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

Laundry Lounge

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best natural hair salon BOA Award Winner

Sweetgrass Wellness Spring

Runner-up
Oh My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St., 404-221-8900, www.ohmynappyhair.com

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Cash America Pawn
1202 Moreland Ave., 404-627-6464, www.cashamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Piercing Experience
1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Emily Christianson
www.coreatl.com

Best place to get champagne out of your silk suit BOA Award Winner

Modern Specialty Dry Cleaning
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundrymore...
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundry services. Red wine sloshed on a wedding gown? Yep. Bourbon splashed on an Armani jacket? Uh-huh. Caviar unceremoniously dumped on pale suede stilettos? Sure. Blood splattered on the white upholstery of your vintage ride? We won’t go there. 3833 Roswell Road. 404-261-1971. modernhandclean.com. less...

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