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2011 Index of Winners


Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Taqueria Del Sol
And other metro Atlanta locations

Art exhibit in a gallery BOA Award Winner

Gone With the Twins, Paper Twins

Best comedy collective BOA Award Winner

The Beards of Comedy

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Get This! Gallery
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out ofmore...
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out of the back of the building. In the same way that Benjamin creates a laid-back feel in his immaculate space, he lends a sense of polish to emerging local artists, such as street art duo Paper Twins, when their works find a place on his walls. Jill Storthz's time-trippy Woodcuts and the Jiha Moon-curated printmaking survey Life Iconic rounded out a year of compelling exhibits. 662 11th St. 678-596-4451. getthisgallery.com. less...

Best local tv production with a license to kill BOA Award Winner

Floyd County Productions
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surgedmore...
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surged in its second season and has been renewed for a third. While "Archer's" voice actors, including "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Parnell and comedian Aisha Tyler, live out of town, the regulars include local actors Amber Nash and Lucky Yates. The Atlanta-based production proves that an independent animation studio like Floyd County Productions can deliver comic programming to take on Hollywood. fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/archer. less...

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting workmore...
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting work and consistent curatorial focus. MOCA GA's vital archiving program is building an expansive library of groundbreaking Georgia-based artists. But the Working Artist Project, which commissions work from artists such as monumental painter Xie Caomin and stylish filmmaker Micah Stansell, is the institution's crown jewel. 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. mocaga.org. less...

Best playwright BOA Award Winner

Pearl Cleage
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdidmore...
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdid herself with her latest play, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, a comedy that tweaks the hypocrisy of Montgomery's snobbish African-American families in 1964. The pitch-perfect screwball script, performed at the Alliance Theatre last fall, drags family secrets out into the open in a masterful combination of historical insight and comic timing. pearlcleage.net. less...

Book by a local author BOA Award Winner

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Comedy troupe BOA Award Winner

Beards of Comedy

Dance performance BOA Award Winner

Dance Truck's PLOT

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

Adrienne Eoley

Best karaoke BOA Award Winner

10 High Club

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Bonaventure Quartet

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Sara Crawford

Best 404 soul glo redux BOA Award Winner

Cee Lo Green
He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed him some unlikely buds (Gwyneth Paltrow?), a judge's spot on "The Voice," and his very own Fuse TV talk-show couch. ceelogreen.com.

Best ambient composers BOA Award Winner

Qurious
You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmosphericsmore...

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmospherics with a sense of sophistication that eludes the rest. Each song on the group's full-length 2010 debut, Planet Plant, slowly drifts through the ether with a celestial ambiance as massive and mysterious as the universe itself. It's a sound that gives new meaning to the word ambient. qurious.bandcamp.com.


Listen: Qurious "Another Language"

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Best Atlanta-bred song and dance BOA Award Winner

Beef It Up
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beefmore...
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beef it up/watch me funk it out," Pimpin Duke and Mechi Man chant over percolating keys and a raw, unrefined bass line. But it's the YouTube-ready dance that's garnered the low-budget video more than a million views. Need some Beef tips? Picture Fred Sanford on the verge of a heart attack, throw in some old-school swagger, a little improvisation (the shovel, the lawnmower, the Rodney King), and a stone-cold zombie-like facial expression. Stir and serve hot. youtube.com/thecharlieboygang. less...

Best dive bar BOA Award Winner

Morris Restaurant and Lounge

Best local overall act BOA Award Winner

Washed Out
We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shiftingmore...

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but also because Washed Out is at the vanguard of a new musical age. Greene's dreamy, disengaged music nods to our age of ephemera while subtly reproving it, an ever-shifting island in a miasmic sea of sensation. As for staying power, Greene's newly minted record deal with industry stronghold Sub Pop only affirms what those who have witnessed Washed Out's recent shows already know: This bedroom-pop blog darling has become quite the electro-fied entertainer. myspace.com/thebabeinthewoods.


Listen: Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed"

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Best high school BOA Award Winner

Henry W. Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Drive, 404-802-3001, www.gradyhighschool.org

Best progressive radio personality BOA Award Winner

DJ Tabone

Best response to city's anti-graffiti ordinance BOA Award Winner

'Is this better?'

Free annual event BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave NE, 404-817-6642, www.dogwood.org

Local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Usher

Non-commercial radio show BOA Award Winner

"All Things Considered" on 90.1 (WABE-FM)

Person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Beverly Hall

Rec league BOA Award Winner

GO Kickball

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

Inserection
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax

Best bootcamp BOA Award Winner

Operation Boot Camp

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