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2011 Index of Winners


Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Best local art beef BOA Award Winner

World Wide Arts Federation art battles
The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk Hogan era of the World Wrestling Federation, WWAF puts swagger and showmanship on display for alter ego artist throwdowns. Artists such as Fahamu Pecou,more...
The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk Hogan era of the World Wrestling Federation, WWAF puts swagger and showmanship on display for alter ego artist throwdowns. Artists such as Fahamu Pecou, Michi Meko, CP the Artist Palmer, Grace Kisa, Charly Palmer and more dress as gangstas, psycho killers and martial arts mercenaries to talk trash, face off on canvas and be judged Roman coliseum style by a frenzied crowd at Stuart McClean Gallery. Not to be outdone by his peers, Williams dives into the action, too, alternating between two alter egos: the pimptastic Occasional Superstar and trench-coated masked man Exacto. Whatcha gonna do, when the WWAF runs wild on you? thewwaf.com. less...

Best rising theatre company BOA Award Winner

Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre
Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them when they relocated to Atlanta in 2010. Since last year's inaugural production of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, Pinch 'N' Ouch has set a high standardmore...
Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them when they relocated to Atlanta in 2010. Since last year's inaugural production of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty, Pinch 'N' Ouch has set a high standard in delivering impassioned productions of sharp, trendy scripts such as Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero and Stephen Belber's Tape. Named after a term coined by famed acting coach Sanford Meisner, Pinch 'N' Ouch nudges the Atlanta theater scene with its youthful enthusiasm. pnotheatre.org. less...

Best theatrical experiment BOA Award Winner

Group Intelligence
In recent years, live theater has tried to tap the excitement over digital technology, social networking and other trends with the potential to change the world. In the spring, the always-innovative Out of Hand Theatre, collaborating with Dutch theatrical ensemble the Lunatics, presented the "mass MP3more...
In recent years, live theater has tried to tap the excitement over digital technology, social networking and other trends with the potential to change the world. In the spring, the always-innovative Out of Hand Theatre, collaborating with Dutch theatrical ensemble the Lunatics, presented the "mass MP3 experiment" Group Intelligence. Held on Emory's campus and at Centennial Park, the events used MP3 recordings to give the audience/participants instructions to do crazy stunts, contemplate their place in the universe and come together for complex tasks. Like a flash mob with a message of environmental sustainability, Group Intelligence pushed the boundaries of traditional theater. outofhandtheater.com. less...

Film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Local arts blog BOA Award Winner

Burnaway

Local author BOA Award Winner

Emily Giffin

Local comedian BOA Award Winner

Vinny Bucci

Public art event BOA Award Winner

Living Walls, the City Speaks

Touring play BOA Award Winner


Best cover band BOA Award Winner

Yacht Rock Review

Best gay-themed night BOA Award Winner

The ManShaft

Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Joe McGuinness

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Best sex club BOA Award Winner

Trapeze

Best DJ to lose your cool to BOA Award Winner

Martina McFlyy

Best event space-turned-dubstep destination BOA Award Winner

King Plow Arts Center
When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned electro acts such as Mount Kimbie. Sizable enough to accommodate impressive laser shows and large dance crowds, King Plow even hasmore...
When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned electro acts such as Mount Kimbie. Sizable enough to accommodate impressive laser shows and large dance crowds, King Plow even has an overflow space perfect for those who need to put the flashing lights on pause. 887 W. Marietta St. 404-885-9933. kingplow.com. less...

Best karaoke for closet freaks BOA Award Winner

Karaoke Melody

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Ben Allen

BEST MTV-approved arena rock BOA Award Winner

Manchester Orchestra
On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none of that compares to the band selling out its first Tabernacle show last May. Welcome home, boys; you've finally arrived. themanchesterorchestra.com.more...
On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none of that compares to the band selling out its first Tabernacle show last May. Welcome home, boys; you've finally arrived. themanchesterorchestra.com. less...

Best elementary school BOA Award Winner

Mary Lin Elementary School
586 Candler Park Drive, 404-802-3200, www.marylinelementary.com

Best new (born) thing in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Zoo babies

Best new thing in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park
Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, city officials partnered with the Atlanta Beltine to create the Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park between City Hall East andmore...
Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, city officials partnered with the Atlanta Beltine to create the Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park between City Hall East and Freedom Parkway. Totaling more than 17 acres, the greenspace opened in February and combines ponds, paths, waterfalls, a rock-filled streambed, a mini-amphitheatre and snazzy playgrounds, giving an up-and-coming neighborhood another reason to be proud. A block south, visitors will find a multi-use field and the city's first-ever public skate park. The 15,000-square-foot facility, equipped with deep bowls, sharp curbs and smooth ramps, has been jam-packed with skateboarders of all ages since its opening in mid-June. 680 Dallas St. 404-590-7275. h4wpc.com. less...

Best political theater BOA Award Winner

State Senate

Best public bus route BOA Award Winner

MARTA's No. 2 bus

Georgia beach retreat BOA Award Winner

Tybee Island

Landmark BOA Award Winner

Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, 404-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Local hero BOA Award Winner

Danger Woman

Local political figure BOA Award Winner

Kasim Reed

Local sports radio show BOA Award Winner

Chuck and Chernoff, 680 (WCNN-AM)

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