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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 live act to regroovenate your soul BOA Award Winner

Avery*Sunshine
Whether performing for a standing-room-only crowd at Apache Cafe or headlining at Variety Playhouse, Avery*Sunshine turns any show into an intimate affair. She pairs her gospel-rooted alto and sister-girl lyrics with the kind of Rhodes piano-backed performance that can turn a soul-stirring Saturday nightmore...
Whether performing for a standing-room-only crowd at Apache Cafe or headlining at Variety Playhouse, Avery*Sunshine turns any show into an intimate affair. She pairs her gospel-rooted alto and sister-girl lyrics with the kind of Rhodes piano-backed performance that can turn a soul-stirring Saturday night into sanctified Sunday service. Since independently releasing her self-titled debut in 2010, the Atlanta singer/songwriter has been on a heavenly trajectory, touring overseas to international acclaim and making fans of legends such as Ringo Starr. After witnessing her perform live on the set of BBC's "Later with Jools Holland," the ex-Beatle discovered what Atlanta was already privy to: There's no denying Avery*Sunshine's brand of voluptuous soul. less...

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown
and other metro Atlanta locations.

Best band name BOA Award Winner

Almost Kings

Best burlesque troup BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Breaking Bad by DJ Mudfish

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Pocket the Moon

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Wes Green

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

ILounge

Best band to rise above punk's pigeonholes BOA Award Winner

G.G. King
Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death),more...

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death), the former Carbonas frontman transcends the buzzsaw blitzkrieg of his previous band. By marrying crisp, driving melodies and demonic incantations with a damaged sound that could shake itself to pieces at any minute, he's created the most compelling avant-garage punk statement this town has ever known. myspace.com/ggkingband.


Listen: G.G. King "Want"

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Best local hip-hop producer on some other ish BOA Award Winner

Ethereal

The Supernatural Man by ETHEREAL


With his zoned-out beatscapes, young gun producer/MC Ethereal aims to usher in a decidedly chill age of Atlanta rap. The 22 tracks on his recent full-length debut, Abstractica (Slumerican), house plenty of built-in spitting room for himself and a heap of featured MCs, but they're best consumed as subtle bytes of sonic bliss. reverbnation.com/ethereal00.

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Speakeasy Promotions
Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acidmore...
Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acid nights at 529. The underlying aural connection isn't obvious until it unfolds, when acts as varied as Clan Destined, A. Grimes, and the Ruination share the stage with ease. Boyle's range is just a side effect of his MO. By booking what he likes first and foremost, he nurtures a healthy cross-pollination underground, culminating in new collaborations such as the menacing Afro-Kraut beats of a Difference Machine. If his rising profile and the ever-growing attendance at his shows illustrate anything, it's that his taste is badass. speakeasypromo.net. less...

Best metal band to hit the bong to BOA Award Winner

Wizard Smoke
The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic.more...

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic. Wizard Smoke's songs are glacial in size and epic in stature, but there's a sense of humor hiding behind every riff throughout the band's latest LP, The Speed of Smoke. Take another hit and let the perma-grin begin. wizardsmoke.net.


Listen: Wizard Smoke "Weakling"

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BEST OMG goth rap BOA Award Winner

Waka Flocka Flame
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com.more...
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com. less...

Best plugged-in avant-garde ensemble BOA Award Winner

Sonic Generator
It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group'smore...
It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group's cutting-edge concerts have included such innovations as a robot musician playing an acoustic instrument and a composition performed on a quartet of iPhones. Since 2006, the group has developed a devoted, predominantly younger audience through its music-and-technology mashups, and it reached a milestone in June by performing a 10-hour contemporary music marathon at the Woodruff Arts Center. By pairing such creative collisions with an increasing emphasis on younger living composers, Sonic Gen has helped raise the city's artistic profile a few notches on the national scene. distributedmusic.gatech.edu/sg less...

Best spandex-clad dance floor freak BOA Award Winner

Cousin Dan
An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages.more...

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages. cousindan.tumblr.com.


Listen: Cousin Dan "Already Home"

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Best weekly club night for face-melting bass BOA Award Winner

QUAD @ Spring4th Complex
Having one's face melted off every Friday may not sound like that much fun. But QUAD's weekly 18-and-up Melt romps do just that with ambitious lineups of the hottest local and international turntablists and drum 'n' bass, electro and dubstep DJs. 714 Spring St. 404-870-0040. quadatlanta.com.

Best mainstream tourist attraction BOA Award Winner

Cyclorama

Best reason to get over loss of NHL franchise BOA Award Winner

All the other sporting events
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the Nationalmore...
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the National League. And the Hawks even have a new owner, singular. We've also got UGA, Georgia Tech and even Georgia State, plus SEC Championships, All-Star games, NCAA tournaments and the occasional Super Bowl. less...

Best sports bargain BOA Award Winner

Turner Field
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost uniquemore...
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost unique among major arenas in allowing fans to bring food to the games. Enjoy three cold ones and a tuna sandwich and you've had a picnic at the ball game for 10 bucks. braves.com. less...

Bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal

Free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

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