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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Poets Artists Large


Poets, Artists & Madmen


Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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 Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

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 See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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

Best Place to See a Play BOA Award Winner

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 Poetry Slam Series BOA Award Winner

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 Local Author BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best Local Instrumentalist BOA Award Winner

Dixie Duncan

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Tyler Perry

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser

Best Actress other than Julia Roberts BOA Award Winner

Dakota Fanning

Best Film Event BOA Award Winner

Screen on the Green

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Seen Gallery

Best Graffiti/Guerilla Art BOA Award Winner

Krog Street Tunnel

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

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

Best Promising Young Artist BOA Award Winner

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

Peter Conlon
Peter Conlon Presents www.peterconlonpresents.com

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

Best Band to See Live BOA Award Winner

We Versus the Shark
Though almost unknown in Atlanta, WE VERSUS THE SHARK has blown the mind of the college town to our east several times over the last couple years. The quartet of young’ns make music that’s peripatetic, frenetic and infectious. The entire frontline sings, with voices ranging from themore...

Though almost unknown in Atlanta, WE VERSUS THE SHARK has blown the mind of the college town to our east several times over the last couple years. The quartet of young’ns make music that’s peripatetic, frenetic and infectious. The entire frontline sings, with voices ranging from the snarl of bassist/keyboardist Jeff Tobias to the lilt of guitarist/keyboardist Samantha Paulsen. Each song is like three mini-tracks bombarded together in a supercollider with sounds of echoing computers going haywire and thrashing metal-god roars all built around lockstep rhythm and jazzy drumbeats. And the best thing about this band: Even when a set blows your hair back like you just removed a screwdriver from a light socket, the members still aren’t satisfied. Part Dismemberment Plan, part Motorhead, part Rapture = gonna make you sweat.
www.wevstheshark.com.

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Best Band Whose Members Broke Up but the Band Didn't BOA Award Winner

I am the World Trade Center
If you read the Vibes section of this venerable rag a year ago, you know all about the troubles that haunted I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER right around the release of its third album, The Cover Up. Quick recap: lost label, got label, members ended romantic relationship, back together, off again, on again,more...

If you read the Vibes section of this venerable rag a year ago, you know all about the troubles that haunted I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER right around the release of its third album, The Cover Up. Quick recap: lost label, got label, members ended romantic relationship, back together, off again, on again, off again, Amy Dykes diagnosed with cancer, on again, members get engaged, Amy’s cancer goes into remission, off again. That’s a long and intensely emotional year. What does it mean for fans of the band who don’t want to butt into Dykes and bandmate Dan Geller’s personal life? Not a whole lot, but their sound is better, owing to a new lower octave that Dykes discovered, and aside from her haircut, the onstage interplay is the same as ever, though maybe with some extra tension. Chemistry doesn’t always end with relationships.
www.iamtheworldtradecenter.com.

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Best Comedian BOA Award Winner

Courtney Patterson
COURTNEY PATTERSON excels in such serious roles as Stella in Georgia Shakespeare’s A Streetcar Named Desire or a secretive sister in the Jewish Theatre of the South/True Colors Theatre Company co-production of Brass Birds Don’t Sing. But over the past year, she demonstrated the split-secondmore...
COURTNEY PATTERSON excels in such serious roles as Stella in Georgia Shakespeare’s A Streetcar Named Desire or a secretive sister in the Jewish Theatre of the South/True Colors Theatre Company co-production of Brass Birds Don’t Sing. But over the past year, she demonstrated the split-second comic timing worthy of a big-screen character actress in such roles as Georgia Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Aurora Theatre’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (in which she played three different women), and Theatrical Outfit’s Hank Williams: Lost Highway, where her honky-tonk vamp-turned-tone-deaf singer routinely ran away with the show. less...

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Hubcap City (from Belgium)
Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressivelymore...

Banjo/trumpet-playing singer/poet Bill Taft has been one of Atlanta’s most musically interesting and creative fringe dwellers ever since the days of the legendary Mudd Shack. His collaborations with dearly departed local icons Benjamin (Smoke), Deacon Lunchbox, and the Jody Grind were progressively evolving variations that led ultimately to HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM). Taft, guitarist Matthew Proctor, and drummer Will Fratesi manufacture soundscapes and auditory portraits derived from their subjective life experiences filtered through a prism of alternating urban blight and hope. Of course, the group also has a song cycle inspired by the record reviews in Sassy magazine, too. If there is ever a documentary made on the “Cabbagetown sound,” Hubcap City (from Belgium) would be a vital component.
www.members.aol.com/n10j27b82/hubcapcity.html.

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Best Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Takana Miyamoto
Sure, pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is known around town as a “sideman” for soul singers Julie Dexter and Gaelle, but her talent on the keys is best put to use in the service of jazz. Miyamoto has appeared at the straight-ahead spot Churchill Grounds countless times, sharing the stage withmore...

Sure, pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is known around town as a “sideman” for soul singers Julie Dexter and Gaelle, but her talent on the keys is best put to use in the service of jazz. Miyamoto has appeared at the straight-ahead spot Churchill Grounds countless times, sharing the stage with local heroes such as Russell Gunn. She recently recorded a collection of simple, melodic tunes and released her debut solo CD called Piano Tales.
www.takana.net.

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Best New Album BOA Award Winner

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 Out of Town Play BOA Award Winner

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 Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

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 Local Electronic Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Touchxtone

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Joe Gransden

Best Local Singer/Songwriter BOA Award Winner

Marshall Seese

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

Crumbling Arches

Best Local Band to Break Up BOA Award Winner

The Californias

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Little Jen (Jen Mitchell)

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

Apache CafE

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie


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