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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Poets Artists Large


Poets, Artists & Madmen


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...
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Best Burlesque Performer BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage Theater Company

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 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 Club DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Little Jen (Jen Mitchell)

Best Film Event BOA Award Winner

Screen on the Green

Best Local Band to Break Up BOA Award Winner

The Californias

Best Local Electronic Act BOA Award Winner

TIE Aerial/Touchxtone

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Joe Gransden

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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

Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

Peter Conlon
Peter Conlon Presents www.peterconlonpresents.com

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

Apache CafE

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie

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)
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Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

Peter Conlon

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Amber Brooke

Best Alternative Art Space BOA Award Winner

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

Jewish Book Festival

Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Little Country Giants

Best Snacks Served at a Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

Cake
We’re pretty sure we would have enjoyed the dancing even without the woman who walked the aisles serving us from a tray laden with jars of frosting and plastic spoons, not to mention the little pastry cooked up live on stage in an EZ-Bake Oven in the time it took one dancer to perform a shortmore...

We’re pretty sure we would have enjoyed the dancing even without the woman who walked the aisles serving us from a tray laden with jars of frosting and plastic spoons, not to mention the little pastry cooked up live on stage in an EZ-Bake Oven in the time it took one dancer to perform a short transition work. The Zoetic Dance Ensemble never fails to throw a good party ... er, performance, and this year’s CAKE, held at the hip Nickel and Dime Studios in Avondale Estates, was no exception. The snacks were just the frosting on the ... (oh, come on, you knew we had to go there).
678-966-0253. www.zoeticdance.org.

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Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

Like a Dog on Linoleum
Leslie Jordan’s one-man show www.brotherboy.com

Best Artist With Staying Power BOA Award Winner

Philip Carpenter
PHILIP CARPENTER has been a fixture on the Atlanta scene for more than 20 years now, offering painting instruction at the Chastain Arts Center and the Atlanta College of Art. Although he’s been exhibiting his work since the ‘80s, two strong exhibitions this year at Hartsfield-Jacksonmore...
PHILIP CARPENTER has been a fixture on the Atlanta scene for more than 20 years now, offering painting instruction at the Chastain Arts Center and the Atlanta College of Art. Although he’s been exhibiting his work since the ‘80s, two strong exhibitions this year at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Marcia Wood Gallery show how remarkably Carpenter’s work has grown. His physically awe-inspiring and conceptually provocative colored pencil drawings of utilitarian tools like hammers and wrenches, begun some 20 years ago, were elegant enough. But his new, vividly colored drawings centered on gendered kiddie toys from guns to baby dolls prove this Atlanta artist is still growing and exploring promising new subjects and techniques. less...

Best Country Act BOA Award Winner

Sonoramic Commando
Sure, the band is named after Plymouth’s Ram-tough engine from the early ’60s, but SONORAMIC COMMANDO’s V-8 powered country can outrun any competitor on the street today. The unassuming gang of amiable roots enthusiasts has been pickin’ n’ grinnin’more...

Sure, the band is named after Plymouth’s Ram-tough engine from the early ’60s, but SONORAMIC COMMANDO’s V-8 powered country can outrun any competitor on the street today. The unassuming gang of amiable roots enthusiasts has been pickin’ n’ grinnin’ for years in various combinations. Together, the fellas make some of the sweetest back-porch harmonies you will find around town — even if you don’t catch them on an actual porch. Sure, they can rev it up when the time is right, but when they ease into their engaging dirt-road anthems, you’ll want the ride to last awhile. Old-school to the bone, them boys don’t care ’bout no “American Idol,” they’re the dual four-barrel heartbeat of rural Americana.
www.sonoramiccommando.com.

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Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Carolyn Cook

Best Local Author Who Tells the Truth, the Whole Truth BOA Award Winner

Mark Bixler
The thousands of young male refugees who fled genocide in Sudan, walking first to Ethiopia, then to Zaire, have been co-opted as the poster boys for just about any self-righteous movement that could spin some faint association around them with fairy tale revisions of their struggles. So kudos to Atlantamore...
The thousands of young male refugees who fled genocide in Sudan, walking first to Ethiopia, then to Zaire, have been co-opted as the poster boys for just about any self-righteous movement that could spin some faint association around them with fairy tale revisions of their struggles. So kudos to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter MARK BIXLER for telling the whole story, with all its complexities and contradictions, in his book The Lost Boys of Sudan (Warner Brooks, $19.95), a rich study woven together by the life stories of several “lost boys” who immigrated to Atlanta. less...

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Blue Collar TV
The WB Network Thursdays, 8 p.m. www.warnerbros.com

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Brilliant Inventions

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Echo Valve

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Amber Brooke

Best New Art Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Decatur
Galleries in the rising art hood of DECATUR run the gamut. Two new venues include the sleek Function Gallery, exhibiting a range of primitive and conceptual works with a shared folksy bent, and the hip New Street Gallery, showing work by local emerging artists. Backing up these new kids on the blockmore...
Galleries in the rising art hood of DECATUR run the gamut. Two new venues include the sleek Function Gallery, exhibiting a range of primitive and conceptual works with a shared folksy bent, and the hip New Street Gallery, showing work by local emerging artists. Backing up these new kids on the block are the more established galleries that have already made the Atlanta suburb an art destination, including Vinson Gallery and the Temple Gallery on the Decatur Square, the Seen Gallery in Oakhurst and the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott. less...

Best Promoter BOA Award Winner

Alex Weiss
The concert business has gone from bad to worse in terms of customer exploitation through ticket brokers and price gouging, and the industry has suffered as a consequence. Fortunately for Atlanta, we have guys like ALEX WEISS who are willing to do whatever it takes to bring in decent acts for the rightmore...

The concert business has gone from bad to worse in terms of customer exploitation through ticket brokers and price gouging, and the industry has suffered as a consequence. Fortunately for Atlanta, we have guys like ALEX WEISS who are willing to do whatever it takes to bring in decent acts for the right reason: the love of music. After booking the Echo Lounge for several years, Weiss now mans his own company, OK Productions. His recent ventures include annual events like the Elvis Death Day show at Variety Playhouse, Drive Invasion at Starlight Six Drive-In, as well as booking Brian Jonestown Massacre and Japanese acts like Guitar Wolf and the 5,6,7,8’s at the Earl.
www.okproductions.net.

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Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park
Though the range of work in the summer-long ART IN FREEDOM PARK exhibition ran the gamut from so-so to sublime, it was nice to see this grassroots effort (and a laudable involvement by the Freedom Park Conservancy) in trying to bring art out of the galleries and to the folk who bike, jog and sauntermore...

Though the range of work in the summer-long ART IN FREEDOM PARK exhibition ran the gamut from so-so to sublime, it was nice to see this grassroots effort (and a laudable involvement by the Freedom Park Conservancy) in trying to bring art out of the galleries and to the folk who bike, jog and saunter through the 210-acre greenspace. Notable pieces include Meshakai Wolf’s faux animal-crossing road signs warning of citified critters like squirrel and opossum on the roadways; Linda Stern‘s politically charged and user-friendly “Hammocks for the Homeless” made of construction site material; and Phil Proctor’s bright yellow metal sculpture that looks like metal origami plunked into the middle of the park. The Conservancy’s dedication to public art continued last month with the installation of folk artist Thornton Dial’s sculpture “The Bridge,” the largest piece of public art ever created by the artist. The work, at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway, sits on the John Lewis Plaza dedicated to the civil rights legacy of that beloved U.S. Representative.
The cross-shaped park runs from DeKalb Avenue to Ponce de Leon Avenue, from Boulevard to Oakdale Road. www.artinfreedompark.org. www.freedompark.org.

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Best R&B/Soul act BOA Award Winner

Slick & Rose

Best Surf/Instrumental Band BOA Award Winner

The Surge
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgencemore...
Surf music is a quirky, guitar-driven, instrumental force of rock that comes in waves. Of course, it’s been around for years with artists like the Ventures and Dick Dale leading the movement since the late ’50s and early ’60s, but every few years, there’s a resurgence of surf in the South. Now a bright new combo is reverbing through the area, hanging 10 on cool vintage equipment. THE SURGE is a trio led by surf-meister guitarist John McCorvey, who goes by the stage name “Eddie Katcher.” He’s joined by bassist “Mitch Matrix” and drummer “Stix Stechkin,” a veteran of Alabama’s legendary Penetrators. Surf’s up! less...

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Heather Luttrell
Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the bestmore...

Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the best Atlanta performers around. And besides, why should she be stuck singing Michael Hutchence songs at some crappy dive when her own new Grits N’ Pulp album is so much better. The single may be “Anything But Me,” but when this fiery redhead launches into tunes with titles like “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues (They Just Get Drunk),” she channels Janis, bests Bonnie Raitt and roars like the hyperactive lovechild of Ani Difranco and Social Distortion.
www.heathergrrrl.com.

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Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Regal Hollywood 24

Best Local Country Music Act BOA Award Winner

Sugarland

Best Local Electronic Act (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Aerial

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Brilliant Inventions

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

Anthony David

Best Art Exhibition BOA Award Winner

Van Gogh to Mondrian- High Museum of Art

Best Burlesque Performer BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

All or Nothing Tattoo

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage Theater Company

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 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 All-Around Play BOA Award Winner

Topdog/Underdog
The Alliance Hertz Stage’s TOPDOG/UNDERDOG broke out from the pack to emerge as the year’s undisputed can’t-miss theatrical event. Our best “guest actors,” Joe Wilson Jr. and Kes Khemnu, alternated the roles in Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer-winning dramamore...
The Alliance Hertz Stage’s TOPDOG/UNDERDOG broke out from the pack to emerge as the year’s undisputed can’t-miss theatrical event. Our best “guest actors,” Joe Wilson Jr. and Kes Khemnu, alternated the roles in Suzan Lori-Parks’ Pulitzer-winning drama of three-card monte, the Lincoln assassination and the American dream. Topdog/Underdog even won laurels out of town: The Hertz Stage’s co-production with Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company earned Kent Gash the “Outstanding Director, Large Company” award from the Theatre Critics of New England. less...

Best Band Reunion BOA Award Winner

Pylon and Love Tractor
It’s a tie: PYLON and LOVE TRACTOR, two of Athens’ most influential ’80s new-wave bands, returned to dynamic duty this year following lengthy periods of inactivity. Both groups have an impressive canon of material, with their most enduring works released through Atlanta’smore...

It’s a tie: PYLON and LOVE TRACTOR, two of Athens’ most influential ’80s new-wave bands, returned to dynamic duty this year following lengthy periods of inactivity. Both groups have an impressive canon of material, with their most enduring works released through Atlanta’s DB Recs. Pylon, created in 1979, stick to the old-school Athens adage: “If one of us leaves, it’s not the same band anymore,” and has the distinction of being the only Classic City act from the “golden age” to feature all of its original members. Formed in the ’80s, Love Tractor now consists of founding singer/guitarist Mike Richmond and a gang of relatively new recruits heard on its recently released Black Hole album. Welcome back, folks, we missed you!
www.wearepylon.com.

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Best Band to Go Disco BOA Award Winner

Of Montreal
Kevin Barnes’ Athens psych-pop crew OF MONTREAL has worked from the backbone of Beach Boys’ vocals and Beatles’ straight strum to make records that run the gambit from sweetly earnest to playfully psychedelic. The result was so lovable that when its former label, Kindercore,more...

Kevin Barnes’ Athens psych-pop crew OF MONTREAL has worked from the backbone of Beach Boys’ vocals and Beatles’ straight strum to make records that run the gambit from sweetly earnest to playfully psychedelic. The result was so lovable that when its former label, Kindercore, ceased operations in 2003, it only took a few months for the band to land on Midwestern indie Polyvinyl. Barnes tweaked his lo-fi sound, noticing that all the kids were dancing these days, and made two albums (Satanic Panic in the Attic and this year’s The Sunlandic Twins) with disco-inspired sing-alongs like “Rapture Rapes the Muses” and “So Begins Our Alabee.” We’d follow Barnes through sludge, so we have no problem with a little booty-shaking, albeit in an indie-rock kinda way.
www.ofmontreal.net.

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Best Burlesque Performer BOA Award Winner

CALU
One of the most striking of this fair city’s cornucopia of comely burlesque queens is the delightful CALU. Whether she’s commanding attention as a member of local burlesque troupe the Doll Squad, shrieking in the horrible B-movie horror send-up Cheerleader Autopsy, slinging drinks andmore...

One of the most striking of this fair city’s cornucopia of comely burlesque queens is the delightful CALU. Whether she’s commanding attention as a member of local burlesque troupe the Doll Squad, shrieking in the horrible B-movie horror send-up Cheerleader Autopsy, slinging drinks and DJing at Smith’s Olde Bar, or just being herself, Calu’s mysterious beauty is awe-inspiring. Her deliciously tattooed body is truly a curvaceous canvas of colorful ink. But don’t stare too long because just like the sun, she’s brightly illuminating and dangerously combustible. Yeah, she knows you want her, but just look and don’t touch — because she’ll surely kick your punk ass.
www.dollsquad.com.

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Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Little Jen (Jen Mitchell)


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