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2006 Index of Winners

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Solomon Projects
With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a screening of his animated antiwar film “Pass the Ammunition” at Get This! Gallery, JOSEPH PERAGINE ismore...

With an important public art commission for the City Court of Atlanta this year, an ongoing installation at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim, and a screening of his animated antiwar film “Pass the Ammunition” at Get This! Gallery, JOSEPH PERAGINE is a much admired Georgia State University professor and working artist. He manages to keep making accessible and smart work that appeals to the young’uns as much as to the art establishment.
www.solomonprojects.com/.

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Best established visual artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Sara Speert Photography

Best Example Of Getting Stuck On Dance BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Flypaper Dances
How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypapermore...

How can we miss her when she won’t go away? Coriolis Dance Project artistic director Elizabeth Dishman recently moved to New York, but she keeps coming back to create new work. Lucky for us, she’s stuck on Atlanta. In FLYPAPER DANCES, she used Velcro, ropes, bullying bodies and flypaper to investigate sticky attachments in all the ways they hold us and, sometimes just as disconcerting, let us go.
404-931-0212. www.coriolisdance.org.

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Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historicalmore...
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historical warriors to protester-moms to victimized refugee. The cast brought Women + War down to earth and featured such local theater leaders as Synchronicity co-founder Hope Mirlis, playwright Suehyla El-Attar and Savage Tree Arts Center co-founder Kristi Casey. Like a highly trained platoon, the excellent ensemble proved so tightly knit that it’s impossible to single out any one performer. less...

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Atlanta Film Festival

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Film Festival

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Film Love

Andy Ditzler’s frightfully ambitious, dedicated series at Eyedrum, FILM LOVE, devoted to avant-garde and experimental film often unavailable to consumers by the likes of Stan Brakhage, Chantal Akerman and Joseph Cornell, is an Atlanta film culture treasure.
andel.home.mindspring.com/film_love.htm.

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Friend of the Arts BOA Award Winner

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Lucinda Brunnen

Best Friend of the Arts BOA Award Winner

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All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Romo Gallery
The tiny, adventurous ROMO GALLERY in Castleberry Hill consistently surprises — and sometimes confounds — visitors with its mix of emerging and established artists, and local and national talent. Its exhibition of L.A.-based artist Jennifer Celio was a standout this year.

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Indie Craft Experience
OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine,more...

OK, maybe reconstituted thrift-store clothes and witty handbags don’t exactly jibe with the traditional macho, street-art, culture-jamming definition of “guerrilla.” But with the second annual INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE in Atlanta rating a mention in the New York Times Magazine, the ladies-and-lads who craft proved creativity isn’t just limited to galleries. And they upped the profile on nontraditional art-making in the city.
www.ice-atlanta.com.

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Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Krog Street Tunnel

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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J.D. Goldblatt
Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created by the late, legendary hoofer Gregory Hines. Goldblatt proved neither intimidated by his predecessor nor overwhelmed by the lavish stage effectsmore...
Out-of-towner J.D. GOLDBLATT had some big tap shoes to fill by playing pioneering jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam, a role created by the late, legendary hoofer Gregory Hines. Goldblatt proved neither intimidated by his predecessor nor overwhelmed by the lavish stage effects of the Alliance Theatre production, which featured New Orleans street parties, costumed minstrels and enormous, dazzling marquees. A classic “triple threat,” Goldblatt displayed a ringing singing voice, graceful dance moves and intense acting chops that captured ’Roll’s complex racial demons. Here’s hoping someone can coax him back to Atlanta soon. less...

Best Hip-hop Hooray BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival
Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics.more...

Arc the Finger Records once again brought the “true school” to The Loft for the A3C INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the indie alternative to the big-name bling-and-bass hip-hop orthodoxy. MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers performed, competed and discussed the craft and its politics. Smart and lots of fun.
www.arcthefinger.com.

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Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Whole Foods Market

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

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Margaret Mitchell House

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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Julia Roberts

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Sandler Hudson Gallery
AMALIA AMAKI was featured in a major retrospective at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and a smaller show at Sandler-Hudson this year — all on the heels of a critically acclaimed exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie

Best Local Curator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Stuart Horodner

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Alison Hastings

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Clay Walker

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Maxwell Guberman

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Good Eats
With host Alton Brown The Food Network www.foodnetwork.com.

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Tom Key

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Steve Yockey
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film basedmore...
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film based on one of his works at the Atlanta Film Festival. Currently attending school in New York, Yockey — a former CL staffer — remains a presence on the local scene: Dad’s Garage will stage a new full-length play in January. A talent who deepens with every work, Yockey writes in a menacing yet pop-savvy voice that, in his short pieces, can turn ordinary monologues or conversations into short, sharp shocks. less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Steve Yockey

Best Local Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Subliminator

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
David Silverman
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’smore...
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’s Express’ world premiere musical Love Jerry in January. Silverman’s childlike affability took on sinister overtones, but he made the sexual predator more than just a villain, hitting the depths of self-loathing when the character confronted his transgressions — in song. Some performances change your assessment of an actor, but Silverman’s work in Love Jerry affected our insight into human nature. less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitionsmore...
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitions and local shows. Many of them feature an advocacy edge recognizing the value of great (and green) architecture and affordable design to the future of the city. less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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High Museum of Art

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Composition Gallery
COMPOSITION GALLERY, a labor of love undertaken by Movies Worth Seeing staff member Ron Hughes, has brought contemporary photography — at an affordable price point in an increasingly expensive genre — to an art-needy strip of Candler Park.

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Jill Celeste Gallery

Best News For The Arts Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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High Museum of Art
CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and the exquisite New Photography exhibition. Such shows allow the High to slowly insinuate itself backmore...
CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE HIGH MUSEUM! The High brings contemporary and regional artists into the Dead Guys mix with the traveling Chuck Close: Self-Portraits show, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and the exquisite New Photography exhibition. Such shows allow the High to slowly insinuate itself back into our jaded, hardened hearts. Take that, Louvre! less...

Best New Trend in The Arts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Affordable art
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises likemore...
AFFORDABLE ART is showing that, even if big-time collectors aren’t doing enough to support the big-money artists in town, there are a number of galleries and shops — Young Blood Gallery, U*Space Gallery, Sabra Gallery and Yo Yo Boutique & Gallery, as well as retail enterprises like Beehive Co-Op and T-Shirt Construction Company — that have figured out that one of the best ways to support artists is to treat their work like retail and actually sell it. less...

Best New Trend in the Arts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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All Or Nothing Tattoo And Body Piercing

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe

Best Place To See A Movie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Lefont Garden Hills Cinema
LEFONT GARDEN HILLS, the cozy Buckhead 1946 cinema, provides the perfect old-school environs for catching local independent cinema mogul George Lefont’s diverse repertoire of art house, repertory and foreign film fare.

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema

Best Play BOA Award Winner

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Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Private Art Collection BOA Award Winner

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Elton John

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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"Channel Zero"
Broadcasts Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Comcast Channel 24. www.myspace.com/channelzero_commlink.

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactivemore...

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactive sculptures and ebullient charm, has gone Chihuly one better and proven that there is a mainstream audience for imaginative art in Atlanta.


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Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Krog Street Tunnel

Best Reason To Shout Out "Eureka!" BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Ephiphany
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir,more...
The way we heard it, EPIPHANY was originally supposed to be a small, simple piece, something easy to keep the Ballethnic Dance Company occupied while old standby The Leopard’s Tale went into dry dock for repairs. Then they added in the Full Circle Jazz Band, the Shaw Temple A.M.E. Mass Choir, gospel vocalist Najuma, and the senior citizen dancers from the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center. There was nothing small or simple about it, but we were shouting out hallelujahs for this whole village of a happening. less...

Best Spoken Word Series BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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7 Stages Theatre
Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry?more...
Atlanta’s Word Diversity Collective shook up the spoken word scene with ART AMOK, a semi-regular poetry slam packed in an all-out multidisciplinary art party, complete with dance, music, theater, performance art and everything else they could cram into 7 Stages. Did we mention karaoke poetry? Best thing to hit spoken word since Saul Williams. less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Kent Gash
Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals over the past year. After warming up with Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tick, tick ...more...
Never less than a bold, provocative director, KENT GASH — the Alliance Theatre’s associate artistic director — exceeded his already impressive standards with three musicals over the past year. After warming up with Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tick, tick ... BOOM! on the Alliance Hertz Stage, Gash tackled the most controversial material imaginable with Actor’s Express’ pedophilia-themed musical Love Jerry and brought rawness and intimacy to the year’s most daring show. And with Jelly’s Last Jam, Gash directed the Alliance Theatre’s most satisfying spectacle in years, with every aspect of the production hitting on all cylinders. less...

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