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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Atlanta artists fight the good fight. In the past year they've responded to the national call for public art in A (new) Genre Landscape, crossed cultural divides with the Atlanta Ballet's big and remained committed to the cause of a Tony Award-caliber theater scene at the Alliance. Never ones to sit idly by, our poets, artists and madmen are always looking to the future, ready to rethink tradition. Denise Lira-Ratinoff's obscure and wondrous photography exhibit in a 16th Street loading dock; Haverty Marionettes' sublime performance of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying; and the Plaza Theatre's transformation from movie house to arts and entertainment center all illuminate a community never satisfied with the status quo. The high level of participation in Best of Atlanta voting and official CL exit polls reveals a diverse support base for the arts that insists on having its voice heard. And thank goodness for that, because otherwise the terrorists would win.

– Debbie Michaud

Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

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Brooks & Company Dance

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

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Shorts II- Brooks &Company Dance

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

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Alison Hastings

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Film Festival

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

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Screen on the Green

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

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Dave Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

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BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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Julia Roberts

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

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N. Frank Daniels

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

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Steve Yockey

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

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Kate Warner

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

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Kate Warner

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

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Tim Stoltenberg

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

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High Museum of Art

Best Opening BOA Award Winner

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Bill Lowe Gallery

Best Opening BOA Award Winner

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Foundation One Studios

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

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Sara Speert

Best Place for Author Reading/Signing BOA Award Winner

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A Cappella

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Best Gallery for Kids BOA Award Winner

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Children's Art Museum

Best Play BOA Award Winner

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Brooklyn Boy

Best Theatre Premiere BOA Award Winner

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Hank Kimmel's Shorts

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe

Best Local Spoken Word Artist BOA Award Winner

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The Subliminator

Best Guerrilla Art BOA Award Winner

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Krog Street Tunnel

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

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Wicked

Best New Trend in the Arts BOA Award Winner

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Relapse Theatre

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

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Good Eats

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

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Alexyss Tylor's Vagina Power

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

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Maxey Andress

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

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Sara Speert

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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Best Passing of the Poet Gene BOA Award Winner

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Theresa Davis
There's no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the '70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers' Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace's daughter THERESAmore...
There's no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the '70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers' Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace's daughter THERESA DAVIS is also making a name for herself. A socially aware poet who's also part of the party circuit, Davis is in demand at poetry slams, spoken-word nights and as an MC for community-awareness gatherings such as Eyedrum's Concrete Pandemonium. Thanks to Lovelace and Davis, the Atlanta poetry scene's become a family affair. www.theresa-davis.com. less...

Best Photographer BOA Award Winner

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Victor Smith Photography

Best Place for Author Reading/Signing BOA Award Winner

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Wordsmiths Books

Best Place for Author Readings/Signings BOA Award Winner

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Wordsmiths Books

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Java Monkey
Some are quibbling that Atlanta's poetry scene is dead. They must not have checked the vibe at JAVA MONKEY lately. Special slams held on the patio at the convenient price of free (donations widely smiled upon) and poetry nights every Sunday give this spot a name among Atlanta's elite artists of the word.more...
Some are quibbling that Atlanta's poetry scene is dead. They must not have checked the vibe at JAVA MONKEY lately. Special slams held on the patio at the convenient price of free (donations widely smiled upon) and poetry nights every Sunday give this spot a name among Atlanta's elite artists of the word. Audiences can be heard snapping, clapping and laughing from a block away, even amid downtown Decatur's busy nightlife. less...

Best Place to Hear Spoken Word BOA Award Winner

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Java Monkey

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
What better way to celebrate the nation's 75th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater than to honor the STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN? Once considered a dinosaur, the drive-in has undergone a mild renaissance in recent years as fans have grown weary of overpriced tickets, mall parking and smaller screens.more...
What better way to celebrate the nation's 75th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater than to honor the STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN? Once considered a dinosaur, the drive-in has undergone a mild renaissance in recent years as fans have grown weary of overpriced tickets, mall parking and smaller screens. The Starlight not only alleviates all of these headaches, but also offers a variety of movie-watching opportunities, best exemplified in the summer-standout events Monster Bash and Drive-Invasion. While we fret that increasing gas prices might make film fans retreat to their home-entertainment systems and Netflix subscriptions, we have faith that we'll never, as Danny Zucco once lamented, feel stranded at the drive-in. less...

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

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Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema

Best Play BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

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"Georgia Traveler"

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

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Krog Street Tunnel

Best Public Art Wrangling BOA Award Winner

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A (New) Genre Landscape
Thank goodness artist and curator Stuart Keeler hightailed it out of cold Chicago to land squarely in the center of Atlanta's fitful and fractious public art scene. The sweeping vision of his public art project A (NEW) GENRE LANDSCAPE allowed the city to get a better view of underexposed artists suchmore...
Thank goodness artist and curator Stuart Keeler hightailed it out of cold Chicago to land squarely in the center of Atlanta's fitful and fractious public art scene. The sweeping vision of his public art project A (NEW) GENRE LANDSCAPE allowed the city to get a better view of underexposed artists such as Ruth Stanford, Craig Dongoski and Michael Reese by putting their temporary, community-based works (and the work of 14 other artists) in 12 of Atlanta's parks and green spaces. Not that Keeler and the artists were in it alone. The city's support in the form of administrators Eddie Granderson and Rob Witherspoon, along with a modest sum of cash, helped to wrench Atlanta into the 21st-century public-art dialogue. www.ocaatlanta.com. less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

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Georgia Shakespeare

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

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Jeff Watkins (The New American Shakespeare Tavern)

Best Theater BOA Award Winner

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Alliance Theatre
As Atlanta's largest playhouse, the ALLIANCE THEATRE usually commands such big audiences and so many resources, it doesn't seem to need a boost from anywhere else. For the 2007-08 season, however, the Alliance refused to rest on such laurels as its 2007 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, and offeredmore...
As Atlanta's largest playhouse, the ALLIANCE THEATRE usually commands such big audiences and so many resources, it doesn't seem to need a boost from anywhere else. For the 2007-08 season, however, the Alliance refused to rest on such laurels as its 2007 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, and offered one of its most ambitious and satisfying slates in memory. Highlights included the luminous cabaret-style revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, the revisionist take on Greek mythology Eurydice, and artistic director Susan V. Booth's charged production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt. Musicals such as The Women of Brewster Place and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies offered plenty of flash, while the world premiere of In the Red and Brown Water turned out to be the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition's best discovery yet. The 2008-09 season looks to be even more eventful. less...

Best Theater Company BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

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As I Lay Dying
For sheer gonzo creativity, combined with an impressive grounding in American literature and Southern culture, AS I LAY DYING revealed a more fertile imagination than any 10 other stage plays. The inaugural production of Haverty Marionettes, Michael Haverty's puppet-based adaptation of William Faulkner'smore...
For sheer gonzo creativity, combined with an impressive grounding in American literature and Southern culture, AS I LAY DYING revealed a more fertile imagination than any 10 other stage plays. The inaugural production of Haverty Marionettes, Michael Haverty's puppet-based adaptation of William Faulkner's classic novel drew influences from sources as diverse as folk art, carnival games and old-timey music. As I Lay Dying offered a unique prism for reviewing Faulkner's stream-of-consciousness tale of 1930s Mississippi, and established Haverty Marionettes as an intriguing company to watch in the future. www.havertymarionettes.org. less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage Theatre

Best Theatrical Closing BOA Award Winner

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Peachtree Battle
It's difficult to envision an Atlanta theater scene without PEACHTREE BATTLE in it. Premiering Sept. 7, 2001, the comedy about a Buckhead socialite's son getting hitched to a Hooters waitress became the longest-running play in Atlanta history, leaving Driving Miss Daisy in the dust over a total of sevenmore...
It's difficult to envision an Atlanta theater scene without PEACHTREE BATTLE in it. Premiering Sept. 7, 2001, the comedy about a Buckhead socialite's son getting hitched to a Hooters waitress became the longest-running play in Atlanta history, leaving Driving Miss Daisy in the dust over a total of seven years, 44 extensions and more than 120,000 patrons at the Ansley Park Playhouse. Having established such a successful, frequently updated crowd-pleaser, playwrights John Gibson and Anthony Morris retired the show earlier this month to focus on the potential big-screen version, as well as their long-awaited next show, A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann's. After the battle, they deserve a salute. www.peachtreebattle.net. less...

Best Theatrical Eulogy BOA Award Winner

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A Song for Coretta
When Atlanta playwright/novelist Pearl Cleage paid theatrical tribute to the late Coretta Scott King, she chose to focus on the Civil Rights leader's legacy rather than the details of her life. Cleage's play A SONG FOR CORETTA, staged last winter at 7 Stages, presented five African-American women standingmore...
When Atlanta playwright/novelist Pearl Cleage paid theatrical tribute to the late Coretta Scott King, she chose to focus on the Civil Rights leader's legacy rather than the details of her life. Cleage's play A SONG FOR CORETTA, staged last winter at 7 Stages, presented five African-American women standing in line outside Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their final respects to King. Their subsequent conversation and conflicts shed light on the successes of the Civil Rights Movement as well as its unfinished business, and made A Song for Coretta far more thoughtful and knotty than the kind of safe, standard biographical drama we could have expected. www.pearlcleage.net. less...

Best Touring Play BOA Award Winner

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Avenue Q

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Use of a Screen BOA Award Winner

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Plaza Theatre
PLAZA THEATRE co-owners Jonathan and Gayle Rej often find themselves squeezed out of the market when it comes to booking current top-notch indie films. So in a brilliant case of lemons to lemonade, the owners have turned the Plaza into a multidisciplinary pop-culture facility. There's the Silver Screammore...
PLAZA THEATRE co-owners Jonathan and Gayle Rej often find themselves squeezed out of the market when it comes to booking current top-notch indie films. So in a brilliant case of lemons to lemonade, the owners have turned the Plaza into a multidisciplinary pop-culture facility. There's the Silver Scream Spook Show, with campy performances announcing monster/sci-fi thrillers; the Art and Movie Series, with local artists exhibiting works tied to film screenings; Summer Camp, with special screenings of cult classics such as Xanadu; and special events like hosting actor Crispin Glover and his new movie It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE last August. In doing so, the Plaza remains the hippest and most diverse movie theater in town. less...

DARK HORSE: Best Gallery Best Poised for a Sneak Attack BOA Award Winner

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Kiang Gallery
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknownmore...
With or without the Beijing Olympics, all eyes in the post-American century are destined to turn to China. KIANG GALLERY, with its wide and deep commitment to art by Chinese artists, is bound to be where it's at in the next decade. While some of the names on the Kiang roster are likely to be unknown locally, many are beginning to register seismically on the international scene. We're paying special attention to Danwen Xing, Sze Tsung Leong and relative newcomer Fang Er. Kiang's smart installations and remarkable curatorial eye are just what the Dirty South needs to take a virtual trip to the Dirty East. So long, New York! Cheerio, London! Next stop for the art world: Beijing. less...

FAVORITE SON: Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

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big
Before it even hit the stage, the Atlanta Ballet's season-closing production of big, featuring OutKast's Big Boi, was the subject of a New York Times article. But you don't give a dance performance high marks because of national press or celebrity collaborators. You do, however, honor it for the audacitymore...
Before it even hit the stage, the Atlanta Ballet's season-closing production of big, featuring OutKast's Big Boi, was the subject of a New York Times article. But you don't give a dance performance high marks because of national press or celebrity collaborators. You do, however, honor it for the audacity of saying to the world that ballet needs to continue to grow and challenge itself, even if it forces people to question whether it's ballet at all (or, as some suggested with big, modern dance). A palpable energy crackled from the sometimes turbulent (and uneven) marriage of ballet and hip-hop, but the impact that both forms have had on Atlanta's cultural scene over the years makes the combination long overdue. Kudos to our very own Mr. Big, Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall, and resident choreographer Lauri Stallings for stepping up to the plate (and the mic). www.atlantaballet.com. less...

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

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Vernon Jones
I'm a little disappointed that VERNON JONES didn't survive this year's Democratic runoff against Jim Martin. Martin, the less charismatic candidate, is the safer bet in the race against GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. But he won't provide near the entertainment factor that Jones would have. Jones has ambitionmore...
I'm a little disappointed that VERNON JONES didn't survive this year's Democratic runoff against Jim Martin. Martin, the less charismatic candidate, is the safer bet in the race against GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. But he won't provide near the entertainment factor that Jones would have. Jones has ambition and ego to spare. A lesser man would have long ago been broken by the controversy that seems to dog him at every turn. Instead of diminishing his desire to remain in public service, however, the constant imbroglios seem to spur him onward, toward higher aspirations. The latest of those, his run for U.S. Senate, was nothing short of quixotic. But I sort of admire him for going up against insurmountable odds. He deserves a pat on the back for attempting the impossible. less...

Best cultural gathering spot masquerading as a boutique BOA Award Winner

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1-FIVE-0
Yes, it carries an up-to-the-minute mix of hip and stylish casual clothing for men and women - including plenty of unique work from local designers - and boasts a cool, friendly staff. But 1-FIVE-0 covers more territory than the typical trendy shop. It also offers candy, gotta-have novelty items, accessoriesmore...
Yes, it carries an up-to-the-minute mix of hip and stylish casual clothing for men and women - including plenty of unique work from local designers - and boasts a cool, friendly staff. But 1-FIVE-0 covers more territory than the typical trendy shop. It also offers candy, gotta-have novelty items, accessories and, most notably, hosts live-music nights every month that serve as a mingling spot for the in-the-know. It even makes a good venue for a decent cheap date. 1000 Marietta St. 404-474-4102. www.150atlanta.com. less...

Best local artist who's seen the light BOA Award Winner

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Gina Niespodziani
With a style erupting from her metalsmithing background, pop-culture knowledge and an undeniable urban influence, GINA NIESPODZIANI is the obvious choice for Best Local Artist Who's Seen the Light. Her music video "Moviekiss - The Light Bright Video" for local rock band Y.O.U. is a stop-motion animatedmore...
With a style erupting from her metalsmithing background, pop-culture knowledge and an undeniable urban influence, GINA NIESPODZIANI is the obvious choice for Best Local Artist Who's Seen the Light. Her music video "Moviekiss - The Light Bright Video" for local rock band Y.O.U. is a stop-motion animated delight, and has screened at multiple film fests around the country. She recently gave back to the local art scene with a large-scale mural at Sopo Bike Shop's Atlanta Task Force location to benefit Atlanta's Homeless Neighbors. My favorite, however, is still her "Bill Murray" pop-art print series, featuring five head shots from a variety of Murray's films, including Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Seriously, how awesome is that? www.pleaserock.com. less...

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Arts Blog BOA Award Winner

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Thought Marker Blog

Best Local Visual Arts Website (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Planit atlantaplanit.com

Best Local Visual Arts Website (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Sara Speert Photography www.saraphotography.com

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

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Art Papers' Art Auction

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

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Solomon Projects

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

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Annie Leibovitz Photographs

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

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N. Frank Daniel's Futureproof

Best Book Event BOA Award Winner

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AJC Decatur Book Festival

Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

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Brooks & Company Dance

Best Dance Performance BOA Award Winner

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Shorts II- Brooks &Company Dance

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

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Alison Hastings

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Film Festival

Best Film Series BOA Award Winner

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Screen on the Green

Best Local Filmmaker BOA Award Winner

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Dave Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry

Best Gallery BOA Award Winner

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Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

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BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

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BEEP BEEP Gallery

Best Improv Group BOA Award Winner

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Dad's Garage

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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Julia Roberts

Best Local Author BOA Award Winner

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N. Frank Daniels

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

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Steve Yockey

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