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POETS, ARTISTS & MADMEN

Atlanta’s cultural scene is a mirror image of the city itself: bustling with talent, flush with options, more than a little bit transient, certainly far-flung, but always full of surprises. There is a little bit of this over here, a little bit of that over there. There are all these seemingly disparate pieces, but without much of a unifying element.

So it goes in the cultural life of a still-growing New South city, where there will often be something old (the Fox Theatre), something new (BEEP BEEP Gallery), something borrowed (the High’s Louvre exhibit) and something that might just blow you away (take your pick). This year’s winners show that we are, indeed, a city that is alternately changing and staying the same. Sometimes it’s both; what could be hipper than hanging out at that old battle axe of a drive-in, the Starlight? How cool is it to see an artist as red-hot as a Radcliffe Bailey or a Fahamu Pecou at the traditional High Museum?

We have a population just large enough to support the gonzo stylings of spoken-word guru the Subliminator one night and a theatrical tribute to the late newspaper columnist Celestine Sibley the next. With one foot in the past and another in the future, Atlanta’s cultural scene may be a bit of a balancing act, but it’s fun to watch straddle.


— David Lee Simmons

Best Art Event

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Under executive director Anne Dennington’s tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one »more

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery

David Yoakley Mitchell at Whitespace

Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. »more

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum

Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited

The explosively hued MORRIS LOUIS NOW: AN AMERICAN MASTER REVISITED was a memorable celebration of color and size at the High Museum. The retrospective was »more

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs

The Signal

The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry »more

Best Commitment to Bizarro Humor

The Movie Version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"

You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF “AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,” the flagship show of Adult Swim on the Atlanta-based »more

Best Drive-by Art

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art

Since May, it’s been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of »more

Best Emerging Visual Artist

Fahamu Pecou

Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city’s art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year’s eclectic Talent Show »more

Best Established Visual Artist

Radcliffe Bailey

He could easily rest on his laurels — the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art — and »more

Best Feather in a Theater’s Cap

The Alliance Theatre's Tony Award

National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a “rising” theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative »more

Best Female Performance on Stage

Linda Stephens in Turned Funny

LINDA STEPHENS’ acting is overdue for local recognition, but that’s partly due to her habit of gallivanting off to New York for such prestigious shows »more

Best Film School for the Cinematically Precocious

Turner Classic Movies' "Funday Night At The Movies"

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES’ “FUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES” is hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” who delivers an engaging lineup of G-rated »more

Best Film Series

Silver Scream Spook Show

With so much of Atlanta’s funky, retro edge being bulldozed or rent-hiked, those crazy kids over at the Plaza Theatre — led by the inspired »more

Best Gallery

Get This! Gallery

GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The »more

Best Gallery for Kids

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Anyone who’s ever tried to do the gallery rounds with a child in tow knows the perils: dirty looks from patrons, the threat that a »more

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists

Young Blood Gallery

YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste »more

Best Guest Actor

Glynn Turman

As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of »more

Best Local Actor on the National Scene

Ed Helms

You might not guess that ED HELMS hails from Atlanta. Helms has specialized in the kind of swaggering false confidence that seems to define this »more

Best Local Artist on the National Scene

Suellen Parker

With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture »more

Best Local Author

Jack Pendarvis

We’re crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We’re »more

Best Local Playwright

Jean Sterrett

Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her »more

Best Male Performance on Stage

Doyle Reynolds in I Am My Own Wife

The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 »more

Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts

Art Papers

Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene »more

Best New Gallery

The BEEP BEEP Gallery

The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice »more

Best New Takes on David Mamet

Neal Ghant

In David Mamet’s crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma’s been famously portrayed by such »more

Best Out-of-Town Guests

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching »more

Best Photographer

Jody Fausett

Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead »more

Best Stage Director

Susan V. Booth

SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings »more

Best Theater Premiere

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, »more

Best Timely Art

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery

It hasn’t always been easy for the ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP GALLERY, tucked away inside an obscure downstairs nook of the Tula art complex. But the »more

Best Underground Art Space

Foundation One Gallery

A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. »more

Best Unlikely Place to See Art

Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points

Restaurants, hair salons, coffee huts … everyone seems to want to find a way to make art work in their businesses. But “curated” is not »more

Timeless: Best Place to See a Movie

Starlight Six Drive-In

You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices »more

Trendy: Best Theater Company

Theatrical Outfit

Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the »more

Best Art Event

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Under executive director Anne Dennington’s tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one »more

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery

David Yoakley Mitchell at Whitespace

Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. »more

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum

Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited

The explosively hued MORRIS LOUIS NOW: AN AMERICAN MASTER REVISITED was a memorable celebration of color and size at the High Museum. The retrospective was »more

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs

The Signal

The dream of every young indie filmmaker came true for the directors of THE SIGNAL. Longtime local filmmakers David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry »more

Best Commitment to Bizarro Humor

The Movie Version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"

You can say a lot of things about the MOVIE VERSION OF “AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE,” the flagship show of Adult Swim on the Atlanta-based »more

Best Drive-by Art

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art

Since May, it’s been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of »more

Best Emerging Visual Artist

Fahamu Pecou

Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city’s art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year’s eclectic Talent Show »more

Best Established Visual Artist

Radcliffe Bailey

He could easily rest on his laurels — the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art — and »more

Best Feather in a Theater’s Cap

The Alliance Theatre's Tony Award

National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a “rising” theater city, as if we’re always on the cusp of living up to our creative »more

Best Female Performance on Stage

Linda Stephens in Turned Funny

LINDA STEPHENS’ acting is overdue for local recognition, but that’s partly due to her habit of gallivanting off to New York for such prestigious shows »more

Best Film School for the Cinematically Precocious

Turner Classic Movies' "Funday Night At The Movies"

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES’ “FUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES” is hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” who delivers an engaging lineup of G-rated »more

Best Film Series

Silver Scream Spook Show

With so much of Atlanta’s funky, retro edge being bulldozed or rent-hiked, those crazy kids over at the Plaza Theatre — led by the inspired »more

Best Gallery

Get This! Gallery

GET THIS! GALLERY is a small but smartly curated space run by artist and musician Lloyd Benjamin, whose own artwork focuses on train yards. The »more

Best Gallery for Kids

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Anyone who’s ever tried to do the gallery rounds with a child in tow knows the perils: dirty looks from patrons, the threat that a »more

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists

Young Blood Gallery

YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste »more

Best Guest Actor

Glynn Turman

As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of »more

Best Local Actor on the National Scene

Ed Helms

You might not guess that ED HELMS hails from Atlanta. Helms has specialized in the kind of swaggering false confidence that seems to define this »more

Best Local Artist on the National Scene

Suellen Parker

With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture »more

Best Local Author

Jack Pendarvis

We’re crazy about JACK PENDARVIS. We aspire to write stories and humor pieces as clever, fresh and seemingly effortless as his Pushcart Prize-winning work. We’re »more

Best Local Playwright

Jean Sterrett

Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her »more

Best Male Performance on Stage

Doyle Reynolds in I Am My Own Wife

The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 »more

Best National Recognition for the Visual Arts

Art Papers

Art insiders have known for years that ART PAPERS is a local institution worth celebration for the depth of its coverage of the local scene »more

Best New Gallery

The BEEP BEEP Gallery

The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice »more

Best New Takes on David Mamet

Neal Ghant

In David Mamet’s crass classic Glengarry Glen Ross, Ricky Roma rules the roost as the alpha male real-estate salesman. Roma’s been famously portrayed by such »more

Best Out-of-Town Guests

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching »more

Best Photographer

Jody Fausett

Drawing from his own Southern upbringing with a family that taxidermied for fun, JODY FAUSETT explores the uncanny line between the living and the dead »more

Best Stage Director

Susan V. Booth

SUSAN V. BOOTH began her relationship with the Alliance Theatre as a freelance director, breezing in from Chicago and blowing audiences away with stunning stagings »more

Best Theater Premiere

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

Sometimes the Center for Puppetry Arts feels less like a playhouse than a haunted house. Spooky stuff seems to get the puppeteers’ creative juices flowing, »more

Best Timely Art

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery

It hasn’t always been easy for the ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP GALLERY, tucked away inside an obscure downstairs nook of the Tula art complex. But the »more

Best Underground Art Space

Foundation One Gallery

A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. »more

Best Unlikely Place to See Art

Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points

Restaurants, hair salons, coffee huts … everyone seems to want to find a way to make art work in their businesses. But “curated” is not »more

Timeless: Best Place to See a Movie

Starlight Six Drive-In

You can see the major Hollywood releases at practically any neighborhood cineplex, but will you enjoy the experience? At a time of high ticket prices »more

Trendy: Best Theater Company

Theatrical Outfit

Since opening the Balzer Theater at the old Herren’s Restaurant space alongside the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, THEATRICAL OUTFIT has proven itself the »more

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