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Poets, Artists & Madmen

Best actor

Dan Triandiflou

An Atlanta actor and improv comedian for years, Dan Triandiflou achieved some hysterical career highs in 2012. His uproarious turn as a high-strung country club »more

Best actress

Bethany Anne Lind

In a city blessed with many talented ingénue-aged actresses, Bethany Anne Lind brings a level of dignity and grace to her roles and never leaves »more

Best art space worth the drive

Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens

What art-related business could you possibly have in rural northwest Georgia, you ask? We'll tell ya: Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens. Located about an hour and »more

Best branching out while spreading roots

Atlanta Ballet

The Atlanta Ballet branched out this season by working with some of the most impressive names in choreography, performing challenging pieces by the likes of »more

Best case of ATLwood in action

V/H/S

It's great that Atlanta has become a regional hub for television and film production and we get to play spot-the-landmark in Hollywood movies. It's even »more

Best chapter in Atlanta's LGBTQ story

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

The final chapter closed on Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse on January 28, 2012, ending the bookstore's 18-year reign as a crucial focal point and gathering »more

Best comedian

Evan Fowler

Many young comedians treat Atlanta as a proving ground to build their stand-up chops before moving to New York or Los Angeles. Catch Evan Fowler »more

Best dancer

Blake Beckham

When we saw American Muscle, we knew she had some great moves. When we saw PLOT, we knew she could build a dizzying sense of »more

Best emerging visual artist

Micah Stansell

It's kind of a big deal when the High Museum decides to show a local artist's work. It's an even bigger deal when it decides »more

Best event to drive Atlanta over the edge

Off the Edge

Curated by gloATL founder Lauri Stallings and sponsored by a grant from the Loridans Foundation, the Rialto Center for the Art's inaugural Off the Edge »more

Best local poet

Natasha Trethewey

Decatur's reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the »more

Best local trend in the arts

Immersive art exhibits

A subconscious tendency emerged among a handful of artists, gallerists, and curators this year for producing immersive art exhibits. In particular, shows at Get This! »more

Best old-school venue having a sexy moment

Symphony Hall

The 2011-2012 season of performances at Symphony Hall opened with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano teetering over the orchestra pit and being supported »more

Best onstage doomed love affair

Lucia Di Lammermoor

Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, outrageous drama. The Atlanta Opera brought the famous story of emotionally fragile Scottish lass Lucia and her doomed love »more

Best place to witness the local arts renaissance

The Goat Farm Arts Center

In just three years, the Goat Farm Arts Center has gone from well-kept secret to Atlanta art institution. The rustic 12-acre compound first began to »more

Best reason to hole up in a cardboard box

Threshold

Even creating the sparest of shows in the humblest of venues can be a financial and logistical challenge for many Atlanta dance companies, so it »more

Best reinvention of the reading series

Write Club

Reading is a quiet, solitary pursuit, generally reserved for moments of peace, reflection - of not yelling, as it were. And yet, there exists Write »more

Best rising theater company

Fabrefaction Theatre

For a new company to produce a distinguished season at a time of crisis for Atlanta theater is an especially impressive feat. As established theaters »more

Best run of the show

Theatre in the Square

In March, the board of directors of Theatre in the Square voted to close the cash-strapped playhouse against the wishes of its founder and producing »more

Best sign the Beltline is ready for movement

Dance on the Beltline

The streetcar isn't quite here yet, but dance on the Beltline certainly sparked our imagination about the potential for new movement in the city. In »more

Best theater company

Theatrical Outfit

Downtown Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit enters its 35th anniversary season on a roll, having staged one of the best plays in its recent history with Red. »more

Best visiting artist

T Bone Burnett

The Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre won another feather for its cap when novelist Stephen King and roots rocker John Mellencamp chose the Atlanta playhouse for »more

Best actor

Dan Triandiflou

An Atlanta actor and improv comedian for years, Dan Triandiflou achieved some hysterical career highs in 2012. His uproarious turn as a high-strung country club »more

Best actress

Bethany Anne Lind

In a city blessed with many talented ingénue-aged actresses, Bethany Anne Lind brings a level of dignity and grace to her roles and never leaves »more

Best art space worth the drive

Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens

What art-related business could you possibly have in rural northwest Georgia, you ask? We'll tell ya: Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens. Located about an hour and »more

Best branching out while spreading roots

Atlanta Ballet

The Atlanta Ballet branched out this season by working with some of the most impressive names in choreography, performing challenging pieces by the likes of »more

Best case of ATLwood in action

V/H/S

It's great that Atlanta has become a regional hub for television and film production and we get to play spot-the-landmark in Hollywood movies. It's even »more

Best chapter in Atlanta's LGBTQ story

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

The final chapter closed on Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse on January 28, 2012, ending the bookstore's 18-year reign as a crucial focal point and gathering »more

Best comedian

Evan Fowler

Many young comedians treat Atlanta as a proving ground to build their stand-up chops before moving to New York or Los Angeles. Catch Evan Fowler »more

Best dancer

Blake Beckham

When we saw American Muscle, we knew she had some great moves. When we saw PLOT, we knew she could build a dizzying sense of »more

Best emerging visual artist

Micah Stansell

It's kind of a big deal when the High Museum decides to show a local artist's work. It's an even bigger deal when it decides »more

Best event to drive Atlanta over the edge

Off the Edge

Curated by gloATL founder Lauri Stallings and sponsored by a grant from the Loridans Foundation, the Rialto Center for the Art's inaugural Off the Edge »more

Best local poet

Natasha Trethewey

Decatur's reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the »more

Best local trend in the arts

Immersive art exhibits

A subconscious tendency emerged among a handful of artists, gallerists, and curators this year for producing immersive art exhibits. In particular, shows at Get This! »more

Best old-school venue having a sexy moment

Symphony Hall

The 2011-2012 season of performances at Symphony Hall opened with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano teetering over the orchestra pit and being supported »more

Best onstage doomed love affair

Lucia Di Lammermoor

Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, outrageous drama. The Atlanta Opera brought the famous story of emotionally fragile Scottish lass Lucia and her doomed love »more

Best place to witness the local arts renaissance

The Goat Farm Arts Center

In just three years, the Goat Farm Arts Center has gone from well-kept secret to Atlanta art institution. The rustic 12-acre compound first began to »more

Best reason to hole up in a cardboard box

Threshold

Even creating the sparest of shows in the humblest of venues can be a financial and logistical challenge for many Atlanta dance companies, so it »more

Best reinvention of the reading series

Write Club

Reading is a quiet, solitary pursuit, generally reserved for moments of peace, reflection - of not yelling, as it were. And yet, there exists Write »more

Best rising theater company

Fabrefaction Theatre

For a new company to produce a distinguished season at a time of crisis for Atlanta theater is an especially impressive feat. As established theaters »more

Best run of the show

Theatre in the Square

In March, the board of directors of Theatre in the Square voted to close the cash-strapped playhouse against the wishes of its founder and producing »more

Best sign the Beltline is ready for movement

Dance on the Beltline

The streetcar isn't quite here yet, but dance on the Beltline certainly sparked our imagination about the potential for new movement in the city. In »more

Best theater company

Theatrical Outfit

Downtown Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit enters its 35th anniversary season on a roll, having staged one of the best plays in its recent history with Red. »more

Best visiting artist

T Bone Burnett

The Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre won another feather for its cap when novelist Stephen King and roots rocker John Mellencamp chose the Atlanta playhouse for »more

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