Winners Pick a Winner


click to enlarge JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis

Cityscape

"If I was to pick another group [besides Occupy Our Homes Atlanta] it would have to be the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. They are centered right in the Bluff, their work is of a different nature being that it's really more of a direct service rather than a group applying public pressure. Many of the folks involved with the AHRC are the same ones who have taken on the issue of [sex worker] banishment in Atlanta. AHRC is Christ-like in their commitment to the least of these, the prostitutes, the drug addicted, those living in extreme poverty, the people our city has left behind. In the face of being totally broke, folks at AHRC work for free so the center can keep its doors open."

Tim Franzen of Occupy Atlanta, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Show of Radical Dedication


click to enlarge COURTESY LORI RONCA AND BETH THOMPSON
  • Courtesy Lori Ronca and Beth Thompson

Consumer Culture

"When Creative Loafing asked HomeGrown Decatur, as a past winner, who we would nominate as new Best Place to Meet the Maker, we immediately thought of Sis and Moon's in downtown Alpharetta. Chris Tamisin, a former HomeGrown artist, and her sister, Wendy Vogt, have transformed a modest, historic storefront into a treasure trove of local art along with carefully curated vintage finds. Both sisters sell their own designs, as well as the work of many local artists. Beautifully staged, the shop is a delight and the sisters delightful."

HomeGrown Decatur's Lori Ronca and Beth Thompson, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Place to Meet the Maker


click to enlarge GREG MANIS
  • Greg Manis

After Dark

"My favorite Atlanta DJ - the one whom I respect the most right now - is DJ Princess Cut. She used to be Goodie Mob's DJ, and she's the only female on Hoodrich Radio. I've always found her to be an inspiration, both in my personal life and with my career. She's a lady and she's a dope artist who commands respect every time she steps behind the turntables. I was super excited when she was asked to be a part of Hot 107.9, and her R&B/downtempo mixtape last year, called Early Mornin Tap, was super dope. It came out right around the same time I dropped my sexy/downtempo mixtape Skin; we were on the same vibe around the same time, and our mixtapes reflected that. I'm just so proud of everything she has accomplished - she's building a legacy in Atlanta the way the Dungeon Family did."

Speakerfoxxx, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Dope Girl on the Wheels of Steel


click to enlarge MELONIE THARPE
  • Melonie Tharpe

Oral Pleasures

"When Creative Loafing asked me, as a past winner, who I would nominate as new Best of [for cocktails], I quickly flipped through my mental Rolodex of favorites to places like Holeman & Finch and Sound Table. But then I thought about the Pinewood. Specifically, I thought about what [beverage director] Julian Goglia has done to make it a convivial place of tippling. You might say I am biased, since Julian's first job behind the bar was at H. Harper Station, but he had been honing his skills at home for some time before I lured him to the dark side. And it's a great joy to see a person grow from passionate bartender to smart businessperson. Oh, and the drinks are damn good."

H. Harper Station's Jerry Slater, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Covers-All-the-Bases Drink Menu


click to enlarge DUSTIN CHAMBERS
  • Dustin Chambers

Poets, Artists & Madmen

"The shows being produced by Jayne O'Connor under the Hyde moniker are pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a 'reading.' Incorporating game show tropes, drag, musicians, comedians, and yes, writers, Hyde is both inviting folks from outside the literary community to join in on our badassery and reflecting the diversity of Atlanta's creative community. It's also entertaining as hell."

Myke Johns, consigliere of Write Club, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Reinvention of the Reading Series


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