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2007 Index of Winners

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

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 of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitionsmore...
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 of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitions and lectures and an increasingly interesting public art component have made a case for photography's centrality on the Atlanta art scene. Each year the crowds grow, and the lecturers get better. This fall look for talks by 2004 Whitney Biennial vet Alec Soth, London-based Turner Prize nominee Sam Taylor-Wood and New York Times magazine deputy photo editor Kira Pollack. www.acpinfo.org less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

David Yoakley Mitchell at Whitespace
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com 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. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family membersmore...
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com 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. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family members and speeding locomotives passing on the edge of small Southern towns. His most powerful images - which showed a rare tenderness and a clear eye for detail - were the tidy, personality-infused homes of a dying generation of Southerners. Mitchell's show had an emotional depth that could take your breath away. The peaceful privacy of the alternative gallery - located in a former carriage house tucked behind an Inman Park Victorian - made the event all the more moving. less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

Morris Louis Now - An American Master Revisited
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444 http://www.high.org 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 a welcome shout-out to old-school painting, featuring wall-sized

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu 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 Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationallymore...
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu 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 Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM'S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of "trash" less...

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

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 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a "60 Minutes"

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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 and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culturemore...
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 and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culture of beauty to human loneliness. With disquieting content and technique to burn, she's one of the city's most visible - and most interesting - artists. www.suellenparker.com less...

Lisa Borders: My Favorite Local Do-gooder BOA Award Winner

Caf
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal,more...
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal, an occasional bed, job training, employment training and employment itself. Chronic problems require creative approaches and that's why SHERRIE SNIPES-WILLIAMS, executive director of the Samaritan House and Cafe 458, is such an asset to our city. With more than 10 years at local nonprofits, she's clearly committed to making a difference in Atlanta. She is my 'sister-in-service,' and I am inspired by her example and her commitment. " As told to Andisheh Nouraee" less...

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Kicks 101.5

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

107.5 WJZZ

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

Freedom Park PATH

Best Local Athlete BOA Award Winner

Jeff Francoeur

Best Local Hero (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Georgia Aquarium

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Playground BOA Award Winner

John Howell Park

Best Overall Radio Station BOA Award Winner

Dave FM 92.9

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks!

Best Street Character BOA Award Winner

Baton Bob

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million inmore...
In the midst of the cesspool of the Georgia Capitol is an island of relative sanity — the office of LT. GOV. CASEY CAGLE. When Gov. Sonny “Florida Land Boy” Perdue and House Speaker Glenn “Love Those Blond Lobbyists” Richardson tried to use $142 million in surplus tax cash as a political football, it was Cagle who played the role of responsible adult by stopping them. Cagle has also put points on the board in other areas. Although he’s wholeheartedly GOP, he’s more like your granddaddy’s Republicans, a little snooty but willing to treat the other side with respect in a debate — and even to listen. In the reddest of red states, that’s the best we can hope for. less...

Best Local Political Figure BOA Award Winner

Shirley Franklin

Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Peach Pundit
Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostlymore...

Political junkies are surprisingly nonpartisan when it comes to getting the latest scuttlebutt. You could have Ted Kennedy’s face tattooed across both ass cheeks and you’d still have to check PEACH PUNDIT several times a day to see what fresh dirt Erick Erickson and his crew of mostly conservative busybodies and gossipmongers have dug up. You only have to open a blog thread to see that readers of all political stripes have entered the fray, resulting not only in lively debate, but a much more fruitful exchange of viewpoints than you get on single-blogger sites. PP’s stable of insiders also occasionally scoops the news wires and dailies, especially during the General Assembly. Simply put, if it involves politics in Georgia, someone’s talking about it — and you can, too — on Peach Pundit.


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Best Local Political Website BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz's website

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Sgt. Michael Scott Kreher
It takes personal courage to challenge authority in the Atlanta Police Department. Former Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli suffered retaliation when he went public with substantiated accusations that former Mayor Bill Campbell and Chief Beverly Harvard had manipulated crime statistics to make the city lookmore...

It takes personal courage to challenge authority in the Atlanta Police Department. Former Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli suffered retaliation when he went public with substantiated accusations that former Mayor Bill Campbell and Chief Beverly Harvard had manipulated crime statistics to make the city look safer before the ’96 Olympics. In the last year SGT. MICHAEL SCOTT KREHER, president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers union, and some of his colleagues have exposed the APD’s deepening morale problems, as well as revealed the city’s touted war on crime as a quota-driven exercise in meaningless statistics. Without Kreher, the public wouldn’t know much of what’s gone wrong with the APD. Chief Richard Pennington has responded by transferring Kreher and other union officials to graveyard shifts and lower-status jobs.


www.ibpolocal623.com

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Best Local TV or Newspaper Reporter BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Local YouTube Video BOA Award Winner

Willy Terry story
A film by Dan Resnick

Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival
To avoid the stifling heat of summer, Atlanta crams a full six months of outdoor civic togetherness into the three spring months. The festival season’s two biggies, Dogwood and Gay Pride at Piedmont Park, are justifiably well-regarded. But for those looking for a real neighborhoody festivalmore...
To avoid the stifling heat of summer, Atlanta crams a full six months of outdoor civic togetherness into the three spring months. The festival season’s two biggies, Dogwood and Gay Pride at Piedmont Park, are justifiably well-regarded. But for those looking for a real neighborhoody festival experience, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL can’t be beat. Some of the event’s charm is just lucky geography — it’s fun to meander through the ’hood’s winding, shady streets. But the organizers deserve credit — by controlling the quality of the arts, entertainment and even the food, they’ve deftly grown it into a huge festival while avoiding corporate-carnival blandness. less...

Best Old Thing About Atlanta Made New Again BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline Inc (Featured)
Just when it seemed Atlanta was as likely to issue free personal jet packs to every resident as it was to make progress on THE BELTLINE, the city worked behind the scenes to team with a group of private investors to buy the proposed 22-mile loop’s northeast quadrant from Gwinnett developer Waynemore...

Just when it seemed Atlanta was as likely to issue free personal jet packs to every resident as it was to make progress on THE BELTLINE, the city worked behind the scenes to team with a group of private investors to buy the proposed 22-mile loop’s northeast quadrant from Gwinnett developer Wayne Mason, who tried but failed to get approval for two huge condo towers on the Beltline overlooking Piedmont Park. Few details are known, but it appears Atlanta will get its transit right-of-way and parks, developers will get to put swank homes and retail on some of the city’s most desirable land, and Mason will make an eight-figure profit just for sitting on the land for three years.


www.beltline.org

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Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Neal Boortz

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

WRAS 88.5
The collective knowledge of Pitchfork’s contributors is an invaluable tool for finding new and interesting rock; on the other hand, the mag is marred by bad writers who frequently confuse opacity with profundity. The rock programming at ALBUM 88, WRAS-FM (88.5) is Pitchfork’s encyclopedicmore...
The collective knowledge of Pitchfork’s contributors is an invaluable tool for finding new and interesting rock; on the other hand, the mag is marred by bad writers who frequently confuse opacity with profundity. The rock programming at ALBUM 88, WRAS-FM (88.5) is Pitchfork’s encyclopedic equal. Only, instead of writing about the music, Georgia State’s student-run station plays you the music. And instead of being pompous, the student DJs are smart people who play interesting music because they think you might like it. You won’t like all of it. But if you like discovering new rock, it’s your best bet, short of stealing cool people’s iPods. less...

Best Street Character Who's Not Baton Bob BOA Award Winner

Willy Terry, aka Bicycle Shorts Man
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues,more...
With his paid gigs and his slick website, “street character” is no longer an apt title for Baton Bob. He’s a full-fledged local celeb now. For God’s sake, the man has a better Wikipedia entry than Creative Loafing does. Of Bob’s street-character colleagues, none is more notorious, long-lived or as apparently well-endowed as WILLY TERRY, AKA BICYCLE SHORTS MAN. For 16 years, he has stood at the intersection of Briarcliff and Ponce, greeting passers-by with a smile, a wave and a glimpse of what appears to be an enormous penis visible through tight bicycle shorts. He’ll probably never be Baton Bob-famous, but last year, Terry appeared in an online documentary short (filmed by an Emory student named Dan Resnick) viewed more than 60,000 times. He’s putting the tube back in YouTube. less...

Best Urban Radio Station BOA Award Winner

103.3 (WVEE-FM)
Personalities are the lifeblood of commercial stations. And V-103, WVEE-FM (103.3) has a killer lineup: Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and Miss Sophia (mornings), Porsche Foxx (midday), Ryan Cameron (afternoon drive), Greg Street (evenings) and Joyce Littel (late night). It’s not only the music (pop-hop/R&B)more...
Personalities are the lifeblood of commercial stations. And V-103, WVEE-FM (103.3) has a killer lineup: Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and Miss Sophia (mornings), Porsche Foxx (midday), Ryan Cameron (afternoon drive), Greg Street (evenings) and Joyce Littel (late night). It’s not only the music (pop-hop/R&B) their listeners tune in to hear; it’s also the hosts. More than those at any other station, V-103’s on-air personalities have worked to create a familial bond with their listeners that transcends their ’hood fame. less...

 

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