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2007 Index of Winners

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 “60more...

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”-styled mockumentary that helped create his own cult of personality. Pecou’s wry commentaries on the artist-as-celebrity also showed up this summer at Vaknin Gallery. We’re hoping this is just the beginning. The Contemporary demonstrated an interest in new blood and a fresh vision by welcoming Pecou to its board of directors.


www.fahamupecouart.com

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Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Radcliffe Bailey

Best Film School for the Cinematically Precocious BOA Award Winner

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 classic film for kids. But it also gives the next generation a lesson in Film Appreciation 101. Kennymore...

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 classic film for kids. But it also gives the next generation a lesson in Film Appreciation 101. Kenny sets up goofy introductions with a cast of real-life kiddies that evokes those creaky, locally produced TV movie nights. Tentative titles for next summer include National Velvet and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. The only downside is explaining to your 4-year-old that SpongeBob is actually a lanky white guy in nerd glasses.


www.tcm.com

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Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

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 country’s modern media, only carried to comic extremes. You imagine Helms-like characters as being cloned in factories to be America’s middlemore...
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 country’s modern media, only carried to comic extremes. You imagine Helms-like characters as being cloned in factories to be America’s middle managers and cable-news pundits, and not actually coming from real hometowns. Whether playing pugnacious dimwit Andy Bernard as a regular on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office” or practicing “fake” journalism on “The Daily Show” and as Ed Carson in Evan Almighty, Helms perfectly captures our own worst instincts with unerring humor. Every time he breaks into a piercing rendition of, say, “Closer to Fine” or “Zombie,” he does us proud. less...

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

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 perversemore...

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

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Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Tim Stoltenberg

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

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 plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatremore...
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 plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award this year for Fix Me So I Can Stand, a knotty, insightful death-row drama set in South Georgia in the 1970s. Essential Theatre’s world-premiere production in the summer included a superb performance by Spencer Stephens. In Fix Me So I Can Stand — as well as Sterrett’s World War I drama The Summerhouse in April set in her native Australia and staged at Theatre Decatur — Sterrett showed such a vivid sense of place that Atlanta’s larger playhouses should give her work a look. less...

Best Local Visual Arts Website BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Planit
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Best Not-so-bargain Bargain Shoppin' BOA Award Winner

Luxe
The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress - a silk, strapless A-line mini - still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don't even get us started. It's hard being a broke girl with a rich girl's wants. But at LUXE, let the nightmares be gone. The well-appointed boutiquemore...
The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress - a silk, strapless A-line mini - still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don't even get us started. It's hard being a broke girl with a rich girl's wants. But at LUXE, let the nightmares be gone. The well-appointed boutique recently has reopened its doors, this time on Marietta Street in of-the-moment West Midtown. Owner Jenn Ripley scours the land in search of recent seasons' hot designs and sells them for 50 percent to 70 percent off retail. The above-mentioned dress, at $649, might not be cheap - but compared with its original tag of $2,700, it's a steal. And so be it if we're a season off. We can rest easy knowing the fashion of our dreams really can come true. less...

Best OTP Bargain Couture BOA Award Winner

Fantastic Finds
Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs,more...
Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Bebe and Chloe, as well as samples and close-outs from top designers and high-end stores. On a good day, you might walk out with a Stella McCartney top or a Chanel bag, or find a gem on the $5 rack. Fantastic, yes? less...

Best Record Shop That Feels Like a Time Warp BOA Award Winner

Low Yo Yo Stuff
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn't set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deterioratingmore...
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn't set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deteriorating strip mall behind a towering office building off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The cave of a store finally has enough space for both people and LPs. Records galore fill table after table and range in price from $5 to $100 or more, depending on how serious you are. The real fun is sitting on the floor searching through the old vinyl, priced from $1 to $2, and gawking at garish '70s album covers. Be advised: The store is only open Fridays and Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. less...

Best Place for Timeless Threads BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN'S. From '50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuffmore...
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN'S. From '50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuff links, eyeglasses and even space-age curtains in a store that's meticulously organized despite being crammed with merchandise. The attention to detail extends to the elaborate window displays, which are among the most inventive and inviting in town. less...

Best Wine Selection at a Grocery Store BOA Award Winner

Ansley Mall Kroger
We would never have guessed that our hunt for a bottle of 1921 Chateau Caillou Sauternes would have led us to the ANSLEY MALL KROGER. But there it was, enclosed in glass, tucked into the store's temperature-controlled wine cellar with a price tag of $999. The selection of wine at the Ansley Mall storemore...
We would never have guessed that our hunt for a bottle of 1921 Chateau Caillou Sauternes would have led us to the ANSLEY MALL KROGER. But there it was, enclosed in glass, tucked into the store's temperature-controlled wine cellar with a price tag of $999. The selection of wine at the Ansley Mall store is vast; from rich ports to sweet dessert wines, the handpicked inventory spans the globe. Just as important, though, is the wine staff. On a recent visit, Steve, the French wine aficionado, gave an approving nod to the rose we chose for a light dinner of Mediterranean fare. He also pointed out that a standout was coming in the next week, which spurred a conversation about roses, which got us talking about the best wines for hot summer nights, which led to ... well, let's just say they know their stuff. less...

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Love Shack

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax

Best Cigar Store BOA Award Winner

Highland Cigar Co.

Best Cooking Classes BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best Hip Men's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center

Best Shopping Mall/Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Last Chance Thrift Store

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Yoga Instructor BOA Award Winner

Jaya Devi Bhagavati (Kashi Atlanta)

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

 

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