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Best Of Atlanta 2007 Poets Madmen Large


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 Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

Foundation One Studios
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. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklynmore...
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. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklyn to Finland. If you can’t make one of the sceney openings, the photo-packed website is the next best thing for checking out the art and the crowd. less...

Best Place to See a Movie BOA Award Winner

Starlight Drive-In Theatre and Flea Market
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 and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly alwaysmore...
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 and audience misbehavior, going to the movies can be more trouble than just waiting a few months for the DVD release. STARLIGHT SIX DRIVE-IN nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you're with, what snacks you're eating or whether you're watching Pirates of the Caribbean or Grindhouse. (Honorable mention: For technical excellence, check out Fernbank's IMAX screen at least once.) less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com 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 on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existencemore...
696 Charles Allen Drive 404-429-3320 http://www.beepbeepgallery.com 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 on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery's unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October's Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Cinderella Story, with Maniacs BOA Award Winner

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 banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal wasmore...
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 banded together for a horror flick, told in three chapters, about a mysterious transmission that turns people into murderous lunatics. The Signal was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up a national distribution deal from ThinkFilm, which will release it to local theaters this fall. The initial success of The Signal is like a real-life version of Rocky (or maybe Rocky II, because Rocky lost in the first one). less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

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 of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productionsmore...
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 of such challenging shows as How I Learned to Drive. Since being named the Alliance's artistic director in 2001, she's directed smart productions - including Proof and My Fair Lady - while leading Atlanta's premiere playhouse. She's always been reliable, but outdid herself when visiting Actor's Express to direct Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Booth took a potentially maddening one-man show about an evasive, self-loathing narrator (played to acerbic perfection by Chris Kayser) and made it utterly engrossing. She played no small role in the Alliance earning a Regional Theatre Tony Award this year. It'll be fascinating to see what she does with John Patrick Shanley's confrontational Pulitzer Prize-winner Doubt in 2008. less...

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

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 town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN.more...
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 town. Even by the high standard he's already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS' CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN. Turman's career includes the film Cooley High, TV's "A Different World" less...

Best Theater Premiere BOA Award Winner

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, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted thismore...
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, notably with last year's delightful Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities (to be remounted this year). Even more impressive, though, was Bobby Box's macabre tour through the work of one of America's most famous writers in TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. Staged in January, the production captured the rolling cadences of Poe's verse and the grisly punch lines of his most notorious stories, while the sets and puppet designs offered gothic splendors like you've never seen. The play ended with a pair of blood-drenched hands, brought together to represent the fiendish fowl from "The Raven," less...

Best Feather in a Theater's Cap BOA Award Winner

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St. Woodruff Arts Center 404-733-5000 http://www.alliancetheatre.org National arts journalists often write about Atlanta as a

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

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 rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projectsmore...
He could easily rest on his laurels - the collection at the High Museum and a retrospective at the Birmingham Museum of Art - and rely on his frequent shows at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. But Atlanta-based artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY delved into new territory with his collaborative installation projects this year at Solomon Projects and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. He also collaborated with Alejandro Aguilera for a show at Emory University's Visual Arts Gallery. Bailey even showed off some of his own art collection this year when he loaned photographs by Mali portraitist Malick Sidible to the High Museum. http://www.solomonprojects.com/artistpage/bailey/about.html less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org 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 show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center.more...
535 Means St. 404-688-1970 http://www.thecontemporary.org 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 show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt's photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...


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