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2006 Index of Winners

Best Art Exhibit In A Museum BOA Award Winner

ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Goldenmore...
ORIGIN: ANDREW ROSS INSTALLATIONS was the breathtaking solo show featuring former Atlanta artist Ross’ meditation on the fragile history of humankind. It delivered the conceptual goods and had visual impact to burn. By coupling Ross’ work with a show of the local art collaborative Golden Blizzard’s acid-trip drawings, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia proved it could bring it when it came to smart, happening conceptual art. less...

Best Art Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

The Westside
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudsonmore...
Though at this point there is hardly a glut of galleries, things are definitely on the rise on THE WESTSIDE. Yes, it’s home to Howell Mill Road’s retail corridor, but it’s also the artsy epicenter of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the King Plow Arts Center, the Sandler-Hudson Gallery and Octane Coffee, which has featured rotating shows of local artists. The district also is just a stone’s throw from the thriving Castleberry Hill art scene. less...

Best Book By An Atlanta Author BOA Award Winner

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are asmore...

The short stories of Jack Pendarvis find security guards watching over a shock jock buried alive, an unemployed man spying on sinister squirrels, and a very, very bad writer attempting to write the history of America. In THE MYSTERIOUS SECRET OF THE VALUABLE TREASURE, Pendarvis’ words are as wild and possessed by the same mad genius as his characters.
$21. MacAdam/Cage. 187 pages.

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Best Book Set In Georgia BOA Award Winner

Between, Georgia
Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized versionmore...

Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson puts a new twist on the family feud in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, in which the biological daughter of one family is raised by that family’s sworn enemies. As an adult, only she can keep the two families from killing one another. No pressure. Set in a fictionalized version of the real town of Between, the novel adeptly mixes cold-blooded creepiness with lyric love and loyalty.
$22.99. Warner Books. 304 pages.

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Best Coffeehouse to See Art BOA Award Winner

Most coffeehouse art makes us cringe, but AURORA-LITTLE FIVE POINTS — the happening java joint sharing a Moreland Avenue strip with Criminal Records and Junkman’s Daughter — is actually worth traveling to for art, latte or no latte.

Best Dance Company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet Company

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historicalmore...
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historical warriors to protester-moms to victimized refugee. The cast brought Women + War down to earth and featured such local theater leaders as Synchronicity co-founder Hope Mirlis, playwright Suehyla El-Attar and Savage Tree Arts Center co-founder Kristi Casey. Like a highly trained platoon, the excellent ensemble proved so tightly knit that it’s impossible to single out any one performer. less...

Best Literary Event BOA Award Winner

Best Local Curator BOA Award Winner

Stuart Horodner

Best Male Actor BOA Award Winner

David Silverman
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’smore...
For years, local actor DAVID SILVERMAN established a reliable, boyish stage persona with occasional departures, like his gleefully nasty eBay addict in Jewish Theatre of the South’s Affluenza! last fall. Nothing prepared Atlanta audiences for his unnerving work as a pedophile in Actor’s Express’ world premiere musical Love Jerry in January. Silverman’s childlike affability took on sinister overtones, but he made the sexual predator more than just a villain, hitting the depths of self-loathing when the character confronted his transgressions — in song. Some performances change your assessment of an actor, but Silverman’s work in Love Jerry affected our insight into human nature. less...

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

There’s a reason EDDIE’S ATTIC dominates this category year after year — the venue earns it! Even changes in ownership (now in the loving hands of Bob Ephlin) haven’t affected the quality of the bookings or the exquisite audio sound fans have come to expect. The local,more...
There’s a reason EDDIE’S ATTIC dominates this category year after year — the venue earns it! Even changes in ownership (now in the loving hands of Bob Ephlin) haven’t affected the quality of the bookings or the exquisite audio sound fans have come to expect. The local, regional and national performers love it, the audience loves it, and you ain’t a real Atlantan until you have been shushed by the Eddie’s Attic staff. With Bob and the titular Eddie at the helm, the Attic maintains a high degree of national respect. Besides, you gotta love the Monday Night Open Mike Shootouts. less...

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern
Other clubs may have luxuries such as nice tables, easily accessible bathrooms, parking spaces and stages that can be seen from everywhere in the room. But NORTHSIDE TAVERN has the personality that makes a soundtrack of your troubles or helps you forget them. The club also pulls in personalities, includingmore...
Other clubs may have luxuries such as nice tables, easily accessible bathrooms, parking spaces and stages that can be seen from everywhere in the room. But NORTHSIDE TAVERN has the personality that makes a soundtrack of your troubles or helps you forget them. The club also pulls in personalities, including the working-class stiffs from the junk yard across the street, starving students from the Tech campus, and even a few spillover hipsters from nearby Compound. less...

Best Breakdancer BOA Award Winner

Quick

Best Burlesque Performer BOA Award Winner

Monkey Zuma

Best Dance Squad Or Troupe BOA Award Winner

The Doll Squad Burlesque Revue

Best Georgia-based band MySpace page BOA Award Winner

Mastodon
MySpace is the 21st-century equivalent of a Trapper Keeper binder — it’s covered in unicorns, dragons, notes from friends, and rock ‘n’ roll fantasies. Except now you don’t just scratch “MASTODON Rulez!” in red ink, you can also link to themore...

MySpace is the 21st-century equivalent of a Trapper Keeper binder — it’s covered in unicorns, dragons, notes from friends, and rock ‘n’ roll fantasies. Except now you don’t just scratch “MASTODON Rulez!” in red ink, you can also link to the band’s profile, make a logo background or embed a song. Fittingly, heavy music fans have embraced MySpace, and CL deems the logo worthiest of being scrawled in the biggest block letters to be our own local metal leviathans. Over the summer months, Mastodon’s profile became a compulsory click for previews of Blood Mountain, the epic album from arguably Atlanta’s sickest act. The page also features links to behind-the-scenes videos, old photos and more. Though seemingly incessant road warriors, Mastodon always maintains a home on the Net.
www.myspace.com/mastodon.

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Best Glam Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Nicole Paige Brooks
Local drag celebrity NICOLE PAIGE BROOKS is like one big “Mindfreak” episode storming through town, taking the art of illusion to a level that Criss Angel can’t even touch. Just ask the countless number of straight men and lesbians how they felt after finding out the hottiemore...

Local drag celebrity NICOLE PAIGE BROOKS is like one big “Mindfreak” episode storming through town, taking the art of illusion to a level that Criss Angel can’t even touch. Just ask the countless number of straight men and lesbians how they felt after finding out the hottie they were hitting on was actually a dude. Even the RGs (real girls) envy Nicole’s killer legs. Beyond being a hot piece of ass, Nicole works with YouthPride, an organization that creates a safe haven for young homosexuals. And speaking of homosexuals, this year Ms. Brooks also graced the cover of David magazine. She’s also become an in-demand host for all the best gay events across the country.
www.nicolepaigebrooks.com.

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Best Jazz Club BOA Award Winner

Churchill Grounds
Sometimes a quiet evening of jazz is better than a night in a loud and smoky rock club. Yeah, we know that sounds crazy. But one visit to CHURCHILL GROUNDS, and we were hooked. The elegant, cozy venue is a classy alternative to scuzzy rock venues. It’s an excellent place to take a special date:more...
Sometimes a quiet evening of jazz is better than a night in a loud and smoky rock club. Yeah, we know that sounds crazy. But one visit to CHURCHILL GROUNDS, and we were hooked. The elegant, cozy venue is a classy alternative to scuzzy rock venues. It’s an excellent place to take a special date: Have a glass of wine, relax, and let a night of music work its magic (you’ll just need to close the deal). But, first and foremost, it’s a great place to see intimate performances by a variety of jazz greats and up-’n’-comers. Located to the right of the historic Fox Theatre on Peachtree, Churchill Grounds has a stately, affluent vibe, so ditch the sneakers and dress nice for a change, OK? less...

Best Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Karaoke Tuesdays
Fortunately, the drinks are cheap and stiff at Atlanta’s most surreal setting, the fallout shelter/basement called the Clermont Lounge. At KARAOKE TUESDAYS, you’re going to need a few shots to numb the terror of watching someone who could be your grandma get nekkid and sing Kelly Clarkson.more...
Fortunately, the drinks are cheap and stiff at Atlanta’s most surreal setting, the fallout shelter/basement called the Clermont Lounge. At KARAOKE TUESDAYS, you’re going to need a few shots to numb the terror of watching someone who could be your grandma get nekkid and sing Kelly Clarkson. Add a few more if you plan to build up the courage to perform in front of the abusive but funny host, Rotknee. less...

Best Local Band To Reinvent Itself BOA Award Winner

A Fir-Ju Well
When word spread that A FIR-JU WELL was playing its “last show ever,” rumors of the band’s death were greatly exaggerated. Of equal exaggeration was the local music scene’s reaction when the group re-emerged under the name Gringo Star. What’s in a name, anyway?more...

When word spread that A FIR-JU WELL was playing its “last show ever,” rumors of the band’s death were greatly exaggerated. Of equal exaggeration was the local music scene’s reaction when the group re-emerged under the name Gringo Star. What’s in a name, anyway? An awful lot. A Fir-Ju Well was a classy, mysterious moniker that hinted at the group’s swirling palette of sweat-soaked and baroque psych rock; it was miles away from a side-stabbing Beatles pun. Whether Gringo Star invokes a smile and a groan or just bewilderment, it’s certainly infused the group’s public image with a whole new sense of mystery. Hey, it worked out for Brian Jonestown Massacre, but not so well for John Cougar Concentration Camp.
www.myspace.com/thegringostars.

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Best Local Club Promoter BOA Award Winner

Liquified
The glow sticks and UFOs may have matured into iPods and Diesels, but the party still rocks whenever Liquid Groove — ahem, LIQUIFIED, in its middle age — is throwing it. For 12 years now, powerhouse promoter Devin Walkley and his team have brought everyone from progressive king Sashamore...

The glow sticks and UFOs may have matured into iPods and Diesels, but the party still rocks whenever Liquid Groove — ahem, LIQUIFIED, in its middle age — is throwing it. For 12 years now, powerhouse promoter Devin Walkley and his team have brought everyone from progressive king Sasha to drum and bass triumvirate Dieselboy, Dara and AK 1200 to venues all over town — though Liquified now calls Eleven50 home base for most of its events. While other promoters have slowed down or faded away, Walkley’s crew not only has survived but has improved with time.
www.liquified.com.

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Best Local Concert Promoter BOA Award Winner

Tight Bros. Network
As club promotion crew TIGHT BROS. NETWORK knows all too well, rock and roll is a messy thing. Randy Castello and Nisa Asokan mostly operate out of Drunken Unicorn, where Castello is the booking agent. Since 2001, Tight Bros. has been shepherding the world’s fringe-dwellers — from well-knownmore...

As club promotion crew TIGHT BROS. NETWORK knows all too well, rock and roll is a messy thing. Randy Castello and Nisa Asokan mostly operate out of Drunken Unicorn, where Castello is the booking agent. Since 2001, Tight Bros. has been shepherding the world’s fringe-dwellers — from well-known auteurs like Diplo, Acid Mothers Temple and Wolf Eyes to local dissidents like Deerhunter and Untied States — to successful Atlanta shows and blown minds.
www.tightbros.net/tightbros.html.

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Best Local Emo Act BOA Award Winner

Cartel
CARTEL’s music is big: beefy hooks, a ringing voice in group leader Will Pugh, and an ambition to become one of the country’s best emo bands. Thanks to its workaholic ethic, the band’s fizzy lead single “Honestly” has become an MTV favorite. Its second album,more...

CARTEL’s music is big: beefy hooks, a ringing voice in group leader Will Pugh, and an ambition to become one of the country’s best emo bands. Thanks to its workaholic ethic, the band’s fizzy lead single “Honestly” has become an MTV favorite. Its second album, Chroma, nestled on the national charts nearly a year after its fall 2005 release. The best way to hear Cartel, however, is live, where Pugh’s generous, melodic voice shines brightest.
www.cartelrocks.com.

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Best Local Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

Outkast

Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

Ghost Tour
GHOST TOUR is an indie-rock band with country influences, not vice versa. The group’s jangle-pop chops bare the burdens of working man’s music but there’s more My Bloody Valentine than Gram Parsons in the mix. Featuring singer/guitarist Craig Gates, bassist John Naismith andmore...

GHOST TOUR is an indie-rock band with country influences, not vice versa. The group’s jangle-pop chops bare the burdens of working man’s music but there’s more My Bloody Valentine than Gram Parsons in the mix. Featuring singer/guitarist Craig Gates, bassist John Naismith and drummer Greg Stevens, Ghost Tour forgoes showboating to adopt a stoic approach to the art of song. Their thirtysomething angle adds post-hipster substance to Ghost Tour’s sound, but the group still rocks. Songs like “Brown Guitar” and “Craig #1” swell with a well-tempered exuberance that embraces a lineage of respectable artists, from Wilco to the Minutemen and Pavement to the Pretty Things. Ghost Tour offers something for the critics and the kids to sink their teeth into.
www.myspace.com/ghosttour.

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Best Local New Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Zac Brown Band

Best Local Overall Music Act BOA Award Winner

The Zac Brown Band

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Echovalve

Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

The Black Lips
Garbled garagists THE BLACK LIPS are a beautiful disaster spreading bruised pop like a social disease. Like everything about the Brian Jonestown Massacre, everything about the Black Lips music (and the band’s venue and label, Die Slaughterhaus) is DIY and art-damaged — frayed or fadedmore...

Garbled garagists THE BLACK LIPS are a beautiful disaster spreading bruised pop like a social disease. Like everything about the Brian Jonestown Massacre, everything about the Black Lips music (and the band’s venue and label, Die Slaughterhaus) is DIY and art-damaged — frayed or faded — yet takes on supersaturated supersonics. This is surf rock clawing from a froth of psychedelic phlegm dripping from Spanish moss. On stage, the chaos is fluid — and may even spread some fluids. The Black Lips may not technically play rock best, but they will rock you best.
www.myspace.com/theblacklips.

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Best Local Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Dear Enemy

Best Local Singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Anna Kramer
What sets ANNA KRAMER apart from the troubadour masses isn’t just the honesty in her songs, but her ability to wander through an array of musical styles while maintaining her own identity. Kramer’s voice is more honest-to-goodness human than seductress. Rather wielding feelings likemore...

What sets ANNA KRAMER apart from the troubadour masses isn’t just the honesty in her songs, but her ability to wander through an array of musical styles while maintaining her own identity. Kramer’s voice is more honest-to-goodness human than seductress. Rather wielding feelings like a club, she confronts highs and lows with authentic emotions that bend to expose the subtleties in her songs. Kramer’s modest presence breathes realism into her performances whether she’s traversing country-music desolation and Kinks-style Brit rock, or simply covering Buck Owens, Buddy Holly or Carl Perkins. Sweet melancholy is as much her calling card as is her rockabilly twang.
www.annakramer.net.

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Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Little Country Giants

Best OTP Music Club BOA Award Winner

The Darkside

Best Prank Latino Music Act BOA Award Winner

Matt Horgan and the Salsa Trio (aka Dad's Garage improv actors)

Best Redneck Bar BOA Award Winner

Cowboy's

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

The Darkside

Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

Thursdays at the Mark
Although drum ’n’ bass may not be the average person’s choice of music, THURSDAYS AT THE MARK offer up consistency, quality DJs, a supportive venue and a loyal crowd. You can chill upstairs and absorb at a distance the sounds of DJs such as Black Sun Empire and Optical, whilemore...
Although drum ’n’ bass may not be the average person’s choice of music, THURSDAYS AT THE MARK offer up consistency, quality DJs, a supportive venue and a loyal crowd. You can chill upstairs and absorb at a distance the sounds of DJs such as Black Sun Empire and Optical, while you sip cocktails concocted by the bashful but sure-to-get-you-tipsy bartender Gerson. Or you can creep downstairs and take in the aural amps among hardcore steppers, breakers, sexy scenesters and happy-hour hangers-on (after all, there’s free Sweetwater to kickstart the festivities). Anthony Rotella and his 404Audio.com crew have helped unite the DNB scene over the night’s two years, and club owner Pablo Henderson’s had his back. Look for 404Audio.com to bring a new addition to the DNB community next to Endenu this fall, where the subculture will continue its transit to a wider audience via clothes, video and fingerprint- and warp-free vinyl. less...

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks Indoor Climbing
And 4411 Bankers Circle, suite A, Doraville, 770-242-7625.

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

Rodney Ho
Entertainment blogger for the AJC

Best Local Celebrity BOA Award Winner

Andre 3000
Member of OutKast and actor

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Judith Curry
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit,more...
When Hurricane Katrina tore into the Gulf Coast, it created a perverse, but tempting, chance to make a point about global warming. Scientists had long figured a hotter atmosphere would agitate the storm cycle, creating more or bigger storms, or both. Was Katrina an example? Just after the storm hit, JUDITH CURRY, along with other atmospheric scientists at Georgia Tech, happened to co-publish a landmark study on hurricanes and global warming. They concluded the strongest hurricanes are getting even stronger as the Earth gets hotter. At a Washington briefing where Curry was asked to describe the research, a congressional aide with ties to the coal industry tried to portray her work as out-of-step with mainstream science. It didn’t work. Reporters at first concentrated on the aide’s trumped-up controversy. But the well-timed research eventually sunk into the public’s mind as yet more evidence of the costs of climate change. Curry has walked a difficult tightrope for scientists: While she’s been candid about the evidence for global warming, she’s steered clear of pontificating on issues outside her expertise. She and her Tech colleagues have kept their eyes on their own work, which is just what we need if we wish to understand what we’re doing to this planet. less...

Best Local Troublemaker BOA Award Winner

Joe Parko
Meet JOE PARKO, and you think “ordinary guy.” The retired Georgia State professor is anything but. Behind a gentle smile and shock of white hair is a firebrand. Parko, a Quaker, has been among Atlanta’s most indefatigable critics of George Bush and his Iraq misadventure. Inmore...
Meet JOE PARKO, and you think “ordinary guy.” The retired Georgia State professor is anything but. Behind a gentle smile and shock of white hair is a firebrand. Parko, a Quaker, has been among Atlanta’s most indefatigable critics of George Bush and his Iraq misadventure. In November 2002, before the war began, Parko began an all-American exercise. He tried to confront one of his U.S. senators — unhinged hawk Zell Miller — with questions about the war: Will we face more terrorism if we attack Iraq? How many people will be killed? Parko and four other activists refused to leave the senator’s Colony Square office until Miller agreed to meet with them. Instead of setting up a meeting with his constituents, Miller’s minions called the police. The activists, now dubbed the Atlanta Five, were busted for “criminal trespass.” Two years later, a judge threw the case out of court. Since then, Parko’s exported his fight for peace from Midtown to such far-flung lands as Iraq and Palestine. He uses letters, speeches and demonstrations. He’s a gentle but dogged hell-raiser. less...

Best Morality Tale BOA Award Winner

Bill Campbell
If you didn’t believe BILL CAMPBELL was a crook when he was mayor, then you weren’t paying attention. A puzzling jury verdict acquitted the slickster on racketeering charges. But Hizzoner still will be sporting prison scrubs for the next couple of years, because he couldn’tmore...
If you didn’t believe BILL CAMPBELL was a crook when he was mayor, then you weren’t paying attention. A puzzling jury verdict acquitted the slickster on racketeering charges. But Hizzoner still will be sporting prison scrubs for the next couple of years, because he couldn’t escape the tax evasion charges. Even though Campbell’s high-profile trial, conviction and incarceration gave Atlanta a black eye, letting him get away with his skullduggery as he ran the city into the ground would’ve tarnished our reputation all the more. Perhaps as much as the verdict, justice was served by the courtroom revelation of the former mayor as a petty, vindictive philanderer who spent as much time playing blackjack and taking vacations on other people’s dimes as he did at City Hall. And when he gets out of the slammer, maybe he can run for mayor of Tunica, Miss. less...

Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

Blue Ridge Mountains

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