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Arts and Entertainment Winners 2009

Best New Film Series

Magic Eye

Local filmmaker Mary Helena Clark's Magic Eye film series began last January, and with sporadic screenings between two locations, it is gaining some serious underground momentum. Magic Eye provides a venue for under-viewed film projects--Clark has plans to showcase local artists, such as Karen Yasinsky and Fred Worden--and is dedicated to importing new, limited-release video. So far, the series ha ... [MORE]

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Best Club Music Producer
DJ Class
Even if he hadn't made a single other song in the last 10 months, DJ Class has had this category loc...

Best Club Music DJ
DJ Pierre
Between the death of DJ K-Swift, DJ Frie falling back from the mixtape grind, and Unruly Records dro...

Best Hip-Hop DJ
DJ Jay Claxton
As 92Q's mix-show director and DJ during the crucial 5 o'clock rush hour, Jay Claxton has always had...

Best Beat Maker
Banga Bill
With radio play for tracks with Mullyman, Barnes, and Silouette, Banga Bill may be the closest thing...

Best Male MC
Mullyman
When Kevin Muldrow dropped his debut album, 2005's Mullymania, he had a lot going for him, including...

Best Female MC
Ms. Stress
Ms. Stress isn't just dominant when it comes to female battle rapping, she's downright feared. After...

Best Solo Artist
Bow-Legged Gorilla
Acoustic guitar and beatboxing may sound like strange bedfellows, destined only to intersect on some...

Best Band
Wye Oak
So dense yet so simple and so affecting, the longing, mournful sway-rock of Jenn Wasner and Andy Sta...

Best New Band
Sick Weapons
Until this fall, Baltimore punk cornerstone Reptilian Records was on hiatus for nearly a year, durin...

Best Doom
Oak
Since the days of Pentagram and the Obsessed, doom metal--lumbering, downtuned, end-of-the-world met...

Best Throwback
The Bellevederes
It all starts with the emcee, a sadly lost part of the modern musical landscape. The Bellevederes em...

Best Song
P-Shellz "Fingaz Down (The Hack Anthem)"
So many Baltimore rappers bend over backward to make definitive chest-pumping hometown anthems that ...

Best Summer Jam
Comp "Whole Lat"
You wouldn't have heard it on 92Q or coming out of passing cars, but in underground venues and on in...

Best Album
Double Dagger, More
It wasn't too long ago that Double Dagger was a shtick punk band writing songs about graphic design....

Best Label
Mania Music Group
For better or worse, Mania Music Group epitomizes what it means to be an independent hip-hop label i...

Best Music Promoter
Tay Tay of Tay-land Promotions
With frequent shows at Sonar, Taste International, and the Fish Head Cantina, the funny little ghett...

Best Idea
allbmorehiphop
It's really simple: A web site solely devoted to disseminating new singles and mixtapes from Baltimo...

Best Local Music Blog
Aural States
With a heavy shout-out to the quickly encroaching Bmore Musically Informed blog, Aural States takes ...

Best Jazz Club
An die Musik
OK, OK--this is a default. The state of jazz clubs in Baltimore is rough right now. With the New Hav...

Best Rock Club
The Talking Head
Rock club means rock club, not multi-use space that sometimes has rock shows. As it gets harder and ...

Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop
Sonar
Sure, the best rap shows at Sonar are usually in that little club room, while some rock band headlin...

Best Local Radio Show
In the Mood with Ken Jackson, WYPR-FM (88.1)
Every Friday night at 9 p.m., Charm City residents have a free ticket to travel back in time to the ...

Best Fuck the Economy
Baltimore Opera Company closes, two open
This past March, the 58-year-old Baltimore Opera Company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation and ...

Best Dance Performance
Paraffin, Theatre Project
If you don't usually do dance, Kibism's Paraffin reminds you what you've been missing. Choreographer...

Best Burlesque
Gilded Lily Burlesque
If Trixie Little is Baltimore's burlesque superhero, then the Gilded Lillies are like our Burlesque ...

Best Comedic Performance
Mason Ross, "At the End of Infinite Rope"
You may have seen Mason Ross before, delivering his quiet, awkward, self-conscious but always hyster...

Best Production
a Lie of the Mind at Rep Stage
The tie that binds in Sam Shepard's landscape is paranoia and the desire for revenge. But this Rep S...

Best Local Play
Nine Imaginary Cows' There Have Been Other Men in My Wife's Bed at theatre project
This debut production from local theater company Nine Imaginary Cows winningly pushed the boundaries...

Best Touring Show
The Eagle Has Landed at Theatre Project
Five years into the Hippodrome's reopening, it's important to remember that the grande Westside dame...

Best Director
Donald Hicken
Though his day job is heading up the Baltimore School for the Arts theater department, Donald Hicken...

Best Actor
Marc Horwitz
Marc Horwitz is the John Gielgud of Maryland. That was obvious this spring at the Performance Worksh...

Best Actress
Genevieve de Mahy
Single Carrot's Genevieve de Mahy, a petite actress with dinner-plate eyes, first grabbed our attent...

Best Hat Trick
Erika Rose in Soul Collector at Everyman Theatre
Most actors would relish the challenge of creating three distinct people during the course of a sing...

Best Theater Company
Single Carrot Theatre
This category gets tougher and tougher every year, and theatergoing audiences are the true winners b...

Best New Theater
LOF/T
The Load of Fun Theatre--LOF/t, for short--is exactly what Baltimore needed. This multi-use but tech...

Best Trend
DIY Theater
In the last year, Baltimore's multi-talented, artistic twentysomethings have demanded the spotlight,...

Best Multipurpose Space
The Hexagon
Formerly the Lo-Fi Social Club and almost exclusively a music venue, the revamped Hexagon Space has ...

Best Welcome News for Baltimore Artists
Kresge Art in Baltimore program
Baltimore artists are rarely flush, but with the economic downturn, many grant programs and would-be...

Best Art Worker
Soledad Salamé
You can't always judge a local artist's work by where she lives. Take Baltimore-based Chilean native...

Best Solo Show
Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums; The Works of Laure Drogoul at the Maryland Institute College of Art
This mammoth, information-dense, and above all playful show finally put the career of one of the pil...

Best Portrait of a Place
East Side Stories: Portraits of a Baltimore neighborhood Then and Now at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture
Sometimes, foreign movie directors can offer a more illuminating take on America than our home-grown...

Best Makeover
Sarada Conaway and Jackie Milad at Transmodern
Transmodern 2009 was ripe with so much interactive awesomeness that it's rather unfair to single out...

Best Art Gallery
Gallery Four
Gallery Four and its gallery-running residents possess an unwavering devotion to professionalism. Ea...

Best Curator
Jamillah James
In only two shows, Chicago-transplant Jamillah James has already made an interesting impact on Balti...

Best Place to Buy Art
Directly from Artists
If you listened to the fall 2008 panic from New York and Los Angeles, the art market should have imp...

Best Mural
Waverly Giant
Don't get us wrong: We love having a grocery store in Waverly. But the Giant has always been a bit t...

Best Literary Agent of Change
Michael Kimball
Baltimore has always had a bit of a literary community, but it feels concentrated in and associated ...

Best Spy Game
The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman
What makes the espionage fiction of Sun foreign correspondent Dan Fesperman such a treat is the way ...

Best Book About Baltimore
Spirit of Place by Sarah Achenbach and Bill McAllen
Books about Baltimore tend to fall into one of three categories--dense scholarly works about the his...

Best Publishing House
Publishing Genius
Adam Robinson's Publishing Genius imprint doesn't win this laurel because of its active web presence...

Best Movie Theater, City
Landmark Harbor East
In all honesty, its programming should be better. The Landmark chain prides itself on exhibiting ind...

Best Theater, Suburbs
Bengies Drive-In Theatre
You know why everybody all over the city is doing "movies under the stars" or whatever else they're ...

Best Film Series
The Charles Theatre
When we want artistically soulful, intellectually satisfying, and more visually challenging filmgoin...

Best New Film Series
Magic Eye
Local filmmaker Mary Helena Clark's Magic Eye film series began last January, and with sporadic scre...

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