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Arts and Entertainment Winners 2007

Best Poetry Journal

Smartish Pace

We have to admit that we pay less attention to contemporary poetry than we do to our feet. Heels get pumiced, cuticles get trimmed, and the whole foot gets moisturized on a daily basis, while we might check out new poetry only when we come across a particularly persuasive review or a strong recommendation from a friend. What we like about regularly visiting Smartish Pace over the past 12 months wa ... [MORE]

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Best Band
Lafayette Gilchrist Trio
Stepping outside of a much-loved local band and redefining your sound--stripping it down from a harm...

Best Live Band
Ponytail
With all due deference to last year's winner, the Death Set--and Dan Deacon--there isn't a live band...

Best Band Web site
Karmella's Game
Synth-rock quartet Karmella's Game, with its members sporting matching private-school uniforms, have...

Best Singer/Songwriter
Lizz King
Wham City might be best known for giddy, hyperactive noisemakers such as Dan Deacon and the Santa Da...

Best Solo Music Artist
OCDJ
The city's most exciting DJ wears fuzzy animal heads, occasionally adds a live drummer for extra par...

Best Male MC
Skarr Akbar
Sometimes rappers lock down this category by virtue of it simply being their year, that fleeting mom...

Best Female MC
Jade Fox
As much as we love Baltimore's uncommon surplus of talented female MCs, most of them have yet to dro...

Best Sideman
Shodekeh
You expect a beatboxer to be able to rock the microphone when backing an MC. You don't expect that s...

Best Hip-Hop DJ
Vicious V
While most hip-hop DJs these days, in Baltimore or elsewhere, don't consider their vocation as any c...

Best Club DJ
KW Griff
KW Griff may not be as ubiquitous as his Doo Dew Kidz partner DJ Booman, who pops up in every DJ boo...

Best Club Music Producer
King Tutt
King Tutt, at 25, may be on the young side as far as club producers go, but he has already racked up...

Best Beatmaker
One Up Entertainment
One Up Entertainment--the production team of Loren Hill, Rich "Nieze" Shelton, and Kevin Veney--is b...

Best Instrument Maker
Peter Blasser
We fell in love with Peter Blasser's instruments even before we heard a single noise they made. Boas...

Best Song
"Luxury Condos for the Poor," by Double Dagger
Chances are good that you live a stone's throw from a luxury high-rise, or one currently in developm...

Best Summer Jam
"Chicken Box," by Silohette
We have to admit that we'd probably love any MC savvy enough to dedicate a song to Baltimore's favor...

Best Posse Cut
"I'm So Fly" Remix, by Skarr Akbar featuring Bossman, D.O.G., Barnes, A-maz-on, Heavy Gold, and SK
If depressingly unnecessary beefs appeared to be the dominant mode of public communication between B...

Best Baltimore Song by Non-Baltimore Band
"The City That Reads," by The Graduate
We're called Charm City, Crabtown, and Mobtown. We've suffered through endless campaigns to draw tou...

Best Local Album
Spiderman of the Rings, by Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon's sweaty, spastic live shows are rightfully revered around town. In fact, they're now so ...

Best Label
Creative Capitalism
After sneaking out two of 2006's best local albums way late in the fourth quarter--the minimalist po...

Best (Out of Town) Label
Carpark Records
Though its address is a post-office box in Washington, you'd be forgiven for thinking that eagle-ear...

Best 10-inch
Natural Snacks, by Snacks
Local avant-boutique label Ehse Records has already firmly established itself as an imprint as devot...

Best Limited Editions
EndleSeries
Armed with a rare lathe-cutting machine, local experimental musicians/artists Chiara Giovando and Ca...

Best Doomed Major Label Contract
A-maz-on
We're eternal optimists about Baltimore hip-hop, but we can do the math. Out of over a half-dozen lo...

Best Spitting into the Wind
The "New Republic" vs. 92Q
Listen up, local hip-hop people: Victor Starr is not your enemy. The program director of Radio One-o...

Best Music Radio Station
92Q
Yes, rumors abound about how you get your local single played on the air. Yes, its daytime playlists...

Best Music Radio Show
92Q's Rap Attack
When Pork Chop moved up through 92Q's ranks and took the morning show job, we weren't so sure that R...

Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop
(New) Turntable Club
Just a couple blocks east of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, an old West Baltimore hip-hop venue has bee...

Best Jazz Space
An die Musik
With its award-winning chairs, great acoustics, and salon atmosphere lending an air of sophisticatio...

Best Rock Club
Floristree Space
No, it's not even a "club." No, we're not printing the address. Yes, you have to find it for yoursel...

Best New Club
Lo-Fi Social Club
Although the Lo-Fi was only open for a scant few months in its original Brooklyn location this year ...

Best Missing Link
Talking Head Club
A month back we were gonna cry in our beer a little bit about the hole in Baltimore's music nightlif...

Best Local Band Venue
St. John's in Hamilton
The church and Grange hall matinées of yore live on in Hamilton, albeit less bloody and aggre...

Best Dance Club
The Depot
In years past if you went into the Depot on any given night it might look the same as it did in 1988...

Best Dance Night
Ladies' Night at Kiss Café
Kiss Café is famous for its brunch, tapas, and Bloody Marys, and for women hopping on tables ...

Best Jukebox
Haven Place
There are two things one should look for in a great jukebox. One is a solid selection of songs you l...

Best Karaoke
Hip-Hop Karaoke at Latin Palace
Sure, eliminating the need to sing on-key takes away much of the challenge--and potential for embarr...

Best Drag Queen
Sabrina White
Russell Marcum is a committed man. He's stuck with Sabrina White for 16 years and has no intention o...

Best Drag King
Justin Credible
Forget the summer heat--Baltimore really gets hot and bothered when Justin Credible takes the stage....

Best Male Strip Club While it Lasted
Spectrum
OK, so there's not exactly much competition in this category. And Spectrum was no Atlantis--which we...

Best Strip Joint
Fantasies Nightclub
Besides live nude girls, easy parking, and reasonable drink prices, what impresses us most about Fan...

Best Burlesque
Trixie Little and The Evil Hate Monkey
As of this writing, Trixie Little is departing Baltimore for a while, leaving us temporarily without...

Best Whatever it Is
There Were One and It was Two: Annotated Artifacts from the Doubles Museum, by Ric Royer
Nothing is ever what it appears to be in the performance art of Ric Royer. An expert in using a casu...

Best Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall Cabaret
Local music and art venues aren't the only things exploding in the recent past. Numerous art event g...

Best Culture Jamming
2640
Charles Village's St. John's Church has long been a community friendly, multiuse space for shows and...

Best Community Arts Center
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
There's only one place in town that hosts art by kids, burlesque shows, outer space-themed benefits,...

Best Six Years in the Making
Station North Arts and Entertainment District
We have to admit we never really thought it would happen. When the city designated the region bounde...

Best Weekday Constitutional
Walking through the Walters Art Museum
We have horrible work habits: go to office, sit at desk for six hours straight, think about getting ...

Best Art Gallery
Current Gallery and Artist Cooperative
Downtown's Current Gallery would win this category for its multipurpose zeal alone if we wanted to t...

Best Gallery Show
The Visual Journalism of Jan van Toorn
This MICA exhibition in the Fox Building's Meyerhoff Gallery wasn't an eye-opener just for the innov...

Best Gallery Show Merch
Program from Current Gallery's Reenactments
This Gary Kachadourian-curated show asked artist to draw from memory something originally created as...

Best Big Museum Show
Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt
Four years after their storied run at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, the quilts of Gee's...

Best Little Big Museum Show
Meditations on African Art
What Karen Milbourne, the BMA associate curator of the arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Pacif...

Best Museum Series
Front Room
We have to say it in our out-loud voice: We heart BMA senior curator of contemporary art Darsie Alex...

Best Recent Accession
"Chocolatewafer Picture," by Dieter Roth
The BMA's Front Room: Ripple Effect exhibition was built around a fabulous recent acquisition: Thoma...

Best Museum Experience
At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland
The backstory to this show whets the appetite--36 MICA and Morgan State undergrads spend two years r...

Best Lecture Series
Art History Lectures at the Smokler Center
Organized by graduate students of Johns Hopkins University's art history department, the inaugural f...

Best Solo Show
New Paintings by Rob Sparrow Jones
While Gallery Imperato's own description of painter Rob Sparrow Jones' work couldn't have been more ...

Best Visual Artist
Erin Womack
We were fans of Erin Womack's hairpin-curveball naive visual art from catching it in shows such as t...

Best Tenacity
Jordan Faye Block
Last fall curator Jordan Faye Block left her post at Gallery Imperato and started a journey plying h...

Best Local Art News
Sustained emergence of new local galleries
It's only just begun, but let's see if we can keep it afloat. In the past year alone a small handful...

Best Local Art Representing
Tony Shore's Sondheim acceptance speech
We admit we're curmudgeons, but we've still got a little heart trapped inside those lumps of coal in...

Best Graphic Design Representing
Post Typography in The New York Times
It's always cool when you see local artists covered in bigger, national media than little old City P...

Best Way to Buy Art
Raw Art Sale at MICA
The talented young artists at MICA rarely make boring art, though you don't always want it over your...

Best Institutional Arts Blog
Gary Vikan, the Walters Art Museum
Anyone lucky enough to have attended Gary Vikan's amazing "Saint Elvis" lecture, and anyone who's be...

Best Online Arts Community
Beatbots
Lately, Beatbots is the first place we turn to when we're looking for what's going on in the local a...

Best Use of Bandwidth
BmoreArt Blog
Launched this past March by local artist/writer Cara Ober with occasional contributions by local art...

Best Public Art
Installations Near Lexington Market and Howard Street
The boarded-up, dilapidated shop is poetic in its misery. Its former life, with a front door chiming...

Best Mural
Expressway Pylons at the Farmers Market
The pylons holding the highway over our heads as we stroll through the Downtown farmers' market have...

Best Graffiti
Load of Fun Studios
As the graffiti rubout program slowly covers the aging pieces on highway columns, embankments, and w...

Best About Time
Local Fashion
We're sick of Baltimore fashions--and local designers--being given short shrift. No, Baltimore is no...

Best Craft Collective
Charm City Craft Mafia
Making stuff yourself isn't exactly a new concept, certainly not in Baltimore where we've generally ...

Best Trend
Explosion of online culture and lifestyle zines
Print magazines come and go, but the internet, she is eternal--as long as you maintain your domain. ...

Best Little Magazine
Locus
In only three issues Emily Hunter and Arthur Soontornsaratool's Locus magazine has carved out a heal...

Best Literary Journal
Murdaland
It's only one issue into its existence, but the inaugural Murdaland is such a brisk cold-water splas...

Best Poetry Journal
Smartish Pace
We have to admit that we pay less attention to contemporary poetry than we do to our feet. Heels get...

Best Poetry Series
i.e. Reading Series
Michael Ball's i.e. reading series moved from Clayton Fine Books to Dionysus in the summer of 2006, ...

Best Local Author
Larnell Custis Butler
This Afrocentric feminist deserves the nod for her tireless letters to the editors of local publicat...

Best New Book by a Local Author
What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman
We've read a few of Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan novels, but they've never really grabbed us as boo...

Best Book About Baltimore
Ace of Spades, by David Matthews
If there's a better book about growing up in what we know as Baltimore today we haven't read it yet....

Best NonArt Museum
Geppi's Entertainment Museum
You might as well call Geppi's Entertainment Museum the "Hey, I Had That" Museum, since the bulk of ...

Best Comic Book
Noose, by Mark Burrier
Mark Burrier is a minicomics lifer. We've been picking up stuff from the Myersvillean's table at SPX...

Best Web Comic
Important Comics, by Dina Kelberman
Wham City isn't just about bong hit-friendly TV talk shows and spazzing out in wacky costumes at war...

Best Zine
Catatac
Hotly colored, comics friendly, music loving, and sardonically ribald: Catatac didn't reinvent the z...

Best Theater
Theatre Project
Technically, it's not a theater--it's a project. But for decades, it has managed to keep Baltimore a...

Best Local Theater Company
Run of the Mill
This local theatrical powerhouse has undergone a number of changes in the past year--its fourth in B...

Best Theater Production
The Boys From Syracuse
Freelance New York director David Schweizer returned to his native Baltimore last winter and brought...

Best Set Design
Milagros Ponce de Leon
Milagros Ponce de Leon's set--accompanied by Chas Marsh's sound design and Dan Covey's lighting--was...

Best Theater Director
Xerxes Mehta
Rep Stage's Two by Pinter in February was one of the year's theatrical high points--and not just bec...

Best Playwright
Ty DeMartino
Ty DeMartino's The Blessed Mothers of War set off a few warning signals in our heads. Maybe it's the...

Best Actress
Ashly Ruth Fishell
Anyone who's been in plays in high school may know the feeling. You get the role of your life, your ...

Best Actor
Timmy Ray James
Too often Americans tackle Harold Pinter as if he were David Mamet, believing all those chiseled lin...

Best Movie Theater, City
Charles Theatre
Moviegoers can debate projection, the various types of stadium seating, and popcorn quality, but bas...

Best Movie Theater, Suburbs
Either of the "Gourmet cinema" screens at AMC Owings Mills 17
Yeah, yeah, yeah--all megaplexes in the burbs are the same. The 12 to 5,000 screens, the $9 tickets,...

Best Annoying Address
Tom Kiefaber's Opening Remarks Before Every Show at the Senator Theatre
We love the Senator Theatre, the ticket booth, the weird acoustics in the lobby, the well-trained an...

Best Welfare Queen
The Soon-to-Open Landmark Theatres
We have heard it suggested in some quarters that the Senator Theatre is at the public udder, sucking...

Best Film Series
The Charles Theatre's revivals series
Legendary film director Ingmar Bergman died this summer, but the Charles screened one of his movies ...

Best Fabulous Nobody
Cary Anderson
This past summer local actor Cary Anderson starred in five summer blockbusters--and when we say star...

Best Deleted Scene
from the The Wire's Fifth season
We received the below in an e-mail from The Wire co-creator/executive producer/writer David Simon on...

Best Poster
Whartscape's Bill Cosby
...

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