The August issue of Philadelphia magazine has its annual and ever-popular Best of Philly awards, edited this year by Michael Callahan. It will come as no surprise that lot’s of familiar faces pop up, including a number from our creative communities of technology and innovation.
Below, we breeze through the names you just might stumble upon at the next community event.
- In the “ENJOY” section, the all-comedy acting company 1812 Productions gets the nod as the city’s best Theatre group. We’ve covered their work for an iPhone app about Abraham Lincoln to promote the Rosenblach Museum.
See seven others from the magazine’s nearly 300 listings after the jump.
- In the “WATCH” section, we’ll ignore the bad Attytood pun and note that Philly old media’s best blogger Will Bunch got best columnist nod for the second consecutive year, even if, as he tweeted, he ain’t been a columnist for more than a year.
- In the same section, another nod to our old heads with “Best Reason to Keep the Inquirer going,” promoting their surely excellent series on the Board of Revision of Taxes. I would link to them if they were packaged in one place, organized by a single tag or even if the links were all still live, but, of course, none of that is the case. Ugh.
- Also in the “WATCH” section, they give attention to Drexel math professor R. Andrew Hicks, who is doing heavy research around lights, reflectors and lenses.
- The best blogger award goes to Dan McQuade who was canned by Philadelphia Weekly in February. This is strange because, by even Phillymag’s take, his new unpaid version of Philadelphia Will Do “doesn’t have the same bite.”
- Best “Nuevo Journalist” goes to Jim MacMillan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer that took a Daily News buyout and got on the social media train big time. Of course, this is like McQuade’s entry: a bit strange, considering MacMillan is gone.
- Best Rapper goes to the suburban rapper that you feel like you’re supposed to hate, yes, Asher Roth, who is a genuine kid who owns social media.
- The Best “Food blog,” category surprises, but the choice doesn’t: our friends at Unbreaded.com got the nod. I’d be lying if I said I knew this guy, but they also award a junior food blog to 16-year-old Nick Normile.
I’m sorry. I am unable to ignore that John Oates was named the Best National Anthem Singer. Technically Philly ardently loves and defends Hall & Oates as one of the great Philadelphia brands of all times. If you disagree, well, you can suck it.
Any other relevant awards I missed? What Best of Philly nod would you have gotten?