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WEEK AT A GLANCE Freebie of the Week

ArtZeum Opening Celebration

What: The first day of play for four new kids exhibits (for preschool children) that highlight art from the museum’s permanent collection and the Telfair Museums’ three facilities. When: Sat. May 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-790-8890. telfair.org/

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When: Thu. May 17, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Morning News Audito-

Where: Isaiah Davenport House Museum,

Wednesday

Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. Info: 912-232-6747

Cost: $18 Info: 912/236-8097. www.davenport-

Savannah Fashion Week

Bethesda Farm & Gardens Stand

What: Series of events Mon-Thur, featur-

ing fashions from Savannah’s premiere boutiques, culminating in Thursday night’s Fashion Week Fashion Show. Where: Various boutiques in Savannah Cost: Boutiques free and open to public Info: 912-844-9549. www.savannahfashionweek.org/

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Thursday Birding Expert Diana Churchill

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What: The mystery of bird migration is the focus of this Ocean Plaza Coastal Ecology Lecture. Reservations requested. 6pm reception, 6:30 optional dinner, 7pm lecture. When: Thu. May 17 Where: Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant in Ocean Plaza Hotel, 1401 Strand Avenue, Tybee Island Cost: Lecture free. Menu prices apply. Info: 912-786-8400.

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What: Products are grown and stand is managed by Bethesda students and staff. Fresh produce, organic garden seedlings and farm-fresh eggs. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays. When: Thu. May 17, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Where: Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Avenue Info: 912-351-2061. www.bethesdaacademy.org/

StartupChicks Savannah

What: A gathering of female entrepreneurs in the SAV. When: Thu. May 17, 4 p.m. Where: ThincSavannah, 23 Barnard St. Cost: Free Info: www.thincsavannah.com/

Tea in the Garden at the Davenport House

What: Experience an early 19th century tea in Davenport House’s beautiful courtyard garden, served by and with costumed interpreters. Guests must be able to walk up and down stairs. When: Thu. May 17, 4:30 p.m., Fri. May 18,

What: Seven-day home stand begins Thursday, May 17 and wraps up on Wednesday, May 23. Game times vary. Where: Grayson Stadium in Daffin Park Cost: $7-$10 Info: 912-351-9150 . sandgnats.com/

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What: Conference with tree experts. Tour Savannah’s most famous trees with Park & Tree staff. When: Thu. May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Coastal GA Center, 305 Fahm St. Cost: $50 includes lunch, tour, credits Info: 912-233-TREE (8733). www.savannahtree.com/

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Toast the Oak!

What: Champagne toast under the Candler Oak tree with Dr. Kim Coder and friends and members of Savannah Tree Foundation. Reception to follow. When: Thu. May 17, 5:30 p.m. Where: Candler Oak Tree, Drayton St., just south of Gaston St. Cost: $50, includes annual membership. Info: 912-233- TREE (8733). www.savannahtree.com/

Evening with Poet John Ottley, Jr.

What: The Poetry Society of Georgia hosts a guest reading by the author of the poetry books “The Seventh Deadliest Fear” (2010) and “The Hope of Upstream Water ”(1999). A members-night poetry reading opens. When: Thu. May 17, 7 p.m. Where: Ogeechee River Coffee Company, 4517 Habersham St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-344-3123. www.poetrysocietyofgeorgia.org/

3rd Annual Savannah Fashion Week Runway Show

Film: Food, Inc. (USA)

What: Occupy Savannah presents this

award-winning doc about what we eat in the U.S. and how it “happens.” When: Thu. May 17, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Theater: Flannery O’Connor’s Greenleaf and Everything That Rises Must Converge

Step Up Savannah - Poverty Simulation

What: A simulation that reveals to participants the barriers faced by Savannah’s 34,000 people who live in poverty. Register at styler@stepupsavannah.org.

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What: Independent retailers promote fashion and beauty in the Savannah area. Proceeds benefit Safe Shelter. When: Thu. May 17, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., Cost: $40-$80 Info: www.SavannahFashionWeek.org/

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What: SCAD performing arts presents a dramatic arrangement of two short stories by O’Connor, Savannah’s native daughter. (May 17 - $5 with SCAD ID. When: Thu. May 17, 8 p.m., Fri. May 18, 8


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Friday Art21 Film Series

What: SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD School of Fine Arts present films from the PBS TV series Art21. Today’s films: “History: Marina Abramovitz , Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley” and “Balance: Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, Sarah Sze” Discussion and refreshments follow. When: Fri. May 18 Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public

National Bike to Work Day

What: Events begin 8 a.m. Friday with

a 2 Wheels 2 Work bicycle convoy departing Habersham Village Shopping Plaza parking lot to the Jepson Center. There, cyclists can enjoy refreshments at the TEDx Creative Coast opening reception. At 5:15 p.m. city leaders join the Savannah Bicycle Campaign to dedicate the newly completed Price Street Bike Lane. Then members of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign will lead a ride from the Price Street Bicycle Lane dedication to a gathering marking the close of TEDx at Creative Coast HQ on Wright Square. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Preservation Wine Tour

What: Part of Historic Savannah’s

Preservation Festival. Tour begins at the Green-Meldrim House and features several private homes near Madison Square. When: Fri. May 18, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Green-Meldrim House, 14 W. Macon Street Cost: $45 Info: www.myhsf.org/

2012 Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

What: A water fight between parade participants and parade spectators lining the Butler Avenue route. When: Fri. May 18, 6:30 p.m. Where: Butler Avenue, Tybee Island Cost: Free and open to the public.

Savannah Arts Academy’s Film & Media Festival

What: Student created commercials,

PSAs, music videos, animations, graphic designs and short films. Students dressed like celebrities arrive by limo and walk the red carpet. When: Friday, May 18, 7 pm Where: Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Avenue

Cost: $10

Exposed: Fashion Show

What: The underground fashion scene - Project Runway’s Peach Carr, Mangled Courtesan by April Johnston and The Exquisite Corpse by Michael Drummond. 11pm after-party at Subzero. When: Fri. May 18, 8 p.m. Where: 24e Furniture, 24 East Broughton St. Cost: $25-$40. $15/SCAD Info: 912.233.2274 ext 1. exposedfashionshow.eventbrite.com/

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Saturday Roller Derby Double Header

What: A party in the round. Savannah Derby Devils in two matches at 5pm and 7pm. Live music, kids activities. When: Sat. May 19 Where: Savannah Civic Center, 401 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $10-$12/door. Info: savannahderby.com/

Tour: 1820s Savannah

What: The Isaiah Davenport House Museum offers an “Early Bird’s Walking Tour of the City Isaiah Knew”. A 2.7 mile Saturday morning tour of what survives from 1820s Savannah. Refreshments follow. When: Sat. May 19, 7:30 a.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street Cost: $20 Info: 912-236-8097. www.davenporthousemuseum.org/

Forsyth Farmers’ Market

What: Fruits, veggies, baked goods and more from local and regional growers/producers. When: Sat. May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: South End of Forsyth Park, Info: www.forsythfarmersmarket.org/

Canal Days: 20th Anniversary

What: Celebrating 20 years of the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal’s Museum & Nature Center. 11am Canal History Tour by Hugh Golson. 1pm Michael Jordan, local filmmaker will introduce the video “Battle of Monteith Swamp” filmed at the Canal. 1-3pm “Critters-to-Go” Petting Zoo. When: Sat. May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, 681 Ft. Argyle Rd. (Rte. 204) 2.3 mi. past I-95 Cost: $2 Adults, $1 Children 4-12. Info: savannahogeecheecanalsociety. org/

Savannah Aviation Open House

What: Things that fly, roll & float will

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When: Sat. May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Second Annual Pet Care and Adoption Fair

What: Low-cost pet vaccines and micro-chipping, dog washing, pet nail clipping and Doggy Derby. Benefiting Local Pet Rescue Agencies and Jacob G. Smith Elementary. When: Sat. May 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Lamara Street adjacent to Habersham Village Cost: Free and open to the public, including pets.

Conversation w/ Andre Leon Talley, Ralph Rucci & Robin Givhan

What: Vogue contributing editor and SCAD Board of Trustees member Andre Leon Talley, American couturier Ralph Rucci and Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Robin Givhan on everything from fashion inspiration to advice for aspiring designers. When: Sat. May 19, 2:30 p.m. Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: scad.edu/

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Isaiah Davenport: The Carpenter

What: Preservation Festival event centers on Isaiah Davenport’s impact on Savannah’s built environment. When: Sat. May 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton Street Cost: $95 Info: myhsf.org/

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Moonbounce for children

What: Carroll created the first prosthetic tail for a dolphin featured in the hit family movie Dolphin Tale. RSVP at DolphinsandDesserts@Gmail.com. When: Sat. May 19, 6:30 p.m. Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $5 donation. Info: www.thedolphinproject.org/

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What: Season finale for the orchestra features Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. A pre-concert talk on the pieces to be performed is presented by the Savannah Friends of Music at 6:30 pm. When: Sat. May 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Cost: $16 - $55. Info: 912-525-5050. www.savannahphilharmonic.org/

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Sunday Film: Penumbra (Argentina, 2012)

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents another Movie Savannah Missed. A “creepy new thriller” in Spanish, with English subtitles. Screenings at 2, 5, and 8pm. When: Sun. May 20 Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $8

Music: The Elaris Duo

What: Larisa and Steven Elisha, violin and cello, perform works by Boccherini, Beethoven, Mozart, Kodaly. When: Sun. May 20, 5 p.m. Where: Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 E. Gordon Street Cost: $15

AWOL Open Mic Therapy Session

What: All art forms are welcome including poetry, song, and dance. When: Sun. May 20, 7 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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Wednesday Dump the Pump Bike Pageant Prologue

What: Competition to choose Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s representative for the annual DTP Challenge. When: May 23, 6-8 p.m. Where: Wright Square

Comedy: Jeff Dunham & Friends

What: Two Savannah shows by standup comic, ventriloquist and TV star. When: Wed. May 23, 7:30 p.m. (Second show is May 24) Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Cost: $48 Info: 912-525-5050. lucastheatre.com

Film: The Red House (USA, 1947)

What: In rural America, a grouchy old geezer (played by Edward G. Robinson insists on sheltering his teenage daughter from virtually everyone and everything by forcing her to be as much of an antisocial hermit as he is. However, when she’s courted by a kind young man from the nearby town, the father freaks out. When: Wed. May 23 Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 cash only


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“We want your brain to hurt afterward,” says Creative Coast Executive Director Jake Hodesh simply. Indeed, as those who’ve experienced the event know, spending the day at TEDx can be a mind–blowing experience. Savannah’s third annual TEDx Creative Coast happens this Friday at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Connect Savannah is proud to be the media sponsor. And while the event itself is now sold out, you can watch it live online for free by going to our website at connectsavannah. com or tedxcreativecoast.com. “That’s part of the whole philosophy behind TED,” says Hodesh. “The presentations have to be made available for free to the widest possible audience.” For those who don’t know: TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and is a worldwide series of conferences owned by the nonprofit Sapling Foundation, whose mission statement is to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” A TEDx event is simply a TED event put on by a third party licensed to do so. At a typical day–long TEDx event, speakers have no more than 18 minutes to give a tight, dynamic presentation on their stated topic. Live talks are broken up by short videos approved by the TED organization. The goal is to stimulate creative thought

in a practical manner which will stay with attendees long after the event itself, prompting them to bring real change into their workspace and home life — the brain pain Hodesh mentions. But one of the keys to TEDx isn’t just the presentations, but the spaces between them. “We have a series of what I call ‘forced breaks’ throughout the day,” Hodesh says. “We sort of funnel people into a common area to give them a chance to talk about what they’ve just heard and forge an immediate sense of community about the whole experience.” While one might be tempted to call it networking — there’s nothing to prevent people from handing out business cards – the idea is for people to come together and talk about what they’ve just seen and heard. And maybe, add some creative interpretations of their own. A local TEDx is sort of a franchise opportunity. And like any franchise, there are strict rules. For example, overtly religious or political messages are a no–go. And despite the fact that many TEDx presenters tend to be entrepreneurs and CEO types, blatant commercialism is kept to an absolute minimum.

“This isn’t a situation where an author will give a presentation and later you see them at a table signing books,” says Hodesh. That said, local TEDx license–holders do have latitude in the theme of the event, in addition to picking presenters. In the case of TEDx Creative Coast, Hodesh and the selection committee didn’t go with a subject or topic per se, but rather wanted to show the diverse range of dynamic thought going on in this area. “Our goal is really to shine a light on the creative thinkers we have locally,” he says. Despite this third edition of TEDx bearing his organization’s name, Hodesh says it doesn’t necessarily signal a desire to make it a long–term commitment for the group. “I actually look forward to the day when enough momentum has been created in the community for someone else to be really well–equipped to take the TEDx ball and run with it,” Hodesh says. This week we preview TEDx Creative Coast with a few highlighted interviews, one from me with the dual presenter team of Andrew Davies and Jaime McGrath, and two by Jessica Leigh Lebos, with Beth Mount and Cat Compton. Our intent wasn’t to get presenters to give away their presentations ahead of the actual TEDx, but rather to give a taste of what’s to come this Friday — a small hint of the brain hurtin’ to come. cs

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Most TEDx presentations are one person onstage, perhaps with a few visual enhancements. But this Friday’s TEDx Creative Coast, for which we serve as media sponsor, features a couple of two–person presentations. The presentation by web designer Andrew Davies and Gould Elementary School teacher Jaime McGrath is notable not only for its dual nature, but for the impactful nature of the content. They’ll talk about the challenges and solutions involved with bringing problem–solving design skills to bear in the academic environment that puts standardized testing over everything else. We had an email exchange with them last week. Why the decision to collaborate on a TEDx presentation? Who does what? Jaime McGrath: Our collaboration grew organically from Drew’s visit with my students as a professional designer. My students loved the experience, I was elated, and Drew was impressed. When Jake Hodesh suggested we propose TED talks

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– separately – Drew thought of me and I thought of him. It was a perfect match, like peanut butter and chocolate, or Bert and Ernie. I think I’m Bert. And peanut butter. Drew Davies: I was thoroughly impressed with those kids in the classes I visited, as I was with Jaime’s idea to bring professionals in and do a series on design for 8-year-olds. So I did a blog post about it (at www. iamparagon.com) and it got some good reactions. So when the call for speakers came out for TEDxCC, I was encouraged to try and do something dealing with my visit. After a bit of research it was clear that the best approach was to collaborate with Jaime. Jaime provided most of the meat, theoretical underpinnings and local examples, I helped craft the

Catherine Compton: She will talk about green living and her co– founding of and work with Slow Food Savannah. Andrew Davies & Jamie McGrath: One of two multi–person presentations, Gould Elementary’s McGrath and Paragon Design’s Davies will talk about re– instilling problem–solving skills in a school environment currently obsessed with standardized testing.

Drew Davies of Paragon; Jaime McGrath of Gould Elementary

narrative flow of the presentation, and made it look pretty. Do you strictly see standardized tests as part of the problem, not the solution? Jaime McGrath: Standardized tests provide some useful indicators, such as regional data, but they do not accurately measure student achievement, they don’t improve student learning, and they certainly do not prove a teacher’s effectiveness. Design projects, however, can be graded on an objective rubric and take into account far more than memorization of facts; they can, for example, show how a student used time effectively, researched and analyzed new information, worked neatly and cooperatively – all essential life and work skills that standardized tests will never gauge. Drew Davies: What he said. Was there a ‘Eureka’ moment for either/both of you when you realized what is really important? Jaime McGrath:  My eureka moment came in my first months of teaching, when I threw my hands up and asked the sky, “Why am I wasting all my energy trying to force these

Zhenjie Dong: This photographer and Chinese native will deconstruct traditional Chinese symbols and endow them with new meanings as a way to “ rethink the past, comment on the present, and influence the future.” Mark Finnern: This software guru will talk about applying Google’s “20% time” to schools.

kids to do things they don’t want to do?” I realized that the kids weren’t the problem. Kids are essentially the same today as they were in the times of Noah’s boys, Tom Sawyer, and Peter Pan. So I began the process of creating a learning environment based upon what students both want and need – using what they want (fun, a sense of belonging,etc.) to deliver what they need (learning). I don’t think I’ll ever arrive at some destination, a perfection of teaching. As society continues developing, teachers must continue learning to teach. Drew Davies: The spark happened while I was in Jaime’s classroom. I was intensely jealous of those kids having such a cool teacher doing all these great fun projects and obviously learning a lot in the process. But the realization came over a long period of time diving into the research for this topic. My brain’s already wired to believe that everyone should think like designers, but not wanting to succumb to confirmation bias I needed some evidence. So it took a few podcasts, research papers and blog posts for me to realize that this idea of Design in Education is not just a fad but a substantive movement with real results. cs

Tom Hardy: SCAD design prof will talk about the “order of disorder” and how successful innovation is the “ result of tension, conflict and ever–changing perspectives.” Enoch Hendry: The pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church talks about “Square Roots: An anecdotal history of life on Telfair Square.”


by Jessica Leigh Lebos | jll@connectsavannah.com

With her bright smile and swirling flowered skirts, Dr. Beth Mount is a dervish of energy and color.

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In fact, the internationally–heralded consultant and artist so resembles one of her own vividly–patterned quilts that she could have stepped right out of one of the warm orange and yellow blocks. And like her quilts, which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts this July, Dr. Mount has a rich wealth of stories behind the beautiful hues. A pioneer in the field of Person Centered Planning for almost 40 years, the Atlanta native has promoted the revolutionary notion that people with disabilities can contribute to mainstream society. She did her doctoral dissertation UGA on the subject in the 1970s, where she and Citizens Advocacy director Tom Kohler were peers. Back then, the idea of inclusion was practically unheard of. “The idea of Person Centered Planning was radical then, it’s radical now,” she says. “It’s about finding the capacities of a person, focusing on what works instead of what’s missing. And that takes listening.” She was one of the first in the field of special education to help dial in on a person’s strengths and goals by creating vibrant wall maps full of words and simple phrases. The maps have helped many clients and their families forge a path of contribution and

Dr. Beth Mount spoke at last week’s Citizen Advocacy dinner.

contentment, sometimes leading to independent living and paid work. The color–coded charting is a “high level skill,” and Dr. Mount founded a company, Graphic Futures, to help teach others the process. However, when she moved to New York City 23 years ago, she found that trying to use word maps in a multilingual environment wasn’t nearly as effective. So she began to work with

Nikki Kaia Lee: A cancer survivor, former Oscar de la Renta intern, and the only high school student in this year’s TEDx, Lee will discuss the meaning of generosity and how it affects future generations of artists and designers. Kevin Klinkerberg: This urban design expert will discuss how he thinks the real estate crash was actually good for America. Kevin Lawver: Self–described geek will talk about what it’s like to think like a programmer and “how to start hacking your world.”

photos and illustrations when creating plans with clients, bringing bags of scissors and glue and old magazines to make collages. “What I found is that in a place where a hundred and forty languages are spoken, everyone could relate to images,” she explains. “Suddenly, we were engaging the heads and the hearts and hands.” Inspired by the finished works, Dr.

Beth Mount: Story Quilt artist will discuss “Beautiful Justice” and the idea that art is the one true global language that can solve our problems. David Pleasant: This artist and Sapelo Island native will discuss “Riddimic Harmony” and the cosmology of the Gullah–Geechee culture of the Sea Islands of Georgia. Christopher Plummer: Not the iconic actor but rather the owner of Bastille Metal Works. He talks about about using artistry and innova-

Mount began to collect and preserve them as laminated posters and in books, available through her publishing company, Capacity Works. She began sewing quilt blocks based on the collages of individuals about 14 years ago, binding together their stories and symbols. “I spend a lot of time looking for the pattern language that emerges, keeping an eye out for universal symbols,” she describes. “For instance, handprints come up a lot. They can signify the mark a person makes as they walk on the earth, or they can mean a protective influence, a shield that allows a person’s gifts to emerge and keep out the forces that would only define him or her by the disability.” Dr. Mount embeds something precious of her own in each quilt, perhaps symbolizing how much of her heart she puts into her work. Her grandmother’s old measuring tape borders one block, and she cut up her father’s American flag shirt to include in her quilt–in–process, a piece to accompany a fall book event featuring Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community, the story of one of Savannah’s most adored citizens written by Kohler and Susan Earl. Dr. Mount reminds that it’s vital to remember that each colorful square represents a person. While her intricate quilts stand alone as a stunning art form, she insists their true value is in the metaphor. “We’re taking random scraps that aren’t deemed valuable and weaving together new possibilities. ” cs

tion to transform business. J. Carlos Santamarina: This Georgia Tech prof discusses the need for creativity to be more included with and integral to academia and the work environment. Laura Spears & Lana Scott: These two SCAD students will give a musical performance. Tedx Creative Coast happens this Friday at the Jepson Center. The event is sold out but you can watch it at tedxcreativecoast.com continues on p. 9

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As the co–chair of Slow Food Savannah, the easygoing nutritionist/food activist has made it her mission to help folks appreciate the value of a well–prepared meal. But the Slow Food movement is about much more than what goes into your mouth. “People tend to gather around food,” explains the native Southerner in her charming drawl. “When you get people together to share a meal, it’s a good way to build community.” First championed in 1980s Italy as an antidote to fast food culture, the Slow Food movement has found its way to plates around the world with its goals of promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting local producers and preserving regional cuisine. “We have such a tremendous heritage here in the South around food,” says Compton, who will focus on ways to create more partnerships between local farmers and consumers in her TEDx talk. “The whole idea is to connect with your food, to recognize the people who took the time to grow it, to honor where it came from,” she continues. “The end goal is provide clean, fair food for everyone.” Compton first organized the Slow Food Savannah chapter two years ago with co–chair Katy Malloy, but its ideals have been a lifelong passion. She grew up eating raw okra and corn straight from the fields on her grandparents’ farm in Lexington, S.C. and remembers and picking figs and scuppernogs from the trees. “They grew organically, but of course they didn’t call it that back then. But nothing was sprayed, and I learned that the less you do to fresh food, the better it tastes.” Her mother was an early proponent

of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and would organize her neighbors to purchase produce and meats directly from local farmers. Preparing seasonal foods was a family tradition. “My parents had a cooking club. Everyone would come over with the ingredients and they’d cook and prepare the meal together,” she recalls. “I remember as a kid thinking it took forever. Now that was really slow food!” The 6–foot former athlete played college basketball, first at Clemson, then at AASU, where she graduated with a Health Science degree. She started a career in personal training but switched tracks to nutrition after “I found I was talking to my clients about food than anything.” She hopes to reach an even wider audience through Slow Food Savannah’s presence. At the recent Earth Day and Food Day festivals, she provided colorful lessons on easy–to– grow herbs and just how many miles those grapes from Chile actually travel. Upcoming events include a monthly film series, cooking classes and a delicious fundraiser in the fall. She’s also at work creating partnerships between nearby meat and vegetable farmers with local chefs to provide even more opportunities for fresh, local food. Compton believes a host of social issues can be addressed when folks slow down and bringing awareness to what’s on their forks. “The goal is to connect all these different levels of food—the political, the traditional, the environmental—and bring them to the table to start the conversation.” “Then we eat and enjoy,” she says with a grin. cs


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I must admit I enjoy a good riot. Not the violence, of course. Or the property damage. But there’s something tremendously exciting about people passionate enough to take to the streets to express disapproval of the way corporations are screwing us while the government stands around picking its proverbial nose. So it’s a teeny bit disappointing that only four people were arrested out of the thousands of well–behaved protestors at last Wednesday’s Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte, NC. Understandably, most people wanted to avoid pepper spray showers and a billyclub to the head. But for all the vitriol spat online about the egregious crimes of our nations’ banks— including foreclosing on robo–signed mortgages, partying like frat boys with our tax dollars and a host of other sociopathic shenanigans—the impact of last week’s dissent–in–person had all the whomp of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Dozens of parallel protests echoed throughout the country at other BofA branches, for the most part adhering to a similar code of manners appropriate for dinner at grandma’s. The small but mighty company of Occupy Savannah was no exception as it marched from Emmet Park

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surrounding it, all oxford shirts and khakis and sensible heels slowly chewing their sandwiches. Would you like that apathy in a to–go cup? Two police officers appeared at the edge of the sidewalk. Finally, some action! Turns out they were just on their lunch break. Sipping their sodas, they gave quiet approval to the cause. “Heck, they’re right,” shrugged one officer. “The banks have been ripping us all off and they’re using our money to do it.” Nodded the other: “I’m not going to get out there, but I’m glad someone is.” How many of us feel the same way? Who else empathizes with the foreclosed upon, the laid–off, the drowning–in–debt, but can’t quite justify the risk of shouting it out in public? What threshold needs to be crossed before we take it to the streets? Obviously, gainful employment is one. As Dykes put it, “even the anarchists have to show up for work.” In his 1849 essay “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau admonished that “if we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonable experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.” As BofA and JP Morgan and the rest of ‘em continue their unfettered slamdance with the economy, we must remember that we all have skin

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in this game. I can’t begin to know what it’s going to take to affect actual bank reform in this country, but it sure seems like things are going to have to get less civil and more disobedient to capture the attention of our legislators, who can’t seem to regulate their way out of a paper bag. Reading that BofA CEO Brian Moynihan was voted a $7 million pay package at the Charlotte shareholders’ meeting, I can’t help but think the socioeconomic upheaval of these times would be more effective if protestors quit being so darn polite. Or perhaps take a cue from the poet Rumi, who wrote, “Everyone who is kind and sensible is insane.” As things happened in Savannah, I got my drama after all. But it brought no satisfaction: While Philly, Albert and the gang practiced their legal right to free speech in front of the bank, Dykes pulled a fat piece of chalk out of his jeans pocket and began writing on the brick sidewalk. Suddenly, he was in handcuffs, charged for criminal trespassing. As determined as he was to follow the letter of the law, Dykes was arrested for writing in playground chalk on the tiny unmarked section of sidewalk considered private BofA property. As the patrol car pulled away to take him to the county jail, the rain began to fall, washing every trace of it away. cs

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Blotter All cases from recent Savannah/ Chatham Police Dept. incident reports

Burglary ring no more A five–week investigation into a string of burglaries led to the arrest of a 16–year–old boy, his mother and two men who had purchased stolen items from him.

Police charged Meshawn Shuman Richardson with four counts of felony burglary, felony entering an automobile and misdemeanor battery. His name was released by the Chatham County Juvenile Court because of his extensive criminal history. Since September 2010 he has been charged with felony theft by taking of an automobile, three other felony burglaries and felony entering an automobile. Also, Martino Buxton, 33, of Sherman Avenue has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. Police also found

a contempt of court warrant against him. Monique N. Richardson, 44, of the 900 block of Hancock Street, has been charged with possession of marijuana. One of the burglaries also led to the arrest in April of Vincent Joseph Clark, 27, of the 900 block of Wilcox Street after a victim used an I–Pad to locate items stolen from his house. Detectives had been investigating Meshawn Richardson after burglaries and thefts mounted up over the past five weeks, particularly in the Central Precinct. The break in the case came Sunday when a citizen told police Richardson was attempting to sell a stolen pistol and a laptop computer. Detectives and Tactical Reaction and Prevention (TRAP) units moved in to apprehend him. He broke free and ran, injuring an officer, but was taken into custody after a foot chase several blocks away. A search warrant was served on his residence where marijuana was found in the possession of Monique Richardson along with several electronic items believed stolen in the burglaries. A second

search warrant served on Buxton’s residence yielded cocaine, drug scales, marijuana, a stolen firearm, a stolen television and a stolen Nintendo Wii. • A hit and run accident has left a man in serious condition and police searching for suspects. Just before 11 p.m., police were called to 33rd and Live Oak streets after receiving calls about a hit and run accident. They discovered the victim, David McClain, 29, suffering from head injuries. Investigators determined McClain had bent over to pick up something from the street and was struck by a passing vehicle. The vehicle kept going without stopping. SCMPD’s Major Accident Investigations Team put out a lookout for a four door sedan, dark green or blue in color, with drivers’side damage. Within hours patrol officers located a vehiclewhich they believed may have been involved.

• An 11–year–old Savannah boy is in stable condition after riding his bicycle into the path of a pickup truck Sunday. Edward Osborne of West 59th Street was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non–life threatening injuries after the 3:32 p.m. collision at West 58th and Crane streets. Police determined he was riding his Huffy BMX bicycle north on Crane when he failed to heed a stop sign and rode into the path of a green 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Taiwon Antonio Smashum, 27, of the 1200 block of East 38th Street. The pickup was traveling west on 58th Street. CS Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


I’d like your opinion on which is most likely in our lifetime: (1) The sun explodes. (2) Earth shatters, like that planet in the asteroid belt. (3) We get the Big Rip, where everything dissolves as Shakespeare predicted, “leaving not a wrack behind.” (4) A gamma-ray burst hits us. (5) An unseen black hole swallows us. (6) We all die from nuclear winter. (7) The Cubs win the World Series. (OK, that ain’t gonna happen.) —Mark Terry, Honolulu For brevity I’ll exclude events so unpredictable, remote, or unlikely there’s no use worrying about them, much less planning for them. Thus we’ll blow off supernovas (even including neighboring stars in addition to ours, the odds say we might get one every 110 million years), gamma-ray bursts (maybe one in 2 billion years), or solar flares (who knows?). And no matter how much time it turns out we have left, I’m not about to spend any of it sweating the Big Rip. Increasing solar luminosity will torch the planet eventually, but not for 500 million years minimum. We’ve already experienced several mass extinctions, with the survivors mainly on the order of lichens, deep-sea tube worms, and small rodents. On the plus side, depending on definition, disasters on this scale have occurred just three to five times in the past half-billion years, so I myself am losing no sleep. Comet strikes (once per 7.2 million years on average) and catastrophic asteroid impacts (once per 10 million years) are more of a concern, as are supervolcanoes, discussed here before. In recent history we’ve had a cataclysmic eruption every 2.8 million years on average. A major eruption happens at the Yellowstone caldera about every 600,000 years, and the last one was about 600,000 years ago, so do the math. How serious might a supervolcanic eruption be? One theory is that the eruption of the Toba volcano in Indo-

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nesia circa 72,000 BC caused so much global cooling—as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide—that humankind came within a hair’s breadth of annihilation, with possibly 1,000 or fewer women of childbearing age left alive. But that was then. • Nuclear holocaust hasn’t been on most people’s minds since before the era of George H.W. Bush, but don’t tell that to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, whose Doomsday Clock is currently set at five minutes till midnight. Bear in mind that since 1947 the furthest the Doomsday Clock has been from midnight is 17 minutes. • Global warming may go critical by midcentury, meaning at minimum we lose Bangladesh and worst case we see something akin to the methane-hydrate-release scenario adverted to here in 2007. Quickly: frozen ocean methane melts due to rising temps, leading to massive atmospheric buildup and your classic hockey-stick warming spike. • Closely related to global warming is the looming energy crisis, which may also reach an inflection point somewhere around 2050. Some think we’ve already passed peak oil and from here on out production will decline. Absent a breakthrough in solar power, it won’t be physically possible to meet the world’s power needs through alternative technologies. In itself this isn’t an insoluble problem, since we’ve got plenty of coal and nuclear resources. However, using the former will accelerate global warming, while the latter would require a balls-out nuclear plant construction program to be underway now, which it’s obviously not. Opposition will dissolve once energy prices soar, but safety standards will likely also be abandoned, and the result won’t be pretty. • We’re not done yet. Next up may be the watershed event certain tech types are calling the Singularity—the point when we invent computers so powerful they have consciousness, or else attain it on their own. One proponent of this notion, futurist Ray Kurzweil, thinks it’ll mean the end of the human race as we know it: either we’ll jack our brains into the cloud and become cyborgs, or the computers, now truly intelligent, will find they have no further use for thinking meat. • Finally, some say, the Mayan calendar terminates this year, and therefore so will we. I see in today’s paper that 10 percent of the world believes this. Coincidentally, precisely the same number believes in the Cubs. CS

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news of the weird Jesus Java Britain’s ITV1 television network announced plans in April to accept “prop placements” to blend into production of its new reality talent show in which actors compete for the lead role in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The network said, for example, that it was seeking coffee machines, which piqued the interest of the De’Longhi brand manager, who offered its topof-the-line Magnifica ESAM4200 and, according to its public relations firm, suggested perhaps interrupting the play’s climactic song “The Crucifixion” while Jesus savors a cup brewed from the Magnifica. An April report in London’s The Independent noted that the opera’s composer, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was on board with the idea, but that the original lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, called it “tasteless” and “tacky.”

What Goes Around NOTE: From time to time, News of the Weird reminds readers that bizarre human adventures repeat themselves again and again. Here are some choice selections of previous themes recently coming around again (plus a couple of updates on earlier stories): • Each spring in Dongyang, China, the aroma of urine is in the air - specifically, the town’s specialty of eggs boiled in the discharge of young boys (under age 10, typically gathered “fresh” from toilets at local schools). Townspeople have believed for centuries that the eggs, properly cooked, bring health

and prosperity. “By eating these eggs,” handing the cups to young children one shopper told a Reuters reporter even if they are tightly sealed. in March, “we will not have any pain • With Afghanistan’s moralistic in our waists, legs and joints. Also, Taliban in retreat, one social scourge you will have more energy when you grows stronger than ever (according work.” In fact, Dongyang officials have to an April Washington Post dispatch proudly proclaimed “virgin boy eggs” from Dehrazi): “bacha bazi,” which are as an “intangible cultural heritage.” Afghan men’s “dancing boys.” Under• And once again this spring, the age, often poor or fatherless kids Chinese marked the Qingbecome willing “comming holiday with celebrapanions” of wealthy tions honoring the dead by men, often for sex. Since making offerings to their young girls are sheltered deceased relatives. At the and chaperoned, only “tomb-sweeping” festival, boys are available. Said LET’S HEAR IT people present paper replione man, “You cannot FOR VIRGIN BOY cas of items their ancestors (even) take a wife with EGGS! are believed to need in the you to a party, but a afterlife. Uncreative relaboy you can take anytives give play money, but where.” The usefulness the offerings can be elaboof a bacha bazi typically rate, such as shoes, cars ends when he starts and TV sets, or this year’s growing facial hair, and hot item - paper iPads, the boys often drift into which were selling in Hong becoming pimps or Kong for the equivalent of prostitutes. about $3. • The most recent • Sound Familiar? government employee McDonald’s still proudly to defraud his agenserves its coffee hot, notwithstanding cy’s worker compensation program the notorious 1992 lawsuit for burns (according to prosecutors in Los Angesuffered by Stella Liebeck. In March les) is firefighter Rafael Davis, 35, who 2012, Mona Abdelal filed a lawsuit in received disability payments for about Cook County, Ill., over severe burns 30 months during 2008-2011 while that her granddaughter, 4, suffered at the same time engaging in mixed when fetching Abdelal’s coffee order martial arts matches as “The Noodle.” from a McDonald’s server. AccordDavis’ record (according to LA Weekly) ing to the lawsuit, the server violated was 12-2, with seven of those matches company policy that requires tightly coming during his disability period, closed lids on coffee cups and prohibits including six victories. “MMA” (as

noted by the newspaper) requires similar “stamina, muscle and coordination” as is required for firefighting. • More and more newspapers are assigning reporters to pore through local birth records to sample the diversity of names parents are giving their kids these days. An Edmonton Journal reporter noted in March that the nearly 51,000 babies born in the province of Alberta in 2011 included a boy named Moo, two girls named Unique, an Einstein, a Messiah, a J-Cub, a Smiley, a Tuff, a Tuba, a Jazz, a Camry, an Andromeda and an Xxavier (sic), and a boy named R and a girl named J. • An increasingly mainstream treatment for the gastrointestinal bacterial infection C. difficile involves transplanting the contents of a healthy colon into the unhealthy one, on the belief that the best way to kill the destructive germs and flora is to attack them with the beneficial bacteria and flora that already reside in a healthy colon. In March an unidentified man in New Brunswick, who had been turned down for a transplant by doctors at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, performed a risky transplant of an unreported substance, by himself, in his own bathroom. He apparently suffered no ill effects, but doctors told the Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, that since the “product” must get into the large bowel, merely giving yourself an enema does not assure success. • Through the years, unusual highway tractor-trailer spills have fascinated News of the Weird readers- such as the


to avoid police by giving a fake name (“Velesco”) even though his real name (the one on outstanding warrants) was tattooed in plain sight on his forearm. (2) In April, a teller at Chicago’s Northwest Side bank became the most recent to thwart a robbery simply by telling the perp (who had presented a holdup note) that the bank is now closed and suggesting that the robber come back the next day. (The perp walked out and did not return.)

Updates • Fine Points of the Law: A woman who was injured while traveling on business in November 2007 in New

South Wales, Australia, was denied worker’s compensation by the workplace safety tribunal on the grounds that the injury occurred in her motel room while she was having sex with a friend. (A wall light fixture came loose as a result of the pair’s vigorous antics.) However, in April 2012, Australia’s Federal Court overturned the decision and granted the compensation, ruling that since the woman was on assignment at the time, the overnight stay, and even the sex, were “ordinary incidents” of the situation her employer placed her in. • A New York City system-gaming public school teacher, Alan Rosenfeld, 66, continues to show up for

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make-work (such as photocopying “duty”), at a salary of $100,000 a year, rather than retire. Rosenfeld was accused in 2001 of making lewd comments to female students in his typing class and removed from classroom duty, but he protested and continues to exercise his union “due process” rights. In a January status report, the New York Post noted that Rosenfeld could have retired four years ago, but that by remaining on the “job,” the value of his pension increases, and the light duty enables him to conduct his real estate business while at “work.” CS

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time a truck carrying pork collided with a truck carrying eggs, creating a highway dish of ham and eggs. In March on Highway 11 in Ontario, a Brinks tractor-trailer carrying nothing but $1 and $2 Canadian coins hit a boulder in the roadway, scattering a “debris field” of millions of dollars, forcing the closing of the road. Among the cleanup equipment required: a “magnetic” crane and a front-end loader that scooped up most of the soil in the field so that the coins could later be sifted out. • Least Competent Criminals: (1) In Twin Falls, Idaho, in April, Dylan Contreras, 19, became the most recent person arrested while trying

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At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 No Control, 108 E. 40th St. It’s been a year, almost to the day, that Toronto’s Parallels played an impressive synth–pop showcase at Hang Fire. The band was the brainchild of Crystal Castles drummer Cameron Finlay, who intended it to be a side project until he fell in with the unforgettable Holly Dodson, whose pixie–ish vocals recall the young Madonna. Parallels then became a full–time synth–dance project, with an acclaimed album (Visionaries), successful American club tours, and a big flag in Now Magazine as Best Electronic Act of 2009. As they wind their way back to Savannah, things have changed a bit: While doe–eyed Dodson is still the frontwoman and focal point, Nick Dodson (her brother) is playing drums now, with Artem Galperine handling the major keyboards and freaky stuff. The second Parallels album, XII, comes out June 26. (Trivia dept.: The Dodsons’ father Rich was a founding member of the Stampeders, and he wrote their song “Sweet City Woman,” which was a huge international hit in 1971. Ask your parents. Parallels albums are released on his record label.)

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THESE UNITED STATES At 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. Next month, the hardworking psych pop/country folk band These United States releases a self–titled album, its fifth full–length in five years. According to songwriter, bandleader and bizarre storyteller Jesse Elliott, These United States is “a concept album that acts as a panoramic snapshot of numerous American musical styles over the past century, but still looks forward to the weird new world at the completion of the Mayan calendar.” The new record features collaborations with John McCauley of Deer Tick, Michael Nau of Cotton Jones, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, futuristic cellist Ben Sollee, David Moore of Langhorne Slim, Josh Read of Revival, and the entire Frontier Ruckus band.

CHECK IT OUT Our friends at Savannah Stopover are officially sponsoring the kickoff party for SEAM (Savannah Emerging Artists Movement), May 18

at the Sparetime. Tickets are $7 for music by Triathlon, spins from DJ Frost, and general convivial charm. SEAM is an offshoot of Dollhouse Production, the new multi–purpose arts and fashion facility operated by Peter and Blake Mavrogeorgis, anf this event was originaklly to include just art and fashion. Then it grew. And grew. Starts at 10 p.m. ... The last time the Nashville-based acoustic band Belfry Fellows played Randy Wood Guitars, it was actually called Rockin’ Acoustic Circus. The young hotshot pickers return May 18 ... CS

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Betsy Kingston is several things. Among them: A Savannah native, a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, a bartender at the recently–rebuilt Georgia Theatre in Athens, and one hell of a rock/rhythm and blues vocalist. Concentrating for a moment on that last one, Kingston is back in her hometown this week for a May 18 performance at Loco’s, in the company of her menagerie of madcap musician buddies (that would be the Crowns). Her voice is a little Janis Joplin, with a bit of Bonnie Raitt, and when she’s in country/Americana mode, she’s world–weary Neko Case and Patsy Cline and even Scotland’s KT Tunstall. However, it’s the soulfulness of her soul music that’ll get ya every time.

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Betsy Kingston and the Crowns played its first–ever gig less than a year ago, in August 2011. Do you have any kind of musical background? Betsy Kingston: I was always really shy about singing. I did community theater a little bit growing up, at Savannah Theatre, and I originally was a theater major in college. I decided I wanted to be a little bit more rounded than that. Because when you’re a theater major, you spend a lot of time indoors — which I didn’t mind at all, but in college I just wanted to explore a little bit more. And I changed to an English major. But I’ve kept a journal on and off since I was 10 years old, so I’ve written songs just for myself. I always enjoyed singing, in the shower and stuff, and I made a bet with my boyfriend that if he quit smoking cigarettes I would get up and sing four songs with this band at a party, onstage. It’s hilarious to look back and think that was two, three years ago. It was such a big deal to me then; it was so hard to do. And now I know I wouldn’t think twice about it. From a degree in English to a rock ‘n’ roll singer. How did you get here? Betsy Kingston: I graduated from Armstrong in 2007, and I had a job in the propane industry in Washington,

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sort of been per gig, and per who’s available. What I’d really like to do is lock in a lineup, to really take it to that next level, where everybody’s totally synched in and committed. And able to create incredible things. Any words of found wisdom after your nine months as a bandleader? Betsy Kingston: A lot of this is learning to wrap your mind around the fact that, if you do want to make a living doing music, it does need to be treated like a business. A lot of musicians are insanely talented, but they never had the opportunity to take it anywhere because they don’t know where to begin. We try our best to be both, but it is hard. When I first started doing this, one of my friends told me this: “The thing about being a musician, you’re not paid to play. That’s your reward. That’s your candy. You’re getting paid to call people a ton of times, have them not call you back, have people be rude to you and turn you down. You’re getting paid to load up the equipment, drive and unload it 45 minutes later.” So for me, performing is really ... I just love performing. I would like to record another album, hopefully with a year. CS Betsy Kingston and the Crowns Where: Loco’s Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St. When: At 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 With Dank Sinatra, Byron Hatcher


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Some of the best works of literature just don’t translate to the stage. That’s why, despite attempts by the most well–intentioned dramatists over the years, the fiery fiction of Georgia’s most famous short–story writer, Savannah–born Flannery O’Connor, hasn’t been adapted for theater. The late author’s family, in Milledgeville, has never permitted it. The O’Connor estate fears — and rightfully so — that her rich, Southern gothic prose would somehow deflate if changed into strictly 2–D scenes

and dialogue. This weekend, Sharon Ott directs a SCAD production of two classic O’Connor stories, Greenleaf and Everything That Rises Must Converge, in the Arnold Hall Auditorium. “Karin Coonrod, who is a New York–based director and writer, who teaches at Yale, got in touch with the folks in Milledgeville,” explains Ott, the artistic director for SCAD’s department of theater. “She convinced them to allow her

to essentially ‘arrange’ three of the stories for stage presentation. They passed muster with the estate. And that was done at the New York Theater Workshop about five years ago.” It’s a process known as narrative theater. “It’s a kind of theater that very, very frankly, and right in your face, incorporates the narrative voice directly into the performance,” explains Ott. “And allows the audience a different way to experience the full text of quote–unquote non–dramatic literature. That turns out to have a lot of drama in it. “So instead of just trying to ‘make


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It’s not Bryant Park just yet, but Savannah Fashion Week is gaining traction in the hearts and minds of haute couture, according to award–winning fashion editor Robin Givhan. The lady ought to know. Givhan has examined the fashion world down to the seams for over a decade, first as the fashion editor at the Washington Post and currently as a special correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She elevated the genre of fashion writing to new heights when she garnered a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2006, though her well– researched critiques of sainted designers have cost her coveted front row seats at runway shows. She authored Michelle: The First Lady, The First Year, calling the Obama administration “the end of the first lady–as– rectangle.” She can also be credited with introducing the term “peplum” into common vernacular. (FYI, it’s a flared ruffle attached to a jacket.) The Washington, D.C.–based journalist will be in town this Saturday to moderate a conversation between Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley and couture designer Ralph Rucci, who will accept SCAD’s Lifetime Achievement Award that evening at the annual fashion show. Barely back at her desk after covering the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, Givhan took time away from her deadline to discuss the contrivance of

celebrity style, fashion bloggers and the importance of a good bargain. You’ve interviewed both André Leon Talley and Ralph Rucci in the past. What can we expect from this mash– up of different style deities? Robin Givhan: Well, André is quite the fullblown character and can always entertain. He’s also a tremendous resource. He has been part of the industry for such a long time and really has such an extraordinary context for design. Ralph is quite refined. He’s measured, deliberate, almost controlled, very much like his collections. He always has interesting things to say about the fashion industry. Is Savannah poised to blow up as a fashion destination? Robin Givhan: [laughs] I don’t know about that yet, but I’ve heard such amazing things about Savannah and SCAD. I’m impressed by how the school has formed a relationship with the fashion industry at large. It’s incredible. The school came to my attention around the time that André got involved. When he’s charmed and captivated by something, it’s a pretty major thing, and when that happens, he is such a champion. He speaks

loudly and often about it. Also, when [SCAD Dean of Fashion] Michael Fink came there from Saks [Fifth Avenue], that was another fashion industry connection. So SCAD has kind of been on my radar for while. It’s constantly building a reputation, and it’s definitely in the consciousness of people in the fashion industry who have never been to Savannah. Your fashion criticism goes so far beyond “love it” or “hate it.” How does clothing inform culture? Robin Givhan: What I write about definitely goes beyond the clothes themselves. I’m not as interested in what people are wearing as in why they’re wearing it. In that context, fashion can be cultural, it can be political. For instance, everyone got quite excited about hoodies after the Trayvon Martin shooting. There was the visual effect of seeing all of these people gathered together for a common cause, wearing hoodies. There was discussion about how it’s become this really evocative symbol, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. There’s too many people still can lay claim to a hoodie and its purpose. Who are the style icons of this minute? Robin Givhan: I am really cautious of making observations like that, and I’m not saying that to wrangle out of the question. So often the people who are in the spotlight and capture our attention with their clothing are


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us down. A big, fresh bun was piled with smoked pork. There was good balance in this barbecue – not too much of this or that, but a pleasant concert of smoke, sweet, tangy sauce and tender, lean pork. Readers may know I’m a “sauce on the side” kinda barbecue eater, but I’ll give it to Gerald, the sauce was spot on in terms of flavors and quantity. Our sides of French fries were common fare, but treated just right – no over cooking! A neighboring diner offered up a

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anyone. Dining out becomes a particular challenge. Domino’s Pizza has stepped up by offering a gluten–free pizza crust. In Savannah, the only gluten–free pizza I know of is at Mellow Mushroom – and that’s a special order made from scratch. That knocks out the spontaneity of “Let’s grab a pizza!” Domino’s worked with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in developing its recipe and procedures, but is careful to honestly advise serious sufferers to not risk eating this crust. Why? It’s prepared in the same kitchen. Still, it’s a step in the right direction for food allergy sufferers. It may be a suitable alternative if you’re on the less gluten–sensitive side of the celiac scale. cs

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Eddie Griffin

“It ain’t no thang.” Ten years ago, comedian Eddie Griffin starred in the film Undercover Brother, one of the funniest dumb movies ever made. Find the trailer on YouTube if you can. He appeared on the Dr. Dre albums The Chronic and Chronic 2001, and in the movies Norbit, Date Movie, Scary Movie 3 and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (to name but a prestigious few). Griffin and Malcolm–Jamal Warner starred in the TV series Malcolm & Eddie. He’ll bring his high–energy standup comedy to the Johnny Mercer Theatre Aug. 18; tickets are $37.50 and $45 at etix.com. By the way, the DVD is out now of Griffin’s most recent Comedy Central special You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It.

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Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 19, for the return Savannah appearance of Sir Reginald Dwight, a.k.a. Elton John, in the Martin Luther King Arena. It’s 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Sir Elton was here in May 2008, four years ago. This time out, he’s on a globetrotter called the “All the Hits Tour,” and the band includes, among others, Elton’s longtime musical mates Davey Johnstone (guitar) and Nigel Olsson (drums). Tickets are priced at $139, $79 and $39, through etix.com. Gee, does he really need the money?

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@ Jeff Dunham. May 23 and 24. Lucas Theatre. @ Film screening: Yellow Submarine. May 24. Trustees Theater. @ Yanni. May 30. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Grace Potter & the Nocturnals/ Mofro. June 1. Forsyth Park. @ Shirley Caesar Father’s Day Gospel Explosion. June 17. MLK Arena. @ Sesame Street Live. June 19 and 20, Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ G Love & Special Sauce. June 20. Live Wire Music Hall.

Actor and comedian Eddie Griffin comes to town Aug. 18.

@ Bug. June 22-July 1. Bay Street Theatre. @ Laughs For Lemonade. June 23. Lucas Theatre. @ Film screening: Casablanca. June 23. Trustees Theater. @ Savannah Asian Festival. June 23. MLK Arena. @ The Collective Face. New show TBA. July 26-Aug. 5. Muse Arts Warehouse. @ Jim Gaffigan. Aug. 10. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ George Jones. Aug. 17. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Eddie Griffin. Aug. 18. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Elton John. Sept. 15. Martin Luther King Arena. @ Ron White. Sept. 30, Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Savannah Folk Festival. Sept. 12-14, various venues. @ Bonnie Raitt. Oct. 13. Johnny Mercer Theatre. CS


Anne Besac — Drawing exhibit features 45 traveling sketches and 8 mixed media drawings of the coast line of Georgia and Scotland. May 24-29, opening reception Friday, May 25, from 6-9pm. Artist’s talk at the SCAD Museum of Art on Friday, May 25, from noon-1pm. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave. Arboreal — New acrylic surrealscapes by Scott Griffin. Through May, with a reception May 24, 6-9 p.m. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Art Expo — By Lila Klinck/ The Dog House Studio & Luc Ebner/ARTFORMS. Friday June 1 from 5 PM through Sun, Jun 3, at 6 PM. Dog House Studio, 210 W. 37th St., Atelo — Work by Xavier Robles de Medina, attempting to find parallels between modern and classical sensibilities. May 18-24. Reception: Friday, May 18, 6-9 p.m. Artist talk: Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. Little Beasts Gallery, 32nd & Bull Brian Antoine Woods — Brian Antoine Woods artworks are on display at the Midtown Municipal Building from January 24- June 29. Woods’ work illustrates the oral history of his family, the Rakestraws, a generation of settlers, slaves, farmers, and pioneers who experienced the evolution of cotton first-hand. Woods has performed volunteer work and teaching with the 21st Century afterschool program and at the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs Spring Break art camp. Midtown Municipal Building, 601 E. 66th St. Ceaseless Horizon — Recent Text Paintings by Bertha Husband April 28 through June 29. Exhibition included with admission. Six large

Ink & Bones — Street level art pieces by Corey Houlihan, made of spray paint, acrylic paint and markers on found wood, skateboard decks and sometimes canvas. Opening reception June 1 at 6 p.m. Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

acrylic paintings which draw upon cartography, historical text and image painted over the textual background, which sometimes reveals an unforeseen message. Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd., Doing Their Part: Girl Scouts in WWII — The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum hosts this exhibit in honor of their outstanding wartime contributions on the homefront. This temporary exhibit will be in place throughout 2012 in celebration of the Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave. Pooler

Intimate Affair — Work from Sam Bryer, Matt Duplichan, Julia Harmon, John Haverty, Cheralynn Johnston, and Shalis Stevens. Curated by Jen Small. May 19-23. Reception May 19 6-9 p.m. 214 W. Bay St. #3, Kobo Spring Show — Kobo Gallery’s Annual Spring Exhibition features new artists Betsy Cain, David Kaminsky, David Peterson, Jan Clayton Pagratis, Melinda Borysevicz, and Daniel E. Smith. Reception: Friday, May 11th 2012, 6-9 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11-5 p.m. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard St.

Figuratively Speaking — Drawings and paintings of David DeLong. The late David DeLong was widely known as a draftsman, printmaker and painter. The subject of his work, over a 50-year span, ranged from the human figure to architecture as well as his passion for motorcycle racing. Opening reception Friday May 4 from 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with Harriett DeLong on Sunday May 20 from 3-5 p.m. May 4-20. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Girl Scout Centennial Exhibit — As part of an ongoing rotating art exhibition in Savannah’s City Hall Rotunda, the City has mounted a photograph exhibit in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts. Homework — Show by Kate de Para features a variety of fibers media, namely sculptural papermaking and tapestry weaving. Homework will be exhibited on the third floor of Ashmore Gallery. Viewing hours are June 1 from 6-9 (opening reception) and June 2-3 from 12-4 p.m. Ashmore Gallery, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd.,

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Leo Villareal — Leo Villareal is a pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer-driven imagery and known both for his light sculptures and architectural, site-specific works. This exhibition, his first major traveling museum survey, seeks to place Villareal’s body of work within the continuum of contemporary art. February 3- June 3. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. No Chaperones — Featuring Work by Justin L. Harris and Lomaho Kretzmann. May 10–22. Reception: 6–9 p.m., May 11. The Butcher, 19 E. Bay St. Stillpoint — Artists include Denise Elliot Vernon, Rebecca Rice, Brad Hook, Frank Trent, R.L. Brethauer, and Kim Keats. Reception May 6, 3-5 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St.

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Take Away Words — Liliya Sotirova’s SCAD graduate thesis show consists of mixed media work (sculpture, installation, video art) that reaches into existential wanderings and inner reflections. Opening reception May 31, Thursday, 6-9pm. Show on view May 30- June 2. Southern Pine, 35th and East Broad Streets Telfair Art Fair Call for Entries — Telfair Museums has announced the Eighteenth Annual Telfair Art Fair will be November 9-11 and will feature more than $10,000 in prizes. The museum will accept 120 artists in a variety of art forms including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, graphics, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, photography, and furniture. Interested artists are invited to visit www.zapplication.org to apply.There is no fee to join Zapp or to create a Zapp account. All artists must submit a $35 non-refundable application fee accompanying entry materials, due to Telfair no later than June 1, 2012. Competition is open to artists 18 years of age or older. For questions, call 912/790-8879. Vibrant Life — Work by local folk/abstract artist Jeff Zeigler. Currently one can call (912) 655-4204, or e-mail jeffzeigler2007@gmail.com in order to set up viewing time appointments. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, July 18, 7-11pm. Decisions Business Center, 2702 Hopkins St. cs

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Although the Beatles approved of Yellow Submarine, and allowed the use of their likenesses and recordings, the movie was little more than contract fulfillment for them.

When producer Al Brodax, director George Dunning and a team of 200 animators made Yellow Submarine in 1968, there was no such thing as home video. Your movie was crafted for the big screen, and the big screen only, and only after it had run its course would it go — maybe — to network television for a prime–time showing or two. In advance of its re–release on DVD, Yellow Submarine is being screened in theaters across the country during May. In Savannah, the animated fantasy surfaces Thursday, the 24th at the Trustees Theatre. More than ever, this is a film that needs to be seen on a theater screen. With its trippy, pop–art look, freaky characters, barely–linear storyline and use of actual, living people (the Beatles) as protagonists, Yellow Submarine was, in many ways, a quantum leap in animation. Brodax was the head of animation at King Features, an American cartoon studio that churned out Snuffy Smith, Krazy Kat and Popeye shorts for television. “Filling the big screen,” Broadax told this reporter in 2004, “is different from filling the little box, so we had to adopt a different technique. Something richer. I wanted to do something other than what Disney would do.”

Yellow Submarine was to be King Features’ cinematic upgrade of The Beatles, the low– budget Saturday morning series Brodax and company produced between 1965 and ’67. Obviously, the bar needed to be raised. “I didn’t create the word, but I kept using it in the studio: I said we’re not doing animation, we’re doing art–imation,” Brodax said. “And I put a big sign up in the studio that said Disney — The Opposite.” Over the decades, Yellow Submarine has settled into an odd little corner of the Beatles legend. They didn’t write it, and except for a two–minute segment at the end, they don’t actually appear in it. The speaking voices of their animated counterparts were supplied by actors. “The voices were terrible,” Paul McCartney once said. “We just refused to do them ourselves. We said ‘I’m not sitting there for hours, doing all these crummy jokes.’” And Yellow Submarine isn’t a “Beatles


SInCe 2001 – bReWInG COFFee & COmmunITY characters and the film. “Heinz gets all the credit in the world, because he’d never done animation,” Broadax said. “He was a superb graphic artist, but he had no training in animation. “And it was very difficult for the animators because his basic line is rectangular, and animation really requires circular motion to enable the characters to move. So he had a tough time at the outset.” Edelmann came up with an arsenal of villains - Blue Meanies, Apple Bonkers, Snapping Turtle Turks and the Dreadful Flying Glove - like something out of a Salvador Dali painting. They did “battle” with the “Beatles” in a swirly-colored twist on good vs. evil. He sketched the Beatles themselves in mid-1967; by the time the movie was released, they looked like four entirely different people. Although credited to Lee Minoff, the produced screenplay was a collaboration between Jack Mendelsohn, Broadax and Erich Segal (who would soon write Love Story and make a million bucks). With a budget of $1 million, and an 11–month production window, most of the movie was crafted in a London studio while the Beatles themselves were away in India, studying transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The United Artists deal called for four brand–new songs, Brodax said, in addition to a dozen beloved Beatles classics. “That was a promotional gimmick, a way to advertise the thing: ‘Four songs you’ve never heard

before, specially made for this motion picture.’” Such was their disdain for the project, the group gave him three songs deemed unworthy of inclusion on Sgt. Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour (“Only a Northern Song,” “All Together Now” and “It’s All Too Much”) and one they’d knocked off in an afternoon, on the eve of their sojourn to India (“Hey Bulldog”). “They were terrible,” said Brodax. “But I was grateful for any crumb. We just had to make do; if you get lemons, you gotta make lemonade.” (Ironically, although it appeared in English cinemas, and on the cash–in soundtrack album, “Hey Bulldog” was trimmed from the film – for length and continuity reasons – by the time it premiered in the United States in November of ‘68.) In the end, despite the Beatles’ brief cameo, UA did not accept Yellow Submarine as fulfillment of the contract (that would come with the documentary Let it Be in 1970). The four Beatles eventually warmed to Yellow Submarine, and after its critical success were only too happy to take some of the credit for it. CS Yellow Submarine Where: Trustees Theatre, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 Tickets: $8 at savannahboxoffice.com

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My mother — God rest her soul — liked her celebrities sexy and larger than life: Tyrone Power, Burt Reynolds, Bobby Kennedy (this despite her being a lifelong Republican), Tom Jones and, above everyone else, blonde, blue–eyed, beautiful Robert Redford. And yet my early childhood memories insist that the only poster she personally hung in our house, which was otherwise tastefully decorated with landscape paintings and family portraits, was of Barnabas Collins, the vampire portrayed by Jonathan Frid in the popular TV soap opera Dark Shadows (1966–1971). The poster resided on the inside of a clothes–closet door, an appropriate place for a creature who embraced darkness and shunned the light. Frid (who passed away last month) wasn’t a particularly handsome actor — and my mom certainly wasn’t a soap opera fan (besides, the show didn’t air in Argentina, which is where we lived at the time) — but such is the seductive allure of suave, well–spoken vampires that they tend to break down resistance across all lines. Some people swoon over Christopher Lee’s Dracula; others respond to Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen; for Mom, it was apparently — perhaps inexplicably — Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas Collins. It’s hard to imagine anybody save maybe the most extreme Johnny Depp groupies going all aflutter over the new Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s big–screen Dark Shadows. How is it possible that a man who just a few years ago stood as one of our most exciting and unconventional actors has now become one of the most predictable? It brings to mind Marlon Brando, who followed a decade’s worth of terrific performances with increasingly eccentric characterizations that barely tested his abilities but certainly tested the patience of audience members. Depp worked with Brando on a couple of projects (Don Juan DeMarco and The Brave), so maybe some of that eccentricity rubbed off on Depp and has been quietly cultivating itself for the past decade–and–a–half. How else to explain a career path that has largely become a parody of itself? Depp’s terrific, Oscar–nominated turn as swishy pirate Jack Sparrow in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film was a godsend, but because the actor has since largely restricted himself to roles that require him to pack on the pancake makeup while engaging in various modes of Sparrow Lite, it’s no wonder many moviegoers aren’t exactly breathless over the prospect of his Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger film or yet another return to the high seas for a fifth Pirates flick.


Carolyn, “Fifteen, and no husband? You must put those childbearing hips to good use.” But after a while, the fish–out– of–water gags grow old, and they’re replaced with something even more damaging: a plotline that takes itself too seriously. There are still bright moments here and there, and Green is good as the seductive sorceress, but the film becomes increasingly more diffuse, and it ends with a dreary FX blowout that shares nothing in common with the modest source material. Dark Shadows marks the eighth collaboration between Burton and Depp, and it’s quite possible that — to borrow the name of another long–ago TV show — eight is enough.

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Dark Shadows is too often more of the same. A fairly faithful take on the vintage show, the movie features the best production values a studio’s money — and Burton’s vision — can buy. This is no surprise: Rick Heinrichs won his Oscar for his brilliant set design on Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, while Colleen Atwood won one of hers for her elaborate costumes for Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (and received additional nods for his Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow). Heinrichs and Atwood are also employed here, and both might be adding to their cabinets of industry accolades. But it used to be that a Tim Burton production offered much more than surface pleasures. The 18th century period setting provides for the whirlwind prologue — the spurned witch Angelique (Eva Green) kills Barnabas’ true love Josette (Bella Heathcote) and turns the brokenhearted gent into a vampire, leading him to be imprisoned in a coffin by angry villagers. The rest of the movie takes place in 1972, when Barnabas is unearthed and returns to the family estate, now in the hands of dysfunctional descendants: matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), her useless brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller), her surly teenage daughter Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz), and Roger’s meek son David (Gulliver McGrath). Other Collinwood Manor residents include psychiatrist Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), groundskeeper Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), and David’s new nanny Victoria Winters, who just happens to be the spitting image of Josette. The family business (seafood) has taken a precipitous hit with the emergence of overpowering competition, and Barnabas soon learns that this mysterious rival is Angelique, still causing problems for the Collins clan after all these centuries. Penned by frequent Burton collaborator John August and Seth Grahame–Smith, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this screen version hums along nicely for a good while, as Barnabas’ reactions to a radical new world provide some amusing moments. Most of the humor derives from the mere juxtaposition of the character’s old–school speech in this 1970s setting: “Fear me not, drunkard,” he barks to the inebriated Willie Loomis, while later he comments to

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take care to insure that every character – even secondary ones like devoted government agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – has his or her moment to shine. Directly stemming from plot points glimpsed in Thor and Captain America, this finds the God of Thunder’s evil half–brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) conspiring to get his hands on the Tesseract, a cosmic cube that will grant him unlimited power. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the law–enforcement outfit S.H.I.E.L.D., realizes that it’s going to take more than one hero to prevent the subjugation of our planet’s people, so he sets about getting in touch with all pertinent parties. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), still adjusting to a post–WWII life (full details can be found in his own flick), and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are quick to answer the call. Stark is more reluctant. And Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), hiding out in an Asian jungle, is extremely reluctant, since he feels it’s best to keep his alter ego, the rampaging Hulk, far away from civilization. The only hero who can’t answer the call to assemble is Clint Barton/ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), as he’s presently under the mental control of Loki. Admittedly, it takes time for Whedon and Penn to lay out the exposition – in fact, too much time, considering the Tesseract almost functions as a Hitchcockian MacGuffin, a plot device that holds dwindling interest for audience members. But once Whedon gets the film up to speed, he never looks back. The midsection is the best part, as the heroes spend more time battling each other than assessing the situation regarding Loki. It’s putting it mildly to state that this is a veritable clash of the titans, with oversized personalities rubbing each other raw. Stark’s cavalier attitude versus Rogers’ stoicism provides most of the tension, but there’s plenty of unease to go around. As expected, Downey provides the bulk of the humor while Evans and Hemsworth provide the bulk of the beef. Johansson, a bit shaky in Iron Man 2 (or maybe I was still incensed that Emily Blunt had to give up the role because she was still working on – for God’s sake – Gulliver’s Travels), nicely comes into her own here,

providing some softer moments to go along with the expected athleticism. Yet the surprising scene–stealer is Ruffalo, who provides Bruce Banner with a stirring soulfulness that was missing in the portrayals by Eric Bana and, to a lesser extent, Edward Norton. What’s more, this is the first film to absolutely nail the Hulk, who in 2002 laughably looked like a video blip version of Gumby and in 2008 seemed shellacked in green plastic. Because the technical team has employed motion–capture rather than straight– up CGI, the Hulk not only resembles Ruffalo in his facial features but believably moves through the surrounding environments, a testament to the superb visual effects. These effects really come to fruition during the final act, which is basically one massive battle on the streets of New York. The Avengers shows that, at least for the time being, the summer blockbuster has returned with a vengeance.

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A different sort of booty call can be found in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which sails the rough waters of a genre that’s recently been overexposed due to at least one Pirates of the Caribbean sequel too many. The latest effort from Aardman Animations, the outfit responsible for Chicken Run, Arthur Christmas and the wonderful Wallace & Gromit canon, this rollicking yarn feels far more conventional than the studio’s previous efforts, trafficking in the same sorts of themes that have been the bread and butter of Disney for decades and every other studio’s toon department in more recent times. The story concerns the efforts of the Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) to show that he deserves the title of Pirate of the Year, awarded to the seafaring scoundrel who accumulates the largest amount of loot. While such true terrors of the sea as Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) laugh at him, the hapless Pirate Captain tries his best to plunder and pillage, to no avail. It’s only after he becomes involved with the duplicitous Charles Darwin (David Tennant), a scientist who realizes the value of the captain’s pet Dodo bird, that matters begin to swing his way, at least temporarily.

The eye–pleasing claymation style revitalized by the studio remains front and center – the CGI work is mainly relegated to the background, literally (mostly for skies and other backdrops to the primary action) – and the film boasts an unusual villain in Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), who loathes pirates and can hold her own in hand–to–hand combat (who knew?). But the other characters are a rather blasé bunch (including the Pirate Captain’s right–hand man, blandly characterized by Martin Freeman), and the usage of the tattered themes of family, loyalty and being happy with oneself is shockingly rote – the result, perhaps, of using existing source material (novels by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the script) rather than employing the usual Aardman practice of building a work from scratch.

make them a believable screen couple. While this is evident in the scenes in which they make doe eyes at each other, it’s crucially also identifiable in the sequences in which their characters are at odds with each other. There’s a terrific bit in which the two argue in bed, replete with the sort of acidic asides, frustrated exchanges and oddly understandable oxymorons that spring from real life. Scenes like this make the lowbrow moments even more unworthy of inclusion here, whether it’s the sight of Violet getting walloped by an opening car door or the increasingly tedious banter between Violet’s colleagues at the university. If they had kept all the drama and halved the humor, The Five–Year Engagement would have truly distinguished itself. As it stands, it’s engaging but hardly revelatory.

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At 125 minutes, the latest comedy from the director (Nicholas Stoller), star (Jason Segel) and producer (who else but Judd Apatow) of the superior Forgetting Sarah Marshall doesn’t sound especially long.Yet by unleashing most of its best gags during the first act, and by sprinkling its dramatic moments around like a sous chef adding just a soupcon of parsley to an order of grilled trout, that leaves plenty of time for the film to develop a noticeable sag around the middle. Speaking of sous chefs, that’s the role essayed by Segel in this picture: He plays Tom Solomon, a highly respected member of San Francisco’s culinary scene. His girlfriend is Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt), and it’s only after he pops the question and they’re planning their nuptials that Violet is beckoned to the University of Michigan for a postdoctoral position. Deciding to put his own career on hold while she builds hers, Tom agrees with Violet that they should postpone the wedding for two years and move to Ann Arbor. Tom, who can only find work at a deli, hates living there, and when it looks like the two years might stretch into something longer, he loses it in rather imaginative fashion. In this film, Blunt provides both the class and the sex, but Segel nevertheless brings enough easygoing charisma and sly wit to the table to

The Cabin in the Woods This is no cut–rate slasher flick like Friday the 13th or Cabin Fever; instead, writer–director Drew Goddard and co–scripter Joss Whedon elect to ape Rod Serling by taking viewers on a “journey into a wondrous land of imagination.” Five likable students — the sweet Dana (Kristen Connolly), the vivacious Jules (Anna Hutchison), the hunky Curt (Chris “Thor” Hemsworth), the quiet Holden (Jesse Williams) and the perpetually stoned Marty (Fran Kranz) — leave the city and head toward the remote cottage owned by Curt’s cousin. Meanwhile, Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford), two men who work in what appears to be a science facility, prattle on about the accident of 1998 and take sizable bets from co–workers. Not enough intel? Sorry, that’s all you get here. But rest assured that these two plot strands will eventually find each other. When they do, the film falls into what I believed to be a reversal of misfortune, settling into standard fare with the cynicism elevated to an uncomfortable degree. Silly, shortsighted me. The Cabin in the Woods soon bursts loose from this holding pattern, growing ever more outrageous and entertaining as it barrels toward its take–no–prisoners climax and conclusion. CS


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Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally An informal, left-leaning group of folks who meet to talk about politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and anything else that pops up. Every first and third Thursday, around 7:30 p.m. at Loco’s, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us! DrinkingLiberally.org Occupy Savannah Habersham & Bay Streets, 10am-6pm daily. General Assembly every Saturday at 3PM. For more information or to get involved visit our facebook page www. facebook.com keyword Occupy Savannah or send an email at occupy.savannah. ga@gmail.com. [010912] Savannah Area Young Republicans For information, visit www.savannahyoungrepublican.com or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020. Savannah Tea Party Monthly meetings - First Monday of each month at B&B Burgers, 11108 Abercorn St. at 5:30pm. All are welcome. Please join us to make a difference concerning local, state and federal policies that affect our way of life. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 for additional info. [041812] The 13th Colony Patriots A group of conservative political activists that meets the 13th of each month at Tubby’s restaurant, 2909 River Drive in Thunderbolt, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We are dedicated to the preservation of the U. S. Constitution and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. See our Facebook page or call Michael or Elizabeth at 912.604.4048. All are welcome. [041512]

Benefits 20th Annual United Way Golf Tournament A benefit for the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Monday, May 21, 12noon registration and lunch, 1pm tee time. The Club at Savannah Harbor, 2 Resort Drive. Lisa Clark at 912-651-7706 or lisac@uwce.org, or please visit www. uwce.org. Book Sale to Benefit Bull Street Baptist Church Library Book Sale of old, new, hardcover, paperback, religious and secular books. will be available. Sat. May 19, 9:30-3pm. $1.00 for most hardcovers, $.50 for most paperbacks. Bull Street Baptist Church, 17 E. Anderson Street. Cash only. Information: 234-1511 or www.bullstreet.org

Household Supplies Drive Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is accepting canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels and toilet paper. Please visit www. parkplaceyes.org for directions. Liam’s Land Team LM Runners Meets to raise funds for research and awareness on lymphatic malformation. http://www.liamsland.org/ Named in honor of Liam Steffen, a Savannah toddler. If you would like to run for Team LM or get more information pleae call or check the website. Gather and learn more about the run: May 22, 6:307:30pm at Coaches’ Corner, 3016 East Victory Drive (912) 352-2933. Sixth Annual Savannah Mile Run Benefiting The 200 Club. Sat. May 26, 8am. Run begins at Forsyth Park and continues one mile north on Drayton Street, finishing on Broughton Street. Includes five age group heats and a Fun Run Family Heat. Registration: $20 through May 24, $25 May 25 & 26. Army Rangers and families are complimentary. To register, please visit The 200 Club online at www.twohundredclub.org. For sponsorship information, call Renee Laurie at 912.238.1200 ext. 111 or email at rlaurie@princebush.com.

Call for Entries 2012 Pet Care and Adoption Fair Seeks Vendors Pet and other Nonprofit Groups, and Vendors--The Second Annual Pet Care and Adoption Fair is May 19 from 11am3pm at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School on Lamara Street, near Habersham Street and 62nd. Sponsored by the school and TailsSpin Pet Supplies. Booth rental is $50. Booth applications available at TailsSpin. Contact Jusak Yang Bernhard, jusak@tailsspin.com or Kayla Black, kaylab@tailsspin.com, or call 912-691-8788. City of Savannah Cultural Affairs: Grant Proposals Sought 2013 cultural proposals for City of Savannah funding are sought for three categories of programs: Cultural Education/ Access; Festivals; and Cultural Tourism. Recipients must be a 501-c-3 nonprofit headquartered within Savannah city limits and must occur in Savannah during 2013 calendar year. Application deadline is Sat. July 7 at 5pm. Informational workshops for applicants will be held in May and June. Contact Michelle Hunter for workshop information or grant information at 912-651-6417 or mhunter@

savannahga.gov. More information on grants and workshops at www.savannahga.gov/cityweb/culturalaffairsweb. nsf. Savannah Asian Festival Seeks Cultural Booths and Food Vendors Savannah Asian Festival is June 23, 11am-5pm. Food and cultural booths must be consistent with the theme of the festival. Food vendors must have a County Service Temporary Food Permit, Insurance, and understand food regulations and guidelines. Temporary food permits are $60. Booths for both food vendors and cultural vendors are $85. Submit participant application and temporary food permit to: Erin Seals, City of Savannah, Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 W. Henry Street, Savannah, GA 31401 no later than May 23. Forms are at wwwlsavannahga.gov/arts Information: eseals@savannahga.gov or 912-6516417

Classes, Camps & Workshops 2012 Summer Art Camp The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting registrations for Summer Art Camp, June 11 through August 24 at S.P.A.C.E. studios, 9 W. Henry St. Ten camp sessions will be offered for children, providing an introduction to painting, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and performing arts in ageappropriate group settings. Includes sessions for ages 4-12. Fees $135 per session. $85 for the preschool half-days session. Call for complete information: 912-651-6783. or www.savannahga.gov/ arts Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056. [122811] Avatar® Info Hour Are you interested in improving the world? Do you want to foster community locally and abroad? Join us every 3rd Tuesday of the month to explore the Avatar tools and learn how to live your life deliberately. Call Brie at 912-429-9981 to RSVP and for location details. http:// www.theavatarcourse.com. [041512] Beading Classes Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. [122811] Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah Beginning Precious Metal Clay June 8 and 15, 6:30-8:30pm at the Coastal Georgia Center, 405 Fahm

Street. Learn the basics of precious metal clay (PMC), allowing artists to learn the art of metalsmithing. Projects focus on building forms and textures. Discuss the pros and cons of the different PMC brands available. Offered by Georgia Southern Continuing Education Program in Savannah. Registration: 912-478-5551. Information: 912-6510942 or email christinataylor@georgiasouthern.edu Fee: $90.00 Registration includes materials. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/artclasses.html Champions Training Center Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, juijitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah.com/ [122811] Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes. Regular classes on boat handling, boating safety & navigation offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Learn from the experts. For dates & more information, visit our web site: www.savannahaux.com or telephone Kent Shockey at 912-897-7656. [010912] Coastal Georgia Master Naturalist Program An introduction to Coastal Georgia’s natural environment. The ten-week course meets at a different site each week and explores the natural resources of the site and its implications to how Georgia developed and will develop into the future. Wednesdays from March 28-June 6. 9am-3pm. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to each class venue. Fee: $150.00. CIncludes all materials necessary for the course Contact Don Gardner, Glynn County Extension dgardner@uga.edu ; (912) 5547578 or Pat Payne, Glynn County Extension uge3127@uga.edu ; (912) 554-7577. Sponsored by UGA Cooperative Extension- Bryan, Chatham, Glynn and Liberty Counties and other organizations. Course on “The Four Agreements” A course on The Four Agreements, a book by Don Miguel Luis, will be held on Tuesdays, beginning June 5 through June 26. Time: 6:30pm to 8pm. Location: Unity Church of Savannah, 2324 Sunset Blvd., Savannah, GA 31405. Registration: $10 per person by June 1, 2012. Contact Lydia Rose Stone 912-704-0798. Creativity for Problem Solving Power. Explore imagination, idea generation and creative thinking, while learning an array of problem solving tools and techniques. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5/8- 5/17/2012, 6:30-8:30 pm. http:// ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/problemsolving.html Offered through Georgia


Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. [122811] Feldenkrais Classes Tuesdays 9:30 am and Wednesdays 6:00 pm at the Park South complex, 7505 Waters Ave, Bldg B Suite 8, near Waters and Eisenhower. $15 drop-in, $12 - 6 classes. For more info contact Elaine Alexander, GCFP at 912-223-7049 or elaine.alexander@ymail.com. [040112] Group Guitar Lessons Join us for a fun time, for group guitar lessons, at the YMCA on Whitemarsh and Tybee Islands (adults and teens only). Hands-on instruction, music theory, ear training, sight reading, ensemble playing, technique, and rhythm drills, by teacher Tim Daniel (BS in Music). 912-897-9559. $20/week. [122811] Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons Instruction for all ages of beginner/intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email a.teixeira472@gmail.com to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson! [122811] Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912-232-5987 [122811] Homeschool Music Classes Affordable group music classes offered in Savannah and Guyton. Contact Brian at 912-414-5625 for more information. [041512] Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: MonFri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-2324232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com Kids Pottery Camp 2012 June 11-Aug. 24th, Pick from 10 different weeks of camps. Young ceramic artists can let their imaginations soar as they learn to create wonderful works of art. Campers will cover a wide variety of ceramic techniques including both hand building and the potter’s wheel. All camps are weekly, 9am-12noon, $150.00 per camp. Contact: Lisa Alvarez Bradley lisa@savannahsclayspot.com. 912-5094647. www.savannahsclayspot.com. Camp held at The Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard Street Savannah, GA 31401.

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Southern’s Continuing Education Program at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St., Savannah. Call for fee information. Register online or by phone at 855-4785551 (toll-free). Drawing for the Beginner Have you always wanted to draw, but thought you weren’t artistic enough? Drawing is a learned skill that everyone can benefit from. Get started with the basics of line, shape and value. Discover a variety of drawing materials and when and why to use them. Registration: 912478-5551. Information: 912-651-0942 or email christinataylor@georgiasouthern. edu Offered by Georgia Southern Univ.’s Continuing Ed. in Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. May 23, 6:30-8:30pm. $70. http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/ artclasses.html Drawing I Mondays, June 4-25, 6:30-8:30pm. $125. Registration fee includes materials. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education Program in Savannah, at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Explore perception and how it relates to what you put down on paper. Drawing activities will focus on using line, shadow and one point perspective. Registration: 912-478-5551. Information: 912-651-0942 or christinataylor@georgiasouthern.edu. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/artclasses.html Drawing Instruction Private and group drawing lessons by artist and former SCAD professor Karen Bradley. Call or email for details, (912)507-7138. kbillustration@mac.com DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license or who have already received a license. Group meets monthly. $30/session. Information: 912-443-0410. [122811] English for Second Language Classes Students of all ages are invited to learn conversational English, comprehension, vocabulary and life communication skills. Free. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Island Christian Church, 4601 US Highway 80 E Savannah. 912-897-3604. Contact: James Lavin or Minister John LaMaison www. islandschristian.org. [020512] Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops a month to assist citizens who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support and/or visitation and contempt. Schedule: 1st Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. 2nd Monday, 2-4pm. 4th Thursday 10am-12noon. Fee:$20 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at mediationsavannah.com or 912-3546686. [122811]

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Learn Russian Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-713-2718 for more information. [122811] Learn to Speak Spanish Spanish lessons offered by an experienced native speaker. Flexible schedule and affordable rates. Classes are held at the Sentient Bean Coffeehouse. Call 912-541-1337. [122811] Microsoft Excel I A two-part, 6-hour course covering the basic Excel environment, creating and opening workbooks, navigating the Excel working screen, formatting and navigating worksheets, entering data, entering labels, and creating and working with charts. Tues., May 29 and Thurs., May 31. Offered in Savannah by Georgia Southern Continuing Education at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Information 912-651-0942 or email christinataylor@georgiasou thern.edu Fee: $75. Microsoft Word II Tuesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 17. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Dept. of Continuing Education at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St., Savannah. Document preparation, formatting, the find and replace capability, word count, thesaurus, outlines, references, cross-references, tables, databases, and tables of contents, forms, sections, custom auto-correcting, and macros, WordArt, SmartArt, and charts. Information: (912) 644-5967 or ceps.georgiasouthern. edu/conted/microsoft. Ms. Amy’s School of Music A small privately owned studio offering Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants toddlers. Group preschool music classes. www.msamyschoolofmusic.com Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, drums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, flute, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912692-8055 or smisavannah@gmail.com. [122811] New Horizons Adult Band Program A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30.00 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info. [122811] Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publishing your work. Award-winning Savannah author offers one-on-one or small group classes and mentoring, as well as manuscript critique, ebook formatting and

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 more. Send an email to pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com for pricing and scheduling information. [010812] Open Pottery Studio at Savannah’s Clay Spot For potters with experience who want time in the studio, Choose from 4 hour time slots. Registrations are based on a monthly, bi monthly, and quarterly time commitment. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St. Information: 912-509-4647 or www.savannahsclayspot.com [122811] Painting and Drawing Lessons Small group and private instruction offered by local painter Melinda Borysevicz. SCAD graduate with 15 years professional experience. Phone: 912.484.6415, email: melindaborysevicz@ gmail.com, or visit melindaborysevicz. blogspot.com. [02052012] PowerPoint for Pastors and Church Leaders Thurs, May 17, 11am-3pm at The Exchange on Waters. An educational and training session in PowerPoint presentation software that embraces the range, interest and needs of the Church Leader. Learn the fundamentals and basic functions of PowerPoint. Fee $99. Register at www.monroelangston.com. ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore 1900 East Victory Drive. New home ownership resource center for anyone wanting to learn more about home ownership, homeowners insurance issues, home safety and security matters, and proper preparation for hurricanes and other severe weather. Includes two internetready computers. [122811] Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Saturday at 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds, and better investing. Meetings take place at Panera Bread on Bull and Broughton. Contact us at charlesfund@gmail.com for more information. [122811] Savannah Entrepreneurial Center Offering a variety of business classes. 801 E. Gwinnett Street. Call 652-3582. [122811] Savannah Sacred Harp Singers Everyone that loves to sing is invited to join the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers at Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road in Savannah. All are welcome to participate or listen in on one of America’s most revered musical traditions. For more information call 912-6550994 or visit savannahsacredharp.com. [122211] Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva Anitra is currently teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Henry St @ E Broad, Mon/Tues 6-9pm, 1 1/2 hour lesson $25.

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Clubs & Organizations Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6-8 p.m. beginning 2/21/2012. The aim of Savannah Authors Autonomous is to encourage first-class prose writing, fiction or nonfiction, through discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Savannah Association for the Blind (SAB), 214 Drayton Street. Founded by British writer Christopher Scott (more than a dozen published books) and local writer Alice Vantrease (one published novel, optioned for a potential Hollywood movie). All are welcome. No charge to attend. Contact: Alice Vantrease (alicevantrease@live. com) or 912-308-3208. [02052012] Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, godzillaunknown@gmail.com or visit www.avegost.com [122811] Buccaneer Region SCCA The local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/ autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http://buccaneerregion. org. [122811] Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group Meets 1st Thursday each month from 9:30-10:30 AM. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Savannah (912) 308-6768 for more info. [121211] Coastal MINIs Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Meet at Starbucks, corner of Victory Dr. & Skidaway Rd. in Savannah. Information: coastalminis. com. [122811] Starbucks, Energy Healers Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. http://www. meetup.com/SavannahEnergyHealers/ [122811] Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for

discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm at Gallery Espresso. Email, Kathleen Thomas: exploretherevolution@ gmail.com for more info. [122811] Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., Thunderbolt. [122811] Honor Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area Korean War and World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. Honor Flight is seeking veterans interested in making a trip to Washington. For more info: (912) 596-1962 or www.honorflightsavannah. org [031812] Islands MOPS A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at the First Baptist Church of the Islands on two Wednesdays a month from 9:15-11:30am. Website/information: https://sites.google.com/site/ islandsmops/ [122811] Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Contact (912) 308-6768 for info. No fees. Wanna learn? Come join us! [121211] Low Country Turners A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230. [122811] Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. Call 786-4508. [122811] Savannah MOMSnext For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Come as you are, to experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. Islands MOMSnext meets every first & third Monday of the month, excluding holidays. Childcare is available upon request. A ministry of MOPS International. For more info or to register for a meeting, call (912)898-4344 or email kymmccarty@hotmail.com. http://www. mops.org/ [122811] Old Time Radio Researchers Group International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at beshiresjim@yahoo.com or visit www. otrr.org. [122811] Peacock Guild-For Writers and Book Lovers A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the


clemson.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=460 and look for us on Facebook! Information: Gareth Avant at garethavant@gmail.com or 336-339-3970. [051312] Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. [122811] Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah http://www.stewart.army.mil/ Savannah Fencing Club Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call 429-6918 or email savannahfencing@aol.com. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day! Call (912) 308-6768 to learn more. [021212] Savannah Jaycees Meeting and information session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or www. savannahjaycees.com [122811] Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912238-3170 or visit www.savannahkennelclub.org Savannah Newcomers Club Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. www.savannahnewcomers.com [122911] Savannah Parrot Head Club Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out savannahphc.com for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at Wendyq1053@ yahoo.com. [122911] Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Mulberry Inn. http://www.savannahsunriserotary.org/ Savannah Toastmasters Helps you improve speaking and leadcontinues on p.40

PSYCHO SUDOKU -- “Kakuro” Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you can’t repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of two squares in the upper-right with an 13 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those two squares will be 13; a row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square row in the upper-middle with a 17 to the left of it may or may not have digits in commonwith the 13-row to its right. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and third Wednesday. Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and meet at Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home (207 E. Charlton St.). Call 233-6014 or visit Facebook group “Peacock Guild” for more info. [012212] Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 5965965. [122811] Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email kasak@comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix.org. [86/010112] Savannah Safe Kids Savannah Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit www.safekidssavannah.org or call 912-353-3148 for more info. [122811] Savannah Adventure Club Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email savannahadventureclub@gmail.com or “like” the Savannah Adventure Club on Facebook. [122811] Savannah Art Association The non-for profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Please call 912-2327731 for more info. [122811] Savannah Brewers’ League Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit www.hdb.org and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Meet at Moon River Brewing Company, 21 W. Bay St. [122811] Savannah Clemson Club Savannah Area Clemson alumni and supporters meet at various times and locations throughout the year. Game viewing parties for football, basketball and baseball, as well as a spring cookout, Sand Gnats outings and service events. https://cualumni.

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ership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. [122911] Savannah Writers Group Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-andgreet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891 for location. [122911] Savannah Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:307:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. For location and details, visit SeersuckerLive.com. [122911] Son-shine Hour Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-925-3940 or email KellyBringman@ gmail.com [122911] Southern Wings Local chapter of Women in Aviation International. It is open to men and women in the region who are interested in supporting women in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit http:// www.orgsites.com/ga/southernwings/ [86/010112] Stitch-N’s Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514 [122911] Tarde en Espanol Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566. [122911] The Philo Cafe A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at various locations each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email athenapluto@ yahoo.com or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook. [122911] The Philo Cafe A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at various locations each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email athenapluto@ yahoo.com or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook. [122911]

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger, theremin@neidlinger.us. [122911] U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Become part of the volunteer organization who assists the U.S. Coast Guard in the performance of their important duties. Meets the 4th Wednesday every month at 6pm at Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. Coed. All ages welcomed. Prior experience and/or boat ownership not required. Information: www.savannahaux.com or telephone Al Townsend at 912-598-7387. [122911] Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. [122911] Savannah Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-232-3549 or email chesteraellis@comcast.net for more information. [122911]

Conferences “All Things Live Oak” Conference with Tours Savannah Tree Foundation presents a day of speakers and tours celebrating Georgia’s state tree. Thursday, May 17, 9am-4:00pm, Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. Speakers: Dr. Kim Coder, UGA; Michael Murphy, arborist, Beaufort, SC; Dr. Don Ham, consulting arborist. Tours of the Candler Oak, the Majestic Oak, Wormsloe Historic Site, and other famous Savannah Live Oaks. Lunch included and Continuing Ed credits for arborists, architects and others. $50 for association members, $60 others. www.savannahtree.org Other sponsors: Georgia Urban Forest Council and Trees South Carolina.

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes held in the new Abeni Cultural Arts dance studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St., at 39th, is offering an Adult Ballet Class on Thursdays from 6:307:30. Cost is $12 per class. Join us for learning and fun. Call 234-8745 for more

info. [101711] Adult Dance and Fitness Classes Beginner & Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, BarreCore Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch & Tone. No experience necessary for beginner ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/information: 912-925-0903. Or www.theballetschoolsav.com [122911] Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190. The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads. [122911] Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/ four. 912-596-0889 or www.cairoonthecoast.com [122911] Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912-4141091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. [122911] C.C. Express Dance Team Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. [122911] Home Cookin’ Cloggers Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 7480731. [122911] Irish Dance Classes Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, noncompetitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ gmail.com or 912-704-2052. [122911] Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc. offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany at 272-8329. [122911] Modern Dance Class Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Fridays 10-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more info, call Elizabeth 912-354-5586. [122911] Pole Dancing Class Beginners pole dance offered Wednes-

days 8pm, Level II Pole Dance offered Monday 8pm, $22/1 class, $70/4 classes, pre-registration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Also offering Pole Fitness Classes Monday & Wednesday 11am. For more info: www.fitnessbodybalance.com or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. [122911] Salsa Savannah Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-9pm, open dancing 9pm-1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info: www.salsasavannah.com, 912-7048726. [122911] Savannah Dance Club “Magnificent Mondays” at Doubles, The Quality Inn /Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free dance lessons (6:30-7:30p): Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. No cover. Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-398-8784. [122911] Savannah Dance Club “Magnificent Mondays” at Doubles, The Quality Inn /Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free dance lessons (6:30-7:30p): Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. No cover. Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-398-8784. [122911] Savannah Shag Club Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. [122911]

Events Chocolate Tasting Taste Single Origin American-Made Chocolate at Foxy Loxy Print Gallery & Cafe on Friday, May 18 at 8pm. Learn about chocolate production, taste a variety of chocolate, and everything else you need to know to select a good bar of chocolate. E-mail chocolatelabsavannah@gmail.com. $25/person. Information:www.facebook.com/ thechocolatelab. Farm a la Carte: A Mobile Farmers Market Find them at various spots around town including Wednesdays 2:30-6:30pm at Green Truck on Habersham, Thursdays 3-5:30pm at Bethesda Farmers’ Market and Saturdays 9-1 at Forsyth Farmers Market. Sustainable meats, organic produce, local dairy and more. revivalfoods. com. [050612]


Film & Video CineSavannah A film series that seeks to bring new, first-run films to Savannah including critically acclaimed foreign films and documentaries, among others. To subscribe to information about the series, including screening dates and times, email: cinesavannah@att.net [122911] Psychotronic Film Society Hosts weekly screenings every Wednesday, 8pm, at the Sentient Bean. Offering up a selection of films so bad they are good, cult classics and other rarities. Upcoming schedule: www.sentientbean. com [122911]

Fitness A Mother’s Day Weekend “Power Walk” Sat. May 19, 8am. Oglethorpe Mall Food Court Entrance, 7804 Abercorn St. Power Walk is an international 5K walk promoting active lifestyles, held in 40 cities around the world during Mother’s Day weekend. Hosted by Experience Works and Dress for Success Savannah. Fees: General $10. Students $5. Mom and me, $20. Registration: www. dfspowerwalk.org/savannah. 8:00 a.m. Day-of-event registration. 8:20 Warm-up activities begin. 8:45 Walk. Information: Powerwalk2012@dressforsuccesssavannah.org. Beginner’s Belly Dance classes with “Cairo on the Coast” Back to back belly dance classes and two unique styles of dance. Every Sunday, 12noon-1pm, American Cabaret style, energetic and fast paced. 1-2pm, Tribal Fusion, a slower, more controlled style of dance. Both sessions $24, or a one hour session $15, or 4/$48.00. www. cairoonthecoast.com. Fitness, Body, and Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Contact Nicole at 912-5960889. [122911] Belly Drills An intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit www.cybelle3. com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or

call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. [122911] Bellydance Fusion Classes Fusion bellydance mixes ballet, jazz and hip hop into a unique, high energy style of dance. Classes include drills and choreographies for all levels. Small classes held several days a week in downtown Savannah, and upon request. $10 per person. Contact Christa at 678799-4772 or see www.bohemianbeats. com. [121811] Bellydancing for fun and fitness The most fun class you’ve ever taken to get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. We provide bright colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, and exotic music. Every Wednesday, 6:30pm. $15 drop-in or $40 for four classes. Call 912-660-7399 or email ConsistentIntegrity@yahoo.com [122911] Blue Water Yoga Community donation based classes held at the Talahi Island Community Center. Tue. & Thur. 5:45 -7:00p Fri. 9:30-10:30a For info email egs5719@ aol.com or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. [030812] Fertility Yoga Ongoing series of six week sessions of Fertility Yoga are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM at offices located at 100 Riverview Drive, off of Islands Expressway. Helps participants relax, start healthy habits to prepare their body and gain more confidence on the fertility journey. Instructor Ann Carroll, RYT 500. $100 for 6 week session. (912) 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@ bellsouth.net. [122911] Fitness Classes at the JEA Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St., http://www. savj.org. [122911] Free Yoga Classes with Erika Tate Join us on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm for free Yoga Community classes (starts May 15). Build strength, increase flexibility and relieve stress in a supportive, encouraging environment. Adults and youth 12 years and older are welcome. Designed for all fitness levels. Mats available. Brought to you by bluknowledge, LLC and the City of Savannah/ Moses Jackson Advancement Center in West Savannah. Call (912) 525-2166 for information. Held at the Moses Jackson Advancement Center, 1410 B Richards Street. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun VING TSUN (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Using angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them makes VING TSUN Kung Fu effective for everyone. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to find out about our free trial classes 912-429-

9241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop Ins welcome. [122911] Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and pre-crawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. $14 per class. Multiclass discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www. savannahyoga.com. [122911] Pilates Mat Classes Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am-8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Suite-A Ferguson Ave. http://savannahpilates. com. [122911] Pregnancy Yoga Ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on Tuesdays from 6-7:15pm at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr., and Thursdays from 6-7:15pm at 100 Riverview Dr. Prenatal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Cost is $100 for each course. Call Ann Carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail ann@ aikyayoga.com. [122911] Savannah Disc Golf Club Weekly events (Entry $5): Friday 5 pm - Friday Night Flights. Sat. 10am-Luck of the draw Doubles. Sat. 1pm-Handicapped League. Tom Triplett Park, Hwy 80 W, Pooler. Sun. 10 am-Singles at the Sarge in Hardeeville, SC. Info: savannahdiscgolf.com or savannahdiscgolf@gmail. com All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. [031812] Stand-Up Paddleboarding Stand-up paddleboarding lessons and tours. A great way get out on the water and to stay fit. East Coast Paddleboarding, Savannah/Tybee Island. Eastcoastpaddleboarding.com or 781-267-1810 [122911] The Yoga Room Visit www.thesavannahyogaroom.com or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays and 12:10 p.m., Thursdays, FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Call 912-350-9031. [122911] Zumba Fitness (R) Classes with April Mondays @ 5:30 and Thursdays @ 6:30. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Just $5 for nonmembers. Call 912-349-4902 for more info. [051312] Zumba Fitness Classes with Anne Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E Montgomery Crossroads, Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $5, Free if you bring a friend.

(912) 596-1952. [010912] Zumba Fitness Classes with Mai Monday 8:30am-9:30 am, Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 G. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 per class Saturdays 8:30 am-9:30am, St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class. Contact Mai @ 912-604-9890. [011412]

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or www.firstcitynetwork.org. [122911] Gay AA Meeting True Colors AA Group, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Sundays at 7:30pm, Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Thursdays at 7:00 pm at 307 E Harris St, top floor. [030412] Savannah Georgia Equality Savannah The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912547-6263. [122911] Savannah Savannah Pride, Inc. Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. SPs mission of unity through diversity, and social awareness has helped promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South, and organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival. Call 912-288-7863 or email heather@savpride.com. [122911] Stand Out Youth A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email info@standoutyouth.org or visit www.standoutyouth.org. [122911] What Makes A Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611. [122911]

Health Alcoholics Anonymous If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check www.SavannahAA. com for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 for information. [122911] Free Blood Pressure Checks The Community Cardiovascular Council reminds you to get a free blood pressure check at the Savannah Fire Department’s area Fire Stations. Look for the “Free Blood Pressure Check” sign in front of each station. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack. For more information about high blood pressure, contact the Council at 232-6624 or visit savannahccc.org. [031812] continues on p. 42

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Savannah School of Massage Therapy Open House Wed. May 23, 4-6pm. Meet current students, graduates, and school instructors, admissions and financial aid counselors. RSVP at admissions@ssomt.com or 912355-3011. Savannah School of Massage Therapy, 6413 Waters Ave. St. Thomas Thrift Store 15th Anniversary Open House Saturday, May 19, 2-3pm. Volunteer recognition, drawing for prizes, refreshments. Free and open to the public. St. Thomas Thrift Store, 1126 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

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Free Course for Caregivers. The Community Care Services Program will offer free six-week courses designed to help those who provide care for friends or family members with a chronic illness. Classes begin April 4 and June 6. Contact 912-644-5217 for more information. Free hearing & speech screening Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech & Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. www.savannahspeechandhearing.org [122911] Health Care for Uninsured People St. Mary’s Health Center is open for primary health for the uninsured of Chatham County. The center, located at 1302 Drayton, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 912-443-9409. [021912] Healthcare for the Uninsured St. Mary’s Health Center,1302 Drayton St.. is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Free of charge. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 912-443-9409. [122911] La Leche League of Savannah Mothers wishing to find out more about

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 10am. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9544, www.lllusa.org/web/SavannahGA.html. [122911] Savannah Living Smart Fitness Club An exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John. S. Delaware Center from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM. On Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, the classes are held at the center on 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). For more information, call 912-447-6605. [022612] Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-264-7154. [122911]

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia The Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at your school, club or organization. We offer a fascinating powerpoint with sound and video about our estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age-appropriate programs and related handouts. www. thedolphinproject.org [122911] Tybee Island Marine Science Center Offering a variety of fun educational programs including Beach Discovery Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle Talks and the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-786-5917 or visit www. tybeemarinescience.org. [122911] Walk on the Wild Side The Oatland Island Wildlife Center , 711 Sandtown Rd., offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 898-3980, www.oatlandisland.org. [122911] Wilderness Southeast Offers a variety of programs every month including guided trips with naturalists, canoe rides and more. Their mission is to develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-236-8115 or www.wildernesssoutheast.org. [122911]

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Low Cost Pet Clinic Tails Spin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5-6pm. Vaccinations: $12.00, with $2.00 per vaccination donated to Savannah Pet Rescue Agencies. Habersham Village Shopping Center. www.tailsspin.

com [122911] St. Almo Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays at 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at the Canine Palace, 612 Abercorn St. For info, call 912-234-3336. [122911]

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. [122911] Savannah Storytellers The Savannah Storytellers are reforming on Feb 16. Weekly meetings to follow. Bess Chappas will offer workshop on first meeting. Call. Wallace Moye 3540048. Call for reservation (limited seating). Janice at 912-224-2904. [021212] Tea time at Ola’s A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Bring a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Treats to share are always welcomed. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 6523660. [122911]

Religious & Spiritual Service of Compline The Service of Compline at Christ Church is moving: same music, same service, same choir, same preacher-different location. Beginning Sunday, December 11 the Christ Church Service of chanted Compline by candlelight will be held at historic Independent Presbyterian Church (corner of Bull Street and Oglethorpe) every Sunday night at 9:00p.m. “Come, say good night to God.” [121211] A New Church in the City, For the City. We will gather on Sunday mornings beginning February 5th at Bryson Hall (5 East Perry St.) on Chippewa Square at 10:30 am. www. edenvillagechurch.org Like us on Facebook: Savannah Church Plant. [011412] Guided Silent Prayer A couple of songs done acoustically, about 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and a few minutes to receive prayer if you want (or remain in silence). A mid-week rest and re-focus. 6:45-8pm on Wednesdays at the Vineyard Church. 615 Montgomery St. (behind Blowin’ Smoke BBQ). www.vineyardsavannah. org [122911] Savannah Zen Center Meditation, Classes & Events are held at 111 E. 34th St., Savannah, Ga 31401. For schedule: savannahzencenter.com or visit us on Facebook. [122911] Soka Gakkai of America SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho


Renge Kyo. Introductory meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121. [122911] The Savannah Bible Project Meets each Friday 6:00-6:45pm to provide a non-faith-biased opportunity to interpret Hebrew and Christian scripture. Participants are encouraged to interpret the texts in community embracing each person’s unique interpretive authority. Meetings begin April 20 at the Ogeechee River Coffee Company. https://www.facebook.com/SavannahBibleProject [040112] Theology on Tap Meets at The Distillery every month on the third Monday night from 8:30 10:30pm. Like us on Facebook: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. [011412] Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1001 E. Gwinnett St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 786-6075, e-mail UUBC2@aol.com. Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. [122911] Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, admin@uusavannah. org or www.uusavannah.org. [122911] 313 E. Harris St. , Unity Church of Savannah Two Sunday morning Celebration Services - 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, www.unityofsavannah.org or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Sports & Games Roller Derby--Wreck Night-Session II A weekly, lower-impact, fun course and workout in roller derby, 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays, May 29 through September 11 at the Garden City Gym. Online registration only by May 29. Information: 912-220-9744 or www.savannahderby.com. Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. facebook.com/savannahbikepolo for more information. [122911] Team In Training Info Meeting and Fall Season Kick-Off Party Learn more about how you can complete a triathlon, full or half marathon with the Team In Training program. All levels of athletes - walkers, runners, cyclists, beginners or advanced - are welcome. Together we train to beat cancer! Meetings held at four different locations in Savannah/Chatham on 4/18, 5/16, 5/24, 5/30. See website for locations on these dates. Kick off party and info is June 7, 5:00-6:00 pm - Drop in for more info and

to sign up 6:30-8:30pm - Kick-Off Party for all registered Fall season participants. Mercer Auditorium at Hoskins Center (on Memorial Health campus), East 66th St. http://www.teamintraining.org/ga

Support Groups Al-Anon Family Groups An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics of all ages. The message of the Al-Anon Family Groups is one of strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. Al-Anon, for adults, and Alateen, for young people ages 13-19, is a unique fellowship that unites members of different backgrounds, races and walks of life in an inspiring endeavor: helping themselves and others to lead purposeful, useful lives by overcoming the frustration and helplessness caused by close association with an alcoholic. Meetings are held daily throughout Savannah and the surrounding area. Check www.savannahalanon. com for meeting information and times, or call 912-598-9860 for information. [03 0412] Alcoholics Anonymous If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check www.SavannahAA. com for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 for information. [122911] Alzheimer’s Caregivers and Families Support Group Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts caregivers and families support groups for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Locations and days: Every 2nd Monday at Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. Every 2nd Thursday, 5:30pm, at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. For more info, call 236-0363, ext. 143. Amputee Support Group Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635. [122911] Brain Injury Support Group For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. http://www.memorialhealth.com [122911] Breast Cancer Survivors Group Meets Tuesdays at 5:20om, at First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue and Paulsen Street. Survivor’s and care providers welcome. Enter via Washington Ave. Contact Melissa at 912-844-4524 or Krista at 912-819-7053. [122911] Cancer support group Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. For anyone living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-

5704. [122911] Citizens With Retarded Citizens Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 3557633. [122911] Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Next meeting: Sat., April 28, 10:30am at Candler Hospital’s Marsh Auditorium, 5356 Reynolds St. in Savannah. The group will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Polio survivors and guests are invited. For information call 912-9278332 or go to www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. (There is no charge for this meeting.) Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Room 250. A group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email emptycradle_savannah@hotmail. com. [122911] Families Anonymous A world wide twelve-step self-help support program for relatives and friends concerned about and affected by substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one, has a new group in Savannah. Thursdays at 7:30PM at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway. Information: 912-660-6845 or email sandyjtyler@comcast.net. [011412] Fibromyalgia support group meets the second Thursday from 5:306:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. http://www.sjchs.org/ [122911] Gambling problem? 12-step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly in Savannah. Leave msg with contact information for Phil @ 912-748-4730. [122911] Grief Support Group Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 450 Mall Blvd. Seven-week support groups for children and adults are offered by the bereavement counselors at no charge as a complementary service of Hospice Savannah. For information call 912.303.9442 or visit www.HospiceSavannahHelps.org. [122911] Heartbeats for Life A free support and education group for those who have suffered from, or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/ or Diabetes problems. One Tuesday per month. Topic for May 15, 6pm. -Breaking the Food Seduction Cycle. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. (behind Target at Savannah Mall) Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org [011212] continues on p. 44

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Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Memorial Health University Medical Center, http://www. memorialhealth.com. Call Jennifer Currin, 350-7845. [122911] Multiple Sclerosis support group discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 355-1523. [86/010712] Narcotics Anonymous Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule. [122911] National Alliance On Mental Illness Connection Support Group A weekly 90 minute support group for any with a mental health diagnosis. Free & open to the public. We also have a weekly family support group. Both groups meet on Tuesdays, 6pm to 8pm. Both are held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Free and open to the public. [122211] Overeaters Anonymous Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit www.oa.org to locate a meeting. [122911] Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meets the first Thursday of the month. 5-6:30pm in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For more info, call 3556347 or 238-4666. [122911] Rape Crisis Center assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 912-2337273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families. [122911] Spinal Injury Support Group Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For info, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. http://www.memorialhealth.com/ [122911] Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Sponsored by Savannah Educational Consultants and Royce Learning Center. Professionally led support groups will be held on the 4th Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm. Meetings will be held at Royce Learning Center, at 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. Contact Laurel Brady, 912-659-4687 or email LBrady@savannaheducationalconsultants.com [122911] Support Group for Parents of Ill Children Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity. Meets weekly. Call Donna at 912350-5616. http://www.memorialhealth.

ARIES

(March 21–April 19) Is there a difference in sound quality between relatively inexpensive modern violins and the multi–million–dollar violins created by master craftsmen in the 1700s? In research done at the Eighth International Violin Competition, most violinists couldn’t tell them apart. (Read more here: tinyurl.com/ViolinResearch.) In accordance with the astrological omens, Aries, I urge you to do comparable tests in your own sphere. There’s no need to overpay for anything, either with your money, your emotions, your energy, or your time. Go with what works, not with what costs the most or has highest status.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) If we thought of your life as a book, the title of the next chapter could very well be “In Quest of the Primal.” I encourage you to meditate on what that means to you, and then act accordingly. Here are a few possibilities: tapping into the mother lode; connecting to the source; communing with the core; returning to beginnings; seeking out the original; being in tune with the pulse of nature. Does any of that sound like fun? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have a mandate to be as raw as the law allows –– to be the smartest animal you can be.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) A Russian woman named Marija Usova decided to go skydiving even though she was eight months pregnant. “I wanted my baby to have the beautiful feeling of flying through the air and free–falling before it was born,” she said. Soon after she jumped out of the plane and opened her parachute, she went into labor. Luckily, her daughter waited until she landed to be born. What does this have to do with you? I don’t recommend you do anything even remotely like what Usova did in the next few weeks. But do be alert for healthier, saner approaches to the basic theme, which is to be adventurous and wild and free as you birth a new possibility.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) You spend nearly one–third of your life sleeping. For one–fifth of that time, you’re dreaming. So pretty

much every night, you watch and respond to as much as 90 minutes’ worth of movies created by and starring you. Much of this footage is obscure and confusing and not exactly Oscar–worthy, which is one reason you may not recall many of the details when you wake up. But according to my astrological analysis, the immediate future could be different. Your dreams should be full of riveting entertainment that reveals important information about the mysteries of your destiny. Please consider keeping a pen and notebook near your bed, or a small recording device.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) It’s Oxymoron Season for you. That means you’re likely to encounter more than your usual share of sweet and sour paradoxes. The logic–loving areas of your brain will almost certainly have to seek assistance from your non–rational wisdom. I’ll give you a heads–up on some of the lucid riddles you should be ready to embrace: 1. a humbling triumph; 2. a tender rivalry; 3. a selfish blessing; 4. an opportunity to commune with risky comfort; 5. an invitation to explore a relaxing challenge; 6. a chance to get up–close and personal with a long–distance connection. For best results, Leo, memorize these lines from Walt Whitman’s *Leaves of Grass* and recite them periodically: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself. / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

indelicate but sometimes delightful modes of human expression. They seem to believe that you love harmony and balance too much to fall under the spell of a bewitching passion that rivets your focus. I disagree with that view. It may be true that you’re better able than the other signs to be objective about your fixations. But that doesn’t necessarily dilute the intensity you feel when they rise up and captivate your imagination with the force of a thousand love songs. My advice? Have fun and stay amused.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) “The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken,” said Scorpio poet Antonio Porchia. In other words, the oppression from which we have freed ourselves may continue to influence us long after we’ve escaped. The imprint it left on our sensitive psyches might keep distorting our decisions and twisting our emotions. But I’m here to tell you, Scorpio, that you’re entering a time when you have an enhanced power to dissolve the lingering taint your broken chains still impose. You finally have the resources and wisdom to complete the liberation process.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

There’s at least a 50 percent chance that the coming days will be over–the–top, out–of–the–blue, and off–the–record. I’m half–expecting florid, luscious, and kaleidoscopic events, possibly even rococo, swashbuckling, and splendiferous adventures. Are you ready for all this? Of course not. That’s the point life will be trying to make: nudging you to learn more about the fine art of spontaneity as you improvise your way through unpredictable lessons that will lead you toward the resources you’ll need to succeed.

In the coming weeks, you will have an excellent chance to develop more skill in the art of high gossip. High gossip has almost nothing in common with the mindless prattle that erodes reputations and fosters cynicism. It’s not driven by envy, pettiness, or schadenfreude. When you engage in high gossip, you spread uplifting whispers and inspirational hearsay; you speculate about people’s talents and call attention to their successes; you conspire to awaken generosity of spirit and practical idealism. High gossip is a righteous approach to chatting about the human zoo. It might not flow as easily as the cheap and shabby kind –– at least at first –– but it lasts a whole lot longer and creates connections that help keep your mental hygiene sparkling clean.

LIBRA

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Obsessions. Enchantments. Crushes. Manias. Fetishes. Some astrologers think you Libras are mostly immune from these

Sometimes I have a dream that seems cryptic or meaningless when I first wake up, but a few days later I realize it was a brilliant

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insight into what I most needed to transform about my life. If you don’t recall many of your dreams, that might not be a familiar experience for you. But you’ve probably had waking–life experiences with a similar arc. I predict you will be given at least one of those in the coming week. It may confound you while you’re in the midst of it, but will eventually reveal choice clues that have the power to change your life for the better.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) You may not have heard about the “forbidden colors.” And you certainly haven’t seen them, even though they exist. They’re reddish green and yellowish blue, which the cells of your retina are not built to register. However, scientists have figured out a trick by which these hues can be made visible. A few lucky people have actually caught a glimpse of them. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because I suspect you are close to experiencing a metaphorical version of this breakthrough –– seeing something that is supposedly impossible to see. (If you’d like to read more about the forbidden colors, go here: tinyurl. com/ForbiddenColors.)

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) “There’s no such thing as a wrong note,” said jazz pianist Art Tatum. “It all depends on how you resolve it.” Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis had a similar philosophy. “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note,” he said. “It’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” I think that’s an excellent understanding for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks, Pisces. Be wary of coming to premature conclusions about alleged mistakes. Wait to hear the entire song and see the bigger picture.


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Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. FORD F-150 FLARESIDE, 1992Good body. Engine needs some work. Perfect for part time mechanic. $1,000. 912-682-1006 LINCOLN Town Car, Cartier,1998Loaded immaculate leather interior, 140K, runs great $3300 OBO. 912-344-4216 SATURN, 1997- Automatic, cold AC, 4 door, very clean, runs super $1950. 912-441-2150 WE PAY CASH for junk cars & trucks! Call 964-0515 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940

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