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What: A non-profit film festival

Story Time at the Roundhouse

screening unique selections about adventure and the environment. Festival opens with a reception. When: Fri. Jan. 21, 6 p.m., Sat. Jan. 22, 3 p.m. 7:00 PM, Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $10/adult, $5/kids & students Info:

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for a complete listing of this week’s music go to: soundboard.

kids at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. When: Wed. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. Where: Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St. Cost: $4/child with regular adult admission

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The Little Engine that Could

What: Angela Beasley’s Puppet People

perform the classic childhood fable with marionettes. When: Thu. Jan. 20, 10 a.m. Where: Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd. Cost: $8/child, $6/w library card, Free for parents Info: 912-354-kids.




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What: Gil Weinberg, director of GA

What: A slice of life drama about

a Texas honky tonk that is being razed to make way for condos. When: Wed. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $5 Info:

for a list of this weeks

Robo Sapiens: Musicianship & Creativity

Film: Last Night at the Alamo (US, 1983)

Zach Lieberman and EyeWriter What: Lieberman will discuss and

demo the EyeWriter, which uses light beams controlled by the eye to draw on walls. Part of Pulse Festival. When: Thu. Jan. 20, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

Ringling Bros. Circus

What: Acrobats, wild animals, clowns, a ‘thril-

lusionist’ and much more. When: Thu. Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Fri. Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Sat. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, , Sun. Jan. 23, 1 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe St. Cost: $18-35 Info:

Ringling Brothers Circus hits the Civic Center beginning Thursday

Tech’s Center for Music Technology, discusses his work with robotic musicians. Part of the Pulse Festival. When: Fri. Jan. 21, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

The World’s Ocean in the 21st Century

Philharmonic: Cosi fan Tutte

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, offers a scientific assessment of the ocean’s health. Presented by SAV Council on World Affairs. When: Thu. Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Where: Coastal Ga. Center, 305 N. Fahm St. Cost: Free for members, $10/non-members Info:

Mozart’s comic opera in Italian, featuring internationally acclaimed soloists. When: Fri. Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Sat. Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $20-250 Info:

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Friday Lowcountry Home & Garden Show

What: Thousands of square feet of displays,

demos, gourmet tastings and more. When: Fri. Jan. 21, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Sat. Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Hutchinson Island Cost: $8/general, $6/discounted, Free/kids 16 & under Info:

Library Gala

What: The annual library benefit has a West-

ern theme. Includes dinner, dancing and an auction. When: Fri. Jan. 21, 6 p.m. Where: Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

What: The Philharmonic and Chorus present


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What: Bora Yoon and Luke DuBois

present an interdisciplinary song cycle of ambient electro-acoustic soundscapes. Part of Pulse Festival. When: Sat. Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:


French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard about an American abroad and a charismatic criminal. When: Sat. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $8/general, $6/discounted, free w/ SCAD ID Info: 912-525-5050.

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mission through Jan. 29th. When: Sun. Jan. 23, Mon. Jan. 24, Tue. Jan. 25, Wed. Jan. 26 Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

Film: “Mesrine: Public Enemy #1” What: The second installment in the

film series that has been called “the French Goodfellas” by critics. When: Sun. Jan. 23, 2 p.m. 5 & 8 PM, Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $7 Info:

Philharmonic: Chamber Music III What: Features wind ensembles and

string sextet performing work by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak and more. When: Sun. Jan. 23, 3 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Cost: $10 Info:


Piano Recital

What: AASU’s Dept of Art, Music

and Theater presents a performance by Kelli Horton. When: Sun. Jan. 23, 3 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public

Jazz: Mike Wolk Group

What: The Coastal Jazz Association

presents this performance from the acclaimed Charleston-based quartet. When: Sun. Jan. 23, 5 p.m. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Dr. , Hutchinson Island Cost: Free CJA members, $10/nonmembers


Monday Film: Strandbeesten

What: A new documentary about Dutch

sculptor Theo Jansen who has spent 16 years developing sculptures that move on their own. Part of Pulse Festival. When: Mon. Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free

What: The PFS opens with Burt

Lancaster’s quirky adaptation of “The Swimmer”, and is followed by Banksy’s street art documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” When: Mon. Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. 9:00 PM, Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $8/film, $15/both Info:

ATC Past Winners Concert

What: Previous winners of the Ameri-

can Traditions Competition return.

When: Mon. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lutheran Church of the Ascen-

sion, 120 Bull St. Wright Square Cost: $30 Info: americantraditionscompetition. com/

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Jan Svankmeyer’s stop motion masterpiece “Alice” followed by the littleknown Italian thriller “Footprints” When: Tue. Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. 9:00 PM, Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $8/film, $15/both Info:

Reading and Creative

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What: Prof. and literary critic Carey Murphy discusses link between reading and creative writing, and offers insight into what critics look for in writing. Presented by Savannah Writers Group. When: Tue. Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Where: Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn Cost: Free and open to the public


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chipping for pets belonging to seniors, students and military. When: Wed. Jan. 26, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Where: Tails Spin , Habersham and 61st Cost: $12/vaccine Info:

Psychotronic Film Festival Day 3 What: The opening film, “The Man with

the Golden Arm” got Frank Sinatra an Oscar-nomination, and is followed by the horror-comedy “Day of the Beast.” When: Wed. Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. 9:00 PM, Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $8/film, $15/both Info: www.psychotronicfilmsavannah. org/ cs

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editor’s note


politics: Search

for a permanent city manager just got a whole lot weirder. by jim morekis

Cot9 environment: ton, the imperfect

fabric of our lives.

by sharon bordeaux

In covering the arts and culture scene in Savannah over the last decade–plus, I’ve noticed that the city’s “wake–up time” keeps coming earlier and earlier each year. There was a time when the cultural calendar waited all the way until St. Patrick’s Day to thaw out from winter and kick off the city’s arts year in earnest. Then, the social/cultural calendar began to dial back to mid–February, with the Savannah Irish Festival (then, as today, unaffiliated with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration). But a few years back, the Telfair Museums upped the ante with the introduction of an ambitious free festival that was welcome not only for appealing to an underserved cultural community, but for filling a (cold!) hole in the

yearly arts calendar. The first annual Pulse Art & Technology Festival — which had its origins in the Telfair’s “Art and Technology Week” — was in January 2009 and was unlike anything Savannah had seen. While a festival combining art and technology would seem to be a no–brainer on the “Creative Coast,” that was pretty much the first attempt. This year, Connect Savannah is proud to once again be the official print media sponsor of the Pulse Festival, taking place Jan. 20–29. And did I mention it’s all completely free, thanks to funding from the City of Savannah?

In addition to the special insert in this week’s issue, please note Bill DeYoung’s extensive editorial coverage as well, including an interview with cover girl Bora Yoon and an interview with a performer onstage later in the festival, Adam Matta. In addition to Pulse, we write about a slew of other events this week: Jim Reed brings his annual Psychotronic Film Festival to Muse, featuring a typically eclectic and fascinating collection of kitsch and/or underappreciated classics. Like PULSE, it’s sponsored by Connect Savannah. The American Traditions Competition, newly split off from the Savannah Music Festival, begins. The Mountain Film Festival comes to the Charles H. Morris Center this weekend. The Savannah Philharmonic and Chorus kicks off its 2011 season with two performances of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. And of course all our regular features. cs

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Wall Street are real ‘moochers’ Editor, I am writing to thank you for your excellent Editor’s Note about the “Christmas message no one wants to hear” and in regards to Mr. Johnson’s response. I find it harder and harder to relate to people who do nothing but find fault with the money our government spends to help people like those who have lost jobs in a tough recession that is not of their own making. I especially find it hard knowing that ever larger amounts of my hardearned taxpayer dollars are going to subsidies for large corporations who ship jobs overseas and avoid taxes by hiding the money in remote places with little structured government. Mr. Johnson seems to be of the opinion that we are forming a “moocher class” of unemployed workers and other undeserveds who would be more responsible citizens if we liberals and do gooders didn’t keep throwing money at them. I question that his idea of a “moocher class” must be among

the ranks of those who have lost jobs in this recession through no fault of their own. What about the CEO’s of large corporations, the Wall Street Brokers, and the bankers; the ones who made out like bandits while our economy collapsed? Where is their sense of responsibility to our federal deficit for instance? Why aren’t they being asked to do their fair share of sacrificing since the recession sure hasn’t kept them from coming to Congress with their hand outstretched asking for more subsidies and more tax breaks? As if they were the only ones not expected to contribute to this sudden urgent need to get our fiscal house in order? Since the Republicans won the majority in the House of Representatives we have been hearing a lot about making sacrifices with everything on the table and frankly I would have been okay with that if the “everything” had included those corporate subsidies and the tax cuts for those making $250,000 plus. But Congress has already passed the tax cuts and I haven’t heard word one about subsidies.

Instead they’ve railed against the Health Care Bill and whispered again about privatizing Social Security, using language intended to confuse and disarm anyone not paying close attention. As a Baby Boomer who’s lived through the same old discussion on Social Security many times before when it was coming from the Grand Old Party, you better believe I am paying attention and I’m sure I am not the only one. As for repealing the health care bill? Sure, lets balance the budget on the sick and take away their only defense against a multi– billion dollar industry who has increasingly tried to insure itself by denying benefits it promised them! And because fighting all those battles with sick clients costs lots of money they better make sure to hire plenty of lobbyists lest Congress, in the midst of trying to repeal the health care bill, should forget about authorizing subsidies to keep their profit margins secure. Frankly, I think those in the higher echelons of that industry should be ashamed of themselves.

In conclusion, I agree in part with Mr. Johnson’s assessment that money can be the root cause of a great capacity for selfishness and greed. But we need to understand that the corruption can permeate all classes of society and too often grows with the wealth of the individual or entity it saturates in its wake. It doesn’t have to be this way. Money can also generate a lot of generosity and goodwill, from the humblest act of a homeless man who finds a wallet on the street and returns it to its owner to the billionaire who gives his fortune to the eradication of disease in a third world country. No doubt both would win favor in the eyes of the Man from Nazareth, Jim, and I especially liked your interpretation of his ministry when you write that “we shouldn’t let money get in the way of a good thing.” There is an old saying “You can’t take it with you.” I think there is much benefit to living our lives as if each additional day on earth is precious and knowing that we are the richest when we can pay it forward. Louise Frazier






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Late in his second and final term, Mayor Otis Johnson appears to have united the community. Unfortunately, it seems to be uniting in a sense of disgust at how the search for a permanent city manager is going. At first glance everything seemed ready for this week’s public forum introducing the candidates (the city changed the day of the forum after we went to press last week, so it was actually on Tuesday instead of Wednesday). But by last Friday the news had broken that Acting City Manager Rochelle Small–Toney – also one of the finalists for the permanent job – had never secured the $50,000 bond required of all city managers in Savannah, whether acting or permanent. A few hours later, the names of the other finalists were released – with one having dropped out because they didn’t want their name released that early. Of three non–local candidates, one was fired for financial mismanagement, one has already resigned in the wake of a discrimination complaint and another resigned under allegations of improperly awarding contracts. All that was bad enough, but Mayor Johnson didn’t help when, upon being questioned about Small-Toney’s lack of a bond, he blamed a TV reporter for

making things “personal.” Things got even worse from there. In other interviews, Mayor Johnson made it clear that his priority was not addressing the city manager’s lack of a bond, but in finding and punishing the leaker of the information instead. (Punishing whistleblowers who are acting in the public interest is legally questionable, to say the least.) Reports surfaced that the mayor allegedly threatened ethics charges against any council member who might be responsible for divulging that and similar information to constituents. Then news came out that at least one alderman, Tony Thomas, basically thought the whole candidate search was bogus from the get-go. Facebook and internet comment sections blew up, not only in disgust at the ramshackle way the process was going, but at the mayor’s reaction. Several questions loomed over all: • What past actions made Rochelle Small–Toney not underwriteable for a bond by an insurance company? • Why was she allowed to be in violation of the city charter for eight months as acting city manager?

Acting City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is a finalist for the permanent job

• Did anyone know about her lack of a bond or was it an oversight? • Who leaked the info about the lack of a bond to the media? • Why did taxpayers pay $30,000 for a candidate search to turn up such flawed candidates when a simple Google search would tell you Cauthen was fired and Lott had already resigned? • Say, what’s Chris Morrill up to these days? And last but not least: Was the whole candidate search less than a good–faith effort and Small–Toney was always going to get the job regardless? While public opinion seems to be gelling around the latter scenario, nonetheless here are brief looks at the other three candidates: Wayne Cauthen – The former city manager of Kansas City, Mo., was forced out under accusations by the city council that he didn’t properly manage the city budget. In addition, there were allegations of misuse of taxpayer funds.

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Alfred Lott – As city manager of Albany, Ga. – a job he has resigned from – Lott was under various clouds of ethical suspicion, including hiring a oncejailed felon as director of downtown. Pat DiGiovanni – The only white finalist, DiGiovanni has been deputy city manager of San Antonio for five years. He resigned from the city manager job in Kalamazoo, Mich., amid allegations of improper awarding of contracts. While we’re all asking questions, here’s another one: If, as we’re constantly told, Savannah is charming and vibrant and one of the world’s most beautiful cities and most popular travel destinations, why throughout the entire United States aren’t there more qualified candidates with blemish–free records willing to come work here? cs

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ing a toll on every living thing include hemp, jute, flax and bamboo. It’s time for outside the box thinking. My favorite candidate to dethrone cotton is stinging nettle. Donning a pair of stinging nettle underpants sounds like an exercise in self–flagellation but you would find them soft and supple, much like fine cotton. Nettles are the super mensches of the plant kingdom. Every part – leaves, stems, roots – has value nutritionally,

borrowed money) for their fields. The farmer suicides began in 1997 and continue – the numbers uncertain, horrific. Weather based crop failure plays a part in this tragedy. Also involved are government subsidies (a bounty of subsidies to US agriculture drives prices downward for India’s farmers), moneylenders and Monsanto. Monsanto began peddling expensive hybrid cottonseed in India and moved on to genetically modified cotton.

You can’t really be such a scumbag, I think, as I pull on a favorite cotton sweater. But, honey, as we all know regarding intimate relationships, wishin’ don’t make it so. medicinally and as fiber and dyes. Even the stinging aspect is used in treating arthritis, allergies and prostate ailments. Nettles are naturally disease and pest resistant and have a wide range of natural habitat. The plants can be harvested for ten years before they need to be replaced. Ask yourself who loses in this scenario. The answer is the biotech firms that create patented and genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that sustain that type of agriculture. But what about organic cotton? That is a viable option – to some extent – and more growers are using this approach. Unfortunately, raising cotton by organic methods does not cut down on its thirst. In a country such as India, where small–scale farming is common, a dry season can wipe out a cotton farmer. More than half of the world’s cotton is now grown in India in an area known as the suicide belt. In 2006, 1044 farmers in Vidarbha killed themselves, many by drinking pesticides they had purchased (with

Persuaded by glowing press from Monsanto and a herd mentality toward “upscale, modern” growing techniques, farmers found themselves dealing with a costly reliance on patented seed and the barrage of chemicals required to grow the GM cotton. Monsanto’s website proclaims its innocence. Other sources condemn the biotech firm’s marketing methods as a factor in the plague of farmer suicides. Cotton is not inherently evil, nor is it worthy of being the principle fiber crop. The problem is in the way cotton has been manipulated and ruthlessly pimped. The relationship among pimps and product and consumers is constantly fraught with deceptions. P.S. Check out for their report entitled “Picking Cotton.” It is also good to be aware that cotton is not classified as a food crop so pesticide residues aren’t a regulatory concern in cottonseed oil, which is often the oil of choice in fast and junk foods. cs To comment email us at

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A man parked his sister’s car in front of his house around 3:24 a.m. and went to bed. When he awoke to find that one of the front tires had been slashed, he called police. He told police he suspects a woman who had previously threatened to slash “one tire at a time.” This was the second tire that had been slashed in the last couple days. The man told police that the woman who he suspects believes that he and her ex–girlfriend are having relations. The man told police he knows the woman’s ex–girlfriend, but that they were together. The officer advised him of warrant procedures. • Officers were dispatched to a burglary call. A 20–year old male had called to report that his apartment had been broken into. He showed the

officer the pane of glass that had been broken out so that the back door could be opened. The young man said that the door had been locked when he left, but when he came home, it was open. The drawers in his bedroom dresser had been rummaged through, the mini– fridge was left open, the couch had been moved and the cushions all overturned. To the young man’s knowledge, the only things missing were a Nintendo DS and some loose change. • While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle with a 2010 registration sticker. He performed a traffic stop. The driver told the officer that he realized the registration was expired, but said that he didn’t have the money to pay for it because of Christmas. The officer noted the scent of fresh marijuana coming from the car, and after checking the database, found that the passenger had an outstanding warrant. The officer put the passenger in the backseat of his police cruiser while he spoke with the driver. The driver consented to have the vehicle searched and said that he didn’t have any weapons. The officer found

two open containers, glass bottles of Bud Light Lime under the front seat. While searching the front passenger area, the officer found the smell of marijuana to be very strong. He located a green bag that contained some marijuana and rolling papers. Then the officer found a Savannah Electric power meter in the backseat. Noting that neither of the young men worked for Georgia Power, he contacted on of the company’s investigators who requested photographs of the device. After being read his Miranda rights, the young man who was the passenger admitted that the marijuana was his, and said that they’d found the power meter at a house where they’d been doing some construction work. The officer then read Miranda rights to the driver, who confirmed that the marijuana belonged to the passenger. When he removed the passenger from the back of the cruiser, the officer found that the young man had urinated in his pants and that he’d stuffed two white pills

down into the seat. Evidence was logged into the property room and the two men were transported to CCDC. • A man was walking from his house to the bus stop when he was robbed. He called police to report that shortly after noon, the two men stopped him and said “give it up.” One had a revolver. The man turned over his wallet. They also took his coat. One of the assailants had a green hat with furry flaps. The suspect was about 5’6” and had three tattoos. The other suspect had a red hat and was taller. Detectives and forensics arrived. While detectives were interviewing the victim, other officers discovered some of his property behind a nearby house. The items were photographed and returned to the victim. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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• Her stomach samples grew 11 colonies raw, three when washed with water, and none when any alcohol was applied. • Foot samples showed seemingly random results, with wine washing resulting in the most colonies (18) and the raw sample having the fewest (2). • Samples from the groin—yowsah. The raw sample had more than 200 colonies, many intimidatingly robust. Washing with water resulted in about the same number of colonies, but smaller. Wine washing resulted in the biggest and most abundant colonies, even more than in the raw sample. Whiskey, in contrast, cut the number of colonies in half; Everclear cut it down by three-quarters. Conclusions: 1. Whiskey, favored antiseptic for cowboys on the prairie, is effective. No more about urban legends, this is rural fact. 2. Grain alcohol works even better. 3. Wine generally makes things worse, so you modern cowpokes who shun whiskey in favor of a good pinot noir can kiss your effete butts goodbye. 4. Their enduring popularity notwithstanding, groins are pretty gross. cs by CECIL ADAMS

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for anyone stopping a bullet. It’s been estimated that 100,000 German troops died of gas gangrene during World War I. Time to head to the lab. To build up a healthy glow of natural bacteria, my assistant Una volunteered to go for two days without bathing or changing clothes, meanwhile getting sweaty via sessions of fencing, chores, and animal handling. (I didn’t ask.) Her fellow assistant Fierra then swabbed four sweaty areas of Una’s body (back of the knee, stomach, sole of the foot, and groin) for bacteria. These samples were transferred to agar gel in order to establish Una’s baseline grottiness. Separate small areas of each region were then washed with distilled water, red wine (12 percent ethanol), blended Scotch whiskey (40 percent), and Everclear (95 percent). A swab was scraped across each washed area and applied to more agar gel, for a total of 20 petri dishes of goodness. All the bacteria were cultured for three days at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Results: • Una’s knees were amazingly clean, with only a single bacterial colony growing from the raw sample and no other colonies showing up after any washing. You could eat dinner off Una’s knees.


I think wine and beer have some microorganisms in them, but their alcohol concentration must make them sterile, right? That’s why they can be used as antiseptics in an emergency. Or so goes the urban legend they taught us in medical school. —Mario A. Ortega

light beer to 95 percent for grain alcohol. Ethanol’s effectiveness as a disinfectant also fluctuates depending on the target microbe, method of administration, etc. A 50 percent ethanol solution needs 15 minutes to kill E. coli bacteria and 45 minutes to kill strep in a “cookedmeat broth,” but just 20 seconds to wipe out pneumonia and strep bacteria on a glass thermometer—presumably a less hospitable environment. Several common bacteria can be killed off in less than two minutes with 70 percent ethanol, and 35 percent will slay some fungi in a minute. You might suppose the higher the concentration of ethanol, the deadlier the result. Not necessarily. It can take longer to kill strep with 95 percent ethanol than with lower concentrations, possibly because high levels can coagulate the proteins on the outside of the cell, sealing the interior off from greater damage. Some bacteria are resistant to ethanol, notably the genus Clostridium, responsible for such conditions as botulism, gas gangrene, and tetanus. Soaking bacteria that cause gas gangrene in 90 percent ethanol for an hour has almost no effect, and tetanus can survive ethanol exposure for up to 18 hours—bad news historically


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Two hundred boredom “activists” gathered in London in December at James Ward’s annual banal-apalooza conference, “Boring 2010,” to listen to ennuistricken speakers glorify all things dreary, including a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, describing flavor and smoothness), charts breaking down the characteristics of a man’s sneezes for three years, and a PowerPoint presentation on the color distribution and materials of a man’s necktie collection from one year to the next. Another speaker’s “My Relationship With Bus Routes” seemed well-received, also. Observed one attendee, to a Wall Street Journal reporter: “We’re all overstimulated. I think it’s important to stop all that for a while and see what several hours of being bored really feels like.”

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(1) The Key Underwood Memorial Graveyard near Cherokee, Ala., is reserved as hallowed ground for burial of genuine coon dogs, which must be judged authentic before their carcasses can be accepted, according to a December report in The Birmingham News. The Tennessee Valley Coon Hunters Association must attest to the dog’s having had the ability “to tree a raccoon.” (In March, a funeral for one coon dog at Key Underwood drew 200 mourners.) (2) Safety Harbor, Fla., trailer-park neighbors Joe Capes and Ronald Richards fought in December, with sheriff ’s deputies called and Capes arrested for assaulting Richards. The two were arguing over whether the late country singer Conway Twitty was gay.


only take so much.” • Katrina Camp, 30, was picked up by • A sculpture on display at Normandeputies in September on a Forest Service dale Community College in Bloomingroad near Nederland, Colo., having ton, Minn., was stolen in December. The earlier walked away from her unclothed piece, by artist John Ilg, consisted of wire 2-year-old daughter, whom she had left to mesh over a frame, with 316 rolled-up fend for herself in a pickup truck. Camp, dollar bills stuffed in the mesh. The piece however, was candid about the problem: was titled, “Honesty.” (Attitudes have “I suck.” (“You’re a parent,” she told a changed in the two years since the piece deputy. “(Y)ou know how it is. Somewas first presented, at the Minnesota State times you just need a break.”) Fair, when visitors liked it so much that they added rolled bills to the display.) Latest “Rights” • Elected officials caught violating By his own testimony, John the very laws they have sanctimoDitullio is a hateful neo-Nazi Stop the niously championed are so numerCity Manager who despised his next-door ous as to be No Longer Weird, but who can’t get neighbors in New Port Richey, the alleged behavior of Colorado bonded Fla. (a white woman with an state Sen. Suzanne Williams folAfrican-American friend lowing her December car crash and a son who was openly seems over-the-top. Though gay), but when the son was a strong seat belt and child-seat murdered and the mother atadvocate, Williams was driving tacked in 2006, Ditullio denied near Amarillo, Texas, with her two involvement, and though he unbelted grandchildren when her earned a hung jury in his first SUV drifted over the center line and trial, his retrial was scheduled for hit another vehicle head-on, killing November 2010. For each day that driver and ejecting Williams’ of the trial, a makeup artist was 3-year-old grandchild, who survived hired (paid for by the government at $135 with injuries. A Texas Department of a day) to cover up Ditullio’s swastika neck Public Safety report noted that Williams tattoo and crude-phrase cheek tattoo was seen scooping up the child, returning so as to keep jurors from being unfairly him to the SUV and belting him in. prejudiced. (Nonetheless, Ditullio was convicted in December and sentenced to Compelling Explanations death.) • Unclear on the Concept: A 41-yearold woman, arrested in Callaway, Fla., in December for beating her husband with a rock, explained that she was angry that he was endangering his health by smoking despite being ill. Said she, “A woman can

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Suspected of stealing scraps of copper in Riverside, Ohio, in December: Jesus Christ Superstar Oloff, 33. Arrested

for sex abuse against a 6-year-old boy in Oklahoma City in October: Lucifer Hawkins, 30. On trial in December for extortion in Britain’s Southwark Crown Court (threatening to reveal a sexual affair): Ms. Fuk Wu. Sought as a suspect in a convenience store killing in Largo, Fla., in December (and an example of the highly revealing “Three First Names” theory of criminal liability), Mr. Larry Joe Jerry -- who actually has four first names (Larry Joe Jerry Jr.).

Bright Ideas

• The Toronto Public Library began its “Human Library” project in November with about 200 users registering to “check out” interesting persons from the community who would sit and converse with patrons who might not otherwise have the opportunity to mingle with people like them. The first day’s lend-outs, for a half-hour at a time, included a police officer, a comedian, a former sex worker, a model, and a person who had survived cancer, homelessness and poverty. The Human Library actually harkens back to olden times, said a TPL official, where “storytelling from person to person” “was the only way to learn.” • If Life Gives You a Lemon, Make Lemonade: (1) When Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One racing circuit, was mugged in November and had his jewelry stolen, he sent a photograph of his battered face to the Hublot watch company and convinced its chief executive to By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

Least Competent Criminals Ouch! (1) Joe Colclasure, 25, was arrested and charged with robbing the bank located inside an Albertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supermarket in Palm Desert, Calif., in December. Several employees and

customers had recognized Colclasure while he was committing the robbery, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over for him until he accidentally slammed the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door on his hand during his getaway. The pain disabled him long enough so that an employee could hold him until police arrived. (2) Thieves often leave policetrackable trails from the scene to their home, but for alleged shoplifter Michael Barton, 29, of Venango County, Pa., the trail was of his own blood, starting at the Wal-Mart where he had cut himself badly removing razor blades from their packages in order to fit more into his pocket.




Charles Clements, 69, appeared in this space two months ago in a report on his having deliberately shot to death a 23-year-old neighbor whose fox terrier had answered a call of nature on the perfectly manicured lawn of the reportedly obsessive Clements. (According to witnesses, the victim was displaying macho bravado just before the shooting, but Clements admitted he was not under attack when he fired.) On Dec. 29, a judge in a Chicago suburb rejected requests for a 20-year sentence and ordered Clements to serve only four months -- out of jail, on probation.

A News of the Weird Classic (January 1998) A Police Officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Come True: Vincent Morrisseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police brutality lawsuit went to trial in New Haven, Conn., in December (1997), and West Haven police officer Ralph Angelo was on the witness stand, claiming that Morrissey himself had provoked the encounter by swinging at Angelo. Morrisseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, skeptical of the testimony, asked Officer Angelo to demonstrate to the jury how hard Morrissey had swung at him. Before the lawyer could clarify what he meant by â&#x20AC;&#x153;demonstrate,â&#x20AC;? Officer Angelo popped the lawyer on the chin, staggering him and forcing an immediate recess. cs


run a brief advertising campaign, â&#x20AC;&#x153;See What People Will Do for a Hublot.â&#x20AC;? (2) The treasurer of Idaho County, Idaho, turned down the November suggestion of local physician Andrew Jones -- that more cancers might be detected early if the county sent colonoscopy suggestions to residents along with their official tax notices. The treasurer said residents might find the reminders â&#x20AC;&#x153;ironic.â&#x20AC;?

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At 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.

This Midwestern Americana band was here in October, and their Live Wire set was so well–received that people are still talking about it. They’re back, and not a moment too soon. With Matthew Milia on lead vocals, with guitar, banjo, accordion and the odd horn – not to mention songs that mine a deep, rich vein of Americana – Frontier Ruckus is not unlike The Band in its Big Pink days. “The perfect recipe for Gothic Americana,” raved Rolling Stone. See

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B.J. Barham - that’s him at left - and American Aquarium return for their semi–annual Jinx show Jan. 22 (with Crowfield); this anthemic Americana band has been one of Savannah’s faves for a good three years now – if you’re one of the few that haven’t caught an AA show, best grab those tickets quick (they’ll go fast) and get thee over there …. Hard–hitting Savannah trio Howler shares a Jinx bill Jan. 21, with Ricer and Indian Giver …It’s time once again for the Coastal Jazz Association’s monthly concert at the Westin Harbor Resort. This one (Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.) features Charleston pianist Mike Wolk and his trio … Dare Dukes, who’s been out on paternity leave since November, returns Feb. 4 for a show at the Wormhole with The Red River … The Lee Boys, one of the coolest R&B, blues and sacred steel gospel bands on the road today, have a Feb. 5 date – I’m not making this up – at Wild Wing Cafe … On Feb. 12, Savannah’s always– beloved rockin’ Superhorse reunites for a Jinx show. The band includes Kevin Rose, Jim Reed, Gene Lyons, Bob Holman, Jason Anderson and Sebastian Edwards…. CS

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How do you solve a problem like Fiordiligi? Peter Shannon and the Savannah Philharmonic faced a quandary last fall, as they were preparing their massive production of the Mozart opera Cosi Fan Tutte. The British soprano who’d signed on for the role of Fiordiligi, the flighty heroine of the tale, had to fill a last–minute commitment back in London. Luckily for Shannon, she recommended a friend, a woman who was not only one of the U.K.’s leading coloratura sopranos, but who had – as luck would have it – enough time in her busy schedule to hoof it over to Savannah for rehearsals, and for the production (Jan. 21 and 22 at the Lucas Theatre). “Singers helping each other out is a really precious, nice thing,” effuses Belinda Evans, who accepted the role. “Because it’s quite competitive.” Competition is something Belinda

Evans knows all about. Her resume is chock–full of impressive roles in professional operas – among others, she’s been in Die Lustige Witwe, The Wandering Scholar, Dido and Aenea, three previous productions of Cosi Fan Tutte and numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the Carl Rosa company. However, she’ll always be known in her home country as one of the finalists on the American Idol–esque competition show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, in which a group of pretty, clear–eyed women attempted to woo Andrew Lloyd Webber and a team of sniping, star–searching judges into hiring them for a starring role in a new mounting of The Sound of Music. Just like Idol, votes were cast by the TV audience. Belinda Evans was a national favorite; she made it into the Top Ten. “Andrew Lloyd Webber is a massively influential person in England,” she says. “He’s THE person for music theater;

he’s basically got the monopoly on the West End. And so when I knew he was involved I just thought, well, I can’t go wrong with this. “It’s exposure – 10 girls out of six and a half thousand who auditioned! Getting into the last 10, I just didn’t expect it. You get further and further, and you start investing a bit of yourself into it, and then you think ‘OK, I’m just going to go for it and see.’” Although the Somerset native had done plenty of musical theater, in her college career, by this time she was already taking voice lessons with one of the country’s premiere opera coaches. But there she was, singing chirpy Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes on the Beeb. In one of the show’s (many) cheesy moments, those eliminated were obliged to end the episode with a teary rendition of “So Long, Farewell” alongside the remaining girls. Evans’ last lyric on the Maria program was “I’d like to stay and try my first champagne,” while the others waved her off, pouty–faced. “It’s about experiences, isn’t it?” she laughs. “We sang at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mansion. People don’t even get to see that. “And where else do you get to sing in front of a TV audience of billions? It’s still playing in South Africa now, four years later. I just got a message from a friend of mine over there. “I’m proud of what I did on that show, because it puts you under a microscope. I will never, ever need to be terrified about performing again after doing that. ‘If I can do that, I can do anything,’ that’s how I look at it now.” At the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Evans had been singled out by her instructors, who strongly recommended her take her “crystally bell sort of voice” to the next level. “I left college thinking ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to be a big success, take the world by storm.’ Then you realize there are just thousands and thousands of you,” she says. “I was a quite naive, probably, which is a good thing for youth, I think, otherwise you wouldn’t do anything.” Ambitiously, she moved to London – “where the streets are paved with gold,” she chuckles – and found the opera world competitive, good jobs hard to come by. Following her Maria experience, Evans landed theatrical and opera agents, and spent several years as a swing performer in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera. Currently, she is permanent soprano of the Choir of the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace. An

incredible honor for an Englishwoman. She was chosen to represent Britain, by singing the National Anthem, at the Rugby World Cup in Australia, and appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. And she’s part of a popular London band, String Theory, which specializes in an eclectic mix of pop, jazz and flamenco music. It’s a career unlike anyone else’s. “There’s no set way of doing it,” she says. “I think you just have to find your path.” In Cosi Fan Tutte (Women Are Like That), Evans’s character Fiordiligi is engaged to Guglielmo, a soldier. Likewise her sister Dorabella is betrothed to Ferrando. The men – who have supposedly gone of to war – decide to test their lovers’ commitment by appearing in disguise and attempting to seduce one another’s fiance. Sung in the original Italian, Cosi Fan Tutte – the libretto is by Mozart’s frequent collaborator, Lorenzo Da Ponte – is a witty comic opera, about love, faith, and the unerring fickleness of the heart. With tenor Oliver Mercer as Fernando, mezzo–soprano Fleur Barron as Dorabella and baritone Teit Kanstrup singing the role of Guglielmo, the opera is fully staged with elaborate sets, costumes, the full Savannah Philharmonic and full chorus. For Belinda Evans, who’s making her American debut with this production (she’s never even been in the States before), it’s yet another A–list experience. “They’re fantastic,” she says. “It’s such a great cast. Everyone is so friendly. I’m really enjoying working with them all – they’re really talented and gorgeous people. And that makes it easy. “I think everything comes to you when it needs to come. I don’t believe in this whole ‘I need to fight my way, and break America.’ Loads of British pop stars have left the U.K. and come here to make it. I’ve seen them on TV since I’ve been here. “And that’s fantastic, but I really like the balance in my life. I love London, and I love the U.K. And this is just another amazing opportunity.” CS The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Cosi Fan Tutte (in Italian with supertitles) Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 Tickets: $20–$100 Online: Phone: (912) 525–5050

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Joel A. Martin re-ignites the American Traditions Competition by Bill DeYoung |

The American Traditions Competition began 17 years ago, as a centerpiece of Savannah Onstage, which eventually morphed into the Savannah Music Festival. After last year’s edition, American Traditions — a vocal competition, bringing in world–class singers from across the spectrum (classical, opera, jazz and popular song) — separated from the festival. “I just felt that the competition got lost somewhere in the shuffle, and that the focus wasn’t what it was maybe 10 or 15 years ago,” says Joel A. Martin, who was hired by the newly formed ATC board of directors as the new/old

competition’s artistic director. “I want to bring back the glory of ATC from its roots — and then expand it out and blow it to the world.” Martin, a Massachusetts–based classical and jazz pianist with a mile–long resume, had been the ATC’s gold–medal accompanist since 2004. He and the board had felt the vocal showcase getting back–burner status by the SMF. And attendance was down significantly in 2010. “It’s a world–stage festival,” he says, “and that’s OK, there’s no problem with it here. And we should have these kinds of things. “I just want to return ATC back to its roots, back to the people that helped make all this possible. Without people, the spirit of camaraderie and musical excellence, and a community–based involvement the way it started, none of

this would have happened.” Martin’s mission, as he sees it, is to expand American Traditions, increase its profile, and bring in a cross–section of well–known and prestigious judges. Coming in for the 2011 edition, Jan. 24–29 at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, are: Sherrill Milnes, the great, Grammy–winning baritone who performed more than 650 times at the Metropolitan Opera; Craig Schulman, Broadway star of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde; Mezzo–soprano Hilda Harris, another former Met star and currently a vocal instructor at the Manhattan School of Music; Broadway singer, actor and author Chapman Roberts (he was in the original Broadway cast of Hair, back in the day); and satirical singer/actress Christine Pedi, a longtime member of Forbidden Broadway, and part of the

Molly MacPherson’s “We also have to foster the next generation of concert–goers,” Martin enthuses. “And if we don’t bring it to them, it’s lost. We will have a generation that’s lost on great art and great culture, because we never gave it to them.” It’s an ongoing process, he explains, and he’s certain ATC will find its place among the great musical institutions of Savannah. “There are more than 300 non–profits here dedicated to bringing arts and culture to people,” Martin says. “You’re lucky if you find that in this kind of proportion almost anywhere in the country. “And yet here it is, it’s situated in Savannah. This is the beginning of a new renaissance for this city. That’s what I would like to be a part of. “That’s what community is all about. And it doesn’t matter if you live here, or you don’t live here, you should be able to reach out and connect.” CS American Traditions Competition Tickets: $20–$59, at At the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 120 Bull St.: Past Winners Concert: At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 Judges’ Cabaret: At 8 p.m. Jan. 25 Quarterfinals: At 5:30 and 8:15 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27 Semifinals: At 5:15 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28 At the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.: Finals Competition: At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 Followed by the ATC Curtain Call Reception ($125) For details:

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ensemble cast of The Sopranos. Many of these artists have worked with Martin, in performance or in the recording studio. “I’m not appealing to them through a financial thing, I’m appealing to them through art,” Martin explains. “And if you’re a true artist, you will understand and appreciate what this competition is all about. With 17 years behind it, it’s certainly worth a major effort to bring greater visibility. “Everyone just said ‘Let’s get together and do this thing right.’” Thirty–two contestants will vie for gold, silver and bronze medals, and more than $30,000 in cash prizes. Applications arrived from as far away as Italy and The Netherlands. Things get started Jan. 24 with a Past Winners concert; two gold medalists, and one silver winner, from ATCs past will perform (they are Robert Sims, Morgan James and Sharon Clark). Pianist Martin will accompany the singers. The Judges’ Cabaret, with performances by Craig Schulman and Christine Pedi, takes place Tuesday, Jan. 25, again with Martin accompanying on piano. There are finalists’ competitions through Jan. 28 at the church, and everything wraps up Jan. 29 with the ATC Finals concert at the Lucas Theatre. Martin has also re–ignited the educational component of American Traditions; Milnes will conduct a master class Jan. 26 for vocal students at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and another (with six finalists) Jan. 28 at the church. And more than a dozen of the competing vocalists will visit Chatham County public and private schools during the week.

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Pulse 2011: A look inside by Bill DeYoung |

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The thrust of the Telfair Museums’ Pulse: Art and Technology Festival, which begins its third annual run on Jan. 20, is to showcase new and “edgier” uses of technology in music, and art, and their creative cousins. It’s a combination of performances, exhibitions and installations that make artistic statements through not–quite–conventional means. The nine–day festival, at the Jepson Center (with a few exceptions, noted) brings in the sort of stuff that hipsters and conossiuers of the advanced have been ogling and appreciating in New York, London and the other artistic centers of the world. Best of all, admission to everything — including the workshops and lectures — is free. There’s a full descriptive schedule in the Pulse pull–out included with this issue of Connect; here are a few highlights to get you going:


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Making the Invisible Visible: Selected Projects by Zachary Lieberman: Through Feb. 6. An exhibition of interactive installations and a documentation of new media projects. Andrew Scott, Digital Explorations in Sculpture: Through Feb. 7. Savan-

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nah–based sculptor employs a variety of digital and traditional fabrication methods to produce a body of work where art serves as a bridge for collective cultural ideals Selected Works by Bjorn Schulke, 2003–2010: Through Feb. 21. Equally–influenced by modern abstraction and instruments of scientific measurement, sculptor Schulke’s works playfully transform live spatial energy into active responses. The audience becomes part of the ‘system’ as the works – some free standing, others suspended – monitor or react to the human element. Schulke lectures in person at 6 p.m. Jan. 27.

II Florida mermaid shows deep inside vintage apothecary bottles. Estrella Intersects the Plane by Matthew Richard: An algorithmic kinetic light painting. Film: Strandbeesten: Screening at 6 p.m. Jan. 24. A documentary by Alexander Schlichter on the work of visionary Dutch sculptor Theo Jansen. Technology Expo/Family Day: At 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Demonstrations by Ranjit Bhatnagar, Adam Matta and Timothy Jackson. Local schools’ robotics teams will demonstrate their creations under the coordination of Georgia Tech–Savannah.

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Through Feb. 21 at the Jepson Center TAG Gallery and Morrison Gallery. ZooBurst by Craig Kapp: A book seen on screen will allow users to swipe their hands to turn the pages. In addition, the artist will display a physical book that contains a special ZooBurst augmented reality marker. Visitors will be able to pick the book up and hold to the camera in order to see images in palm of their hand. Water Nymphs’ Circus by Kelley McClung: Micro projections collaged from found footage of post–World War

Bora Yoon and Luke DuBois: At 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Telfair rotunda. The Medeology Collective: At 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. Allessandro Imperato, James Gladman and Kelley MClung return to the Jepson Center for a site–specific video event, Exquisite Corpse. Adam Matta: At 7 p.m. Jan. 28 The Wiitles: At 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. A new and expanded lineup for a concert incorporating Wiimotes, iPhones and violin. CS For a full schedule and additional info:

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One of several visiting artists during this week’s Pulse: Art and Technology Festival, the New York–based Yoon is an experimental musician and performance artist. What she creates – live onstage, using her voice, viola, a tape–looping system and an assortment of instruments both percussive and primarily technological – is a technicolor otherwordly soundscape. Saturday’s performance of her piece ( (( PHONATION )) ) (“an interdisciplinary song cycle of ambient electro–acoustic soundscapes, using voice, electrified viola, turntable, Tibetan singing bowls, radios, water, metronomes, music boxes, homemade instruments, and electronics)” takes place in the rotunda of the Telfair Academy. It’ll be just the sort of thing that illuminates and defines Pulse’s mission statement, which is to present contemporary creativity in its manifest forms. Yoon’s collaborator on the piece is visual artist Luke DuBois, using Jitter, a video software he created. “It’s a live camera feed from the performance,” Yoon explains, “and he processes it in this software. It is mo-

tion–reactive as well as sound–reactive, and so it creates kind of this seamless audio–visual environment. “It plays with scale and perspective at a neat angle, so that it kind of augments the dreamlike quality of seeing something, but not seeing something. Or just the different ways in which you see things. He kind of riffs on that visually.” We spoke with Yoon about her music. Once upon a time, you were a classical composer. You were also a folksinger. Can you describe your attraction to, and your ascent into, the world of sound, noise and electronics? Bora Yoon: If anything, it wasn’t an ascent, it was more like a deconstruction of everything. Of learning all the classical stuff – having all the nuts and bolts and theory in place. But then also the appreciation for the song; when you strip away all the class and the status, when the song can just break out of itself and just be a song. That’s kind of where the folksinger in me came out. Then I moved to New York and kind of realized how incredibly unoriginal being a singer/songwriter was.

The experimental stuff started more with trying to get away from that horrible, non–descriptive word that ‘singer/ songwriter’ is. That doesn’t honor the individual, I feel. I kind of just stripped away the words, because that’s what took the longest – the music always came easily, and that’s what I feel like is the core of where the classical composition came from. Then I just got a pickup and put it on everything I owned, and got a loop and just started mucking around. So a lot of this stuff, really, is just songs without words. It’s amazing to me how differently the world perceives a song without something there. Without words there, it all of a sudden becomes sound, and then when you start thinking about sound, it opens itself up to that realm of sound design – why do things mean what they mean? Or why do we have certain reactions when we hear certain sounds? Then you can start to make ironic or resonant pairings, of what kind of sounds may go together, or be really jarring together. It goes to that cinematic artistic zone. From there, it’s a lot of fun – it’s like really indirect storytelling, via sound. I feel like it’s kind of radio foley, it’s kind of sound design, and it’s kind of music. How important was it to you when you found the loops and the other technol-

Bora Yoon: It’s really liberating, because it makes you autonomous in a way. First, I started playing and singing violin, at the same time, because it was just an easy way to hear what I wrote as a choral composer. Without having to get another person! When I found the loops I was like ‘This is fantastic. I can lay down certain ideas.’ From there, you riff on that, harmonically. At first it started out of necessity – it was easier to hear what I had in my brain without having to ... schedule. I feel that the experiment box, if anything, has deconstructed everything I’ve known to a sound level. I feel like I’ve gone way left now, and I have to return to the middle somehow. There has to be a pith of narrative, too – that’s why some text is coming back into the soundscapes. I’m starting to use text in a way that’s not as literal as being a songwriter, almost how Laurie Anderson uses prose well–placed. How much of it is composed, and how much is improvised or adapted because of your circumstances – the way you feel that night, or the room? Bora Yoon: All of these compositions exist – going into it, they’re like 75 percent in place. And then I always leave the other quarter for the spontaneity of the moment. Really, that’s what performance is, the energy of the room and where you are. And what time of day it is. I kind of realized early on that my music is not day music. And outdoor festivals, hell no! But like 3 a.m., or weird hours, I feel like that’s kind of where it lives. They’re really defined by their instrumentation. I know what order they come in, and the general contour of everything. But I do leave up to the moment how the contour builds, because I think that is, in a way, moment–specific. The piece lives, but you do want it to breathe, and you do want it to have some flexibility. Because there’s nothing worse than in my singer/songwriter days, when I had a set list, and I was going to stick to that set list. It’s always good to have some flexibility because sometimes you never know where a crowd is, and you have to be flexible enough to work with it. Otherwise it really does come off too square ... you know when it doesn’t fit. If you have feedback, you can’t do anything about it. You might as well harmonize with it. If feedback’s in your loop, well, it’s a pitch and you gotta work with it. And that’s all music.

I think many musicians are afraid of space – they always feel they have to fill it, like dead air. People like yourself use the space as part of the music. What kind of a learning process was this? “My music is not day music,” Bora Yoon says. “Like 3 a.m., or weird hours, I feel like that’s where it lives.”

Did I read that you have perfect pitch? Bora Yoon: Yeah, well, perfect pitch is to know what pitch it is without a reference. For me, that just means that any sound has the ability to become music. If you just think about what tonal quality it has. A percussionist would know what I mean. And at the same time, how you interface with it is also kind of theatrical to play with, which is fun. And that’s where the next step goes to. I feel like looping kind of creates a moving meditation of some kind. It starts to lay down a little rhythm, or foundation. How you play with that counter–rhythm, that’s how you get to that nice synergistic place where you don’t feel like you’re here ... it’s a melding of things ... that synergy is what starts the dream logic of things. What I’m working on now is also like how it’s presented. The theatricality of how these instruments are played starts to create ... kind of a cooking show! I realized ‘Oh, it’s kind of like a weird, automated, found cooking show! That takes place in some Emily Dickinson kitchen.’ Do you hear music, as you move through your day, everywhere and in everything? The sound of human voices passing you on the sidewalk? Bora Yoon: I often don’t listen to my iPod, even though I do enjoy it when I get there. I find natural noises entertaining enough, especially in New York. It’s everywhere. Sometime I nerd out, too. The subway always beeps in C. And with

Bora Yoon: I think space becomes known the more you go into sound. You have to always deal with it. It’s not apparent at first, because the song is what you’re building, but it’s also something you’re growing within a box. How to use that box became something ... I’m a choral singer, too. Choral music is my first love. ‘I sing at church on Sundays, and Jesus buys my beer.’ Choral music has always been where my heart is, when I hear music. Singing in churches, or in neat acoustic halls, and stairwells, they’ve always been enchanting to me. Those are the things that I get drawn to. The appreciation for different acoustics started as a choral singer, I think. Going more into sound made me appreciate more how sound design can be constructed in a way to make you feel something. If it’s intentionally miked up close, to almost make a tangible sound but it’s intangible. Starting to understand the visceral sound that you can get when you really get into a recording, which is very different than when you hear something live, which is in a hall, which is in a box. So how to use that full dynamic range of where to take people, going super–super–in and miniscule with sound. And also being able to go super–spatial with sound, that’s what I think ( (( PHONATION )) ) is about ... sound’s dynamic quality to be spatial as well as incredibly inward – almost tactile, and bodily, too. CS

Pulse: Bora Yoon performance (with Luke DuBois) Where: Telfair Academy Rotunda, 121 Barnard St. When: At 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 Artist’s Web site:


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“Beatboxing is blowing up worldwide; there’s a lot of guys coming out with really interesting sounds,” says Adam Matta.

At his Jan. 28 Jepson Center performance, Adam Matta will take art and technology – the two Pulse Festival buzzwords – and combine them in mind–blowing ways. Which, you’ll wonder, is the art, and which is the tech? Ah, but there’s the rub. Matta is a beatboxer, using his voice and a microphone to create the sounds of a full drum kit – he doesn’t sound at all like a synthetic drum machine – in its myriad poly–rhythmic patterns. That’s organic, right?

At Pulse, he’ll appear onstage with a bicycle wheel mounted on a pedestal. There’s a loop of recording tape stretched over the outside of the wheel. When the tape comes in contact with a playback head, the sound is amplified. Matta edges the bike wheel back and

forth like a turntable, creating an audio scratch right out of hip hop. He has a loop pedal on the floor in front of him, which allows him to record his beatbox vocal percussion, layer it, add bass (he’s good at that, too) and then add more live sounds. It’s a kind of abstract impressionism, a riff on streetcorner beatboxing that elevates one art form into the realm of another. Based in New York, Matta has had solo shows at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Galapagos, PS 122,

Marcel Duchamp’s bicycle wheel sculpture came to mind. I made it stationary, and it worked. It came together.

Did you start out as a percussionist, or are you more of a product of hip hop culture?

Adam Matta: I was doing it for three or four years on my own. I didn’t even consider it practice. It was just coming out of me. That incubated for three, four years – and once I started doing it on the mic, right away musicians started to invite me to jam with them, and I was able to combine it with other music. But it also depends on what you’re doing, and for what extent. Now I’ve been doing it for 10 years, so the sound has definitely been refined, and I’ve come up with a lot of new patterns along the way, and new ideas, and been exposed to a lot of different kinds of music that inspired me in different ways. One reason I like to teach beatbox, and to spread the word, is that you can kind of get going with not much practice – you can start to jam with your friends with just the sounds that you automatically make. Obviously, the more you do it, the more depth it’ll have and the more intricate it’ll get. CS

I was knocked out by your jazz recordings, where you’re “playing” horns too. Do you feel like it’s unlimited now, the things you can do with it? Adam Matta: Yeah, I love being experimental. Beatboxing is blowing up worldwide, and there’s a lot of guys coming out with really interesting sounds. Really unique sounds. And taking this to new levels of versatility and virtuosity. There’s all kinds of technical abilities that probably nobody ever thought possible five years ago. So that’s pretty good. You collaborated at Lincoln Center with Bora Yoon, who’s also coming here for Pulse. She and I talked about looping, and how discovering the electronic part of it opened a huge new door for her. Was that a big deal for you too?

Tell me about the bicycle wheel piece. How did you come up with that? Adam Matta: I was really into biking, and I wanted to kind of combine bicycles and art, and music. So I had the idea to put a tape loop on the wheel, so when you rode the bike it would make sounds. But I realized that would fall apart the minute you started riding it.

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Adam Matta: Definitely, definitely. I felt like I was doing something with my percussion that I wanted to repeat. When I made my snare sound, or a pattern, I wanted to loop it because I felt it needed repetition. I was into ethereal art and photocopies, like Andy Warhol printmaking. And I wanted a serial representation of that sound. So that’s why I bought my first loop pedal, and I started to see where it could go.


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Adam Matta: Both and neither. I just start doing the beatbox on my own as a teenager. I just started doing it as a nervous habit. I never really thought I was ever going to do it in public. I did study drums for a little while; I was a drummer in a couple of really basic bands. But after a while my friends overheard me beatboxing and encouraged me to do it on the mic. So I started doing open mics, and that led to more and more gigs.

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Sweet Sour Siam: sauteed chicken, pineapple, cucumber, onion, green onion and tomato in a sweet and sour sauce.

In October, I told you that Chef Wasan Trimas, owner of Kao Thai Cuisine in Thunderbolt, was closing the restaurant to pursue another venture. Wasan did leave – but the restaurant remains, with pretty much the same name, new operators and an entirely new menu. Now called Kao Thai Noodles and Rice, the lunch and dinner restaurant is more about traditional Thai cuisine than it was under Chef Wasan’s French–influenced direction. I’ll miss the Chambord duck, but already love the fresh flavors, beautiful presentation and efficient service of the “new” Kao. On a recent lunch trip, my friend and I each chose Sweet Sour Siam. The base is sauteed pineapple, cucumber, onion, green onion and tomato in a sweet and sour sauce. We each added chicken, big pieces of white meat – also sauteed. Yay! No breading. I’ve been craving a nice sweet and sour without heavy, fried batter on the chicken – and this dish fit the bill. Accompanying the dish was a single fried spring roll, served as an appetizer with a small salad of curled carrot shavings and cucumber, dressed with sweet rice wine. The lunch menu has plenty to choose from and offers the option of adding a protein or going completely vegetarian. Tom Ka soup ordered by my friend looked and smelled hearty. The scent of coconut milk wafted from the bowl.

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Welcome, Mr. Bean Coffee bean, that is. Statesboro–based Ogeechee River Coffee Co. is opening a location in Habersham Village later this month or in early February. The coffee roaster will be located next door to Rum Runners Bakery. Owner Scott Miller was a regular at the former Trustees’ Garden Farmer’s Market – now we’ll have an outlet for his custom roasted beans.

Beer vs. Wine The rematch between myself, the wine guy, and David “Pop Cap” Little, the beer guy, is back on! We ended in a tie earlier this year during a Beer vs. Wine dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. This time, with five courses, one of us is walking away with the title. The trash talk has begun, our beverages are remaining under wraps to prevent any shenanigans – but the menu is set at a nicely priced $65 per person. For full menu or reservations, call the restaurant, 721.4800, or visit their Facebook page. cs

You wanna light me up? Turn me on to a new vineyard. One of my real joys is “discovering” wines from vineyards I have not sampled before. I sometimes feel like I’m in a wine rut, a pleasurable but well trod path littered with the same corks. Such was my joy before Christmas when offered some sips of wines from Owen Roe. These folks have been making small quantities of wine since 1999 – sourcing mostly from the Columbia Valley of Washington State. These wines are lush and wonderful – and each possesses an odd little back–story – the kind of tale that makes the brand stick in your brain. Carefully managed aging in mostly French oak insures firm tannin development; fastidious handling guarantees enough tactility to brand these wines are handmade. But what stuck with me most was the experience – the smells, the flavors – all from Washington wines that rely heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon. A cold winter’s day ramped up my Cab craving, and I was happy to bump into Owen Roe 2008 Sharecropper Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the essence of Columbia Valley Cab. According to the wine maker, a beautifully long Indian summer in 2008 set the stage for the ’09 Sharecropper. The crop of perfectly ripe fruit gave life to wine that has a nose ripe with blueberries, black currants, dark cherries and wild strawberries. A nice long finish lingers with flavors of licorice, olives and cedar. With all that darkness you might expect Sharecropper to be bold, even muscular – but it’s not. Balance and pleasing acidity are hallmarks of Sharecropper. You can drink it today and enjoy it – or lay it down for another half decade and still find it pleasing. It’s assertive enough to stand up to meats, game and powerful sauces and stews – but gentle enough to be an enjoyable sipping wine. I found mine for around $20 at FORM. I’m anxious to get personal with other Owen Roe bottlings, which climb the price ladder from here. Bargain Cab Wine newbies tell me they steer away from wines like Sharecropper because their untrained palates are over–sensitized to acid and tannins. Start fruitier is my advice. Find a Cabernet with training wheels. Such is Pennywise 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s mostly Cab, with splashes of Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Grapes are sourced from Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey primarily – and tend to create a wine that is heavier on sweet fruit, like raspberry and strawberry. Count on rich sweetness, like from figs or dark molasses. Pennywise Cab also goes great with big red meats – it’s simply a slightly sweeter interpretation of the grape. Score a bottle for $10–$12. cs

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Group show ‘Dislocate’ is at Indigo Sky on Waters Avenue; reception Saturday Alchemy of the Soul — John Anderson uses experimental techniques to transform photos into abstract paintings focusing color, tone and texture rather than subject. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th St and Abercorn St Birds in Flight — An installation by Matt Hebermehl of his signature, patterned bird forms hanging in the Jepson’s atrium. . Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Digital Explorations in Sculpture — Savannahbased sculptor Andrew F. Scott einterprets traditional forms and ideas, bringing them into a modern context in works ranging from digitally-printed and laser-cut sculpture, to wall reliefs and prints. Part of Pulse Festival. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. , Dislocate: Reactions to Transition, Relocation and Identity — A group show of artists responding to the challenges of living in new places. Opening reception: January 22, 5-8pm Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Featured Artist: Joel Cothran — The local artist is the artist of the month at Local 11Ten, 1110 Bull St. Kristen Allen & Chase Baltz — Work by two young artists. Allen is a painter interested in color and contrast. Baltz is illustration oriented with an eye toward editorialstyle work. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. Lowcountry Perspectives — Paintings depicting African American life in the Lowcountry by local artists including Richard Law, Allen Fireall, Carol Lasell Miller and Amiri Farris. Reception: January 13, 5:30-7:30pm.

Hospice Savannah Gallery , 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Making the Invisible Visible — Two interactive installations by artist Zach Liberman: Manual Input Sessions allows to create digital shapes and sounds with their hands; Janus Machine processes 3-D portraits of gallery visitors. Through Feb. 6. Mixed Media by Preston Orr — Orr is a local artist who incorporates printmaking techniques with spray paint and natural materials preserved in resin. Reception: Jan 31, time TBA. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Modern Masters from the Smithsonian — Paintings and sculptures from mid20th century artists taken from the Smithsonian collection. Runs through Feb. 6, 2011. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. New Work by Jerry Luke — A collection of paintings shaped in the form of hangers and sculptures. Luke is a local artist and member of the Savannah Art Assoc. SSU Social Sciences Building Gallery, SSU Campus, Not My Mother’s Dream — New art from Randy Parker including paintings, etchings, sculptures and furniture. Black Dog Studio, 539 E. Liberty St. Second Line Mural — A large scale indoor mural by painter Adolfo Hernandez. Second Line , 306 W. Upper Factors Walk Selected Works by Bjorn Schulke — A collection of work created from 20032010 that blurs science with art, incorporating technologies like solar panels, infrared surveillance, pro-

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Tim McGraw’s acting was one of the few things about the film Country Strong that critics didn’t rip to pieces; the country superstar seems to have found a legitimate second career, following his lauded turn opposite Sandra Bullock in the Oscar– winning The Blind Side. Still, McGraw – currently at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Felt Good on My Lips” – won’t ever give up what he does best, and to that effect he’s hitting the road hard this spring with his Dancehall Doctors band in the Emotional Traffic tour. McGraw will perform in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena April 17, supported by Luke Bryan and the Band Perry. Tickets, available now, are $75 at

Independent bands — hundreds of them — showcase every spring at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin. The multi-venue, multi-platform Texan mecca for music takes place March 11-20 this year. Online music guru Kayne Lanahan, of, is a Savannah resident, and she’s come up with a way for our fair city to reap some of the rewards of SXSW. It’s called the Savannah Stopover Festival, and it’s not only an opportunity for Savannahians to experience a wide cross-section of SXSW artists, it’ll give said up-and-comers a place to play — not to mention food and petrol money — as they’re making what can be a grueling, self-financed pilgrimage to Austin. Details are still being firmed up, but the Savannah Stopover Festival is on the boards for March 10-13. It will encompass several downtown clubs, and an outdoor stage, and various parties and cross-cultural tie-ins are planned. Multi-day passes will be available in addition to per-event tickets. Lanahan is also getting a Concert Poster Competition geared up. Class Actress, Million Young, We Are Trees, Prince Rama, Birds Of Avalon, We Are Country Mice, Slow Animal, Little Gold, Milagres and others have signed on, with lots of others expected to be announced any day now. Local faves Cusses, Sunglasses, Passafire, Dare Dukes and Lady Lazarus are on board, too. Watch this space — and Connect in general — for developments. CS

David Sedaris Author, humorist and wry social commentator David Sedaris returns to Savannah April 14 for a reading, meet ‘n’ greet and book signing at the Lucas Theatre. With more than seven million copies of his books in print, Sedaris – whose sister and sometime collaborator is Amy Sedaris of Strangers With Candy fame – is one of the best–known literary wits in America today. His first–person, self–deprecating style is at its best in Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Naked and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. He’s book–touring it for his latest, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of short stories written from the perspective of animals. Tickets for Sedaris’ 8 p.m. appearance are $46 to $51 at




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Motörhead, Alice in Wonderland — and R. Kelly?

Psychotronic Film Festival brings eclectic slate of movies to Muse Arts Warehouse by Jim Morekis |

A typically eclectic and provocative mix of films is on tap for this year’s edition of the hotly anticipated Psychotronic Film Festival, beginning this Monday and sponsored in part by Connect Savannah. While organizer Jim Reed screens about 50 films a year on Wednesday nights at the Sentient Bean, he says “this time of year people come out of the woodwork” for the annual Festival, which this year is being held at Muse Arts Warehouse both to accommodate the larger number of attendees as well as to enjoy the luxury of two screenings per night. As the Festival enters its eighth year, Reed says it’s still a popular misconception that he only books films that he personally enjoys. “You don’t assume the guy at the Carmike selling the tickets loves all the movies,” Reed laughs. “But because I’m there presenting them, I guess it’s implied that I love them.” Rather, Reed says, “I book films I think somebody would love and that are noteworthy and worth showing.” In one of the most unique aspects of the Psychotronic Film Festival, not only are the films not necessarily his favorites, Reed says because some of

them are so new he hasn’t had a chance to see them yet. “There are a handful that I haven’t seen yet because they’re so new. I booked them mostly on reputation,” he says. “Some I’ll see for the first time with the audience.” One of those brand–new releases is Lemmy, the years–in–the–making documentary on the life and times of Lemmy Kilmister of the legendary British punk–metal group Motörhead. “It’s been shown in only a very few places in America,” Reed says. “Lemmy’s a larger–than–life figure and has been for decades. All indications are that it’s a very well–made documentary, one that’s very entertaining even if you’re not a heavy metal fan or have even heard of Motörhead.” Reed says fans of animation will especially love the groundbreaking but little–known Alice, a Czech film in English directed by Jan Svankmajer. “It’s an unusual retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a live Alice, but all

the creatures she meets are stopmotion animation figures,” Reed says. “And not cute stopmotion like Rudolph or the California Raisins. They’re very twisted and bizarre stopmotion characters.” Starring underappreciated film icon Burt Lancaster in an unlikely role, The Swimmer is based on a John Cheever short story that paints a shrewd picture of the American upper class. “It’s not widely known but it’s one of the most provocative and envelope– pushing films of the ‘60s,” Reed says. “People forget what a screen presence Burt Lancaster was. He was 55 when he made this movie, but he sure doesn’t look 55. He was like John Wayne – there was only one of them!” Speaking of icons, Frank Sinatra stars in the Otto Preminger–directed Man With the Golden Arm. “That was the first serious depiction of the life of a heroin addict on screen,” Reed says. “It was very shocking for 1955.” However, perhaps the most unusual and terrifyingly wonderful film in this year’s Psychotronic Film Festival is R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet, a “hip hopera” written, directed, sung, and starring R. Kelly himself. “It’s stupefying in its egomania,” Reed says. cs

Psychotronic Film Festival Where: Muse Arts Warehouse (703 Louisville Rd., two blocks west of MLK) Cost: $8 per film or $15 to see both films on the same night Ages: All films are intended for Mature Audiences. Only those ages 15 and older may attend. Info: & Schedule: Monday, Jan. 24 6:30pm – THE SWIMMER (1968, USA) 9:00pm – EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (2010, USA) Tuesday, Jan. 25 6:30pm – Jan Svankmeyer’s ALICE (1988, Czech) 9:00pm – FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON aka LE ORME (1975, Italy)  Wednesday, Jan. 26 6:30pm – THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955, USA) –  9:00pm – THE DAY OF THE BEAST (1995, Spain) Thursday, Jan. 27 6:30pm – SUPER INFRA–MAN (1975, Hong Kong)  9:00pm – LEMMY (2010, USA) Friday, Jan. 28 6:30pm – LA MOUSTACHE (2005, France) 9:00pm – R. KELLY’S “TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET” (2007, USA)  Saturday, Jan. 29 6:30pm – THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST (2009, Sweden) 9:00pm – HAUSU aka HOUSE (1977, Japan)


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Scenes from Mountainfilm, from left: The short film Fish Out of Water, the features Eastern Rises and Nico’s Challenge

Down from the mountain

Colorado’s Mountainfilm pays Savannah a second visit by Bill DeYoung |

Mountainfilm isn’t about exciting new innovations in filmmaking, nor is it about Hollywood glamorizing or hot–shot directors. It’s not animation. It’s not computer– generated. Mountainfilm, which makes its second annual road–trip appearance in Savannah this weekend, concerns itself solely with the earth and its infinite possibilities. It began in Telluride, Colo., in the late 1970s, and within a few years could claim to be “America’s leading independent documentary film festival.” In 1999, Mountainfilm On Tour was born, bringing the festival’s central

issues – the breathtaking beauty of the planet, and man’s place, both good and bad, in it – to Anytown, U.S.A. The touring festival’s director is Justin Clifton, who happens to have spent three years in Savannah, about a decade ago. So this will be a homecoming – of sorts – for him. Clifton wears his Mountainfilm status like a badge of honor. He’s proud of

these movies, and of the part he’s playing in bringing them all the way across the country from the Rocky Mountains. Mountainfilm, he says, “is to awaken audiences. It’s to bring people stories that they normally don’t have access to. And to address topics that maybe they haven’t thought about. Our mission statement is ‘to educate and inspire audiences,’ and I think that encompasses the whole notion of what we’re trying to do. “It’s packaging new information in an entertaining way – that’s what makes the evening and event so special.” Clifton will introduce each film, and conduct a Q&A session following the

screenings. Here are a few of the highlights (each feature will be preceded by several short films):

Bag It Suzan Beraza’s documentary, which debuted in Telluride, starts as a film about plastic bags, and evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our lives, bodies and waterways. Justin Clifton: “We hope to educate people about the effects of plastic, both on our environment and on our own personal health. And maybe make some

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decisions in their lives to help reduce the amount of plastic that we’re using. It isn’t a fully–balanced documentary film, in the sense that it obviously has a slant to educate people on the dangers of plastic. And it’s not professing that the plastics industry is great. “We’re not trying to be preachy. We’re not evangelizing anything. We’re bringing kind of a different medium to the conversation, in that this isn’t content that you get when you turn on ABC or NBC News. It’s independent content made by independent people. And our hope is that people will be able to take from these films some nugget that will inspire them in one way or another.” Screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 22

Nico’s Challenge A short film by Steve Audette documenting young Tanzania resident Nico Calabria and his family, and Nico’s refusal to let a physical disability slow him down. Justin Clifton: “It’s about a young boy who was born with one leg. There’s a family tradition that, when a young man turns 13 years old, the father and son go on a trip. Nico and his father had been getting into climbing, and they decide to do this climb up Kilimanjaro as his coming–of–age trip. What makes the story compelling is that Nico, who has required crutches to get around all of his life, found out that in many parts of Africa there are people that don’t have access to any sort of accessibility devices. So he decided to turn it into a fundraiser, as well, to hopefully raise money to purchase wheelchairs for disabled people in Africa. He set out a goal to raise $25,000 – and ended up raising $100,000.

“So the film is really more of a story about he and his father’s trip together. It really is just a beautiful story, because it has this father–son, strong family connection within the film, and then it also has this other thing that just highlights how large Nico’s heart is.” Screens at 3 p.m. Jan. 22

Eastern Rises A documentary from Telluride filmmakers (and fly fishing enthusiasts) Travis Rummel and Ben Knight. Justin Clifton: “It’s actually a fly–fishing film that takes us to the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia, which happens to be one of the last truly wild places on the planet. There are thousands of unnamed, unexplored rivers all along the Kamchatka peninsula. The way they kind of describe it is ‘the way Alaska used to be.’ It this adventure that these guys go on, and the way it’s told, it’s just hilarious from beginning to end. It’s beautifully shot, and it highlights a part of the world that most people don’t know exists. When you think of Russia, this isn’t what you think of.” Screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, with THE SHORT ’Fish Out of Water’

Mountainfilm in Savannah Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. When: Three screenings – Jan. 21 and 22 Tickets (for each screening): $10 adult; $5 children, students, at Half Moon Outfitters and at the door Opening reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 Info: (912) 443–3277 Last-minute addition: The U.S. Green Building Council screens “Climate Refugees” at 1 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Morris Center

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Rabbit Hole One of the best films of 2010, Rabbit Hole features a devastating performance by Nicole Kidman that would deserve every Best Actress prize on tap were it not for the presence of Black Swan’s Natalie Portman on the awards scene. Kidman is all coiled tension and seething anger as Becca, who, along with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart, also top–grade), is still attempting to cope with the accidental death of their young son eight months earlier. The loss has caused some distance between the couple, and both handle the tragedy in different ways. Howie, more sentimental than his spouse, wants to again experience closeness with Becca and, after repeated rejections, toys with the idea of an affair with a grieving parent (Sandra Oh) he meets through a support group. Becca, lashing out in anger at everyone around her (including her dithering mom, nicely played by the great Dianne Wiest), finds some measure of comfort in striking up a friendship with the blameless teenager (a fine debut by Miles Teller) who was driving the car that struck her son. In tackling David Lindsay–Abaire’s play (with a script penned by the playwright himself), director John Cameron Mitchell – incidentally, going 3–for–3 on my year–end 10 Best lists, following Hedwig and the Angry

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FAIR GAME By now, it’s accepted by all but the most deluded Tea Party zealots that the insidious Bush administration took this country to war under false pretenses. There was a point when the vessel of justice could have been righted and a course for a better tomorrow could have been charted, but instead, lies were upheld, misin-

BLUE VALENTINE Ingmar Bergman’s superb 1974 release Scenes from a Marriage went beyond allowing the viewer to feel like a fly on the wall: It made the viewer feel like a fly pinned to the wall, privy to everything going on in the room but unable to flee from the scene when things got nasty. A similar sense of uneasy omniscience informs Blue Valentine, a raw look at the ugly disintegration of that hallowed union between a man and a woman. Moving his story around in nonlinear fashion, writer–director Derek Cianfrance (sharing script duties with Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis) starts out by showing Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) toward the end of their unhappy time together. Thereafter, he flashes back to the days when they were eager young kids in loopy love – Dean was the more spontaneous and romantic of the pair, Cindy the more sensible and intelligent. Jumping back and forth, Cianfrance nails with absolute clarity the opening and closing acts of this doomed romance, but he doesn’t always satisfactorily connect the narrative from A to Z, leaving important questions

unanswered. Nevertheless, this punishing drama is worth a look thanks to the excellent work by the leads as well as Cianfrance’s ability to employ the appropriate mood to help capture his own prickly scenes from a marriage.

Country Strong Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award this past year for playing a boozy country singer in Crazy Heart, but don’t expect Gwyneth Paltrow to win even so much as a People’s Choice Award for playing a similar part in Country Strong. It’s not that Paltrow is terrible – she does a valiant job trying to overcome the role’s predictable arcs through sheer force of tears and slurred words - but it’s unlikely many folks will remember a movie that for all I know might indeed be “country strong” but is most assuredly cinematically weak. Paltrow stars as country superstar Kelly Canter, who when the picture opens is being sprung from rehab a tad too early by her husband–manager James (Tim McGraw). Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), an orderly at the clinic, thinks this is a mistake; luckily for all concerned, he also turns out to be an aspiring singer–songwriter, so at James’ insistence, he joins Kelly’s upcoming three–city tour to keep an eye on her as well as serve as her opening act. Also along for the ride is Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), another wannabe country star who’s tasked with splitting the opening bill with Beau. From here, the movie turns into a soap–opera version of musical chairs. Beau is interested in Kelly and Chiles and songwriting. Kelly is interested in James and Beau and the bottle. Chiles is interested in Beau and James and superstardom. James is interested in Kelly and Chiles and Beau (wait, scratch that last one – this ain’t Brokeback Mountain). Consistency is hardly the strong suit of writer–director Shana Feste. Beau is constantly applauded by the other characters for being one of the “few good ones,” yet the way he ping–pongs between Kelly and Chiles makes him seem like merely a randy good ole boy. Chiles begins the picture as All About Eve’s Eve Harrington before transforming into The Sound of Music’s Maria. And even for a boozehound, Kelly’s actions rarely make sense from one scene to the next (this leads to a ridicucontinues on p. 34

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formation was spread like so much manure, and the moment was gone. Fair Game is a film about that moment. Naomi Watts stars as Valerie Plame, the CIA operative whose undercover status was blown in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) writing a New York Times op-ed piece in which he revealed that the justification for going to war with Iraq - that Saddam Hussein was building weapons of mass destruction - was a complete fabrication on the part of the war criminals in the White House. Fair Game tracks the lives of the Wilsons both professionally and personally, showing how the political fallout was placing a severe strain on their marriage. The most fascinating element of this important picture is the philosophical difference that exists between the central characters. Joe is an idealist, honestly believing that he can take on the neocon thugs and win the battle. Valerie, meanwhile, is a realist, realizing the futility of any such efforts and initially preferring to keep her head down. It’s an interesting dichotomy, because while our hearts side with Joe, our minds know - and, more regrettably, our current history proves - that Valerie was right.


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lous WTF ending that left me cold). At least the unlikely character transitions allow the actors to provide some shadings to their portrayals. Hedlund is utilized far better here than in Tron: Legacy, while McGrawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimalist efforts work just fine for the part of James. And in the unlikely chance this proves to be a hit, it might provide Meester (TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gossip Girl) with her breakout role, considering she makes the best impression of the four leads. At almost a full two hours, the film is criminally overlong and appears to have as many false endings as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The soundtrack includes many country tunes both old and new, but the only one that kept racing through my increasingly bored mind was Willie Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake Me When Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Over.â&#x20AC;?

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abdication of his brother Edward (Guy Pearce), the buildup toward World War II (Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill; love it!), etc. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but its best scenes are the ones centering solely on the unorthodox teacher and his quickâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;tempered student. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are accomplished actors on their own, but squaring off as, respectively, George VI and Lionel Logue elevates their game. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that they deliver the two best male performances of the year (Firth won the Golden Globe just this week for his performance).

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Let me get this straight. Dustin Hoffman deemed the script for Little Fockers so awful that he refused to participate until new scenes were written for him. And here he is now, having agreed to a revised screenplay that has him uttering lines like “You can pick your nose, but only flick the dry ones, not the wet ones.” Little Fockers is pretty much the basement for most of the accomplished actors squirming up there on the screen. There’s admittedly a chuckle here and there, but they quickly get buried by painful sequences like the one in which Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) sticks a needle into father–in–law Jack Byrnes’ (Robert De Niro) erect penis, or when Greg’s young son projectile–vom-

its onto his dad. This franchise has run its course and made its millions, but now it’s time for it to fock off.

Tron: Legacy

If the Disney–manufactured hype is to be believed, 1982’s TRON was the Gone With the Wind of its day, a Citizen Kane for the modern age, a blockbusting, award–winning blah blah blah. No. TRON was a lightly entertaining movie (and notorious box office underachiever) whose sole claim to fame was its groundbreaking, computer–generated effects. So not surprisingly, the primary focus for the makers of TRON: Legacy was to create visuals that take us to the next level. But did they have to do so at the expense of virtually every other department? Certainly, the effects in this sequel are sometimes astounding (although the 3–D immersion is less pronounced than in Avatar), and, for the first hour, the film offers no small measure of fun. As he searches for Kevin Flynn (TRON star Jeff Bridges), the father who disappeared two decades earlier, Sam Flynn (wooden Garrett Hedlund) finds himself whisked into a digital landscape

fraught with danger. The setup is sound, and the early action sequences are stirring, but then the film settles into a sameness that allows viewers to focus too intently on the feeble plotting, the tired dialogue, the unfortunate performances (as the opportunistic Zuse, Michael Sheen camps it up like a villain from the old Batman TV show) and the awful use of the character of TRON himself (returning Bruce Boxleitner). By the time this overlong feature arrives at the anticlimactic standoff between Kevin and his digital alter ego CLU (a creepily de–aged Bridges), most viewers will be wanting their quarters back.

Black Swan Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a messy masterpiece. Like Apocalypse Now, Eraserhead and Aronofsky’s own Requiem for a Dream, it’s one of those films that will force viewers to either reject it outright or allow it, however reluctantly, to burrow into the brain and remain there for days, weeks, months on end. It’s a character study writ large, a juicy melodrama operating at a

fever pitch. And at its center is Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman in an astonishing performance. Portman’s cast as Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose methods involve clockwork precision but leave little room for true passion. Nevertheless, her director (Vincent Cassel) decides to take a chance by casting her in the lead role of his production of Swan Lake. But in true All About Eve fashion, just as she replaced an aging star (a knockout bit by Winona Ryder), she fears being usurped by a sexy troupe newcomer (Mila Kunis). Meanwhile, the home situation is equally strained, given the fanatical devotion of her mother (an excellent Barbara Hershey, in a twist on Piper Laurie’s mad mom from Carrie). Is Nina strong enough to withstand myriad challenges, or is she on the verge of cracking up? The answers are all there, but the film is complex enough to leave wiggle room for any theories. Examining the process of suffering for one’s art in a strikingly unique manner, this psychosexual thriller is by turns frightening, sensual, humorous and tragic. It’s a galvanizing picture that’s simultaneously elegant and coarse. CS


(Barry Pepper, superbly channeling the original’s Robert Duvall). Bridges is likewise amusing and might have been even funnier if we could understand his frequently slurred dialogue. As it stands, whenever he’s talking, the picture needs English–language subtitles as desperately as Bergman’s Persona or Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.


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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center at 912-2339696 or Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah

Circus Protest

If you believe circuses should end the exploitation of animals then join a peaceful demonstration along Liberty Street outside of the Civic Center. Signs will be provided or bring your own. Thursday Jan. 20th 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday Jan 22nd 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Sunday Jan 23rd 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. For more info, call 547-0664 or e-mail mharg@

Regina Thomas for Mayor

The City of Savannah will hold municipal elections on November 8, 2011 for Mayor and Council. As you are aware because of term limits, Mayor Otis Johnson cannot run for re-election. This will be an open position in which former State Representative Regina Thomas will be a candidate for Mayor.

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Savannah Tea Party

meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912598-7358 for additional info.

Benefits Canned Food and Supply Drive

Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is in need of canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softer, paper towel and toilet paper. Donations accepted through January. Please visit for directions.

Hope House of Savannah

A nonprofit housing program for homeless women and their children. Hope House is requesting donation of new or gently used furniture for its transitional housing program, Peeler House. Pick-up can be arranged and a tax deductible letter will be provided. Call 236-5310.

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.

Life Jackets for Safe Kids

Safe Kids Savannah is accepting new and gently used life jackets that will be available for loan at popular boat ramps as part of their “Kids Don’t Float” campaign. There are several locations life jackets can be dropped off, including County Aquatic Center, the JEA and the Habersham YMCA. For more info


Coastal Savannah Writing Project

Race for Preservation

The CSWP will hold a series of “Super Strategy Saturdays,” designed to help area teachers improve their literacy teaching skills. 1/29: Digital storytelling strategies. 2/26: Memoir Writing & Reading Strategies. 3/26: Spring Strategies Conference for K-12 teachers. $25 per session or $60 for three sessions. A registration form is available at

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

Do you want to practice your Spanish? Come to the mesa de espanol the second Thursday and last Friday of the month at 4:30 p.m. For information, e-mail The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. , Savannah

Night at the Telfair

A silent art auction on February 24. Tickets for the party are $50 each for Telfair members and $85 for non-members (includes a first-time one-year membership). The evening will include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call 912.790.8866. A 5K with proceeds benefiting the Historic Savannah Foundation. Starts and finishes at Forsyth Park. February 26, 8am. Registration: $30. Advance registration required. As part of its ongoing work with incest survivors, the Rape Crisis Center has built a cinder-block wall where incest survivors can throw plates as an anger management technique. In order to continue, donations of china are needed. Call 233-3000 to make a donation.

Wesley’s Love Walk/Run

a fundraiser to benefit Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. Saturday, February 12, 2011 in Forsyth park. 5 K run kicks off at 7:45am. Pre and post rallies, silent auction (payment due at event), door prizes, fellowship, and food. (912) 236-4226. www. or

Call for Entries The old Hotel Tybee

Harry Spirides is collecting stories and photos from the old Hotel Tybee, which stood on the island from the late 1880s until its destruction in 1960. He’s working on a book about the historic establishment. Anyone with memories, memorabilia or anything else related to the hotel is asked to contact: or call 912-786-7777.

Classes, Camps & Workshops $1 Gymnastics Class

Coach Wayne teaches gymnastics in the Savannah Mall every Saturday. Introductory class is $1., or call 912-925-0800.

Art Classes

Experimental and classical art. Draw and paint figurative or abstract. Choose the technique which interests you the most. Lean about other artists and art history. The teacher is a former art professor with two masters in art and 20 years of experience in teaching art. contact: 912-604-3281

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.

Beading Classes

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah

Conversational Spanish

Creating high performing teams for nonprofits

Learn how to create a cooperative workplace that will help your organization achieve its goals. Thurs., Jan. 27, 1-4pm at the United Way Building, 428 Bull St. Adv reg req’d. Limited scholarships are available. $90 for GCN members; $130 for non-members. Contact the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at (912) 234-9688 for more info.

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 for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-443-0410.

Family Law Workshop

A 2-hour course for those representing themselves in a family legal action. 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm. The fee is $20 and provides forms and assistance in the filing of divorce, child custody modifications, legitimations or contempt legal actions. Pre-registration is recommended. For info: or call 912-465-6686.

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. Savannah

German Classes

Ongoing classes for beginners and experienced adults. We read, learn and talk. Everybody who likes to learn German is welcome and will have a lot of fun. Individual training and translations are available too. For more info, please call: 912-604 3281

Guitar, Bass & Double Bass Lessons

New to the area teacher with 10+ years experience has available openings for all beginner/intermediate students. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Call 401255-6921 to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912232-5987

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: Mon-Thurs, 9am12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). or 912-429-7264.

Music Lessons

New “mommy and me” music classes starting in Nov. Certified teacher with BA in Music Education. New classes offered for students ages 6 months-5 years. Private lessons also available for piano, woodwinds, brass, beginner guitar, and more! Contact Ms. Amy at msamyschoolofmusic@gmail. com or at 912-659-0993.

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.

Ossabaw Writers Retreat

The Ossabaw Island Writer’s Retreat will be held Feb. 14-17. The retreat spans four days and includes lodging, meals, ferried transportation to the island, writing workshops, one-on-one manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminars and readings. Workshop cost is $1,450.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 652-3582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail or visit www. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

SCAD Community Workshops

SCAD offers a series of creative continuing education programs open to the community. Classes include web design, painting, glass blowing and many other subjects. Classes run at various times through mid-March 2011. For more info on the schedule and registration, visit or call 912-525-5123.

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 14-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Ms. Musheerah Owens 912234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.

Telfair Museums Studio Art Classes start January 10 and run through March 10, 2011. There are classes for kids and adults. Discount on registration for museum members. Visit or call 912-790-8823 for more info, or to register.

Clubs & Organizations 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@ or visit

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts 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://

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. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Coastal Readers & Writers Circle

A Creative Writing and Reading discussion group that meets the 3rd Sunday of every month, 3:30-5pm at the new Savannah Mall Branch Library. Bring: Passages from any of your writing that you would like to read and passages from a book, publication, or production that you would like to share with the group. for more information

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-6952305 for more info. http://www.meetup. com/SavannahEnergyHealers/

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

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Every Wed. 5:00PM at My House Consignments & More, 206 W. Broughton St. No fees. Wanna learn? We love to show what we know. Many different levels get together in the store. Talk, knit, share have fun! Call 912-236-4111

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Hank Weisman at 786-6953.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:1511:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah

Natl Assoc. of Women in Construction

The Coastal Georgia chapter hosts its monthly meeting on Jan. 24 from 5:30-7pm at the Exchange Tavern on Waters Ave near the intersection with Stephenson Ave. There will be two guest speakers. $20/members, $25/non-members, $5 for those who don’t plan to eat. RSVP to

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send email to Jim Beshires at beshiresjim@yahoo. com or visit

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 596-5965.

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 or visit 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 or call 912-353-3148 for more info

Savannah Adventure Club

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sail-

Low-cost spays and neuters for cats and dogs Free transport available Call for an appointment:

(843) 645-2500

ing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email or visit

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

The public is invited to come and sing early American music and folk hymns from the shape note tradition. This non-denominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 655-0994.

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 912232-7731 for more info.

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. , Savannah

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. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah mil/

Savannah Fencing Club


Telfair Community Art Classes

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Savannah Guardian Angels


Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $40. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. For more info:www.

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. 912-3537700 or Jaycee Building, Savannah

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. Call 351-3171.

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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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. 32 Bull St , Savannah http://

Savannah Toastmasters

Helps you improve speaking and leadership 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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Savannah Wine Lovers

A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit

Savannah Writers Group

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meetand-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Savannah Writers Group

Hosts professor and critic Carey Murphy who will discuss the link between reading and creative writing as well as share insights about what critics look for in writing. Jan. 25, 7pm. Books-a-Million, 8108 Abercorn St.

Sierra Club Meeting

The Georgia Sierra Club Coastal Group will hold an open planning discussion for conservation advocacy in 2011, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave, Savannah. Members and non-members are welcome, suggestions and feed-back are appreciated. Free.

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 1011. 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 Savannah Mall,

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


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

Story Savannah

Storytelling is one of the fastest growing past times in America! Savannah needs an informal group where people interested in telling their stories can come and perform, get feedback, and make friends. The first meeting will be at the Sentient Bean on Sun., Jan 23 at 5pm. Email to RSVP:

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.

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. or call 912596-5267.

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and the Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at meet at 207 E. Charlton St (Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email for more info.

The Philo Cafe

A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St., each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email athenapluto@ or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook.

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,

Victorian Neighborhood Association

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the American Legion Hall located at 1108 Bull Street. For more info visit the VNA website at:

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. Savannah

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 are held Monday through Friday at the St. Pius X Family Resource Center. Classes start at $25.00 per month. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@ St. Pius Family Resource Center,

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 ,

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Classes are held every Sunday - drums at 4pm, dance at 5pm Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah

Argentine Tango

Lessons Sundays 1-3:30pm. Open to the public. Cost $3.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. ,

Auditions for Cinderella

Columbia City Ballet will hold auditions on Sun., Jan. 23, for its upcoming performance of Cinderella. Auditions begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. Audition fee: $10. 5-6pm - dancers ages 6-9. 6-7pm - dancers ages 10&up. CC Ballet has an audition dress

code. Call for more info: 803-799-7605 or 800-899-7408.

Ballroom Dance Party

Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd., Jan. 22, 2011. Waltz lesson starts at 7 PM. Social dance from 8:00-10:30 PM. Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call 308-9222 for more info.

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St., 231-0888. Every Thursday, 7PM-8PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr., 398-4776 or

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. Tues: 6-7pm & Thurs: 7-8pm. Visit For info: or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome.

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. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Savannah

Ceili Club

Experience Irish Culture thru Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email PrideofIrelandGA@

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 748-0731. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah

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, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact or 912-7042052.

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 B. at 272-8329.

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.

Pole Dancing Class

Beginners pole dance offered Wednesdays 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. or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. ,

Salsa Classes

Learn Salsa “Rueda de Casino” style every Wednesday, from 6-7pm Beginner, 7-8pm Intermediate, at the Delaware Recreation

Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Grace, 234-6183 or Juan, 330-5421. Delaware Recreation Center, Savannah

Salsa Lessons

Offered Saturdays 11:30am-1pm. $10.00 per class. Packages prices also available. Contact Kelly 912-398-4776 or

Salsa Lessons

Salsa Savannah offers beginner and intermediate salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at several locations. For more info, contact:, or call 856-7323. www.

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, 912-704-8726.

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.

The Savannah Dance Club

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:15-11 p.m. FREE basic Shag and/or West Coast Swing lessons each Monday. Lesson schedule posted at Facebook/Savannah Dance Club. Dance lessons 6:15-7:45pm. Special discount on 2011 membership thru Feb 15. For info: Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit Facebook/Savannah Dance Club Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. ,

Events Blessed Sacrament Open House

Blessed Sacrament School will welcome prospective students and their parents at the school’s Open House. Sunday, Jan. 30, 11am-2pm. 1003 E. Victory Dr. More info: (912) 356-6987 or visit www.bss-savannah. org

Critz Tybee Run - 5K and Half-Marathon

February 5, 8am. Benefits the Savannah Community Foundation and student scholarships. Race starts at 15th Street. Online pre-registration available.

Music in the Parlour with Diana

An afternoon of music, with homemade scones and sweet tea. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3pm. $30/person. Limited seating. Reservations required. Call Diana Rogers: 912-236-2866 or email: DianaInSavannah@

Pirate Preview Open House

Open House on Saturday, Feb. 5, 8am-2pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn St. Info about scholarships, financial aid, admission requirements, degree programs, student life and other services and programs offered at Armstrong.

Savannah Educational Consultants

SEC is hosting an open house at their new office, located at 149 Habersham St. on January 31, 5-7pm. They provide college counseling for juniors and seniors in high school, and counseling and life coaching for children, adolescents, and adults with Learning Disabilities

Step Up Poverty Simulation

Jan. 20: The simulation is open to the public and will take place from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Savannah State University, King-Frazier Student Center. Participants assume the

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The Armstrong Center is available for meetings, seminars, workshops or social events. Classrooms, meeting space, auditorium and 6000-square-foot ballroom. 344-2951. Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah

Film & Video 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. For upcoming schedule visit:

Reel Savannah

Hosts screenings of critically acclaimed independent films from around the world at Victory Square Cinemas, 1901 E. Victory Dr. For schedule and more info, visit www.

Savannah Jewish Film Festival

Passes are on sale for the 2011 SJFF, which takes place from Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 2011. Full week passes are available for $50/JEA Members and $65 for non-members. Individual tickets for screenings will be available at each screening. For more info, including schedule: or call 912-355-8111.

Fitness A New 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.

Adult Dance & Fitness Class

Adult program featuring Beginner & Intermediate Ballet; BarreCore Body Sculpt; Barre Fusion; Gentle Tone & Stretch. Beginner through Advanced - something for everyone. Call for class times and info: 912-925-0903. The Ballet School, 10010 Abercorn St in Picadilly Square.

Belly Drills

Belly Drill your body with Cybelle. This is 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: 6-7pm. Visit For info: cybelle@ or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome.

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

Boot Camp 2011

6 week indoor bootcamp. Times Available: Mon-Fri: 6:00pm, Sat: 10:00am. Each Boot Camp Session is 1 hour long. All sessions are conducted by a Certified Personal Trainer. 3 session/week for 6weeks: $180.00. 2 sessions/week for 6 weeks: $145.00. www. or 912-398-4776.

Crunch Lunch

30 minute Core and ABs concentration class. Offered 11:30am & 12:15pm Mon, Wed & Fri @ Fitness Body & Balance 2127 1/2 East


The Armstrong Center

Victory Dr. 912398-4776.

Curvy Girl Bootcamp

Exercise class assisting women of size to reach their fitness goal. Every Tues & Thurs, 6-7pm. Lake Mayer Community Center. $70 a month or $10 per session. For more info call 912-341-7710 www.preservethecurves. com/curvycamp


Fertility Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week sessions of Fertility Yoga are held on Tuesdays, 6-7:15PM at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Participants relax and gain more confidence about themselves and their body on the journey toward parenthood. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $100 for the 6 week session. Please call Ann, 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@bellsouth. net for info.

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 , Savannah

Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Join the Savannah Striders training program for the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. All level of runners and walkers welcome. Free orientation mtg: Thurs., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at the Exchange Restaurant meeting room. 6710 Waters Ave. For more info, call 912-631-1532 or go to

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. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www.

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. 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, 310 E. 41st St ,

Pregancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15 PM at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Cost is $100 for 8 weeks. Call Ann Carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail

Rolf Method Bodywork

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner., 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

Squats N’ Tots

Stretch and strengthen overused body parts, as well as focus on muscle endurance, low impact aerobics, and abdominal work. Your baby (age 6 weeks to one year) can get in on the fun, or simply stay close to you on your mat. Call to pre-register 912-819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

The Yoga Room

Visit or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

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“The Worst of 2010”— just when you thought it was over... by matt Jones | Answers on page 44 ©2011 Jonesin’ Crosswords (


1 ___-Wan Kenobi 4 Perry Mason assignment 8 Comfy shoe 12 Collapse, with “over” 13 In a crawling position 16 Just sitting there 17 Her “Can’t Be Tamed” video made Yahoo! Music’s “The Least Awesome Videos of 2010” list 18 ___ de los Muertos (Mexican holiday) 19 “Go jump off a cliff ” 20 WWII naval vessel 21 One way to constantly check one of the worst news stories of 2010 23 Home of a mail order steak business 25 Zigzag-mustached Nintendo bad guy 26 Patient follower 27 Sitcom (as pronounced on CBS ads) that made’s “Worst of TV in 2010” list 32 “Lisa Bonet ___ basil” (palindrome) 33 Brendan Fraser movie that made many Top 10 Worst of 2010 movie lists 42 Pack animals 43 iPhone competitor 44 Part of a green mantra 45 Skin-tight jeans hybrid on’s “The Worst Fashion Trends of 2010” list 48 Math class with x’s and y’s: abbr. 49 Safer of “60 Minutes” 51 Encl. with some contest entries 52 Breadless KFC sandwich on Newsweek’s “13 Worst Trends of 2010” list 55 Key at the bottom left 56 Either “Lady and the Tramp” antagonist 57 Bar that gets many prank calls 58 “___ Eyes” (song by The Eagles) 59 “The ___ the limit!” 60 Well-chosen


1 Of some mother-son relationships 2 Calgary neighborhood that’s not quite where the Fresh Prince moved

3 French vacation spot, maybe 4 Word before strip or opera 5 Grammy-winning singer Baker 6 Capital home to Willamette University 7 Grades K-6 8 Ozone layer pollutant 9 Tiger attack victim of 2003 10 The Virgin Mary, in Catholicism 11 Puppy love involvements 12 Afternoon children’s programming block that moved to The CW 14 Caustic cleaner 15 Astronomical giant with a spectral letter ranking 19 “Blee ___ Blues” (Count Basie song) 22 “Hips Don’t ___” (song by Shakira) 23 Baby docs 24 Soccer pro Hamm 26 “My Life as ___” (1985 Swedish film) 28 “The Say Hey Kid” 29 Canadian children’s network 30 Billy ___ Williams 31 “Raggedy” doll 33 Liquid petroleum byproduct 34 First Latin American country to nationally legalize same-sex civil unions 35 They get their own crossings: abbr. 36 Fish eggs 37 Trendsetting 38 Jackie O’s ex 39 Ceaseless 40 Smoke, back in the day 41 Ford fiascos 42 Thin nails 45 Slangy subgenre for bands like X Japan, Dragon Ash and Luna Sea 46 Denver Bronco with the retired number 7 47 Well-mannered guys 49 My, to Marcel 50 Dedicated poems 53 Fat measure, for short 54 Spy novelist Deighton 55 Where Taylor Swift gets trophies


roles of families living in poverty. The goal of each family is to survive for one month, which takes place in four 15-minute “weeks.” For info, contact Shawnte Tyler: 912-232-6747 or





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“Stepping Stone Sudoku” Each circled square in this sudoku is the same number of steps away from another circled square with the same digit in it as the digit in those two circled squares. For example, a circled square with a 3 in it will have another circled square with a 3 in it exactly 3 steps away. Conversely, a square that is not circled will not have another occurrence of its digit that many steps away. A step is a move into a horizontally or vertically neighboring square (diagonally doesn’t count). Note that none of the circled squares contains the digit 1, because that would require a second 1 in the same row or column. Also note that the number of steps in a path between two squares is counted as the smallest number of steps required to travel between those two squares. When you’re done, as in a standard Sudoku, each row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the digits 1-9 exactly one time. Don’t be scared, you can do it! Or can you...?

happenings | continued from page 39 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.


Burn up to 500 calories per hour. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm, at the Lake Mayer Community Center. $5/class. For info, call 912-652-6782 or email segodfre@

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 307 E Harris St , Savannah

Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. ,

Help for Iraq War Veterans

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432.

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

Classes provide specialized breathing and guided imagery techniques designed to reduce stress during labor. Classes run monthly, meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call 843683-8750 or e-mail Birththroughlove@ Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.

HypnoBirthing Classes

Learn to birth in a calm and gentle environment without fear. Uses relaxation, meditation and guided imagery to achieve the birthing experience you desire. Tiffany,

Kidney Disease

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Learn about causes, risks, symptoms and treatments at this class held every Monday. Call Leah Mitchem for more info: 912-2322691

Stand Out Youth

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9544, www.lllusa. org/web/SavannahGA.html. Family Health and Birth Center, Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. Savannah Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912-288-7863 or email heather@ First City Network, Savannah

La Leche League of Savannah

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 or visit www. First City Network, Savannah

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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.

Free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 3507587. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health! For info: or 912-247-4263

What Makes A Family

Memorial Health blood pressure check


Planned Parenthood Hotline

Better Breathers of Savannah

Meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with the disease. For info, call Dicky at 665-4488 or

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

Conducted at three locations. From 8:30a. m.-12:30p.m. and 5:15p.m.-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the SJ/C AfricanAmerican Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 for appt. Every Monday from 10a.m.-12p.m. at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appt necessary. Every MondayFriday from 10a.m.-2p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578. Savannah

Free hearing & speech screening

Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.savannahspeechandhearing. org/

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from

First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-2647154.

Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week sessions are held on Thursdays, 6-7:15pm at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Helps mothers-tobe prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $100 for the 6 week session. Call Ann, 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@bellsouth. net for info.

The Quit Line

A toll-free resource that provides counseling, screening, support and referral services for all Georgia residents 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents who are using tobacco. Call 1-877-270-STOP or visit

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 727-3177, visit e-mail gadolphin@comcast.


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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 Tybee Island


Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Walk on the Wild Side

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center 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, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

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 sign-up on our website

Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

Professional pet sitting, boarding, dog walking and house sitting services offered in downtown Savannah and the nearby islands. All jobs accepted are performed by the owner to ensure the safety of your pets. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email to make a reservation.

Low Cost Pet Clinic

Tails Spin and Dr. Lester host low cost vaccine clinic for students, military and seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5-6pm. The cost for each vaccination is $12.00, with $2.00 from each vaccination to be donated to Savannah Pet Rescue Agencies. Habersham Village Shopping Center. For more info: www.tailsspin. com

Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid and CPR. 355-9656,

Savannah Kennel Club

The club meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. from September through May at Ryan’s restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to come earlier. Call 656-2410 or visit 209 Stephenson Ave , Savannah

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. Savannah

Savannah Book Festival

Three days of events in and around Telfair Square featuring authors from around the country. Feb. 18-20. All events are free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.

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. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savan-

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March 21–April 19) The age–old question comes up for review once again: Which should predominate, independence or interdependence? The answer is always different, of course, depending on the tenor of the time and the phase of your evolution. But in the coming weeks, at least, my view is that you should put more emphasis on interdependence. I think you’ll reap huge benefits from wholeheartedly blending your energies with allies whose power and intelligence match yours.


April 20–May 20 I find many of you Tauruses to be excessively self–effacing. It’s a trait that can be both endearing and maddening. Even as my heart melts in the presence of Bulls who are underestimating their own beauty, I may also feel like grabbing them by the shoulders and shaking some confidence into them, barraging them with frustrated exhortations like “Believe in yourself as much as I believe in you, for God’s sake!” But I’m guessing I won’t be tempted to do that anytime soon. You appear to be due for a big influx of self–esteem.


May 21–June 20 It will be good week to let your mind go utterly blank while slouching in front of a TV and sipping warm milk, or to spend hours curled up in a ball under the covers on your bed as you berate yourself with guilty insults for the mistakes you’ve made in your life. NOT! I’m kidding! Please don’t you dare do anything like that. It would be a terrible waste of the rowdy astrological omens that are coming to bear on you. Here are some better ideas: Go seek the fire on the mountain! Create a secret in the sanctuary! Learn a trick in the dark! Find a new emotion in the wilderness! Study the wisest, wildest people you know so that you, too, can be wildly wise!


June 21–July 22 This would be an excellent week to grieve madly and deeply about the old love affairs that shattered your heart. I’ve rarely seen a better astrological

configuration than there is now for purging the residual anguish from those old romantic collapses. So I suggest you conduct a formal ritual that will provide total exorcism and bring you maximum catharsis. Maybe you could build a shrine containing the photos and objects that keep a part of you stuck in the past, and maybe you could find the bold words and innovative gestures that will bid goodbye to them forever. Do you have any intuitions about how to create a rousing healing ceremony?


July 23–Aug. 22 The History cable TV channel has a reality TV show called “Ice Road Truckers.” It documents the exploits of drivers who haul heavy loads in their 18–wheelers for long distances across frozen rivers and lakes and swamps in Alaska and northwest Canada. They bring supplies to remote outposts where humans work exotic jobs like mining diamonds and drilling for natural gas. If you have any truck–driving skills, Leo, you’d be a good candidate to apply for a gig on the show. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, your levels of courage and adventurousness will be at an all–time high in 2011. May I suggest, though, that you try to make your romps in the frontier more purely pleasurable than what the ice road truckers have to endure?


Aug. 23–Sept. 22 Pop chanteuse Katy Perry is renowned not only for her singing ability but also for her physical appearance. Her preternatural ability to sell her musical products can be attributed in part to her sparkling good looks and charisma. That’s why it was amusing when her husband, the trickster Russell Brand, Twittered a raw photo of her that he took as she lifted her head off the pillow, awakening from a night of sleep. (See it at Without her make–up, Katy’s visage was spectacularly ordinary. Not ugly, just plain. In accordance with the astrological omens, Virgo, I urge you to do what Russell Brand did: expose the reality that lies beneath and behind the glamorous illusion, either in yourself or anywhere else you

find a need.


Sept. 23–Oct. 22 While I was growing up, I was taught to regard my analytical mind as a supreme tool for understanding reality. I’ve never stopped believing that. However, I eventually realized I had to add the following corollaries if I wanted to thrive: 1. My imagination and intuition are as essential to my success as my analytical mind; 2. I need to regularly express my playful, creative urges, and that requires me to sometimes transcend my analytical mind; 3. to maintain my emotional well–being, I have to work with my dreams, which occur in a realm where the analytical mind is not lord and king. Does any of this ring true for you, Libra? Now is an excellent time to cultivate other modes of intelligence besides your analytical mind.


Oct. 23–Nov. 21) If you’re planning on spending any time hibernating during the next few months, this would be an excellent time to do it. Your reaction time is slowing down, which is a very healthy thing. Meanwhile, your allergy to civilization is acting up, your head is too full of thoughts you don’t need, and your heart craves a break from the subtle sorrows and trivial tussles of daily life. So go find some sweet silence to hide inside, Scorpio. Treat yourself to a slow–motion glide through the eternal point of view.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22–Dec. 21

“Dear Rob: All my life I’ve been passionate about the big picture –– learning how the universe works, meditating on why things are the way they are, and probing the invisible forces working behind the scenes. Too often, though, I’m so enamored of these expansive concepts that I neglect to pay enough humble attention to myself. It’s embarrassing. Loving the infinite, I scrimp on taking care of the finite. Any advice? – Larger Than Life Sagittarian.” Dear Larger: You’re in luck! Members of the Sagittarian tribe have entered a phase when they can make up for their previous neglect of life–nourishing details. In the

coming weeks, I bet you’ll find it as fun and interesting to attend to your own little needs as you normally do to understanding the mysteries of the cosmos.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19

All the most credible studies say that the crime rate is steadily decreasing, and yet three out of every four people believe it’s rising. What conclusions can we draw from this curious discrepancy? Here’s one: The majority of the population is predisposed towards pessimism. In my astrological opinion, Capricorn, you can’t afford to be victimized by this mass psychosis. If you are, it will interfere with and probably even stunt the good fortune headed your way. I’m not asking you to be absurdly optimistic. Just try to root out any tendencies you might have to be absurdly gloomy.


Jan. 20–Feb. 18 In the early 20th century, many women at the beach covered most of their bodies with swimsuits made of wool. If they went in the water, they’d emerge about 20 pounds heavier. Swimming was a challenge. Your current psychic state has resemblances to what you’d feel like if you were wearing drenched woolen underwear and a drenched woolen clown suit and a drenched woolen robe. My advice? Take it off; take it all off.


Feb. 19–March 20 In comedian Sarah Silverman’s memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, she confesses that she was still wetting her bed at age 19. Depression was a constant companion throughout adolescence, and she took a lot of Xanax. Yet somehow she grew into such a formidable adult that she was able to corral God himself to write the afterword for her book. How did she manage that? “This is so trite,” she told Publishers Weekly, “but . . . sex.” I predict that a comparable reversal of fortune is ahead for you, Pisces. Some part of your past will be redeemed, quite possibly with the sexy help of a divine ally.


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Religious & Spiritual

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Christian Businessmen’s Committee

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 8983477. Savannah



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First Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah on Troup Square at Habersham and Macon streets. Drummers, dancers and the drumcurious are welcome. Call 234-0980 or visit 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Gregorian Chant by Candlelight

For a peaceful end to your day attend the chanted service of Compline (Singing Good Night to God) sung at 9pm every Sunday night by the Compline Choir of historic Christ Church (1733) on Johnson Square; 28 Bull Street. Open to the public. All are welcome! Call 232-4131 for more info.

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www., click ’Watch Now’. 927-8601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1877-494-8629,,

Midweek Bible Study

Music Ministry for Children & Youth

The children’s choir for 3 years through second grade will be known as Joyful Noise and the youth choir grades 3-5 will be known as Youth Praise. Joyful Noise will meet Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and Youth Praise will meet Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Call Ronn Alford at 925-9524 or visit White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd , Savannah

Nicodemus by Night

An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Nicodemus by Night, Savannah

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call the clerk, 912-3736276 Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah http://www.

Realizing The God Within

A series of Metaphysical/New Thought classes presented by The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, featuring metaphysical minister and local author Adeeb Shabazz. Mondays at 8pm. 619 W 37th St. , Savannah

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.

The Savannah Zen Center

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Soto Zen Meditation: Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with study group following 6:307:30pm; Sundays 8am-9:30am which includes Dharmatalk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. , Savannah

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 Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

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Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, or www. 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Unity of Savannah

Two Sunday morning Celebration Services - 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) A.W.E. interactive worship service at 7 p.m. every first Friday of the month. Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, or call 912355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Unity Church of Savannah, Savannah

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. for more information.

Texas Hold ’Em Poker League

Free Texas Hold Em poker league is available to the public. Teaches new players how to play and advanced players can come and work on their skills. Prize tournaments for season points leaders. for more info.

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 598-9860 or visit Savannah


Alanon is for families and friends of alcoholics. New group meeting on Isle of Hope at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Avenue off of Parkersburg Rd. Monday nights at 7:30. Selma, 354-8550.

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Al-Anon Meetings

Meetings for families and friends of alcoholics are held every Monday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Meets every second Monday at the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. For more info, call 236-0363, ext. 143. Savannah



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Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635.

Bleeding Disorders Support Group

Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

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. The group is open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-8784. Savannah

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. 355-7633. Savannah

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Call 3551221; or visit 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

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Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

Domestic Violence Hotline

The Georgia Human Resources Department and Georgia Coalition on Family Violence have a new number, 24 hours a day. 1-800-33HAVEN.

Domestic violence support group

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah

Don’t Face Your Problems Alone

Are you between the ages of 11-18, or a concerned parent of a teen? We are here to help. Please call Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter 912-2344048 or

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. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

First Line

An after-hours referral and information line to talk confidentially about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy options. A free service from Planned Parenthood, available nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. at


Gray Matters 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. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

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 Savannah

Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:303:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit to locate a meeting.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Heartbeats for Life

Meets the first Thursday of the month. 56:30pm in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For more info, call 355-6347 or 238-4666.

Hope House

This is a support group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, followup care and parent-child activities funded by DHR Promoting Safe and Stable Families. Please call 236-5310 for information. Hope House of Savannah, 214 E. 34th St. , Savannah

KidsNet Savannah Parent Support Group

meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave. Call Carole Kaczorowski at 598-7001, Lorr Elias at 351-6375 or Bruce Elias at 644-5916. Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave , Savannah

LD-AD/HD Support Group

Parents of children with learning disorders, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder are invited to join this professionally lead support group discussion problem solving, medication, alternative treatments and more. Pre-registration req’d. Call Laurel Brady at 912-659-4687.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 3507845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah

Living without Violence

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah

Memorial Health Focus

Focus is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents and caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. For info, call Saundra at 350-3396. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

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PRIDE Support Group

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 233-7273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families.

S-Anon Family Group

A fellowship for families and friends of sexaholics. For info, call 663-2565.

Self-Help Support Group for People with HIV/AIDS

For more information on a support group for men and women living with HIV/AIDS, please contact Mary Jackson at My Brothaz HOME, Inc. at 912-231-8727. These two groups are confidential and only for persons with verified HIV/AIDS.

Senior Citizen’s Inc. Alzheimer’s Support Group

For families of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Stacey Floyd at 236-0363. 3025 Bull St , Savannah

Smoking Cessation Support Group

is open to anyone who has stopped smoking and needs additional support or to those who are considering trying to stop smoking. Call 819-8032 or 819-3368.

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. Savannah

Support Group for Parents of Ill Children

who have 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 once a week. Call Donna at 350-5616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Teens nurturing teens

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. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 PM on the 2nd floor of the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. This group is for teens who have a family member or loved one impacted by cancer. For more info, call 819-5704.

Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule.

Meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month. For more information contact. Michelle McGee 912-224-9201 or sign up on the Facebook page Tourette’s Community of Savannah. Call for meeting place and times cs

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Tuesdays: 6:30-8pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd.

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OAK FOREST-2BR, 1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $500-$550 DUANE COURT-2BR, 1BA Apt, furnished kitchen, $625. 739-1/2 E. 39TH-2BR,1BA, furnished kitchen, duplex $675. WINDSOR CROSSING CONDO-total electric, 2BR, 2BA, $650. 21 WABASH CT. Paradise Park, Lg 4BR/2.5BA home on quiet cul-de-sac $1250. 206 PARKVIEW CT. 3BR, 2.5BA, furnished kitchen, Legacy Sq, Pooler $1300. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560

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MOBILE HOME RENT-TO-OWN Large 2BR/2BA & One 3BR home. Remodeled in nice Garden City MH Park. Pool, basketball court, playground, clubhouse. Low down affordable payments starting @$625, credit check required. Call Gwen at 912-964-7675


SECTION 8 ACCEPTED PETS OK WITH APPROVAL 109 Zipperer Drive Little Neck Plantation area off Hwy. 17, Total electric, 3BR/2BA, modular home, LR,DR, kitchen w/appliances, CH&A, off-street parking, large backyard w/deck. Rent $775; Deposit $725 1524 E.32nd Street Off Bee Rd. 2BR/1BA, LR/DR, kitchen w/range & refrigerator, CH&A, off-street parking. Rent $675, Deposit $625 608 Virginia Ave. Historic Gordonston Area, 3BR/1BA, LR, DR, Kitchen w/appliances, W/D Connections, Utility Room, CH&A, Elect/Gas, on Large Lot, Off St Parking. Rent $850; Deposit $800. 2211 Pecan Dr. Fernwood Subdivision, 3BR, 1B, LR, DR/Den, Kitchen w/Range & Refrigerator, CH&A, Fenced yard. Rent $800/Deposit $750. References & Credit Check Required on Rentals


LOW RENT-610 W.38th St.

Newly Renovated 2BR/1BA, New appliances, Fenced-in Yard, Central heat/air $555/month. 912-236-7563 or 912-228-1968


Very nice, includes utilities, cable, washer & dryer. $200/week. $200/deposit. 912-236-1952 GREAT APARTMENT! Ardsley Park/Baldwin Park 1BR/1BA with separate living and dining rooms. $650/month. Call: 912-659-6206.

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Hardeeville 4BR/1BA, CH&A, large lot, $785 plus deposit. 234-0548 Fall Ave 2BR/1.5BA mobile home, near Buckhalter. Private lot, water included $525 plus dep. 234-0548 NO SECTION 8 IN POOLER: Brick 3BR/2BA, fenced backyard, storage building, covered patio $1000/month, $1000/deposit. Available Feb. 1st. Call 912-823-2955, 912-844-1825 or 912-844-1812

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LARGO/TIBET AREA 2BR/1BA Apartment, Rent $595, Security deposit $350. Call 912-704-3662 or 912-656-7842


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Mt. Pisgah Properties Homes for Rent •9 Chamois Ct. Pooler 4/2 $1250mth •16 Lanvale Pt.Wentworth 3/2 $950mth LP Available •216 Greene Rincon 3/2 $925mth LP Available •218 Vale Royal Rincon 3/2 $850mth LP Available •113 Charlton Rincon 3/2 $850mth LP Available •230 Goebel Ave. Sav’h 3/1 $650mth •501 E. Hwy 80 B-dale 2/1 $650mth •298 Possum Trail Guyton 2/1 $400mth LP Available LP=Lease Purchase Please call 912-823-3302 or visit

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Large stand-up tile-shower & bathroom,new H&A, all utilities included & cable.$700/month, $300/deposit. Taking applications for 1/1/2011. No smoking/pets. Dennis, 912-412-6738.


NEW 3BR/2BA 2300Sqft. Home in Rincon, double car garage. Lease/Purchase $1200/month, $1200 deposit. $205,000. Call 912-823-2955, 912-844-1825 or 912-844-1812

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2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, $500 deposit/$500 rent. Call 927-4383 for current specials and free rent

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Near Myers Junior High and Savannah State. 2230 N.Fernwood Ct. $750/monthly.Very Clean, new carpet. 3BR/1BA, small den, CH&A, washer/dryer. Available Now. $725/Deposit. 352-9931

TWO BEDROOM House for Rent: Oversized living room, one bath, fenced yard, new carpet. $610/monthly, $500/deposit. Call 631-4559 or 691-2147

FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: 1510 Lincoln St. $145/week or $155/week for double occupancy, Includes microwave, refrigerator, stove, & utilities! Call 912.231.0240

OFF TIBET, Lovely 2BR brick apt. CH&A, carpet, blinds, kitchen furnished, washer/dryer connections. No pets. $550/month 912-661-4814

TYBEE - 2BR/1BA Apt., central-heat/air. Walk to beach, 1 block from AJ’s. $800/month, $800/deposit. Call 912-507-4637.


QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD: 1127 West 51st Street. 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, den, garage, central heat/air. $850/month. Call 912-844-7262


126 West 59th: 2BR/1BA $550 2027 E. 36th Street 3BR/1BA $650. 913 Carver 3BR/1BA $675. 1 Altman: 3BR/1BA + den $725 1840 Northgate: 3BR/1BA +den $800 Several Rent-to-own properties. Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

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RENT: DUPLEX 1131 E. 55th. 2-bedrooms, 1-bath $475/month plus deposit $475. Two blocks off Waters Ave., close to Daffin Park. Call 912-234-2726, Days/Nights/Weekends. RENT: DUPLEX 1204 E.53rd Street. 2BR/1BA $475/month plus $475/deposit. Two blocks off Waters Ave, Close to Daffin Park. Call 234-2726 Days/Nights/Weekends.


Large doublewide, private lot, $700/rent, $500/security deposit. Call 964-4451 SOUTHSIDE •1BR apts, washer/dryer included. Water & trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA townhouse apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer/$650. Call 927-3278 SOUTHSIDE: 3BR/1BA, utility room, fenced yard. 16 Weiner Drive. $700/month plus deposit. Call 912-401-2620


cars 910 1998 SLK 230 Mercedes Hard Top convertible white 80,000 miles $7,500.00 803-648-2019 or 239-777-2594 CADILLAC Seville, 1997- Low miles, AC, very clean, runs great $3450 OBO. 912-441-2150 or 912-484-7340


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Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932.


HONDA Accord EX-L, 2004- 74K miles, new tires, black w/leather interior. Great condition $9,900. Call 912-598-7059

32 GOEBEL Avenue: 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath garage apt. $750/month. 410 Delores Ave. 4BR/1BA $850/mo. 301 Forrest Ave. 3BR/2BA $750/mo. 1319 E. 56th St. 2BR/1BA $650/mo.


•Wilmington Island Duplex: 2BR/1BA Livingroom/dining combo, kitchen, laundry. $700/month 912-897-6789 or 344-4164 rooms for rent 895



New Large Clean Carpeted Rooms, only 2-4 rooms per guest house. Quiet Areas, Busline. Cable, Fridge, TV, utilities, furnished rooms. Rooms with PRIVATE BATHROOMS available. $99-$159/Week. DISCOUNT FOR FOOD SERVICE AND HOTEL EMPLOYEES EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA APTS. LR, kitchen, refrigerator, stove, all utilities & cable included. Weekly $179, $215, $225. Monthly $880 w/utilities. No Credit check.


THREE BEDROOM/G-town 1 Snowy Egret Ct $1250 Ardsley Park 132 E.48th St. $1195 Southside 510 Red oak Dr. $895 15 Wilshire Blvd $875 TWO BEDROOM HOUSES Port Wentworth 814 Crossgate Rd. $795 Near Mall 6 Seneca St. $775 Westside 515 W.42nd St. $550

2BR EFFICIENCY for rent. $175/weekly, all utilities included. Call 912-272-1472


AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, HBO, ceiling fans. $110-$140 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065

TOWNHOUSE: 100 Lewis Drive, Apt 13D 2BR/1.5BA, 2-story. Washer/dryer connections, all appliances. No pets. $600/month, $600/deposit. Call 912-663-0177 or 912-663-5368.

Furnished Rooms 140/wk. Furnished rooms for rent with tv,cable,central heat/air,enclosed porch, privacy fence and large sit-in kitchen. $140.00 (912)306-6776


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DOWNTOWN near SCAD & SOUTHSIDE near Hunter. Fully furnished, cable tv, Wi-Fi, free laundry, offstreet parking. Priv. bath, fridge, microwave avail. Drug free. $125-$165/wk. Call 912-220-8691 or 912-604-1890

EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week + deposit. Call 912-844-5995.

LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail.

ISUZU Rodeo, 1999- Automatic, clean, low miles, AC, runs super $2950 OBO. 441-2150 or 484-7340

Looking for two responsible persons. 2 rooms available. Privatebaths, CH&A/cable/telephone. Immediate occupancy. $500/month each room, $125/security deposit. Mr.Brown: 912-663-2574, 912-234-9177.

TOYOTA CAMRY LE, 19984-cylinder, great condition $3100. Call 912-541-3181 or 912-541-2159


Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609

OLDSMOBILE Delta 88, 1979- 350 V8, dual exhaust, heavy duty suspension, low mileage $5,250 OBO. Contact Tom @ 236-2828

Boats & accessories 950 2002 Grady White 208 POWERBOAT Grady White, 2002ONLY 107 HOURS! Cuddy cabin with freshwater plumbed head, holding tank and electric pump out. Professionally maintained. $27,000.00 (912)507-7137

NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507.

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NO DEPOSIT-LIMITED TIME! NEAR MEMORIAL/ East &West Savannah & Bloomingdale •REDUCED RENT!• •Rooms $100 & Up. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-210-0181.


ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995. SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline. 2 blocks from Downtown Kroger, 3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week w/No deposit. 844-5995

ROOMMATE WANTED: 130 Alpine Drive. $500/mo. or $150/week. No deposit. Near Hunter AAF. share 1/2 electric. Available Now. 912-272-8020 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at




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