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a young woman dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, and “Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray,” a documentary about Jewish involvement in the Civil War. When: Wed. Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. 7:30 PM, Where: JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $7/members, $9/non-members (per film, w/out pass) Info: 912-355-8111. www.savj.org/

Film: Stanley (US, 1972)

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school teacher’s ruse to fool her parents into thinking she was dating a Jewish guy, and “Ahead of Time,” a documentary about Ruth Gruber who was the world’s youngest PhD. When: Thu. Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m. 7:30 PM, Where: JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $7/members, $9/non-members (per film, w/out pass) Info: 912-355-8111. www.savj.org/

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Author: Pearl Cleage

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non firings, demonstrations of cooking and craft techniques, music and dance. Part of the Georgia History Festival. When: Sat. Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.georgiahistory.com/


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What: The mayor gives his “State of the City” address, then the floor opens to public comments and concerns. When: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Where: Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: www.savannahga.gov

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Closing Day of the Savannah Jewish Film Fest What: Two shorts, “The Holocaust

Tourist” and “Orders of Love,” along with “Me and the Jewish Thing” and “Sabbath Entertainment.” When: Sun. Feb. 6, 12 p.m. 1:30 PM, Where: JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $7/members, $9/non-members (per film, w/out pass)

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There was no such thing as Facebook when Floyd Adams Jr. was mayor of Savannah. But if there had been, I seriously doubt a Facebook page called “Step Down, Mr. Mayor” would have over 1,100 “likes,” as does the page directed at our current mayor, Otis Johnson. We all had our occasional disagreements with Adams, Savannah’s first African American mayor, during his two terms in office. But at no time did he send a message that he was anything but the mayor of all Savannah’s citizens, regardless of his own historic achievement. Adams’ pragmatic attitude — exemplified by his occasional attendance at the annual Confederate Memorial Day ceremony — was reciprocated by nearly universal respect from the local white community, even those white Savannahians who voted for someone else. Likewise, when the announcement was made last year that long-serving African American police major Willie Lovett was to be appointed permanent chief of the Savannah/Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, there was almost no serious dissent from anyone, black or white. Indeed, the overwhelming public sentiment was: “What took them so damn long?” As far as anyone can tell, the main color on Chief Lovett’s mind is blue, the color of police uniforms. And the only prejudiced bone in his body seems to be his prejudice against criminals — regardless of the color of their skin. So you see, the idea that white people in Savannah have some sort of collective issue with African Americans in local leadership roles is demonstrably, painfully, totally wrong.

Despite this, Mayor Johnson said last week in a City Council meeting, “Now that the white candidate has been eliminated, all of a sudden it’s an issue.” Besides being chronologically incorrect — there was an “issue” long before San Antonio’s Pat DiGiovanni was eliminated — Johnson’s sentiment is absurd and insulting given the fact that it’s the year 2011, for God’s sake, and we’re trying to get the best available city manager in here, not cast a Benetton commercial. His cynical and inflammatory playing of the race card was not only deeply offensive to those who’ve taken the time to study the backgrounds of the candidates — for more about Alfred Lott see Patrick Rodgers’ story this issue — it was a clear sign of desperation. Johnson’s outburst was the equivalent of a parent being outmaneuvered and out-argued by their child and spluttering, “Because I said so.” That line usually works, but only because parents have the brute force to back it up — as does Mayor Johnson in this case, with four other council members willing to back him. To be fair, it must be said that the report that white members of City Council only listed DiGiovanni as a finalist certainly doesn’t sound very flattering. And that will sound especially unflattering if and when the New York Times

writes its version of events down here and crams it full of the usual Southern stereotypes. But at least one can make a rational case that DiGiovanni was the most qualified candidate, given his clear advantage in experience and public feedback scores. The report that black City Council members refused to list DiGiovanni’s name at all would seem even more telling, and only makes it more obvious that the candidates’ qualifications are simply not the main criteria being used. It’s true that American demographics are rapidly changing, and white people will have to get used to seeing more minorities in high-profile positions of power. Like, oh say, President of the United States. It’s also true that at some point America will have to wrestle with the paradox of some citizens having federally-protected minority status when those citizens are actually a majority in most places they live, and enjoy the fruits of the political power that flows from majority status — as is the case in Savannah. And it is definitely true that Pat DiGiovanni is the happiest man in the world right now, since he won’t have to deal with this mess. But it’s untrue that white Savannah will not accept a black city manager. On the contrary, the thing Savannahians of any color should not accept is the poor leadership being displayed right now in City Hall. As for Mayor Johnson stepping down, he is term-limited and will have stepped down by this time next year regardless. So you can click “Like” if it makes you feel better. But a more realistic course of action would be to acquaint yourself with the various candidates for mayor and aldermen — black, white or other — and act accordingly this November. cs

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City managers are ‘hired to be fired’ Editor, One comment about your recent article on the city manager’s search. First: I believe that Major Johnson has badly messed up this search for a new city manager and unfortunately has shredded most of the goodwill he’s built up over the last seven years as well, because of a badly considered desire to “make history.” But in your description of the other candidates and their past issues, I think you’ve stated an

unintentional calumny against them in your emphasis on the “problems” that they have in their backgrounds. As the former city manager for Tybee Island, I can attest that being a city manager is a high wire act, performed before varying audiences with different investments in your success or failure. One of the traps of municipal management is that unlike the Federal or State levels, city governments are often less specific on what constitutes “proper” or “improper” use of funds, awarding of contracts, or hiring of staff.

During my 18 months at Tybee, every major decision I made, and most minor ones as well, seemed to generate a “winner” and a “loser,” with no regard for the concept that the city’s overall interests should trump individual factions’ interests. In short, there is no such thing as a blemish–free city manager, unless he or she has been a total nebbish. Managers have to lead and at the city level this phrase is all too true: “Friends may come and go, but enemies tend to accumulate.” Savannah’s history of only two

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politics The timing of his departure, however, fueled speculation that a year plagued by scandal — including charges brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by the city’s former HR director and a guilty plea to felony charges of fraud by Downtown Manager Don Buie — pushed Lott to resign prior to the expiration of his contract. patrick rodgers

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$30,000 worth of fraud Alfred Lott is seated second to right, next to Rochelle Small-Toney, at the recent candidates forum; Mayor Johnson speaks

Lott-a problems?

Major questions remain about city manager candidate Alfred Lott’s tenure in Albany by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.com

After last week’s contentious City Council meeting, the field of four candidates was narrowed to two: Acting City Manager Rochelle Small–Toney and Alfred Lott, city manager of Albany, Ga. Although Small–Toney was widely expected to be among the finalists for the position, the vote for Lott came as a surprise to many people familiar with the process because he had the least public administration experience of the four candidates who visited Savannah two weeks ago to meet with the public and City staff.

Lott has served as city manager of Albany since 2005, and resigned from the position in July of last year. He named his last day as July 2011, citing an interest in finishing the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year. “This would give me an opportunity to lead city staff through the FY 2012 budget process and continue the city’s

lean spending practices through FY 2011,” Lott wrote in a letter to Albany’s Mayor Willie Adams, Jr. His fiscal oversight has been one of the strengths cited by Albany city officials, and during his tenure he has bolstered the city’s reserve fund, and delivered a $2 million budget surplus, despite the economic downturn. But Lott’s tenure in Albany has been marred by its fair share of controversy. In his resignation letter, Lott wrote, “The primary reason for my decision to leave Albany involves the proximity to my immediate family.”

In the summer of 2009, Albany– Dougherty Inner City Authority’s CEO Don Buie was indicted on 17 fraud–related charges after he pilfered approximately $30,000, according to a report from local NBC affiliate WALB, including payments to himself, his wife, and a woman with whom he was romantically involved. Buie was hired by Lott through a headhunting firm, Slavin Management Associates, who did not include information that Buie had been convicted and served jail time for federal fraud charges in 1993. Lott gave Buie an opportunity to resign, and then fired him when he refused to step down graciously. Following the revelation that Slavin hadn’t conducted a thorough background check on Buie, Lott told staff not to pursue additional background checks on other staff hired through the firm, despite a recommendation from the HR department, according to documents provided to Connect Savannah. According to a public record request by Kevin Hogencamp of the Albany


Pending lawsuits In July 2010, the City of Albany’s director of human resources, Mary Lamont, resigned amidst a firestorm of accusations against Lott that included racial and sexual discrimination. “I’ve come to the realization that my probability of success within the organization is nonexistent regardless of my contributions and achievements because of factors I cannot change, specifically my race, my sex, and my ethical standards,” wrote Lamont, who went on to cite several examples of professional misconduct by Lott. According to an article from the Albany Herald on July 14, 2010, “Lott said that the accusations are meritless and aren’t supported by any evidence, and that he’d be willing to defend himself in court if it comes down to a suit.” There was, however, some evidence that seemed to support claims made by Mary Lamont, including audio tapes of conversations proving Lott lied about Lamont’s discrimination complaints and that he falsely accused another employee of falsifying an employment application, according to reports by the Albany Journal. Lamont has since filed formal complaints with the EEOC. Albany Journal editor Kevin Hogencamp confirmed he had heard several of the tapes made by Lamont. Lott had not replied to an email requesting comment by the time this article went to press. According to Lamont, reached by phone last week, she has more than 60 tapes, including six currently tied up in litigation of other cases involving wrongful termination or discrimination. If one of Lamont’s EEOC cases

against Lott lands in court, that wouldn’t be a first for Lott, who is being sued by the City of Albany’s former finance director, Shirley Smith. That case is still active in Dougherty County Superior Court. Smith was fired in 2006 and the case has been pending since. Currently, she is employed by the City of Savannah in the Leisure Services Department.



Unethical behavior In the materials submitted as part of his consideration for the city manager position with the City of Savannah, obtained by Connect Savannah through a public record request last week, Lott describes his approach to leadership as one of his personal strengths. “I have had more than my share of opportunities to hear disciplinary appeals,” Lott writes. “When making these decisions, I have steadily taken the following decision factors into consideration: Nature of the offense, City Policy or Code, State and Federal Law, City exposure and risk.” However, Lott’s record would seem to contradict such adherence to guidelines. In the spring of 2010, the city’s Weatherization Coordinator was discovered to have forged signatures on federal documents related to the Weatherization Assistance Program, and admitted to the crime. The employee, Geraldine Fletcher, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which resulted in a recommendation for termination by City Attorney Nathan Davis. “When the employee signed the applicant’s name to this document, a document specifically designed to show the applicant’s approval of repairs, and such act was done with intent to defraud, there is a sufficient basis for a felony charge,” wrote Davis in an email dated April 7, 2010. “It is difficult to imagine anything less than termination as an appropriate response.” However, Fletcher was not fired by Lott, but allowed to quietly resign effective April 12, 2010. The resignation allowed Fletcher to receive pension benefits, and no formal legal action was taken. Lott cites the management and administration of the Weatherization Assistance Program in the “Poverty Reduction Experience” section of his application materials for the City of Savannah position. cs To comment email us at letters@connectsavannah.com

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Journal, in August 2009, Alfred Lott, Don Buie, assistant city managers Wes Smith and James Taylor, former police chief John Younger and Planning Director Howard Brown had not had background checks prior to employment, and still did not have background checks in their personnel files. Despite the outcome with Buie, in the documents he submitted to the search firm Savannah has used, Affion, describing his planning and development experience, Lott writes, “I hired a professional redevelopment manager... I revived the Albany–Dougherty Inner City Authority, [and] I convinced the City Commission to set aside $6 million for downtown redevelopment.” It was that $6 million from which Buie took funds.

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A woman answered her phone and was asked for the address of the Paulson Softball Complex. She gave the caller the information and was surprised by his response. The caller stated, “Thank you, I’ll be dropping bombs and missiles over the expressway tomorrow. Peace out.” She told officers that the caller sounded like a white male, about 40 years old, and that he did not have any sort of accent or slur his words. There was a softball tournament the following day which was put on extra patrol. • A BMW pulled up next to two officers dealing with people along Bay Street on a Saturday night. The driver wanted to ask one of the police for directions back to his hotel. The officer had trouble hearing the driver, because of all the noise, and so he approached

the driver’s side window. Once he got closer to the driver, the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol, and asked the driver whether he’d been drinking. The man in the car stared at the officer and said nothing. He had glassy eyes. The officer told the driver to pull over and indicated where he should stop. Disregarding those instructions, the driver attempted to leave the scene. The officer put out a call with the vehicle’s description and it was stopped two blocks away. • A man called police because he can’t get along with his live–in girlfriend. When police arrived, the man was clearly intoxicated, and told the officers that he and his girlfriend argue all the time. His girlfriend says that the argument began when he came home complaining that she did not call him when she was at work. She told police that she was in her room when he came home and hit her in the face. She hit him back, at which point he hit her again. The officer on the scene reported that there were no clear signs of injury to either party.

• A woman called police to report a disorderly person. It was her ex–boyfriend. When police arrived on the scene, she explained that they had recently separated, and he wanted him to get his belongings out of her apartment. She also wants her things out of his apartment as well. While officers spoke with the complainant, her ex–boyfriend came around the corner and became upset about the comments the woman made about their relationship. The officer asked him to stay calm. The ex–boyfriend then went back around the corner, heading toward a pile of things in the hallway. The officer followed him. The ex–boyfriend bent over and grabbed a butter knife and then turned the blade toward himself, attempting to jam it into his stomach. The officer moved quickly, grabbing the man’s arm, and extending the weapon away from both of them. The officer called for backup and alerted the other officers that there was a knife. The officers placed the man in hand-

cuffs. While standing next to the wall, the man began to bang his head into it. The officers asked him to stop, and when he wouldn’t, they moved him away from the wall. An officer lifted the man’s shirt to see whether he had injured himself in the attempted stabbing. There were several red marks and some bruising, but no contusions. The man made several statements about being depressed and wanting to kill himself. EMS was notified, and they transported him to the hospital. The officer followed EMS to the hospital and filled out the necessary paperwork. The man was admitted for a psychological evaluation. The butter knife was logged into the property room. cs

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What’s the deal with the Eiffel Tower? I mean what is it, actually? —Snowboardsweety1 A shallow individual might venture that it’s a tower named after a guy called Eiffel. (I don’t mean to give short shrift to the possibility of a Ms. Eiffel, but female tower-builders weren’t numerous in 19th-century France.) And in fact the prime mover behind the Eiffel Tower was the French structural engineer Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the interior framework for the Statue of Liberty. Nonetheless, Sweety, I join you in believing such an answer leaves important aspects of the subject unexplored. Popular reference works are no help. For example, if we turn to Wikipedia, we learn “the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.” The Eiffel Tower stands at one end of the Champs de Mars, a large green space in central Paris commonly used for such public spectacles. Cross the Seine, perambulate respectfully beneath the tower, and there you are. But come on. The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall (including antennas mounted on top; see below), which we backward Americans think of as 1,063 feet. The structure consists of 18,038 pieces of iron, fabricated and assembled over a two-year period. It cost nearly 8 million francs, worth something like $40 million U.S. today. The reigning tallest structure in the world at the time, the Washington Monument, was a mere 169 meters (555 feet) in height, and as of 1890 the tallest conventional building, meaning one you could work or live in, was the New York World Building, at a puny 94 meters (309 feet). A more economical people than the French, therefore, might have said: if we were to erect a tower of 200 meters rather than 300-plus, we’d accomplish our primary objectives—having an entrance arch, securing our place in the record

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books, and dazzling the rustics—while leaving ourselves a sizable sum that we might invest in treasury bonds. But they didn’t. Eiffel’s pitch was specifically that he could build a 300-meter tower, and the expo planners bought it. Fact is, the Eiffel Tower arguably holds the record for ratio of grandiosity to usefulness of any structure in the world. (Some will say the Statue of Liberty comes close, but let’s remember who dreamed that up.) People have been building tall structures since the days of Babylon. Temples and cathedrals celebrate the divine; the pyramids are tombs; the Washington Monument commemorates the first U.S. president. The tallest building in the world at the moment, the 160-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is 828 meters tall (2,717 feet). One suspects this is somewhat larger than was demanded by the local real estate market, but the fact remains that the Burj Khalifa is a building, containing habitable space. Not so the Eiffel Tower—at least not to any great extent. It was vanity architecture in close to pure form. That’s not to say it was a sinkhole financially. The tower has an observation deck, restaurants, a meeting space, a souvenir shop, and so on, all of which charge appropriately lofty rates. The tower earned back most of its construction cost during the 1889 exhibition; add in a subsidy from the city of Paris, and the project finished comfortably in the black. However, business dropped off after the fair closed. The original plan was to demolish the tower after 20 years; it survived primarily because enterprising parties found practical uses for it. The salvation of the Eiffel Tower proved to be in communications. An antenna for wireless telegraphy was added in 1906; later commercial radio and TV antennas were installed. These paid the upkeep until tourism took off after World War II. Today the Eiffel Tower is said to draw more visitors than any other fee-charging attraction on earth, admirably serving the role for which it was built. Which is what, you ask? Don’t be dull. It’s an advertisement for France. cs

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In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangered-species research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an Arab-American woman crossing its border from Armenia -- after discovering a “spy microphone” in her teeth. (A week later, she was allowed to travel to Turkey.) In December, after an Egyptian woman was killed by a shark at a Red Sea resort, the local governor in Egypt accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of releasing “attack sharks” in order to stifle tourism.

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• A supposedly centuries-old Korean health treatment -- the vaginal steam bath -- has become a popular fad recently in Southern California, according to a December Los Angeles Times report. As the client squats on an open-seated stool, vapors of herbs such as wormwood supposedly fight stress, infections, hemorrhoids, infertility and irregular menstrual periods. Thirty minutes’ treatment runs $20 to $50, and according to a prominent Beverly Hills gynecologist, the procedure actually could be beneficial. • Among the don’t-miss tourist attractions in Thailand, according to author Jim Algie’s recent guide (“Bizarre Thailand”): the monkey hospital in Lopbun, where terminal patients are treated with utmost respect (pending, of course, their imminent reincarnation); “Tortoise Town” in Khon Kaen province, where those critters

outnumber humans by 4-to-1 and domiLatest Religious Messages nate the streets with shell-butting matingThe General Authority of Islamic rights competitions; and the Buffalo Head Affairs and Endowments in Abu Dhabi Temple near Bangkok, where the abbot’s (United Arab Emirates) announced in pagoda, for some reason, is made of 6,000 December that it issued 350,000 “fatwas” water buffalo skulls. in 2010 -- not the “death to” fatwas, but • China’s dynamic economy has created rather, Quranic interpretations governWestern-style insecurities, including ing everyday life. (The Authority ruled young women’s anxieties about beauty last year, for example, that car raffles are and self-improvement as they search for bad; that vuvuzelas are acceptable if kept employment. Consequently, China has under 100 decibels; that afternoon become the world’s third-largest consumnaps are prohibited because time er of plastic surgery services -- with should be better spent; and that demand that challenges the supply half-sisters may shake hands Mad about of skilled surgeons. Women typically with their brothers, even if the City Manager want wider eyes, “sliced” eyelids, selection mess? their mother is Christian.) narrower noses and jaws, and Remember, it’s an election year! smaller chins, and both men and Latest Cutting-Edge women seek height by attempting Research the painful (and usually unsuc(1) Georgia Tech scientists cessful) “heel implant” procedure. tested (for an October publica(A currently popular, less invasive tion) the “oscillatory shaking” remedy for body streamlining -- as they witnessed by wet mice and when preparing for a job interview various-sized wet dogs as they -- involves ingesting eggs of the shook water off -- finding an ringworm, so the worm devours food inverse ratio between size and before the stomach can digest it.) speed, from 27 cycles per second • Every Dec. 24 in Sweden, at 3 by a mouse to 5.8 by a mid-sized dog. p.m., a third to a half of all Swedes Their original hypothesis was that speed sit down to watch the same traditional would decrease according to “torso raditelevision program that has marked us,” but they forgot to factor in the length Christmas for the last 50 years: a lineup of of the animals’ fur. (2) Israeli researchhistoric Donald Duck cartoons. Accorders, writing in the journal Fertility and ing to a December report on Slate.com, Sterility, found that women undergoing the show is insinuated in the national in-vitro fertilization were almost twice as psyche because it was the first big holiday likely to conceive if they had been made program when Swedes began to acquire to laugh by a hospital “clown” entertaintelevision sets in 1959. Entire families still ing them as soon as their embryos were watch together, repeating their favorite implanted. lines.

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(1) When longtime Orange County, Calif., inmate Malcolm King demanded kosher meals and double helpings, jailers resisted, and King went to court. Judge Derek Johnson asked King if his demands were religion-based, and King said yes -- citing “Festivus” (a joke religion popularized on “Seinfeld”). According to a Orange County Register report, Judge Johnson approved King’s demands. (2) A 2010 Chicago Tribune public-records examination of suburban Chicago traffic-stop drug searches found that sniffer dogs are usually wrong -- that 56 percent of all “positive” signals by dogs yielded no contraband (73 percent failure if the driver was Hispanic).

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A perp wanted on an arrest warrant has a powerful incentive to lie about his ID if stopped by police, and sometimes bluffing with a bogus name works. However, twice in January, in Dallas and in Great Falls, Mont., perps gave other names, only to learn that people with those names were in as much trouble as they were. Mario Miramontes, 22, wanted for parole violation, told an officer in Dallas he was his cousin, without knowing that the cousin was wanted for sex abuse of a minor. Jonothan Gonsalez told police in Great Falls he was really Timothy Koop Jr., but Koop was also a wanted man. cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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At 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 The Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. With Brandon Nelson McCoy Maybe it was the unexpected clarinets, shy trombones and muted trumpets, or perhaps it was the subtle strings that came in from somewhere in the back of the sound picture. Most likely, what made me love The Red River’s Little Songs About the Big Picture is the way these gentle, acoustic songs wash over the listener like waves on the shore of some pleasant dreamscape. Singer/songwriter Bill Roberts heads this chamber pop collective from Southern California; full of guitars, pianos, and sweet boy–girl singalongs, it’s minimalist acoustic music that tells sweet stories about the tiniest details – little songs, you see, about the big picture – and it reminds me a lot of Sufjan Stevens at his least pretentious, or Savannah’s very own Dare Dukes, who happens to be sharing this evening’s bill with The Red River. See myspace.com/theredriver.

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At 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. With Cough, K. Lloyd & the Disciples. $10 First things first: K. Lloyd & the Disciples is an acoustic swamp/blues side project of Kirk Fisher, the North Carolina guitarist who fronts the legendary sludge/noise powerhouse Buzzov–en. So yes, he’s opening his own show. This is the first Buzzov–en tour in 12 years; Fisher, a famously wild man, had some nasty personal stuff to deal with, but he says he’s ready to start slamming again. “I’m actually looking forward to re–tapping the angst and now, at least more clearheaded it should be coming from the raw anger that I, as well as many, deal with daily just trudging through life,” he said recently. Based in Richmond, Va., Cough is a sludge band with a molten new album, Ritual Abuse, on Relapse. See cough666.info, myspace. com/buzzovernx

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Let’s remember that Talking Heads began as an art school band — a bunch of students at the Rhode Island School of Design — back in the mid-1970s. That, you could say, turned out well. Savannah’s equivalent is General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers. Each of the band members is tied to SCAD — that whole “creative careers” thing — and each brings something unique, conceptually, to the project. The band is celebrating its first CD, Whistle the Dirges, with a performance and party Feb. 5 at Tantra Lounge, with an opening set from Lady Lazarus. General O (that’s the preferred shorthand) plays a kind of literate, poly–syllabic folk music, with lyrics that radiate from the obtuse and art–school consciousness stream to the strictly narrative. Think Modest Mouse mated with the Decemberists. This is put across with guitars, bass, drums and accordion (!), with mood and tempo shifts, and a sort of quirky aesthetic and harmonic gang–vocal approach that brings to mind both Jefferson Airplane and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. And pretty much everything in between.

General O’s music is equal parts whimsy, reflective poetry and finger– snapping fun. The lead singer, guitar player and co–writer is Devin Smith, an Illinois native who’s studying filmmaking. “We’re all dreamers,” he says. “Obviously, we’re at SCAD and we have art student–type mindsets, so we wanted it from the beginning to be something.” They are, proudly, a self–sustaining collective. The Tantra bash will also include the premiere of the video for their song “Sick Sick Lover.” Smith directed the clip as his senior project. For his web design class, drummer Duncan Iaria put together the official band site. Anna Chandler, she of the accordion, musical saw and other left–field instruments, designed the CD package and provided the endearing illustrations that go with the lyric sheet. Chandler composes most of the lyrics, with Smith collaborating here and there, and putting music to her words. They don’t always make sense – art, of course, doesn’t have to – but they’re provocative. And fascinating. “It comes out like that because I’m a fiction writer and Devin’s a filmmaker,” says Chandler, who graduated with degrees in illustration and creative writing in 2010, a year after General O’s odyssey began. “That narrative aspect’s going to be in everything we do, I’m sure.”

In the summer of 2009, Chandler — she’s originally from South Carolina — returned to Savannah after an internship up north. She played a little bit of guitar and other things. Always fascinated by toy instruments, she had purchased a real one — a Hohner student–sized accordion — during her time away. “I had this epiphany when I was in New York,” she explains. “I was kind of scared to write music, but somehow through the magic of the tiny accordion... “Devin and I had played music before. He would come to my dorm, he played guitar and he was really good. He was living with my best friend that summer. I brought my instruments over and we just jammed together. It clicked.” They first song they played was Modest Mouse’s “Grey Ice Water.” For Smith, who had been knee–deep in SCAD work since 2008, hooking up with Chandler was a revelation. “I would play and record on the computer, to pre–made drumbeats,” he says. “I was really excited when I got to work with other people. I’m from a really small town, so this is the first band I’ve had.” Together, they recorded a song for a local compilation CD. “We wouldn’t do our vocals in front of each other,” Smith laughs. “One had to go smoke a continues on p. 16

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He might as well be Colonel Appleseed, the way he’s pollinated Georgia music for nearly 50 years. Col. Bruce Hampton is a guitarist, singer, composer and arranger who’s been at the epicenter of Atlanta’s thriving music scene since the mid 1960s. Although his early group, the avant–garde Hampton Grease Band, cut a couple of albums, they weren’t successful (according to legend, Music to Eat was the worst–selling album in the history of Columbia Records). His destiny, it turned out, was to breed and foster dozens of the South’s best musicians, weaning them on his high–octane blend of blues, jazz, rock and soul. Hampton, 63, is an old–school musician – although he was notorious, in his younger years, for onstage outrage and Zappa–like weirdness, the music has always been the central issue. A man who loves a playful change of name, he’s called his evolving band the Aquarium Rescue Unit, New Ice Age, Late Bronze Age, the Codetalkers and the Fiji Mariners - most recently, the band was called the Quark Alliance. In the late 1960s, what was the goal? Or was there a goal? Col. Bruce Hampton: That’s great you asked, because it synchronizes with everything I’m doing right now. I gave a speech yesterday at a high school about the ‘60s music, and I’m doing one at Emory University in about a month. I never mathematically calculated it – you just have to do what you’re supposed to do. I was sorta thrown into it, and I usually collapse into place. The intent was so different then. Music meant a lot; it was a way of life, almost. It just doesn’t seem to have the urgency today – even a Pepsi commercial has a good tune usually. For you, though ... what did you hope to get out of it?

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Col. Bruce Hampton: I’m a very shy accountant, and 47 years later I’m still doing it. Which is amazing to me. It’s like a Jekyll/Hyde thing – during the day I’m just a quiet shy guy, and onstage a little bit rowdy sometimes. It just altered destiny, to say the least. I did not go about it to make money, or to make myself famous or draw attention. You just have to do what you’re supposed to do. The music business sort of chooses you – you don’t choose it. I’ve always liked to just jiggle the middle; I don’t want to be anybody and I don’t want to starve either. So I’ve just stayed in the middle and worked. What was Atlanta like in those days? Did you feel culturally isolated? Col. Bruce Hampton: Oh yeah, it felt like we were in Borneo or something. There were a couple clubs you could play at in the late ‘60s. I remember Skynyrd was the house band in a place called Pinocchio’s. We played a place called the Twelfth Gate. And then the Allman Brothers and the Dead would play Piedmont Park quite a bit. We would hold tremendous festivals there, from Jackie Wilson to the Brothers to the Dead, 20 or 30 acts every weekend playing. Duane Allman is what he is now, and everybody everywhere knows he was an incredible guitarist, but ... you actually knew him. What was he like? Col. Bruce Hampton: He was the sweetest, nicest cat you ever met. And just completely awake. And he was really changing a lot. Before he passed away, he was really opening up to great music. I remember he was listening to Django Reinhardt and Coltrane and Roland Kirk quite a bit. I think he was gonna come out in a year or so and just play the greatest music that could be played for the time. You’re always called “The Godfather of the Georgia Jam Band Scene.” I wondered if that’s a mantle that sits well on you?

Col. Bruce Hampton: Anything they say, as long as they don’t throw darts! I’ve been called everything, and flung through the mud, and the heights of heaven to the pits of hell, and it’s all the same. I gotta do what I gotta do, you know? And I’ll take anything. Anything sounds good. Is the passion still there for playing? Col. Bruce Hampton: Yeah. It’s a lot slower than it was. I mean, when I was 23 I could do backflips. The music business is quite brutal, on the business side of it. It’s an oxymoron, “music business.” Sort of like “military intelligence” and “jumbo shrimp.” And “Greater Cleveland,” that’s always my favorite! This business is basically filled with melodramatic people selling sound. And it’s insane, one day you’re popular and the next day you’re not. But what I do is just try to stay on course and play as pure as possible. I like every type of music there is. Music to me has to have an element of folk music or come from the church. It has to have the human emotional element to it. The emotional core, let me say that. And then you can sophisticate it or take it any way you want to do it. Who’s in the Quark Alliance now? Col. Bruce Hampton: Well, we changed the name of the band, which I do every two weeks. It’s called the Pharoah Gummitt. That’s for the people that work for the federal government. We have Dothan’s number one bass player, Kevin Scott; on drums, Duane Trucks from Jacksonville, Florida – he’s Derek’s brother; and William Barnes from Montgomery is playing guitar. They’re young, so they work for seven bucks a night and a taco. CS Col. Bruce Hampton & the Pharoah Gummit Where: Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. When: At 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 Tickets: $10 Online: livewiremusichall.com

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Transcending time and space: Examples of Cothran’s work (clockwise) “Window”, “Existing is Not Enough”, Cothran in his studio, “My World”, and “Present”.

More than words

Joel Cothran’s text-centric art doesn’t shy away from big questions by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.com

For most people, airbrushing is relegated to mall kiosks for custom T– shirts, not fine art on gallery walls. Joel Cothran didn’t get the memo. “The airbrush has something profound about it,” the local artist explains, standing in his makeshift studio at the front of a cooperative arts space on 35th and East Broad Street. “You don’t touch the canvas. You don’t have an artist’s hand involved.” Over the last few months, Cothran has been busy. He debuted a T–shirt design at the opening of the local, environmentally–friendly retailer Wooden Sheep late last year, had a solo show titled “When the World Goes Sour and the Milk Blows Up,” at the Mr. Beast Gallery on Bull Street, and then moved a couple blocks north for a show as the featured artist at Local 11Ten. Those shows highlighted Cothran’s unique style and existentialist humor — featuring mostly large scale airbrushed works that played with color and typography to present hauntingly concise messages about the state of affairs for life in the 21st century. His piece “Existing is Not Enough,” encapsulates his signature style - seemingly simple, yet thought provoking works.

Long, looping letters in blue flecked with gold spelling out “Existing is Not Enough” atop a color field of black and red. Aesthetically, the piece looks like a Miami disco rodeo — slick, but energetic; simple, but with depth. It manages to be cynical, but without pretense, like tagging a Mark Rothko painting. “It’s about materialism,” explains Cothran. It’s not enough to be alive, to survive these days, one needs technology — a cell phone, a computer, the internet and all the trappings — in order to create identity. To express thoughts on materialism using an airbrush stems from Cothran’s origins with the medium — working at a mall kiosk making custom T–shirts. “It was a job to pay the bills,” he says. “Now I just can’t stop.” In between orders, Cothran was free to experiment and develop his technical skills — much like graffiti, airbrushing requires dexterous snaps of the wrist and a steady hand. There’s also a Zen aspect to it that he appreciates, a combination of movement, wind and sound. His recent burst of activity locally stems from two things — first his satisfaction with his work, which is “just now getting good,” and second, the amount due on his students loans. “When you’ve got $100,000 in debt, you’ve got to do something,” he says. This week, Cothran debuts a collection of new work


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Beyond the gallery: One of Cothran’s projects last year was installing “No News is Good News” in an advertising truck.

at the Sentient Bean in a show called “Yada, Yada, Yada.” In its eponymous piece, a 5’x5’ canvas is painted black and dotted by a field of glittering points like the night sky. Within the field of stars, the words “Yada, Yada, Yada” emerge from a dense concentration at the center. This is our universe, blathering onward through time and space. For his text–centric pieces, Cothran usually begins with the phrase itself — culled from an observation or lifted from a different context. “They’ll just run through my mind,” he says. Although “Yada, Yada, Yada” shows a clear lineage from Cothran’s previous work — the interrelation of image and text questioning the meaning of life and deflating contemporary norms – much of the new work that will hang at the Bean will be more abstract. Painted on smaller canvases, and focused more on studies of form and color, these pieces mark a shift away from the conceptual to explore technique — finished pieces on paper are run through a typewriter, and other media like color pencils or brushes are

incorporated. The change isn’t permanent, just another avenue to wander down for the multi–faceted artist, who also dabbles in photography and design. But words as a visual medium and the machinations of commerce are never far away. He recently had a piece running on the side of a mobile billboard truck — the advertisement read simply, “No News is Good News,” and among his plans for the future are “a catalog” of poems. Gaining inspiration from a blend of keen observation, existential cynicism and a dash of spirituality, Cothran judges himself as an artist by the same standards as the rest of the universe. “You don’t need art to live. It’s kind of joke, a running gag,” he says, citing legendary Dadaist Marcel DuChamp. “It’s something someone would want, but at the same time, you don’t need more shit.” cs “Yada, Yada, Yada” Opening Reception When: Fri., Feb. 4, 6–8 p.m. (thru Feb. 28) Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Info: www.joelcothran.com Cost: Free and open to the public

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The Drama Bums shine a light on Eve Ensler’s The Good Body by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

I think what all of us have in common is that we’ve been taught and trained and programmed to focus on fixing and mutilating ourselves. That’s a core reason why women do not have power in the world. – Eve Ensler It was 15 years ago that monologist, playwright, author and activist Eve Ensler premiered The Vagina Monologues, a collection of vignettes both humorous and horrifying, in which women frankly discussed the sexual aspects of

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The Good Body began a few years later, as a book of Ensler’s ruminations on the female obsession with body image. In 2004, it was transformed into a one–woman show; soon thereafter, Ensler re–crafted the work into a stage play for three women, each of whom took on different characters. The Good Body makes its Savannah debut this weekend with a Drama Bums production at Muse Arts Warehouse. It’s directed by Sheila Lynne, who divvied things up even more to stage Ensler’s masterwork: There are now six women in the play (herself included). The Vagina Monologues, Lynne says, merely set the stage. “The Good Body touches on a deeper–seated issue, that it’s not just a sexual issue that women face, it’s a bigger issue with cultural body image. It’s much more pervasive and destructive towards women.” Magazines, movies, television and the rest of the non–stop media blitzkrieg, Ensler tells us, have brainwashed women into believing that whatever their body shape, it’s wrong. Lynne: “We open with a piece from her original book that says: When a group of ethnically diverse, economically disadvantaged women in the U.S. was recently asked about the one thing they would change in their lives, if they could, the majority of these women said they would lose weight. Whaaat? They wouldn’t improve their economic status, they wouldn’t improve their educational level, they would lose weight. “And the whole play goes on to explain how she herself identified with them, and how she felt about her stomach, and this obsession that is so prevalent among women. Ensler once explained it this way: “I’m doing this play to say, ‘Do the most radical thing you can possibly do – love your body, and get on with it.’” Lynne believes that’s the overriding

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Your makeup is pretty complex – does it take a long time to apply? Justin Glaser: It’s actually just a 25–minute process. It involves prosthetics, wig and makeup ... it’s been a year, so there’s a bit of a routine now. It’s down from about 40 minutes when we started. Mine’s definitely the most extensive. It looks really cool, though. After a year, how do you go out there and be inspired every night? Justin Glaser: I really love the Beast, and I love the show. It’s a live performance, it’s not like we are doing a take and then it’s printed forever on film, and that’s the rendition that everyone will see. You feel differently on different days, so that affects your perfor-

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He’s no Beauty, he’s the Beast. This is, of course, a Disney show, a stage adaptation of the mouse’s uber–successful animated musical of 1991, itself adapted from a classic French fairy tale. Beauty and the Beast was the very first animated film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The Alan Mencken/Howard Ashman score includes loads of memorable songs (“Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest”) and the cast o’characters includes Lumiere the candelabra, Mrs. Potts the teapot, and Cogsworth the clock. Then, of course, there’s Belle, the titular Beauty (played here by Liz Shivener) and the enchanted prince–turned– monster played by Glaser.

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mance. Your body feels different, your voice feels different, the theater you’re performing in is different than the one before. Sometimes an understudy will be performing, and everyone around you feels differently. So it’s never the same performance. Additonally, the creative team on this tour is fantastic. They’re very committed to the quality of the piece. They come out regularly and they fix things. They tighten things up. You know, a performance grows over a period of time. You find new things, and those things become a part of the performance. And sometimes the creatives will love it, and sometimes they’ll say “What are you doing? What you were doing before was better.” All of those things help to make each performance fresh.

Justin Glaser: The movie came out when I was in high school, so I was definitely very aware of it. I’d seen it many times, and I saw the Broadway production when I first moved to New York back in 2000. This version of the tour is a re–vamped, re–imagined production. When the creative team first developed the piece, they were told to make it look like the Disney movie. Since then, with the success of other productions that Disney has had, they’ve sort of loosened that grip on making it like the movie. So the team was able to change some things around. The look is different, the feel of this production is different. The first one was gorgeous and brilliant–looking – this one is lighter, and it moves very quickly. The ensemble move the set pieces around. The effect is that we’re all coming together to tell this story. It’s old–fashioned storytelling, and I think that’s very cool. CS Beauty and the Beast Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe When: At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 Tickets: $37–$59.50 at etix.com Phone: (912) 651–6556

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I had a big crowd of hungry guys to feed. They wanted a wide selection and mass quantities.Say no more — this calls for a trip to the Asian Buffet. This giant feeding extravaganza is on the near southside, with plenty of parking and enough room to navigate around the stem tables and cold bars. The food isn’t all Asia: It’s easy to find baked fish, dozens of salad fixings, soup, desserts and, yes, steamed crawfish. And, there is also a sushi bar and grill–to–order steak station. For an additional fee, giant crab legs can be added to any order. I like to pick at these buffets, a little egg drop soup, a rice dumpling wrapped in banana leaf, steamed dumplings, fried chicken wings — maybe an egg roll. It’s not haute cuisine by any means, but it’s a fun destination with a hungry crowd. My assortment of dumplings, wontons and the like were all piping hot and nicely flavored. The egg drop soup was a little too bland to my liking — next time I’ll try the hot and sour soup — that was brimming with button mushrooms. I sampled the fried rice — which was loaded with precisely diced veggies — and a few pieces of sesame chicken. It was hot, fresh and gener-

ously doused with sesame seeds. A couple of crab stuffed mushrooms and a pair of deviled crab half shells tempted themselves onto my plates. Great flavors came pouring from these little bites. It was encouraging to see fairly small portions being loaded into steam table pans. This insures hot and fresh food. Yay! Companions who had sushi were happy with its construction and freshness. On a previous visit, the sushi was out of sync — it’s good to see attention given to this area of the buffet. That makes sushi with an all–you–can–eat lunch for less than $10 a real steal. Table service for drink refills was attentive and efficient. A back dining room with low partitions makes this a great destination for an office gathering or, in my case, a lunch out with the guys. 1100 Eisenhower Dr. (corner of Eisenhower Drive and Waters Avenue)

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Savannah Restaurant Week continues through Feb. 6. The participating restaurants each offer a three–course dinner for $30 per person; some offer lunch deals, too. These are primarily fine dining restaurants that you usually couldn’t touch for $30 per person. You can view the participating restaurants and see the menus online at www. savannahrestaurantweek.org. cs

Super Bowl spirits It’s kinda cool to see a classic cold–weather team matchup in Super Bowl XLV. These are bad dudes, guys who work out in the bone–numbing chill of Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Their pain is our gain. The parties, the friends, the rivalry, the snacks — I’m going to have my Super Bowl spread loaded with plenty of goodies. Of course, the bar bill has to be filled, and I’ve got some ideas. Pre–game, the menu is likely gonna be chips, dips and salsa. Throw in some cheese (Go Packers!), some cured meats (for the Steeler fans) and you’ve got a great starting line up. What to drink. Start off easy, grasshopper. I suggest sparkling wines. Champagnes, Cava or Prosecco. Cava, from Spain, and Prosecco, from Italy, both represent some great values. Good, refreshing examples are available for $10 or under – but certainly don’t spend more than $12. Mild sweetness will offset spicy and savory snacks — the effervescence will help cleanse the palate between courses that can butt against one another as aggressively as a pair of 325–pound linemen. Ask your favorite retailer for the best ideas — no one knows their shelves better. For beer lovers, this first course should also be a easygoing primer. Consider the spice of Allagash White, berry freshness of Sweetwater Blue, easy–drinking Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner from Oskar Blues or gentle strawberry tastes from Samuel Smith organic strawberry English Ale. By the end of the first quarter, I’m thinking about something more substantial – to eat and drink. For me, this course is about pulled pork barbecue, grilled burgers and supreme pizza. Throw in some chicken wings for good measure, some tater skins and a simmering pot of chili — and you’ve the the makings of a premiere halftime show! This is when you can reach for the big red wines. There’s no need to chuck out big money – go with bargains like Bonterra Zinfandel or Seven Deadly Zins. These two wines have plenty of body and nice smokiness to accompany grilled meats. Shiraz is a good bet — this is a time when those inky dark purple Aussie wines can shine. Consider Robert Oatley Shiraz — or score one of the dozens of bargain priced down–under Shiraz that are flooding the shelves. Bear Boat Pinot Noir violates my general “no animal labels” rule, but is a nice drinking Pinot that’s turning up now on grocery store shelves. Beer ya? Alrighty... hops rule with spicy food like chili and jalapeno topped pizza. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is king of the mountain right now – but any beer labeled IPA will cover your special teams’ needs. For smoother main course beers, I’ll look down the bench for another Sweetwater brew — Sweet Georgia Brown — or call out Full Sail Amber, Highland Gaelic Ale and Bell’s Amber or, for more hops, Bell’s Two–Hearted Ale. Big crowd? Consider box wines for cost–caving efficiency. Red Truck, The Green Box and any number of other box wines will fill the bill without a personal foul on the wallet. cs


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Pieces hanging in the City Hall rotunda were created by SCAD students, who explored the qualities that make space unique. They will be on display for the next six months as part of the City’s Art in City Hall program. All is well (Damn right it is) — New works by local artist Eric David Wooddell. Mandalas and collages inspired by the amazing times we live in. Ghost Town Tattoo, Montgomery & Congress Sts. Art in City Hall — A group show featuring work by SCAD students who used Savannah City Hall as a subject to explore the qualities that make a space memorable and rich with meaning. City Hall, 1st floor rotunda, Bay and Bull Sts. 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. Chittlin’ Circuit Review — Works by artist and muralist, Rik Freeman, in conjunction with the Black Heritage Festival. A series of oil paintings based on the origin and roots of “Blues” music. Opening reception: Feb. 6, 3-5pm Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Confronting History: Jacob Lawrence — The John Brown and Hiroshima print series by Jacob Lawrence. Part of the Evans collection, and on display in conjunction with the Black Heritage Festival. SCAD Museum, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd 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 lasercut 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. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Faith Ringgold: Story Quilts and Freedom Quests — Ringgold is a celebrated African American painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist and illustrator. Features 60 pieces from across four decades, including a number of Ringgold’s most recent works. SCAD Museum, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd Georgia Artists for SBF — Three renowned Georgian artists, including Rose Leavell, Steve Penley and Cindy Wallace are part of an exhibit in conjunction with the Savannah Book Festival. Jepson Center - Trustees Gallery, 207 W. York St. Heresy — Interpretations of Medieval woodcuts exploring the imagery of alchemy and witchcraft from Savannah artist Mary Ann Blackstone. Closing reception: Feb. 24, 6-9pm. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Irene Mayo — Mayo is a New York native whose impressionistic paintings are inspired by life in the Lowcountry. Opening reception: Feb. 3, 6-8pm JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. Kinetic Potentials — Works by Jeff Doran exploring energy transfer with ink, water and urethane. Runs through March 25. Opening reception: Feb. 3, 6-8:30pm. ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Suite 300 Lowcountry Perspectives — Paintings depicting African American life in the Lowcountry by local artists including Richard Law, Allen Fireall, Carol Lasell Miller and Amiri Farris. Opening reception: January 13, 5:307:30pm. 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. New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition — A show celebrating the talent of local middle-school and high-school students. Works included in this year’s juried exhibition are based on the 2011 Black Heritage Festival theme, “Our Culture is Our Journey.” Opening reception: Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm. S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. Richard Law — The local, self-taught artist whose work reflects his Lowcountry upbringing. Part of the Black Heritage Festival. Opening reception: Feb. 11, 6pm. SSU Social Sciences Building Gallery

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country – sold out the Johnny Mercer Theatre when they came to Savannah last June. As we announced last week here in Connect, the group’s Savannah Music Festival date (at the Mercer) is March 30; ticket prices are $30, $38, $46 and $75. Tickets for all shows are available at savannahmusicfestival.org, or by phone at (912) 525–5050.

Family Rite Anthony Hopkins’ top–billed co–star in The Rite has a Savannah connection. He’s Colin O’Donoghue, who plays American seminary student Michael Kovak, who travels to Rome to take a Vatican course in exorcism. His name is just under Hopkins’ in the credits. Colin’s father is first cousin to none other than singer/songwriter Harry O’Donoghue, a mainstay at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, and one of our city’s premiere musicians. “We’re fairly close, and Colin was here in Savannah a few years ago,” Harry tells us. “He stayed with me for a week around Paddy’s Day and worked a few shifts in Kevin Barry’s. He plays lead guitar and gave a couple of numbers onstage with me.” The entire O’Donoghue clan was in Los Angeles earlier this week for the red–carpet premiere of The Rite, says Harry (who didn’t attend, but reports that everyone was nervous and excited for Colin, who’s just turned 30). “Anthony Hopkins has been very kind to Colin,” Harry reports, “and is of the opinion that he is a fine young actor and will do well.” CS


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Hal and Nancy Miles describe their dedication to the Savannah International Animation Festival as “passionately crazy.” It’s probably also the reason the young festival, which begins its second year this weekend, has gained international notoriety in such a short time. “The format of the festival is virtually identical in scheduling as it was last year, but the thing that’s majorly changed is the international support we’ve gotten for the festival,” says Hal Miles, who teaches animation at SCAD in addition to running his own studio and planning the SIAF. The “international” in the name isn’t just a tool to make the event seem artificially worldly – it’s earned the moniker – and this year’s entrants include submissions imported from South Korea, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, South Africa and numerous others, in addition to work by domestic animators. Even though many countries don’t

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have the benefit of institutions teaching animation, Hal explains that many young filmmakers have begun learning their craft via the internet. “With e–learning students from around the world can learn these things and almost master them over the internet,” Miles explains. “What that’s done is allow the international impact to be so much broader in style and quality.” The festival takes place on February 4–5, at the Coastal Georgia Center, blending screenings with talks from filmmakers and workshops. Although the breadth of nationalities represented is impressive, it would be meaningless if the quality of work wasn’t also top notch. “It’s all about the quality of films we’re showing this year, and it’s wonderful,” says Nancy Miles, an animation collector and former antiques dealer. Through their unique submission continues on p. 28

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process, the films are all screened anonymously for judges, who then score them based on a variety of criteria. The anonymity means that films are judged for their quality rather than any names attached to them. “Last year we found out we had two Academy Award winners with films in the festival,” says Nancy. While the festival attracts top quality talents, many of the films aren’t made by professionals, but look like they could be. “We couldn’t show all the submissions because of time constraints, but there were just so many good films, it was hard,” Nancy says. The films that make it into the festival compete in one of several categories, including stop motion, traditional animation, computer animation, and experimental, among others. There’s also a student category (which, surprisingly, will feature no SCAD students

this year), an audience choice award and a “best in show” designation. The subject matter of the films crosses the spectrum of possibilities – including their first animated documentary submission – but the Miles haven’t forgotten that most people’s love of animation is traced back to the long lost Saturday mornings of childhood. To honor that tradition, the festival has an hour–long block on Saturday morning that features classic cartoons and cookies compliments of the Byrd Cookie company. That portion of the festival is free for the young or the young at heart. Many of the films featured in the SIAF put the ‘art’ in the middle of cartoon. One of the major initiatives the Miles are undertaking to increase the stature of their event is their application to become a sanctioned event with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

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Science, the organization responsible for the Oscars. If the SIAF’s application is approved by the Academy, it means that each year, the winner of the Best in Show award will automatically become a contender for the Best Animated Short Oscar. “The festival has to be around for five years and there are certain conditions stipulated in the agreement that you have to abide by,” Hal explains. “We’ve got three more years to go.” That’s not the only set of plans the Miles have for the festival or Savannah either. On Friday evening, they are planning a major announcement about an upcoming project that could have a significant impact on Savannah. Although we’ve been sworn to secrecy, we can tell you it’s an impressive undertaking with exciting possibilities. While the future is full of promise for the SIAF, the Miles have to focus on the

present. The 2011 festival is days away, and they, with the help of a few volunteers, still have this year’s event to host. “We have about a dozen of the filmmakers who are coming to visit this year,” says Hal. “What’s happening in animation circles is that the word is spreading. That’s exciting for us because it means we did something right last year.” CS The Savannah International Animation Festival When: Feb. 4–5 Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 N. Fahm St. Info: www.savannahinternationalanimationfestival.com Cost: $15–20/day, $30/weekend pass Cartoons and Cookies at the SIAF When: Feb. 5, 9–10 a.m. Cost: Free


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For my money, Sofia Coppola’s 2003 Lost in Translation was such an unblinking masterpiece – one of the two or three best films of its entire decade – that it’s a shock to witness the near–worthlessness of Somewhere. In a general sense, both films are similar, focusing on a Hollywood superstar who combats his loneliness by spending time with a younger woman.

But whereas Lost in Translation managed to be both personal and universal at the same time, Somewhere feels like the desperate last act of a filmmaker who was at a loss for her next project and decided to simply film some navel–gazing ruminations that will mean little to anyone aside from herself. A typically somnambular Stephen Dorff is cast as Johnny Marco, an A–list actor who passes endless amounts of (screen) time driving his Ferrari in circles, watching strippers pole–dance in his hotel room and fielding idiotic questions from journalists on a film junket. One day, his 11–year–old daughter Cleo (one–note Elle Fanning) from his failed marriage turns up, and he attempts to get to know her; the pair end up spending endless amounts of (screen) time skating, playing Guitar Hero, and knocking back over a dozen Jagerbombs apiece. Oh, wait, scratch that last one –– that’s what my fiancee and I each had to do to make it through this endurance test passing itself off as a motion picture. Frankly, I’ve seen more “motion” in a taxidermy display.

127 HOURS Let’s be honest with one another. I’d be dead. You’d be dead. Almost everyone we’ve ever known would be dead. But not Aron Ralston. When this young man found himself trapped, as the saying goes (and as Ralston named his own memoir), between a rock and a hard place, he did the unthinkable. After five days of slowly withering away while his right arm remained lodged between a boulder and a rocky wall in a Utah canyon, he used a small, dull knife to cut off the arm so that he might continue to live. 127 Hours, based on Ralston’s book, is writer-director Danny Boyle’s mesmerizing account of those fateful five days in the outdoor enthusiast’s life. But while a stirring parable about the indomitability of

the human spirit, this story doesn’t quite lend itself to a cinematic rendition -- it just sounds too simple, too constricted. But Boyle and co-scripter Simon Beaufoy (the team behind Slumdog Millionaire) expand the picture in all sorts of marvelous ways. Visually, the film is always hopping with the same energy as its protagonist (played in a career-best performance by James Franco), relying on split-screen techniques and other lively tricks of the trade. And thematically, the picture doesn’t settle for the expected “man vs. nature” route, instead realizing that it isn’t nature that’s at fault but one man’s own near-fatal folly. By turns funny, frightening, inspiring and, yes, nauseating, 127 Hours turns cinema into an extreme sport, leaving us satisfactorily spent.

The Green Hornet Seth Rogen, superhero? It’s nearly impossible to wrap the mind around such an outlandish idea, almost on the same level as Sarah Palin as U.S. president or Ricky Gervais as the next recipient of the Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award. Yet it’s actually Rogen’s slovenly appearance and snarky asides that help transform The Green Hornet into not just another superhero movie. Having said that, this is still rough going in many respects. An update of the brief 1960s TV show starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee (and a long–running 1930s radio show before that), this finds Rogen (who also co–scripted) giving the Judd Apatow treatment to the role of Britt Reid, a wealthy party animal who, along with his ingenious employee Kato (Jay Chou), decides to protect the citizens of Los Angeles against criminal elements by donning a mask and becoming The Green Hornet. We’re not talking Dark Knight territory here: The plot doesn’t advance so much as lurch forward like an alcoholic making another trip to the bar, the villain of the film (played by Inglourious

Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz) is a cinematic zero, and the initially exciting action soon becomes redundant (especially during the endless climax). But the comic approach works more often than not, Rogen and Chou banter with ease, and some of the gadgets are indeed pretty cool.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED Last fall’s underrated Love & Other Drugs was a movie of two parts, with the pieces as segregated as oil and vinegar floating in the same dipping dish. The frank and realistic relationship between the characters played by Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal was given its own space to breathe and grow, and the more sophomoric aspects of the film (for example, the scenes involving Gyllenhaal’s boorish brother) could easily be trimmed from the mind like so much steak fat. But such a delicate operation isn’t possible with No Strings Attached, which spends its entire running time slathering its fine points with so many idiotic additives that the whole enterprise ends up spoiled. The script by Elizabeth Meriwether starts with a good idea for a thought–provoking movie for adults: An emotionally blocked woman, Emma (Natalie Portman), and a perpetually peppy nice guy, Adam (Ashton Kutcher), find themselves attracted to each other, but because she’s afraid of commitment, they agree to function only as “f@#$ buddies,” satisfying each other’s carnal urges whenever the need arises. No Strings Attached could have been fascinating had it made an honest attempt at exploring whether such a union could really work – think of it as a Last Tango in Paris for the Internet generation, with cell phones instead of butter as the story’s chief accessory. But instead of Brando and Bertolucci, we have Kutcher and Ivan Reitman (who stopped mattering as a director after his partnership with Bill Murray in the 1980s), and the result is the usual rom–com ditherings, with the familiar assortment of stock supporting charcontinues on p.30

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the central relationship of its credibility almost from the start. At least Portman’s natural thespian talent keeps her character watchable; that’s more than can be said about the limited Kutcher, though his presence certainly doesn’t undermine a movie as trivial as this one. There’s been chatter that No Strings Attached might be Portman’s Norbit, a reference to the fact that Eddie Murphy’s critically reviled comedy opened when he was the Oscar frontrunner for his supporting turn in Dreamgirls (Little Miss Sunshine’s Alan Arkin ended up taking home the award). I think this picture is too bland and forgettable to hurt Portman’s Black Swan Oscar campaign; at the same time,

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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, misinformation 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.

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


ing 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 ridiculous 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 McGraw’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 (TV’s Gossip Girl) with her breakout role, considering she makes the best impression of the four leads.

The King’s Speech Arriving on the scene like so much high–minded Oscar bait, The King’s Speech is anything but a stiff–upper–lip drama as constrained as a corseted queen. It is, however, perfect film fodder for discerning audiences starved for literate entertainment. Director Tom Hooper and particularly screenwriter David Seidler manage continues on p. 32

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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 open-

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to build a towering film from a historical footnote: the debilitating stammer that haunted Albert Frederick Arthur George (aka the Duke of York and then King George VI) since childhood and the efforts of speech therapist Lionel Logue to cure him of his affliction. The film is careful to paint in the historical details surrounding this character crisis – the support of George’s wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the abdication of his brother Edward (Guy Pearce), the buildup toward World War II (Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill; love it!), etc. – but its best scenes are the ones centering solely on the unorthodox teacher and his quick–tempered student.

True Grit It’s been well documented that the Coen Brothers’ take on True Grit isn’t a remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne his only Academy Award but rather a more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. That’s all well and good, but when it comes to making that Netflix rental selection, the choice will be between the two film versions. By that token, no one will lose out, as both pictures are of comparable value. Forced to choose, I’d actually go with the Duke’s at–bat, although Jeff Bridges is certainly more than capable in taking on the iconic role of boozy marshall Rooster Cogburn, hired by young Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to track down the desperado (Josh Brolin) who murdered her pappy. Sporting a sly sense of humor different than what was brandished in the ’69 model, this True Grit mines its colorful characters for off–kilter comedy, from talkative Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) to scraggly outlaw leader Ned Pepper (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.

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.

Black Swan Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a messy masterpiece. 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). 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


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For info, contact Tony Center at 912-2339696 or TonyCenter@comcast.net Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah http://www.chathamdems.net/

Non-violence program

Heads up Savannah PEACE NIKS: Just War and Non Violence curriculum. Free and open to the public at 6:30 at the UU Beloved Community 1001 E. Gwinnett. This 8-sesssion class will look at what makes war just and the history and practice of non-violence. Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. For info, contact uubc2@ aol.com

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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 912-598-7358 for additional info.

Benefits 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.

on a book about the historic establishment. Anyone with memories, memorabilia or anything else related to the hotel is asked to contact: hoteltybeebook@oceanplaza. com or call 912-786-7777.

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.

Third Thursdays on Tybee

Call for Submissions for Third Thursdays on Tybee 2011 now being accepted. series of free family-friendly public concerts every third Thursday will take place at either the Tybrisa / Strand Roundabout or the Lot at Tybee Oaks. Artists should have minimal tech requirements. Deadline for submissions: Feb. 16. Contact Chantel Morton at 912.786.4573, ext. 123 or Patricia Miller Wann at 912.398.0706 for info.

Race for Preservation

A 5K with proceeds benefiting the Historic Savannah Foundation. Starts and finishes at Forsyth Park. February 26, 8am. Registration: $30. Advance registration required. www.myHSF.org

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

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.

Classes, Camps & Workshops Coach Wayne teaches gymnastics in the Savannah Mall every Saturday. Introductory class is $1. www.coachwayne.com, or call 912-925-0800.

A culinary trolley tour that benefits the Kids Cafe program and Second Harvest. Feb. 27th, 4:00-7:30pm. $100/person. http://www.helpendhunger.org/home. cfm/page/Events.html

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

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. wesleyctrs-savh.org or active.com

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.

Wild Game Supper

A benefit for the Coastal Gardens and Bamboo Farm. Menu includes Fried quail, vension chili and more. $20/plate. Feb. 18 at 6:30pm. Call 912-921-5460 for more info or to reserve a spot. 2 Canebrake Rd.

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

Call for Entries 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

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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 www. cswp.armstrong.edu.

Conversational Spanish

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 cafecontigo@gmail.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. , Savannah

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Benefiting the Asher Mullis medical fund

February 5th-Noon to 3am FeAtured Acts: trainwrecks, Listen 2 three, Greg Williams, Mudd Butt, Kosmic Mojo, Low Folk rising, domino effect & More! If you cannot join us, please offer a prayer Phone: 912-233-1192• myspace.com/livewiremusichall twitter.com/livewiresav facebook.com/livewiremusichall

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10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 8, Lobby of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. dietitian teaches a cooking class and provides yummy samples for tasting. For those that attend, there will be instruction for chicken and rice soup, cornbread muffins and “Almost Better than Sex Cake.”

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: www.mediationsavannah.com 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 401-255-6921 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. 912-232-5987

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: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 34:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com

Human Trafficking Workshop

Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking (SWAHT) will host a free training on Feb. 18th, from 1:15-4:45 pm at the Hoskins Center of Memorial Health. The workshop will cover trafficking in the hospitality industry, domestic minor sex trafficking. To register, email Joanne. garciamelendez@zontasavannah.com no later than Feb. 15th

Identifying Non-profit Revenue Sources

A workshop to examine the potential revenue sources available to nonprofit organizations and how to manage each one. February 15, 1-4:00 p.m. at the United Way

Building, 428 Bull St. Advance registration is req’d. Fee is $90 for GCN members; $130 for non-members. Contact the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at 912-2349688 for more info or to register.

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). www.yogacoopsavannah. com 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. www.ossabawwritersretreat.org

Parents as Spiritual Guides

How do we nurture our children’s innate spirituality without strict dogma? The Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community offers Parents as Spiritual Guides, free and open to the public. This six-session class will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm at 1001 E. Gwinnett. Childcare can be provided with adv notice. For more info, contact 441-0328or uubc2@ aol.com.

Production Assistant Training Seminar

Learn important lessons about how to succeed as a production assistant for work on film crews with instructor Kenny Chaplin. Feb. 19, 8:45am-5:30pm. Armstrong Center, rm 126. 13040 Abercorn St. www.patrainingseminar.com

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 savannahlatina@yahoo.com or visit www. savannahlatina.com. 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 www.scad.edu/ce or call 912-525-5123.


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 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.thestarfishcafe.org/

Telfair Community Art Classes

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 www.telfair.org or call 912-7908823 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@ gmail.com or visit www.avegost.com

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://buccaneerregion.org/solo.html.

Chatham County Association for the Deaf

The CCAD is the only organization for hearing impaired persons in Savannah, GA and meets monthly. The organization promotes access for hearing impaired persons in the Low Country area and seeks to remove barriers for the handicapped. The group will meet next on February 19, 2011. For more information, email templ7090ga@ yahoo.com.

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 coastalminis. com. 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. www.TellingOurStoriesPress.com for more information

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. http://www. meetup.com/SavannahEnergyHealers/

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? It is the goal of this organization to attract a wide range of interested persons including, artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm. Email, Kathleen Thomas: exploretherevolution@gmail.com for more info.

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 9:15-11:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit www.mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www.fbcislands.com/

Natl Assoc. of Active and Retired Federal

Employees

(NARFE), Savannah Chapter 249, next meeting held at Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant, 11111 Abercorn St. Ext. at noon, Thurs., Feb. 10. Buffet, including drink and dessert, will be served at a cost of $13.25 per person (Tax and Tip included). Speaker will be a local pharmacist to discuss medications and Medicare Part D. For more info, contact John Thompson at 912-927-1767 or jttcit@ yahoo.com.

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing oldtime radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at beshiresjim@yahoo.com or visit www.otrr.org.

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 kasak@ comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix.org. Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit www. safekidssavannah.org or call 912-353-3148 for more info

Savannah Adventure Club

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email savannahadventureclub@gmail.com or visit www.savannahadventureclub.com

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 912-232-7731 for more info.

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit www. hdb.org and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. 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 http://www.stewart. army.mil/

Savannah Fencing Club

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 savannahfencing@aol.com.

Savannah Guardian Angels

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.SavannahGuardianAngels.com

Savannah Jaycees

Meeting and information session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or www.savannahjaycees. com 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. continues on p. 36

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

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Conservatory for the Performing Arts

3000 Bee Rd · Savannah GA · Questions: 912-352-8366 Quality Arts Instruction at Affordable Rates Piano - Guitar - Visual Arts - Vocal $25.00 Registration Fee · $60.00 ten weeks of lessons Classes begin January 18th, 2010 salvationarmy.org

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Second entrĂŠe must be equal or lesser value. Offer excludes filet mignon & lobster. Coupon not valid with any other offer. Dine-in only. Valid for parties of 6 or less. One coupon per couple. Expires 02/10/11. 17% gratuity added to entire check.

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Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out savannahphc.com for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at Wendyq1053@yahoo.com.

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

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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 http://groups.google.com/ group/savannah-wine-lovers.

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 meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-9208891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

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Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-925-3940 or email KellyBringman@gmail.com 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 www.southernwingz. com

Stitch-Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912238-0514

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.

The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. www.13thcolonypatriots.com or call 912-596-5267.

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email peacockguild@ googlegroups.com 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@yahoo.com 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, theremin@neidlinger.us.

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: vna.club.officelive.com

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at WoodvilleTompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-232-3549 or email chesteraellis@ comcast.net for more information.

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@gmail. com 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 http://www.ayoluwa.org/

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 savh_tango@yahoo.com. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. ,

Basic Ballroom Class

Join the Moon River Dancers and learn basic ballroom steps. February 5, 1pm. St. Frances Cabrini Church, 11500 Middleground Rd. The cost is $5, singles are welcome.

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 kleokatt@gmail. com or www.cairoonthecoast.com


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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@ gmail.com.

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 PrideofIrelandGA@gmail.com 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. fitnessbodybalance.com 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 www.fitnessbodybalance.com

Salsa Lessons

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

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The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@ cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

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.

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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. ,

Tribal Fusion Bellydance Class

Christa teaches a beginners tribal fusion bellydance class downtown Savannah on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm for $10. Contact her for full info at christa.rosenkranz@gmail.com or www.cairoonthecoast.com

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Events

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British Fort at Old Ebenezer

P.T. Ashlock discusses the fort and colonial Salzburger life at 2pm, Feb 6 at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum, 681 Fort Argyle Rd. Other Super Museum Sunday activities at the site from 1-5pm, include 1930s Depression Era art, a native reptile exhibit and more. Info: 912-748-8068. Free and open to the public.

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. www.critztybeerun.com

Dinner with General Oglethorpe

Share a quaint colonial dinner with General James E. Oglethorpe and the garrison of Fort King George. musket & cannon firing, as well as interaction between General Oglethorpe, the fort officers, soldiers, and dinner guests. Menu: Ham, Cornish Hen, Greens, Corn Pudding, Rum Cakes. Water, Tea, Coffee. $30/person. Darien, GA. 912437-4770 or www.gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge

February Sweetheart Dance

Romantic music, great fun, good food, and wonderful dancing. Black tie attire requested. Feb. 19th, 8:00 to 11:00pm at the Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. For USA Dance members, the cost is $10 single, $15 couples; and for non-members $15 single, $20 couples. For more information contact Jamie at 912-308-9222, or visit the website at www.usadancesavannah.org.

International Networking Week event

The Chamber of Commerce and Business Networking International co-host this event on Feb. 8, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 N. Fahm St. Advance tickets (prior to February 4) are $15, which includes a box lunch; after February 4 and assuming space is still available, the cost will be $25. Call 912-644-6434 or visit www. continues on p. 38

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“Kakuro”Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you can’t repeat any digits in a row orcolumn. See the row of three squares in the upper-right with a 14 to the left of it?That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 14, and theywon’t repeat any digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square rowin the upper-middle with an 8 to the left of it may or may not have digits in commonwith the 14-row to its right; they’re considered differentrows because there’s a black square between them. Down columnswork the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@

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Pep Rally Send-off

Pirate Preview Open House

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.fitnessbodybalance. com or 912-398-4776.

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@yahoo.com

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The Salt Island Sand Spurs won the chance to go play flag football in Dallas’ Texas Stadium, and will be coached by Jimmy Johnson, after submitting a video of their over-the-top end zone celebration. Help send the team of five off in style at a party Wed., Feb. 9 at Huc-A-Poo’s from 6pm until ? 1213 Hwy 80, Tybee Island. Open House on Saturday, Feb. 5, 8am2pm 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.

The Armstrong Center

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: www.sentientbean.com

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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 912660-7399 or email ConsistentIntegrity@ yahoo.com

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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. reelsavannah.org

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. www. theballetschoolsav.com

Belly Drills

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: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit www. cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3. com or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

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Crunch Lunch

30 minute Core and ABs concentration class. Offered 11:30am & 12:15pm Mon, Wed & Fri @ Fitness Body & Balance 2127 1/2 East Victory Dr. www.fitnessbodybalance.com 912-398-4776.

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, 7047650 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 http://www. savj.org/

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and precrawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www.savannahyoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www.savannahyoga. com/

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am-8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and SemiPrivate classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , http://savannahpilates.com/

Pregnancy 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 ann@aikyayoga. com.


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For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner. www. islandsomatherapy.com, 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 912819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

The Yoga Room

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

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 912-3509031.

Zumba

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@ chathamcounty.org

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or www.firstcitynetwork.org. 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

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. Savannah

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912288-7863 or email heather@savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www. firstcitynetwork.net/

Stand Out Youth

A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email info@standoutyouth.org or visit www.standoutyouth.org. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

What Makes A Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

Health Better Breathers of Savannah

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ARIES

March 21–April 19 Now and then, members of other astrological signs complain that I seem to favor you Aries above them. If that’s true, I’m certainly not aware of it. As far as I know, I love all the signs equally. I will say this, however: Due to the idiosyncrasies of my own personal horoscope, I have been working for years to get more skilled at expressing qualities that your tribe tends to excel at: being direct, acting fearless, knowing exactly what you want, cultivating a willingness to change, and leading by example. All these assets are especially needed by the people in your life right now.

TAURUS

April 20–May 20 I’ve found that even when people are successful in dealing with a long–term, intractable problem, they rarely zap it out of existence in one epic swoop. Generally they chip away at it, dismantling it little by little; they gradually break its hold with incremental bursts of unspectacular heroism. Judging from the astrological omens, though, I’d say that you Tauruses are ripe for a large surge of dismantling. An obstacle you’ve been hammering away at for months or even years may be primed to crumble dramatically.

GEMINI

May 21–June 20 My brother Tom and I used to be on a softball team in Santa Cruz. I played third base and he was the pitcher. For one game he showed up with a new glove that still had the price tag dangling. I asked him if he was going to snip it off. “Nope,” he said. “It’ll subtly distract the batters and give me an advantage.” That day he pitched one of his best games ever. His pitches seemed to have extra mojo that kept the hitters off–balance. Were they even aware they were being messed with? I don’t think so. In fact, my theory is that because Tom’s trick was so innocuous, no one on the opposing team registered the fact that it was affecting their concentration. I suggest you try a similar

strategy, Gemini

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CANCER

LIBRA

A famous atheist named Edwin Kagin has incorporated performance art into his crusade against religious believers. Wielding a hairdryer, he “de–baptizes” ex–church–goers who want to reverse the effects of the baptism they experienced as children. The stream of hot air that Kagin blows against their foreheads is meant to exorcise the holy water daubed there way back when. Could you benefit from a similar ritual, Cancerian? If you have any inclinations to free yourself from early imprints, religious or otherwise, you’re in a favorable phase to do so.

When was the last time you created a masterpiece, Libra? I’m not necessarily talking about a work of art; it might have been an exquisite dinner you prepared for people you love . . . or a temporary alliance you forged that allowed you to accomplish the impossible . . . or a scary–fun adventure you risked that turned you into a riper human being with a more authoritative standing. Whether your last tour de force happened seven weeks ago or seven months ago, my sense is that you’re due for another one. The cosmic rhythms are conspiring to make you act like an artful genius.

June 21–July 22

LEO

July 23–Aug. 22 In an old Star Trek episode, a woman visits the starship’s medical facility seeking chemicals she needs to start a hydroponic garden. The chief doctor, who has a high sense of self–worth and a gruff bedside manner, scowls at her. Why is she bothering him with such a trivial request? “Now I know how Hippocrates felt,” he complains, “when the King needed him to trim a hangnail.” (Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is referred to as the “Father of Medicine” because of his seminal influence on the healing professions.) I suspect that sometime soon, Leo, you will be in a position similar to the ship’s doctor. Unlike him, however, you should carry out the assignment with consummate grace. It’ll pay off for you in the long run –– probably in ways you can’t imagine right now.

VIRGO

Aug. 23–Sept. 22 In Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem,” he sings “There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” From what I can tell, Virgo, the week ahead will be one of the best times all year for welcoming the light that comes through the cracks. In fact, I urge you to consider widening the cracks a little –– maybe even splitting open a few new cracks –– so that the wildly healing light can pour

Sept. 23–Oct. 22

SCORPIO

Oct. 23–Nov. 21 Why is everything so eerily quiescent right now? Should you be worried? Has the momentum been sucked out of your life? Have you lost your way? Personally, I think you’re doing better than you realize. The dormancy is a temporary illusion. To help give you the perspective you need, I offer you this haiku–like poem by Imma von Bodmershof, translated by Petra Engelbert: “The great river is silent / only sometimes it sounds quietly / deep under the ice.”

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22–Dec. 21

I saw ex–Poet Laureate Robert Hass read and discuss his poem “Etymology.” He said that while many of the fluids of the human body are named with English words, at least one isn’t: the moisture of a woman who is sexually aroused. The Anglo–Saxons did have a word for it, he noted: silm, which also referred to the look of moonlight on the water. “Poor language,” Hass concluded, bemoaning a vocabulary that ignores such an important part of human experience. Your assignment, Sagittarius, is to correct for any problems caused by poor language in your own sphere. If you’ve been lazy about articulating your meaning or needs, then please activate your deeper intelligence. If there’s a situation in your life that’s suffering from

a sloppy use of words, reframe its contours with crisper speech.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19

Stand–up comedian Arj Barker says that when he writes each of his jokes, he’s thinking that all he needs to do is make it funny enough to get at least three people in the audience to laugh at it. More than three is gravy, and he hopes he does get more. But if he can just get those three, he believes, he will always get a lot of work in his chosen profession. Capricorn, I urge you to adopt a similar approach. To be successful in the coming days, you don’t need an approval rating of 80 percent.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20–Feb. 18 The renegade spiritual sect known as the Church of the Subgenius values one treasure above all others: not salvation, not enlightenment, not holiness, but rather Slack. And what is Slack? It is a state of being in which everything flows smoothly –– a frame of mind so unfettered and at ease that the entire universe just naturally cooperates with you. When you’ve got abundant reserves of Slack, you don’t strain and struggle to make desired events unfold, and you don’t crave things you don’t really need. You’re surrendered to the greater intelligence that guides your life, and it provides you with a knack for attracting only what’s truly satisfying. Happy Slack Week, Aquarius!

PISCES

Feb. 19–March 20 “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense,” said writer Gertrude Stein many decades ago. Isn’t that about a thousand times truer in 2011? It takes rigorous concentration not to be inundated with data. But that’s your assignment, Pisces. It’s crucial for you to be a beacon of common sense in the coming days. To meet your dates with destiny, you will have to be uncluttered, well–grounded, and in close touch with your body’s intuition. If that requires you to cut back on the volume of information you take in, so be it.

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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 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 843-6838750 or e-mail Birththroughlove@yahoo. com. Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.themidwifegroup.com/

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, tiffany@savannahdoula.com.

Kidney Disease

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

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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

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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: www.ellenfarrell.com or 912-247-4263

Memorial Health blood pressure check

Free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 350-7587. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http:// www.memorialhealth.com/

Planned Parenthood Hotline

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

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 www.unitegeorgia.com.

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 www.TheDolphinProject.org.or e-mail gadolphin@comcast. net.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-7865917 or visit www.tybeemarinescience.org. Tybee Island

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, www.oatlandisland.org. 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 www.wildernesssoutheast.org.

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 lesleycastle@gmail.com 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, www.athomepetsitters. net.

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Award-winning author and illustrator, Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, will be signing her latest picture book at two local book stores. WILL YOU BE MINE? A Nursery Rhyme Romance for ages 2-6. BOOKSA-MILLION, Saturday, Feb. 5, 1-3pm, and E.SHAVERS BOOK STORE, Saturday Feb. 12, 1-3pm. To learn more about Tildes books: www.charlesbridge.com

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. savannahbookfestival.org

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, Savannah http://www.liveoakpl.org/

Religious & Spiritual 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 898-3477. Savannah

DrUUming Circle

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 uusavannah.org. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

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. overcomingbyfaith.org, 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, 1-877-494-8629, www.freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yahoo.com. Savannah

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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 www. wbumc.org. 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. trinitychurch1848.org/

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Soto Zen Meditation: Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with study group following 6:30-7:30pm; Sundays 8am-9:30am which includes Dharmatalk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach cindy@ alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: savannahzencenter.com 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 UUBC2@aol.com. Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

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

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

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.

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, www.unityofsavannah.org or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd.

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Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah http://www.wesleyctrs-savh. org/

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. facebook.com/savannahbikepolo 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. www.series7pokerleague.com 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 http://al_anon_savannah.freeservers.com. Savannah

Al-Anon

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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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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Bleeding Disorders Support Group

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

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

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 www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

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 emptycradle_savannah@hotmail.com. 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. 1-800-33-HAVEN.

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, 6298888. 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 912-234-4048 or www. parkplaceyes.org

Fibromyalgia support group

meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

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 1-800-264-7154.

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 http://www.memorialhealth.com/

Grief Support Group

Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 450 Mall Blvd. Seven-week support groups for children and adults are offered by the bereavement counselors at no charge as a complementary service of Hospice Savannah. For information call 912.303.9442 or visit www.HospiceSavannahHelps.org. Savannah

Heartbeats for Life

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: jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org

Hope House

Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, follow-up 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

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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, 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah http://www. memorialhealth.com/

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma Support Group

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 10, Summit Cancer Care office, Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial. Support group is for individuals with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845.

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. 2349999. 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.memorialhealth.com/

Multiple Sclerosis support group

discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 355-1523. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

Narcotics Anonymous

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Tuesdays: 6:308pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:30-3:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit www.oa.org 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.memorialhealth.com/

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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.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Auditorium. Call 355-6347 or 238-4666. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah http://www. sjchs.org/

PRIDE Support Group

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 http://www.memorialhealth.com/

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 http://www.memorialhealth.com/

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

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Teens nurturing teens

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.

Tourettes Community of Savannah (TiCS)

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

Troup Square Al-Anon Family Group

A support group for friends and family of alcoholics, with special attention to issues of adult children of alcoholics. 495-9758 or www.al-anon.alateen.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

Wheeze busters

is an asthma support group for children that meets in the Rainbow Room at The Children’s Place at Candler Hospital. Call 921-3368. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

Women who love too much

meets Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Call Maureen Wozniak at 355-4987.

Theatre Auditions: The Vagina Monologues

Women of all ages and races are encouraged to audition for the acclaimed play, “The Vagina Monologues.” Auditions will be held on the Univ. of South Carolina Hilton Head Gateway campus in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room: Feb. 3, 5-7 pm & Feb. 4, 6-9 pm. Callbacks will be Feb. 8, 5-7 pm. To reserve an audition time, e-mail audition coordinator Erin Dyer at: TVMauditions@gmail.com.

Volunteers America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers

To help with various tasks around food bank and warehouse. Apply as soon as possible. 912-236-6750 ext 109. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 E. President St , Savannah http://www. helpendhunger.org/

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Davenport House volunteer docent/tour guide training is offered in February. This is a four week training program. The date and time will be determined by participants. Docents lead tours and assist with programming for people from around the world who visit the historic house. Call Dottie Kraft at 236-8097 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email at info@davenporthousemuseum.org

First Steps

Become a volunteer with First Steps and provide support, education and community resources to help parents of newborns establish healthy and positive relationships with their babies. Call 819-6910. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. , Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

Good Samaratin Clinic

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The Good Samaritan Clinic serves people without insurance and whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. To volunteer call Greta Tholstrup at 429-1502.

Help Feed the Hungry

Savannah Hosea Feed the Hungry is in need of regular volunteers to maintain the food and clothing rooms. One or two regular volunteers are needed as a telephone clerk/receptionist. We also need several strong arms with vans or trucks to load, deliver, and unload boxes of produce 3x a week. Daytime hours. Visit 141 Telfair Rd. or Call 912-232-3085.

Literacy volunteers needed

Project READ, an adult literacy program, is in need of volunteer tutors who can commit to 2 or 4 hours each week. Call Jodi at Royce Learning Center at 354-4047. Royce Learning Center, 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd , Savannah http://www.roycelearningcenter.com/

Live Oak Regional Public Libraries

needs volunteers to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Call 652-3661. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St , Savannah http://www.liveoakpl.org/

Oatland Island Education Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call 898-3980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah http://www.oatlandisland.org/

Rape Crisis Center

Volunteer training March 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 (6pm-9pm) and March 5 (8:30am-4pm). Help victims of sexual assault in your community. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, submit to a criminal background check, fill out an application, interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and complete volunteer training. For more information, call 912-233-3000 or send an e-mail to volunteers@rccsav.org.

Rebuilding Together Savannah

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1BR Apt, furnished kitchen, w/AC wall heat unit, fenced yard $375/month. 355-7886/667-7347 •3BR/1BA HOUSE brick, newly renovated, on 3 lots $700/month. •3BR/1BA, brick $700/month. •1BR/1BA $450/month. •LOTS for sale, 40x100, 41st Street, best offer. 912-224-4167

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1408-1/2 E.38th, lower 2BR, eat-in kitchen, ceiling fan, window AC $750/month, $700/deposit. We pay all utilities. Serious inquiries only. 234-6150. 2130 ADAMS AVENUE: 3BR/1BA, LR, den, kitchen/dining combo, washroom. $800/month, $800/deposit. Section 8 accepted. Call 912-658-1627

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•806 ALLEN AVE 2BR House, $500/mo +security •1021 WEST 41ST3BR, 1BA, livingroom, dining room, kitchen, $700+ security •1922 E.56TH ST-3BR, LR, DR, kitchen, central AC, total electric $700/mo + security. •2009 ATLANTIC AVE-7 room house, 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, kitchen, den, gas heat $600 +security. LANDLORDS: If you are in need of a good Property Manager, CALL US. Managing property is what we do best! Call Lester 912-234-5650 or 912-313-8261 8 WEST 54TH STREET 2BR, 1BA, central heat/air, washer/dryer connection, all electric. No pets. $650/month, $650/deposit. No Section 8. 912-844-0752 •Caroline Drive- 2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen, $650/month •Duane Court- 2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen, $650/month •Bee Road: 2BR/1BA, kitchen furnished $595. 912-897-6789 or 344-4164

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EXECUTIVE HOME! Over 3700 sqft, 4BR/3.5BA & huge bonus. Full brick, hardwoods, Corian & master down. $2500/mth Neighborhood Realty (912)920-3338 Rebecca Holcome (912)412-6800

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NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/1BA. No pets. Largo/Tibet area. $595 Rent, $350 Deposit. Call 912-704-3662 or 912-656-7842

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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.

ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995.

SECTION-8 OK! 3BR/1BA house for rent:Newly remodeled 2005, w/cultured marble tub & marble surround wall.Hardwood floors, livingroom, dining-room,familyroom.Close to SCAD’s Montgomery Hall & Gulfstream Center. 912-308-1441

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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.

NISSAN Pathfinder SE, 1999.5/2000(SUV)140K mi.Silver. Great mechanical condition. Good tire tread, new brake job, very clean interior, security system. $4,900. Call Byron 404-579-6332.

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

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THREE BEDROOM 1 Snowy Egret Ct $1250 510 Red Oak Dr. $895 15 Wilshire Blvd. $875 1906 E.58th St. $750 TWO BEDROOM HOUSES 814 Crossgate Rd. $795 6 Seneca St. $750 APARTMENTS 303 Gallery Way $1100 527 E.38th St. $725 2 Bedrooms 1102 E. 33rd St. $795 1236 E. 38th St. $675 733-1/2 E.53rd St. $650 5608-B Jasmine Ave $650 One Bedroom 740 E.45th St. #1 $725 Duplexes 2128 Clars Ave $495 1126 E.53rd St. $495 1320 E.54th St. $550 1203 E.54th St. $550 1234-A E.55th St. $550 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, $500 deposit/$500 rent. Military Specials - Call 927-4383 for more information

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

OFF LAROCHE: Upper, lovely brick 2BR, kitchen furnished, washer/dryer connection, CH&A, all electric $550. No pets 912-355-6077

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ONE & TWO Bedroom Apartments for rent. 656 East 36th, 702 E. Henry St. & 1201 E.Park Ave. Call 912-224-1876 or 232-3355. after 3:00pm

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1104 E.31st Street: 3BR/1BA $600. 2027 E. 36th Street 3BR/1BA $650. 913 Carver 3BR/1BA $675. 1840 Northgate 3BR/1BA + den $800 930 Seiler: 3BR/2BA $800 Several Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

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32 GOEBEL Avenue: 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath garage apt. $750/month. VERY NICE 3BR/2BA mobile home single, on 1/2 acre. CH&A, new carpet, paint, etc. Available Feb.1st. $600/month, $600/deposit. 912-748-6504

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410 Delores Ave. 4BR/1BA $850/mo. 301 Forrest Ave. 3BR/2BA $750/mo. 1319 E. 56th St. 2BR/1BA $650/mo.

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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

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ROOMMATES WANTED West Savannah: Very Clean, newly remodeled w/central heat/air, stove,refrigerator,cable, washer/dryer, WiFi. On busline. $125/week or $500/month. Call 912-272-6919 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

FEMALE ROOMMATE to share 2BR home. Laundry, cable, internet access, washer/dryer, kitchen. No smoking. $100/week+deposit. Call 912-349-2320 after 5pm. ROOMMATE WANTED: 130 Alpine Drive. $480/mo., $250/deposit or $150/week Near Hunter AAF. share 1/2 electric. Available Now. 912-272-8020 transportation 900

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Rooming house on 38th & Drayton. Furnished apts., utilities included $150/week. Rooms $80/week. Call 234-9779

CADILLAC Seville SLS, 1997- Loaded, low miles, leather, runs super. Blue Book $5,000, asking $3650. 912-441-2150

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

Dodge Caliber, 2007 DODGE Caliber, 2007- Black, gray/red cloth interior,AM/ FM, CD, automatic, A/C elec. doors/windows. New trans. per warranty, 62000 miles. City/23-Hiway/26, excellent condition $9,800.00 (912)598-7744

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Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. FORD 4WD, 1992- new AC, new brakes, all bearings replaced. Also: toolbox & camper. Call 912-704-9944 FORD Explorer, 2003 Multi-purpose, gold. BMW 325CI Convertible, 2001 Call 912-925-8044

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

HONDA Civic, 1998- 5-speed, AC, power windows, low miles. Blue Book $4000, asking $2950. 912-441-2150

•Wilmington Island Duplex: 2BR/1BA Livingroom/dining combo, kitchen, laundry. $750/month 912-897-6789 or 344-4164

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.

ISUZU Rodeo, 1997- Automatic, clean, low miles, AC, runs super $2950 OBO. 912-441-2150

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NISSAN Maxima, 1997- 6cyl. V6, cold AC, PW, PL, new tires, new brakes, alarm. $1000 in repairs. $3,500. Call 912-441-2193

Toyota Corolla LE, 2001 4-DR w/AC, 115,000 miles, good running condition, AM/FM radio. $3,500.00 (912)484-8283

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

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