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Film: Fresh

What: A documentary in the vein of

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What: Barry Schwartz studies the links

between economics and psychology. He discusses why having more options makes people less happy. When: Thu. Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Arnold Hall Auditorium, 1810 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.scad.edu/

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Lecture: The Paradox of Choice

Theater: African Medea

What: The SSU Players by the Sea

present this adaptation of the Greek drama by Euripides. When: Thu. Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Fri. Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Sat. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Where: SSU Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium, 3219 College St. Cost: Free Info: savannahblackheritagefestival.com/

Theater: Guys and Dolls

What: Savannah Country Day School presents

its production of Frank Loesser’s classic.

When: Thu. Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Fri. Feb. 11, 7 p.m.,

Sat. Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Jelks Auditorium, 824 Stillwood Dr. Cost: $15/adults, $10/students (cash/check)

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Film: A Small Act

What: A documentary about a man

who attended Harvard and took a job with the UN, despite growing up in a poor African village, and his quest to find the Swedish woman who sponsored him as a child. When: Fri. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Where: AASU Student Union Theater, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.armstrong.edu/

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SSU Community Appreciation Night

What: Kyle Coleman of Columbia Museum of Art discusses African American artist. When: Thu. Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Jepson Center - Neises Auditorium, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: savannahblackheritagefestival.com/

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What: The final concert in the chamber music

series features violinist Robbi Kenney and serenades from Rachmaninoff to Cole Porter. When: Thu. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway Cost: $10 Info: www.savannahphilharmonic.org/

Dance: La Traversee

What: Vincent Brosseau blends modern dance

and theater for this tale about American immigrants in the early 20th century. When: Thu. Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Fri. Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Sat. Feb. 12, 8 p.m., Sun. Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: $10/general admission, $5/discounted Info: 912-525-5050. www.lucastheatre.com/

Lecture: The Dragon’s Gift, China in Africa What: Dr. Deborah Brautigam discusses

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and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Savannah Children’s Choir, who perform at each venue. When: Fri. Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: SavFADA member galleries, downtown

Theater: Situations

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presents an original adaption of Shakespeare’s sonnets that explores the trials and tribulations of Savannah’s youth. When: Fri. Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Sat. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $20 Info: www.awolinc.org/

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wHat: vocalist danny cohen performs

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primary art supply 15th anniversary wHat: celebrate broughton st. land-

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Film: He walked By night (us, 1948)

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As we’ve seen with the ongoing controversy over who will be the next city manager, the confluence of race and politics is no longer the taboo subject in Savannah that it once was. But one taboo remains. If you want to get into a loud argument in this town — I mean bordering on a screaming match if you want one — just go up to a crowd of people and say something like this: “I don’t think it’s a good investment for citizens to pay to deepen the Savannah River again. There are just too many risks involved. The Georgia Ports Authority will just have to make do with what they’ve got, like everyone else nowadays.” After the crowd lifts their dropped jaws and their eyes return to normal size, the verbal assault will begin: “So you want to lose 10,000 jobs?” “You want Charleston (or Jacksonville, or New York, or fill in the blank) to get those jobs instead?” “Without the port Savannah will DIE!!” “What are you, some kind of communist?” As with any discussion with fundamentalists of any stripe, there’s little room for a nuanced response, such as “the entire port won’t close down if we don’t deepen the river,” or “Savannah has a diversified economy in addition to the port,” or “why are you guys against all taxes except the ones that fund harbor deepening?” In her somewhat tongue-in-cheek letter below, Katharine Otto points out the most

egregious issues involving deepening the river to 48 feet: More riverbank erosion due to increased volume of water; further devastation of the environment, including salinization of our drinking supply; possible toxic waste in the dredge material slated for Tybee Island “renourishment”; and the effect of aggressively pro-import policies on an already disastrous U.S. trade deficit, to name a few. (Did you know the Corps of Engineers, as part of “maintenance dredging”, already makes the river about 48 feet deep to account for silt buildup? Don’t hear much about that, do you?) While we now have extensive Corps research examining these and other issues — this from the same organization responsible for the dreaded “tidal gate,” the botched legacy of a previous deepening — it seems no one is pointing out the real emperor-has-no-clothes aspect of harbor deepening: If cargo vessels are getting larger and larger, as deepening advocates constantly warn us, won’t they eventually get too big for a port that’s over 20 miles upriver from the ocean? And if so, won’t we have wasted all that taxpayer money, eroded more of downtown’s riverbank, and possibly poisoned our water supply basically for nothing?

This ain’t rocket science. When you think of a “port,” is the first thing you imagine a facility that’s over 20 miles from the ocean up a winding river with a wide tidal fluctuation? Is it really “communist” to point that out? Or just very, very basic common sense? As for this silly competition between cities, how about we just say, “You know what? If Charleston wants to destroy their environment in exchange for bringing in more cheap Chinese imports, maybe that will be Savannah’s competitive advantage in the future.” I once naively thought that a silver lining of the rise of the Tea Party is that huge taxpayerfunded projects like the Savannah River harbor deepening might get a skeptical look. But new governor Nathan Deal has promised that not only will federal tax dollars go to deepen the river, your state tax dollars will too. Needless to say, Savannah area congressmen Jack Kingston and John Barrow fully support your financial support of the project! Think about it: The Savannah River was about 18 feet deep when Gen. James Oglethorpe first visited its shores. We are now proposing to make it at least 30 feet deeper. When does it end? The Savannah River is already expanded to its limits, both in depth (the Floridan Aquifer, our water supply, is right under the channel) and width (talk to non-GPA industries on the river about how they’ve been impacted by riverbank erosion). Logic and physics dictate that there must eventually be an end to harbor deepening. Whether a good or a bad end is up to us. Isn’t it also logical that we be allowed to at least discuss it? cs

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Editor, Rah, rah, deepen the Savannah harbor at taxpayer expense and bye–bye Savannah City Hall, as the river bank caves in. We didn’t need that government anyway. Good riddance. Sink or swim. If we lost Bay Street, too, the trucks will have a hard time leaving Savannah with all that cheap plastic junk made by slave labor in China. Trucks full of chickens, wood and cotton intended for export would have a harder time getting to the port, too, so that’s a plus to sinking Bay Street. Let the Chinese

raise their own chickens. A more serious concern with the deepening of the Savannah River is the danger of penetrating the Floridan Aquifer and the freshwater supply for all southeast Georgia. That way, taxpayers can pay to leak toxic Savnanah River waste into the freshwater supply and poison the entire food belt in south Georgia and north Florida. There would be no chickens, wood, or cotton to export. That would make it harder to buy plastic junk and packaging imports. A benefit is this would reduce the trade deficit and the stress on landfills. The toxic waste, heavy metals,

and chemicals at the bottom of the Savannah River – which they plan to dump on Tybee beach – will stir up sludge best left alone, sending it swirling miles out to sea. Thus we could kill ocean life, the commercial fishing and shrimping industry, and the tourism industry on Tybee with the same toxic belch. This would effectively destroy all the things that make people want to live and visit here, in order to accommodate warships from China. Who’s to say it won’t be warships by then, the way the U.S. is behaving? This taxpayer prefers not to take that chance.

Let Charleston have those Chinese warships, the Trojan horse of the international bankers. The good news is that if we destroy downtown Savannah, Tybee, and the food–producing capacity of south Georgia, there will be nothing left to loot once the Chinese troops arrive. We may even be able to poison them with radioactive leakage from the two nuclear power plants upriver from Savannah that taxpayers and Georgia Power ratepayers are already paying anticipated debt for. Katherine C. Otto


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The mayor & my mom The mayor and a majority on council have given appearance of discrimination against the most qualified candidate for city manager because he’s white. They find themselves in the company of politicians of olden days, who suppressed rights of black citizens, and the judicial system of a northern state, where my 102–year–old mother resides. It seems the mayor and council let the consultant know they favor one candidate partly because of race, and hoped the consultant would help stack the deck. Out of the four finalists, one was fired from his position; another forced to retire. Denied a bond for a million dollars required for our city manager, the mayor’s favorite refuses to reveal the reason why because it’s “personal”, yet the bond is essential to manage a budget of $220 million. Although four aldermen reached consensus that Pat DiGiovanni, Deputy City Manager for San Antonio, Texas, was the most qualified because of his long experience as city manager in South Carolina and Kalamazoo, Michigan, the mayor and council narrowed the choice to our assistant manager and the gentleman from Albany. Tacitly admitting the decision was in good part based on race, the mayor said, “It’s is our turn now”, no matter he is duty bound to hold a legitimate search for the best city manager regard-

less of race. Up north where my 102–year–old mother lives, folks who lost their moral codes undertook her exploitation. I was displaced as Mom’s health agent; loving caretakers were fired for reporting mistreatment; and every element of an orderly household was destroyed by chaos and threats. The courts refused to protect Mom with applicable law in order to protect those with power and influence who were involved. What happened in Savannah and up north was violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, specifying government may not “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”. Pat DiGiovanni has the right not to be treated unfairly without reference to race in the selection of city manager, as my mother has the right to be protected by law no matter other’s interests that she not be. Investors and new businesses want to know Savannah’s well managed, not the color of the manager. Investors up North won’t be comfortable with any state where the rule of law is withdrawn with such ease. If cities and states are to flourish, the weak and strong, white and black, young and vulnerable must be treated equally under the law. cs To comment email us at letters@connectsavannah.com

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politics It prompted heated debate; viewed by some as a necessary step toward reducing illegal immigration and by others as a legislative endorsement of racial profiling. This year it could be Georgia’s turn in the spotlight. Two weeks ago, Rep. Matt Ramsey introduced HB 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011,” which is working its way through committee level discussions before being sent for a vote. Currently, the bill contains very similar language to the most volatile aspects of Arizona’s law. Although changes are likely to be made during the process, there are concerns being raised by an array of organizations in the state about the impacts the legislation could have.

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Effect on the economy

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Last spring, the state of Arizona took center stage in the national debate on immigration reform, a drama that culminated with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signing SB 1070 into law last April.

The issue of immigration is often framed by economic arguments: the theft of jobs, decreasing wages, drained public coffers. Those are the costs of illegal immigration, according to supporters of reform. “Though long ignored by Washington, Georgia literally cannot afford to ignore the economic burden created by our unsecure borders,” said Ramsey in the press release announcing the new legislation. We contacted Ramsey for additional comment, but he could not be reached. Aspects of HB 87 could have a profound affect on Georgia businesses. If the bill were to pass today, any business in the state with more than

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“We have a few concerns,” says Lamar Norton, The Georgia Municipal Association’s Director of Governmental Affairs in a statement issued after the HB 87 was announced. Those concerns include “unnecessary mandates,” and a “potential litigation nightmare.” The legislation would allow any state resident over the age of 21 to sue any agency, organization or individual for perceived failure to comply with the law’s mandates. Cases would be filed in Superior Court and penalties awarded would be turned over to law enforcement within the court’s jurisdiction to fund additional training. The law enforcement community has some reservations about the legislation in its current form as well. In 2008, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) released a white paper on their position on immigration issues after holding a forum with community and business leaders. Their decision was that “each individual community has to decide how they want to enforce immigration statutes,” explains Frank V. Rotondo, Executive Director of the GACP. Although Rotondo acknowledged the stance might sound “wishy washy,” there is a rationale behind it. Because undocumented populations vary widely across the state, local law enforcement requires some ability to deal with situations on a case-by-case basis. The concern is that if law enforcement is viewed as an adversary rather than an ally, crimes will go unreported or witnesses will refuse to come forward with information. HB 87 contains some language that exempts witnesses of crimes from investigation of immigration status, but that is unlikely to correct the issue. “It’s a nice statement to make,” says Rotondo, “but I don’t know how effective it is in the real world.” Rotondo said he has submitted comments and suggestions, at Ramsey’s request, to correct some of the potential issues for law enforcement agencies.

The Hispanic community

“It’s structured in a way where police officers will be able to find probable cause based on their perceptions and cognitive stereotypes,” says Melody Rodriguez, who heads the Hispanic Outreach and Leadership program at

If the bill were to pass today, any business in the state with more than five employees would have to show proof that they were using the federal e–Verify system to ensure all employees are legally in the country. Failure to adopt the system would render them unable to renew their business license the following year. Armstrong Atlantic State University. “This is a great opportunity for racial profiling.” For Rodriguez and the students she works with, the legislation could mean false imprisonment if they don’t happen to have identification on hand. Officers “shall have the power to arrest, with probable cause, any person suspected of being an illegal alien,” and can take “a suspected illegal alien to a federal facility in this state or to any other temporary point of detention,” states HB 87. If officers were to mistakenly arrest and detain a legal citizen, there would be no legal recourse because the law provides officers with “immunity from damages or liability.” According to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center, 32 percent of Hispanics in the country said they or someone they know has been discriminated against because of their ethnicity. And that was in 2009, before Arizona’s SB 1070. Ramsey’s announcement doesn’t shy away from blaming undocumented workers for the state’s most pressing issues: “We continue to see huge reductions to every segment of our state budget, meaning state services are stretched thinner than ever before. School classrooms are more crowded, our healthcare system is at its limits, transportation infrastructure is overburdened and our law enforcement community

is working feverishly to do more work with fewer resources. It would be patently irresponsible not to address the issues posed by Georgia’s estimated 400,000– plus illegal aliens.” Rodriguez would like to see state legislators taking proactive steps to improve the business climate in the state rather than imposing draconian measures as a part of a blame game for the state’s economic woes. “These folks should be building jobs in Georgia and taking care of our economy by attracting businesses and foreign investors to Georgia to do some great things,” Rodriguez says. “This law does the complete opposite. It makes us look ridiculous and unprepared in a globalized economy.”

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The issue of immigration has been simmering in Georgia for several years, and this isn’t the first piece of reform legislation pondered by the General Assembly. In 2007, former Governor Sonny Perdue signed SB 529 into law, known as the “Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act.” That law required all public employers to participate in the federal work authorization program (e–Verify), and created a new code section (42–4–14) that required jails to determine the nationality of anyone jailed for a felony, DUI or driving without a license. Additionally, there’s a federal statute, known as 287(g) that gives state and local officers the authority, under an agreement with the federal government, to enforce federal immigration law. The Cobb County Sheriff ’s Office has had a 287(g) agreement in place since 2007, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff has had it in place since 2009. Because existing laws would seem to provide sufficient authority to enforce immigration laws without potentially harassing law-abiding citizens, the extra measures in HB 87 seem unnecessary and hypocritical to Rodriguez. “They have the capacity in this state to call immigration and raid every single poultry plant and every single farm in Georgia,” she says. “Why don’t they do that? Because there are folks that pay for their campaigns that own farms that employ undocumented labor.” cs to comment email us at letters@connectsavannah.com

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Community like I was enjoying history. I told a professor my dilemma: That it would be an easier and shorter course to get my masters by going the business route, but I really enjoyed the history. But it would take me three times as long because I’d then have to qualify for an undergraduate in history before I even started on the masters. He said he thought it was important to do what you really enjoy doing. Even though it will take you a much longer route, the chances of eventually getting the masters would be much greater in something you enjoy as opposed to something you don’t enjoy.

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That’s great advice.

Without further ado, here’s our chat with the man who’ll always be top Dawg.

Vince Dooley: Yeah! It was great advice. It ended up taking me five years of taking courses and about a year and a half to do my masters thesis, which really almost turned into a doctorate because I got so involved in that. It was on a political figure in Alabama named Tom Heflin, who was a colorful character. They called him Cotton Tom, and he was probably the greatest orator outside of William Jennings Bryan at the time. With every course there was always a paper involved. What I enjoyed writing about most was elections, so I did most of my work on Southern demagogues. Huey Long, for example, or “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman. In between, I got one degree with the name of one school, and by the time I got the degree they’d already changed the name. My first degree was from Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Then they changed it to Auburn University. So I’ve got a degree from each one! I don’t go as far back as when they called it East Alabama Male College. I’d hate to have a degree from there. I’d be 200 years old, maybe (laughs).

Not a lot of people know you have a masters degree in history from Auburn. How did that come about?

It seems like it would be so much more difficult for a head coach to find time to do that today, as grueling as it’s become.

Vince Dooley: I actually finished my undergraduate work in business and went in the Marine Corps. I came back and wanted to take advantage of the GI Bill. So I thought I would get a minor in history and then proceed to get my masters in economics. I took the history courses and I really enjoyed it. It was part time — it had to be because I had a full time job coaching. When I got finished with the history courses, I started to take the economics courses. And I found out that I was making myself study at night, which means I wasn’t really enjoying it

Vince Dooley: The difference is we finished our recruiting in December. It was 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, but we had some down time as opposed to now. Also, in the spring the demands weren’t as much as now. I could study at night during spring practice and also be recruiting in the spring. I couldn’t do any of it during the season. I’d take classes in winter and spring, and take a doubled–up summer course before football practice. Once we started football I couldn’t do it.

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Two words: Vince Dooley. He needs no introduction. But here’s something you may not know about the legend that sets him apart from many sports figures: He’s a bona fide scholar. Dooley’s abiding love of history and politics, in fact, is almost a parallel, shadow career alongside his iconic status as former University of Georgia football coach and athletic director. It’s a passion that very nearly persuaded him to run for U.S. Senate in 1986 against Mack Mattingly. A longtime Georgia Historical Society board member, Dooley will be inducted into the Society as a Trustee at this Saturday’s gala, along with former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. His love of football has been passed down to son Derek, now head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

When I would take off and go recruit, I’d find some time to maybe go to the University of Alabama library, where the Heflin papers were. As an assistant coach I was able to find time to squeeze it in, as opposed to a head coach. You nearly ran for Senate in 1986. Any regrets at all about not taking that path? Vince Dooley: I went into it wondering if I could be of service, and I was totally convinced I could, and still do. But I think you’ve got to be totally passionate about what you do. I was passionate about coaching, about being an administrator, about being in athletics. I had this desire in my mind, but it was not in my gut or in my heart as it should have been to devote myself to doing that. Because of that, I think I made the right decision. It’s sort of like the decision with the masters degree. You’ve got to thoroughly enjoy doing what you’re doing. And I didn’t enjoy the politics part of it as much as I enjoyed athletics and being of service that way. With the nastiness of politics today, I’ve got to think you’re relieved. Vince Dooley: It is tough. I think the toughest part is that itself keeps a lot of good people from running. There are a lot of people that are really good people that could be of great service, but they don’t want to put themselves through it. Unlike a lot of GHS Trustees, you have a long association with the Society. Vince Dooley: I’m on the board, but you always get surprised when you’re informed that you’ve been “selected” to receive an honor. You’re taken aback, and say why me? But I’ve never been taken aback as much as by this one. I can think of a lot of people in this state that ought to be honored as a Trustee long before I should be. So I am very much humbled by it. Then to be in the same breath with Sam Nunn, somebody that I think is a real statesman and not a politician, makes it extra special. If we had a few more Sam Nunns today, this country would be a better place. Vince Dooley: That’s exactly right, and that’s the kind of person I’m talking about. We don’t have enough of those. You’re from Alabama but have lived most of your life in Georgia. What sets Georgia apart from other Southern states? Vince Dooley: It has the quality, the charm, and all the wonderful attributes


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of the Deep South but it also has this incredible economic engine of Atlanta that drives it. You’ve got the charm of the Old South and forward–looking Atlanta. That combination makes one extraordinarily unique Southern state.

spread single wing which is also essentially what he starred in as a player. So of the three greatest players I know, two of them are from the University of Georgia, and Cam Newton’s from Auburn, the best one–year player.

Let’s talk football. What do you think of your fellow Tiger, Cam Newton?

It’s ironic that college football is back to running the single wing, essentially the very first offensive formation.

Vince Dooley: I’ve never known anyone like Cam Newton, probably the best one–year football player I’ve ever seen. But as great as he was, and as greatly as he influenced that team, they couldn’t have done it without that defensive lineman. They couldn’t have done it without that running back, who really came into his own in that championship game. You’ve still got to have a complete team. Herschel Walker is a great example. Herschel was the missing piece of the puzzle in 1980. He’s be the first to tell you he came in with an experienced bunch of seniors, a good offensive line, superstars in Lindsay Scott and Buck Belue and Scott Woerner, an All American safety. So we were a complete team, though Herschel was at the forefront. Where does Auburn’s Bo Jackson fit in? Vince Dooley: I think Herschel is the best running back that’s ever been in college football. I think Bo might have been a little better athlete, but I don’t think if you look at the record that Bo over the same period of time was as productive as Herschel. The compliment to Bo is he was able to play baseball, which really points to his athletic ability. But Herschel had this world–class speed — he’s faster than Bo, and I mean Bo was fast — and he had this incredible self–discipline and mental toughness. The greatest all–around player, I believe, was Charley Trippi. Talk about a runner, a passer, a punt returner, punter, kickoff returner... never been one like him. When I met him he said “Boy, I’d love to play in this offense today.” He would have been ideal today, in that

Vince Dooley: It’s a spread single wing, with other options off of it, that’s exactly what it is. What happens in the evolution of sports is these things come back. But they come back a lot of times in different forms, like all these options. Historically the defense usually catches up with the offense. So right now the spread single wing is a throwback to the old single wing people stopped using. This makes five consecutive national championships for the SEC. Does that come down to the athletes or is it more about our culture of football down here?

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Vince Dooley: A combination. The difference is up front, with these incredibly quick, good–size players that are quicker and bigger than most players in the country. And we’ve got more of ‘em. The big question: Would you rather the Bulldogs have won it all this year, or are you just as happy Auburn won? Vince Dooley: Absolutely not! I prefer Georgia, by far! And Tennessee if I had to pick two. Auburn would be third. Tennessee, huh? Vince Dooley: I’ve got a son coaching up there! My wife would divorce me in a hurry if I didn’t say that! (laughs) cs georgia Historical society annual gala and trustees induction what: guests vince dooley & sam nunn when: sat. feb. 12, 7 p.m. where: hyatt regency cost: $250 per person, black tie info: www.georgiahistory.com

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A strip club manager called police to report a man refusing to pay for his lap dances.

When officers arrived, they spoke with “Mia” who told them that the man owed her for a total of 13 dances at $30 per dance. She said that it was explained to him before entering the room that payment was expected on a per song basis. The man said that he had only received three dances, and that he and “Mia” had spent most of the time talking about his yoga business. A manager provided a tally sheet of dances as evidence. The man was arrested for theft of services. • Police were called in reference to a prowler. It was not a mysterious prowler, but one who had been previously banned from the apartment complex. Police arrived at the apartment indicated in the call, and spoke with the woman who lived there. They

asked whether she knew where the suspect was, and she said that he had left. However, she granted police entry and allowed them to search the premises. They found the suspect hiding under a pile of clothes. An officer asked why he was hiding under the clothes, to which the suspect responded unintelligibly. The officer asked him whether he was banned from the premises, and he responded that he didn’t know what the officer was talking about. When asked for his personal information, the suspect then gave them a false date of birth. Officers asked the woman why she had lied to them about the suspect’s whereabouts, and she replied that she wanted the suspect to be able to see his children. She was warned about giving false information to the police. The suspect had been banned only two days prior for a criminal trespass charge. He was arrested for giving false information and criminal trespass. • While working off duty as security, an officer saw a man exit a downtown club and open–hand slap another guy in the face. Officers immediately

intervened, and attempted to place the slapper under arrest for disorderly conduct. Once the suspect was cuffed, his girlfriend approached the officers, who asked her to back away. She refused and was told by an officer that she could pick up her man from the Chatham County Detention Center. Due to the number of pedestrians, the officers wanted to move the suspect away from the area, but his girlfriend intervened. “Well, I will go to jail with my man. I guess you gone have to arrest me then. I’m not going anywhere without him,” she was reported to have told officers. The officers complied with her wishes and began to put her in handcuffs. Her boyfriend unleashed a string of epithets at the officer, including comments about his race and that he was a “hoe–ass.” He attempted to headbutt an officer and was slung to the ground. The man had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him and appeared intoxicated. He was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction by

hindering and simple assault. It was not reported whether he and his girlfriend were taken to jail together. • A man was bitten by a dog and called police. The man reported that he had been walking along Mississippi Avenue when a tiger striped pit bull came underneath a fence and bit him. The man had attempted to flee from the dog, but was unable to escape. EMS arrived to treat his injuries. Police made contact with the owner of the dog. She explained that she was in the yard when the man approached to speak with her. It was then that the pit bull, named “Bosslady,” attacked him. Animal control arrived on the scene and the dog was taken into custody because it had no record of shots. cs give anonymous crime tips to crimestoppers at 234-2020


Over years of buying pet food, I have noticed the “wet” varieties purport to be made from any number of meats and fishes. I can recall cat and/or dog food made of beef, lamb, liver, tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey . . . the list seems endless. But it never includes pork. I discard as preposterous the notion that cats and dogs might keep kosher, or follow Islamic halal principles. Surely you can shed some light. — Mike Lucey When I go shopping for cat food, how come I never see any with pork in it? — Wendy, Saint Paul I go to the cat food section in the store, and there are all kinds of tasty-sounding flavors: chicken, seafood, lamb and rice. So why do I never see pork on the shelf? — Sharon, feeder of cats The first time I got this question I ignored it, reasoning as follows: who cares? The second time I thought: these fricking cat people ought to form a support group and leave the rest of us alone. The third time was from Sharon, who not only continued to harp on the issue but construed my failure to grapple with it as proof that I couldn’t. I’ll confess this wounded my vanity. I roused my assistants Una and Fierra, who after the exhausting labors of recent weeks were looking forward to spending the rest of the winter whittling around the stove. Ladies, I said, I must send you once more into the breach, just to shut these malcontents up. 1. To the excitable pet lover, “never, and I mean NEVER” apparently means “not very often.” We went to the supermarket and found some pork-containing pet food in about five minutes. Granted, there wasn’t much. But when we surveyed the major pet food companies, four of eight respondents said they used pork in their products on occasion and four said they didn’t. So let’s not pretend a prohibition against pork in pet food is some immutable fact of life.

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2. One of the four swinophilic pet food makers, Royal Canin, spoke in such glowing terms of the pig meat in its products that it seemed to us the real question ought to be why all manufacturers didn’t use this food of the gods. “Pork is very digestible for dogs and cats,” the company told us, “and in some cases its digestibility exceeds that of chicken or fish.” 3. Iams stated pork fat was used only in certain products in its Veterinary Formula line, remarking that a dog was less likely to have an allergic reaction since the fat had gone through a refining process to remove the more allergenic protein. We found this cryptic. Are dogs likely to have allergic reactions to unrefined pork fat? On the other side of the fence, Crown Pet Foods said (a) it excludes pork to help pet owners avoid products that might cause food intolerance issues but (b) pork isn’t specifically problematic. Huh? 4. Natura said it had no specific reason for excluding pork other than uncertainty about whether it could get a consistent, high-quality supply. This was unpersuasive. The supply of caribou meat might be erratic, but pork? The vagueness suggested: we’ve always done it this way and don’t really know why, so we’re going to make something up. 5. Hill’s said it uses pork lungs, spleens, and livers in its products. This may be all the explanation we need for pork’s limited visibility. Try and imagine a TV ad ending with “Because your cat deserves lungs and spleens.” 6. Regal Pet Foods said it didn’t use pork due to increasing sales in Europe and Israel—the implication being that doing so would run afoul of religious dietary laws. The religion in question is Islam, not Judaism. Although Leviticus and Deuteronomy call pigs “unclean” and prohibit touching their carcasses, rabbinical interpretation holds that this doesn’t apply to everyday handling of pork, and Exodus explicitly says the thing to do with nonkosher meat is feed it to dogs. The Quran, on the other hand, has been interpreted to mean any contact with pork is haram, or forbidden. (Permitted things are halal.) In 2007 Muslims living near Rugby, UK, objected to plans for a new pet food factory out of fears it would contaminate the air with pork residue. So here’s my answer, Sharon et al. To the extent pet food makers exclude or at least downplay pork, they do so out of worries there’ll be trouble if they don’t. cs

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“Tall, slim, facial symmetry,” “good teeth,” along with classic makeup and dress and graceful movement, might comprise the inventory list for any beauty contest winner, and they are also the criteria for victors in Niger’s traditional “Gerewol” festival -- except that the contestants are all males and the judges all females. Cosmetics are especially crucial, with symbolic black, yellow and white patterns and stripes (with white being the color of “loss” and “death”). A special feature of the pageants, according to a January BBC television report, is that when the female judges each select their winners, they are allowed to marry them (or have flings), irrespective of any preexisting marriage by either party.

Can’t Possibly Be True

• It was a prestigious hospital on a worthy mission (to recruit hard-to-match bone marrow donors to beef up dwindling supplies), but UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, Mass.) went hardcore: hiring young female models in short skirts to flirt with men at New Hampshire shopping centers to entice them to give DNA swabs for possible matches. Complaints piled up because state law requires insurance providers to cover the tests, at $4,000 for each swab submitted by the love-struck flirtees, and the hospital recently dropped the program, according to a December New York Times report. • In December, McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pa., established a dynamic new program to improve their

students’ educational outcomes: racial • In January, Thalia Surf Shop of Lasegregation. At least three of the 11 junior guna Beach, Calif. (named by OC Weekly class homerooms were designated as in 2009 as Orange County’s best), ran a black-only with black girls “mentored” special Martin Luther King Jr. promotion during homeroom period by black female featuring “20 Percent Off All Black Prodteachers and black boys mentored by ucts,” illustrated with a doctored photoblack male teachers (on the theory that graph of Dr. King, himself, in one of the kids will learn more from people who shop’s finest wet suits (black, of course). look like them). (Following some quick, bad publicity, the • Vietnam veteran Ronald Flanagan, shop’s management apologized.) in the midst of expensive treatment for • Questionable State Regulation: (1) bone cancer, had his medical insurance William MacDonald, restricted by state law wherever he and his canceled in January because his wife wife relocate to because he mistakenly keyed in a “7” instead of a “9” in the “cents” space while is a “registered sex offender,” Stop the paying the couple’s regular premium told The New York Times insanity online, leaving the Flanagans 2 in January that his case is cents short. Said the administrator, particularly “galling,” in that his only crime was violatCeridian COBRA Services, that remittance “fit into the definition ing Virginia law by having in the regulations of ‘insufficient oral sex with consenting payment’” and allows termination. adults, which most legal scholars (Ceridian said it warned the Flanabelieve is not a crime (following a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decigans before cancellation, but Ron Flanagan said the “warning” was just sion). (Virginia still believes that an ordinary billing statement that did its law is valid.) (2) Tennessee, the not draw his attention.) “second-fattest” state, according to a recent foundation report, Unclear on the Concept continues to pay for obese Medicaid recipients to have bariatric surgery (at an • From a December memo to paraaverage cost of about $2,000), but to deny medics in Edmonton, Alberta, by Alberta coverage for an overweight person to Health Services: Drivers should “respond consult, even once, with a dietitian. within the posted speed limits even when responding with lights and siren.” “Our The Redneck Chronicles job is to save lives,” AHS wrote, “not put (1) Johni Rice, 35, eating at a Waffle them in jeopardy.” According to drivers interviewed by Canadian Broadcasting House restaurant in Spartanburg, S.C., Corporation News, police have been iswas charged in January with beating suing tickets to drivers on emergencies if up two diners at another table over the they speed or go through red lights. quality of their conversation -- a man and

a woman who were discussing “women with hairy armpits.” Rice was assisted in the pummeling by two other diners, and weaponized food was involved. (2) Among the annual events marking the New Year (similar to the ball-dropping at New York’s Times Square), according to a CBS News report: a pickle dropped into a barrel in a North Carolina town, a dropped bologna in Pennsylvania, a dropped frozen carp in Wisconsin, and, in Brasstown, N.C., the dropping of the opossum. (However, according to Clay Logan, founder of the event, the opossum is merely lowered, not dropped.)

First Things First

• As of early November, 150 people had been killed by the 2-week-old, erupting Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, and the government had created shelters in stadiums and public halls for 300,000 jammed-together evacuees. By that time, however, some had petitioned authorities to open up private shelter locations so that the displaced could attend to certain romantic, biological needs. Apparently some evacuees had become so frisky that they had left the shelter and returned to their homes in the danger zone just so they could have sex. • Jerrold Winiecki, 56, was lifted into an ambulance on Dec. 8 for the 25-minute ride to a hospital in a Minneapolis suburb, after paramedics were unable to keep his airway fully open because of infection. Minutes later, the struggling-tobreathe Winiecki noticed the ambulance stopping at a familiar location enroute -a Subway sandwich shop near his home,


Recurring Themes

Respect for All Cultures: (1) In January, in Village One in Cambodia (about 12 miles from Phnom Penh), local residents alarmed by a spirit-possessed boy gathered, about 1,000 strong, for a good-luck wedding ceremony marrying two pythons -- “magic” animals that have the power to bring fortune and happiness. (2) Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport often receive international passengers carrying reminders of home -- such as the visitor from Ghana who, according to a Baltimore Sun report, landed on Dec. 3 carrying a hedgehog, elephant tails, chameleons, skins from cat-like “genets,” sheets soaked in the blood of sacrificed chickens, and a package of dirt.

A News of the Weird Classic (October 1990) Broward County, Fla., judge Paul Marko, in a July (1990) divorce case, awarded Marianne Price, 33, possession of the marital house but prohibited her from having boyfriends over, adding that her husband could have the “entire (Miami) Dolphins cheerleading squad running through his apartment naked” if he wanted to, because that apartment was his. Marko then advised Price to start visiting singles bars: “I’ve been (in them). I’m a single man. There are all kinds of bimbos ... and ... guys running around in open shirts with eagles on their chests. There are great guys out there.” Marko said he would order Price’s house sold if she allowed a male to live there: “I don’t want (you) all of a sudden taking up with some nice, sweet, little blond from Norway.” Marko later apologized. cs

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At 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 Loco’s Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St. $8 This isn’t exactly a CD release show, but there’s reason to celebrate: This week, the six–man Athens band’s self–titled EP is being re–released, on vinyl, through Autumn Tone Records (that means a bigger audience) and on iTunes, and they’re within weeks - well, hopefully - of dropping a new 4–song disc, Via Flamina. All of this comes hot on the heels of Hampton’s Lullaby, the ‘Birds full–length CD, released on Autumn Tone and the recipient of orgasmic reviews all the indie world over. Futurebirds appeared at Loco’s in December, and their atmospheric alt–country combo, with a spooky midnight mood–set from the My Morning Jacket school of psychedelic sinew, started a Savannah buzz that hasn’t stopped yet. “It was a blast,” says drummer Payton Bradford. “And we’d played Savannah once before, with Dead Confederate. Our bass player Brandon is from there, and we have a lot of friends in Savannah.” Futurebirds features guitar, banjo, bass, drums, mandolin and four distinct lead vocalists (echoes of The Band), but the thing that gives the band its distinctive dreamscape vibe is the omni–present steel guitar played by Dennis Love. “We don’t do a lot of high–falutin’ guitar solos,” says Bradford, “but pedal steel is our solo instrument, our texture instrument. It just adds a lot of stuff. It’s the glue. And a lot of songs we come up with might sound awesome, but once we add the pedal steel to it, we feel so much better about it.” The band has been in existence since the fall of 2008, and through constant touring (including a spectacularly well–received run at last year’s SXSW in Austin - they’re going back this year) has amassed a reputation and a devoted (read: rabid) following. Futurebirds may well be the Next Big Thing out of Athens. “We’re all out of school,” Bradford explains. “Right now, this is all we’re focusing on, entirely. It’s all writing, recording, touring. That’s pretty much what we’re doing.” See futurebirdsmusic.com CS

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At 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. $5 “We used to go to all the open mikes together,” Beck once said about the semi–legendary New York anti–folk hero Paleface. “He taught me Daniel Johnston songs on the sidewalk and let me sleep on his couch. He was a great songwriter, a generous friend, and a big influence on my early stuff.” Managed by the punk overseer Danny Fields (The Stooges, MC5, The Ramones) Paleface had a pretty good run for the roses in the 1990s, but was sidelined by alcoholism. These days, he’s part of a duo with his girlfriend, Monica “Mo” Samalot, who plays drums and sings harmony (she has a plaintive, almost Regina Spektor style; check it out on the title track of the newest Paleface album, One Big Party). So who is this Paleface guy? Well, his music is upbeat and his lyrics literate and clever – as if Matthew Sweet had a sit–in gig with the Avett Brothers. The Avetts, as a matter of fact, are old–time Paleface pals, and have recorded several of his songs. Paleface and Samalot guest–performed with the ‘Bros. last October at Radio City Music Hall, and through them PF got a record deal with the indie label Ramseur. See palefaceonline.com.

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Return of the raucous thoroughbred

Savannah’s hard-rocking Superhorse swaggers back onstage By Bill Deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Gather ‘round, children, and listen to the story of Superhorse, a rock ‘n’ roll band that began nearly 20 years ago, amidst the beer fumes and cigarette smoke of a cold, boxy rehearsal space inside a downtown building that burned in 1998. The Lamas building is no longer as it was, and there are no more cheap practice rooms to be had in Savannah. But the seven–headed Superhorse — and the magnetic attraction of pure, sweaty, undiluted rock ‘n’ roll — remains as strong as ever. “It was a really nice environment for things to happen,” says Keith Kozel, the band’s lead singer and a man who’s been rocking in Savannah since the ‘80s.

“Upstairs in Lamas it was all open studio space – and then there were a bunch of vacant storefronts on Broughton, and they were studio space. “There was nothing to do except get in trouble. So we would go and get fucked up and all be within three blocks of each other. We’d all just go see each others’ band practices, and join in on each others’ band practices.” Musicians of like mind and reference–frame tend to find one another, no matter the town, no matter the garage. In those days, just about all the Savannah players wound up in one of those dingy Broughton storefronts. “Everyone that was in that kind of younger age group that was playing,

we were all there,” says guitarist Kevin Rose. “There really isn’t a place like that now. Everybody sees each other at the bars or whatever, but it’s not like it was. I wish there was a place like that again, but rents being what they are ....” Adds Kozel: “I think the desire and the energy for it is still here, but not the actual, affordable space.” Superhorse began as an offshoot of GAM, a band formed by Kozel and Rose to promote outrageousness, unpredictability and theatricality (the glammy group actually began as a vehicle for a space–rock–opera they’d written). They were famous for costumes and onstage pyrotechnics.


pants. And this was about the songs. We really didn’t think much about it, it just happened and it stuck. And the nice thing was, there was never any pressure with it. “We played a gig years ago at Jim Collins’, and there was a guy there from Sony who said ‘Man, I gotta get you guys hooked up,’ and we said ‘That’s all right. That’s fine.’” Superhorse declined. “It was,” Rose recalls, “one of those deals where we were just doing it to actually play together.” According to Kozel, Superhorse’s piledriving hybrid was his idea in the first place – if you can call it an idea. “I had a few songs that weren’t really appropriate for GAM,” he explains, “because that band was really trying to do something specific. “I started trying to recruit people. ‘Will you be in this band with me?’ Back then, I pretty much couldn’t play an instrument at all, so I was like, ‘I need you to do this, I need you to do that.’ People to help me flesh these things out. And they were excited about it and we all had a good time. It was a lot of inebriation and laughter.” The concept – if you can call it a concept – was “we wanted to combine classic rock with punk rock. It was more like ‘We love punk rock, and we love classic rock, and let’s see how we can mash them together.’” So here we are, kids, all these years later. It’s the same seven guys, the same attitudes, and talent, and desires. The same lust for life, rock ‘n’ roll style. “The goal of this band is to have a really sincere rock ‘n’ roll party,” Kozel says. “Rock ‘n’ roll danger, good times and fuzzed–out guitars.” Rose brings up a movie he likes, the 1981 documentary Vernon, Florida. It’s populated with eccentrics, straight– shooters and the odd hillbilly visionary. “There’s this old man standing there, and he’s saying ‘People ask me about God, and I try to explain, it just happened. Whatever you say, it just happened, and that’s God.’ “And that’s kind of what Superhorse is like. It just happened. And to try to describe it is almost impossible.” CS Superhorse Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. When: At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 With: Fancy Pants & the Evildoers Cover: $7 Online: superhorseband.com

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“Theatricality isn’t really a part of Superhorse,” Kozel explains. “I’m a front guy, a singer foremost as a musician, so there’s a certain amount of that that comes with the job. But it’s nothing like GAM, where there’s madness going on, a psychedelic freak–out going on. Here, there’s just a little rock ‘n’ roll poetry and punk rock energy.” Superhorse plays Saturday at the Jinx, the band’s first gig in two years. Life, to quote John Lennon, is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. The only reason the guys haven’t saddled up the ‘horse more often is their day–to–day commitments: Most of them hold down day jobs (Rose, as a matter of fact, has three), and there are quite a few kids to raise. Kozel is usually the one to make that first phone call. “It’s hard to get everybody together,” he says. “I’m always ready to play music with whoever, whenever. I just sort of put myself in that position. I’m not qualified to do much else. “I’m always out doing stuff, but the rest of the guys aren’t as much. So you just kind of wait for everyone to be like ‘You know, we should play soon.’ I’m always ready.” Rose, for all the appointments in his day planner (he runs Elevated Basement Studios, where just about every Savannah musician records), will always make time for his Superhorse buds. “Basically,” he says, “it’s playing rock music with friends. It’s more like family at this point. It kind of organically grew out of something, and it’s going to take a really heavy pesticide to kill it.” Now, as then, Superhorse includes drummer Jim Reed, bassist Gene Lyons, keyboard player Jason Anderson, Kozel on vocals (and the occasional rhythm guitar) and six–stringers Rose, Sebastian Edwards and Bob Holman. It’s a heavy guitar sound — how could it not be? — which draws equally from classic Rolling Stones, dark and decadent Velvet Underground and the powerhouse early Ramones. With Southern soul and urban grit. There’s a whisky–soaked honky–tonk side to Superhorse, too, a little bit of Flying Burrito brotherhood. They once put out an EP called Country Lovin,’ with the twangier stuff that didn’t work, thematically, with the gloriously slamming material on their 2007 album The “High Impedance” Majesty of Superhorse. In the beginning, Rose points out, Superhorse “was about the energy, but it was more about songs. There’s any of a number of ways to go with a band. Sometimes bands are all about the

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SCAD interprets the immigrant experience with the multi-media La Traversee by Bill DeYoung

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For La Traversee: The Promising Voyage, his 90– minute dance suite about immigrants coming to America in the early 20th century, Vincent Brosseau needed only look to his own not–too–distant past for inspiration. The SCAD professor of dance moved to this country from his native France in 1980. “I didn’t speak the language when I came here,” he says. “So the means of communication is almost nil – but you still have to communicate.” Communication, of course, was only part of the upheaval facing early immigrants – disease, crime and brutal class discrimination were part of the package for Europeans making the arduous – and frightening – journey across the Atlantic. All of which Brosseau has worked into La Traversee, a multi–media production combining original choreography, still and moving archival pictures, original films made at SCAD (blended seamlessly into the vintage material), lights, music and more. Brosseau, who was hired by SCAD in 2006, came to the United States to dance with the Joffrey Ballet; in 1986, he earned a BFA in Dance from Juilliard, then went to Ohio State University where he got a Masters in Choreography. He conceived La Traversee – at least, the outline of the piece – while he was teaching in California in the early ‘90s.

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In rehearsal: John Schmidt and Claire Khoury, left; choreographer Vincent Brosseau with Briana DelVacchio.

At SCAD, he finally found all the tools necessary for completing it. We spoke with Brosseau about the show’s promising voyage. I imagine your own journey to America in 1980 wasn’t quite as difficult as those that made the crossing a hundred years ago ... Vincent Brosseau: That was not my experience. My experience was much softer and gentler than theirs. But when one has experienced this emotion of leaving one’s place of birth, and being immersed in a new culture ... Those are the kind of things that intrigued me. And I could empathize as I was doing research. I tell the students “You might not realize that when you’re all together, you might not be speaking the same

language.” Movement is a great way to communicate. Because that’s what you do! When you need something, you point. Or you make some sort of crazy, silly sign – you demonstrate through a drawing in the air in space that that’s what you need. Your English is very good. How long did it take for you to feel comfortable speaking the language? Vincent Brosseau: When you come from another country and you speak your native language, what you do, if you know a little bit of the new language, is you translate from your native language to the new one. At first, you translate a couple of words so you know what people are talking about.

And then, as you go through, suddenly you’re able to say them as well. But you start to understand a lot more. Your understanding is much more predominant than your ability to speak, simply because when you listen to something, there’s the body language. And the situation gives you a lot of clues about what those people are talking about. Speaking is a bit more internal, because it comes from your brain to your mouth. Then you start to speak these idiosyncratic sentences very fluently. You start to get more vocabulary. Your comprehension is very good. And then suddenly you’re not even thinking about some of the stuff you’re saying.


As a dance instructor, is it nice to have the technological avenues at SCAD open to you? Vincent Brosseau: When I came here five years ago, they asked me “If we were to do a dance program here, what do you think it should be?� And I said it should be technology, it should be all the mixed media that we can. Because that’s the way of the future for live performances. Not just live performances. It’s just the way we deal with media now – all the platforms we have like Facebook and YouTube and whatnot. That’s how we communicate now. And it’s a great tool for artists to be able to digitalize their artwork, and be able to distribute it worldwide. You

couldn’t do that 20 years ago. Is the movement in La Traversee more classically ballet–driven, or more modern? Vincent Brosseau: I come from the ballet world, that was my training, but then I moved to the modern world. But as the creator, I’m using anything that is going to serve the purpose of the theme. The theme is about that experience those people went through, and some of the movement is folksy – it was 1905, 1910. It is folksy but it’s very well composed and choreographed. It gives you that sense of “normal folks.� But then there are different characters throughout. And between all those characters on the boat, there is an intertwined story. All of these people, you see their personal stories throughout the show. It’s quite elaborate. CS La Traversee: The Promising Voyage Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 8 p.m. Feb. 10–12, 3 p.m. Feb. 13 Tickets: $10 public; $5 students, seniors and military. Free with valid SCAD I.D. Feb. 10 performance only. Phone: (912) 525–5050 Online: scadboxoffice.com

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Then you start dreaming partly in your native language, and partly in your new language. And that’s the tricky part! When you’ve made the switch is when your dream sequences are totally in the new language. And now, when I talk to my family in France, I have to translate from English to French. It’s the same process reversed.

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A million laughs

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Back-to-back comedy shows at the Johnny Mercer Theatre By Bill Deyoung

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Two back–to–back concerts, both of them in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, will deliver a pretty vast cross–section of comedians. Each show targets a very different audience. On Feb. 11, Tim Wilson headlines “John Boy and Billy’s No Collar Comedy Tour,” a spin–off of syndicated radio’s The Big Show, which specializes in lowbrow redneck comedy for the NASCAR crowd (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) The following night brings Latino comic Gabriel Iglesias, a large man with a large bag of funny voices and sound effects. He’s a Last Comic Standing veteran and a common sight on Comedy Central and BET Comic View. The Big Show, which originates in Charlotte, N.C., is a morning program syndicated (weekdays 6–10 a.m.) on more than 70 American stations, including I–95 (WXIV) in Savannah. The live stage bonanza includes appearances by program regulars Vic Henley, Killer Beaz and Greg Warren, part of John Boy and Billy’s rotating cast of on–air good–old–boy wackies. Headliner Wilson, who’s been making records with Capitol Nashville for a decade, is one of the most consistently successful “country comedians” on the circuit. A Georgia native, he’s sort of a harder–edged but less sarcastic Ron White – without the Scotch and cigar – and he’s also a satirical singer/songwriter whose best–known tunes include “First Baptist Bar and Grill,” “The Jeff Gordon Song,” “Chucky Cheese Hell,” “Church League Softball Fist Fight,” “Booty Man” and “Hillbilly Homeboy”:

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He left the inner city and moved to the hills Traded in his crack pipe on a moonshine still His gang bandana sure looked bad but it’s the only color that the bait store had. Gabriel Iglesias has probably never been in a bait store in his life. But the Long Beach comic, of Mexican heritage, has frequented a bakery or two. In fact, much of Iglesias’ material centers around his considerable girth. He has a bit about “the five levels of fat,” and says he’s at the sixth level – “fluffy.” In fact, it’s become his nickname, and “The Fluffy Comic” his professional I.D. badge. Iglesias, just 34, has a unique mastery of human voices – he can do a giggling, squeaky–voiced white Anglo woman

and make you think she’s on the stage somewhere, just behind the curtain – and his involved stories are punctuated with hilarious sound effects, all of which he provides, between words. cs John Boy and Billy comedy tour with tim wilson, Vic Henley, killer Beaz, greg warren where: Johnny mercer theatre, savannah civic center, 301 w. oglethorpe when: at 7:30 p.m. friday, feb. 11 tickets: $27 at etix.com online: timwilsonamerica.com gabriel iglesias where: Johnny mercer theatre, savannah civic center, 301 w. oglethorpe when: at 8 p.m. saturday, feb. 12 tickets: $38 at etix.com online: fluffyguy.com


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Scenes from Situations in rehearsal: Dance moves (left), instructor Steven Baumgardner and students (center), director Lakesha L. Green in a parents’ meeting.

All walks of Shakespeare

AWOL’s annual theatre production blends sonnets and youth-oriented Situations by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Lakesha L. Green is a firm believer in the positive effect theatre can have on young people. “It changes their lives,” she says. “It gives them the opportunity to tap into things that they didn’t know they had in them.” Since 2008, Green has been the theatre arts director for All Walks of Life (AWOL), the arts–based intervention and prevention program for Savannah’s at–risk youth. Through theatre, music, sound design and other such programs, kids learn to channel their considerable energy into something extraordinarily creative. “They get to see the possibilities they wouldn’t have known were there, if this opportunity wasn’t there for them,” she explains. “And I think that is the most beautiful thing. Theatre and the arts, they just unlock things. They unlock the creativity that’s just sitting there.” This weekend, the young people of AWOL (ages 7 through 19) will be onstage at the Trustees Theatre with Situations: The Trials and Tribulations of Youth, a multi–discipline production based around 16 of William Shakespeare’s 154 known sonnets. It’s Green’s second major directorial effort since climbing aboard the AWOL express. “One thing that’s in the show is showing how music and poetry move people, how music tells a story, how it moves and motivates your life,” says Green. “There’s singing, there’s rapping, there’s dancing. It’s lots of fun. I call it an emotional roller coaster.”

Using the sonnets as a foundation, Green – and the performers themselves – created a series of “life situations,” taking place in a counseling center. “The kids wanted to affectionately name the center AWOL,” Green laughs. “It’s about how everyone has a situation, and how everyone has to deal with it, regardless of what background you come from.” Founded in 2004 by former probation officer Tony Jordan, AWOL’s mission is to “promote and provide self–awareness through the use of poetry, hip hop and life.” Among its offerings are a monthly open–mic poetry night, film and video classes, music education courses (with a fully–equipped recording studio), information technology – and conflict resolution workshops. The students come, literally, from all walks of life. “Some of our students are referred to us by the Department of Juvenile Justice and Chatham County youth facilities,” Green says, “and some of them are put on probation – so instead of locking these kids up because it costs the taxpayers way more money, put them in AWOL and let’s work on some prevention methods as well as conflict resolution. “And then we have some kids that just want to be a part of a program such as the arts and technology. So you have a mixture, a wide range of kids.”

Kids audition for the annual theatre production, and before they’re even permitted to look at a script, Green puts them through rigorous preparatory training. “It’s very hard work,” she says, “and that’s one of the things that I push. It is a discipline; that’s why I love theatre. And they get a lot of discipline. “I tell them, it’s not just a program where you can drop in, come when you want to come ... ‘OK, I’m gonna get onstage!’ They truly go through the process, with classes, with the choreographers, with acting, with the vocal coach, with voice and diction. “They go through theatre history as well. They are taught William Shakespeare, who he is and why he’s relevant today. They learn all that process so they can understand how it’s all connected.” The road to creative self–esteem often takes a hard–learning curve for children of lower income families. Part of the journey, Green stresses, is making sure parents are involved. “I tell the parents in the parent meeting, it takes commitment from the parent and the child,” she says. “That’s one of the things I feel we really push home: We don’t just deal with the child, we deal with people’s families. And it’s teaching adults about responsibility.” DaVena Jordan, AWOL’s executive director, says that when she and Tony (her husband) hired Green in 2008, they told her “You’re going to be balancing social problems, along with making this high–quality art. And that’s not something that everybody can do.” Green, with degrees in Theatre Arts and Media and Performing Arts from Alabama State University and SCAD, respectively, understood immediately. “We knew that when God sent us somebody, they were going to have to be really talented,” Jordan says. “I really needed someone that was a firm hand. She’s a great disciplinarian and she runs a tight ship. “Sometimes you hear about teachers

saying they can’t control their class of 30 children. Well, Kesha normally has 60 or 70 kids at a time in a gymnasium, all running around. And if you ever see her in action ... she doesn’t play the music with ‘em. When she says move, they move.” According to Jordan, Green’s involvement took AWOL’s already–innovative theatre curriculum and made it better. “She came in right on time, if you ask me,” Jordan enthuses. “She got in on time to make things exactly the way we wanted them to be. “Because the vision was that it would be a higher quality theatre arts program. I’m going to toot my own horn a little bit and say it’s probably one of the best in Savannah.” Part of the magic, Jordan adds, is Green’s tireless dedication to the creative process. “Kesha is a theatre maniac,” she laughs. There are 46 young performers in Situations. “They truly look forward to doing the show,” says Green. “They look forward to what they can create and put into the show. “A lot of these kids that we work with, they and their families have never even been to the Trustees Theatre. Or even heard of it. “That says a lot as to where we are in the community, and what we need to do with it. So it’s a big educational piece that we do, that’s more than just a show. It’s really about educating a community, and bringing them to something they’ve never been introduced to.” CS Situations: The Trials and Tribulations of Youth Where: Trustees Theatre, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12 Tickets: $20 at (912) 525–5050 or savannahboxoffice.com Online: awolinc.org

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Phyllis Tildes: Many of my books have to do with nature, pets or folk tales, but this was definitely going to be a collection of Mother Goose rhymes.The main poem the book hangs on is “Hoddley poddley puddles and fogs,/Cats are to marry poodle dogs.” That’s pretty bizarre. “Cats in blue jackets, dogs in red hats,/What will become of the mice and the rats?” I’ve got two characters, a cat and a poodle who are going to get married so it’s going to be silly and it’s going to be young. Having worked in many different styles, I just kind of chose one I thought would work. When it came to picking poems, was it just a matter of sitting down with a stack of books and looking for choice lines? Phyllis Tildes:I looked at well over 100 poems and probably narrowed it down to 50 to even consider. From that, I played around with what would work together, and I thought that if I start with this cat character meeting this poodle, why don’t I start out in the wee hours of the morning, that would be “Hickory, Dickory, Doc” so I had

the mouse. The mouse became one of the characters. It all just sort of fell into place. It was a lot of trial and error. I did a lot of sketches, a lot of reshuffling and discussing it with my editor and art director. How did you get started as an illustrator? Was this something you always wanted to do or did you stumble into it? Phyllis Tildes:It was no stumble. It was a childhood dream. I started drawing when I was very young. I loved to read. I loved to make up stories. I went to the Rhode Island School of Design and I majored in illustration with the intent of becoming an illustrator of children’s books. My senior thesis was a children’s book, and I tried to get that published, but didn’t have any luck. I kept trying with different projects, but I had to earn a living so I became a graphic designer and did all kinds of different work. Finally, when I hit my 40s, I asked, “what did I set out to do? And why am I not doing it?” That’s when I got super seri-

ous. It took three years to get published. My first book came out in 1995 when I was 50 years old, and I’ve done 18 books in 16 years since. I always tell the younger folks, “You can have it all, but maybe not all at once.” 16 years later, what is the key to longevity in the children’s book business? Phyllis Tildes:I wish I knew. All of it is a struggle. Just because I’m published doesn’t mean it’s easy. I still get rejections, even from my own publisher. It just has to be the right project at the right time for the right publisher. The industry is getting more and more difficult. Publishing is in a flurry right now with where it’s going and the whole e–book thing. There’s so much competition. There are so many talented writers and illustrators out there. I wish I knew the secret to longevity. I’ve had a lucky run and I’d like to be able to keep doing more. You have to stay involved and you have to know the business. It’s not for the faint of heart. cs Book signing: phyllis tildes when: saturday, feb. 12, 1–3 p.m. where: e.shaver bookseller, 326 bull st. cost: free info: www.charlesbridge.com


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The Savannah Book Festival doesn’t happen until the weekend of Feb. 18–19, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek to get you in the mood.

What’s the story behind this very unique novel? Cavanaugh Lee: Several years back I was engaged to be married and did not get married — I broke off the engagement. And in the aftermath of that, when I was basically in mourning, I started to go through my old emails

Do you have regrets about the whole engagement thing not working out?

So this is really more a cautionary tale, rather than a “gee whiz ain’t the internet great” thing. Cavanaugh Lee: Oh yeah. You’re absolutely correct, that’s the central theme of the book. First, that we’re kind of oversaturated with electronics and the media and the internet. Even though we spend hours a day online “communicating,” we’re actually not saying anything at all. But more specifically it’s about the things we don’t say when we sit in front of an email and spend hours crafting it and then decide not to send it, or go back and reedit it. It’s a cautionary tale, but I have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, I text at least 20 times a day, I spend most of my day online. And I think that’s a good thing to use that technology in a good way. It all depends how you use it. If the three characters in the book had actually sent their emails it would have been a happy story.

Online dating plays a big role in the book. Cavanaugh Lee: I had definitely done online dating, all my single friends are online dating now. For my generation, the days of people going to bars or restaurants to meet people are almost over. The place we feel comfortable meeting people is online. You can do a lot of homework ahead of time and figure out if people are being honest with their profiles. A character in the book meets someone online and it looks like it will be a positive relationship. But there are also some weird people that do negative things. One of the supporting characters in the book receives these odd emails from the type of person we call a “Match Crazy.” But even for the Match Crazies, there’s someone out there for them. I’m a big fan of online dating, it’s about the responsible use of it.

So really you’re preaching better file management. Cavanaugh Lee: (laughs) Yes, and to not be afraid to hit “Send.” Of course there are some emails that without a doubt should never be sent. An email to your boss obviously should not be sent!

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This week we talk with Savannah resident Cavanaugh Lee, whose novel Save as Draft is the story of a love triangle told purely in the language of digital technology: Email, text messages, and social media. A federal prosecutor by day, this novelist-by-night speaks Sat. Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Jepson boardroom.

Cavanaugh Lee: The book is an anti–love story, a love triangle. With love, half of it is timing and the other half is compatibility. So in the book there are two guys and one girl. One of the guys has compatibility but not timing. The other guy has timing but not compatibility. So I definitely don’t have regrets, because it obviously wasn’ t meant to be for a reason. Writing this book was my way to apologize to these two gentlemen. The majority of the book is fiction, but the inner core of the book is obviously based on real life. I have no regrets, but when something doesn’t work out you obviously feel sad, and when you have enough distance you can look back and realize what happened. They are both two very extraordinary men and I hope they read the book! cs savannah Book Festival cavanaugh lee appears at 11 a.m. sat. feb. 19 in the Jepson boardroom. when: free festival day sat. feb. 19, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. where: various venues around telfair square cost: free and open to the public info: savannahbookfestival.org

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Cavanaugh Lee: Social Network is probably my favorite movie I’ve ever seen. At least for my generation it’s really defined us and the way we communicate. I have two Blackberries, one for work, one for personal use. I have a desktop, and I’ll get the iPhone in a week. The only reason I don’t have an iPad is because I work for the federal government and can’t afford it!

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Social media is the real game–changer, though.

— totally masochistic! — and noticed we had basically conducted the majority of our relationship online. And then I looked a little closer in my inbox and noticed I had about 100 emails in my draft folder that had never been sent. I was like, you know, I think I’m going to start writing all this down, therapeutically. And as I started writing, it was about 50 percent therapeutic and the other 50 percent started to be really fun. And I thought this might be a story other people would want to read.


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Pulled pork with housemade, tangy barbecue sauce

Downtowners seem to have fully embraced the Barnes Express BBQ location on Whitaker Street. Many of them may not know that an expanded menu awaits at the original Barnes Restaurant on Waters Avenue, a few blocks north of Derenne. I stopped in recently for lunch and had to circle the parking lot twice to find a spot for the foodiemobile. Seating was no problem however, and I was happy to land a seat by a big, bright window. Pits are just a few feet out the back door – so this is fresh ’cue. I’ve had, and enjoyed the ribs and chicken – today I chose the pulled pork plate. The portion of pulled pork was generous, to say the least, and was layered with Barnes housemade, tangy barbecue sauce. There was a nice mix of lean and just enough fat to add flavor. Be wary of this sauce – it’s not just tang. A few minutes later and the heat kicked in. I did need two napkins, but was was to mop my brow. The meat itself was darned near perfect. Slight smokiness was present but not overwhelming – and the meat was moist and tender. I chose French fries and baked beans as my side dishes. The fries were crisp, old school style – –no flavored seasonings or other unnecessary dressing. The bake beans were smokey with nice hunks of pork here and there. Two slices of buttered white toast, a ring of white onion and a serving of

sliced dill pickle rounded out this big lunch plate. Great meal, filling, interesting – and with a giant sweet tea – barely over 10 bucks. 5320 Waters Ave./354–8745

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Brasserie 529 on Liberty Street is open for business – lunch and dinner. The French bistro inspired menu is served in a wonderfully renovated space that was once part of the Liberty Supply property. Check out the menu and other info online, www.brasserie529.com. I’ll give ’em a few weeks to settle in, then have a report. 529 E. Liberty/238–0045

New Sol menu

Sol’s new owners, Andrea and Bill Johnson, and their chef, Aaron Doyle, have released a new menu for the popular Habersham Street eatery. Some Southwestern aspects of the original menu were retained, but this menu is an exploration of international cuisines – Indian, Southeast Asian and contemporary American. Menu prices have also taken a nose dive. Only one entree tops $12 – and there are plenty of choices in the $5–$7 range. Hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 5 p.m.– until. 1611 Habersham St./232–1874

Valentine’s vino choices For a guy not partial to sparkling or sweet wines – I want Villa Donna Moscato di Asti to be my Valentine. Generations of wine makers have developed the grape and the process – to create low alcohol, slightly sweet to very sweet wines that are favorites of both inexperienced wine consumers – and those who celebrate the romance of the Moscato di Asti legacy. It is notable that this wine carries a DOCG label. Italian labeling requires very stringent qualifications and DOCG is the height of the three labels. A notable difference for DOCG labeled wines is that government–licensed personnel taste and analyze the wine before bottling. To prevent later manipulation, DOCG wine bottles then are sealed with a numbered governmental seal across the cap or cork. Villa Donna Moscato di Asti presents beautiful floral aromatics on the nose – then a finishing palate of very ripe green apple or juicy pear. A hint of minerality adds complexity and a quick acidic punch sends a clean, final note. Hmm, I’m thinking chocolate truffle with a dusting of chile powder – or a cherry cordial. Need more ideas to put a little romance into your wine life and some zing into your chocolate choices? Elio Perrone Bigaro Rose (50% Muscato, 50% Brachetto): These two grapes are indigenous to Piedmont, Italy – and come together with singular characteristics that make the marriage one that elevates both grapes. Ripe red cherries are abundant – and the smell of roses is prevalent. Pair with dense fruit or mildly spiced chocolates – think cassis and coriander. Ca De Medici Lambrusco Rosso: Lambrusco may be more famous as a wine style – slightly fizzy and slightly sweet – but it is also a grape, or more correctly, a family of grapes. The wines produced from Lambrusco tend to be quite fruity with dark strawberry and cherry tones and a slight bitterness. They tend to have just a touch of tannin and bright acidity with a round, fleshy mouthfeel. This wine lives the creaminess of a butter ganache truffle with raspberry. Swanson 2007 Merlot: Need an all-purpose wine for your day of amour? This dark purple juice with rich with mocha, spiciness and beautifully balanced tannins. It will pair as elegantly with a beef or seasoned pork dish as it will a simple and decadent high cacao dark chocolate bar or truffle. For my money, it’s the flagship of Swanson Vineyards, a beautiful property with an elegant private tasting salon in Napa Valley. cs

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Stopover updates We’re still waiting for final confirmation on specific dates, times and venues for the March 9–12 Savannah Stopover, but the roster of performers for the multi– club band–fest is still growing by leaps and/or bounds. Among the impressive names on the Stopover roster is Class Actress, the New York eclectro–pop trio fronted by singer and songwriter Elizabeth Harper. When she released her debut in 2006, Harper was hailed as “the female Morrissey,” and there’s definitely a Smiths feel to the more defiantly urgent sound of Class Actress, which Harper – who says she was weaned on early Depeche Mode records – describes as “decadent dance music.” She has a sweet, sultry voice and – perhaps because she was indeed an actress before launching a music career – a captivating stage presence. It’s red–light ravepop. Class Actress will be in Savannah March 10, at a venue to be announced. Just added to the lineup is Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children, an export from Greenland. Singer/songwriter Nielsen is backed by seven musicians, playing – among other things – guitar, drums, bass, lap steel, musical saw, synthesizer, trumpet, kazoo and ukulele. Like everyone else at Savannah Stopover, the band is playing here before heading to Austin for SXSW. “Greenland is big geographically but the population is tiny,” Nielsen told a reporter last year. “We’re 56,000 people all in all, so indie music’s not really happening up there at all. This is completely new for people up there.” Meanwhile, the opening–night concert

– March 9 at the Jinx – will feature the outlandish hip hop trio Das Racist, a combination of social commentary, comic antics, humorous and/or offensive lyrics. Depends on how you look at it. This show will be open to VIP pass–holders only. Keep checking savannahstopover.com for updates (tickets are already on sale there now). And we’ll keep you informed.

In memory Coming Feb. 26 to Savannah Station: A–Town Get Down, a music event honoring the memory of SCAD student Alex Townsend, who died in a car crash on Valentine’s Day 2010. His father and friends are organizing the 7:30 p.m. concert, which will feature Word of Mouth, the Malah and several fine artists showing their work and creating things on–site. Tickets are $10 advance at the Savannah Box Office, and at a–towngetdown.com. All net proceeds will go to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, in Alex Townsend’s name.

And now, this • Rap artist Soulja Boy (the chart–topping “Crank That”) will perform Saturday, March 12 at Savannah State University’s Tiger Arena. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25 at songkick.com, or call (912) 508–3775. They’re $20 with student I.D. • Comedian Kevin Hart, who’s also an actor (Death at a Funeral, Little Fockers) will perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. March 19 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets, $39.50 and $49.50, are available at etix. com. cs


| artpatrol@connectsavannah.com Heresy — Interpretations of Medieval woodcuts exploring the imagery of alchemy and witchcraft from artist Mary Ann Blackstone. Closing reception: Feb. 24, 6-9pm. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Chittlin’ Circuit Review — Works by artist and muralist, Rik Freeman, in conjunction with the Black Heritage Festival. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

Irene Mayo — Mayo is a New York native whose impressionistic paintings are inspired by the Lowcountry. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn 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 Faith Ringgold: Story Quilts and Freedom Quests — Ringgold is a celebrated African American painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist and illustrator. 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. Group Show — Artwork from Ally Schreiber, Erica Mounsey, and Adriana Normand. Reception: Feb. 11, 5-9pm Jewelry Consignment Network, 139 Bull St.

Kinetic potentials — Works by Jeff Doran exploring energy transfer with ink, water and urethane. Runs through March 25. ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Suite 300 Kinship: A tribute of iron — Works by sculptor and SCAD professor Matt Toole including prototypes, models, and images of his performance featured at the 6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art. Opening reception: Feb. 11, 6-9pm. Gallery talk: Feb. 27, 2-4pm. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Lowcountry Perspectives — Paintings depicting African American life in the Lowcountry by local artists including Richard Law, Allen Fireall, Carol Lasell Miller and Amiri Farris. Hospice Savannah Gallery , 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Made to Bend & Through the Boneyard — Featured artists Meredith Sutton and Tobia Makover. Makover shows encaustic photographs shot

on Ossabaw Island; Sutton creates a unique series of cuff bracelets. Opening reception: Feb. 11, 5:308pm Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard St.

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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.

New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition — A show celebrating the talent of local middle-school and high-school students. Reception: Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm. S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

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Richard Law — The local, selftaught artist whose work reflects his Lowcountry upbringing. Part of the Black Heritage Festival. Opening reception: Feb. 11, 6pm. SSU Social Sciences Building Gallery SavFADA Art Hop — A trolley tour to participating galleries and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Savannah Children’s Choir, who perform at each venue. Fri. Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. SavFADA member galleries, downtown, including Chroma, Friedman’s Fine Art, Grand Bohemian (at the Mansion), Kobo and Ray Ellis Gallery. Vietnam Veterans Art Exhibit — Works created by five Vietnam veterans in conjunction with the Veteran Affairs Medical Clinic and artist/instructor Kenneth Martin. Reception: Feb. 11, 11am-1pm. Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), 12020 Abercorn St. cs

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The Mechanic In the annals of “tough guy” cinema, there’s not much to say about the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle The Mechanic except that its leading character displays a refreshing lack of sentimentality (not unusual in the days of vintage squinters like Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Bronson) and its script manages to end on a neat little “gotcha.” This sleek new model, also called The Mechanic, retains that twist ending but jettisons the steely sensibilities, resulting in yet one more formula flick about a taciturn killer who, despite his penchant for slaying and maiming, actually turns out to be the kind of nice guy you might consider Friending on Facebook. Jason Statham fills the Bronson role: As Arthur Bishop, he’s the best hitman around, although he’s not thrilled when his next assignment turns out to be his mentor (Donald Sutherland). Preferring to work alone, he later decides to take on the old man’s unruly son (Ben Foster) as his own protege, teaching him everything he knows about the art of the kill. The 2011 Mechanic largely follows the plotline of its predecessor, meaning that it’s nothing special. Yet it goes the extra kilometer to prove its inferiority to that passable time–killer by cowardly softening its protagonist (the oldest movie profession might be the hooker with a heart of gold, but the second oldest is the killer with a mind of conscience) and even copping out at the end. Yes, the “gotcha” may still be there, but other details have been altered, meaning that audi-

ence members have been snookered in more ways than one.

raBBit Hole One of the best films of 2010, Rabbit Hole features a devastating performance by Nicole Kidman that would deserve every Best Actress prize on tap were it not for the presence of Black Swan’s Natalie Portman on the awards scene. Kidman is all coiled tension and seething anger as Becca, who, along with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart, also top–grade), is still attempting to cope with the accidental death of their young son eight months earlier. The loss has caused some distance between the couple, and both handle the tragedy in different ways. Howie, more sentimental than his spouse, wants to again experience closeness with Becca and, after repeated rejections, toys with the idea of an affair with a grieving parent (Sandra Oh) he meets through a support group. Becca, lashing out in anger at everyone around her (including her dithering mom, nicely played by the great Dianne Wiest), finds some measure


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 terri-

tory 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 continues on p. 34

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of comfort in striking up a friendship with the blameless teenager (a fine debut by Miles Teller) who was driving the car that struck her son. In tackling David Lindsay–Abaire’s play (with a script penned by the playwright himself), director John Cameron Mitchell – incidentally, going 3–for–3 on my year–end 10 Best lists, following Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus – makes sure to never betray the material with maudlin melodrama or cheap theatrics. By giving us characters who are sympathetic yet also ofttimes infuriating, the film earns every audience emotion the hard way, not through pandering but by never flinching from its uncomfortable truths. For viewers willing to brave a beautiful bummer, Rabbit Hole proves to be a wonder.

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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 characters (annoying clod, check; cool black guy, check; sassy female roommates, check; lovable gay dude, check; and on and on) and one morally sound, preordained ending that again demonstrates the motto of hedonistic Hollywood is, “Do as I film, not as I do.� 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. I think this picture is too bland and forgettable to hurt Portman’s Black Swan Oscar campaign; at the same time, I imagine Portman’s primary competition, The Kids Are All Right’s Annette Bening, will be reading the negative notices with glee.

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.

tHe king’s speecH 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 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


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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

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center at 912-233-9696 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

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

Savannah Coffee Party

Meeting on Feb. 12 from 1-3:00 PM. Info on framing and messaging, updates on local enviro issues/actions, healthcare, and the influence of corporate money on elections are all on the agenda. Discuss and plan initiatives. Free and open to the public. UU Beloved Community, 1001 E. Gwinnett St.

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 3rd Annual Blue Jeans Ball

The Yappy Hour Blue Jeans Ball is a fundraiser for the Coastal Pet Rescue. Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-11pm at the DeSoto Hilton. Music, dancing, hors d’ouevres and a silent auction. $35/person. www.coastalpetrescue.org or 912-2283538.

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,

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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.

Kiss-a-Pig Spa Nights

Heavenly Spa at Savannah Harbor offers free treatments (incl. massage, mani-pedi, or facial) in exchange for minimum $50 donations to the American Diabetes Foundation’s Kiss-a-Pig fundraiser. Spa nights are from 5-10pm on Feb. 10, March 10, and April 15. Adv. reservations are req’d by calling 912-201-2250.

Night at the Telfair

A silent art auction on February 24. Tickets for the party are $50 each for Telfair members and $85 for non-members (includes a firsttime one-year membership). The evening will include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call 912.790.8866.

Preservation 10K/5K

5th Annual Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10K/5K is Feb. 26, 8am. Begins at the Forsyth Park Fort. Helps raise money to help further the Historic Savannah Foundation’s mission of preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage. $30/adv registration fee, req’d. Visit www.myHSF.org or www.active.com

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 cinderblock 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.

Tour d’Epicure

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

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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.wesleyctrssavh.org or active.com

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.

Call for Entries The old Hotel Tybee

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

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.

Classes, Camps & Workshops $1 Gymnastics Class

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

Art Classes

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

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Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056.

Beading Classes

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

Coastal Savannah Writing Project

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

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. Preregistration 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

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The Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association (CEBA) will present a FUNdamentals of Beekeeping at Oatland Island Wildlife Center on Saturday, February 26th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. $35.00 first person, which includes the book: First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dr. Keith Delaplane, handouts, and a hot dog lunch (does not include admission to Oatland: $5/$3). www.oatlandisland.org

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

Grief Journaling

A 4-week series from Thurs., Feb. 24 to Thurs., March 17. 6-7pm. Full Circle Center for Education and Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H. Through journaling, individuals often make powerful connections with their inner thoughts and feelings, creativity, powerful memories and transformative insight. Call 912-303-9442 to register today. Space is limited.

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. 912232-5987

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912232-4232 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, 14:00 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 912-234-9688 for more info or to register.

Life Drawing Saturdays

A life drawing class. $10 for three hours. Work from a live model in a creative atmosphere. Contact LifeDrawingSavannah@gmail. com for more info. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. http://groups.google.com/group/LifeDrawingSavannah

Maintaining Non-Profit Status

A workshop to review current tax considerations for nonprofit organizations and what criteria are required to maintain tax-exempt status. Feb. 24, 1-4:00 p.m. at the Goodwill Industries, 7220 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah. Advance registration is req’d. fee is $90 for GCN members; $130 for non-members. Contact the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at 912-234-9688 for more info or to register.

Mental health program

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) is offering a FREE 12-week course fo family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. Beginning March 1. Call 912-353-7143 to register.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:158:15pm. 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.

Natl Alliance on Mental Illness Class

FREE education program for families of individuals with a mental illness. Begins Sat., March 5 from 9 am until noon at the Bluffton/Okatie Outpatient Center (just off Rte. 278 close to Sun City Hilton Head). ‘Family to Family’ is a 12 week program. Classes are free and open to anyone, but registration is req’d. For more info or to enroll, call NAMI at 843-681-2200 or email nami@hargray.com.

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.

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 4410328or uubc2@aol.com.

Preparing for Citizenship class

Saturdays February 12 – March 26, 2011 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the S.W. Chatham Branch of the Live Oak Public Library (located at 14097 Abercorn St., next to the Savannah Mall) Pupils will study U.S. History and Civics to prepare for the Citizenship Test and study how to do the interview. The class is FREE. Call 651-5371 for info.

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

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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 912-790-8823 for more info, or to register.

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, godzillaunknown@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

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 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 9:1511:30 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 912-9271767 or jttcit@yahoo.com.

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

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.

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

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.

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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 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/

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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.

Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

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/

Savannah Toastmasters

Helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Savannah Wine Lovers

A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit 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, 912920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Son-shine Hour

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

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514

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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.

Local storytelling group in the tradition of NPR’s StoryCorps, the Risk Show, and THE MOTH. Next meeting is on Saturday, Feb 12, at 5pm at the Knights of Columbus on the corner of Bull and Liberty. More info: THEBULLDAWGBITE@ YAHOO.COM

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.

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The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. www.13thcolonypatriots.com or call 912-596-5267.

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and the Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at meet at 207 E. Charlton St (Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email 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 9273356. Savannah

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

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 912272-2797. 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/

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“Greater-Than Sudoku” For this “Greater-Than Sudoku,” I’m not givin’ you ANY numbers to start off with! Adjoining squares in the grid’s 3x3 boxes have a greater-than sign (>) telling you which of the two numbers in those squares is larger. Fill in every square with a number from 1–9 using the greater-than signs as a guide. When you’re done, as in a normal Sudoku, every row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the numbers 1–9 exactly one time. (Solving hint: try to look for the 1’s and 9’s in each box first, then move on to the 2’s and 8’s, and so on) psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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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. ,

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/four. 912-5960889 or www.cairoonthecoast.com

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

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

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 912-704-2052.

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.salsasavannah.com

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 89pm. For more info: www.salsasavannah.com, 912-704-8726.

Savannah Shag Club

Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr.

The Savannah Dance Club

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:15-11 p.m. FREE basic Shag and/or West Coast Swing lessons each Monday. Lesson schedule posted at Facebook/ Savannah Dance Club. Dance lessons 6:157:45pm. 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

Events Charter Schools: A Choice in Public Education

The Georgia Charter Schools Association and Georgia Parent Advocacy Network host an event featuring a panel discussion on public charter schools. Learn more about our area charter schools and current petitions for new area charter schools. Feb. 17, 6:30-8pm. Savannah Tech, Eckburg Auditorium. 5717 White Bluff Rd.

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. 912-437-4770 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.

Music in the Parlour with Diana

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

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


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Beaufort International Film Festival

33 Finalist Films and 5 Screenplays vie for prizes in (5) film categories. 16-20 February. All 33 films will be shown at this Film Festival which celebrates those who make the movies. For more info and to purchase tickets online: http://beaufortfilmfestival.com/

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

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.

Bellydancing for fun and fitness

The most fun class you’ve ever taken to get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. We provide bright colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, and exotic music. Every Wednesday, 6:30pm. $15 drop-in or $40 for four classes. Call 912-660-7399 or email ConsistentIntegrity@ yahoo.com

Boot Camp 2011

6 week indoor bootcamp. Times Available: MonFri: 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.

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 912-3417710 www.preservethecurves.com/curvycamp

Fertility Yoga

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

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ARIES

March 21–April 19 “Before I loved you, nothing was my own,” wrote Pablo Neruda to his lover in one of his sonnets. “It all belonged to someone else –– to no one.” Have you ever experienced a sense of being dispossessed like that, Aries? A sense of there being nowhere and nothing in the world that you can call your own? And have you ever fantasized that your emptiness could be remedied by the intimate presence of a special companion? I wish for you to have that consoling experience in the coming week. In fact, I predict it. Happy Valentine Daze!

TAURUS

April 20–May 20 You’re very familiar with the inexhaustible longings that you harbor in your depths. Your primal hungers for love and connection are never far from your awareness. But the sad thing is that you often regard this as a problem –– as a vulnerability that disempowers you. This Valentine season I’m asking you to change all that. I’m urging you to see your enormous yearnings as strengths . . . to celebrate them as essential fuel for your vitality . . . to treat them as crucial ingredients in your lust for life. Take it from someone who has seen too many people crippled by their lack of passion: You’re lucky to be so well–endowed with desire.

GEMINI

May 21–June 20 Happy Valentine Daze, Gemini! Here’s my prescription for making best use of the current cosmic currents: Be enchanting, but in an understated way. Be slyly charismatic and innocently flirtatious and serenely wild. Show how sexy it is to be sublimely relaxed. Make judicious use of small acts of friendly mischief. Be affectionately unpredictable, always in the service of showing how much you care.

CANCER

June 21–July 22 Your love story has elements of a farce mixed with a soap opera, fairy tale, and ghost story. For a normal human being, it might be too intense and convoluted to deal with; it requires so much willing suspension of disbelief and involves so much letting go of certainty that no one in their right mind would agree to its demands.

Luckily, you’re not a normal human being these days, and you’re not particularly in your right mind. That’s why I say unto you: Ride this snaky tale for all it’s worth. Enjoy every plot twist and riddle as if you’ve been given an epic myth you can ponder and learn from for the next ten years. Happy Valentine Daze, Cancerian!

LEO

July 23–Aug. 22 “I think, therefore I am,” declared the philosopher Descartes. Couldn’t he have equally said, “I feel, therefore I am” or “I sense, therefore I am”? During this Valentine season, I suggest that you put the emphasis on those other proofs of identity, not Descartes’. From what I can tell, intimacy is most likely to thrive if you liberate it from excessive thinking and lubricate it with generous amounts of trans–rational contact. For love’s sake, empty your head of abstractions, opinions, and theories. Make lots of room for the aroma of freshly washed hair, the shimmer of peaceful excitement, the shuddering solace of moist skin, the zing of poignant empathy, the wisdom of wandering hands, and the telepathy of shared perceptions.

VIRGO

Aug. 23–Sept. 22 Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! What’s the best way for you to celebrate the season of love? In accordance with the astrological omens, here’s a good suggestion: Write haiku–like poems on scraps of red paper and leave them around for a special someone to find. You can borrow the following samples, adopted from the work of Raymond Roseliep. 1. “mist on my mouth –– air you touched.” 2. “I tried to bring you that one cloud in this cup of water.” 3. “black raspberries –– your name breaking in the soft burst.” 4. “love song: I enter your mirror.” To get more inspiration, check at tinyurl. com/brisk88.

LIBRA

Sept. 23–Oct. 22 Happy Valentine Daze, Libra. It’s my astrological opinion that you need more jokes, comedy, and humor in your romantic adventures. If you’re too serious about seeking the pleasures of love, you can’t get what you want. To inspire your efforts, I present the winning entry from last year’s Bulwer–Lytton Fiction Contest. It was judged the

worst possible opening line for a novel, but it’s perfect fodder for the project I’ve assigned you: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss –– a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage–mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.”

SCORPIO

Oct. 23–Nov. 21 This Valentine season, you have considerable potential to bring more lyricism into your close relationships. To stimulate you in that noble effort, I’m borrowing from the poetry of Andre Breton. See if you can adopt this style of expressing yourself (or steal the actual words) as you reach out to a person you’d like to be closer to: “Your neck is pearled barley. Your hair is a wood fire. Your mouth is a bouquet of stars. Your eyelashes are a child’s first stroke of writing. Your eyebrows are the edge of a swallow’s nest. Your shoulders are dolphins’ heads under the ice. Your fingers? The ace of hearts. Your armpits? Beechnut and midsummer night. Your arms are the sea foam and flood gate foam. Your feet are bunches of keys.”

together with yours. “Your shadow is moonlight on a plate of silver; your footsteps, the seeding–place of lilies; the mystery of your voice, a chime of bells across the windless river air. The movement of your hands is the long golden running of light from a rising sun. Young horses are not more limber than your thoughts. Your laughs are bees buzzing around a pear tree. I dare to reach to you. I dare to touch the rim of your brightness.”

AQUARIUS Jan. 20–Feb. 18

When some Westerners hear the term “tantra,” they think it’s a New Age codeword for lavish sex. But in its original form, tantra is a philosophy that advocates spiritual union with all of creation, not just erotic union with an attractive partner. Tantric practitioners might engage in metaphorical “love–making” with lizards, birch trees, clouds, toasters, rivers, and quirky friends, among other wonders. I recommend that you experiment with this perspective, Aquarius. I bet you’ll find that cultivating lusty compassion for the entire world will enhance your personal intimacy with the people you care about. Happy Valentine Daze!

SAGITTARIUS

PISCES

“Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best,” wrote poet Gabriela Mistral. That’s an important theme to keep in mind during the season of amour. Your job as a lover is not to be inflated with the perfect knowledge of how to proceed, not to stride forcefully into each romantic nuance with your confidence exploding . . . but rather to stumble along humbly, waging experiment after experiment, striving to kindle the spark, unleash the deluge, conjure the whirlwind, burrow into the dirty, sacred depths –– or whatever the idiosyncratic truth of the moment calls for. Happy Valentine Daze, Sagittarius!

In many of the weddings I’ve been to as a guest, the love birds have sealed their vows with a chaste kiss –– a formal gesture that wasn’t imbued with much spontaneous passion. But in a recent marriage ceremony I attended, the new husband and wife showed little inhibition at the climax. They French–kissed in a prolonged embrace that also included ample groping. In the coming week, I urge you to put yourself as much as possible in situations where you can express that kind of free–wheeling spirit. Happy Valentine Daze, Pisces!

Nov. 22–Dec. 21

CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19

Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn! Borrowing words from poet Amy Lowell, I’ve created the nucleus of a love note for you to use as your own. Feel free to give these words (and others you write yourself) to a person whose destiny needs to be woven more intimately

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pilates mat classes

mat classes are held tues & thurs 7:30am8:30am, mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, mon & wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & sat 9:30am-10:30am. all levels welcome! private and semi-private classes are by appointment only. carol daly-wilder, certified pilates instructor. call 912.238-0018 momentum pilates studio, 310 e. 41st st , http://savannahpilates.com/

pregancy yoga

ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on tuesday evenings from 6-7:15 pm at 7116 hodgson memorial drive. pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. cost is $100 for 8 weeks. call ann carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail ann@aikyayoga.com.

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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 912-350-9031.

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 912652-6782 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

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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 912-288-7863 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/

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.

Better Breathers of savannah

meets to discuss and share information on c.o.p.d. and how people live with the disease. for info, call dicky at 665-4488 or dickyt1954@ yahoo.com.

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 african-american 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 monday-friday 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 3554601. 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 843-683-8750 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.

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Kidney Disease

Learn about causes, risks, symptoms and treatments at this class held every Monday. Call Leah Mitchem for more info: 912-232-2691

La Leche League of Savannah

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. 1-800-264-7154.

Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week sessions are held on Thursdays, 6-7:15pm at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Helps mothers-to-be 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

Offering a variety of fun educational programs including Beach Discovery Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle Talks and the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-786-5917 or visit www.tybeemarinescience.org. Tybee Island

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Readings & Signings Children’s book signing

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. BOOKS-A-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 4476605. 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 drum-curious 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

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Midweek Bible Study

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

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, 1-877-4948629, www.freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yahoo.com. Savannah Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or mpcsavannah.com. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.montgomerypresbyterian.com/

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 45 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

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.wilderness-southeast.org.

Unity of Savannah

Two Sunday morning Celebration Services - 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) A.W.E. interactive worship service at 7 p.m. every first Friday of the month. Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, www.unityofsavannah.org or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Unity Church of Savannah, Savannah

Women’s Bible Study

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

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

Support Groups

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call the clerk, 912-373-6276 Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah http://www.trinitychurch1848.org/

Realizing The God Within

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

Soka Gakkai of America

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.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

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 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.

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

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

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

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

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. Work-

Bleeding Disorders Support Group

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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. 8983980, www.oatlandisland.org. 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

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Amputee Support Group

Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

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Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-8784. Savannah

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 355-7633. Savannah

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Call 355-1221; or visit www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah cs


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3 Br, 2 BA double wide. Private lot. CH&A. Total electric. $700/mo $700/deposit. Available February 7th. no pets. (912) 748-6504

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2/3Br, CH&A, washer/dryer hookup, fenced backyard, security lights. $600/rent, $600/security deposit. Call Dawn,912-661-0409 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. 1Br APT. hardwood floors, convenient location off Skidaway at Victory Drive. 2017 e.38th Apt.B. $575/month w/$575 dep. 912-352-4391 or 912-658-4559 23 MASTICK STreeT: 3Br/1BA upstairs Apt. everything completely remodeled. $600/month, $600/deposit. Call anytime 912-224-0985 2 BeDrOOM, 1 BATH Duplex for rent on wilmington Island. $735/month plus water. Call 912-897-6722. 2Br/2BA, Southside condo, carpet, tile, pool, free water, screened porch, washer/dryer included. $675/month. Call eric 912-220-1566

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127 & 207 Edgewater Rd. Large 2BR/2BA, all electric, W/D connection, close to mall. $700/month;Special 200/dep. (Only 2 left) _________________ 1306B E. 67TH ST. 2BR/1BA duplex Near Memorial, W/D connection $675/month;Special $200/deposit. Special on 1BR Apts., walk-in closet, LR, all electric, W/D connection. $520/month, $200/deposit 11515 White Bluff Road. 1812 N. AVALON Townhome, 2BR/1.5BA, all electric, W/D connection. Special price of $650/month, $200/deposit.

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OAK FOREST-2BR, 1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $500-$550 739-1/2 E. 39TH-2BR,1BA, furnished kitchen, duplex $665. WINDSOR CROSSING CONDO-total electric, 2BR, 2BA, $650. 206 PARKVIEW CT. 3BR, 2.5BA, furnished kitchen, Legacy Sq, Pooler $1300. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 FrankMooreCo.com

1301 E.66TH STREET 2BR/2BA, Near Memorial Hosp., W/D connection, all electric. $700/month;$200/dep. DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY XROADS 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 BLOOMINGDALE 101 Conaway Road: Quiet neighborhood, 3BR, 1.5BA, large LR, DR, kitchen, laundry room, storage bldg. $875/month, $875 deposit. 912-748-5937 •Caroline Drive- 2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen, $650/month •Duane Court2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen, $650/month •Bee Road: 2BR/1BA, kitchen furnished $595. 912-897-6789 or 344-4164

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3BR/1.5BA, washer/dryer connections, gas heat, fenced backyard, carport. Available Now. $725/month, $500/deposit. Nonsmoking. Call 912-695-2239 btwn 4pm-8pm ONLY OR 1-704-953-4749 after 7pm ONLY.

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Fully equipped. Westside location. 912-349-0843 Duplex for rent, quiet area, Old Louisville Rd, Garden City, 2BR/1BA, $550 plus deposit. Includes water & garbage. 912-748-5937 EFFINGHAM, EDEN: Doublewide, 3BR/2BA, clean, neat. 173 Ridge Road, Fox Bow. $700/month plus deposit. 912-401-2620

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

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

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for rent 855 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 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 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. $750 6 Seneca St. $750 1236 E.38th St. $675 APARTMENTS 303 Gallery Way $1100 62 King James Ct. $1025 527 E.38th St. $695 2 Bedrooms 1102 E. 33rd St. $725 5608-B Jasmine Ave $650 One Bedroom 740 E.45th St. #1 $725 116 E.Gordon Ln. $595 Duplexes 1128 E.53rd St. $495 1320 E.54th St. $495 1234-A E.55th St. $550

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

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OFF LAROCHE: Upper, lovely brick 2BR, kitchen furnished, washer/dryer connection, CH&A, all electric $550. No pets 912-355-6077 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. 216 Screven: 3BR/1BA $700 136B Salt Creek Rd 3BR/2BA $750 2402 Texas: 3BR/2BA $850 930 Seiler: 3BR/2BA $800 Several Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

IN POOLER: Brick 3BR/2BA, fenced backyard, storage building, covered patio $1000/month, $1000/deposit. Available Feb. 1st. Ca l l 912-823-2955, 912-844-1825 or 912-844-1812

House & Apartment. Nice location. Will work with deposit. May include utilities. $850 & Up. Call 912-660-6477

LARGE 2 BEDROOM Private, in only 4-Plex.Nice, quiet neighborhood, hardwood floors, carport. ONLY 1 LEFT! Price reduced! $695. Call 770-309-8171

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.

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New Large Clean Carpeted Rooms, only 2-4 rooms per guest house. Quiet Areas, Busline. Cable, Fridge, TV, utilities, furnished rooms. Rooms with PRIVATE BATHROOMS available. $99-$159/Week. DISCOUNT FOR FOOD SERVICE AND HOTEL EMPLOYEES EFFICIENCY APARTMENTS 2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA APTS. LR, kitchen, refrigerator, stove, all utilities & cable included. $179 & $225 weekly. $880-$925/monthly with utilities. No Credit check.

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ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995. EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week. Call 912-844-5995.

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

Rooming house on 38th & Drayton. Furnished apts., utilities included $150/week. Rooms $80-$90/week. Call 234-9779 FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: 1510 Lincoln St. $155/week or $165/week for double occupancy, Includes microwave, refrigerator, stove, & utilities! Call 912.231.0240

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

NICE ROOM for rent, private bath, cable, electricity and water paid, $115/week +deposit. No drugs allowed. Call 912-428-6324

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.

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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2002 PT Cruiser Automatic, AC, Loaded, Very Clean, Blue-Book Value $4425. Asking $3250 (912) 441-2150

317 Linwood: 4BR/2BA, furnished kitchen, central heat/air, fenced yard, much more $950/month. 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853

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

•Wilmington Island Duplex: 2BR/1BA Livingroom/dining combo, kitchen, l a u n d r y. $750/month 912-897-6789 or 344-4164

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

32 GOEBEL Avenue: 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath garage apt. $750/month. VERY NICE HOUSE

rooms for rent 895 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 CLEAN, QUIET, Room & Efficiencies for Rent.On Busline, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer. Rates from $100-$165/week. Special Discounts for Monthly Payments. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909

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LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail. Looking for two responsible persons. 2 rooms available. Privatebaths, CH&A/cable/telephone. Immediate occupancy. $500/month each room, $125/security deposit. Mr.Brown: 912-663-2574, 912-234-9177. Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!

FORD 4WD, 1992- new AC, new brakes, all bearings replaced. Also: toolbox & camper. Call 912-704-9944

Honda Prelude, 1996 5 speed, AC, Loaded, $1850 OBO (912) 441-2150 Jeep Cherokee, 1999 automatic, 4x4, AC, Runs great $1950 (912) 441-2150


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