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What: A theater performance at 10 a.m. and three presentations addressing various aspects of women in the visual arts at 11:45 a.m. Includes talks on the emergence of National Women’s History Month and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. When: Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Gallery, 11935 Abercorn St. .

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Film: Southern Stories

What: Three films, including a Sundance

award winning short, by filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor centered around life in Tennessee. Q&A with filmmakers follows the screening. When: Wed. March 23, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 Info: 912-525-5050. www.lucastheatre.com/

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Chamber’s Business Connection

What: A monthly networking event hosted

by the Chamber of Commerce, including an oyster roast. When: Thu. March 24, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Where: Tubby’s Tankhouse, 2909 River Dr. , Thunderbolt Cost: $10/members, $25/non-members Info: www.savannahchamber.com/

The Punch Brothers perform again at this year’s Savannah Music Festival

SMF: Daniel Hope & Friends

SMF: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Schumann, Brahms and Joachim with a little help from his friends. When: Thu. March 24, 6 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Cost: $45-55 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

performs soul music that would make James Brown proud. Sponsored by Connect Savannah. When: Thu. March 24, 8:30 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $25-45 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

What: Violinist Hope performs selections from

SMF: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

What: Lawson is a bluegrass icon and National Heritage Fellow. He performs two evening shows. When: Thu. March 24, 6 p.m. 8:00 PM, Where: Charles Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $32 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

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Film: 9500 Liberty (US, 2009)

What: An award winning documentary

about the struggle over immigration reform in Virginia’s Prince William County. When: Thu. March 24, 6:30 p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community, 1001 E. Gwinnett St. Cost: Free and open to the public

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What: The Collective Face hosts auditions for an upcoming production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” When: Thu. March 24, 7 p.m., Fri. March 25, 7 p.m. Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Info: www.musesavannah.org/

What: Jones is a native of Augusta, GA and

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What: AASU and SSU host an opportunity for local residents, healthcare providers, educators, and consumers to learn about the implications of healthcare reform. When: Fri. March 25, 1:30 p.m. Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 N. Fahm St. , Cost: Free and open to the public


What: Take a trip back to 1825 when

the Marquis de Lafayette stayed at Mrs. Maxwell’s boarding house, now the Owens-Thomas House. When: Fri. March 25, 6 p.m. 6:45 PM, Where: Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members Info: 912-790-8880. www.telfair.org/

SMF: Beethoven’s Sonatas

What: Two preeminent classical performers, David Finkel and Wu Han perform Beethoven’s Sonatas for cello and piano. When: Fri. March 25, 6 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Cost: $55-65 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

SMF: Zydeco Dance Party

What: Geno Delafose & the French

Rockin’ Boogie get things shaking with some traditional Cajun music When: Fri. March 25, 6 p.m. 8:00 PM, 10:00 PM, Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $27 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

SMF: African Interplay

What: A blend of traditional African

music and Western instrumentation featuring Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal and the Lionel Loueke Ensemble. When: Fri. March 25, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $15-60 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

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Community Garage Sale

What: A group yard sale to assist the

efforts of Savannah Feed the Hungry. When: Sat. March 26, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Savannah Feed the Hungry Life Center, 4011 Augusta Ave./Hwy 21, Garden City Info: 912-349-0774. www.savannahfeedthehungry.com/

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ment offers $6 rabies inoculations and $20 pet micro-chipping. When: Sat. March 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Animal Control , Sallie Mood Dr. Behind Humane Society Info: www.savannahpd.org/

Spring Garden Festival

What: Educational lectures, activities

for children, plant vendors, and arts and crafts vendors. A fundraiser for the Bamboo gardens. When: Sat. March 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Coastal Bamboo Gardens, 1 Canebrake Rd. Cost: $2/parking Info: www.ugaextension.com/bamboo

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What: “Celebrate Children Day”

featuring activities and entertainment for kids. The Healing Field - flags representing child abuse cases - makes its debut. When: Sat. March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: National Guard Armory, 1248 Eisenhower Dr. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.coastalrockgroup.com/

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What: A fun-filled event filled with arts activities for the entire family including kids’ art, music, theatre, and dance activities. Artwork of Armstrong faculty, students, and alumni will be available for purchase. When: Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Hall Courtyard, 11935 Abercorn St Cost: Free

A Day for Emmanuel

What: Jenkins vs. Islands baseball

game, food, activities and raffles for Emmanuel Egyemang, a local high school student diagnosed with bone cancer. Proceeds benefit his family. When: Sat. March 26, 1 p.m. Where: Jenkins High , 1800 E. DeRenne Ave. Cost: $5

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What: The program is set in 1743 and features a British soldier retelling his role in the Battle of Bloody Marsh. When: Sat. March 26, 2 p.m. Where: Fort Frederica, 6515 Frederica Rd. , St. Simon’s Island Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-638-3639.

Director’s Preservation Tour

What: The museum’s director leads a

tour in and around the home discussing the recent restoration and techniques for site preservation. When: Sat. March 26, 4:30 p.m., Tue. March 29, 4:30 p.m. Where: Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: $18 Info: 912-236-8097. www.davenporthousemuseum.org/

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SMF: Giants of Texas Country

What: A unique double bill featuring

Texas country legends The Flatlanders and Junior Brown. When: Sat. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: $20-75 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

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Sunday

Women’s History at Fort Pulaski What: Two programs looking at Victo-

rian women’s fashion, including a Civil War era fashion show and a discussion about hoop skirts, corsets and other anachronistic apparel. When: Sun. March 27, 11 a.m. Where: Fort Pulaski , Hwy 80 West Cost: $5/general, Free/Children under 15 Info: www.nps.gov/fopu

Arts & Eats

What: An exhibit by artist Samantha

Claar, titled Gullah Living, and a special menu of traditional Lowcountry foods. When: Sun. March 27, 12:30 p.m. Where: North Beach Grill, 33 Van Horne Ave. , Tybee Island Cost: $12.95/food, Free to attend

SMF: Daniel Hope & Friends II What: The second installment from

violinist Daniel Hope & friends features selections from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Joachim. When: Sun. March 27, 3 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Cost: $45-55 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

Vinyl Appreciation

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cal selections provided by local DJs and record collectors. When: Sun. March 27, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D

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Film: Biutiful (Spain/Mexico, 2010)

What: A new film by Alejandro Gonzales

Inarritu that included an award winning performance by Javier Bardem who juggles life as a father and a gangster. Spanish with English subtitles. When: Sun. March 27, 7 p.m. Where: Victory Square Theater, 1901 E. Victory Dr. Cost: $8 (cash only) Info: www.reelsavannah.org/

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Boy Scout Benefit Golf Tournament What: Proceeds benefit the “Scout

Reach” program for inner-city Boy Scouts. Includes lunch, dinner, contests and prizes. When: Mon. March 28 Where: Club at Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Dr. Cost: $125/player, $500/foursome Info: 912-927-7272 . www.bsasavannah.org/

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ist Joe Craven for an afternoon music workshop. When: Mon. March 28, 4 p.m. Where: Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.shipsofthesea.org/

SMF: Jazz Piano Duet

What: Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes

celebrate the art of jazz piano. When: Mon. March 28, 6 p.m. 8:00 PM, Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $37 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival.org/

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SMF: Bela Fleck with the Marcus Roberts Trio What: Banjo legend Fleck joins

festival regular jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and his band for two shows. When: Tue. March 29, 6 p.m. 8:30 PM, Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $40 Info: www.savannahmusicfestival. org/

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11 Japanese disaster

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This week, as is our annual habit, we immediately turn from St. Patrick’s Day coverage to extensive coverage of the Savannah Music Festival, an event we’re proud to help sponsor.

A few weeks ago we also helped sponsor the Savannah Stopover, different in some ways from the Savannah Music Festival but very much alike in the extremely high quality of performances and the vision of taking Savannah to a new, higher artistic and creative level. One very important thing to remember about both these festivals is that the whole point is the glory and spontaneity of live performance. Fishing around for YouTube videos ain’t gonna cut it with this level of talent. You’ve got to see and hear them in person to believe them. Savannah Music Festival Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson has a distinct flair not only for curating a program that is of extremely

high quality on paper, every one of the acts he’s booked — as great as they sound in a studio recording — is at least ten times better live. As the Savannah Music Festival reaches a comfortable level of maturity — by which I mean it’s not the new kid on the block anymore — we see a pattern evolve. The Festival has accumulated what amounts to a repertory company of popular annual repeat performers — Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Dianne Reeves, to name but a few — and features a number of high-

profile new bookings, such as Band of Horses, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and the Avett Brothers (again to name but a few.) Spearheaded by our Arts & Entertainment Editor Bill DeYoung, our coverage this week includes interviews with Mr. Fleck, Ms. Jones, Seth Avett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore of the Flatlanders, and bluesman Michael Burks. While we’re paying particular attention this week to the various concerts Connect Savannah is sponsoring — Sharon Jones, the first sellout of the Festival, being chief among them — we’re also providing in-depth coverage of all sorts of acts at the Festival, of all genres. In addition to our interviews, there is a section of concerts that we particularly recommend as noteworthy. We have also included a full Festival schedule, in case you need a onestop-shop version to carry around with you. Much more coverage in on tap for next week’s issue, including the first round of reviews from the Festival. See you there! cs

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Abolish EPA, NRC to really protect the public Last week, The New York Times revealed that as long ago as 1972 the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (precursor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) knew of fatal design defects in the General Electric nuclear reactors now gone critical in Japan, but instead of banning the design, they stamped it as “safe” for nearly four decades. That jaw–dropping revelation caused me to reconsider recent Tea Party demands for the death of the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite my staunch environmentalism, I’m now willing to consider ridding us not only of EPA, but also NRC and every federal regulatory agency irrevocably corrupted by big corporate influence. Agencies like NRC and EPA lull us with promises of environmental compliance, while conniving with big corporations to fast–track pet projects, as they shove horrific public safety risks under the regulatory rug. The NRC case is damning: in 1972 a federal safety official eerily described the disaster now unfolding at Fukushima, saying that GE’s Mark I nuclear reactor presented an unacceptable safety risk and should be discontinued. His supervisor, Joseph Hendrie, nixed the

idea, arguing that a ban could “well be the end of nuclear power.” Like so many corporate toadying Washington bureaucrats, Mr. Hendrie was rewarded for siding with industry over safety. He was made head of NRC! Now, 23 Mark I reactors are in service across the U.S. – with the same fatal engineering flaw built into every one. As with NRC, so with EPA. Corruption has often turned EPA into a rubber–stamp for unsafe corporate projects and practices. Observe, for example, natural gas companies clamoring to drill thousands of new wells across the U.S. using a controversial technique called hydraulic fracking. The New York Times last month revealed that EPA has suppressed numerous studies showing fracking to be seriously harmful. Unpublished EPA studies concluded that radioactive fracking wastewater cannot be fully diluted. But despite wastewater radioactivity levels sometimes hundreds of times higher than the maximum federal drinking water standard, EPA has not required frequent tests of radioactive treated wastewater. As with NRC and EPA, so with the U.S. Mineral Management Service – renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management after its shameless, arguably illegal, performance in the lead–up to the BP Deepwater spill. MMS employees regularly rotated between

the regulator and big oil companies they were supposed to police (a common practice among corporations and agencies). No matter where you look you’ll find federal regulatory agencies in the same chummy relationship with big business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture – like many federal regulators – often invites big industry to help write the environmental and safety rules used to regulate new products. So it was that agribusiness giant Monsanto was invited by the Bush administration to literally “cut–and–paste” its findings into the environmental assessment that resulted in the Obama administration approval of Monsanto’s controversial genetically engineered crop known as Roundup Ready alfalfa. If you’re afraid for your children, don’t just urge government to hunt down Al–qaeda. Demand that it slam shut the revolving door between big corporations and regulatory agencies, and lift the veil of secrecy that conceals undue corporate influence. Most importantly, prosecute federal officials and corporate managers who subvert public safety and the common good in order to make rich corporations even richer. cs Glenn Scherer is senior editor of Blue Ridge Press, www.blueridgepress.com




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Members of the City Council gathered last Friday afternoon to discuss terms for hiring Rochelle Small–Toney as City Manager. Fresh off their appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and with festivities still ongoing along River Street, the meeting started late, as some members had difficulty finding parking spots. The mayor then requested that discussions take place in executive session, on the grounds that discussion would deal with compensation. More than an hour and a half later, the nine members emerged with a tentative compensation package for Small-Toney. Their offer is for her to remain at her current salary of $190,575 plus benefits that would include a monthly car allowance of $535 (the same that Michael Brown had), payment of dues and fees for relevant professional organizations, 15 vacation days and a six month severance. The package was approved by a unanimous vote. Council’s intent was to give it to Small-Toney, who would either accept, or make a counter offer. The expectation is that she will be formally given the position at Thursday’s regularly scheduled council meeting.

The state’s adjusted unemployment rate took a small step in the right direction last month. February’s unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, a slight improvement over January’s 10.3 percent unemployed in Georgia. February marks the 41st consecutive month that the state has had a higher unemployment rate than the nation, which is currently down to 8.9 percent, according to the state’s Department of Labor. “Job creation is the most important aspect of an economic recovery, and the slight increase in jobs in February gives me reason for cautious optimism,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler in a prepared statement. “Also, I’m encouraged that we continue to see a reduction in the number of new layoffs. However, the growing number of long term unemployed is troubling.” There were 263,200 long term unemployed Georgians in February (those out of work more than 27 weeks), an increase of more than 72,000 since February 2010. Long term unemployed represent an unprecedented 55.1 percent of the 478,000 unemployed Georgians.

The results of the 2010 Census were released for Georgia late last week, and Savannah grew by about 3.6 percent to 136,286 making it the fourth largest city in the state, behind Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus. Athens–Clarke, which is the fifth largest incorporated area, had the highest rate of population growth in the state at 15 percent, bringing it to 116,714. Chatham County has seen significant population growth over the past 10 years, growing 14.3 percent to 265,128. It is the fifth most populous county in the state behind Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb. Despite seemingly positive growth in the area, the data will mean that redistricting of legislative districts will favor Atlanta and northern Georgia over the coast. However, at this time, it’s still not clear what exact effects of redistricting will be. cs

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While questions remain about the unfolding disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor facility, the result of a massive earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago, the one certainty seems to be that the world is witnessing one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in history.

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in reactor development and reviews of existing plant safety. “I don’t want to stop the building of nuclear power plants, but I think we’ve got to kind of quietly, quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan,” Senator Joe Lieberman said on CBS’ Face the Nation on March 13. Lieberman was one of several prominent officials to make such statements on the Sunday show circuit. Sara Barczak, Safe Energy Director with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, echoed that sentiment. “We think it’s a sensible thing to do for everybody to take pause from the Obama administration down to the Public Service Commission and Southcontinues on p. 12

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ern Company. The reality is lessons are going to be learned from this, just as lessons were learned from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl,â&#x20AC;? says Barczak. Despite the calls for renewed analyses around the world, Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power contend that the Plant Vogtle expansion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the planned construction of two additional reactors at the facility in Waynesboro, Ga. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will continue as scheduled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are committed to the project and completing the units on schedule and on budget,â&#x20AC;? says Beth Thomas, a spokesperson for Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly monitoring the events in Japan and our thoughts and prayers are with the people there.â&#x20AC;? Even if the project is on schedule and budget currently, there are questions whether it can remain so. If history is any indication, the increased scrutiny on reactor safety could lead to dramatic increases in the cost of the Vogtle expansion. The first two reactors at the facility were unfinished when the Three Mile Island incident occurred, causing construction costs to spike ten-fold. According to Barczak, the only people who know whether the project is actually on schedule are utility company officials, as well as members of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Service Commission (PSC), who are responsible for reviewing the project costs every six months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public versions [of reports filed by the utility company with the PSC] that are not labeled â&#x20AC;?Trade Secretâ&#x20AC;&#x153; are not very helpful,â&#x20AC;? explains Barczak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so redacted that anytime youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading them and you think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redacted.â&#x20AC;? SACE had intervened in the PSC case about the Vogtle expansion, and according to the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last brief, they suspect

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the utility company is suppressing the true cost of the project, manipulating analyses of viable alternatives to nuclear development and forcing the costs onto ratepayers (who will be paying a monthly surcharge for the construction for the next several years). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is becoming more apparent that it is not the Vogtle nuclear reactor project itself that is being â&#x20AC;?actively and prudently managedâ&#x20AC;&#x153; but rather the image that such project will stay on budget and on schedule,â&#x20AC;? states the SACE brief. Â The expansion of Plant Vogtle could be the first new reactor construction in the United States since 1979, when a partial meltdown at Three Mile Island changed landscape for nuclear development. Public opinion on nuclear energy had been steadily improving over the last several years in the United States, fueled in part by a concerted public relations campaign to push nuclear as the most viable means of lowâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;carbon energy production, the push for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuclear renaissanceâ&#x20AC;? that began in the midâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2000s, and a meltdownâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;free 25 years since Chernobyl. Feelings about nuclear had been in steady decline since the 1990s, and only 17 percent of Americans â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongly favoredâ&#x20AC;? increasing nuclear energy capacity in 2005. By early 2010, 27 percent â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongly favoredâ&#x20AC;? it, and 59 percent â&#x20AC;&#x153;favoredâ&#x20AC;? it, according to a Gallup poll in March of last year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear how the disaster in Japan will affect public opinion, but it has certainly increased awareness about potential catastrophic failures at nuclear reactors. Utility company officials have downplayed safety concerns based on direct comparisons with the catastrophe in Japan, saying that there is little chance of an earthquake affecting reactors in

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around the same time as reactors at Fukushima during the late 1960s. Plant Hatch was last certified in 2002 when the NRC granted it an additional 20 years of service. “In the last decade alone, nine reactors have been shut down for at least a year in order to rectify safety problems,” said the UCS paper.

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negligence nearly led in 2002 to a catastrophic accident at the Davis–Besse plant in Ohio,” says a position paper authored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The lifespan of reactor facilities is generally expected to be around 60 years. Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch, located south of Savannah, was built

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Georgia and no chance of a tsunami reaching them. There have been potential issues with other natural disasters though. In October 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) raised questions about the design safety of the AP1000, the reactors planned for Vogtle, particularly whether they could withstand hurricane force winds above a Category 3, tornados and other events. Comparing the AP1000 reactors with those at Fukushima is futile because of advancements in design. One significant difference is their emergency shutdown mechanisms. The 40 year old systems at the Japanese reactors required an alternative source of electricity to power automated shutdown processes within the reactors. Those were wiped out by the tsunami that followed the earthquake, exacerbating the situation. The AP1000’s design includes “passive safety,” according to the Westinghouse website, which means that shutdown can occur without electricity using gravity, compressed air and other mechanisms. Despite that advancement, there are still some concerns about the safety of the AP1000. In 2009, there were three separate incidents involving flaws in other types of reactor containment units, including a rust hole that had penetrated the steel containment liner at Beaver Valley and a 60–foot long crack in the concrete containment at Crystal River. Major problems were avoided because existing reactors in the US have secondary containment to prevent leaking radiation, something lacking from three of the reactors at Fukushima, and also not present in the current AP1000 design. According to testimony from Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Associates, “The steel containment in the AP1000 design has no backup secondary concrete containment behind it to capture post accident radiation that leaks out. Nuclear plants have been licensed under redundant safety features in order to protect public health and safety, and the containment redundancy is missing from the AP1000.” Some experts are also concerned about the safety of existing facilities because of failures in oversight by the NRC. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not properly enforced safety regulations at existing plants; such

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The large crowds in town for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities kept police busy, including a total of 190 arrests over the weekend – 154 in City Market and 36 on River Street. That total included 27 arrests for disorderly conduct, 17 arrests for public urination, 13 seatbelt violations, 9 arrests for affray and 7 arrests for public intoxication, among others. Although the parade remained relatively free of incidents, things definitely got weird around closing time early Friday morning. Police logged 45 arrests between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m., including disorderly conduct, public urination and one swimming in prohibited waters.

• There were a few peculiar incidents among the partiers who accessorized their green outfits with a complimentary pair of handcuffs. A 27 year old man from Guyton was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day after he attacked a police car around 11 p.m. A few hours later, a 25 year old from Hunter Army Airfield was arrested for battery and obstruction when he allegedly bit an employee of a bar and then struck a police officer who tried to break up the fight. Likely winner of the stupidest arrest goes to a 24 year old from North Carolina who was charged with striking a law enforcement officer after he smacked a police horse. • A man was arrested last Saturday for conspiracy to commit a crime, interference with government property and criminal attempt for entering an automobile when he mistook several undercover GBI agents for potential co–conspirators. The man was looking in windows and checking for unlocked door handles on police cruisers and asked several guys standing nearby to “look out” for him. The guys he asked were undercover agents.

• One reveler caused damage and injuries while driving under the influence early Saturday. The 35 year old man had driven the wrong way down three different one way streets, sideswiped a car and then injured three women in a Jeep. He was driving without registration. The three women injured were transported to Memorial for treatment. The man was discovered driving north in the southbound lanes of the Truman Parkway, then exited travelling east in the westbound lanes of President Street. • A Youtube video of an incident during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities has sparked an Internal Affairs investigation. The video is of a fight between several women and a man in and near a red SUV. A large crowd gathered to watch the fight. Two officers arrive, and one forces the man involved onto the ground, striking his legs with a baton. A woman involved, who appears bloodied, steps up and pushes the

officer. The officer chases the woman, also striking her in the legs with the baton. After placing the man in handcuffs, the officer chases down the woman, who had wandered away. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. • A 66 year old Alzheimer’s patient reported missing was returned safely. The man was reported missing Saturday morning, and a search team that included dozens of police officers, CEMA employees, mounted officers, dogs, a helicopter and a crew from the Salvation Army was deployed. The man was discovered seven hours later when he rode up in a van with church members who were unaware the man was missing. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


I’m aware this is a dumb question, but in a way that reassures me because I’m relieved of the task of checking to see if any of your other readers have posed it before: do shadows weigh anything at all? Of course, I know we’re talking extremely small amounts—fractions of fractions of fractions of pounds. Or perhaps the reverse is true? —cHeMiCaL iMBaLaNcE, Toronto Let’s think about this: (a) this question is dumb; (b) the Teeming Millions don’t ask dumb questions; ergo (c) this question must never have been asked. Surely you can identify the fatal defect in this logic. We’ll let that slide, though, because your question isn’t garden-variety dumb—it’s dumb but interesting, a rarer and more prized breed. We’ll proceed cautiously. 1. Peter Pan is said to have had a tangible shadow, albeit one so flimsy that it was “not more material than a puff of smoke.” Peter Pan was, of course, fictional—although at the quantum level that may not be an important distinction—and J.M. Barrie, his creator, lacked scientific training. But we’ll accept this estimate as establishing the upper bound. 2. However, it’s directionally wrong. Using one frame of reference you could say our shadows actually weigh less than nothing. Four hundred years ago Johannes Kepler observed that comets always had a tail pointing away from the sun and concluded that the sun’s rays exerted pressure that blasted material away from these celestial bodies. In the late 19th century the physicist James Clerk Maxwell formulated equations predicting the pressure of light, a value confirmed experimentally in 1903. 3. You see where I’m headed with this. If you’re standing there catching some rays, said rays aren’t impinging on the surface commonly thought of as your shadow, thus creating a shadowshaped zone of reduced pressure. Compared to the rest of the landscape,

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then, your shadow (or, more precisely, the area it covers) weighs less. 4. How much less? Not a lot. The pressure we receive from sunlight is incredibly small: less than a billionth of a pound per square inch at the Earth’s surface. It would take several million human shadows to account for one blocked pound of light force. The light falling on the city of Chicago has a total force of about 300 pounds. 5. However, incredibly small doesn’t mean inconsequential. When Japan’s Hayabusa space probe approached the asteroid Itokawa in 2005, light pressure equal to 1 percent of the probe’s engine thrust had to be taken into account to enable the craft to hover near the rock rather than blow past or crash into it. 6. Equally cool is the solar sail dreamed of by science fiction writers for at least 50 years and finally realized when the Japanese IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun) probe launched last May. The idea is that the solar sail uses light pressure plus the solar wind (a much weaker zephyr of charged particles from the sun) to propel itself plus a payload. In June, IKAROS successfully unfurled its sail, a square of ultrathin film 46 feet on a side equipped with solar cells that power the craft’s electronics. In July, the Japanese space agency reported that IKAROS was being scooted along by solar pressure of 1.12 millinewtons, or 0.0002 pounds of force—which, OK, is not so much. But it’s being produced by sunlight! It’s free! The scientists managed to do this from more than four million miles away! So let’s have a little respect. 7. More miracles await. Last year researchers based at the Australian National University showed that light could be used to heave tiny particles and have them land at a precise spot 20 inches away. They thought they’d eventually be able to do the same at a distance of 33 feet (10 meters)—which, again, may not seem like much. However, if the tiny particle is a deadly virus, living cell, or gas molecule that can’t be moved any other way . . . you get the picture. So, cHeMiCaL, is asking whether shadows weigh anything a dumb question? Well, yeah. However, making the small but crucial leap to asking whether light weighs anything—that’s the impulse of genius, experienced by Kepler, Maxwell, and now you. cs

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The Feral Professor: Tihomir Petrov, 43, a mathematics professor at California State University Northridge, was charged in January with misdemeanors for allegedly urinating twice on the office door of a colleague with whom he had been feuding. (Petrov was identified by a hidden camera installed after the original puddles turned up.) Petrov is the author of several scholarly papers, with titles such as “Rationality of Moduli of Elliptic Fibrations With Fixed Monodromy.”

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• Gangs in Durban, South Africa, have recently begun stealing expensive antiretroviral (ARV) drugs destined for AIDS patients and using them in the country’s most popular street drug, “whoonga,” a highly addictive, smoked cocktail of detergent, rat poison, marijuana and the ARVs. The crisis was reported by KwaZulu-Natal province drug-abuse organizations and Durban police, who stood by their claims despite attempts by South African president Jacob Zuma to assure international suppliers of ARVs that more were needed and that none were being diverted for whoonga. • Somehow, prison inmates finagled $39 million in undeserved federal tax refunds in 2009, according to a February report by the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. In Key West, Fla., for example, where prisoner Danilo Suarez was sentenced in January to five years in prison for filing multiple fraudulent returns, jailers discovered a pass-around sheet of instruc-

tions for false filings. While some refunds were investigating whether Hamby was were legitimate (e.g., on pre-incarceration merely trying to sabotage a competitor’s investment activity), the IRS was found to food. conduct fraud screenings on fewer than Unclear on the Concept half of all returns filed by prisoners. (The IRS complained that, until 2008, it was • As is usually the case when Walmart illegal for the agency to share information announces the intention to build a new with state corrections officials -- or even store, community supporters (pushwith the Federal Bureau of Prisons.) ing for jobs, an enlarged tax base and • State law in Tennessee prohibits shopper convenience) battle community registered sex offenders from re-contactopponents (trying to save mom-and-pop ing their victims, but there is no such retailers), and when plans were restriction on anyone convicted of announced for a northeast a sex crime before 2007, and still Washington, D.C., location, in prison, but who is not yet on the it was the local Advisory Hurray for registered list. (Post-2007 sex crimiNeighborhood Commissioner, Nuclear nals are automatically registered Brenda Speaks, who proPower upon conviction.) Consequently, duced a brand-new reason according to a February WMCfor opposing such a store. TV report, convicted molester Young people, she told an Terry McConnell cannot be preanti-Walmart rally (according vented from mailing birthday cards to a February Washington Post to one of his two pre-2007 victims report), would be more likely to (one reading, “I cannot believe my get criminal records because, with little tot-tot is already a teenager. You a big corporation around, they might be tired of me writing this, could less resist the temptation but I can’t get over how fast you are to steal. growing up”). (Prison officials say • British drug dealer Luke their limited resources are better used Walsh-Pinnock, 22, recently released after on monitoring incoming mail rather than a prison stint, threatened in February to outgoing.) sue police in the Kilburn neighborhood • Senior Houston police officer Mike of London after officers distributed a Hamby, 51, was suspended in February leaflet near his mother’s home warning after witnesses reported that he, off-duty that Walsh-Pinnock was once again free. and not in uniform, had tossed a tear-gas Walsh-Pinnock said he felt “humiliated” grenade into a group of rivals in a rodeo by the leaflet, in violation of his “human cooking contest. Hamby has 30 years’ rights.” service and was a member of his union’s The Redneck Chronicles board of directors. About 300 teams compete in the barbecue cook-off, and police (1) Timothy Walker, 48, was hospital-

ized in Burlington, N.C., in February after he fell off of an SUV while he was on top, holding down two mattresses for the driver, who apparently rounded a curve too fast. (2) Three people were hospitalized in Bellevue, Wash., in January when their van stalled and then exploded as the ignition was re-engaged. They were carrying two gallons of gasoline in an open container and had been feeding the carburetor directly, through an opening in the engine housing (between the seats), as the van was in motion. (It was not reported why they were doing it that way.)

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• Washington, D.C., resident Nicole Pugh, arriving at her polling station in November with the sole intention of casting a vote for mayor, noticed a line on the ballot asking her choice for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, even though no candidates were listed. On a lark and with no knowledge of the office, she wrote in her own name, and that evening was informed that she had been elected, 1-0, to an office that had been vacant, through apathy, for the previous 14 years. Though other Advisory Neighborhood Commission positions are contested and the candidates quite active, none is paid, and they work mostly via meetings. (However, having the title can garner press attention -- for example, for Brenda Speaks, commenting on the planned Walmart store, above.)

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The Country Afraid of Its Own Shadow: (1) Britain’s Oxfordshire County Council, which oversees youth swimming classes, banned goggles from the pools in February because of the fear that kids might snap the elastic bands and hurt their eyes. (2) Malvern Primary School in Huyton, Merseyside, recently banned play with regulation soccer balls because they are made of leather. “Football,” it ruled, must be played with less-dangerous sponge balls. cs

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Elusive Perps: (1) Armed-robbery convict Edward Nathan Jr. escaped from a Florida work-release center in 1983 and, as “Claude Brooks” and other identities, managed to avoid police for the next 27 years, until he slipped up in December in Atlanta -- arrested after being caught urinating in public. He was returned to Florida and charged with escape. (2) Accused thief Anthony Darwin, 30, who had successfully

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eluded authorities in Wisconsin since 2004, turned himself in to Sheriff Bob Spoden in Janesville in January, apparently only because he needs treatment for cancer. However, not wanting to pay for the expensive surgery, Spoden asked a judge to dismiss the arrest warrant and put Darwin back on the street. (Judge Alan Bates released Darwin for treatment, which will surely be paid for by the taxpayer, although perhaps not on the sheriff ’s account.)

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HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL At 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. The first band that came to my mind when I heard this North Carolina six–piece was Little Feat. Maybe it was the irreverent lyrics, the swinging Mardi Gras atmosphere (banjo and trombone alert), the hot boogie–woogie piano or the free–wheeling, fun–loving and blues–inflected vocals. Ah, but there’s straight–ahead Americana, a bit of bluegrass, and a lot of tunes that – maybe because of that irrepressible ‘bone – sound like rocked–up Dixieland or Vaudeville. “We like a lot of music,” bandleader (and banjo man) Stephen Murray told an interviewer. “There’s no reason why we can’t write a rock song or a Dixieland song. We’re ragtime and rock ‘n’ roll.” HGTR – the guys came together as UNC Greensboro students – has two studio albums, So Long I Screamed and Family, and there’s also a live one called Northbound at Southpaw. See holyghosttentrevival.com

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BIG TREE At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26 Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park St. With its quirky blend of abstract folk, modal jazz and psychedelia, San Francisco’s Big Tree would have fit right into the lineup of the recently–wrapped Savannah Stopover Festival. If you’re a fan of our own General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers, this band is sort of like that – it’s just that the weirdness is expanded a bit (and hey, the Panhandlers are opening this show, so everything seems to be cosmically correct on our end). The band, which began in New York before relocating out west, crossed the county in 2010 in a van powered by vegetable oil. Just thought I’d throw that in there. See bigtreesings.com

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Sebastian, Knauer, piano: Beethoven Sonatas. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Synergy Brass Quintet. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (bluegrass). 6 and 8 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Daniel Hope & Friends: Schumann, Brahms & Joachin. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy Sharon Jones & the Dap– Kings: 8:30 p.m., Trustees Theater p.24

March 25

Synergy Brass Quintet: 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Sound Dialogue: Daniel Hope interviews Wu Han. 2 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Zydeco Dance Party/Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. 6, 8 and 10 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas for Cello & Piano/David Finckel and Wu Han. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy African Interplay: Ballake Sissoko/Vincent Segal, and Lionel Louke Ensemble. 8 p.m., Lucas Theatre

March 26

Beethoven Violin Sonatas 1. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church McIntosh County Shouters: Slave Shout Songs From the Georgia Coast. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Liszt at 200: Louis Lorte, piano. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy Delta Guitar Slingers: Michael Burks, Lucky Peterson, Sherman Robertson. 7 and 9:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center p.30 Giants of Texas Country: The Flatlanders, Junior Brown. 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre p.28

March 27

Daniel Hope & Friends: Brahms, Mendelssohn. Beethoven and Joachim. 3 p.m., Telfair Academy Delta Guitar Slingers: Michael Burks, Lucky Peterson, Sherman Robertson. 5 and 7:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center p.30

March 28

Catherine Leonard, violin. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist

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The Savannah Music Festival runs March 24-April 9, at venues all over the city. Please note some shows are performed multiple times the same day. For tickets and additional info, see savannahmusicfestival.org Interviews in this issue are noted by p.?? Church Percussion Summit: Jason Marsalis, Hans–Kristian Kjos Sorenson, Joe Craven. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Sound Dialogue: Jim Ketch and Bill Charlap. 2 p.m., Kennedy Pharmacy Jazz Piano Duo: Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes. 6 and 8 p.m., Morris Center.

March 29

Beethoven Violin Sonatas 2. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Bill Charlap/Renee Rosnes Piano Duo. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Sound Dialogue: Joe Craven interviews Bela Fleck. 2 p.m., Kennedy Pharmacy Bela Fleck/Marcus Roberts Trio. 6 and 8:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center p.26 The Face of the Bass: Edgar Meyer. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy

March 30

Eric Kim, cello. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Bill Charlap /Houston Person. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Bill Charlap Trio with Houston Person. 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Celestial Voices/Stile Antico. 6:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain. 8 p.m., Lucas Theatre p.26 The Avett Brothers. 9 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre p.22

March 31

Swing Central Jazz Showcase. 10 a.m., Rousakis Plaza Beethoven Violin Sonatas 3. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Ike Stubblefield Trio. 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris

Center Sound Dialogue: Rodney Whitaker & Slide Hampton. 2 p.m., Kennedy Pharmacy The Clayton Brothers/Ike Stubblefield Trio with Marcus Printup and Wycliffe Gordon. 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center French Quarters: Ebene Quartet. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy Masters of Indian Music & Dance: Zakir Hussain, Amjad Ali Khan, Vijayalakshmi. 7 p.m., Lucas Theatre

April 1

Swing Central Jazz: The Competition. 9 a.m., Lucas Theatre Daniel Hope & Friends: Sex, Violins & Tales of the Baroque. 5 and 8:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Duke Ellington’s Small Band Classics/Swing Central Finale. 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre Robert Randolph & the Family Band. 9 p.m., Trustees Theater

April 2

Patrick Messina, clarinet. 11 a.m., Christ Church Christne Brewer, soprano. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy Jazz Meets Brazil: Dianne Reeves/Chico Pinhiero. 8 p.m., Lucas Theatre Punch Brothers & Chris Thile. 9 p.m., Trustees Theater

April 3

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Brahms, Haydn & Bruch. 3 p.m., Lucas Theatre Cajun Dance Party: Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege, Caleb Klauder Honky Tonk Band. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center

April 4

Mozart Keyboard Sonatas:

Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano. 6:15 p.m., Temple Mickve Israel Band of Horses. 7:30 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre The Heart of a Saturday Night: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey. 7:30 p.m., Morris Center

April 5

The Heart of a Saturday Night: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., Morris Center Daniel Hope & Friends: Shostakovich, Vivaldi and Marc Niekrug. 7 p.m., Lucas Theatre Citizen Cope. 8 p.m., Trustees Theater

April 6

The Heart of a Saturday Night: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., Morris Center Simone Dinnerstein, piano. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy

April 7

Daniel Hope & Friends: Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy Cuban Dance Party: Los Munequitos de Matanzas/ Tiempo Libre. 7 & 9:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Allen Toussaint Band/James Hunter. 7:30 p.m., Trustees Theater

April 8

Benny Kim/Keith Robinson. 11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Sound Dialogue: Andy Falco & Tim O’Brien. 2 p.m., Kennedy Pharmacy Tim O’Brien Band/The Infamous Stringdusters (bluegrass). 6:30 and 9 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center Golden Voice of Africa: Salif Keita. 8 p.m., Trustees Theater

April 9

Tim O’Brien Band/The Infamous Stringdusters (bluegrass). 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.., Charles H. Morris Center Raleigh Ringers. 5 p.m., Bull Street Baptist Church Nikolai Luganshy, piano. 6:15 p.m., Telfair Academy James Cotton/Jerry Portnoy (blues harmonica). 8 p.m., Trustees Theater Funky Dance Party: Maceo Parker. 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center. CS

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The boys in th band: Joe Kwon, left, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford and Seth Avett

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For Seth Avett, this past February 13 was the high–water mark in a year filled with them. “We got a chance to talk over song parts with sort of ‘the one’ in the realm of Americana songwriting,” Avett enthuses. “There’s none higher.” The occasion was the 2011 Grammy Awards telecast, and “the one” was none other than Bob Dylan. Avett, his brother Scott and the other members of the Avett Brothers’ band backed the Bard on a raucous version of “Maggie’s Farm,” joined by the indie group Mumford and Sons. “It was, obviously and predictably, a dream come true,” says Avett. “It happened very quickly. We did two rehearsals – we did the song maybe 15 or 20 times before we did it onstage.”

The young musicians didn’t know what to expect. “Everybody that works for him will preface your meeting with him with ‘When Bob gets here, he may want to want to do the song in a different key,’” the 30-year-old Avett recalls. “They say ‘He may want to do it in a different tempo. He might want to do it slower or faster, or he might want to do a different song. And if he does, just roll with it.’ “But he seemed to be pretty intent on doing the song we planned on, and real focused, and really invested in the

song and wanting to make it great. He was real personable to us, and after the song on the actual awards ceremony, he turned around to me and Scott and was like ‘That was great!’ It was a hell of a moment.” Playing a Savannah Music Festival show March 30 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, the Avett Brothers are currently the darlings of the indie Americana world. Brothers Scott and Seth are not only exemplary songwriters, each has a distinctive, plaintive voice that brings to mind Levon Helm and Richard


On a basic level, he says, “it just felt natural. And there’s only so long that you can deny what you are sort of meant to be doing.” Avett calls what the band does now “a mixture of a lot of things that we love. There is a rock element, and there will always be a rock element. We’re not gonna be just a little folk duo. We like doing that, and then we also like getting loud, getting heavy, whatever. “But we had to admit to ourselves that we liked the simplification, instrument–wise and personality–wise. We liked breaking it down to just me and him, we just had to count on each other. And the music just got very simple and uncluttered. And that was a natural fit.” The Avett Brothers band includes the siblings’ longtime compadre, bassist Bob Crawford, and cellist Joe Kwon. They’re well into the recording of their second album with producer Rick Rubin, the follow–up to 2009’s major–label debut I And Love and You. Released on Rubin’s label American Recordings, a Sony subsidiary, the album got glowing – even reverent – reviews. It reached No. 16 on the Billboard chart. Success, Avett says, hasn’t changed them – what it’s done is necessitated a logistical shift. There are more people around now, helping get music heard, helping to get the band from one place to another, helping to arrange things like the Grammy telecast with Dylan. The only thing Avett regrets is that the brothers now have less interaction with their fans. That’s generally one of the first casualties of a successful flush. But never suggest that Scott and Seth have become mere pawns in a music– business corporate game. “We incorporated right at the beginning, so we got our minds set in the business side of things early on,” Avett

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With apologies to Aretha, the crown now belongs to Sharon Jones by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

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The first show to sell out at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival was the March 24 performance by the R&B powerhouse Sharon Jones & the Dap–Kings. Which just goes to show you, some things never go out of style.

“I tell people, there ain’t nothing retro about me,” says the Dap-Kings’ singer Sharon Jones. “To me, retro is some young person trying to imitate and sound like some soul singer ...what’s retro about a 55-year-old?”

Inspired by the classic soul and funk recordings of the 1960s and early ‘70s, the eight–member band plays it sharp and tight, with thick grooves, chunky electric guitar and a punctuating horn section that’s got a ferocious bite. Jones is a seriously soulful vocalist with tremendous emotional range. Born in Augusta (that’s James Brown’s hometown, y’all), she was 3 when he mother moved the family to New York. But Jones (“I am a Southerner,” she says proudly) spent almost all of her childhood summers in Georgia. Not long ago, she moved her mother into a house in South Carolina, just across the Savannah River from Augusta. It wasn’t an easy road. Although Jones has been singing since she can remember, success eluded her until the late 1990s. In New York she drove a Wells Fargo armored car, and for many years was a prison guard at C–74, the adolescent offenders’ block at Rikers Island penitentiary. Through her years as a part–time studio backup vocalist, she made the acquaintance of Gabriel Roth & Neal Sugarman, founders of the Brooklyn–based indie label Daptone Records. The studio house band became the Dap–Kings. All of the Jones/Dap–Kings albums – from Dap Dippin’ in 2001 to the recent I Learned the Hard Way – have been recorded in the old–school fashion on analog (not digital) studio equipment, utilizing vintage instruments and amplifiers. Don’t call it “retro,” however, unless you’re ready for a good dressing–down from Sharon.


Sharon Jones: I tell people, there ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nothing retro about me. To me, retro is some young person out here trying to imitate and sound like some soul singer. I ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no young child trying to sound like somebody way back when! If you admire my singing because it reminds you of James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner or something like that, then yes, ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nothing wrong with me reminding you. But I ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying to sound like nobody. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Sharon Jones, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 55 years old. And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retro about a 55 yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;old? Now, if I was 23 ... Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see us up for no Grammys or awards. They need to have an award for soul music. And they also need to have an award for independent labels, or some category. They can make something up. Sharon Jones & the Dapâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Kings are not getting recognized. They say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul music is from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone. Those people died out, so there is no more soul music.â&#x20AC;? And then I read where one guy said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul music is people singing about struggling.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bullcrap! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craziness. It took a few years for you to become successful. How frustrated were you over those years? Sharon Jones: When they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept me at this label or that, I just kept myself busy. Never stopped singing, whether it was with the church choir, or doing studio work, stuff like that. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I got with the Dapâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Kings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; my ex was working with these guys, and they were putting these records together, trying to sound like they were made back in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. I was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say what? Get out of here!â&#x20AC;? They were these young white boys adding some Afroâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;beat stuff, and every time I heard it I thought thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool, you know, the Daktari beat. They wanted three background girl singers. I was like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why use three? I can do all three parts.â&#x20AC;? And I went in and did it, and it was right down my alley. And nobody looked at me and said â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are too old,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for.â&#x20AC;? They were grateful. They said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say something to this music!â&#x20AC;? and I made something up, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soul music. You hear good music, you hear a groove and you sing soul. If it was retro, these guys would get some young singers in and try to teach

them how to sing these songs to sound soulful. The Dapâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Kings write the music and lyrics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; give me the music, the lyrics, and I sing it the way I think it should sound to this music. Is it gratifying to find your music accepted and loved all over the world?

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Left: Bela Fleck with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Right: The Melody of Rhythm super-trio, Fleck, Hussain and Meyer.

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Béla Fleck talks collaboration, improvisation and the surprising upsides of gimmickry

by bill deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

In 30–plus years of interviewing musicians, I can name a half–dozen who are always a pleasure to speak with – they’re forthcoming, funny, thoughtful and seem to truly enjoy exposition and the old back–and–forth, with some journalist they’ve never actually met on the other end of the phone. Béla Fleck may be on the top of that list. This was perhaps my fourth conversation with the composer, Flecktones bandleader and master of the jazz banjo, and he’s never been anything less than a wonderful interview. Fleck’s making his umpteenth Savannah Music Festival appearance this week. Along with a pair of Morris Center shows with Florida–based pianist Marcus Roberts, he’ll be joined at the Lucas Theatre by his frequent collaborator, double bassist Edgar Meyer, and the Indian table wizard Zakir Hussain (SMF frequenters will recall Hussain’s stunning 2009 show with Shivkumar Sharma). Fleck, Meyer and Hussain will play their joint composition The Melody of Rhythm, which was commissioned for

the opening of a new concert hall in Nashville, and subsequently recorded for CD with the Detroit Symphony. The music – as with everything Fleck’s done since his bluegrass days with New Grass Revival – is genre–defying, incorporating elements of classical music, Gypsy jazz, Appalachian and Indian music. And more. The highly skilled trio will perform The Melody of Rhythm without an orchestra, and their show will include other compositions as well. This is an abridged version of the interview, which got very technical at times, for your reading pleasure. You and Edgar decided to make this new composition a triple concerto. How did you come to bring in Zakir?

Béla Fleck: We were looking for a collaborator that would make it impossible for us to turn down. We had a very short list, and Zakir was at the top of it. Luckily, the orchestra leaders agreed that he would be a great choice. Both Edgar and I have wanted to collaborate with Zakir forever, because we’ve been fans of his since the Shakti days – that sort of opened up our minds to who he was, and a lot of people learned about Indian music through him and Shakti. And then followed him into traditional Indian music, and his other projects. How do you start a composition like this? Is it tabula rasa at the beginning – we can go anywhere? Béla Fleck: You start out thinking anything is possible, and then you gradually work into “What would be best?” As you get near the end, you often become pragmatic – when you hit your time deadline, that’s when you have to start to make choices. Often the best choices for the pieces, but you weren’t ready to make ‘em until now. The truth is, whenever the three of us were in a room, we worked very quickly.

Nobody would ever say “I can’t do that.” Everybody would say “Wow, I’m going to find a way how to do that. That’ll be great. That’ll be what I’ll learn how to do on this project, I’ve never done that before.” And get excited about it. Percussion–wise, aren’t there limitations to what you can get out of tabla? Béla Fleck: I think it’s what you define as limitations. In other words, you can’t ask a vibraphone to play a long violin note. You can only ask a vibraphone to do what it can do – but that doesn’t mean it can’t do quite a bit. So the bass, the banjo and the tabla all have the things that they naturally do, and the things they do that we’ve all learned they don’t naturally do, and so that’s the palette that we have to draw from. Just because the banjo can’t be a violin doesn’t mean it’s not a success; it’s a great success at being a banjo. My job is to get as many colors out of it as possible. And that’s what Edgar does, and that’s what Zakir does. Live performance, and the thrill of improvisation, is so much a part of


Béla Fleck: There’s a lot of great reasons to make records. One is that it’s a way to hear back what’s going on, and compose. And improve the composition. In other words, when we went in to record this music we hadn’t been touring it for a long time. We had to listen to it and figure out what would make it good. First, you’re striving and striving to get something that’s good to put on a record, that you’re proud of. But as you listen to that again and again, and getting to know it, now you’re starting that song on a whole new level. So on one level it’s a rehearsal, on one level it’s a photograph of the piece at a certain date, and on another level, it’s a leapfrog up to a higher level. Musically. You can sit in a rehearsal, but you’re not going to refine to the extent you would if you record it and listen back to it. And step out of the act of playing, and go into the act of listening. So how has the concerto changed since the recording? Béla Fleck: The concerto is set; the only person that improvises with the concerto is Zakir, because he has an open cadenza and he’s able to play the form without playing the exact same thing. But on the other music, we’re all improvising constantly. And even if you play a great improvisation one night, you can’t play the same one the next night. You have to take it to the next level. So, is it better? It’s just a different photograph as it moves through the song’s life, you know? You could enjoy the earlier version, or you could enjoy the later version, or you could just enjoy the fact that there are many versions. I know exactly why you were asking. It’s sort of a little too convenient to go “Hey, the old model is gone, so there’s no point in making records any more,” because there’s a lot of great things about records far beyond the idea of selling them. To me, it’s a critical piece of the composition process that shouldn’t go away ... whether they sell or not. Because it’s making the music better. Every album I do, if I can’t commit to a good year of performing it live, I tend to be very suspicious of doing it. It’s not a matter of promoting it because it will sell more – some of them sell great, some of them don’t sell great – it’s about showing the audience my commitment to that music. For those reading this and wondering ... how and why do banjo, bass and tabla

work together? Béla Fleck: The reason it works is because of the people who are playing them. And I hate to talk about it in terms of myself, because I’m not the person who should be talking about myself, but I can talk about those two guys. Edgar and Zakir are staggering musicians, whatever instrument they happen to play. I would have to say that most of the things they do tend to work ... if Edgar’s going to be committed to playing something, he’s going to use all his wherewithal, his composition skills, his playing ability and a lot of thought power, to make it work. And he’s a great composer. Zakir is exactly the same. He’s going to put that thing he has into it, and it’s going to work because he’s such a brilliant musician. I think in the end, it works because everybody is really coming at it on a very high level, musically, and also with a desire for it to be cohesive and warm. Pressing the point, I think some people will read about those three disparate instruments together and wonder whether it’s like a triangle, a wax paper comb and a theremin ... Béla Fleck: Right. You see it on television, somebody playing a glass with their hands ... a gimmicky thing. And sometimes it’s like “Let’s just put all these crazy things together – people will come out and see it because it sounds so odd.” Or “That sounds intriguing – I’ll have to go see it!” I’ve gotten a lot of that over the years because I play the banjo. “He’s playing jazz banjo! Would I even like that? I don’t know, but it’s interesting – let’s go check it out.” It’s my job to deliver something meaningful when they show up, so that the gimmicky–ness is actually to some positive end. It’s not that the gimmick of the Drumitar in the Flecktones, or Victor flipping the bass, or me playing electric banjo, has to be a bad thing if the music we’re playing has some worth. I always try to address myself to the music I’m playing having some worth. Then I can be committed to it and stand behind it, and when people come see me they’ll know that at least I’m playing something I believe in. In Savannah, You’re also performing with the pianist Marcus Roberts. Tell me about that. Béla Fleck: It’s a one–time thing so far, but who knows where it’s gonna go? I actually met him in Savannah several

years ago, when I was playing there with Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet. There was a jam session I was invited to, and I went, and Marcus was there. We ended up playing a few tunes together – I’ve always been a huge Marcus Roberts fan, and I found him to be much more open to me, more than I was expecting. The idea came up of Edgar, Zakir and I all doing outside projects, as well as the trio, at the festival this year. So I’ve already been down to Florida and practiced with him for a couple of days, and it was really fun. I’m very excited about it. I understand you’re working on a solo banjo concerto, and there’s a new Flecktones record on the way? Béla Fleck: The concerto is quite a challenge; I have about 30 percent of it done. It premieres in Nashville in September. But I have to finish it now. The big project last fall was recording with the original Flecktones lineup, with Howard Levy, the harmonica player, back in the band. The new record is very esoteric – I like the idea of esoteric with warmth and joy. Not an esoterica that pushes you away but is intriguing, and has enough earthy elements to make the whole thing work. As soon as we get done with this run with Edgar and Zakir, the Flecktones are going to go back into action, in late May. Next year, Edgar and Zakir and I may do some touring in the Far East and India. Maybe with another collaborator. We definitely want to keep it alive. CS Savannah Music Festival Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain When & where: At 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, Lucas Theatre Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio When & where: At 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, Charles H. Morris Center Béla Fleck: Sound Dialogue (live interview by Joe Craven) When & where: At 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, Kennedy Pharmacy “The Face of the Bass: Edgar Meyer” When & where: At 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, Telfair Academy “Masters of Indian Music & Dance: Zakir Hussain, Amjad Ali Khan, Vijayalakshmi” When & where: At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, Lucas Theatre

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore was raised in the dusty Texas panhandle town of Lubbock, birthplace of none other than Buddy Holly. Like Holly, he is a singer, songwriter and guitar player. But the similarities end there.

Gilmore is one of a handful of Texan musicians famous for their lyrical acoustic tunes – think about Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle or Nanci Griffith, for starters – that incorporate deft turns of phrase and steep poetry, and melodies that borrow from blues, folk and country sources for something altogether unique. There’s just something about Texans. Gilmore is playing the Savannah Music Festival with the Flatlanders, which also includes – as it has for more than 40 years – his fellow Lubbock singer/songwriter Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. Because the Flatlanders’ music is more country/rock than singery or songwritery, the show is called Giants of Texas Country. All three of these guys have forged extremely successful solo careers, but they always come back to the Flatlanders (the name is a sly reference to the famously empty terrain around Lubbock). Gilmore lives in Austin, where he’s been playing SXSW shows nearly every night for the past week or so. He`s got a new album out, Heirloom Music, a collection of songs from the ’30s and ‘40s that he recorded with a California string band called the Wronglers. If you don’t recognize Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s name, you’ll remember him from the classic Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski. He played Smokey, the milquetoast bowler who had a pistol pointed at him by hotheaded Walter (John Goodman). His singing voice sticks with you, too. It’s a rather high– pitched, nasal sound – as if Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney from Green Acres), could carry a tune and knew how to deliver it. The voice’s pinched quality unserscores an aching and unforgettable vulnerability. Merle Haggard’s mother told him she didn’t care for Lefty Frizzell, because it sounded as if he was singing through his nose. Haggard’s reply was “I don’t care if he’s singing through his ass, I like the way


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Is it something you worked at, or is that just the way it came out? Jimmie Dale Gilmore: I learned how to sing before I even ever knew there was such a thing as voice training or anything. Sometimes I’ve wished maybe I’ve had a little training in it – same as with guitar, I was so much self–taught that in later years I wish I had somebody really show me a bunch of stuff when I was younger. Because I think it limited me. But I developed my singing style so much by myself that it didn’t even occur to me to ever get any training. Astonishingly, it will soon be 40 years that you, Butch and Joe made your first record, in 1972. Are you guys literally school chums from the old days? Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Oh yeah. Butch and I, all the way back to the mid ‘50s. We were little kids. Butch and I are the same age, Joe’s a little bit younger, and Joe and I got to be real good friends when he was somewhere between 18, 19 or 20. The three of us got together about 1970 or so. It was very loose. Butch and I were from that really loose folk–music background, and Joe had always been in rock ‘n’ roll bands, where there’s always that emphasis on rehearsal and getting’ it right. Butch and I had played where you just sit down and start playin.’ And Joe’s been a real good influence on both of us in that way. Although, to this day, I think we’re still not quite enough that way! What’s the secret to staying friends? Jimmie Dale Gilmore: I think part of it may be that we’ve done so much through the years that wasn’t together. So it always makes it great when we are back together. But who knows? Part of the thing is the simple fact that the basis of our relationship was friendship to begin with. We all just liked each other. And we were all mutual fans of each other. And another part is just the simple fact

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore: I don’t know, because I learned to sing, I would guess, unconsciously imitating all the singers I liked. And most of the ones I liked the most were real nasal. But mostly, they were real emotional. That’s something you could say about Lefty, or of course Hank Williams, who’s at the top of the list, always.

that we were each so different from each other. Everything about our sound, our styles, our personalities and everything is real different. You’ve got this new record out with the Wronglers. So why aren’t you touring with them, instead of the Flatlanders?

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore: It’s not really set up like touring. I’m doing a large number of one–off dates with both of them. And the Wronglers are huge fans of the Flatlanders, so there’s no conflict from their side. How did you decide to record those old–timey tunes? Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Do you know Warren Hellman? He puts on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. It’s huge, and it’s free, and he pays for it out of his own pocket. And it’s not cheap. It comes from his personal, intense love of bluegrass and all old–timey music. And he plays the banjo, himself. We got to talking, and we hit it off. We both love this music, and we had a sense of humor in common. Warren put this little band together. At one time, he’d been on the board of Levi Strauss, so the name Wrongler was a joke on Wrangler. The idea popped into my head, “Why don’t we all make a record together?” Warren and I were almost from two different planets in every other respect, but we love this music.

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The story about how you learned to play the guitar is interesting. I’ve read about it second and third–hand, but I’d really like to hear it from you. Michael Burks: I learned from my father real young. I was two years old when I first started playing. My dad had an old acoustic guitar with four strings. It was sort of a bass guitar – he took the two strings off the bottom and left the top four strings. I was learning bass runs, playing simple basslines. I started learning stuff off of 45 records. I would just play along with it, and I got real good at that.

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You could say you had an interesting childhood. Michael Burks: When I was six years old I got a little gig in a jukejoint in Arkansas. I was sitting in with a real big band, they had a 12–piece horn section and everything. That was my first shot in front of a big crowd As a kid, me and my older brother were playing all over South. When I was 10, 11, 12, I was playing all over Arkansas with different people, until I was a teenager. Then your father started a club and you basically became the house band.

‘Blues is not a machine, blues is an art’

Michael Burks is part of a Delta blues triple-bill by Jim Morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

In many ways Michael Burks doesn’t fit the stereotype of a bluesman. He’s on the young side, for one, being “only” 54 — fairly underripe by blues standards. He was born in Milwaukee, for another, though he moved to Arkansas at a young age. He wasn’t “born under a bad sign.” He’s had pretty much the same ups and downs most of us experience at some time or another – including a crucial mid–career change (more on that later). In one very key way, however, he is very much like the best bluesmen: While his studio performances are

very, very good, his live performances absolutely kill. With a voice that conjures a young B.B. King and a guitar style more like Albert King’s, Burks brings his full– throated, nearly rock–style guitarwork and vocals to the Charles H. Morris Center as part of the Savannah Music Festival in a triple-bill “Delta Guitar Slingers” concert with Lucky Peterson and Sherman Robertson. Connect Savannah is proud to sponsor the Delta Blues concert, and we spoke to Burks last week.

Michael Burks: I was doing my own thing. We were playing everything from R&B to funk to Jimi Hendrix to Santana. We were playing all the stuff that was popular in clubs, stuff off of the jukebox. Then everything started changing with the disco craze and the rap craze. That sort of knocked live music out of the clubs. Being from a small town like Camden, Arkansas, there weren’t a whole lot of choices. Playing music was how I was surviving. Then with the disco/rap craze I didn’t have a job. So I had to go find a real job, and I completely quit music for 10–11 years in the early ‘80s, ‘til about 1993–94 I picked it up again. What inspired you to pick up the guitar after such a long layoff? Michael Burks: I was going through a divorce. My older brother was living in Atlanta and he invited me to spend the weekend with him to get away from Arkansas, to air my head out. He said, “Bring your guitar with you.” I said, “I don’t want to bring no guitar, I haven’t played in 11 years.” So I took off to Atlanta and he took me to a place called Blind Willie’s. Chick Willis was playing – a stooped down man from Tennessee. My brother

was friends with Chick and he said, “How ‘bout let my brother sit in a couple songs.” I was like, “Send me on back to Arkansas.” Chick called me up. I did actually take an old Gibson 335 with me, all black, with so much rust on the strings I knew I’d break one the first note I hit. People went nuts. I played another song and people were climbing the walls. I told my brother, “That’s all I want.” He said, “How long in are you in Atlanta?” and I told him I was leaving. He said, “You can’t leave! We’ll find you a job.” So I decided to start my own band, and that’s where it happened. How did your style change after such a long time not playing? Michael Burks: I still can’t play as good as I did before. I wish I could play as good as I could before I quit. How has the idea of the blues changed since you first started playing? Michael Burks: Back then you just had blues. People called it different names – Delta blues, Chicago blues – but it’s still the blues. Now they got blues rock, contemporary blues rock, and all these names like that. My style is just a style of different genres of music I grew up around. Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T–Bone Walker. I actually did a three–month tour with T–Bone when I was 12. Everybody wanted to play like T–Bone. Even B.B. King wanted to play like T–Bone. But me being 12, he was just an old man to me. I was like, huh, so? So what do you tell that young guitarist who wants to play the blues? Michael Burks: Blues is not a machine, blues is an art, it’s history. It’s a feeling. It’s got to do with the changes a person goes through in life. And some people can’t handle the truth. You’ve got to understand the music and feel the passion. A lot of people play blues scales, notes, chords, and say “I’m playing the blues.” No, you’re playing the notes. Until you can play those notes with a passion and a feeling, you ain’t playing the blues. CS

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At 8 p.m. March 25, Lucas Theatre French cellist Segal, who plays in the trip hop group Bumcello, has found an experimental musical equal in Malinese kora player Sissoko. As with Bela Fleck’s banjo–led incursions into different world musics, the two seemingly disparate instruments seem to flow together quite naturally. The kora, of course, is a 21–string African harp, and Sissoko is considered one of two absolute masters of the instrument (along with his good friend Toumani Diabate, with whom Sissoko recorded the stunning New Ancient Strings album). In performance, Sissoko and Segal trade off as lead and support players, and their live shows are reportedly rife with thrilling improvisational interplay. Guitarist Lionel Louke takes the first half of this concert (titled “African Interplay”), with a group that includes woodwinds, percussion and strings. Louke is from the Republic of Benin, and his music naturally has roots in Western Africa, but incorporates elements of jazz and other contemporary forms of world music.

Stile Antico

At 6:30 p.m. March 30, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist We can’t imagine a better venue than the cavernous and utterly beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to experience this lush British vocal ensemble. Stile Antico, which literally means “ancient style,” focuses on the rich legacy of 16th and 17th–century polyphonic composition – using as a springboard the compositions of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and his Italian, Flemish and Spanish contemporaries. This astonishing a capella choral group – made up of young people, by the way – also draws from English sources, from Elizabethan madrigals to the Eton choirbook to the works of Tavener, Sheppard, Tallis and Byrd. And then there’s this: Stile Antico not long ago toured the world with the rock star Sting, as part of his Songs From the Labyrinth project. The Savannah Music Festival’s official title for this concert is “Celestial Voices: Stile Antico.”

March 26 will mark the 184th anniversary of the German composer’s death, and thusly he’ll be a major figure in 2011 Savannah Music Festival performances. At the very first SMF show, on March 24, pianist Sebastian Knauer performs Herr Beethoven’s piano sonatas; longtime friends of the festival David Finckel and Wu Han present Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano ( a cycle of five) March 25; Violinist Daniel Hope and his chamber music group perform the first segment of the complete Violin Sonatas on the 26th; Hope’s March 27 recital features (among other works) Beethoven’s Judas Maccabeus; on the 29th, violinists Benny Kim, Lorenza Barrani and others continue the cycle of violin sonatas – the cycle is completed with the March 31 performance. And down the road, the April 7 “Daniel Hope & Friends” performance will include two more works by the great master. For details and ticket information, see savannahmusicfestival.org. cs

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Best breakfasts in town One inquiry I field frequently concerns where to eat breakfast downtown – outside of a hotel. The choices used to be pretty limited, but have grown substantially in the past few months. Of course, eateries like J. Christopher’s and Huey’s on the River have been staples. Others worth a look: Tubby’s on River Street has just gone through a substantial remodel and now serves breakfast 7 days a week. On my recent visit, I had the basic breakfast plate – which at $7.99 was quite a bargain. My two eggs were scrambled to order, the fried potatoes (my choice over grits) were tasty and prepared well for what is obviously a frozen product. I chose bacon, delicious bacon – but could have also selected ham or sausage. Toast or biscuit? Biscuit please! There were just a handful of other diners the day I visited, so food came out hot and service was fast. I’ve had complaints from readers about the service time – which could be a problem, I suspect, if every inside and deck seat was full. Still, these guys are just getting their heads around a new menu and a new space. I’m anxious to return to try the eggs Benedict. B. Matthew’s Eatery, corner of Habersham and Bay streets, is one of a handful of places that do all three meals. I’m partial to Habersham and Eggs, which scored one of 50 best breakfasts in America from Food Network magazine. It’s a value–driven plate with three eggs, smoked ham and biscuits and gravy – for under 9 bucks. Goose Feathers Cafe, just off Ellis Square on Barnard Street, offers a variety of ways to break fast – pastries, fruit and cereals – and full, protein–rich plates of eggs and meats. Count on a short wait at this very popular

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breakfast destination. And, even though it’s in a hotel, breakfast is worth the trip at Avia, facing Ellis Square. It’s a classic buffet, with custom stations for omelets, waffles and crepes on Friday and Saturday. Of course, venerable Clary’s Cafe, 404 Abercorn St., teems with tourists and local alike for breakfast. It’s been a while, but I loved their housemade corned beef hash – and hope it has continued on the menu. The foodie hotline lights up most often with questions about where to find a Sunday brunch. The 500–lb. gorilla in this category is Aqua Star, at Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The choices are seemingly endless – I’m partial to eggs Benedict – and always save room for freshly prepared banana’s Foster. B. Matthew’s goes to a brunch style menu on Sunday – very different from its weekday breakfast menu. Belford’s in City Market kicks up the brunch challenge on Sundays with a menu rich in Lowcountry–inspired dishes. Soho South Cafe, 12 W. Liberty St., has a good–looking brunch menu served Sunday only from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Lastly, don’t forget Firefly Cafe, 321 Habersham Street. Brunch begins at 9 a.m. I love the banana nut French toast! cs

Scorsone’s secret A couple of times a year, I taste wines that stand above the rest. It happened two weeks ago when I tasted wines from Sonoma County–based Adobe Road Winery, owned by renowned sports car racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra. Local Porsche aficionados might recognize Buckler’s name – he’s also founder of The Racer’s Group (TRG), a manufacturer and distributor of high performance Porsche parts. Buckley brought that same drive to the wine business. Following a model that’s becoming more and more prevalent, he did not invest in acres of vineyards, but put his resources into state–of–the– art production facilities. But an owner’s drive, vision and deep pockets mean nothing without a talented winemaker. Michael Scorsone brings that talent to Adobe Road Winery. Scorsone has worked at some of California’s top boutique wineries – from Neyers and Failla to Turley. His talent was developed from far more than a background in the wine industry. Coming from a deeply rooted Sicilian food and wine family, Scorsone graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As a professional chef, Scorsone worked at restaurants such as: The Little Nell, Caribou Club and Ajax Tavern in Aspen, Colorado. From there, Scorsone became the Hotel Operations Manager at the luxurious MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That’s a career for most people, but Scorsone was just getting started. Scorsone left Las Vegas to follow his heart back to wine. He took intensive viticultural courses at Napa Valley College and was Cellar Master at Neyers before apprenticing at the Villa Montelione winery in Valpolicella, Italy, where he learned to make Amarone style wines. Scorsone returned to the U.S. as an assistant winemaker at Failla Winery where he not only made the wines, but single–handedly farmed and managed the vineyards of this small, ultra–premium estate for three years. With the Failla wines being crafted at Turley Wine Cellars, Scorsone was also involved in winemaking for Turley’s wines. I tasted five Adobe Road wines – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah. In my trade show shorthand, I scored all five Adobe Road wines with my highest accolade: Five stars and an “MB,” for “must buy.” I was particularly enamored of the Sauvignon Blanc. Typical Sauv Blanc features are present – green apple and tart white stone fruit – but three months of aging in neutral oak adds depth that brought even more flavor to the table: vanilla, caramel and nutmeg spices. Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect choice when you’ve tired of the grassy and brassy counterparts. cs

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Poster art expo Just two years in, the Savannah Record Fair is now “the Southeast’s premier vinyl record expo,” according to the organizers of the inaugural Savannah Bandwagon, a poster art show and sale to be held April 14–17, in conjunction with the SCAD– sponsored Record Fair. There are workshops, seminars, panel discussions and even a documentary film screening on the docket. For buying a pass, you get all this plus admissions to several evening shows at Live Wire Music Hall (including Elf Power, Aux Arc, Sunglasses, Word of Mouth, Listen Listen and Matthew Akers). The Record Fair is 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the River Club – and that’s where all the Bandwagon stuff takes place. See attendbandwagon.com

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Shorties • SCAD’s 13th annual International Fair is right around the corner - look for it 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2 on Broughton Street between Lincoln and Abercorn. Grupo Kachimbo, Mystik NRG and DJ Omar Richardson will perform for the free event, which is one of those “celebrate diversity” things with food and art from various global spots - what it really is a big, fun block party! Also on the menu: the Irish Dancers of Savannah, traditional Peruvian Folklore dance, Korean Pop dance, Tibetan Plateau dance and more. • The Collective Face holds auditions for its spring production of Neil Simon’s bittersweet comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs 7-9 p.m. March 24 and 25 at Muse Arts Warehouse. CS


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their own pilgrimage to all the reported UFO sites (Roswell, Area 51, etc.). At one of these locations, they stumble across Paul, an extraterrestrial who’s been held by the government for 60 years and has just made his great escape. Pursued by the terse Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman) and his bumbling subordinates (Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio), Paul talks Graeme and Clive into helping him elude his continues on p. 38

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The idea of combining a werewolf tale with a whodunit is an interesting one, and the notion of adding layers of Freud and feminism onto the wolfman saga is positively genius. These angles have been tackled before (the Peter Cushing vehicle The Beast Must Die and Neil Jordan’s mesmerizing The Company of Wolves, respectively), but Red Riding Hood initially promises that it will ambitiously tackle the lycanthrope tale on both fronts. Unfortunately, it botches the assignment, resulting in a film that proves to be rather toothless. Catherine Hardwicke’s status as the director of Thirteen is a plus, but she’s also the helmer of the first Twilight picture, and it’s the overriding influence of that blockbuster that damages this film. A well–cast Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, a young medieval maiden whose village has long been plagued by the presence of a werewolf. A visiting moral crusader (Gary Oldman, in camp mode) reveals that the wolfman is actually someone from the village, and this causes everyone to view their neighbors with suspicion and – shades of The Crucible – hurl accusations of witchcraft. Had Hardwicke and scripter David Johnson buried themselves in the lore and atmosphere of their setting while accentuating the legend’s leaps into sensuality, violence and the allure of latent desires, it could have worked beautifully. Instead, the focus is on the love triangle between Valerie and the village’s two cutest boys, the smolder-

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Rango is so imaginatively realized in terms of its camera angles and backdrops that the sense of detail brings to mind a live–action flick rather than an animated one.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU One person’s religious beliefs are often another person’s existentialist theories, and The Adjustment Bureau offers plenty of theological fodder to go around. Because it tinkers with notions involving God and chance and destiny and all that other stuff that’s fun to discuss whether under or over the influence, it might turn off those types of folks who badly misunderstood Martin Scorsese’s brilliant and heartfelt Christian ode, The Last Temptation of Christ. Other viewers, however, might appreciate the movie’s ability to question omniscient authority with the proper mix of reverence and reflection. Based on a short story by Hollywood’s go–to sci–fi author Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, etc.), this stars Matt Damon as aspiring U.S. senator David Norris, who, on the night of a humbling defeat, meets

promising dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). The pair are instantly attracted to one another, but David soon learns from the members of a shadowy cabal that they are never meant to be together. Yet these imposing figures in long coats and hats aren’t just any muscle men – they’re actually spiritual beings who help keep our world in balance by following the orders of the so–called “Chairman.” But David refuses to accept his fate, leading the ethereal enforcers to resort to strong–arm tactics to contain the situation. The Adjustment Bureau often feels like a romantic yarn first and a fantasy flick second, with some nifty chase sequences thrown in for good measure.

Hall Pass

It’s hard to wax philosophic about a film in which a portly guy stoned out of his gourd elects to use a golf course sand trap like so much kitty litter, so let’s just state that Hall Pass, the latest yarn from those wacky Farrelly Brothers, doesn’t merely alternate between scenes that are dumb and dumber. It’s actually a smart picture at times, both in its dissection of marital matters and in its ability to extract solid laughs from dubious situations. This latest bit of naughty cinema never matches the heights of Judd Apatow’s The 40–Year–Old Virgin or the Farrellys’ own There’s Something About Mary, although it comes close in a few scenes. But it’s certainly better than those dreadful Adam Sandler–Dennis Dugan collaborations At the same time, it’s important not to oversell Hall Pass, which unfortu-

nately goes on too long and runs out of steam before it comes to a close. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play Rick and Fred, suburban hubbies who spend all their time ogling other women and imagining all the fun they could be having were they still single. They love their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, respectively) but crave some excitement in their staid lives. After some debate, the ladies – who, it must be noted, are sharper than their spouses and have long figured out the rationale behind their gooberish, sex–crazed behavior – elect to give their fellows a “hall pass,” the opportunity to take a week off from marriage and do anything their suddenly single hearts (and other organs) desire. But getting back into the swingers’ swing of things is harder than the men imagined, leading them to mistake Applebee’s for a place to find hotties and employing pickup lines that surely have never worked in this planet’s entire history.

face it, a twist that was pretty easy to spot in the first place. But Unknown isn’t like that. It starts with Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) and his wife (January Jones) arriving in Berlin to attend a conference. A subsequent accident while riding in a taxi cab leaves him with a moderate case of amnesia, able to recall his identity but not the details surrounding the accident – and utterly unable to explain why his wife insists that another man (Aidan Quinn) is the real Martin Harris. Neeson is as compelling here as he was in his previous Euro–action yarn Taken, and the picture even makes some modest political jabs by presenting Kruger’s illegal immigrant as a heroine who’s smart, resourceful and tough, an asset to the population of any country. Mostly, though, the film keeps its focus on its central mystery, and when everything is finally explained, we can quietly smile at its outlandishness while simultaneously applauding it for not insulting our intelligence.

Unknown

Just Go With It

I don’t mind that Unknown, which builds on Liam Neeson’s newly minted status as a tortured action hero, is utterly ridiculous. Why? Because within the constraints of its absurdity, it always manages to play fair with the audience. This is a radical departure from many contemporary thrillers in which the filmmakers are so focused on the twist ending that they barrel toward that destination with little rhyme or reason. The result is invariably a storyline riddled with plotholes and saddled with, let’s

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Adam Sandler’s latest catnip for knuckleheads, Just Go With It, is based on Cactus Flower, a farce that’s been the basis for a French play, a Broadway hit, and a motion picture starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn in her Oscar–winning role. But here’s the thing: Not until I actually saw the words “Cactus” and “Flower” during the end credits did I even realize this was supposed to be another adaptation of that venerable comedy. Upon reflection, it certainly contains similar ingredients to the 1969 film I caught on VHS years ago, but they’ve been buried under so much narrative rubble that my cluelessness was understandable. It’s a shame, because the base story – the usual formula about a man (in this case, Sandler’s plastic surgeon) who spends all his time chasing the wrong woman (Brooklyn Decker’s school teacher) before realizing that the Right One (Jennifer Aniston’s office assistant) was by his side all along – is workable, there are a few genuine chuckles. But any potential is negated by bad casting choices – not Sports Illustrated swimsuit bombshell Decker, who fulfills the minimal demands of her role, but screen irritant Nick Swardson, a useless Dave Matthews and a slumming Nicole Kidman – and the typical Sandler–Dugan concessions to fratboy humor. CS


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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

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

Non-violence program

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

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Savannah Tea Party

meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 for additional info.

Benefits 7th Annual Lend A Hand Charity Gala

featuring cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will benefit children in coastal Georgia and in the Village of Hope in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Saturday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. Cocktails (open bar), 8:00 p.m. Dinner (Indian & Western food). DeSoto Hilton, 15 E. Liberty St. Tickets: 125 ($75 tax deductible); Call 912-856-9713.

Honor Flight Fundraiser

Honor Flight Savannah and the Savannah Artisans Guild sponsor an arts bazaar to raise funds for Honor Flight, which provides WWII vets free trips to see the WWII monument in Washington DC. April 16, 10am-2pm at the National Guard Armory on Eisenhower Drive. www.honorflightsavannah.org

Hope House of Savannah

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

Household Supplies Drive

Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is accepting canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels and toilet paper. Please visit www.parkplaceyes.org for directions.

Kiss-a-Pig Spa Nights

Heavenly Spa at Savannah Harbor offers free treatments (incl. massage, manipedi, 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.

Pierogie Sale

Baba’s Kitchen. 10am-noon, 1st Sat. of every month; March 5th, April 2, May 7 and by appointment. ph. 912-826-5176 or email babas.pierogies@gmail.com St. Mary Magdalene Sisterhood 1625 Fort Howard Rd. Rincon, GA 31326

Race for the Cure

The third annual Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, in beautiful downtown Savannah. Teams and individuals who want to participate, along with anyone interested in volunteering for the event, can go to www.komencoastalgeorgia.org or at www.savannahraceforthecure.org to register.

Race for the Cure

The third annual Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, in beautiful downtown Savannah. Teams and individuals who want to participate, along with anyone interested in volunteering for the event, can go to www.komencoastalgeorgia.org or at www.savannahraceforthecure.org to register.

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

As part of its ongoing work with incest survivors, the Rape Crisis Center has built a cinder-block wall where incest survivors can throw plates as an anger management technique. In order to continue, donations of china are needed. Call 233-3000 to make a donation.

Yoga Marathon

Louie’s Kids and COPE are readying for the first Yoga Marathon in historic Forsyth Park on April 9, 12-3pm. Louie’s Kids and COPE are raising money to help fight childhood obesity. Visit www.louieskids. org/yoga for more info or contact sbaker@ copeforchange.org

Call for Entries AWOL’s Theater Arts Program

All Walks of Life’s Theater Arts Program is looking for experienced staff to assist with its next annual production, which will begin in September. Positions include Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Choreographer, and Set Designer. All applicants should turn in headshot,resume, and sample of design or portfolio. E-mail: kgreen@awolinc.org. For more info: www. awolinc.org

Call for Craftspeople

Local fine arts and crafts gallery is looking for local and regional artisans, most specifically within the diciplines of metals, fibre/textiles, ceramics, furniture, 3-d and some 2-d with heavy emphasis on construction and assemblage. Please

email amcraftsmansav(at)gmail(dot)com for artist guidelines.

Summer Music Scholarships

The Savannah Friends of Music will again provide Summer Music Scholarships to outstanding “rising” 9th through 12th grade music students who wish to attend summer music camps. Application forms may be obtained on the website savannahfriendsofmusic.com, by clicking “Summer Music Scholarships.” The deadline for applying is April 1. For questions, call 231-1989.

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.

Working Woman of the Year nominations

AWWIN is now accepting nominations for the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women of The Year Awards until March 31. The Gala and Silent Auction to honor the Top Ten will take place Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:00PM at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Nominations are open to all cities and states in the USA. Visit www.awwin. org for more 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: 912604-3281

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

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

Beading Classes

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

Boater Safety Classes

SCMPD hosts a series of certified safety classes. Does not include on the water instruction. Participants may qualify for insurance discounts. Must be at least 12 years old. April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19. For info or to register, call 912-921-5451. Free and open to the public.

Building and implementing strategy

A workshop for nonprofits to learn the basics of how to design and implement a strategic plan. March 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the United Way Building, 428 Bull St. $90/GCN members; $130/ non-members. Advance registration is required. Call 912-234-9688 for more info.

Cheese making workshop

Learn to make mozzarella & ricotta. Class will consist of a demonstration, followed by hands-on learning. There will be take-home recipes. Participants need to bring rubber gloves. To reserve a spot, email: redearthfarm@yahoo.com Or call 912.557.1053 for more info. $20-$40, sliding scale. March 26, 10am. Red Earth Farm, Reidsville, GA.

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.

Coastal Savannah Writing Project

A series of “Super Strategy Saturdays,” designed to help area teachers improve their literacy teaching skills. Two upcoming sessions: “Memoir Writing & Reading Strategies,” February 26, 9am–noon in AASU University Hall 131. “Spring Strategies Conference,” March 26, 8:30am-1pm in the Armstrong Center. $25/session or $60/3-sessions. 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

Cooking Classes

The kitchen at 700 Drayton offers a variety of cooking classes in March, including lessons on Lowcountry, Northern Italian, Tapas and other cuisines. $90/person. Call 912-721-5043 for info and to reserve space.

Drum lessons

Top-notch drum teacher doing winter special - $35 off five-pack of lessons. Learn to be the best at rock, blues, country, Motown, and more. Prepare for Savannah Arts, Berklee, Armstrong, Church drumming, or to rock out your own band. Working drummer with Masters in music excepting limited number of new students. 912-844-9306

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 continues on p. 42

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$30.00. For more info: 912-443-0410.

Family Law Workshop

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New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

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.

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

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

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

German Classes

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

Guitar, Bass & Double Bass Lessons

New to the area teacher with 10+ years experience has available openings for all beginner/intermediate students. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Call 401-255-6921 to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912-232-5987

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 34:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com

Interactive Mayan Weaving Workshop

A workshop based on programs for Guatemalan Mayan weavers intended to preserve and revitalize the techniques and procedures used by ancient weavers. A traditional backstrap loom will be used and participants can try their hand at traditional Mayan embroidery. SCAD’s Pepe Hall courtyard. April 1, 1-3pm.

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

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). www.yogacoopsavannah.com or 912-429-7264.

Music Lessons

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

Parents as Spiritual Guides

Portrait Drawing

This class will focus on the structure and anatomy of the head, face, and neck. experiment with a variety of different media and mark-making techniques that introduce limited color palettes into the art of drawing. This class is held in 3 hour sessions on 6 consecutive Wednesdays. March 30 - May 4. Level: Beginner/intermediate. For more info: redfernartstudio@ yahoo.com

Production Assistant Training Seminar

Learn important lessons about how to succeed as a production assistant for work on film crews with instructor Kenny Chaplin. April 9, 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

Spring Art Classes

Spring Painting Classes - watercolor, acrylic, Chinese painting for hobby, meditation, fun, creativity. Ching Studio, 1 Blue Marlin Bay, Whitemarsh Island on route 80. Wednesdays, 2-4 pm Saturdays, 2-4 pm. To contact instructor Ching Levy, please call her at (912) 441-2214 or send E-mail to ma.artist@yahoo.com - www. chinglevy.com

Stained Glass Workshop

From the design to cutting the glass and assembling a finished stained glass panel, we will create two small windows over the course of this 2-day workshop. March 26 & April 2nd, 10:00am- 4:30pm both days. Beginner level. All materials provided. Red Fern Studio, 657 E. 39 St. For more info, contact redfernartstudio@yahoo.com

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 14-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Ms. Musheerah Owens 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah

http://www.thestarfishcafe.org/

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camps for Ages 5-11 at Art on the Park Studio conveniently located on Daffin Park. June 6-10 or June 20-24 for ages 5-7. Drawing Workshop for ages 8-11, June 13-16. Early bird rates available before May 6. Call 912.354.5988 or email tskart@yahoo.com for curriculum information and registration fees.

Telfair Art Classes

A variety of classes, including oil painting, acrylics, and youth classes from March through June. Costs per program vary. Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops. Call 912.790.8823 or email richeyj@telfair.org. For more info: visit www.telfair.org/learn/classes/overview

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.

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

Dolphin Program Training

The Dolphin Project is hosting a dolphin program and training workshop at Memorial Health University Medical Center. March 26, 10am-noon. TDP is an all-volunteer, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the protection of wild estuarine Bottlenose dolphins and their environment for over 22 years. www. thedolphinproject.org or contact Peach: info@thedolphinproject.org

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

Honor Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. For more info: www.honorflightsavannah.org

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

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

Low Country Turners

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

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit www.mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www.fbcislands.com/

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

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

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email kasak@ comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix. org. Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Samaritan House Food Pantry

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Savannah Adventure Club

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

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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

Savannah Art Association

The non-for profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Please call 912-232-7731 for more info.

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah http://www.stewart.army.mil/

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $40. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to savannahfencing@aol.com.

Savannah Guardian Angels

Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. For more info:www.SavannahGuardianAngels.com

Savannah Jaycees

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

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SARC has immediate plans for starting Adult Coed Sand Volleyball leagues, and Wiffle Ball leagues. Please contact MVPSportsSav@aol.com for more details. The also host the area’s only adult kickball league, starting March 27. Contact Andrew at SavannahKickball@aol.com

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. Call 351-3171.

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Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

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Savannah Adult Recreation Club

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, 912-9208891. 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 912-9253940 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

Tarde en Espanol

Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at 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. continues on p.44

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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.

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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

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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 Savannah

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

Conferences CSWA-SAV Conference

Annual Professional Conference sponsor by Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah will be March 24 & 25 at the Coastal Georgia Center. The conference will address Sexual and Pornography Addictions and Other Compulsive Behaviors. 1st day - 7 core credit hours and 2nd day - 5 ethics credits will be awarded. Registration information can be found at socialworksavannah.com.

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes are held Monday through Friday at the St. Pius X Family Resource Center. Classes start at $25.00 per month. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com St. Pius Family Resource Center,

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads ,

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/ 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. 912596-0889 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.

Dance classes

Classes available in Latin, ballroom and other styles. Certified instructors available. No partner necessary. No talent? No problem! Wedding programs available. All ages welcome. Savannah Ballroom, 11 Travis St. www.savannahballroomdancing.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.


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 9pm1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info: www. salsasavannah.com, 912-704-8726.

Savannah Shag Club

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

The Savannah Dance Club

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

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 Bandwagon

A poster art exhibit and lecture series April 15-17 in conjunction with the Savannah Record Fair. Live music includes Aux Arc, Sunglasses and Elf Power. For more info, www.attendbandwagon.com

Craft Brew Fest

Tickets for the September 2-4 4th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest are on sale! Tickets can be purchased at www.SavannahCraftBrewFest.com and at the Savannah Civic Center Box Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., by phone, toll-free 800-351-7469 (outside of the 912 area code) or local Savannah:

912- 651-6556 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Great Cloth Diaper Change

On Saturday April 23, The Great Cloth Diaper Change (http://www.greatclothdiaperchange.com) will set a world record for the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously. Just for Baby & More, 7701 Waters Avenue, is Savannah’s Great Cloth Diaper Change event location. www.justforbaby.net

Gullah-Geechee Day Trip to Ossabaw

Travel by boat to Ossabaw Island. Learn the history of Ossabaw’s Gullah-Geechee people, from the early 19th thru mid-20th centuries. March 26, 9:30am–3:30pm. Tour leader is Dr. Deborah Mack, a nationally acclaimed anthropologist. $50 for Friends of Ossabaw, $70 for “Future Friends of Ossabaw.” Incl. boat trip and program. Bring bag lunch. To register: www.ossabawisland.org or 912-2335104.

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

Park Day Clean-Up

Saturday, April 2: history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. 9:30 AM at the Fort Pulaski Visitor Center. Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors. Sturdy shoes, hats, and insect repellant are recommended. www.nps. gov/fopu

Sketchcrawl

The Savannah Art Assoc. presents this as part of a worldwide sketchcrawl. Anyone can participate (old, young, pro and novice) who loves to draw. There will be 3 routes through the historic district. The event starts in Telfair Square at 10am on Saturday April 2nd. Free and open to the public. For more info: savannahsketchcrawl.blogspot.com or call 912-232-7731.

The Armstrong Center

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

Film & Video Psychotronic Film Society

Hosts weekly screenings every Wednesday, 8pm, at the Sentient Bean. Offering up a selection of films so bad they are good, cult classics and other rarities. For upcoming schedule visit: www.sentientbean.com

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

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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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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. Walkins 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

Crunch Lunch

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

Curvy Girl Bootcamp

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

Exercise at Forsyth Park

Stretch, tone and strengthen with Carol, former NYC Rockette, 10-11am & 6-7pm, Mon-Fri. Meet at the Stage in Forsyth Park. Please bring a mat. $5 donation appreciated.

Fertility Yoga

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

Fitness Classes at the JEA

Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.savj.org/

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and pre-crawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-

class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www. savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www. savannahyoga.com/

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am-8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 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.

Rolf Method Bodywork

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

Squats N’ Tots

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

The Yoga Room

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

Yoga Classes

Every Saturday noon-1 PM. City of Savannah Recreation Services. Windsor Forest Community Center. $10/ month. 308 Briarcliff Circle, Savannah, GA 31419. Instructor: Dr. Mahesh Gupta. More Information: 921-2105 or 351-3841

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.

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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

Gay AA Meeting

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

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912547-6263. Savannah

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encour-


Stand Out Youth

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

What Makes A Family

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

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 Classes

Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904-327-0499, kennedysharon47@gmail.com or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762, douladeliveries@ comcast.net

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Health 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 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Healthcare for the Uninsured

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

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

Kidney Disease

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

Kidney Problem Education

A program about kidney disease and treatment options. Refreshments will be served. Free. March 29, 5pm. Memorial Health’s Hoskins Center, 5000 Ranger St. 912-350-0600.

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

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Nature and Environment

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

The Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at your school, club or organization. We offer a fascinating powerpoint with sound and video about our estuarine dolphins and their environment. We have age-appropriate programs and related handouts. For details about TDP: www.thedolphinproject.org or contact Gayla gayla@thedolphinproject.org

Memorial Health blood pressure check

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-tobe prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $100 for the 6 week session. Call Ann, 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@bellsouth. net for info.

The Midwife Group

Assistance with pre-natal and post-partum care, family planning and more. The Midwife Group and Birth Center. 912-6296262. info@themidwifegroup.com The Midwife Group & Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Pkwy , http://www.themidwifegroup.com/

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 1-877270-STOP or visit www.unitegeorgia.com.

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Tybee Island Marine Science Center

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Walk on the Wild Side

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to develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-2368115 or sign-up on our website www. wilderness-southeast.org.

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

The Palmetto Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Beaufort, SC. March 25-27, 2011. MacLean Hall Auditorium @ Technical College of the Lowcountry. Screening of 40-50 films, guest speakers including filmmakers and conservationists. Contact: 610-896-4776 or email: WildlifeFilmFest@ aol.com for Cost and Film Schedule

Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

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

Low Cost Pet Clinic

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

Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid and CPR. 355-9656, www.athomepetsitters.net.

Savannah Kennel Club

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

St. Almo

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

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Savannah

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

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First Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah on Troup Square at Habersham and Macon streets. Drummers, dancers and the 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

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1-877-494-8629, www.freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yahoo.com. Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

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 4-5 p.m. and Youth Praise will meet Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Call Ronn Alford at 925-9524 or visit www. wbumc.org. White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd , Savannah

Nicodemus by Night

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

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call the clerk, 912-3736276 Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah http://www. trinitychurch1848.org/

Realizing The God Within

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

Sermon: Doing Without

Times are hard so how can you do well while doing without? Mike Freeman, M.Div., will examine this topic in a series of sermons beginning April 3. Doing Without Stuff. Doing Without Community. Doing Without Responsibility. Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community. Sundays at 11 am. Located at 1001 E. Gwinnett, corner of Gwinnett and Ott.

Soka Gakkai of America

SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Introductory

meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121.

The Savannah Zen Center

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

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1001 E. Gwinnett St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 786-6075, e-mail UUBC2@aol.com. Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

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

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 912-3554704. 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/

Sports & Games Savannah Adult Recreation Club

Savannah’s only kickball league will be returning again this Spring. Adult coed kickball in Bacon Park on Sundays starting March 27th, and a new Pooler league might be opening up. Registration cost is $335/team or $35/person. For more info, contact Andrew at SavannahKickball@aol. com.

Savannah Bike Polo

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

Savannah Challenger

See the rising stars of tennis battle it out at this tournament from April 30-May 8 at the Landings on Skidaway Island. Both the Challenger Qualifying Tournament and the 2011 Savannah Challenger are open to the public. For more info, visit www.savannahchallenger.com.

Texas Hold ’Em Poker League

Free Texas Hold Em poker league is available to the public. Teaches new players how to play and advanced players can come and work on their skills. Prize tournaments for season points leaders. www. series7pokerleague.com for more info.

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

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

Al-Anon

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

Al-Anon Meetings

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

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

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

Amputee Support Group

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

Bleeding Disorders Support Group

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

Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Meets every Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue and Paulsen Street at 5:30 pm. Survivor’s and care providers welcome. We meet in the library, entrance on Washington Ave. Contact Melissa at 912-844-4524 or Krista at 912-819-7053 if you have questions.

Cancer support group

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

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

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

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

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

Gambling problem?

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 6298888. Savannah

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Double Winner’s Friday Night Al-Anon Meeting

Conference approved literature meeting, 7pm. An Al-Anon meeting for recovering alcoholics or those who have family or a friend who is an alcoholic. Anyone who is affected by someone else’s alcoholism is welcome to attend. 1501 Eisenhower Dr.

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First Line

An after-hours referral and information line to talk confidentially about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy options. A free service from

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For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth.com/

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

A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org

Hope House

Narcotics Anonymous

Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, follow-up care and parent-child activities funded by DHR Promoting Safe and Stable Families. Please call 236-5310 for information. Hope House of Savannah, 214 E. 34th St. , Savannah

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness

meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave. Call Carole Kaczorowski at 598-7001, Lorr Elias at 351-6375 or Bruce Elias at 644-5916. Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave , Savannah Parents of children with learning disorders, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder are invited to join this professionally lead support group discussion problem solving, medication, alternative treatments and more. Pre-registration req’d. Call Laurel Brady at 912-659-4687.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 2349999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah Focus is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents and caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. For info, call Saundra at 350-3396. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth.com/

Heartbeats for Life

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Memorial Health Focus

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

KidsNet Savannah Parent Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah http://www. memorialhealth.com/

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Tuesdays: 6:30-8pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:303:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

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

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

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

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Rape Crisis Center

assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 233-7273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families.

S-Anon Family Group

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

Self-Help Support Group for People with HIV/AIDS

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

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For families of persons suffering from Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease and other forms of dementia. Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Stacey Floyd at 236-0363. 3025 Bull St , Savannah

Smoking Cessation Support Group

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Spinal Injury Support Group

Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For info, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. Savannah http:// www.memorialhealth.com/

Support Group for Parents of Ill Children

who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity. Meets once a week. Call Donna at 350-5616. Backus Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth.com/backus

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ARIES

March 21–April 19 Were you under the impression that the sky is completely mapped? It’s not. Advances in technology are unveiling a nonstop flow of new mysteries. In a recent lecture, astronomer Joshua Bloom of the University of California described the explosion of wonder. One particular telescope, for example, detects 1.5 million transient phenomena every night, and an average of 10 of those turn out to be previously undiscovered. Reporting on Bloom’s work, Space.com compared astronomers’ task to “finding a few needles in a giant haystack night after night.” I see this challenge as resembling your imminent future, Aries. Mixed in with all the chatter and hubbub, there are some scattered gems out there –– rich revelations and zesty potentials. Will you have the patience to pinpoint them?

TAURUS

April 20–May 20 f you’re thinking of calling on a ghost to provide you with information, make sure you know how to banish it when you’re finished milking it. If you’re considering a trek into the past to seek some consolation or inspiration, drop breadcrumbs as you go so you can find your way back to the present when it’s time to return. It’s fine to draw on the old days and the old ways, but don’t get lost or stuck there.

GEMINI

May 21–June 20 From an astrological point of view, it’s a favorable time for people to give you gifts and perks and blessings. You have my permission to convey that message to your friends and associates. Let them know it’s in their interest to be generous toward you. The truth, as I see it, is that they will attract rewards for themselves, some unexpected, if they help you. So what’s your role in this dynamic? Be modest. Be grateful. Be gracious.

CANCER

June 21–July 22 Nobel Prizes are awarded to geniuses in a variety of fields for work they’ve done to

elevate science and culture. But have you heard of Ig Nobel Prizes? The Annals of Improbable Research hands them out to eccentrics whose work it deems useless but amusing. For instance, one recipient was honored for investigating how impotency drugs help hamsters recover quickly from jet lag. In 2000, physicist Andre Geim won an Ig Nobel Prize for using magnetism to levitate a frog. Unlike all of his fellow honorees, however, Geim later won a Nobel Prize for his research on a remarkable substance called graphene (tinyurl.com/NobelGraphene). I think you’ll soon have a resemblance to him, Cancerian.

LEO

July 23–Aug. 22 If you have ever fantasized about setting up a booth at the foot of an active volcano and creating balloon animals for tourists’ kids, now is an excellent time to get started on making that happen. Same is true if you’ve ever thought you’d like to be a rodeo clown in Brazil or a stand–up comedian at a gambling casino or a mentor who teaches card tricks and stage magic to juvenile delinquents. The astrological omens suggest that playfulness and risk–taking would synergize well right now. There’s even a chance that if you found a way to blend them, it would lead to financial gain.

VIRGO

Aug. 23–Sept. 22 You’ve arrived at a phase in your cycle when you’ll have the opportunity to scope out new competitors, inspirational rivals, and allies who challenge you to grow. Choose wisely! Keep in mind that you will be giving them a lot of power to shape you; they will be conditioning your thoughts about yourself and about the goals you regard as worthy of your passions. If you pick people of low character or weak values, they’ll bring you down. If you opt for hard workers with high ideals, they’ll raise you up.

LIBRA

Sept. 23–Oct. 22 “There’s no key to the universe,” writes Swami Beyon-

dananda. But that shouldn’t lead us to existential despair or hopeless apathy, adds the Swami. “Fortunately, the universe has been left unlocked,” he concludes. In other words, Libra, there’s no need for a key to the universe! I offer you this good news because there’s a similar principle at work in your life. You’ve been banging on a certain door, imagining that you’re shut out from what’s inside. But the fact is that the door is unlocked and nothing is stopping you from letting yourself in.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23–Nov. 21 When you travel to Mozambique, the Ministry of Fish and Wildlife gives you a warning about the frequency of human encounters with lions out in nature. “Wear little noisy bells so as to give advanced warning to any lions that might be close by so you don’t take them by surprise,” reads the notice you’re handed. I’m certain, Scorpio, that no matter where you are in the coming week –– whether it’s Mozambique or elsewhere –– you won’t have to tangle with beasts as long as you observe similar precautions. So please take measures to avoid startling goblins, rascals, and rogues. If you visit a dragon’s domain, keep your spirit light and jingly. If you use a shortcut that requires you to pass through the wasteland, sing your favorite nonsense songs as you hippety–hop along.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22–Dec. 21

Few things make me more excited than being able to predict good tidings headed your way. That’s why, as I meditated on your upcoming astrological aspects, I found myself teetering on the edge of ecstasy. Here’s what I foresee: a renaissance of pleasure . . . an outbreak of feeling really fine, both physically and emotionally . . . and an awakening of your deeper capacity to experience joy. Here’s your mantra for the week, generated by my friend Rana Satori Stewart: yum yum yum yum yum / yum yum yum.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19

CNN reported on two neo–Nazi

skinheads from Poland, a married couple, who discovered they were actually Jews. It turned out that during World War II, the truth about their origins had been hidden by their parents for fear of persecution. Years later, when the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw informed them that they were members of the group they had hated for so long, they were shocked. Since then, they have become observant Jews who worship at an orthodox synagogue. The new perspective you’ll be getting about your own roots may not be as dramatic as theirs, Capricorn. But I bet it will lead to a shift in your self–image. Are you ready to revise your history? (More info: tinyurl. com/Ex–skinheads.)

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20–Feb. 18 My astrological colleague Antero Alli says that a lot of good ideas occur to him while he’s taking a shower. He also finds frequent inspiration while riding his bike. Why, then, does he not enjoy biking in the rain? He doesn’t know. I bring this up, Aquarius, because you’re entering a phase of your cycle when flashes of insight and intuition are likely to erupt at a higher rate than usual. I suggest you aggressively put yourself in every kind of situation that tends to provoke such eruptions.

PISCES

Feb. 19–March 20 A Canadian man named William Treble once found over a thousand four–leaf clovers in a single day. Niamh Bond, a British baby, was born on the tenth day of the tenth month of 2010 –– at exactly 10:10 a.m. and 10 seconds. My friend Allan told me he was driving in suburbia the other day when two white cats bolted across the road right in front of him. And yet as lucky as all that might sound, it pales in comparison to the good fortune that’s headed your way, Pisces. Unlike their luck, which was flashy but ultimately meaningless, yours will be down–to–earth and have practical value.

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

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A comedy about the worst tour of Savannah. This dinner theatre production is presented at The Lady and Sons’ banquet facility Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays spring through fall. The price for the buffet and show is $55, including gratuity. For reservations, go to hardheartedhannahsplayhouse.com or call 912-659-4383 http://www.hardheartedhannahsplayhouse. com/

Volunteers America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers

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

First Steps

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

Good Samaratin Clinic

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

Help Feed the Hungry

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

Hospice volunteers

You can make a big difference in the lives of others by volunteering for THA Group Island Hospice, a non-profit Hospice care provider. Assist with office support, computer work, patient and/or family support, special events or fund raising activities. Opportunities available in Georgia and South Carolina. Training is provided. For info, call Sally Welsh at 888.842.4663 or go to www.thagroup.org


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

Live Oak Regional Public Libraries

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

Oatland Island Education Center

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

Rape Crisis Center

Volunteer training will be 4/27 & 4/28 (6pm-9pm), 4/30 (8:30am-4pm) & 5/2 through 5/4 (6pm-9pm). You must attend all sessions to become a volunteer. Volunteers answer the center’s 24 hour crisis line and respond to local hospitals to support victims of sexual assault. For more info, call 912-233-3000. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and submit to a criminal background check.

Rebuilding Together Savannah

Volunteer organization in partnership with the community that rehabilitates houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, disabled and families with children. Visit www.rebuildingtogethersavannah.org.

Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center

is looking for volunteers to assist residents in activities or just come and visit. For info, call Rhonda Sheffield, volunteer coordinator, at 354-8225, Ext. 243. Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center, 6711 LaRoche Ave. , Savannah

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

Help in the “home away from home” for the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers also are needed to provide home-cooked meals for families staying at the house. Volunteer internships also available for college students. Nikole Layton, 356-5520. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue , http://www. rmhccoastalempire.org/

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Savannah Garden Expo

Volunteers are needed for the two-day garden event, which takes place April 15 through April 16 at the Charles H. Morris Center. There are a variety of volunteer jobs available as well as community service opportunities Contact: Jamie Credle at jcredle@davenporthousemuseum.org or 912/236-8097 for info or to sign up. http://www.myhsf.org/special-events/savannah-garden-expo/

Speech and hearing center needs volunteers

to conduct hearing screenings for adults and children. Nurses and retired nurses are encouraged to apply for eye, ear, and dental exams on pre-school children. Flexible scheduling is available. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call Jane Medoff at 355-4601 Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www. savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Telfair Docent Program

The Telfair Museum of Art is accepting applications for its volunteer docent program. After completing training, docents will be responsible for leading tours in the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center. Call Sarah Ward, 790-8827. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard Street , Savannah http://www.tefair.org/

The Dolphin Project of Georgia

needs boat owners, photographers and other volunteers to help conduct scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Georgia. You must be at least 18 years old. Call 232-6572 or visit the Web site at www. TheDolphinProject.org.

The Volunteer Center

is a service of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Call 2-1-1 or 651-7726, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, or send e-mail to volunteer@uwce.org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http://www.uwce.org/

The Women’s Center

Volunteers are needed to teach Basic Literacy Skills and Basic Computer Skills. Call Rhonda Anderson at 236-4226 or 447-5711. Wesley Community Center, 1601 Drayton St , Savannah http://www. wesleyctrs-savh.org/ cs

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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.

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 15 Wilshire Blvd $885 1906 E.58th St. $750 TWO BEDROOM HOUSES 318 E. 58th St. $795 1236 E.38th St. $675 1012 Hearn St. $575 APARTMENTS 303 Gallery Way $1100 2 Bedrooms 1102 E. 33rd St. $725 One Bedroom 740 E.45th St. #1 $725 5608-A Jasmine Ave $595 116 E.Gordon Ln. $595 Duplexes 1234-A E.55th St. $495 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

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

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

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cars 910 INFINITI Q45, 1999- 4-door Sedan. Leather seats, power seats, windows & locks, CD player, sunroof, V-8, BOSE stereo, one owner, 175K miles. Great condition. $3,000. 912-484-6106.

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.

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Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 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 912-210-0144. 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. ROOMS FOR RENT: $100 & $120/weekly. Fully furnished room in house. includes utilities, Comcast cable, washer & dryer, stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishes, pots & pans. central heating and cooled, private lock on your door, on bus route, shared kitchen and shared bath. Savannah, 912-210-0144

NISSAN Pathfinder, 1991Automatic, 6-cylinder, clean, runs super! $1,650 OBO. 912-441-2150 OLDSMOBILE Cutlass SL, 1995runs good. Asking $1200. Call 55 843-263-6989 SUVS 930 2002 Ford Excursion Limited FORD Excursion, 2002- 173K miles leather interior, VCR entertainment system. Asking $7,500.00 (912)658-8803

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