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Mayoral Candidate Meet ‘n’ Greet

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chance to meet the candidates for mayor and ask questions. And what more Savannah way to do it than at a package shop? When: Tue. July 12, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: 5 Points Beverage, 2103 Skidaway Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-335-1217

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Film: Doberman (France, 1997)

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Black Swan) crime flick is a hyper-violent tale of robbers hounded by sadistic cops. When: Wed. July 6, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: www.sentientbean.com/

Theater: Smokey Joe’s Cafe continues What: A Grammy winning play celebrating the

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legendary songwriting of Lieber and Stoller. When: Wed. July 6, 8 p.m., Thu. July 7, 8 p.m., Fri. July 8, 8 p.m., Sat. July 9, 8 p.m., Sun. July 10, 2 p.m., Tue. July 12, 8 p.m., Wed. July 13, 8 p.m. Where: Arts Ctr of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Cost: $45/adult, $31/kids Info: 843-842-ARTS . www.artshhi.org/

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its September production of Tony Kushner’s drama about AIDS during the Reagan era. When: Thu. July 7, 7-9 p.m., Fri. July 8, 7-9 p.m. Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: Free Info: www.collectiveface.org/

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Friday Theater: “You Can’t Take it With You” What: A dinner theater production of the

Pulitzer winning family comedy. Dinner menu includes chicken penne alfredo, salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert.

Nashville duo The Jeffersons (Paul Jefferson and Lisa Brokop) appear Sunday, July 10 at Cha Bella, as part of the Savannah Songwriters’ Series

When: Fri. July 8, 6 p.m., Sat. July 9, 6 p.m.,

Sun. July 10, 6 p.m. Where: Link Auditorium - Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Cost: $10/includes dinner Info: 912-629-7444 . www.savannahchristian. com/

Piano Recital

What: Award-winning pianist Esther Keel will

perform works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Ravel. When: Fri. July 8, 7:30 p.m. Where: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd. , Skidaway Island Cost: Donations Info: www.messiahsk.com/

Theater: Cabaret

What: The popular musical celebrates the

risque side of a Berlin theater in the 1930s. Directed by Jeff DeVincent. When: Fri. July 8, 8 p.m., Sat. July 9, 8 p.m., Sun. July 10, 8 p.m. (continues for two weekends after that) Where: Bay St. Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. , Cost: $20/table seating, $15/general Info: www.baystreettheatre.org/

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Farmers Market

What: The Forsyth Park farmers market

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a taste of Southern cooking. Part 1 of 3-part series. Advance reservations req’d. When: Sat. July 9, 10 a.m. Where: Dunham Farms, 5836 Islands Hwy, Midway Cost: $35/class or $80/three classes Info: 912-880-4500. www.dunhamfarms. com/_events/7-9-11_sauce.html

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in three dimensional silver methods. For beginners or experienced crafts-people. Part of Jepson’s Tradition/Innovation series. Adv registration req’d. When: Sat. July 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: $85/members, $95/non-members Info: 912-790-8823. www.telfair.org/


What: A group show featuring 15 local

artists, each of whom will show their regular work along with new pieces centered on the theme “Tybee Vacation.” When: Sat. July 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. July 10, Sun. July 10, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Where: Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.tybeearts.org/

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Film: How to Live Forever (US, 2011) What: A quirky, thought-provoking

documentary about the mysteries of human longevity. Part of PFS’ “Movies Savannah Missed” Series. When: Sun. July 10, 2 p.m. 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: $8 Info: 912-713-1137. www.musesavannah.org/

Tidal Creeks by Boat

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beauty on a boat ride with a naturalist guide. Reservations req’d. When: Sun. July 10, 3 p.m. Where: Wilderness Southeast Cost: $45/person Info: 912-236-8115. www.wildernesssoutheast.org/

Savannah Songwriter Series What: This month’s show features

Nashville duo The Jeffersons, Jefferson Ross (no relation to the other Jeffersons) and Stan Ray. When: Sun. July 10, 6 p.m. Where: Cha Bella (patio), 102 E. Broad St. Cost: Free (although tips are welcome) Info: www.savannahsongwriters.com/

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The Odd Lot Salutes Gulfstream What: The local improv comedy troupe

(ala Second City or the Groundlings) Gulfstream employees free admission to this week’s show. When: Mon. July 11, 8 p.m. Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 D Louisville Rd. Cost: Free for Gulfstream employees; $5/general Info: 912-713-1137. www.musesavannah.org/

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Savannah likes to talk about the parts of her history that still remain. But she’s a little reticent about the history she let slip through her fingers. One such blast from the past is the Municipal Auditorium. Built on Orleans Square in 1916, the grand structure was demolished in 1971 to make room for the hideous Civic Center, which unfortunately we’re still saddled with.

(Lest we get too maudlin about this, to be fair it must be said that the construction of the Municipal Auditorium was controversial in its day in the way the building disrupted the square. In objecting to the bond issue that paid for the building, then–Mayor Richard Arnold wisely referred to Savannah’s squares as “the lungs of the city.”) The architect of the Municipal Auditorium was none other than the great Henrik Wallin. You know his work from the Savannah Arts Academy building Martha Goodman on Washington Avenue, the Armstrong House on the north end of Forsyth Park, and SCAD’s Wallin Hall on 37th Street, among many others. Speaking of blasts from the past: A group which often performed in the Municipal Auditorium was Ruth Goodman’s dance school,

which for 25 years was the premiere ballet school in Savannah. Girls who literally grew up in the sorority of Goodman’s demanding but enriching classes talk about it now, as ladies of a certain age, as if it were yesterday. The past is present as Ruth Goodman’s daughter Martha – who has made quite a name for herself in in the ballet world in her own right – returns to Savannah to teach a summer ballet intensive at The Ballet School in Piccadilly Square on White Bluff Road, which just happens to be run by a Goodman school alumna, Heidi Mueller Carter. “My mom taught them the love of dance and the dedication it took. But she also had fun with it,” says Goodman. “She had a huge impact that way.” Classical ballet is a very demanding art form, and it’s hard to keep the focus of even a

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Like you, I’ve noticed the strange weather we’ve had so far across the U.S. So I decided to investigate and see what the rest of summer might offer. Taxpayer–funded scientific sites, like NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and ATTRA (the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) are generally great weather resources for people like me — the always planning– ahead farmer and gardener. Not this year. The NOAA forecast from June to August calls for chaos... literally. The predicted rainfall for most of the country is

everywhere in the extreme, ranging from too much to too little. Considering what we’ve already been through, that’s bad news for farms, gardens, and cash–strapped families with kids to feed. Thanks to the weather, for the first time in history, our first crop all over the nation, is going, going, and in some places gone. The Texas and Oklahoma wheat crops, for example, are at least 50 percent below normal for 2011. Word isn’t good for corn either. Record wet weather in the Midwest kept spring fields too wet to plant from North Dakota to Ohio, cut-

dedicated student. “When my mom first started she was very serious in class. She would notice young dancers looking at clock,” Goodman says. “So she figured out a way to teach them with discipline and at same time play a little bit.” It’s a lesson the younger Goodman uses in her own classes to this day. “I’ve actually incorporated a few games she made up for the end of class, after the students have worked so diligently for 55 minutes.” Ruth Goodman died unexpectedly in 1972 at the age of 56. “It stunned everyone,” her daughter recalls. Martha was away in college at the time and, while she had the opportunity to keep her mom’s school doing, she decided she wasn’t ready for that. “I always knew in the back of my mind I would teach and choreograph when I was ready,” she says. “I didn’t want to teach because I had to. I wanted to teach when I really wanted to teach. You have to absolutely love it.” Now, after years of dancing and teaching in New York and Paris, Goodman returns to Savannah to carry on her mom’s legacy at the intensive, beginning July 11 at The Ballet School (www.theballetschoolsav.com). “I will coach and fine tune their technique — that’s what I love doing,” she says. “Like my mom, I’m still strict, but you have to show them there’s fun also. Be serious and work hard, but you gotta have fun with it.” cs

ting USDA corn surplus estimates from 900 to 695 million bushels. Add to U.S. crop losses the droughts sweeping Europe, Australia and China, and it becomes clear that we’re headed for higher food prices for anything made from grains. To get local perspectives, I collected comments left on the Commondreams.org website this spring by worried gardeners. A man from Vancouver writes: “...where I live we had cold, heavy rain, hail, strong winds and bright, hot sunshine. All in four hours in one day last week. The local planting season is shot to hell.” Another from Ohio says: “After a brief break, we are back to daily heavy rains here in the Ohio River headwaters, so the Mississippi is not finished yet. It is certainly over for any possibility of crops from the huge area encompassing the

Mississippi lowlands this year.” Our weather is more unpredictable and extreme than ever. This fact, no matter what or who you blame, undeniably jives with climate change models that say global warming brings stronger storms, bigger droughts, and shifting regional climate patterns. So what do we do about it? Adapt and modify. To adapt, I’m changing the way I garden, digging ditches, putting in raised beds and waiting out the worst rains before planting. I now see my veggie patch as a form of life insurance – protection against higher food prices. To modify, I’m stepping up my green ways and urging everyone to do the same. Even if you don’t believe in human–caused global warming, it makes economic sense to drive less, reduce waste, and be more energy efficient. cs


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The Museum and the Justice

Clarence Thomas’ alleged ethical breach shouldn’t cloud the importance of the Pin Point Museum The Pin Point Heritage Museum was vaulted into the national spotlight last week after a New York Times investigative piece (“Friendship of Justice and Magnate Puts Focus on Ethics” by Mike McIntire) linked the museum to a series of potential ethical breaches by Pin Point’s most notable native son, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The multi–million dollar museum project had been anonymously funded by a close friend of Thomas’ — Dallas real estate magnate Harlan Crow — until being made public by the Times. The liberal echo chamber (which has made considerable gains on its conservative counterpart over the past few years), seized on the story and splashed the museum across websites, blogs, television and print — the largest line item on a list of Crow’s expensive gifts to Thomas. The verbiage changed the farther the story got from its source, growing more devious by the day. Within a week, the game of politically–motivated telephone had changed the “humble” or “quaint” museum into “a pet project.” Justice Thomas, who initially “asked” or “discussed” the acquisition with Crow, began to “persuade” his wealthy patron, according to the published accounts who sought sensationalism as compensation for the failure of timeliness.

There are some serious ethical questions about Thomas. He failed to disclose his wife’s six–figure income from a conservative think tank (the Heritage Foundation) for several years, according to a report by the LA Times. Crow gave $500,000 to Mrs. Thomas’ new Tea Party organization, Liberty Central, which opposes healthcare reform (an issue that will likely end up in front of the Supreme Court sooner or later), who also pays her a healthy salary. There have also been “gifts” – free flights, vacations and other largess – that should have forced Thomas to recuse himself from the Citizens United decision that allowed corporations carte blanche on election spending. But the museum is different. Of the thousands of people who’ve perpetuated this story over the last two weeks, only McIntire appears to have set foot on the property of the former cannery (although he could have faked it and just sent a photographer — few would know the difference). If more people experienced the space, understood its physicality within the context of its surroundings, they likely would have understood why its preservation is actually a good deed. Say what you will about the Justice’s politics, his taste in women or his voting record. But what can’t be diminished is the accomplishment of making it from a

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humble beginning in Pin Point to a seat on the Supreme Court bench. Regardless of any other potential missteps, mistakes or ethically dubious action, the museum isn’t about political favors, at least not in my opinion. If you talk to Algernon Varn III, it is impossible to walk away from the site without realizing its value. Crow is a man with deep pockets who is, in the McIntire’s words, “well known for his keen devotion to history.” Thomas is a man who saw an opportunity to do something good for the community that instilled so much of itself in him, even as he spent his life distancing himself from it. In his article, McIntire acknowledges the historical significance of the site, but seems unimpressed that such motivation might be the sole motivator in this case. He lumps it in with the other gifts that sought to buy influence, like nearly $200,000 he spent getting Thomas’ name on a library wing here. While the Varn and Sons may not be the Low House or the Telfair, it does represent something historically significant. It was the economic heart of a small town founded after a hurricane pushed a Gullah community off of Ossabaw Island in 1893. The building is unique even among other Southeastern oyster factories because of its architectural design, which used gravity to feed oysters being

unloaded off boats directly to shuckers. Above all else, it is a very real part of the area’s quickly vanishing ties to the ocean as an economic driver rather than a tourist attraction. The site was on the verge of being lost forever. “Pieces of it were falling off and crumbling in our hands,” says Anne K. Smith, an architect with Lominack Kolman Smith, who is leading the rehabilitation of the site. The factory’s foundation had sunk 27 inches into the marsh. It would have completely collapsed within a couple of years, according to Smith, without some structural remediation. While we herd tourists into often comically inaccurate tours, the museum stands to preserve a true taste of local culture. It’s a place where generations worked unglamorously to support their families, not a ghost story. Judicial ethics is one thing, but this museum is something else entirely. Regardless of what transpires politically for Thomas as a result of this, in the end, whether Crow signed that check for history’s sake or his own, a very important piece of local culture has been brought back from the brink of destruction. The museum deserves attention, but not because of what’s put it in the spotlight. cs

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Truman Parkway contingent on drivers’ promises that they wouldn’t speed on it? Of course not. Speaking of speeding, there’s also a popular but false notion that cyclists are more likely than motorists to break the law. Yet studies have found that anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of drivers admit to speeding, which brings us to another difference between cycling and motoring scofflaws: the amount of pain, suffering and death they can potentially inflict. It can be easy to exaggerate the risk to others posed by cyclists, even though it is miniscule compared to the clear and ever present danger of distracted and aggressive motorists. It’s true that reckless cycling is a very real threat to pedestrians (children and senior citizens, in particular) and to other cyclists. Still, to fixate on cyclists as a major traffic safety menace is a little like worrying about someone pointing a BB gun in your direction, while ignoring the guy standing next to him aiming an assault rifle at your face. Even a legion of cyclists ready to do their worst can’t match the destructive potential of a single inattentive or enraged motorist. Finally, some cyclists question the wisdom of following regulations they perceive as codifying the dominance of motor vehicles and elevating motorists’ convenience over the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. If the game is rigged, they figure, why play by the rules? For these and other reasons, some suggest too much emphasis on traffic regulation compliance lends credence to unrealistic expectations of cyclists, amounts to tacit approval of an inequitable hierarchy of road users, and

distracts us from the real threats to road safety. It may be a compelling argument, but like it or not, many peoples’ opinions of cyclists are forged by seeing them engaging in risky activities – even if they don’t register motorist misbehavior in a similar fashion. Witnessing these episodes erodes the idea of bicyclists as legitimate road users, especially among folks who seldom or never ride themselves. Cyclists, who want safer and friendlier streets and more respect from motorists, are working against these goals when they operate their vehicles in unsafe and unlawful ways. Although they didn’t ask for the job, every person on a bicycle is a de facto PR representative for cycling. Unfair as this is, “that’s the breaks,” to quote the immortal words of Kurtis Blow. Refusing to recognize this situation won’t make it go away. Fortunately, despite being unpaid and largely thankless, the position of compulsory ambassador from the world of bicycling does offer opportunity for advancement and an excellent medical benefits package. That is to say, following the rules of the road makes cyclists safer and therefore more likely to advance in age and less likely to need medical treatment. Proven practices for safe cycling flow from fact that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. The first part of that equation–acting as drivers of vehicles– is totally within cyclists’ control, even if they don’t always get the treatment they deserve. cs John Bennett is vice chairman of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign (bicyclecampaign.org)

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The central topic of conversation at City Council’s pre–meeting workshop last week was about progress toward making Savannah a home port for cruise ships. After months of study and speculation, city officials are tasked with determining how (and whether) to proceed. The outlook appears rosy, but there are still many significant questions by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.com that need to be answered, and any actual development is still several years away. “Everything up to this point is an assumption,” said Tony Thomas, the 6th District Alderman who has been at the front of the charge for cruise ships. “We have to make sure there are verifiable facts behind this.” In the forecast laid out by cruise industry consultants, Savannah could have 104 ships departing for international destinations by 2015. If that worked out, the Hostess City could open her doors to 100,000 passengers, generating an economic impact of $25.6 million and creating 421 jobs (not all of which would be local). By 2020, the ships, passengers and ancillary businesses could be Big ships sailing from Savannah could mean big money for local businesses generating an $89.1 million impact Other hurdles include logistical comenvironmental impacts and so forth. with 1,465 jobs created. plications with port traffic, additional “Consideration of environmental While the buffet of numbers has investments in infrastructure and the conditions, that is a long process,” said many locals salivating after several lean impacts of the proposed harbor deepenCity Manager Rochelle Small–Toney, years, the pros might not outnumber ing, which could all complicate matters adding that geo–technical surveys the cons, depending on the outcome of down the line. in particular would be a challenge (a more stringent analysis. “This is the start of the beginning,” nod to the City’s trouble with both “We’re many Powerpoints ahead of said Mayor Otis Johnson, adding that the Riverwalk extension and a lawsuit ourselves,” said Alderman–at–Large and he was looking forward to one day from contractors who oversaw the Ellis mayoral candidate Jeff Felser. travelling on a cruise from Savannah, Square parking garage construction Among remaining issues are funding but was also glad that his term would – both of which supposedly stemmed for the project (conservatively in the be over before battles over the site and from faulty geo-technical data). tens of millions for terminal construcfunding for the project got under way. tion alone), a site for the terminal,

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“There’s a long way to go.” The presentation, and the decision to have staff pursue a more specific proposal to advance efforts to attract a cruise line, comes at a time when opposition to the cruise industry by groups in Charleston has come to a boil. Recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has warned that the growth of the cruise ship business is threatening Chucktown’s historic character, pitting history buffs against the business community. Following the meeting, a majority of council was in agreement that staff should continue working toward a proposal that would outline as specifically as possible what would be required of the City, financially and otherwise. Among the action steps needed are less speculative economic analysis, preliminary plans on marketing efforts to attract a cruise line, negotiations with owners of potential terminal site locations, outlines of funding scenarios (whether the project would be public, private or a partnership), and an expanded organizational structure. Currently, the study has been carried out by a community Task Force created by Alderman Thomas, but council members agreed that more community partners would need to be brought into the fold. To date, the City has invested $50,000, alongside additional funds from the state, the Riverfront Association and tourism officials, among others, to begin a feasibility study on whether the Savannah could join the ranks of Charleston, Jacksonville and others who are already reaping the economic benefits. CS

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A dispute between neighbors attracted the attention of police and resulted in charges against one of the men. When officers arrived on the scene they spoke with a man who said that his neighbor had threatened to shoot him with a gun. He told officers the man had been drinking all day.

According to his side of the story, the drunk fellow threatened him, went back into his house, then came out again but never brandished a firearm. He also said he wasn’t sure what had made the man so upset, but that alcohol had contributed to the situation. The accused made an appearance and was unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred, but what was clear was that he’d been drinking

all day. He told officers that he didn’t recall threatening to shoot anyone, and that backing up such a claim would be difficult because he didn’t own a firearm. He invited officers to search his home, and they took him up on his offer. They found no gun. The drunkard stated he was upset because everyone was on his nerves. He then apologized and said he’d go inside. The officer liked the idea and told him if he stayed inside he wouldn’t be charged. As the officer pulled away, he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the man walking out the door again. Two minutes later, dispatch put out a call for a disorderly person at the same address. When the officer returned to the scene, he asked the man (who was getting into the driver seat of his pickup) why he’d left the house after agreeing to stay indoors. The man replied, “what are you talking about?” He didn’t remember talking to the officer several minutes earlier. He then turned to his neighbor and said, “I can’t believe you called the police. That’s bullsh*t.”

• An officer saw two youth out after curfew who were riding bikes without lights. He asked them how old they were and one said he was 18, while the other said he was 15. The young man said he was heading to see a friend and that his mom knew where he was. It was shortly after midnight. The elder of the two had no outstanding warrants and was released. The younger one, who was later discovered to have given a false name and DOB, turned out to be on probation. He was charged with curfew violation and while searching his person, the officer found two heart shaped pills in a blue baggie that he believed to be ecstasy. He popped both of them and had a dance party set off by the lights on his cruiser. (Just kidding). He arrested the kid, logged the pills as evidence and transported the youngster to the youth detention center.

• Two men were confronted by a bald man with a medium build with a semi–automatic pistol in the waist band of his pants. They had been walking south on Drayton when the Hispanic gentleman approached and pulled up his shirt, revealing the weapon. He asked, “What you got?” One of the pair split off and kept walking. When he rounded the corner he called police. The suspect stayed with the other guy, who told him he only had a debit card and an ID. The suspect said he wasn’t stupid, that he couldn’t do anything with a debit card and was losing patience. The man handed over a $50 bill. The suspect walked away casually. Police canvassed the area but did not find the suspect. CS Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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Top Gun: Todd Whitehurst may be the “father” of from 42 to 60 children, based on statistical probability that recognizes his virtuosity as a sperm donor, according to a June New York Post profile (though one website, Donor Sibling Registry, claims to have documented 129 children sired by an unnamed seed demon, who is one of 92 highly productive men with 10 or more). Whitehurst, who like the others, was selected based on his sperm’s profile and speed, donated weekly for about three years in the late 1980s (for $50 a session), and has been contacted so far by nine teenagers who sent him their photos after piecing together evidence identifying him (despite sperm banks’ promises of confidentiality). Whitehurst, acknowledging the resemblances to his “offspring,” seems to find the relationships fulfilling, however limited they are. Said he, “I love Father’s Day.”

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• New York scent artist Christopher Brosius had made his name with fragrances recalling childhood (such as Clean Baby Butt, Green Bean and Baseball Glove), but felt it was time, according to an April report in New York magazine, for the next frontier - to make a perfume so exclusive that no one could smell it. By Brosius’ reasoning, the scent’s chemicals would provoke whatever reactions scents provoke in those exposed to it, but the actual scent would be undetectable to the nose; hence, no one would know why they were reacting as they were. By trial and error, he combined jasmine, sandal-

bid farewell to the six, they discovered wood and natural amber, and scaled them that the office safe was missing and down in power, yielding what he calls concluded that the waddling woman was Where We Are There Is No Here. Said holding it between her legs. Brosius, “The question, ‘What perfume are you wearing?’ should never arise.” “Big Snake’s” Company Town • Blow Against the Empire: Bank of America (BA) had the tables turned on China’s sleepy Zisiqiao Village in it in June after the company wrongfully Zhejiang province is actually headharassed an alleged mortgage scofflaw quarters for the country’s revered snake in Naples, Fla. BA had attempted to industry, with 160 families raising about foreclose on homeowners Warren and 3 million serpents a year, mostly to Maureen Nyerges last year even though harvest livers and gall bladders for the couple had bought their house soup, wine, and other products with cash - paid directly to BA. It consumed for their immunitytook BA a year and a half to underbuilding properties. In a June What’s that smell? stand its mistake - that is, until the Reuters dispatch, one farmer Nothing? Nyergeses sued and won a judgment described the 25-year evoluGood! for expenses of $2,534, which BA tion of “Snake Town” from a promptly ignored. The Nyergeses’ place where farmers simply attorney obtained a seizure order, threw males and females and two sheriff ’s deputies, with together for breeding to a moving truck, arrived at the local today’s sophisticated producBA branch on June 3 to load $2,534 tion facilities that supply proper worth of furniture and computer snake diets, research measures to equipment from the bank’s offices. enrich female fertility, and provide After about an hour on the phone enhanced incubation conditions. with higher-ups, the local BA manThe Continuing Crisis ager issue a check for $2,534. • Police in Doncaster, England, • Perhaps a kindergartner needs to were on the lookout in June for an have his dad wait with him and wave byeorganized group of four female and two bye as he steps onto the school bus in the male shoplifters who hit a liquor store on morning, but Rain Price is a 10th-grader Bentley Road in May but left an interest(in American Fork, Utah), and his dad, ing crime-scene story on the surveillance Dale Price, nevertheless waves from the video. While five of the crew distracted bus stop every morning, right in front of employees, one woman, wearing pants, Rain’s friends. Furthermore, according walked to the back but emerged minutes to a June report by KSL-TV in Salt Lake later wearing a large wraparound skirt City, Dale makes it a point to be wearand waddling slowly toward the front ing a different, “crazy” costume every door. After the unsuspecting employees morning (170 in all for the school year,

including, once, a wedding dress). • Alleged gang members Barbara Lee, 45, and Marco Ibanez, 19, were arrested in Hallandale Beach, Fla., in April and charged in the assault and stabbing of four deaf people. Lee was at the Ocean’s Eleven Lounge one evening when she saw several people in a group make hand signs that she interpreted as disrespecting her own gang’s signs, and, according to police, left to recruit Ibanez to come administer retribution. Unknown to Lee or Ibanez, the group were deaf people using sign language and had no idea they were making “gang” signs.

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• Rescues: (1) A 93-year-old woman was rescued by medics in Philadelphia in April after spending several days stuck in her own toilet. (According to KYW-TV, she had to be carried out with a portion of the toilet still stuck tightly to her body.) (2) In Tooting, England, in May, an unnamed senior was rescued by firefighters after he got his testicles caught in a shower seat in which he was sitting while bathing. • Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., apologized and paid the bill in June for exhuming the body of the recently deceased Kenneth Manis. The man who had shared Mr. Manis’ hospital room during his final days had reported that his dentures were missing, and the hospital determined that they had been mistakenly buried with Mr. Manis. CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


There’s an old comedy cliché about firemen holding a big net and asking people to jump. Is this a fictional invention, or was there really a time when this was how we rescued people from burning buildings? If there was, what was the highest someone could leap from and be saved? —Nate Solloway Life nets were one of many gambits by which urbanites of a century ago coped with the joys of city life. If disease, filth, or poverty didn’t get you, fire would. The ability to construct tall buildings profitably far outstripped the means to make them safe. Fatal fires were an everyday occurrence. Newspapers and reformers campaigned for tougher laws and better firefighting equipment, but it took decades before improvements had any effect. People have been improvising nets since the first multistory hovel went up in flames, of course—I find reports of rescues using rugs, tarps, even a raincoat. Now more elaborate gimmicks were proposed, some fanciful. One basically consisted of two giant mattresses. The device that caught on was the Browder life net, named for the fellow who patented it in 1887. This is the iconic net of the cartoons, consisting of a rigid circular frame with a round sheet of fabric stretched across the middle from springs, like a trampoline. You unfolded the net on arrival at the fire scene, got 10 to 16 firemen to hold it at shoulder height below a trapped victim, and hoped for the best. The good thing, judging from old press accounts, was that a lot of times life nets worked. The bad thing was that seemingly just about as often they didn’t—deaths and injuries were common. The practical limit was believed to be six stories; New York City firefighters in 1900 routinely jumped into a net from that height during their training. Surviving a leap from a taller building wasn’t out of the question. In a 1930 Chicago fire three people jumped eight

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stories into a net: two suffered minor injuries, one bounced out and fractured her skull. One daredevil LA firefighter tested a life net from ten stories and landed without a scratch. But that was rare. In the infamous Triangle garment factory fire of 1911, flames raced through the top three floors of a ten-story building in lower Manhattan. Scores of panicked workers, mostly young women, leaped from the windows. Some plummeted to the sidewalk even before firefighters arrived and set up their nets. Two women who had jumped together ripped through one net, followed close after by a third. Another woman landed in a net but died of internal injuries later. Deliverymen stretched out a tarp hoping to save some of the leapers; the first hurtling body ripped it from their grasp. With corpses literally piling up at the foot of the building, nets were soon abandoned as futile. In all, 146 people died. Jumping from lower heights wasn’t much safer. Leapers sometimes struck something on the way down, landed on a fireman, or missed entirely. Things could go wrong even if you were on target. In 1910 four women made the mistake of clinging to one another as they jumped from a burning four-story factory in Newark, New Jersey. They tore through the net and were killed. Despite these drawbacks, life nets remained standard firefighting equipment. As late as 1960 the Boston Globe saw fit to spend a full page explaining optimal leaping technique. (Hint: Jump in a seated position with your limbs in front of you, trying to land on your butt or the small of your back.) By the 1970s, though, life nets were on their way out. Hundred-foot aerial ladders had made rescue a less perilous proposition. The last mention of a net I could find was from 1983; current firefighting manuals don’t discuss them at all. Still, the fundamental problem remains unsolved. People still sometimes get trapped by fire in tall buildings— witness the desperate souls who leaped from the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Surely, you think, that qualifies as insane. Maybe not. There you are on the hundredth floor, with a choice even starker than the one facing somebody staring down at a life net. If you jump, your chances of surviving are infinitesimal but arguably not zero. If you stay you have no chance at all. What do you pick? cs

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GODDAMN GALLOWS With Viva le Vox, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band At 1 p.m. Friday, July 8 The Jinx, 127 Congress St. $6 Raw and hard–flailed and plucked electric guitar twang. Standup bass played like slaps of galloping thunder. Drums from some heavy tribal hell. Electric washboard – weird enough in itself – and mandolin strummed like power–punk fury. Oh yeah, sometimes there’s a banjo. And an accordion. And bursts of smoke and flame. If the songs are fast and loud, with the unmistakable strains of hillbilly yowl – hyper–adrenalized Americana – it’s a good bet we’re talking about Goddamned Gallows. Originating in Lansing, Mich., GG is one of the club circuit’s premier “psychobilly” groups (their self–bestowed sub–genre tag is “gutterbilly”). Former .357 string band member Jayke Orvis joined the band

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At 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10 Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park St. With Do it to Julia. $5 Direct from their triumphant opening set for Givers at the Jepson Center in May, Atlanta’s fleetly–foxy acoustic indie heroes return with another headlining show. Little Tybee is familiar to Savannah fans – they’ve played here a million times and, of course, began as Fountain and the Brock Scott Quartet, all founded and worked–hard in the Hostess City by Ryan Donald, Pat Brooks and Scott, who plays guitar and piano and sings lead vocals. Scott graduated from SCAD Atlanta in 2009 with a degree in sculpture. What sets Little Tybee apart from others who trade in nouveau–folk ephemera is their attention to the details of arrangement, both musically and vocally. Their music is frothy fun. It doesn’t hurt that 8–string guitarist Josh Martin is a monstrously good player, and that the secret weapon is a classically–trained violinist named Ryan Gregory. New full–length is Humorous to Bees. See myspace.com/littletybee CS

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Paul Jefferson and Lisa Brokop were sweethearts for years before figuring out that they should sing together professionally. Both are respected songwriters with numerous hits in their pockets; Jefferson’s pleasing country tenor, blended with Brokop’s soaring alto, is a natural fit. They sound as if they grew up singing together. But they didn’t, and it wasn’t until they got married in 2008 that they started thinking about forming “an act.” They call it – what else? – The Jeffersons. They’ll be Jeff Ross’ special guests at Sunday’s Savannah Songwriters Series concert in the Cha Bella courtyard. “This isn’t something that we planned,” says Brokop, who was already a major country star in her native Canada when she met Jefferson, a Californian. “In a way, we probably tried to avoid it, because we were afraid to bring business into the relationship, that sort of thing.” Both Lisa and Paul had successful careers of their own, thank you very much.

“But it sorta came after us, in a way,” Brokop laughs. “Paul’s always said that. And in a way, it feels like the sum of these two parts is greater than what we were originally. And it’s not even something I can explain.” Jefferson, who’s also a licensed pilot and a flight instructor, co–wrote, among other things, Aaron Tippin’s No. 1 hit “That’s As Close As I’ll Get to Loving You.” Producing his then–girlfriend’s 2008 album Beautiful Tragedy was, at that point, as close as Jefferson wanted to get to working with her. Ah, but things change. “When we first started this, I wasn’t completely into it, to tell you the truth,” he says. “I’ve never been a fan of duos. Especially married–couple duos! “Lisa was touring in Canada, and a couple times I went up there and played with her, and eventually I sang a song with her. We were onstage singing a song that we’d kinda rehearsed a little bit, and we got a standing ovation. And I think ‘Well, that’s odd.’ So we do it again, and it happens again. “I’m not saying that it isn’t a fluke


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or anything, but it just seems to keep It was during an earlier session that happening that way – when we play and Brokop met Jefferson Ross – they were we both feel like we’ve done our best, signed to the same publishing company we get a great response. It’s not exactly – and the two began writing together. what I wanted to do, but with showbiz “He would get together with me and you gotta do what you gotta do to make write the stuff that wasn’t as commera buck. So I’m actually starting to come cial,” Brokop explains. “It was kind of around.” his little escape from the commercial Brokop’s hits as a performer include writing in Nashville. I was working on “Give Me a Ring Sometime,” “One of an album at the time and I didn’t want Those Nights” and “I’d Like to See You to do the kind of regular radio stuff.” Try.” She has been named Canada’s The pair composed “Act of Defiance,” Independent Artist of the Year numerone of the standout tunes on Vol. 1. ous times. In his own act of defiance Ross, tired So she had a lot at stake – but The of the cookie–cutter method of trying Jeffersons couldn’t be held back. to churn out “hits” for other artists, reBrokop admits she might have located to Savannah last year. He started sacrificed something by putting her solo the Savannah Songwriters Series, which career on hold. “But at the same time, is why – yep – Brokop and Jefferson are I feel like I’m gaining on their way down. something,” she says. It’ll just be the two of “I’m gaining a partner, them, with their acoustic of course, and I think guitars and those golden there’s a chemistry there voices. They’ve left the that I didn’t have as a solo band in Nashville. artist. Brokop expects the “I hope this goes on show to be a lot like the for a long, long, long “house concerts” they time. It just makes sense sometimes perform. for us – we’re married, “The whole point of it we have a little girl now. The Jeffersons’ debut album is the intimacy that you is called Vol. 1. It really feels like we’re on can get with this kind of a the right path. But you show,” she says. “To be in never know. someone’s living room, or however they “We might go down the road and I want to set it up, there’s a warmth that might say ‘Hey, I want to do this kind comes with that. of record.’ Or Paul might want to do “And to be able to sit there and talk an album of Japanese love songs. Who about the songs ... it’s a different way knows? We’re open for everything.” than you would, say, if you were perAlthough they reside in Nashville, the forming for a couple thousand people couple went to Canada – where many of on a stage. Or even 500 people. People their musician friends live – to record can really be a part of the show.” their just–released debut album, Vol. 1. As for Jefferson, he’s not looking It’s a thrilling ride through modern down the road. Well, not too far. (acoustic–based) country, with a full “We’ve both been in this business band; all of the songs but one were a while, and I can’t presume to guess written by either Jefferson or Brokop, what’s gonna happen,” he admits. “But mostly with other writers. I’m hoping that we can do some more. In Nashville, of course, songwriting is We called this album Vol. 1 because it’s a full–time occupation. Writers actually like making a movie and calling it Rocky make appointments to work on songs 1. Saying there’s gonna be more coming. together, to get the job done. “I’m hoping it’s very successful. I That’s how Paul and Lisa met – hope that we make tons of money, and although the friend who set up their make other people tons of money. And initial meeting had an ulterior motive. probably more important, to make “We were set up – but it was more of people feel something. We want people a set up for us to meet,” Jefferson recalls. to weep, and we want people to laugh. “I didn’t know that that was going on. In that order.” CS “So we were writing together, and when you write together you sort of The Jeffersons sing some harmonies and stuff. And Savannah Songwriters’ Series I’ve always loved Lisa’s voice. And she’s a With Jefferson Ross and Stan Ray great harmony singer. I don’t know if it’s Where: Cha Bella, 102 E. Broad Street just us, or if Lisa could sing with anyWhen: At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 10 Admission: Free body, but the harmonies worked really Artist’s site: www.thejeffersonsmusic.com well. And we continue to do that.”

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Seeing these fine art crafts at the Telfair is almost as much of a hoot as making them by Jim Morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

For many people, “crafts” means the hokey, country– kitschy stuff one might find at a flea market or perhaps a First Saturday on River Street. For others, crafts can be a fine arts pursuit every bit on a par with oils, watercolors, and marble sculpture. Count Telfair Museums Studio Manager Kip Bradley in the latter category. “We want to educate people about the artistic element in crafts,” he says, referring to the fine art crafts show “Tradition/Innovation” up at the Telfair Academy all summer.

“When people think of crafts often the first thing that comes to mind is papier mache,” Bradley laughs. “They don’t think of it as an art form.” “Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art” features the work

of about two dozen highly regarded Southern craftspeople from Kentucky down to Florida. The quality of the work is often shockingly good. Louisville artist Fong Choo’s teapot “Tangerina” is stunning, as is the tesselized 3D silverwork of Atlanta’s Julia Woodman. In fact, Woodman will teach one of two remaining classes open to the public in association with the exhibit. Her class is July 9. The other class happens July 16 and is led by local woodturner Steve Cook, who currently plies his old school art at Kobo Gallery on Ellis Square.


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Mardi Gras mask by Darryl Montana

“We’ll do an introductory level class on woodturning,” Cook explains. “We’ll supply all the tools and equipment. What people will be able to do will depend on their skill level and mechnical ability.” In keeping with the theme of “Tradition/Innovation,” Cook is familiar with both the practical and the more artistic sides of his craft. “There’s a difference between woodturning as an artist and as a production woodturner,” he says. “They’re both talents – but one guy’s a woodturner and the other guy’s an artist!” One of the most fasciHandcrafted nating artists at the show is Steve Miller, a professor book by Steve Miller of Book Arts at the University of Alabama who makes beautiful books all by hand. Expecting his answer to contain some reference to Irish monks toiling over illuminated texts in the Middle Ages, we asked him to name the golden age of bookmaking by hand. “It’s 2011, actually,” Miller laughed. “As in all craft areas, we’re seeing a growing interest. As people are having their faces in front of computers all day every day, they’re loving those touch-

stones of reality. There’s no doubt when you hold a handmade book it’s been made entirely by hand. Even the casual observer can sense something very, very different.” Miller says artist bookmakers “deploy the best of 500–year–old technologies and tune those to the ideas of the 21st century. The art, the words, the structures, the concepts flow down from the web and social networking and make their way into books made by hand. “It’s very important to be exactly right where we are in the world. We want to pull all resources possible, often using traditional techniques but also bringing in new technology,” he says. “Why not use an Epson color printer?

Why not make plates from documents tweaked in Photoshop and Illustrator. It’s fun as all get out!” cs

Tradition/Innovation Show of regional fine art crafts is at the Telfair Academy on Telfair Square through September 6. Silversmith Workshop: Tessellation: The Three–Dimensional Form with Julia Woodman is July 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $85 Telfair members, $95 nonmembers Introduction to Wood Turning with Steve Cook is July 16, with morning and afternoon opportunities. Cost $60 Telfair members, $70 nonmembers. To register for workshops, call 912/790–8823 or email bradleyk@telfair.org

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I was always pleased when dining at Pakwan at Oglethorpe Mall — and equally disappointed when it closed several months ago. But the little Indian restaurant is back — this time in the former Daiquiri Island location on Abercorn Street.

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The menu is solid, authentic Indian food. On my recent visit, I dug into the lunch buffet for aromatic, tender chunks of Chicken Tandoori and a spicy heap of Chicken Korma over rice. On my previous trip, I was accompanied by Indian friends who qualified the food as authentic and delicious – I don’t detect any difference. It’s a big menu, but servers and management are happy to help newcomers traverse the flavors and dishes of this exotic cuisine. I was heartened to see a mother dining with her very young daughter – and exposing her to the world flavors we have at our disposal. Neat, clean, plenty of free parking; lots of cool green plants give a tropical feel. I’m looking forward to a return visit to try one of my favorite dishes, lamb biriyani.

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The banners have been waving on Eisenhower Drive for weeks, and last week this new super buffet opened next to the Napa Auto Parts store – and the parking lot has been jammed. Obviously, there are hibachi dishes, but also, lots of sushi choices and the claim of a 150 item buffet. It’s a wildly varied collection of Chinese, Japanese and plenty of American chow for your less adventurous dining companions. After all, there’s nothing like helping down delicious Chinese dumplings with pipin’ hot mac–n–cheese! 220 Eisenhower Dr./355–7878

Mondavi does summer It’s hard for me to not yada–yada Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. This week alone, I’ve had enthusiastic vineyard reps present me with tastes of at least 10 Pinot Grigios and about a half dozen Sauv Blancs. The wines ranged from across the globe: America, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Still, with our summer climate, it’s hard to overlook the clean flavors, beautiful aromas and refreshing experience these two varietals bring to a sweltering day. However, a pair from Robert Mondavi Private Selection label stood out. The 2010 Pinot Grigio was the perfect companion to share over a business lunch earlier this week. Wine maker Rick Boyer scoured cool vineyards of California’s Central Coast – Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Bonito counties – to find grapes that deliver fresh fruit aroma and crisp flavors of this Pinot Grigio. Ripe, juicy pears, vanilla and peach fill the nose and are a pleasing introduction to this wine. Take a sip and the fresh fruit smells become flavors that refresh and then finish clean and crisp. It’s a great solo sip, but also pairs beautifully with shellfish – and it was a winner against the tomatoes, cucumber and Gorgonzola cheese in my bread salad. For real fans of Sauv Blanc, this 2010 release is a classic. Lemon/lime flavors, grassiness and puckering acid are the hallmarks of this mouth–watering wine. Grapes came fro the same region and again Boyer has coaxed every nuance from the harvest. Careful not to over chill this wine – its complexity stands proud at around 45 degrees. Colder and its rich variety and complexity get crushed. Talking with a wine maker friend last week, I was reminded that wine truly is best when served with food – and this wine is no exception. It’s a winner with foods ranging from crab salad or calamari to roasted chicken. Even better news: Suggested retail is $11 – you should be able to find the wines at $15 or less. cs


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Cabaret takes place in 1931 Berlin; the play opened in New York City in 1967. The Oscar–winning film version appeared in 1972, and in 2003 the look of the show was almost completely overhauled (“deconstructed,” to use the appropriate theater term) in London and became something a lot closer to what Berlin was like in 1931. Despite all this travel through time and space, the message of Cabaret has never changed: Freedom comes with a hefty price tag. Set in a seedy, pan–sexual nightclub, Cabaret unfolds as Germany’s tenuous Weimar Republic is crumbling. Hitler and the Nazi party are coming to power, and therefore everyone –and everything – is threatened. “It was the fall of the ability to be who you were, and to celebrate who you were,” says Jeff Courtney Flood stars as Sally DeVincent, who’s directing the show for three Bowles, in a cosweekends, beginning July 8, at Club One’s Bay tume designed by Street Theatre. “Cabaret is a musical, but there’s a Ariel Pellman lot of tragic information in there.” A musical it is, by the estimable John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago). History remembers Liza Minnelli, as sexy club singer Sally Bowles, insisting that “Life is a cabaret, old chum.” Or Joel Gray, as the bizarrely made–up Emcee, bidding us all “Vilkommen.”


lunch . dinner . carry out . delivery the dramatic and comedic interactions between the plot’s secondary characters – take place on the Club One stage. “I’ve turned it on itself,” the director says proudly. “And the entire set is mirrored, so everywhere you can see action. It was a challenge, but I really wanted the piece to reflect on itself.” DeVincent, former chair of SCAD’s performing arts department, last directed Urinetown The Musical for the (now MIA) Little Theatre of Savannah. At SCAD, he’d done Cabaret before, among dozens of other shows, and his extracurricular Savannah credits also include a few seasons of The Rocky Horror Show. As for this new bottle of Cab, he says, “I have not been so excited about a piece of theater in a very long time.” The cast includes Courtney Flood as Sally, Christopher Blair as the Emcee, Travis Coles as Ernst, Christopher Stanley as Cliff, Bridget Tunstall as Fritzie Kost and Walter Magnuson as Herr Schultz. And, of course, the Kit Kat Girls. Flood designed the choreography, while the costumes were done by SCAD alumna Ariel Pellman, who’s now working on Broadway. “If we just did the songs and performances, that would make the show,” DeVincent says. “But the decadence, mixed with the tragedy of the era, and the beauty of the way they boiled down the script, is just unbelievably striking.” Club One, he adds, is “the perfect space” for a show like this version of Cabaret. “I feel rather decadent myself, because I’m being spoiled rotten. “Club One, and everyone involved with it, has spoiled me. I really feel like I’ve found a home with Club One and Bay Street.” CS Cabaret Where: Bay Street Theatre at Club One, 1 Jefferson St. When: At 8 p.m. July 8–10, 15–17, 21, 22, 24. July 10, 17 and 24 are ages 18+; all other shows 21+ Tickets: $20 table seating, $15 general seating Online: clubone– online.com

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But the movie, DeVincent insists, was a watered–down version of the original play, which was itself a watered–down version of Christopher Isherwood’s first–hand account of the era, the novelization Goodbye to Berlin. “It’s not your parents’ Cabaret, as it were,” DeVincent says. “It’s still a robust musical, there’s amazing music in there. ”The music is wonderful, and the theatricality of the piece is pretty amazing to watch, but it’s an historic account – and it’s very, very accurate. Some of it’s not spelled out as overtly as some people might expect in a history play, because it’s very theatrical.” An air of impending doom hangs over the Kit Kat Club, where most of the action takes place. The Emcee – an unsettling combination of white–faced pierrot clown, drag queen and evil–eyed Fred Astaire – performs one strange (and often perverse) song and dance after another, accompanied by the club’s trashy female dancers. Decadence is the key word here. It’s all very decadent. “The Kit Kat,” DeVincent explains, “is a mix of all different kinds of places. The main club that it’s based on is the Eldorado. It was the first trans–gendered gay cabaret. They had everybody there. “And as part of Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives, when he went around and killed everybody that was gay, the Eldorado was turned from the big cabaret freedom spot to Hitler’s political office.” DeVincent’s production is the “deconstructed” version that director Sam Mendes brought from the U.K. to Broadway in 1998. In addition, much of his show’s design was taken from the book Vuluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin, a pictorial history of the era’s thriving sex– entertainment industry. And DeVincent has set the club’s musical numbers in the midst of the Bay Street audience. The “serious scenes” – Sally’s unhappy romance with an American writer,

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Students in Armstrong Atlantic State University’s performing arts department are about to get a lesson in real–world theater. For the Masquers’ Summer of Simon series, they’re doing three beloved Neil Simon comedies in quick succession, over three consecutive weekends. It was, by all accounts, theater professor Pam Sears – an unabashedly big fan of the legendary New York playwright – who first suggested the idea. Megan Baptiste–Field, who’ll soon go from adjunct to full–time instructor, was delegated series producer. “Pam, (professor) Peter Mellen and I all talked about it,” Baptiste–Field explains. “And to be honest, it’s very similar to my professional experiences running summer rep. “That was really one of the biggest goals for our students – we wanted to provide them with a professional summer experience. So if they couldn’t leave Savannah because they were taking classes, we’re trying to give them a summer stock experience here, where they do shows back–to–back.” Baptiste–Field, whose field of expertise is set design and the other technical aspects of show–running, says the breathless schedule includes eight–hour days in the carpentry shop and rehearsals every night after classes. Barefoot in the Park will be followed by The Prisoner of Second Avenue, which will then give way to The Odd Couple (Female Version). It’s the full turnaround experience. “Every cast is different,” says Baptiste–Field. “Every director and stage manager is different. I think there are one or two actors playing smaller roles in two shows, but for the most part we’ve just been running simultaneously every night. We have three rehearsal spaces, and they cycle onto the main-

Phil Newell and Caitlin Mackenzie Wade rehearse Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park

stage for a night every couple of days.” For Barefoot in the Park, opening July 7, the director is recent AASU graduate John Wright. “I originally did my studying at Second City in Chicago,” he says, “so I’m a firm believer that good comedy is a lot harder to pull off than drama. Because you need to be able to switch gears so quickly. You need to have that connection moment, but then you also have to have the timing to bring your jokes across.” And the comic dialogue of Barefoot, the story of quirky 1960s newlyweds Paul and Corey Bratter and their first days in a 10th–floor walkup, is vintage, rat–a–tat Simon. “One thing I’ve tried to make clear to the actors is, there’s a reason it’s the longest–running Simon show on Broadway,” Wright explains. “You can almost feel a definite rhythm to a Simon show, and I think that gets lost sometimes, especially in Barefoot in the Park. If it slows down, you forget that it’s kinda just comic bantering – it’s one–liners back and forth off of each other. So if you don’t keep a rhythm you can lull the audience to sleep! “That’s been the biggest thing we’ve worked on, to the point where we’ll even bring out metronomes, to do the show to a rhythm. Letting the actors figure out that ‘Hey, this has pretty much got to be one line after the other. But when it’s time to feel an emotion, or really dig in, that’s when you can take a break from that rhythm.’” Once Barefoot closes, with Sunday’s

matinee, the set will be re–tooled into the apartment of Mel and Edna Edison for The Prisoner of Second Avenue. This posed something of a problem for set designer Baptiste-Field. A main feature of the Barefoot set is an oversized window, which has to be big enough for several characters to walk behind, as if they’re edging along the 10th floor ledge. Prisoner takes place during a heat wave, and a garbage strike. The perpetually irritated Mel frequently opens his French doors, walks onto the balcony and yells rudely at his upstairs neighbors. There are just four days between the end of Barefoot and opening night of Prisoner. “Simon,” says Baptiste–Field, “is traditionally known for having written a lot of plays that are interiors, New York City, from the ‘50s and ‘60s into the ‘80s. So the challenge was to find a set that would work for all the three shows. And also to meet the very specific needs that Neil Simon puts into his sets – he’s famous for having conversations about what the sets look like.” Later, of course, the company will do the whole thing again when the set is used for Olive Madison’s divorcee flat in The Odd Couple. Baptiste–Field’s got it covered; likewise, she has tremendous faith in her directors. Ashton Carr is handling Prisoner, while Kimmi Sampieri directs The Odd Couple. Although Wright’s take on Barefoot is strictly ‘60s, she says, “Ashton and

Kimmi have both chosen to put their shows in the modern time period. “Prisoner, for example, is all about a husband and wife who have a role reversal. The husband loses a job, and the wife has to go back out and get one. Ashton thought wow, this is a modern story. We can tell it in a modern period. “And Kimmi chose to modernize The Odd Couple by adding a couple of guys to the cast, not just having all women. They’re playing Trivial Pursuit instead of poker. “So I think everyone’s found kind of a unique way to find the story in Neil Simon, but also how can we give the audience a little different take on Simon for each show.” CS Summer of Simon Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University Jenkins Hall Theatre, 11935 Abercorn St. Tickets: $10 each show. AASU students, staff and faculty admitted free Discounts for U.S. military, senior citizens, alumni association members, and non– Armstrong students/children Info: (912) 344–2801 Barefoot in the Park When: At 7:30 p.m. July 7–9, 3 p.m. July 10   The Prisoner of Second Avenue When: At 7:30 p.m. July 14–16, 3 p.m. July 17   The Odd Couple (Female Version) When: At 7:30 p.m. July 21–23, 3 p.m. July 24


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Portraits to Pixels — The exhibit celebrates the Telfair’s 125th anniversary; includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. , http://www. telfair.org/

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Stating that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is better than 2009’s infamous Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a futile declaration best left for mathematicians to ponder, as only they might care to take the time to calculate the minuscule percentage that was necessary for this to emerge, uh, superior to its predecessor.

2007’s Transformers contained enough flashes of warmth, emotion and workable humor to catch many critics off guard, but all that goodwill dissipated with the release of the first sequel, which one scribe – oh, yeah, me – described as “the filmic equivalent of a 150–minute waterboarding session.” This latest franchise filler is just as soulless, cynical and stupid (and five minutes longer!), with director Michael Bay no longer even pretending to care about anything but breaking his own box office records. Featuring the summer’s second rewriting of U.S. history (the concept was better handled with X–Men: First Class’s Cuban Missile Crisis episode), this film reveals that the real reason the astronauts landed on the moon back in 1969 was to check out an alien construct (hence the title) that turned out to be tied into the long–running intergalactic battle between the Autobots (good Transformers) and Decepticons (bad Transformers). After much exposition (culminating in a sellout appearance by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin), the plot carries us to the present day, where the nerdy Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again has an

only–in–the–movies supermodel– esque girlfriend, Carly (played by Victoria’s Secret supermodel Rosie Huntington–Whiteley, replacing Megan Fox as the requisite sex object). Sam’s mother (Julie White) disturbingly surmises that her son must have a big schlong in order to land such hot girlfriends, while his father (Kevin Dunn) is concerned that he has no job. He finally acquires one, working for an eccentric CEO (John Malkovich); Carly, meanwhile, is employed by a wealthy slug (Patrick Dempsey) whose mere presence makes Sam jealous. But this boy has no time for such high–school hijinks, as he soon discovers that the Decepticons have returned with another plan to take over our world. Before long, Sam soon finds himself fighting alongside other returning characters (Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro) plus one newcomer (Frances “Are you kidding me?” McDormand), as well as the Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Sleepy, Bashful and Dopey. Bay’s fascistic tendencies aren’t quite as pronounced as in the last installment (though there is an appearance by Fox storm trooper Bill O’Reilly as himself), but there isn’t anything this man won’t do for the sake of arousing himself, be it an establishing shot of Carly that solely captures her 3–D–enhanced ass or a scene in which a little girl unknowingly plays tea party with a disguised Decepticon who then leaps up and murders her mom and dad. From start to finish, it’s a miserable viewing experience, and the robot slugfests are once again incoherent and endless. So why is Dark of the Moon better than Revenge of the Fallen? Two reasons. First, there’s an Incep-

tion–like sequence (right down to similar music) involving a folded building that’s pretty cool. And second, unlike its predecessor, there are no shots of Transformer testicles.

LARRY CROWNE The new seriocomedy Larry Crowne opens with Tom Hanks’ title character taking so much grinning–idiot pleasure in his job at a retail box store (he’s even cheerful when wiping a kid’s vomit off the mechanical horse out front) that we momentarily suspect the actor has elected to revive Forrest Gump in an unauthorized sequel. But no, Larry Crowne is just that kind of guy – jovial, hardworking, uncomplaining – which makes it a shocker (at least to him) when he’s downsized by a group of corporate caricatures (in a wretched scene played partly for nonexistent laughs) who state that his lack of education makes him expendable in modern–day America. After failing to land another job, Larry decides to go back to school, only it was a helluva lot more fun when Rodney’s Dangerfield’s Thornton Melon chose this route 25 years ago. Larry’s escapades at the local community college are, like practically everything else in this film, barely perfunctory as narrative and wholly lacking in any sort of dramatic conflict. Positioned as a picture about how it’s possible to still succeed in a country that’s been destroyed by rising unemployment rates and soaring gasoline prices, Larry Crowne actually has little basis in reality, with Hanks’ “don’t worry, be happy” protagonist sailing from one existential uptick after another. Larry, only slightly less square than


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Cars 2 Think of Pixar as a person instead of a studio. Imagine it as Clint Eastwood. Remember that middle stretch in Eastwood’s career, when he would alternate more artistic endeavors with pure popcorn flicks? One year he’s helming something as weighty as The Outlaw Josey Wales, the next he’s starring in something as blatantly stupid as The Gauntlet. One moment he’s attempting to stretch with White Hunter Black Heart, the next he’s hanging around with that idiot Charlie Sheen in The Rookie. Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson have also been allowed to follow this pendulum career path, so why not Pixar? Before Cars 2, the animation giant had released 11 feature–length tales, all but one of them considered unqualified

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gems that spoke to adults as much as to the kids. The exception was 2006’s Cars, which earned mostly positive notices but was dismissed as lightweight children’s fare. I would argue that it’s a bit stronger than that – its Route 66 mythology, coupled with the presence of Paul Newman in what would turn out to be his final role, lent it a nostalgic, bittersweet tinge – but when placed alongside the magnificence of, say, Up or the Toy Story trilogy, it clearly doesn’t possess the same emotional or artistic wallop. And neither does Cars 2, which will replace its predecessor as the new runt of the Pixar litter. But so what? If the Pixar gurus occasionally want to kick up their heels and make movies that offer only surface pleasures, then so be it. The only requirement should be that they entertain, which is something that Cars 2 certainly does. Adopting an international template, this sequel finds Lightning McQueen (voiced again by Owen Wilson) invited to participate in a Grand Prix event that formally kicks off in Tokyo before moving to Europe for three separate races (Rome, Paris and London). McQueen reluctantly takes Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) with him, only to be immediately humiliated by his best buddy’s redneck behavior. But while McQueen tries to ignore these distractions and concentrate on beating his racetrack rivals, particularly a swaggering Italian auto (John Turturro), Mater gets mistaken for a brilliant secret agent by a pair of British operatives (Michael Caine as Finn McMissile and Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell) trying to uncover the head of a criminal cabal. With a running time close to two hours, Cars 2 does feel protracted, especially in the sequences in which Mater frets over the fact that people – err, cars – are laughing at him rather than with him; trust me, neither kids nor adults will be particularly enthralled by witnessing an existential crisis on the part of a hick tow truck. But the film gets a lot of mileage (pun intended) out of its 007–styled storyline while it remains endearing to witness familiar names refashioned in automotive lingo. As for the animation, it adheres to the studio’s usual high standards, which makes the charges of creative coasting even more ludicrous. Listening to detractors, you’d think this was from the same companies that released such animated eyesores as Hoodwinked! and the recent The Lion of Judah. But it’s from Pixar, an outfit whose vehicles –

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Napoleon Dynamite, catches the eye of the hottest girl at the college (lively Gugu Mbatha–Raw), who of course devotes all her free time to dressing him in hip clothes, straightening up his house, and putt–putting around with him on scooters. He aces his classes, with the other students all gushing over his undeniable genius. And he even cracks the unhappy veneer of one of his teachers, who’s miserable because her husband (Bryan Cranston) spends all day looking at naughty photos on the Internet instead of working (this movie is so timid and afraid to offend that he’s not even looking at hardcore porn, just big–breasted women in bikinis). Julia Roberts plays this tortured, hard–drinking instructor, and her character is the one most crippled by the feebleness of the script co–written by Hanks and My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos. The domestic scenes involving her spouse are undeveloped and unconvincing, as is the notion that she’s supposed to be a lush beaten down by limited opportunities (Bad Teacher’s Cameron Diaz was far more believable in this respect). Life only becomes bearable when Larry begins wooing her, beaming at her from his classroom desk and sharing chaste kisses outside her home. Roberts hasn’t been given many opportunities these years to show off her talents, and this picture does little to reverse that trend: Like everyone else in Larry Crowne, she’s only on hand to lavish praise on a dull character who’s hardly worth having his own motion picture.

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BAD TEACHER Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no Bad Santa, but Bad Teacher brings just enough naughty behavior to the table to make it a decent watch for viewers tired of PGâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;13 timidity. In her best role since 2005â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underrated In Her Shoes, Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a goldâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;digging middleâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;school teacher who, having just been dumped by her wealthy fiance, sets her sights on substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), who happens to be the heir to a watchâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;making dynasty. Elizabeth is manipulative, deceitful, insensitive and lazy (each class period is spent with the students watching a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;themed film like Stand and Deliver or Dangerous Minds while she tries to get over a hangover), and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to use all her cunning to dislodge Scott from the grip of a perpetually peppy teacher named Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). Meanwhile, niceâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;guy gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) hangs around, hoping to get past Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious disinterest in him. Hollywood, which fashions itself as a bearer of moral messages, usually feels the need to take down its flawed characters before the closing credits, with the arrogant/narcissistic/selfâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;centered protagonist miraculously transformed into a wellspring of small sacrifices and big embraces (e.g. half of Jim Carreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canon). To its credit, Bad Teacher doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resort to such shameless pandering: Like Billy Bob Thorntonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willie in Bad Santa, Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabeth Halsey bends but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break, and the film has no need to automatically punish the wicked for their indiscretions. On the downside, the combination of a short running time, often erratic pacing, and a number of redâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;bandâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;trailer moments conspicuously missing from the finished piece suggests that the studio ultimately didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have quite enough faith in the picture to let it all hang out.

Green Lantern Considering all the advance negative buzz that had been building with the steadiness and scariness of a Category 5 hurricane, Green Lantern, just one of the approximately 428 superhero flicks that will be released this year alone, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the catastrophe that had been all but foretold as far back as the Book of Rev-

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Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912233-9696 or tonycenter@comcast.net For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site: http://chathamdems-ga.com/ccdc/ Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah http://www.chathamdems.net/

Mayoral Candidate Meet and Greet

The Five Points Beverage store located at 2103 Skidaway Road will host an informal meet and greet session with all of the city’s mayoral candidates. The event will run from 5-8 p.m. at the store, and citizens will be able to talk with candidates and ask questions. For more info, call Dee: 912-335-1217

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.

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.

Call for Entries Call for artists

The Butcher’s deli case is looking for new and inventive artists to design their latest t-shirt. For submissions and more info, contact Minnabeezy@gmail.com, or drop by the shop: The Butcher, 19 East Bay St. between Bull and Drayton

Call for artists

The Wooden Sheep at 6 E. Liberty St. is looking for an artist interested in assembling an installation at the store. No submission fee required. For more info: Woodensheepsav@gmail.com or visit their blog: Woodensheep.tumblr.com

Studio/Exhibition Space Available

Over 5,000 Sq. Ft. available for artist studios, music shows, photo shoots, filmmaking, office space, private events and more. Make an appointment to view: 233-1095 or email booking@ studio2ten-sav.com

Volunteers for Rape Crisis Center

Support victims through our 24-hour crisis line and hospital response. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 912-233-3000 or volunteers@ rccsav.org for an application. Training dates are September 7th & 8th (6pm-9pm), 10th (8:30am-4pm) & 12th through 14th (6pm-9pm each night). We ask that you attend all sessions. All applicants must be at least 21 years old and submit to a criminal background check.

Classes, Camps & Workshops Aikido Center

Traditional Japanese martial arts downtown on the corner of Broughton and whitaker. Class times: Mon thru Thurs at 6:30 pm; Sat at 11:00

am. Please come by at the beginning of any class for more info. Dues: $40 per month for all classes!

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.

Bouquet Making Workshop

learn the basics to make stunning bouquets. This class is designed for beginners and no flower design experience is needed. $100 fee which includes all materials. Pre-registration is required. Contact: SJM Celebrations, LLC:

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Champions Training Center

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah.com/

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A cheese-making workshop will be held at Red Earth Farm near Reidsville on Saturday, July 23rd. Learn to make two simple and delicious cheeses -- fresh mozzarella and ricotta. Class will consist of a demonstration, then hands-on practice. email redearthfarm@yahoo.com or call Raven Waters at (912) 557-1053. $15-30.

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-443-0410.

Family Law Workshop

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1 Convoluted beyond common sense 13 Former member of Congress 14 They fly throughout the U.K. (not to be confused with the American carrier) 15 Govt. program that backs school grants 16 ___ Solo 17 Mauna ___ Observatory 18 Bierce who wrote “The Devil’s Dictionary” 20 Louvre Pyramid architect I.M. 21 Zero, on some scorecards 24 Line up the crosshairs again 25 “Shoot!” 26 First name in “The Last King of Scotland” 27 Amphibian who used to have a “Wild Ride” at Disneyland 29 Olympics chant 30 ___-Xers 31 Corked item. maybe 32 It may range from beach castles to Buddhist mandalas 35 “Ni ___!” (Hello, in China) 36 French vacation spot, maybe 37 TV “Science Guy” Bill 38 “___ never work” 40 CEO, in general: abbr. 41 Console that included Super Mario World, for short 42 Borden’s spokescow 43 Make eggs 44 Abbreviated single on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album 45 It’s mainly done with the fingers 47 Rubbery Nickelodeon toy substance of the 1990s 48 Sparks of “Queer As Folk” 49 Cash dispenser 50 Cameroon, Mozambique, et al. 56 Teacher’s request to prevent blurting out 57 Items that line baby’s crib

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1 Short reply? 2 One of the U.S. Virgin Islands 3 Some butters in lotions 4 Carried 5 Gothic novelist Radcliffe 6 “Later,” in some text messages 7 Place to get Squishees 8 “___ the Money” 9 Former sound system company 10 Genetic messenger material 11 Susan of “The Partridge Family” 12 Sophs, two years later 13 It’s got a little charge in it 14 “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” character 15 Government policy tool for agriculture 19 Duran Duran album of 1982 20 “El Condor ___” 21 Alarm clock setting 22 Pie-in-the-sky types 23 Tile alternative 25 Surfer guys 28 He played Hans Christian Andersen 33 No, to Nikita 34 It starts during the Trojan War 39 ___ carte 41 Rubber band for braces adjustment 45 Like some cheddar 46 Yoga variety 47 Crux 50 Pitcher’s asset 51 Gp. with plane dealings? 52 Dye brand in the drug store 53 P.O. boxes, e.g. 54 Sorority letters 55 Turn-___ (centerfold’s likes)

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

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. Savannah

Fire extinguisher training

Armstrong Police will use advanced laser technology to simulate the discharge of a drychemical or CO2 extinguisher for a completely clean, safe and effective training experience. The training takes just minutes. Stop by anytime July 9 - 22. Armstrong Police Department is always open. 912.344.3085

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

Holy Books of the World’s Religions

Part 2 of the ongoing class will cover Sufism, Paganism, Jainism and Shintoism. Classes are held each Tuesday in July at 6:30pm. Those interested can attend one session or all of them. Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community. Located at 1001 E. Gwinnett, corner of Gwinnett and Ott. For info: 441-0328 or uubc2@aol.com

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

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

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“Kakuro” Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you can’t repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of three squares in the upper-left with a 22 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 22, and they won’t repeat any digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square row in the upper-middle with a 7 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 22-row to its left. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com


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Learn to Draw

Private and group drawing lessons by Artist and former SCAD Professor Karen Bradley. Call for details. 912-507-7138.

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm, at The Butcher- 19 East Bay between Bull and Drayton. $10 admission.

Medicinal Mushrooms and Herbal Tonics

Free lecture sponsored by Brighter Day Natural Foods Market on Tues. July 26, with Roy Upton, RH, DAyu. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street (behind the Visitor’s Center), 7pm. For more info, call Brighter Day Natural Foods, 236-4703; pick up a flyer at the store at 1102 Bull Street, or visit www.brighterdayfoods.com

Mindfulness Meditation Class

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:008:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). www. yogacoopsavannah.com or 912-429-7264.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music

A small privately owned studio offering: Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants - toddlers. Group preschool music classes WWW.MSAMYSCHOOLOFMUSIC.COM

New Horizons Adult Band Program

A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30.00 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info.

Plein Painting Workshop

Mountain Color - A Plein Air workshop with Sandy Branam. Broad brush studies on small clay board as well as detail sketches in a journal, on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. $450.00 Room and Board included. Oct. 10th – 14th, 2011. For more info, call Judy Mooney @ 912 443-9313 or email at judymooney@bellsouth.net.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

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

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

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

SCAD Community Education

SCAD’s Community Education program hosts a variety of workshops during the summer months. Digital photography, painting, illustration and more. Dates and costs vary. Call 912-525-5945 or visit www.scad.edu/ce for more info.

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training

Sept. 26-30 in Savannah. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners respond at the request of local Law Enforcement agencies to perform exams on sexual assault victims. Training is 40 hours with a 40 hour preceptorship to follow. $200 (may be reimbursable). If you are an RN with 2 or more years of experience and want to volunteer your time, please call the Rape Crisis Center at 912233-3000.

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

A class teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Henry St @ E Broad, Mon/Tues 6-9pm, 1 1/2 hour lesson $25. Call 786-247-9923, anitraoperadiva@ yahoo.com, www.anitraoperadiva.com

Stand Up Paddleboarding

East Coast Paddleboarding offers paddleboard lessons, rentals, tours and sales, as well as a summer camp program for kids. It’s fun, a great way get out on the water and to stay fit. No experience necessary. Eastcoastpaddleboarding. com or 781-267-1810

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

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

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Summer Jazz Camp

The Junior Jazz Foundation and the HHI Christian Academy will offer several jazz camp programs for area youth. For students entering grades 5-12. For more info, or to register for classes please email Mr. James Berry at jberry@ hhca.org, students may also register online at www.hhca.org/music

Summer Toddler Art Camp

Is your child two years old or under and enjoys being creative? Enjoy this eight-week-long adventure for your young artist! Starts July 15 through September 2. RSVPs required. $100 for the 8-week session or $12.50 per class. Fridays at 10am. GA State Railroad Museum 601 W. Harris St. 912.651.6823 x3

Vacation Bible School

The White Bluff United Methodist Church hosts a vacation bible school open to kids in grades K-6th. Runs July 24-28. Snacks are served at 5:30pm, and classes run from 6-8pm. For more info or to register, call the church office: 925-5924, or visit: www.wbumc.org. 11911 White Bluff Rd.

Women’s Self-Defense Class

AASU Police Dept offers free Rape Aggression Defense class for women 18 years and older. The 12-hour program will be split into three sessions held on July 16, 23, and 30 from 1–5pm. Training will take place at the AASU Police headquarters, on campus, 11935 Abercorn St. Free. To register, please contact Theresa Davis at 912.344.3085 or Theresa.Davis@armstrong.edu.

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

VOTED BEST ADULT ENTERTAINMENT VENUE, AGAIN!!! NEW HAPPY HOUR PRICES $6 LUNCH SPECIAL MILITARY GETS IN FREE EVERY NIGHT MON-SAT 11AM-3AM, SUN 5PM-2AM 12 N. LATHROP AVE. SAVANNAH | 233-6930 | NOW HIRING CLASSY ENTERTAINERS Turn right @ the Great Dane statue on Bay St. We’re on the left just past the curve!

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

Energy Healers

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

Jenkins High Class of ’71

40th reunion on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in the Harborside Room 6:30pm til midnight. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. For more info, email hvjenkins71@ gmail.com

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/

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ARIES

(March 21–April 19) It’s my observation that women find it easier than men to tune into their natural rhythms. The menstrual cycle helps cultivate that ability. We men experience less dramatic physical shifts, and that seems to give us license to override messages from our bodies for the sake of ambition, laziness, or convenience. Having acknowledged that, I must say that I know men who are highly sensitive and responsive to somatic cues, and women who aren’t. Whatever gender you are, I believe that in the coming weeks it’s crucial for you to be acutely aware of what’s going on inside your beloved flesh–and– blood vehicle. This is one time when you need to be intimately aligned with its needs.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) One of the greatest kings of the ancient Persian Sassanid Empire was Shapur II (309–379). Shortly after his father died, he was made king while still in his mother’s womb. Since he could not yet wear his crown, officials set it upon his mother’s pregnant belly. He ruled from then until the day he died, 70 years later. I’m naming him your patron saint for the second half of 2011, Taurus. My sense is that the seed of some great accomplishment is already germinating within you. It may take a while to be fully born, but I suggest we consecrate its bright future now.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) I’ve got no problem with the real world. I spend a lot of time there, enjoy its chewy riddles, and take it quite seriously. But I also consider myself a militant lobbyist for all the Other Worlds –– the domain of everything that’s invisible to the naked eye and irrelevant to the schemes of the rational ego. These alternate realities consist of the unconscious, the dreamtime, the spiritual sphere, the intelligence of nature, and the realm of the ancestors. In my astrological opinion, you’re due for a major upgrade in your relationship with these dimensions in the next 12 months. Now would be a good time to get started.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) While listening to the sound collage radio program “Over the

Edge” on KPFA, I learned that a new primary color has been detected. Quite different from red, yellow, or blue, it has its own distinct hue that’s impossible to describe. You really have to see it to appreciate its essence. The discoverer of this marvel is Dr. Wohan Squant, who has named the color “squant.” (Full details here: bit.ly/Squant.) I wish I could predict you’re about to create or find something equally revolutionary, Cancerian, but I can’t go quite that far. Nevertheless, you’ve entered a phase when you have the power to tinker with and even transform fundamental laws of your universe. So who knows? Maybe you’re on the verge of a shift almost as revolutionary as the discovery of squant.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) Are you feeling the sting of disappointment, railing at life for reneging on one of its promises to you? Are you in the throes of unleashing a great accusation, suffering the twisty ache that comes from having your pet theories disproved? Maybe you should consider the possibility that you are simply getting an opportunity to correct a misunderstanding –– that life isn’t being mean to you and you’re not being punished. I’d like to propose that you are, in fact, in the first phase of your healing. Listen to Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore: “We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.”

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) “The more one dwells on oneself,” says psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in his book *Going Sane,* “the more one is likely to suffer.” He thinks people need encouragement to avoid excessive introspection. “My project as a psychoanalyst,” he writes, “is to free them to not have to think about their lives so much.” While I feel he overstates the case, I do suspect his message would be good for you to heed in the coming weeks. For maximum success and robust mental health, take a generous portion of your attention off yourself and focus it on living your life with compassion, curiosity, and concern for others.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) “One must choose in life between boredom and suffering,” proclaimed author Madame de

Sta l (1766–1817). I beg to differ with her, however. As evidence, I present the course of your life during the next few weeks. After analyzing the astrological omens, I expect you will consistently steer a middle course between boredom and suffering, being able to enjoy some interesting departures from the routine that don’t hurt a bit. There may even be pain–free excursions into high adventure mixed in, along with a fascinating riddle that taxes your imagination in rather pleasurable ways.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) I accompanied a friend and his family to a small fairgound where a local school was having a fundraiser. There were rides and games for younger kids. Right away we came to a challenging activity that involved climbing a ladder made out of rubber and coated with some slippery substance. One girl, about seven years old, was having a moment of rowdy bliss as she tried to ascend. “It’s impossible –– but fun!” she cried out to her mom. Your assignment in the coming week is to find an adventure like that: one that’s impossible but fun.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

“It is not always needful for truth to take a definite shape,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “It is enough if it hovers about us like a spirit and produces harmony; if it is wafted through the air like the sound of a bell, grave and kindly.” With this quote, I’m alerting you to the fact that a new truth is now floating into your world, Sagittarius. It’ll be misty and sparkly, yet somehow also decisive and lucid. It will comfort you and yours, but also be a bit shocking. It will be sharply tonic, like good, strong medicine that has a pungent yet oddly delicious flavor you’ve never tasted before.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

If there were a useful website with the domain name AmIAGoodPersonOrNot.com, I would advise you to go check it out. The same is true if there were websites like AmIAuthenticOrNot.com, AmIYummyOrNot.com, AmIEnlightenedOrNot.com, or AmIAGorgeousGeniusOrNot.com. What I’m trying to tell you, Capricorn, is that this would be an excellent time for you to find out more about

yourself from objective sources –– or any other kind of sources, for that matter. Solicit feedback, my beautiful darling. Ask for updates on how you’re doing.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Ninety–six percent of all adults say they would change something about their appearance if they could. That statistic is one factor that leads philosopher Jonathan Zap to make this observation: “Suffering associated with body image has reached such epidemic proportions in our culture that it must be counted as one of the greatest spiritual plagues ever to be visited upon mankind.” That’s the bad news, Aquarius. The good news is that the coming months will be an excellent time for learning to be at more peace with how you look. I invite you to formulate a three–point plan that will help you come to a perspective in which you will love your body exactly the way it is.

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) On her website Reuniting.info, Marnia Robinson reported on a discovery she made that may be useful to you. Wandering around a county fair, she went to a reptile exhibit where she encountered an animal trainer who had an alligator resting serenely on his lap. She asked him why the creature was so well–behaved. “I pet it daily,” he said. “If I didn’t, it would quickly be wild again, and wouldn’t allow this.” Apply that lesson in your own life, Pisces. Bestow regular tenderness and loving touch to the feral, untamed, primitive influences in your life –– including any that may reside within you.

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Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

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

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Savannah Adventure Club

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

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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

Savannah Art Association

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. 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


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

Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912-328-3170 or visit www.savannahkennelclub.org

Savannah Newcomers Club

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

Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Savannah Toastmasters

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

Savannah 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, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. For location and details, visit SeersuckerLive.com.

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 1011. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-9253940 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.com or call 912-5965267.

The Peacock Guild

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

The Philo Cafe

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

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger, theremin@neidlinger.us.

Victorian Neighborhood Association

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 9273356. Savannah

Windsor Forest High Class of ’91 Reunion The Windsor Forest High School class of 1991 will hold its 20 year reunion on July 23 at 7pm at the Alee Temple Ballroom. Cost is $75/ couple or $40/single. For more info, visit Facebook: WFHS Reunion and WFHS ’91 Reunion or Email: WFHS91@gmail.com

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-2323549 or email chesteraellis@comcast.net for more information.

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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. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@ gmail.com

Adult beginner ballet & barre fusion

NO experience necessary! Adult beginner ballet: Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm. Barre fusion: Fun, energizing dance-based class combining Ballet Barre, resistance bands, Pilates Mat and music! Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm; Wednesdays & Fridays 1:00-2:00pm. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext, Savannah www.theballetschoolsav.com or 912-925-0903

Adult Intermediate Ballet

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

African Dance & Drum

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

Argentine Tango

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

Basic Ballroom Class

Balero for beginners starts at 1:00pm. The location is St. Francis Cabrini Church at 11500 Middleground Road near the intersection of Dutchtown Rd. The lesson is in the parish hall located in the church office building. The cost is $5, singles are welcome. Moon River Dancers.

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/four. 912-596-0889 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.

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C.C. Express Dance Team

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Savannah

Ceili Club

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

Hip Hop/Jazz Dance Class

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm. All levels are welcome. YMCA members are free or pay $5.00 if you aren’t a member. Class consists of warm-up, technique, and choreography. Great exercise! Islands YMCA, 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

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 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.

Monthly Ballroom Dance

July 16, at the Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. intermediate Balero lesson from 7:00 to 8:00 followed by dancing until 10:30 pm. For USA Dance members, the cost is $10 single, $15 couples; and for non-members $15 single, $20 couples. For info: contact Jamie at 912-308-9222, or visit www.usadancesavannah.org.

Pole Dancing Class

Beginners pole dance offered Wednesdays 8pm, Level II Pole Dance offered Monday 8pm, $22/1 class, $70/4 classes, pre-registration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Also offering Pole Fitness Classes Monday & Wednesday 11am. For more info: www.fitnessbodybalance. com or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. ,

Pre-Professional Dance Intensive

A 2-week intensive study of dance featuring a world-renowned faculty strongly focusing on technique. Classes will include Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern Dance, Character Dance, Pilates and nutrition. Young men will also receive personalized instruction. Class size limited. July 11-22, 9:30am-4:30pm The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext. www.theballetschoolsav.com or 912-925-0903

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 cs

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WINDSOR FOREST Available For Sale for $69,900! 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, utility room, carport. New wood floors, New paint interior & exterior, and New vinyl floors in bathrooms, and New ceiling fans. This home is located just blocks from schools, shopping, and various restaurants. Also it is located within a few minutes of HAAF. Owner financing maybe available. Owner is licensed Georgia real estate agent. Call Preferred Realty’s Cindy Osborne or Scott Berry, 912-489-4529 or 920-1936 for an appt. today!

ONE, TWO & THREE BR Apts. & Houses for rent. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. 1/2 month OffGood for this month only. 912-844-5996 OR 912-272-6820 HOUSES 4 Bedrooms 12708 Largo Dr. $1600 126 Lake Hse. Rd. $1495 3 Bedrooms 107 Barrington Rd. $1450 105 Sandstone Dr. $1200 101 Brianna Circ. $1150 215 Laurelwood Dr. $895 111 Ventura Blvd. $950 32 Arthur Cir. $850 2214 East 43rd $850 2330 Camelia Ct. $795 117 Chatham St. $795 2 Bedrooms 214 Forest Ridge $850 308 E. 53rd St. $995 2010 E.58th St. $725 2309 E.42nd St. $725 APARTMENTS 740 E.45th St. $725 upper 654B E.36th St. $625 5608-A Jasmine Ave $595 1408-1/2 East 49th St. $495 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

12350 Mercy Blvd. Savannah, GA 31419 Office: 912-925-4815

SUPER SAVINGS! One & Two Bedrooms Discounts for Students Limited Time at this Price Call or Come in Today! 1/2-OFF 1ST MONTH’S RENT! Rent A Manufactured home,14x70,on high/wooded lot. 3BR/2BA,save $$$, Gas, heat and stove, central air, refrigerator,full mini-blinds, carpeting and draperies, washer/dryer hookups, 48sqft. deck w/hand rails and steps, double-car cement parking pad. Swimming pool, recreational areas, on-site garbage service(twice weekly) and fire protection included, cable TV available, guest parking. Starting at $500/month,including lot rent. 800 Quacco Road. 925-9673.

2209 EAST 58TH Street

Brick 3BR/3BA,LR,DR, w/hardwood floors. Central heat,window AC,ceiling fans, covered patio&carport.No pets.Lease required.References & proof of income.$875/month,$750/sec. dep. 912-604-4353, 912-352-2281

237 West 73rd: 2BR, 1 Bath Duplex. Appliances $475/month. Villages at Berwick 3BR/2BA, fireplace, dbl. garage, hardwood floors, all amenities $1275/month. Port Wentworth-108 Evora St. 3BR/2BA, fenced yard, central heat/air, oversized garage, quiet neighborhood $800/month. $35 Non-refundable app fee. Deposit Same as Rent Hal Brodmann, 912-713-7957

2BR/1BA HOUSE For Sale/Lease

East Savannah off Pennsylvania. Very clean, all utilities, central heat/air. No smoking or pets. $950/month,$450/deposit. Ask for Dennis, 912-412-6738

2BR/2BA condo plus bonus room. W/D connection. Pool. 70 Colony Park, near So.College/Memorial Hospital. $850/month plus deposit/security check. Nopets/Smoking. 912-352-9215

3612 DUANE COURT: Large 2bedroom, 1-bath apartment, newly painted. Huge kitchen, washer/dryer connections. Available NOW. $650/per month, $650/deposit. Call 912-655-4303. Good Music Is Food For The Soul. Find it online in Soundboard at connectsavannah.com

3 BEDROOM HOUSE

1223 Elliott St. 3BR/1BA, CH&A, washer/dryer hookup, total electric, $750/month, $750/security deposit. Call Dawn, 912-661-0409


513 WEST 63RD STREET: 4BR/1BA, washer/dryer hookup, central heat/air, large backyard. $850/per month, $850/security deposit. Call 912-844-2344 705 WEST 44th St: 3BR $750. 540 West 44th St. Very large 3BR house $950. Section 8 Welcome. Call 354-3884 711 FRUIT STREET: 3BR/1BA LR,DR, kitchen, central heat/air, hardwood floors, fenced backyard, washer/dryer connection, backporch $750/deposit, $750/monthly. Section 8 welcome. 912-233-8378, leave msg. •730 E. 46th St. 2BR/1BA $900 •100 Lewis Dr. Apt.14D 2BR/1BA, CH&A $600. •719 W. 46th St. 2BR/1BA $600 •15 Burke Ave. 2BR/1BA $525 •1005 Hearn St. 2BR/1BA $500 +DEPOSIT, NO-PETS NO-SMOKING CALL BILL or TONYA: 650-2711

BNET MANAGEMENT INC.

MOVE-IN SPECIALS AVAILABLE Newly Renovated Large 2BR/1BA Apartments.New hardwood floors,carpet, paint, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $600-$650/month, utilities may be added to rent if requested. 507-1489/844-3974 SECTION 8 WELCOME •DUANE COURT & Caroline Drive: 2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen furnished, total electric $675/month •BEE RD: 2BR/1BA $625/month. 912-897-6789 or 344-4164

FOR RENT

2402 Mississippi Avenue. 2BR/1 Bath, $600/month, $600/deposit. Call (912)844-1353

FOR RENT

•812 W.39th: 2BR/2BA House, LR, DR, kitchen, CH&A $700/month,$700/sec. dep. •1610 Ott Street: 1BR Apt $400/month, $400sec. dep.

FOR SALE

•630 Kline Street: 3BR house, needs repairs $20,000 •904 Moray Street: 3BR house, needs minor repairs $25,000 ATTENTION LANDLORDS: If you are a landlord looking for a property manager, don’t just call a realtor, call one that specializes in rental property management. Lester Branch Property Management can assist you in the management of your property. Call Lester at 912-313-8261 or 912-234-5650.

FOR RENT

SECTION 8 ACCEPTED PETS OK WITH APPROVAL 1305 E 39th St. Total Electric, 3BR/1BA, Living room/Dining, Kitchen w/range & refrigerator, W/D connections, CH&A. Rent $700; Deposit $650 References & Credit Check Required on Rentals

898-4135

FURNISHED EFFICIENCY

Very nice, includes utilities, cable, washer & dryer. $200/week. $200/deposit. 912-236-1952

HIGHLAND WOODS 800 QUACCO ROAD 925-9673

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rooms for rent 895

RENTAL: Thunderbolt Harbor EliteCondo. 1800sqft 2BR, den, diningarea, 2BA, Jacuzzi, FP, pool, 2-cargarage, balcony overlooking Intracoastal Waterway boat-slip $1800. (912)661-4814 RENT: DUPLEX 1109A E.53rd Street. 2BR/1BA $475/month plus $475/deposit. One block off Waters Ave, Close to Daffin Park. Call 234-2726 Days/Nights/Weekends.

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

SOUTHSIDE •1BR apts, washer/dryer included. Water & trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA townhouse apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer/$650. Call 927-3278

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SOUTHSIDE: 3 Chateaugay, next to Welwood. 3BR/1.5BA, central heat/air, furnished-kitchen,LR,laundry-room, carport, fenced yard, new roof.Outside pets OK.Available July 15th. $925/month, $875/deposit.. No Section-8. 912-352-8251

Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available.

TYBEE - 3 Bedroom, 2 bath townhouse. Hardwood floors, carpet, beautiful view. Quiet Street. $1,900 per month, $1,900 deposit. 912-507-4637.

HURRY!! 2, 3, 4 & 5 Bedrooms Available; starting @ just $650 to $1350/month. Please call 912-432-9303 today!

UPCHURCH ENTERPRISES 912-665-0592 912-354-7737

IN POOLER: Brick 3BR/2BA, fenced backyard, storage building, covered patio $950/month, $950/deposit. Call 912-823-2955, 912-844-1825 or 912-844-1812 MOBILE HOMES: Available for rent. Located in mobile home park. Starting at $450 per month and up. 912-658-4462 or 912-925-1831. NEWLY RENOVATED 2212 UTAH STREET Cozy 2BR, 1 Bath, newly carpeted & ceramic tile floors, eat-in kitchen, separate laundry room, CA/H, large fenced backyard. $675/month, $650/deposit. Section 8 not accepted. 912-897-4009. Available immediately

OFF TIBET

Lovely 2 Bedroom Brick Apt. carpet, blinds, kitchen furnished, central air, no pets. Washer/dryer connections, $550/monthly. Call 912-661-4814 ONE & TWO Bedroom Apartments for rent.656 East 36th, 702 E. Henry St. & 1201 E.Park Ave. 912-224-1876/912-232-3355. after 3:00pm POOLER 41 Olde Gate Court: 3-bedrooms plus bonus room. Gated community $1875. BRADLEY POINTE SOUTH 42 Dianne Mackenzie Way: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, 2-car garage $1325. SAVANNAH 2329 Lorraine Drive: 2-bedrooms + bonus. $700 - Section 8. Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134

EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week. Call 912-844-5995. SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline.2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week w/No deposit. 844-5995

VERY NICE

4BR/1BA, CH&A fenced yard, furnished kitchen, all electric and more. 2117 Brentwood Dr. $855/month. 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, all electric, fenced yard and more. 21 Gerald Drive $850month. 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at www.connectsavannah.com

WILMINGTON ISLAND Duplex: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Area. $975/Month. *2 Bedroom 1 Bath Apt. completely remodeled $800/month. Call 912-897-6789

WINDSOR FOREST AREA

Available Early July. 3BR/1BA, LR, family room, dining area, large kitchen, laundry room, central heat & A/C, shed w/electricity & concrete floor, newly painted interior & exterior. No pets or smoking.$869/Rent + security deposit $889. (1yr. lease required) **Special Discount available for Police officers on rent & sec.dep. No Section 8 Accepted! Call Scott Berry, Property manager at Berry Enterprises, 920-1936.

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cars 910 CADILLAC Biarritz, 1980912-354-3884

One & Two Bedroom Apartments with appliances, utilities included. $170-$225/weekly; Monthly $875. 912-319-4182

CADILLAC Seville, 1996- Excellent condition, well kept, 87,000 miles. Everything works, good motor & transmission. Asking $6,500. Call 912-272-9359

CHEVROLET Corvette, 1993-40th Anniversary Special ‘Vette, glass top, 300HP. 65K miles, Very rare care. 525MPG. $15,000. Call 912-727-4159

ROOMS FOR RENT

CHEVROLET Corvette, 1993-40th Anniversary Special ‘Vette, glass top, 300HP. 65K miles, Very rare care. 525MPG. $15,000. Call 912-727-4159

FENDER BENDER?

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

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.

LOOK THIS WAY FOR A PLACE TO STAY

Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 ROOMMATES WANTED West Savannah: Very Clean, newly remodeled w/central heat/air, stove,refrigerator,cable, washer/dryer, WiFi. On busline. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-272-6919 ROOMS FOR RENT California Avenue. Weekly rental $95-$170/per week. Cable/Central Air/Furnished kitchen/Washer & Dryer. On busline. No smoking inside. 912-447-1933. 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.

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SAVE $$$$ WEEKLY SPECIALS Clean, furnished, large. Busline, central heat/air, utilities. $100-$135 weekly. Rooms w/bathroom $150. Call 912-289-0410.

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

Boats & accessories 950

14’ MCKEE CRAFT, Fiberglass, 70HP Yamaha motor. Good for water skiing, fishCall ing, crabbing or family cruising $2900. Call 912-897-5044

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

HUNTER’S CHASE SUBDIVISION 3BR/2BA, single car garage, fenced backyard. Military Discount. $1000/month. VACANT - 1BR, BATH, kitchen, private, all utilities, cable, refrigerator, stove, AC included. Private entrance/patio. $600/month, $600/security deposit. 912-925-4728.

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