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Understanding Your Credit Report

What: Consumer Credit Counseling of Savannah hosts a free class to help you understand your credit report and credit scores; and how to improve them. Pre-registration recommended. When: Mon. July 18, 6 p.m. Where: Carnegie Branch Library, 537 E. Henry St. Cost: Free and open to the public

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Town Hall Meeting

What: The City of Savannah’s quarterly

town hall meeting includes an update from the city and an opportunity to express concerns to elected officials. When: Wed. July 13, 7 p.m. Where: Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: http://www.savannahga.gov/

Theater: Smokey Joe’s Cafe

What: A Grammy winning play celebrating the

legendary songwriting of Lieber and Stoller.

When: Wed. July 13, 8 p.m., Thu. July 14, 8

p.m., Fri. July 15, 8 p.m., Sat. July 16, 8 p.m., Sun. July 17, 7 p.m. Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Cost: $45/adult, $31/kids Info: 843-842-ARTS . http://www.artshhi.org/

Film: The Golden Bat (Japan, 1966)

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What: The first superhero character created in Japan. Starring Sonny Chiba (in a martial arts role). When: Wed., July 13, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: www.sentientbean.com

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Author: Ann Napolitano

What: She will discuss her new novel “A Good Hard Look,” which is set in Milledgeville during the 1960s and includes Flannery O’Connor as a central character. When: Thu. July 14, 7 p.m. Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: http://www.flanneryoconnorhome.org/

Theater: Prisoner of 2nd Avenue

What: AASU’s Masquers continue their sum-

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mer of Neil Simon with this tale of an unemployed executive’s downward spiral. When: Thu. July 14, 7:30 p.m., Fri. July 15, 7:30 p.m., Sat. July 16, 7:30 p.m., Sun. July 17, 3 p.m. Where: Jenkins Hall Theater - AASU, 11935 Abercorn St.

American Aquarium opens for Corey Smith this Thursday at the Civic Center

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Concert: Corey Smith

What: The popular singer/songwriter plays the Civic Center with American Aquarium opening. When: Thu. July 14, 8 p.m. Where: Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $21 Info: http://www.savannahcivic.com/

Theater: For Colored Girls opens

What: SSU presents Ntozake Shange’s choreographed collection of dramatic poems When: July 14-16, 7 p.m. Where: Elmore Theatre (in KingFrazierStudentCenter) Cost: $10/students, $15/general

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Film: Time to Die (Poland, 2008)

What: Written and directed by Dorota Kedzi-

erzawska, the film tells the tale of an old woman who refuses to give up on living. In Polish with English subtitles. When: Fri. July 15, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: TBD Info: http://www.telfair.org/

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Author: Ryan Dilbert

What: Dilbert is a Houston-based writer, who will read from his new book “Time Crumbling like a Wet Cracker” When: Fri. July 15, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: http://www.sentientbean.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 15, 8 p.m., Sat. July 16, 8 p.m., Sun. July 17, 8 p.m. Where: Bay St. Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $20/table seating, $15/general Info: http://www.baystreettheatre.org/


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Jazz: Claire Frazier & Friends

features locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs and other items. When: Sat. July 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: South end of Forsyth Park, Park & Bull St. Info: http://www.forsythfarmersmarket.org/

jazz vocalist in the tradition of Sarah Vaughn. She’s joined by piano and bass. When: Sun. July 17, 5 p.m. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Dr. , Hutchinson Island Cost: Free for CJA members, $10/ general Info: http://www.coastal-jazz.org/

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What: The Forsyth Park farmers market

Film: The Big Uneasy (US, 2011)

What: Harry Shearer’s documentary searches for the truth about the federal cover-up of culpability for the destruction in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. When: Sat. July 16, 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: $10 Info: http://www.lucastheatre.com/

Film: The Manchurian Candidate (US, 1962) What: A taut political thriller about an

American GI programmed by communists to kill. Stars Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury. When: Sat. July 16, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. , Cost: $6-8 (additional service fees may apply) Info: 912-525-5050. http://scadboxoffice.com/

Rollerderby

What: The Derby Devils have a doubleheader. Early bout pits the local ladies against the squad from Rome. The second bout is the Savannah All-Star side taking on a motley crew from Birmingham. When: Sat., July 16, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Where: Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $10/adv, $12/door, $2/kids ages 2-12 Info: savannahderby.com

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AWOL Youth Film Festival

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photography class, called My Block, debut three short films they created during the program. When: Sun. July 17, 7 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free/donations Info: http://www.awolinc.org/

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Wednesday Film: Of Flesh and Blood (US, 1990)

What: 10 years before Boogie Nights, a film student shot a 16mm feature length bio-pic of John Holmes. No explicit sex, but copious foul language. When: Wed., July 20, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: www.sentientbean.com

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I don’t know who these people are that believe people in New Orleans are just sittin’ on their butts. They’re clearly people sittin’ on their butts watching the news and they’ve never been down here seeing people work every day. — Vera Triplett, Gentilly Civic Improvement Ass’n, from The Big Uneasy I had been to New Orleans a couple of times previously when I was a good bit younger, and certainly well before Katrina. I recently corrected that oversight by taking a fun road trip back to the Big Easy. As a bonus I came away with a couple of unexpected epiphanies about how the media distorts reality: 1) The Mississippi Gulf Coast really was nearly annihilated by Katrina. I was stunned by the miles of devastation, still visible almost six years later. It’s unfortunate but sadly predictable that Mississippi’s plight would be so overlooked by the national media. 2) On the other hand — and more relevant to this column — New Orleans is absolutely thriving. Again the media stereotype fails. Let me stop you in mid–thought: No, I don’t just mean it was busy in the French Quarter. My wife and I went all around NOLA, by foot and by car and by St. Charles Avenue streetcar. Even in predominantly residential areas off the usual tourist path, locals as well as visitors were out in large numbers patronizing shops, bars, galleries, and restaurants. (And all in record triple–digit heat!) It was quite simply one of the most exhilarating urban experiences I’ve had, domestic or foreign, and an experience completely to the contrary of the national media portrayal of New Orleans as desolate, dangerous, and barely hanging on by a thread. No doubt there is still suffering. You can see that by the half–vacant low–income neighborhoods, some homes still bearing the now–familiar red FEMA markings. You can see that by the apocalyptic vision of east New Orleans off I–10, with its deserted subdivisions and the rusted rollercoaster of the abandoned, zombified Six Flags. But overall, post–Katrina New Orleans is a very active and eclectic city that works, lives, and parties in real time. It’s not a show for the cameras. If anything, the media’s cameras seem to specifically not want to show this inspiring example of resilience and resourcefulness. What agenda is served by this disinformation? Is it simply the usual anti–Southern bias of the coastal media elites — the same bias that makes a fire threatening a dozen celebrity

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homes in Malibu the lead story on the evening news while a much larger fire in the Okefenokee doesn’t even register? Or is it an agenda which is threatened by the image of an urban center with a diverse population showing strength and self–sufficiency? In any case, New Orleans has lessons to teach any American city, including our own (though one certainly hopes that a disastrous flood covering 80 percent of Savannah won’t be required to gain the civic confidence we need). Everything you say you like about Savannah — architecture, to–go cups, hospitality, history, to–go cups — is in New Orleans, except more of it. Did I mention to–go cups? And despite the stereotypes, New Orleans also has lots of what we say we want more of in Savannah: a progressive, pragmatic urban philosophy. The key is that New Orleans’ progressive urban components flow naturally from the city’s indigenous culture and history. The previously mentioned St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, for example, isn’t just a cute tourist attraction. It’s the oldest surviving streetcar line in America. Despite the nostalgic handsomeness of the vintage cars, the vehicles as well as their extensive routes are eminently practical for those who use them every day. Another example is the city’s hospitality to live music. That’s a no–brainer in the case of New Orleans, the birthplace of American music, but as we’ve seen, politicians rarely recognize a no–brainer when they see one.

Post-Katrina, the bulk of New Orleans live music happens on several blocks of Frenchmen Street just east of the French Quarter. The area is a magnet for music fans, and the local tradition of bands passing around a bucket means there’s almost never a cover charge. This also means A) you can enjoy as much music as you’d like, B) the bands probably make more this way than they could by getting a cut of the cover of a diminished crowd, C) the bars see more money spent on booze, and D) cops aren’t hanging around the doors with noise meters waiting to shut the music down. How often do we come across a similar win/ win/win/win situation here? Do you get the feeling that in Savannah there always has to be a loser? Have we resigned ourselves to that? The point isn’t that we should imitate New Orleans move for move. I’m not sure even Savannah is ready for Rite-Aids and Walgreens with full selections of hard liquor! The point is that instead of desperately searching for magic bullet solutions (cruise ships!) and letting meddling politicians screw up everything they touch (bar cards!), Savannah should let its own indigenous culture determine the face we present to the world. For a closer look at what makes New Orleans tick these days, check out this Saturday’s screening of the Harry Shearer–produced documentary The Big Uneasy at the Lucas. Brought to town by the Psychotronic Film Series, The Big Uneasy focuses on the aftermath of the massive flooding catastrophe caused directly by the failure of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, and the ensuing struggle to hold the Corps accountable. Interspersed throughout are vignettes reflecting the city’s renaissance — not just a hope for the future, but a confidence in the present. (For an excellent, must-read, full–length interview with Mr. Shearer himself — who has taped a special intro to the movie just for Saturday’s screening — see this week’s story by Bill DeYoung.) The film is especially timely given that Savannah has put all its eggs in the harbor deepening basket, a project whose potential effects — perhaps including the destruction of our source of drinking water — the Corps of Engineers promises can be “mitigated.” Sound familiar? New Orleans doesn’t trust the Corps anymore. Should Savannah? That said, the real lesson is that New Orleans proves that culture is more important than politics, and cultural strength is the greatest indicator of a city’s long–term success. It’s a lesson Savannah now more than ever needs to keep in mind. That, and the to–go cups. Don’t forget the to–go cups! cs


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Cycle survey People like the ideas of seeing more bicyclists in their communities, but aren’t totally sure about the laws, those are some of the findings of a recent statewide survey. The Athens–based non–profit group Georgia Bikes released results from a statewide survey they did in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the UGA’s Survey Research Center. 92 percent of respondents agreed that bicycling is a long term investment in higher quality of life and health for their community. The same percentage said they’d feel better having a better understanding of the 3–foot safe passing law for cars and cyclists. While the respondents seemed to have a generally positive outlook toward the pedal power movement, there was also some frustration with the non–motorized travelers. 74 percent of people reported that it was either highly frustrating or somewhat frustrating to slow down and share their lane with bicycles. A smaller number would readily admit to making that frustration known. 20 percent said they’d likely blow their horn or yell when frustrated by the slow down and 11 percent said they’d flash their lights or extend their middle finger toward a cyclist in frustration. In 2009, Georgia was the sixth deadliest state to ride a bicycle.

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Bugging out Chatham County Mosquito Control confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in Savannah last week after testing mosquitoes from the Midtown area. Being bitten by an infected mosquito can cause mild to serious illness in people. According to the National Institute of Health, many people who are infected don’t actually experience symptoms, but small children, the elderly and pregnant women are all at elevated risk. In its mild form, the disease is similar to the flu, including fever, nausea, aches, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Its severe form may include symptoms like loss of consciousness, stiff neck and confusion; it requires prompt medical attention. The Chatham County Health Department recommends trying to ignore the fact that it’s summer time as the best means of countering the disease. They recommend avoiding outdoor activities around dawn or dusk, wearing long sleeved shirts and pants, and empty containers holding standing water. cs


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seeing green by Sharon Bordeaux

Maybe mushrooms It was a vile, putrid odor. It seemed to be sourced underneath the house by the back porch. I called my neighbor, Mark. This action revealed my sexist tendency to call a man when a bad smell needs to be identified or when a crawlspace possibly needs to be entered. Mark sniffed the air thoughtfully and quickly had an answer, an answer I hadn’t expected. “I bet it’s one of those orange mushrooms.” We searched the flowerbeds and found the culprit, a bulbous, traffic–cone–orange thing, barely cresting the leaf mulch. Good Lord, how it reeked. Through the Internet, I identified the potent fungus as an octopus stinkhorn. I laughed when I discovered that there is a mushroom called the impudent stinkhorn. My curiosity about stinky mushrooms led me to make the virtual acquaintance of Paul Stamets, a man who deeply and exuberantly believes that mushrooms will save the world. After spending half an hour at his informative website, www.fungi. com, I think Stamets is on to something. For example, when oyster mushroom spores were injected into barren,

petroleum–contaminated soil, a robust crop of fungi emerged. The mushrooms themselves did not contain a trace of petroleum and many of the PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in the soil had diminished by 95%. As the mushrooms cycled out of life their decaying bodies attracted insects. Birds arrived to feed on the insects, bringing seeds in their droppings.

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Nonprofits in need of creative fundraising Things are looking up slightly for the economy, but many nonprofits remain in danger. They’ve already implemented cost cutting wherever possible. Competition for funding is still at a peak. At this stage of the recovery, nonprofits must jump into creative problem solving mode to stay ahead of the financial instability that still threatens them. Media reporting on the nonprofit scene say this year looks better than last year. Giving is up slightly, and more foundations report an increase in available grants. Sounds like good news, but the improvement is quite small. Since nonprofits traditionally lag 5–6 years behind a recovering economy, our sector will face lean times for several more years. Some weaker nonprofits won’t make it that long. Those with no financial cushion, those with inexperienced albeit passionate leaders who may make costly missteps, nonprofits that duplicate existing services, and those out of touch with sector trends are all at risk. A Georgia Center for Nonprofits report released earlier in the financial crisis reported on Georgia nonprofits’ response to the situation. Some nonprofits were able to craft highly creative responses to the challenge and actually improve their processes and operations. That need for creative problem solving still exists. Business plans can be retooled; missions can be sharpened or refocused. And most nonprofits can be both more inventive and more methodical about fundraising. Fundraising questions I often hear are, “How do we move our donors up the giving ladder?” “How can we keep our donors engaged when we only have three people on staff?” “How can I get local philanthropists excited about my mission when I’m one of a long line of nonprofits asking them for money?” “How can I beat the grant seeking odds to get a grant for our new program?” And, “Why can’t I get my board to go out and raise the kind of money my nonprofit needs?” There are great answers and new ideas for all those issues. No matter your nonprofit’s size, someone else has already tried what you need to do, and many are willing to share their story with you.

Here are some ideas I’ve encountered this year – all proven results–getters: • Do a matching gift program with your trustees. (If your trustees aren’t willing to commit to this, it may be time to re–examine their alignment with your nonprofit’s goals). • Get to work on Facebook and Twitter accounts. These have become successful tools for fundraising, and great examples abound. • Improve your nonprofit’s financial transparency by putting your annual report and your most recent Form 990 online. You’ll increase community trust in your nonprofit, and your donations will rise – especially if you add an online donation button and some warmly personal accounts of clients who have been helped. • Collaborate in a significant way with another local nonprofit that also targets your client population; provide credible and detailed tracking for community impact, and see your successful grant applications rise. The latter idea isn’t new, but it bears repeating since many funders seek collaborations that will increase community impact. Here in Savannah, key funders in Georgia and highly experienced, nonprofit fundraisers will come together Friday, July 15 to share their answers to many nonprofit fundraising challenges. The Raising Change conference will be held at Memorial University Medical Center from 9 am to 4 pm. Speakers will discuss engaging your board in successful fundraising, expanding your donor relationships, emerging fundraising trends, social networking and fundraising, and much more. You’ll get ideas to use immediately to build some financial protection for your nonprofit. You’ll also get re–energized and uplifted – and in today’s tough times, that’s important too. cs

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A postal worker was delivering mail around 4:15 p.m. when she was approached by two young men who used foul language and acted aggressively toward her. They asked if she had anything good in the truck. She feared for her safety.

One of the men reached into her truck and grabbed a bag containing her personal items, including cell phone and $160 in cash. The suspects ran off. She locked up the truck and went in search of a phone to call police. There were several people standing around in the immediate area, but none would lend her their cell phones. She made contact with a resident who let her use the phone, but the dispatcher told her there was nothing she could do for the woman. She called back two more times and couldn’t get police to

respond to the location. She got in her mail truck and drove off. Once she finally got a hold of police, after the long weekend, she told them that she recognized one of the assailants and knew his address. She also said that while she didn’t know the second one, she was certain she could pick him out of a lineup. He frequently wears a sun visor. The woman also said she has the names of the dispatchers she spoke with and plans to file a formal complaint. • Police were dispatched to a shoplifting in progress call. When they arrived on the scene, the suspect was yelling at customers in the business. He was told by police to remain quiet while information for the ban form was being gathered. After the paperwork was complete, he was told to leave the store and that he was banned from the premises for one year. The shoplifter left the store, continuing to make a ruckus, and then called the manager of the store a b*tch. The officer arrested him for disorderly conduct and he was transported to jail.

• A local restaurant manager called police to report counterfeit money had been discovered. He found two $100 bills that were clearly counterfeit. They were on regular printer paper, the printing was not clear, they had the same serial numbers and there were no watermarks. Police asked whether there was a way to determine when the bills were used, but the manager said that between a large business function and the busier–than–usual holiday weekend, it was impossible. The fake bills were logged as evidence and the manager was given a CRN card. • A Westside intersection was blocked off for several hours after a tractor trailer collided with a train. Witnesses reported that the truck tried to maneuver around the lowered traffic control devices that prevent cars from crossing the tracks when a train is coming. The train arrived and collided with the truck. The train pushed the truck

for nearly half a mile after the collision. Only minor injuries were reported. The driver got away with a “Failure to Yield” charge. • Police were cruising around the area of Montgomery and Henry Streets in search of a suspect with outstanding warrants who had been spotted at a nearby car wash. The suspect saw them coming and began to flee. He lost his balance and fell, and was handcuffed by the pursuing officer. Once he was restrained, officers discovered he was in possession of a crack pipe, screen and some crack. The items were photographed and logged as evidence. His wallet was logged into the property room. He was transported to CCDC. CS

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So why didn’t one drive out the other? York proposed the paradox of the paperless office: as the cost of memory technology drops, we create and store more digital documents. Meanwhile, easy access to printers encourages workers to make paper copies. Other theories abounded. One frequent target of techie scorn was retrograde executives and their lingering fondness for a medium they could fold up and make airplanes out of. A more persuasive explanation, however, is that computers suck. Paper is cheap and adaptable, and, equally important, almost always works. If you’re an office drone scrambling to get a last-minute report out, one disaster you’re not living in fear of is the Blue Sheet of Death. And let’s not forget premature high-tech obsolescence. God help the poor sap who committed critical information to magnetic tape, a floppy disk, or a Bernoulli drive. But here’s the surprise. Despite all the above, people eventually did begin using less paper. A lot less. The year 2000 was the peak for both office paper and newsprint consumption in the U.S. Since then the use of office paper has dropped 40 percent, newsprint 60 percent. Similar reductions are being seen in Europe. Some call it a paradigm shift. Let’s not get giddy. Worldwide demand for wood products is increasing, in large part due to growth in Asia. Still, it’s clear we’re not up against some law of nature that will drive us to chop down trees till the planet looks like Easter Island. As far as the forests are concerned, we’ve been here before. Wood use in the United States hit what would be a long-standing peak in 1906. After that it plunged by a sixth as coal replaced firewood. Overall U.S. wood consumption didn’t surpass its former high until the 1980s, by which time American forests, once thought doomed, had largely recovered. In the industrialized world, people are reducing paper use for the same reason they have smaller families: life is easier that way. Meanwhile, rising prosperity around the world means there’ll be less pressure to clear the forests for firewood or subsistence agriculture. Sure, we’re still running out of oil, electric generating capacity, helium, copper, rice, fresh water, ocean-caught fish, and topsoil. But look on the bright side. Assuming acid rain, insects, shifts in land use, climate change, and disease don’t get them, we might, eventually, be OK on trees. cs

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On May 21, Jesse Robinson either established or tied the unofficial world record for unluckiest underage drinker of all time when he was booked into the Hamilton County, Ohio, jail for underage consumption. According to booking records, Robinson’s date of birth is May 22, 1990.

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• “Common sense lost its voice on this one,” concluded a Wethersfield, Conn., city councilman, lamenting the local school board’s having spent at least $630,000 to “resolve” an ethics complaint against the board’s chairwoman -- all because her son had improperly taken a $400 high school course for free. The town’s ethics board conducted more than 60 hours of hearings over 11 months, incurring $407,000 in legal expenses, and finally voted, 3-2, to uphold the complaint. (However, the ethics board ordered only that the chairwoman reimburse the $400; the school board then voted to pay all her legal expenses.) • “Science does not trump the testimony of individuals,” said Detroit prosecutor Marilyn Eisenbraun, explaining her office’s decision in April to disregard DNA evidence that the University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic said exonerates Karl Vinson, 56, who has spent 25 years in prison for rape. Despite the science, Eisenbraun said she had to stick with eyewitness identification by the victim. Although Vinson has been eligible for release for 15 years, the Parole Board

-- Title IX of the federal Civil Rights keeps turning him down -- because he Act requires universities to offer “equal” refuses to acknowledge guilt. (Update: intercollegiate athletic access to females, In July, the Michigan Court of Appeals even though finding that many serious declined to order either Vinson’s release female athletes is difficult on some camor a new trial, but did grant him an expuses. The easiest subterfuge, according traordinary right to appeal, based on the to an April New York Times report, is new evidence.) to pad women’s teams with whimsi• In June, as five young men gathered cally enlisted females -- and in some around the Mount Tabor Reservoir near cases, with males. Said former university Portland, Ore., one urinated in it, thus president (and Health and Human “contaminating” the 7.2 million galServices Secretary) Donna Shalala, lons that serve the city, and, said Water “Those of us in the business Bureau administrator David Shaff, know that universities have necessitating that the entire supply been end-running Title IX be dumped. Under questioning Tired of for a long time, and they do it being inside by the weekly Portland Mercury a BBQ until they get caught.” Sample whether the water is also dumped dysfunctional result: When when an animal urinates in it (or University of South Florida worse, dies in it), Shaff replied, added football (100 male certainly not. “If we did that, players) a few years ago, it was we’d be (dumping the water) all forced to populate more female the time.” Well, asked the reporter, teams, and thus “recruited” 71 what’s the difference? Because, said women for its cross-country team, Shaff (sounding confident of his even though fewer than half ran logic), “Do you want to be drinking races and several were surprised someone’s pee?” to know they were even on the • A 53-year-old man committed team when a Times reporter inquired. suicide in May by wading into San Francisco Bay, 150 yards offshore, and Great Art! standing neck-deep until he died in the 60-degree water, with police and firefightBritain’s Ben Wilson is one artist ers from the city of Alameda watching with the entire field to himself -- the from shore the entire time. Said a police only painter who creates finely detailed lieutenant, “We’re not trained to go into masterpieces on flattened pieces of chewthe water (and) don’t have the type of ing gum found on London sidewalks. equipment that you would use ....” KGOFrequently spotted lying nearly inert on TV attributed the reluctance to budget the ground, working, Wilson estimates cuts that prevented the city’s firefighters he has painted “many thousands” of such from being recertified in water rescues. “canvases,” ranging from portraits and

landscapes to specialized messages (such as listing the names of all employees at a soon-to- be-closed Woolworth’s store). According to a June New York Times dispatch, Wilson initially heats each piece with a blowtorch, applies lacquer and acrylic enamel before painting -- and sealing with more lacquer. And of course he works only with tiny, tiny brushes.

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Gregory Snelling, 41, was indicted in June for the robbery of a KeyBank branch in Springfield, Ohio, which was notable more for the foot chase with police afterward. They caught him, but Snelling might deserve “style” points for the run, covered as he was in red dye from the money bag and the fact that he was holding a beer in his hand during the entire chase.

The Aristocrats!

(1) Brent Kendall, 31, was arrested in June in Coralville, Iowa, and charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly reacted to a domestic quarrel with his live-in girlfriend by cutting up items of her clothing and urinating on her bed and computer. (2) An employee of Bed, Bath and Beyond at the St. Davids Square shopping center in Radnor, Pa., reported to police on June 5 that, for the second time in two weeks, he had come across a bag (estimated to weigh about 35 pounds) behind the store, filled with human vomit.


It was a 2004 gang-related murder that had frustrated Los Angeles police for four years until a homicide investigator, paging through gangbangers’ photographs for another case, spotted an elaborate tattoo on the chest of Anthony Garcia. Evidently, that 2004 killing was such a milestone in Garcia’s life that he had commemorated the liquor store crime scene on his chest. The investigation was reopened, eventually leading to a surreptitious confession by Garcia and, in April 2011, to his conviction for first-degree murder. (Photos from Garcia’s several bookings between 2004 and 2008 show his mural actually evolving as he added details -- until the crime scene was complete enough that the investigator recognized it.)

Least Competent NonCriminals

In May, in Rensselaer, N.Y., and in June, in Bluefield, W.Va., two men, noticing that police were investigating nearby, became alarmed and fled out of fear of being arrested since both were certain that there were active warrants out on them. Nicholas Volmer, 21, eventually “escaped” into the Hudson River and needed to be rescued, but the police were after someone else, and no warrant was on file against him. Arlis Dempsey Jr., 32, left his three kids on the street in Bluefield to make a run for it before police caught him, but he was not wanted for anything, either. (Both men, however, face new charges -- tres-

passing for Volmer, and child endangerment for Dempsey.)

Recurring Themes

(1) People sometimes have illicit sex in cemeteries, and when they get really aggressive, tombstones may fall over on top of them. (A randy 39-year-old woman was injured in Hamilton, N.J., in June after a gravestone rolled onto her leg at the Ahavath Israel Cemetery.) (2) Motorists who stop along the side of the road at night to relieve themselves are often not careful enough. (In May, a specialty unit from the Renton, Wash., Fire Department was required in order to rescue a urinator who accidentally fell down a 30-foot embankment in south King County and was trapped for several hours.)

A News of the Weird Classic (November 1992) A 38-year-old man, unidentified in news reports, was hospitalized in Princeton, W.Va., in October (1992) with gunshot wounds. He had been drinking beer and reported accidentally shooting himself three times -- as he attempted to clean each of his three guns. He said the first shot didn’t hurt, the second “stung a little,” and the third “really hurt,” prompting him to call an ambulance. cs

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With Bronzed Chorus and Eszett At 10 p.m. Saturday, July 16 The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. It would behoove loyal fans of Cusses to catch this show, as it will be the high energy trio’s last in town until September. “We just have a really big summer ahead of us,” singer Angel Bond reports. “And we know it’s kind of quiet – we don’t want to overplay Savannah. We’ve been playing quite a bit here, and we want to space it out. “We need to keep some elements of surprise and mystery!” Ah, but Bond, drummer Brian Lackey and guitarist Bryan Harder won’t just be lounging around on the beach at Tybee. The band has momentum and they intend to further explore it. Next week, they’re traveling to Asheville to record the first full– length Cusses album, with producer Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra) at the helm. On July 29, they’ll play a show in that North Carolina mountain town. “Then we head off to New York, Philly and Boston for the first two

weeks in August,” Bond says. “After that, we’re back south with a few shows in Columbia, Charleston and a lot of the surrounding cities before everything here gets back into full swing.” Bond and her bandmates are excited about the new songs they’ve been writing. “Our last show in Savannah, we did basically a whole new set of music,” she explains. “And we had a really good response from it. It’s a little scary at first, but every time we get into the studio we write three or four new songs.” The album will include a number of new tunes, along with the very first recordings of some of Cusses’ road–tested faves. “It’s been really cool to see the music evolve with us,” says Bond, “and we’re really digging our new stuff. It’s a fun process.” They will be home again, she promises. “I think it’s always good to welcome the kids back. I love the summertime, but it’s also an amazing energy when SCAD and the other schools are back in full swing. “We love this town, and we always want to show our support and loyalty to the community.” See myspace.com/cussesmusic CS

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At 6 p.m. Friday, July 15 Huc–a–Poos, 1213 E. Highway 80, Tybee Island Also: At 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 North Beach Grill, 33 Van Horne, Tybee Island Also: At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 17 Blowin’ Smoke, 514 MLK (Savannah) A critic from the Boston Globe had this to say about singer/songwriter Jonathan Byrd: “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed–about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Well except for the bit about Morrissey, whose spunky New England–isms have never been to my taste, I find this a glowing endorsement. Those Texas guys (Clark and Lovett) are wordsmiths of the highest order, and Prine, a Midwesterner, is one of the most astute (and funny) songwriters I know. Add to this the fact that Byrd is an astonishing good flat–top guitar picker, and you get songs and stories told with wit and insight, and the acoustic construction of a fine–tooth–comb. His voice reminds me of Robert Earl Keen, another of those talented Texans. For this Chatham County mini–tour, Byrd will be accompanied by his old N.C. pals Ryan and Rob McMaken, on dobro, mandolin and a whole grab–bag of traditional music goodies. Ryan McMaken is a resident of Savannah. See jonathanbyrd.com CS

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Georgian singer/songwriter Corey Smith is bringing it all back home by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Corey Smith is the most famous musician you’ve probably never heard of. The native and resident of little ol’ Jefferson, Ga. – a stone’s throw from Athens – has sold more than 200,000 CDs, and close to one million single–song downloads, all with-

“I just wanted to make a living, and I thought that would involve playing in bars within a three–hour radius of my house. But the fan base kept getting bigger. The shows kept getting more significant. There was a lot more out there than we had thought. Largely, it was because of MySpace, Limewire and Napster, the file sharing that was going on. The music was spreading around on its own. So the trick for us, early on, was trying to figure out where it spread to, where the pockets were, and going there to play shows.”

Signing with a label “It was a shift in some ways. But the real result of it is having a lot more people working on the record, that are passionate about getting the music out there. Where before, my manager, my agent, my business manager, we went through a couple of different publicists but that was pretty much it. We didn’t really have a promotion budget. The fans were the promoters! So now it’s nice to have the infrastructure and the resources to really help spread the word – to have more sophisticated publicity campaigns that involve radio and new media marketing. It’s really exciting.”

Making changes “This was the most natural relationship for me. I’ve known Colt and everybody over at Average Joe’s for a long time. I saw what they did with my friend Brantley Gilbert, and we were noticing that they were really starting to make some waves. Every time I went down the road talking to a major, it always became obvious they weren’t going to allow me to make the kind of music that I wanted to make, purely. They were going to want to mold me, and make me what they think is more digestible for the masses. And that’s just not something that I’m interested in doing. No one at Average Joe’s has asked me to change the way I do things. I’ve changed, but all those changes represent my desire to change.”

Georgia on my mind “I don’t think I would’ve made it in Nashville or L.A. or New York. I would have become disheartened. My music has a really strong sense of place, and I think that’s what makes it special. I’ve never been caught up in a rat race where I’ve felt I like I was competing with other people to make a hit. It was always ‘Here I am, and I’m writing and making the music the best I can make it.’ Playing it for people was a real simple formula.”

The fans “At my shows, there are country fans who know they’re country fans, and they go see Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, they’re plugged into mainstream country to a degree. Then there are country fans who don’t really know that they are! They don’t like the commercialism of it. I probably identify with those fans – they like the idea of music that represents the working class, the common experience. And they’re disenchanted by what they hear in mainstream country. The gimmicks, the canned nature of it all. And I think they’re looking for alternatives. I describe myself as country because I’m from a small town in Georgia and I make music that is representative of my experiences here.” CS Corey Smith With American Aquarium Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14 Tickets: $21 advance, $25 day of show Online: etix.com


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Author Ann Napolitano was stuck. She’d been working on her second novel for more than a year but was losing faith that the idea would ever crystallize into something worthy of publication. In the throws of desperation, an unlikely muse came to her rescue: Flannery O’Connor.

Ann Napolitano: ‘It was very intimidating because Flannery is an icon and the South is very proud of its heritage and its literary history – and rightfully so.’

Although Napolitano had read the renowned Georgia author’s work during college, it had been years since she’d given much consideration to the O’Connor’s prose. Suddenly, she was re–reading everything she could get her hands on and making a pilgrimage to Andalusia, the O’Connor’s family farm in Milledgeville. At first it seemed like the addition of the Southern Gothic’s literary powerhouse might be more dangerous than helpful, after all, Napolitano would have to do justice to the legacy of O’Connor and her writing. A few years and a few drafts later, the book A Good Hard Look, hit shelves last week. A Jersey girl making her first extended foray into the heart of the South (and during the oppressive heat of July nonetheless), Napolitano will hold a reading at the O’Connor Childhood Home on Thursday evening, as a part of a series of stops across the Peach State and beyond.

We caught up with Napolitano by phone last week to talk about her literary journey to Andalusia, the stress of fictionalizing famous writers, and the challenges presented by fellow writing group members. Having spent so much time creating your own conception of her, what was it like for you arriving in Milledgeville for the first time? Ann Napolitano: It was a turning point for me. I had worked on the book for a year before Flannery showed up. The idea of her appearing in the book came out of nowhere, and it immediately seemed like the right idea, but it was not my intention initially to write a book about Flannery O’Connor, nor any real person. I had set out to write a book about this man named Melvin Whitehead who was fully fictional. It just wasn’t working, and I was looking at her letters on the bookshelf, I wasn’t even reading them. This idea just popped into my head that Flannery O’Connor belonged in the book, which seemed like an insane idea on a number of levels, but it also seemed really right. I read and re–read everything I could get my hands on and then had to go to Milledgeville to see her world. It was when I was there that I sort of convinced myself that I could do it. I was intimidated through the whole process by Flannery, but walking through Andalusia, smelling the air, sitting on the porch, seeing where the peacocks were, it became much more real and tactile. It was a world I could realistically recreate.  What is the hardest part about fictionalizing a real person? Ann Napolitano: For me the biggest challenge was making sure that the book was good enough for her to be in it. That wouldn’t be the truth for writing

about many historical figures, but I held her in such high esteem and had so much respect for her that I couldn’t bear the thought of putting her in a crappy novel. Connected to that is that she had to be as believable and truthful as I could possibly make her. Putting her in the novel just raised the stakes immensely and immediately from where I was before. The book took me seven years to write and that was because I was terrified of not making a book worthy of Flannery and not portraying her in a way that felt real to me. Being a Jersey girl, were you intimidated not just to take on Flannery but also to dive into Southern culture? Ann Napolitano: Hugely. One of my best friends, we have a writers’ group that we keep. We’re the first person to read each other’s work. One of the writers in the group is from Alabama. She read the first 50 pages, cocked her eyebrow and said, “Really? You’re going to take on the South?” She meant it as a challenge and I took it as such. It was very intimidating because Flannery is an icon and the South is very proud of its heritage and its literary history – and rightfully so. If I chose a literary character from the Midwest, I don’t think anyone would raise an eyebrow, but because it’s the South and it has its own history, I really felt like I was stepping over a line. I hope that I pulled it off. cs Author Ann Napolitano and A Good Hard Look When: Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.flanneryoconnorhome.org

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A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, Mary Poppins advised the annoying little twerps in her charge. Substitute “music” for sugar, and “politics” for medicine, and you’ve got Cabaret. This time, the little twerps are Nazis – as opposed to whiny schoolchildren – and they are - of course - more than annoying. Bay Street Theatre’s production of Cabaret is uniquely staged and features a number of impressive performances. The whole thing is dark and shadowy, the song–and–dance segments dressed in suitable tones of decadent black, red and exposed flesh, and the atmosphere is one of thrilling sleaze. I’ve seen many interpretations of Cabaret, and all in all this was probably the most satisfying. Yet it’s always seemed as if composers John Kander and Fred Ebb, and book writer Joe Masteroff, were attempting to squeeze two plays into one. Masteroff ’s script focuses on the Nazi rise to power in 1930s Berlin, the ascending smell of doom in the air, and the way this affects a small group of people. One of these is Sally Bowles, a flighty British club singer who’s interested in nothing but herself. In the play, she has an affair with American novelist Cliff Bradshaw. Over time, Bradshaw begins to understand how dangerous the Nazi party is, and makes plans to get out while the getting’s good. Sally, however, just wants to keep performing at the tawdry Kit Kat Klub. Meanwhile, love blooms for Fraulein Schneider, Cliff ’s landlady, and the widowed Herr Schultz, a grocer. Herr Schultz happens to be Jewish. So we know pretty early that things aren’t going to go particularly well. These and other dramatic scenes are sandwiched between the Kit Kat musical numbers. Director Jeff DeVincent places many of the singers and dancers in and around the Club One audience, and this is a brilliant touch: Club One is, of course, a real cabaret stage, where drag queens ply their particular trade several nights a week. But this is where, for me, hairs split on Cabaret: The songs are so good, the choreography raunchy and the lyrics suggestive, it’s something of a letdown when we go back to the drama, which all takes place on the stage proper. That’s not to denigrate the actors, who do great things with what they’re

given. Gail Byrd and Walter Magnuson are quite charming as Schneider and Schultz; their awkward love scene (with a little courtship dance) is tender and touching. Christopher Stanley as Cliff, Travis Harold Coles as the Nazi– in–waiting Ernst Ludwig, and Bridget Tunstall as the local whore Fritzie Kost are believable and often spellbinding. But one never, in Cabaret, gets enough of a feeling that all is about to be lost. It’s a sad story, but I’ve yet to see a production that ties it together with the club debauchery. The point seems to be that, as the song says, life is a cabaret, that’s there’s a thin line between the surreal and the all-too real. The Kit Kat scenes hint – sometimes broadly – that the wrath of God (or, certainly the wrath of something) is about to come down. Swastikas appear at unexpected moments, and one of the Emcee’s weirdest songs, “If You Could See Her,” turns nasty and vicious. The Emcee (Christopher Blair) is the thread that ties all the musical numbers together (he also lurks around the sidelines during some of the dramatic scenes). A sort of lipsticked girlyman, he surrounds himself with the scantily–clad Kit Kat girls for the show’s most enjoyable numbers, full of innuendo, double–entendre and out–and–out salacious lyrics and thrusty movement. No one in Savannah, of course, does this kind of stuff better than Blair, whose morphing into cross–sexual musical dynamos made Bay Street’s The Rocky Horror Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch so thrilling. As Sally, Courtney Flood (Urinetown The Musical)  is riveting during the musical scenes. She’s a terrific singer (her rendition of the cathartic title song is powerful and not a little scary), she’s leggy and she’s a great dancer (she designed the choreography for this production). I wasn’t crazy about the “grand dame” speaking voice she chose for her Sally, but Flood is impossible to look away from. She’s an integral part of this particular Cabaret machine. Of all the musical theater warhorses out here, Cabaret is the one I’d most like to see done as a concert piece, with the dancing and frills intact but with the pokey plot–advancing drama set aside. cs Cabaret continues through July 24.


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Breakfast with a side of nostalgia A wave of nostalgia swept over me as I stepped through the door of The Diner on Abercorn Street –– “Pankake Palace” is still woven into the entryway’s ceramic tile floor. The classic–style diner had become worn, I’ll admit that. Booths were torn, table tops were nearly rubbed through from the scores of plates and wipe downs that had burnished the pattern indecipherable. Stools wobbled beneath counter diners. The makeover is snazzy. Lots of hot pinks and blues make it cheerier. New stools feature gleaming chrome posts that shine under new lighting. Even the uniforms are brighter and warmer. But, I wondered as I carefully opened the menu, what had been done to the food? Nothing. Yes! The $5.99 breakfast special (two eggs anyway, three pancakes and bacon — grits if you want ’em) was still there, nestled in a cozy box on the menu. I had it for lunch. The bacon is crispy, the eggs just right (scrambled today, please) and the pancakes fluffy and hot enough to melt a generous slather of butter. It’s an all day menu, and the only place I know that on one table, at any time of day, you can find one diner with breakfast, another with a burger, another with quail and another with a still sizzling T–bone. The coffee is hot, the servers generally outgoing and full of character. It’s affordable, fast and filling. The grand re–opening will be celebrated at the restaurant July 20 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be a limited number of free T–shirts and coffee cups — and of course, breakfast served all day.

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In the mountain passes and open canyons around Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California, there are but a handful of optimally cool vineyards suitable for premier Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The region offers the long, cool nights that are perfect for these two varietals. But still, for optimal coolness, the kind of growing season that won’t yield a harvest until late October or early November, vineyard managers have to look long and hard. Greg La Follette did just that. In sourcing grapes for his newest vintage of Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay and Sonoma coast Pinot Noir, La Follette culled from years of experience and chose the best possible sites for his grapes. No small task. Vineyards managers and wine makers with years more clout have cherry picked grapes rights and land leases. Still, La Follette did an admirable job nailing down his sites. The 2009 Chard, a decisive nod to White Burgundy, comes from the fruits of three generations of the Sangiacomo family, veteran vineyard managers and farmers who coax the terroir into the fruit. Slow, controlled fermentation brings intense complexity. The oak regimen shows great restraint and careful monitoring. Balance, acidity and multifaceted character make this an oaked Chardonnay for those who shun oaked juice. The oak is present, with no doubt, but presented in an Old World style so rarely experienced by predominately New World wine drinkers. This is elegant, special occasion Chardonnay that deserves attention and will show plenty of appreciation back to your palate. Around $29. Singularly, La Follette Sonoma Coast 2009 Pinot Noir is a fruity mouthful of dark cherry and ripe blackberry. There are hints of spice and dustiness — classic Pinot Noir characteristics. It drinks as bold as that first mouthful of freshly picked blackberries. Balanced tannins add to the wine’s structure and lead to a lingering, fresh berry finish. That’s by itself. On the day I tasted La Follette, I also tasted four other Sonoma coast and Russian River Pinot Noirs. When standing beside other Pinots — on either side of La Follette’s SRP of $29 — this wine lacked the opulence, silky mouth feel and complexity of higher end Pinot. That’s not a criticism, it’s perfectly juicy casual Pinot Noir. It will face lots of challengers in its price category. cs

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Panic in Savannah Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 for a pair of Johnny Mercer Theatre shows by Georgia’s own jam–band road warriors, Widespread Panic. The concerts are set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5; tickets will be $35 at etix.com. Arch fans of the hard–rocking band (and there are plenty of them) will be able to scoop the competition with a 24–hour presale on widespreadpanic.com. Yes, that’s right, you can get tickets in advance starting at 10 a.m. July 14. Another thing that’s cool about Panic – and many of the group’s jam–band brethren – is the availability, for pre–order (on the site), a digital download or CD copy of the Savannah shows.

Cover me Coming July 27 is the Dirty Covers Mixtape, a special all–Savannah album featuring cover versions of famous tunes performed by many of our city’s best and brightest. Here’s the track list: Alpinista and TTL – “Casanova” (Roxy Music) Black Tusk – “Toe Fry” (BuzzOVen) Brandon Nelson McCoy – “To Live is To Fly” (Townes Van Zandt) The Boys Who Cried Wolf – “Chicago” (Sufjan Stevens) Cusses – “We Got The Beat” (The Go–Go’s) Dare Dukes – “Some of Them Are Old” (Brian Eno) Dead Yet? – “Thieves” (His Hero is Gone) Free Candy – “What’s Inside a Girl”

(The Cramps) Habitat Noise – “Evolution” (Pearl Jam) Howler – “American Girl” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) Indian Giver – “Territorial Pissings” (Nirvana) Lady Lazarus – “Story of an Artist” (Daniel Johnston) Lonesome Swagger – “Cocaine” (Townes Van Zandt) Magic Places featuring Britt Scott – “Gypsy” (Fleetwood Mac) Mubledust – “The Promise” (When In Rome) Phays – “Na Na Hey Hey” (Claude DenJean) Roll on Rodney – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan) Sincerely, Iris – “7 Nation Army” (The White Stripes) July 27 is Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo Night at the Jinx, and it’s there that project organizer Jeremiah Stuard will have 200 download cards AVAILABLE. Check out the Dirty Covers Facebook Page.

Tituss! Broadway actor and singer Tituss Burgess will perform in concert July 26 at Savannah Country Day School. An Athens native, Burgess’ B’way credits include lead roles in The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls. He’ll be in town to conduct masterclasses with the kids of the Savannah Summer Theatre Institute, whose Benjamin Wolfe–directed production of Hairspray runs July 22–24 and 29–31. For ticket info, more details et cetera, see savannahsummertheatre.com. cs


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McCarson & Kist — A shared exhibit featuring two artists from the DC area. McCarson is a mixed media artist and Kist is an experimental painter. ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor, http://www. thincsavannah.com/ Perceptions of Whiteness — A collection of new works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. , http://www. kingtisdell.org/ Portraits to Pixels — The exhibit celebrates the Telfair’s 125th anniversary; includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection. Jepson Center,

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Pop quiz: Which of the following is true about Harry Shearer? 1. He voices more than a dozen characters on The Simpsons, including C. Montgomery Burns, Ned Flanders, Wayland Smithers, Dr. Hibbert, Otto and Principal Skinner. 2. He is the co–author of most of Spinal Tap’s greatest “hits,” including “Hell Hole,” “Stonehenge” and “Big Bottom.” 3. As a child actor, he played the Eddie Haskell character on the rarely–seen pilot episode of Leave it To Beaver. Actually, they’re all true. Shearer’s place in Spinal Tap history (he’s bassist Derek Smalls) is assured, and he’s been with The Simpsons for all of its 23 seasons. As for that Beaver thing, well, he doesn’t talk about it much. You also know him from the mockumentaries A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration, or from his satirical – and very political – NPR radio program Le Show. Shearer wrote and directed the documentary film The Big Uneasy, which will screen Saturday at the Lucas Theatre, courtesy of the Psychotronic Film Society. Although Shearer won’t be at the Savannah event, he was more than will-

who investigated the levee failures, dutifully criticized the Corps, and subsequently lost their jobs or were publicly chastised (or worse). Most damning is the story of Army Corps engineer Maria Garzino, who conducted tests on the massive pumping systems the Corps installed after Katrina. They aren’t going to work very well, the whistleblower told the Corps. Shut up, the Corps told the whistleblower, if you know what’s good for you. Incredibly, Garzino still has her job. Harry Shearer, writer/director of The Big Uneasy, in New Orleans.

ing to talk to us about his movie, which is an unflinching criticism of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the way it botched the New Orleans levee systems, which failed spectacularly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Katrina, the film insists, was not a “natural disaster.” Shearer is the movie’s on–screen narrator; John Goodman makes a couple of humorous appearances. The core of The Big Uneasy, however, are interviews with independent engineers (working as Team Louisiana)

Other than the fact that you have a home in New Orleans, why were you so passionate about this subject?

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accepted into this community, and have embraced this community, and I feel very strong about it. If I saw this happening to another city, one that I didn’t live in? I don’t know, I can’t tell you what I would do. But I feel very strongly about this city, and very strongly about the fact that the national media for whatever reason have failed to tell the actual story of what happened here. And the fact that it was one of the two major disasters of the first decade of this century sort of centers it in the mind: Maybe that would be worth getting right. So that’s a point of frustration: If I don’t tell this story, it looks like nobody else is going to do it?

Harry Shearer: Well, I certainly waited long enough. It’s not Harry Shearer: like I jumped to it. It Well, when you say really was brought to aside from the fact that focus for me by President I have a home there, Obama coming here In a scene from “The Big Uneasy,” that’s a big aside. You in October 2009. a Washington Post clipping reveals know, aside from that, the misplaced confidence of the Having his town hall Mrs. Lincoln, how was US Army Corps Of Engineers in meeting and telling the play? a room full of people the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I think that’s a big who probably adored part of it. I’ve been him and voted for


So, the story becomes: Big Hurricane, they’re conservatives” that dominate City Below Sea Level, Poor Black People our discussions. Suffer. They are: Logistical convenience, ego Now, you’ve congratulated yourself and money. for how well you’ve covered the story So, for example: The African–Ameri—“Hey, we stood up to power! We’ve cans who suffered in the flooding were wagged our finger in the face of Senator conveniently concentrated around an Mary Landrieu.” The hardest thing to area that was no more than three minretract is a boast. There’s the ego part. utes’ drive from an off–ramp of a major There’s a fascinating theory put forth Interstate. You saw the Convention in the film about the main shipping Certainly there’s intelligent media out Center and the Superdome. And a bit of canal (the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, there. In your film, Michael Grunwald the overpass on I–10 itself. or“Mr. Go”) and other man–made of the Washington Post appears as a An entire white suburban county, canals. Had New Orleans very vocal critic of the Army Corps. The the entirety of the county, was not been carved up the story did get covered. wiped out. St. Bernard Parway it was back in the Harry Shearer: A few people covered ish. Those people were day, is it true that it — John Schwartz in the New York on their roofs for four the coastline might Times did and kind of led the pack. But and half days with well have absorbed that did nothing to influence how NBC, no food, no water, in what Katrina was ABC, CBS, CNN reported it. 100–degree temperadishing out? This film had a little sneak release tures. Harry Shearer: on the fifth anniversary of Katrina. But they didn’t get Knowing how the media love an anHistory is probon television because niversary story — “five years ago today, ably the best evithey weren’t near a dence. New Orleans pocket lint was discovered” — I thought freeway off–ramp. they’d be down here, the film would be has been here now for Most of the people who here, and they’d say “Hey, look what we almost three centuries, covered this were not from and there’ve been a lot of discovered!” New Orleans, they didn’t Hurricane expert Dr. Ivor Instead, they chose to run their old hurricanes come down know their way around. tapes. the pike. You can’t say it’s Van Heerden in his LSU ofSo: “Boy, we’ve heard of fice, before being fired foldone fine – hurricanes do lowing his pronouncements the Dome, we’ve heard of I understand you financed this yourself damage. But it’s recovered concerning the failure of the Convention Center, it’s when no studio would do it. Were they the Federal levee system pretty well from every nearby, we can park our that hesitant to criticize the Corps? in New Orleans during the one. It survived them trucks ... all right, that’s Katrina storm. Harry Shearer: No, no, no, that was a pretty well. where we are. And look! matter of speed. Because my intent was New Orleans has been There’s all these suffering fired by seeing Obama in October 2009, fortunate in its geography black people. We got our and I knew that the fifth anniversary in that it’s not received a real head–on story.” was in August 2010, that was a very hit from a big–ass hurricane. And that The fact that hundreds of thousands short time frame. I could either go out record continued through Katrina. Kaof white folks 10 miles away were going and raise money in that time frame, or trina did NOT hit New Orleans directly through the same thing was unknown make the movie in that time frame. head–on, it veered to the right as most to them. They didn’t bother. It was diffiI never went to anybody. I never got hurricanes that seem to be aimed for cult to drive around anyway, the geograturned down by anybody. I just decided New Orleans tend to do. phy of the place is confusing ... “this is a I gotta do this, and I gotta do this by Certainly by intervening in the place where parallel streets intersect, so this date. And fortunately I have the geography, first with the leveeing of the let’s stay put.” resources, so that was it. river and then with the carving up of Then, you’ve covered the wetlands for pipelines and canals the story. You’ve seen I was imagining the head for the oil industry, we set into motion the big spiral on the of Fox Searchlight or a chain of events that helped to lead to maps, you’ve seen something saying this disaster. the damage in “This guy’s an actor Mississippi, and The government’s failure with FEMA, and a humorist. Why you’ve seen New that’s the stuff we all know about. Why should we take him Orleans flood. seriously?” do you think this part of the story hasn’t You connect the received the media attention it so obviHarry Shearer: No, dots. ously warrants? that never happened. You’re an editor Harry Shearer: We go from what’s in By the same token, we or producer in New the film, which is grounded in fact, ran into a version of that as York and you think, to what’s my best speculation: Having we’ve gone about “It’s a big hurricane Maria Garzino, Contract Specialist, US worked in the news media for a frighttrying to distribute story.” And you’re Army Corps Of Engineers, blew the ening little while, in my youth, I think probably a little on whistle on the poor workmanship within the film. HBO, for that the biases that really drive the meexample, said “Oh, the liberal side, and the New Orleans hurricane protection dia are so much subtler and yet so much we’ve done New your heart breaks system, and was later named Public Servant of the Year by the Federal Office simpler than “Oh, they’re Democrats, Orleans.” There’s when you see the Of Special Council. oh, they’re Republicans, they’re liberals, been some of that. black people.

Because it’s not heavy on emotion, it’s heavy on information, a lot of the same kind of media that prefer to do this kind of story by pushing the emotional button said “We’re going to pass.” I asked an anchor for a major network, “How come the people that watch your broadcast don’t yet know why New Orleans flooded?” This was some months after these reports had come out. And his response was, “Quite honestly, we just feel the emotional stories are more compelling for our audience.” This was said flat out to me. In public. As David Frost asked you recently, is New Orleans safer than it was? Harry Shearer: We just passed the date when the new, improved system was declared complete, although it’s not. The Army Corps said “New Orleans is safer than it’s ever been.” Which is like saying after I’ve killed your grandmother and grandfather, your family’s safer than it’s ever been. If you believe the whistleblower — and an independent engineer who was hired to vet her work validates it — there’s a problem here. A problem that could be very serious. Using the Corps of Engineers’ timetable, the new pumps will be completed and installed in three years. If you go by their time frame, the system that was not completed at the time of Katrina was supposed to have been completed in 1979. The faulty pumps were installed on June 1, 2006. That’s five years. Add another three — they will have been rolling the dice on New Orleans’ safety for eight years. Minimum. That’s all a rational person can say — well, the people that are supposed to be protecting us have been rolling the dice, betting that this set of circumstances doesn’t happen. CS Film screening: The Big Uneasy Where: Lucas Theater, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16 Tickets: $10 at scadboxoffice.com Info: (912) 525–5050 Official film site: thebiguneasy.com Addenda: Psychotronic Film Society chief Jim Reed says he is bringing the movie to town “specifically in hopes of starting a serious dialog among folks from all stratas of greater Savannah and Tybee society about the proposed harbor dredging of the Savannah River.” The Corps of Engineers, he points out, will do the work if the project is approved. Shearer has videotaped a Savannah–specific introduction to be screened before The Big Uneasy.

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him that the flooding was a natural disaster. Then I was “OK then! It has spread this far, and gotten this solidly planted as ‘the story’ ..... that a very smart, arguably, and very well–informed person can either be pandering to it, or actually believes it.”

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It’s a great story, and it nestles nicely inside the web of Cold War mystery and intrigue that The Manchurian Candidate itself spins, but it’s not true. Released in 1962, the movie was out of theaters by the time of Kennedy’s assassination the following year. It aired several times on television in the mid ‘60s, then dropped from view because of legal wrangling over its ownership rights. What can’t be contested is the fact that The Manchurian Candidate, showing July 16 on the big screen at the Trustees Theater, is a corker of a thriller. It’s part of the SCAD Cinema Circle summer series. Based on Richard Condon’s 1959 novel, the film superbly captures the atmosphere of suspicion and fear that consumed the nation during the Cold War years, when Kennedy and Khrushchev were staring each other down, with kids across America cowering under their desks waiting for The Big One to fall. The prologue takes place in 1952, as a platoon of American soldiers attempts to ambush a North Korean machine gun nest. They are themselves surprised, by a band of Russians, knocked unconscious and loaded into helicopters. Soon we’re introduced to the main characters, several years later. There’s Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), the captain of the American group. It seems he’d saved his unit on that fateful day, got them out of trouble and delivered

Mother, please! Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in one of the many freaky Oedipal scenes from John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate.

them safely back to base with only two casualties. As we meet Raymond, he’s being awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor. Raymond is one unhappy guy. His conniving mother (played indelibly by Angela Lansbury) is married to an idiot senator (James Gregory), and she’s motivated by a bottomless lust for power. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The senator, a McCarthy–esque Commie–basher, is simply her mouthpiece. Raymond despises them both. But mother, so she keeps telling him, knows best. Sinatra has the lead role, as Col. Ben Marco of Shaw’s unit. Unlike Shaw, he’s still in the Army, but lately he’s been having the most vivid and horrifying dreams. In Marco’s recurring nightmare, the platoon members are seated on a stage, somewhere in New Jersey, in the middle of a ladies’ garden club meeting. A woman in a flowered hat is lecturing on the care and feeding of hydrangeas. This is where Condon’s story, and

director John Franknheimer’s film, turn towards the creepy and bizarre. As the camera pans around the room, the garden club ladies become large men with creased faces and dark, shifty eyes. Now the soldiers are the subject of a demonstration by the leader of Moscow’s Pavlov Institute, who’s showing his comrades – evil and sadistic–looking types from China, and Korea, and other Communist countries – how he has brainwashed the Americans. Yes, it’s all a plot, and Frankenheimer’s genius is the way he titillates us with one clue at a time, leaving us breathless and squirming to know what’s coming next. At the time of its release, The Manchurian Candidate fed the paranoia of Americans feeling the intense chill of the Cold War. Sure, the bad guys look exactly the way everybody thought cold–hearted, calculating Communists would look, and the idea that the Evil Empire could concoct such a nefarious scheme didn’t seem all that far–fetched. The real scare, however, is that there might be forces here at home, right under our noses, working out a way to undermine our way of life. We see that scenario these days in plenty of movies and TV shows, but in 1962 it scared the beejeezus out of everybody. The film is brilliant. As for the performances, Sinatra makes a perfectly paranoid Marco, Janet Leigh is serviceable as his love interest, and Harvey, although he doesn’t have a lot of range, imbues Raymond with a sort of tragic stoicism (actually, it makes a lot of sense that the inferior 2004 remake cast Liv Schreiber, another wooden actor, as Raymond). In the end, though, it’s Lansbury’s film. If this is your first time seeing The Manchurian Candidate, leave your memories of her later–years work on TV at home. Evil, she wrote. CS The Manchurian Candidate Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16 Tickets: $6–$8


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Horrible Bosses Two–thirds of a very funny movie, Horrible Bosses takes its irresistible premise an admirable distance before pulling a Wrong Way Corrigan and heading in an alternate direction, away from true comic inspiration and toward convention and compromise. Still, there are plenty of laughs to be mined, and in the genre of ribald male–bonding flicks, it won’t cause a hangover like The Hangover Part II. Even folks living in caves have seen the omnipresent trailer, which cleanly explains the situation: Three regular joes (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) are sick of the abuse heaped on them by their evil employers (respectively, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell) and decide to murder them. They hire an ex–con named Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx) to do their dirty work, but he informs them that he’ll only serve as a consultant and that they’ll have to do the actual killing. His suggestion: Emulate Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (or, as one character amusingly notes, Danny DeVito’s Throw Momma from the Train) by having each fellow bump off another’s boss, thereby reducing the risk of getting caught. Despite a few clunkers, the jokes are generally tight, and the five actors, especially Spacey and Farrell, are perfect for their roles; only Aniston’s slutty dentist fails to convince, less a fault of the actress than the three screenwriters who don’t know how to write this character so that she makes sense. At any rate, the film works up until the point when the bosses are linked up (no fair revealing how), but instead of using this sequence to expand with the intricate plotting, the writers reveal their limitations by allowing the picture to collapse like a house of cards, serving up a perfunctory final half–hour that’s no match for the bright hour that preceded it. Horrible Bosses easily earns a commendation, but a bit of overtime on the part of its creative team might have resulted in higher praise.

ZOOKEEPER Leave it to Zoolander to have the foresight to succinctly sum up Zookeeper. In that 2001 comedy, Owen Wilson’s Hansel blares, “Taste my pain, bitch!” – a declaration that Kevin James was directing at me for the duration of this ghastly film’s 100 minutes. I’m sure that taste will still be lingering in my mouth in December, when it’s time to draw up the year–end “10 Worst” list. For now, I’m reduced to shedding a tear over our animal friends: Between this and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, they’re having an especially bad summer, although their humiliation can’t compare to the torture inflicted on parents forced to take their young kids to see this. Then again, James’ last solo starring vehicle, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, made a ridiculous $146 million stateside, so it’s obvious his appeal extends beyond the small fry. Children will certainly take to the notion of talking animals. After being jilted by his girlfriend Stephanie (Leslie Bibb), Griffin (James) spends the next five years burying himself in his work at the zoo, where he’s appreciated by everyone – especially co–worker Kate (Rosario Dawson) – for his sensitive and caring nature with the animals. But when Stephanie unexpectedly reenters his life, he hopes to win her back. Breaking their code of silence, the zoo animals reveal to Griffin that all creatures can talk but don’t, because humans couldn’t handle it. Yet it’s clear to these critters that Griffin needs all the help he


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 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. 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. 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 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). 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 picture.

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Cars 2 Before Cars 2, Pixar had released 11 feature–length tales, all but one of them considered unqualified 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. cs

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can get, so they teach him how to woo Stephanie. Joe the lion (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) insists he must be strong and confront her other suitor (a grating performance by former Fear Factor host Joe Rogan). Janet the lioness (Cher) suggests that he make her jealous by lavishing attention on other women. The bickering bears (Jon Favreau and Faizon Love) claim he must strut and growl. Thankfully, he ignores the advice of Donald the Monkey (Adam Sandler): “Throw poop at her.” The screenplay cobbled together by five writers (including James himself, as well as the duo who worked on Norbit and the upcoming Smurfs project) curiously spends a lot more time on Griffin’s bland romantic woes than on the animals, although there is a protracted subplot in which Griffin bonds with a lonely gorilla named Bernie (Nick Nolte!) by taking him to (shameless product placement alert) TGI Friday’s. But with Sandler pal Frank Coraci (The Waterboy) in the director’s chair, it’s no wonder the film occasionally lapses into unnecessary crudity: Witness the bizarre scene in which Ken Jeong, who’s apparently only capable of playing effeminate freaks (The Hangover, the latest Transformers, etc.), claims his arms are too numb to retrieve car keys from his own pocket and orders Griffin to stick his hand in there and feel around for them. Try explaining that scene to the tots, Mom and Dad.

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Call for artists

Activism & Politics 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/

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Savannah Tea Party

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

Benefits ADA Benefit

Frozen yogurt purveyors Lovin’ Spoons will raise money for the American Diabetes Association from July 11-17. Stop by either location and mention the American Diabetes Association when you make a purchase: 10 percent will be donated to the ADA. For more info, call the ADA office: 912-353-8110 ext 3093

All-U-Can Eat Fish Fry

3rd Friday of every month: All-U-Can-Eat Fish Fry with proceeds supporting the American Legion. Whiting, Fries, Coleslaw, Grits, Hushpuppies, Tea/Lemonade. $8.00. http://americanlegionpost184.org/ American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Thunderbolt, GA 31410

Flying Fortress 5k

The annual run/walk event will take place November 12, 2011 with proceeds helping restore the museum’s B-17 bomber, The City of Savannah. Early Registration is now available at a discounted rate of $20 for those who register by August 31st. Register at www.fleetfeetsavannah.com/flying-fortress-5k

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

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

Call for artists

The Cultural Affairs’ S.P.A.C.E. gallery is seeking proposals for exhibits in 2012. All mediums will be considered for a non-degree seeking solo or group exhibition. Deadline for submissions is September 9, 4 p.m. Proposal guidelines are available online at www.savannahga. gov/arts or by calling (912) 651-6783.

Call for artists

The gallery at Hospice Savannah is holding its 3rd annual 5x7 art show in September and October. They are looking for artists interested in submitting work. For more info, contact Beth Logan: 912-629-1043 or email blogan@ hospicesavannahhelps.org

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: 912-346-4928 sjm.celebrations@yahoo.com or

www.sjmcelebrations.com

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 912349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah.com/

Cheese making workshop

month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-2324232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com

Learn Russian

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-6593071 for more information.

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.

Learn to Draw

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.

Medicinal Mushrooms and Herbal Tonics

DUI Prevention Group

Family Law Workshop

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

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

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

Feldenkrais Method

Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. Hourlong classes are held Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 1:15 pm. Students will learn to improve physical development and body awareness through guided, gentle and subtle movements. For more info, call Elaine Alexander, 912-223-7049.

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

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.

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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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

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/

Vacation Bible School

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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.

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.

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Working with crystals and gemstones

An educational evening working with crystals, gemstones and minerals. Explore the meaning of vibrational energy and resonance, and get firsthand experience with different stones. $10/ person. July 18, 6:30 p.m. 114 Lions Gate Road, Savannah.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 9273356. Savannah

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com

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“Kaidoku” Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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1 Stirs (up) 6 The Emerald Isle 10 Far from appetizing 14 Go with the flow 15 “___: First Class” 16 Matty or Felipe of baseball 17 Result of The Hulk’s first press conference? 19 Darkness 20 Toilet paper layer 21 Two-___ (some bathing suits) 23 Wanna-___ (poseurs) 24 Half of zwei 25 Font close to Verdana 27 Where a journalist’s stories get turned in 31 Iditarod finish line 32 Analgesic target 33 Rather than 37 Greek letters that look like P’s 38 Shoes near the Reeboks and Nikes 39 Ceremonial act 40 Come out on top 42 Yours and mine, in the sticks 43 “I screwed up” 44 Jon running for president 47 Chinese fondue 49 Indie rock band ___ Riot 50 Tool paired with a bucket 51 Huffington behind the Huffington Post 53 ___-tai (cocktail) 56 Working away 58 “Let’s see who can prepare for their colonoscopy first,” et al.? 60 Jupiter’s Greek counterpart 61 Scott Baio co-star Moran 62 “Moon Over ___” (original theme song for “The Drew Carey Show”) 63 Muppet who speaks in the third person 64 Stunned state 65 French section of the Alps

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1 “Rent” star Anthony 2 Adam Lambert was on it 3 Word before Gaga or Antebellum 4 Prefix for dermis 5 “I’m with ___” (T-shirt phrase) 6 Over the top 7 Candy-colored computer 8 Stopwatch button 9 Contest participants 10 “___ the lizard king” (Jim Morrison) 11 Nightspot where you can’t be too big or too small? 12 Asian peninsula 13 Big laughs 18 “I got dibs!” 22 Jimmy Choo specialty 24 Viewing range 26 Brash contestant on “The Apprentice” 27 Sales rep’s handout 28 Number learned on “Dora the Explorer” 29 Drug that’s only smoked in pictures? 30 Jewish delicacy 34 Gloomy 35 ___ vez (again, in Spanish) 36 Actress Sherilyn of “Twin Peaks” 38 Soaked up 41 Early baseball Hall-of-Famer ___ Rixey 45 Word said a lot by Mork 46 Vagabonds 47 Baltic Avenue building 48 Headwear for Miss America 50 Activity on a placemat 52 Tombstone locale: abbr. 53 Game show producer Griffin 54 Sphere start 55 Words before “old chap” 57 1800s Chinese general now found on menus 59 Lamb lament

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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 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. ,

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.

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

C.C. Express Dance Team

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

Ceili Club

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

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.

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Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-9pm, open dancing 9pm-1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info: www.salsasavannah. com, 912-704-8726.

Savannah Shag Club

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

Summer Dance Workshop

Summer Dance Workshops for all ages begin July 18, 2011. Children’s Camps for ages 3-5 and 6-8. Summer Intensives for ages 9-11, and 11 & up with Ted Pollen. Contact Paula Fichtenkort at The Academy of Dance. (912)921-2190 or aodsav@gmail.com. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Xrds.

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. ,

The Savannah Dance Club

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

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Cannon Firings

Fort Pulaski National Monument will offer cannon firings on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Cannon firings will be offered three times daily on the weekends (staff permitting). 15 miles east of Savannah on Hwy 80. 912-786-5787, www.nps.gov/fopu

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During the spring and summer there will be daily cannon firing demonstrations at 11:00am and 2:00pm at Old Fort Jackson! Ongoing through August. Cost: Museum admission. 1 Old Fort Jackson Rd. 912-232-3945.

Haunts and Hags Cruises

A ghostly adventure on the Savannah River, every Friday night from April through October at 9:30pm. $28.95/adult, $19.95/children 12 & under. The Savannah Riverboat Company, 9 E. River St. www.savannahriverboat.com, 912-232-6404

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Psychotronic Film Society

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

Reel Savannah

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

Fitness Belly Drills

This is an intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit www.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

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

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

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

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Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , http://savannahpilates.com/

Pregancy Yoga

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

Rolf Method Bodywork

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The Yoga Room

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Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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ARIES

(March 21–April 19) In the coming days you have permission from the universe to dwell less on what needs to be resisted, protested, flushed out, and overcome. Instead you have license to concentrate on what deserves to be fostered, encouraged, bolstered, and invited in. Sound like fun? It will be if you can do it, but it may not be as easy to accomplish as it sounds. There are many influences around you that are tempting you to draw your energy from knee–jerk oppositionalism and cynical naysaying. So in order to take full advantage of what life is offering you, you will have to figure out how to rebel in a spirit of joy and celebration.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions,” said the seer Edgar Cayce. That’s your thought for the week, Taurus. Not just in dreams, but in your waking life as well, you will be experiencing insights, hearing stories, and getting messages that provide useful information for the crucial questions you have not yet framed, let alone posed. I hope that by telling you this, I will expedite your work on formulating those pertinent questions.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) “The most important thing in acting is honesty,” said Hollywood actor George Burns. “If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” The same thing is true about life itself in the coming weeks, Gemini. The more you dispense the raw truth –– even if you have to push yourself to do it –– the more successful you’ll be. Being a fount of radical authenticity might feel like a performance at first, but it’ll eventually get easier, more natural.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) The great–grandson of a slave, Cancerian Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993) was America’s first African–American Supreme Court Justice. According to Thurgood, a play about his life that appeared on HBO, his unruly behavior as a school kid played a role in launching him toward his vocation. As punishment for his bad behavior, his teacher exiled him to a storage room where he was instructed to

study the U.S. Constitution –– a document he would later be called on to interpret during his service on the high court. I foresee a version of this scenario playing out in your immediate future, Cancerian. Mischief could lead to opportunity. Blessings might evolve out of shenanigans. Bending the rules may bring rewards.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) Do you mind if I call you “The Original Liontamer”? I know it sounds a bit extravagant, maybe even pretentious, but it really fits you right now. More than any other sign of the zodiac, you have the power to control the wild, ferocious forces of the unconscious. You’re the fluid flowmaster in charge of making the beastly energy behave itself; you’re the crafty coordinator of the splashy, flashy kundalini; you’re the dazzling wizard of the dizzy whirling whooshes. Here’s a tip to help you soothe the savage rhythms with maximum aplomb: Mix a dash of harmonious trickery in with your charismatic bravado.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) You have maybe ten more days left to locate the healthiest possible gamble for the second half of 2011. I’m referring to a smart risk that will bring out the best in you, expand the hell out of your mind, and inspire you to shed at least 10 percent of your narcissism and 15 percent of your pessimism. Trust your gut as much as your brain, Virgo. It will be important to have them both fully engaged as you make your foray all the way out there to the edge of your understanding.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) “He got a big ego, such a huge ego,” sings Beyonce in her song “Ego.” “It’s too big, it’s too wide / It’s too strong, it won’t fit / It’s too much, it’s too tough / He talk like this ’cause he can back it up.” I would love to be able to address that same message to you in the coming days, Libra. I’m serious. I’d love to admire and marvel at your big, strong ego. This is one of those rare times when the cosmic powers–that–be are giving you clearance to display your beautiful, glorious self in its full radiance. Extra bragging is most definitely allowed, especially if it’s done with humor and wit. A bit of preening, mugging, and swaggering is

permissible as well.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) “Dear Rob Brezsny: Please, sir, if you could do me a cost–free favor and tell me something special about my upcoming future, I would be amazingly glad and would spread good will about you everywhere. My age is 34 and I am sharply eager to know in detail about my next five years at least –– any big good or bad predictions. Kindly be very specific, no cloudy generalizations. – Fayyaz Umair Aziz, First–Degree Scorpio.” Dear Fayyaz: I’m happy to inform you that your future is not set in stone; you have the power to carve out the destiny you prefer. And it so happens that the next four weeks will be prime time for you Scorpios to formulate a clear master plan (or reformulate your existing one) and take a vow to carry it out with impeccability.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

One of my readers sent me an interesting tale. He said the teacher Rudolf Steiner “once had a devotee who complained that after years of meditating and studying sacred texts he had not yet had a spiritual experience. Steiner asked him if he’d noticed the face of the conductor on the train on which they were riding. The man said no. Steiner replied, ’Then you just missed a spiritual experience.’” This is a good tip for you to keep in mind in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. It’ll be a time when you could dramatically expedite and intensify your education about spiritual matters by noticing the beauty and holiness in the most mundane things.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

I’ve got two bits of information for you late bloomers out there; two inspirational messages to quell your worry about how long everything seems to be taking to unfold for you. First comes this fact: While some oak trees begin growing acorns after two decades, many don’t produce a single acorn until they’re 40 or even 50 years old. Your second message is from poet Robert Bly: “I know a lot of men who are healthier at age 50 than they’ve ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.” Keep the faith, Capricorn –– and

continue your persistent efforts.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Russia has more psychic healers than medical doctors. Research done by the World Health Organization says so. While licensed physicians number around 640,000, there are 800,000 witches and wizards who use occult means to perform their cures. Personally, I prefer a more balanced ratio. I feel most comfortable when there are equal amounts of officially sanctioned practitioners and supernaturally inspired mavericks. In fact, that’s my guiding principle in pretty much every situation. I want as many unorthodox rebels who mess with the proven formulas as serious professionals who are highly skilled at playing by the rules. That helps keep both sides honest and allows me to avoid being led astray by the excesses and distortions of each. May I recommend a similar approach for you in the coming week?

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) “The most frequently leveled criticism of Jimmy Fallon is that he laughs too much.” So begins a New York magazine profile of the late–night talk show host. “He laughs before jokes, after jokes, during jokes.” He is “TV’s most inveterate cracker–upper.” Cynics point to this as proof that he’s suffering from a profound character defect. But there is another possibility, says New York: “Fallon laughs so much because he’s just having a really good time.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Pisces, you’re primed to have a Fallon– like week –– a period when the fun is so liberating and the play is so cathartic and the good times are so abundant that you’ll be in a chronic state of amusement. In response, people addicted to their gloom and doom might try to shame you. I say: Don’t you dare let them inhibit your rightful relief and release.

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Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912-288-7863 or email heather@ savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

Stand Out Youth

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

What Makes A Family

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

Health Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

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

Free hearing & speech screening

Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 3554601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www. savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. ,

Help for Iraq War Veterans

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

Hypnobirthing Classes

Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904-3270499, kennedysharon47@gmail.com or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762, douladeliveries@ comcast.net

La Leche League of Savannah

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 10am. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9544, www.lllusa.org/web/SavannahGA. html. Savannah

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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

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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 Capt John’s Way $1450 26 Greatwood Way $1200 105 Sandstone Dr. $1200 101 Brianna Circ. $1150 308 E. 53rd St. $995 215 Laurelwood Dr. $895 214 Forest Ridge $850 111 Ventura Blvd. $950 32 Arthur Cir. $850 2214 East 43rd $850 2330 Camelia Ct. $795 117 Chatham St. $795 APARTMENTS 740 E.45th St. $725 Windsor Crossing $650 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 117 RIVERSIDE DRIVE Unfurnished Garage Apartment Newly renovated. (Kitchen-furnished; stove,refrigerator, microwave). Owner pays utilities. References-Required. $750/month. First-and-Last month’s rent required. 912-898-0179 or 912-484-2055

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1303 E.66th Street: 2BR/2BA, Near Memorial Hosp., W/D connection, walk-in closets. $725/month;$400/deposit. 11515 White Bluff Road: 1BR Apt., walk-in closet, LR, all electric, W/D connection $575/month, $200/deposit. DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY X-ROADS 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372

711 FRUIT STREET, near Carver Heights. 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 •612A W.46th: 2BR/1BA, CH&A $700/month. •100 Lewis Drive Apt.14D 2BR/1BA, CH&A $600. •1005 Hearn St. 2BR/1BA $500 •8 Crows Nest 3BR/2BA w/bonus $1600/month. +DEPOSIT, NO-PETS NO-SMOKING CALL BILL or TONYA: 650-2711

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•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.

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1BR/1BA Studio: 246 Ferrill St, Westside Savannah, Near Bay St. Wood floors & carpet fenced-in backyard. $400/month. $175/deposit. Call me today! 912-247-5150 2BR/1BA HOME at 658 East 38th Street. Central heat/air, washer/dryer hookup. $650/month, $650/deposit. 912-658-1627

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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. 3 BEDROOMS, 1 BATH. $750/month, $750/deposit. Call 912-660-2875 3BR/1BA, large backyard, quiet neighborhood, new carpet, freshly painted, central heat/AC, large patio, right off Sunset Blvd. 3228 Martha Street. $775/month, Deposit required. Call 912-631-5890 513 WEST 63RD STREET: 4BR/1BA, washer/dryer hookup, central heat/air, large backyard. $850/per month, $850/security deposit. Call 912-844-2344

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Attractive 2BR, 1 Bath, living room, dining room, laundry room, CA/H, fenced backyard. Carport w/shed. $700/month, $650/deposit. Available Aug. 1st. 912-897-4009

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•DUANE COURT & Caroline Drive: 2BR/1BA, living room, kitchen furnished, total electric $675/month •BEE RD: 2BR/1BA $625/month. •VARNEDOE DRIVE: 2BR/1BA $625. 912-897-6789 or 912-344-4164 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at www.connectsavannah.com

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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

SOUTHSIDE: Nice camper forrent.Suitable for one person,retiree or working person. Large private fenced lot, near Montgomery Xrds.Electric, water and cable furnished. $550/month, $550/deposit.912-920-4868

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NEWLY REMODELED 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, large kitchen,central air, sunscreen porch. $750/month plus security deposit. Located at 2028 Eppinger Street. 912-231-9198 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

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Lovely 2 Bedroom Brick Apt. carpet, blinds, kitchen furnished, central air, no pets. Washer/dryer connections, $550/monthly. Call 912-661-4814 PARADISE PARK: 3 bedroom, 1 bath house. Fenced yard and garage. $890 deposit and rent

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OAK FOREST DRIVE. 2BR/1BA, central air, appliances, washer/dr yer connec tion, 912-354-8315

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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 1BR APT, all utilities paid, central heat/air, washing machine. $675/month. Call Mr. Gibbs, 912-257-3000

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

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Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available. Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at www.connectsavannah.com

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

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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 RENTAL: Thunderbolt Harbor EliteCondo. 1800sqft 2BR, den, diningarea, 2BA, Jacuzzi, FP, pool, 2-cargarage, balcony overlooking Intracoastal Waterway boat-slip $1800. (912)661-4814

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

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

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.

WILMINGTON ISLAND: 208 Calley Road. 3BR, LR, DR, kitchen, den, screened-in backporch, large yard $1400/month. 912-897-6789

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

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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. CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890

RENT-TO-OWN Large 3BD/2BA & 2BD/2BA remodeled mobile homes in nice Garden City mobile home park. Pool, basketball court, playground, clubhouse. Low down affordable payments. Credit check required. Call Gwen or Della, 912-964-7675.

Furnished, Ready to move-in. No deposit, no utilities. 2116 Ogeechee Road. Call 912-313-4083 or 912-313-4082

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

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

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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.

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130 ALPINE DRIVE: Roommate Wanted. $500/mo., NO deposit or $150/week. Near Hunter AAF. Available Now. 912-272-8020

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

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 CLEAN, FURNISHED ROOM on busline, $110-145/week plus deposit. Utilities Included. Call 912-660-2875

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

CADILLAC Escalade, 2002 $10,800. Clean truck, 131,000 miles 22” wheels, new tires. View pictures: http://savannah. craigslist.org/cto/2448926555.html. Call 912-844-3974 NISSAN Xterra, 2001- Extra clean, automatic, low miles, loaded, cold AC. Runs great $4,450. 912-441-2150 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940

CLEAN, QUIET, Room & Efficiencies for Rent.On Busline, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer. Rates from $85-$165/week. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909 EFFICIENCIES $160/per week & up. Utilities included, Furnished, private bath. No Deposit. Call 912-695-7889 or 912-342-3840

TOYOTA Tundra, 2006. DBL Cab, Limited XSP-V8 4.7- 271 HP. 5 Speed Automatic, loaded, leather, 20” Mags, 40K miles. $15.500. Call 912-547-3315 SUVS 930

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HONDA SHADOW 750, 2001Low mileage $3000 negotiable. Call 912-748-7296

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

CADILLAC ELDORADO, 2001Clean, excellent condition $7000 negotiable. 912-748-7296 Campers/rVs 960

DODGE Quad Cab, 2002-130K miles, nice body, no dents, 2-tone, good tires, $6600 firm. 912-484-2005

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

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

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

HONDA Civic EX, 2005- Sunroof, Automatic, Cruise, Tilt, Factory mags, new tires, 6-CD player, 85K miles $8,700. Call 912-727-4159

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

HYUNDAI Elantra, 19974-door, automatic, cold AC, Runs super! $1,850 or trade for anything of value. Call 912-441-2150

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ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177. 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

KIA Rio, 2002- 4-door Sedan, automatic, cold AC, low miles, 4-cyl, great gas saver! KBB $4100, sell for $2450 or trade for anything of value. 912-441-2150 LINCOLN Town Car, 2001 For Sale. $1500 OBO. Call 912-484-2636 NISSAN Altima, 2002- 2.5S, 126K miles, clean in and out. Everything works $5500 OBO. Call 912-484-2005.

PLYMOUTH Voyager Van, 1996- cold AC, automatic, runs great. $1,950 or trade for anything of value. Call 912-441-2150

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REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE: HOLIDAY RAMBLER, 1997-35’, only 20K miles, selling due to illness.Excellent condition, non-smoking, no pets.Generator, new awning, leveling jacks, microwave, refrigerator w/freezer, in-motion satellite,tow bar,new tires $31,900. 912-398-1479

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