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I’m glad Robert Edgerly sent us the letter below about the proliferation of tour activity downtown. It’s been an issue on my mind for awhile. I fully support a vibrant local tourism industry — having written a few regional travel books on the side myself — but it’s become apparent that in some respects things are beginning to get out of hand.

My perspective is not only about the quantity of tours downtown, but the quality. The epiphany came for me recently when I strolled by a square and heard a carriage guide claim that a certain inn was named the way it was because Abraham Lincoln stayed there. Puzzled as to when Ol’ Abe would have had a chance to visit Savannah — Georgia seceded almost immediately after his inauguration and he was assassinated immediately after the end of the Civil War — I got in touch with my

history-minded friends in various capacities around town. None of them could figure out when Lincoln might have stayed here, so our consensus is that the tour guide was either making it up or is an unsung, underemployed scholarly genius. That tour guides, who we’re constantly reminded have to pass a tough test to get their licenses, are apparently fabricating history in a town so rich with real history isn’t just needless, it’s plain wrong.

I spend a lot of time and ink writing about the need to relax over-regulation of local small business, but apparently here’s a case where more regulation is indeed needed. My own pet peeve — and I’m certainly not trying to put words in Mr. Edgerly’s mouth — has to do with the proliferation of ghost tours. Now, if you’re gullible enough to believe in ghosts as an adult, that’s your business. And I certainly don’t begrudge any enterprising businessperson an opportunity to make easy money off your gullibility and thereby contribute to the local tax base. But ghost tours — which offer nothing but pure entertainment — shouldn’t have any more right to disturb the evening in a residental area than any other entertainment business. Ghost tours are clean old-fashioned fun, but the stewardship of Savannah’s history — not to mention simply keeping the peace — is a serious thing. cs

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Thanks for column on Small–Toney article Editor, I can only say that I hope you’ve been getting an appropriate amount of positive feedback for breaking the ‘unwritten rules’ of Savannah news publications, your piece “When a puff piece goes poof ” was necessary, refreshing, and a light of journalistic hope in a city that too often finds it necessary to put forth a false sense of politeness. I found myself pulled into a leering balk when I picked up the recent issue of The South to find yet another parade of absurd self–aggrandizement from the people in the city who are least in need of support and exposure, and was really pleased to find a shared sentiment about the flaccid, self–serving, and often pointless motivations of journalistic PR in Savannah. Your piece is the sort of piece that will make the city a safe place to have a real conversation about what is going on and what the people of the city think, and I really only hope to see those unwritten rules broken underfoot

as soon as possible. The people who would like to see things stay simple and circuitous as far as public discourse is concerned may be the ones in positions of power and influence at the moment, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a huge majority of people in the city who find it exciting to know that there are voices standing up for positive change and the pride that comes with it. PM Goerner

Tours are out of hand, says tour guide Editor, As a resident of the Historic District and tour operator in the ’Hostess City’, I feel the time has come to say enough is enough. The tours downtown are out of hand after dark! Savannah is a laid back town. The inhabitants, residents and tourists alike, enjoy the peace and quiet after dusk. This city is a unique and thriving tourist destination and we do not want to hinder the visitor’s experience but I know from my patrons that even they are shocked by the excess after dark.

Some in the hospitality industry have said there are too many tours offered but competition is good and keeps the quality of the narrative fresh. We should not adopt policies that hinder free enterprise. Charleston has banned trolleys altogether except on the perimeter, New Orleans uses an annual lottery system to determine which company operates each year and Key West has essentially one tour operator which happens to be one of the companies in business here. Having been a tour operator in Savannah since 1997, I feel the inherent greed and the amount of money that can be made because of the sheer number of visitors has undermined the quality of life and goodwill of the residents toward the tour companies. The city is responding with enforcement that frankly should have been carried out years ago. I propose that the Landmark district be cut in two. A residential boundary that lies south of Liberty and east of Habersham in the NE quadrant with a commercial district encompassing mostly the NW quadrant. Forsyth Park would be considered commercial. The residential area would allow tours until 8pm and the commercial area until 2am. This

would alleviate most impact felt by residents. Tourists would be free to traverse these residential areas but the tour companies would operate elsewhere after dark. All tours, whether they be horse, hearse, trolley or foot not to mention the segways, bicycles and theme vehicles, should be conducted north of the Hilton Desoto after dark. This would give every operator plenty to showcase at night. This must be done in order to keep the Landmark district status intact. Imagine the number of tours if and when a cruise ship docks and unloads 2000 passengers. As soon as they step ashore they will want a tour. These visitors won’t eat in the restaurants or spend the night at inns and hotels because that is provided abroad ship. They will however take advantage of the fact that you can walk with a drink in the Historic District, which will help the owners of bars which employ lots of locals. This is my humble proposal and I am only a voice, as there should be input from everyone involved in the economic and cultural wellbeing of this wonderful area.

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That said, not much will actually be done to the road: No widening, no resurfacing, no curb cuts. It mostly comes down to the paint. “The only thing changing is the white stripes,” says Heather Fish, Citizen Specialist for the City of Savannah. “Adding paint on a road adds the perception of boundaries. Right now the perception is that Price Street has no boundaries.” The plans call for a lane of parking on the right, a roomy six–foot wide bike lane to its left (the better for bicyclists not to get “doored” by people getting out of their parked cars), and the auto transit lane to the far left. “All lanes work to protect the others — there’s cushion built in,” says Fish. This proposal, with bike traffic going the same way as car traffic, fixes a problem with the Lincoln Street lane. Also, “there’s a better angle of vision for people approaching an intersection,” explains McIntosh. “The great flaw of Lincoln Street is people come off side streets and they’re blocked.” After this past Tuesday’s final public comment period, the proposed changes will likely come before City Council, and — though one can never complete-

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Price Street has long been something of a nightmare for those living along it. Its twin one–way lanes of rapid traffic heading south out of downtown are a magnet for accidents, drunk drivers, and sirens. For their part, local bicyclists have long pined for a real southbound bike lane out of downtown. (Habersham Street has a narrow northbound lane; Lincoln Street is also northbound but because the bike lane is on essentially the wrong side of the street it’s often used as a southbound lane.) Both those seemingly unconnected situations could be helped by a City of Savannah plan in which Price would become a single southbound car lane with a six–foot wide, dedicated bike lane running along side it.

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ly predict these things — it would seem to face a bright future before that body. The way here however, was a little less straightforward. At one point in the roughly five–year discussion about what to do with Price, there was an attempt to make Price fully two–way, like most city streets. There was also the horrendous idea of making it like East Broad is now: two–way for part of its length, one–way for the rest. “Both concepts met with opposition,” says Fish, who describes residents who were uncomfortable with the way those proposals were shaping up. “The residents made it clear they wanted change,” she says, “they just didn’t want a two–way street.” Fish says a major goal of stakeholders all along Price was to reconnect the east side of the street with the west side. “The residents see the current plan as being a real win/win for reconnectivity,” says Fish. While discussion of what to do with Price had been going on for some time, the tipping point came in 2009, when the Savannah Bicycle Campaign approached Mayor Otis Johnson, an avid cyclist himself, with the need for a real southbound bike lane out of downtown. The mayor liked the idea and saw to it that the proper steps were taken to make it happen through staff. Fish says the timing was fortuitous: “As it turned out, the discussion about Washington Avenue getting approved for a bike lane happened about the same time Price Street was discussed.” But that seems to be the way it is with bicycle politics. McIntosh echoes, “People complain about bike lane plans before they’re built, but usually once they’re built people say, ‘Wow, this is wonderful. My property values just went up ten percent.’” cs


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Don’t ride? Cycling is for you! The advantages of traveling by bike are obvious: improved health, drastically reduced vehicle operating and maintenance costs, and dramatically increased fun. The amazing thing about bicycling, however, is its magical capability to improve quality of life for everyone, even folks who don’t ride bicycles. Here are just two recent recognitions of that magic at work: Researchers Norman Garrick of the University of Connecticut and Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado– Denver studied crash fatalities and found that bicycle friendly communities are safer for all road users. That includes not just pedestrians but drivers, too. They categorized 24 medium–sized California cities into four groups, based on the level of bicycle use by citizens. Garrick and Marshall discovered fatality rates for motorists were four times higher in cities with the lowest levels of bicycling, compared to those classified as “high biking cities.” How does this work? The article’s authors conclude, “While the bicycle infrastructure itself might help in traffic calming, it may be that the actual presence of a large numbers of bicyclists can change the dynamics of the street enough to lower vehicle speeds.” This research is a good example of why Savannahians should support local initiatives such as the City’s Price Street Bike Lane Project and similar infrastructure in our area. Even if your feet never, ever touch bicycle pedals, you will benefit from transportation improvements that put more bicyclists on the street. Bicycle friendly streets are better not just for the people who use them; they are better for the people who build them. Heidi Garrett–Peltier of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute surveyed existing research, including a 2003 report that found bicycle tourism in North Carolina’s Outer Banks produced an estimated $60 million in spending by tourists annually and supported approximately 1,400 jobs. Others studies have affirmed bicycle infrastructure investment increases

economic activity and property values. Interesting new findings in Garrett– Peltier’s research, published in June, focused on employment impacts of a variety of infrastructure projects. It revealed, “the highest level of job creation was for bicycle–only infrastructure such as building or refurbishing bike lanes.” Yet the economic, employment, public safety and public health benefits of bicycling are sometimes ignored during the push and pull of transportation funding debates. From time to time, politicians may seek to score points by inaccurately portraying bicycle and pedestrian projects as frivolous, wasteful or unnecessary. We are in one of those times now. Elected officials in Washington are threatening to end dedicated federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects. League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke described the anti–bicycle sound bites emanating from Capitol Hill as representative of a mindset “hell–bent on cutting out funding for anything other than cars and trucks, seemingly oblivious to the disastrous impacts of 60 years of sprawl, air pollution, congestion, dependence on foreign oil and millions of needless highway fatalities.” The importance of adequate funding for bicycle infrastructure improvements is not lost on citizens who electively or necessarily use bicycles for daily transportation. People who ride bicycles for fitness and fun also have a keen understanding of how these projects make recreational cycling safer and more enjoyable. What’s needed is a greater understanding in the general population of how bicycle transportation projects benefit them. In his book, Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling, Eben Weiss writes, “Cycling’s not for everybody, but at the same time there are a lot of people who don’t realize cycling is for them.” I agree with this statement, but suggest it should go even further. Even if you never intend to ride a bicycle yourself, it’s in your best interest to make sure as many other people as possible do. cs John Bennett is vice chairman of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign

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Reversing long–standing policy, President Obama will now send condolence letters to the families of U.S. military personnel who commit suicide in combat zones. That’s nice. But he could prevent future suicides by bringing all the troops home and ending America’s interventionist foreign policy. “They didn’t die because they were weak,” Obama said. “And the fact that they didn’t get the help they needed must change.” But the help they really needed was not to be sent to invade foreign countries in the first place and to fight senseless wars, like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Repeated combat tours in behalf of imperial policies are intolerable. But even one tour is one too many. For the last 10 years the U.S government has fought aggressive wars by choice. They were not defensive but rather a continuation by other means of American intervention in the Arab and Muslim worlds. The criminal attacks on 9/11 were not the cause of that intervention but the consequence. Wars of aggression such as the U.S. government has pursued since 2001 have many costs. First are the lives lost and ruined among the foreign population. Presidents Bush and Obama undoubtedly are responsible for more than a million deaths, many civilians among them, including those in Pakistan and now Libya. The government calls many of its victims “insurgents” and “militants,” but that may mean only that they objected to a foreign occupier. Another obvious cost is the money sunk into imperial missions. The occupation of Afghanistan costs $10 billion a month. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have now cost more than $1 trillion, and these money pits are still in operation. Let that sink in: The government has a $14 trillion debt. Annual budget deficits are more than $1 trillion a year. And the government is spending $10 billion a month in Afghanistan alone. If this were a movie, you’d dismiss it

as ridiculous. Yet our “leaders” expect us to accept this as reasonable. If it seems screwy, you must be an “isolationist” or uninformed. Finally, there is the personal cost to U.S. troops. Here we have a horrifying lesson in the old saying “talk is cheap.” Politicians love nothing better than to pay tribute to “our troops,” especially those who have made “the ultimate sacrifice.” Yet those words stink of hypocrisy when one realizes the same politicians create the conditions that then are used to justify invasions, occupations, and war in foreign countries. Despite the nonsense about valor on the battlefield and sacrifice for one’s country, war wreaks havoc with the lives of those who physically survive it. Some are wrecked bodily, others psychologically. Their marriages and families are disrupted if not destroyed. Some will return home scarred, perhaps to live on the streets as beggars. Others will take their own lives. The Indianapolis Star reports, “By 2008, the Army suicide rate surpassed the national average, reaching a rate of 20.2 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 19.2 out of 100,000.” Suicide is a chosen act, of course, but politicians and war planners share responsibility because of the horrors to which they subject young people. Apologists for the empire will laud American military personnel for “serving their country” and for “fighting for our freedom.” Nonsense. They, like the public, were duped into believing that. In fact, their lives were destroyed serving the political and economic interests of empire–builders and contractors. There was nothing elevated in what the troops were ordered to do. Their mistake was in trusting the people who claim to be “leaders.” Support the troops, we’re told. Here’s a better idea: Don’t “support” them. Bring them home now. cs Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of The Freeman magazine.

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A 22 year old Atlanta man was arrested and denied bail after setting fire to the mattress in his hotel room early one morning. Firefighters were called to the hotel on West Bay Street around midnight, and when they arrived found smoke coming from the room. They forced the door open and extinguished the fire, but did not find anyone in the room. They removed the mattress, box spring and a chair that had been damaged. Investigators discovered an accelerant was used to light the mattress and found a gas can in the room. Several hours later, the man who had rented the room called 911 to turn himself in. He was charged with first degree arson and transported to CCDC. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next week.


• A 66 year old woman from Ghana drowned in the Savannah River after falling over a railing into the water. An identification card found in her purse, which was found near the scene, revealed her identity and a last known address in Atlanta. Witnesses said she was walking along the railing, bent over it and fell into the water. They tried to throw her a life preserver, but she did not respond. • Police are searching for the man who robbed a 101 year old gentleman on his way home from a church gathering. The victim was on his porch when he was approached by a light–skinned black male in his early 20s about 5’7” tall. The suspect grabbed the victim and demanded money. The victim tried to resist, but was thrown to the ground by the suspect, who then took his wallet, containing $61 and some ID cards. The victim had abrasions on his hand and face, but refused medical assistance. He was later taken to the hospital by a family member. Police scoured the area, but were unable to locate anyone fitting the description.

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• A security guard caught two shoplifting ladies red handed and called the police. An officer was dispatched to the big box retail store in order to fill out two ban forms for the ladies. While completing the necessary paperwork, a store employee told the officer that they believed one of the woman had stuffed merchandise into her brassiere. A female officer accompanied the woman to the restroom in order to complete a search. Instead of merchandise, the officer found a bag of leafy green substance believed to be marijuana. It field tested positive according to “a Duquenois Reagent Test.” Surveillance video showed one woman pass the contraband to the other woman during a moment while they were left alone in the loss prevention office. Both women were charged with misdemeanor possession and were banned from the store. They were not charged with shoplifting.

• A company’s bookkeeper stole more than $47,000 over the course of three years, and was arrested. The bookkeeper had opened a line of credit under the business’ name, using it to pay for his personal phone and other items, including gas. He paid the bill using company checks. • Police responded to a possible sexual offense reported by a teenager. The girl stated she’d been receiving unwanted sexually explicit text messages from a high school acquaintance. The conversation began innocently enough, but then he began asking her to perform sexual acts via web cam. She refused. She told police that he also sent several photos of his genitals. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

Does the average American use more energy than a blue whale? The New York Times says it’s true. Is it? —petew83, via the Straight Dope Message Board First, the New York Times didn’t say the average American uses more energy than a blue whale. The paper quoted someone as saying this. The Times doesn’t have a policy of only quoting people who say true things. If it did, all coverage of politics would come to a screeching halt. Second, the more pertinent question isn’t whether this is true. It’s who the hell cares? The average American sits at the top (or the bottom, depending on how you look at it) of a vast industrial enterprise that has harnessed a sizable percentage of the earth’s resources in the service of our present lifestyle. The average whale swims in the ocean all day and eats krill. If you’re telling me the latter approach has less impact on the planet, I’m not going to argue with you. But if you’re offering it up as a model human spendthrifts can learn from, all I can tell you is it’s going to be a tough sell. Nonetheless, here we are, tackling the issue anyway. Why? Blame my assistant Una. So what if this line of investigation is inane, she said. It would still be cool to know. The Times piece you refer to, “A Physicist Solves the City”, describes the work of physicist Geoffrey West, who compares himself to Isaac Newton and claims to have discovered the mathematical laws that govern how cities work. West thinks urban living, while intrinsically energy-efficient, nonetheless drives up overall power consumption, to the point where Americans now burn through energy at a rate of 11 kilowatts per person. “What you find is that we have created a lifestyle where we need more watts than a blue whale,” the Times quotes him as saying. According to the Department of Energy, gross energy use for the U.S. is

about 103 quadrillion BTUs per year. If we divide this by the U.S. population, then convert it into continuous average energy use, sure enough, we end up with about 11 kilowatts per person. Next we checked the energy requirement of a blue whale. Here we ran into a problem. According to estimates published in 1981 by the distinguished marine biologist Christina Lockyer, a blue whale weighing around 80 tons has a basal (resting) metabolic rate of about 12 to 25 kilowatts. Aha! said Una. That’s more than humans, not less. West screwed up. Come now, I said. It’s in the ballpark. This fellow West has done high-profile work on animal metabolism and is clearly no dope. We’ll assume he meant to say we use almost as many watts as a (smallish) blue whale, not more. Fine, said Una, make excuses. But it’s still not fair to compare per-person energy consumption for all human activity in the U.S. with the resting rate for blue whales. We find disagreement about the active metabolic rate of blue whales, but the conservative figure seems to be three times the basal rate. In other words, an active 80-ton whale might consume energy at a rate of 36 to 75 kilowatts, considerably more than the average American. But that’s misleading too, she continued. Problems: (1) Whales aren’t always active. (2) Typical size for a mature male blue whale is more like 107 tons, not 80. (3) Computation of per capita U.S. energy consumption is based on gross usage. But not all that energy finds its way to us; some leaks away. Likewise, the quantity of krill eaten by a blue whale isn’t all digested; some is wasted. The comparison, therefore, should be per capita U.S. energy consumption vs. how much food a whale actually eats. We turned again to Lockyer. She calculates a 107-ton young adult male blue whale (who eats less than the female) consumes 491 million kilocalories annually. That works out to a continuous rate of 65 kilowatts. So the average American doesn’t use more energy than a blue whale, but rather much less. OK, I said, but 11 kilowatts per person is still a lot. Pound for pound the American is using roughly 200 times as much energy as the whale, an ominous ratio sustainabilitywise. True, said Una. But there’s another way of looking at it. For all our frantic consumption of resources, there’s a simple creature of the ocean that uses six times as much. cs By cecil adams


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Berjuan Toys is already selling its Breast Milk Baby online ($70) and expects to have it in stores later this year. The doll works by the child-”mother” donning a halter top with flowers positioned as nipples, and when the baby comes into contact with the a flower, sensors mimic sucking sounds. Although dolls that demonstrate toileting functions are already on the market, breastfeeding activists are more enthusiastic about this one, hopeful that girls’ comfort with breastfeeding will result in decreased bottle-feeding later on. (Opponents have denounced the doll as forcing girls to “grow up” too soon and with choices too complicated for their age, which according to the manufacturer is as young as 3.)

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• Frances Ragusa, 75, was back in court in Brooklyn, N.Y., in June claiming child support she said was never paid by husband Philip Ragusa, 77, in their divorce settlement of 33 years ago. (The “children,” of course, long ago became adults, but the $14,000 judgment has grown, with interest, to about $100,000.) Frances told the New York Post in July that she called Philip several months earlier to discuss the amount but that Philip merely began to cry. “Don’t let this case go to trial,” she recalled telling him. “(I)f you think I’m going to forget it, Phil, you’re stuck on stupid.” • Carole Green was fined $1,000 in July by a court in Leavenworth County, Kan., for littering the property of the same Bonner Springs resident “most afternoons”

citizens to form “groups” without written for the past two years. Green apologized permission from the council. (The mayor and said the charge was a complete surand the city council are feuding over the prise. She said when she starts out in her budget, and the council, attempting to SUV every day, and drinks a bottle of tea, stifle lobbying by a group supporting it just happens that she finishes it at about the mayor, has taken down all “groups” the same spot on her journey -- in front -- except that the ordinance appears to of Gary Bukaty’s property -- and that’s blatantly violate the First Amendment.) where she tosses the bottle. She promised to stop. Chutzpah! • The Perfect Society: Rules to assure correct, “progressive” behavior were • Inmate Johnathan Pinney, 26, recently proposed by the San Francisco petitioned U.S. District Court in Commission of Animal Control and Chicago in July, demanding Welfare and the Colorado Departthat state and federal officials ment of Human Services. The San stop arresting him (because he Information Francisco agency would ban the sale wants to be did nothing illegal, he wrote, free. Music, of all pets in the city limits, from despite his current four-year not so much. dogs to gerbils to goldfish. (“Why sentence for aggravated fish? Why not fish?” asked one battery on a police officer). exasperated commission member, Pinney helpfully suggested a bristling at criticism.) Animals way for the federal governsold as food for other animals would ment to compensate him for all be included but not animals sold as the grief it has caused him: The food for humans. Day care centers government should give him $50 in Colorado would be required, if it billion “restitution” and award him made dolls available at playtime, to uninhabited land so that he can have dolls of three different races. start his own country, with sov• A Southampton (England) Uniereign and diplomatic immunity. versity researcher told an academic WBBM Radio noted that Pinney apconference in Stockholm in July that peared to solicit romance on his MySpace his work, demonstrating that women page by writing that he “hopes to get into who stop smoking even after becoming a committed relationship with a woman, pregnant will have healthier babies, is imbut wouldn’t mind if it meant ‘leaving this portant because he found that pregnant world and marrying an alien with similar women rationalize continued smoking, attonomy (sic) and genetics.’” in part to have smaller babies that will be • Even though Michigan schoolteacher less uncomfortable to deliver. Marcie Rousseau was sentenced in • Small Town Democracy: The City December to at least four years in prison Council of Gould, Ark. (pop. 1,100), for having sex with a high school boy voted in July to make it illegal for its in Saginaw and Midland counties, the

episode is not over. Now, the “victim” has filed a lawsuit against Rousseau and school officials for what his lawyer described as “not consensual” sex. The unnamed, then-16-year-old admitted to at least 100 acts of sexual intercourse, and 75 “other” sex acts, and asks at least $1 million for “physical, psychological and emotional injury.” (To use the “minimum” numbers, that works out to at least $5,700 per sex act, and since $1 million is sought on each of the seven federal-law claims and three state-law claims, the best-case scenario regards each sex act as a $57,000 burden.)

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Jonathan Schwartz called 911 in New York City in July to report that he had stabbed his mother to death. A few minutes later but before police arrived, Schwartz called back 911 to report a correction: “No, she committed suicide.” (The mother’s body was found with multiple stab wounds, and police, notwithstanding Schwartz’s “correction,” charged him with murder.)

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Jerry Prieto, 38, pleaded guilty in July in Benton County, Wash. (possession of methamphetamine and “malicious mischief with sexual motivation”), and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Prieto had been arrested with the drugs in October 2010 in a stall at a highway rest stop. According to the prosecutor, Prieto had written sexual notes on the floor with a felt-tipped pen and drawn an

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Arrested (again) for prostitution (this time, Columbus, Ga., April; previously in News of the Weird, in Tampa, Fla., 2009), Ms. Suk Kim Ho, 46. Charged with conspiracy to commit child molestation (Woodstock, Ga., June), Mr. Patrick Molesti, 58. Arrested for lewdness for allegedly exposing himself (Howe Township, Pa., June), Mr. Handy H. Wood, 35 (not to be confused with the man arrested in Columbia, Mo., in July, on suspicion of the same thing, Mr. Willy Wood, 54). Charged with DUI in a crash into a library (Buffalo, N.Y., July), Mr. Jack Goff, 47. cs

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(1) Ronald Adams, 49, was arrested in June for assaulting an 8-year-old boy in his home in Ouachita Parish, La., after an argument over which TV program to watch. Adams allegedly threw a TV remote, hitting the child in the head, because the kid insisted on “cartoons” while Adams preferred “wrestling.” (2) Authorities in St. Lucie County, Fla., investigated an incident in May in which a woman allegedly fired an AR-15 rifle at a target inside her bedroom closet and in which the gunshots went through the wall and damaged a washing machine, springing a water leak throughout the residence. (Officials said the woman’s husband fired shots, too, and that it wasn’t the first time the couple had engaged in bedroom target practice.)


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At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center 301 W. Oglethorpe. Tickets $45–$75 McKnight has sold more than 20 million albums, including the multi–platinum Back At One (1999). Biggest hits: “Back At One,” “You Should Be Mine (Don’t Waste Your Time),” “Hold Me,” “The Way Love Goes.” Not only is he an exemplary R&B singer with a range from sweet to soulful to stirring (from his early days, no doubt, in his family church choir), he’s a record producer, musical arranger and a guy who plays nine instruments extremely well. R&B is his forte; jazz, he says, is what makes his blood flow. He has also hosted a syndicated TV talk program (The Brian McKnight Show), a morning radio show, has performed red carpet duties for BET and E!, and was a contestant on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. On Broadway, he played Billy Flynn in the Kander–Ebb musical Chicago. This tour, for his Just Me album, will include McKnight’s sons Niko and BJ, plus his astonishingly talented older brother Claude McKnight Jr., a founder of Take 6. Savannah native Anthony David will open the concert, along with young people enrolled in AWOL’s Act Up theater and performing arts troupe with an original dance piece. See


At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park St. $5 For two years, starting in 2006, Lion Versus was Savannah’s top neo–folk band. With songwriter Hilary White on vocals, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica and other things, Lion Versus was more like a collective, with musicians coming and going, with White’s quirky southern gothic narratives to the fore, heavy on dark harmonies and arrangements that explored bold new places. She was a SCAD student at the time. “I started playing house shows when I lived there, and it grew from there,” White explains. “A friend of mine played viola, then there was a violin/cello player and a drummer. We were there for about two years playing out.” Just after graduation, White got married and relocated to Philadelphia. It didn’t take long for Lion Versus – she decided to keep the name – to re–emerge, fluid as always. “The whole idea, for me, was to continually be in a collaborative effort with other musicians, and for it never to be just about one person,” she says. “That’s why I think it’s grown to eight members here in Philadelphia. It’s crazy, but when all of us get together we can make some really great music.” The Philly players won’t be at this Sentient Bean show, but will feature White performing with several of her original Savannah pals: Viola player Jason Kofke, drummer and sound engineer Will Manning, and multi–instrumentalist Mike Fleming. “He’s an amazing musician who can play almost anything,” White enthuses. “You can put an instrument in his hands, and he plays it.” See CS

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Once upon a time, children, rock ‘n’ roll had grown so stagnant, and so predictable, that dramatic shifts were inevitable. They were in the wind; they were necessary. It was the late 1970s, and radio – the king of everything at the time – was bloated with the cookie–cutter, pseudo– symphonic bombast of Styx, Kansas, Journey and their ilk. Slowly at first, bands began to emerge playing simpler, more straightforward guitar–bass–drums songs. Punk, particularly the English variety, was hatched like the eggs of a blowfly in the rotting corpses of Rod Stewart and Electric Light Orchestra. Punk was the anti–ELO. America gave birth to the Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads, Devo and a thousand other bands that used the punk aesthetic ... some added to it, perhaps a keyboard, or cartoony stage shtick, or retro–rock vocal harmonies cadged from their prehistoric forefathers. This went back across the pond, and Great Britain produced Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Joe Jackson and the Police. Nobody knows for sure who started calling this music “new wave,” but a wave it certainly was, and eventually it washed the Styxes and ELOs right off the landscape and into the bargain bin. Guitarist and songwriter Jeff Calder started the Swimming Pool Q’s in Atlanta during the early days of this seismic shift. A song–crafter of the first order,




The Swimming Pool Q’s today - that’s Jeff Calder at right. The dog’s not in the band.

Calder gave the universe “Rat Bait,” “Big Fat Tractor,” “Little Misfit,” “Celestion” and other gold–medal, bite–sized nuggets of quirky, fun rock ‘n’ roll goodness. The Q’s had great and uber–cool vocalists in Calder and Anne Richmond Boston, a wonderful lead player in Bob Elsey, and a stage show that was one of the most fun in the world. The Q’s signed to almighty A&M Records in 1982, and put out two wellreceived albums, The Deep End and The Swimming Pool Q’s, both jammed groove–to–groove with catchy, funny, intensely musical rock ‘n’ roll, with power pop choruses and lyrics that often championed a dark, literate southern way of looking at things. Sadly, inexplicably, the Q’s never hit the Big Time, the way their Georgia pals like R.E.M. did; high–profile American tours alongside the Police and Lou Reed didn’t raise their profile by much. Despite the band’s absence from the history books, The Swimming Pool Q’s never went away – a deluxe reissue of The Deep End several years ago brought the critical spotlight around again, and 2003’s Royal Academy of Reality – partially recorded in Savannah with producer Phil Hadaway – was praised all over the musical world (Wire U.K. called it “flat–out astonishing”). The Swimming Pool Q’s – Calder, Boston, Elsey, bassist Robert Schmid and drummer Bill Burton – are playing the Jinx Saturday, Aug. 20, in a Tiny Teams–produced show. Calder took time out from mixing a brand–new Q’s single, “The System of

Love,” to talk about the band, and history, and the myriad glories of Georgia rock ‘n’ roll. When you began the band in Atlanta in the mid 1970s, after moving here from Florida, what effect did the Hampton Grease Band have on you? Jeff Calder: I had originally seen the Hampton Grease Band in early 1970. Here was a group that was dealing, in a completely different way, this world of Atlanta, Georgia, the South – dealing with it in a way that was completely unique. And with a great deal of confidence. And a sense of humor. To me, that was a really powerful statement. And to somebody who was trying to figure out how to be a writer, or to do something creative, those were both good influences. I really didn’t know Bruce very well, but I later met Glenn Phillips he and I formed a musical bond, and he was instrumental in helping me get the Swimming Pool Q’s together. It was through Glenn that I met Bob Elsey, our guitar player, and Anne Boston, our singer. So they were a very important part of my life. The Q’s came up at a time when Skynyrd was king in the South, disco was all the rage and punk hadn’t really exploded yet. What made you persevere with your music through all that? Jeff Calder: I guess I just didn’t know enough about the music business to discourage me. In the years since then, I’ve had a lot of extreme and diverse

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experiences in the music business – if I Jeff Calder: I guess it depends on what had known then the things I know now, that means. We had deals with A&M I don’t really know whether I would’ve and with Capitol, and that was really done this or not. The Swimming Pool quite an achievement at that time. In Q’s were part of a pioneering generation Atlanta, just getting a record deal was a of southern art bands. The whole world great deal of success. that we were in, not just in Atlanta and But as far as breaking through to a Athens but in New York City, Clevemass audience ... the Swimming Pool land, London – on a certain level, all Q’s are a complicated band. You have of these bands were art projects. They a male singer, a female singer, mateweren’t conventional rock bands, who rial that’s funny, material that’s satirical didn’t come from this egghead world and material that’s serious. That’s all that we came from. tall order to ask a record The B–52’s, R.E.M., company to promote. Pylon, the Brains, all America’s a big place, these bands had a real inand to ask America to tellectual component. So accept something that’s that really drove things. that complex would have And the fact that it was to rest on some kind of a quixotic venture really luck. was just fine, I think. Take R.E.M. Very sinAt that time, there gular focus to what they was very little interest, did at the time. That’s regionally, in what we much easier to promote The Deep End, 1981 were doing. In fact the than something that’s as first really new wave bands, conceptually complex as the like the B–52’s, they had to go and play Swimming Pool Q’s. in New York. The notion of going out Memories of Savannah? and attacking the region was something that they – wisely – realized wasn’t in Jeff Calder: I grew up in Charleston, their best interests. and Savannah is very similar to CharlesBut for a number of different reasons, ton. So I’ve always had an emotional the Swimming Pool Q’s really thrived connection to Savannah. on playing regionally. As an early new There was no “new wave circuit” wave, punk–type band, we were able to in the late ‘70s, and through tenacity, confront those things first–hand and try somehow we got booked all over the to win people over. south, wherever we could get booked. Savannah had the Night Flight Cafe. After the B–52’s happened in ’79, did Terrific guys, and for whatever reason all the label A&R guys start sniffing they were very open to us. It was one of around Georgia looking for the next the few established venues in the region thing? that was open to some kind of creative Jeff Calder: I think they just saw the music. We were really well–received B–52’s as an anomaly. I’d gone to meet there. with major label people as early as 1980, We had toured with the Police in before our first album came out. So they the South, so we had a bit of a growing were receptive to us, but it took quite a reputation. We began playing there reallong time – for us, Atlanta and Athens ly early on, and we have great memories were very busy, and it was a very active of doing that. time. You felt like you were on the crest The audience there was more sophisof a wave or something, because it was ticated, and we could stretch out and be such a unique and original scene. But more improvisational – and get away the rest of the world – New York, or with it! CS L.A. – they really weren’t totally aware of that until maybe 1982 or so, when a Swimming Pool Q’s more regional picture begins to emerge. Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. The dbs, Mitch Easter, R.E.M., the When: At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 Swimming Pool Q’s, industry interest Tickets: $15 doesn’t really light up until then. Maybe Artist’s website: four years into our existence.



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As we speak, Savannah native Haviland Stillwell is in the midst of an extended run of For the Record: The Coen Brothers, a musical celebration of movie–making siblings Joel and Ethan, at a trendy restaurant–slash–theater in downtown Los Angeles called Barre.

One of the characters she plays is the eccentric, art–loving Maude Lebowski. “I don’t come in on a trapeze, unfortunately,” Stillwell laughs, “but I do have the Julianne Moore wig and the whole thing.” Stillwell, who’ll sing Sunday, Aug. 21 in a benefit for the Tybee Post Theater, says she’s having a great time. “They call it environmental theater,” she explains. “We’re kind of all over the place. So the audience member gets to sit there and literally have actors and singers surrounding them doing scenes and songs from The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, Hudsucker Proxy, Burn After Reading, etcetera etcetera.” The Coen show runs through Sept. 23, followed on the Barre calendar by a similarly–quirky revue of music from Quentin Tarantino films. “The audiences are packed – we’re in a bar, so I’m singing an opera song and I’m literally bumping into people and tables and stuff,” Stillwell says. “You’re literally right there in the audience.” Stillwell, typically, is bouncing between projects like the cueball on a bumper pool table. She appeared this season in an episode of CSI: NY, and launched an Internet situation comedy, Unicorn Plan–It. She co–wrote, co–produced and co–stars in the two episodes currently on view at, a website devoted to lesbian interests. Very L.A.–centric, Unicorn Plan–it plays like a cross between Entourage and The L Word. “What we were going for was kind of a Modern Family meets Arrested Development meets Curb Your Enthusiasm,” she says. “Very fast, defined characters. “We wanted to do a series that surrounded women who love women, but was also a funny series – something that was funny, that was quick, and that people could get into the characters and relate with them. And laugh. It was honestly just about that.” Four additional episodes are in the


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can. “The first two really just set up the characters,” explains Stillwell. “The real hi–jinks ensue in the next couple of episodes.” The series is about four women who run an event–planning service – and, Stillwell stresses, while some of the comedy comes from the characters’ sexual particulars, it’s not a “gay show,” so to speak. “Most of the people I’ve heard from, as far as reaching out to me, have not been people in the gay community,” she says. “It’s actually been people contacting me to say ‘Hey, I’m not gay, but I

really relate to this,’ because this show is about event planners, planning a wedding. Everybody does that. I think it’s very topical for what’s going on right now, as far as gay marriage, but also marriage in general. “One of the points we’re trying to make – and it’s isn’t a political point, it’s just kind of obvious – is that there are things we all go through in the human experience. And one of those is things that go on in an office. Things that go on in a relationship. Things that go on in planning a wedding. “They’re just human issues. I think of something like The Cosby Show – white people didn’t not watch it because it was a show about black people. We watched it because it was a funny show. We would like to be, for the gay community, what The Cosby Show was for the black community.” Stillwell, who left her hometown for Atlanta (with her recently–divorced mom) at the age of 9, first stepped onto a stage in a production of The Little Red Hen at Savannah Country Day School. She had her first flush of success with a recurring role in the Atlanta–made TV series I’ll Fly Away (with Sam Waterston); at Ithica College in New York, she studied opera. At age 22, just out of school, she landed a plumb role in a Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, following that with a lengthy stint in Les Miserables. Los Angeles caught her in its web in 2008. She’s been doing theater, and TV parts, and singing cabaret since the day she arrived. Her CD How I Role came out in 2010. She’ll be doing songs from that album, and Broadway favorites, at the two Aug. 21 performances at the new wedding chapel on Tybee. Stillwell will be accompanied, as she was for her Christmas show last year, by pianist Steven Jamail. “He’s coming from New York, and I’m coming from L.A.,” she explains. “We’ve been joking that the only time we really get to spend time together is when we meet in Savannah.” I’ll Be Home For Christmas, she reports, was a fantastic success. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with how it went. By the end of the night, people were singing along, and dancing. I know everybody had a really good time.” That concert, also a benefit for the Tybee Post Theater, took place in a private home in Savannah. Stillwell’s thrilled that the 2011 shows are to be held in the new chapel (“made famous

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Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan brings his ‘pink carpet’ comedy to Club One by Bill DeYoung

Leslie Jordan is a national treasure. Unique among writers, comedians and actors, he is very, very southern, with a honeyed drawl that gives away his Chattanooga upbringing. Everything that comes out of his mouth is funny. He is pixie–short — just 4–foot–11 — and his eyes have the mischievous twinkle of a Blue Ridge leprechaun. Jordan is also openly gay, and that fact, combined with the others, makes his comedy unique — wild and gossipy, bitchy and hilarious. “I fell out of the womb and landed in my mama’s high heels,” he likes to say. “And I’ve been on the prance ever since.” He’s probably best–known for his scenes with Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker in the situation comedy Will & Grace, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2006. He played the very Southern, very funny, very short and very gay Beverly Leslie, whom Walker referred to as a “Keebler elf ” and “a pasty pretentious eunuch,” among other things. At 56, Jordan has been in Hollywood for a while (he’s got a small role, as the

The Help newspaper editor, in the new film The Help). His adventures in La–La Land formed the basis of his most famous one–man show, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, which also became a best–selling book and DVD. He’s bringing his newest solo act to Club One Saturday, Aug. 20, with a portion of the proceeds going to Savannah Pride. We spoke to Jordan this week (when we could get a word in edgewise). He was in Providence, R.I., where, he reports, the show was “a homo hoedown” playing to packed audiences.

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“Pink Carpet involves 55 light cues, and sound cues, it’s just a dog and pony show. It doesn’t travel well. The stories, however, travel. Lily Tomlin asked me ‘Are you making money?’ and I said no, not really, because it costs so much to

“We had our big world premiere Tuesday night, with the cast, and it was the best night of my life. I think it was better than the night I won the Emmy. I mean, I was there with Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen, Viola Davis and Emma Stone, all these actresses. We had a screening and then we went downstairs and had fried chicken and macaroni and cheese! That may not sound like a big deal to someone in Savannah, but how often in L.A. do they serve fried chicken and macaroni and cheese? And we had a cake made out of Coca–Cola.”


“In January and February, I took Pink Carpet to the West End, and they absolutely loved it. English people love storytelling. It’s an art over there. And unlike all these ADD bitches over here, where you gotta keep their interest ‘cause they’ve been raised on MTV, over there it’s a much slower, kinder gentler audience. They’re not as raucous. But

Early days

“I’ve always been funny, but you know what? It was to keep the bullies at bay. As I got older I realized that it was in many ways my defense mechanism. The minute I’m in an uncomfortable situation, my mouth starts going. It keeps you away. “Early on, I wanted to be a jockey, with racehorses. I had no interest in show business. I was just a little vagabond, everything I owned fit in the back of my Fiat 123 Spider, and I went from New York to Florida, wherever the horses were running. I did that until I was almost 27. “I got tired of that, and then I went back to school. Everyone said ‘You’ve got to get your arts elective out of the way, so take that Intro to Theater class.’ First day, it hit me like a drug. I thought I was really old – 27! – too old to start anew, but I told the head of the department ‘This is what I want to do.’ Within a year I had a degree.”

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“I took a bus to Hollywood. I had $1,200 sewn into my underpants – that was my mother’s idea. I’m a true,

true Hollywood success story because there was no nepotism, I didn’t know anybody, I literally stepped off the bus like you see in the movies. And within a few years I was doing tons and tons of commercials. For years, I was the Pitt Printing guy. I was the elevator operator to Hamburger Hell, where you go to eat tacos. That was for Taco Bell. I made a really good living at it, and then I segued into sitcoms. “I started writing standup as a way to showcase myself for TV and film work. My first one–man show was called Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far. It was a huge hit. It went to New York and ran off–Broadway for seven months. And that’s when I realized that I could talk about myself. “When I was about 17 years old, and the whole gay thing really began to bog me down ... there was a lot of religion in my family, was I going to go to hell, and la la la la ... I began to journal. And when the scary monsters under the bed began that low moan, I would write. Sometimes all night long. And I have journaled, obsessively, since I was 17.”

that if I got onstage – and this where it became lucrative – and talked about my troubles in an entertaining way, people responded. “Especially the young gay people come up and say to me, ‘You know, you told my story.’ “’Honey, you have a ministry.’ The first time someone said this to me, I was appalled. I said ‘Tammy Faye Baker has a ministry!’ But I do. I’ve lived this blessed life. I go to 45 cities a year, I get to meet people, get up onstage and be funny. “Sometimes I walk off stage, and all I was, was funny I thought. And people will say to me ‘You made me cry. That little part about your daddy made me cry.’” CS Leslie Jordan Where: Club One, 1 Jefferson St. When: At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 Tickets: $30 Online: clubone– Artist’s website:



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When I stepped thorough the door of Nicky’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, I expected pizza and the usual suspects. What I found was a massive menu of pasta, salads, sandwiches and Italian– inspired seafood dishes. With so many choices, my hungry friend and I chose an antipasto di casa plate to tame our appetites while we trolled the menu. We probably should have stopped with that mountain of food. A bed of crisp lettuce was mounded up with cubes of Provolone cheese and homemade Mozzarella. Roasted green bell peppers added sweetness and countered the mild saltiness of two varieties of olives that dotted the plate. Big slices of salami and a layer of prosciutto gave us a protein shot — and brought another layer of flavor to this already mouthwatering antipasto. Still, our inner gluttons were not satiated — and we dug deeper into the menu. I chose Chicken Piccata and was blown away by the portion size. A large, pounded thin and tender chicken filet was perched atop a huge bed of fettuccine. The saucing was just right — not too much, but enough to add interest. Capers brought more complexity to the dish, but could have

been reduced by half — in lieu of adding more tasty artichoke hearts. The pasta component was prepared perfectly...bravo! I plan to go back — I want to sample the Bolognese sauce and meatballs. We also scored a small Margherita pizza. Again, the quality of ingredients and presentation exceeded expectation. The thin, sturdy crust provided plenty of support for a surface topped with thick slices of Mozzarella, rich tomato sauce, fresh chopped basil and a delicate drizzle of olive oil. We were both impressed by the freshness and flavor of the pizza. Despite our great experience, I’m concerned with the menu size. This small strip center restaurant offers nearly 30 sandwiches, 16 pasta sauce options and another 20 or so entree/main dish type meals. Did I mention there are 20 wrap choices? That means lots of frozen food — or long holding times. Honestly, we had a hard time making choices because the menu was so large. The restaurant was quiet early, but filled up beginning around 7:30. While it is billed as counter service, we had a waiter who was very attentive, kept drink glasses full and provided lots of good information about the menu. Beverages are soft, drinks, iced tea or lemonade — no alcohol. 2 Park of Commerce, Chatham Parkway/358–0248 Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m./Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Another week, more beer. Life is good. Joining the line up at this year’s Savannah Craft Brew Fest (Sept. 2–4, is a quartet from Uinta Brewing Co. of Salt Lake City. Uinta ha been in the marketplace for quite some time, although you really have to scour retailer shelves to find their awfully good beers. I’m excited to see two of the beers are from the company’s Four+ label this years. Among those is Monkshine Belgian Pale Ale, the brewery’s homage to traditional Belgian–style ales. The beer pours a beautiful golden amber color — with a tall, white head. Balance is the linchpin of great Belgian ale — and Monkshine rises to the challenge. Yeast, malt and just enough hops comes together to create a decidedly futuristic domestic Belgie. Also from the Four+ line will be Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale. The beer joins a growing number of organic beers, and the next trend is heading toward more and more gluten free beers. While Wyld is not gluten free, its organic barley malt lays a natural foundation for a beer that teases with a bit of sweetness, but delivers enough tangy notes to satisfy hops’ purists. Uinta will also be represented by Angler’s Pale Ale and Cockeyed Cooper, a bourbon barrel barley wine from the company’s Crooked Brewery Project. Wild Heaven Brewing Co. will showcase two beers, Ode to Mercy Brown and Invocation Belgian Ale. Wild Heaven was founded by Paste magazine founder Nick Purdy and claims as its brew master Eric Johnson, who also created Trapeze Bar, a popular Atlanta beer bar. The company plans to have a new brewery in Decatur, Ga., by 2013. Invocation is yet another tribute to the classic Belgian brews. Why tamper with a generations’ old success story? Invocation delivers aromatic malts, add hints of dried fruit — Noble and West Coast hops deliver an earthy spiciness. It finishes semi– dry with lingering tropical fruits and spicy notes from Belgian yeast. Ode to Mercy — a brown ale — pours dark brown with a nutty colored head. It’s a rich mouthful of deep roasted malts, coffee, oak, and a smooth, creaminess. Coffee notes come from the addition of real coffee from Athens, Ga., 1000 Faces. It’s not all deep, dark goodness though — expect a few crisp citrus notes to peek through from time to time. The final beer list is complete. Guests will sample more than 150 beers on Saturday. Sunday’s international tasting will include 43 beers from around the world.




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News and notes • Tickets are available now for the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra season opener, The American Spirit, a 5 p.m. concert Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Lucas Theatre. Owing to the significance of the date, it’s a program of music by (mostly) American composers, including Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein (Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is also in the lineup). Tickets, $16–$100, are on sale at

• Savannah’s favorite reggae rock band Passafire will release its fourth full–length album, Start From Scratch, on Sept. 20. The band is currently on the road as part of the cross–country Vans Warped Tour. • The Royce Learning Center’s 5th annual “Evening of Jazz,” Sept. 16 at the Lucas Theatre, features Savannah violinist Ricardo Ochoa and his hand–picked group, plus a performance by Seersucker Live, a literacy performance group of local writers. It’s a benefit for Royce’s Adult and Community Education program, and your $75 VIP ticket entitles you to a pre–show food and drink reception at 45 Bistro. Regular (performance only) tickets start at $15. • The “Laughs For Lemonade” comedy show returns to Savannah Thursday, Sept. 29. This multi–headliner yuk–fest (at the Lucas) is a fundraiser for Mom’s Lemonade Fund, a support group for ovarian cancer research at Memorial University Medical Center. The standup comedy names are Karen Morgan – she was here for the 2010 show – and Vic Henley. • Christian rock band Casting Crowns will perform in the Martin Luther King Arena Oct. 15. Tickets for the Come to the Well tour are available locally at Christian booksellers. • Rocktoberfest, Oct. 22 at New Life Church, will feature multiple bands including the Chariot, Gideon, Sent By Ravens, Me & the Trinity and Heart Cake Party. Tickets for this all–ages, noon to midnight event are $15 advance, and will be $20 at the door. Some of the details seem to still be in flux; check out the Facebook page for “Rocktoberfest Savannah.” CS

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Perceptions of Whiteness — A collection of new works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Show closes Sept. 4. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. , Portraits to Pixels — The exhibit celebrates the Telfair’s 125th anniversary; includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection. Thru Aug. 19. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Saturday Life Drawing at the Wormhole — Life drawing, painting or sculpting in a private, professional & creative atmosphere. Different models each week. The Wormhole is open only to artists during these sessions. Saturdays, 3-6pm (Door opens 2:45) The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St @ 40th. Cost $10. Contact Eric Wooddell, 912-631-8250. Shinique Smith Exhibition: “Enchantment” — Recent works including paintings, collages and sculptures using found materialsby this New-York-based rising star in America’s contemporary art world. Aug. 11-Oct. 7 Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St.

Sympatico: Three Island Men Paint Tybee — Recent works by Brad Hook, David Bevill and Larry Williams. Aug. 20-Sept. 15. Opening Reception: Sat. Aug. 20, 5-8pm. Dragonfly Studios, 1204 Highway 80 on Tybee Island. The Cat Show — Take a paws from life to indulge yourself in cat-inspired art by local artists. Bring your change purrrse, and donate to Savannah feral cat programs. Bring cash if you want to score some meowin’ art for your den. Show opens Aug 27, 8-11:30pm. DeSoto Row Gallery, 2408 DeSoto Ave. Info: jtaylo40@ Tradition/Innovation — A survey of tradition and originality is at the heart of this exhibit featuring a variety of crafts by Southern artists. Runs through September 6. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Youth and Adult Art Workshops and Classes — Painting, drawing, ceramics, metalworking, stained glass and more. 6- and 8-week classes and weekend workshops. Register now for fall. Classes begin the week of September 19. Sponsored by City of Savannah Cultural Affairs. 912-651-6783. Course fees are $10 - $135.

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Haviland Stillwell and Steven Jamail perform an eclectic array of musical tunes from original pieces to Broadway favorites and pop songs in the newly opened Tybee Wedding Chapel. Havilands performances have reached wide audiences from Los Angeles to New York whether it’s starring in Broadway shows, such as Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof with fellow out actress Rosie O’Donnell and Glee star Lea Michele, or stepping onto a soundstage for TV projects, which have included Eastwick and the recent Lifetime movie. With the release of her CD, How I Role, she is taking a treasure trove of her favorite songs, including Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” Gladys Knight and The Pips’ “Midnight Train To Georgia,” and Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” (among others) and giving them her own distinctive spin, so to speak. Steven Jamail has soloed onstage with the Houston Symphony, the United States Army Band, jazz legend Chick Corea, pianist /composer John Tesh; performed live on Rosie Radio (Sirius/XM); and recently created and conducted concert tributes on Broadway for Chita Rivera, Cyndi Lauper and Queen Latifah.

4:30 ($25) 7pm($50 which includes after concert Wine & Dessert Artist Reception) Steven’s television work includes creating and conducting a holiday arrangement for NBC’s tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center, an original song for Rachel Ray’s 40th birthday episode, and serving as a music director for episodes in season 10 of The Apprentice.


Kathy Kelley, 7pm Venue to be announced

Having just announced a new series “Unicorn Plan-it,” Haviland is a southern girl with an alluring, city-girl edge that is also charming and absolutely engaging. This concert will be filled with the unexpected and highlight the many and soulful talents of Haviland and Steven. TYBEE POST THEATER PRESENTS KATHY KELLEY The foothills she lives in and the mountains that surround her influence Greenville songwriter Kathy Kelley’s lyrics. She’s an extremely talented wordsmith and beautiful talent, voice and soul. Her focus is the same as it has always been, writing the best songs that she can.

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Every summer witnesses the release of a handful of counter– programming efforts, titles designed to satisfy audiences who don’t particularly care for superhero sagas or alien adventures or gross–out gags. Larry Crowne, which looked like a surefire bet, crashed and burned (who knew it would be so terrible?), while the clever Midnight in Paris, initially perceived as another Woody Allen bauble that would fade into the night, emerged as the biggest moneymaker of his career. And now there’s The Help, which occupies the slot held by last summer’s Eat Pray Love: a female–geared August release adapted from a best–selling book. Given its central plotline – in the racially divided Mississippi of the early 1960s, a white writer (Emma Stone’s Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan) gives voice to the stories of her town’s black maids – it would be easy to dismiss The Help as yet another “liberal guilt” movie, the sort that’s invariably told through the eyes of its Caucasian lead rather than those of its African–American characters. Yet while Skeeter certainly clocks a sizable amount of screen time, it’s never in doubt that the true protagonists are Aibileen and Minny, two domestics brought to vivid life through the extraordinary performances by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Many of the conflicts play out as expected, and Bryce Dallas Howard’s racist housewife proves to be about as

subtle as Cruella De Vil. But interesting subplots abound – I particularly liked the relationship between Minny and her insecure employer Celia Foote, played by The Tree of Life’s Jessica Chastain – and with its influx of emotionally wrenching scenes, The Help provides assistance to adults in search of some cinematic substance.

30 MINUTES OR LESS While I’ve seen worse comedies this year, I haven’t sat through any as unpleasant as 30 Minutes or Less. Never mind that newbie screenwriters Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan loosely based their script on a real–life incident that ended in death (their claims to the

contrary are blatant lies); if there’s one thing we’ve learned from a century–plus of cinema, it’s that just about any subject can explored for potential humor if the right people are involved. But in the case of 30 Minutes or Less, the right people must have been off making another movie. A shrill, clumsy film that has no idea how to orchestrate its black–comedy maneuvers, this finds Jesse Eisenberg cast as Nick, a pizza delivery man who’s kidnapped by two grade–A doofuses, Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson). Needing $100,000 in a jiffy, the pair strap a bomb to Nick and inform him that he must rob a bank or else the device will explode. A frantic Nick gets his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) to participate, but matters only get more hectic, not less, in the aftermath of the heist. Eisenberg fares best simply by not straying far from his patented persona (The Social Network star even gets off a joke about Facebook), but whoever thought that casting three irritants like McBride, Swardson and Ansari in the same film was a good idea clearly has a much higher threshold for obnoxious behavior than I do.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

WETA–created and PETA–approved, Rise of the Planet of the Apes stands at the center of a campaign that boasts about how the film employed the Oscar–winning team behind Avatar and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to invent its photorealistic primates. Others have been prone to highlight the “realistic” part; I tend to accentuate the “photo” portion. In this prequel to (I guess) Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes – certainly not a prequel to the classic 1968 original, which numbered 1971’s Escape from the Planet of the Apes (similar in some ways to Rise) among its sequels – kindly scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) ends up “adopting” a baby chimp that’s been made super–smart by a drug initially created by Will to combat Alzheimer’s in humans (including his own dad, played by John Lithgow). Named Caesar, the chimp goes from cuddly infant to questioning teen to, finally, betrayed and embittered adult.

THE CHANGE–UP Part of a subgenre that seems to be growing more witless as it grows more raunchy, this “man–child” feature also brings back that popular 1980s staple: the body switch comedy. Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds respectively portray workaholic family man Dave and slacker pothead Mitch, who drunkenly wish they had each other’s lives while urinating into a magic fountain (stay with me, people). Waking up the next morning occupying the other’s body, Dave and Mitch desperately try to reverse the situation. But first, they must spend a few days as the other fellow. A chaotic scene in which Mitch fails to properly supervise Dave’s twin infants, resulting in near–accidents with a blender and an electrical outlet, will infuriate many adults, but truth be told, it’s about the only gag that’s even remotely fresh in this stale endeavor.The rest is the usual mix of anus–and–penis–fixated gags, ritual female humiliation (Mann, as usual, deserves far better), and insincere, late–inning attempts to show us that all of these wacky shenanigans made Dave and Mitch better people.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Well, at least it’s better than No Strings Attached. Other than that, there’s not much to say about Friends with

Benefits, the calendar year’s second film about a guy and a gal attempting to be nothing more than “f––– buddies” but ending up emotionally entangled anyway. Whereas before we had a coasting Natalie Portman working against deadwood Ashton Kutcher, here we find Mila Kunis matching up nicely with Justin Timberlake. Their chemistry is the best thing about this often smug film centering on the relationship between a New York headhunter (Mila as Jamie) and an Angeleno (Justin as Dylan) who moves to the Big Apple to accept a lofty G.Q. gig. Helmer Will Gluck (Easy A) and his co–writers originally feign in the direction of mocking formulaic romantic comedies, but by the end, they’ve surrendered to the genre’s worst impulses.

Cowboys & Aliens Paul Dano, the twitchy oddball from Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, plays the son of stalwart Harrison Ford in Cowboys & Aliens, and the collective thought grasping moviegoers nationwide will be that Shia LaBeouf suddenly doesn’t seem that implausible as Indiana Jones’s offspring. That’s not meant to be taken as a criticism of this new picture – it’s merely an observation, the sort that increasingly pops up to distract audiences from the fact that there’s not much of interest going on during the second half of this hybrid of two genres beloved by Old Hollywood (Westerns) and New Hollywood (science fiction). Cowboys & Aliens boasts a high–concept hook (and moniker) so obvious and promising that it’s amazing this angle wasn’t first tackled at least 30 years ago. Instead, this is based on a graphic novel that was released five years ago, and even at that, director Jon Favreau and his army of writers elected to toss out almost everything except the bare bones premise of, yes, cowboys and aliens mixing it up. The movie works best toward the beginning, before potential gives way to actual execution. In the rocky New Mexico Territory of 1875, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up with no memory of his identity or what led him to this spot; all he knows is that there’s an unusual metallic contraption wrapped around his left wrist. He stumbles into a nearby town, where he witnesses young whippersnapper Percy Dolarhyde (Dano) bullying the meek citizens, especially saloon owner Doc (Sam Rockwell).

A mysterious beauty named Ella (Olivia Wilde in what would doubtless have been the Megan Fox role had the latter not professionally imploded) hangs around, Percy’s powerful pop Woodrow Dolarhyde (Ford) shows up to bellow at the townspeople, and before you know it, all of these oater conventions are blasted to smithereens around the same time the aliens show up and start blasting the town and snatching up its citizenry. As Jake leads a small band to rescue those who’ve been nabbed, he starts to piece together exactly what had happened to him – and works on figuring out a way to defeat these otherworldly assailants. Ford looks so natural in cowboy garb


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Along the way, Caesar crosses paths with a vicious zookeeper (Tom “Draco Malfoy” Felton, playing the anti–Kevin James), Will finds love with a vet (Freida Pinto) who’s his match in dullness, and Caesar engages in risible sign–language conversations with an orangutan (suddenly, I had a real hankering for Every Which Way But Loose). Created by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital outfit and “played” by Andy Serkis, Caesar is a CGI triumph, although there’s still an artificiality about the look that keeps the figure at a distance (personally, I found Serkis’s “performance” as the title character in Jackson’s King Kong remake to be more effective). Still, the film proves to be a reasonably entertaining experience, culminating in an all–out battle between apes and humans on the Golden Gate Bridge. But for all of its technical prowess, the picture never stirs the soul like the ’68 model, which dovetailed its allusions to real–life civil unease with its muscular handling of a surefire sci–fi hook.


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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912233-9696 or For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site: Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah

Rally to Support Israel

Keynote by Pastor Victor Styrsky, Eastern Regional Director of Christians United for Israel. Sponsored by Coastal Georgians Stand With Israel, a newly formed Jewish/Christian organization. Free admission. Wed. Aug. 24, 6:30pm. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit 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.

Savannah/Chatham County Unified Zoning Ordinance Open House Metropolitan Planning Commission is hosting weekly sessions to discuss with the public the proposed rewrite of the zoning code. Every Monday in August from 5-6:30pm at the MPC office, Arthur Mendonsa Room, 112 E. State Street. Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St. ,

Benefits Benefit Run: Flying Fortress 5K

Sat. Nov. 12, 8:30am. The second annual run benefits the restoration of the historic B-17 airplane, the “City of Savannah” at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Fee: $20-$30. Register at

Challenge Grant to restore W.W. Law House

Historic Savannah Foundation has issued a $5,000 challenge grant to the W.W. Law Foundation to restore the historic W.W. Law House, the home of the late Savannah Civil Rights leader. If the W.W. Law Foundation raises $5,000 by September 1, HSF will donate $5,000 toward the restoration. To donate to the

house fund, call 912-234-1250 or visit www. Spine & Sport hosts this benefit tournament Sept. 23 at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville. Information: 912-713-0777.

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@

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. for directions.

Seeking artwork inspired by our feline friends, feral or otherwise, for The Cat Show, opening Aug 27 at DeSoto Row Gallery. Make/find/ alter some cat art, take cat pictures-whatever you do! and do it for the cats! E-mail jtaylo40@ for submissions or questions.

Golf Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project

Household Supplies Drive

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Midnight Garden Ride

Citizens Police Academy

Fundraiser for the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. Join hundreds of your friends in turning the night streets of Savannah into a wave of blinking lights, music, and pedal powered fun on the third annual Midnight Garden Ride, Sat. Sept. 3 @ 8pm. Free concert @ 9pm by Ben Sollee. Register at www.midnightgardenride. com

Pirate Themed Bahama Bash for The Ossabaw Island Foundation

Ahoy Maties! Moon River Brewing Company’s annual Bahama Bash is also a fundraiser for the Ossabaw Island Foundation. $1 per every Moon River beer sold will go to the nonprofit. Sat. Aug. 27, all day. @ Moon River Brewing, 21 W. Bay St. Info: 912-447-0943

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A unique 5k run/walk at Fort Pulaski honoring Dr. Jane Philbrick and her struggle with Leukemia. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Registeration before Aug. 1 is $28, $32 afterward, and $35 on race day. Visit or Fleet Feet Sports.

School Supplies Drive Sponsored by CAT

Through Aug. 19, Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is collecting school supplies for students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Donate supplies on any CAT vehicle and at CAT’s administrative offices, 900 East Gwinnett Street and 124 Bull Street. The collected supplies will be donated to CAT’s education partners who work with the public school system. Information: 912-629-3924 or

Tunes & Spoons for Trinity

Trinity Church takes over Telfair Square in downtown Savannah for an afternoon of shrimp & rice, and a silent auction. Dance to “Call the Cops” and bid on great gifts. Sat. Sept. 24, 4-7pm. $25. 912-233-4766 at trinityumcsav@ A benefit for the Historic Restoration Fund for Trinity Church, built in 1848.

Call for Entries Auditions

Fall auditions for Armstrong’s Masquers theatre troupe and for various music ensembles including wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, choirs, and orchestra. Call 912-344-2556 during normal business hours to schedule an audition. Theater auditions: August 22-24. Youth Orchestra auditions: August 27.

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.

A 13-week program designed to allow residents to informally interact with the members of the police department and the local criminal justice system. Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Police Department Squad Room, 201 Habersham Street. The next class starts Thursday, Sept. 15. Registration is $10. Application deadline is Sept 9. or 912-651-2246.

CommuniTREES: Grants Available for Tree Planting

The Savannah Tree Foundation is granting funds to non-profits, neighborhood associations and other organizations for planting up to 10 trees on property that is held in trust for public use. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 winter planting season. Call 912-233-8733 or programs.

StartUp Lounge 2011 Applications

Second annual matchmaking session for entrepreneurs and investors is sponsored by The Creative Coast Initiative and Georgia Tech. Got an idea but no money? Got money to invest but no good ideas? Apply to participate in StartUp Lounge. Application deadline is Sept. 1 for the Sept. 15 event. Free to apply. Information: 912-447-8457.

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@ 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.

Youth Songwriting Competition

Savannah Folk Music Festival Seeks Entries for 6th Annual Youth Songwriting Competition. Deadline Sept. 1. $1000 in prizes to top three entries. Winner invited to perform his/her composition at the Savannah Folk Music Festival Oct. 9 in Forsyth Park. Must be under age 20 to enter. Contest guidelines at www.savannahfolk. org or 912-302-7276.

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!

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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.

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.

Champions Training Center

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

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-4430410.

Fall Art Classes for Youth

Sign up for classes beginning Sept 12. Art on the Park studio near Daffin Park. Weekly classes focus in fine arts. Private classes also available ages 3-18. Instructor Torrey Kist has a professional educational background & Masters in Fine Arts. 6 to 8 week classes as well as portfolio development for middle & high school students offered year round. Email http://www.tskist. com/ Art on the Park Studio,

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. or call 912-465-6686.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

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

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Tuesdays 10-11am beginning Aug 9. Improve physical development and body awareness through guided, gentle and subtle movements. Benefits include increased flexibility and endurance, pain reduction, improved athletic performance and promotion of general well-being. Certified Instructor. Coach Wayne Gymnastics, Savannah Mall, Upper level. $15/class. Contact Elaine Alexander, 912-223-7049.

Guitar, Bass & Double Bass Lessons

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

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912232-5987

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912232-4232 x115 or


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Learn to Draw

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

Life Drawing Sessions

Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info.

Pet and People Portraits

Painted in oils or pastel by fine artist Karen Bradley. Call to commission. 912-507-7138

ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore

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

1900 East Victory Drive. New home ownership resource center for anyone wanting to learn more about home ownership, homeowners insurance issues, home safety and security matters, and proper preparation for hurricanes and other severe weather. Includes two internet-ready computers.

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. or 912-429-7264.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 6523582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah

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

Music Lessons

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, piano, bass, voice, violin, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, brass, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912-692-8055 or Savannah Musicians Institute, 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. ,

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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

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail 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

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training

Sept. 26-30 in Savannah. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners respond at the request of local Law Enforcement agencies to perform exams on sexual assault victims. Training is 40 hours with a 40 hour preceptorship to follow. $200 (may be reimbursable). If you are an RN with 2 or more years of experience and want to volunteer your time, please call the Rape Crisis Center at 912-233-3000.

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva A class teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto

carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Henry St @ E Broad, Mon/Tues 6-9pm, 1 1/2 hour lesson $25. Call 786-247-9923,,

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. 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

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

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

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

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Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join likeminded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm at Gallery Espresso. Email, Kathleen Thomas: for more info.

Garden City Lions Club

A new chapter of Lions Clubs International is forming in Garden City. Drop by Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant on Hwy 21, Garden City, at noon or 5 pm daily from August 28-31 for more info. Or call Don Pope at 91-.897-2335 for more information.

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Honor Flight Savannah

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

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

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

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230.

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

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

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(March 21–April 19) Time magazine asked Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough why he started writing a biography of Pablo Picasso but never finished it. McCullough said it was because the famous artist turned out to be boring. He attracted a steady flow of new lovers, and he made hundreds of paintings, but he didn’t actually live an interesting life. I’m urging you to be the anti–Picasso in the coming weeks, Aries. Put the emphasis on the quality of your adventures more than on what you produce. Regard your life as your most important work of art.


(April 20–May 20) “Let’s celebrate the first time you cried naked in someone else’s bed,” is a message on an e–card I found at You might want to send that proposal to yourself, Taurus. It’s an excellent time to commemorate the rousing catharses of the past. You may find that revisiting the breakthrough epiphanies of yesteryear will help put you in the right frame of mind (and heart) to conjure up a fresh batch.


(May 21–June 20) Why is it so hard for Westerners of the last two centuries to feel the intimate presence of the divine intelligences? Every other culture in the history of the world has had a more vital connection with the realm of spirit. According to poet Gary Snyder, California’s Yana Indians explained it this way: The gods have retreated to the volcanic recesses of Mt. Lassen, passing the time playing gambling games with magic sticks. They’re simply waiting for such a time when human beings will “reform themselves and become ‘real people’ that spirits might want to associate with once again.” Here’s why I’m bringing this up, Gemini: I think that right now is a special time in your life when you have the power to become a “real person” with whom the spirits will want to have closer communion.


(June 21–July 22) I strongly advise you against purchasing and reading what some observers have called “the saddest book in the universe.” It’s a recipe book by Sonia Allison

called Microwave for One ( SadBook). No matter how inclined you might be to opt for excessive self–sufficiency right now, no matter how peeved you are at the human race for being so clumsy and ignorant, I believe you must keep trying to reach out and touch those who are touchable, even if they’re barely so. You need what people have to offer you, even if it’s sloppy, wimpy, or kooky.


“and rivers are clogged with oil leaked decades ago.” My purpose in bringing this to your attention is not to depress you, Libra, but rather to inspire you. In the coming weeks, I hope you will make it your passion to uncover injustices you’ve been unaware of, including those close to home. I think you’ll be amazed at how much this buoys your spirits. P.S.: You’ll get extra credit if you actually take action to address the unfairness.

(July 23–Aug. 22)


Science writer K.C. Cole asks this question: “How would you hold 100 tons of water in thin air with no visible means of support?” Here’s her answer: “Build a cloud.” What you have before you right now, Leo, is a comparable scenario. Your assignment is to materialize a phenomenon that from a certain viewpoint may appear to be laughably impossible. And yet, with the proper attitude on your part and nature’s help, the project at hand is eminently achievable. It won’t necessarily be fast and easy, mind you –– but you wouldn’t want it to be, because then it wouldn’t be able to teach you all the precious wisdom it has to impart.

In the song “Fantasy World,” the lead singer of the band Pissed Jeans imagines himself in his happy place. “It’s Friday night and Saturday morning in my fantasy world / Sitting near piles of clothes and drinking a soda / with a slice of pizza in my fantasy world.” He’s not describing some unrealistic paradise where he can fly like an eagle and seduce anyone he wants and find gold bars under his pillow in the morning. Rather, he’s content with the simple, familiar pleasures. I urge you to follow his lead as you imagine and create your own fantasy world this week. Love what you’ve got.

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21)



“Dear Astrology Guy: Thank you kindly for your assistance. One of your horoscopes gave me a kick in the butt that propelled me free of a trap I had stupidly agreed to stay stuck in. At the same time, I also have to tell you to go to hell, because no one, including me, likes hearing the awful, embarrassing truth. As much healing as your words helped bring me, they also stung my pride. Love and hate, Virgo.” Dear Virgo: You’re welcome and I’m sorry. It’s good to hear you’re able to appreciate the gifts of paradox. Let’s hope that will keep you creatively humble as you slip into an expansive building phase when your ego may be understandably prone to a bit of inflation.

The highest unclimbed mountain in the world is Gangkhar Puensum, an almost 25,000–foot–tall beauty in Bhutan. It will remain free of human influence indefinitely, as local authorities are keen on preventing the environmental degradation that has occurred on popular peaks like Mt. Everest, where climbers have left lots of trash. What’s the equivalent in your sphere, Sagittarius? The most prominent unconquered prize? The Grail that still remains elusive? The virgin treasure your quest has not yet won? According to my analysis, you now have the potential to make tangible progress toward that goal. Unlike the case with Gangkhar Puensum, there are no rules or laws preventing you.

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22)


(Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22)


Newsweek reported a fact that few Westerners know about: Nigeria is accustomed to major oil spills. Every year since the 1960s, the Niger Delta has been slammed with a spill as extensive as the Exxon Valdez, which was the second biggest oil catastrophe in U.S. history. “Large purple slicks cover once fertile fields,” said Newsweek,

“Mommy, are scientists real?” the boy asked his mother. “Yes, son, they are,” she replied. “Do they make stuff that is dangerous?” continued the boy. “Sometimes they do,” said the mom. “Then I want to be one when I grow up,” concluded the boy. In the coming weeks, Capricorn, I see you as

(Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

being like the boy. You’ll be in the mood to brainstorm about what you might like to evolve into, and your fantasies will tend to move in the direction of what’s most adventurous and exciting. I urge you to fully indulge in those flights of fancy. It’s time to dream really big and really free.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) “I got expelled from college for cheating during my metaphysics final,” joked Woody Allen. “I got caught looking into the soul of the guy next to me.” Even if you’re not taking a big test for a metaphysics class, Aquarius, I urge you to do a lot of what Allen claimed he did: Gaze into the souls of those around you. It’s an excellent time, astrologically speaking, for you to escape the enclosed container of your own inner world and survey the raw truths and deep feelings that other people hold dear.


(Feb. 19–March 20) “I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine,” said pioneering geneticist J.B.S. Haldane. I share that view, and I think it’s good to keep in mind whenever we’re tempted to rearrange our lives in accordance with the visions of those who predict the future, whether they be New Age prophets, indigenous elders, scientific experts, or political pundits. Nobody knows much of anything about how it’s all going to unfold! The future is not set in stone, but is totally up for grabs. The sooner you make that an everyday reminder, the more aggressive you’ll become about creating the life you want. Now is an excellent time to get the hang of it.

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

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

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Savannah Adventure Club

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

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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

Savannah Art Association

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to

Savannah Guardian Angels

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

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Savannah Kennel Club

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

Savannah Newcomers Club

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

Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Savannah Toastmasters


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

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

Savannah Writers Group

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah


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

Son-shine Hour

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

Southern Wings

Local chapter of Women in Aviation International. It is open to men and women in the region who are interested in supporting women in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit www.

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Oversize Sunny 5rm apt, 1 1/2 BA, loads of closets, hardwood fl, stove, refrig, ch/a, no pets, no smoking, mid-town near everything shown by appt. $ 675/1mo dep. Call Jaqui 912-351-9129

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4 WEST 53RD STREET 2BR ground floor, Central Heat/air, kitchen furnished, large storage room, $650/mo $600 dep. Section 8 welcome 925-6940/844-4211 4 WEST 53RD STREET 2BR ground floor, Central Heat/air, kitchen furnished, large storage room, $650/mo $600 dep. Section 8 welcome 925-6940/844-4211 533 E. Park Ave lovely 5 room apt, entire downstairs, of old colonial, high ceilings, deep porch, newly renovated. $ 700/ mo. $ 700/ dep. 912-233-4336 608 HIGHAND DRIVE 3BR/2BA,CH&A, LR has built-in bookcases. nice patio from family room, fenced yard, no pets. $1100/rent,$800/dep. Convenient area at Eisenhower & Waters Ave. 2019 E.38TH 1BR/1BA, LR and kitchen w/appliances. Very nice apt. Convenient neighborhood to shopping and Home Depot at Victory Drive. No pets. $575/rent,$500/deposit. 912-352-4391 or 912-658-4559 642 Maupas Ave 1 bdrm/ 1 bath $550. Kitchen with appl., Hardwood floors, central H/A, fenced yard. Water incl. Home recently renovated. No Pets Sect 8 accepted. Call (912)897-9802


3BR/2BA, Family Room,Den, Kitchen\Dining area, Ceramic tile/laminate, kitchen appliances, heat/air. $1150/monthly, $1150/deposit, Credit app. 2-year lease.Section 8. 912-596-4954 ARDSLEY PARK 332 E.56th Street: 3-bedrooms, 2baths $1200. SAVANNAH 1901 E.64th Street: 2-bedrooms + bonus $700. Section 8. 1335 E.54th Street: 3-bedrooms, 1bath, $800. Section 8 541 E. Hartridge Lane: 2-bedrooms Apt. $575. Section 8 544 E. Huntingdon Street: 3-bedroom Apt. $750. Section 8. Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134


MOVE-IN SPECIALS AVAILABLE Newly Renovated Large 2BR/1BA Apartments.New hardwood floors,carpet, paint, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $600-$650/month, utilities may be added to rent if requested. 507-1489/844-3974 SECTION 8 WELCOME


Lovely 2 Bedroom Brick 4-plex. Carpet, blinds, kitchen furnished, central air, washer/dryer connections, no pets. $600/monthly. Call 912-661-4814


SOUTHSIDE: 3 Chateaugay, next to Welwood. 3BR/1.5BA, central heat/air, furnished-kitchen,LR,laundry-room, carport, fenced yard, new floor,new paint.Outside pets OK.Available Now. $950/month, $900/deposit.. No Section-8. 912-352-8251


•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. •1200 E.37th: 2BR, 1.5BA house, window AC, gas heat $600/month + security deposit. •1202 E.37th: 3BR/1BA house, LR,DR, kitchen, window AC, gas heat $650/month + sec. dep.


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


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


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


120 ELM CIRCLE: 3BR/1BA, central air $700. 10 ARTHUR CIRCLE: 2BR/1BA, central air $700. Small Down Payment. Call 912-507-7875 or 912-660-4296

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MEDING STREET: 3BR/1BA, on 3 lots. Total electric, heat & air, large property, hardwood floors, stove & refrigerator, storage shed. $600/month. Call 912-224-4167

NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/1BA. No pets. Largo/Tibet area. $665 Rent, $600 Deposit. Call 912-656-7842

Buy. Sell. For Free!


1128 Graydon St: 2BR/1BA $625 2101 Beech St. 2BR +den,1BA $700 5007 Meding St. 3BR/1BA $700 107 E.Fairmont 3BR +den, 1BA $850 1129 East 33rd: 3BR/2.5BA $1100 Several Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

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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. Submit Your Event Online and Place Your Ad Online

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RENT: 1510 East 53rd Street 3BR/2BA House $795/month plus $795/deposit. Call Rene @ 234-2726 Days/Nights/Weekends.

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

RENT: DUPLEX 1225 E. 54th Street. 2BR/1BA $475/month plus $475/deposit. Two blocks off Waters Ave, Close to Daffin Park. Call 234-2726 Days/Nights/Weekends.

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Rent to Own $2000 down/ Fair credit 3/br & 2/ba. Coffee Bluff, & Richmond Hill. Call for details 912 691-4653 RICHMOND HILL: Piercefield Forest-30 Brown Thrasher Ct. 1600Sqft. 3BR/2 full baths,large den, formal DR, breakfast room,bonus room or 4th BR, new paint, new carpet, large yard w/privacy fence. No pets. $1100/month, $1100/security deposit. 912-429-2472. SHELL ROAD/SKIDAWAY AREA 2BR/1BA Apt. Rent $535, Security deposit $500. Call 912-656-7842 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 or 356-5656 TYBEE - 3 Bedroom, 2 bath townhouse. Hardwood floors, carpet, beautiful view. Quiet Street. $1,700 per month, $1,700 deposit. 912-507-4637. Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!

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

HUNTER’S CHASE SUBDIVISION 3BR/2BA, single car garage, fenced backyard. Military Discount. $950/month. VERY NICE 3BR/1BA,furnished kitchen,central air/heat, new wood flooring,fenced yard & lots more.2220 E.43rd. $875/month. 2BR/1BA,central air/heat, furnished kitchen, fenced yard, lots more.2132 Capital St. $665/month. 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853


821 Amaranth Avenue & 641 West 41st: 1 Bedroom, $210 furnished/utilities included. Quiet atmosphere. Call 912-441-5468.

rooms for rent 895

EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week. Call 912-844-5995.


Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. NICE ROOM/HOUSE for rent, Westside, quiet neighborhood. For reliable, working person. No drugs! Contact 912-844-8716 or 912-272-6452 NO DEPOSIT; LIMITED TIME ONLY East &West Savannah & Bloomingdale •REDUCED RENT!• •Rooms $100 & Up. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-210-0144.

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

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.

2BR EFFICIENCY for rent. $175/weekly, all utilities included. Call 912-272-1472

ROOMING HOUSE on 38th & Drayton. Furnished Apts., utilities included $125 & $150/week. Call 234-9779


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

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.


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


$50 Deposit Efficiencies $160/per week & up. Utilities included, Furnished, private bath. No Pets. Call 912-695-7889 or 912-342-3840

Buy. Sell. For Free! 130 ALPINE DRIVE: Roommate Wanted. $500/mo., NO deposit or $150/week. Near Hunter AAF. Available Now. 912-272-8020 Seeking Male Roomate Eastside Area No Drugs, Or Alcohol 912-547-6594/ 308-3373 transportation 900

cars 910 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Red 107/k miles runs good, in good shape. 5.7 liter engine asking $ 9,700. 912-826-0999

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.

1993 Cadillac Want to sell to a collector, runs good. $ 4000. Call 341-8122, C 604-0555 CADILLAC Seville, 1996- Excellent condition, well kept, 87,000 miles. Everything works, good motor & transmission. Asking $5,000. Call 912-667-1214

cars 910


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


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HYUNDAI Elantra, 19974-door, automatic, cold AC, Runs super! $1,850 or trade for anything of value. Call 912-441-2150 39 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 MAZDA B2500, 1998- 5-speed, fiberglass camper shell, tires & rims in good shape. Not running. $700 OBO. 912-312-1951, Richmond Hill. SUVS 930 2002 CADILLAC Escalade $9,850.00. Clean truck, 131,000 miles, 22” wheels, new tires. View pictures: http://savannah. Call 912-844-3974 CHEVROLET Tahoe LT, 2007Grey/silver,103,000 miles. Brand new mags & wheels plus like new factory tires & wheels. Very good shape, fully loaded, sunroof, all extras, too many to list. $18,500 Firm. 912-663-7175 FORD XL, 2005- Very good shape, 119,000 miles. Everything works fine. $5,600. Call 912-663-7175 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940 KAWASAKI Ninja EX500, 1992Runs, As Is. Asking $750. Call 234-3041 (home), 352-4571 (Ms. McKenny) or 247-6762 (cell). Boats & accessories 950 Sunbird 15’ Center Console New 50 hp Merc Dep. Finder, cooler, 2 tanks all Acc Ready to put in the water. Great condition $ 5000 . 912-547-0116 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at

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