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Savannah Folk Festival Forsyth Concert

What: Performances

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Thursday Partnering for Peace

What: Community education panel

featuring health care, law enforcement, education, and faith leaders. Also Fri, Oct. 7, 4–6 pm, Southwest Chatham Library Auditorium, 10497 Abercorn. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. Where: Days Inn, 1024 E. Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville Cost: Free

The Laurenti Frame

What: Unveiling of the Laurenti Frame

Recreation and the launch of new Telfair cookbook,The Artful Table. Reception. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 6 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy , 121 Barnard St. Cost: Free mems/museum admission. 18 Interview: 5 ques-

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Comedy: Chonda Pierce

What: Christian comedian. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center Cost: $23 plus service charge

4th Annual Rivers Rock!

What: Benefits Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

Indie folk, beer, buffet. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 7-10 p.m. Where: Moon River Brewing, 21 W. Bay Cost: $35/adv, $45/door. Info:

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog

When: Fri. Oct. 7, 5-11 p.m., Sat. Oct. 8, 10

Troup. Also at midnight on 10/8. When: Oct. 6-7, 8 p.m. Where: Muse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15/Gen. $10/if dressed as superhero or villain Info:

Where: South Parking Lot, Tybrisa St. Cost: Weekend: $17.50/adv, $20/gate.

What: Presented by Odd Lot Comedy


Friday Living History: A Mortality Prevails! Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic What: Experience the story of yellow

fever’s dreadful consequences. 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. nightly. When: Fri. Oct. 7, Sat. Oct. 8 Where: Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: $15/adv. $17/door. Kids $10/15 Info: 912-236-8097.

Theater: Fallujah Good

What: Dinner and one-act play written and performed by Benjamin Mathes. Dinner 6:30pm. Play 8pm. When: Fri. Oct. 7, Sat. Oct. 8 Where: Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler Cost: varies. Call for prices. Info:

2011 Tybee Island Pirate Fest

What: Music on the Main Stage. Thieves Market and Little Matey’s Cove.

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NAACP and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Where: St. Philip AME Church, 1112 Jefferson St Cost: Free and open to public

What: Tour BC’s campus, followed by a Panel Discussion. When: Fri. Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. Where: Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Dr., Cost: Free. RSVP Requested. Info: 912-233-7787

Friday Folk Fest in Ellis Square

What: Savannah Folk Music Festival event showcasing local performers including The Old Folkers, Jean-Paul & Dominique Carton,Bobby Hanson-Michael Amburgey, Jamison Murphy,Michael Maddox and Chris Desa. When: Fri. Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Where: Ellis Square Cost: Free and open to public


Saturday Savannah NWR Weekend by Land

What: Day long series of family activities, guided hikes, open air wagon rides and interpretive visits. When: Sat. Oct. 8 Where: Sav’h NWR, 694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville Cost: Free and open to public

What: HSF and DOCOMOMO present two tours. 8:30 a.m. and 1pm. Morning tour starts at Kennedy Pharmacy and includes breakfast. Single ticket for both Saturday tours. When: Sat. Oct. 8 Where: Contact HSF, Cost: $35-45 Info: 912-233-7787

Swashbucklers Bash @ Pirate Festival

What: Libations & grub plus the Crowning of 2011 King & Queen, Scallywags Costume Contest, Best Dressed Table Contest, and music. When: Thu. Oct. 6, 7-11 p.m. Where: South Beach/Tybee Island Cost: $30/advance, $35/door

Architecture Tour

Tour: Savannah’s Midcentury Modern Neighborhoods

What: Sponsored by Savannah

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a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Savannah Unity Bike Ride for Wounded Warriors

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, this weekend and next at Muse Arts Warehouse, stars Justin Kent and Lynita Spivey.

What: Riders of all skill levels welcome for Fun Ride 3-Mile Ride at 8:30am or Soldier 30-Mile Ride at 9am. Block party w/music follows. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.

Farmers Market

What: Locally grown fruits, veggies, herbs and other items. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: South end of Forsyth Park

Fall Celebration

What: Sponsored by Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School PTO. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Bamboo Farms and Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Cost: $2 per person or $5 per carload.

Savannah Philharmonic Chamber Music Concert

What: Balkan Quartet performs. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 5 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island United Meth-

odist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway

Cost: $15

Film: Empty Bottle Refund (Czech Republic, 2007)

What: Funny love story about a retired

teacher who refuses to accept his new life. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Where: Jepson Ctr, 207 W. York St., Cost: $7 (cash only)

Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark (USA, 1981)

What: The classic treasure hunt adventure that made archeology sexy. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $8/Gen $6/discount SCAD free

Old Time Country Dance with music by April Verch Band

What: Savannah Folk Music Festival event. Instruction 7:30, Dance 8-11. When: Sat. Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Where: Notre Dame Academy Gym, 1709 Bull St. (enter off 33rd St.)


Sunday Film: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of The Toynbee Tiles

What: Sundance award winner is a true-life whodunnit about an urban legend. Showings at 2, 5, and 8pm. When: Sun. Oct. 9 Where: Muse, 703 Louisville Rd., Cost: $8 cash only

Siege of Savannah Memorial

What: Walk in the footsteps of patriots. Attendees gather in the Savannah History Museum parking lot. When: Sun. Oct. 9, 7 a.m. Cost: Free and open to the public

Celebration of Haitian Memorial

What: Recognize the participation of the Haitian fighters “Chasseurs

Volontaires de Saint Domingue” in the Siege of Savannah. When: Sun. Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Franklin Square

Savannah NWR Weekend by Water

What: Savannah NWR and Savannah Riverboat Cruises provide a cruise with buffet and an interpreted talk. When: Sun. Oct. 9, 1-4 p.m. Where: Savannah River/depart from Rousakis Plaza Cost: Prices vary. Call for information. Info: 843-784-2468

Lecture: “The Idea of Home”

What: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Lecture series kicks off with Chad Faries, author of the memoir, Drive Me Out of My Mind: 24 Houses in 10 Years. When: Sun. Oct. 9, 4 p.m. Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St., Cost: Free and open to the public

JEA Speaker Series goes Musical

What: Violinists Helen Kim & Alexandra Khaimovich and pianists Soohyun Yun & Joshua Martin. Reception. When: Sun. Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Where: Agudath Achim , 9 Lee Blvd. Cost: $6-$10


Tuesday Richmond Hill Farmers’ Market What: Local farmers and crafts. When: Tue. Oct. 11, 4-8 p.m. Where: Gregory Park, Richmond Hill Cost: Free and open to the public

Tongue: Open Mouth and Music

What: A poetry and music open mic. When: Tue. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public.


Wednesday Jazz Under the Oaks

What: Sav’h Tree Foundation fall fundraiser. Dinner, music by Jeremy Davis and Equinox Jazz Trio, auction. When: Wed. Oct. 12, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island State Park Cost: $75 Info:

Psychotronic Film Society: The Twonky (1953, USA)

What: Bizarre farce about an alien robot that takes over a television set. When: Wed. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $5 cs

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This is the stinky season in Savannah: The time when the paper mill’s sulfurous odor becomes more prominent, either through an inversion effect brought on by cooler weather or, as the old–timers insist, because this is when International Paper secretly cranks up the output of its smokestacks. The past few days have seen a stinkier autumn kickoff than usual, and this year our water system seems to be the focus. A family member texted me over the weekend asking “Does your tap water smell like B.O.?” A walk downtown brought fetid odors climbing out of stormwater drains. A change in the weather? Or something else? Who knows anymore? We found out over the weekend that the harbor deepening plan which is to be the savior of the local economy — even though our port is already number two in exports in the country — will feature “solutions” to the environmental threat that a deepening will pose to the city drinking water supply. Mayor Johnson, a lame–duck executive in a city whose charter gives the mayor

almost no real power, says — and I paraphrase here — that, golly gee, he sure hopes the kindly feds will find a way to pay for the costly measure of moving our surfacewater treatment infrastructure further upstream to avoid the salt plume pushing upriver after the bottom is gouged out again. Keep in mind that no one disputes that another harbor deepening will have dire effects on the city drinking supply. The dispute is how far the Corps of Engineers and Georgia Ports Authority should go to offset those effects, and who will pay for it from which pot of taxpayer money. In other words, your drinking water — already compromised by saltwater intrusion from years of industrial overuse of the aquifer — is now being explicitly sacrificed

in the name of the port and its dubious guarantee of more jobs in the future (which even a Corps study says is unlikely). There are water problems all over. The other day State Sen. Buddy Carter penned an op–ed in the local daily professing shock and promising action in the wake of an embarrassingly puny million–dollar penalty on a textile plant for essentially turning a 40–mile stretch of the Ogeechee River into a junior Chernobyl. Interestingly, Sen. Carter forgot to mention that he and his party, which controls the entire state government, have devoted years to dismantling environmental regulation in Georgia. Well, bless his heart! If he were totally honest, Carter’s column would have ended like this: “It’s almost as if King America Finishing concluded they’d never be held accountable for their actions. And frankly, I’m shocked the penalty was as high as it was.” Just as long as you don’t blame Buddy. It’s that darn big government at fault. Not that anyone elected him to help run that big government or anything like that.... cs

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Editor, Last week four candidates for the City’s alderman at large posts attended a forum sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the USGBC Savannah Branch. The forum’s theme was sustainability and transportation and discussion ensued for nearly 1.5 hours. “Sustainability” for Savannah is a complex puzzle with many pieces. Many hot topics were mentioned during the forum, including solar, wind and geothermal energy; electric, hybrid and natural gas fueled cars,

better bus & train options, bicycle routes and city-wide residential and commercial recycling. There were too few mentions of the first R in the trinity: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. When will Savannah put a limit on what people can throw into those big green garbage bins? And no mention of trees. One reason that so many people come to see our beautiful city is for our tree lined streets, canopy filled parks and abundance of shade during the hot summer months. Without the vibrant and healthy urban forest made up of a variety of tree species, including our beloved Live oak and Magnolias, do you think

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An abundance of cheap thrills THE NUMBERS ARE IN, and it’s not pretty. Like haircuts and electrical work, some things are best left for professionals. So I’ll spare you my interpretation of the statistics and get right to the hideous: According to a census report on poverty released a few weeks back, America’s getting poorer. Georgians are more broke than most. Savannahians are as worse off as they come, with one in four people living under the poverty line. This “line” is a $22,314 yearly income for a family of four, which I believe was decided upon by a drunk cat person who has no idea how much small humans actually eat. As I mentioned, I am not a professional number cruncher, but I’m quite positive there are plenty of families making far more than that who are feeling rather impoverished these days. But feeling poor and being poor are different. As the numbers tell us, real poverty exists in this city. Children go without food, disabled people get evicted, seniors live in squalor. It’s a political problem that the professionals can’t seem to handle. Feeling poor should be categorized as a mental problem. This is

good news, since the solution doesn’t involve using tax dollars to form a committee that will officially mull over the possibility of creating a task force to implement a list of indeterminate actions that won’t go into effect until 2050. Neither does the cure require libido–dampening medication or hours with a therapist who is secretly sleeping while you natter on. You probably know where I’m going with this. It’s that simple “accentuate the positive” deal. Cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” and all that. Keep your perspective positive and you’ll find you have exactly what you need. As someone who has attempted to make a living as a writer for the last 20 years, I believe wholeheartedly in it all. I also give you permission to slap the person who tells you any of this after your debit card has just been denied at the gas pump when you’re late for work. You can’t pay the power bill with platitudes, it’s true. Still, it’s vital to remember that numbers don’t necessarily add up to wealth. Some of the most emotionally and morally bankrupt people in our society have plenty of cash – which, as of this writing, still does not buy love, good sense or class.

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Or, for that matter, sanity. Bringing us back to how to nourish a wealthy mental attitude in the face of unfriendly numbers. To paraphrase a certain Savannah movie hero, poor is as poor does, and even at one’s most destitute there’s an opportunity to feel prosperous. Here are a few weapons in my personal arsenal of cheap thrills: • Go outside. Hell and its legions of demonic biting gnats have moved on to torture the Southern hemisphere, and we’ve got several months of bucolic breezes ahead of us. Take a walk, find a bench, watch some birds and be glad you don’t live in Tasmania. • Clean out your closet. You will be amazed at how many treasures will be unearthed and how many times a person can buy the exact same black shirt. Gift your friends with possessions you’ve picked out especially for them. How can you possibly feel poor when you’re giving things away? • Paint your toenails. The weirder the color, the better. If you’re a guy and you’ve never painted your toenails, the entertainment value is tenfold. • Read a book. A friendly reminder that they’re still free to borrow at the library. What’s awesome about books

is that there are no commercials. Unlike television, which only exists to brainwash you into spending money. • Grow something. Plants always provide the excellent lesson that a little sunlight, dirt and water go a long way. Some of us scored lovely free plants on Saturday at Jane Fishman’s most amazing fall plant swap at her majestic Boundary Street garden. • Get up and dance. As long as you feed it, clothe it and bathe it, your body doesn’t much care what’s in your bank account but it does love a good shake. You know this already if you were at Picnic in the Park, where Eddie Wilson and his stringed geniuses rocked the glorious moonlit sky. (That was me going all groupie– girl for my favorite local voices Jane Ogle and Christopher Blair.) The tunes: Free. Prancing around barefoot in the grass with 20,000 of my neighbors: Priceless. • Be generous. Forget about money; give your time, your attention, your smile. You may not have the resources to bring someone above that numeric line, but kind words can raise spirits to the moon. No matter how annoying it sounds, a surefire antidote for feeling poor—and maybe even poverty itself—is to give freely that which is already free. CS

by Jessica Leigh Lebos |

Everyone has their issues. For the people who attended last Tuesday’s Alderman At–Large forum, those issues focused on transportation and sustainability, both big buzzwords for Savannahians concerned about safe bike and walking routes and energy efficiency. “Transportation and development are very closely linked,” said Savannah Bicycle Campaign chairman Drew Wade in his opening remarks. “Where we build is closely related to how we travel.” Several member of the local Sierra Club chapter took seats for the forum at the Coastal Georgia Center, as well as former Creative Coast director Chris Miller and the grande dame of Savannah’s sustainability movement, Betty Melaver. The event, sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign as well as the local branches of the U.S. Green Building Council and the League of Women Voters, aimed to draw out candidates’ positions on historic preservation, recycling, reducing city energy costs, creating more bike lanes and greenways and the necessity of a projected “green” image of Savannah nationally and internationally to promote economic development. “These issues dictate how Savannah can successfully navigate the challenges of mobility, sustainability and growth for all our citizens,” added Wade. Candidate Bill Gillespie, a former Army engineer who introduced himself as an avid cyclist and advocate for walkable cities, clearly has the vocabulary of sustainability down, calling for “smart growth,” a goal of “energy neutral” operations, expanded bike access and LEED–certified upgrades for city buildings. “We need to take the city back from our cars, and I would love to bring light rail down the MLK corridor,” said Gillespie in response to whether he would support adopting a complete streets policy that would require

city planners to design roadways for integrated bicycle and pedestrian use. His opponent for Post 2, attorney Tom Bordeaux, called sustainability “one of the legs” of Savannah’s future and said he highly supports alternative energy sources and environmental upgrades for city operations–as long as they’re part of the overall plan set by the city manager. “We need to keep this realistic,” said Bordeaux. “Our job as aldermen is to help set policy. We don’t build windmills.” Some in the audience commented that it’s a shame that Savannah voters have to choose between Gillespie’s progressive platform and Bordeaux’s 16–year experience as a state legislator in Post 2, and that the next city council could benefit greatly from the former’s enthusiasm and the latter’s temperance. The third Post 2 candidate, Clinton Young, confirmed he would be at the forum but didn’t show. Post 1 candidate Russ Sill was invited to attend but had another commitment. Both Post 1 candidates present hold formidable resumes that show decades of service, though neither has ever held office. Carol Bell worked as Central Services Director for the City

of Savannah for 38 years and says her experience with city operation heads could help streamline energy use. “It’s incumbent upon us to challenge the city manager to instruct the departments to in ways to do their jobs more efficiently,” said Bell, who said she recognizes the need to “keep a keen eye” on sustainability issues in Savannah. Dr. Suresh Persad, a physician who said he has practiced for 40 years north of Victory Drive in order to serve low–income patients who don’t own cars, counted efficient public transportation as a priority for Savannah’s citizens. Dr. Persad also advocates switching city vehicles to liquefied natural gas and retrofitting city buildings with LED lighting. He brought up the development of a switchgrass biofuel facility that would recycle clippings from the city’s public spaces. But while he’s willing to adopt energy–efficient practices, he doesn’t want to see any positions cut. “I support sustainability, but not at the sacrifice of job loss,” he said. The moderators of the forum, GPB’s local voice Orlando Montoya and Connect’s own Jim Morekis, posed three audience–generated questions in addition to the pre– selected subjects. One asked what “green projects” the candidates would champion, and Gillespie brought up a subject that went surprisingly unmentioned in a room full of eco–minded folks: The filthy state of the Savannah River. “We have a long way to go sustainability of our water,” said Gillespie. “We have the fourth dirtiest river right next to our landmark district and no one really cares. It’s time that we make that a priority.” The question is whether the river — and the other issues of more and better bike lanes, a forward–thinking energy policy and the balance of commercial space with greenspace — will be a priority for voters on Nov. 8. cs

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Visiting professor speaks on the science of personality by Jessica Leigh Lebos

THE ANCIENT Greek maxim “Know thyself ” is often the motivating force that drives people into therapy. Or, say, into the desert with a bagful of peyote buttons. However we choose to mine our minds and souls, the quest to find one’s most authentic self is usually subjective and certainly personal. Who could possibly know us better than we know ourselves? Yet we all know someone with a seriously deluded self–perception (Michael Scott of The Office is an excellent cultural example; Mohamar Quaddafi also comes to mind.) So how do we know who we think we are is actually true? To Dr. Simine Vazire, it comes down to plain science. “Researchers have thought for the last 50 years that what a person says about his or her own personality is the closest you’re going to get,” explained Dr. Vazire, psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “With new technology we have, we can see there’s even more information out there and measure how accurate people’s self–views are.” Dr. Vazire will present the first of SCAD’s “Art of the Mind” lecture series this Thursday, Oct. 6. While collecting empirical data about the human personality isn’t as straightforward as something like testing the effects of excessive peyote use, Dr. Vizire and her colleagues have been able to glean insight into the way subjects perceive themselves using sophisticated recording systems and extensive interviews. Much of the research from WU’s Personality and Self–Knowledge Lab involves comparing what people think about themselves with how they’re seen by others, and how much they’re aware

of what Dr. Vazire calls the “blind spots” in themselves and their loved ones. One recent project had people rate their significant others, which turned out to be overwhelmingly–and not surprisingly–positive. But when asked how others would rate their beaus, the researchers received less adoring– and more objective–answers, mining previously hidden knowledge. “It was interesting to find that people are aware that their perceptions are idiosyncratic, that not everyone really thinks their boyfriend or girlfriend is the hottest person on earth,” laughed Dr. Vazire in a phone interview last week. “Yes, people are blinded by their own affection, but they’re aware of that, too. We’ve also found that people are liked better by their friends the more self–aware they are.” Describing herself as a wallflower– type, Vazire admits she’s always had a fascination with the way people interact. “I do a lot of watching and observing and trying to detect trends in people’s behavior. It’s probably my favorite thing to do and I’ve managed to make a career of it.” The Oct. 6 program, “Self–Awareness and Self–Deception: Are You Delusional, Optimistic or Both?,” is intended to resonate with arty types looking to dig deeper into themselves and create more masterful work. Though they might not help form a completely accurate picture of the self, a bit of delusion and optimism can go a long way, according to Dr. Vazire. “I think it might be good to have a slightly idealistic view of your potential and abilities so you push yourself to develop them and reach for things outside of your comfort zone,” she mused. “That especially applies to

fields like art and design where there’s not that much external feedback or any standards about who’s good and who’s not. You really have to believe in yourself to succeed.” She also spoke about the importance of art in society in general and the role it plays in our own self– knowledge. “We need films and art and design to reflect back to ourselves what we’re like. Art brings out society’s blind spots.” Vazire hopes the application of her work will help people gain not only more accurate views of themselves, but more useful ones. And she doesn’t necessarily believe all the answers are within when it comes to learning who we really are. “It turns out self–knowledge is much more social than we thought,” she said. “It’s not about sitting by yourself alone. It’s about talking to your friends, learning how other people see you, paying attention to how other react to you. The more time you spend around other people, the more self–knowledge you gain.” Before you go clogging your Facebook status with those crazy polls, Vazire’s findings don’t necessarily apply to social media. While there is evidence that elements of the personality come through online and that it’s possible to have a lot of information about a person without actually meeting him or her, Vazire has doubts whether all that constant digital feedback adds to a complete picture of self. “I’m not sure that’s how it works, it’d be interesting to study that.” cs Simine Vazire When: 5 p.m., Thu., Oct. 6 Where: SCAD’s Arnold Hall, 1810 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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No country for sleepy men Police responded to Carolan Street after getting a call about a suspicious vehicle. As officers approached they saw two black males in the vehicle. Both had pistols in their laps and were asleep.

When the men woke up, they fled in the vehicle for a short distance, then both jumped out and ran. One suspect was not apprehended. The other ran into an occupied home. The residents immediately ran out. A search was conducted of the vehicle and it was determined to be stolen. No guns were found in the vehicle so police determined the suspect could still have the weapon with him. SWAT was called out to search for the suspect. Laron Allen, 24, was located and taken into custody without incident in an apartment near

the one he originally entered. He had climbed into the attic and gained entry into the adjacent apartment. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction by fleeing, and theft by receiving stolen property. • Thunderbolt Police charged a 20– year–old man with murder after the shooting death of another man outside an apartment complex. Vernon Michael Rich Jr. was taken into custody on Laurel Oak Drive following the shooting of Troy Wells, 35. A pistol believed used was recovered and Rich admitted the shooting. An investigation revealed that Rich had driven a co–worker from Lab Corp on Chatham Parkway to her residence at Bonaventure Place Condominiums after they got off work at 9 p.m. They had stopped at a store and driven to the complex when they were approached by Wells, who recently ended a relationship with the co–worker and was to have vacated the apartment they shared. Rich was turning his car around

in the parking lot after dropping the woman off when Wells approached from behind, demanded to know who Rich was and then tried to hit her. The woman sprayed Wells with Mace. He walked towards Rich’s car and began to strike him while he was in the vehicle. The woman reported she then heard a gunshot. Just after the shooting Rich called police and emergency medical services. He surrendered to arriving Thunderbolt police. • A fight between two brothers went from bad to worse when one was arrested on previous warrants and the other admitted breaking into 11 automobiles. Chandler Scoggins, who turned 17 and, as such, became a legal adult on the day he was arrested, was charged with one count of larceny as investigators work to determine where the other 10 auto break–ins took place.

Police had responded to his residence on Godley Parkway when a family member reported a fight between Scoggins and his brother Devin Shay Scoggins. After questioning the brothers they discovered warrants against the elder one by the Pooler Police Department for theft by receiving for pawning a stolen item. As the elder brother was being arrested, the younger approached police and told them he had stolen the car GPS in question and had given it to his brother. West Chatham Precinct investigators determined he actually had broken into 10 other vehicles as well and may have been involved in other crimes. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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An option for suicide “with elegance and euphoria” is how Lithuanian-born Ph.D. candidate Julijonas Urbonas (London’s Royal College of Art) described his “Euthanasia (Roller) Coaster,” currently on the drawing board. Urbonas’ model of “gravitational aesthetics” would be a third-mile-long, 1,600-foot-high thrill ride engineered to supply 10 Gs of centrifugal force (a spin at about 220 mph) to induce cerebral hypoxia, forcing blood away from the head and denying oxygen to the brain. Euphoria (and disorientation and anxiety, but not pain) are likely states to precede the brain’s shutdown. Urbonas insisted that users would have the option through the first two minutes of the three-minute ride to rethink their decision and bail out (or else to push the final “FALL” button). (Suicide is legal in four European countries and Oregon and Washington.)

Government in Action!

• An open-government advocacy group’s survey of federal agencies, released in July, revealed that eight of them have unresolved Freedom of Information Act requests that are over a decade old, including one pending for more than 20 years. (The 1976 FOIA law requires resolution within 20 business days, with a 10-day extension under “unusual circumstances.”) (Also, regarding the FOIA, a June 2011 request by the city of Sioux City, Iowa, for background documents regarding

the recent Postal Service decision to halters and electric prods (to protect move jobs from Sioux City to Sioux against biological attacks on cows, Falls, S.D., was met promptly -- by awarded to Cherry County, Neb.); a the Postal Service’s forecast that the terrorist-proof iron fence around a Vetlikely fee for the documents would be erans Affairs hospital near Asheville, $831,000, even though under the law N.C.; and $557,400 in communications the first two search hours and the first and rescue gear in case North Pole, 100 documents are free.) Alaska, got hit. • In August, the Securities and • The Office of Personnel ManageExchange Commission’s inspector genment’s inspector general denounced the eral revealed that a $1,200 cash award agency in September for promiscuwas paid by the agency in 2010 to one ously continuing to pay pension of the very employees who had benefits to deceased federal been specifically singled out for retirees -- citing a 70 percent Don’t stop allowing Bernard Madoff to talk rise in bogus payments over the cooler his way out of SEC inquiries in the last five years. However, temperatures 2005 and 2006, before his epic another federal inspector Ponzi scheme was exposed in general (the Social Security 2008. (The IG helpfully recAdministration’s) chastised ommended that, in the future, its agency for the opposite awards not be given to employreason: About 14,000 people ees who have recently been facing each year are cut off from potential disciplinary action for benefits after erroneously being poor performance.) declared dead. • Among the aftershocks of the News That Sounds Like 9-11 attacks on America was the colossal budget-busting on “homea Joke land security” -- a spending binge The convenience store clerk, Ms. Falthat, additionally, was thought to guni Patel, was giving testimony in the require something approaching uniSeptember trial of Morgan Armstrong form disbursement of funds through(charged with robbing her in Hudson, out the 50 states. (Endless “what if ” Fla., in 2009) when she began shakpossibilities left no legislator willing to ing and then passed out while seated forsake maximum security.) Among the in the witness box. A relative of Patel’s questionable projects described in a Los approached, removed her sneaker and Angeles Times August review were the held it to Patel’s face, without success. purchase of an inflatable Zodiac boat The relative explained that Patel was with wide-scan sonar -- in case terrorsubject to such blackouts and that sniffists were eyeing Lake McConaughy in ing the sneaker often revives her. (After Keith County, Neb.; cattle nose leads,

paramedics attended to her, Patel took the rest of the day off and went back to court the next morning.)

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• Although Moroccan artist MehdiGeorges Lahlou, 27, concedes that photographs can be misinterpreted, he maintains on his website that he never wants to hurt people’s feelings. Nevertheless, he said he is proud of his photo exhibit in which he stands completely nude, allowing various verses of the Quran to be projected on his skin. His latest scheduled appearance was at an art fair in Marrakesh in October. • Two women were charged in September with what was likely a major art theft for Johnson City, Tenn. Connie Sumlin, 45, and Gail Johnson, 58, were identified from surveillance video as the ones who snatched two pieces of art off the wall in the entrance of a local Arby’s restaurant (a picture of some pears, and a metal art object, with an alleged combined value, according to the police report, of “$1,200”). • Earlier this year, Marion LavalJeantet won a notable Prix Ars Electronica award for her “hybrid” work that, she said, intends to blur the boundaries between species. LavalJeantet stepped onstage in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as a horse-human, having earlier injected herself with horse blood (after prepping her body for several months with different horse immunoglobulins). She also walked with stilts that had “hooves” affixed to the bottom.

Fetishes on Parade

Indecent-exposure flashers appear to be invading even off-limits sanctuaries in their quest to be seen -- in Florida, anyway. In Sarasota County in September, Shane Wheatley, 31, was arrested after a Comcast cable customer complained that Wheatley had begun fondling himself while installing the woman’s TV service. Three days earlier, in Niceville, a 14-year-old boy (whose name was not released) was charged with indecent exposure after a worshipper reported him masturbating openly during services at the First United Methodist Church. The boy admitted he had done the same thing during services the week before because he was “bored.”

Least Competent Criminals

In September, a jury found Terry Newman, 25, and an associate guilty of aggravated assault for a home


invasion in San Antonio in 2009, thus adding insult to Newman’s injuries. Newman was shot by a resident during the initial invasion, and then again by another resident when he returned 15 minutes later to retrieve his car. Finally, after police encountered Newman following a short chase, he resisted officers and was shot again, for the third time. (None of the injuries was life-threatening.)


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On History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, they said aliens came to earth to mine gold in order to protect their atmosphere. On radio’s Coast to Coast AM, they said our government is shooting gold into the atmosphere to protect us from gamma rays. How do they get the gold to stay up in the sky and not fall back down to earth? —Jean Brown, Savannah, Georgia Please watch the movie What in the World Are They Spraying? and try to prove it wrong. The claim: aluminum oxide is being sprayed into the air to deflect the sun’s energy and help prevent global warming. The aluminum falls to earth and seriously alters everything. Is this true? —Kevin Brown, Logan, Ohio The price of gold, last time I checked, was over $1,600 an ounce. So I respectfully suggest a more practical method of protection from gamma rays would be the traditional tinfoil hat. On the larger question of the government (or somebody) spraying things into the atmosphere, whether for good or for ill, the usual reaction is to dismiss such claims as drivel from the black-helicopter crowd, which I acknowledge for the most part they are. However, it’s drivel with some basis in fact. Here are the stories, from farthest to nearest fetched: 1. The source of the wacky yarns on Ancient Aliens is the late Zecharia Sitchin, an amateur archeologist and popular author. Sitchin claimed to have interpreted ancient Sumerian tablets telling of even more ancient astronauts from the planet Nibiru, just outside the orbit of Neptune, who arrived on Earth nearly half a million years ago and created the first humans via genetic engineering as the workforce for their terrestrial gold-mining operation. Why did the Nibiruans need gold? It seems their planet has an extremely elliptical orbit, orbiting the sun once every 3,600 years and looping out to the most distant reaches of the solar system.

To conserve warmth, they inject gold particles into their atmosphere to create a greenhouse effect. 2. Psychic medium Christian von Lähr says gamma rays will bombard earth on December 21, 2012 because 2012 marks the “midpoint” of human existence, and ancient texts tell us that “when we reach this point it means that all the major lessons that were necessary for man to serve his purpose will have been learned.” (I get this from the Coast to Coast AM website.) Von Lähr recommends we shoot gold into the atmosphere to protect against the gamma rays—as far as I can tell he doesn’t think the government is already doing this. 3. What in the World Are They Spraying? is a 98-minute documentary produced by Michael J. Murphy. The gist is that jet contrails are evidence of a secret government project to combat global warming by spraying the atmosphere with aluminum oxide to reflect the sun’s rays. It drifts down and messes with life on earth. Skeptics have criticized Murphy’ on technical grounds having to do with the significance of aluminum levels in water samples and such, but to summarize, they think he’s nuts. However, scientists have been talking for years about shooting substances into the atmosphere to counteract global warming. For example: 4. A research team led by the physicist Edward Teller, better known as the father of the hydrogen bomb, proposed methods for controlling solar radiation in a 1997 paper. One was launching aluminum oxide into the atmosphere. 5. Other scientists have proposed artificial volcanoes that would spew sulfur compounds, blocking sunlight and leading to global cooling, as occurred following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. Researchers in the UK are about to test a system that could use hoses hoisted by balloons to spray particulates into the stratosphere to mimic volcanic cooling. 6. There is evidence that jet contrails have an impact on climate, although not a deliberate one. As also previously noted here, a study found temperatures were noticeably higher when U.S. aircraft were grounded following 9/11 than immediately before and after. You’re saying: don’t encourage these people. I have to ask: which people? The chemtrail conspiracy buffs, or the scientists who propose, seriously, that having screwed up the planet by spewing crap into the atmosphere, we can fix things by sending up still more? cs By cecil adams


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Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. Free Every time Eric Sommer plays around here, inevitably someone comes up to me the next day and says “Man, did you see that incredible acoustic guitarist last night?” I’ve been preaching the gospel of Sommer for a while now. Originally from Boston, he now has no permanent residence – it’s just him and the van and a bunch of guitars, playing gig after gig after gig around the country. He plays in open and standard tunings, has the digital dexterity of Leo Kottke, and his bottleneck slide work will stun you. This event is the second in a series of art, craft and music shows at the Wormhole (art, crafts, handmade and upcycled objects). Others performing tonight include hard–hitting and humorous Free Candy, and the “art/sound” group that calls itself New Pink Floyd. The evening closes out with an open jam.

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Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. Free All ages until 9 p.m. Nicole Edge, the drummer for Free Candy, organized this 15–hour event, a benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A dozen artists and craftspeople will be set up selling their stuff, with 10 percent of profits going to the cause, and local businesses and restaurants have donated things for a raffle – and all raffle ticket sales will benefit the cancer research organization. The music is a healthy cross–section of rock, punk, pop, acoustic and more – the Tallahassee–based quirk– pop group the Popheads, and Asheville’s Big Money Band, are the out–of townies. Here’s the schedule: 1–2 p.m.: Dancing by Rueda De Sabor, Ilyssa Galloway, Raluca Ghiban and Cairo on the Coast; 3–3:45 p.m.: Lovely Locks; 4:30–5:15: Sincerely, Iris; 6–7 p.m.: Wooden Nickel; 7:15–8 p.m. Each and Every Opus; 8:30–10 p..m.: The Big Money Band; 10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.: General Oglethorpe and The Panhandlers w/ The Popheads; 1–2 a.m. Free Candy. See the event’s Facebook page for more. CS


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The band’s all here: Cody Walters, left, April Verch and Clay Ross.


April in Savannah Canada’s top fiddler headlines the 2011 folk festival by Bill DeYoung |

The Savannah Folk Music Society is bring a world–class performer to Forsyth Park for this weekend’s Savannah Folk Festival, a player who wouldn’t be out of place at the prestigious springtime Savannah Music Festival. She’s 33–year–old April Verch, a past winner of the two highest Canadian honors for fiddling, the Grand Masters and the Canadian Open. Verch is an acknowledged master of the Ottawa Valley school of fiddle– playing – it’s a fusion of Scottish, Irish, French and Appalachian music, performed full–tilt and high–energy – and a champion stepdancer. “That’s part of who I am,” she says of her dancing prowess. “The traditions go hand in hand for me.” The April Verch Band includes Clay Ross on guitar and Cody Walters on

Verch has been stepdancing since age 6; she began studying violin at 6.

upright bass and banjo. They all sing, and Verch is an accomplished songwriter with eight albums to her credit. Verch is one of Canada’s best– known and most–loved folk musicians – she made her first TV appearance at the age of 10 – but celebrity, she says, holds little interest for her. It’s always been about the music. “Musicians are known for getting in the way of themselves sometimes,” she laughs. “I mean, we’re all like that because we all have something we feel is important and we want to share it.

And sometimes you want to do it so badly that you get in the way of just stepping back and letting the music do the work.” Verch was 3 years old when she began stepdancing; she took up the violin three years later. Mom and Dad, she explains, supported her goals from the start. “My parents were also realistic,” she adds, “and they wanted to make sure I had an understanding that it wasn’t the easiest way to make a living. They


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talk a lot to the audience – the stage banter, and letting them get to know us is a big part of what we do. So we weren’t sure without being able to communicate, other than the music, how things would go. And we needed a lot more material to make up a set! “But it really went over. Even the vocals – it was amazing to me how sometimes we’d sing a song, and they couldn’t understand the words but somehow they had the same reaction that an audience at home would to listening to the lyrics. “That’s the cool thing about music, and your body language, and the tone that you’re setting with the instrumental part of it.” People in Hangzhou, Ningbo, Beijing, Shanghai, Dongguan and other cities, Verch says, “loved what we did, but part of it was that we were from so far away. “And we were so unique. When Cody pulled out the banjo every night, they clapped – because they weren’t really familiar with it.” CS Savannah Folk Festival All events are free Schedule: Oct. 7, 7–11 p.m. in Ellis Square: The Old Folkers, Michael Maddox, Chris Desa, Jean–Paul & Dominique Carton, Hanson and Amburgey, Jamison Murphy Oct. 8, 8–11 p.m.: Old Time Country Dance at Notre Dame Academy Gym, 1709 Bull St. Music by the April Verch Band. Caller: Janet Shepherd Oct. 9, 2–7:30 p.m. in Forsyth Park (rain site: Ships of the Sea Museum) 2 p.m. Opening Announcements; 2:10 p.m. Four Shillings Short; 2:45 p.m. Boo Hanks 3:20 p.m. April Verch Band; 3:55 p.m. Tom Chapin; 5 p.m. Four Shillings Short; 5:35 p.m. Boo Hanks; 6:10 p.m. April Verch Band; 6:45 p.m. Tom Chapin; 7:25 p.m. Closing

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“They’re all related – it’s just hard to pinpoint exactly what came from where,” Verch says. “Certain regional styles at home to me sound more like old–time American than others. Or certain tunes even. And the old–time American stuff also has that African influence.” She was 15 and still questing when she attended fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor’s camp in Tennessee; later, she studied classical music and played with the Ontario–based Deep River Symphony Orchestra. Then came the Berklee School of Music in Boston. “I wanted to study further, but I didn’t want to pursue just classical,” Verch explains. “I also knew of a really good jazz school, here at home, but I didn’t want to do just jazz. The string department at the time was still really tiny – they didn’t want you to do one thing or another, they just wanted to help you pursue whatever it was that you were looking for. “And what I wanted to do was just be exposed to more styles. And I wanted to be able to improvise a little bit more – you know, I grew up in a tradition where you play the tune a few times, and then play another tune, and then another one. And you vary the tunes. But I didn’t grow up in bluegrass where you learn to solo and stuff like that.” Verch left Berklee after a year, and she hasn’t slowed down since. When her touring schedule has a break, she’s part of the award–winning, high energy fiddling band Bowfire. Last April, Verch, Ross and Walters toured the People’s Republic of China. It was both an eye– and ear–opening experience. “There are certain things you get used to as a performer,” she says. “We


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Anyone who saw Sonia Leigh and her band during the inaugural Savannah Stopover Festival will remember the diminutive, scrappy woman with black hair hanging over her left eye, hammering away at her electric guitar and singing strong, and clear, and powerfully at the head of a masterful combo. A fixture for many years on the exceedingly fertile Atlanta club scene, Leigh creates music that mixes country/rock, rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues – it’s hard–hitting stuff, and her voice is way more Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt than Linda Ronstadt or Lucinda Williams. Once you’ve heard her, she’s impossible to forget. Leigh’s back in town this week, touring for the first time under the watchful eye of a major label, Southern Ground, which was dreamed up and put into motion by the uber–successful Zac Brown – one of Atlanta’s hottest exports.

“Sonia is the real deal,” Brown says. “Her voice is unique, you know it’s her the instant you hear it ... I put my money where my mouth is, and have not only invested in Sonia Leigh, but taken her under my wing for as long as it takes to show her talent to everyone possible.” Brown has taken Leigh on tour with him all over the country, and he makes a vocal appearance on “Roamin,’” an impossibly catchy, reggae–hued song on her Southern Ground debut, 1978 December (that’s the year and month Sonia was born). Coy Bowles, who plays keys and guitar in the Zac Brown Band, will open Leigh’s Live Wire Music Hall show with his band, the Fellowship. 1. How have you changed since the first record you made? Sonia Leigh: I was about 17 when I recorded my first record, so a whole lot has changed as far as me maturing as a musician and writer. I’ve grown a

lot as a writer as I’ve aged – I write a lot of different styles, and I’ve allowed myself the freedom to do that. And I’ve gotten a lot of experience out on the road. Learned more about what it takes to become a touring artist. I’ve seen a lot more of the country. I’ve seen what it takes to get on the radio. A lot of people are under the delusion that you record a CD and you’re gonna be a star. But that’s just the fun part. There’s a lot of work. “2. Ain’t Dead Yet” preaches resilience in the face of overwhelming obstacles – in your case, as the writer, it’s about the music business, right? Sonia Leigh: Exactly right. It’s about just hanging in there, and keep putting your best foot forward. There’s a lot of people in this world right now that don’t feel like they can realize their dream, so they live vicariously through me. Somehow I’ve got the brains – or lack thereof – to get out there and risk it all. And do it. That

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song’s just kind of about ‘Make your moves count. Everything that you do, make sure it leaves a mark.’


3. How did the arrangement with Zac come about? Sonia Leigh: I’ve known him for a long time, before his success, and I always went to him and asked his opinion on things. Because I really valued the way he did business. So I said ‘I’ve got this and this going on – what do you think?’ And Zach said ‘I’ll never hold you back from doing anything, but I’m about to start a record label, and I’d love to have you be a part of it.’ That was just about all he had to say. I don’t know what it’s like to be a major record label, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to. But from what I hear, I’m pretty lucky that I don’t have to ... you know?

Sonia Leigh: I’ve got my boys, and it’s very important to know that your band has your back. And everybody’s in the moment, and feelin’ it, and they’re there for the same reason. There’s a big difference between playin’ acoustic, because that’s more of an intimate thing and you can change things up. Because it’s just you and the guitar. But when you’ve got a band behind you, that right there is where the energy’s at for me, you know? Everything that I hear in my head when I’m writing the song is manifested, and it’s just dynamite. It feels so good. 5. What do you want to happen? Do you want to rule the world? Sonia Leigh: You know what? With that comes great responsibility! I’m still growing. I want to tour, I want to keep building my fan base, I want longevity in music. I want a career. You got your Kris Kristoffersons and you got your Katy Perrys, you know what I mean? And I’m not sayin’ one is better than the other – not out of my mouth – but there are people like Willie Nelson or Loretta Lynn who’ve built a life as a staple. That’s what I want. I want to be respected. I want to be able to continue to write, and make a living at doing music. CS




“I want longevity in music,” Leigh says. “I want a career.” Sonia Leigh Where: Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. When: At 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 Tickets: $10 Artist’s website:



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People in Victorian times had a more personal relationship with death and mourning. A very personal relationship. As in, they sometimes posed with their dead relatives for photographs. Propped them up and sat right next to them. Sometimes they’d paint open eyes on their deceased loved one’s eyelids to make it look like they were still alive. Other times they’d pose the body as if it were simply taking a nap. Grotesque to us, but quite normal to them. “We have to remember photography was more rare and more expensive then,” explains Paulette Thompson, lead interpreter at the

Owens–Thomas House, which devotes the month of October to a recognition of Victorian mourning customs just in time for Halloween. “That photo may be the only photograph they ever own of a deceased love one. They didn’t want to remember them as being dead — they wanted to see them as they had been in life,” she says. Unlike today, when the deceased go directly from a hospital to a mortuary, “people did all that at home in the Victorian era,” says Thompson, explaining that the body of the

departed was usually displayed in the parlor of their home for mourners and well–wishers to see. “When we think about death today we can’t begin to put ourselves in the place of these people who had to wash and prepare their own dead father or husband or sister or child. It was a much more personal experience back then.” Besides some of those memento mori photographs, macabre–minded visitors to the Owens–Thomas House this month will also see a child’s copper coffin from 1884 on loan from Fox & Weeks Mortuary and a Victorian “hair wreath” — a giant ornament made of the actual hair of the deceased.

just want to be able to give people an alternative.” Another impetus behind the program is to pay tribute to the comparatively unsung Dr. James Gray Thomas, whose name is half of the house’s moniker. (The “Thomas” part of the Owens–Thomas House’s name is generally considered to refer to his widow Margaret Thomas, who bequeathed the family home as a museum upon her death.) A living history program Halloween weekend, Oct. 28 and 29, highlights his contributions to public health and safety during another of Savannah’s frequent Yellow Fever epidemics. “Dr. Thomas is sort of a forgotten person in Savannah history. People don’t realize how important his efforts were in saving people from Yellow Fever and malaria and typhoid. He was in the state legislature and was instrumental in passing laws about public health,” says Thompson. “Yellow fever affected everyone on the east coast from Florida to New York — anywhere mosquitoes were common. People were dying in the

1800s all over the country.” Owens–Thomas interpreter Corrie Hand portrays Margaret Thomas in the living history production. Hand also gives a talk on Victorian mourning customs at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Telfair’s Jepson Center. The living history programs are a comparatively new thing for the “O.T. House,” and this month’s program follows on the heels of two previous successful programs dealing with the house’s history and the visit of Marquis de Lafayette to the house in 1825. “Just within the past year we started to offer these,” says Thompson. “It’s a great way to get people to put themselves back in time and see what life was really like back then, trying to give people an understanding about how Margaret Thomas felt about the death of her spouse, and what it must have been like to have a coffin in the formal drawing room of the house.” While the Owens–Thomas programming is an alternative to ghost tours, ironically it was during this selfsame Victorian era when ghost stories really evolved into their present form.

“People in the Victorian era were fascinated with death,” says Thompson. “They had a real fascination with spirits and mediums and things like that.” That said, Thompson still maintains that the truth is far more interesting than fiction. “If only I could convince some of the other tour guides in town of that,” she laughs. “History is so interesting itself, I don’t know why anyone would want to twist it.” cs In Memoriam: Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era Where: Owens–Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. What & When: Oct. 1–31 — Mourning customs are incorporated into daily tours and exhibits inside the museum Oct. 27–Lecture: Owens–Thomas House Interpreter Corrie Hand presents “Mourning Practices” at 6 p.m. in the Neises Auditorium at the Jepson Center Oct. 28 & 29–Living History Tours at 6 & 7 pm. Reservations required–tickets $10 members, $15 non–members, $25 with Telfair Pass. To purchase contact Cyndi at 790–8880 or


During the month of October the Owens-Thomas House will incorporate an exciting new experience into its daily museum tours. In addition to the home’s history and architecture, daily tours will also explore the complex rituals that surrounded death and mourning in the Victorian Era. The house will be set to receive mourners in honor of the death of Dr. James Gray Thomas, father of Margaret Gray Thomas, and will feature exhibits of period funerary objects including clothing, jewelry, and post-mortem photography. Special after-hours programming will include a living history tour and a lecture, which will delve deeper into the history of the Thomas family, American funerary culture, and the death and mourning of Dr. James Gray Thomas.

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“This hair wreath is huge,” marvels Thompson. “And it’s obvious that it’s hair from more than one person. It’s creepy!” Not all Victorian mourning customs were so overtly creepy, however, and many of them we still use today. “For example, placing flowers around the casket was originally done so that if the body weren’t embalmed it wouldn’t smell with the stench of decay,” says Thompson. “We think of it as a showing of emotion. But that’s not how it evolved.” Operated by the Telfair Museums, the Owens–Thomas House is better known as America’s finest example of Regency architecture and the first home in Savannah with indoor plumbing. So why the Halloween makeover? “It’s a great way for us to capitalize on that group of tourists who come to Savannah each October expecting to hear scary tales,” says Thompson. “Tourists are coming here with the expectation that there will be some maniac wielding a bloody ax to jump out of the bushes and scare them. But this is not Disneyland. We


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They see dead people

They got a (yellow) fever, and the only prescription is living history at the Davenport House

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It’s one of the ironies of Savannah that a city so incredibly rich in real–life history would be so overrun with ghost tours talking about things which don’t exist at all, except in your feverish dreams and the minds of some of our more gullible tourists.

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But for those who are looking for a bit of old–fashioned scary fun along with their history lesson, the Isaiah Davenport House Museum has just what the doctor ordered. “We try not to compete or criticize, but we do have something to offer that’s not made up,” laughs Davenport House Director Jamie Credle. For the past seven years during Halloween season, the Davenport House has staged living history programs based on Savannah’s traumatic but strangely compelling experience with Yellow Fever in the early 1800s. “When we first started this in 2003, we all thought, ‘what could be scarier than Yellow Fever?’” muses Credle. “But we’ve never wanted the topic to get tired. It gives us the opportunity to always think how we can be more creative.” Each year, the Davenport changes about a quarter of the “Yellow Fever” show to keep it fresh. This year’s edition — dubbed “A Mortality Prevails”

— builds on a wrinkle the cast and crew added last year: Staging part of the show in the newly restored Kennedy Pharmacy building on Broughton Street, directly behind the Davenport’s Columbia Square location. “When we originally researched the topic of Yellow Fever in Savannah, it became clear there were two newspapers in town that had very different ideas about it,” explains program co–creator Raleigh Marcell. “It was always in the back in my mind, but we couldn’t do it until we had the space to properly stage it.” After checking in at the Davenport House, patrons will take the quick walk to the Kennedy Pharmacy, which will host actors portraying key local figures of the period, including the editors of the two competing newspapers in Savannah at the time, which had two different opinions about who and what was at fault for the epidemic and what should be done about it. “We essentially take the sexiest parts of the disagreement and stage them as sort of a town meeting,” Marcell says. “It’s dramatic without having to dramatize anything.” The new script also uses elements of the writings of Washington Irving — not a Southerner but nonetheless an important Halloween figure because of his “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The cast of A Mortality Prevails range throughout the rooms of the Davenport House for the show, including a stop at the attic (top photo featuring co-creator Raleigh Marcells), usually not open to the public. (All photos by Andrea Cervone)

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“It’s amazing how contemporary his writing comes across today,” says Credle. “We draw a lot on what he wrote about the way people can abuse spirituality for their own purposes. It’s almost as if he was talking about some of these trolley tours.” Yellow Fever struck Savannah and other East Coast cities at various times during the 1800s. The first local run–in with the deadly mosquito– spread disease was in the 1820s, and it’s this period that the Davenport show deals with. “One in five Savannahians, about 700 people, died of Yellow Fever at the time,” says Marcell. “Those who caught it and survived developed immunity.” To bring all that home, the show concludes with each guest taking a slip of paper out of a basket. The paper tells them whether they were a fatality of fever, a survivor of fever, or were lucky enough not to catch it at all. “We call it the Lottery of Life and Death,” Marcell says. Credle adds that there are a couple of bonuses to the show other than the grim history. “This is also one of the few times you’ll get to see the house by candlelight. You also get to go up in the attic,

which is usually closed to the public.” The attic — in a fantastically evocative state of darkly textured semi– restoration which this author finds worth the trip in and of itself — will be the location of a scene involving Jamal Touré, who portrays a free man of color. “That’s our way of telling the story of the half of Savannah that no one talked about in the newspapers back then,” says Marcell. cs A Mortality Prevails! Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 What: The story of yellow fever’s dreadful consequences which transformed the bustling seaport of Savannah into a ghost town. Where: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. When: Friday and Saturday nights in October; performances at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance for adults, $10 in advance children (ages 8–17) and $17 for adults and $15 for children at the time of the performance. Reservations recommended. Not suitable from children under 8 years of age. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Info: 236–8097

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It’s a familiar scene to regulars who called T–Rex Mex their favorite hangout. Taco Abajo (Abajo means under, or beneath) partners made minimal changes to the decor. Only the menu has seen a facelift. Early adopters at Taco Abajo complained that portions were too small for the price tag — we’re all pretty spoiled by head–sized burritos at those chain joints. But the flavors and tortilla fillings concocted by Chef Chris Cohen are far beyond the corporate seasonings of the chains. Diners can choose from a variety of fillings or toppings for a burrito, taco or salad. There are plenty of vegetarian options and a trio of fish options. A side dish — Mexican rice, refried beans, black beans or a house salad — with a drink may be added to any dish for just $2.

My Carne Asada burrito was chock full of good flavors from grilled sirloin, fresh pico de gallo, guasacaca (a Venezuelan sauce akin to guacamole) and lemon–lime flavored sour cream. Of course, this eatery is all about getting down with a cold beer or tequila–based cocktail. Again, us early adopters suffered with a soft drink menu, but late last week the liquor license arrived. Again, don’t expect a burro–sized burrito stuffed with rice and beans — this is more akin to Mexican street food — without having to dodge the traffic. Late hours have made Taco Abajo a popular destination for food and beverage industry staff looking for a late night (or early morning) meal. 217 1/2 W. Broughton St/480–9050

More better beer The franchise World of Beer is under construction next door to The Gap near the corner of Barnard and Broughton streets. There are nearly 20 WOBs around the Southeast. The Savannah location has a Facebook page posted and that’s the best bet to keep track of an opening date. If your beer–dar has been beeping, that could be because WOB typically features more than 500 beers — including dozens on tap. 112 W. Broughton St.

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Mother’s Finest

A recent inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the veteran funk band Mother’s Finest has been booked to perform at Coach’s Corner Nov. 3. Fronted, as ever, by the incendiary vocalist Joyce Kennedy and heavy–riffing guitarist Glenn Murdock, Mother’s Finest was one of the first bands to combine bone–chilling funk and heavy rock ‘n’ roll – tougher than Rufus and a lot less “pop” than Earth, Wind & Fire. Tom Werman (who would go on to work with Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult, among others) produced the band’s self–titled second album in 1976. This is the one that set the standard, with tracks like “Fire,” “Doncha Wanna Love Me” and “Niggizz Can’t Sang Rock & Roll.” Ticket or admission info hasn’t yet been made available. Keep it here and we’ll let you know.

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Here’s the provisional (subject to change) schedule for the major films and events at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival. Tickets are on sale at the Trustees Theater box office and online at On that site, you’ll find the entire festival schedule, including panel discussions, films entered in competition and other events. All events listed here (unless noted) take place in the Trustees Theater. Oct. 29: The Artist, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30: Barry Lyndon, panel discussion with Alec Baldwin and James Toback, 2 p.m. (Lucas Theatre); Another Happy Year, Ellen Barkin Tribute, 7

p.m.; The Son of No One, Ray Liotta Tribute, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31: Student Competition Films, 9:30 & 11 a.m. (Lucas Theatre); A Dangerous Method, 7 p.m. Nov. 1: Butter, 7 p.m.; We Need to Talk About Kevin, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 2: The Late Show, a discussion with Lily Tomlin, 2:30 p.m.; Lily Tomlin Tribute, 7 p.m. Nov. 3: Born on the Fourth of July, Q&A with Oliver Stone, 2:30 p.m.; Carnage, Oliver Stone Tribute, 7 p.m. Nov. 4: Student Competition Films, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Bringing Up Bobby, Q&A with Famke Janssen, 2:30 p.m. (Lucas Theatre); James Marsden Tribute, 7 p.m.; Coriolanus, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5: Jeff Who Lives at Home, discussion with filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass; 2:30 p.m.; Like Crazy, Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m.

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One of the (many) highlights of the 2010 Savannah Music Festival was the local debut of singer/songwriter Shannon Whitworth, a multi–instrumentalist from Asheville, N.C. As a founding member of the Biscuit Burners, she was one of the first women to earn a national reputation for clawhammer banjo–playing. Turns out, the solo Whitworth has a dusky, sweet singing voice and a crackerjack band with guitar, mandolin, bass et cetera. She’s coming back, for a show Nov. 8 at the Landings clubhouse. It’ll be open to the public – we’ll have ticket info for you as soon as it becomes available. CS

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Guess which of Tybee Island’s many public events is the best–attended every year? It’s not the Pirate Fest, which will descend upon the south end parking lot this weekend, for the seventh consecutive year. Although goodness knows, every hotel and motel will be jammed, the breakfast joints will be overflowing, and somewhere around 26,000 people will wander the Thieves Market, check out the bands and watch the big pirate parade swashbuckle loudly down Butler Avenue. No, the Independence Day fireworks show draws the biggest crowds. There’s a caveat, however. “If you consider the fact that the July 4th fireworks show is a 24–minute show,” points out Paul DeVivo, “and the thousands of people it brings for those 24 minutes, and you look at two whole days and more of Pirate Fest, Pirate Fest is much larger than the July 4th fireworks.” DeVivo is one of the founders of Tybee Fest, a non–profit, all–volunteer organization that’s essentially a big booster club – the group books, schedules and otherwise organizes most of the big events and festivals on Tybee. Including Pirate Fest.

He’s the big cheese, the grand poobah, the main man, but Tybee Fest has a 12–member committee that works pretty much year–round to pull Pirate Fest together. “It’s a huge jigsaw puzzle and you have to put all these pieces together,” DeVivio says. “A lot of times you shake them, and throw them up in the air, and hope they all land in the right spot.” Pirate Fest, for the uninitiated, is essentially a big fair and carnival, and a good percentage of those running the booths, kiddie rides et cetera dress up in pirate garb (“buccaneer” for the men, “wench” for the women) and say things like “Arrrr” a lot. It’s been a Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 2004. This year, the Swashbucklers Bash, which traditionally opens the festival on Thursday night, has been moved from the Crab Shack restaurant (where it completely sold out for the last two festivals) to a sweet and roomy tent on the Pirate Fest grounds. The Bash includes food and drink

service, a prize for costumes and “Best Dressed Table,” the crowing of the festival King and Queen, and a performance by the Los Angeles– based, maritime–themed rock band The Pirates Charles. In 2010, DeVivo “retired” from Tybee Fest, leaving the hard work to others. Not surprisingly, he and his wife were subsequently named Pirate Fest King and Queen. You can take the man out of the festival, but you can’t take the festival out of the man. “My daughter works for me, and she was still involved with Pirate Fest last year,” DeVivo explains. “And I kept telling her, ‘I do not want to hear the words Pirate Fest or Tybee Fest in my house or in my office.’ I felt like that was the only way I could get away from it. I had to cut it off, period. “So she went the whole year doing stuff behind my back, thinking I didn’t know it! This year, we just felt that need to get back involved in it. It’s in our blood.’” Along with regional bands that impersonate Jimmy Buffett and Journey, and the Pirates Charles, mainstage music will come courtesy some of Savannah’s finest – including the Eric Culberson Band, Wormsloew,

the Train Wrecks, the Georgia Kyle Trio and others, plus Tybee favorites Roy Swindelle and the Sam Adams Band. Kids’ activities include a magic show, a costume contest (for kids and pets), dancers, the Faire Wynds Circus, bounce houses, face painting and various pirate–themed stuff. DeVivo, whose marketing company publishes the popular Where to Eat At the Beach magazine, says Pirate Fest – and all the other annual events – are created with two things in mind. Of course, they provide something fun and frolicsome for residents of Tybee and Savannah, but they also go hand in hand with his personal manifesto, which is to make Tybee a desired destination for visitors. He’s Georgia–born, and he’s a big– time Tybee–booster – and proud of that fact. “We started in ’96, when the Internet was brand new,” DeVivo says. “I was the guy that went out on the street to all the Tybee businesses and said ‘Hey guys, I don’t know what this Internet thing is, but I think we need to get involved in it.’” CS

Molly Hatchet on the Pier The 2011 incarnation of Molly Hatchet, the great ‘70s Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, performs at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. Now, this is adjacent to the site of Pirate Fest, but the performance is not officially part of that event. Confused? The concert – which will also feature the Jacksonville band Big Engine, is being put on by the Tybee Island Veterans Memorial Committee. Admission is free but donations for the island’s Veterans Memorial will be appreciated.

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‘Now I know what he won’t talk about’ Fallujah Good is a visceral one-man show about a soldier’s journey by Bill DeYoung |

One Marine, one story. It’s likely that Fallujah Good, Benjamin Mathes’ one–man play about the American presence in Iraq from 2003-2004, is the story of every soldier who lived to tell about it. Poignant, sad and (at times) uncomfortably brutal, Fallujah Good was taken, word–for–word, from the correspondence and journals of the writer’s brother, Capt. Adam Mathes. Adam’s letters home, Benjamin Mathes says, weren’t full of “your everyday kind of ‘Hey, I’m fine’ stuff. It was a lot of very heavy philosophical thinking, and lots of very descriptive stuff about what was going on, and how he felt about it. So I had to sift through a lot of things.” Although his brother trained as a writer and actor before joining the Marines, Mathes continues, he never intended for his musings on life in camp outside the city of Fallujah to be organized and performed. The stories

were “a manifestation of his own frustrations — he wrote it as if he was speaking to somebody.” Still, Adam, who’s now attending seminary school in Atlanta, “is very much in tune with the actor’s process and what that’s all about, so he was very supportive of it.” Fallujah Good is an intense theatrical experience. During its 45 minutes, Benjamin Mathes’ character speaks directly to the audience about life among the grunts, in a country where the locals hate your guts and don’t want you there at all (“America bad, Fallujah good” goes one streetcorner chant). The heat is murderous and the living conditions are miserable. And sudden death lurks around every corner. Mathes, 32, is a Georgia native who currently lives in Los Angeles. He has a BFA in Acting from Webster

Benjamin Mathes wrote his one-man show Fallujah Good from letters, e-mails and journals kept by his brother Adam during his tenture as a U.S. Marine stationed in Iraq.

University, and Master’s from the University of California at Irvine, where he teaches several courses in theater. He premiered Fallujah Good in 2008, and performs it most frequently for military audiences (that’s why this week’s local shows are being held at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum). “I’ve had mothers come up to me in tears afterwards,” Mathes says, “saying ‘Now I know what he won’t talk about.’ Wives say the same thing. I’ve had long gray–haired Vietnam veterans crying and saying ‘Thank you for that.’” Savannah Community Theatre director Tom Coleman is producing Fallujah Good. Ten years ago, when Coleman was teaching theater and directing plays in Athens, Mathes — then a UGA student — auditioned for a role in the musical Sweeney Todd. “I didn’t know his caliber,” Coleman remembers. “I put him in the chorus. His big deal in the show was to go upstairs to get a haircut and have his throat slit. “I was watching the scene and I went ‘Wait a minute! This guy’s got a backstory, and he knows where he’s going and what he’s doing.’ He was really good. So I started watching him

in the other scenes.” Mathes soon became one of Coleman’s “go–to” actors, the sort of thespian “who has all his lines learned at the first rehearsal,” Coleman reports. In fact, Coleman gave Mathes his first paid professional gig, in a touring production. Mathes has since lived in New York City, where he had a recurring role on the soap opera As the World Turns and worked in several Off Broadway shows. He’s done lots of regional and touring theater, and in California he picks up the occasional film and TV job. “He’s the kind of person that keeps in touch,” says Coleman. “And so he did.” It was Mathes’ idea to bring Fallujah Good to the Savannah area. Both he and Coleman saw the logic in producing the show close to military bases. Fallujah Good, rest assured, is not anti–Muslim or anti–U.S. government. Although everything takes a hit during the soldier’s onstage monologues. “It’s certainly politically agnostic,” Mathes says. “It’s just about the human experience. At the beginning of the play, he’s a little ‘rah–rah,’ and towards the end of it he’s a little broken in. “And it’s like ‘That’s probably how it goes.’ “The Marines that I know, that’s the journey they go through. And you’ve got to have some ‘rah–rah’ or you’ll probably get killed.” CS Fallujah Good Where: The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler When: At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8 Dinner: At 6:30 p.m. Tickets: With dinner (advance): $42.95 public, $37.95 military Without dinner (advance) $15 public, $12 military Without dinner (at the door) $18 public, $15 military Reservations: (912) 247–4644 Dinner seating is limited, and reservations must be made by phone in advance


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ALTHOUGH IT HAS possibly the worst title for any play, ever, Dr. Horrible’s Sing–along Blog is amusing, poignant and has a score of some really wonderful songs. The melodic music is reminiscent of Rent (seriously!) in that the characters sing as exposition, to propel the story. Often, characters in different scenes sing at the same time, in harmony and counterpoint, tying things together in a unique way. Dr. Horrible was written by Joss Whedon (creator of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) and his writer siblings Zack and Jed. Starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), it was produced like a TV series during the Writers Guild of America strike in 2008 – exclusively for the Internet, where it appeared as three 15– minute segments. Since then, it’s achieved gold– medal cult status (there’s a DVD available) and has been adapted into the very stage play that Savannah’s Odd Lot improv troupe brings to Muse Arts Warehouse over the next two weekends. Dr. Horrible’s Sing–along Blog is the story of an aspiring mad scientist who longs to become part of the Evil League of Evil (ELE), but his obsession with a cute girl he meets

at the laundromat keeps slowing him down. In the filmed version, Harris is Horrible; Fillion plays Captain Hammer, the good doctor’s narcissistic arch–enemy. That’s right, it’s a superhero musical comedy. “It’s not like a ‘let’s all watch this and make fun of it because it’s so bad’ kind of cult following,” says Odd Lotter Justin Kent, who has the title role at Muse. “It’s a ‘this is amazing and I can’t get enough of it’ kind of cult following.” Everyone in the cast, Kent explains, is a die– hard Horrible fan. “I love that it was written not to make a lot of money, but just because the Wheedons wanted to do it,” he says. “They wrote it, loved it, and made it. A true labor of love. When someone makes something like that, just because they think it would be awesome, well then, it usually is. “And that’s why we’re doing

it, too. Because we love it. Because it’s fun. And, for me personally, I also like to have a legitimate reason to dress like a super–villain. The lab coat I wear is so cool.” Although Dr. Horrible (aka Billy) often addresses the

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camera (it’s an online video blog, you see), much of the action – and we do mean action – happens on city streets, at the mayor’s office, and in the Laundromat where Horrible clumsily attempts to sweet–talk Penny, the clothes–washing love of his life. Christopher Soucy is directing the show, which also features Lynita Spivey as Penny, Matt Faford as Captain Hammer, and Gabe Reynolds as Moist, Dr. Horrible’s under–achieving sidekick. Ginny Willis, Megan Jones, Thomas Houston, Andy Hernandez, Ryan Long and Yosef Shuman comprise the rest of the cast. “We’re being pretty creative with this,” says Kent, who played Ralphie in last year’s Muse production of A Christmas Story (that cast included Soucy, Spivey and most of the other Odd Lot company members). “Chris is very good at figuring out new and different ways of making things work. And we’ve all got some theater experience behind us, and know some tricks. We’ve got our own spin on it. I don’t want to give too much away.” As with the Odd Lot evenings, there will be lots of audience participation during Dr. Horrible’s Sing–along Blog. “The audience,” Kent enthuses, “will be playing a significant part in the show. “Everyone is brilliant, of course. We have a hard time keeping a straight face in rehearsal. There have been numerous times where we can’t move on, because I’m laughing too hard. I’ll get that under control for the performances, though. Maybe.” CS Dr. Horrible’s Sing–along Blog Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703D Louisville Road When: At 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14; additional show at midnight Oct. 8 Preceded by an improv performance by the Odd Lot Tickets: $15. Come dressed as a hero or villain and get in for $10 Information:

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‘Art guitars’ will be auctioned at two Savannah Folk Festival events, the Folkfest in Ellis Square this Friday night and at the Sunday, Oct. 9 Concert in Forsyth Park (2–7:30 p.m.) Bohemian Reflections: Photographs by Jan Reich — Thru Feb. 5 at Telfair Academy, Galleries 1 and 2, 121 Barnard St. Burton ‘Buddy’ Metzger — Work by this local photographer is featured at the JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St., Oct. 2-31. Noteworthy Art Exhibit — Display of “art guitars” fashioned by area artists at the Ellis Square Visitors Center. October 7 & 9 the guitars will be auctioned as part of the 22nd Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival. ’Shredded Greens + White Flags’ and ‘Visual Thinc-ers’ — ThincSavannah hosts two concurrent shows through Nov. 4. “Shredded Greens + White Flags” features ll feature Betsy Cain’s shredded paintings. John Spurlock displays drawings and paintings. “Visual Thinc-ers” features work by eight current and former ThincSavannah members working in visual disciplines. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard Street, Suite 300 ’We Done All We Could and None of It’s Good’ — Trenton Doyle Hancock is best known for his ongoing narrative and theatrical installations. Hancock is in dialogue with guest curator David Norr at Gutstein Gallery on Fri., Oct. 7, 5-6 p.m. Artist reception at the Gallery in conjunction with the gallery hop. Friday,

Oct. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Show is up through Nov. 5. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St Alter-Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea — This midcareer survey consists of approximately 30 works, including photographs, drawings, videos, and mixedmedia installations by this Cuban-American, Georgia born artist. Through January 8. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Betsy Cain: In Situ — Savannah painter Cain’s first solo show at the Jepson looks at “how a place inhabits you over time. A personal excavation of meanings.” She’s adopted a personal form of expressive abstraction, reflecting her beginnings as a figurative painter and her inspiration in the landscape of the Georgia coast. Show runs through Dec 4. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Beyond Utility: Pottery Created by Enslaved Hands — Although made for utilitarian purposes, the 19th century jars, jugs and other vessels exemplify the work of experienced artisans who were enslaved people, including David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter.” Show runs through Dec. 17. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., http://www.

BloodBerry Moon Delight — Recent works by Savannah artist Jessica Knapp. Through October with reception Oct. 20 from 6-9 p.m. Ready for the fall and especially Halloween, Knapp creates paintings and mixed media “fresh kills” that are witty, and “adorably grotesque”. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Harmonic Discord: Cityscapes by John Dowell — Sept. 23 –Feb. 5. Telfair Academy, Galleries 3 and 4, 121 Barnard St. Hospice Savannah 5 x 7 show — 3rd Annual 5 by 7 art show through October 14 in the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery. Approximately 170 paintings, ceramics and photographs will be on display, each with their own silent bid sheet. Bids start at $33 in honor of Hospice Savannah’s 33 years of not-for-profit hospice and bereavement care to the community. Final bids will be taken during the closing reception Friday, October 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to drop by during normal business hours, and also to attend the closing reception. 100% of proceeds benefit not for profit Hospice Savannah, Inc. Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. JenMarie Zeleznak: Lovesick — SCAD MFA thesis exhibition Oct. 3-17 at new gallery space next to Bicycle Link. Opening reception Fri. Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m. Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd.

Jerome Meadows: The Things That Really Matter — Collage and assemblage works by Indigo Sky founder and director Jerome Meadows, a number of which have never been exhibited before. A range of topics from the political and economic issues that our country is currently grappling with to the mix of personal intricacies that enliven our day-to-day interactions. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Judith Kruger: ‘Wanderlust’ — Mixed media paintings and prints initiated through personal engagement with overlooked surfaces in everyday life. Reception Fri. Oct. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Fahm Gallery, 1 Fahm St. Night of the Living Dead — 15th annual Halloween party at A.T. Hun, Sat. Oct. 29, starting at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be served. A.T. Hun Gallery, 302 W. St. Julian St. Ray Ellis: New prints — The Ray Ellis Gallery/Compass Prints, Inc. will release three new limited edition prints for the 2011 season. ‘Egrets Rising’ and ‘Sailing by the Pines’ and ‘Morning Sail’ are all from oils painted this year. Ellis will be signing new editions Friday, Nov. 11 from 3-6 p.m. Also on exhibit: “Before the Painting”: A collection of 24 small preliminary sketches from the archives. The exhibition will be up until Dec. 24. Gallery Hours: Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ray Ellis Gallery , 205 W. Congress 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 materials- by this New-York-based rising star in America’s contemporary art world. Through Oct. 7 at Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. Todo Esta Bien! — (Everything is OK). New works by DrZ. At Local 11ten through October. Local 11ten, 1110 Bull St., Tradition in Transition: A Celebration of Quilts — Group show by members of the Savannah Quilt Guild. Quilting workshops/demos on select Wednesdays during October. Call for info. Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry Street, Trick or Treat @ Kobo Gallery — Savannah Fine Art Dealers Association event at Kobo Gallery, part of this year’s Trick or Treat gallery hop. New artists displaying their work are painter T.S. Kist, photographer Meryl Truett, and mixed media artist Marta McWhorter. Kobo

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The new comedy–drama 50/50 centers around a cancerous presence, and that refers to Seth Rogen as much as it does to the malignant tumor found located on the spine of young Adam (Joseph Gordon–Levitt). Carve Rogen out of the picture, and its chances of being a truly moving picture about people coping in sickness and in health increase exponentially. This is nothing personal about Rogen, who I generally enjoy watching – heck, I didn’t even mind him bringing his slobbery man–boy act to the iconic role of the Green Hornet. But 50/50, inspired by scripter Will Reiser’s own battle with cancer, doesn’t need his services, which only get in the way of a potentially heart–rending story about how a



Jason Statham stars in Killer Elite, heavy on testosterone but short on complexity.

20–something who theoretically has his whole life ahead of him must cope with a tragedy that threatens to cheat him out of his future. Gordon–Levitt delivers a sensitive portrayal as Adam, perpetually trying to get a grasp on emotions that understandably don’t know where to go. Adam shares an interesting relationship with his therapist (Up in the Air Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick), a medical newbie who isn’t quite certain how to comfort her patient. He has trouble with his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), who’s mentally ill–equipped to deal with a partner who’s now bald and barfing all over the place. He bonds with two older cancer patients (Matt Frewer and national treasure Philip Baker Hall) who take him under their wing. And he has difficulties communicating with his mother (Anjelica Huston), a drama queen who’s already dealing



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with an Alzheimer’s–afflicted husband (Serge Houde). These are all intriguing relationships, but every time we become immersed in these particular character dynamics, along comes Rogen as Adam’s unlikely best friend Kyle. Kyle clearly has Adam’s back, and had Rogen, in his capacity as one of the film’s producers, graciously allowed another actor to play the role, we might have had something special. But the film’s delicate mood is broken anytime Kyle opens his mouth to talk about shaving his balls or getting laid or basically anything that trumpets his obnoxiousness. 50/50 is a good movie about 60 percent of the time, but a higher percentage would have been appreciated.

Sure, it’s easy to pick on the Twilight guy. Because who’s gonna rush to his defense other than smitten Team Jacob fans? Make no mistake about it: Abduction, in which Taylor Lautner is handed his first starring role in a motion picture, will never, ever, ever be mistaken for a good movie. But the declarations (from critics and Twilight bashers alike) that it’s the worst picture of the year strike me as armchair grandstanding – hey, it may star a wooden werewolf, but at least it’s thankfully free of any zoo animals who talk like Sylvester Stallone and Adam Sandler. John Singleton, whose Boyz N The Hood remains continents removed from most of his subsequent work, slides further into irrelevance with a Junior G–Men–type tale that features a stellar supporting cast, some decent action sequences, and a leading man who reacts to every dire situation as if he’s just been asked to clean his room. Lautner plays Nathan, a high school kid who has Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) for a psychiatrist and Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) and the Coyote Ugly bar owner (Mario Bello) for parents. When he and his classmate Karen (Lily Collins, whose performance is about as monotonous as most of daddy Phil’s music) embark on a school assignment that inexplicably leads them to do research on a missing persons web page, they discover an old photo of a little boy who looks like a pre–Taylor Lautner Taylor Lautner. IMs are swapped, Euro–trash baddies arrive to blow up the house, and suddenly Nathan and Karen find

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Killer Elite is basically what The Expendables 2 would look like if everyone except Jason Statham decided to bail on the project. A fussy action film that’s heavy on the firepower and the testosterone but short on anything resembling complexity or wit, this stars Statham as Danny, a former assassin whose mentor (Robert De Niro) is being held captive by a Middle Eastern sheik. The wealthy ruler wants Danny to avenge the deaths of his three sons by taking out the overzealous British operatives responsible for their grisly slayings; Danny is forced to accept the assignment to save his friend’s life, and he’s thereafter pursued by a maverick British agent named Spike (Clive Owen). I don’t know which is more risible: Owen’s mustache, which would have been the envy of any 70s–era porn star, or the fact that someone as tough and charismatic as Owen could possibly be saddled with the name Spike. Anyone hoping for an intriguing game of cat–and–mouse between Statham and Owen – on the order of, say, Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive or De Niro and Al Pacino in Heat – will soon realize that their skirmishes, both mentally and physically, can’t even match the feud between Tom and Jerry – or Punch and Judy, for that matter. As for De Niro, he has long stopped mattering as an actor, merely content to collect paychecks with the same frenzy as Pac–Man eating all those dots. Having said that, his presence

here is welcome, not only for providing the picture with its most most humane moments but also by keeping him too busy to make another damn Fockers sequel.

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Perhaps because it’s being released less than a year after The Fighter, Warrior has already been relentlessly compared to that drama which likewise focuses on two brothers involved with a pounding sport (boxing there, mixed martial arts here). I had problems with The Fighter (starting with Melissa Leo’s canvas–chewing performance, which inexplicably won her an Oscar), but on balance, I have more with Warrior, which does a nice job of mostly subverting the inevitable genre cliches but has trouble coming up with anything new to fill the void. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play the slugging siblings: Hardy’s Tommy Conlon is a former Marine who’s battling all manner of personal demons, while Edgerton’s Brendan is a teacher who’s forced back into the ring in order to make money and prevent foreclosure on his home. Both have their eyes on winning the championship, but first, they need to undergo the proper training and then beat a formidable slate of opponents if they expect to make it to the final match. Director–cowriter Gavin O’Connor and team ably set up the dire circumstances that blanket these men’s lives, particularly their relationship with their estranged father Paddy (Nick Nolte, simply superb). But because we know exactly which two characters will end up in the championship bout (despite the challenge of a hulking Russian straight out of Rocky IV), the home stretch occasionally becomes tedious, with the emphasis shifting from character development to repetitive slugfests. Worse, Hardy and Edgerton barely have any scenes together, which drains their climactic confrontation of much of its power. I suspect many men will nevertheless tear up at the end, but if this is supposed to be the successor to Brian’s Song, it’s slightly off–key.

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Walter Hill, a fine writer–director who knows a thing or 12 about helming testosterone–tinged flicks with an existential bent about them (Hard Times, The Warriors, The Long Riders, Undisputed, many more), once orchestrated a solid little film in this milieu called The Driver. Made in 1978, it starred Ryan O’Neal as a taciturn professional whose job was driving getaway cars. In keeping with the stripped–down style of the movie, Hill elected to only give his characters handles rather than actual names: The Driver, The Detective, The Player, The Exchange Man, and so on. The new movie Drive may be based on the book by James Sallis (Hossein Amini handled the adaptation), but as filtered through the sensibilities of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, there’s more than a little bit of Hill up there on the screen. There’s also a little bit – scratch that; there’s a lot – of Refn’s European predecessors as well, with this accomplished picture evoking memories of Godard, Leone and even Kurosawa in its depiction of the silent anti–hero as the ultimate in celluloid cool. Here, another Ryan – Ryan Gosling – plays another tight–lipped Driver, this one likewise employed as a wheelman for crooks. But that’s merely the least reputable of his three jobs: When he’s not working on the wrong side of the law (as illustrated in a spectacular opening set–piece), he’s a movie stunt driver as well as a mechanic in a garage owned by the shady Shannon (Bryan Cranston). Shannon is his link between all three jobs, which becomes problematic once they get involved with a pair of high–end criminals with notable cruel streaks: Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks), a former Hollywood producer (doubtless a swimming–with– sharks in–joke, and a funny one), and his crude partner Nino (Ron Perlman, and it’s nice to see him back from the valley of Conan the Barbarian). Refn, who won the Best Director prize for Drive at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has fashioned a work that’s as slick as its protagonist: Its muted Euro–sheen mingles easily with its American atmospherics, and it’s all punctuated by bouts of brutal and unsightly gore that never feel like exploitive overkill but instead serve to feed the urgency of the moment

(never more evident than the elevator scene, when Driver switches from Casanova to killer in mere seconds). Gosling’s Driver, with his Zen demeanor and a toothpick perpetually dangling from his mouth, is the sort of character that could emerge as a bad–boy icon for a hungry generation if the film hits big; at the very least, it certainly should do well for the fortunes of its talented star. Drive is such a sterling achievement for most of its running time – perhaps one of the year’s best – that it’s alarming when it crashes and burns during its final 15 minutes. After approximately 90 minutes of careful buildup, the end feels maddeningly rushed, with the actions of various characters bordering on the illogical and their fates succumbing to genre expectations.



An entertaining if unwieldy cross between a PSA and one of those all– star idiocies from the 1970s — those disaster flicks involving hijacked planes, hurtling meteors or towering infernos — Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion tracks the entire cycle of a disease that begins with one person and ends with the deaths of millions of people worldwide. Episodic in the extreme, the picture mostly follows the scientists and health officials tasked with finding a cure — considering that Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle are cast in these roles, one gets the impression that being a physical beauty is a requisite to these jobs. Representing Everyman, meanwhile, is Matt Damon, an ordinary joe whose wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the first victim of the disease (that’s no spoiler, as she dies within the film’s first 10 minutes and is sporadically seen in flashback thereafter). And then there’s online activist (Jude Law) who believes it’s all some government conspiracy and states that he possesses a tried and true antidote. Where the film works best is in its condemnation of the all–mighty power of the Internet and its self–proclaimed prophets, as repped by Law’s opportunistic and misleading blogger. If nothing else, Contagion will at least be remembered for the great line uttered by one of its brainiac characters: “Blogging isn’t writing; it’s graffiti with punctuation!” CS

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:

Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning group of folks who meet to talk about politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and anything else that pops up. Every first and third Thursday, around 7:30 p.m. at Loco’s, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us!

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.

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

Chef’s Table: A Benefit for Kids Cafe

A Celebration of Savannah’s finest chefs at the Plantation Club at the Landings. Tues. Oct. 18, 6pm. $150 per person. Kids Cafe provides more than 2,500 local children with a hot, nutritious evening meal, tutoring and mentoring every day. Ticket info: Second Harvest of Coastal

Cornhole Tournament to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Saturday, October 8 at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Over $500 in cash and prizes. Silent auction for several specially-designed cornhole boards created by students in the sequential art department at SCAD. The Josh Maul Band at 7pm. Registration begins 11:30am, $30 per team until October 5th. $40 per team day of event. Information at 912/220-5692.

Food Bank Food Drives Wanted

America’s Second Harvest Food Bank in Savannah is experiencing food shortages. For information on hosting a food drive at your workplace or church contact (912) 236-6750 or

Forest Keeper Volunteers Needed

Sat. Oct. 8, 9am to noon. The Savannah Tree Foundation will hold its 2nd Saturday Forest Keeper event at Bacon Park Golf Course. Mulch and care for the 100+ oak trees on Shorty Cooper Dr. Instructors, tools, refreshments and community service credit provided. www. or 912-233-8733(TREE)

Golf for Birdies: Benefit for America’s Second Harvest

Take a swing against hunger at this charity tournament that provides more than 6,000 turkeys for families in need during the holidays. Mon. Nov. 7, 8:30 am at the Savannah Golf Club. Lunch and prizes included. Info: 912.721.1789 or

Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century, “Patrick’s Ride”

7 a.m., Saturday, October 15, Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, to the Augusta Riverwalk. Join cyclists from around the region for a 120-mile bike ride from Savannah to Augusta that raises funds to support Harvest of Hope, a special weekend retreat for pediatric and adult cancer patients and their families from our local community. For more informa-


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Helping Fight Hunger Food Drive

October 1-31, drop of non-perishable food items to any Ameris Bank. On October 31, Ameris Bancorp will match the number of items collected and all will be donated to local food charities. In Savannah, donations will go to America’s Second Harvest and Old Savannah City Mission.

Household Supplies Drive

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

Pumpkin Patch at White Bluff UMC

The pumpkins are arriving at White Bluff United Methodist Church at 11911 White Bluff Road on Saturday, October 8. Open Monday thru Saturday 10am until dark. Sundays from 12 noon until dark. Pre-schools and other groups are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry of White Bluff United Methodist Church. Contact Chip Barabas at 912-925-5924.

Tree Planting Volunteers Needed

Savannah Tree Foundation needs 50 volunteers on Saturday, October 8th, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. for its Forestkeeper 2nd Saturday event at Shorty Cooper Drive, the Bacon Park Golf Course entrance. Volunteers will mulch 100 trees, and learn about the environmental benefits of trees. Refreshments and Community Service hours are provided. www.savannahtree. com or 912-233-8733.

Trunk Show Benefiting Rape Crisis Center

Trunk Show featuring The MacBeth Collection. 20% of sales will go to the Rape Crisis Center. Location: Knights of Columbus 5588, 700 Christopher Dr. (Off Waters Ave. behind Wangs 2) 6-8pm October 6. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.

Call for Entries Call for Artwork inspired by MagicPassion-Love

Cash Prize. Deadline Nov. 1. $25 Entry Fee. Exhibition Dates: Nov. 7 - Jan.7. Art Reception & Winner Announced: Thurs,, Nov. 10, 6-8pm. Caraway Cafe, corner Broughton and Abercorn Streets. Proceeds support H.U.G.S. For more info & to apply:

Casting Call for HGTV Show

Bang for your Buck is filming in Savannah in November. Seeking fun, enthusiastic and energetic homeowners who have renovated their small home, guest house or carriage house in the past 5 years (spaces of 1200 square feet or less). The winner of this episode will receive a generous grand prize. Request an application by contacting Katie at: kwoolsey@highnoontv. com or (303) 872-8678. Produced by High Noon Entertainment. or

Coastal Photo Contest

Enter your favorite images of the flora, fauna and scenery of the southeast Atlantic coast in the Costal Photo Contest sponsored by the Coastal Group Sierra Club and Wilderness Southeast. Complete contest rules and submission instructions are available at www. The submission deadline is October 12.

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.

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Grant Applications Sought

The St. Thomas Thrift Store is accepting requests from area charities for grants to be awarded at the end of 2011. Grants generally range from $500 to $1500. Please contact Betty Ann Brooks at BettyAnn.Brooks@Yahoo. com for an application packet. The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by November 15, 2011. Alternatively, a limited number of applications are available at the Thrift Store at 1126 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Singing Auditions

Now holding auditions for female singers. Please contact 912-272-2848 for more info.

Classes, Camps & Workshops “Taking your Fashion Designs to Production”

Two part class for fashion designers on the rise. Learn what it takes to create your own line of clothes and get the inside track of what the garment industry is like from a 50 year garment veteran. Saturdays, Oct, 1 & 8. 12noon-2pm, at Savannah Sewing Academy, 1917 Bull St. (Ginger Bread House - Artists Row) www.savsew. com. RSVP at

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

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

Beading Classes

Learn jewelry-making techniques from begin-

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Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. 2nd Monday, 2-4pm. 4th Thursday 10am-12noon. Fee:$20 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at or 912-354-6686.

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.

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

Boater Safety Classes

Champions Training Center

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912349-4582 or visit

Drawing Instruction

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

DUI Prevention Group

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

Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops a month to assist citizens who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support and/or visitation and contempt. Schedule: 1st

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Free Estate Planning Workshop

Educational Seminar on Estate Planning at Georgia Heritage FCU. 1085 W. Lathrop Ave. (outside the gates of International Paper). Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8pm. Open to the public. Speakers are Dennis Woolard and Richard Barid. Call to reserve. 912.236.4400. Meal will be provided.

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Instruction for all ages of beginner/intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

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

ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore

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.

Savannah Charlesfunders

The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Tuesday from 7:30-8:30pm to discuss stock and bond investing in the global and local markets. Meetings take place at ThincSavannah on 35 Barnard Street. Information: charlesfund@

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

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

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

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

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

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-2324232 x115 or

Anitra is currently 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. SCAD students and alumni $5 discount. Call 786247-9923,, www.

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animal reserve, Meets at the Jepson Center, 7 W York St, 10am-1pm. Members: $100

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

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.

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--Multiple Instruments

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

New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

Pet and People Portraits

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

Playing with Pixels--Adult Digital Photo Workshop

Offered by the Telfair Museums. Fri Oct 7 - Sun Oct 9., Instructor Charlie Ribbens focuses on digital photography and the basic functions of 35mm SLR manual cameras. Manual and digital cameras provided for participant use, on-location shoots in the historic district, and Sunday morning field trip to Oatland Island

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

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

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info.

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

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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:

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!

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

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

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and

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

Safe Kids Savannah

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

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Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

Savannah Adventure Club

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah


istoric Savannah Chapter of ABWA

fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:1511:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah

Critters To Go! Animal Show!

5901 Ogeechee Road (Exit 94 off I-95, 1 Mile East) Sav., GA 31419 (912) 927-4848 – Keller’s Flea Market is not responsible for accidents –

Fender® University professor and Wazoo Music Group recording artist Gary Hoey is hitting the road to demonstrate the latest in Fender guitar and amplifier products. At the appearance, Hoey will introduce players to the wide variety of affordable Fender electric guitars and the Passport 500 sound system. He will also demonstrate the new Fender G-DEC guitar amplifier series like no other guitar amp you’ve ever experienced. World renowned rock guitarist Gary Hoey takes his singer/songwriter talents to the next level with his latest album, “Utopia” on Wazoo Music Group. In 1993 Gary Hoey launched his career with the hit song “Hocus Pocus.” With a collection of 16 albums and five top 20 Billboard hits, it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Whether it’s rock, blues, surf or Christmas, Hoey’s command of each style makes his live show one of the most exciting on the circuit today.


ers 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.


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Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

Everyone that loves to sing is invited to join with the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers Sat. Sept. 10, 1pm. Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road in Savannah. All are welcome to participate or listen in on one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Information: 912655-0994 or visit

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 Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to or Dave Armstrong at or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

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

Savannah Jaycees

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

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 912-238-3170 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.

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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://

Savannah Toastmasters

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

Savannah Writers Group

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

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

Son-shine Hour

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

techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger,

Victorian Neighborhood Association

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

Conferences 10th Annual Harvest of Hope Retreat

This annual retreat for families coping with cancer will be held the weekend of October 15 &16 at New Ebenezer Retreat Center. Sponsored by Memorial University Medical Center. Applications for this fun-filled weekend are now being accepted. To apply, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845.

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

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

Adult Intermediate Ballet

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


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Argentine Tango

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Information at www.ayoluwa. org Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah

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

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3:30pm. Open to the public. Cost $3.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email savh_

The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. or call 912-5965267.

The Peacock Guild

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

The Philo Cafe

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

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

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

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

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

C.C. Express Dance Team

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

Ceili Club

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

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ or 912-704-2052.

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany at 272-8329.

Modern Dance Class

Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Fridays 10-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more info, call Elizabeth 912-354-5586.

Pole Dancing Class

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

Salsa Lessons

Salsa Savannah offers beginner and intermediate salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at several locations. For more info, contact:, or call 856-7323.

Salsa Savannah

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

Savannah Dance Club

“Magnificent Mondays” at Doubles, The Quality Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Cash karaoke prizes. (No entry fee). Shag, swing, cha-cha and line dancing. Beginning Sept 5. $100 cash drawing 1st & 3rd Monday nights. Everyone invited. No cover Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-398-8784.

Savannah Shag Club

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

The Savannah Dance Club

Savannah Dance Club hosts “Magnificent Mondays” at Doubles, The Quality Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Cash karaoke prizes. (No entry fee). Shag, swing, cha-cha and line dancing. Beginning Sept 5. $100 cash drawing 1st & 3rd Monday nights. Everyone invited. No cover Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-3988784. Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. ,

Events 20th Annual Walk to Remember for Infant Loss Awareness

Open to bereaved parents, concerned relatives, and friends, the Walk to Remember is intended to be a way of remembering a special baby. 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20, Lake Mayer Park. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss

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A guided tour on our passenger car and the history of the Central of Georgia Railroad and complex. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Sept, Oct. & Nov. Fri/Sat rides at 11am,1pm, and 2pm. Sun. rides at 1pm and 2pm. Free with $10 regular adult admission. State Railroad Museum/The Roundhouse 601 W. Harris St. 912-651-6823

Fall Celebration at Bamboo Farms

Sponsored by Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School PTO. Sat. Oct. 8, 11am-5pm at Bamboo Farms and Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd.. $2 entry fee. $1 games. Information: 912-228-9040.

Geekend 2011

Savannah’s “annual gathering of the geek tribe” features keynoters Baratunde Thurston, Digital Director for “The Onion” and Vivian Rosenthal, CEO of GoldRun. Nov.10-12 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Registration: $95/ Early Bird (by Sept. 1) $165 General registration. Info: Coastal Georgia Center,

Lecture series: Holy Books of the World’s Religions

Back by popular demand, this 5-part series is taught by Michael Freeman, M. Div. Learn about the common messages found in the holy texts of different world religions as well as their distinctions. Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Hinduism, and others. Tuesdays Oct 4-Nov.1 from 6:30-8 pm at 1001 E. Gwinnett at the Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community. $20/person or pay as able. Advance registration required. Information: or facebook Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community.

Life Drawing at the Wormhole!

Every Saturday, 2:45pm - 6pm. Different live models weekly. Facilitated by a professional artist and figure model. $10 at the door (a portion of this goes to local pet rescue)The Wormhole is closed to the public during these sessions. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull Street (at 40th Street near Starland). Ages 21+. Contact Eric at 912-6318250 for information, or for interested models.

Film & Video 3rd Annual LGBT Film Festival

Two days of award-winning LGBT films at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Friday, Oct 14 at 7:00 pm: LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR. Saturday, Oct 15 at 12 pm: WISH ME AWAY; 2:30 pm SELECTshorts (eight international short films); 4:15 pm: GUN HILL ROAD. For info and tickets go to www. or call 713-5546.


A film series that seeks to bring new, first-run films to Savannah including critically acclaimed foreign films and documentaries, among others. To subscribe to information about the series, including screening dates and times, email:

Psychotronic Film Society

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

Reel Savannah

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

Fitness Belly Drills

This is an intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability.


Diesel Train Rides @ The Roundhouse

Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit For info: cybelle@cybelle3. com or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

Bellydancing for fun and fitness

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


Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

VING TSUN (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Using angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them makes VING TSUN Kung Fu effective for everyone. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to find out about our free trial classes 912-429-9241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop Ins welcome.

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

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

Pilates Mat Classes

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

Pregancy Yoga

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

Rolf Method Bodywork

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

The Yoga Room

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

Yoga for Cancer Patients

Free of charge for people with cancer. Learn to increase your strength and flexibility and improve your overall well-being. Tuesdays, 6.30 p.m. Thursdays,12:10 p.m. FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Information and registration, call Katy Keyes at 912-350-9031.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays and 12:10 p.m., Thursdays, FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Call 912-350-9031.

Zumba Fitness (R) classes

Mondays at 7:15-8:15. Located at The Ballet school, studio B, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. $7 per class or $60 for 10 classes. Contact April for more info. 912-306-5598.

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Awareness Month, and the Walk to Remember is dedicated to the approximately 870,000 babies that die each year through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death. For more information contact Fran McAleer at 912667-8579.


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Gay & Lesbian

help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-3563688 for information.

First City Network Board Meeting

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

Expired or Unused Medication Disposal Event

Gay AA Meeting

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

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. Savannah

Savannah Pride, Inc.

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

Stand Out Youth

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

What Makes A Family

Alcoholics Anonymous

Drop off unwanted or expired prescription medication 24 hours a day, Oct. 1-29 at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Police Department on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street. Part of the National Take Back Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). All drugs collected will be destroyed by the DEA. Drugs may be in or out of containers. Needles will not be accepted. For information call 912.344.3333 or visit www.

Free hearing & speech screening

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

Healthcare for the Uninsured

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

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


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Help for Iraq War Veterans

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

Hypnobirthing Classes

If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can

Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions

held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904327-0499, or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762,

Integrative Therapies for Breast Cancer

Sat. October 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Mercer Auditorium in the William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research on the Memorial University Medical Center campus. Breakfast, speakers, and music by violinist Jadde Nolty from Savannah Philharmonic orchestra. Learn about and sample some of the integrative therapies at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial, including chair yoga, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, and guided meditation. Free and open to the public. 912-350-5903.

La Leche League of Savannah

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

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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

Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-264-7154.

Reiki & energy healing share

Thurs. Oct. 6th 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Held at BALANCE LLC. 7505 Waters Ave, Suite 10B. $10.00 Contact Libby, 912-656-7711.

Nature and Environment

Walk on the Wild Side

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 8983980, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Wilderness Southeast

Offers a variety of programs every month including guided trips with naturalists, canoe rides and more. Their mission is to develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-236-8115 or sign-up on our website

Pets & Animals Low Cost Pet Clinic

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

St. Almo

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

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 4476605. Savannah

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local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-786-5917 or visit Tybee Island

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

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Offering a variety of fun educational programs including Beach Discovery Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle Talks and the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of

A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Bring a treat and a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savannah http://www.

Writing Group: How to Create an Audio Book

Savannah Writers Group presents Jonah Cummings, audio book narrator, Tues. Oct. 11, 7pm at Barnes & Noble, Oglethorpe Mall, Savannah, GA Information: 912-341-9592 Free and open to the public. If time permits, works-in-progress critiquing will follow.

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Christian Businessmen’s Committee

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. Savannah

Gregorian Chant by Candlelight

For a peaceful end to your day attend the chanted service of Compline (Singing Good Night to God) sung at 9pm every Sunday night by the Compline Choir of historic Christ Church (1733) on Johnson Square; 28 Bull Street. Open to the public. All are welcome! Call 232-4131 for more info.

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www., click ’Watch Now’. 927-8601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1-877-494-8629,, Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.

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Realizing The God Within

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(March 21–April 19) “Do unto others as they wish,” advised French artist Marcel Duchamp, “but with imagination.” I recommend that approach to you, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can create good fortune for yourself by tuning into the needs and cravings of others, and then satisfying those needs and cravings in your own inimitable and unpredictable ways. Don’t just give the people you care about the mirror image of what they ask for; give them a funhouse mirror image that reflects your playful tinkering.


(April 20–May 20) Winner of the American Book Award in 1963, William Stafford wrote thousands of poems. The raw materials for his often–beautiful creations were the fragments and debris of his daily rhythm. “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken,” he said in describing his life’s work. You are now in a phase when you could achieve a comparable feat, Taurus. You have the power to turn dross into sweetness, refuse into treasure, loss into gain.


(May 21–June 20) Is there something you’ve always wanted to create but have not gotten around to creating? Now would be an excellent time to finally get that project off the ground. Is there any role you have fantasized about taking on but have never actually sought out? Now would be a perfect moment to initiate an attempt. Is there any big mysterious deal you’ve thought about connecting with but never have? Any profound question you’ve longed to pose but didn’t? Any heart–expanding message you’ve wanted to deliver but couldn’t bring yourself to? You know what to do.


(June 21–July 22) The experiences you’re flirting with seem to be revivals of long– forgotten themes. You’re trying to recover and reinvigorate stuff that was abandoned or neglected way back when. You’re dipping into the past to salvage defunct resources, hoping to find new applications for them. To illustrate the spirit of what you’re doing, I’ve resurrected some obsolete words I found in an 18th–centry

dictionary. Try sprinkling them into your conversations; make them come alive again. “Euneirophrenia” means “peace of mind after a sweet dream.” The definition of “neanimorphic” is “looking younger than one’s true age.” “Gloze” is when you speak soothing or flattering words in order to persuade. “Illapse” means the gradual or gentle entrance of one thing into another.


(July 23–Aug. 22) An old Egyptian saying declares that “the difference between a truth and a lie weighs no more than a feather.” I suspect that your upcoming experiences will vividly demonstrate the accuracy of that statement. There will be a very fine line between delusional nonsense and helpful wisdom . . . between colorful but misleading BS and articulate, provocative analysis . . . between interesting but irrelevant fantasies and cogent, evidence–based prognostications. Which side will you be on, Leo? To increase your chances of getting it right, be a stickler for telling yourself the heart–strong truth.

take maximum advantage of the vast potential you have available. Don’t scrimp on the love and intelligence you put into your labor of love.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) “I don’t want to play the part of the mythical phoenix again,” my Scorpio friend Kelly has been moaning as she prepares for her latest trial by fire. “I’ve burned myself to the ground and risen reborn out of the ashes two times this year already. Why can’t someone else take a turn for a change?” While I empathized, I thought it was my duty to tell her what I consider to be the truth: More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Scorpios have supreme skills in the art of metaphorical self–immolation and regeneration. You’re better able to endure the ordeal, too. Besides, part of you actually enjoys the heroic drama and the baby–fresh feelings that come over you as you reanimate yourself from the soot and cinders. Ready for another go?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

What’s the most practical method of acquiring wealth? One out of every five Americans believes that it’s by playing the lottery. While it is true, Virgo, that you now have a slightly elevated chance of guessing the winning numbers in games of chance –– the odds are only 90 million to one instead of 100 million to one –– I don’t recommend that you spend any time seeking greater financial security in this particular way. A much better use of your current cosmic advantage would be to revitalize and reorganize your approach to making, spending, saving, and investing money.

When she was seven years old, my daughter Zoe created a cartoon panel with colored pens. It showed an orange–haired girl bending down to tend to three orange flowers. High overhead was an orange five–pointed star. The girl was saying, “I think it would be fun being a star,” while the star mused, “I think it would be great to be a girl.” I urge you to create your own version of this cartoon, Sagittarius. Put a picture of yourself where the girl was in Zoe’s rendering. Getting your imagination to work in this way will put you in the right frame of mind to notice and take advantage of the opportunities that life will bring you. Here’s your mantra, an ancient formula the mystics espouse: “As above, so below.”



The Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for over six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational. The astrological omens suggest that any carefully prepared project you launch in the coming weeks could achieve that kind of staying power, Libra. So

Years ago, I discovered I was eligible to join MENSA, an organization for people with high IQs. Since I’d never gotten any awards, plaques, or badges, I thought I’d indulge in this little sin of pride. Not too long after I signed up, however, I felt like an idiot for doing it. Whenever I told someone I belonged to MENSA, I felt sheepish about seeming to imply that I was extra smart. Eventually I resigned from the so–called genius club. But


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then I descended into deeper egomania –– I started bragging about how I had quit MENSA because I didn’t want to come off like an egotist. How egotistical was that? Please avoid this type of unseemly behavior in the coming week, Capricorn. Be authentically humble, not fake like me. It’ll be important for your success.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Right now you have license to make pretty much everything bigger and funnier and wickeder. Good fortune is likely to flow your way as you seek out experiences that are extra interesting and colorful and thought–provoking. This is no time for you to be shy about asking for what you want or timid about stirring up adventure. Be louder and prouder than usual. Be bolder and brighter, nosier and cozier, weirder and more whimsical. The world needs your very best idiosyncrasies and eccentricities!


(Feb. 19–March 20) There is a slight chance the following scenario will soon come to pass: A psychic will reveal that you have a mutant liver that can actually thrive on alcohol, and you will then get drunk on absinthe every day for two weeks, and by the end of this grace period, you will have been freed of 55 percent of the lingering guilt you’ve carried around for years, plus you will care 40 percent less about what people think of you. Extra bonus: You’ll feel like a wise rookie who’s ready to learn all about intimacy as if you were just diving into it for the first time. But get this, Pisces: There’s an even greater chance that these same developments will unfold very naturally –– without the psychic, without the prediction about a mutant liver, and without the nonstop drunkenness.

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The Savannah Zen Center

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

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

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

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 2340980, or 313 E. Harris St. , Savannah

Unity of Savannah

Two Sunday morning Celebration Services 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, or call 912-3554704. 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo

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

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

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


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

Al-Anon Family Group (Troup Square)

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

Al-Anon Meetings

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 for information.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Meets every second

Amputee Support Group

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

Brain Injury Support Group

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. http://

Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Meets every Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue and Paulsen Street at 5:30 pm. Survivor’s and care providers welcome. We meet in the library, entrance on Washington Ave. Contact Melissa at 912-8444524 or Krista at 912-819-7053 if you have questions.

Cancer support group

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-5704. Savannah

Fibromyalgia support group

meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah http://www.

Gambling problem?

12-step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly in Savannah. Leave msg with contact information for Phil @ 912-7484730.

Grief Support Group

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

Heartbeats for Life

A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Fall topics: Oct. 18 Diabetes, it ain’t just about the sugar. Nov. 15 Say “No” to Heart Disease; Cancer; Diabetes; & Obesity. Contact, Jeff: 912598-8457; email:

LD-AD/HD Support Group

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

Parents of children with learning disorders, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder are invited to join this professionally lead support group discussion problem solving, medication, alternative treatments and more. Pre-registration req’d. Call Laurel Brady at 912-659-4687.

Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Call 355-1221; or visit 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

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

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email emptycradle_savannah@ 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

Domestic violence support group

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah

Don’t Face Your Problems Alone

Are you between the ages of 11-18, or a concerned parent of a teen? We are here to help. Please call Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter 912-234-4048 or www.

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Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

Living without Violence

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah

Multiple Sclerosis support group

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

Narcotics Anonymous

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Tuesdays: 6:30-8pm, Trinity

Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:30-3:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of the month. 5-6:30pm in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For more info, call 355-6347 or 2384666.

Rape Crisis Center

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

Senior Citizen’s Inc. Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Spinal Injury Support Group

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

Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Sponsored by Savannah Educational Consultants and Royce Learning Center. Professionally led support groups will be held on the 4th Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm. Meetings will be held at Royce Learning Center, at 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. Contact Laurel Brady, 912-659-4687 or email

Support Group for Parents of Ill Children

who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity. Meets once a week. Call Donna at 3505616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/backus

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

Theatre Auditions for December Musical Auditions Oct. 8. 11:00am-12:30pm. for “Hands of the Spirit,” a. musical by Mary Padgelek. Performances Dec. 10-12. Principles: 5 men, 7 women. Chorus of men and women, ages 16-adult. Singers, dancers, choir members. By Appointment Only, held at Notre Dame Academy (Bull and 33rd Streets). Call 912-247-4644 to set up an appointment.

Volunteers Comunity Cardiovascular Council

Clerical and medical volunteers needed for non-profit working to eliminate heart disease. Flexible shifts and training provided. Staff the reception desk, answer phones, check patients in and out, etc. Medical Volunteers take blood pressure readings and assist in data management. 912-232-6624 or

Good Samaratin Clinic

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The Good Samaritan Clinic serves people without insurance and whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. To volunteer call 964-4326.

Live Oak Regional Public Libraries

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

Oatland Island Education Center

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

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

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

The Dolphin Project of Georgia

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

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2118 New Mexico, off Pennsylvania,3BR/1BA, LR, eat-in kitchen, fully furnished, carport, fenced yard.Outside pet ok w/deposit. $800/mo. if paid by 1st, $795/dep. Available Oct. 15th. 912-352-8251

FIRST MONTH 50% OFF! SOUTHSIDE: 3 Chateaugay, next to Welwood. 3BR/1.5BA, central heat/air, furnished-kitchen,LR,laundry-room, carport, fenced yard, new roof,new floor,new paint.Outside pets OK.Available Now. $900/month if paid by 1st, $895/deposit.. No Section-8. 912-352-8251

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•1200 E.37th: 2BR, 1.5BA house, window AC, gas heat $550/month + security deposit. •1202 E.37th: 3BR/1BA house, LR,DR, kitchen, window AC, gas heat $600/month + sec. dep. •1202 McCarthy Ave: 2BR, window AC $450/mo + sec. deposit.


•630 Kline Street: 3BR house, needs repairs $20,000 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.


2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, central heat/air $525/monthly plus $300 deposit. 2118 Harden Street. 912-232-8286 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at

ForRent 2 B/r apt c/a & heat, ceiling fans, kit. furnished. Fenced yard w/d hook-up close to bus stop. $ 495 month. Section 8 welcome 912-3557886/912-667-7347


714 W. 38th St. 3BR/1BA house, central heat & air, fenced yard, $650/month + $300 deposit. Call 912-232-8286 Good land lord Seeking good tenant CLEAN’freshley painted 2 B/R 1B/A 1314 E. 54th Sect 8 Welcome Ref required $495/$495 dep 912-897-3801

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

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HOUSE FOR RENT: 45 Wesley Street. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, central heat/air. $820/month, $820/deposit. Available Now. Call 912-429-2404

897-1984, 8am-7pm EASTSIDE **1704 E.35th: 3BR/1BA house, w/kitchen appliances $600/mo. plus dep. WESTSIDE NEAR LIBERTY CITY **1921 Cowan: 3BR/1.5BA, $725/month plus deposit **1922 Fenwick Avenue: 4BR/2BA $725/month plus deposit. **1921B Fenwick Avenue: 2BR/1BA Duplex with kitchen appliances. $475/month plus deposit. *All above have carpet, A/C/heat, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. References, application. One-year lease minimum. Deposit same as rent. None total electric, No smoking, pets negotiable.

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2421 E. 40TH ST. 3BR/2 full baths, gorgeous, just done home $950. 1517 GROVE: 3BR, wonderful kitchen, w/d included $795. 1112 E. 39TH ST. 3BR, great kitchen, w/d included $775. CALL 912-257-6181 Good Music Is Food For The Soul. Find it online in Soundboard at

NEWLY REMODELED 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, large kitchen,central air, sunscreen porch. $650/month plus security deposit. Located at 2028 Eppinger Street. 912-231-9198


743 E Henry St. Duplex, Downstairs Unit Renovated, Total Electric, 3BR/2BA, LR, Kitchen/Dining w/Range, Microwave, Refrigerator & Dishwasher Furnished.W/D Hookups, New CH&A, Front Porch & Lg Deck, Off-street Parking. Perfect for SCAD Students. $975/Rent, $925/Deposit.

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Duplex, Upper Unit, Renovated, 2BR, 2B, LR, Kitchen/Dining w/Range, Microwave, Refrigerator & Dishwasher Furnished. W/D Hookups, New CH&A, Front Balcony & Lg Deck, Off Street Parking Perfect for SCAD Students. $875/Rent, $825/Deposit. References & Credit Check Required on Rentals PETS OK WITH APPROVAL


Over Size Sunny 2B/R 5 rm apt, no pets, no smoking, nr everything, ch/a, stove/refrigerator, loads of closets. $675/ 1mo dep. 912-351-9129

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WEST 50TH STREET 3BR/1BA, carpet, fenced yard, recently remodeled $725 + deposit HIBISCUS 1BR Duplex, kitchen furnished, recently remodeled $475 + deposit ALABAMA AVENUE 2BR House, kitchen furnished $550 + deposit. 912-234-0548; No Section 8

EAST 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.


2BR Duplex near May Howard School. Most pets OK. $725 per month. Available early October. 912-663-9941

WILMINGTON ISLAND Home for rent. 4BR/4BA, large fenced yard on lagoon. 4-car garage, quiet family neighborhood. $1850/month. Call 843-870-9773


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

SHELL ROAD/SKIDAWAY AREA 2BR/1BA Apt. Rent $535, Security deposit $500. Call 912-656-7842

SOUTHSIDE: 10500 Abercorn Street. 2 office-condos available immediately. References required. 820Sqft. private office w/kitchenette and large conference room.1000Sqft. office to be shared w/general insurance agent. Call for details, 925-2399 or 925-8111.

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


Gorgeous 2BR Condo overlooking Intracoastal Waterway. Den, large deck, fireplace, 2-car garage, boat slip. Reduced rent $1700/month. 912-661-4814

tral air/heat, wall-to-wall carpet, washer/dryer hookups,lots more. 34 Chatham Street $875/month. 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853 VERY NICE 4BR/1BA Home. Central air & heat, washer/dryer hookups, ceiling fans throughout, kitchen furnished. $875/month, $800/deposit. Please call, 912-631-7644


641 West 41st: Furnished 1BR, utilities included $200/weekly. 1109 West 41st: 3BR/1BA, total electric $650/month, $650/deposit. Call 912-441-5468

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


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

AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, HBO, ceiling fans. $110-$140 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065 CLEAN, QUIET, Room & Efficiencies for Rent.On Busline, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer. Rates from $85-$165/week. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909

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

FORD F550 Wrecker, 2004- 6.0 Diesel engine, Automatic Transmission, Dynamic Snatch Bed, 174k Miles, New Tires, A/C, 4 Doors, Inside Controls, 2 Tool Boxes, Auto PTO. $18,500. Akins & Bobb Service Center, 912-234-1314 or 912-232-8697 LEXUS RX300, 2000- Excellent condition garage keep, metallic gold. $ 9500 912-659-5392

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


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

FURNISHED Carriage house Apts. Utilities included. $155/wk, $20 key deposit. Rooming house on 38th & Drayton. 912-234-9779


Clean Spacious condo, recently renovated, , 3BR/2BA, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, new floors: ceramic tile, laminate, carpet. Back-deck w/shed. pool/tennis court. Bull River Shoals B-2 Oyster shell. No pets. $975/month, last month, Sec/dep. References. 912-429-7876 or 484-4070

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NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/1BA. No pets. Largo/Tibet area. $665 Rent, $600 Deposit. VERY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE: Call 912-656-7842 3BR/1.5BA, furnished kitchen, cenNice Home in Quiet Neighborhood 2brm, 1ba (optional room that can be used as a 3rd brm or a Dining room). Central heat/air, All appliances included: washer/dryer, stove/refrigerator. Front/back porches & yards. House is in EXCELLENT condition. Must-see. Located on 1234 W. 50th St. in Sav. Ga.Rent $700 plus $500 deposit. Available now! (912)484-0625

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Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. ROOM FOR RENT: Vermont Ave. TWO FURNISHED ROOMS AVAILABLE. Community kitchen & bathroom. $125/weekly. Serious inquiries only. Call 844-9154

TOYOTA Tacoma Prerunner SR5, 2004- Double cab, TRD, V6 auto, Lift, rims, DVD, cold a/c, lots of extras $15,900. 912-484-2989 WE PAY CASH for junk cars & trucks! Call 964-0515 SUVS 930 2002 CADILLAC Escalade $9,500.00. Clean truck, 131,000 miles, 22” wheels, new tires. View pictures: http://savannah. Call 912-844-3974 Campers/rVs 960

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


$50 Deposit Efficiencies $160/per week & up. Utilities included, Furnished, private bath. No Pets. Call 912-695-7889 or 912-342-3840 transportation 900

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2004 25’ COACHMEN “Spirit of America” Pull trailer. Very nice interior & exterior. Additional pictures can be seen online at $5,500 OBO. Serious inquiries only. 912-667-6010

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1984 Mercedes Benz 300 SD turbo diesel, Cruise, Power windows, Power Seats, Power Doors, Locks. Excellent Condition! 355-7941/ Cell: 272-6797

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CADILLAC Seville, 1994- Green 4-Door $700. 912-354-8357

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