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Video Art Installation ‘Home is Here’

What: By Sasha Zuwolinsky, an outdoor public video art installation and experimental journey dealing with the emotional state of home. Screenings every ten minutes. When: Fri. Nov. 4-5, 8-11 p.m. Where: Vacant lot on Broughton St. between Barnard & Jefferson

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08 editor’s note 10 Civil Society 12 Politics 14 news cycle 16 marathon lead 18 marathon map 20 marathon bands 22 Film Fest photos 23 Film fest Schedule 28 film fest eckhart 30 Film fest Jaeger 32 film fest scad 34 Blotter 35 Straight Dope 36 News of the Weird

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Wednesday Savannah Film Festival Continues What: Films

screened day and night in downtown Savannah, attracting film aficionados, students, real movie stars and Savannah’s glitterati. And, did we mention the parties? When: Wed. Nov. 2, Thu. Nov. 3, Fri. Nov. 4 Where: Downtown Savannah Cost: Varies Info: filmfest.scad.edu/

Psychotronic Film Society: “Milana Trema” (1973, Italy)

What: Gritty, Sleazy Euro-Crime Gem, aka The Violent Professionals. When: Wed. Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com/

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48 Food & Drink 49 Mark Your Calendar 50 Art 52 movies

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

What: A monthly no-agenda networking with writers, people who want to be writers, people who read writers. When: Thu. Nov. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln St. Cost: Free admission. Cash Bar. Info: seersuckerlive.com/

latest book, Freedom: Georgia’s AntiSlavery Heritage. When: Thu. Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Where: Civil Rights Museum Annex, 460 MLK Jr. Blvd. Cost: $75 Info: 912-844-7735.

Lecture: Michael Rooks

What: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum, and Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2010. When: Thu. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Where: SCAD’s Alexander Hall Auditorium, 668 Indian St. Info: www.scad.edu/experience/events/

Theater: The Drowsy Chaperone (A Musical Within a Comedy)

What: The 2006 multiple-Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical spoofs American musical theatre through the spontaneous actions of a gold-digging showgirl and interesting-but-diversionary narration. Partially sponsored by Connect Savannah. When: Nov. 3-5, 7:30 p.m., Sun. Nov. 6, 3 p.m. Where: Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $10/Gen, Free with valid Armstrong ID. Info: 912- 344-2801

Birding Lecture

What: “Birding in the Low Country” Interactive learning with local birding expert Diana Churchill. When: Thu. Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Canoe & Kayak, 414 Bonaventure Road Cost: Free and open to the public

Founders Awards Program: Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

What: Keynote speaker is historian Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Labor Commissioner. He will sign his

The Drowsy Chaperone continues at AASU

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Friday Tybee First Friday Art Walk

What: At over 20 participating locations along the northern portion of Tybee’s main corridor. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 5-8 p.m. Where: Various locations on Tybee Island Info: 912-786-4431

Tybee Arts Association’s Art and Fine Crafts Show

What: “Memories” features art and fine crafts that reflect on the holiday season, and on nostalgia for vacations on Tybee Island. Reception Fri. 6-9pm. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 6-9 p.m., Sat. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Old Tybee School Cafeteria , 204 5th St. (next to the YMCA), Tybee Island Info: www.tybeearts.org/

TV Documentary Premier: No Higher Honor

What: Pre-broadcast screening of Savannah filmmaker Michael Jordan’s two-part special, featuring sailors of the frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). Filmed August 2011. Broadcasting on FOX 28 on Nov. 19 and 26. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. Where: Moon River Brewing Company, 21 W. Bay St. Info: www.nohigherhonor.net/

Children’s Theater: God With No Hands

What: Charles Ellis Montessori Academy students and faculty in a musical based on the Montessori great lesson describing the creation of the universe and the formation of planet Earth. Music written by students at Charles Ellis. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Where: Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave., Cost: $5 available in advance or at the door Info: 912-201-5470

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Comedy: Mike Epps and Friends

What: Stand-up comic and film actor,

writer and producer. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $38 - $46 Info: www.etix.com/

First Friday for Folk: Roll On Rodney & Tommy Hall and Wayne Alday

What: Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly coffeehouse features two local groups playing folk, bluegrass, country classics, originals and a few tongue-in-cheek show stoppers. Chris Desa is the host. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $2 suggested donation Info: www.savannahfolk.org/

Comedy: Capitol Steps

What: Celebrating 30 years, Washing-

ton DC’s Capitol Steps comedy group takes politics (left, right, and in between) and wrings it for laughs with skits and songs. Special “Twilight” show at 4 pm Nov. 5. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island Cost: $54 Info: 843-842-ARTS. tickets.artshhi. com/

Savannah Comedy Contest

What: Savannah Comedy Revue presents a local comedy competition with guest celebrity judges and prizes. When: Fri. Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson Street (at Bay Street), Cost: $9 admission. $25 to enter competition. Info: 314-503-9005. www.savannahcomedyrevue.com/

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What: It’s Here! The sold-out full-

and half-marathon winds its way through most of Savannah, starting at Bull & Bay Streets. Local rock bands perform along the route. Finish line and wrap party at Forsyth Park, featuring Carolina Liar. When: Sat. Nov. 5, 8 a.m. Where: City Wide Info: runrocknroll.competitor.com/ savannah/

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What: Wilderness Southeast day trip to this wild island and estuary, led by a naturalist guide.

When: Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Departs Wilmington Island Cost: $80/reservations required Info: 912-236-8115.

Cornhole Tourney Benefiting Rape Crisis Center

What: If running 26.2 miles is too ambitious for you, consider the Cornhole Tournament. Top prize, $1000. 2nd prize, $100. 3rd prize, $50 Huc A Poos gift certificate. When: Sat. Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Where: Huc-A-Poos, 1213 East Hwy 80, Tybee Island Cost: $50 entry per 2-person team Info: 912-713-5972.

Theatre: Spolin Improv Technique Workshop

What: Taught by Jeanmarie Collins. Teaches acting through use of theater games. Reservations required. Contact jeanmarie@gmail.com When: Sat. Nov. 5, 3 p.m. Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson Street @ Bay St. Cost: $35 Info: savannahcomedyrevue.com/

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What: Same great stuff, one day later! Regular Saturday farmers’ market is moving for one day only to accommodate Saturday’s Rock n’ Roll Marathon events happening in Forsyth Park (and all over town). When: Sun. Nov. 6, 2-6 p.m. Where: South End of Forsyth Park Cost: Free and open to the public Info: forsythfarmersmarket.org/

Lecture: Gullah Holiday Food Traditions with Sallie Ann Robinson

What: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home lecture series continues with the author of Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way and Cooking the Gullah Way. When: Sun. Nov. 6, 4 p.m. Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 East Charlton St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: flanneryoconnorhome.org/

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Monday Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Torch Relay

What: Participants walk, run, and cycle to raise funds for their children’s hospitals. Torch relay at 10:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run at 11 a.m. When: Mon. Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m. Where: , Hilton Head Island

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Lecture: Lost Savannah

What: The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc. presents local architectural writer Luciana Sprecher. When: Mon. Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway Cost: $15/Learning Ctr. members, $20/others Info: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/

Telfair: The Art of Great Fashion

What: Presented by Telfair Academy Guild. A night of fun and fashion at fall’s most elegant evening of style. When: Mon. Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Where: Hilton Savannah DeSoto, 15 E. Liberty St. Cost: $75-$125 Info: telfair.org/

Dance: Wonderland

What: Fanciful dance adventures with Alice in Wonderland. When: Mon. Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Where: Sav’h Theatre, 222 Bull St. Cost: $12 Info: 912-897-4235 . ggsod.com/

Lecture: Death and Burial Customs in the 19th Century

What: Dr. Tim Drake from Clemson University appears as part of the Davenport House’s Harvest Lecture Series at the Kennedy Pharmacy. Free but reservations requested. When: Mon. Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Where: Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-236-8097.

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

War of 1812 Lecture Series Kick-Off

What: Coastal Heritage Society sponsors “The burning of the ‘LaFrancaise’ and the ‘La Vengeance’ by a Savannah mob in November 1811” by Dr. Martha Keber. When: Tue. Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Where: Savannah History Museum, 303 MLK Jr. Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.chsgeorgia.org/

Tongue Open Mouth and Music Show

What: Poetry and music open mic with emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. Sign up at 7:30. When: Tue. Nov. 8, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Info: www.sentientbean.com/

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Wednesday Lecture: Women and the Great War: Femininity under Fire in Italy

What: Learning Center at Senior Citizens presents Allison Belzer. When: Wed. Nov. 9, 12 p.m. Where: Learning Center, 3025 Bull Street Cost: $5/Learning Ctr. members; $10/guests Info: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/

Graphic Novel Signing: Chaos in the Cage!

What: Savannah-based professional comic artist Jarrett Williams signs the second volume in the Super Pro K.O.! series. When: Wed. Nov. 9, 4-7 p.m. Where: Ex Libris Bookstore, 228 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd. Cost: Free. Books for purchase.

Lecture: The King James Bible: Four Centuries of Influence

What: The Learning Center at Senior Citizens presents Armstrong literature professor Christopher Baker. When: Wed. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org/

Assi Azar: ’Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You.”

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Coming to terms with term limits by Jim Morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on office, a rottenness begins in his conduct. — Thomas Jefferson

is why this particular ballot measure hasn’t inspired much controversy. And also it must be said: Pete Liakakis is quite simply very popular personally. COUPLE OF funny things about term limits: Popularity does have its limits, however. 1) The only people who strongly oppose term limits are You’ll recall how in the months after 9/11 politicians who stand to lose their jobs because of them. Rudy Giuliani sought to exploit his huge approval rating by pushing to repeal term 2) We already have term limits for governors and mayors, limits for the office of New York City mayor and since 1951, the president — basically for every executive — himself! office. No one seems to have a problem with this. His crude attempt to make “America’s Mayor” a lifetime job failed, as it should have. (New York City council has since Speaking of Chatham County CommisSo who stands to gain the most if there voted to allow a third term for mayor.) sion chairman: That brings us to the curiare usually term limits for the executive There’s a lot of wacky revisionist history ous case of the local ballot issue proposing branch, but rarely any for the legislative about our Founding Fathers making the the repeal of term limits for that particular branch? See No. 1 above... rounds, such as the idea that they wanted a office, currently occupied by Pete Liakakis, It’s one of the flaws, maybe the fatal flaw, fundamentalist theocracy modeled on the who’s now approaching the end of his secof modern democracy that the branch of 700 Club, or favored everyone’s inalienable government that makes the laws is also able ond, and by current law, final term. right to carry a fully loaded AK–47 with Regardless of what you think about to make laws governing its own behavior. attached grenade launcher onto a school Pete — I’ve known him for years and conFor example, members of the U.S. Conplayground. sider him a very valuable local civil servant gress — which is now at a historic low But there’s no question that the Founding — anytime a law is proposed that seems approval rating of nine percent — are able Fathers generally supported the idea of term designed specifically to benefit one indito stay in office for life, while they effeclimits at all levels. (John Adams, God love vidual, I get a little nervous. tively prohibit others from doing the same. him, wanted one–year term limits!) (I do give supporters of the measure I keep hearing from the usual suspects, I used to be against term limits because credit for truth in advertising: The signs i.e., representatives who don’t want to give I felt that term limits remove an element of feature a photo of a smiling Liakakis himup the enormous power of incumbency, choice from the voters. It’s true; they do. self with the line, “Let’s Keep Pete!” No hidthat they’re already term-limited in the But now that I see the destructive power sense that voters can decide every few years den agenda here!) unfettered incumbency has wrought upon Let’s keep in mind that a similar measure to vote them out. our nation, I’ve changed my mind. to repeal term limits for Savannah mayor This is of course quite disingenuous Term limits are no panacea, but they’re would likely be met with howls of outrage. I given the huge advantage of incumbency, clearly the lesser of two evils. in addition to being easily rebutted by point suspect the fact that Chatham County isn’t If we begin with the premise that the core nearly as powerful as the City of Savannah No. 2 above: Why then shouldn’t the same defect of the United States right now logic apply to presidents, governors, is the disproportionate influence and mayors? of money on our electoral system, Savannah is a little unusual in then we quickly conclude that a big the sense that our local executives reason money has so much influaren’t particularly powerful. Our ence is that politicians have too mayor is really one vote out of nine much incentive to run repeatedly on City Council — not a standardfor reelection. issue mayor at all, basically a sort This leads to a huge sucking of alderman–at–large on steroids. downward spiral of money chasing (Savannah mayors are paid more money until, well, we all go down than aldermen, however.) the drain. The Chatham County ComThat said, Liakakis has “only” mission chairman is in a similar position, for a smaller governmental Truth in advertising: Signs supporting repeal of term limits been in office seven years, a mere cite Pete Liakakis as the reason for repealing them pittance by some standards. entity. sophia morekis

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Another popular local politician, Jack Kingston, was first elected to Congress the same year Bill Clinton was elected president. Clinton was limited to two terms. But Kingston remains in office 20 years later. He’s been in the majority in Congress. He’s been in the minority in Congress. He’s been on powerful committees. He’s been kicked off powerful committees. He’s blamed Democrats for screwing everything up. He’s blamed Republicans for screwing everything up. He was for wars and expansion of government healthcare when Bush was president. He’s against wars and expansion of government healthcare when Obama is president. He’s run unopposed twice. Through it all, and through various challenges which never garnered more than 34 percent of the vote, Jack Kingston has continued to raise money. At last count he showed more than a million dollars in campaign

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by Jessica Leigh Lebos | jll@connectsavannah.com

That other film festival? It was my moment on the red carpet and I was trying to play it cool. You know how these film festival events are, all flash and buzz and glitter. Everyone’s dressed to the nines and sizing you up and down, trying to figure out if you’re someone important, then looking through you like a cheap shower curtain when they realize you’re just a shmo with a press pass. It was all activating some kind of a social anxiety migraine acid flashback, so I just kept my head down and minced along the velvet ropes, hoping I didn’t roll an ankle. I’d almost made it inside without embarrassing my family when a man shoved a microphone in my face. “Welcome! Who are you wearing?” I looked down at my no-name jeans and undersized hoodie. “Um, TJ Maxx?” “Excellent!” he crowed. “Don’t trip on the sand!” Sand? Whew, I almost forgot — this was the Savannah Beach Film Festival on Tybee last weekend. No Hollywood pressure here, just Huc–A–Poo’s owner/head pizzamaker Eric Thomas camping it up in front of a camera.

In true Tybee spirit, most guests arrived an hour late and by bicycle. Not a limousine in sight, unless you count a six–person golf cart. The paparazzi consisted of some loud ladies snapping photos of each other with their phones. The only stars were in the sky above, and the biggest spotlight was the moon. Part showcase, part fundraiser, the SBFF screens almost anything any filmmaker sends in, as long as it’s under ten minutes. There were several satirical shorts from L.A. comedy troupe Ten13, a re–cap of the summer’s Tybee Idol contest and a historical bit on the Tybee lighthouse produced by a 9-year–old. Think of it as the fun–loving, boozy little sister to that other famous film festival. Entries were minimal this year, which made my job as a festival judge that much easier. I was honored to serve along with Tybee Artworks co– owner Beth Martin and AASU film professor Mallory Pearce. The latter did not see the irony in the remedial animation work of Paxton Willis’ “South Park”–esque Word Bird, but the film’s hilarious dialogue

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from the long–lost Tybee Bomb. Director of photography Bob Jones and crew scuttled around the pier capturing terrified faces running from imaginary tentacles (effects to be added in the safety of Longstreth’s home.) For the crowd scene, McLean and Longstreth put out a Facebook call to lure friends to the beach in exchange for—oh, good God—more PBR. Hipsters, may I have a word? PBR is undrinkable crap. Yes, Blue Velvet is a really cool movie — ahem, film. But now that Dennis Hopper has passed, I dare say the time is nigh to find another charmingly ironic cheap beverage to canonize. Attention, Forsyth Farmers Market shoppers: To avoid tramplage from Saturday’s Rock ’N Roll Marathon, the market will move this week to Sun. Nov. 6, 2–6pm. It’s back to regular day and time the following week. Produce lovers will be ecstatic to know the market has extended its 2011 season through Dec. 17. It’ll reopen Feb. 11. Apologies to Becky Smith, who wasn’t credited for the images in last week’s article on the Jewish Food Fest. If you thought her food shots were fabulous, you should see what she does with pets: photosbybecky.net. cs

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The six–way race means it’s unlikely any one candidate will garner the 50 percent-plus-one of the votes necessary to win outright, but your vote definitely counts: The top two candidates will face each other in a runoff Dec. 6. Everyone spouts a similar platform of fiscal responsibility, transparency, job creation and poverty reduction — the needs are obvious. But it’s up to the voters to decide who can actually implement all those promises to attract employers, reduce red tape for small businesses, implement efficient social programs and prove City Hall can be competent. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order, just in case you thought we were going to tip our own hand.

Floyd Adams

Nickname: “The Godfather” Qualifications: Elected as Savannah’s first African–American mayor in 1995 and re–elected for a second term in 1999. Served on the Board of Education since 2008. Why he deserves your vote: During his past mayoral tenure, Adams oversaw increases in commerce and decreases in crime. Both supportive of social programs and mindful

of costs, he could oversee a slimmer budget that retains essential services. He has also stated that he is committed to healing the racial divide cut over last year’s city manager debacle. Why he doesn’t: He speaks often of bringing back old programs and re–instating past policies; there don’t seem to be new ideas forthcoming in a time when innovation will be key to Savannah’s economy. Many voters feel he had his chance and that his future contribution will be too little, too late. Favorite quote: “I’m the only one with the ability, the vision and the leadership to bring this city back together.”

Ellis Cook

Nickname: “The Southern Gentleman” Qualifications: Spent 16 years as city council alderman–at–large, including eight as mayor pro tem. Why he deserves your vote: Cook reduced the millage rate every year he sat on council and serves on the Metropolitan Planning Commission. He’s a fiscal conservative who counts job creation and transparency as his top priorities. He’s also promised to take a 15 percent pay cut and refuse the car allowance if elected mayor. Why he doesn’t: He has stated that he wants to get rid of town hall meetings and cut the city budget by $70 million, which could mean slashing essential services. He also spent 16 years on the council but no one seems to remember anything he


James Dewberry Nickname: “The Outsider” Qualifications: Dewberry has never served in public office and lists himself as a businessman. Why he deserves your vote: Unafraid to challenge the other candidates on their records of questionable spending and cronyism, the guy’s got chutzpah. He’s openly questioned the mismanagement of ESPLOST funds and deepening the Savannah harbor, pointing out that most economic benefits will likely skip the local level and go straight to Atlanta. Why he doesn’t: With no political track record it’s impossible to gauge Dewberry’s efficacy, but his reputation as a livewire could mean management difficulties. He’s currently in last place in polls and has been discounted by some debate organizers as “an unviable candidate.” You might be better off placing their vote elsewhere if you want it to count. Favorite quote: “I’m James Dewberry and I’m not like anyone else.”

Jeff Felser

Nickname: “Sparky” Qualifications: He’s a trial lawyer who’s served on city council as alderman–at–large for the past eight years. Why he deserves your vote: Designating himself as something of an “anti–Otis,” he has criticized the current administration for the embarrassing city manager search and for using taxpayer funds for its trips to China, from which he opted out. He already has a bullet–pointed strategy to tackle job creation, poverty reduction and sustainable environmental practices in his first 30 days in office if elected. Why he doesn’t: In his two terms on council, he wasn’t able to steer the ship safely back to port even after calling for Mayor Johnson to step down after a controversial closed–door meeting about the city manager. He has been painted as something of a troublemaker by other councilmembers. Favorite quote: “Let’s move this city forward.”

Edna Jackson

Nickname: “The Peacemaker” Qualifications: Three terms on city council as alderman–at–large, including two terms as mayor pro tem. Why she deserves your vote: She’s built a broad base of relationships that can serve as a common point between businesses and community leaders; many of the city’s civic and spiritual leaders have put their support in her corner. Her agenda of pushing through new police facilities and a new arena show she’s committed to fulfilling the will of the voters. Why she doesn’t: When questioned on strategy, her default answer is to “bring everyone to the table” rather than propose specifics. Her association with the past administration can’t be denied; during the city manager fuss she offered no leadership out of the situation. If she’s elected, Savannah will likely get more of the same. Favorite quote: “My solution is always to bring everyone to the table and work together.”

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Regina Thomas

Nickname: “Woman of A Thousand Hats” Qualifications: She served over a decade as state representative and state senator in the Georgia General Assembly. Why she deserves your vote: Highly respected at the state level and untainted by past city council drama, her reputation for reaching across party lines and going against her own party when she felt it was necessary shows an independent streak that could bring fresh life to Savannah. She also has been vocal about her reservations on harbor deepening, citing concerns over water quality ramifications. Why she doesn’t: Thomas has run an unfocused campaign that hasn’t reached very far into the business and educational communities that she wants to represent. At last report, the former state senator’s mayoral campaign was almost $1300 in debt — which doesn’t bode well for someone looking to take on Savannah’s $270 million budget. Favorite quote: “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results.” cs

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Earlier this month bicycle advocates all over the country called out General Motors over an advertisement published in college newspapers. Beneath the headline “Reality Sucks,” the ad featured a young man on a bicycle sheepishly trying to shield his face from the gaze of a young woman. She’s laughing at him from the window of a passing car. The ad’s message is clear: Bikes are for dorks. The GM College Discount can help you avoid the humiliation of riding a bike, help get you a new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC, and help you get the girl! General Motors quickly responded to waves of criticism from cyclists and discontinued the ad, with company spokespeople suggesting the aim was humor, not derision. The sequence of events is predictable: Corporation makes gaffe, offended consumers complain, corporation pulls ad. What’s different here is that bicycle advocates have done GM a considerable favor. They alerted the automaker that it is increasingly out of step with the audience it hoped to reach. Let’s ignore the likelihood of the average student–loan–debt–saddled undergrad being able to make payments on a new car and focus on the image of cyclist as nerd. While persistent and reinforced in decades of popular culture, the stereotype is becoming less relevant. To understand how this is happening, consider the Chevrolet Silverado pictured in the ad. Bringing that thing to many campuses is like having a giant, messy roommate who takes up a lot of space, eats all your food, drinks all your beer and constantly borrows money from you. Increasingly, students are saying no to the hassle and expense of keeping a car on campus. The trend is reflected in stories like one recently published in USA Today that reported on a veritable explosion of bicycles on campus. The main reason bikes are big on campus is practicality. When it comes to bringing a car to colleges, paying for the car itself is just the beginning. Students, who have grown up in suburban environments where “free” parking is the norm, will be in for a

shock when they discover that many colleges and universities are beginning to charge for this finite resource. After all, operating surface and structured parking facilities is a surprisingly expensive proposition. Why not pass the costs on to the students who use them? Yet the financial incentive is not the only thing putting people on bikes. Part of cycling’s recent popularity is related to the youth culture that developed around it in the last decade. One could also point to the increasing presence of the bicycle in fashion and design. When a sizeable portion of a population engages in an activity, it ceases to be a source of ridicule. It’s akin to poking fun at students who carry book bags. The gibe falls flat when something becomes the norm. Is bicycling becoming mainstream and thus immune to the negative connotations advanced by the GM ad? Maybe not quite yet. Tom Vanderbilt, author of the excellent book Traffic: How We Drive and What is Says About Us (and blog of the same name), has written about the social categorization of people who ride bikes as an “out–group” and how this may factor into negative perceptions. Bicycling and the Law author Bob Mionske goes even further, suggesting cyclists may be viewed by some as “a seditious group trying to push a social agenda on society.” It’s certain that some people are indeed trying to push a social agenda. But many, many more are adopting cycling and other sustainable practices as part of everyday life. Habits learned in college, good or bad, tend to stick with people long after graduation. The same holds true of students who discover bicycles are viable modes of transportation providing freedom of movement, freedom from debt, and freedom from the notion of cars as status symbols. As they stop driving and start pedaling, they create a new reality. In it, cycling most definitely does not suck. cs John bennett is vice chairman of the savannah bicycle campaign.


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For Charleston’s Chad Wolf, good times never seemed so good by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Carolina Liar is in the middle of a cross–country tour with Gavin DeGraw and David Cook. “Literally every other day,” says the band’s singer/songwriter Chad Wolf, “one of the guys from the other bands or the crew will say to me ‘How did this happen, man? How are you hanging out with all these crazy Swedes?’” How indeed? For while Carolina Liar – headlining the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon finale concert this weekend in Forsyth Park – is based in Stockholm, and the other guys are named Carlsson, Carlsson and Goransson, Wolf is a Charleston boy. He’s a Southerner. In 2007, Wolf left South Carolina to take a shot at the music business in Los Angeles. He was 20 years old, and weary of strumming his acoustic guitar in the same old Chucktown coffeehouses. He’d never even been on an airplane before. L.A. wasn’t a lot of fun.. “I had such bad luck with guys in L.A. for while,” Wolf says. “Most of them weren’t

quite on the level of being famous, or really working, but they were living like some sort of crazy famous rock stars. Doing drugs, and really just living this unproductive life.” Then het met Max Martin, the Swedish writer and producer who’d crafted numerous hits for the likes of the Backstreet Boys (“I Want it That Way,” “Shape of My Heart”), Britney Spears (“Baby One More Time,” “If You Seek Amy”) and Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone”). He has also done productions for Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Usher, T.I. and Pink. “I want to be part of every note, every single moment going on in the

studio,” Martin famously told the Los Angeles Times. “I want nothing forgotten, I want nothing missed. I’m a perfectionist. The producer should decide what kind of music is being made, what it’s going to sound like – all of it, the why, when and how.” Impressed with Wolf ’s songs, Martin invited the young Carolinian to visit his studio in Stockholm. “I was so broke and miserable, so tired of what I was doing. Just running up a brick wall. And when I got the chance to go to Sweden, it was ‘This is exactly what I need to do right now.’ “I didn’t believe that Max had actually bought me a ticket. I was thinking, well, it’s just that L.A. thing again, he’s a bigwig and he’s just trying to be cool. There’s so much talk in L.A.” But real it was. Immediately paired with some of Sweden’s top studio rock players, Wolf discovered a way of working – and working hard – that suited him fine.

“All these Swedes came in and were like ‘Well, if we try this, we could simplify what you’re doing,’” he says. “I was doing all these weird chord substitutions, and they said ‘You don’t really need that. Instead of putting in all these chords, just come back and stay on A. That’s all you have to do. Broaden it out and all of a sudden it’ll start fitting a little better.’ “They were teaching me how to come up with better productions, how to streamline these songs. It made all the difference in the world.” Most importantly to Wolf, he has remained the band’s chief lyricist since the beginning. The band’s wide, anthemic rock sounds like a marriage between U2 on Bon Jovi. “Show Me What I’m Looking For,” “Beautiful World” and “I’m Not Over” have been used in a variety of TV episodes and in network promotions; the band’s second album, Wild Blessed Freedom, was released in September. Wolf says he’s having a ball on the DeGraw/Cook tour, “These guys have big, built–in audiences,” he explains. “And most of the people probably haven’t even heard of us. They might have heard the songs, but they never knew who the band was. “It all comes down to the songs. They just kind of get to the core of what people are feeling. Live, when you break the song down to the core elements of a four–piece, it works. Even when people have never heard it. It’s that eureka moment ‘Goddamn, it works. Somehow or another, this thing is connecting.’ I can’t explain it.” Understandably, when new fans come on board the Carolina Liar express, they tend to think that Chad Wolf is, in fact, Swedish. “The funny thing is, once you’ really hang out with a group of Swedes for 10 minutes, you’ll see very obviously that I’m not,” he laughs. “Because I’m a good foot shorter than every single one of those guys. They’re huge – they’re all six–foot– seven, six–eight, something like that. They’re humongous guys. There’s no way they’d kick me out of the country for being a fake Swede.” CS Carolina Liar What: Rock ‘n Roll Marathon finale concert Where: Forsyth Park When: At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 Admission: Free


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Clockwise from top left: a chipper Alec Baldwin, back for his second appearance at the Film Festival; Lori Judge, Summer Teal Simpson and friends on the red carpet; Ray Liotta, who refused to walk the red carpet but did accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Trustees; frequent Festival guest and all-around very recognizable tall guy James Cromwell; Ellen Barkin accepting her award at the Trustees; heart and soul of the festival, Bobby Zarem, accompanied by Dr. Carmela Pettigrew; and a couple more of the lovely ladies we see a lot of at the Savannah Film Festival. (All photos by Geoff L. Johnson)

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9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Change the World With Film 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “The Bully Project” 11:30 a.m,. Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Cinema Studies Panel 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “The Late Show” Q&A with Lily Tomlin 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “In Darkness” 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Master Class With Ron Meyer 7 p.m, Trustees Theater Screening “A Dangerous Method” Lily Tomlin Tribute

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9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “The City Dark” Plus Selected Shorts 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “Grow!” Plus Selected Shorts 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: The Producers/Adventures in Filmmaking 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “Let Go” Plus Selected Shorts 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “Take Me Home” Plus Selected Shorts 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Transmedia/ The Art of Storytelling Through Multiple Platforms 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “Born on the Fourth of July” Q&A with Oliver Stone 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Getting Your Foot in the Door 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “PressPausePlay” Plus Selected Shorts 7 p.m., Trustees Theater Screening: “Carnage” Oliver Stone Tribute

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9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “These Amazing Shadows” Plus the short “Libraries of Dust” 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Small Screen, Big Voice/Television Documentaries 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theatre Student Shorts 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater Student Shorts 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Making iot Big/Standing Out as Talent in an Overcrowded Field 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “A Year in Mooring” 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “Bringing Up Bobby” Q&A with Famke Janssen 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery Panels & Workshops: Adobe Panel 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater Animated Shorts 7 p.m., Trustees Theater Director’s Choice (mystery film) James Marsden Tribute

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Milla Jovovich and Spencer List star in Famke Janssen’s Bringing Up Bobby.

It’s been 14 years since Famke Janssen was in Savannah, filming The Gingerbread Man with director Robert Altman. (Say it out loud: FAHM–keh YAHn–sen.) A lot has changed since then for the Amsterdam–born actress, who started as a model and graduated to film roles like the nefarious Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. She subsequently played Jean Grey in the profile–raising X–Men film series (all three of them), starred on TV’s Nip/Tuck, and appeared in numerous high–profile movies including Taken and Turn the River. Janssen’s coming to town Nov. 4 to premiere the film Bringing Up Bobby at the Savannah Film Festival (ironically, on the same day her X–Men co–star James Marsden is being honored). She’ll conduct an audience Q&A after the screening. Both funny and touching, Bringing Up Bobby is a comic drama starring Milla Jovovich as Olive, a Ukrainian spitfire who’s raising her 11–year–old son, alone, in Oklahoma. The cast also includes Bill Pullman and Marcia Cross as the wealthy, sympathetic couple determined to help Olive and Bobby get their lives together. Janssen doesn’t appear in the movie. She wrote it, she produced it, and she directed it – her first time doing any of those things. So, yeah, Bobby is her baby.

What made you want to do this? Famke Janssen: Probably the need to express myself, creatively. And having been in the business for a long time, I find that sometimes with acting I don’t get to express myself in a way that I would like to. I say other people’s lines, I show up when they tell me to show up, I sometimes feel a little bit like a puppet. So it’s nice to be in control – it suits my personality a lot more. Traditionally, a lot of actors transfer into writing and directing. Or add it to their resumes. They might start it for a different reason or whatever, but in my case it’s just I like to be in control of things. And being a writer, director, producer, you can’t have more control than that. It was perfect for me. As a producer and director, though, wouldn’t it have been less daunting to adapt someone else’s work? Famke Janssen: I tried to adapt a novel years ago – I was going to star in it, and somebody else was going to direct it. That never came to fruition. But I thought it might be easier to adapt something else and turn it into a screenplay. But I started toying around with the idea of what it’s like continues on p. 26

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to be a foreigner in the United States, but then really play with the influence of film, which largely had influenced my ideas about the United States, because I’m an immigrant. I’m a foreigner. I grew up in Holland, I came to the United States when I was about 20 years old. I distinctly remember coming to New York, fresh off the boat, and being extremely scared to cross the street because I thought every time somebody pulled something out of their pocket, they were pulling a gun. That may sound naive, but film and the media in general are extremely powerful tools, and they influence us. I wanted to play around with this in the film – that Olive grew up poor in the Ukraine, and she, like everybody else who comes to America, is living out the American dream. But her idea of the American Dream is just a skewed one – one that’s based on films. So she thinks she’s Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde, over and over. I liked the film because it took a turn, halfway through, I did not expect. Famke Janssen: Bonnie and Clyde starts out really fun. But in the same way Thelma and Louise or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, all these movies start out with these two people doing illegal things, but you love them. You want to be just like them, but at the same time you know you’re watching a time bomb. And time’s gonna catch up with them sooner or later. And that bomb is going to explode. That and the fact that the influences were mostly movies from the 1930s and the 1970s. So it was a really tricky marriage to come and bring these two very different genres together. But that was my goal in making the film, and I know people have to take a leap of faith because the absurdity of movies from the ‘30s is in there, and the realism of movies from the ‘70s. You used Cat Stevens’ “Trouble,” one of my favorite songs. Famke Janssen: It’s one of my favorite songs, too. That came from Harold and Maude, the scene where Harold is waiting for her in the hospital. That very much inspired it, because Harold and Maude is one of my major inspirations. I love that movie so much. In my movie, I put Walt in a train caboose, because Maude lives in a train caboose. There’s a billion things like that spread throughout the movie

that are only for me to know. Just for fun. The other thing was to try to fill the gap between music from the Russian kind of background, and very Americana stuff. Then we tried to spin it on its head. Because the movie starts with “Proud Mary,” sung by Milla Jovovich in Ukrainian. And it ends with the Flaming Lips doing “Amazing Grace” phonetically in Ukrainian, because they don’t speak Ukrainian. The whole idea is that you see the film through the eyes of Olive, who sees America they way she thinks it is – the way she saw it in movies, absurd, fun, without consequences. The story arc isn’t conventional, which I also liked – I kept expecting that certain dramatic denouement that’s in every movie! Famke Janssen: I’m not a fan of overly dramatic things. I shy away from it. I also don’t want to explain anything. I mean, there are a lot of things left unexplained, things I know but I don’t necessarily feel that the audience needs to know. I like that. It’s like, you take a snapshot of somebody’s life, but how much do you really know about them, anyway? Was Milla your first and only choice to play Olive? Famke Janssen: Milla is just absolutely wonderful in the film. I’m really excited for people to see it, because it’s so different from the things that she’s done in the past. It’s the perfect usage of her foreign– ness, because like me she was born and raised in another country. So would you do it all again? Famke Janssen: I’m already ready with my next script to direct, so absolutely. I can’t wait, it was so much fun. I have to make a little bit of money in between, because I’m still not making money as a writer/director. Which I hope to change in the future, but I just did a movie called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, with Jeremy Renner, which comes out in March. And then I’m doing Taken 2 with Liam Neeson. We start shooting in a couple of weeks. CS Friday, Nov. 4 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre Screening: “Bringing Up Bobby” Q&A with Famke Janssen


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With a filmography that includes box office hits (The Dark Knight, Erin Brokovich, The Black Dahlia) and critically acclaimed indies (Thank You For Smoking, Towelhead, In the Company of Men), Aaron Eckhart can pick and choose his projects. He admits he doesn’t always get it right – the big–budget romantic comedies No Reservations and Love Happens, opposite Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Aniston, respectively, were serious flops. Even Rabbit Hole, based on an acclaimed dramatic play and pairing Eckhart with Nicole Kidman, did disappointing business. But that’s OK with Eckhart, who usually got the best reviews in those films, anyway. He understands the mechanics of the movie business. He’ll be here Nov. 5, feted at the Savannah Film Festival’s closing night event.

Although mainstream audiences probably got their first glimpse of his rugged good looks in Christopher Nolan’s Batman film The Dark Knight (he played Gotham district attorney Harvey Dent), Eckhart has been in the celluloid game since the early ‘90s. Next up, he’s co–producing The Drummer, in which he’ll play the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson. Eckhart is taking drum, piano and singing lessons to ease into the role. Because hey, that’s what a good actor does. Considering all the work you’ve done with playwright Neil LaBute, and the fact that you’re in The Rum Diary, from Hunter S. Thompson – how important is really good writing to you? Aaron Eckhart: Well, good words are better than bad words. You put two words together, three and four and five words, and somehow they make magical sense. It means more for the five senses – not only do you hear them, but you feel them and you taste them and you smell them and all that sort of stuff. In other words, words

just aren’t random when great people put them together, like Neil, or David Mamet, or, you know, Shakespeare – they have an electricity inside them, and when you put two words together to create an image, it’s powerful. So you can tell, as an actor, good writing. And it really just clips, and it means something. And there’s electricity on your tongue, in your body, when you say it. I intentionally simplify this, in terms of good words and bad words, but bad words are just tough to say. You lose energy when you say them, and that translates onto the film. But you’re not always going to get a great script, right, especially with the big studio films? What do you do then? Aaron Eckhart: It’s tough. There’s the whole “We’ll fix it on the day” or “We’ll come up with something on the day,” which is never as strong. It’s hard to compensate for bad writing. Or bad plot. Or ill–conceived ... you have to live with the consequences. The problem is that good words aren’t always rewarded in terms of box office. And I’m not saying they should

be, but I think there’s less of a demand for that sort of thing today. Certainly in the studios. So, follow the money. You gotta go where the money is. And if you want a chance to play the game again, you’ve got to make some money for somebody. So is the idea that you make the big– money studio pictures in order to allow yourself the wiggle room to do the tastier independent stuff? Aaron Eckhart: Always, especially because movies are driven by international numbers now. They’ve overtaken domestic box office now, so you have to make movies no longer for just America but the whole world. You have to balance what you want to do versus what the world wants to see. And make it work with the numbers somehow. Because people are taking a big risk with money. A lot of the times, I’ll do a movie and people have put money into it, and I’ll just say “Well, you guys have to expect to lose that money. Nobody’s gonna see this movie.” Rabbit Hole was made for a

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So I don’t know if that’s the euphoria that you feel, but it’s genuine. You always feel like you’re doing good

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like we’re all going to win awards on every movie we make. If I work for first–time directors, they’re geniuses. I don’t know how many times the first– time directors I worked with, where I’ve thought “Wow, you’re gonna have a huge career,” and they never work again.

Aaron Eckhart: Not for me, never once. I mean, just because Heath’s no longer with us I’m not trying to pump him up: The guy was a genius in the movie. That’s one time that we all ... you’re talking about Gary Oldman, one of the best actors ever. And Gary’s sitting there looking at Heath in awe. Or Chris, or me, or whoever. He was rockin’ that part. I remember when we were in rehearsals, and I rehearsed with Heath. And I said to Chris afterwards “This guy is killing it. This is insane.” He changed the whole tone

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As an actor, what do you think your strong suits are? Aaron Eckhart: Well, I think people like to see me playing characters that are moving forward, that are pro– active. That don’t look behind them or beside them. Who are focused primarily on chewing up the scenery in front of them. I think when I get reflective or passive as a character, I get in more trouble. CS Saturday, Nov. 5 7 p.m., Trustees Theater Screening; “Like Crazy” Aaron Eckhart Tribute

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Aaron Eckhart: The funny thing about day–to–day filmmaking is that you always feel like a genius. You always feel like you’re making the most special movie in the world. I feel

Left: Eckhart in The Rum Diary. Above: As Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.

Regarding The Dark Knight. After Heath Ledger’s tragic death, that became the story, not the movie. Did that take away anything for you?

of the picture. I mean, he was responsible for that movie, as far as I’m concerned. The thing that I regret is A, Heath’s not here to do more, and B, that he wasn’t there to promote the film and talk about his performance and his process. He was dialed in on that. It was a pleasure to work with him and watch him. So I don’t think anybody’s throwing him a bone, and I don’t think the movie’s success was based on his death.

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No Reservations was a big money studio film, heavily promoted, and it tanked. Do you get to a point during production when you know it isn’t going to fly?

work. I mean, not always, unless you’re just working on shit. Because there’s electricity on set. Especially when you look at dailies. That’s why I don’t really see movies that much. I’d rather just stick to my own experience on the film. I don’t particularly like to see it.

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pittance, and it didn’t even make its money back. And you had Nicole Kidman in it, and it’s a Pulitzer-winning play. When you do something like that, you recoil and then go “I’ve got to go protect myself,” so you go under the studio’s tentpole. You run for cover. It’s tough because in a business where you’re only as good as your last picture, and you’re only as good as your last box office, you have to think about your longevity and livelihood in the business. “Am I going to be working until I’m 60 or 70?” And “How can I arrange that?”

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Local Film You didn’t have a huge budget, and you shot a lot of it on the fly. You’re a relatively inexperienced filmmaker. How did you know it wouldn’t suck? Sam Jaeger: The honest truth is, at many points during the process it did suck. I wrote the first draft in three months, thinking “My wife and I will just shoot this on weekends, we’ll get a three–person crew and travel across the country.” That was seven and a half years ago. And thank God it took so long, because the second draft took almost two years. It just took a lot of weaning. I tried to figure out, in watching as many movies as I could growing up, what stuck with me? And the truth is, unless it has a universal theme – whether it be the search for love, or loneliness, or whatever it may be – unless it has theme that we can all relate to, it’s really not a movie that I think is worth telling. WONDER ENTERTAINMENT

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In Take Me Home, Amber and Sam Jaeger go across country in search of ... well, something. The romantic comedy is Sam’s writing and directing debut.

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If you can only see one movie during the Savannah Film Festival this year, make it the independent feature Take Me Home. The directorial debut of Sam Jaeger, a star of the TV series Parenthood, Take Me Home is a romantic comedy – not the cookie–cutter, Jennifer Aniston–in–a–delightful– conundrum variety currently clogging the Multiplex. Jaeger wrote the script, and plays Thom, an aspiring photographer in New York City, who drives an unlicensed taxi around town to make a few extra bucks. One night he picks up Claire, who’s just walked out on her husband and is distraught because her father – in California – has had a heart attack. “Just drive,” she tells Thom. Claire is played by Amber Jaeger, the filmmaker’s wife, and the two have a winning, low–key chemistry that carries Take Me Home from its earliest scenes to the last. The supporting cast includes Victor Garber (Alias) and Linn Shay (There’s Something About Mary); they’re terrific, but the movie belongs to the Jaegers, Mr. and Mrs. The film is funny, unpredictable, touching, beautifully paced – and extremely well–made. I predict it will be Hollywood’s next My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the dark horse to come from behind. In light of all the crapola that the big studios continue to turn out these days, Take Me Home is a revelation. We spoke with Sam Jaeger in Los Angeles.

Sam Jaeger: I started with this woman getting into a cab, and talking the cab driver into taking her across the United States. All the pieces were kinda there, it was mostly about trying to make every scene lead to the next. One movie I saw recently that did that extremely well was The King’s Speech. There’s a problem, and then he’s got to solve it, and he goes here. Every scene leads to the next. And I felt like, if I can justify every scene in my movie, then I’ll at least have something I’m proud of. Whether or not it reaches an audience is another thing. In the writing process I was thinking “Does this really, absolutely need to be here?” And also, the movie took so long to film, and then edit, that I had the opportunity to do that in both of those stages as well. Were you and Amber already together when you started the project? Sam Jaeger: We were boyfriend and girlfriend when I started writing it, and when shooting started we were freshly married that summer. I wrote it with her in mind. I guess I was always juggling in my head, in the early days, basically deciding what it means to be married. And although there’s a lot of fun moments in the film, it’s really kind of a discussion on the real merit of committing your life to somebody. So what’s it like working day–to–day with your wife?


Did you have all the locations planned out, or was it a matter of “This looks good, let’s stop here”?

Sam Jaeger: We definitely had the locations mapped out. In fact, that spot in the desert, we had the rights to that huge tract of land. You could get permits for 30 square mile units. But then there were certain days where the schedule fell apart. We spent way too long trying to suction– cup a camera onto the hood of the taxi cab. We had no problem with the cops in New York. We set up huge lights on Park Avenue, drove through Times Square, but the second we get to Asheville, Ohio, the whole police department – which at the time was two cops – decided to shut us down. What happens next? Are there distributors sniffing around? Sam Jaeger: It’s kind of a riddle. One of the harder things to get people to watch is a romantic comedy without any clearly recognizable stars to it. But that’s why we’re trying to build word of mouth, and having all the fans that we’ve gotten so far from the festivals has really helped. I don’t know. I spent seven and a half years trying to get this movie made, I just want to spend a few more making sure it finds the right audience. I’ve often felt that the life of an actor is so dependant on luck, or someone else’s permission. And I’ve always considered myself a filmmaker as much as I do an actor. If I can contribute in some way to filmmaking, then I’ll have lived a pretty enriching life. CS Take Me Home At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 Lucas Theatre Q&A with director/star Sam Jaeger  

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Sam Jaeger: My wife happens to be one of the easiest actresses on planet Earth to work with. Doing an independent film, you have to be pretty humble and focused. When there’s crew members running all around, you have to kind of make your performance your own under extreme circumstances. And I don’t think circumstances could have been more extreme than what I put her through. The filming actually unfolded the same way the film does. When we shot the scene where she throws her purse in the forest, we were already a day behind. I was like, “You know, guys, somebody run and get socks for the crew, because I know there’s poison ivy here,” and “Honey, you just gotta suck it up and do it.” And she got poison ivy so bad that by the time we drove out to Utah, we couldn’t even shoot one side of her face. She looked like a leper. So at that same point in the film, where the characters break down in the desert, my wife and I were kind of at wit’s end. I was trying to catch up on several days missed. At the same time, she was just in such pain from the poison ivy. Once we stopped shooting those desert scenes, we stopped at an emergency care unit and they injected her with a bunch of medication because she had skin poisoning. Long story short, I guess the one thing we could fall back on is that we put ourselves through much worse in the process of deciding whether we wanted to be married. This was just one of those road bumps that a married couple goes through.

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For his senior thesis, Colin Levy created The Secret Number, a short film that takes the conventions of time, space and mathematics and turns them on their heads.

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everything Award-winning SCAD filmmaker Colin Levy returns, with a twist

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Levy, who graduated from SCAD in May, won the Savannah Film Commission Award at the 2010 festival for his short En Route. Once The Secret Number was completed, he moved to Oakland, Calif., to begin a year–long residency with Pixar Animation Studios. “I applied like anyone else,” Levy explains, “but I had a portfolio that I guess impressed them.” The Pixar principles were apparently taken by a 3–D animation short Levy had made between his junior and senior years at SCAD; likewise, both En Route and The Secret Number were part of his submission reel. “Some people come out of the visual effects program and they’re doing lighting, or shading, compositing,” he says. “I am in their Camera & Staging department. I’m still trying to figure out how to describe it


and figured out the bleem theory. And in some way, he’s able to access another dimension, and he slips back in time. That’s the reading I have. “I realized there are a lot of similarities between En Route and this film. It even ends with a very similar reveal shot, and that kind of bothers me a little bit. But I guess I like shorts that have little twists to them. I like playing with time. I love Memento, and Back to the Future, too. I’ve always been intrigued by that kind of concept.” Should The Secret Number take the honors at this year’s competition, Levy won’t be at the ceremony – two of his film’s producers are planning to attend. Pixar is keeping him busy. When his year is up, he says, “They could decide that they’ve had enough of me and send me on my way. If that’s the case, that will be totally great because I have other things that I could do. And having even one year at Pixar is just an incredible privilege and experience. “But they could also bring me on, and that’s sort of what I’m hoping will happen. I do have directing aspirations, but this is an amazing environment, and I feel like I’m getting better as a filmmaker and as an artist. And I’m not going to stop learning.” CS

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to people, but it’s basically cinematography for films that take place in a virtual world. There’s a difference between stereoscopic 3D and 3D. It’s like placing cameras, figuring out compositions, shot design. So there’s a lot of exploration that happens. “We’re handed storyboards and then we explore and actually shoot – in a computer, virtually – the movie. It’s a lot of fun. I am exercising my filmmaking muscle when I’m doing that.” The Secret Number takes place in a psychiatric ward, where a brilliant professor of math - Dr. Ersheim - has been admitted because of his erratic behavior. And he’s been trying to tell people, for years, that there’s an “unknown integer” between 3 and 4, which her calls bleem. Therefore, he’s in the loony bin. And wardkeeper Dr. Tomlin has daily talks with the old man. “During the course of these conversations, Tomlin realizes that there’s some sort of inexplicable link that exists between him and the professor,” Levy says. “It’s just that he keeps having these memories, back to a time when he was younger.” Unlike En Route, which also dealt with the passage of time and its relation to memory, The Secret Number isn’t easy to understand. Even for the 23–year–old filmmaker himself. Levy admits the short is “obtuse,” in a manner of speaking. “By the end, he’s finally cracked the code. He’s made the leap, mentally,

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Blotter All cases from recent Savannah/ Chatham Police Dept. incident reports

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon parking problems Huge parking challenges will be the order of the weekend as Savannah prepares for its inaugural hosting of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, with over 23,000 runners.

All on–street parking will be closed to the public all along the marathon route (see map this issue). All City parking garages will be open, however a flat $10 per day parking fee will be assessed Wednesday–Sunday. Also, some garages may be so hemmed in by street barricades that they will be inaccessible. Monthly card holders: On Thursday and Friday, entrance into garages will be limited to monthly card holders until 8 a.m. After 8 a.m., garages will be open to the parking public, and remain open to all until garage is full. After 8 a.m., space in garages

for monthly card holders cannot be guaranteed. Areas around Forsyth Park will be massively affected, especially Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets, as will areas around Daffin Park, including Washington Avenue from Bee Road to Waters Avenue. Police will begin marking affected areas beginning Wednesday evening. Cars in marked, restricted spaces will be towed beginning Friday night. Normal parking will return on a rolling basis by 10 a.m. Saturday but police caution things won’t be completely back to normal until early evening. For shuttle info, go to runrocknroll. competitor.com/2011/10/savannah/ parking–shuttles–2_20015 • Detectives are still investigating the shooting of a 25–year–old Savannah man who was hospitalized with serious injuries over the weekend. Joe Louis Fincher was listed in stable condition at Memorial University Medical Center after the 5

p.m. shooting at the King George Apartments at the end of King George Boulevard. Police found Fincher with wounds on his face which occurred after he returned home and someone stepped from a waiting car and fired at him. • A man diagnosed with dementia and paranoid schizophrenia was found safe and unharmed at Montgomery Cross Road and Waters Avenue soon after being reported missing from his assisted living facility. Warren Blauvelt had last been seen on a CAT bus around 3:15 p.m. He was carrying a ukulele, and police said “he will not respond if spoken to and does not like to be touched.” • Eight people are in custody following an early morning operation in both Chatham and Bryan Counties. Just after 6 a.m. members of the Chatham–Savannah Counter

Narcotics Team (CNT) along with the Bryan County Sheriff ’s Office, Bloomingdale Police Department and the Pooler Department arrested the eight on felony drug related charges. The warrant sweep resulted in a series of meth investigations. During the arrest of Jessie Hurt, agents discovered finished meth and an inactive meth lab at Hurt’s residence on Molden Branch Road. Evidence found indicated that additional meth cooks were conducted. The lab was made safe by agents specially trained in the cleanup of meth labs. Agents located firearms and numerous surveillance cameras throughout the property. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


Have you ever addressed the question of God? It would seem like a fairly important question in the fight against ignorance, yet I couldn’t find anything like “Does God exist?” in the archives. — Bldysabba Nope, I’ve never written about this. Nobody ever asked. But have a seat while I . . . well, to say I’m going to prove God exists sets the bar pretty high. Let’s just say I’m going to show such a proof could be made. We start with medieval Catholic philosopher Thomas Aquinas, the grand master of exploratory theology. Thomas proved the existence of God, to his satisfaction anyway, in his Summa Theologica. The core argument, if you’ll allow me to brutally oversimplify, is: the transitory and inconsequential phenomena we see around us, such as humanity, the solar system, and rock ‘n’ roll, are but contingent beings. Each was brought into existence by some previous being. Each of these, in turn, was engendered by some still earlier entity, and so up the line until we get to . . . the First Cause. There must be a First Cause, Thomas reasoned. You and I, contingent beings that we are, are mere dominoes in the great chain of existence, devoid of autonomous impulses and dependent entirely on previous beings to kick our butts into gear. These antecedent beings are likewise contingent, as are those earlier still, and so on. However, it affronts reason to suppose all beings are contingent, since creation would consist entirely of passive mopes waiting for someone or something else to make the first move. Therefore, Thomas concluded, there must be a First Cause, or shall we say a First Finger, to administer the first flick to the first domino. To this First Cause—essential, eternal, and unchanging—Thomas assigns the name God. The usual objection to this proof (as a college sophomore I made it) is that there’s no obvious reason why the chain

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of causation has to start somewhere. Why can’t it extend forevermore in both directions, without beginning or end? Indeed, scientists Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok have conjectured that the Big Bang was merely the latest burp in an endless cycle of colliding membranes in an 11-dimensional reality. But Thomas isn’t arguing there’s a First Cause chronologically. Rather he’s claiming there’s a first underlying or sustaining cause, in the sense that the sun’s energy is the cause of life on earth. The distinction may strike the lay mind as of little consequence, since most observers agree that in positing a First Cause and calling that God, Thomas assumes what he’s trying to prove. Let’s not be too hasty. Thomas has shown us a couple things. First, the distinction between a chronological first cause and a sustaining first cause is crucial, as we’ll see. Second, although Thomas labors mightily to establish the attributes of God, one of which is personhood, no one can seriously claim the result is a personal God—the warm and fuzzy but also detail-obsessed entity who, if you were Roman Catholic, would condemn you to eternal fire if you died unshriven after eating fish on Friday prior to 1962. Thomas’s work is considered the definitive explication of Catholic theology. From this we deduce that, from the standpoint of one of the world’s great religions, an impersonal, abstract, and mechanistic God is nonetheless God. We turn now to the work of physicists, who in their way are also searching for first causes. Steinhardt and Turok have written of the endless universe, which on first thought seems to undercut any notion of a prime mover. However, calling to mind the Thomistic distinction between temporal and sustaining causes, we realize the conjectured 11-dimensional reality of which they speak arguably is itself the First Cause from which all else springs. Other scientists, taking a different tack, search for the First Cause in the quantum lint of which matter is composed, going so far as to call the hypothesized fundamental force holding all else together the God particle. A scientist’s joke? Not entirely. The God particle and 11-dimensional reality are, Jah knows, on the woolly fringe of science. However, should the existence of some First Cause be demonstrated, one might, on the logic of Thomas Aquinas, be entitled to call it God. cs

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Can’t Possibly Be True • Apparently, officials at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport felt the need for professional guidance on rebranding their facility to (as one put it) “carry it into the modern era,” and so hired the creative talents of Big Communications of Birmingham, Ala., to help. Big’s suggested name for the airport, announced to great fanfare in September: “Chattanooga Airport.”

• Justice! ... Now! (1) Elsie Pawlow, members of Jared Loughner (the man a senior citizen of Edmonton, Alberta, charged with shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrifiled a $100,000 lawsuit in Septemelle Giffords in January) who were ber against Kraft Canada Inc., parent interviewed by authorities regarding company of the makers of Stride Gum, mental illnesses in the Loughner famwhich brags that it is “ridiculously ily: Loughner’s distant cousin Judy long-lasting.” Pawlow complained that Wackt. Passed away in May in Fredershe had to scrub down her dentures icksburg, Va.: retired Army Sgt. Harry after using Stride, to “dig out” specks Palm. Charged with murder in Decatur, of gum -- a condition that caused her Ill., in September: a (predictably underto experience “depression for approxirespected) 15-year-old boy named mately 10 minutes.” (2) Colleen O’Neal Shitavious Cook. filed a lawsuit recently against • Hey, It Could’ve HapUnited/Continental airlines over pened: (1) The British recthe “post traumatic stress disreation firm UK Paintball don’t forget order” she said she has suffered announced in August that a to vote! since a 20-minute flight in Octofemale customer had been ber 2009 -- in which, during injured after a paintball turbulent weather, the plane shot hit her in the chest, “banked” from side to side and causing her silicone breast lost altitude. implant to “explode.” The • In August, a state court in company recommended that Frankfurt, Germany, awarded paintball facilities supply bet3,000 euros (about $4,200) to ter chest protection for women Magnus Gaefgen, 36, on his claim with implants. (2) The Moscow, that during a 2002 police interRussia, newspaper Moskovsky rogation, officers “threat(ened) ... Komsomolets reported in violence” against him if he did not October that a local woman’s life had disclose what he knew about a missing been saved by her “state-of-the-art” 11-year-old boy who was later found silicone breast implant. Her husband dead. In 2003, Gaefgen was convicted had stabbed her repeatedly in the chest of the boy’s murder and is serving a life during a domestic argument, but the sentence, but the court nevertheless implant’s gel supposedly deflected the thought he should be compensated for blade. his “pain and suffering.” Ultimate Catfighting • Names in the News: The man stabbed to death in Calgary, Alberta, (1) In Charlotte, N.C., in October, a in August: the 29-year-old Mr. Brent female motorist was arrested for ramStabbed Last. Among the family ming another woman’s car after that

woman said “Good morning” to the motorist’s boyfriend as the women dropped kids off at school. (2) In Arbutus, Md., in October, a woman was arrested for throwing bleach and disinfectant at another woman in a Walmart (an incident in which at least 19 bystanders sought medical assistance). Police learned that the arrestee’s child’s father had become the boyfriend of the bleach-targeted woman. (3) In a hospital in Upland, Pa., in October, two pregnant women (ages 21 and 22) were arrested after injuring a woman, 36, and a girl, 15, in a brawl inside a patient’s room.

Unclear on the Concept • The North Koreans called it a “cruise ship” and tried to establish a business model to attract wealthy tourists from China, but to the New York Times reporter on board in September, the 40-year-old boat was more like a “tramp steamer” on which “vacationers” paid the equivalent of $470 to “enjoy” five days and nights at sea. More than 200 people boarded the “dim” and “musty” vessel, “sometimes eight to a room with floor mattresses” and iffy bathrooms. The onboard “entertainment” consisted not of shuffleboard but of “decks of cards” and karaoke. Dinner “resembled a mess hall at an American Army base,” but with leftovers thrown overboard (even though some of it was blown back on deck). The trip was capped, wrote the Times, by the boat’s crashing into the


Mixed Evidence on Smoking (1) It’s Bad for You: A 44-year-old woman was hospitalized with a head injury and a broken clavicle in September after she inadvertently walked into a still-moving train at the Needham Center station near Boston. Her attention had been diverted because she was trying to light her cigarette as she walked. (2) Sometimes, It’s OK: A 51-year-old woman told police she fought off an attempted street robbery in Pennsville Township, N.J., in October by burning the age-20-something assailant with her lit cigarette. She said the man yelled “Ouch” and ran away.

A News of the Weird Classic (April 1993) In a 1992 issue of the journal Sexual and Marital Therapy, two therapists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London described “orgasmic reconditioning” they performed on their patient, “George,” age 20. They reported “partial” success in getting George to switch his masturbatory stimuli from the family car (an Austin Metro) to photographs of naked women. George had reported arousal previously only when sitting in the car or when squatting behind it while the engine was running. (Before that, George was sexually preoccupied with urination by women, children and dogs.) cs

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pier as it docked, knocking a corner of the structure “into a pile of rubble.” • The thief who made off with the valuable lamp from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winson Green, England, in October might well return to the building soon, for confession. Clearly visible on the surveillance video inside was the man, as he was just about to snatch up the lamp, making the sign of the cross. • Sally Stricker was angry that the Nebraska troopers patrolling the state fair grounds in September had told her that she had an “illegal” message on her T-shirt and that if she wished to remain at the fair, she would have to either change shirts or wear hers inside out. The “message” was a marijuana leaf with the slogan “Don’t panic, It’s organic.” Stricker was at the fair to attend the night’s live concert -- starring (marijuana-friendly) Willie Nelson. • Boise State University’s highly rated football team suspended three players for several games at the beginning of the season for violating eligibility rules by receiving impermissible financial benefits. According to an October news release by the school, the most prominent player sanctioned was Geraldo Boldewijn, the team’s fastest wide receiver, who had improperly received the use of a car. (However, it was a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles on it.)

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According to legend, there was a time in the mid ‘70s when Mother’s Finest was “the most dangerous opening act in rock ‘n’ roll.” Paired with the likes of Aerosmith or Ted Nugent, Georgia’s mighty funk machine invariably stole the show and became the literal interpretation of a hard act to follow. Fronted then, as now, by vocal powerhouses Joyce Kennedy and Glenn Murdock, Mother’s Finest set the hardest funk grooves into a nightly death–match with the riff– heavy rock ‘n’ roll that was the bread and butter of white English bands – and nobody knew what hit them. Some used to say the band was like Led Zeppelin playing a set of Sly & the Family Stone material. Coach’s Corner kicks off its Rock ‘n Roll Marathon tribute weekend with a Nov. 3 concert from Mother’s Finest. Both Kennedy and Murdock are still out in front, tearing the roof off the sucka, along with bassist Wyzard and guitarist Mo, who were there for the band’s classic ‘70s records Mother’s Finest, a Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Mother’s Finest and Another Motha Further. Tickets for the Nov. 3 performance are $20 advance (at coachs.net) and will be $25 day of show. The Atlanta band Hero will start the show at 7 p.m. Ah, but there’s more! One of Georgia’s favorite alt–rock bands, Drivin N Cryin, plays the ‘Corner at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Singer/songwriter Kevin Kinney’s a seminal player in the ongoing evolution of our state’s fertile music; Savannah’s Listen 2 Three opens the concert. Tickets are $15 advance, and $20 the day of. Radio station WFXH–FM, Rock 106 celebrates its 10th birthday Nov. 5 at Coaches, with an appearance by its top– rated syndicated “rock jocks” Lex & Terry. Tickets are $10 at Sunset Novelties, Uncle Harry’s, the Hide–a–Way Sports Grill, Savannah Hydroponics and Okatie Organics, and they’ll be $15 at the door. Apparently the last time Lex & Terry were in town, it was a major event. This one is “21 and over,” and knowing the bawdy stuff they talk about on their radio show, it’s not hard to understand why. CS 3016 E. Victory Drive/(912) 352–2933 Kevin Kinney (left) and Drivin N Cryin

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She won three Tony Awards before she’d turned 30, and then a few years later scored another one. But Audra McDonald – who also has a pair of Grammys – has a restless nature. She’s not a laurel-rester.

That’s why one of Broadway’s hottest musical theater stars took a gig on the TV series Private Practice. “I’d done some television before,” McDonald says by phone from her home in New York City, “but never a long–running series. I always thought it would be interesting, at some point in my life, to really get to know what


Angeles Opera. Two weeks ago, she sang at Carnegie Hall. Stephen Holden in the New York Times praised her “aura of almost uncontainable enthusiasm” and called her a “one–of–a–kind musical super–talent.” She hadn’t been on the New York stage since taking the TV series in 2007. So it was something of a comeback. McDonald says the concert was, well, emotional. “I love singing at Carnegie. I think it was my 16th or 17th time performing there. And it feels like home, it feels like, well, that’s what you’re supposed to do in Carnegie Hall. You’re supposed to make music and just feel the reverberations of all the other music that has played in there before you. And the ghosts of incredible artists. You just feel like you’re adding to it, and soaking it all in. And the audience was so generous and loving – for me, it was just like a fun party.” The Savannah show will feature McDonald accompanied by piano, bass and drums. She calls it “a journey through all the different generations of great musical theater composers.” For all the aspiring musical theater performers in Savannah, McDonald has this advice: “There’s a tremendous amount of luck involved. Having someone cast you in a show, and then that show becomes a hit, there’s a lot of things that have to happen. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. “I think the most important thing is to continue to work on your craft. Always, always, always, whether that’s voice lessons, acting lessons, piano lessons, dance lessons. Getting into your community theater – getting onstage whenever you possibly can. “It also involves seeing theater, too, and just exposing yourself to as much of it as you possibly can. Immersing yourself in theater.” Even with all those trophies, she’s still taking voice and acting lessons. “Just because you’ve achieved a degree of success doesn’t mean you stop working on your craft,” McDonald explains. “It’s a constant evolution. You’re constantly going to school.” CS Audra McDonald Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 Tickets: $25–$72

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it’s like to get comfortable in front of a camera.” She played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the ABC drama, a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, for four years. Season Five is airing now, but McDonald has left the cast. “It had more to do with the fact that I was just doing too much commuting,” she explains. “My daughter lives in New York; I didn’t move her out to California. Because you never know, from one season to the next. The numbers can dive for no particular reason, and all of a sudden you don’t have good ratings and the network pulls you. There was too much uncertainty for me to bring her out. “So in the end, the commute got to be way too much. Too much time in the air, and not enough with my feet on the ground, with my family.” The tour that brings McDonald to the Lucas Theatre Nov. 9 will end long before December, when she’ll be back on Broadway in a revival of Porgy and Bess. The show was in previews during September in Cambridge, Mass. Director Diane Paulus has revised some of the Gershwins’ libretto, and from all accounts the show – which also features Norm Lewis as Porgy – is riveting. Could there be a fifth Tony in McDonald’s near future? Like all performers, she thinks it’s bad luck to predict whether something will be a success or not. “I can’t speak for other actors,” she says, “but more often that not I think ‘Boy, I hope this isn’t the time I fall on my face.’ It’s scary.” Playing the emotionally–ravaged Bess, she explains, is a challenge. “It’s the pinnacle. It’s huge. It’s the hardest role I’ve ever played. She’s such a complicated character – if I were an outsider looking in, I’d say she was just a big ol’ bag of contradictions. “So it’s a great journey, to teach me to understand all the different parts of who she is.” McDonald won her first three Tonys for the musical revival Carousel (1994), the drama Master Class (1996) and the revival of Ragtime in 1998. Her fourth came in 2004, with A Raisin the Sun, which later became a highly–rated TV movie. She made her operatic debut in 2006, and three years later came the Grammys – for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album – for Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Patti LuPone and the Los

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Last time we spoke, you described yourself as ‘not very ambitious.’ You’ve been getting incredible reviews since then. Are you more interested in your career now? Shannon Whitworth: Definitely, yeah, like a fire. There’s a new energy that wasn’t there, for sure. Just getting to know myself as a musician, and knowing what I like to do, and seeing what I can do. Trying a lot of new things until something resonated. The new album brought me to a really fun place, creatively. I always played around with visual art, as well, and with Water Bound, I felt like for the first time I got to really bring landscape into music. It wasn’t always just with words – I used instruments that I’d never used before on a record. And the producer’s palette brought

a whole different sort of arsenal into the mix. I’ve had a uke forever, and I write a lot of my songs on it, but I’d never recorded with a ukulele until Water Bound. I’m being more myself, I guess. Truthful. I don’t know a more artistic way of saying that.

Since people have been singing your praises, do you feel like you now have something to prove? Shannon Whitworth: No, no, not yet. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to that point yet. I feel like I’m still walking uphill. But I’m having a blast. If anything, this last year in particular has been this really random year. I’ve always toured with my band in the past, and have always had those resources around me – not necessarily resources, the sound. I’m in love with my band. I was put in a lot of situations which were uncomfortable, like going on tour as a duo or a trio. And I looked at that like it was not going to be very fun, and it ended up being one of the most growing things

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So you’ve been on the road a lot? Shannon Whitworth: I toured with Raul Malo, and I’ve done some touring with Chris Isaak, and it’s been really fun. Those guys, it was really cool. Whatever their audience was, particularly Chris Isaak, I sold out almost all my CDs on the first show of the tour in Canada. I had no idea. It was like, there’s an audience out there that wants to hear the truth, you know? What I really want to be doing.

The Biscuit Burners and clawhammer banjo – does that feel like a hundred years ago to you? Shannon Whitworth: Yes and no. I wouldn’t be where I was today if it wasn’t for that whole experience. And I’m going to still say that 10 years from now. I definitely value every little step along the way. It’s just been a matter of a girl getting comfortable with herself, in her own skin. And in

this case, it’s my sound, and singing what I want to sing. And writing the words I want to write down, and putting them into a song. All that’s come with ... time? And maybe a little more experience. Being around some great musicians.

When someone sitting next to you on an airplane asks what you do, what do you tell them? Shannon Whitworth: The worst is when they say “What kind of music do you play?” I’m like, “You know, I’ve never been able to answer this.” I totally choke up. I need to come up with a spiel. CS Shannon Whitworth Where: The Landings Plantations Club, One Cottonwood Lane When: At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 Tickets: $15 at (912) 598-7693 Artist’s website: shannonwhitworth.com

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How the New Mastersounds brought American music back across the pond by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

American funk music has a deep–rooted appeal that goes far beyond the borders of this country. In Japan, for example, funk is as prized as the finest cuts of sushi. “There’s an amazing band there called Osaka Monaurail,” says Eddie Roberts, guitarist for the British band the New Mastersounds. “The front guy has completely modeled himself on James Brown – he dances like him, he does the splits, the whole thing. “And he runs his band like James Brown – they’re really strict, and they rehearse five times a week. They all wear the same suits, the same shoes ... it’s a 12–piece band. They’re absolutely incredible.” There is, Roberts says modestly, a New Mastersounds cover band in Japan as well. That’s because this four–piece outfit – returning to Loco’s in Savannah Nov. 10 – is one of the tightest, most musicianly purveyors of pure funk in the known universe. Just as American blues and R&B had a profound influence on the early rock bands in Great Britain, classic ‘60s and ‘70s funk did a huge number on Eddie Roberts and his pals. “I think World War II had a lot to do with the blues and R&B music that got into the U.K.,” says Roberts. “DJs finding this music, and crate–digging for it. They ended playing clubs and parties; that’s how I got into funk,

through the DJs that were picking it up. Through my late teens and early 20s, we were pretty much dancing to funk and soul every weekend.” The New Mastersounds were helped enormously by their association with the legendary Scottish DJ Keb Darge, who is considered the grandfather of England’s so-called “Deep Funk” scene. “What the phrase really meant was digging deep in the crates, finding rare funk tunes,” Roberts explains. “We were then putting bands together to kind of emulate the sounds that we were hearing on records. Before we came to America, pretty much all our tunes were like three minutes long. We were emulating like a funk 45.” Ironically, the band had to pack up and leave their native Leeds to find a fully receptive audience. Coming to the States, where acts like the Meters and Parliament/Funkadelic were becoming big draws at jam band festivals, their eyes were opened. “When we realized there were no DJs playing before and after us,” Roberts explains, “and we had to play for two or three hours, then we realized that we probably had to stretch the tunes out a little bit. Otherwise we’d be dead in 45 minutes.” The New Mastersounds made their American debut in 2004, at the House of Blues in Chicago. The shows sold out. “Our jaws dropped. People coming to listen to instrumental soul/jazz music! We were like, holy shit, this is

where we need to be playing – rather than playing back home in Leeds, to 50 people. And 45 of those not even that interested. “Especially being a mainly instrumental band, we’d always struggled against that a bit in Europe, where they tend to want a black singer. They want the kind of real deal. If the singer is white, they’re not all that interested.” After they became used to the American way of doing things – drawing the tunes out – the real test was still to come. “We wondered whether the European audiences would like it, or whether they would still be wanting the short, sharp, quick 45s,” says Roberts. “We brought it to the U.S., then back over here, and they seem to be responding to it as well. So it bounces back and forth.” The New Mastersounds hardly play in England any more – Roberts, in fact, has relocated to San Francisco – but in the Land of the Rising Sun, they’re treated like kings. “Really, the only people in Europe who were interested in us were the DJs,” Roberts says. “And there’s only a handful of DJs. And the people know the names of the DJs – they don’t know the names of the bands.” CS The New Mastersounds Where: Loco’s Grill & Pub. 301 W. Broughton St. When: At 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 Tickets: $10


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Something new is glowing in Savannah’s western skyline. The 86–foot glass tower of the SCAD Museum of Art lit up for the first time last week, rising up out of MLK Jr. Boulevard like a great green guidepost. Indeed, SCAD is leading the city’s cultural future: The sleek, clean line of the tower is erected from a historic foundation, effectively showcasing the college’s global art influence while embracing Savannah’s past as one of the busiest slave outposts in South. Built from the ruins of the original headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railroad, the museum “resurrects

and respirits” the only surviving antebellum railroad depot in the country. In a speech Friday afternoon, SCAD President Paula Wallace called it an example of “living history,” citing the story of William and Ellen Craft, escaped slaves who passed through the train depot on their way to freedom. Housing selected works from Dr. Walter O. Evans that date as early as the 1800s, SCADMOA pulls from the largest collection of African American art in the world. Every brick is original to the site, collected from crumbling piles that

have sat for decades. Heart pine beams were claimed from a collapsing warehouse and reclaimed for panels that adorn the 250–seat poured concrete auditorium. Lead architect Christian Sottile spoke of the layering of centuries that happen in a city where so much has passed, comparing Savannah to his hometown of Florence, Italy. “The museum is an ideology in action,” he said. “It will enrich the cultural fabric of this singular environment.” Though its constructive identity pays due to its local point in history, once inside, SCADMOA opens up into the expansive, fast–paced consciousness of contemporary art and


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From left to right: Liza Lou’s Roll, composed of cotton and glass beads; The Piano Lesson by Romare Bearden, one of the many works from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art that will be rotated through the SCAD Museum of Art; Kehinde Wiley’s Alexander the Great.

design. The first thing that greets visitors is a gargantuan, 12–foot touch pad that offers information and color images of the exhibitions, artists and events. The entire western wall is covered with Trenton Doyle Hancock’s trippy 3–D wallpaper, as if an alert that while the building itself may span centuries, the art within is—with a few exceptions—rooted in modern times. Executive Director of Exhibitions Laurie Ann Farrell and Chief Curator of Exhibitions Isolde Breilmaier came up with a diverse lineup to open SCADMOA, showcasing well–known with emerging artists through a variety of media. “This is a labyrinth of creative disciplines,” said Farrell. Farrell and her staff installed each piece with regard to spatial sensibility and subject, creating a flow through the galleries. Selected works from Kehinde Wiley, including oversized portraits of young urban giants, occupy a space worthy of the enormity of its subjects. Kendall Buster’s billowy, biology–inspired sculpture New Growth: Stratum Field hangs above, low enough to invite necks to drop for a closer inspection. “When the artists came in and saw their work, their jaws dropped, they were so moved by how we’ve presented their work,” said Melissa Messina, Senior Curator. “As a curator, that’s when you know you’re doing a good job.” Bill Viola’s 1996 The Crossing, a video installation mirroring a man

walking towards opposite fates has been shown around the world and returns to where it was first commissioned. There have been long strides in video technology since its creation, but Messina points out that the dating of the piece has value in itself. “It’s important for students to see the progression of video art.” Art, fashion and culture collide in the André Leon Talley’s High Style gallery, or as one visitor called it, “my new happy place.” Curated by the legendary Vogue editor, the exhibit is a fashion groupie’s fantasy, juxtaposing the elegance of a sea foam green Oscar de la Renta organza gown with Zac Posen’s goth–like, spidery sheath created for actress Christina Ricci. Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik are all represented— the latter in the Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic satin pumps from the film Sex and the City.

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The back gallery is the domain of sculptor Liza Lou, presenting an uncanny ability to imbue the mundane with the stupendous in her collection Let the Light In. Intricate wall tapestries echoing Islamic prayer rugs become a testament to labor and devotion when revealed to be composed of tiny glass beads. Similarly deserving of awe are coiled ropes sheathed in beads the size of a head of a pin that are a mile long when unraveled, and Gather Forty, an enormous honey–hued floor installation utilizing a million more gold–plated beads. Not to be missed is Lou’s masterwork—not in the gallery, but outside in the museum courtyard. Inside a vintage silver aluminum trailer, accommodating only one viewer at a time, is an entire world created with her signature glass beads: From the zebra bedspread to the small trailer kitchen to a coffee table cluttered with

liquor bottles and ashtrays, a narrative emerges in the sparkle of so many teeny, tiny grains. Touted as a “teaching museum,” the building has 12 classrooms on the second floor where SCAD students will explore the “labyrinth” of creativity. But the museum is as much a resource for the school as it is an offering to the community, what President Wallace calls a “a collective wellspring of ideas and inspiration.” The art inside may rotate through the years, but there is a sense of permanence that emanates from the museum itself, coming from all those Savannah gray bricks created by enslaved laborers combined with newly-poured concrete and steel girders. Even if you only consider the beam of light it radiates for miles, SCAD’s Museum of Art will have an undeniable impact on Savannah for many years to come. cs

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A Greek festival of flavor A decade ago, if I was looking for my wife on Friday night, I could usually find her working away on scrapbooks with other creative ladies at Wilmington Island’s Scrap Happy. The clipping and pasting was fueled by pizza and sandwiches from little Basil’s Pizza and Deli next door. Trends change, and the scrap– booking store is gone — but little Basil’s has taken over the entire small shopping center, and added a popular frozen yogurt business to boot. From a nicely made house pizza dough to an amazing array of authentic Greek dishes, Basil’s brings a solid line–up of Mediterranean–inspired menu items to a devout stream of loyal island diners. We sampled both sides of the menu on our recent visit. I brought home half of my massive portion of lasagna. It was piping hot, rich with gooey, melted cheese and a nicely acidic tomato sauce. Basil’s overcame the challenges and plated a very thick portion that was evenly heated and perfectly prepared. A quartet of comfortingly doughy bread sticks were hot, fresh and addicting. Ms. T.J. scored from the Greek side of the menu — spanakopita and dolmades. If you didn’t get your fill of Greek goodies at the recent festival, Basil’s has to be on your to–do list.

The delicate, crispy layers of phyllo dough in the spanakopita were filled with a rich feta cheese and spinach mixture in all the right proportions. The risk with this dish is allowing the filling to overtake the dough — but Basil’s again earned a hearty opa! for executing the dish with balance and restraint. The dolmades, a pair of stuffed grapes leaves, arrived fresh, hot and plump. I’m not a fan of the flavor of grape leaves, but recognized the dish as being incredibly well-made — the tight little packages stuffed full of rice, minced meat and a savory blend of herbs and spices. A small orzo salad topped with chopped tomatoes and Feta cheese added color, texture and additional layers of flavor to the plate. There is plenty of diversity in the menu, without being overwhelming. Sandwiches, pizzas and a nice selection of appetizers offer a little something for everyone, including your vegetarian friends.

We experienced very good service, despite being the only diners in the tightly screened front porch dining area. I would rethink that choice on future visits. The smell from a nearby smoking area wafts into the porch and an occasional sour scent from a dumpster around the corner tickles your nose. Wine and beer is available — and your sweet tooth can get a satisfying treat in the neighboring Basil’s Yo! shop — with a selection of frozen yogurts, do–it–yourself toppings and a selection of cookies, pies and cakes. 216 Johnny Mercer Blvd.897–6400 www.basilspizzaonline.com

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Yes indeed, it’s Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, coming to town Dec. 8.

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Ah, those polarizing felines. Depending on how you feel about Cats, it’s either the greatest musical ever performed, or the stupidest damn thing to ever come out of London’s West End. There’s no denying that the Andrew Lloyd Weber show, based on the fuzzy– wuzzy writings of T.S. Eliot and featuring a cast of heavily made–up singer/ dancers, is one of the most successful musical extravaganzas of the last 30 years. The second longest–running show in Broadway history, Cats has been translated into more than 20 languages, and turned out a couple of major musical theater stars. Me, I’ve seen it twice, and I still don’t know what it’s about. Mr. Mistoffelees, Grizabella, old Macavity, Jennyanydots and the rest of their furry friends are on the road again, courtesy of the Jam Theatricals touring company, and they’ve got a Dec. 8 date in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $32.50–$55 at etix.com. Oh yes, Jam’s also bringing Riverdance back, on what’s billed as the “Farewell Tour,” Feb. 16. Tickets for the all-Irish extravaganza are on sale through etix, too.

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The annual Savannah Zombie Walk — timed, strangely enough, after the Halloween holiday — will be held Nov. 12 on historic River Street. You can participate in the all ages event for free, with the donation of one canned food item for the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The walk itself begins at 7; starting at 1 p.m., there’ll be a festival going on in Emmet Park, with live music, midway games, refreshments and that sort of thing. They’ll have makeup artists on site from 5 to 7, to help you “zombie down.” After the walk, a bunch of bands including Free Candy, Thee Swank Bastards, Sapphire Rebellion and others will rock the after-party at Muse Arts Warehouse. This event will have a “zombie circus” atmosphere, with performance by the astonishing aerialist Riot Hooping and others. • Tybee’s Got Talent is back for the second year, with a top prize of $300 going to the best singer, dancer, juggler, spoons player, whoever the judges like. This year’s event - Nov. 12 - is a colaborative venture between the Tybee Arts Association and the Tybee Post Theater. For details, go to tybeeposttheater.org. CS

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The Artist’s Hand (A show of appreciation for Robyn Reeder) — A collaborative and interactive exhibition featuring work by Andrew Brodhead, DRZ, Matt Hebermehl, Adolfo Hernandez, Panhandle Slim, Rachael Perisho, RAABstract, Jose Ray and Zteven. Nov. 12-Dec. 4. Reception Nov. 12, 6-10 pm. Nine artists create a portrait from a template image on panel. Defining the exhibition is a portrait of Robyn Reeder, an influential and beloved figure in the Savannah community. You are invited to curate your own version of the exhibition: a square from one artist’s portrait of Robyn can be lifted from the wall and traded with a square from another artist’s portrait of her. A portion of proceeds to benefit the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavillion The Soda Shop, 409 E. Liberty St., www.thesodashop.com/

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Sasha Zuwolinsky’s unique public video art installation premieres Nov. 4-5 from 8-11 p.m. both nights between Barnard and Jefferson Streets 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., www. telfair.org/ 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.” Show runs through Dec 4. Artist’s lecture Sept. 8. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., www.telfair.org/ 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., www.telfair.org/ From the Top — “Unseen views from Savannah’s Signature Buildings.” A collection of high rise and architectural photography by artist Tim Foster. Art is displayed in the 2nd floor, formerly the cafe. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., telfair.org/ Holy Windows, Batman! — “…a cathedral view” by Erica Rollings features modern interpretations of historic ca-

thedral windows from around the world. Nov. 3-Dec. 1, reception Thu. Nov. 3, 5-9 p.m. Liquid Sands Gallery, 5 W. York St. Home is Here — Sasha Zuwolinsky’s public video art installation will have its world premiere Nov. 4 and 5 from 8-11 pm (10-minute sessions), between Barnard and Jefferson streets, coinciding with the activities of the Savannah Film Festival. Home is Here is a public video art installation, an experimental journey dealing with the emotional state of Home. It’s conformed by three outdoor screens with surrounding projections and sound, that show moments of the main character’s life, and demonstrates how he deals with memories in order to build a world for himself. 215 W. Broughton Street Magic Passion Love — An opportunity to co-create positive energy with other artists. Nov. 9-Jan. 8 at Caraway Cafe. Artist submissions received by November 1 are eligible for a cash prize. Denise Elliot-Vernon, Eric Wooddall and Doug Chayka are the judges of the theme entries. Art will be on display at Caraway Cafe until January 8 and available for purchase. The winner will be announced at the artist reception on Thursday, November 10 from 6-8 p.m. Singer Jill Chang will perform throughout the evening. Caraway Cafe, Abercorn & Broughton Streets

Midway — Tobia Makover will exhibit never-beforeseen multimedia photo encaustics that center around this small Georgia town, rich with Civil War and Civil Rights history. Nov. 17-22. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Projectives — Recent photographs by Elise Marie Wille. Exhibition runs Nov. 2-30. Reception Nov. 18, 6-9 pm. A series of platinum/ palladium inkblot-like tests that focus on the psychological responses to the medical and creature-like imagery. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull 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. Come by the gallery to preview the prints or call early and reserve a low number. 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. Real Abstractions — Recent works by Carol Taylor, Oct. 22-Nov. 15. Taylor edits and distills her subjects down to the basic elements and principles of design that abstract the imagery. Dragonfly Studio, 1204 Highway 80, Tybee Island

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

Tybee Art & Fine Crafts Show & Sale — The Tybee Arts Association will hold its next Art and Fine Crafts Show and Sale Nov. 4-6 at the Old Tybee School Cafeteria, next to the YMCA, on Tybee Island. The theme, “Memories,” conjures up

anticipation for the start of the holiday season, and nostalgic thoughts of vacations on Tybee Island. The show will include paintings, prints, jewelry and fairy accessories, glass work, art quilts, note cards and fiber arts. Door prizes and raffles for artistdonated gifts and entertainment and refreshments daily. Opening reception, Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Tybee School Cafeteria, http://tybeearts.org/ Utility. Futility. — An exhibit of ceramics by Irene McCollam, Dave Peterson, Sam Heligman, and Rebecca Sipper. Wooden Sheep, 10 W. Liberty St. We Done All We Could and None of It’s Good — Trenton Doyle Hancock is best known for his ongoing narrative and theatrical installations. Show is up through Nov. 5. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. cs

St. Paul’s Small Works Show — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts 2nd Annual Small Works Art Market. Artists’ reception on Sunday, November 13 from 3-5 p.m. The show provides an opportunity for the community to purchase one-of-a-kind, twodimensional art for gifts or to add to their personal collections. All artworks featured in the show are no larger than 18“ x 18”, with a price tag no larger than $250. Nov. 6-Jan. 2. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St. State of Nature — Collage by Marcus Kenney; old wall paper, shopping bags, children’s book illustrations, receipts, taxidermy, personal letters and reproductions of proverbial paintings are jumbled together in a disarming melange of imagery. Nov. 3-Dec. 3. Opening reception Thursday, Nov. 3, 6-8pm. 1704 Lincoln, 1704 Lincoln St.

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Mary Shelley and Stephen Sondheim are onstage this weekend

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November’s first theater productions, both opening this weekend, are entirely dissimilar in all respects but one: They both have to do with monsters. Asbury Memorial Church’s fall musical is Side By Side By Sondheim, a revue celebrating the creative wellspring that is composer Stephen Sondheim – a monstrous talent in the world of musical theater. And at Savannah State University, professor David I.L. Poole is grafting new skin onto Frankenstein, one of literature’s most beloved monster stories, for the Players By the Sea. Frankenstein is, of course, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror yarn about a scientist – Dr. Victor Frankenstein – who has created a living, breathing person from the pieces of dead ones. But it’s a hideous thing. R.N. Sandberg’s adaptation is what’s known as memory play. Like Shelley’s novel, it’s told in flashbacks. “It’s the closest adaptation, actually, to the novel,” explains Poole. “The

novel actually takes place on a ship in the Arctic.” In the SSU telling, “Frankenstein has been chasing the creature in the Arctic; he collapses and these explorers on a ship find him. And he tells the ship’s captain, Walton, what has happened, and who this creature is that’s out there.” The cast includes Savannah State University students Jadon Forbes, D’Amber Guice, Adriana Rogers, and Michael Knowles. Matt O’Boyle, from the theater program at SCAD, is guesting as Dr. Frankenstein. Poole has given the play a “Brechtian feel,” with the audience actually seated on the stage, and the stage itself extended into the house. Frankenstein has elements of science fiction, Gothic horror – and Christian morality.

“I feel that Frankenstein is really a story about being God,” Poole says. “Messing in something that no one should, which is to bring back the dead. And the ramifications of that. “And bad parenting, basically. “The journey of the creature is that he’s been abandoned, and all he really wants is to be loved. And he can’t ever get it.” In Side By Side By Sondheim, you’ll hear some of the most famous and familiar songs from the last 40– plus years of musical theater. The 1976 show includes selections from Follies, Company, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Gypsy and others – all of it composed by Stephen Sondheim, the genre’s most prolific practitioner in the modern era. It’s a revue, not a play. “There is no plotline to the show whatsoever,” says Ray Ellis, who’s co–directing the Asbury production with Cheri Hester. “The narrator gives you background information on Sondheim, and the songs, and why he wrote them. Cute little anecdotes about his life and how he came to be.” The seven cast members were chosen from the 25 that showed up for auditions – a relatively large turnout, considering there’s no real dialogue – Side By Side is a show for singers, not actors. “In this show,” Ellis says, “you’re a different character in every song.” Tyler Daugherty, Mickey Dodge, Megan Hamilton, Michael Kent,

Mandy Madson, Mark Rand and Elizabeth Zettler are the singers. Pianists Keena Charbonneau and Kelly Blackmarr Carlile will be onstage, too. Ellis, who’s the choral director and drama teacher at South Effingham High School, is also Asbury’s music director. Hester, who has a resume filled with New York theater productions, is married to the church’s minister, Billy Hester. “We fit very well together,” Ellis says. “Cheri has a lot more experience, professionally. She’s a choreographer, I’m a musician. She’s taken the lead on the blocking and I’ve headed more towards the production end, with the lights and the sound and focusing on that stuff. “It’s very much a co–directorship. We support each other very well; her strong suits are not mine, and vice versa. We couldn’t have done it without each other, put it that way.” CS Savannah State Players By the Sea: Frankenstein When: At 8 p.m. Nov. 3–5, 3 p.m. Nov. 6, Kennedy Fine Arts Building, 3219 College St. Tickets: $10 public, $5 students, faculty, staff, seniors and military Phone: (912) 358–3190. Side By Side By Sondheim Where: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 E. Henry St. When: At 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13; at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13 Tickets: $10 Phone: (912) 233–3595


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The Three Musketeers Break out those No. 2 pencils, cuz it’s time for a pop quiz. Which line of dialogue is not spoken in the latest screen adaptation of The Three Musketeers? A) “What would you like me to put on your headstone? ‘Little shit’?” B) “Your horse took a dump on the street.” C) “Find my sword. It’s the one that says ‘Bad Mother#$%^er’ on it.” The correct answer is C, although given the other liberties taken with Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel, nothing included here would have surprised me. Now, I’m hardly a stickler for movies remaining faithful to their source material, as long as they retain the initial spirit while simultaneously succeeding as their own piece of entertainment. But this Musketeers is a travesty, even worse than the dopey ‘90s version that thought nothing of casting Charlie Sheen as Aramis and Chris O’Donnell as D’Artagnan. Perhaps not since Robert Duvall danced around a campfire with a dead deer balanced on his head in 1995’s misguided take on The Scarlet Letter has a film so savagely violated a literary chestnut. Director–producer Paul W.S. Anderson is best known for those Resident Evil movies starring his real–life wife Milla Jovovich, so it’s

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hardly unexpected that he stages this as a slick video–game adaptation, complete with an excess of CGI and a fondness for those slo–mo Matrix–style action sequences that wore out their welcome somewhere around the time Kelly Clarkson was winning the first American Idol championship. Jovovich, in fact, is showcased in many of these interludes, as her Milady de Winter, heretofore only known for scheming and blackmailing behind the scenes, has been transformed into a kick–ass warrior, even dashing Indiana Jones–like down a hall that’s shooting deadly weapons from both sides. Yet at least she possesses a smidgen of pizzazz; that’s a far cry from dull Logan Lerman, whose demographic– friendly casting – he’s a young American who’s cast adrift in a sea of European actors – in the

central role of D’Artagnan makes me wonder why they didn’t go ahead and cast Justin Bieber or a Jonas brother in the part. Faring even worse is newcomer Gabriella Wilde as his love interest – her line readings prove to be even less animated than those of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL. As the title trio, Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) and Ray Stevenson (Porthos) aquit themselves admirably, although Luke Evans (Aramis) is a trifle dry in his portrayal. Two fine actors, Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen, leave little impression as the heavies (Cardinal Richelieu and Rochefort, respectively), while current It Girl Juno Temple barely registers as the Queen of France. Ultimately, what’s there to say about a star–studded movie in which Orlando Bloom (as the dashing, devious Duke


Margin Call

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The absorbing drama Margin Call focuses on the first rumblings of the 2008 financial crisis, but unlike many movies based in the historical past, it doesn’t go overboard in grand declarations or broad indictments or anything that trumpets a smug sense of 20/20 hindsight. Instead, debuting writer–director J.C. Chandor plays much of it low– key and close to the vest, so that the overwhelming feeling is one of nauseating inevitability, akin to watching a speeding car barreling toward that deer in the road and knowing there’s no way the driver can stop in time. Focusing on a fictional Wall Street investment firm, the film details how bright greenhorn Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto, the new Star Trek’s Spock) takes some data handed to him by a recently laid–off employee (Stanley Tucci) and quickly figures

out that the bottom is about to fall out not just for the company but for the industry as a whole. This sets in motion a series of after– hours meetings in which company employees of all stripes, from the new kids on the block (Quinto and Penn Badgley) right up to ruthless CEO John Tuld (a chilling Jeremy Irons), work to save their company, forcing to make some moral decisions along the way. Of course, given these sharks, morality doesn’t come into play often, but it can be spotted here and there, particularly in the character of Sam Rogers (Kevin Spacey), a trading– floor honcho who’s uneasy about his role in the whole mess. Compromised values seem to be the order of the day, since many of these characters find themselves tempering their ideals or opinions in order to simply survive on this eve of destruction. Eschewing the fairly straightforward characterizations (not to mention the slick stylistics and peacock posturing) seen in other like–minded films such as Wall Street and Boiler Room, Margin Call opts instead to show us that there are no heroes and villains, only villains and victims and poor souls weighing the merits of a Faustian bargain.

Johnny English Reborn

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A Musical Entertainment. Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne. Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell. Featuring the talents of: Tyler Daugherty, Mickey Dodge, Megan Hamilton, Michael Kent, Mandy Madson, Mark Rand and Elizabeth Zettler with Keena Charbonneau and Kelly Blackmarr Carlile on piano.

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Atkinson’s abilities better than his Bean movies – and greatly prefering it over those overrated Austin Powers films – it managed to squarely hit my funny bone, thus earning a hearty recommendation. Johnny English Reborn doesn’t earn the same measure of respect, but it does contain almost enough laughs to make it worth the ticket price. Falling a tad short, I would suggest adding it to the Netflix queue instead. As before, Atkinson plays the British agent who sees himself as James Bond but instead comes across as a Limey version of Inspector Clouseau. The comedian has surrounded himself with good actors (Rosamund Pike, Dominic West and, for those wondering whatever became of The X–Files’ Agent Scully, Gillian Anderson), but they’re not funny actors, thereby robbing Atkinson of a crucial support system. In the 2003 original, English’s sidekick was humorously played by Ben Miller and his nemesis was hilariously played by John Malkovich; here, Atkinson is the show, the whole show

and nothing but the show. It’s a one– man act that he mostly pulls off, but a few more bright gags and a little less reliance on plot mechanics swiped from The Manchurian Candidate would have resulted in a more clever caper.

The Thing

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The summer of 1982 found audiences so enamored with a little fellow named E.T. that they ignored two other science fiction flicks that have since been recognized as classics of the genre. One, of course, is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner; the other is John Carpenter’s The Thing, the second adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story “Who Goes There?” (the first being 1951’s The Thing from Another World). Based on the title, one would assume that this new version is, like fellow last-weekend opener Footloose, a remake, but that’s not the case. The 2011 model of The Thing is actually a

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of Buckingham) delivers the best performance? Clearly, Anderson and his scripters felt like simple swashbuckling antics would be boring to modern audiences, so in addition to Milady’s reincarnation as Lara Croft, a couple of airships – yes, airships in the 17th century – have been added to the narrative. The film’s conclusion sets up a sequel, so if it indeed gets made, I expect the Orient Express and at least one Aston Martin to figure in the action.

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prequel to the 1982 film, leading one to wonder why they didn’t more accurately name it The Thing: The Beginning, The Thing: The Early Days or even I Was a Teenage Thing. Whatever its moniker, this new endeavor is, like many prequels, a movie that adds little to the conversation, filling in details that audiences frankly didn’t care to discover. The ’82 edition opened with the evil alien invader, in the guise of a dog, escaping from a pair of Norwegians stationed at an Antarctic research station and into the safety of a nearby American camp. This new version backtracks to show how the Norwegians first came across the frozen creature, and how, after it thawed, they soon discovered its frightful ability to perfectly absorb and replicate any life form, including themselves. Mindful of the fact that U.S. audiences wouldn’t shell out to watch a bunch of no–name actors speak in a foreign tongue, Universal Pictures and scripter Eric Heisserer (who also penned the dreadful A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot) helpfully added an American and an Australian to the cast and decreed that all but one of the Norwegians would speak English. And to grab that female demographic (the ’82 film was a boys–only club), they also made the Yankee a woman in the form of paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). That actually turns out to be a decent decision, since Winstead (best known as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) makes for a solid and sympathetic heroine. Unfortunately, she’s about the only one afforded a personality; that’s a far cry from Carpenter’s take, in which all of the characters were unique individuals. The visual effects and makeup designs by Rob Bottin (The Howling) in the ’82 version offended many critics with their gruesomeness, but the rest of us were astonished by the imagination that went into them, particularly since this was before the advent of CGI. To his credit, this new film’s director, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., also employs some hands– on FX–building in addition to the expected CGI, but with little variation in the (sometimes laughable) designs – and since they’re in the service of a movie that only sporadically grabs us on a gut level – The Thing turns out to be much ado about nothing.

The Ides of March

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Clooney, not to praise him. It’s not that I love Clooney less, but that I love good movies more. And for huge chunks at a time, The Ides of March is a good movie. What’s more, director–producer–cowriter– star George Clooney is not only a fine filmmaker but also a fine American, espousing the progressive ideals that, when adopted by those in charge, help make this country great. These ideals are regurgitated in this slick motion picture (adapted from Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, with the playwright sharing script credit with Clooney and Grant Heslov), with the suave leading man using his charisma to punch across the character of Governor Mike Morris, a presidential aspirant locked in a heated battle with another Democrat for the party’s nomination. His press secretary, Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), believes in him and works hand in hand with campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to insure victory. Stephen is ambitious and intelligent, so it’s no surprise that the opponent’s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) tries to lure him to their side, that a New York Times reporter (Marisa Tomei) turns to him for insider info, and that a cute intern (Evan Rachel Wood) climbs into bed with him. But Stephen gets blindsided by dirty politics – literally – and is further stunned to discover a secret that could derail the whole campaign. This is basically Gosling’s movie, which is a good thing since Clooney’s character largely just shows up to deliver speeches that reflect the actor’s real–life liberal leanings. It’s not that I disagree with what’s being spoken, but there are more inventive ways for a film to lay out its agenda without resorting to ham–fisted proselytizing (see: Bulworth; Bob Roberts). Yet ultimately, the movie’s simplistic view of the political landscape is no worse than the melodramatic turn it takes late in the game. Still, despite its faults, there’s much to take away from this piece, starting with the superlative performances by old pros Giamatti and Hoffman and the still–rising Wood. And when Clooney the director manages to keep Clooney the actor away from the podium, there are some juicy

exchanges and pointed one–liners flying between the other cast members. The Ides of March is satisfying and frustrating in equal measure; just mark it off as a split ticket.

REAL STEEL

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Not nearly as awful as its premise and previews might lead one to believe – hey, how’s that for a ringing endorsement? – Real Steel should prove to be a modest surprise to those expecting nothing more than a Transformers–style blend of CGI cacophony and callow characterizations. Although loosely based on a Richard Matheson story (“Steel”) that was previously dramatized in a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone starring Lee Marvin, Real Steel has been described in some quarters as Rock’em Sock’em Robots: The Movie and in others as an update of 1987’s Over the Top, the dreadful Sylvester Stallone vehicle about a wash–up who travels the country entering arm–wrestling competitions while trying to bond with his estranged son. Neither viewpoint is exactly a stretch, but Real Steel has a Weapon X in Hugh Jackman, who delivers a rousing performance as Charlie Kenton, a former fighter who’s now reduced to promoting robot boxers on the underground circuit (in the film’s near–future setting, all boxing matches are between robots, not humans). Charlie is surprised to learn he has a young son, Max (Dakota Goyo), but the kid proves to be an asset as Charlie tries to move up in the sports world. Whether it’s the chemistry between Jackman and Goyo or the guiding hand of noted humanist filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis (both on hand as producers), Real Steel mines some real emotion out of its hopelessly cliched father– son tale. As for the effects, they’re excellent, effortlessly placing the computer–generated ’bots in real–world surroundings.

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A bastard child of a movie that got caught in one of those ugly divorces between a studio and a filmmaker, this was wrested away from director Jim Sheridan (In America) and reshaped by Universal Pictures into

the mess that’s been foisted upon paying audiences. To be honest, I’m not sure that Sheridan’s version would have been a rousing success – the script was written by David Loucka, whose past credits include the Whoopi Goldberg turkey Eddie – but I have to assume it would have been better than this cut, which doesn’t even have the support of the stars who initially were excited enough about the project to sign up but have since refused to promote it. That would be Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, playing a married couple who move into a quaint house with their two young girls. Before long, they learn that the house was previously owned by a man who murdered his wife and children, and that said killer has just been released from prison.

Moneyball

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Moneyball, directed by Capote’s Bennett Miller and adapted from a true story by the powerhouse team of Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), finds Brad Pitt as his most dynamic; he’s cast as Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who in 2001– 2002 is tired of losing both games and star players to better funded baseball teams like the Yankees and the Red Sox. Refusing to continue adhering to the old–school philosophies preached by his assemblage of geriatric scouts, he instead discovers a newer religion being espoused by Peter (Johan Hill), an economics major from Yale who possesses a love for the game and a head for numbers–crunching. Employing a math–based system (sabermetrics, created by Bill James) that finds the value in underappreciated players deemed as too old/ awkward/iffy by other organizations, Beane starts collecting these diamond castoffs as if they were baseball cards in the hopes that they’ll coalesce into a winning team. Whether or not one subscribes to the “moneyball” philosophy – is irrelevant when it comes to enjoying a motion picture that takes a potentially arid subject and makes it sing on screen. Its success has less to do with Bennett, whose mise en scenes show little variance, than with the scripters and the actors, all of whom exhibit a quicksilver strategy in keeping this thing popping. CS


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Drinking Liberally

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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.

Urban Hope of Savannah Seeks Board Members

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of inner city children, consider being a member of the Urban Hope board. Plan and organize fundraisers and events for the children at Urban Hope. Call or email for more information: 912-398-9811 or urbanhopesav@aol.com or visit www.urbanhopesavannah.org.

Benefits A Gracious Christmas

First Presbyterian sponsors a holiday entertaining/decorating extravaganza benefiting women’s charities. Dec. 1, 9:30am-1pm. Keynote: Kimberly Kennedy, author of “The Art and Craft of Entertaining” and lifestyle contributor on CBS’s “The Early Show.” Luncheon and demos by chefs and caterers Trish McLeod and Steven McInerney, floral designer Holley Jaakkola, interior designer Adrian Robinson and gardening expert Jennifer Melear. First Presbyterian Church/Savannah, 520 Washington Ave. Tickets: $45 @ savannahfpc.org or 912-354-7615.

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 www.fleetfeetsavannah.com/flyingfortress-5k.

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The Blood Alliance, and Piggly Wiggly, are offering one lucky blood donor a chance to win a free three minute grocery grab at the Pooler Piggly Wiggly (1042 W. Hwy 80, Pooler, GA 31322) on November 22, 2011. Donate blood at any Blood Alliance mobile blood drive from Nov 1-18, or at the “last chance to enter the grocery grab” blood drive on Saturday, November 19, at the Pooler Piggly Wiggly, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. One winner will be drawn and notified on Monday, November 21, 2011. To make an appointment to donate visit www.igiveblood.

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Gobble, Gobble at the Grill

North Beach Bar and Grill 33 Meddin Dr. on Tybee Island, is holding a bountiful buffet to benefit America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. $15 per person. Sunday, Nov. 20. 12-3pm. Live entertainment and raffles. For information call 706-338-9377

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 dfranz@helpendhunger.org Savannah Golf Club,

Household Supplies Drive

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

Purchase Phone Cards for Deployed Soldiers

The Coastal Bank, is raising funds through Nov. 23 for the USO’s Operation Phone Home, which provides pre-paid phone cards to deployed military personnel to call loved ones while away from their families this holiday season. A $5 donation with a personalized message will provide a soldier with a phone card to call home. Cards will be given to deployed members of the U.S. military in December. Donate at www.phonehomesav.com or at any Coastal Bank branch.

Call for Entries Auditions--Seeking 2 African American Males for Local Musical

The Savannah Community Theatre is looking for 2 African-American males between the ages of 35 and 70 for parts in their upcoming musical “Hands of the Spirit.” Show dates are December 10-11-12 in the Trustees Theatre. Rehearsals are one day per week until the week of he show. Call 912-247-4644 for an audition appointment. Role descriptions: Reverend Crawford - An African-American minister. Age 40-70. Kind and encouraging. Solo singing. Deacon Samuel - African-American man, a church deacon and arrogant politician. Age 35 -60. Solo singing.

Call For Artwork--Telfair Trunk Show

Artists and fine craftspeople wishing to be considered for participation in the 2nd Annual Telfair Trunk Show during the Cool Yule event, contact Lisa Ocamp 912-790-8830 or ocampol@ telfair.org. Cool Yule will be held Saturday December 3 at the Jepson Center.

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Grant Funds Available

The St. Thomas Thrift Store is accepting grant requests from area charities for grants to be awarded at the end of 2011. An application packet can be obtained by contacting Betty An Brooks at BettyAnn.Brooks@yahoo.com. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by November 15, 2011.

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OUTLET (a Savannah not-for-profit magazine of writing and artwork) is calling for submissions of artwork and creative writing for our January 2012 Re-Launch: The Apocalypse Issue. Work should pertain to the theme, but we are open to all interpretations. Send submissions to outletmagazine@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is Tues, Nov. 8. http://www. facebook.com/OUTLETmagazine

Westin’s Gingerbread Village Competition

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Adult Pottery Classes at Savannah’s Clay Spot

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Advanced Project Management Course

Based upon the internationally accepted standard in Project Management from The Project Management Institute. 9am-3:30pm, Oct. 21 & 29, and Nov. 11th & 19. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Best Practices in Initiation and Closing Projects; Success Planning for Your Project; Project Simulation for Success and Execution; Best Practices in Project Control and Project Manager Professional Responsibility. Toll free registration. 1.855.478.5551 (toll-free $1300 in advanced; $1400 on-site. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/projectmanagement.html

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Photography principles, aperture and shutter combinations, bracketing and composition. You’ll need a DSLRcamera, changeable lenses, and a tripod, and you must be able to write files to aUSB drive for critiques. Instructor: Paula Williamson. Tues. & Thurs. Nov. 1, 8 and 15, 6:30-8:30pm at the Coastal Georgia Center. Sats, Nov. 5 and 12, 8:30-10:30am in the field. $100. Call for info: 912-644-5967 or jfogarty@ georgiasouthern.com. Register at: ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/

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

DUI Prevention Group

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

Fall Ballet and Dance Classes

The Ballet School has a full fall schedule of classes for children and adults including Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre/Body Sculpting, Pre-professional, and Zumba. Artistic director: Heidi M. Carter. Information: The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext., Ste 8. 912-925-0903 or www.theballetschoolsav.com.

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

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

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

Feldenkrais Classes

Meets at various locations in the Savannah area. Contact Elaine Alexander, GCFP. Information: 912-223-7049

Group Guitar Lessons

Join us for a fun time, for “group” guitar lessons, at the YMCA on Whitemarsh and Tybee Islands (adults and teens only). “Hands-on” instruction, music theory, ear training, sight reading, ensemble playing, technique, and rhythm drills, by teacher Tim Daniel (BS in

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Music). 912- 897-9559. $20 per week.

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 a.teixeira472@gmail.com to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

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

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: 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 www.savannahpha.com

Learn Russian

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-7132718 for more information. This is a new instructor and contact information, effective Nov. 1.

Learn to Speak Spanish

Spanish lessons offered by an experienced native speaker. Flexible schedule and affordable rates. Classes are held at the Sentient Bean Café. Call 912-541-1337.

Mindfulness Meditation Class

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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 smisavannah@gmail.com.

New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

November 7: Credit Report and Scores

This free class will teach you: How to pull and read your credit report, how to dispute errors on your report, how your credit score is calculated, and steps you can take to improve your credit score. Based on the FDIC Money Smart program, this class is open to everyone. 912-691-2227 or email your name and phone number to cccs@cccssav.com. Free (Registration is required). Class times: 2-3:30pm & 6-7:30pm. http://www.stepupsavannah.org/

A three-day workshop exploring a renaissance painting technique, devoting one day to a perfect drawing, one day to a complete underpainting and a final day to fuller color palette. All levels, from beginners to advanced painters welcome.Fridays Nov. 4, 11, and 18. 10am-4:30pm. $195.00/student. Instructor: Carl Fougerousse. Email for information: cgfougerousse@yahoo.com.

Open Pottery Studio at Savannah’s Clay Spot

For potters with experience who want time in the studio, Choose from 4 hour time slots. Registrations are based on a monthly, bi monthly, and quarterly time commitment. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St. Information: 912509-4647 or www.savannahsclayspot.com

Pet and People Portraits

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

ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore

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@ gmail.com.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

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

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for

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“Kakuro” Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or column. As with a Sudoku, you can’t repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of three squares in the upper-middle with a 23 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 23, and they won’t repeat digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square row in the upper-left with a 9 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 23-row to its right. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!! psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

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, anitraoperadiva@yahoo.com, www. anitraoperadiva.com

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

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

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

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

Buccaneer Region SCCA

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

is eligible to participate. Visit http://buccaneerregion.org/solo.html.

Coastal MINIs

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

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. http://www.meetup.com/SavannahEnergyHealers/

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

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

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

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

Honor Flight Savannah

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

Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at the First Baptist Church of the Islands on two Wednesdays a month from 9:15-11:30am. Our website is https://sites.google.com/site/ islandsmops/

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

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

Low Country Turners

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

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

MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Come as you are, to experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. Islands MOMSnext meets every first & third Monday of the month, excluding holidays. Childcare is available upon request. A ministry of MOPS International. For more info or to register for a meeting, call (912)898-4344 or email kymmccarty@hotmail.com. http:// www.mops.org/

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

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

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 3082094, email kasak@comcast.net or visit www. roguephoenix.org. Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Savannah Adventure Club

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

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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: 912-655-0994 or visit savannahsacredharp.com.

Savannah Art Association

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah 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 KMDUST4@hotmail.com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@comcast.net 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 http://www.stewart.army.mil/

Savannah Fencing Club

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

Savannah Guardian Angels

Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from

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Savannah Jaycees

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

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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 www.savannahkennelclub.org

Savannah Newcomers Club

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

Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Savannah Toastmasters

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

Savannah Writers Group

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

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

Son-shine Hour

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

Southern Wings

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

Stitch-N’s

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514

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The 13th Colony Patriots

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

Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566. A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. www.13thcolonypatriots.com or call 912-5965267.

The Peacock Guild

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

The Philo Cafe

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

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

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

Victorian Neighborhood Association

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes held in the new Abeni Cultural Arts dance studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. For more information call 912631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com

Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St., at 39th, is offering an Adult Ballet Class on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Cost is $12 per class. Join us for learning and fun. Call 234-8745 for more info.

Adult Intermediate Ballet

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

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instruc-

tor Aisha Rivers. Information at www.ayoluwa. org Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah http://www.ayoluwa.org/

Argentine Tango

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_ tango@yahoo.com. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. ,

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

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

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www. cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

C.C. Express Dance Team

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

Ceili Club

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

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

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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: salsasavannah@gmail.com, or call 856-7323. www.salsasavannah.com

Salsa Savannah

Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), les-

sons 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. Free dance lessons (6:30-7:30p): Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. No cover. Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-3988784.

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.

Events Bike Ride along the Coastal Georgia Greenway

Enjoy coastal Georgia scenery on the Veteran’s Day 2-day ride. Bike round trip from St. Mary’s to Richmond Hill. Depart St. Mary’s Fri. Nov. 11, 7:30am. Return ride begins Sat. Nov. 12, 7:30am in Richmond Hill. One way riders welcome! Please contact 912-576-9696 if you are interested in taking part, for cost and other information.

Diesel Train Rides @ The Roundhouse

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 State Railroad Museum/The Roundhouse,

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: geek-end.com. Coastal Georgia Center,

Film & Video CineSavannah

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: cinesavannah@att.net

Psychotronic Film Society

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

Reel Savannah

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

Fitness Beginner’s Belly Dance classes with “Cairo on the Coast”

Back to back belly dance classes and two unique styles of dance. Every Sunday, 12noon1pm, American Cabaret style, energetic and fast paced. 1-2pm, Tribal Fusion, a slower, more controlled style of dance. Both sessions $24, or a one hour session $15, or 4/$48.00. www.cairoonthecoast.com. Fitness, Body, and Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Contact Nicole at 912-596-0889.


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

Bellydancing for fun and fitness

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

Fertility Yoga

Ongoing series of six week sessions of Fertility Yoga are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM at offices located at 100 Riverview Drive, off of Islands Expressway. Helps participants relax, start healthy habits to prepare their body and gain more confidence on the fertility journey. Instructor Ann Carroll, RYT 500. $100 for 6 week session. (912) 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@ bellsouth.net.

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

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 www.savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www. savannahyoga.com/

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 , http://savannahpilates.com/

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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.

Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of six week sessions of Pregnancy Yoga. Thursdays 6-7:15pm at offices located at 100 Riverview Dr., off of Islands Expressway. Helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Instructor: Ann Carroll, RYT 500. $100 for the 6 week session. Ann: 912-704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@ bellsouth.net.

Rolf Method Bodywork

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

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ARIES

March 21–April 19 Here’s Malcolm Gladwell, writing in The Tipping Point: “We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events, and that sometimes these changes can happen quickly . . . Look at the world around you. It may seem an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push –– in just the right place –– it can be tipped.” You are now within shouting distance of your own personal tipping point, Aries. Follow your gut wisdom as you decide where to give a firm little push.

TAURUS

April 20–May 20 Welcome to the autumnal garden of earthly delights, Taurus. It’s a brooding, fermenting paradise, full of the kind of dark beauty that wouldn’t be caught dead in a spring garden. There’s smoldering joy to be found amidst this riotous flowering of moody colors, but you won’t appreciate it if you’re too intent on seeking bright serenity and pristine comfort. Be willing to dirty your hands and even your mind. Feel the moss on your back, the leaves in your hair, and the mist on your bare legs. (P.S. If you like, you can take what I just said as an elaborate metaphor.)

GEMINI

May 21–June 20 Here’s a vignette described by columnist Thomas Friedman: “Ludwig Wittgenstein once remarked that if you ask a man how much is 2 plus 2 and he tells you 5, that is a mistake. But if you ask a man how much is 2 plus 2 and he tells you 97, that is no longer a mistake. The man you are talking with is operating with a wholly different logic from your own.” I’d like to suggest, Gemini, that for you right now the whole world is like the man who swears 2 plus 2 is 97. At least temporarily, you are on a very different wavelength from your surroundings. In order to understand what’s coming toward you, you will have to do the equivalent of standing on your head, crossing your eyes, and opening your mind as wide as it’ll stretch.

CANCER

June 21–July 22 If you want to grow vanilla beans, you have to pollinate the plant’s flowers within 12 hours after they bloom. In nature, the only insect

that can do the job is the Melipona, a Mexican bee. Luckily, humans can also serve as pollinators, which they do on commercial vanilla farms. They use thin wood splinters or stems of grass to perform the delicate magic. I’m thinking that you resemble a vanilla bean right now, Cancerian. It is the season when you’re extra receptive to fertilization, but all the conditions have to be just right for the process to be successful. Here’s my advice: Figure out exactly what those conditions are, then call on all your resourcefulness to create them.

LEO

July 23–Aug. 22 Even our most sophisticated drilling machines have barely made pinpricks in the earth’s surface. The deepest hole ever dug was 40,000 feet, which is just 0.2 percent of the planet’s 20–million–foot radius. I offer this up as a spur to your imagination, Leo. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to plumb further into the depths of anyplace or anything you’re intrigued by –– whether that’s a subject you’ve always wondered about, a person you care for, the mysteries of life, or the secrets of your own psyche. You could reach the equivalent of five million feet into the Earth’s innards.

VIRGO

Aug. 23–Sept. 22 National Geographic speculates that most of the species on Earth are still unknown and unnamed (tinyurl.com/UnknownLife). While 1.2 million life forms have been identified by science, there may be as many as 7.5 million that are not, or 86 percent of the total. I suspect that this breakdown is similar to the situation in your life, Virgo. You know about 14 percent of what you need to know, but there’s still a big frontier to explore. The coming months should be prime time for you to cover a lot of new ground –– and now would be a perfect moment to set the stage for that grand experiment.

LIBRA

Sept. 23–Oct. 22 I suspect that you will have a minor form of good luck going for you this week. It probably won’t be enough to score you a winning lottery ticket or earn you a chance to get the answer to your most fervent prayers. But it might bring you into close proximity with a financial opportunity, a pretty good

helper, or a resource that could subtly boost your stability over the long haul. For best results, don’t invoke your mild blessings to assist in trivial matters like finding parking places or avoiding long lines at check–out lines. Use them for important stuff.

enigmas, and explore the intersection of self–interest and generosity toward others. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you could go far in either of those directions during the coming weeks, Capricorn –– but not both. Which will you choose?

SCORPIO

AQUARIUS

“Try to be surprised by something every day,” advises Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. That’s an inspirational idea for everyone all the time, but especially for you Scorpios right now. This is the week of all weeks when you have the best chance of tinkering with your rhythm so that it will thrive on delightful unpredictability. Are you brave enough to capitalize on the opportunity? I think you are. Concentrate your attention on cultivating changes that feel exciting and life–enhancing.

An Australian man named Daniel Fowler has more giraffe tattoos on his shoulders than any other human being on the planet. So says the Universal Record Database at Recordsetter.com. Meanwhile, Darryl Learie is now the only person to ever be able to insert three steak knives into an inflated balloon, and Billy Disney managed to inject a world–record 31 sexual innuendoes into a rap song about potatoes. What could or should be your claim to fame, Aquarius? This would an excellent time to try to establish your reputation as the best at your specific talent.

SAGITTARIUS

PISCES

“Dear Rob: I was born on November 30, and am quite attached to having it as a birthdate. But there’s a complication. While in Iraq in 2006, I was half–blown up by a bomb, and had a near–death experience. When I returned from my excursion to the land of the dead, I felt I’d been born anew. Which is why I now also celebrate September 24, the date of the bombing, as my second birthday. What do you think? Two–Way Tamara.” Dear Two–Way: I believe we’d all benefit from having at least one dramatic rebirth in the course of our lives, though hopefully not in such a wrenching fashion as yours. In fact, a fresh rebirth every few years or so would be quite healthy. If it means adding additional astrological identities to our repertoire, so much the better. Thanks for bringing up the subject, as it’s an excellent time for Sagittarians everywhere to seek out an exhilarating renewal.

“You have to know how far to go too far,” said poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I reckon that’s good advice for you right now. You’re at a phase of your astrological cycle when you really can’t afford to keep playing by all the rules and staying inside the proper boundaries. For the sake of your physical and psychological and spiritual health, you need to wander out beyond the limits that you’ve been so faithfully respecting. And yet, on the other hand, it would be a mistake to claim you have a right to stop at nothing. Know how far to go too far.

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Social climbers are people who are focused on gaining higher status in whatever circle of people they regard as cool, even to the point of engaging in fawning or ingratiating behavior. Soul climbers, on the other hand, are those who foster the power of their imagination, keep deepening their connection with life’s intriguing

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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.

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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

Gay AA Meeting

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

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 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 heather@ savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

Stand Out Youth

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

What Makes A Family

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

Health Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Community Weight Loss Challenge

Starting in November. Learn how to lose weight, improve health for a life time. Classes are limited and taught by Wellness Coach/ Certified Sports Nutritionist Sheila Roemeling, call for info and reservations 651-263-6677.

Free hearing & speech screening

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

Healthcare for the Uninsured

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

Help for Iraq War Veterans

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and


Hypnobirthing Classes

Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904327-0499, kennedysharon47@gmail.com or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762, douladeliveries@comcast.net

La Leche League of Savannah

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

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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

Planned Parenthood Hotline

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, www.oatlandisland.org. 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 www.wilderness-southeast.org.

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: www.tailsspin.com

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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.

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.

Nov. 5 & 6, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Offered by BALANCE LLC. Professional members of the International Center for Reiki Trainingv (ICRT). Fee $350.00 Contact Ellen 912-257-3770, for registration and location details.

Readings & Signings

Reiki I & II Class & Attunement

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

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

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

Walk on the Wild Side

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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

Tea time at Ola’s

A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. 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. liveoakpl.org/

Religious & Spiritual BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Savannah ZenCenter, 111 E. 34th St. Soto Zen Sitting Meditation Practice. Tuesday Evening Meditation 6:-6:30pm with study group following 6:30-7:30pm. Sunday Meditation 9-10:30am. For other Sitting schedule times & events: www.savannahzencenter.com Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach at cindy@alwaysoptions.com Donation Accepted.

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.

Guided Silent Prayer

A couple of songs done acoustically, about 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and a few minutes to receive prayer if you want (or remain in silence). A mid-week rest and re-focus. 6:45-8pm on Wednesdays at the Vineyard Church. 615 Montgomery St. (behind Blowin’ Smoke BBQ). www.vineyardsavannah.org

Live Web-streaming

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

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

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

Midweek Bible Study

practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Introductory meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121.

Thanksgiving Praise and Worship Festival in Forsyth Park

Musicians, praise dancers, singers, volunteers and sponsors sought for Thanksgiving Day event. Nov. 24, 12-4pm. Call 912-412-4373.

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 cindy@alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: savannahzencenter.com The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. , Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

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

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, admin@uusavannah.org or www. uusavannah.org. 313 E. Harris St. , Savannah

Unity of Savannah

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

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, www.unityofsavannah.org or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Unity Church of Savannah, Savannah

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

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Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call the clerk, 912-373-6276 Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah http://www.trinitychurch1848.org/

Realizing The God Within

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

Soka Gakkai of America

SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group

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Classes:Intro to Zen Meditation, first Saturday of the month, 9-10am. Zen Meditation & Study Group, Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. New Location! Savannah ZenCenter, 111 E. 34th St. Savannahzencenter.com or visit us on Facebook, Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach 912-429-7265.

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3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths. Central HVAC, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer hookup, clean. $675/rent, $675/deposit. Call 912-356-1233

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3101 STEVENS STREET

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apt. Partially furnished, central heat/air, appliances included. $550/month. 912-228-1242

2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW! COMPLEX SPECIAL: FIRST MONTH’S RENT IS FREE AT LEASE SIGNING IF SECURITY DEPOSIT IS PAID IN FULL AT MOVE-IN. HURRY! THIS OFFER EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 2011. NORTHWOOD APARTMENTS: 262 W. Smith Street-Pembroke, GA features 38 modern 2 bedroom apartments. Northwood Apartments has units immediately available. Rent ranges from $415.00$635.00 based on income. Northwood Apartments offers a quiet residential neighborhood, special features for mobility impaired individuals, wall to wall carpeting, laundry hook-ups in each unit, cable TV hook-ups in each unit, generous closet space, fully applianced kitchen, trash removal, attractive grounds, tenant controlled heat/AC and is good cents energy efficient. $30.00 PROCESSING FEE, LEASE, SECURITY DEPOSIT AND REFERENCES REQUIRED. For information or an application please contact our rental office at (912) 653-4488. 7-1-1 (TDD/TTY only) In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a compliant of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

3 Houses ForRent 1 South Side Savannah Mall $750/ $750 dep 2-East Side off Pennsylvania Ave $650/$650 Dep References Required. CH/A, Porches, Laundry room, Carpet 912-754-4008 540 WEST 44TH STREET 3B/R, 1.5B/A. Total electric, washer/dryer hookup, parking $800/month. 912-354-3884

640 W. 37TH ST. Apt. B

3 Bedrooms, appliances provided including washer/dryer. Central heat/air, ceiling fans. $750/month. Call 912-233-3945/251-648-5705

705 WEST 44TH STREET

3BR, 1 Bath, washer/dryer hookup, fully electric, central heat/air $700/month. 912-354-3884 8618 Creighton Place West, Near St. James School. 3BR, 1.5BA, LR, den or DR, eat-in kitchen, CH&A, fenced yard, carport, large storage/work shop. Pets ok with approval. References/credit check required. $850/month, $845/deposit. 898-0078

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MOVE-IN SPECIALS AVAILABLE 32 Liberty Heights Dr. 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, den, fenced yard, central heat/air, carpet $970/month. 718 West 38th St. 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, central heat/air, laundry room, fenced yard $725/month. 2BR/1BA Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors,carpet, paint, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $600-$650/month, utilities may be added to rent if requested. 844-3974 SECTION 8 WELCOME

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2 BEDROOM HOUSE: CH&A, carpet, total electric, furnished kitchen, large fenced yard. Section 8 Accepted. Also 3BR. Call 912-236-0165

2118 New Mexico, off Pennsylvania,3BR/1BA, LR, eat-in kitchen, fully furnished, carport, fenced yard.Outside pet ok w/deposit. $775/mo. if paid by 1st, $750/dep. Available Now. 912-352-8251

2 BR Apartment Washer/Dryer. Handicap Ramp, CH/A $750/ $500 Deposit 912-352-3080

EASTSIDE: 2BR/1BA APARTMENT: Refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer hookup, central heat/air. $600/month + $600 deposit. No pets. 912-657-4583

2BR APT. OAK FOREST DRIVE: $500/rent, $500/deposit. GEORGETOWN CONDO: 2BR/2BA w/fireplace, breakfast area, large closets. Appliances include washer and dryer. $795/rent, $795/deposit.

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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. $875/month if paid by 1st, $850/deposit.. No Section-8. 912-352-8251

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For Rent,1905 Harrison St. 2 B/R 1 B/A C/A & H $625/mo All electric, stove, refrigerator, Washer & dryer hook/ up or 3rd small room. East Savannah 912-376-7893/912-631-4559

NEAR BUCKHALTER 2BR/1.5BA Mobile home on private lot. Available soon; taking applications. $525/month + deposit. 912-234-0548; No Section 8 ONE, TWO & Three Bedroom Apts. for Rent. $350/month & Up. Call 912-232-3355

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•4602 Lanier Driver: 2BR Apt. $660/month + security. •1202 E.37th: 3BR/1BA house, LR,DR, kitchen, window AC, gas heat $600/month + sec. dep. •1202 McCarthy Avenue: 2BR Apt, window AC $450/mo + sec. dep. •812 W.39th: 2BR/2BA $600/mo. •1610 Ott St: 1BR Apt. $400/mo. + sec. deposit. 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.

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714 W. 38th St. 3BR/1BA house, central heat & air, fenced yard, $650/month + $300 deposit. Call 912-232-8286 For Rent Southside 12 North Berwick Dr,3-bedroom, 2-bath, fenced yard, Fire place, no smoking Income verified Available Now $875/mo,$750/dep Contact 912-398-5590

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Temple Street off Staley Avenue, by Fairgrounds. On 3 lots. 3BR/2BA, den LR, DR, kitchen, heat/air, hardwood floors, laundry room. $750/month, $750/security. 912-224-4167 Good Land Lord Seeking Good Tenant Retired/ Couple CLEAN’freshley painted 2BR/ 1 BA • Proof of income • Reference required • Background check 1314 E. 54th Street $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. HOUSE FOR RENT: 45 Wesley Street. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, central heat/air. $775/month, $775/deposit. Available Now. Call 912-429-2404 Submit Your Event Online and Place Your Ad Online www.ConnectSavannah.com

2406 Cedar: 2BR/1BA $625 1106 E.31st: 3BR/1BA $650 1229 E.40th: 3BR/1BA $800 101 W.57th: 3BR/2BA $750 Several Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 RENTALS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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ONE, TWO & THREE BR Apts. & Houses for rent. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. 1/2 month OffGood for this month only. 912-844-5996 OR 912-272-6820 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

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TOWNHOUSE- Lewis Dr. 2-Bedroom, 1.5-Bath, Stove, Refrigerator, washer/dryer connections, dishwasher, central heat/air, total electric, no pets. $600/month $600/deposit. 912-657-4583.

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Available Now. 3BR/1BA, LR, family room, dining area, large kitchen, laundry room, central heat & A/C, shed w/electricity & concrete floor, newly painted interior & exterior.No pets or smoking.$879/Rent + security deposit $889. (1yr. lease required) **Special Discount available for Police officers on rent & sec.dep. No Section 8 Accepted! Call Scott Berry, Property manager at Berry Enterprises, 920-1936.

Fully furnished, central heat/air, washer & dryer, cable. No deposit. Safe environment. $125-$150/weekly & $450-$550/monthly. 912-228-1242

CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890

CUSTOM Van, 1991- Clean inside & out. 41,000 miles. 912-354-3884

OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE

Furnished, Ready to move-in. No deposit, no utilities. 2116 Ogeechee Road. Call 912-313-4083 or 912-313-4082 rooms for rent 895

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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

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

AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, HBO, ceiling fans. $110-$140 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065 CLEAN, FURNISHED ROOM on busline, $110-145 per week plus deposit. Utilities Included. Call 912-660-2875. 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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*2042 East 60th St: 3BR/1BA $825. *29 Kandlewood Dr. 3BR/1.5BA $855 * 5621 Betty Dr. 2BR/1 BA $650 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853

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

WILMINGTON ISLAND 16 Angel Oaks Dr: 4BR/2BA, double garage $1750. POOLER 152 Bluelake Blvd. 3BR/2BA $1100. GODLEY STATION 234 Pampas Ave 3BR + Bonus $1300 SAVANNAH 1405 E.55th Street: 3BR/2BA $825 1335 E.54th Street: 3BR/1BA, $800 Section 8. 1315 Lincoln Street: 3BR/2BA $950 Section 8. 199 Chapel Lake South: 3BR/2BA $1000-Section 8 MIDWAY 1513 Lake Dr. 3BR + Bonus $1200 Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134

NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. NICE ROOM /HOUSE FOR RENT, Westside, quiet neighborhood. For reliable, working person. No drugs! Contact 912-844-8716 or 912-428-0496 ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177.

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