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WEEK AT A GLANCE Freebie of the Week

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on River St.

What: Blast

into 2012! When: Sat. Dec. 31 Where: Rousakis Plaza on Historic River Street and open to the public. Info: Cost: Free

10 year in review:

2011’s top stories. by staff

06 editors note 08 civil society 09 city notebook 18 Blotter 19 Straight Dope 20 News of the Weird


23 interview: Catching

up with Kylesa. by bill deyoung

22 Noteworthy & Soundboard 24 Beatles!


29 mark your

calendar: New releases about to drop. by bill deyoung

28 Food & Drink 30 Art patrol 31 movies

Continuing An Early 19th Century Holiday at the Davenport House

What: View an authentic early 19th century holiday season in Savannah at this historic house museum. Tours on weekdays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m. Where: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St., Cost: $8/gen. adm., $5 ages 6 to 17, under Info: 912-236-8097.

Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson

What: Twice daily cannon firings from the Civil War era at Georgia’s oldest brick fortification. Firings at 11am and 2pm. Where: Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd., Cost: Free w/ $6 adult admission & for kids under 6. Info: 912-232-3945.

Skatefest! Ice Skating

What: A Savannah December tradition.

Daily ice skating in the Civic Center from Dec. 9 through Jan. 8. Skates available for rent. Times vary. Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Cost: $7/person. 6-session pass: $30 Info: 912-651-6556. www.savannahcivic. com/

largest Gingerbread Village. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Hutchinson Island Info: 912-201-2000.

Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight What: Light refreshments, music and

skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the historic house museum on Columbia Square decorated for a 19th century holiday. When: Wed. Dec. 28, 6 p.m., Thu. Dec. 29, 6 p.m., Fri. Dec. 30, 6 p.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House, 324 E. State St., Cost: $8/adv, $10/door. Kids $5/adv, $7/ door.


Wednesday Lunch & Learn: Lead Abatement Grants for Your Home

What: Your 1970s or older home may have lead paint hazards. Access all the information regarding the opportunity to receive up to $9500 of a lead abatement grant. Complimentary lunch will be served. Hosted by Harambee House.

Steam Days! Train Rides at the Roundhouse

900 E. Bolton St.,

Cost: Free and open to the public

Film: PULGASARI (1985, North Korea) Produced by Kim Jong Il

What: The story behind the production of this film by North Korea’s newly dead dictator is worth the price of admission. Whether the movie is equally interesting depends on how much you appreciate “giant rubber monster” cinema, a la Godzilla, with an over-the-top political agenda. With English subtitles. Brought to you by Psychotronic Film Society. When: Wed. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave., Cost: $6 Info:


Thursday New Year’s Bluegrass Festival begins

What: Performers including Rhonda Vin-

cent & the Rage, Daily & Vincent, Cedar Hill, Little Roy & Lizzie Long, Beachley and Scott and others When: Dec. 29-31 Where: Jekyll Island Convention Center (indoors) on Jekyll Island Cost: $40 per day; $95 three days for reserved seating Info:


What: Weekday train rides at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Our real, restored steam locomotive returns for Steam Days! Climb aboard our passenger car for a guided train ride/tour of the Roundhouse complex, pulled by a restored steam locomotive. Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum (The Roundhouse), 601 W. Harris St., Cost: Free with $10 adult/$4 children Museum Admission Info: 912-651-6823.

Saturday Alive In Savannah

Trees for Life Display and Gingerbread Village

What: Creatively-decorated holiday trees on display, decorated by area businesses, groups, and individuals. Trees are auctioned to benefit Greenbriar Children’s Center. Also view the South’s

When: Wed. Dec. 28, 11:30 a.m. Where: W. W. Law Community Center,

The late Kim Jong Il’s coerced Godzilla thrilla

What: Your last chance to rock-and-run in 2011! Race a 5k or 10k on Hutchinson Island, then rock to live music, hear motivational speakers, play games, and watch downtown Savannah’s midnight fireworks. 4pm races begin. 6pm festival begins. 9pm featured band. Benefiting Coastal Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When: Sat. Dec. 31, 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Where: Westin Savannah, 1 Resort Drive, Hutchinson Island Cost: $55 festival and run. $45 fest only. Info:

What: An outdoor street party with live music and “no reservations.” Interpret that however you choose, but keep it legal, folks. When: Sat. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Where: Savannah’s City Market, W. St. Julian Street between Ellis and Franklin Squares Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Theater: Rockin’ New Years Eve

What: Savannah Theatre’s “The Beat Goes On” followed by the Savannah Theatre band and cast performing songs to dance by, until the New Year rolls in. When: Sat. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-Midnight Where: Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., Cost: $55 adults, $25 children. Info: 912-233-7764. http://www.

Tybee New Year’s Eve Fireworks

What: Sand in your toes, fireworks overhead, goodbye 2011! Hello 2012! When: Sat. Dec. 31 Where: Tybee Pier and Pavilion, Tybee Island Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-786-5444. www.TybeeVisit. com/


Sunday Tybee Polar Plunge and World’s Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps

What: Be part of a Guinness World Record attempt! Break the record set in Japan in 2011. Benefiting Tybee Post Theater. Registration Fri. Dec. 31, 1-4pm and Sat. Jan 1, 9-11:30am. Guinness World Record attempt at 11:45am. Polar Plunge at 12:00noon. Fee includes a swim cap and commemorative shirt. World record attempters do NOT have to do the polar plunge. When: Sun. Jan. 1 Where: Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, Tybee Island Cost: $25. Pre-registration encouraged. Info:

Nature Outing: Astounding Alligators

What: Take a gander at the gators basking in the sun, and the wading birds fishing in the shallows, at the historic rice plantation that’s now the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, on this Wilderness Southeast guided exploration. Reservations required. When: Sun. Jan. 1, 1-3 p.m. Where: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Cost: $25/adult. $10/under 12 w/ adult

Info: 912-236-8115 . http://www.


Tuesday Fort Pulaski: Civil War Secession Historic Event What: On January 3, 1861, Georgia’s

state militia forcibly evicted the US Army from Fort Pulaski, preceding the start of the Civil War by three months. To simulate the historic events leading to war, the Georgia flag of secession will fly above the fort. Fort tours and musket firing demonstrations and a historic talk. When: Tue. Jan. 3 Where: Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. , Cost: Free w/ $5 adult park admission. No chg under 15. Info: 912-786-5787 . fopu

Financial New Year’s Resolutions

What: A remedy for your holiday shopping binge’s financial hangover. Learn how to set (and stick to) financial goals, maximize your income and prioritize spending. Registration requested by emailing cccs@cccssav. com or calling the number shown. When: Tue. Jan. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull Street, Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-691-2227. www.liveoakpl. org/events


Wednesday Coffee & Conversation

What: “Caffeinated Creatives” are invited to the rebirth of this morning no-agenda networking session. Starts again Jan. 4 after a hiatus. When: Wed. Jan. 4, 8 a.m. Where: Caraway Cafe, 202 E. Broughton St., Cost: Free: Buy Your Own Coffee

Film: Milano Trema, or, The Violent Professionals (Italy, 1973)

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents an uncut widescreen version of an “Italian Police” genre classic. “A brutal, down-and-dirty slice of seedy Italy that’s a must-see for fans of uncompromising ‘70s foreign cinema,” says PFS’s movie maestro Jim Reed. In Italian with English subtitles. Rescheduled from late 2011. When: Wed. Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave., Cost: $6 Info:

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If you’re tired of hearing about the supposed Mayan prediction of world’s end in 2012 — I certainly am! —the suspense is close to being over, one way or another. On the off chance that they were completely wrong and/or their “prediction” has been totally misunderstood — gee, ya think? — we at Connect Savannah have bravely decided to soldier on as if 2012 will

be another year for us to report on goingson around Savannah and keep you up-todate with what’s happening. We’ve got a lot of cool new things planned for the New Year content-wise, and we’ll

start rolling them out next month along with our usual coverage of the local scene. Until then, please enjoy our annual Year in Review issue, with humble takes from myself, Bill DeYoung, and Jessica Leigh Lebos on what we consider to be the most newsworthy and/or unusual stories around town for 2011. We also wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. Hopefully it won’t be the last one! cs

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Resolving to be reasonable by John Bennett |

As I watched her approach the stop sign, I had a feeling she wasn’t going to stop. She was talking on her phone and looking for cars approaching from her left. Despite the sun reflecting off my obnoxious high visibility yellow jacket, she didn’t see I’d already entered the intersection from the right. Sure enough, she rolled past the stop sign. I had to break hard and turn sharply to avoid winding up under her SUV. “Watch where you’re going!” I shouted. “And hang up the phone!” It took her a moment to figure out who had yelled at her. When she saw me in her rearview mirror, she stopped (finally), rolled down her window and yelled back at me. I couldn’t make out her words, but I doubt they were complimentary. I gained no satisfaction from the exchange. She gained no appreciation of how to safely share the road with cyclists. In fact, I probably lowered her opinion of cyclists considerably. Would a reasonable person expect any different results? I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I want to handle these encounters more productively in the future. The cyclist’s voice often serves as a horn, and the urge to lay on it is strong when another person does

something reckless or inattentive. It’s especially hard to resist shouting when a person’s actions could have had harmful or even deadly consequences for you. In most cases, it’s best to keep your emotions in check, keep your voice down and pedal on. If I felt compelled to say something to the motorist from the situation above, perhaps “Hey,” would have been enough in the yelling department. I could have ridden up to her window and talked with her. “Excuse me,” I could have said. “I don’t think you noticed, but you came very close to hitting me. I know you wouldn’t want that to happen, so please try to be more careful and look out for us cyclists.” While this wouldn’t guarantee more thoughtful driving behavior in the future, it would have to offer more potential effectiveness than barking accusatory demands. Motorists, who might be sorry and embarrassed about their actions, can quickly be persuaded not to be so apologetic when they find themselves hollered at by a furious person on a bike, whose presence they didn’t even detect until the shouting started. I ride my bicycle just about everywhere I go in Savannah and have abundant opportunity to observe drivers at their best and at

their worst. I’m pleased to report most of the drivers with whom I share the streets are careful and courteous. I do my best to ensure this response by complying with regulations and making myself visible. If I want to be reasonable, I must remember that the people who make me want to scream at the top of my lungs are in the minority. For every motorist who pushes me to this point, there are countless others who take seriously their responsibilities as drivers. Even these folks can suffer from rare lapses in attention or judgment. When they do, they don’t deserve an ear–full, maybe just a friendly reminder to be careful. That said, there are those with whom it is impossible and inadvisable to interact at all. Though rare, I have seen people driving so aggressively that they represent a real threat, not just to cyclists, but to everyone on the road. In these cases, a different approach is needed. Find a safe place to stop. Make note of the vehicle’s color, type and direction of travel. Get a tag number if you can. Call the police. That’s the reasonable thing to do. cs

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PBS Documentary Slavery**NO by Another Preview Screening and LOCKERSName AVAILABLE** **NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST ITEMS** Discussion with Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Douglas Blackmon, Director Sam Pollard and Artist Robert Claiborne Morris

January 12, 6 pm / Jepson Center Exhibition reception to follow at the Telfair Academy. Free to members or with museum admission.

Scheduled to debut on public TV stations nationwide on February 13, this special screening of the PBS Documentary, Slavery by Another Name, is based on the Pulitzer Prize- winning book by Douglas Blackmon. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne and directed by long-time Spike Lee editor, the feature documentary is one of only 16 chosen to be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells how, “in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.” Morris, Blackmon and, Pollard will be present to take questions from the audience after the 30-minute screening.

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Prepare to plunge into 2012 MUCH LIKE A cranky old cat, my most unfavorite thing in the entire world is be cold and wet at the same time. Which is why every New Year’s Day for the past five years, I forcibly override this aversion and jump in the ocean. My out–of–town relatives tsk–tsk this tradition as meshuggeh (loosely translated as “batshit nuts”), but I prefer to think of it is as cheap therapy: If you Elton John shades and grandma’s mink coat, yeah start out the year by pushing completely against one’s umbrellas and dudes in tutus. Always nature, life can only get better from the old guy dressed in a diaper as there. Baby New Year, and of course, local At least that’s what I tell myself legend Gordon Varnedoe in full every Jan. 1 as my family and I drag Batman regalia. ourselves down the beach for the Definitely hoping my favorite Tybee Island Polar Plunge. The walk Tybeenians Mark and Ellen Fulkerto the pier is usually fraught with conson will wear their matching unicorn flict, because if I’m reluctant to surshirts given to them by their daughrender to the frigid water, my son is ters, Emma and Zoe. And I’m countdownright oppositional. ing on my yearly plastic tiara from “You know, I bet it’s against the Tybee Island Weddings’ Steve and law to make me go under,” he always Jennifer Palmer. Somehow, wearing grumbles, glowering from inside the a crown lessens the shock. hood of his puffy parka that makes What began as a drunken NYE him look a whole lot like Kenny dare between Don Ernst and Joel from South Park. Moss in the last few moments of In our family, the rule is full sub1999 has evolved into a hardcore mersion for ten seconds and is not island tradition, one that washes up for negotiation. “Maybe Child away last year’s hangover while raisProtective Services would like to ing funds for charity. hear about this.” Last year, over a thousand goose– I usually tell him it will be difficult bumped bodies braved the misty to call DFACS if the new cell phone waters, and 400 of those paid a $25 he got for Chanukah happens to find registration fee to raise money for its way into the water with him. He local nursing students. This year’s then tries to set me on fire with his Plunge fund beneficiary is the Tybee scowl but predictably succumbs to Post Theater, a befitting recipient giggles as my husband scoops him considering the theatrics of it all. up and runs towards the pier. Of course the ocean is still free Even tweenagers can’t stay mad and no one has to pay to plunge. when they’re being carried by a However, paid registrants not only grown man sporting Elton John sunreceive the satisfaction of supportglasses and his grandmother’s ankle– ing local arts and a long–sleeved length mink coat. Polar Plunge T–shirt but something Oh, yes, the costumes. Very much far more fantastic: An official Polar encouraged at the Plunge. If you’re Plunge bathing cap. going to do something as mental And not just any old grandma as this, you might as well look the bathing chapeau festooned with plaspart: Shivering in the sand are lots tic flowers, either. These sleek little of painted bodies carrying jellyfish numbers are the ticket into Tybee’s

attempt to find its way into the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. The current record of 546 is held by the people of Hirakata Park in Osaka, Japan. Maybe that doesn’t sound like an insurmountable challenge, but have you ever tried to squeeze your head into a stretchy beanie after an evening of too much bubbly? Yet who else will be able to say they began 2012 by breaking a Guinness World Record? We can do this, people. You have to be registered to be counted, and the World Record attempt is at 11:45 a.m., right before the noon Plunge, and must last ten minutes. It all sounds like fun from the warm, dry safety of my desk. On New Year’s Day, when I’m standing on the edge of the Atlantic with a thousand other slightly delirious souls, anticipating the knives of icy cold that always feel sharpest right around my bellybutton, I’ll probably want to chicken out. But the second the air horn blows, any urge to hiss and hide in the bathroom will be washed away by the wild splashes and gleeful shrieks as we all charge forward into a new year. To be honest, other than in 2009 when everyone came out miserable and blue, the water’s not really that cold. In fact, as of now the projected air temperature will be in the mid– 60s and the water in the 40s. This will not cause instant hypothermia, no matter what my son tells you. But those people who plunge in Maine where the water is actually freezing? Those people are meshuggeh. cs Pre–registration for Plunge and World Record attempt on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 1–4p.m. at the Tybrisa Roundabout and Sunday from 9 a.m. Horn blows at noon; traffic from the mainland will be heavy. Info:

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Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 2012 Before you ask, yes, there will be fireworks over the Savannah River on New Year’s Eve. Anyone planning to be on River Street Saturday evening should try looking into the sky at 11:59 a.m. The ‘works are going to be hard to miss. listing in Savannah. However, there’s a lot of information there (those pesky other six days of the week, for example). So here’s a bare–bones, pick ‘n choose rundown of the music scheduled in local nightclubs on the biggest party night of the year: Liquid Ginger plays ‘80s–style rock ‘n’ roll and rock–solid originals at Wild Wing Café; Live Wire Music Hall’s got up–and–coming Savannah rockers Listen 2 Three; Outstanding rockabilly quartet Crazy Man Crazy shares a bill at the Wormhole with the psych–rock outfit Sinister Moustache; Bad Justice rings out the old at the Boiler Room (a new club, at 302 Williamson St., next to Savannah Smiles); the Eric Culberson Band plays the Warehouse, on River Street; the Fletcher Trio is at Retro on Congress. Look for smooth R&B and funky delights from A Nickel Bag of Funk at Tantra Lounge. At the Tybee Island Social Club, Bottles & Cans and the Train Wrecks will alternate sets; the electronica band Thumbprint has got

Would it surprise you to learn that Tybee Island’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is the best–attended annual event out there? Sure, there are probably a few stragglers on the island still looking for Miley Cyrus (that was so 2009, people), and the October Piratefest gets the most attention and media coverage (and moves the most alcohol). But shiver me timbers and swash me buckle, thousands gather on Tybee every Dec. 31 for the area’s largest pyrotechnical show. It starts at midnight, it’s free (of course), and you’re welcome to watch from the pier, the pavilion, the beach, or the sidewalk outside any of the fine wining ‘n’ dining establishments in the immediate vicinity. That is, if you can find a parking space.

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you covered at Huc–a–Poos Bites & Booze. Hip hop DJ Basik Lee – a charter member of Dope Sandwich – is spinning at Congress Street Social Club, while DJs also take center stage at the Jinx’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party. DJ Jake the Snake has the tables at Hang Fire.

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Meanwhile, back on Tybee Island, the New Year will be welcomed, traditionally, with the annual Polar Plunge: At 11:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day, you can yell, scream, act crazy and run into the ocean. Or you can run into the ocean first, then yell and scream when you hit that chilly water. Costumes are encouraged, but remember, it’s a family event. There’s a new twist this year: Plungers are invited to help Tybee get into the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Largest Gathering

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of People Wearing Swim Caps.” The previous record – 546 people – was set last July in Osaka, Japan. Here’s how it works: For a $25 registration fee, participants get an official Tybee Polar Plunge latex swim cap and a long–sleeve Tybee Polar Plunge T–shirt. All proceeds will go towards the restoration of the Tybee Post Theater. Those who would prefer to avoid the water altogether are welcome to register, get the cap and T–shirt, be a part of the Guinness effort, and stay dry. It’s your call. Similarly, if you want to plunge, you can do that without registering for the world record contest. Advance registration and/or pick– up of swim cap and T–shirt is available on Saturday from 1–4 p.m. at the Tybrisa Roundabout. The on–site Guinness registration table, by the pier entrance, opens at 9 a.m. Sunday. cs

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Clockwise from top left: Rochelle Small-Toney, Band of Horses, Troy Davis, Occupy Savannah, a big-ass ship, marathon runner, Bora Yoon, Kayne Lanahan

A look back at the biggest Savannah stories of the year 1. City Manager debacle gets even worse In hindsight, it didn’t have to happen this way. The results probably would have been the same with or without the controversy. That’s what makes our number one story of 2011 — such a big story that it also made our 2010 list — so maddening and so strangely compelling. After the 2010 departures of former City Manager Michael Brown and former Assistant City Manager Chris Morrell, Rochelle Small– Toney was the most senior remaining assistant city manager left in city government. Someone had to serve as acting city manager until a full–time replacement could be found — especially considering the other vacancies in upper management — and the credentialed, experienced Small–Toney was the logical choice, at least on paper. What happened next was the stuff of Walker Percy novels. Right after being appointed interim manager, she wanted her office painted (Mayor Otis Johnson initially talked her out of that, but the renovations were begun this past June at a cost of $40,000).

A personal bond — the amount and circumstances of which weren’t entirely clear, even to City officials — could not be secured. Vendettas, back and forth, came to the forefront in departmental firings and overhauls. (One of them even resulted in the candidacy of Carol Bell for City Council, see item #4). The Savannah Film Office, one of the few bright spots in a down economy, was moved to a tiny building in Daffin Park, far from most scouting locations. Its director, Jay Self, was nailed for a comparatively minor and fairly commonplace unauthorized credit card charge. City Council saw fit to give Small– Toney a ten percent raise while she was interim manager — which came on top of a recent 26 percent raise she received from the outgoing Michael Brown.

To find a permanent city manager, the City hired a search firm which, depending on who you believe, either allowed Mayor Johnson to dictate the parameters or just did a Google search and collected their $25,000 fee. Then, as the search process became more acrimonious, Mayor Johnson threw gasoline on the fire with his statement that he wanted a city manager who looked like him, i.e., African American. (That was actually only half the quote; he also said he wanted the most qualified person.) Misquoted or not, Mayor Johnson doubled down after the predictable backlash. Speaking from the pulpit of one of Savannah’s largest predominantly black churches in early 2011, he referred to the “58 percent” African American majority, implying there was no political reason why the backlash would keep Savannah from having its first black city manager. During the audience feedback portion of the mayor’s State of the City address in February 2011, these racial tensions came to the forefront in one of the more demoralizing episodes in the city’s recent history. African American speakers said they saw racism in the pushback against

Small–Toney, while many white speakers insisted qualifications and actions, not race, had everything to do with it. Despite the painful racial divide, in March 2011 City Council unanimously voted (with one alderman out of town) to make Small–Toney the full–time city manager. Her salary, including the exorbitant raise granted her by Michael Brown: $190,575 a year, substantially higher than most all other city managers of metro areas Savannah’s size in the country. In April 2011, the state attorney general came down to reprimand City Council and the City Attorney in person for violating state open records laws during the city manager search. In May 2011, taxpayers funded a $7500 “welcome reception” for the newly–permanent city manager, one featuring commemorative embossed keepsake wine glasses (alcohol isn’t served at City functions). But perhaps the worst thing about the controversy was that it overshadowed legitimate debate about specific issues, such as harbor deepening, Savannah River Landing, and that perennial local favorite, crime. — Jim Morekis

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3. Rock ‘n’ Run, Savannah

The inaugural Savannah edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon was generally a huge success, despite some data to indicate that for local retailers it was pretty much a wash.

2. ’We are Troy Davis’

The murder happened over 20 years ago. But the resulting death penalty case against and eventual execution of Savannah’s Troy Anthony Davis retained a visceral ability to animate people all over the world on a basic level, both pro and con, stirring disturbing questions about racism in the American justice system and the ultimate moral foundation of the death penalty. We know that a white Savannah Police officer, Mark MacPhail, was shot and killed in brutal fashion in August 1989 in the parking lot of the Greyhound station downtown. We know Troy Davis, an African American man, was accused of the crime by several witnesses, the bulk of whom recanted their accusations years later. We know that expert testimony linked shell casings from the MacPhail murder weapon to the wounding earlier that night of Michael Cooper, for which Davis was also convicted. We know that the prosecution was unable to produce the actual gun. We know that Sylvester Coles, who was on the scene that fateful night, years later apparently confessed to shooting McPhail. But that testimony was disallowed at a 2010 hearing when Davis’s defense team, strangely, wouldn’t subpoena Coles. We know — despite later accusations that racism drove Davis’s conviction — that the Chatham

County jury which originally found him guilty was majority African American. Beyond that, we don’t know a lot for sure. With a crime that happened too long ago for DNA forensics, the courts had to adjudicate the case with the evidence they had. The case wasn’t crystal clear, but the courts’ opinions were: Twenty years of appeals, including two to the Supreme Court and that rare federal evidentiary hearing in 2010 (during which the Davis defense team refused to call on any of the witnesses who’d recanted their testimony via affidavit), all upheld the original verdict. But Davis’s supporters, including his sister Martina Correia, who died of cancer shortly after her brother’s execution, never gave up the fight. Amnesty International spearheaded the continuing appeals effort. Davis himself, in a series of prison interviews, became something of a cause celebre around the world as the face of the death penalty’s barbarity and obsolescence. Despite several last–minute stays of execution, the deed was finally carried out on Sept. 21, 2011. Though the actual execution happened outside Atlanta, the Chatham Emergency Management Agency was on high alert throughout the day for possible civil unrest. In the end, however, relative calm prevailed. The only documented possible case of retribution for Davis’s execution was the spraypainting of

Nobody here at Connect officially hit the pavement, but all the other kids with the pumped–up kicks who ran the first–ever Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half–Marathon have our utmost respect. Twenty–three thousand people signed up to run the full and partial courses while being serenaded by live bands at every mile on Nov. 5. (Incidentally, that’s several more thousand than the amount of voters who voted in local elections the following Tuesday.) The Competitor Group opened registration in April, and by mid– August the race was sold out — the company’s only musical marathon to reach capacity outside its San Diego hometown. Which tells you Savannah loves its shin splits and sweaty rock ‘n’ roll. The 26.2–mile course shut down parts of downtown, eastside neighborhoods and the Truman Parkway, leaving some locals in a snit about the inconvenience. But most marveled that the organization by race coordinators, city employees and police was spot–on, save a pre–marathon traffic jam on the Talmadge Bridge caused by those crossing the river to get their race numbers at the Trade Center. The big day brought out tens of thousands to witness the spectacle of so many people running without being chased as well as the smorgasbord of local music. From the crack of the pistol at Bay St. to the finish line in Forsyth Park, 40 bands performed along the route for the fleet–footed, including downhome favorites A Nickel Bag of Funk, Free Candy, Crazy Man Crazy and KidSyc@ Brandywine. Savannah’s own Train Wrecks opened for Carolina Liar, the promised “national headliner” that few had ever heard of before the event, but Charleston, S.C.–born lead singer Chad Wolf and his Swedish bandmates charmed the elated–yet– exhausted audience. Earlier in the planning stages, some Savannah musicians balked at the Competitor Group’s initial reluctance to compensate the local bands. Confusion abounded whether this was a

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charity event, and the group’s website implied that bands agreed to play for free would get first consideration. After a scathing reaction from the music community, the for–profit company eventually relented and offered it up as paying gig. (The group did partner with local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other Savannah charities.) There was one death during the marathon: Ulysses “Tom” Thomas was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital after collapsing on the Truman Parkway just shy of mile 23. While lauded as an overall success in terms of execution and enjoyment among participants, the marathon Live music had a very good year, with memorable Stopover shows from (clockwise from top left) didn’t bring the expected singer/songwriter Cheyenne Marie Mize, Savannah’s own Dare Dukes & the Blackstock Collection, cash injection to the local hip hop innovator Astronautalis and Philadelphia’s Buried Beds. Then there was the April appeareconomy. A poll released ance of Sam Beam and Iron & Wine at the Trustees Theater, our pick for Concert of the Year. by the Downtown Business Association last week reveals that members were split down considered the presumptive shoo–in 4. The Thirty Percent the middle in terms of rating the race favorite to be Otis Johnson’s handSolution as a positive or negative experience. picked heir apparent, found herself The 2011 City of Savannah elecHotels and restaurants benefited challenged by five other candidates: tions could almost be folded into from the extra visitors, but retailers former mayor Floyd Adams, former our number one story about the City and bar owners complained that this state rep and senator Regina Thomas, Manager, since so much campaign crown didn’t come to shop or drink, Alderman Jeff Felser, former alderrhetoric revolved around that issue. and the usual local patronage was man Ellis Cook, and perennial gadfly But looking ahead, these elections spooked by all the hype. James Dewberry. had import all their own — and not But there’s plenty of time to tweak But when the smoke cleared, voter just because you can now buy booze the economic strategy: The Competianger had been severely overestiat the store on Sunday! tor Group has committed to at least mated. As with the national Tea Party, By the time of Rochelle Small– two more rockin’ Savannah marawhich some local opposition seemed Toney’s infamous wine glass debut, thons with the option to come back to gain impetus from, the initial ardor voter anger seemed to be at an all– through 2015. The next race is Nov. 3, couldn’t keep the passion burning. time high. Alderwoman–at–large and 2012. We’ll be cheering y’all on from In an election marked by absyMayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson, once our lawn chairs.— Jessica Leigh Lebos mally low 30 percent turnout, every

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City Council incumbent that ran for reelection won with the exception of Larry Stuber, who lost by 14 votes. Much ballyhooed challenges to incumbents Van Johnson and Mary Osborne from Ruel Joyner and Gretchen Ernest, respectively, fizzled. Small-Toney nemesis Carol Bell easily won an at-large seat. The mayoral race boiled down to a runoff between the two longest–serving council incumbents in the race, Edna Jackson and Jeff Felser. Jackson won fairly easily — just as political observers would have predicted over a year before. The election of the first African American female mayor of Savannah means it’s highly unlikely that Small– Toney’s job will be in jeopardy anytime soon. With an African American in nearly every key City position and an increased African American City Council majority of 6–3, black political power in the City of Savannah has consolidated to full effect (and the likely cooperative vote of former State Senator–turned new alderman Tom Bordeaux really means a 7–2 working majority for Mayor–elect Jackson). It will be interesting to see how local anti–poverty measures and efforts to address Savannah’s wealth disparity will be affected by the almost total removal of every vestige of old–guard white control — and hence the removal of any real reasons or excuses for them not to happen. Side note: Another result of the election was that Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis wouldn’t be permitted to run for a third consecutive term in that office — nor, given the wording of the referendum question, will anyone else! — Jim Morekis

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We’ll be the first to argue that Savannah has a healthy music scene, with a dozen or so reliably great bands and artists. Our clubs regularly bring in the best regional music, too, from the likes of Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta and Asheville. For a sheer rush of musical adrenaline, however, the inaugural Savannah Stopover Festival was the event of the year, a concentrated dose of top–drawer tuneage and talent that worked like a potent shot of B–12. Kayne Lanahan and Summer Teal Simpson and their dedicated volunteer team gave us more than 50 indie acts over four days – March 9–12 – concentrated into five hipster clubs and five “alternative” venues. The acts – from dance/electronica to hip hop to Americana to punk – were all traveling to the massive SXSW music fest in Austin, and it was Lanahan and Simpson’s lightbulb to offer them each a “stopover” gig in Savannah. “They basically are driving down 95; any band that’s going to SXSW generally packs up the van and drives,” Lanahan told us. “And generally tries to put a couple of gigs together on the way. And Savannah’s not a hard sell, in terms of the city.” Among the many highlights: Country Mice, Gringo Star and Cheyenne Marie Mize selling style, bop and twang in a single night at the Jinx; Milagres transcending all hypnotic time and space, at the end of a full day of music at Live Wire Music Hall; Greenland’s Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children sharing a Tantra bill with We Are Trees and Little Tybee; spectrally spectacular performances the dance diva Class Actress and hip

hop innovator Astronautilus. Let us not forget The Shaniqua Brown (hey, they’re back in town this very week!), Twin Tigers, X–Ray Eyeballs, Loch Lomond, Murder By Death, Buried Beds, Sonia Leigh and the amazing Young Buffalo (three incredible rock players from Mississippi, including a guitarist who looked as if he was no older than 12). Savannah’s best were represented, too, as Cusses, Lady Lazarus (who’s now, sadly, packed up and moved to California), KidSyc@Brandywine, Niche, Dare Dukes, General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers, Aux Arc, Word of Mouth and others were paired with the touring acts for one boffo bill after another. The 2012 edition has already been inked in, for March 7–10 (tickets are available now at savannahstopover. com). Lanahan plans to announce the lineup in January. Look for it to become a spring tradition. “It’s a beautiful time of year,” she told us in March. “It’s a week before St. Patrick’s Day and it builds up to the Savannah Music Festival. So it ends up creating our own March Madness.” — Bill DeYoung

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of Engineers has finally issued a study laying out the allowable parameters of a proposed deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel to 48 feet from the current 42. The goal of the deepening’s sponsors — the Georgia Ports Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia congressional delegation and by extension many large companies based in Georgia — is for Savannah to continue to be a competitive port when the new generation of ultra–huge cargo vessels comes on line after the widening of the Panama Canal, set for 2014. (That’s a long shipping channel for taxpayer money to deepen — about 30 miles from dock to ocean. And those new ships are big — about three times the volume of the current monsters plying the river.) Significantly, what the Corps doesn’t say is: 1) There will be no environmental effects (there definitely will be, and apparently huge, expensive Scrubbing Bubble machines in the river are part of the solution). 2) They know the money will be there (that’s up to Congress and the president). 3) More jobs will be created (not necessarily; the opposite might be true with the increased efficiency of the larger vessels.) 4) And everyone will play nicely together (oops). On that last note — and this is really why harbor deepening makes our 2011 list — the inevitable, apocalyptic showdown with port rival South Carolina has finally come to a head. In addition to Charleston’s perennial port competition with Savannah, the Palmetto State has multiple, often–dueling interests of its own, and there are many parts to play in the drama: SC Gov. Nikki Haley is good cop to the Port of Charleston’s bad cop, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is playing both ends against the middle, and global corporations and shipping concerns want to see every port everywhere deepened for their own convenience and don’t care who has to pay for it, as long as it’s not them. As if that weren’t enough, there’s hillarey dipirro

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the added wrinkle of a possible brand–new port in Jasper County, S.C., that simultaneously weakens the Port of Savannah’s case for deepening while at the same time strengthening Savannah’s case by undercutting the Port of Charleston. And did we mention the multiple lawsuits? Uh, yeah. Got it? Hey, we barely get it ourselves and we supposedly make our living covering this stuff. Suffice it to say that the way things are going, harbor deepening has a very good chance of making our 2012 Year in Review list as well... — Jim Morekis

7. Fishkill ain’t just a town in New York state

It was bad enough that about 40,000 fish were wiped out by toxic discharges into the beautiful Ogeechee River by King America Finishing in Screven County. What was perhaps worse was the fact that King America had been dumping toxic crap into the Ogeechee for five years without state regulators noticing. After the largest fish kill in Georgia history in May 2011, which also resulted in skin rashes on some swimmers, the euphemistically named state Environmental Protection

canceled his show — twice — in 2011, the Civic Center had a happening year, and we’re not talking about Ringling Brothers and the Harlem Globetrotters. We saw Widespread Panic, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, John Mellencamp, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Styx, Joe Bonamassa, Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Corey Smith and Miranda Lambert in the Civic Center in 2011. Arguably, the two best Civic Center concerts of the year were Band of Horses (April 4) and the Avett Brothers (March 30), and these two were part of the Savannah Music Festival and its goal of presenting something exclusively for younger SavannahiLeft, Occupy Savannah is still representin’ at ans, i.e. those who aren’t crazy Emmit Park on Bay Street; above, Taste II about acoustic jazz or Indian festival at Meddin Studios classical music. These two triumphs proved that the SFF is onto something. In the case of Band of Horses, in particular, we got to experience Division — actually for the most part a band at the very peak of its creative a catastrophically underfunded entity powers. which is generally relied on by big Here’s what our review said: “Band business to avoid stringent regulation of Horses’ hybrid rock ‘n’ roll — a sort — slapped King America’s wrist with of electric Americana with country– a tiny million–dollar fine. tinged harmonies and sweeping U2 Had they wanted to, they could grandeur — filled every corner of the have slammed them with a nearly sold out (or very nearly so) hall. $100 million fine. “A stage–wide screen behind the The incident and the incredibly lax band projected images — starry skies, enforcement — EPD took a month rolling waves, wheat fields, western to tell King America to pretty please chaparral vistas with mountains, stop raping the environment — propuffy clouds and blue horizons — voked howls of outrage from usually making every song seem like a music corporate–friendly right–of–center video, with the five (occasionally six) Georgians. guys playing in a different setting. But we’re still betting that many “Yet this wasn’t distracting, nor did of those folks still fail to see that the it feel like shtick. At its core, it was whole debacle was a direct result of still a band on a stage — the bass ratthe “small government” philosophy tled in your chest. The electric guitars that’s been part and parcel of Georgia made molar–fillings buzz. The rotatpolitics since the Republican takeover ing visuals only augmented the imagof state government. — Jim Morekis ery of the atmospheric music.” Citizen Cope played Savannah 8. Savannah Comes again, as did the Whigs, Dex RomAlive! weber (twice), the April Verch Band, If you’ve noticed a marked increase Mother’s Finest, Cold War Kids, in the number of popular music Drive–By Truckers, and others. Bela shows at the Savannah Civic Center, Fleck headlined the Savannah Music says thanks to new director Cindy Festival (again), playing a brilliantly Ogletree. She’s been making a conexperimental and eclectic set with certed effort to make the Johnny MerZakir Hussein and Edgar Meyer. cer Theatre more ... well, musical. Still, the year’s best concert had Despite the fact that R. Kelly

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The word “festival” can be deceiving. You need to look carefully at the wording. Anything called “Festival of Savings” or “Frozen Bagel Festival,” there’s probably not going to be much there in the way of fun. Sure, Savannah’s got a whole slew of festivals – book, art, music, jazz, Irish, Asian, Jewish, etcetera etcetera – and most of them have been around for a while. In 2011, three relatively new festivals, all in the name of culture and creativity, found their footing (for the Savannah Stopover Festival, you’ll want to look under Concerts). These may well be the festivals of the future. Pulse: Art and Technology

Festival. The Telfair Museum’s third annual celebration of “creativity through new media” took place Jan. 20–29 at the Jepson Center and environs. Pulse is a combination of visual art, music and imagery, presented in myriad forms by some of the world’s most forward–thinking artists, performers and thinkers. This year featured the incredible New York experimental multi–instrumentalist, composer and performer Bora Yoon, kinetic robot–art creator Bjorn Schulke, the technician/artist/ musician twosome Zachary Lieberman and Golan Levin and beat–box innovator Adam Matta. Among many others.

Savannah Urban Arts Festival. Presented by AWOL (All Walks of Life), the longstanding local organization dedicated to keeping young people out of trouble by introducing them to the arts, the third annual SUAF packed four days – April 17–24 – with concerts, dance and spoken word performances, workshops, lectures and even film screenings. The headliner, who put on a rich, inspirational performance, was Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a California–based dancer and choreographer who blends dance, spoken word, theater and hip hop. R&B singer Anthony David also appeared.

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to be the April 23 performance by Iron & Wine at the Trustees. With an exquisite band of 11, singer/ songwriter Sam Beam played nearly every song from his astonishing Kiss Each Other Clean album, many of them dramatically re–arranged, and demonstrated that he’d outgrown the simple, plaintive DIY–folk of the early Iron & Wine records. According to our review: “How’s this for a long sprint off a short emo– folk pier: One song turned into a piledriving mambo, with the three horn players blasting a smoking dance riff over and over until even the ushers couldn’t help but sway.” — Bill DeYoung

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Taste II. Meddin Studios played host to this three–ring circus of art, music and creativity (described by organizer Rachel Raab as “a cultural indulgence”) on April 30. The first one had taken place in 2009, after which it took a year off – but it came back swinging, with more than 30 visual artists (some doing live painting at the event) and 25 bands and DJs. All local, all free, all terrific. “It’s just independent people getting together to make something happen, to merge all sorts of people and art forms,” Raab said in April – and she could have been talking about Pulse and SUAF as well. — Bill DeYoung

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10. Still Occupied

2011 is the year the disenfranchised and unemployed finally got annoyed enough to stand up and be heard. Back in late September, when people began converging on Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, cynics and pundits were quick to dismiss the Occupy Wall Street Movement as “disorganized bunch of whiners” without a cohesive message. But plenty of Americans got the memo. Within weeks, the OWS community swelled to the thousands, and other non–violent protests popped up in Atlanta, Oakland and a hundred other cities. And it wasn’t just a bunch of post–college slackers, either — it was teachers, veterans, grandmas and all kinds of citizens, all denouncing the corrosive power that banks and multinational corporations have over hard–working Americans. For anyone who’s ever had to worry about paying the bills, the message is pretty freakin’ clear: The people are mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore. “We Are the 99 Percent” is the clarion call, a demand for liberty and justice for all, not just those who can afford it. Americans who have joined the Occupy movement are confronting a broken system where the richest one percent skates out of its fair share of taxes, corporations are people and SWAT teams pepper-spraying old ladies and college kids is completely acceptable. In November, New York police evicted the Zuccotti Park protesters and destroyed the ersatz village that included a library, soup kitchen and first–aid center. However, the movement continues to grow and organize via online and social media, and there

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are plans for a national assembly on July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia. Now that the initial rush of revolution has waned (and its headquarters destroyed,) OWS has backed off its attention–grabbing protests to work on a political strategy to take into the ring. Illegal home foreclosures and the pathetic use of bank bailout money are two most prominent issues, bringing together liberals and Tea Partiers as conversation supersedes partisan politics. Here in the Savannah, the Occupy Movement planted its four–poled nylon tent Oct. 9 in Emmet Park on Bay Street and is still going strong. Occupy Savannah remains a small but mighty group that continues to represent every day with signs and twice– weekly marches to Johnson Square to show their presence to the local representatives of Bank of America, Suntrust and Wells Fargo. Mostly retirees and students, this merry band of protestors cheers for every honk and has a friendly relationship with local police. “We’re not going anywhere,” says Bratt Dykes, who’s been at Emmet Park since day five. “We’re here until we get change.” Dykes points out that change begins at home, and he promises regular visits to City Hall in the new year. He says he’s already made several attempts for an audience with

newly–installed mayor Edna Jackson, to no avail, but will keep leaving messages. “She ran on an open door policy, and we plan to take her up on that.” The Occupy Movement certainly got our attention in 2011. With another national recession looming and housing foreclosures still heading through the roof, the question is whether the collective disgruntlement will find footing in real revolution.— Jessica Leigh Lebos

11. Foodie Invasion

There’s no shortage of Savannah on the epicurean airwaves, thanks to our very own Food Network diva Paula Deen. The Lady’s obviously tempted her TV foodie colleagues to taste the Hostess City for themselves: Three different food show crews made the rounds in 2011. In September, swarthy Adam Richman swept through town to film an episode of “Man v. Food Nation,” popping in for peach–glazed chicken at Sweet Potatoes on Waters Ave. and fried shrimp at Tubby’s Tank House on River Street. This certainly wasn’t Richman’s first time on the old cobbled streets; he devoted an entire chapter to Savannah’s flavors in his best–selling food journal, American the Edible. “Man v. Food Nation” always features a local challenge, and Richman

Honorable mentions:

• Girl Scout a Go–Go: Overzealous City bureaucrats shut down the long tradition of Girl Scouts selling cookies on the sidewalk, outside the place where the Girl Scouts were founded. Brilliant! In her first act as city manager that wasn’t greeted with widespread derision and disbelief, Rochelle Small–Toney stepped in and allowed cookie sales to continue. • St. Patrick’s police smackdown: Savannah went viral with an amateur video of a Savannah cop basically beating the crap out of a belligerent but tiny drunk girl on Broughton Street. The officer was suspended briefly and is back on the force. • Robert Plant visit: The Led Zep frontman and Alison Krauss collaborator visited the Owens– Thomas House in April and had a

nice conversation with staff members about his own experiences with historic properties in the UK. No lemons were squeezed. • SCAD MoA: The SCAD Museum of Art, with a vastly expanded footprint and architectural wonders courtesy of Christian Sottile, reopened to oohs and aahs.

• Clarence Thomas: The Supreme Court Justice visited his boyhood home at Pin Point to celebrate the opening of the Pin Point Heritage Museum. He stomped his feet and shouted along with the McIntosh County Shouters.


• Muppets, WTF?: OK, so the hotly–anticipated mystery flick at the Savannah Film Festival turned out to be The Muppets, which resulted in a deluge of bitchy Facebook posts. Otherwise SCAD’s Hollywood–Goes– South event (Oct. 29–Nov. 5) lived up to its well–greased hype. Again. cs

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Best of the Blotter 2011 Police were called about a drunk person at a fast food establishment. The woman was parked at the drive–thru window. She smelled strongly of alcohol, was slurring her speech and had difficulty keeping her balance even while seated.

When officers asked for ID, she began to search her purse, but her wallet was on the console next to her. The officer tried to point that out, but she told him, “I have my f***ing license, just wait a minute.” The officer asked her to step out of the car so that he could conduct field sobriety tests, but she told him, “I’m not taking s***. I didn’t drive here. I was dropped off and I’m not getting out.” At that point, the officer told her she was under arrest, and began

struggling to get her handcuffed. Once he finally got her into the back of the police car, she yelled, “I’m not a drug addict motherf***er.” Returning to her car, the officer found a full cup of alcohol in the center console and an empty prescription pill container, which should have had more than a month’s supply of anti– anxiety medication in it, but which was empty. During the ride to jail, the woman became “very irate and vulgar,” including telling the officer that she would “do anything” not to be taken to jail. When he warned her that offering him money could be construed as bribery, she began using racial epithets and then told him to “go to hell, bitch.” • An officer requested assistance after stopping a subject on Montgomery Street. When backup arrived, they saw a woman standing on the side of the road yelling, “thank you Jesus, thank you for perfect peace.” She then yelled, “Take me to see Paula Deen, take me to the restaurant.”

She tried to walk out into the street, despite oncoming traffic, and was stopped. Two parking attendants stated they had seen her lying in the road earlier. An officer found a plastic bag with some of her possessions, including a new cell phone and the contract. They discovered her name, and a home address in Maryland. The woman continued with the irregular behavior and was transported to Memorial for evaluation. • A Stone Mountain resident might have had too much to drink while downtown one night. An officer on patrol saw the man punch a piece of plywood covering a storefront window. The officer asked the man if he’d be able to keep his hands to himself, and noticed that he wasn’t very stable (in a physics sense, not emotionally). He told the officer that he “didn’t

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I’ve been reading about the coelacanth, the fish thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago that turned up in an Indonesian fish market. Do you know any good coelacanth recipes? Seems like this would be a nice change from a Fileto-Fish. —Jim, Pawhuska, Oklahoma I hear you. Every so often you think: right now a tasty morsel of endangered species would really hit the spot. However, one does have to consider the diarrhea. Though occasionally sold to chumps in Asian markets, the coelacanth (SEEluh-kanth) for the most part is shunned by fishermen. Paleontologist Peter Forey, an expert on coelacanths, advises us that in the Comoros Islands, where several hundred of the rare fish live, the local name for them is gombessa, meaning “taboo.” That’s not for religious reasons but for practical ones. Eating the critters will make you sick. The flesh of the coelacanth is high in oil, urea, wax esters, and other compounds, adding up to an indigestible mix. Field reports on the consequences of eating coelacanth speak vaguely of “a kind of diarrhea,” but we get a clearer picture from medical accounts of culinary encounters with fish that are similarly constituted. “It was difficult,” we’re told, “to contain the oil that was pooling in substantial quantities in the lower rectum.” I say we stop right there. Hideous as all this sounds, one wonders whether it at least partly accounts for the coelacanth’s longevity as a species. The earliest recognizable coelacanth fossil is something like 360 million years old, while more recent ones date back 65 million years, around the time the dinosaurs disappeared. It was initially thought coelacanths had followed the big lizards into oblivion, but then fishermen landed one off the coast of southern Africa in 1938. In addition to the population living near the Comoros Islands, between Mozambique

Do Alaska caribou really like the oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, which was predicted to be such an environmental disaster? Right-wing pundits claim the herd has thrived because the caribou like the warmth, but we’re suspicious. —Charlie and Mike, Chicago And well you might be. The happycaribou story was circulated in 2008 by, among others, Michelle Bachmann, famous for her rigorous command of the facts. Rush Limbaugh and columnist Jonah Goldberg also chimed in. These people have their axes to grind, and the idea that the pipeline has been a boon to the caribou goes beyond what I’ve seen in the professional literature. But the important point is this: while one may argue whether the Prudhoe Bay pipeline helped the caribou, it sure didn’t hurt. The caribou population living in the region through which the pipeline passes, known as the Central Arctic Herd, has thrived since the oil began flowing in the late 1970s. In 1975 the herd numbered just 5,000; as of 2008 it had reached 67,000. Meanwhile some caribou populations more distant from the pipeline, such as the Porcupine Herd in the northeast corner of the state, have declined. That may superficially suggest that living near the pipeline is a plus, but charts of fluctuating caribou numbers don’t track in an obvious way with the pipeline’s presence. Wildlife biologists report some behavioral differences in caribou possibly linked to the pipeline, but the overall impression is it didn’t make much difference—an interesting commentary in itself, given the predictions of disaster when the pipeline was being planned. Whatever may be happening in Alaska, the worldwide caribou population is in steep decline, with average herd size having fallen 57 percent from historical peaks. Disrupted weather stemming from global warming is widely blamed. Using the above facts, you can draw whatever conclusion suits you. CS By cecil adams

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news of the weird Lead Story A regional development commission in Michigan, purchasing equipment for 13 counties in May using homeland security grants, bought 13 machines that make snow cones, at a total cost of $11,700 (after rejecting one county’s request for a popcorn machine). Pressed to justify the purchases, officials pointed out that the machines make shaved ice, which might be useful for medical situations stemming from natural disasters and heat emergencies (but that they also make snow cones to draw crowds at homeland security demonstrations). NOTE: Once again this week, check out a few more recent instances of Recurring Themes of weird news (plus important updates of previous stories): • Once again, a genius tried to pass a piece of U.S. currency in an amount not even close to being legal tender: a $1 million bill. (The largest denomination is $100.) Michael Fuller, 53, was arrested in Lexington, N.C., in November when a Walmart cashier turned him in after he attempted to buy electronics totaling $475.78 (apparently expecting change of $999,524.22). • Most News of the Weird epic cases of “scorned” lovers who seemingly never give up obnoxiously stalking their exes are of Japanese women, but “dumped” Americans surface occasionally. In October, Toni Jo Silvey, 49, was arrested in Houston when her ex (artist Peter Main) reported that she made 146 phone calls in one day and more

than 1,000 (and 712 e-mails) in three recent study reported success in 70 of months, following their 2009 breakup 77 patients.) over his seeing a younger woman. • The law of child support changes She was also charged with attacking only slowly in the U.S., but maybe less his home with a tire iron, eggs and a so in Australia. American courts are sword. reluctant to end payments even if the • “Take Your Daughter (Son) to man later disproves paternity (citing Work” days are still popular at some the harm to the child if the payments companies, to introduce children to stop). However, in October, the Fedtheir parents’ cultures. Inadvertently, eral Magistrates Court in Melbourne, even criminals mimic the phenomAustralia, acting on fertility-test enon. Joseph Romano, 2-year-old results, ordered a mother to reimson in tow, was allegedly selling burse the man she swore was drugs when police picked him up the father after he proved he in September in Tunkhannock we aired our had been sterile. The woman Township, Pa. And Edward Chat- grievances all also “recalled,” after extensive year already man Jr., 32, who was arrested for therapy, that she might have raping a woman in Oak Ridge, had a one-night stand with Tenn., in August, had brought a stranger around the time his 6-month-old baby with him of conception. when he climbed through the • Perversion Du Jour: The woman’s window (though, police 10-year-old law-enforcement said, he stashed the kid in another crackdown on Internet child room during the assault). pornography has lately hit a • A cutting-edge treatment when technicality-based roadblock. News of the Weird first heard of Several times recently, perit in 2000 is now mainstream for verts have beaten charges those suffering extreme diarrhea after creating “child pornography” that due to a lack of “predator bacteria” in consisted of nude adult female bodies the colon (perhaps caused by antibiotonto which facial photos of young girls ics). Among the primary treatments had been pasted. This handiwork was now is a transplant -- a transfusion of apparently arousing to two Lakeland, “fecal flora” from the gut of a bacteriaFla., men, Danny Parker, convicted in normal person, to restore the natural 2011, and John Stelmack, convicted balance (introduced by a colonoscope in 2010, but both ultimately had their after the stool is liquified in a blender). convictions overturned because no Following months of failed alternatives, actual child was involved in sex. Jerry Grant, 33, said in October that his • Forgetting to pay the monthly transplant, at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsrental fees on a storage locker can have dale, Ariz., worked remarkably well. (A serious consequences if the locker was

used to store embarrassing or even incriminating materials. News of the Weird reported one such hapless client in 2007: a central Florida political activist under investigation whose locker yielded a rich trove for a local reporter. Similarly, perhaps, Dr. Conrad Murray (then under suspicion in the death of Michael Jackson) reportedly missed three payments on a Las Vegas storage locker, and prosecutors recovered items that appeared to contribute to their case (although it is not clear that any of the items were ever presented in court). • A New York City jury awarded the family of a late teenager $1 million in November in its lawsuit against the city for mishandling the boy’s brain after his 2005 death. Following “testing,” the medical examiner kept the brain in a jar on a shelf, where it was inadvertently spotted by the victim’s sister during a school field trip to the mortuary (treatment the family considered extremely disrespectful). The case calls to mind that of Arkansas rapist Wayne Dumond, who had been castrated by vigilantes in 1984 and whose genitals the local sheriff had recovered and kept in a jar on a shelf in his office as a symbol of “justice.” Dumond subsequently (in 1988) won $110,000 in a “disrespect” lawsuit against the sheriff.

Updates • Jennifer Petkov of Trenton, Mich., is still charming the neighbors. An October 2010 Detroit News summary of a years-long feud between Petkov and various neighbors reported that

especially significant because Williams had sponsored a mandatory child-safety belting law in Colorado in 2010. However, the grand jury declined to indict her, and she refused to discuss the case further. -- No Longer Weird: Some Recurring Themes appear so frequently as to be boring even to the creator of News of the Weird. For instance, people steal scrap metal for sale to recyclers, even if it winds up disrupting the infrastructure. Two brothers, Benjamin and Alexander Jones, of New Castle, Pa., were charged in October with having dismantled an entire, little-used, 15-ton bridge in the area, anticipating a big payday, but ultimately clearing only about $5,000 from laborious work with blow torches. (But Kirk Wise, 45, told the Phoenix New Times in August that he had earned about $95,000 in the previous year and a half selling scrap metal -- though he admitted blowing most of it on methamphetamines.) cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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The Shaniqua Brown/Megan Jean & the KFB At 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. “Iron your party pants and break out the bourbon.” That’s the published manifesto of the atomically charged Charleston band the Shaniqua Brown (pictured at left), which has become a Savannah favorite over the past year. Not that vocalist Rachel Kate Gillon has any need for pants, thank you. She prefers to wear brightly–colored tutus onstage, because she “likes getting dressed up” and flinging about. “This band is about fun, high–energy, face–melting rock ‘n’ roll,” the 24–year–old Gillon says. “Need I say more?” Gillon pooh–poohs labels, categories and sub–genres. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, and she likes it. “I think it’s the experience, the connection with us and you that happens,” she explains. “That’s what’s exciting. Something comes over us. And something comes over you.” The boys in the band are Thomas Concannon and James Rogers on guitar, drummer David Bair and bassman Denis Blyth. A native Nashvillian, Gillon moved to Charleston in 2005 to go to school. “After college, I joined this band that sort of fizzled out because they were really too drunk to do anything,” she says. At the time, Blyth was in an all–instrumental rock band with the unlikely moniker the Shaniqua Brown. At his invitation, Gillon checked them out at the Village Tavern – they were sharing the bill with a group called Bitch Digger – and was suitably impressed. She officially joined the band in October 2009.

“I think I brought a lot more energy to them,” she remembers. “I mean, this is all still really fresh and new to everyone. “Even our first shows, you can look up videos of us all super–timid. There’s one where I’m standing there looking around, just slapping my tambourine. Nobody’s really comfortable in their own skin.” Things ... evolved. “As I got more comfortable I just started jumping around.” As for her sartorial choices: “It’s fun to spin around in a tutu.” The name Shaniqua is a derivation of the African word Shanika, which means “God is gracious.” To some, it also translates as “warrior princess.” Gillon’s been approached by fans saying “Hey, Shaniqua.” A guy on the beach once asked if she was, indeed, Shanny Brown. “I think I’m just going to make up something different for every time someone asks me,” she says. “I can’t tell you. If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” See This Live Wire bill also includes Megan Jean & the KFB, Charleston’s reigning Americana band (actually, it’s just Megan Jean and her husband Byrne Klay, on an assortment of guitars, banjos, mandolins, basses, washboards and percussion). Megan Jean has tambourines strapped to her calves; she’s a stomper and an apparition-summoner. This isn’t your grandma’s old–time music – it’s intense and it’s boiling, and MJ’s got a mighty, full–bodied voice that can thrill, chill and/or scare the bejeezus out of you. The two puree blues, rock ‘n’ roll and even gypsy music into an utterly enthralling and seriously liquored musical milkshake. See CS

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Constantly on the move, both physically and creatively, Kylesa is home for the holidays for what’s become the band’s one consistent annual break in a grueling – but fun – schedule of playing to metal fans all over the world. The band will stomp the stage at the Jinx Friday, Dec. 30, with three other groups preceding. It’s been nearly 11 years since singer, guitarist and songwriter Phillip Cope started Kylesa, right here in Savannah, along with Laura Pleasants (who also writes, sings and plays killer guitar). The band is internationally famous for its mercurial blend of psychedelia, stoner riffs and creative songwriting with pointed elements of classic sludge metal and crust punk. Spin calls Kylesa “dark psych– metal titans” whose brutal music has a “hazy, stoner vibe that suggests a strange amalgamation of Black Sabbath, Black Flag and early Pink Floyd.” After the late–2010 release of Spiral Shadow, the fifth full–length Kylesa album, the band hit the road yet again for most of the year, including two pre–taped appearances on Last Call With Carson Daly (the second one aired on Dec. 21). We spoke with Cope just before

Christmas weekend.

A very good year

“This year has been pretty crazy. We did a lot of touring, and played some of the biggest festivals we’ve ever played – we did Bonnaroo, and a festival tour of Australia, which was pretty crazy. Everywhere we’ve gone, there’s been enthusiastic people. It’s awesome to realize that there’s people everywhere that are listening to the music that you write. It also can be humbling. We’ve been very lucky.”

Carson Daly

“His is a little different from a lot of talk shows. You don’t go there and do an interview with him, and play in some studio. He has people that actually go and film you at a show. They let us pick the venue where we’d like to do it, and we like the Troubador in L.A., so they agreed to let us do it there. We taped it back in September.”


“The fact that we tour as much as we do, that’s really what helps us get new fans. So as long as we stay on the road, there’ll always be new people getting into our band. Again, we don’t

like to alienate older fans either, so we try to find a balance. We’ve been vocal since the very beginning that we weren’t ever going to stay the same. And most of our fans understand that; I think they’d be a little surprised if each record wasn’t a bit different.”

Heavy elements

“I am at the practice space right now working on new material. It’s hard to tell, because we’re just into a couple of songs, but it’s getting more psychedelic, I guess. Trippier. We appreciate our fans very much, so the last thing we want to do is do something that would alienate ‘em. We do try to bring back some sort of element that’s always been there, with our band. We don’t ever just go into an album and go ‘OK, our fans are gonna think we’re crazy on this one.’ There’s always gonna be heavy elements there – the one constant with our band is that it’s always been heavy. And that won’t ever change.” CS Kylesa With Indian Giver, Whores, Royal Thunder Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. When: At 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Admission: $10 (no advance sales)

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Rock ‘n’ roll anniversaries are like weeds in a garden – every time you look around, another has sprung up. Still, as anniversaries go, this one is important On New Year’s Day it will have been 50 years since the Beatles’ first significant recording session. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best had backed pop singer Tony Sheridan in 1961, in a quick German studio date overseen by easy–listening orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert. Then, they’d played a rockin’ arrangement of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” and a few others, and Kaempfert had allowed the tapes to roll while Lennon sang “Ain’t She Sweet,” and the four Beatles banged out an undistinguished Lennon/ Harrison instrumental that aped the Shadows, England’s most popular guitar group at the time. On Dec. 31, 1961, the four young musicians traveled from Liverpool

to London to “audition” for Decca Records, the biggest label in Great Britain. It was there, on New Year’s Day, they cut 15 songs in a little less than an hour, with A&R man Mike Smith manning the two–track mono console. The audition had been secured by Brian Epstein, the Liverpool shopowner who’d fallen in love with the Beatles and convinced them to let him act as their manager. Epstein told the Beatles he was going to make them bigger than Elvis. He’d tidied up their raw and undisciplined stage show, put them in smart suits and started booking them in ballrooms and theaters – a big step up from their origins in seedy, sweaty nightclubs.

Still, a record deal was the best way (and really, the only way) to get his boys out of Northern England and onto the world stage. And so Epstein – who could write a pretty impressive business letter – began to court the labels, all of which were based in London. Epstein’s enthusiasm was enough to convince Mike Smith to take the train up to Liverpool to see what all the fuss was about. The A&R man did so in early December, was impressed, and offered Epstein and the band some studio time on New Year’s Day (it’s been suggested, over the years, that Epstein actually paid Smith for this “invitation”). Lennon and McCartney had already crafted a catalog of original songs, and often squeezed one or two into each night’s live set between the rock, rhythm ‘n’ blues and comedy numbers. Epstein, however, wasn’t about to take any chances, and he personally

picked the 15 songs they were to lay down in the Decca session. Of these, only three (“Hello Little Girl,” “Like Dreamers Do” and “Love of the Loved”) were from the Lennon/ McCartney songbook. The final list was a veritable sampler of what, in Epstein’s view, were the Beatles’ talents. Epstein clearly was trying to push McCartney as the “lead singer.” During the 11 a.m. audition, he performed the Broadway ballad “Till There Was You,” the cha–cha oddity “Besame Mucho,” the Hollywood standard “September in the Rain” and the Coasters’ “Searchin,’” along with “Like Dreamers Do” and “Love of the Loved.” Lennon took the vocal on Chuck Berry’s “Memphis,” Phil Spector’s “To Know Him is to Love Him,” “Hello Little Girl” and Berry Gordy’s “Money (That’s What I Want).” Harrison was given the novelty songs: “The Sheik of Araby” from 1926, and the Coasters’ bopping “Three Cool Cats” (with Lennon and McCartney turning it into a sort of rock ‘n’ roll Three Stooges routine). The others were vocal–harmony favorites, all drawn from the band’s stage show: Buddy Holly’s “Crying Waiting Hoping,” Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care of My Baby” and Carl Perkins’ twangy “Sure to Fall.” The Decca tape, all these years later, is a fascinating listen. Here are the embryonic Beatles – three–part harmonies showing flashes of the brilliance that was to soon emerge, and the hard–rocking, precise guitar and bass work. The voices that would, soon enough, become familiar, ubiquitous, beloved. They’re in their early 20s, enthusiastic and clearly nervous at being in a big, important London studio, with a man behind the proverbial glass. But the magic is already beginning to swirl. Ultimately, Decca signed Brian Poole & the Tremeloes instead, but Epstein was shrewd enough to request a tape of the audition, which he used to introduce the Beatles to the other labels. In late spring, it was this recording that caught the ear of George Martin, a producer at Parlophone Records, a tiny and unprofitable subsidiary of England’s music giant EMI. Martin had the Beatles come back


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Best little spots in town I don’t really trash a joint in this column. This really ticks off my critics, who believe criticism should be based on personal taste and limited to some sort of foie gras and unicorn dream that a perfect meal waits around every corner. Sadly, not so. What does exist is a lot of good food from plenty of mom–and–pop restaurant owners who struggle to keep their doors open for an increasingly fickle public. With my little piece of real estate in this publication, I don’t feel compelled to point you toward bad food, but to spotlight an experience — note I said experience — that will be pleasing, perhaps entertaining, and that represents good value. Where are those places? Let’s look back into a waning 2011 for some eats that deserve your attention. La Xalapena: I can’t seem to get in enough drum beating for Ernestina and her able team at this Skidaway Road cantina. Yeah, it’s fairly austere, there’s no alcohol and you may be the only diner that night, but the food is fresh, made to order and comes from

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La Comarca: Road trip south on Ogeechee Road and just before Buckhalter look left for this Mexican buffet. This one gets an A+ for authenticity. Don’t know how to eat the mysterious dishes on the buffet? Don’t be afraid to ask and you will be able to sample a bowl of pork skin stew and will get a condiment treatment that turns it from bland to bodacious — a carnivale of flavors, textures and color. Like the banner out front says: No Tex–Mex! Saigon Flavors: This little Vietnamese eatery and an adult novelty store anchor this the shopping center at Stephenson and Waters. Clean, austere and too bright — all the better to see my pho or banh mi. Eat. Here. Now. The owners of these ethnic gems epitomize the food service industry — they work long days without many days off. They are the crucial cog of much larger economy that keeps us rolling — and our bellies full. Happy New Year to them, and their peers — and you! Here’s to many great meals in 2012! cs

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Bean, Jan. 20 at the Jinx to put the focus on the record’s Jan. 17 drop date. Here’s something new, though: Thugs and China Dolls has been picked up by Athens’ Mazarine Records, which is an exciting breakthrough, marketing–wise. See for a sneak preview of the new record.

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Think of it as the “close but no cigar” brand of cinema, where American adaptations of foreign hits prove to be better than expected yet don’t quite trump their highly regarded predecessors. Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ take on the Swedish vampire yarn Let the Right One In, is one example; The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s version of the Hong Kong import Infernal Affairs, is another (Oscar wins notwithstanding). But now there’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which manages the impressive feat of emerging as superior to the internationally admired Swedish version from 2009. In many ways, this adheres closely to what audiences witnessed in the first version (both films were based on the book by the late Stieg Larsson, the first installment in his Millennium trilogy). As before, two characters leading separate lives find their destinies intertwined: Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a punkish, bisexual computer expert who’s suspicious of everyone around her, particularly men; and Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a wrongly ostracized journalist who accepts a personal assignment from wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the decades–removed disappearance of his niece. Mikael searches for clues on the sizable

Vanger estate out in the Swedish hinterlands, while Lisbeth, still in Stockholm, deals with a series of unfortunate developments, including an ailing friend, a broken laptop, and, most shockingly, a sleazy parole officer (Yorick van Wageningen) who binds and rapes her (her sweet revenge is brutal and brilliant). Only when Mikael realizes he needs an assistant does Lisbeth enter his life, becoming unlikely allies as they solve the mystery together. The 2009 Swedish version is a fine film, but this one is nevertheless an improvement, right from the dazzling opening credits (perhaps the best I’ve seen this year) to an continues on p. 32

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Steven Spielberg is no novice when it comes to presenting moviegoers with the horrors of war, whether it’s the muted screams of Schindler’s List, the frontline carnage of Saving Private Ryan or even the knotty retaliations of Munich. While all those films deservedly earned R ratings, don’t be fooled into thinking the PG–13 War Horse takes a softer approach to the subject at hand – with one specific scene, Spielberg establishes that his World War I epic, like some of the platoons marching through it, won’t take any prisoners. Before that sequence arrives, we’re introduced to the majestic title animal, a horse (named Joey) who bonds with youthful farmhand Albert (Jeremy Irvine) before being sold to the British army. A sensitive captain (Tom Hiddleston) promises Albert that he’ll take good care of Joey, but the horse doesn’t remain in the officer’s hands; instead, Joey finds himself passing between soldiers and civilians, between Brits and Germans, between kindly souls and abusive monsters. A young girl offers him a home; a German officer plans to work him until he drops dead; soldiers from each side team up to save him. And so it goes. Based on the smash stage hit, War Horse has been opened up in breathtaking fashion for the screen, vibrantly bringing each vignette to life and allowing them to collectively address how war diminishes not just humankind but irrevocably destroys

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surrounding environs. War Horse is a movie of rage, but it’s also one of empathy and understanding – it’s to Spielberg’s credit that he knows the storyline is emotionally wrenching enough that he doesn’t need to manipulate tears out of anyone (believe you me, many viewers won’t need any coaxing to reach for those hankies at the appropriate moments). Only with the final shot selections does the director succumb to the sort of artistic grandstanding that’s sometimes in his nature, but these screensaver images hardly negate the power and the fury of the hard–charging movie that precedes them.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows


If I wanted to see a movie featuring Indiana Jones, I would watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. If I wanted to see a movie featuring James Bond, I would watch Goldfinger. If I wanted to see a movie featuring Sherlock Holmes, I would watch – well, certainly not Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which might as well be a period Expendables prequel for all the reverence given to the legendary sleuth. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Baker Street brainiac remains one of literature’s greatest detectives, but because actions always count more than words in today’s Hollywood, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes reinvented the character as a kick–ass macho man, more Rambo than Miss Marple. Nevertheless, the freshness of Robert Downey Jr.’s exuberant portrayal as Holmes and the measured counterpoint provided by Jude Law as Dr. Watson managed to overpower Guy Ritchie’s hyperkinetic

direction. Not this time. Ritchie’s showoff stylistics are often embarrassing to behold – this is particularly true in the action sequences, of which there are countless. As he battles his deadly nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) and his minions, Holmes most often applies his formidable smarts not to uncovering clues but to enhancing his advantage in hand–to– hand skirmishes. Some silly asides, such as Holmes’ camouflage coat, are best forgotten. But the steady bickering between Holmes and Watson has yet to reach the straining point – thank the ingratiating actors for that – and it’s nice to see the clueless Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and femme fatale Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) carried over from the first film. And while Rooney Mara adopts the Lisbeth Salander role for the Yank version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the original’s Lisbeth, Noomi Rapace, turns up here as a gypsy fortune teller. Her character’s services aren’t required to predict that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will emerge as an international blockbuster, with audiences flocking to see a dizzying swirl of furious fisticuffs, blazing gunfights, and theater–rocking explosions. Me, I’ll be home watching my Columbo box sets.



There’s a scene in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in which Tom Cruise’s agent extraordinaire Ethan Hunt must climb up the outside of a tall building with only the aid of a

pair of electronic gloves that fasten themselves to any given surface. It isn’t enough that it’s a towering edifice – it has to be Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, merely the tallest building in the world. And it isn’t enough that a pair of gloves seem like scarce supplies for a climbing expedition – one of the blasted things must malfunction during the ascent, meaning a single hand is all that prevents Ethan from falling to his doom a hundred–plus stories below. And did I mention that, during the descent, he’s a few stories shy of reaching safety, meaning he has to swing around wildly like a pinata that’s been whacked a few times in the hopes of propelling himself into an open window? It’s utterly ridiculous – and also utterly exciting. The fourth M:I film based on the classic TV series – and the third to be worth a damn (only the second one was a letdown) – this wisely continues the tradition of assigning a different director to each chapter, going from Brian De Palma to John Woo to J.J. Abrams and now to Brad Bird. Bird, of course, is the animation mainstay behind Ratatouille, The Incredibles and The Iron Giant, and in making his live–action debut, he demonstrates that he’s not going to allow a real–world setting to hamper an imagination that had been instrumental in making toon tales. The plotline concocted by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (both vets of Abrams’ TV show Alias) is so hoary that it might as well have come from a 1960s–era Bond flick: A Russian madman (Michael Nyqvist) plans to cleanse the earth via a nuclear war, and it’s up to the only active members of the Impossible Missions Force (Cruise, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg), plus a government analyst harboring a secret (Jeremy Renner), to take him down. At 135 minutes, the film admittedly overstays its welcome – the coda is particularly draggy, even if it does offer a pair of pleasing cameos – and Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is more inscrutable than ever. But for action buffs desperate for a hit to jump–start their hearts, here’s a Mission impossible to refuse.


While the concept of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s is a wonderful one to pass along to small children just learning how to write, it earns Cameron Crowe a failing grade for rigidly applying it to We Bought a Zoo, a film whose fussiness about every single detail results in audience members not having the luxury to think or feel for themselves. Based on a true story, this stars Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, a recent widower who decides, in cornpone Green Acres fashion, to quit city life and move into a country home. As the new owner, he’s required to take care of the failing zoo on the expansive property, so he relies on a motley crew of staffers to show him the ropes and bring him up to speed. Eventually, he falls for the lead zookeeper (Kevin James – whoops, wrong movie; Scarlett Johansson), his surly teenage son (Colin Ford) falls for a zoo employee (Elle Fanning), and his demographically–engineered–for– maximum–audience–awws daughter (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) falls for the estate’s peacocks. Watching this movie, it’s hard to believe Crowe once helmed such finely crafted pictures as Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous and the underrated Vanilla Sky. As both director and co–writer (with Aline Brosh McKenna), he stumbles right at the start, when he fails to immediately establish essential information regarding the zoo (its parameters, the types of animals it houses, etc.). Instead, he’s too busy working overtime to make sure we’re visually and emotionally led by the hand so we don’t miss anything. If Benjamin says something idiotic, there’s a monkey ready to smack his own forehead in exasperation. If Benjamin fondly recalls his dearly departed wife, she’s ready to appear in ethereal form. Clearly, Crowe doesn’t trust viewers to make it from Point A to Point B without stumbling or getting lost. Damon and Johansson are reliable as always, and Thomas Haden Church contributes a few chuckles as Benjamin’s skeptical brother. But the zoo crew, meant to be quirky, is merely tiresome, the so–called villains (a smarmy inspector, a backstabbing accountant) are laughably manufactured, and the animals are rarely shown in all their glory. But hey, at

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Finally, here’s one seven–year itch that can be scratched. When 2004’s The Polar Express made film history as the first animated movie to be created wholly by employing the motion–capture process, we instantly recognized that we were in the presence of something ghastly. Awkward and unsightly, the ersatz innovation rendered all characters stiff, clammy and lifeless – anything but animated. Even as recent as two years ago, with the release of the Jim Carrey vehicle A Christmas Carol, it was clear that the format had not yet hit its stride, and it wasn’t unreasonable to speculate as to whether it ever would. But thanks to director Steven Spielberg, producer Peter Jackson and their crack team of technicians and artists, The Adventures of Tintin emerges as the first motion–capture movie to fully fulfill the promise of this hyped advent in animation. Based on the internationally beloved comic series created by Belgian writer–illustrator Hergé (I myself enjoyed them as a lad, even though French writer René Goscinny’s Asterix was my main Euro–fix), this finds squeaky–clean boy reporter Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell), accompanied by his clever canine companion Snowy, acquiring a model ship that in turn is being sought by the villainous Sakharine (Daniel Craig). Tintin’s curiosity eventually lands him on a real seafaring vessel that belongs to the drunken Captain Haddock

(motion–capture superstar Andy Serkis, of Gollum and ape fame), and together, they set out to distant lands to locate hidden treasure. While the stop–motion process still isn’t as pleasing to the eye as either old–school Disney or new–school Pixar, its employment in The Adventures of Tintin still qualifies as leaps and bounds ahead of its use in the unwieldy antecedents in this field. What’s more, with the overseer of the Indiana Jones franchise at the controls, this cartoon cliffhanger manages to consistently serve up the breathless thrills. Adults looking for a family film among the new holiday outings – specifically, adults who don’t want to be tortured by singing chipmunks (would that be all of them?) – have found their flick.

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Forget counting down from 10 as the ball drops in Times Square; here instead is a countdown of the 10 key points in New Year’s Eve, which proves to be even tougher to take than director Garry Marshall’s previous all–star holiday romp, Valentine’s Day. 10. A cocky messenger boy (Zac Efron) helps a depressed woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) fulfill her New Year’s resolutions. Although it squanders any intriguing potential for a May–December romance, this is the best episode primarily thanks to Pfeiffer, the only person in this entire film investing any genuine emotion

into her character. 9. The person (Hilary Swank) tasked with making sure the Times Square ball drops properly calls upon a veteran technician (Hector Elizondo) to fix the orb when it breaks down mere hours before midnight. Swank and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (as a friendly cop) are as appealing as always, and Marshall regular Elizondo contributes a couple of chuckles, but this vignette is especially devoid of drama. 8. A man (Josh Duhamel) who has a one–year–anniversary date with one of the other characters – they met last New Year’s Eve – is afraid he won’t make the reunion since he’s stuck out in the boondocks (Larry Miller makes a welcome appearance as a tow truck driver). I won’t reveal the identity of Duhamel’s mystery date, but let’s just say I was disappointed it wasn’t Elizondo’s character – that at least would get a rise out of the Middle America mentalities that this sort of pandering nonsense targets. 7. A harried mother (Sarah Jessica Parker) won’t let her 15–year–old daughter (Abigail Breslin, now old enough to play a character who packs on the makeup) hang out in Times Square for fear that something horrible might happen to her. 6. A sympathetic nurse (slumming Oscar winner Halle Berry) tends to a dying man (slumming Oscar winner Robert De Niro) whose only wish is to see the ball drop. This one’s a real snoozer – teardrops won’t fall as

quickly as eyelids will shut. 5. A slacker (the perpetually annoying Ashton Kutcher) who hates the holiday is trapped in an elevator with a singer (Lea Michele) who’s desperate to escape. Wouldn’t you be desperate to escape if you were trapped in an elevator with the perpetually annoying Ashton Kutcher? 4. A caterer (the perpetually annoying Katherine Heigl) is angry at the boyfriend (Jon Bon Jovi) who ran away from her a year ago but has now reentered her life. Wouldn’t you run away from the perpetually annoying Katherine Heigl? (And why would anyone return for more punishment?) 3. Two pregnant women (Jessica Biel and Sarah Paulson) and their husbands (Seth Meyers and Til Schweiger) are eager to win the sizable cash prize given by a local hospital to the couple who produces the first baby of the new year. This is the most godawful of all the segments, and not just because someone yells out, “May the best vajayjay win!” 2. As the film closes with a final shot of Times Square, one billboard on the street ends up filling at least half the theater screen. It’s the poster for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros.’ other year–end offering alongside New Year’s Eve. 1. The end–credit outtakes include a gag in which a doctor (Carla Gugino) reaches between the pregnant Biel’s legs and produces two DVDs for Marshall’s Valentine’s Day – a delivery that’s no more stillborn than the DOA New Year’s Eve. CS




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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912-233-9696 or For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site: http:// Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah Drinking Liberally An informal, left-leaning group of folks who meet to talk about politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and anything else that pops up. Every first and third Thursday, around 7:30 p.m. at Loco’s, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us! Occupy Savannah Corner of Habersham & Bay 9am-8pm everyday. General Assemblies: Wed. 6pm, Sat. 12pm+6pm, Sun. 3pm. For more information email Savannah Area Young Republicans For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020. Savannah Tea Party meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 for additional info. 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@ or visit

Benefits 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 for directions. Polar Plunge Benefits Tybee Post Theater 2012 New Year’s Day Tybee Polar Plunge and Guiness World Records (c) Official Attempt to Break the Record for “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps.” $25 registration includes

a swim cap and a longsleeve commemorative T-shirt. Register online or in person at Tybee Island Roundabout and Pier, Dec. 31 1-4pm and Jan. 1, 9-11:30am.Preregistration encouraged. By registering you do not have to take the Plunge into the Atlantic. Registration guarantees that you will be a part of the World Record Attempt. Plunge will be held at the Tybee Island Pier. Tour d’Epicure Benefit for America’s Second Harvest Board a trolley with your friends for a food, wine and art tour. Sun. Feb. 26, 2012, 4-7pm. Tickets and information at

Call for Entries Auditions for Children’s Play about Juliette Gordon Low Savannah Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for Daisy’s Adventures, a play for children about Juliette Gordon Low, at 7pm on Jan 11th & 12th. 2160 E. Victory Drive, Savannah. Performance dates: March 2nd 3rd & 10th.Casting

adult male and females, as well as youth. Children must have completed the 2nd grade and be at least 7 years old to audition. Audition will consist of cold reading and ensemble work. Questions? Call 912-238-9015 or e-mail eventinfo@savannahchildrenstheatre. org. Casting Call NY Production Company casting for Spring 2012 shoot. Film is period piece on a slave plantation. Need Young African American lead, White male lead, Mature female African American lead & Young African American female. Please send head shots/resumes to Exhibit Space & CD/Book Signing Venue Free exhibit space for artists, writers or musicians for artwork, photography, or venue for book/CD signings in Midway, Georgia boutique. Information: email: acc_ave@yahoo .com. Accessory Avenue, 9754 East Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway, GA.

The VOICE Workshop:Continuing Education for the Professional Singer VOICExperience and Georgia Southern University present vocal training designed by Sherrill Milnes. For ingers who have already embarked on a professional career and feel the need to further hone their presentational skills. March 9-16, 2012 on the campus of Georgia Southern University. The week concludes with performances in both Statesboro and Savannah. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2012. Information on fees and application requirements: 847.707.0177 or [121211] Theater Auditions Richmond Hill Community Theater will hold auditions for Barbecuing Hamlet by Pat Cook. Jan. 10 &12, 7pm-9pm at Richmond Hill Library, 9607 Ford Avenue. Performances: March 30 & 31. Parts for 6 men and 7 women. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. For further info contact 912-3134004. continues on p. 36



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Classes, Camps & Workshops Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056. Beading Classes Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah http://www.beaddreamer. com/ Champions Training Center Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit Creative Digital Photography Go in-depth into photography principles, aperature and shutter combinations, bracketing and compositions. Spend time in the field and in the classroom. You’ll need a DSLR camera, changeable lenses, and a tripod. You must be able to write files to a USB drive for critiques. Mondays, Feb 6-20, 6:30-8:30pm (in the classroom) and Saturdays, Feb 11-18 (in the field). $100/ person. Offered in downtown Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center, by Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education Division. [121211] Crocheting Hats & Scarves: A Workshop SCAD Continuing Education course. Learn the basics of crochet, including the chain stitch, single crochet, and half-double crochet, and emerge with a fun and easy-to-make scarf and hat. Fee: $95. Jan. 7, 10:30am - 5:30pm. Information and registration at www. Designing for the Contemporary Interior Release your inner decorator... this workshop offered by SCAD’s Continuing Education Department teaches participants how to select pieces, mix and match, and end up with an individual, inspired space. Learn and apply design theory to create contemporary interiors and gain confidence with color and material choices. Explore the balance of spatial relations, creating a home interior that parallels your personality. Sat. Feb. 4, 10:30am-4:30pm. Fee. $95. Register [121211] Drawing Instruction Private and group drawing lessons by Artist and former SCAD Professor Karen Bradley. Call or email for details, (912)507-7138. DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 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 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 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 Music). 912- 897-9559. $20 per week. Growing a Quilt the Traditional Way: A Workshop Jan. 7, 10:30am-3:30pm. Offered by SCAD Continuing Education. Explore color and pattern to create a small quilt, table runner or placemat. Instructors provide step-by-step guidance as participants explore design concepts and a variety of techniques. Sewing experience required. Participants should bring a sewing machine and fabrics of their choice. All levels are welcome. Fee: $120. Register at Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons Instruction for all ages of beginner/ intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson! 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 & 1pm4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or www. Introduction to Computers Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education in Savannah. Register now for this fundamental course on computer skills--hardware, software, and the operating system. Basic proficiency in using the mouse, navigating Windows, and the basics of Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer. Jan. 12, 6:309:30pm. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Savannah. $40 register at: conted/cesavannahmenu.html Learn Russian Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-713-2718 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 912541-1337. Mindfulness Meditation Class Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). or 912-429-7264. Ms. Amy’s School of Music A small privately owned studio offering: Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants - toddlers. Group preschool music classes WWW.MSAMYSCHOOLOFMUSIC.COM Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, drums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, flute, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912692-8055 or New Horizons Adult Band Program A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30.00 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info. 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: 912-5094647 or

Pet and People Portraits Painted in oils or pastel by fine artist Karen Bradley. Call to commission. 912507-7138 Photography Class: Digital Imaging Basics Learn about digital photography, its language and equipment. If you’re in the market for a digital camera, you’ll receive helpful tips for making your choice. Bring your digital camera and instruction manual for class. Tues, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $35/person. Location: Coastal Georgia Center in downtown Savannah. Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education Division. Registration: 1-855-478-5551 (toll-free). or [121211] Point and Shoot Photography Improve your shooting style and produce good quality images. Learn the basic principles of light and composition, camera functions and settings, and priinting/storage options. Digital Imaging Basics is recommended as a prerequisite. Bring your camera, manual, and a USB drive. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 17-26, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Event takes place in the classroom and in the field. Fee: $85/person. Offered by Georgia Southern University in Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center. Info: 912-644-5967 or [121211] 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. S.P.A.C.E. Visual Arts Classes Now Registering Register now for classes in fiber weaving, sculpture, stained glass box making, ceramics, metals, glass, painting and drawing, parent and teen wheelthrowing. Offerings for children, teens and adults in all skill levels for Winter/ Spring 2012 art classes. Sessions begin January 7 at the Department of Cultural Affairs S.P.A.C.E. studios, 9 W. Henry St. Dates/times/fees vary. Information: or by calling (912) 651-6783. [121211] Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Saturday at 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds, and better investing. Meetings take place at Panera Bread on Bull and Broughton. Contact us at for more information. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center Offering a variety of business classes. Call 652-3582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail sa-

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@ or visit Buccaneer Region SCCA is the local chapter of the Sports Car

Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http:// Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group Meets 1st Thursday each month from 9:30-10:30 AM. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Savannah (912) 308-6768 for more info. [121211] Coastal MINIs Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah Energy Healers Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded 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: 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 islandsmops/ Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Contact (912) 308-6768 for info. No fees. Wanna learn? Come join us! [121211] Low Country Turners This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-3132230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month continues on p. 38

37 DEC 28-JAN 3, 2012 | WWW.CONNECTSAVANNAH.COM or visit www. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah Savannah Sacred Harp Singers Everyone that loves to sing is invited to join the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers at 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. For more information call 912-655-0994 or visit [122211] 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 786-247-9923,, www. 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 912-2340525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http:// Winter 2012 Classes at Coastal Georgia Center Register now for a variety of noncredit courses to be held in Savannah, January - May 2012, sponsored by Georgia Southern University. Classes held in downtown Savannah and on Skidaway Island. Course lengths, times, and fees vary. Beginning and Advanced American Sign Language; Creativity for Problem Solving; Creative Writing (Beginning and Advanced); Developing Your Imagination; Yoga for All; How to Stretch Your Energy Dollar; and The Artist’s Way, Organic Gardening. Information: ceps.georgiasouthern. edu/conted or contact Judy Fogarty at The Coastal Georgia Center (912-6445967) or jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu. [121211]


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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-right with a 24 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 24, and they won’t repeat digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the three-square row in the upper-center with a 22 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 24-row to its right. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!!


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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)8984344 or email kymmccarty@hotmail. com. 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 First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit www. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 5965965. Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email or visit Savannah Safe Kids Savannah Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit or call 912353-3148 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 or visit Savannah Art Association The non-for profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Please call 912-2327731 for more info. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. , Savannah Savannah Browns Backers This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@ or Dave Armstrong at or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah Savannah Fencing Club Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to savannahfencing@aol. com. Savannah Guardian Angels Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. For more 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. Jaycee Building, Savannah Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912238-3170 or visit Savannah Newcomers Club Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly

luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. www.savannahnewcomers. com Savannah Parrot Head Club Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at Wendyq1053@ Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. 32 Bull St , Savannah http://www.savannahsunriserotary. org/ Savannah Toastmasters Helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah Savannah Writers Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. For location and details, visit 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@ 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. Stitch-N’s Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514 Tarde en Espanol Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

The 13th Colony Patriots A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. www.13thcolonypatriots. com or call 912-596-5267. 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 2336014, facebook Peacock Guild or email for more info. The Philo Cafe A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at various locations each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook. Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger, Victorian Neighborhood Association Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the American Legion Hall located at 1108 Bull Street. For more info visit the VNA website at: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. Savannah Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-232-3549 or email 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 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: 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 Dance and Fitness Classes Revised Fall Schedule at The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Aber-

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Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. , Salsa Lessons Salsa Savannah offers beginner and intermediate salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at several locations. For more info, contact:, or call 856-7323. Salsa Savannah Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-9pm, open dancing 9pm-1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info:, 912-7048726. 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 912-398-8784. Savannah Shag Club Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr.

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: 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:

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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: or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes.


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corn. Beginner & Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, BarreCore Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch & Tone. No experience necessary for beginner ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. Registration/fees/information: 912-925-0903. Or Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads , African Dance & Drum Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Information at Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah http:// 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 912-9257416 or email Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. , Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/ four. 912-596-0889 or 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 For info: or call 912-4141091 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 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 7480731. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah Irish Dance Classes Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, noncompetitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ or 912-704-2052. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc. offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany at 272-8329.


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anatomy and yoga asanas (postures). YLearn Pilates-based core work to integrate into your classes. Call Daniele Britt (706) 461-1823 for more info. Or visit Beginner’s Belly Dance classes with “Cairo on the Coast” Back to back belly dance classes and two unique styles of dance. Every Sunday, 12noon-1pm, 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. Fitness, Body, and Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Contact Nicole at 912596-0889. Belly Drills This is an intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit For info: cybelle@ or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. Bellydance Fusion Classes Fusion bellydance mixes ballet, jazz and hip hop into a unique, high energy style of dance. Classes include drills and choreographies for all levels. Small classes held several days a week in downtown Savannah, and upon request. $10 per person. Contact Christa at 678799-4772 or see www.bohemianbeats. com. [121811] 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 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@ Fitness Classes at the JEA Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun VING TSUN (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Using angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them makes VING TSUN Kung Fu effective for everyone. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to find out about our free trial classes 912-4299241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop Ins welcome.

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 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. Multiclass discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http:// Pilates Mat Classes Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am-8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.2380018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , Pregancy Yoga Ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15 PM at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Cost is $100 for 8 weeks. Call Ann Carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail 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 mothersto-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 Rolf Method Bodywork For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner., 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah Savannah Disc Golf Club Weekly events (Entry $5): Fri. 5:45pmGlow Golf. Sat. 10am-Luck of the draw Doubles. Sat. 1pm-Handicapped League. All Played at Tom Triplett Park, Hwy 80 W, Pooler. Sun. 10 am-Singles at the Sarge in Hardeeville, SC. Info: or All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. Stand-Up Paddleboarding East Coast Paddleboarding offers paddleboard lessons, rentals, tours and sales. Come see why this is the fastest growing sport in the world! It’s fun, a great way get out on the water and to stay fit. It’s easy to learn, anyone can do it. Savannah/Tybee Island or 781-267-1810 The Yoga Room Visit www.thesavannahyogaroom. com or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah Yoga For All Here’s yoga at the right time, price, and location. With expert guidance,

you’ll practice this ancient discipline at your own limits and pace. Sequences of poses and breathing techniques will reward you with increased awareness, concentration, flexibility, strenght, and endurance. Mondays Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, OR Tuesdays, Mar. 20 to Apr. 24. 5:306:30pm. $65/person. Register by calling 855-478-5551 (toll free). Registration ends Jan. 6 at noon for the January class; Monday, March 19 at noon for the March class. Offered by Georgia Southern University, held in downtown Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center. Info: [121211] Yoga for Cancer Patients Free of charge for people with cancer. Learn to increase your strength and flexibility and improve your overall well-being. Tuesdays, 6.30 p.m. Thursdays,12:10 p.m. FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Information and registration, call Katy Keyes at 912-350-9031. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays and 12:10 p.m., Thursdays, FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Call 912-350-9031. Zumba Fitness (R) classes Mondays at 7:15-8:15. Located at The Ballet school, studio B, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. $7 per class or $60 for 10 classes. Contact April for more info. 912-306-5598.

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 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. 912547-6263. Savannah Savannah Pride, Inc. Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912-288-7863 or email First City Network, Savannah Stand Out Youth A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email or visit First City Network, Savannah http://www. 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

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Health Alcoholics Anonymous If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 for information. Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop Sponsored by Stanford University and the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia-Area Agency on Aging. Free. Learn better ways of coping and managing your health issues such as fatigue, heart disease, cancer, strokes, injuries, breathing problems, kidney disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, arthritis, Parkinson’s. Caregivers or anyone living with a long term health condition are welcome. Weekly sessions: Tuesdays, Jan. 10 Feb. 14, 1:30-4:00pm. Location: West Broad Street YMCA, 1110 May Street. Call Peter at 912-233-1951 to register. Tuesday mornings: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Location: Southside YMCA of Coastal GA, 11701 Mercy Blvd, Suite 1-A, Call 800-580-6860. Wednesday mornings: Jan. 11 -Feb. 15, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Location: Islands Community Church, 111 Walthour Rd. Call Pastor Patterson at 912-897-6630 to register. Wednesday afternoons: Jan. 11 - Feb. 15, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Location: Vineyard Church of Savannah, 615 Montgomery St. Call Kent at 912-412-8080 to register. 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 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah Healthcare for the Uninsured St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. , Help for Iraq War Veterans A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432. Hypnobirthing Classes Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904-327-0499, kennedysharon47@ or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 8442762, La Leche League of Savannah Mothers wishing to find out more about continues on p. 42

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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, Savannah Meditation and Energy Flow Group Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health! For info: or 912-247-4263 Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-264-7154.

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.

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 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 Tybee Island Walk on the Wild Side The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 898-3980, 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

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vaccine clinic for students, military and seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5-6pm. The cost for each vaccination is $12.00, with $2.00 from each vaccination to be donated to Savannah Pet Rescue Agencies. Habersham Village Shopping Center. For more info: St. Almo Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on sundays at 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at the Canine Palace, 612 Abercorn St. For info, call 912-234-3336.

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. 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://

Religious & Spiritual Service of Compline The Service of Compline at Christ Church is moving: same music, same service, same choir, same preacher-different location. Beginning Sunday, December 11 the Christ Church Service of chanted Compline by candlelight will be held at historic Independent Presbyterian Church (corner of Bull Street and Oglethorpe) every Sunday night at 9:00p.m. “Come, say good night to God.” [121211] 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. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach at Donation Accepted.

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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. 6:458pm on Wednesdays at the Vineyard Church. 615 Montgomery St. (behind Blowin’ Smoke BBQ). Metaphysics For Everyday SelfMastery 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., freedompath@ Savannah Soka Gakkai of America SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group 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. The Savannah Zen Center Soto Zen Meditation: Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with study group following 6:30-7:30pm; Sundays 8am-9:30am which includes Dharmatalk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. , Savannah Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1001 E. Gwinnett St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 786-6075, e-mail Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, or 313 E. Harris St. , Savannah Unity of Savannah Two Sunday morning Celebration Services - 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Unity Church of Savannah, Savannah Women’s Bible Study at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah http://www. Zen Meditation 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. Savannahzen-

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out for more information.

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 598-9860 or visit http://al_anon_savannah.freeservers. com. Savannah Al-Anon Alanon is for families and friends of alcoholics. New group meeting on Isle of Hope at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Avenue off of Parkersburg Rd. Monday nights at 7:30. Selma, 354-8550. Al-Anon Family Group (Troup Square) A support group for friends and family of alcoholics, with special attention to issues of adult children of alcoholics. 495-9758 or org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah Al-Anon Meetings Meetings for families and friends of alcoholics are held every Monday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http:// Alcoholics Anonymous If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check www. for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 for information. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Meets every second Monday at the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. For more info, call 236-0363, ext. 143. Savannah Amputee Support Group Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635. Brain Injury Support Group For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. http://www. Breast Cancer Survivors Group Meets every Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington

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for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah Domestic violence support group SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah Don’t Face Your Problems Alone Are you between the ages of 11-18, or a concerned parent of a teen? We are here to help. Please call Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter 912-234-4048 or Fibromyalgia support group meets the second Thursday from 5:306:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah Gambling problem? 12-step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly in Savannah. Leave msg with contact information for Phil @ 912-748-4730. Grief Support Group Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 450 Mall Blvd. Seven-week support groups for children and adults are offered by the bereavement counselors at no charge as a complementary service of Hospice Savannah. For information call 912.303.9442 or visit Savannah Heartbeats for Life A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Tues, Dec. 13 Healthy Holiday Eating--common substitutions to make your meals healthy this Holiday Season; How to order in Restaurants; How to deal with family and friends who do not eat healthy. 6:00pm-7:45pm Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. (behind Target at Savannah Mall) Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: LD-AD/HD Support Group Parents of children with learning disorders, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder are invited to join this professionally lead support group discussion problem solving, medication, alternative treatments and more. Pre-registration req’d. Call Laurel Brady at 912-659-4687. Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah http://www. Living without Violence The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah Multiple Sclerosis support group discusses topics that are relevant to


In North America, a farmer who grows wheat gets only five percent of the money earned by selling a loaf of bread made from his crop. I encourage you to push for a much bigger share than that for the work you do in 2012. It will be an excellent time to raise the levels of respect you have for your own gifts, skills, and products –– and to ask for that increased respect, as well.

might have been well advised to leave out the dinosaurs and the trip to the afterlife and given us a delicate chronicle of a young man’s struggle with his father and himself. And perhaps Melville should have suppressed his philosophizing impulses and written a lively tale of a whaling voyage.” Using this as a template, Cancerian, I urge you to treat 2012 as a time when you will be like Melville and Malick in your chosen field. Trust your daring, expansive vision.

his name to “Metta World Peace.” “Metta” is a Buddhist term that signifies loving– kindness and benevolence. When the new moniker finally became official, Metta World Peace sealed a radical shift away from his old way of doing things, symbolized by the time he leaped into the stands in the middle of a game to punch a fan in the head. The coming months will be an excellent time for you Libras to initiate a rite of passage that will expedite an equally dramatic transformation.




I love the way they celebrate the New Year in Stonehaven, Scotland. A procession of revelers swings big flaming baskets around on the ends of long chains. I recommend that you carry out a comparable ritual as you barge into 2012, Leo. Symbolically speaking, it would set the perfect tone. The coming months should be a kind of extended fire festival for you –– a time when you faithfully stoke the blaze in your belly, the radiance in your eyes, and the brilliance in your heart. Are you ready to bring all the heat and light you can to the next phase of your master plan? I hope so. Burn, baby, burn.

Many of the questions we had as children never got resolved or answered to our satisfaction. They still remain marinating in the back of our minds. Meanwhile, fresh queries keep welling up within us as the years go by. After a while, we’ve got a huge collection of enigmas, riddles, and conundrums. Some of us regard this as a tangled problem that weighs us down, while others see it as a sparkly delight that keeps making life more and more interesting. Where do you stand on the issue, Scorpio? If you’re in the latter group, you will be fully open to the experiences that will be flowing your way in 2012. And that means you will be blessed with a host of sumptuous and catalytic new questions.

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(April 20–May 20) For much of the 19th century, aluminum was regarded as a precious metal more valuable than gold. It was even used for the capstone of the Washington Monument, dedicated in 1884. The reason for this curiosity? Until the 1890s, it was difficult and expensive to extract aluminum from its ore. Then a new technology was developed that made the process very cheap. In 2012, Taurus, I’m predicting a metaphorically similar progression in your own life. A goodie or an asset will become more freely available to you because of your ability to separate it from the slag.


(May 21–June 20) The coming year will be a good time for you to consider investigating the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Devotees of this religion call themselves Pastafarians. Their main dogma is the wisdom of rejecting all dogma. Having such a light–hearted approach to spiritual matters would be quite healthy for you to experiment with.


(June 21–July 22) Terrence Malick’s *Tree of Life* is an ambitious work that deviates from formulaic approaches to film–making. Some observers hated its experimental invocation of big ideas, while others approved. *New York Times* critic A.O. Scott compared the movie to Herman Melville’s *Moby Dick,* one of America’s great works of literature. Here’s what Scott wrote: “Mr. Malick

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Historian David McCullough wrote *The Greater Journey,* a book telling the stories of ambitious young American artists who relocated to Paris between 1830 and 1900. They had to move away because their home country had no museums or art schools at that time. You Virgos may want to consider seeking a similar enlargement of your possibilities in the coming months. As you seek out the resources that will help you follow your dreams, be prepared to look beyond what you already know and what’s immediately available.




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In Botticelli’s painting *The Birth of Venus,* the goddess of beauty and love is shown

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The first half of 2012 will be an excellent time to for you to exorcize any prejudices you might be harboring toward anyone who lives or thinks differently from you. You’ll be able to see your own irrational biases with exceptional clarity, and are also likely to have exceptional success at scouring yourself free of them. This will give you access to new reserves of psychic energy you didn’t even realize you were shut off from. (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

arriving on dry land for the first time after having been born in the ocean. Naked, she is trying to cover her private parts with her hand and thigh–length hair. Her attendant, a fully clothed nymph, is bringing a cloak to cover her up. Analyzing this scene, art critic Sister Wendy suggests it’s actually quite sad. It symbolizes the fact that since we humans can’t bear the confrontation with sublime beauty, we must always keep it partly hidden. Your assignment in the coming year, Capricorn, is to overcome this inhibition. I invite you to retrain yourself so that you can thrive in the presence of intense, amazing, and transformative beauty.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) The coming months will be an excellent time to take an inventory of your life to determine whether there are any ways in which you act like a slave. Do you find it hard to defeat an addiction that saps your energy and weakens your ability to live the life you want? Are there institutions that you help sustain even though they cause harm to you and others? Is it hard for you to change or end your relationships with people who are no damn good for you? Are you trapped in a role or behavior that is at odds with your high ideals? Discover what these oppressors are, Aquarius –– and then summon all your intelligence and willpower to escape them.


(Feb. 19–March 20) California engineer Ron Patrick put a jet engine in his silver VW Beetle. Now he’s got a 1,450–horsepower vehicle –– but it’s not legal for him to drive on public highways. In the coming year, Pisces, I suspect you’ll be tempted to try something similar: create a dynamic tool with a modest appearance or a turbo–charged source of energy in a deceptively small package. But if you do, please make sure that you can actually use it to improve your ability to get around and make your life better.

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Kid’s Happenings Christmas Castaways at the Ships of the Sea Museum A house filled with historic miniature ships! From December 19 -- 30, “castaways” means Free Admission to the museum for up to two (2) children when accompanied by one paying adult. Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 M.L.King, Jr. Blvd. Call 912-232-1511 for information. (Museum closed December 24, 25.) Irish Dancers of Savannah Savannah’s first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up, to join our group. “Join the Dance” to learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Reasonable rates. Whether dancing “just for fun” or competition, the IDS makes Irish dancing a fun loving activity the entire family can enjoy! For more information, call 912-897-5984 or email irishdancsav@ Adult classes also available. Positive Youth Basketball Camp Held at the basketball courts behind Jenkins High School on East DeRenne Ave. Every Saturday in Nov. & Dec. 10am-12pm. Application fee: $40/per child for uniforms, and $40/per child for warm-ups. Ages 5-14 (male & female). $15/hour one-on-one training per child. Contact Coach Maurice, 912-428-1709.

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Featuring our editorial picks for the top 11 local news stories of 2011, cyclist/driver road etiquette, the Tybee Island Polar Plunge, local...