DECEMBER 8 - 14, 2021
SAVANNAH BALLET THEATRE’S
NUTCRACKER IS A LOVE LETTER TO THE HOSTESS CITY
SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST: HOLIDAY FRAUDS AND SCAMS TO AVOID
BETH LOGAN: ’TIS THE SEASON TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS
Big band holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Saturday, December 11 at 3 PM and 8 PM Johnny Mercer Theatre
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Brittney Spencer Tuesday, December 14 at 7 PM Johnny Mercer Theatre
For tickets and more information, visit savannahmusicfestival.org or call the box office at 912.525.5050.
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A CHRISTMAS TRADITION LIVE ON STAGE (ongoing) The Historic Savannah Theatre presents the 20th Annual Holiday Spectacular with singers, dancers, live band and lots of comedy that’s fun for the whole family. Two hours of your favorite Christmas songs as well as Santa and his dancing reindeer. Now through Dec 24. WED, THURS, FRI at 8pm / SAT at 3pm & 8pm SUN at 3pm Historic Savannah Theatre / 222 Bull St. savannahtheatre.com
The Savannah Downtown Business Association (SDBA) will host its 2nd Annual community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Charles Morris Center at 10 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 912.660.4718 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code: SavDBA. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
OPEN MIC AT MINT TO BE MOJITO BAR
Discounted regional and international whiskey and bourbon selections every Wednesday at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Come try something new on the rocks, as a smoked drink, or perhaps with natural shrubs and fresh pressed juices in one of their craft cocktails. 5500 Abercorn St. Suite #36
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PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT BASS PRO SHOP
(ONGOING) Bass Pro Shop invites families to the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus this holiday season during the annual Santa’s Wonderland experience. The festive “Contactless Claus” experience runs through Dec. 24. Photos with Santa require FREE advance reservations, which can be made at basspro.com/santa
HOLIDAY CLASSICS: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Spend the night with the Griswolds, and take comfort that no matter what bad luck, difficult relatives, or natural disasters may come your way over the holidays, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Juliette Lewis have it far, far worse. At this extra festive holiday screening we will have a preshow trivia game including a Moose Mug (perfect for some eggnog!) and jelly-of-the-month giveaway! Tickets: $5 Holiday Special lucastheatre.com
FREE YOGA ON THE BEACH AT THE THE DECK Enjoy free yoga on the Tybee sponsored by The Deck Beach Bar & Kitchen. Bring a large beach towel, your mat or a tapestry, a hat and sunglasses, water and a friend. 9-10 a.m. The Deck Beachbar and Kitchen, 404 Butler Ave.
SAVANNAH CHRISTMAS MARKET AT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT
(ongoing) An open-air, European-style Christmas market with vendor displays showcasing a unique selection of holiday gifts and specialty food and beverages. Nov. 26, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2022 Plant Riverside District 400 W. River St. savannahchristmasmarket.com
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA SaturdayThe Hipster Hound announced its annual Pet Photos with Santa event (with Photos by Becky) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hipster Hound, located at 1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 13. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Renegade Paws Rescue. The Hipster Hound will be collecting pet food for the Meals on Wheels Pet Food Pantry program. LAX AT COFFEE BLUFF MARINA
The dynamic duo of Larry Broussard and Jeri Boxx are Lectric Acoustic Xperiment. LAX plays your favorite songs with a fun and fast acoustic twist. This is not your typical coffee shop slow, sedation songs. Coffee Bluff Marina, 14915 Coffee Bluff Dr. 6-8 pm This is an All ages show, pet friendly, no cover Fresh seafood BYOB
BLUEGRASS BY THE PINT WITH SWAMPTOOTH Join Service Brewing for Bluegrass by the Pint every Friday featuring live bluegrass from favorite local favorite’s, Swamptooth.6 p.m. Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.
POLAR EXPRESS FAMILY MOVIE EVENT At Tanger Outlets Savannah:
Put on your favorite pj’s and join us by the lighthouse for all things Polar Express: train rides, hot cocoa, movie, and snow! There will also be a Gingerbread Bounce House, food trucks, popcorn for purchase, and photo ops with Santa AND the Grinch! This is going to be one event you won’t want to miss! Activities: 4-6pm Movie: 6-8pm (bring blankets and/ or chairs) Presented by Jeff Brinson, StateFarm Agent. JeffBrinsonInsurance.com.
SPINSTER: CINEMA SAVANNAH SCREENING
7 p.m. “Spinster” (Canada, 2019) Gingerbread House 1921 Bull St. (next to Foxy Loxy Cafe) After her partner breaks up with her on her 39th birthday, Gaby tackles her fears of loneliness as well as preconceptions of what it means for a woman to be single. Led by a nuanced
performance from a comedian Chelsea Peretti, Spinster offers a refreshingly threedimensional -- and often very funny -- picture of modern single life. Sweet, hilarious, and smart – light entertainment at its best. 87 minutes.
THE NUTCRACKER: SWEET DREAMS
The Madeleine Walker Coastal Ballet Theater presents their annual rendition of the classic ballet. Bring the family back to the theater to share the joy of Clara’s magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season. It’s the ultimate Christmas treat. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $28. lucastheatre.com
FIRE & WINE
Enjoy half off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase one of our s’mores
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Musicians & Singers Wanted! Join host Larry Broussard (of the band LAX) for Savannah’s Best Open Mic every Wednesday. Watch LIVE ON TIKTOK! (Cajuncookin). Larry plays your favorite hits and requests between sets. Call 912-713-1009 to book your 30 minutes of stage time. No cover charge! 5-11 p.m. Mint to Be Mojito Bar & Bites, 12 W State St.
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Ballet dancers Kelci Walker and Zack Frongillo in Savannah Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” with shows in Savannah and Tybee Island this season. Photo by Adriana Iris Boatwright
LIVE JAZZ SUNDAY BRUNCH
Featuring the Howard Paul Jazz Trio Live performances from legendary jazz guitarist Howard Paul at Myrtle & Rose Rooftop Garden at Plant Riverside District. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 400 West River St
BINGO! AT ELKS LODGE
The Hipster Hound announced its annual Pet Photos with Santa event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Hipster Hound, located at 1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 13. Becky Smith of Photos by Becky will be on site taking holiday-themed photos of pets with Santa Claus and even the whole family can join in on the fun. While both dogs and cats alike are welcome, all pets must be on leash and people friendly. This event is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to dress to impress in their finest festive attire. The $30 package includes one 5x7 photo print and all digital proofs via email. 10% of the proceeds from the Pet Photos with Santa will benefit Renegade Paws Rescue. In addition, The Hipster Hound will be collecting pet food for the Meals on Wheels Pet Food Pantry program during the event.
Chloë Agnew returns with a reimagined show filled with holiday spirit and original songs. See Chloë live in concert for the Christmas season for a joyfilled evening of stories, songs and good cheer! Chloë Agnew is a singer, songwriter and actress from Dublin, Ireland. Shortly after the success of her second album ‘Walking in the Air’, Chloë was approached to become part of a new PBS production, Celtic Woman. Ten years later, Chloë held the dual title of being both one of the original members and the youngest performer of the group. She is rejoining the Celtic Woman tour “Postcards from Ireland” as a guest artist for the 2022 Spring Tour. 4 p.m. tybeeposttheater.org
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Join Elks Lodge for Bingo from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar, and many chances to win cash. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.
ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET
Weekly farmers market on Talahi Island highlighting local growers and makers, healthy foods and a positive environment. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 912-6565626 401 Quarterman Dr.
SUNSET PARTY SUNDAY
Wrap up the weekend with a Sunday Funday Sunset Party on the roof. Local DJ Doc Ock on the 1s and 2s, an amazing view, Long Drink and Herradura specials, and $3 Rosé all day. 6 - 9 p.m. Top Deck, 125 W. River Street
Savannah’s largest industry night at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Enjoy Pubstar Karaoke hosted by Shane along with DJ B-RAD playing today’s hits inbetween singers. Enjoy $4-$5 drink specials all night along with a late night menu and craft cocktail bar. The fun starts at 10pm every Monday! 5500 Abercorn St. Suite #36
TYBEE ISLAND FARMERS MARKET
Weekly market featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, eggs, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. Artisans are also featured each week. Located at 30 Meddin Dr., right behind the Historic Tybee Lighthouse. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com
Skidaway Island United Methodist Church (SIUMC) offers, to church and non-church members alike, basic Mat Pilates classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m., for only $5.00-$6.25 per class. Classes focus on improving core strength, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. Visit siumc. org/nurture or call 912-598-8460. 54 Diamond Causeway
WHISKEY TASTING CLASSES
Taste and learn differences between six different whiskey varieties. Reservations required. 7:30 p.m. Congress Street Up, 220 W. Congress St. americanprohibitionmuseum.com
Voted one of Savannah’s best places to enjoy trivia in 2021. Enjoy video trivia hosted by Hangover Entertainment at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Free to play, and starts at 7pm with prizes for top 2 teams. Full menu and craft cocktail bar. 5500 Abercorn St. Suite #36
MEET ROZ MORRIS
Introductions: Meet Roz Morris By Brandy Simpkins
By Brandy Simpkins
It was just a couple of years ago that Roz Morris began reacclimating herself within her hometown of Savannah. The New York City-cultivated artist had spent the previous more-than-a-dozen years in the big city before relocating and settling into her design studio, located in the heart of Savannah’s Downtown Design District. She uses the space as a creative hub dedicated to marrying the influences of both Savannah and New York, and with the intention of creating a pipeline of artwork between the two uniquely fascinating cities. Morris obtained her AAS at Parson’s School of Design in New York after receiving her Fine Arts Degree from what is now SCAD Atlanta, and she continues to put her eclectic, artistic style to use. She also has a master of science in acupuncture from Tri-State College. And she also worked as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist for years in film, tv and music videos LET’S START WITH THE BASICS. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Creative, entrepreneurial, irreverent. One of my friends once said to me, ‘Artists are the makers of wonderment.’ I know that’s really silly, but I think it’s kind of true. That’s how I would describe myself because I try to create things that are interesting and bewitching and that kind of thing. WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WERE AN ARTIST?
WHAT INFLUENCES INSPIRED YOUR CAREER PATH? My mother’s side of my family. They had fashion and manufacturing [career paths] so a lot of my inspiration was from them. My grandfather was an inventor, too, and he invented the place where you cut the thread on home sewing machines. He was also a big manufacturer, and my grandmother was a designer and she became really known, especially for children’s wear. And my mom was a fashion buyer for a department store, so I grew up seeing them put together all that kind of stuff. I KNOW YOU ARE AN ENTREPRENEUR, AND THAT IS NOT AN EASY ROAD TO TRAVEL. TELL ME ABOUT A TOUGH TIME THAT YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME ALONG YOUR JOURNEY.
Truth is, I was exhausted, I was burning myself at both ends. I had a solo show that was a flop in New York. And I had a rough time with my clothing line at that point, so that was really hard and it took me a few years to get back on my feet. I was getting all of this press, and I was really thinking that I was going somewhere and all of a sudden it was like BAM, nothing. IT APPEARS THAT THINGS HAVE TURNED AROUND FOR YOU NOW WITH STONELORDS. HOW DID YOU GET TO THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER? How this came about was, I was still in New York, and my acquaintance, Abbie Hastings, wanted to host pop ups, so we started to do pop-ups here. They went really well, so I decided maybe I could find a brick-and-mortar. After a long search, this space came up. I got it right before the pandemic hit, thinking I would be back and forth, and I would bring a pipeline of New York artists down here while also doing pop ups in New York as well. The reason why I started doing this was because as an artist and a designer it could be hard to have solid venues for your work. .
I’ve always been an artist ever since I was a kid, and my dad used to ask me, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And I would go ‘I want to be an artist!’ and he would say, ‘ Hmm, well that’s kind of tough to make money,’ and then I would say, ‘Well, I’m going to be a millionaire artist!’
My whole career… kidding. I had a clothing line for a long time called StoneMorris, and I won this Belk award in like 2012 or so, and I was distributed in all of these Belk stores. It was a wonderful experience. My star was really rising with that and simultaneously my art career was rising. I was having multiple visual arts shows in New York and I was also doing a clothing line and then I decided on top of that, ‘Let’s go to Parsons and get a fashion degree, too, so you know what you’re talking about.’
You are always trying to get into stores and such, so I just wanted to have a design studio and a collaborative space to sell other people’s work, along with my own, while also using the space for artistic events of all kinds. IS THERE ANYTHING EXCITING THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE BEFORE THE CLOSE OF THIS INTERVIEW? On the last Saturday of January 2022, we’re doing a fashion show with local designers, and some stores that are showcasing their stuff at the Trustees Garden Kehoe building. I’m really excited because I’m working on this collection that is in honor of and inspired by southern women throughout the ages. I’m creating this really fun avant-garde collection for the show. I’m really looking forward to that.
NEWS AND NOTES
Savannah Music Festival Announces Gene Dobbs Bradford As Incoming Executive Director
City of Savannah: Community feedback needed to repurpose Water Works building The City of Savannah is seeking community feedback about repurposing the historic Water Works building on the city’s westside. Residents can participate in an online survey or phone interview to share their thoughts through Dec. 17. The Water Works building, located on the northwest corner of Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue, is a historic structure that serves as the gateway to the Arena and Canal Districts. The city recognizes the need to repurpose the building as a community asset while maintaining its historical integrity. The City of Savannah is partnering with Georgia Southern University’s Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) to conduct a feasibility study for the project and Savannah State University to administer the survey. The full feasibility study will include a market analysis, recommendations and best practices, financial projections, resident feedback and a roadmap to make the project a reality. To participate in the survey, please visit savannahga.gov/waterworkssurvey. If residents prefer to provide feedback over the phone or do not have computer access, they can call 912-651-3108 to schedule a phone interview with an SSU student researcher.
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SCA students collect 2,723 lbs. of food for Second Harvest
Throughout the month of November, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) students collected canned food for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Food Bank. SCA accumulated 2,723 pounds of food, which equates to 2,269 meals for families in need. SCA’s donation is the largest amount of food collected by any school in Savannah this year. “We are so proud of our students for their dedication in leading this food drive for our local Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Barry Lollis, CEO of SCA. “Ms. Pando’s third grade class deserves special recognition for collecting the largest amount of food items.” According to studies from the Georgia Department of Education and Feeding America, 175,540 residents in Coastal Georgia, including more than 45,090 children, are at-risk for hunger. Last year, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 19.8 million meals (more than 25.5 million pounds of food) to hungry people in our area.
Following a six-month international search, the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) Board of Directors announces the hire of seasoned arts executive Gene Dobbs Bradford as incoming Executive Director. Bradford leaves his longtime position of President & CEO of Jazz St. Louis for this role, and will begin full time in February of 2022, attending pre-season special events and working remotely with the SMF staff until his arrival. “We are thrilled to welcome the talented Gene Dobbs Bradford to Savannah to lead our organization into its next phase as we continue to broaden our community outreach,” says Savannah Music Festival Board Chair Vicki McElreath. Bradford’s position reports directly to the SMF Board alongside Artistic Director Ryan McMaken. In mid-December, current Interim Executive Director Erin Tatum will leave SMF after more than seven years to launch a nonprofit consulting company and travel the U.S. with her husband. As Interim Executive Director, Tatum managed finance and development operations in addition to the execution of her previous Managing Director duties. “I have long admired SMF’s commitment to artistic excellence and music education, and look forward to supporting the growth of the organization’s year-round programming and community engagement,” remarks Gene Dobbs Bradford. Bradford will oversee the formation and implementation of the organization’s next strategic plan, will act as chief development officer and will lead the administrative and operations sides of the organization. Gene Dobbs Bradford has been the President & CEO of Jazz St. Louis since February 1999. During that time he built the organization’s annual budget from $375,000 to $3.5 million, as well as led the organization through a $8.5 million capital campaign to develop the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. He has overseen the expansion of Jazz St. Louis programming and education and outreach programs, reaching over 170,000 students. His background also includes extensive experience in classical music performance organizations. Bradford has received many honors, among them the 2018 St. Louis Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Most Influential People in St. Louis, and the 2014 Nonprofit Executive of the Year by the St. Louis American Foundation. Under his direction, Jazz St. Louis received the 2006 Excellence in the Arts award from the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Its flagship program “Jazz at the Bistro” was named one of the ten great jazz clubs in the country by Wynton Marsalis in USA Today. In 1994, Bradford was chosen as Operations Manager of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and in 1995 he was promoted to Director of Operations. Prior to his time in St. Louis, Bradford served as Production Manager for the Honolulu Symphony from 1990 until 1993.
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Holiday frauds and scams to avoid KNOW WHAT’S UP SO YOU’RE NOT WHO’S NEXT By Marley Gibson Feature Writer
enter. Remind them that government agencies don’t make unsolicited phone calls and will never ask for personal information because they already have your information on file.” Unfortunately, older citizens aren’t the only ones who fall victim to scams and/or frauds. Wesley Olliff, Market President at Colony Bank in Savannah agrees that scams and fraud occur year-round, but everyone—regardless of age or technical experience—should be especially careful over the holidays. “When receiving a text message or phone call from what appears to be your bank, be very wary,” Olliff said. “It would be very uncommon for a bank to initiate a text or phone call asking for your PIN (personal identification number), Social Security number, date of birth, or other personal credentials related to your password or security questions. Olliff noted, “These are fair questions for your banking institution to ask in order to verify your information. However, that is when they are on the receiving end of your phone call.” Other red flags Olliff said to be on the lookout for in texts and emails would be “misspelling of words or names, a sense of urgency concerning the movement of funds, or random messages from your bank asking you to download an attachment or click a link.”
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This holiday season, many people will forego the shopping malls and outlets stores to pick out gifts from their favorite online sites in the convenience of their home. However, this time of year, some extra attention should be paid to protect yourself and loved ones from becoming a victim of a scam or fraud. Locally, the Savannah Police Department (SPD) estimates a billion dollars is lost each year through all fraud issues. Sergeant Jeremy Henry, Supervisor of the SPD Financial Crimes Unit said, “When people encounter anything that doesn’t feel right… the best thing to do is hang up. If it’s too good to be true, it most likely is.” Sgt. Henry added, “If it’s not a utility, credit card, or something you’re familiar with or expecting…you are under no obligation to engage. Hang up [the phone]” Chatham County Police Department Neighborhood Liaison Officer Esquina White, agreed. “When these calls come in, we encourage folks to use the proper selection on your phone to block/report/silence the phone.” “For some,” officer White continued, “disconnecting is easier said than done, particularly senior citizens and/
or older family members who may not understand they’re being scammed and are more trustworthy.” Patti Lyons, president of Senior Citizens, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Savannah and coastal Georgia stated, “The FBI estimates that older adults lose more than $3 billion each year to scammers. Some red flags senior citizens and their adult children should look out for include phone calls asking for money, unusual credit card charges, large, unexpected bank withdrawals, and unfamiliar debts on credit reports.” Senior citizens are especially vulnerable because criminals believe they have significant savings sitting untapped in their accounts, Lyons added. “It’s not just wealthy older adults who are targets, but those who are low-income,” she said. “Widows who may not have dealt with finances are often targeted, as are seniors who are unfamiliar with the internet. In addition, scams targeting the elderly often take advantage of the fact an older adult may be suffering from memory or dementia issues.” Lyons said because many adult children live out of town or out of state, this makes their older parents “easier prey for scammers.” “Shaming, blaming, and arguing is not going to end well,” she said. “Listen and have conversations. Explain to an elderly parent that they cannot win a contest they didn’t
COMMUNITY He advises his banking customers to protect themselves the following ways: Monitor your account activity on a daily basis through online or mobile banking. Take advantage of fraud preventions services most banks offer, such as account alerts or CardCommand apps that allow you to receive automatic alerts for suspicious activity and set controls for debit or credit card usage. Follow protocols set forth by the applicable third-party platforms that facilitate the consumer-to-consumer business when conducting those transactions. Be extremely careful when wiring funds and take the appropriate measures/ extra steps to ensure they are going to the intended destination.
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Officer White stressed, “One of the major things to watch out for—throughout the year, but more so during the busy holiday season—is package deliveries and porch pirates.” She said, “Deliveries create the opportunity for someone to take a package from your property if they see it unattended. To prevent that, we encourage you to have deliveries sent to a location where someone will be available to accept
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it. If not, schedule deliveries for a specific time when you’re home or arrange to pick up packages directly from delivery service locations.” Like his contemporaries monitoring this issue, Sgt. Henry agreed scams aren’t limited to just the holidays, rather, “They rotate throughout a cycle…the kidnapping scam, the social security scam, the warrant for your arrest scam, Georgia Power scam… they’ve been around for a while. You always have to look out for things that seem unusual.” One of the most important factors Sgt. Henry wanted to share was how these scammers play off emotion. “They’re looking for a fear-based reaction. They threaten and terrify you so you’ll go get whatever gift cards or prepaid cards they’re asking for. Don’t give in to the fear. If they claim to be an agency or bank, hang up and call that vendor directly.” Here are a couple of more emotionally laced scams Sgt. Henry said exacts fear in the recipient: Warrant scam where a threatening phone call informs you there is a warrant out for your arrest, but you can avoid jail time by purchasing a large amount of gift or prepaid cards and giving them the information. No government entity will call making this demand. Grandparent scheme where someone calls
the elderly person impersonating their grandchild asking for help because they’ve been arrested or in a car accident and need money without their parents’ knowledge. Romance scam and Lottery scam often intertwine. It begins when someone gets called about winning the lottery and afterward the person calling or emailing suddenly begins a personal connection, opening up, promising romance. Once an emotional attachment has been formed, it’s hard to convince someone they’re being scammed. The person usually promises to take them away, rescue them from their lives. Sadly, this doesn’t happen to just one demographic. It happens to people in their 20s all the way up to the elderly. Sgt. Henry stressed, “When any of these situations occur to you or someone you know, take a break. Don’t isolate yourself and break the communication cycle. Talk to someone else and let them know what’s going on.” The police watch area scams and will inform the public appropriately through social media, media, and other outlets, if necessary, Sgt. Henry said. He added, “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tracks a lot of this information nationwide and accepts reports on any occurrence someone may have experienced. Reports can be filed online at FTC.gov. Also, the Internet Crime Center tracks information, as well at IC3.gov. IdentityTheft.org is a great resource people can use to read up about reporting and cleaning up the mess caused by it. Be sure to report it to your local police, as well,” he finished. The sergeant added some eye-opening advice. “When using apps on your phone, always watch for and read the fine print for anything you sign up for. Most of them will say if fraud or scams happen while using their app, you’re on your own. If scams happen on your debit or credit card, go through your bank or credit card institution to help you through it.” Finally, he said, “When purchasing on the internet, always check the URL/address and make sure financial transactions are conducted through a secure website. Just be
careful and be smart.” Patty Lyons agreed and offered senior citizens important advice. “The old adage is true: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Under no circumstances should you give out personal, credit card, or bank information over the phone or in an email. If someone contacts you asking for money to pay off a debt or as a gift for charity, immediately tell your children or any other trusted friend who can take action.” “Fraud often goes unreported and scams can be difficult to prosecute, but they can be devastating to so many older adults. It is much easier to fall victim to a scam than you may think, and there is no reason to be embarrassed. Scams targeting older adults should be reported to Adult Protective Services as well as your local police. If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent a government agency, you should report it to that agency as well. If you believe your credit card or banking information is compromised, contact the bank immediately. Senior Citizens, Inc. can also provide a trusted and local resource: our Care Navigators are social workers who specialize in care for older adults and are trained in handling suspected cases of elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation,” Lyons said. “When someone you know or love is scammed, contact the victim’s banking institution immediately, as well as the company the package was ordered from,” Officer White said. “We’ve found that door cameras and similar devices are beginning to prove effective.” Both Sgt. Henry and Officer White warn of crimes of opportunity. “While people are out shopping and even once they get home, I cannot stress how important it is not to leave things in your car,” Officer White said. “It’s a crime of opportunity. If someone sees a gift or groceries or boxes in a car, they’ll take that opportunity. Remove your valuables and lock your car.” “It is just as important to continue to be smart following the holidays,” Sgt. Henry said. “Try not to put out all of your boxes and packaging that shows off your nice, new electronics and appliances. Break the boxes down, recycle them, or wait until the
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If you have been a victim of a fraud or scam, you may file a report with Sgt. Jeremy Henry, Supervisor of the Savannah Police Dept. Financial Crimes Unit office by calling 912.651.6675. If you live away from your older loved one, consider setting up online access to bank and credit card accounts so you can monitor for unusual monthly charges. You can also put your parents’ addresses on opt-out lists with the Direct Marketing Association (dmachoice.org) and any junk mail should be reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (www.uspis.gov). Credit reports can also be checked at AnnualCreditReport.com to ensure fraudulent accounts have not been opened in their names.
Dancers Kelci Walker and Zack Frongillo. Photos by Adriana Iris Boatwright
THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO LIFE The beloved holiday classic returns to Savannah and Tybee Island By Marley Gibson Feature Writer
If Halloween is incomplete without watching “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Thanksgiving a bust if you miss The Macy’s Parade, then what would the Christmas holiday season be without the familiar sights and sounds of “The Nutcracker?” In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented or curbed many seasonal traditions, but The Savannah Ballet Theatre (SBT) is “dancing for joy” over celebrating this 2021 holiday season with four live productions of The Nutcracker. Two of the performances (1 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 18) will be shown for the very first time in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. “It’s so great that we’re able to bring this production back in front of a live audience. This will be the first time in two years,” said Abby McCuen, managing director and Program Coordinator for The Savannah Ballet. In addition to the two performances at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, the company will also do two performances at the Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island at 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 15, and Thur., Dec. 16. The legendary Tchaikovsky score is the
resolute sound of a joyful Christmas and fuels the performance of this classic holiday ballet, showcasing the story of a young girl’s dream of a holiday gift coming to life to become her beloved prince. “‘The Nutcracker’ is a long-standing tradition that reminds people about being with family and the magic of the season,” McCuen said. “The Christmas spirit has a special place in people’s hearts.” Even though SBT had to scale the cast down from 150 to half, the production is still vibrant, full, and festive, McCuen assured. “The company is ready to entertain with performers ranging in age from 3 to 63, supplemented with visiting performing artists.” Zack Frongillo is one such guest artist. Originally from Colorado, Frongillo began doing ballet when he was 16 and eventually went on to receive a B.F.A. in dance performance choreography from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He worked performing with the Vegas Golden Knights (of the NHL) and that is what eventually led him here to Savannah. Frongillo now works with the Savannah
Bananas, but also lends his time performing with Savannah Ballet Theatre. He will be one of the featured dances in “The Nutcracker.” “I’m actually several characters,” he said with a laugh. “In particular, I play the Russian Variation and the Rat King. Even though it’s hard to always see the audience because of the bright lights, you can often feel their reaction and hope they’re enjoying my efforts and the overall performance.” As a guest artist, he can see the camaraderie within the company firsthand. “It’s a healthy, supportive situation… everyone is quite prideful of what we’re doing.” “This dream world is magical and special,” Frangillo agreed. “The story of ‘The Nutcracker’ has stood the test of time because of its magic and the message of hope and love.” Most productions of “The
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Nutcracker” often pay homage to the town where it is running at the time. This is no exception to SBT’s upcoming effort. “Our show relates to Savannah through a representation of Broughton Street on stage,” Frangillo said. “There’s also a scene at a Bananas game, at Leopold’s, and we’re working in local references while staying true to the traditions of the story with Clara, her dream, the Rat King, and everything that transpires.” In addition to the traditional show, SBT is offering a free matinee performance at 1 p.m. that will be a special low-sensory show for those who may have sensory sensitivities. McCuen explained, “During this performance, patrons can view the second act of The Nutcracker in a relaxed setting. The house lights will be on throughout the show, the music volume will be lowered, and patrons will be able to move about the theatre without disturbing others.” She added, “The Savannah Ballet is the first arts organization in Savannah to offer this incredible programming for this deserving but underserved community.” This production is made possible by the City of Savannah’s ACE Grant. “The City of Savannah has supported Savannah Ballet Theatre programming for many years,” said McCuen. “In addition to these special performances, the grant allowed SBT dancers to provide after-school dance classes at SCCPSS Title 1 schools. This grant has been a game-changer for our organization and we are eternally grateful to Mayor Johnson and the city commissioners.” McCuen is personally excited about the new low-sensory performance. “It was my baby [idea] that I came up with a few years ago. I wanted to have an experience for kids with Autism Sensory Disorder, as well as people who have sensory sensitivities. We just want folks to have
a wonderful experience that brings them holiday joy in a safe environment.” McCuen encourages folks to plan ahead (the Civic Center has a mask mandate), bring a group of loved ones, and disappear into the journey. “This is the time of year for friends and family…to be together and to celebrate,” she said. “We’ve had a rough two years, so we all deserve to come out and suspend reality for a couple of hours.” Frongillo agreed and said as a performer he is grateful for the opportunity to share and see the results of what he’s worked toward. “Performances like this are something you dream about,” he said. “It’s gratifying to bring joy and happiness to the people in the audience—young and old. The connectivity between the performers and the audience is what the Spirit of Christmas is all about – joy, positive energy, and an all-around good feel.” Tickets for the Tybee Post Theatre performances on Dec. 15 and 16 are $25 and will be sold at Tybee Post Theater Box Office. Tickets for the Johnny Mercer Theatre performances on Dec. 18 are $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The low-sensory performance at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 is free and open to the public, thanks to the City of Savannah’s ACE grant. SBT is Savannah and southeast Georgia’s only professional dance company. Their mission is to develop and showcase the talent of dedicated Savannah dancers alongside top professional dancers who train in the studio and engage in educational outreach and promotion of the art of dance within the community. For more information about The Nutcracker or the Savannah Ballet Theatre & School of Dance, please visit savannahballettheatre.org.
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WHERE TO GRAB BRUNCH IN SAVANNAH
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Located on River Street, Huey’s is a Southern Cafe serving both New Orleans style classics and Lowcountry favorites. Some of their brunch specialties include a Seafood Omelette filled with wild caught shrimp, lump crab, scallops, and thermidor sauce. And the best part? Their brunch specials are served all day, every day starting at 8 a.m. 115 E. River St. hueysontheriver.net
Two words: bottomless mimosas. Churchill’s serves up British cuisine with unique ingredients from Costal Ga. Join them for one of their unique menu items like the roasted vegetable quiche. 13W. Bay St. thebritishpub.com
WORLD OF BEER
Join the World of Beer on the weekends for bottomless mimosas, beermosas, or Bloody Marys. Don’t forget to pair it with a chicken and waffle sandwich or one of their breakfast flatbreads. 112 W Broughton St. worldofbeer.com
THE SENTIENT BEAN
Serving a special brunch menu with seasonal ingredients fresh from Forsyth Farmers’ Market, join the Sentient Bean every Sun. from 9 - noon for brunch. Some local favorites include a brunch bowl and vegan pancakes. 13 E. Park Ave. sentientbean.com
THE FUNKY BRUNCH CAFÉ
Colorful brunch spot featuring a cook-yourown pancakes option on griddles built into the tables. 304 E Broughton St. thefunkybrunchcafe.com
Stop by Henry’s for one of Savannah’s classic breakfasts downtown. 28 Drayton St. henrys. restaurantwebexpert.com
Chill out on the rooftop and take in the city views at Top Deck, located above the Cotton Sail Hotel on River St. Offering craft cocktails, charcuterie boards, small plates, and more, Check out their famous “Mimosa Tower.” 125 W. River St. topdeckbar.com
Famous for their Johnny Cake Benedict. 12hr-pork, poached eggs, and collard greens béarnaise. 102 E. Victory Dr. ardsleystation.com
Guys, trying to get your lady to watch more sports? Ladies, need a way to get your man out to brunch on Sundays? Bar•Food has both. Join them for brunch on Sundays at 11 a.m. for biscuit and gravy casserole or loaded avocado toast. 4523 Habersham St. savannahbarfood.com
22 SQUARE RESTAURANT
Gather with your friends and family to share a farmto-table Southern inspired brunch at 22 Square Restaurant, located inside the Andaz. Build your own omelet or try their shrimp n’ grits paired with a Bloody Mary or Citrus Mimosa. 14 Barnard St.
Known around town as a place where locals go, McDonough’s extensive menu ensures that everyone is able to find something to eat, even the pickiest of eaters. Kitchen is open at 10 a.m. seven days a week. 21 E. McDonough St. mcdonoughslounge.com
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THE PIRATES HOUSE
If you enjoy brunch with a side of history, their brunch offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a range of Southern style dishes and dessert. Full menu is available as well. 20 E. Broad St. thepirateshouse.com
A BBQ favorite of locals, Barnes serves up a variety of different Southern BBQ specials seven days a week. Try their fried or rotisserie chicken with one of their home-made Southern sides. 5320 Waters Ave. barnesrestaurant.com
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Chorizo Quesadilla - a flour tortilla stuffed and grilled with crumbled chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, sautéed bell peppers, onions, and ancho chili sauce. Topped with housemade corn salsa. 5710 Ogeechee Rd, Suite 450 eggsupgrill.olo.com
LILI’S RESTAURANT & BAR
Relax and enjoy brunch on Wilmington Island with bottomless mimosas! Try the Spicy Tataki Bloody Mary, made with Savannah Bloody Mary Mix and pepper-infused Vodka, garnished with pickled vegetables and seared
Tuna. Brunch specialties: crab cakes benedict and breakfast burritos. Brunch is 11:00-3:00, Sundays 326 Johnny Mercer Boulevard, Wilmington Island
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The menu features items like creamy gouda grits with shrimp and chorizo topped with a Lowcountry Sauce, or buttermilk cheddar biscuits smothered in Hunter Cattle sausage gravy. Try Bottomless bubbles, peach, strawberry and raspberry bellini, Savannah Coffee Roasters Espresso Martini, Oak’s pickled bloody mary. oakthirtysix.com
ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFÉ
Lobster Benedict – a toasted “everything” bagel topped with sauteed asparagus, poached eggs and sauteed lobster in a creamy bisque-style sauce. Served with grits or fresh country potatoes. 201 C Tanger Outlet Blvd, anotherbrokenegg.com
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CLOSING FOR THE SEASON?
Temporary restaurant closings in the area
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THE DECK BEACH BAR AND KITCHEN ON TYBEE ISLAND
The Deck, sister restaurant to Downtown’s The Collins Quarter and The Fitzroy has been forced to close for a bit due to an ongoing construction project at the swimming pool adjacent to the restaurant. Owner Anthony Debreceny told us what appears to be a seasonal shut down is a matter of happenstance. “The first couple of years we had hurricanes.” he said “And we didn’t re-open after them. Last year it was COVID.” “I’d like to keep it open but with staffing the way that it is, even without the pool would be next to impossible.” Tybee Island’s only beachfront restaurant will be back in the Spring.
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An equal opportunity institution.
Savannah has never really much into the ‘seasonal closings’ thing. Sure, maybe some spots out on Tybee Island have dramatically cut back their hours once the temperature dips, but typically you can always find spot to eat. Even if it was only on the weekends. Times, as we know all too well, are different right now. The struggle for staffing continues across the board. Add to that a slower winter season and some untimely construction projects and you have a few area restaurants shutting their doors for a little bit. Because people like to make their own conclusions when they read something that is crystal clear to the rest of us, we want to make this as clear as possible. The temporary closings we are sharing with
you here are just that – temporary. All three spots are scheduled to return in 2022. We are merely sharing the news because in 2 of the 3 cases, it has never happened before.
EAT IT & LIKE IT (CONT.) CURRENT KITCHEN AND COCKTAILS ON WILMINGTON ISLAND
We fielded a few emails from panicked islanders because a rumor had spread two weeks ago that Current’s “last day” was coming. That turned out to be true, technically. The next day, Current announced via social media that the closure was for the season. They look to return in the Spring as well.
Troupial is a Venezuelan street food and coffee shop on Whitaker Street near Victory Drive. It is probably one of the great stories of the year on our food scene. On weekends, it’s a packed house in a very tiny space. That was part of the issue. Majo Rodriguez, the owner and creator of the concept, told us early in 2021 that their plan was to eventually move into a restored house on 43rd street across Whitaker street from the current location. A huge Circa 1915 home that will be the permanent home of Troupial. Their time in “The Garage” adjacent the Victory North event venue on Whitaker has come to an end. The new space isn’t ready yet. So, we wait. I reached out to Majo last week to get a feel for the timetable and she was noncommital. Which is absolutely understandable. “I’d love to give you more answers, but I am waiting for answers from the architects.” she said. She does, however, believe it will be ‘weeks.’ Not longer. In the interim, you can find some of their baked goodies at the Forsyth Park Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
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We’ve got 1.5 ounces of vodka and an orange blossom mix. We’re going to pour .5 ounces of fresh lemon juice. A little absinthe spritz and then an inhouse tarragon syrup. We also add a mandarin syrup. Fill it up with ice and shake. We garnish the drink with a tarragon sprig and a large ice cube. You’re good to go!. Also on the menu:
MEET THE MIXOLOGIST: MADISON JARVIS
I have been working at The Thompson Hotel since they opened in July. Before coming here, I was a bartender at The Drayton Hotel. My favorite part about bartending is how it’s different every day. I have met so many awesome people. You know, people are traveling all of the time. People are coming in and out. I would say the people.
BOURBON, COCONUT, BLUEBERRY, HONEY, ALLSPICE, LEMON
Looking to have another drink at The Thompson Hotel with a view? Visit their rooftop bar, Bar Julian. Compiled by Jamie Burton
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Your choice of 2 necklaces. A petite sterling twist wire set with garnet. Or choose a sterling pendant trimmed in bronze and set with aquamarine. Each one is made here in house. Visit the Atelier Galerie for Savannah’s best, most affordable selection of jewelry.. Atelier Galerie 150 Abercorn St. (912) 233-3140 agsavannah.com
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Up your gift game! Locally crafted, using official US Patents, famous historical drawings, maps of just about anywhere, and pop-culture icons, these great designs are carefully laser-burned into painted pinewood and ready to hang on the wall! You just won Christmas. Get Gifty With It 502 E River St. (912) 228-6553 getgiftywithit.com
A graphic tee with a cozy flannel never goes out of style. Pair this with either mom jeans or leather leggings on the bottom for an effortless, casual look. When you’re wearing a turtleneck, don’t always shy away from a necklace. A thick, statement necklace like this can bring a cool, surprising, western vibe to your classic knits. Yellow sweater, one-of-a-kind snake necklace, flannel shirt, and graphic tee available at Midge Clothing & Goods (402 W Broughton St.).
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Layering is key when it’s chilly out in Savannah. Lucky for us, sweater vests are everywhere right now. Throw a sweater vest on over a turtle neck, over a classic, white button down, or even over a long-sleeve graphic tee. Sweater vest, orange turtle neck, black pants, vintage necklace, and purse available at Midge Clothing & Goods (402 W Broughton St.).
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ART PATROL ‘NOEL W ANDERSON: HEAVY IS THE CROWN’ EXHIBITION
‘Noel W Anderson: Heavy is the Crown’ considers Black experience and its legacies between the temporal brackets of two “kings”–1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. presented his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and 1992, the brutal beating of Rodney King and his subsequent plea “Can we all just get along…?” The printed works, tapestries, and paperworks on view in the exhibition utilize found imagery from various media and archives that are reprocessed by Anderson through assorted means of distortion and manipulation to collectively expose the haunting relationship of black masculine (mis)representation to structures of power. telfair.org Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
“PONY BOY” ARTWORK BY BRAD SISKIN
Siskin’s exhibition “Pony Boy”— named after the 1983 Teen Drama “The Outsiders”—is currently on display at Stonelords Boutique at 415 Whitaker Street. The exhibition is made up of 19 crayon and marker drawings and five highly-rendered paintings, all stemming from the influence of the artists’ childhood. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 4.
BENJAMIN JONES: DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE, 1994-2021
(on view Oct. 1 - Dec. 22) Laney Contemporary is pleased to present the work of artist Benjamin Jones, whose practice has been established in Atlanta and revered internationally. Drawings and Sculpture 1994 2021 represents a survey of his celebrated work and his experience of isolation during the pandemic. This very personal selection of drawings and sculpture
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reveals the continuities of a creative life, and the connections between past iconography and renewed energy. free admission (912) 438-4442. sarahc@ laneycontemporary.com. laneycontemporary.com/exhibitions/upcoming-benjamin-jones-bb2ka. Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.
KOBO GALLERY 360
Kobo Gallery artists Morgan Adler, Angela Burson, Antoine de Villiers, Joy Dunigan, Marta McWhorter, David Kaminsky and Daniel E. Smith rotate the gallery, prompting a display of new work arrivals and a fresh take on existing works. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. kobogallery. com. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street
STAGES BY DANIEL E. SMITH
Stages by artist Daniel E. Smith is an exhibition of architectural abstracts and abstract paintings inspired by previous works accepted into Telfair Museum’s permanent collection. Through the use of color, shape, and light, the exhibition features work that reflects on the human existence and our role in the global, political, environmental, and social crises spanning the past forty years. Stages by Daniel E. Smith. On view at Kobo Gallery. Sept. 17 - Dec. 31. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. kobogallery.com Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street
BEFORE MIDNIGHT: BONAVENTURE AND THE BIRD GIRL
Telfair Museums presents Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic sculpture Bird Girl within the context of the history and art of Bonaventure Cemetery. Made famous by Jack Leigh‘s photograph for the cover of John Berendt’s bestselling novel of Savannah, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Judson’s sculpture was removed from the cemetery to Telfair Museums where it has been enjoyed by visitors for decades... more on telfair.org $5-20 telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
‘SONYA CLARK: FINDING FREEDOM’ EXHIBITION
‘Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom’ consists of a large-scale canopy quilted together from cyanotype reactive fabric squares that were made with the help of workshop participants over the course of Clark’s various residencies. 10 a.m.-noon. 912-790-8800. firstname.lastname@example.org. telfair.org/ exhibitions/sonya-clark-finding-freedom/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
SQUARES AND LIVE OAKS
DECEMBER ARTIST @ GALLERY ESPRESSO IS CORA MORRIS Squares & Live Oaks is a photo/encaustic mixed media exhibit that brings together Savannah’s historical past and the resilience of her live oaks. It’s amazing how General Oglethorpe’s vision has stood the test of time along with the cities live oaks so deeply rooted in the past and present. The exhibit runs through December 31st. There will be an opening receiption held on 12/10/21 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. coraennismorris.com Free 6-8 p.m.. 912-233-5348. galleryespresso.com.
THE HOLIDAY ARTIST COLLECTIVE AT PHOTOPOINT GALLERY
You are cordially invited to view the work of 11 of the areas most talented, local artists in an upscale, holiday art market atmosphere. Browse one-of-akind collectibles, original paintings, genuine photographs, fine art prints and gifts — it is the perfect place to shop for that special someone who has everything. We are thrilled to welcome Kip Bradley, Jim Cone, Paul Downs, Joy Dunigan, Tate Ellington, Brian Gilbert, Patricia Harper Mathews, Peter E. Roberts, Stella Ranae Von Schmid, Jack Wilson and Heather Young. PhotoPoint Gallery (Located inside Elmgren’s Garden Center) 30 Cherokee St. Richmond Hill
‘FROM DUST TO GOLD’ BY DAVID GUMBS
This exhibition represents the first U.S. solo exhibition by Caribbean artist David Gumbs, featuring immersive, interactive digital installations and drawings. Gumbs is a multi-disciplinary artist from the island of Saint Martin, currently based in Martinique. Inspired by Caribbean flora, fauna, history, and mythology, Gumbs’ work often is concerned with “the offscreen of perception, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible.” More on telfair. org 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. telfair.org/exhibitions/david-gumbs-from-dust-to-gold/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
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Explore the sweet culinary habits of Savannahians in this fun exhibition dedicated to the consumption of sugar in the port city. Using furnishings and portraits from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection, this unique display gives visitors a glimpse into humans’ connection to sugar and its complicated history. Porcelain and silver were shipped from Europe and beyond into the Port of Savannah, providing the elite of this city with purchasing options far surpassing those of any inland towns of the 19th century. 10 a.m.-noon. 912-790-8800. email@example.com. telfair.org/exhibitions/ sugar/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
BUY ART! BUY LOCAL! By Beth Logan ART COLUMNIST
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I write this bi-weekly art column because I’m passionate about art and supporting local artists.
This holiday season I want you to be passionate too! I’ve compiled a list of local galleries and encourage you to plan a fun afternoon (or two) making the rounds. Instead of searching on Amazon or clicking on a pop-up ad in your Instagram feed, please consider purchasing a piece of jewelry, a ceramic mug or sculpture, or a painting from a local artist this December…As numerous social media memes attest, there are no global supply chain issues when you buy local art! Not only will a Savannah connection give greater meaning to your art, but having a robust arts scene is good for the well-being of our city as a whole. My alphabetically ordered list is far from exhaustive, and I apologize in advance to galleries I have omitted. Neither does it make mention of the many businesses such as LA TERRA NATURAL OILS and the GALLERY ESPRESSO coffee shop, which promote local artwork all year long: thank you. CEDAR HOUSE GALLERY, 122 E. 36th Street, cedarhousegallerysav.com Downstairs public galleries and upstairs private art studios are housed inside the gorgeous childhood home of local realtor Celia Dunn. Check out their Instagram for news of regularly occurring shows and enjoy wandering through the beautifully restored mansion. CITY MARKET, between Ellis/ranklin Squares, savannahcitymarket.com City Market’s upstairs Art Center is home to over two dozen artists who deserve local support! Some of my favorites include the sweet grass basket maker Jery Taylor, and painters David Laughlin, Brian MacGregor, and Luba Lowry. Most locals are familiar with the street-level Signature Gallery co-op., still going strong as it approaches its 30th year, and the fun, eclectic A.T. Hun Gallery where you can pick up a highly collectible ‘Pete the Cat’ painting by Savannah-based artist James Dean. DAEDALUS GALLERY, 408 Bull, daedalusgallery.com This little jewel of a gallery is home to work by husband and wife painters Jacqueline Carcagno and William Weyman (1940-2015). A native of Provence, Carcagno studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and creates impressionistic work richly shaped by Zen painting. Weyman, deeply influenced by Cezanne, was the co-founder of the Marchutz School in Aix, and has left a legacy of beautiful and richly colored abstract and impressionistic paintings. GALLERY 209, 209 E. River Street, gallery209savannah.com Situated in an 1820’s cotton warehouse, Gallery 209 has been operating for
Images: (This page, top to bottom) 6x6 Acrylic Painting by Stacie Jean Albano, Amethyst Cabochon Ring in Gold & Silver by Nancy Boyd, 8x10 Oil Wash Painting by Heather L. Young. Opposite: Sea Grass Bowl in Sweet Gum by Dicky Stone
ROOTS UP GALLERY, 230 West Bay, rootsupgallery.com Newly relocated to a beautiful downstairs space inside CorkHouse, Leslie Lovell continues to curate an exceptional collection of outsider Southern Folk Art, and “soulful” work from trained artists in a variety of mediums. SAVANNAH GALLERY OF ART, 304 East Bryan, savannahgalleryofart.com The subject of my last column, this newly opened space houses a rich variety of paintings, woodwork, jewelry, and photography. This month’s Spotlight artist is William Kwamena-Poh. SULFUR STUDIOS, 2301 Bull, sulfurstudios.org Consistently upping their game, Sulfur Studios consistently highlights and supports exciting emerging local artists through their main gallery, Sulfur Shop, 26 private artist studios, Drive Thru Art Box @ Green Truck Pub, and their ON::View Artist Residency. A project of nonprofit ARTS Southeast, their mission is to make Savannah a destination for art and culture in the Southeast. Currently the Gallery is featuring “White Elephant VII,” the 7th Annual Supporter Holiday Exhibition of affordable art created by its supporters. Everything is priced at $200 and under! TATIANA VON TAUBER GALLERY, 509 Barnard, vontauber.com Von Tauber, art educator and co-host of WRUU’s talk show “Women on Top,” recently took a leap of faith by opening this namesake gallery to display her own erotic and sexually charged art. Perhaps her sensual paintings will make a perfect holiday gift for the love interest in your life? Stop by to find out. TIFFANI TAYLOR GALLERY, 11 Whitaker Street, tiffanitaylor.com One of the most prolific and commercially oriented artists in the city, this SCAD graduate’s sun-filled gallery houses a vast collection of original paintings, giclee and “lifestyle collection” items such as scarves, phone cases, baby wear and ceramics. Definite gift potential if you like her feminine, spiritual, and joyful style often inspired by her stays in France and Italy. Of course, countless artists of all stripes are represented by the LANDINGS ART ASSOCIATION and by the venerable, hundred-yearold SAVANNAH ART ASSOCIATION which now has three spaces in which to highlight members’ work: the gallery at the Savannah Hilton-Head International Airport, Pace Lighting & Home Store off Chatham Parkway and Alexander’s Bistro, a new coffee shop opening this weekend at 1201 Bull. Finally, let me give a shout-out to the IRRITABLE PELICAN ARTISAN GALLERY on Tybee Island; MERCHANTS ON BEE (by Grayson Stadium) which has become an affordable gallery space for many local artists; and MARSH & CO on Wilmington Island, a fabulous boutique for makers, artists, and vendors. Again, my apologies to galleries I have omitted. Feel free to reach out to me at BethLogan1733@gmail or on Instagram @bethelogan
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almost 50 years (!) with two floors packed with original art. Some of my favorite artists include ceramicist Derek L. Larson and jeweler Kristen Baird. GEORGE DAVIS FINE ART & ANTIQUES GALLERY, 408 Bull, georgedavisantiques.com Primarily a design services and antiques store (located next to the Daedalus Gallery), this crowded little space offers a surprisingly impressive collection of contemporary paintings which includes SCAD professor Jeff Markowsky’s masterful plein airs. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY, 700 Drayton, kesslercollection.com Director Carmen Aguirre has done an outstanding job of incorporating local art into what otherwise might have been a very tourist-oriented, generic gallery. Located inside the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Aguirre regularly displays work by such super-talented locals as Stacie Jean Albano, Heather L. Young and Julia Christian. KOBO GALLERY, 33 Barnard, kobogallery.com I just love this little space! The artists are diligent about replenishing and rearranging their work so there is always something fresh and new to see and buy. Long time members include painter Daniel E. Smith, wood sculptor Dicky Stone, fibers artist Doris Grieder, jeweler Nancy Boyd, and photographer David Kaminsky. LANEY CONTEMPORARY, 1810 Mills B. Lane Boulevard, laneycontemporary.com Definitely the sexiest gallery on the list, I adore everything about this amazing space housed inside a brutalist concreate bunker of a building that more people need to discover for themselves! Owner Susan Laney showcases contemporary emerging artists, while representing such Savannah luminaries as Betsy Cain, Marcus Kenney, and Katherine Sandoz, and has the rights to sell images by our city’s photography icon Jack Leigh. Don’t miss supporting regional artists and makers at Laney Contemporary’s annual Holiday Shop on Friday, December 10 from 6 – 9 p.m., continuing through December 22. LOCATION GALLERY, 251 Bull, locationgallery.net Energizer-bunny curator Peter Roberts constantly promotes and hangs exciting group shows featuring a plethora of local artists, many of whom would not otherwise be represented in a gallery. All shows benefit a Savannah non-profit. Currently, the giant and self-explanatory “$300 & Under”(benefiting WRUU Community Radio) offers a no-excuses opportunity to pick up a special gift for yourself or a loved one at an affordable price tag. REYNOLDS SQUARE GALLERY OF FINE ART, 31 Abercorn, reynoldssquarefineart.com Offering a quiet oasis from the bustle of downtown, this beautifully appointed gallery represents some of Savannah’s most collectible artists including acclaimed sculptor Susie Chisholm, photographer Mark Uzmann, and painters Joe Saffold, Betsy Cain, June Stratton, and Sharon McIntosh.
Comedian Sharon Simon uses humor to heal
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By Angie Miller
A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades with clean comedy, New York City standup comedian Sharon Simon got her start in the comedic world as a young girl when she auditioned and made it on to a skit on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s. “I absolutely loved it,” Simon said. “I was the kind of kid who would go through my parents’ laundry bag and put on different outfits and pretend to be different characters. So, my mom started taking me to auditions and that’s how I ended up on ‘Saturday Night Live.’” After graduating college Simon says she actually moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a serious actress but wasn’t ever paid to be anything other than funny. “When 9/11 happened and we all watched the towers crash down, I kinda realized what my life was meant for and that was when I started doing stand-up.” Shortly after, Simon performed her first gig at a club and added that it was an absolute disaster. “I went home and I cried,” she said. “And my mom said to me ‘you can’t just try something once you have to try it again. If you hate it a few times then you know it’s not for you. So, I continued on and went up and tried a second time with some revisions to my act.” Simon says it was then that she realized that talking off the cuff was her strongest skill. “The first time when I went up I did a lot of material that I had written. The second time I didn’t, I just talked off the cuff and I realized that that was what I was good at.” With her newly found style, Simon added that she continued to perform for years before
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SAVANNAHCATHEDRAL.ORG/2021-2022-CONCERT-SERIES her anxiety and mental health got the best of her. “My anxiety and mental health held me back tremendously over the years and at one point I had to take a major break from everything to focus on fixing it,” she said. “I spent a few years getting better mentally and once I did that, I came back ‘guns blazing’ and hit the ground running. I had a new mentality and a new outlook.” With a mission to always find the bright side of life, Simon says she enjoys helping people mentally escape and no two acts of
hers are ever alike. “I love getting people out of their heads,” Simon said. “Laughing makes you feel healthier and when it’s at its best, I’m able to make people laugh at the things that make them sad or angry and there’s nothing better in the world than that. Sometimes something will happen to me during the day and it’ll make me angry, and if I can turn that into a joke I’m so glad it happened. But, I’m constantly working off the room that I’m in and I switch my material all the time.”
Although Simon is bringing her act to the Comedy Revue for the first time, this isn’t the first time she’s visited the Hostess City. “My honeymoon was actually in Savannah!” Simon said. “I’m so excited to be able to share my humor and return to such a beautiful city that’s special to me!” Sharon Simon’s performance will take place at the Savannah Comedy Revue on Sat., Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit savannahcomedyrevue.com
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When the great COVID-19 lockdown slammed the brakes on the entire live music industry, like every other touring act, Chicago and its members were forced to head back to their individual homes and wait out the pandemic storm. For founding member Robert Lamm, this meant beelining to Southern California with Joy Kopko, his wife of 30 years, where the couple sequestered for months. It was both a shock to the system and a welcome respite for Lamm, who has been recording and touring with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group ever since he launched it back in 1967 along with Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider and Danny Seraphine. For the self-described loner, this metaphysical pause button allowed him to delve deeper into his creative side. “For me, I knew it was going to be a long time—I just didn’t know how long,” Lamm recalled. “Lately in my life, I haven’t really had time to plan anything, so I just sat down in my little studio at the piano and started playing. I started pulling out ideas that I had stockpiled over the years and exploring that music. I began thinking about how I always wanted to write with this guy or that guy. I just started calling old friends and, in some cases, new friends. I began collaborating using file sharing. That kind of really became my everyday thing. It was so much fun and such an old process of sitting down and finding out what is there—what is it that I have to say? Lyrically, especially, I found out I was getting deeper and deeper in terms of things I wanted to say and do things I wanted to express, but I just hadn’t had time to explore that before. It was really a wonderful thing for me.” One of the collaborations Lamm struck was with Jim Peterik, a founding member of fellow horn-driven band The Ides of March and later of Survivor. Despite only having met Peterik at a show a couple of years ago, Lamm quickly bonded with his new writing partner. (“His work method and my work method really blended together.”) Before long, the Lamm/Peterik partnership caught the ear of BMG producer Joe Thomas (Brian Wilson/Dave Matthews Band), who insisted Lamm’s new songs could be the basis for a new label deal for the band, a notion that surprised the septuagenerian musician. “[Joe] asked me if I thought Chicago might want to record some of these songs and I said I could only ask as it wasn’t really my plan,” Lamm said. “It turned out to be the plan. We’re about halfway through a really interesting album with Joe Thomas as producer and BMG as our releasing label. I guess it’ll drop right after the first of the year. We thought we were done and that there wasn’t any record company interested in late-career Chicago. But they were very interested after they heard the songs.” As an act known for its relentless road schedule, not having missed one year of touring since the beginning, Lamm said the band had work to do to get back up to speed before tackling the 80
or so shows on the books through the end of 2021. There was also the challenge of incorporating newer material in with Chicago classics. “We just kind of talked briefly and we’re going to start with where we left off,” Lamm said. “There are probably a few little adjustments we intended to make anyway in terms of the song lineup, who sings what and where they’re going to stand when they sing it. [Playing new songs] is always a tricky thing. We’re a legacy band, so we have to really take care of our fans when we do this. I know when I go to a show, I want to hear the songs that I’m familiar with of the artist whose concert I’m attending. I don’t particularly want to hear a lot of stuff I’m not familiar with.” One of the biggest changes in the band is Parazaider’s absence due to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis he received in April of this year. Parazaider’s health issues had prevented him from touring with the group for the past several years. Lamm found out about the Alzheimer’s diagnosis shortly after it was announced. “Walt’s wife texted us and I had an exchange with him,” Lamm said. “It was not too long after it was discovered and he was already under treatment and therapy. We’re hoping for the best. We’re sort of at the age when we’re really noticing that certain people are not around anymore. It’s the passage of time and life.” In terms of Chicago’s longevity via a career that found the band selling more than 100 million records worldwide while amassing 47 gold and platinum records and 70 charting songs, Lamm feels some of it can be traced to a delicate balance of pleasing both the players and the fans. “The context of having a long career and a large repertoire is actually a constant discussion of ‘What can we get away with leaving out where we can bring something in that’s really fun to play?” he said. “The year before last was where we went and did a full, top-to-bottom version of ‘Chicago II’ live. We’re skilled enough to do that and interested enough in asking ourselves, ‘What the hell were we doing with the second album?’ ‘Why were we writing like that and why did people like it?’ ‘But I guess they did, so let’s do it again.’” This latest juncture in Lamm’s career extends beyond his work with Chicago. During his downtime, the Brooklyn native did songwriting woodshedding by doing deep dives into the catalogs of composers ranging from Neil Young and Burt Bacharach to exploring a myriad of soundtracks from Hollywood’s Golden Age. These efforts have yielded fruit in the shape of a potential solo effort on BMG that may get released next year. “As I was inundating Joe Thomas with these songs, he said after this (Chicago) album comes out he’d produce my solo album for BMG,” Lamm said. “I asked him if he was sure that BMG would want it and he said, ‘Believe me, they’re going to want it.’” Chicago plays the Johnny Mercer Theatre at the Savannah Civic Center Wed., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Visit savannahcivic.com for tickets and more information
Savannah Sweet Tease and Bay Street Cabaret join forces for Bawdy Broadway By Kareem McMichael Enjoy both the Savannah Sweet Tease and Bay Street Cabaret? Get ready because they are teaming up for a collaboration show featuring local burlesque performers and cabaret singers in a unique show called Bawdy Broadway. The show will open Thurs., Dec. 9 with a cocktail hour at 8 p.m. featuring specialty themed drinks and the show at 9 p.m. at Club One. In Bawdy Broadway live singers will be performing the best of Broadway while live dancers perform sultry striptease acts in this sexy new show featuring music from Chicago, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Rent, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers, and many more. Bay Street Cabaret Producer, Rick Garman said “Broadway musicals were born out of the tradition of vaudeville and burlesque, so this collaboration between the Bay Street Cabaret’s Broadway series and The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue is a match made in history.” Sweet Tease performers include Rita D’LaVane, Cassie Caddel, Mighta Chondra, Magnolia Minxxx, Ella Mentary Amara Fiyera, and Jane Holiday who will be flaunting their stuff while Bay Street Cabaret members Cecilia Tran Arango, Daniel J. Hilton, Taylor Mercier, Gwen Leahy, Hannah Dodson, JoJo Ward, and Treyla Trash belt out the best of Broadway. The evening will be hosted by Marty Milquetoast. Both groups are enjoying collaborating on what they consider a unique show. Rita D’LaVane, Savannah Sweet Tease Troup Leader, said “We’re excited to combine the talents of both the Sweet Tease and the Bay Street Cabaret creating an all-around entertainment experience unlike any other event that has ever been put on in Savannah”. The show will feature more than a dozen numbers, door prizes, and more than a few surprises.
Gwen Leah, Dani Vazquez, and Hannah Dodson perform “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from Company
Tickets start at $20 with VIP table seats at $30, which include a swag bag. The show will be held at Club One (1 Jefferson St., corner of Bay St., Downtown Savannah) in the second floor Cabaret Showroom and guests must be 21+. To purchase tickets, visit: clubone-online.com/ bawdybroadway
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THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL WED. DEC 8 | 3 & 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater
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DDMBC has fun with burlesque, adding more comedy and audience participation than usual. It’s neo, but rests on a solid foundation of flirtatious striptease from a talented troupe of entertainers who respectfully expand the art form. THU, DEC. 9, 11 PM | FRI & SAT, DEC 10 & 11, 9:30 & 11 PM
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SOUNDBOARD WHO IS PLAYING WHERE THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 12/ 8 LIVE MUSIC
Cohen’s Retreat Midtown Pickers, 6 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. McDonough’s Blues with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. Plant Riverside District Michigan Rattlers, Live in Concert, 8 p.m.
PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Savannah Comedy Underground, 9 p.m.
Club 51 Degrees DJ Fer, DJ Emalo, DJ Lil G, DJ BRad, 9 p.m.
Two Tides Brewing Company Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, second Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.
El-Rocko Lounge Trivia with Jules and Chris Grimmett, 9-11:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Jess Shaw, 6:30 p.m. The Wormhole Bingo, 10 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
THURSDAY 12/ 9 LIVE MUSIC
Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar TJ Eubanks
TRIVIA & GAMES Bar Food Trivia Night, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Family Feud, 7 p.m.
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TRIVIA & GAMES
Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. The Hive Repertory Theatre LLC Adult Night Out - Karaoke!, 8 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Jazz’d Tapas Bar Whiskey & Wine Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth, 6 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 8 p.m.
Totally Awesome Bar Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m.
Club 51 Degrees DJ B-Rad, 9 p.m. Top Deck Sunset Deck Party, 6 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Service Brewing Company Service Brewing Run Club, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY 12/10 LIVE MUSIC
Congress Street Social Club Miss Paradise 10pm
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
SATURDAY 12/11 LIVE MUSIC
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Lundy Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Basik Lee 10pm
TRIVIA & GAMES
Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.
Bar Food Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Club One Comedy Revue, second Saturday of every month, 8 p.m.
BASIK LEE @ CONGRESS STREET SOCIAL CLUB | 10PM
He’s an emcee, DJ, poet and singer/songwriter that raps, plays classical guitar, beatboxes and dances. For the last 17 years, he’s been dominating the city’s hip-hop and general music scene. For a large part of those years, he was a core member of the Savannah hip-hop group and record label Dope Sandwich Productions, along with Kedrick Mack — Dope KNife, Max Lipson — Miggs Son Daddy, and others.
SUNDAY 12/12 LIVE MUSIC
Collins Quarter at Forsyth Ember City, 2 p.m. Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden Plant Riverside Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Featuring the Howard Paul Jazz Trio, 11 a.m.3 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Moon River Brewing Co. Trivia, 6 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Club 51 Degrees Dance Party
Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.
Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic/Jam, 6-10 & 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Starland Yard Music Bingo, 7-9 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS Fia Rua Irish Pub Family Movie Night, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY 12/14 LIVE MUSIC
McDonough’s Open Mic/Jam, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m.
Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia Tuesday, 7 p.m. Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen Trivia Tuesday, 9 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Starland Yard Trivia with Chris Grimmett, 6:30 p.m.; Trivia Night With Chris Grimmett, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 9:30 p.m.
Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Stafford’s Public House Stafford’s Tuesday Comedy Open Mic, 8:30-11:45 p.m.
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JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT @ JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE
Before striking out on his own in 2007, Isbell was part of a deadly three-man songwriting conglomerate in Drive-By Truckers during their best years. The four-time Grammy Award winner hasn’t played Savannah since a 2018 show at Trustees’ Garden. Don’t miss this. TUESDAY DEC 14 | 7 PM
Saliva struck nu metal gold — make that double platinum — on their second release, 2001’s Every Six Seconds. Gold was achieved with their follow-up Back Into Your System. Their hard, guitardriven sound complemented by a b-boy vocal delivery and flowing choruses still deliver. The 9th Planet Out and locals Lilakk open. THURSDAY DEC 9 | 8 PM
Jacksonville’s Cassette Crisis (pictured) join Savannah’s Sugar and Spice and Ex-Pat team up for a punk rock hat trick at the ‘hole. Melodic, straight forward and frenetic, you’ll get all kinds of three-chord delight to spaz out to. FRIDAY DEC 10 | 10 PM
WYNTON MARSALIS & JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA @ JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE Big Band Holidays is a Grammy Award-winning holiday extravaganza so spectacular they’re giving two performances. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, the show is an uplifting seasonal event that’s perfect for the whole family. SATURDAY DEC 11 | 3 & 8 PM
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SALIVA @ VICTORY NORTH
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PHOTOS FROM LOCAL EVENTS
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THE SAVANNAH AREA OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL HOLIDAY OYSTER ROAST The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual oyster roast downtown on Thurs. Dec. 2. The event took place in front of the city’s enormous Christmas tree at Broughton and Bull Streets. Guests enjoyed fresh steamed oysters, chicken fingers and barbecue from locally-owned Barnes Restaurants and libations from Johnnie Ganem’s wine and package shop. Along with business networking there were pop-up holiday shops from local vendors and live music from the Bucky and Barry band. Michelle Alvarado, Liz Giddens, Amy Shippy, Mayor Van Johnson, Doris Williams, Rob Poppell
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Doris Williams, Montana Tohm, Sean Murphy
Catherine Crawley, Courtney Ganem, Macey Fordham
Margaret Mary Russell and friends
Alex Treyes and Sarah Lord
Hugh Barnes, Amy Shippy, and Greg Lard
Cyreia Sandlin, Hunter Hall, Bill Hubbard
PHOTOS FROM LOCAL EVENTS
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Tara O’Sullivan, Tim “Santa Claus” Carlson, Bruce Beaird
Ken Burke, Mary Mackson
Dori Sessom, Tara Reese, Abigail Tiplady Daragh Blennerhassett
Jesslyn Harper, Tim Carlson, Alaina Radford
Daragh Blennerhassett, Gerry Hand
Jim Halley, Jerry Hand, Colin Candy, Chris Hagan
Tommy, Dempsey, Finn and Lucas Byrne
The Grand Lake Club at Southbridge kicked off their Celtic Christmas holiday season with a live performance from Dublin, Ireland, band The Byrne Brothers. With a special appearance form Santa Claus, signature cocktails and Guinness for all, the event was a spirited family-fun event. The funds raised will go to the 2022 Savannah Irish Festival fundraising effort, which is set to take place on Sat. Feb. 5.
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SAVANNAH IRISH FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER AT GRAND LAKE CLUB WITH BYRNE BROTHERS BAND
JONESIN’ CROSSWORD “What the H”--is it Cockney? Probably not. by Matt Jones
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ACROSS 1 ___-Magnon (early human) 4 Soda can meas. 7 ‘70s music genre 12 Muscle near a lat 13 Certain Greek consonants 15 “Let’s keep moving!” 17 Student financial assistance that makes you groan? 19 Brazilian Carnival city that’s a World Heritage Site 20 GPS instruction 21 Burden on a German opera composer? 23 Tale with the Trojan Horse 25 “I just thought of somethin’” 26 “Either that wallpaper goes ___ do” (Oscar Wilde’s last words) 27 “Romeo and Juliet” locale 29 Delta follower 31 Relative of a joule 32 “Eighth Grade” star Fisher 35 One of a deadly seven 36 American publishing pioneer who’s not feeling so well? 39 6-point plays, for short 41 Elgort of the upcoming “West Side Story” remake 42 Org. that holds Renaissance Fairs 45 Get ready early? 48 Long-lasting lighters 50 “This Side of Paradise” singer Ocasek 51 Magnus Carlsen’s game 54 Goes bad 55 Someone who seeks out either British singer Murs or a vitamin and supplement
company? 58 Prefix before directional 59 Swiss psychologist who studied object permanence 60 Booboo for an extended amount of time? 62 Flashing effect that may require a warning 63 Monetary unit of Chile 64 “Sister Act” extra 65 “___ Boomer” (1980s TV dog drama) 66 Chihuahua of cartoons 67 “___ up to you” DOWN 1 Processing speed measured in some desktops 2 Mundane 3 Tinting reddish-yellow, as with earth tones 4 Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby 5 “Eternals” director Chloe 6 “I Got You Babe” singer 7 ‘50s music genre 8 Post-wedding relatives 9 Hefty swallow 10 Dessert mentioned in “The Godfather” 11 Words before “our mobile app”, for delivery services 14 IKEA storage box series that sounds destined to jam up? 16 “Beyond the Sea” singer Bobby 18 Tiny buzzer 22 Gives a snotty look 24 “Hamilton” highlight 28 Nothing antithesis 30 Neighbor of Syr. 33 Bond preference?
34 Quarterback Book of the New Orleans Saints 36 NetZero, once 37 Candy from a character? 38 Yale alums 39 Structure of three stones, like some parts of Stonehenge 40 Reveal to a customs inspector 42 Italian ice cream with multiple flavors 43 Really hard snack to eat? 44 Distributes, as tasks 45 Stage accessories 46 “Things Fall Apart” novelist Chinua ___ 47 Ladders’ partners 49 It may have a shallow end 52 Eight-sided message at a four-way intersection 53 Ninja Turtles setting 56 Bela Lugosi’s role in “Son of Frankenstein” (spelled differently from other appearances of this character!) 57 Gain in status 61 365 billion days
An immersive, 2-day leadership experience. FEB. 28 & March1 Trustees’ Garden The Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum is a two-day event that brings together more than 400 leaders representing neighborhoods, non-profits, civic groups, government, businesses and the up and comers. Organized by Morris Multimedia Inc., with the generous support of Georgia Southern University, the Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the first ever forum is taking place on February 28 & March 1 2022 at Trustees’ Garden in Savannah, Georgia. To help our communities succeed in an ever changing and fast paced society, the forum is focused on discovering our collective potential to be greater by committing to new ideas, supporting the growth of our emerging and established leaders, and by being purposeful in building collaboration from all segments of our diverse communities. Working together we can make our communities stronger and better.
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DECORATE THE TREE CONTEST Our tree is looking a little bare! Use your crayons, markers, construction paper, glue, glitter, or craft supplies! Decorate the tree so it’s fit for the Christmas Festival! You may even win a gift card to a local merchant and your photo in Connect Savannah! WHERE TO SEND YOUR ENTRIES You can mail your entry or drop it off at: 611 E. Bay St. ATTN: Decorate the Tree Contest Savannah, GA 31401 CONTEST RULES • All fields on entry form must be completed to be considered valid. • Only one entry per person. • Artwork must be created by name on entry. • No adult’s work will be accepted. • No photocopies accepted. Original work only. • Entries will not be returned. • The judge’s decision is final. • All entries become property of Connect Savannah. • Winners agree to allow publication of their name, and, if necessary, their likeness in Connect Savannah and connectsavannah.com. Acceptance of any prize indicates acceptance of this clause. • Employees of Connect Savannah or Morris Multimedia and their immediate families are not eligible to win. ADDITIONAL COPIES MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT CONNECTSAVANNAH.COM ALL ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE TRUSTEES’ GARDEN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL ON DEC. 18. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED THERE. AGE CATEGORIES • 5 and under • 6-10 years • 11-14 years • 15-18 years ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE ON THURSDAY, DEC 15, 2021 BY 5PM.
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