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WeeK At A GlAnce is Connect Savannah’s listing of various events over the coming week. If you would like an event listed, please email Include specific dates, time, locations with addresses, cost and a contact number. Deadline for inclusion is 5pm Friday, to appear in next Wednesday’s edition.


Wednesday gray’s reef national Marine sanctuary advisory council

wHat: A public meeting of the advisory group for NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, on research projects and the sanctuary’s draft management plan. Public comment begins at 3:30pm. wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 10 a.m. wHere: Skidaway Institute’s Marine & Coastal Science Research and Instruction Center, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-598-2381 .

Deen Family Book signing

wHat: What’s cookin’ with Paula, Jamie and Bobby? Get your Lady and Sons books signed by the people who made butter famous, now living a leaner life. No cameras. On-site photographer will be available. wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. wHere: The Lady & Sons Restaurant, 102 W. Congress St. cost: Free/open to the public. Free tix avail. at 1pm. inFo:

the 200 club - acts of Valor awards ceremony

wHat: Honoring the 2013 Medal of Valor recipients in 20 counties--specially selected first-responders who while in the line of duty performed an exceptional meritorious act that may have may resulted in their death or serious injury. Guest appearance by Nashville country music recording artist Jared Wade. wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. wHere: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. cost: Email for ticket info

Film: the Big picture: re-thinking Dyslexia wHat: A personal, touching and

sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia. Featuring interviews with notable dyslexics, including investment pioneer Charles Schwa and business magnate Richard Branson.

wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. wHere: Savannah Country Day School, Andrews Assembly Room, 824 Stillwood Drive cost: Call for ticket info. inFo: 912-961-8823.

elise testone, a season eleven finalist on American Idol, sings saturday, March 2 at the savannah Boat & outdoor show, at the international trade & convention center.

lectures: Judaism on one Foot

wHat: A three-part discussion series on Judaism and its impacts on contemporary life for all people. Topics: Jewish views of the afterlife, Kosher sex, Intermarriage, How to read the Bible, The State of Israel: Jewish Democracy, and Is Kabalah Jewish? Presented by Rabbi Ruven Barkan. wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Wed. March 06, 7:30 p.m. wHere: Congregation Agudath Achim, 9 Lee Blvd cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-352-4737.

Film: Dr. orloff’s invisible Horror (1970, France)

wHat: Psychotronic Film Society’s 33rd anniversary screening of this bizarre, sleazy gothic film. Dubbed in bad English. wHen: Wed. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. wHere: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. cost: $6 inFo:


Thursday lecture:to Do it all over again: what i’d stet, edit and cut from My career in publishing

wHat: SCAD graduate Feifei Sun dis-

cusses her work at TIME as well as her work at Vanity Fair and CNN. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 5 p.m. wHere: SCAD’s Alexander Hall Auditorium, 668 Indian St., cost: Free and open to the public. inFo:

lecture: citizen office: where work is not Just work

wHat: Margit Geist, a creative director

at Vitra Inc.,discusses trends and tendencies that shape the future of work in urban environments. Presented by SCAD’s School of Building Arts Lecture Series. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. wHere: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., cost: Free and open to the public. inFo:

thinc thursday: love and Vulnerability

wHat: February guest facilitator is Joanne Morton of Magic, Passion, Love at this monthly TED talk screening and discussion. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. wHere: Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St., Suite 300, cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-544-1200.

lecture: angel otero: Material Discovery

wHat: A 30 minute gallery talk by curator Isolde Brielmaier, reviewing the Otero exhibition. Part of the Look Again gallery talk series. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 6 p.m. wHere: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., cost: Museum admission. Free for SCAD ID and museum memb inFo:

theater: an evening of improv

wHat: Okay, it’s really three evenings of improv...creative, unscripted, audience participation-inspired performances of improvisational comedy. Presented by Armstrong’s Masquers theater group. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Fri. March 1, 7:30 p.m., Sat. March 2, 7:30 p.m. wHere: Armstrong Atlantic State Univ.’s Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater, 11935 Abercorn St., cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-344-2801 .

theater: the three Musketeers

wHat: Contemporary playwright Ken Ludwig’s family friendly adventure, adapted from Alexander Dumas’ novel. Presented by SCAD’s performing arts department. Special $50 family four pack for shows 3/1 through 3/3. wHen: Thu. Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Fri. March 01, 8 p.m., Sat. March 2, 8 p.m., Sun. March 03, 3 p.m. wHere: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., cost: $25 adult, $10 under 18/sr./ stdt./mil. SCAD free. inFo: 912-525-5050.

Friday georgia History Festival: shuman cup cricket tournament

wHat: Rescheduled from an earlier

date, this second annual colonial cricket tournament pits Chatham County public elementary schools against each other in a tourney of the historic Georgia colony’s favorite sporting pastime. wHen: Fri. March 1, 9:45 a.m. wHere: Shuman Elementary School, 415 Goebel Ave., cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-395-4500.

11th annual savannah Boat and outdoor show

wHat: Boating and fishing expo features Swamp People stars RJ and Jay Paul on Friday, 3-5pm; Saturday, 11am-1pm and 3-5pm; and Sunday 12noon-2pm. American Idol’s Elise Testone plays Saturday at 4pm. wHen: Fri. March 1, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat. March 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. March 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. wHere: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, 1 Interna-

First Friday art March

$3 Kids 4-12.

artsy businesses in SoFo (that’s South of Forsyth) open their doors for art shows, music and more. Featuring the DeSoto Row Indie Craft Fair and Anahata’s Hula Hoop Jam. See map online. wHen: Fri. March 1, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. wHere: Anahata Healing Arts (and other businesses), 2424 Drayton St, cost: Free and open to the public. inFo:

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March First Friday & saturday on the river

wHat: The Savannah Waterfront As-

sociation’s first festival of the year. Music on the Arbor Stage, arts and crafts exhibitors, plus American Diabetes Association Kiss-A-Pig Campaign Kick-off at 4p.m. Saturday. wHen: Fri. March 1, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. March 2, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. wHere: Rousakis Plaza, River Street, cost: Free and open to the public inFo:

tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

wHat: An authentic 19th century afternoon tea with costumed interpreters. Thursdays and Fridays in March. Guests be able to walk up and down stairs. wHen: Fri. March 1, 5 p.m. wHere: Isaiah Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, cost: $18. Reservations recommended. inFo: 912-236-8097.

wHat: A dozen or so galleries and

First Friday for Folk Music

wHat: Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly coffeehouse-style showcase of folk music performers. March features Rupert Wates and Uncle Bill & the Stringbeans. wHen: Fri. March 1, 7:30 p.m. wHere: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., cost: $2 suggested donation. inFo:

Music: emily grundstad-Hall

wHat: Soprano and Armstrong assistant professor of music performs Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, plus selections by Bach, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, and Vidales.

wHen: Fri. March 1, 7:30 p.m. wHere: Armstrong Atlantic State

Univ.’s Fine Arts Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn Street cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-344-2801 .

comedy: Jennifer shenberger

wHat: Savannah Comedy Revue presents Chicago-based comedian and singer Jen Shen and Uke (her ukelele), as heard on the Dr. Demento radio show. Also appearing is Mary Tischbein, aka Long Island Mary. wHen: Fri. March 1, 8 p.m. wHere: Bay Street Theatre (upstairs from Club One), 1 Jefferson Street (at Bay Street) cost: $9 gen. adm. $15 VIP seating. inFo: 314-503-9005.

First Friday Fireworks on the river

wHat: A booming good time--Savannah Riverfront’s first festival of 2013 wraps up its first day with fireworks. wHen: Fri. March 1, 9:30 p.m. wHere: Rousakis Plaza, River Street, cost: Free and open to the public. inFo:

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Saturday Historic cannon Firings at old Fort Jackson

wHat: History comes alive every Saturday and Sunday through March 17 at 11am and 2pm. wHen: Sat. March 2 wHere: Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Road cost: $6 fort admission for adults. Under age 6 free. inFo:



Forsyth Farmers Market

wHat: Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. wHen: Sat. March 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. wHere: Forsyth Park, South End of the Park, Park Ave. at Bull St. cost: Free and open to the public. inFo: 912-484-0279.

thunderbolt street Bazaar

wHat: Booths and vendors in downtown Thunderbolt. Family fun. Sponsored by Thunderbolt Neighborhood Watch. Thunderbolt Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day at the bazaar. wHen: Sat. March 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. wHere: Mechanics Avenue, Thunderbolt inFo: 912-401-3619.

international soup saturday

wHat: Soup’s on! And so are pierogies and assorted desserts at this luncheon celebrating the international community at St. Mary Magdalene Church. wHen: Sat. March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. wHere: St Mary Magdalene Church, 1625 Fort Howard Rd., Rincon cost: $5 for a 12-ounce bowl or a soup sampler. inFo: 912-826-5176.

repticon savannah reptile & exotic animal show

wHat: A reptile event featuring live

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animal seminars, vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. wHen: Sat. March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. wHere: Savannah Conference Hotel, 301 Governor Treutlen Drive, Pooler cost: $10 Adults, $5 Kids (5-12) Free for 4 and under. inFo:

a-town get Down

wHat: Art, workshops and performances by Loudon Wainwright III, Word of Mouth, Swamp Cabbage and others. wHen: Sat. March 2, noon to midnight. wHere: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door; students $10 advance, $15 at the door. Age 12 and under free inFo:

savannah Blues Festival

wHat: No information provided on this listed event. wHen: Sat. March 2, 6 p.m. wHere: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. cost: $39-$45 at

Dance: sleeping Beauty, act iii

wHat: Savannah Danse Theatre presents the wedding scene of the classic fairy tale (including that famous kiss) plus a variety of original, contemporary dances. wHen: Sat. March 2, 7 p.m. wHere: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. cost: $25 inFo: 912-525-5050.

theater: savannah live!

wHat: Celebrating the tenth anniversary of musical revues at the Savannah Theatre with a new variety show of high-energy song, dance and comedy. Live band and eight singer/ performers. Premieres March 2, runs through mid August on select dates. wHen: Sat. March 2, 8 p.m. wHere: Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. cost: $35 adult, $16 child inFo: 912-233-7764.


Sunday Music: Voices only by the savannah philharmonic

wHat: A showcase of the full Savannah Philharmonic Chorus, with pieces by Bruckner and Bach, Finzi and Howells, plus popular American standards, including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Mancini’s Moon River. wHen: Sun. March 3, 5 p.m. wHere: Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church., 429 Abercorn St. cost: $16 and $36 tickets available. $55 tix sold out. inFo: 912-525-5050.


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Tuesday First tuesday tour of city Hall

wHat: A monthly architecture and history tour of City Hall’s first and second floors, including Council Chambers, Mayors Portrait Gallery, plus exhibits on the historic Savannah Pharmacy, National Arts Program, and Savannah’s sister cities. wHen: Tue. March 5, 12 p.m. wHere: Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay St cost: Free. Please preregister. inFo: 912-651-6411.

Music: savannah winds, celebrating 35 Years

Discounts avail. Armstrong

wHat: A concert of music and memories by Savannah’s longtime classical wind ensemble. Former conductors Stephen Brandon, Michael Campbell and James Anderson will take the podium, along with current director Mark Johnson. Memorial tribute to former conductors Ed Caughran and William Keith. wHen: Tue. March 5, 7:30 p.m. wHere: Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Fine Arts Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn St.


Wednesday Film: Megaforce (1982, Usa)

wHat: A Barry Bostwick & Hal Needham birthday screening of this futuristic sci-fi action film about an elite team of Special Forces. Presented by Psychotronic Film Society. wHen: Wed. March 6, 8 p.m. wHere: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. cost: $6 inFo:

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This past Friday a pickup truck lost control in wet conditions on I–516 and crossed the median. The truck began rolling and slammed head–on into the SUV of a young Brooklet, Ga., couple, Stephen and Camie Joyner. The passenger in the SUV was their daughter, three–year–old Dakota Joyner, who was taken to the hospital after the crash. Terrified and hurting and confused, the child couldn’t be comforted by either of her parents. They were both dead. In the space of a single heartbeat, a three– year–old became an orphan. A young family with a future full of shared memories to cherish and treasure was destroyed. Dakota didn’t just lose her parents that afternoon. According to reports her mother was pregnant when she died. As is so often the case, the driver of the offending vehicle survived. Trever Chase Cannon, 22, of Bloomingdale, has also had his life changed. But he still has his life. As of this writing, Savannah Metro Police conclude Cannon was “driving eastbound at a high rate of speed,” which will surprise no one familiar with highway accidents. I want to be very clear: I don’t know what was going on in the cab of Cannon’s Ford F–250 when he lost control. Currently an official investigation is underway to try to get as close to the truth as possible, but only Cannon knows the real story for sure. But I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if texting was involved. I do more than my share of highway driving, whether on road trips for my travel books or in visiting family members in various far–flung parts of the South. I can tell you without hyperbole that we’re in the middle of a national epidemic. Regardless of the specific cause of the I–516 tragedy, I firmly believe that texting while driving is the single biggest problem we face on the roads today. So many times I’ve had to swerve to avoid a meandering vehicle, half in their lane and half in mine, its driver clawing at a smartphone the whole time.

So many times I’ve been tailgated, the other vehicle screaming up to my bumper, literally inches away. If it’s dark out and they eventually pass, I see the telltale bluish glow in the interior, the driver hurtling blind through the night, staring dumbly down at their crotch. So many times I’ve seen the tell–tale sign of texting and/or cellphone talking, i.e. constantly changing speed — one minute too slow, the other too fast. It’s gotten to the point I feel lucky when I see them using only one hand on the phone. Many times I see drivers texting with both hands, bringing new urgency to the old phrase “God is my co–pilot.” Don’t get me wrong: I’m a text monster. I will text ‘til the cows come home. But never in the car. I’ve done it once or twice. Never again, not after what I’ve seen. (So why is Siri not helping? People still want to check texts before sending, she doesn’t help with incoming texts, and she’s just too awkward and cumbersome.) Without trying to sound like the old man telling the kids to get off his lawn, I can tell you with 100 percent certainty who’s doing the overwhelming majority of texting while driving: People under 30. Drill down to the under–25 range, and it’s more common than not to see them text while driving. As in, a majority of the youngest, most inexperienced drivers text while driving at some point. As distressing as this is, it should come as no surprise. That’s the generation which has grown up with smartphones and for whom texting isn’t a novelty, but an essential part of human interaction. (I say that without sarcasm; texting is extremely efficient in a number of ways. As are firearms. But both need reasonable regulation.)

Many of you might be angrily asking, what about drunk driving? I in no way condone or trivialize drunk driving and the horrors it has brought to our highways. Drunk driving is indeed a major problem, but here’s why texting is worse: Drunk drivers aren’t drunk every time they get behind the wheel. But people who text and drive usually do so nearly every single time they drive a car. Drunk drivers know they’re drunk and know it’s against the law. Sometimes they overcompensate so they won’t get caught or get in an accident. That’s not the case with texters I’ve seen. In fact, when confronted they’re usually very indignant and offended. Drunk drivers aren’t looking at a phone. To text while driving you have to take your eyes completely off the road and everything else on it. Numerous studies have shown that texting while driving reduces reaction time worse than several cocktails. No Breathalyzer for texting (yet). Texting while driving is illegal in Georgia. But as any cop will tell you, unless he or she witnesses the texting it’s almost impossible to enforce that law. Maybe one day we’ll have technology that senses when a cellphone is in motion and can differentiate driver and passenger. Seems impossible, but the most basic free smartphone app today can do things unthinkable less than a decade ago. As any of us who owns one will attest, smartphone users often develop intense personal bonds with their devices. They can also develop a stunning sense of entitlement — whether demanding that apps and music be free, or their inalienable “right” to post a Facebook status in heavy traffic at 85 mph. Awareness–raising campaigns, a la Mothers Against Drunk Driving, are worth trying. But in the end peer pressure is likely to be the determining factor, as in most things. Until texting while driving is a pariah activity — like indecent exposure or smoking around babies — we’ll continue to mourn the death of innocents killed in accidents caused by it, and grieve for the suffering of those left behind. CS



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A mother-in-law’s journey What do you do if you miss your mother–in– law? “Reload and aim better next time” goes the old joke. But if we’re going there, I’m more partial to this one: Two friends were having lunch and drinking wine. One says to the other, “My mother–in–law is an angel.” The other sighs, “You’re so lucky. Mine’s still alive.” In that scenario, I’d be the first lady. My mother–in–law hasn’t given me reason to grouse about much. When I first married her younger son, she used to write me sweet letters saying how glad she was to finally have a daughter. She once bought me a wicked pair of black leather pants on sale. The extent of her meddling was to gently remind me in her soft Virginian drawl that if I was going to swear like a sailor in front of my kids, I shouldn’t act so surprised when they repeated my curses to the cashier at Publix. Around 12 years ago, as she was recovering from breast cancer, Marcia’s memory loss and fuzzy–mindedness were diagnosed as degenerative frontotemporal lobe dementia, a condition similar to Alzheimer’s and just as awful. Slowly, slowly ever since, she has been slipping away, surrounded by

my devoted father–in–law, doting brother-in-law and kind, capable caregivers. She lives at home but in a sort of shadowland, warmed by blankets she once knitted with her own hands, her physical self still present but her essence long gone. We visit often to stroke her soft cheek and croon small, soothing songs. Our house is just a block and half away from where she sits, but most days it feels much further. Her dear friend Carol Greenberg called recently to say that she wanted to include an art piece of Marcia’s in a new exhibit at the JEA and wondered if I would write the artist’s statement. My throat caught at the thought, though I am quite familiar with the piece, having walked past it almost every week for years at Congregation Mickve Israel. Marcia’s handloom weaving depicts the Tree of Life as a mossy, grand live oak, as consummate a representation of Southern Jewish heritage as there ever was. I know that she labored over it as a donation in honor of my husband’s bar mitzvah in the early 1980s. The idea of coming up with the sentient statement it deserved befuddled me, mired as I was with the details of our own son’s upcoming bar mitzvah earlier this month. As much as I wanted to honor my MIL, I just wished she could help me stuff all those damn hospitality bags. But you don’t say no to Carol,

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with her infectious Judy Garland– Mickey Rooney enthusiasm of “Let’s put on a show!” As the exuberant director of Morningstar Cultural Arts, Carol has been organizing art shows and poetry readings and music concerts for the past 24 years, long before Savannah rose like a sunrise on the national cultural landscape. Though she modestly describes Morningstar’s inception as a way to “keep myself entertained,” Carol has showcased hundreds of artists over the years and shepherded legions

of volunteers, including my MIL. I can easily imagine the two of them in someone’s living room, hopped up on sweet tea and planning yet another titanic event. Jewish Journeys promises to be another epic Morningstar undertaking, with 24 artists and dozens of discussions and workshops over 18 days, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27. Inspired by but not limited to a Jewish perspective, it encompasses art, culture, healthcare and a smorgasbord of programming, including a re–fashioning of old earrings while enjoying ukulele music, a lecture with bestselling author and native son Bruce Feiler and an inspirational drawing class with Bruce’s mother, Jane Feiler. Though Carol barely slowed down during her own bout with ovarian cancer a few years back, she intimated that Jewish Journeys might be Morningstar’s last major production. Understandable, as much has changed for the organization in recent times, including the passing of two of its most impassioned volunteers, community movie icon “Hollywood” Ron Higgins and financial whiz/fashion plate Ruby Perlman (the pink fire truck you may have glimpsed around town is dedicated to Ruby.) “We really have done everything we set out to do, and there are so many wonderful arts organizations

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a daughter–in–law has been spent watching her leave us bit by bit. But it wouldn’t matter if the loss had been sudden. A friend of mine lost her mother-in-law in an accident this week, leaving a hole in her soul that I recognize. The absence of your husband’s mother — the only other woman on earth who knows him as well as you do — holds a universal keenness. Years ago, on my first trip to the Old South, Marcia brought me to Mickve Israel, the historic synagogue where she pioneered the docent program. We walked quietly through the grand sanctuary to the old social hall, where she showed me her Tree of Life on the wall, so very proud as she ran her fingers down the textured yarn. I remember thinking how wonderful it is to weave a long, lovely life, full of activity and art and dear friends. That was the same day my mind lit up with the certitude that I’d marry her son one day, though I couldn’t possibly have known what else the future had in store for any of us. What do you do if you miss your mother–in–law? You pray and pay homage, grateful that you got to know her at all. CS Jewish Journeys is free and open to all. Get the schedule and RSVP for workshops at 355.8111 or


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in Savannah now,” said Carol with characteristic conviction. “It’s a good feeling that the work goes on regardless of what happens.” Her voice broke as we talked about Marcia, her first friend in Savannah and a constant companion on her journey, Jewish and otherwise. We lamented that though Marcia is still with us, it’s hard not to speak of her in the past tense. “Your mother–in–law was a wonderful person. She was slow and determined with everything she did, and she always did it with joy,” Carol said as we both sniffled. That sums up the Marcia I knew, too. She was also valedictorian of her high school and went to Duke. She pursued art late in life and was in SCAD’s first graduating class. She was a patient French teacher and a fearless crafter and a perpetual volunteer. She has been the best mother-in-law a girl could ask for, though in the interest of full disclosure, I admit to being no fan of her cooking. It will be strange to see my words on her work at the JEA, where she spent decades with Carol and the rest of those fierce volunteers. My husband and I brought her to the Senior Lunch Bunch there for five years, first dancing, then shuffling, then in a wheelchair, until we couldn’t lift her out of the car anymore. We didn’t move back to Savannah until after she became sick, and the majority of my time as

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special report The timing couldn’t be worse. As Savannah suffers a relentless wave of shootings, citizen complaints are also sparking allegations that SavannahChatham Metro Police aren’t aggressive enough in combating serious violent crimes. At the helm of the crusade to investigate whether local police are deliberately reducing the severity of the alleged crimes in their reports in order to influence crime statistics is Alderman Tony Thomas. A self–described “hell–raiser” about the city’s current response to crime, Thomas says he’s simply making city council aware of allegations that police supervisors are “regularly instructing” their subordinates to change police reports to classify them as lower-level crimes. “Complacency of leadership is almost as dangerous as being held up by a gun–toting drug dealer,” says Thomas, explaining why he brought the issue to the public’s attention.  On the flip side of the dialogue about the city’s response is Mayor Edna Jackson, who has addressed crime at length on two notable occasions recently. In a press conference following the alarming non-fatal shootings of seven people at the Coastal Empire Fair, she said to suspected criminals, “We are coming after you. Like white on rice.” In her State of the City address earlier this month, she obliquely referred to the police controversy by saying, “There is a disconnect out there. The numbers say last year was the safest on record. But the people we talk to don’t feel that way.” These hot button issues have now attracted the attention of federal law enforcement officials, who are reviewing the complaints and offering to help Savannah combat its gun crime. Thomas’ claims did not go unnoticed by Acting City Manager Stephanie Cutter and Police Chief Willie Lovett. Cutter asked every member of council to submit any citizens’


violent offenders and felons commit crimes in Chatham County. Tarver invited Savannah and Chatham County leaders to meet with Holder in early February specifically to focus on “violent crime initiatives, particularly initiatives relating to gun violence…’’ and “initiatives to combat violent crime in the Savannah area.” Mayor Jackson says Holder “made a commitment to work with us and we made a commitment to work with BY tina a. Brown him.’’ Receiving help from federal law enforcement officials may help in efforts to “make people in our communities, our residents, feel safe,’’ Jackson tells Connect Savannah. “We realize that until all segments of the community come together this won’t happen.” Overall, Jackson says, many firms of the crimes committed in Savanthat “The FBI, nah involve “thugs on thugs.’’ But she’s again as a matter of concerned their activities might also routine, will make a hurt innocent people. preliminary review The city has allocated an additional and, if deemed neces$237,000 in funding to the police sary, forward its findings department for a new drug squad to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for any later this year, according to police further action.’’ department spokesman Julian Miller. During the course of those inquiDistrict Attorney Heap tells us her ries, Jackson, Lovett and Chatham office works with local police and fedCounty District Attorney Meg Heap eral prosecutors to keep violent felons met with U.S. Attorin prison for longer ney Eric Holder and periods of time. complaints the U.S. Attorney for In January, for they’d received. the Southern District, example, two Savan(Chief Edward J. Tarver, to nah men received Lovett establish a plan to comstiff prison sentences declined combat gangs and violent after they were conment for this story.) criminals within the victed of committing Those 14 complaints were investicity limits. crimes in Chatham gated by department internal affairs Jackson and Heap County and were detectives. Ostensibly to help reastold Connect Savannah prosecuted by the sure the public, the city has also asked in separate interviews feds. the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that the plan is likely to One man, 21– (GBI) and the FBI to review the commake violent criminals, year–old Jacques plaints and the outcome of the local drug deals and gangs Pope was sentenced investigation. in Savannah uncomto eight years in It’s not that Lovett doesn’t trust his fortable. Together, they prison by a federal chatham county Da Meg Heap investigators, says city spokesman committed to: judge for possession of Bret Bell. But Lovett and Cutter want • Continue Project ammunition. to eliminate any later claims that the Ceasefire, a joint initiative with fedAnother man, Antwan Clark, 24, department cannot investigate itself. eral and local prosecutors, local was sentenced to seven years for carBell said the FBI is currently police, other state and federal agenrying a firearm while committing a reviewing 11 of the 14 citizen comcies to combat gun crime. drug crime. plaints. The remaining three com• Apply for more federal funding to Both men were convicted felons plaints are still under review by the boost Savannah’s efforts to put more and both cases were prosecuted under local police department. police officers on the streets. Project Ceasefire. Special Agent Stephen Emmitt of • Coordinate dual prosecutions in Project Ceasefire is the local the FBI Field Office in Atlanta constate and federal courts when repeat

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recidivism to a defendant’s criminal nickname for the federally funded case to increase state prison. She has “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” It’s asked the police department to proa cooperative effort to combat gun vide her prosecutors crime by targeting felons with more detailed previously convicted of reports so that they can drug offenses or crimes identify gang members of violence and who are when criminal charges found to be in possession are sought. of firearms. Holder recomConvicted felons prosmended that her staff ecuted in this program also participate in a face 7-22 years behind cross–training probars for firearm offenses, gram with the U.S. even if they aren’t caught Department of Justice, using the weapon. Heap relates, so they Often those convicted can serve as prosecuand sentenced in a fedtors in the state and eral court serve every day federal courts. of a prison term behind Us attorney general Holder Heap says she’s combars, something not always mitted to participating in afforded to defendants conany efforts to double down on “heavy victed and sentenced by a state court duty dealers” by charging them in judge, Heap says. state court and then, recommending “From my point of view, those that they be prosecuted by the feds. people who are robbing and shooting “If you use a gun, we will convict people should be taken off the street you,’’ Heap says. “Let’s not forget we for the longest period of time for the have lots of victims out here. I do safety of the community,’’ Heap says. what I can to stop crime and to bring Heap wants more Chatham County prosecutors to add the charge of



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justice to the mom who lost a son.’’ Last year, 55 people were charged with federal firearms offenses committed in the Savannah area by law enforcement officials, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Additionally during a joint investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Savannah–Chatham police and Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team, dubbed Operation Ruffian, 30 people were convicted and sentenced to “lengthy prison sentences” for illegal gun and drug activity around Carver Village in Savannah. According to Tarver’s office, the police department says the number of shots-fired complaints in that area has decreased by 62.8 percent, and burglaries in Carver Village declined by 51.8 percent. The federal government seized 43 firearms and narcotics with a street value of $188,000 during that investigation. CS Freelance Writer Tina A. Brown is a national award–winning journalist based in Savannah.

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Expert says education, not eradication, is the answer BY Jessica leigH leBos |

If you see a coyote on Tybee Island or anywhere else, don’t feed it. Or try to pet it. And for heaven’s sake, hold your fire. Lynsey White Dasher started with the basics last week at a program sponsored by the City of Tybee Island, then moved on to dispelling myths about these wild predators that have been spotted in increasing numbers on the island. Two have been found dead in the last month, one shot in the chest, the other hit by a car. Dasher, an urban wildlife specialist with the Human Society of the United States, explained to about 50 people gathered at the YMCA gym that in spite of the physical resemblance, coyotes don’t hunt in packs like wolves. And no matter what you may have seen on the Cartoon Network, they’re far from dumb. In fact, the reason they become a nuisance — poking through garbage or creeping up on the deck to steal pet food — is because they learn so quickly.

“They’re so incredibly smart that they’re constantly testing us to see what they can get away with,” said Dasher. They are, however, blatant opportunists: Though coyotes instinctively shy away from people, they easily become habituated to human presence, especially if there is easy access to a food source. The more they’re tolerated, the more they hang around. As an example, Dasher showed a photo of “Adrian,” a coyote who wandered into a Chicago Quizno’s on a warm day in April 2007 and plopped down in the drink cooler. Coyotes live in every state in America (except Hawaii) and thrive in urban environments and mostly do an excellent job of remaining hidden. Connect has received multiple unconfirmed reports of sightings on Tybee Island as well as the east side of

Savannah near Bonaventure Cemetery. Mating season is normally January–March, though one person at the program reported spotting an early litter of pups on the island. Dasher assured that coyotes are rarely aggressive towards humans, though she warned that feeding them or posing a threat to their pups can provoke an attack. Rodents and fallen fruit make up the majority of their diet, but they have been known to eat cats and small dogs. Dasher advises leashes six feet or less for dogs and always keeping cats inside. “The best thing to do when you encounter a coyote is to throw up your arms and yell ‘Go away, coyote!’” Dasher instructed, demonstrating to the crowd. If that doesn’t scare it away, then blow a whistle, spray the hose or — every canine’s worst nightmare — shake a can of coins. Such strategies are called “coyote hazing,” and the idea is let the coyotes know that they’re not welcome. Studies have proven hazing is a highly effective way to “teach” coyotes not to come around, though it may take two to three hazing sessions for the idea to stick. Once they get it, coyotes will quickly relay the information of an area’s inhospitable conditions back to

their family group and move on. Dasher recommended mixing up the hazing tools and encouraged attendees to educate their neighbors. “It has to be done as a community,” she said. “If half of you haze the coyotes and the other half is feeding them, it’s going to cancel out the good work the first half does.” Perhaps the most important message Dasher relayed in her program is that killing coyotes won’t make them go away. Removing them by trapping or killing them simply doesn’t work: Females respond by breeding more, and other coyotes will move in to fill empty territory. “It really is impossible to reduce the coyote population,” she said, citing a Colorado study that tracked urban coyote populations for seven years. Each year, 61 to 75 percent of the population was killed and removed. Within eight months, the numbers were back up to their original density. “We’ve seen communities that have tried large–scale removal programs and end up with more coyotes than they started with.” Though at least one person with a gun thinks otherwise, the consensus among Tybee residents is that trying to kill the coyotes is a waste of time and resources. The Tybee city council approved the purchase of a heavy–duty tranquilizer gun in January, but Police Chief Bob Bryson doubts it will ever get used. “I don’t think we’ll ever catch one,” said Chief Bryson, though he commends the City of Tybee for responding to the coyote issue. “It’s bold for a municipality to be proactive. Most governments don’t want to deal with this.” Dasher said she could understand why coyotes would like Tybee, with its open spaces and plethora of citrus trees. She believes that once residents begin practicing hazing, sightings will become less frequent. As long as proper practices such as removing heavy brush on private property and keeping pet food indoors are followed, dangers will decrease and a symbiotic relationship can be established. “They’re actually doing us a favor by providing free pest control,” she said. It’s a strange irony, yet touted by the experts: The most effective way to curb coyote nuisance is to learn to live with them. CS


Party out of control Police are questioning attendees at a party where a 20– year–old male was shot and killed over the weekend.

A hundred people or more were attending the party in the 2100 block of Florida Avenue on the Eastside when Marray Martin of Davidson Avenue was shot. He was pronounced dead at Memorial University Medical Center. Officers responded to a shots fired call at the house at 1:06 a.m. Sunday to find “screaming attendees fleeing.” First responders struggled to get through the crowd to the darkened room where Martin was found. Investigators worked through the night questioning attendees, and their investigation continues. Some attendees left before police could talk to them.

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news oF tHe weirD Guilt That Lingers An Arizona appeals court ruled in February that someone can be guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana even though its psychoactive ingredient has long left his system. Since tests of marijuana measure both active and inactive ingredients, and since the active substance vanishes quickly but the inactive one remains in the body for weeks, a marijuana consumer may test “positive” even though not the least bit impaired. (In fact, since neighboring Colorado recently legalized some marijuana possession, a Colorado driver motoring through Arizona weeks later could be guilty of DUI for a completely legal, harmless act, as could the 35,000 Arizona medical-marijuana users.) The appeals court majority reasoned that since the legislature did not distinguish the inactive ingredient from the active, neither would the court.

Compelling Explanations • Richard Blake took the witness stand in Ottawa, Ontario, in January to deny that it was he who had invaded a home and stabbed two people numerous times. With a straight face, he had an answer for all of the incriminating evidence. He had the perp’s car because “a stranger” had just handed him the keys; he didn’t recall what the stranger looked like (but guessed that he probably resembled Blake, because for some reason Blake got picked out of the lineup); he donned the stranger’s

bloody knit cap (abandoning his own she suffered hypertension, nightmares, cap); he handled the stranger’s knife chest pains and vomiting when around and bloody glove, and that’s why his the younger-age children. DNA was on them; he fled at the first • Lisa Biron’s recent biography sight of police, ramming a cruiser to shows her to be a licensed lawyer in escape (even though he had “done two states, practicing in Manchester, nothing wrong”); he fled on foot after N.H., and also affiliated with a group the collision and hid in a tree (but only of volunteer lawyers that advocates to get away from a swarm of black “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, flies). After deliberating and marriage and fampolitely for a day, the jury ily,” and issues warnings found him guilty. about the “homosexual • A 61-year-old man in agenda.” (She recently southern Sweden beat a represented a church how ‘bouT ThaT DUI charge in February in Concord, N.H., and seTh even though his bloodserved on the board of mcfarlane, alcohol was five times directors of a Christian huh? over the legal limit. The school in Manchester.) man told the judge he is In January, Biron was a hearty drinker and norconvicted in federal mally starts in even before court in Concord on work every day, with “no nine counts involveffect” on his performance. ing taking her teenage According to the Skanskan daughter to Canada newspaper, that must have and creating child impressed the judge, who pornography. was so awed that he tossed The Litigious Soout the charge.

Ironies • A longtime high school teacher of French and Spanish is suing the Mariemont, Ohio, school district for having pressured her to resign in the face of what she calls her phobia, a “fear of kids” disorder, which she says should be protected by disability-discrimination law. Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been reassigned to teach some junior high students, but doctors said


• In September 2010, a speeding, intoxicated driver ran a stop sign near Dade City, Fla., careened off a highway, and rammed two trees along a private road, instantly killing himself and his passenger. In January, the estate of the passenger filed a lawsuit for wrongful death, charging the residents along the private road with letting the trees grow in a dangerous location where

they could be easily hit, especially since the residents had failed to light the area adequately. “How it’s our fault, I have no idea,” said one surprised resident, who noted that the entire neighborhood had mourned the strangers at the time of the sad, traumatic collision. • Keith Brown and four other inmates at Idaho’s Kuna prison filed a lawsuit in December against eight major beer and liquor manufacturers for having sold them alcohol at an early age without warning of its addictiveness -- and are thus responsible for the men’s subsequent lives of crime. Brown, 52, said he personally has been locked up a total of 30 years and is now serving time for manslaughter. (The Oglala Sioux tribe has sued beer distributors and the state of Nebraska for enabling easy access to nearby beer even though it was banned on the reservation. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional issues, but the tribe may refile soon.) • Jason Starn, formerly a law student at the Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton, Calif., filed a lawsuit recently against three StocktonModesto-area “head shops” that had sold him Whip-It nitrous oxide, which led him to overindulge and eventually suffer spinal-cord degeneration. Starn’s attorney told the Sacramento Bee, “At first, he felt a little embarrassed about” filing the lawsuit (but managed to overcome the shame in order to warn all the other nitrous-oxide abusers).

• (1) A 53-year-old Rosenheim, Germany, postal worker was relieved of criminal charges in January when a judge ruled him innocent of discarding mail (as jealous “whistle-blowers” had charged) after concluding that the carrier finished routes early simply because he worked faster. Although the charge was dropped, he was reprimanded for taking unauthorized (i.e., simpler) routes. (2) After a 400pound woman broke both arms accidentally falling through a sidewalk in New York City in January, doctors told her that a thinner woman might have died from the same fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me.” • Faith healer Ariel Ben Sherman, 78, died in November in a South Carolina hospital after suffering respiratory arrest while being treated for small-cell cancer. He had been found guilty in May 2012 of neglect in the cancer death of a 15-year-old girl (of whom he had accepted the title of “spiritual father”) for his insistence that the girl’s mother reject medical

care and treat the girl only with prayer.

People With Issues Australian researchers recently uncovered a minor prison phenomenon in that country that might shed light on isolated cases reported in southwest U.S. prisons (mentioned in News of the Weird in 2012): inmates inserting objects underneath the skin of their penises, somehow under the impression that (a) it doesn’t hurt and (b) it provides sexual pleasure and virility. Among the items discovered in Australia: buttons, dice, deodorant roller balls. The apparent favorite among the several Hispanic men discovered in the U.S. Southwest: shaved dominoes. In many cases, infections resulted and sometimes required major surgery. CS

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As bodily defense mechanisms go, pain makes sense: put your hand on a hot stove and your body screams “Get out of here!” But what’s the purpose of itching? Chicken pox, mosquito bites, hemorrhoids, and rashes: why do we instinctively react by scratching? Why must we fight the urge to dig in at an inflamed area, knowing that as soon as we stop, the fire ants will start flaring up on our flesh all over again? —SMB, Chicago Come now, this isn’t that complicated. Itching alerts us to the presence of potentially troublesome critters and substances and impels us to poke at them. Notwithstanding occasional false alarms, surely you can see the value in acting reflexively to get rid of that bothersome tsetse fly or, more prosaically, some irritating tick, flea, or louse. What’s less clear is how itching works. That’s a matter of more than academic interest, since as you suggest, excessive itching and scratching creates its own problems, and not having a clear idea what makes something start means it’s tougher to make it stop. When I first wrote about this subject years ago, it was thought itching was a mild form of pain. Nobody thinks that now. In 1997 a research team led by Martin Schmelz established the existence of itch-selective neurons called pruriceptors, a subset of the damagesensing neurons called nociceptors.

Pruriceptors specialize in detecting certain very faint stimuli and elicit a specialized response: whereas pain makes you withdraw, itching makes you scratch. Looking at the larger picture, it also seems clear if you have a literally hair-trigger sensory modality, along with some legitimate signal you’re going to get a lot of noise. That’s about as far as we can go in the way of definite pronouncements. Reading through the journals about the neurology of itching, you get the sense of well-meaning folk poking around in an extremely tangled fuse box. Fortunately, I came across an illuminating review of the current state of knowledge published a few years ago by dermatologist Ralf Paus along with Schmelz and two other researchers. A few nuggets from their paper: • Itching is all in your head. OK, obvious up to a point—everyone knows the brain hosts all sensation. However, it helps to remember that when you sense an itch, what’s really happening is that a sensation we understand as “itching” is projected onto the map of the body maintained inside the brain. Sometimes, as in the case of itching arising from neurological or psychiatric causes, there’s no strictly external stimulus at all. But even in the case of an ordinary itch on, say, your arm, what’s going on is that something on or in the skin triggers an event in the brain, which instinctively causes you to scratch your arm, which sends a competing neural message to your brain, which drowns out the original stimulus. As Paus and company put it, it’s “almost as if we were scratching the brain itself.” • Itching can be controlled by pain. When we scratch, we inflict low-level pain on ourselves, which temporarily makes the itch go away. Although pain and itch are separate sensations, they use many of the same neural mechanisms and processing centers, and pain has the higher priority. To put it another way, when a neural pathway is carrying

a pain signal, itch gets put on hold. • Itching has many causes. A “bewilderingly wide range” of stimuli in the skin can trigger itching, Paus and company write. Histamine, the compound that triggers the inflammatory response, causes itching, but so do at least 15 other types of chemical stimuli, triggering various different sets of neural receptors. Itching, in other words, is merely a klaxon that calls attention to a broad array of irritants. It doesn’t tell you what the irritant is. • Painkillers can make itching worse. You might think an analgesic would deaden all sensation and thus reduce itching, but in fact often the opposite happens. This makes sense once you understand that pain tends to cancel itch out—when pain is out of the picture, itching is no longer held in check. The plus side of this is that pain in controlled amounts can make itch go away. For example, capsaicin, the painful irritant found in hot peppers, can be used to curb certain types of chronic itch. However: • Where most everyday itching is concerned, you’d better get used to it. Paus and associates make a couple points: First, nobody has found an itch control center in the brain that, if knocked out, would make itching stop, and there may not be one. Second, while the fact that itching can be suppressed by other sensations (in addition to pain, extreme heat and cold are also effective) opens the door to better treatments, the underlying mechanisms are extraordinarily varied and complicated and right now only dimly understood. For the time being, the most effective way of relieving itch is, alas, to scratch. CS

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Chuck Courtenay, Savannah’s country gentleman “I tried very hard on these songs to keep it as country as I could,” says Chuck Courtenay of his new EP Good Side of This Bar. A Savannah native and a familiar performer on our stages, Courtenay has kept his music rooted in hardcore country for the better part of 20 years. This despite the fact that he’s a versatile writer, singer and guitarist who’s equally at home in the acoustic singer/songwriter genre, doing a lot of the soul–searching, finger–picking James Taylor–type material at his frequent solo gigs. That stuff ’s all well and good, and Courtenay’s vulnerability–tinged baritone is perfectly suited for putting it across. But he does those gigs to pay the bills. When he was a teenager, he gave his heart to country music. “We would listen to Hank Williams Jr. and David Allan Coe,” Courtenay explains. “I learned all those songs, and it kind of stuck. And people said ‘You sing country good.’ You know, I liked the Beatles, and Drivin N Cryin and all that other music, but country was what I was comfortable with and what I enjoyed doing.” Courtenay’s father, Chuck Sr., was a popular rockabilly–style piano player in Savannah in the 1970s and ‘80s. Chuck and his younger brother Jason used to get onstage and sing a couple of tunes with Dad’s piano–and– drums act, Chuck and Bonnie. The boys eventually went to live in South Florida with their mom and stepfather, a foreman on a 10,000– acre cattle ranch. There — via nonstop rural radio — Courtenay got indoctrinated into the ways and means of Waylon, Willie, Haggard,

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Twitty and Cash. The real deal. When he moved back to Savannah, his hero was tall Texan George Strait. “I started out with a drum machine, a cowboy hat and a big George Strait belt buckle,” he chuckles. “I’d hit the sequencer and I’d play ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and jump around. I had to be just really bad at the time, but I was probably a decent singer. I had a big following and I got away with it.” With Jason, he formed the Courtenay Brothers Band, and rocked the country (and rock ‘n’ roll) clubs hard. A brief, unhappy defection to the real world (he went back to school to learn how to sell home mortgages) convinced him that music — and specifically country music — was what he really wanted to make his life’s work. In the past few years, the Chuck Courtenay Band has played hundreds of gigs around the Southeast, opened for country headliners, and become the killer go–to closer at mass events like the Beaufort Water Festival. Good Side of the Bar, which was produced in Nashville by Dave McAfee, Toby Keith’s longtime drummer, and producer of Jamey Johnson’s

Grammy–nominated That Lonesone Song, was created as a sort of calling card. To get Courtenay further down his desired road. Courtenay and the band will celebrate its release with a CD Release Show Saturday, March 2 at Saddle Bags. It’s a solid (and very consciously radio–friendly) set of songs that showcase this young performer’s versatility on a cross–section of contemporary country styles. “I’d love to get a song on the radio, and travel and play bigger venues,” Courtenay says. “When I look back, I’ve come far yet I don’t realize it. As an artist I’m just scratching along and moving, ‘How can I get further?’” He thought it might happen with his 2010 full–length, Different Man. But it didn’t. These days, Courtenay isn’t terribly proud of the low–budget album, which was produced by the pedal steel player from his band. “It’s a steel guitar album with me singing on it, is what it is,” he laughs. “But we got a lot of mileage out of it. I took that little CD and I traveled all over with it.

“It was good for what it was. But this one is my chance to make people listen. It’s modern enough, and commercial enough, but it’s not Taylor Swift commercial.” In March, Courtenay will take Good Side of this Bar back to Nashville, where he plans to shop for a management deal. After that — between performance dates — he hopes to write, or co–write, six or seven songs for another album. Chuck Courtenay is ambitious and hard–working. Combine that with his natural talent and showmanship, and you’ve got what those in the biz call a triple–threat. “I’m making a living playing music and I couldn’t be happier,” he beams. “I’m just not satisfied. I love working, man, it’s like a drug. I just want more.”

Here it comes All hail the coming of The Rapture, an evening of electronic and experimental music from some of our city’s finest and freshest, March 1 (Friday) at the Starland Dairy, 2521 Bull St. It’s a multi–media music and art event brainstormed by artist Jon Taylor, and it’s going to be like nothing Savannah has ever experienced. Performers include Men Smash Atoms, a new “industrial opera” collaboration from Nicodemus and Anitra (perhaps the coolest creative provocateurs in Savannah); Electric Grandma, the electronic nom de studio of Word of Mouth’s Lucia Garcia; Ross Fish (the sound installation A Breath of Fresh Air) and DJ Ede Gee. Add to this a video installation by Jagrut Raval and more happenings being dreamed up as we speak. Showtime is 8 p.m., admission is $5, and it’s ages 18 and up. There’s a Rapture Facebook page with info, links and other pertinent stuff. CS


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You’re 10 years older than me, but on “The Here & the Now” and “My Meds” and “Older Than My Old Man Now,” you’re almost telling my exact story. How did you do that? Loudon Wainwright III: It’s a dirty job, Bill, but somebody has to do it. This is something that I think about a lot, and not only recently. There’s a song on the album that I wrote in 1975 with my then–wife, Kate McGarrigle, called “Over the Hill.” So when I was 28 or something I was already looking forward with some nervousness. Now that I’m at the ... advanced age that I’m at, it made sense to gather together a group of these songs and offer them up as a “theme,” so to speak. The more recent songs are about the more specific vagaries —to use a fancy word — of getting old. The song “My Meds” is basically a list. I do that a lot. I make lists in songs. Did you get your sense of humor from your father? Loudon Wainwright III: I don’t know if I got it all from him, but he had a great sense of humor. In

addition to the usual suspects, the Bob Dylan/Beatles/Rolling Stone triumvirate that anybody my age would listen to, I secretly loved Alan Sherman, Tom Lehr and Ray Stevens. And even Gilbert & Sullivan. Guys who wrote so–called novelty songs. You’re known for your whimsical songs. Was that an evolution — did you start out wanting to be “the new Dylan” or were you out of the box that way? Loudon Wainwright III: Well, my first album was a pretty serious, angsty, I’m a miserable young guy kind of a thing. But as I performed, the class clown in me came out. So on my second album is a song called “Nice Jewish Girls.” And that was kind of the beginning. I found out that I could make an audience laugh, and then swerve back and do something more serious, too. I like to think of myself as a switch hitter. Obviously not all of the songs on the album are funny; some of them are rather grim. In my show I like to make people laugh, but I like to make ‘em wince, and twitch and freak out, and cry if possible. With you and Kate as parents, was it a foregone conclusion that your kids would be musicians? Loudon Wainwright III: It wasn’t foregone, but the deck was genetically stacked for Rufus and Martha. And Lucy ... all three of those kids grew up with guitar cases all over the place, and banjos, pianos, and going on the road. So it’s no surprise that they wound up in the biz. I loved Rufus’ cover of “Across the Universe.” Loudon Wainwright III: It’s funny, I was in a restaurant last night, and that came on. I felt like I should have gotten a free glass of wine. Or maybe even a martini! Has it been frustrating over the years to have that “Dead Skunk” footnote by your name? “Oh, it’s THAT guy.” Loudon Wainwright III: It’s not a problem for me at this point. If you go to one of my shows, there might be a timid voice in the back saying “Dead Skunk!” And that voice usually is ignored, by the way. There are plenty of other songs that are being called out for. It was so long ago. I mean, it was a problem for a while. I remember when I made my album after the album that had that

song on it, the label said “Where’s the funny animal song?” Why did you and Judd Apatow click? Loudon Wainwright III: When he was a teenager growing up on Long Island, he saw me on David Letterman’s morning show and he really liked it. Later, he started to come to my shows, which of course I didn’t know. He was a teenage kid. Years later, he called and asked me to audition for his show Undeclared. I had done some acting, but I hadn’t seen (his series) Freaks and Geeks. He sent it to me, and I thought it was great. And in the last 10 years, I’ve been in a couple of his movies. I worked with Joe Henry on the music for Knocked Up, and Rufus and I sang a song together for This is 40. So Judd has continued to use me, and I’m very grateful and happy about that. The box set never would have happened if it hadn’t been for Judd. He literally had the power to say “Put it out. This guy needs a box set.” So it happened. It’s that thing of, if you stick around long enough, guys who were fans of yours when they were teenagers come into positions of power! CS a–town get Down where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. when: Noon–midnight Saturday, March 2 tickets: General public $15 advance, $20 at the door; students $10 advance, $15 at the door. Age 12 and under free online: Named for SCAD art student Alex “A– Town” Townsend, who died in an auto accident in 2010, A–Town Get Down is not a benefit, but a “celebration of the power of music and art as transformative.” This year’s event features a concurrent series of art and music workshops in and around the Morris Center. Music schedule (on two stages) 12:15 p.m. Savannah Children’s Choir 12:20 Sincerely, Iris 1 p.m. City Hotel 1:15 Sam McTavey 2 p.m. The Accomplices 2:15 Christine Santinelli Duo 3 p.m. Coastal Middle School Jazz Band 3:45 Bottles & Cans 4 p.m. Belmont & Jones 4:45 Sloan Wainwright 5 p.m. Jon Waits & Company 5:45 Loudon Wainwright III 7:30 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy Eclipse 8:15 p.m. Word of Mouth 9:15 p.m. Eric Culberson Band 10:30 p.m. Walter Parks & Swamp Cabbage

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is a Tit Man” (1974) to Rufus’ “Dinner at Eight” (2003) to Martha’s ode– to–Dad “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” (2004), the Wainwright gang has never shied away from talking — and not always politely — about one another. The lineage is remarkable: Loudon Wainwright Jr. was a longtime editor and columnist for Life magazine, and Rufus and Martha’s mother was singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Loudon and Suzzy’s daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche is also an acclaimed singer/songwriter. Sloan Wainwright (Loudon’s sister, aunt to Rufus, Martha and Lucy) is one of the performers at the third annual A–Town Get Down, March 2 at the Charles Morris Center. Loudon is the headliner. Some people might remember Wainwright from his appearances on the ‘70s TV series M*A*S*H* (as “the singing surgeon”). More recently, filmmaker Judd Apatow has turned a new generation of fans onto his music — not only has Wainwright acted and/or provided songs for The 40– Year–Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This is 40, Apatow produced a 2011 Wainwright box set retrospective called, appropriately, 40 Odd Years. And that, they have been.


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Stopover: Don’t Stop! BY Bill DeYoUng |

As the 2013 Savannah Stopover grows ever closer, we continue with our profiles of some of the major bands and artists set to perform during the third annual downtown celebration of indie music (March 7–9).

This week, we’re starting with the festival’s ostensible headliner, the proto–power quartet Chelsea Light Moving. The engine driving this New York juggernaut is none other than guitarist Thurston Moore, cornerstone of the legendary Sonic Youth. See the entire schedule at

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Thanks to his outra–electro guitar shredding in Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore is held in high musical esteem from hither to yon. That pioneering post–punk trio is now on indefinite hiatus, however, and Moore has plugged his restless spirit — and his Stratocaster — into a new band.

Say hello to Chelsea Light Moving. “We’ve been busy touring basically for the last two years nonstop,” says drummer John Moloney, who’s been one of Moore’s side–project conspirators for a decade. "It was billed as ‘Thurston Moore’ for almost two years, and then we all decided ‘Yeah, this is pretty cool, and it’s actually a band.’ “Thurston wanted to change the name of the project to a band name, so that it would be perceived differently. That was cool for us.” Along with Moore and Moloney, the band includes bassist Keith Wood and violinist Samara Lubelski. “Samara and Keith have been in Thurston’s circle for a long time,” Moloney reports. “Samara played on that Trees Outside the Academy record, and all three of us were in bands that were on Thurston’s Ecstatic Peace label.” Moloney’s first big band was called the Shit Spangled Banner, an improv/ hardcore outfit whose debut record was released on Moore’s label in 1996.

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“The Shit Spangled Banner turned into a psychedelic improv band called The Sunburned Hand of the Man, which has been pretty renowned in certain circles,” he says. “We’ve opened for Sonic Youth, and I became very friendly with the Sonic Youth family.” Like Moore, Moloney is from a small town in New England, and when Sonic Youth was in its heyday — the late 1980s and early ‘90s — the young drummer was sitting up and paying attention. “My band was heavily influenced by Sonic Youth and the Melvins, stuff like that,” Moloney continues. "I was and still am a huge Sonic Youth fan. Some of my formative musical experiences were at their concerts. “When those guys would do an interview in a magazine, I would read it and always check out the bands they were interested in. I’ve always been real interested in their scene, and what they were all about. The bands they were into.” Moloney and Moore are repped on vinyl by Caught On Tape, from a series of European dates they did — just drums and guitar — in the spring of 2012. “He had some noise gigs booked after one of our band tours,” explains Moloney, “so he asked me to come along and play drums. We recorded all the gigs on cassette; I took them home and edited them, and that’s the Caught on Tape record.” While Chelsea Light Moving is a rock ‘n’ roll band that plays actual songs, guitar/drum improv is an entirely different animal. Moore thrives on improvisation — as does Moloney. "It’s kind of like improvised art: There’s the stage, these are the instruments, let’s see what you can do with these things. And we have a kind of telepathy built up from playing together for so long. It’s sorta jazz–based in a way. But we’re not playing jazz chops. It’s Thurston and I listening to each other and just going for it, you know? "But we’re both pretty high energy people, mentally and physically. What I kind of akin it to is the way Jimi Hendrix would always say that Mitch Mitchell and him would push each other in that way. And if you listen to those guys playing together, you can tell that they’re listening to each other and playing off each other. That’s the basis of it. “I’m not saying I’m Mitch Mitchell, by any means, or he’s Hendrix, but I feel like that’s the approach when I sit down. I’ve never discussed this with him or anything, but this is how I feel about it when we sit down to play. It’s not a jazz thing, although I guess you could put a saxophone in with us and it would be kinda jazzy in a way. But it would still be insane fire music.” On the just–released album Chelsea Light Moving, blistering punk, heavy rock chops, big hooks, big beats and screamo guitars is, indeed, the stuff that insane fire music is made of. Several tracks were recorded in a single day’s session, and released in 2012 as free downloads. “Thurston wanted to release the whole record free online,” Moloney explains. “Our label was interested in releasing the record when it was done, but we just didn’t know when we would finish it.” With the exception of several chestnuts from Moore’s catalog, Moloney says, the Chelsea Light Moving live show includes very little improv. “It’s all rock ‘n’ roll song structure, very structured, very fun and fun to play. For myself. I love playing that kind of music as well.” Fans should expect Chelsea Light Moving to be around for a while; it’s not just Thurston Moore’s latest one–off whim. “I can’t see that happening,” Moloney says. "I’m the type of person who doesn’t enter into things just to walk away a year later. Thurston’s not that way either. He’s one of the most committed people I have ever met in my life. “I’m not saying he’s moving on. Sonic Youth is not dead. It’ll never die. They might take a break from playing shows, but Chelsea Light Moving is not a side project. All of us in the band are one hundred percent into it.” Online:

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Five years ago, Ben Hardesty had never opened his mouth to sing for anybody. He was 16 years old. “I wouldn’t do it till someone made me,” says the singer, guitarist and chief songwriter for the The Last Bison. “Anybody who’s outgoing like me, a totally type–A personality, there’s always a voice in the back of your head saying ‘It would be awesome to play music in front of people.’ And then there’s the other voice that says ‘Yeah, but that’s not realistic.’” Lucky for us Hardesty finally unleashed his inner Levon, and produced a sweet but robust Appalachian tenor, around which the Last Bison (formerly just Bison) wraps delicate, complex acoustic music. With mandolin, banjo, violin, cello and a portable chaplain’s organ (the sort used to conduct services–on–the–fly on WWII battlefields), the band’s sound is a refreshing sort of classical chamber folk. Hardesty’s sister Annah plays bells and percussion, and sings backup vocals; younger brother Dan Hardesty is the band’s all–purpose stringman. The other Bisoneers are Jay Benfante, Andrew Benfante (they’re brothers), Teresa Totheroh and Amos Housworth. Acknowledging their rural Virginia upbringing, the band members dress like 18th Century pioneers (or, if you will, contemporary Amish). Somehow, it fits with the music. After a self–produced album in 2011, the band signed with Republic Records, which issued a four–song EP last fall. This week, The Last Bison’s first Republic album is released (like the EP, it’s called Inheritance). “I think for a lot of bands it’s hard to find an image or a branding,” says Hardesty. “For us, that was kind of instilled in us the moment we started. I’ve always had a love for history, so we’ve always had this throwback from the 19th Century kind of vibe.” When the label folks came calling, their advice — “Don’t change a thing” — was music to Hardesty’s ears. “We experience a lot of joy creating music, and at the end of the day what we want to do is translate that joy to people in our live show,” he explains. "That’s what’s important to us. “So having a label with a marketing team is exciting for us, because they have the ability to push it out to lots of listeners. Different age groups. And places where we couldn’t necessarily do it on our own.” Creating lengthy pieces that flow seamlessly together isn’t as easy as it might seem. Hardesty’s not a control freak — he doesn’t make detailed demos for the band to copy. “The writing process is a long process,” he says. "I don’t just sit down and write. I spend a lot of time on each individual song. I want the emotion in the lyrics to be able to be translated through the music — even if you were just listening to the instrumental, I suppose. So there’s a lot of time that goes into orchestrating and putting together the songs for the band. "But there’s a lot of creativity in my fellow bandmates that I don’t want to suppress in any way. I want them to be able to express their own styles. “Especially with Amos and Teresa, our cellist and violinist, who are very classically trained. I love classical music, and I can write pieces that sound classical but I don’t understand it. I’m not classically trained. It’s a meticulous process for us to write a song, getting seven instruments or more to have parts that work together. But it’s really, really quite fun.” He’s quick to illustrate the collaborative nature of the arrangements. “One of the songs that’s one the full–length is called ‘Sandstone,’” Hardesty explains. “We were in the studio, and we told our producer ‘We need an hour; we still don’t have a bridge for this song.’ We’d been working probably 16 hours on this bridge, a 45 second part of the song. It was never right. “And in that last one hour of crunch time — with us kind of forced to be creative — we brought out this bridge that’s actually one of my favorite parts on the album.” Online:

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Yes, you will — fall for Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, the Massachusetts duo the New York Times called a “Notable Act” at the 2012 CMJ. With piano, guitar, drums (and the occasional harmonica and musical saw) these guys concoct a mesmerizing blend of folkie pop music that will stay in your head long after the final notes have reverberated into the air. As you can see, the guys have a healthy respect for the unorthodox, and a solid sense of humor (check out their full–length, the appropriately–titled Skeptic Goodbye, and its accompanying videos).

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One of the highlights of the first Savannah Stopover, in 2011, Young Buffalo returns this year with an incredibly strong EP jammed with sharp, pop– tinged rock ‘n’ roll — this is a band that piledrives and plants hooks virtually simultaneously. On that first visit, there were three young Buffs. This time around, it’s just Jim Barrett and Ben Yarbrough, switching off on guitars and basses, plus a touring drummer and keyboard guy. Longtime buds from Oxford, Miss., Barrett and Yarbrough have been singing and playing together since their middle school days. Barrett admits that straddling the fence between hard rock and harmony comes naturally to him. “My mom’s records included a lot of Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and musicals,” he tells us. “So from an early age I was drawn more to stuff that’s easy on the ears. By high school I started listening to Led Zeppelin and a bunch of harder shit. Once me and Ben started playing, we were really big into Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. “So it’s a little bit of both of those worlds — really easy on ya, and catchy, and the opposite side, getting a little noisy once in a while.” We invite you to listen to “Upstairs,” from the band’s self–titled EP. Don’t take our word for it. This is a creative duo. Young Buffalo’s live show tends to me a bit more ... well, ragged than the records. “Depending on the kind of show, and the sound I guess, sometimes it’s like straining to get over the ruckus,” Barrett laughs. “Sometimes it works; sometimes Ben and I mesh well. And sometimes you can’t hear anything, and you ask somebody after the show and they say ‘Well, you were a little shaky on a couple of those.’” And that’s a good thing, spontaneity and all. A cornerstone of live rock ‘n’ roll performance. Online:


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NPR chose Mize as one of their “Ten Discoveries at SXSW 2011,” just a week after she’d made her Savannah debut at the inaugural Stopover (she was here last year, too). The Kentucky singer/songwriter (yes, she’s a friend of Ben Sollee’s, and a frequent collaborator) has a dreamy, almost otherwordly soprano, which she ladles over a wash of reverb–drenched electric guitar. She is a master of breathless quiet and deeply-felt dynamics. “Maybe it’s just a combination of my influences and things, but I think space is a very important part of music,” she told us in 2011. “I am classically trained on violin, and even in big classical symphonies you can have a hundred people onstage and still, the silent moments can be the most powerful. I guess that’s not a conscious thing that I do in my music.” Mize will release her third full–length album in the spring. Online: continues on p. 30




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Ben Sollee

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Whether playing by bow, strum or finger–pluck, Ben Sollee is unique among cellists. The Kentucky native is a poly–dexterous master of innovation who wields his (physically unwieldy) instrument the way others handle a ukulele or a small guitar. He writes songs, too, and sings them. While playing his cello. A Savannah favorite, Sollee returns to Stopover on the heels of Half Made Man, his fourth album, which has been universally praised and brought him hitherto–unknown national exposure. Classically–trained, Solee has never been one to rest on his previous achievements; he is a born collaborator, whether it’s the Sparrow Quartet (with Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Casey Driessen) or his recent stage shows alongside Kentucky storyteller Ed McClanahan. For this Stopover visit, Sollee will be accompanied by percussionist Jordan Ellis, whom the cellist describes as “eight–armed” on his instruments. “Between he and I playing live, and other fancy electronics that we use, it makes a pretty big racket.” Was there a precedent for the way you play cello? In other words, how did you become you? Ben Sollee: For me, it just comes from being around other musicians who do it in a different vernacular. I happened to choose the cello in public school and ended up playing with bluegrass bands here and there, and blues bands, and I would pick up techniques and styles from the guitar player, the mandolin player, the bass player. While I had the cello in my hands. I think it’s a process of osmosis. What does collaboration do for you? Ben Sollee: I always like to say that collaboration is really important for my musical health. What it gives me is the opportunity to express someone else’s musical ideas within my own vernacular. Ed McLanahan is of a completely different generation, maybe even culture, that I’m from. But he’s one of the great Kentucky writers, and so we have this connection of being from the same stomping ground. We found a lot of inspiration in our collaboration. The collaboration was simply playing to the strengths of each other, letting each other do what we’re good at. But then asking each other to maybe try something just a little bit different. And the result was a performance that neither he nor I would have given individually. But together, we created something new. Do you still tour the country on that custom–made bike? Ben Sollee: I think it’s really important to keep the romance of the road, and not have it all be about tour vans, and buses, rock shows and cheap hotels. We try to do our touring about a third of each year by bicycle. Last year we did a wonderful tour of the northeast, riding out of the Newport Folk Festival up to Portland, Maine. It was just lovely, especially having come off a tour the previous fall where we had to cancel short of the end because it was just too dangerous. That was along the Gulf shore, New Orleans to Florida. Too dangerous why? Ben Sollee: There was very, very little infrastructure for us a cyclists. The roads were still pretty beat up from all the hurricanes. And the driving culture down there just wasn’t very tolerant of us on the road. To that end, we just found ourselves getting worn out trying to preserve ourselves out there. We’re not out there to save the world. We’re not trying to “be green,” or really even be all that sustainable. The point is for us to go out and connect with communities. And we didn’t feel like that was happening. It wasn’t worth the risk. Do you mean drivers were throwing things out the window at you? Ben Sollee: No, we didn’t have anybody throw anything, other than words. We had people that would just ride really close to us. Making really unsafe decisions. I remember at one point we were going uphill on a two–lane highway. We had every right to be on that road. And somebody must have had their Buick well within a foot and a half of the back tire of my bicycle. Which is terrifying! That’s a 3,000–pound machine, and you’re just a person on a bicycle. CS


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In the auditorium of SCAD’s Arnold Hall, a lot of people are running around with sharp objects. Some of them are taking swipes at each other, while others stab the air with terrifying alacrity. Generally, such behavior is discouraged among college students (and everyone else, for that matter.) But this sword–and dagger–carrying crew has fine reason to wield such weapons: This is the cast of the Dept. of Performing Arts’ production of The Three Musketeers, a play that without its fight scenes is just another road trip bromance.

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the swiftness and ease with which they handle their weapons, they have been quick studies. “I tap into their already artistic, creative minds — the most important thing I try to get them to understand is that combat is an extension of their character,” explains Noyes. “Repetition and rehearsal are the name of the game.” First penned by French writer Alexandre Dumas in 1625, Les Trois Mousquetaires has spawned numerous interpretations that have captivated generations of audiences. English playwright Ken Ludwig adapted and updated the classic for the London stage in 2006, a version that piqued the interest of SCAD Performing Arts Artistic Director Sharon Ott, director of SCAD’s production. “I was attracted to the combination of modern comic sensibility and a classical story. Plus, it ties in classical acting with stage combat, both part of the curriculum here,” says Ott. “It was kind of a no–brainer.” Packed with action and clever oneliners, Ludwig’s version also broadens the roles of women from the traditional story. “He incorporated more feminine energy to make it more accessible,” says Noyes. In addition to the main character d’Artagnan (Adler Roberts) who finds himself in league with the titular heros Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the plot is thickened with d’Artagnan’s tomboy sister, Sabine (Abby Huffstetler), and the machinations of Milady de Winter, played with pointed malevolence by sophomore Amaya Murphy.

Sneaky, sexy and wholly unrepentant, Milady manages to wound everyone in the play as she serves as a spy for the evil Cardinal Richelieu. “She’s a badass,” affirms Murphy with a nod. “She seduces her men before she kills them. She chokes Sabine with rosary beads. She stabs a nun, for cryin’ out loud!” Though she appears to be quite comfortable whipping around a butterfly knife, Murphy found new territory in Milady’s wicked chicanery. “I’ve never played a villain before,” says the Washington, D.C. native. “This has been a real growing process for me.” The Three Musketeers’ alchemical boil of action and sharp comedy is billed as fun for all ages, and for the first time SCAD is offering a special package for families for the show: For any performance Friday through Sunday, the package includes two adult and two children’s tickets for $50, a 30 percent savings from the full box office price. The show runs Thursday, Feb. 28–Sunday, March 3. In spite of the stabbing and swashbuckling, fight choreographer Noyes says the rehearsals have been as light– hearted as the script. “This is a comedy,” he grins. “There’s more laughing that anything else.” CS the three Musketeers when: Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 28–March 2 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. tickets: $25 general, $10 kids/seniors/ military, $5 w/ SCAD I.D.; $50 family package of 2 adults/2 children info: 912.525.5050/

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pJ thai’s piping hot orange chicken keeps a palate interested with plenty of spicy ginger and green onions.

While wandering around downtown on one of those beautiful days last week I was struck by a craving for sweet and sour chicken. Coincidentally, I rounded the corner smack into PJ Thai’s at that very moment. Of course, I didn’t find sweet and sour chicken, but I did score a heaping plate of Orange Chicken, which fit the bill and far exceeded my expectations. Orange Chicken is lightly breaded, not the puffy, doughnut–like bits most usually found in the area’s Chinese take–outs. The piping hot chicken is then tossed with orange rind, plenty of spicy ginger and green onion shoots in a sweet sauce. Simple, made–to–order and very, very good. While dining, I discovered that plenty of my friends had been dining with the nice family at PJ’s for some time. One friend joined me, and I sampled his Bangkok chicken, the

same chicken base but with a fiery mix of chili sauce with onion, garlic and cilantro. According to him, it’s all he ever orders. The menu is small and manageable. The salmon salad is a popular dish and there is a nice range of traditional noodle dishes for something heartier. It’s small, just a few seats. Every order is made fresh, and the family that owns the place are friendly and welcoming to regulars. They should learn my name — I plan to be back frequently.

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The new menu of this handcrafted cocktail bar has stepped far beyond its original incarnation. There are several new small plate options and a selection of imaginative entrée courses like mussels in white wine sauce, a grilled flat iron steak and housemade sausages. The flavors and constructions on this menu are as inventive as the palate–taunting signature cocktails. I loved my earlier visits there and can’t wait to sample the new dishes. CS



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wait weight Don’t tell Me — Mary Hartman’s drawings on panel and paper in charcoal, graphite, pastel and acrylic wash. Feb. 27 through May at The Sparetime, 36 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.

neighborhood watch — SCAD painting MFA student Honor Bowman explores the American suburb. Through March 4, Fahm Hall Gallery, 9 N. Fahm St. Part of SCAD’s deFINE ART program.


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Belo Horizonte project — Multimedia artist Damian Ortega’s exhibition on this Brazilian city. Through March 3 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Big Bad print and poster show — Large format pieces on paper in any medium. Gallery le Snoot, 6 E. State St.

‘Masqued,’ work by william palmer, at the Butcher; reception is Friday evening

Openings & Receptions Masqued — Photography by William Palmer, exploring human anonymity through the masks. March 1-24 at The Butcher, 19 E. Bay St. Reception March 1, 7-10pm. c-port “the show” the art of Danny worsley — Silkscreen pop art with a graffiti, DIY edge. Show runs March 1-5. Reception March 1, 8pm, at Hang Fire!, 37 Whitaker St. influence and aftermath — Mixed media by Roger Halligan and Jan Chenoweth. March 1-23. Reception March 1, 6-9pm, 7pm artists’ gallery talk. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Jea art gallery March exhibit — Small works and story-like illustrations in watercolor and ink by Sheala Bacon, paintings and wearable art by Margaret Clay and watercolor and photography by Xi Guo. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn. Opens March 1. Reception March 3, 3-5pm. Jewish Journeys — Exhibit and series of nearly two dozen free workshops, from drawing to bookbinding, painting to music appreciation, based on Jewish culture, food and texts. Feb. 27-March 17. Reception Feb. 27, 5-7pm. Film Feb. 28. Register for workshops at Workshops Mar. 3, 6, 10, 14. Location:

Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. kathy Miller & linda whitt smith — Long time Savannah artist Kathy Miller’s oil paintings and Linda Whitt Smith’s crystalline glazed ceramics. March 1-31 at Gallery 209, 209 E River St the studio school group show — A show of artwork by students fro Melinda Borysevicz’s Studio School Blick Art Materials, 318 E. Broughton St. Reception/ open house March 8, 6-8pm. the art of seating: two Hundred Years of american Design — Using 40 chairs which span more than two centuries of design and manufacture, this exhibition from homes, workplaces and public settings captures a slice of Americana that parallels the arc of United States history. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. March 1-May 19.

savannah Black Heritage Festival: new Beginnings — 12th annual show of work by local middle and high school students. Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry Street. Show runs through March 1.

Blick employee art show — This exhibition represents a piece of artwork from each of the Blick Savannah staff in the Blick Gallery at 318 E. Broughton St. Through March 1.


Deborah auleatha Mueller — Stoneware and raku clay works inspired by Asian design. Through February. Gallery 209, 209 East River St.

Fusion — Florida-based photographer Ann Kemp in collaboration with glass artisan Denise Murphy. 37th St. at Abercorn Antiques and Design, 201 E. Abercorn St.

everyday sightings — Photographer Michael W. Ellison and painter Mary Ellen McLaughlin exhibit their interpretation of commonplace experiences. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. (inside Hospice House). Show runs through February.

antonio lopez and the world of Fashion art — An overview of the work of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943-87). SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Fool of Feelings — Recent mixed media works and paintings by Sunyoung Kali Moon. Through Feb. 28. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. georgia kyle shiver: one nation Under god — Starland Cafe & Gallery,11 East 41st St, presents an exhibit by Savannah folk artist and musician. Through February. lifelike — Will Penny, SCAD MFA painting student, explores tensions between illusion and tangible spaces. Part of SCAD’s deFINE ART program. Through March 4, Alexander Hall Gallery, 668 Indian St.

erasures — Paintings and works on paper by Jack Whitten, many on view for the first time. at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. ingrid calame: pit 4, pit 7, pit 9, indianapolis Motor speedway, 2006 — An installation that translates tracings from the speedway pits into one-to-one scale directly onto the museum wall. Through May 12. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Joel cothran — Small and large airbrush paintings on paper and panel by the South Carolina based artist. The Sparetime, 36 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.

Savannah Center for Fine Art Contemporary Prints from Hungary An exhibition through March Opening Reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday, the 1st of March 41 Drayton St. Savannah, Georgia 917-882-5505

silkscreen pop art by Danny worsley is up at Hang Fire on whitaker; reception is this Friday night light paradox — Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe constructs intricate, site-specific sculptural installations of thread that produce visual effects and rays of spectral color. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. part of SCAD’s deFINE ART. Marcus kenney: Fallen animals — Kenney, renowned as a mixed media artist, returns to his photographic origins with an exhibition of black-and-white images, his first photography show since 1998. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 Liberty St. Part of deFINE Art. Mary telfair and the grand tour — Rarely exhibited works from Mary Telfair’s collection. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Material Discovery: angel otero — New paintings and sculpture plus recent works. Part of 2013 deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

offering of the angels: Masterworks from the Uffizi gallery — Italian Renaissance Masterpieces from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 W. York St orlando // a city By Dylan Derose — In photographs, DeRose explores one’s relationship to the city of Orlando, Florida. Ashmore Gallery, 412 M. L. King Jr. Blvd. Through March 8. othoniel — A presentation of large-scale steel and glass sculptures, and Precious Stonewall, by contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.Part of 2013 deFINE ART. two Faced — An art show by Raabstract. Taca Sushi Lounge, 513 E. Oglethorpe. Through April 28. Unfamiliar Behavior: works by Hye Yeon nam — Nam is a digital media artist working in performance video, experimental interaction design and games, and robotic installations. Jepson Center, 207 W. York Street. CS

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Let’s face it: 2013 has so far been a brutal year for multiplex action stars. Jason Statham’s Parker has grossed $17 million, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand has earned $11 million and Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head has scraped together an especially anemic $9 million. (I’d like to think the only reason Bruce Willis’ awful A Good Day to Die Hard has earned a respectable $40 million to date is because it’s a franchise sequel; without John McClane as the hero, I expect it would have fared much worse.) Now Dwayne Johnson enters the fray with Snitch, and what’s interesting to note is that, while his fellow macho men are content to coast, the artist formerly known as The Rock actually attempts to do something different, appearing in a movie that, contrary to both expectations and popular belief, isn’t an action flick as much as a thoughtful drama peppered with a couple of requisite car chases and shootouts. Snitch is one of those movies that opens with a statement declaring it’s based on a true story – given the increased frequency of this claim combined with the laxity with which it’s now employed, I expect to see such a header at the start of Jack the Giant Slayer and Iron Man 3, among other upcoming titles. At any rate, it’s the closing comment that resonates more deeply, the widely acknowledged one that nonviolent, first–time drug offenders generally face more prison time than murderers and rapists. Snitch analyzes that dire problem in the context of a drama about a father who makes Herculean sacrifices for the sake of his son. Jason (Rafi Gavron) is a college–bound kid who initially refuses

but then reluctantly agrees to hold a shipment of ecstasy for his drug–dealing friend. But when the shipment arrives at his door, the Feds swoop in and arrest him; matters become even worse when, for the sake of a reduced sentence, his pal fingers him as the real drug dealer, a lie that leads to a mandatory 10– year sentence alongside hardened criminals. His dad John (Johnson), a respected business owner, finds that the prosecuting attorney (Susan Sarandon) won’t budge in the matter, so he offers her a deal: In exchange for reducing Jason’s sentence, John will go undercover and nab a real drug lord or two. Johnson isn’t exactly our most versatile movie star (although he was awfully funny in the otherwise dismal Get Shorty sequel, Be Cool), but he does possess charisma to burn, and it’s this natural screen presence that allows us to accept him in this role. His character’s sense of frustration and outrage over what’s happening to his son is palpable, and this sets up some interesting encounters opposite the ambitious d.a., a conscientious field agent (Barry Pepper, hiding underneath a biker–ready beard) and an ex–con (Jon Bernthal) who tries to help John while keeping his own record clean. I certainly don’t want to oversell the film: The direction by Ric Roman Waugh is more workmanlike than inspired, and the third act promises more thrills than it actually delivers (John states that he has this great plan to make everything right, but it proves to be about as complex as boiling water). Still, moviegoers finding themselves between The Rock and a bad choice – say,

the aforementioned Die Hard debacle – might agree that the auditorium showing Snitch isn’t a hard place to be.

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It’s been exactly a quarter–century since Bruce Willis became a movie star with the action classic Die Hard, but while 2013 finds the actor headlining the fifth film in the never–say–die series, it’s clear that A Good Day to Die Hard does his image — and his iconic character — no favors. John McClane, once an exciting screen presence, is now simply an old grouch who’s as dull and predictable as a presidential candidate in debate mode. The movie poster might as well read, “John McClane IS John McCain,” given that this dud isn’t likely to raise anyone’s pulse. The first Die Hard entry set outside the U.S., this finds McClane heading to Russia to check on his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney), who isn’t the druggie burnout he expected but rather a covert agent for the CIA. Jack’s mission is to extract a political prisoner (the fine German actor Sebastian Koch, almost unrecognizable under a scruffy beard), which becomes a mission impossible once Pappy McClane arrives on the scene and screws everything up. But no worries: Big Daddy has plenty of time to make amends, as he proceeds to blow away Russkies, save his son’s skin and rack up an obscene amount of collateral damage. The father–son/secret agent angle has already been recently used by Willis himself in last continues on p. 40





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year’s The Cold Light of Day, a movie this one resembles in its dogged devotion to dimness. The story even pays a visit to Chernobyl, where the McClane boys take a bath in radioactive water, make bonding cracks about John’s (ergo, Bruce’s) baldness and bump into the tourists from last year’s horror flick Chernobyl Diaries. Just kidding on that last one; instead, they bump into scores of villains, one of whom suffers (spoiler, but who really gives a damn?) death–by– whirling–helicopter–blade. A unique cinematic demise? Not really: A character suffered the exact same fate in 1991’s execrable The Last Boy Scout, a film which — oh, yeah — also starred Bruce Willis. John McClane’s signature catchphrase “Yippee ki–yay” is uttered, though he’s more prone this time around to channeling City Slickers’ Billy Crystal by shouting, “I’m on vacation!” — a line that isn’t especially witty (or accurate) the first time he says it and certainly has worn out its welcome by the time he amends it to “I’m on fucking vacation!” Unbelievably, this great character has made a complete transformation from a likable, sympathetic Everyman in 1988 to an arrogant, insufferable jerk in 2013. All traces of personality have disappeared, leaving only a plastic action figure merely going through the motions. Whereas McClane employed ingenuity in at least the first two Die Hard films, his MO here is to mainly aim and shoot. He even gets to be the Ugly American, yelling at an understandably irate driver (whose car has been hit by McClane), “Do I look like I speak your fucking language?” before punching him. The role has been so thoroughly siphoned of individuality and personality than if there’s another sequel, Willis doesn’t even have to play McClane: The producers can nab Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Bieber or anybody else their avaricious little hearts desire.



It won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It has earned Oscar nominations in five major– league categories, including Best Picture. Its writer–director and lead actress have each won or been nominated for over a dozen international awards. Clearly, Amour, Michael Haneke and Emmanuelle Riva don’t

really need me to additionally sing their praises (although praise is indeed all I have), so let’s discuss Jean–Louis Trintignant for a moment. Julie Christie earned reams of awards for her portrayal of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2006’s Away from Her, yet for me, the best performance in that film was given by the largely overlooked Gordon Pinsent as her loving husband, a good man reacting to his wife’s condition with a believable mix of empathy, kindness and helpless frustration. In Amour, a bracing, brutal study of an octogenarian couple and the final snatch of time they have together, Trintignant plays a comparable role to that of Pinsent. Riva’s character, a former music teacher named Anne, has started to wear down, more in the physical sense but a bit in the mental department as well. Her husband Georges does what he can to keep her comfortable – and, as her body continues to deteriorate, he also tries to keep her alive, refusing to allow her to give up on him, on herself or on the life they built together. Riva’s performance is indeed amazing – watching Anne’s fierce pride attempt to claw its way through the vagaries of her body is heartbreaking – but no less impressive is the turn by Trintignant. Georges brooks no interference from outsiders – whether it’s the caregiver who insultingly treats Anne like an infant or his own well– meaning daughter (Isabelle Huppert) – and the actor applies a testiness to his portrayal that provides it with additional heft. Because this is a Haneke production, the man behind Cache and Funny Games doesn’t forsake his usual abstractions (the ending has already been interpreted in several different ways, with no theory rising above the rest), and there’s also a slight yet familiar chill that wafts through the entire movie. Yet Haneke exhibits nothing but warmth and devotion toward his central couple, and his movie ends up serving as a testimonial not only to these universal characters but also to the two French icons portraying them.

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Emma Thompson delivers the worst performance of her distinguished career, Jeremy Irons resists

the urge to have the producers sign his paycheck even as the cameras are rolling on him, and the exaggerated accents by a significant chunk of the cast are no more authentically Southern than the Great Wall of China. And so it goes with Beautiful Creatures, writer–director Richard LaGravenese’s dreary adaptation of a Young Adult novel penned by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Set in a fictional South Carolina town — the type where Civil War reenactments are more popular than Christmas, and books like To Kill a Mockingbird are banned – the story focuses on rebel without a clue Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and the strange situations he encounters when new girl Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert, Jane Campion’s daughter) turns up as a new student at his high school. Ethan works hard to befriend the girl, who is otherwise ostracized by local goobers — like the Bible–thumping Mrs. Lincoln (Thompson) — who already fear her eccentric uncle (Irons). Ethan eventually learns that Lena comes from a family of Casters (the preferred word for witches) and, like Luke Skywalker before her, she will end up either succumbing to the dark side or crusading for goodness by taking up arms against an evil parent. Sparkly vampires suddenly look very appealing when compared to the Gothic witches on display here. For all the vitriol directed at the shaky Twilight series, all of its entries are definitely better than this dull and insipid movie, a trial run meant to gauge viewer interest in another series aimed at younger audiences. To the kids whose possible attendance will decide its fate, allow me to quote Nancy Reagan: Just say no.

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This is meant to be as much a comedy as a fantasy flick, and there are some humorous bits up front. But the laughs dry up quickly, and all that’s left is a hyperactive action film featuring yet another humorless performance by Jeremy Renner (as Hansel), a village that looks about as authentic as the one created for the equally ill–advised Red Riding Hood, both human and CGI witches who prove to be about as menacing as a sleeping hamster, and anachronistic touches more idiotic than inspired.

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Bold, provocative and challenging in ways not even attempted by other award contenders like Lincoln and my 2012 fave Argo, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty recalls what President Woodrow Wilson reportedly said after screening D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation: “It’s like history written with lightning.” Like that silent classic, this galvanizing picture is a work that’s steeped in controversy, yet unlike that hearty shout–out to the glories of the Ku Klux Klan, the uproar here isn’t nearly as clear–cut as it was when confronted with Griffith’s racist ideologies. Bigelow reteams with scripter Mark Boal – both won Oscars for 2008’s The Hurt Locker – for a movie that relates in painstaking detail the CIA’s decade–long search for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Delivering a sublime performance of ferocious intensity, Jessica Chastain headlines as Maya, an agency operative who makes it her personal mission to ferret out the murderous al Qaeda head. Stumbling across helpful clues is, as someone notes, like trying to locate that proverbial needle in a haystack, but while other figures come and go over the years for various reasons (Jason Clarke and Jennifer Ehle play the most prominent of these co–workers), Maya is determined to see this through to the end, no matter how much resistance she meets from her superiors in this patriarchal organization. Zero Dark Thirty is such a potent work that it’s unfortunate it’s become embroiled in a scandal which, frankly, it doesn’t deserve. Erroneously denounced as taking a pro–torture stance by politicians trying to cover their own asses as well as by well– meaning but misunderstanding activists, the film actually does nothing of the sort. It instead acknowledges the very real presence of torture on the post–9/11 landscape. But in a break from traditional Tinseltown thinking, Bigelow and Boal insist on treating viewers like intelligent, discerning adults, able to absorb complexities and weigh knotty material. It’s a risky gamble on their part, but without it, we wouldn’t have a movie as important – and gratifying – as this one. CS


Activism & Politics Victorian neighborhood association Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm on the first floor of the American Legion Hall, 1108 Bull Street. Open to all residents, property owners, renters, and businesses of the Victorian Neighborhood: Anderson to Gwinnett, ML King Jr. Blvd to East Broad. All who reside or work in the area are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings, meet your neighbors, and become a member of this growing organization. Information: 912233-0352. [011313]

13th colony patriots

A group of conservative political activists that meets the 13th of each month at Tubby’s restaurant, 2909 River Drive in Thunderbolt, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We are dedicated to the preservation of the U. S. Constitution and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. See our Facebook page or call Michael or Elizabeth at 912.604.4048. All are welcome. [062712]

city of savannah offers citizens’ academy

Registration is now open for the next semester

of the City of Savannah Citizens’ Academy –an eight-session program intended to immerse residents into the workings of their City Government. The Academy includes on-site visits, presentations by key City officials, and other hands-on activities. Interested citizens must be willing to commit to attend all of the once-a-week classes, which generally run 6-8 p.m. beginning on February 12 through April 2. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted for the 2013 Academy, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 nonrefundable entrance fee is required. For more information contact the City of Savannah Public Information Office at 651-6410.

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 Satisfied, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us! [113012]

public school system seeks input in Math instructional Materials

The Savannah Chatham County School System is reviewing mathematics instructional materials to make recommendations for the upcoming adoption cycle. They are soliciting input from community members, who may review the materials in the first floor hallway of

the SCCPSS Administration Building, 208 Bull Street, Savannah, through February 4. Review forms are available. Information: 912-395-1043.

For more info: visit the Facebook page: Chatham Co. Young Democrats. or call 423-6197712. [010613]

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 912-3083020. [062712]


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savannah tea party Monthly Meetings

First Monday of each month at B&D Burgers, 11108 Abercorn St. Social at 5:30pm. Business Meeting 6:00pm. January meeting is February 4, 2013. All are welcome, please join us to discuss our agenda for the year 2013. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-5987358 or Jeanne Seaver at 912-663-8728 for additional info. [121812]

Veterans for peace Monthly Meeting

The Savannah chapter of Veterans for Peace meets upstairs at Satisfied, (formerly Loco’s Deli and Grill), 301 Broughton St. at 7p.m. on the last Monday of each month. VFP is a national organization of men and women of all eras, branches of service, and duty stations that works to expose the true costs of war and to support veterans and civilian victims. 303550-1158 for more info. [121612]

Young Democrats

Young Democrats meets every Sunday, 3:304:00pm at The Sentient Bean, 13. East Park Avenue.

a taste of Hope, chefs and chocolates

Urban Hope 2013 fundraiser, March 1, 7:00pm. Tickets: $30.00. Supports inner city youth with our after school and eight week summer program., or call 912349-54750 E. Broad Street.

art & oysters, a Benefit for pin point Heritage Museum

Saturday, February 2,4:30-6:30 pm. An Oyster Roast, Beer & Wine, Live Music. In attendance will be artist Mary Whyte and Algie Varn, former owner of the Varn & Son oyster and crab factory, now the Pin Point Heritage Museum. Tickets are $100 per person. At the Pin Point Heritage Museum, 9924 Pin Point Ave. Reservations: 912-312-4155.

Forsyth Farmers’ Market seeks sponsors

Forsyth Farmers’ Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and show consideration for the local economy. Sponsorship opportunities start at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. or email for informa-

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guatemala connection latin evening

February 1, 6:30 - 9:00pm. Reception, dinner and Latin entertainment to raise funds for Faith in Practice Medical Mission Team and The Christ Child’s Nest Orphanage in Guatemela. For further information and tickets: 912-355-8527 $15 adults, $7 children. Isle of Hope United Methodist Church Social Hall, 412 Parkersburg Road.

Jazz showdown Benefit for park place outreach



Jazz Pianists Bob Seeley (a boogie woogie pianist) and John Cocuzzi (pianist, vibraphone player and drummer, specializes in blues, jazz, swing and boogie woogie) perform February 8 at the Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island, 1 Cottonwood Lane. 6:00pm: Cash/ member bar. 7:00pm dinner. 8:30pm: Piano showdown. Silent auction from 6:00-8:15 p.m. Tickets $125. Information/tickets/donations: Marolyn Overton, 912-598-7358 or Dick Miller, 912-598-5049.

karma Yoga class for local charities

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Bikram Yoga Savannah has added a new weekly Karma Class to raise money for local charities. The Karma Class is held each Monday night during the regular 6:30 p.m. class. Students pay $5 to participate in the class, and all proceeds are donated to a local charity. A different charity is selected each month. Information: or 912-344-1278/912-3568280. [072212]


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The 5K and 10K is a race through many Savannah neighborhoods, finishing with a fun-filled celebration for participants, family, and friends. Registration savings for early birds, military, first responders, students and children under 12. Race registration is open at Fleet Feet Savannah and as well the Historic Savannah Foundation website. Or see the Facebook page. Registration fees: $35-45

savannah children’s choir spaghetti supper

Monday, February 11, 4 - 7pm, a pre-Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Supper benefiting Savannah Children’s Choir. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn Street (at 34th Street). $7. Dinner includes pasta, choice of sauce, bread and salad. Drinks and home-made desserts additional charge. Information: 912-228-4758 or www.

savannah philharmonic afternoon adagio

An afternoon of high tea, hat fashions, silent auction and light classical music performed by harpist Kristin King and violinist Jadde Nolty, benefiting the Savannah Philharmonic. Saturday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the ballroom at The Olde Pink House, 23 Abercorn St. Tickets: $50 for Savannah Philharmonic members; $60 for non-members. Patron tickets available at $150. or call 912-232-6002. ,

scaD 14th annual scholarship gala

Saturday, Feb. 2, at Poetter Hall, 342 Bull St. 6:30pm for Preview Party. 7:30pm Gala. The black-tie optional event features a silent auction of more than 100 pieces of original artwork donated by SCAD students, faculty and friends, on display in Poetter Hall. Artwork not sold during the gala will be available for sale online at scad. edu/gala. Tickets: $150 or $250 for the gala and access to the Preview Party, which includes an exclusive buy-it-now option on auction artwork and a catered cocktail reception. To purchase tickets, make a donation or preview auction items, visit or call the Gala Hotline at 912-525-5821.

cAll for entries call for artists to contribute artwork

Submit your artwork and benefit Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG), a local nonprofit, at the

“Expressions for Hope,” art show and auction February 28 at LSG’s office, 6555 Abercorn St. Ste. 200, to help support children in foster care and families in need. Join us for the auction and also contribute your artwork for the show. We welcome unframed submissions of any medium, judging reserved for 5 x 7 submissions. Please send your artwork to LSG’s office by February 14. Call or e-mail Katherine McKenzie at 912-704-4829 or with any questions.

Fast pitch 2013 submissions sought

The Creative Coast Alliance seeks budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to potential investors. See for details. Deadline February 18, 5:00pm. Information: 912-447-8457.

Historic savannah Foundation preservation awards nominations

Historic Savannah Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2013 HSF Preservation Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in historic preservation. Deadline: Friday, February 15. Winners announced Thursday, May 9. Nomination form and full details on eligibility, submission criteria and key dates available at Information: 912-233-7787 or

participants sought for national cancer research effort

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) seeks participants in Savannah to be part of a nationwide cancer research effort surveying up to 500,000 people across the U.S. The survey will occur in the final week of February 2013. Men and women, ages 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed. The two-part study consists of a 30-minute in-person waist measurement and blood test, and an at-home questionnaire. Follow-up surveys will be sent to participants every few years to track changes in health, lifestyle, and other situations. CPS-3 is the third major initiative of this study that began in the 1950s (CPS-I) and began a new phase in 1982 (CPS-II). For more information, visit, email, or call 912-355-5196.

savannah residents invited to apply for Boards, commissions, authorities

Citizens interested in playing an active role in their local government are encouraged to apply for current openings on several Savannah City Council boards, commissions and authorities. The Clerk of Council accepts applications from Thursday, Jan. 3 until noon on Thursday, Jan. 31. These groups work on behalf of Council on various topics of interest to the community, providing guidance or assisting in making decisions that impact daily life in Savannah. Citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and experience are needed to fill these important roles. Applications can be found on the City’s website, www. For more information, contact the Clerk of Council at (912) 651-6442 or email

third thursdays on tybee submissions now Being accepted

The Tybee Island Better Hometown Program hosts outdoor musical entertainment in the Main Corridor each year from March through May and from September through November. Submissions are now being accepted from musicians interested in performing. Concerts are held the third Thursdays of the month at from 5:30 - 7:00pm and feature single musicians, duos or trios with minimal technical requirements. Musicians of all ages are invited to submit a sample of their music and a brief bio. Submission deadline: February 6, 5:00pm. All music genres are allowed. Material must be family-friendly. Review the “Information for Performers” info at A panel of expert judges will review submissions and begin scheduling the second week of February. Information: 912-472-5071 or contact Melinda: 912-484-6415. [113012]

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clay classes: savannah clay studio at Beaulieu

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056. [062812]

Handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles. Basic glazing and firing techniques. Contact Anita at 912-351-4578 email: sav.claystudio@ [120212]

Basic storm spotter workshop

photography classes

From beginner photography to advanced post-production classes for all levels, amateur to professional. $20 per person for a two hour session with at least 5 students per class. Contact 410-251-4421 or A complete list of classes and class descriptions are available at http://www. [082612]

“orchid growing Made so easy” offered Feb. 16 at the Bamboo Farm

Instructor Jim Keplinger offers basic orchid information followed by a question-and-answer session and a tour of a greenhouse on the campus of the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. Learn which light conditions, potting media and fertilizing programs are best for orchids. Saturday, February 16, 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Offered by the Deep South Orchid Society and the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. Location: the Conference Center at the Bamboo Farm, 2 Canebrake Road. Fee: $12. Prepayment required. Pre-register: 912-921-5460. Call for payment instructions.

acting workshops for Youth & adults, and Headshot Days

A two-hour interactive workshop, preparing individuals to report severe weather including funnel clouds, tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and flooding rainfall. Weather spotters have served as the “eyes” of The National Weather Service for more than 60 years. Wed. Feb. 13 at 2:30pm or 6:00pm, at Bloomingdale Police Department, 6 Adams Street, Bloomingdale. Call Chatham Emergency Management Agency to register: 912-201-4500. Free to attend.

Be a Master gardener

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Master Gardener Class, to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00AM-12:30PM from January 22nd thru April 4th, 2013 at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens, and at the Lake Mayer Community Room. The cost is $145.00. For more information call 912-652-7981. UGA’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences/Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. website:

Beading classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check the website calendar at or call 912-441-2656. [010613]

Beading classes at Bead Dreamer studio

First City Films hosts the following acting workshops. Locations will be emailed to class members after registration. Young Actors (Ages 7-14) Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4pm. Repeats Sunday, March 10, 3-6pm. $75. Early registration $65. Background Actors (Ages 15 & up). Extras: How to be a Repeat, not a Delete. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6-9pm. Repeats Saturday, March 2, 10am-1pm. $65. Early registration $50. Beginner Actors: Extras Level 2 (Ages 15 & up). The Acting Business. (Must have taken Background Actors Workshop.) Saturday, March 2, 2-6pm, $75. Early registration $65. Headshot Day. One-look headshot session for beginners, or if you have a new look. Saturday, Jan. 26, 11am-4pm or Sunday, Feb. 17, 11am4pm. $125. Register at

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio,

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The Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association hosts a day-long institute, The FUNdamentals of Beekeeping, on honey bees and the art of hobbyist beekeeping. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Saturday, February 23, 9:00am - 4:00pm. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Information call 912-395-1509 or visit

A Classical Approach to Drawing and Painting the Figurem with James Langley. Feb 14-16 at The Studio School, 1319-B Bull Street. For more information visit:, email: melindaborysevicz@gmail. com, or call: 912-484-6415.

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coast guard auxiliary Boating classes

Beginning Belly Dance classes

Regular classes on boat handling, boating safety & navigation offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Learn from the experts. For dates & more information, visit our web site: or telephone Kent Shockey at 912-897-7656. [062812]

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance at Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. All skill levels and styles welcome. Sundays 3:30-4:30p.m. $15/class. Private instruction available. Carrie Newton 912-704-2940 or

continuing education courses at coastal georgia center

January courses offered by Georgia Southern’s Division of Continuing Education are: Digital Imaging Basics, Introduction to Computers, Creative Writing 1, Drawing 1, and Photoshop Basics, Math Prep for the SAT, Critical Reading Prep for the SAT, Navigating Windows 8, and iPhone Essentials, Tips and Tricks. All courses are open for registration. Held at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah. Fees, information and registration:, call the Coastal Georgia Center 644-5967; or email jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu.

champions training center

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912-349-4582 or visit http://www.ctcsavannah. com/ [062812]

classical and acoustic guitar instruction with a phD in Music

Savannah Classical Guitar Studio offers lessons for all levels of guitar student. Instructor is Dr.Brian Luckett, DMA classical guitar performance ( Individual lessons in a private, quiet studio in the Starland area. All levels of lessons cover guitar technique, music theory (reading, rhythm etc.) and musicianship. General (folk/rock based) acoustic lessons also available but please, no electric instruments. Rates: $25.00 per half

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Drawing and painting classes and private lessons offered by artist Karen Bradley. Call or email for details. 912-507-7138 or [112512]

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and scenic writing, dialogue, rhythm, pacing and the business of writing. The techniques learned in this class apply to both fiction and nonfiction, and are designed to lead into a more advanced Creative Writing 2 course. Mondays, 6:308:30pm, January 14 through March 4. Fee: $200.


(March 21–April 19) In 1993, Frenchman Emile Leray was on a solo trip through the Sahara Desert. In the middle of nowhere, his car suffered a major breakdown. It was unfixable. But he didn’t panic. Instead, he used a few basic tools he had on hand to dismantle the vehicle and convert its parts into a makeshift motorcycle. He was able to ride it back to civilization. I foresee the possibility of a metaphorically similar development in your future, Aries. You will get the opportunity to be very resourceful as you turn an apparent setback into a successful twist of fate.


(April 20–May 20) Your power animal is not the soaring eagle or the shrewd wolf or the brave bear. No, Taurus, it’s the rubber chicken. I’m serious. With the rubber chicken as your guardian spirit, you might be inspired to commit random acts of goofiness and surrealism. And that would reduce tension in the people around you. It could motivate you to play jokes and pull harmless pranks that influence everyone to take themselves less seriously. Are you willing to risk losing your dignity if it helps make the general mood looser and more generous? Nothing could be better for group solidarity, which is crucial these days. (Thanks, Gina Williams.)


(May 21–June 20) In the language of the Huron Indians, “orenda” is a word that refers to the spiritual power that resides in all creatures and things. If you’ve got enough of it, you may be able to declare at least partial independence from your own past. You can better shape the life you want for yourself rather than being so thoroughly subject to the limitations of your karma and conditioning. I happen to believe that your current supply of orenda is unusually abundant, Gemini. What’s the best use you can make of it?


(June 21–July 22) When I lived in Santa Cruz years ago, some of my published writings were illustrated by a local cartoonist named Karl Vidstrand. His work was funny, outrageous, and often offensive in the most entertaining ways. Eventually he

wandered away from our colorful, creative community and moved to a small town at the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, near where the Space Shuttles landed. He liked living at the fringes of space, he told journalist R. D. Pickle. It gave him the sense of “being out of bounds at all times.” I suggest you adopt some of the Vidstrand spirit in the next three weeks, Cancerian. Being on the fringes and out of bounds are exactly where you belong.


(July 23–Aug. 22) The history of your pain is entering a new phase. Gradually, almost imperceptibly at first, an emotional ache that has been sapping your vitality will begin to diminish. You will free yourself of its power to define you. You will learn to live without its oddly seductive glamour. More and more, as the weeks go by, you will find yourself less interested in it, less attracted to the maddening mystery it has foisted on you. No later than mid–April, I’m guessing that you will be ready to conduct a ritual of completion; you’ll be able to give it a formal send–off as you squeeze one last lesson out of it.


(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) When looking for a book, you may discover that you were in fact looking for the book next to it.” Italian writer Roberto Calasso told that to *The Paris Review,* and now I’m passing it on to you. But I’d like you to expand upon its meaning, and regard it as a metaphor that applies to your whole life right now. Every time you go searching for a specific something –– a learning experience, an invigorating pleasure, a helpful influence –– consider the possibility that what you really want and need is a different one that’s nearby.


(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) At least once a day, a cell in your body mutates in a way that makes it potentially cancerous. Just as often, your immune system hunts down that dangerous cell and kills it, preserving your health. Do you understand how amazing this is? You have a vigilant protector that’s always on duty, operating below the level of your awareness. What if I told you that this physical aspect of your organism has an equivalent psychic component? What if, in other words, you have

within you a higher intelligence whose function it is to steer you away from useless trouble and dumb risks? I say there is such a thing. I say this other protector works best if you maintain a conscious relationship with it, asking it to guide you and instruct you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to deepen your connection.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Some rules in the game of life don’t apply to you and can therefore be safely ignored. Do you know which ones they are? On the other hand, do you understand which of the rules in the game of life are crucial to observe if you want to translate your fondest dreams into real experiences? To recognize the difference is a high art. I’m thinking that now would be an excellent time to solidify your mastery of this distinction. I suggest that you formally renounce your investment in the irrelevant rules and polish your skills at playing by the applicable rules.

sagittariUs (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

“Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter,” wrote the Persian mystic poet Rumi. “It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” I think you’re like that winter garden right now, Sagittarius. Outwardly, there’s not much heat and flash. Bright ideas and strong opinions are not pouring out of you at their usual rates. You’re not even prone to talking too loud or accidentally knocking things over. This may in fact be as close as you can get to being a wallflower. And yet deep beneath the surface, out of sight from casual observers, you are charging up your psychic battery. The action down there is vibrant and vigorous.

capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

“When you come right down to it,” says religion writer Rabbi Marc Gellman, “there are only four basic prayers. Gimme! Thanks! Oops! and Wow!” Personally, I would add a fifth type of prayer to Gellman’s list: “Do you need any assistance?” The Creator always needs collaborators to help implement the gritty details of the latest divine schemes. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you would be an excellent choice to volunteer for that role right now –– especially in tasks

that involve blending beautiful fragments, healing sad schisms, furthering peace negotiations, and overcoming seemingly irreconcilable differences.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) In the movie *Fight Club,* there is an animated scene at the very end that required an inordinate amount of time to produce. Each frame in this scene took the editors eight hours to process. Since there are 24 frames in each second, their work went on for three weeks. That’s the kind of attention to detail I recommend you summon as you devote yourself to your labor of love in the coming days, Aquarius. I think you know which specific parts of your creation need such intense focus.


(Feb. 19–March 20) “I have decided to rename the constellations that have domineered our skies too long,” writes an Internet denizen named Hasheeshee St. Frank. He gives only one example. The Big Dipper, he says, shall forevermore be known as The Star–Spangled Gas Can. I invite you to come up with additional substitutes, Pisces. It’s an excellent time for you to reshape and redefine the high and mighty things to which you have given away too much of your power. It’s a perfect moment to reconfigure your relationship with impersonal, overarching forces that have wielded a disproportionately large influence over your thoughts and feelings. How about if you call the constellation Orion by the new title of Three–Eyed Orangutan? Or instead of Pegasus, use the name Sexy Dolphin? Other ideas?

Davenport House: House Museum Docent training class A four-week volunteer docent/tour guide training is offered in February by the Isaiah Davenport House Museum,324 E. State Street. Dates and times will be determined by participants. Docents lead tours in the museum and assist with programming for house visitors from around the world. Call Dottie Kraft at 912-2368097 weekdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or email info@

Drawing instruction

Private and group drawing lessons by artist and former SCAD professor Karen Bradley. Call or email for details, (912)507-7138. kbillustration@ [062812]

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 or who have already received a license. Group meets monthly. $40/session. Information: 912-443-0410. [062812]

english for second language classes

Students of all ages are invited to learn conversational English, comprehension, vocabulary and life communication skills. Free. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Island Christian Church, 4601 US Highway 80 E Savannah. 912-897-3604. Contact: James Lavin or Minister John LaMaison www. [062812]

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, 4:30-7:30pm. 2nd Monday, 2-5pm. 4th Thursday 10am-1pm. Fee:$30 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at mediationsavannah. com or 912-354-6686. [082612]

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. [062812]

February through June continuing ed. courses in savannah

Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education Program in Savannah offers new courses from February through June:Social Media for Small Business; Facebook for Beginners; five Microsoft Office Courses (Word 1 & 2, Excel 1 & 2, and PowerPoint); Beginning and Advanced Project Management; Drawing 2, Drawing Studio, Creative Writing 2, Short Story Writing, Beginning Sign Language, and five other Photography Courses (Point and Shoot, Creative Photography, Advanced Creative Photography, Portrait Photography, and Advanced Photoshop), and Essay Writing for the SAT. For more information, including dates, times, and prices, visit conted/cesavannahmenu.html, call the Coastal Georgia Center 912-644-5967; or email jfogarty@

Feldenkrais classes

Tuesdays 10:00am at the Park South complex, 7505 Waters Ave, Bldg B Suite 8, near Waters and Eisenhower. $15 per class, mats provided. Dress for moving comfortably on the floor. Elaine Alexander, GCFP. 912-223-7049 or elaine., [010613]

Feldenkrais classes

Tuesdays 10:00am at the Park South complex, 7505 Waters Ave, Bldg B Suite 8, near Waters and Eisenhower. $15 per class, mats provided. Dress for moving comfortably on the floor. Elaine Alexander, GCFP. 912-223-7049 or elaine.

Free Fitness Boot camp

Mondays & Wednesdays starting Jan. 21st, 6pm at Tribble Park (Largo & Windsor Road). Children welcome. For more info call Robin, 912-921-0667.

genealogy course

Live Oak Public Libraries offers a free 8-week course: “Getting Started on Genealogy” with Charles Bourland, beginning Thursday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. at the Southwest Chatham Branch Library next to the Savannah Mall. Information: 912-925-8305,

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). 912-8979559. $20/week. [062812]

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! [062812]

guitar, Mandolin or bass guitar lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912-232-5987 [062812]

Homeschool Music classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 through 18 and their parents. Classes start in August with registration in July. Classes offered in Guyton and Savannah. Go to for more details. [062812]

Housing authority neighborhood resource center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-2324232 x115 or [062812]

knitting and crochet classes

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 West State Street. Find the calendar of events and classes offered by the yarn shop at thefrayedknotsav. com or call 912-233-1240.

knitting and crochet classes

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 West State Street. Find the calendar of events and classes offered by the yarn shop at thefrayedknotsav. com or call 912-233-1240.

knitting class--socks

Taste of Knitting: Socks. Learn the basics. Bring one skein of sock-weight yarn, #2 double pointed needles. Offered by Fiber Guild of the Savannahs. Location: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Sat. Feb. 16, 1-4pm. $25 non-member, $20 member. Info/registration: 518-265-0514.

knitting workshop

A Taste of Knitting is an introduction to cast-on, bind-off, and basic knit and purl stitches. Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am - noon. Offered by the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs. $20/nonmembers, $15/members. Held at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Register/information: 518-265-0514

learn to speak spanish

Spanish Instruction for Individuals or Groups and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation. Classes held at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. An eclectic range of tools used in each session, including: hand-outs, music, visual recognition, conversation, and interac-

tive web media. Instruction tailored to student needs. Flexible scheduling. Information and pricing: 912-541-1337. [062412]

russian language classes

Rody’s Music is now offering music lessons for all ages on all instruments, beginners through advanced. 7700 Abercorn St. For more information call 912-352-4666 or email kristi@ [051912]

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Music lessons--Multiple instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, drums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, flute, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912-692-8055 or [062812]

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. [062812]

novel writing

Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publishing your work. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-on-one or small group classes and mentoring, as well as manuscript critique, ebook formatting and more. Send an email to pmasoninsavannah@ for pricing and scheduling information. [062812]

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: 912-509-4647 or [062812]

prayer of Jabez Bible study

Course studies a workbook by Dr. Bruce Wilkenson, describing how each component of Jabez’ cry to God in 1 Chronicles 4:10 is supported throughout scripture. Registration : $45 by February 18. Location: 334 Stephenson Ave., Savannah. Dates: February 21-March 14. Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm. Contact: Lydia Stone, or 912656-6383.

professional Development courses in February

“Beginning Project Management,” “Social Media for Small Business,” and “Microsoft Word 1” These February courses are offered in Savannah by Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education. Fees and Information: Judy Fogarty, 912-644-5967, or

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Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-7132718 for more information. [062812] 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. [062812]

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 savannahsacredharp. com. [062812]

sewing classes

Classes and individualized sewing instruction from Laurie, 912-358-8989. Email: lr_bryant@ [111112]

sewing classes

Beginner in Sewing? Starting your Clothing Business? Starting your Clothing Line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule is available. Skirts,pants, jackets, dresses, blouses, vest, alteration classes. Savannah Sewing Academy, 1917 Bull Street , Savannah

sewing classes at savannah sewing academy

Beginner in Sewing? Starting your Clothing Business? Starting your Clothing Line? Industry

Standard Sewing Courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule is available. Skirts,Pants Jackets, Dresses, Blouses, Vest, Alteration Classes. Held at Savannah Sewing Academy, 1917 Bull Street. Information: or 912290-0072. [121312]

sewing lessons

Personalized sewing lessons for your individual goals/needs. Any age or ability. Lessons given in my home. 912-358-8989 or lr_bryant@yahoo. com. E-mail preferred. [110312]

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. Fridays 5.30-8-30pm, Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W State St Savannah, 3rd floor. 786-247-9923 www. [062512]

spanish classes

Learn Spanish for life and grow your business. Spanish courses to professionals in the Savannah area offered by Conquistador Spanish Language Institute, LLC. Classes offered in series. “Beginner Spanish for Professionals” course. Introductory price $155 + Textbook ($12.95) Instructor: Bertha E. Hernandez, M.Ed & Native Speaker. Registration: www. Fee: $155.00 Meets in the Keller Williams Realty Meeting Room, 329 Commercial Drive. CS

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Mechanic Full time skilled mechanic with 3 years exp in welding with Stick, TIG and MIG. Must be able to pass a written and 6G welding test, have dependable transportation and be available for overtime and call-ins. Contact Katie at 912-944-3740 or email resume to POOL COMPANY seeking EXPERIENCED Pool Technicians.Salary based on expertise & is negotiable. Health benefits offered after 90-day grace period.Call 912-964-0082, ask for Lindsay.

Duplexes For sale 825

CAMP at Shellman Bluff for sale. Call 912-536-0549 for more info.

HOmes fOr sale 815

for rent 855


3 ST. IVES PLACE: Renovated 3BR/2BA hardcoat stucco in Georgetown Elementary School district. Soaring ceilings. New paint. New carpet. NO work needed!!! Huge master suite with glamour bath. Walk-in closet. Garden tub. Shower. 2-Car garage. Privacy fenced. This home will not last long . Offered at $135,000. Tom Whitten, Realty Executives Coastal Empire 663-0558 or 355-5557,office.

commercial property for sale 845

One side of duplex,one level. Southside. Conveniently located to elementary school. $79,900. Investors welcome. 912-308-0550 Land/Lots for saLe 840

LOTS FOR SALE: Liberty City, also near Fairgrounds, 616 West 42nd, 806 Staley, 844 Staley and Thunderbolt. Large lots. Call 912-224-4167

Townhomes/ condos for sale 820


69 Colony Park Drive, 2BR/2BA, w/ screened porch, ex condition.

$125,000 912-356-5842 leave message 912 660-9620

Quick sale on cleared lot, Midtown, 308 W. 38th St 45x117 $ 30,000 Call Deloris Lovette.


Lomas Realty 912-238-9300

*1111 E. 32nd: 2BR/1BA $600 *2219 Florida: 2BR/1BA $675 *1316 E.60th: 3BR/1BA $850 Several Rental & Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

1111 EAST 57TH STREET: 2BR/1BA Apartment, newly painted, kitchen, dining area, washer/dryer connections. Available NOW. $625/month. Call 912-655-4303


Duplex: 2 small bedrooms, bath, LR, DR, no CH&A. $400/month plus deposit. Call 912-232-7750 for application information. 1218 E. 69TH STREET: 5B/R, 3B/A, A bargain for space, large house, fenced yard. No pets. Great for 2 families or roommates. $1100/month. 912-272-2330

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Savannah Media, LLC, home of the Savannah Pennysaver, Connect Savannah, and is growing! This growth creates an immediate opening for an experienced sales and marketing professional.

Are you aggressive, hardworking, have a positive attitude and willing to go the extra mile? Can you develop new business, while maintaining and growing existing customers? RequiRements:

• Strong creative conceptualization capabilities and interpersonal skills • Proven ability to manage multiple projects • One or more years of aggressive sales experience • Ability to work effectively as part of a team • Valid driver’s license Excellent compensation and benefits plan. Email cover letter and resume to or mail to:

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1412 E 56th St. 3BR/1BA, Hardwood floors, LR, Kitchen/Dining w/Fridge & Gas Stove, W/D connections, CH&A, Fenced backyard, Carport & Extra Storage $850/rent, $800/deposit. Section 8 Accepted


2300 SQ.FT. 3BR/2.5BA, double garage, on 3 acres. $1000/month. Hassell Realty Company, 912-234-1291

What Are You Waiting For?!

Call 912-721-4350 and Gain New Customers!

2401 LOUISIANA AVENUE 3BR/2BA, LR/DR, eat-in kitchen, separate laundry room. CH&A, hardwood floors/Ceramic tile. Outside storage, fenced yard. $850/month, $800/deposit. Pets ok with approval. References and credit check required. 898-0078

2414 EAST 37TH STREET Available March 1. 2BR/1BA, LR, DR, inside laundry. CH&A. Hardwood floors/Ceramic tile, fenced yard. Outside storage. Pets ok with approval. References and credit check required. $735/month, $700/deposit. 898-0078

2 BEDROOM HOUSES For Rent, $425-$650/month. Hassell Realty Company, 912-234-1291

FOR RENT 2BR APT. located, 815 West 35th Street. Stove & refrigerator, window unit, A/C, gas heat $450/month + $350/deposit. 912-660-1479

2 BR/ Upper Apartment For Rent. W/D Hook-Up, CH/A, Kitchen Furnished, Fenced Yard.

$495/mo, $ 495/dep.



Nice neighborhoods, spacious. $850/rent & up. Will work with deposit. 912-659-2415 3BR, 1BA, LR/DR combo, den, kitchen and washroom. 16 Silverstone Circle. $800/month, $800/deposit. Section 8 Welcome. Call 912-658-1627 807 BOWDEN STREET: 3BR/1.5BA Newly renovated house for rent. LR, DR, kitchen, washer/dryer included, fenced yard. $400/deposit, $750/monthly. 912-234-0702 CARVER HEIGHTS: For Rent/OptionElliott Street off Gwinnett. Newly renovated 3BR/2BA, small den. LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, larger rooms, total electric, heat/air, laminate throughout, laundry room, fenced backyard. $700 plus security. Call 912-224-4167


2 remodeled mobile homes in Garden City mobile home park. Double/Singlewide. Low down affordable payments. Credit check approval. Special ending soon. Speak directly to Community Managers, Gwen or Della, 912-964-7675 FOR RENT 3BR/1BA with den for rent in Cloverdale Subd. Alarm system. Available Now. Section 8 welcome. $900. 912-441-4977 FOR RENT-OAKLANE TOWNHOUSES Off Wild Heron Road 110 Trellis Way 2-story townhouse w/rear lane entry garage, 3BR, LR, 2-1/2 BA, Kitchen w/stove, dishwasher and garbage disposal, (Senior Discount). Call Charles Bell, 234-0611, between 9-5PM, Monday thru Friday. Good Music Is Food For The Soul. Find it online in Soundboard at

HOME FOR RENT: 3BR/2 full baths, LR/DR combo, den, kitchen, laundry room, garage. Windsor Forest area. $995 + deposit. 912-927-2905 HOUSE FOR RENT: 3113 College Street in Thunderbolt. 3BR/2BA, excellent location. $935/month, $935/deposit. 844-3990 655-9121


•109 West 41st: Lower 1BR Apt., 1.5BA, CH&A$450 + security •227 Glass St. 2BR house, gas heat $450 + security. •1202 McCarthy Ave: 2BR apt. window AC, gas heat $450 + sec. •1021 West 41st: 3BR house, LR, DR, CH&A $770 + security •728 West 39th: Large 4BR house, CH&A $700 + security deposit. Call Lester, 313-8261 or 234-5650


•825 Jamestown Rd: Nice 3BR/2BA home located in quiet Jamestown Subd. featuring family room w/fireplace & large backyard. •Investor’s Special! 1815 Mills B Lane:2BR/1BA home, Liberty City area. A little TLC is all you need to make this an excellent investment property. Call Lester @ 912-313-8261 or Deloris 912-272-3926

River Crossing Apartments Live Every Day Like You’re on Vacation!

1 Bedroom: NOW $737 2 Bedroom: NOW $837 Move in by February 25th and receive a $

200 Visa Gift Card! Move-in fees are only $13!

Up to $973 in Savings! Open Mon-Sat • Now Open Sunday, 1-5! 2612 Dogwood Ave, H-12 • Thunderbolt, GA

(912) 355-3722

HOUSES 4 Bedrooms 623 Windsor Rd $1200 3 Bedrooms 412 Sharondale Rd. $925 5637 Betty Dr. $875 2 Soling Ave $875 2214 E.43rd St. $825 1906 E.58th St. $750 401 N.Baldwin Cir. $725 POOLER: 1254 Robert’s Way $895 CONDOS 2 Bedroom Condo GEORGETOWN 40 Sand Dollar $795 SOUTHSIDE Windsor Crossing $650 APARTMENTS 2 Bedrooms 1107 E.57th St. $600 One Bedroom 110 E. Gaston $895 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038


*2BR/2 Bath Apt. $665/month, $600/deposit. *Require 1yr. lease. No pets. Call 912-704-3662 MIDTOWN AREA, Very nice furnished efficiency apartment, suitable for one person, utilities included, $200 week plus dep. No smoking. No pets. 912-236-1952

for rent 855


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


•1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer $675. 912-927-3278 or 912-356-5656 SPECIAL! 1812 N. Avalon Dr. 2BR/1.5BA $675/mo, $500/dep. SPECIAL! 1303 E.66th: 2BR/2 Bath, W/D connection, near Memorial Hosp. $725/month, $500/dep SPECIAL! 11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection $595/month WILMINGTON ISLAND: 7404 Johnny Mercer Townhouse 2BR/2.5BA, all elec. $950/month, $500/deposit. 7304 Mayer Ave. Nice 2BR/2BA, W/D connection, kitchen equipped $895/month, $500/dep. DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY XROADS 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372

for rent 855

rooms for rent 895

VERY NICE 1 Bedroom Furnished, Upstairs Apt. Washer/dryer included. Suitable for single adult. $800/month, $500/deposit. No pets, no smoking. 912-236-1952

ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995.


SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline.2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week w/No deposit. 844-5995

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5621 Betty Dr. 2BR/1BA $665 318 Forrest Ave. 3BR/1.5BA $825 29 Kandlewood Dr:3BR/1.5BA $875 13 Hibiscus Ave. 4BR/1BA $825 Call 927-2853 or 507-7934

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WILMINGTON ISLAND: Johnny Mercer duplex, 2BR/1BA, LR, dining area, kitchen, newly renovated $825/month. 912-897-6789 or 912-344-4164


Available Now! Large 3BR/1BA, large kitchen, LR, DR/family room combo, CH/A, Window World energy efficient windows throughout. Quiet area, minutes to HAAF, schools, shopping, restaurants. No smoking. No Section 8. Police discounts available. 1yr. lease. $939/rent, $979/security deposit. 912-920-1936 WINDSOR FOREST: 3BR/1.5BA, family room has been used as 4th BR, new CH&A, new interior paint, new windows and sliding doors. Conveniently located. No smoking. No Section 8 accepted. $949/month, $989/security deposit. Military or Police Discount. 912-920-1936

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

AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling fans. $115-$145 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065 EAST SAVANNAH ROOMMATES WANTED VERY CLEAN. Stove, refrigerator, cable, washer/dryer included. On bus line. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-961-2842


Private bath and kitchen, cable, utilities, washer furnished. AC & heat, bus stop on property. No deposit required. Completely safe, manager on property. Contact Cody, 695-7889 or Jack, 342-3840.

transportation 900

cars 910


Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. JEEP Cherokee, 1998- Automatic, AC, extra clean, low miles. $2950 OBO. 912-441-2150

MERCEDES 230c Kompressor, 1999- 103K on clock, fully loaded, white,new tires, cold air. Pristine condition $4950. Call Paul/Mike, 660-7532 or 308-6431. Beachway Auto. MERCURY Cougar, 1986- Very low 70,000 miles. Dependable mechanics, new tires, attractive grey color $2250 OBO. Call 912-236-5410 after 5pm. SATURN, 1997- Low miles, AC, very clean, 5 speed. $2450 OBO. 441-2150 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940

HARLEY-DAVIDSON, Used, Anniversary Copper/Black. Limited Edition #1398 of 2000. 25k miles. $12,995. Contact Lance at Savannah HarleyDavidson 912-925-0005


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




Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177.





THUNDERBOLT LOCATION: Room available, across from SSU. Shower, toilet, sink included in room, washer/dryer available. $130/week. $100/deposit. $15/mo. cable. 912-844-3990 or 912-655-9121




for rent 855


for rent 855

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