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Jan. 23 - Jan. 30 Week at a Glance

Lecture: The Uffizi, the Medici, and Patronage during the Renaissance


What: Art lecture by Dr. Marcia Hall, Director of Graduate Studies at Temple University. A Telfair Art Guild event in conjunction with the Telfair Museums’ exhibition “Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery.” When: Thu. Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York Street Cost: $12 museum admission. Free to Telfair members Info: 912-790-8800.


PULSE! Art + Technology Festival: Leveling the Genres and Other Works

What: Mixed media and motorized works, video and animated GIFs by new media artist Derek G. Larson. When: Jan. 23-30 Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free from Jan. 30 - Feb. 3. $12 other dates Info:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

What: From acrobats to animals, it’s the Gold Edition, the newest tour of The Greatest Show On Earth. Times vary each day. Nine shows -matinees and evening performances. When: Jan. 23-27 Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $10 - $35 Info: 800-351-7469.

Lecture: Bad News: Dashiell Hammett and the Russian Refugee Crisis

What: SCAD Liberal Arts professor David Stivers, Ph.D. discusses the political context in which Dashiell Hammett developed the hard-boiled style of detective fiction, the newspaper coverage of the Russian refugee crisis and Hammett’s use of this coverage in works that would eventually become “The Maltese Falcon.” When: Wed. Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Film: David Lynch

What: Psychotronic Film Society salutes the life and career of inimitable and influential film director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks) with a mystery screening of one of his rarest films, which has never been released on DVD. When: Wed. Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Film: Why We Occupy

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in director Roman Polanski’s classic 1974 mystery drama Chinatown, screening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Trustees Theater. John Huston and Polanski himself co-star in the film. Admission is $8. Cost: $7 Info:


Thursday Savannah Jewish Film Festival

What: Six days, seven film screenings

of eight films from around the globe with Jewish characters or themes-award winning dramas, comedies, and documentaries from 2011 and 2012. Most evenings have Dinner and a Show options for an additional charge (and reservations). Several screenings include lectures, Q&A sessions, or music concerts. When: Thu. Jan. 24, Sat. Jan. 26, Sun. Jan. 27, Wed. Jan. 30 Where: Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA), 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $10/film. $65/festival pass. Members: $8 & $50. Info: 912-355-8111.

Get the Most from Social Media What: A lunchtime session for busi-

ness people. Pre-registration encouraged. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. Where: SCORE, 111 East Liberty Street Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-652-4335

Film: Parker (2013, USA)

What: A new heist/cat-and-mouse film starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. Produced by Savannah’s Stratton Leopold. A fundraiser for The 200 Club. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 31 Abercorn St. Cost: $20 Gen. Adm. $10 for first responders. Info: 912-525-5050

Lecture: Bringing Brands to Life in the Global Retail Landscape

What: The SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series presents a talk by SCAD interior design alumna Caroline Farouki, a senior project manager at New York-based design firm Pompei A.D. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m. Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Lecture: Savannah, What’s Under Your Feet?

What: Armstrong’s Digging Savannah archeology program presents a talk by Coastal Heritage Society archeologist Rita Elliott, on how archeology reveals the stories of our community that are hidden under our feet. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Where: Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. Student Union, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

What: Occupy Savannah presents a lecture and screening of this documentary by Greg Palast, describing his investigations from around the world into the Koch Brothers, Chevron, BP, Goldman Sachs, and other mega-corporations. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Slideluck Savannah

What: An all-in-one slide show, potluck dinner party, and art exhibition. Slides are of artwork by 20 visual artists. Dinner at 7pm. Slide shows at 8. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Where: American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull Street Cost: $10. ($2 with potluck dish) Info: events/516433258380813

Lecture: David Leventi

What: The New York-based fine art photographer discusses his work, which has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and Esquire. When: Thu. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-525-7191.

Theatre: Shel’s Shorts

What: Fourteen short plays for adults based on the work of the late children’s author, cartoonist and songwriter Shel Silverstein. When: Jan. 24-27, 7:30 p.m. Where: Bay Street Theatre (upstairs at


Friday Lectures: Newport: Queen of the American Resorts, and Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture and Its Impact in the South

What: Univ. of Virginia Architectural History Professor Richard Guy Wilson gives two lectures hosted by The Victorian Society in America, Savannah Chapter. Newport lecture at 4pm, Jefferson lecture at 6pm. Reception between the two lectures. RSVP: When: Fri. Jan. 25 Where: Cranmer Hall/St John’s Episcopal Church, 27 West Charlton St. Cost: Free; RSVP requested. Info: 912-236-1894

Theater: Willy Wonka

What: Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story; a musical. Savannah Children’s Theatre. Friday shows: 8:00pm. Saturday shows: 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Sunday shows: 3:00pm. When: Fri. Jan. 25, Sat. Jan. 26, Sun. Jan. 27 Where: Savannah Children’s Theater, 2160 E. Victory Drive Cost: $15 - $20 Info: 912-238-9015 .

Lecture: The Meaning of Life

What: Dr. Jonathan Crane of Emory University’s Center for Ethics, on the moral and spiritual dilemmas faced by caregivers at the end of the lives of their loved ones. Complimentary luncheon included. When: Fri. Jan. 25, 12 p.m. Where: Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA), 5111 Abercorn Street Cost: Free and open to the public. Please RSVP. Info: 912-629-1095

PULSE! Art + Technology Festival: Full STEAM Ahead: 3D Printing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Education

What: A printing workshop for educators looking at the crosss-curriculum education potential of 3D printing using Makerbots. Limited to 20 participants. Presented by Armstrong Atlantic State University. When: Fri. Jan. 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free. Advanced phone registration required. Info: 912-790-8823.


Saturday Public Archeology Day

What: Observe, ask questions, and assist in an ongoing archeology dig at Cluskey Embankment Stores--the 1842 storage vaults on the Drayton Street Ramp next to City Hall and Factors Walk. Middle, high school, and college students may assist the Georgia Southern/City of Savannah archeology team. When: Sat. Jan. 26 Where: Cluskey Embankment Stores, Drayton Street Ramp Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-651-6410

Animal Enrichment Day

What: Toys, scents, treats and other enrichment opportunities will be given to each of the animal exhibits on a scheduled basis. When: Sat. Jan. 26, 10 a.m. Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road Cost: $5 adults. $3 ages 4 - 17. Info: 912-395-1212 . http://www.

Huggable Nature

What: Interactive artist is creating a hug for Savannah area trees that delivers and replays electronic messages to trees. A PULSE workshop. When: Sat. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free. Preregistration required. Info: 912-790-8823.

Game Design Workshop

What: A PULSE workshop for teens age 13 and up led by local game designers discussing how game design differs from other creative efforts. When: Sat. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. Info: 912-790-8823.

Latino Health Fair

What: Health information on cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, healthy living for children and adults, smoking cessation, heart health, free blood pressure checks and hearing screens. Spanish/English interpreters. When: Sat. Jan. 26, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Where: Memorial University Medical Center, Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-350-6858.

A Soiree at the Opera

What: Opera favorites performed byMeechot Marrero, Scott Russell, Rebecca Flaherty, Rebecca Shorestein, and Santiago Ballerini. Presented by the Savannah Voice Experience Festival, who will announce

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Night at the Museum

What: Kids and their parents experience the Savannah History Museum as it comes to life. Film: “Night at the Museum.” Crafts and activities. When: Sat. Jan. 26, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Where: Savannah History Museum, 303 M.L. King Jr. Blvd. Cost: $12/children. $5/adults. Free for adult members. Info: 912-651-6823. http://www.


Sunday Classical Guitar Recital by Brian Luckett

What: Featuring music of the 19th and early 20th centuries from Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tarrega, J. K. Mertz, Joaquin Turina, Antonio Lauro and others. When: Sun. Jan. 27, 3 p.m. Where: New Covenant Church, Sanctuary, 2201 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Lecture: Life, Labor and Landscape on the Georgia Coast

What: Coastal Georgia historian and author Buddy Sullivan presents a one-hour slideshow lecture describing the ways people in the coastal region have centered their lives around the local ecosystem. When: Sun. Jan. 27, 4 p.m. Where: Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn Street Info: 912-925-8305.


Monday Theater: Monty Python’s Spamalot

What: The touring company production of Eric Idle’s musical comedy that won the Tony Award in 2005 for Best Musical. When: Mon. Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theater (Savannah Civic Center), 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $32.50 - $55 Info: CS

@ Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jan. 23–27. MLK Arena. @ Shel’s Shorts. Bay Street Theatre. Jan. 24–27. @ Savannah Jewish Film Festival. Jan. 24–Feb. 2. @ Film: Chinatown. Jan. 26. Trustees Theater. @ Vinyl Appreciation. Jan. 27. Muse Arts Warehouse. @ Pulse Art & Technology Festival. Jan. 28– Feb. 4. @ Monty Python’s Spamalot. Jan. 28. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ A Night in Vienna. Savannah Philharmonic. Feb. 1. Trustees Theater. @ Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Feb. 1–16. @ Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Feb. 1. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Seersucker Shots. Feb. 1. Book Lady. @ Robin Williams/David Steinberg. Feb. 2. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Film: Groundhog Day. Feb. 2. Trustees Theater. @ Snow White. Columbia City Ballet. Feb. 9. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Film: When Harry Met Sally. Feb. 9. Trustees Theater. @ SCAD theater: Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen. Feb. 14–17. Mondanaro Theatre. @ Book Festival Kickoff: Dave Barry. Feb. 14. Trustees Theater. @ Savannah Book Festival. Feb. 14–17. @ Jonathan Richman: Feb. 14. Wormhole. @ A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. Bay Street Theatre. Feb. 15–17. @ SCAD theater: The Three Musketeers. Feb. 28–March 3. Lucas Theatre. @ Film: His Girl Friday. Feb. 23. Trustees Theater. @ A–Town Get Down w/Loudon Wainwright III. March 2. Trustees Garden. @ Savannah Blues Festival. March 3. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Jerry Seinfeld. March 7. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Savannah Stopover. March 7–9. @ Three Days Grace/Shinedown. March 12. MLK Arena. @ Matchbox Twenty. March 12. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ The Collective Face: Shadowlands. March 8–23. Muse Arts Warehouse. @ of Montreal. March 8. Forsyth Park. @ Lord of the Dance. March 13. Mercer Theatre. @ Harlem Globetrotters. March 14. MLK Arena. @ Savannah Music Festival (SMF). March 21–April 6. @ Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. March 21. Trustees Theater (SMF). @ Ahmad Jamal. March 23. Trustees Theater (SMF). @ Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance. March 23. Lucas Theatre (SMF). @ Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell, with Richard Thompson. April 3. Johnny Mercer Theatre (SMF). @ Bill Maher. April 7. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Spring Awakening. AASU Masquers. April 11–21. CS

by Jim Morekis |

Cold dead hands The past week marked several significant milestones and events, all sharing a common theme: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors a man who led non–violent resistance to segregation and was murdered with a gun; The second–term inauguration of Barack Obama, who’s now seeking increased gun regulation in the wake of the Newtown school shooting; The one–month anniversary of the Newtown shooting itself; And oh, I almost forgot one more event: “Gun Appreciation Day,” sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Their timing is purely coincidental, I’m sure. Aren’t you? At this point in my career I thought I was beyond being shocked at human behavior. But I confess I was unready for the hostility and incredible tone–deaf insensitivity of those who, one month after Newtown, seem more enraged by the tiniest effort at gun regulation than they are by the death of those 20 kids in Connecticut. I keep hearing — and desperately wanting to believe — that the vast majority of gun owners, of which I am one, are immune to the gun lobby’s paranoid insistence that the slightest regulation is the same thing as the government wanting to “take away all our guns.” But if social media is any guide, I see less and less evidence of this every day. Ludicrously, some people now compare themselves to brave Minutemen battling the British monarchy, striking a blow against tyranny, defending the Constitution to the death, etc. Some openly call for “another civil war” if any of Obama’s incremental proposals for new gun regulation are enacted. (Speaking of “Minutemen,” I can’t help but think that any actual act of armed rebellion against the U.S. government in the year 2013, no matter how well–equipped or well–organized, would likely have a lifespan about that long.) I feel sure that the freedom fighters who secured American independence, in whose

name so much perfidy is committed today, would fail to understand why two centuries later we’ve done so little to protect the country’s most precious asset, its children. They might ask why they bothered fighting at all. Don’t get me wrong. There is a coherent Constitutional argument to be made for unfettered personal access to firearms. But unfortunately almost no one is making that argument right now. What we have now isn’t so much a debate as a sick pathology acting out in real time. A month after a shooting in which 20 schoolchildren were shot dead — most suffering multiple point–blank bullet wounds — the NRA ran a web video calling Obama an “elitist hypocrite.” Why? Because an armed Secret Service detail protects Obama’s children while their father seeks new gun regulations. Got that? One month after 20 kids were butchered to death in Newtown, the NRA taunts the president of the United States to remove his kids’ bodyguards. Real subtle, those NRA guys! (They should actually give Obama a Lifetime Achievement award. He’s done more to boost gun & ammo sales than anyone in history.) Things actually get worse. You probably haven’t heard of Gene Rosen, but the people of Newtown have. About 15 minutes after Adam Lanza began his shooting spree through Sandy Hook, the 69–year–old Rosen found himself sheltering six kids who somehow escaped the carnage and huddled at the end of his driveway. In graphic proof of the old saying “no good deed goes unpunished,” Rosen’s reward was to become the target of a vicious internet campaign alleging he participated in an elaborate conspiracy to stage the shooting so the federal government could “take away our guns.”

Rosen gets threats, accusations, phone calls, e–mails. A photo of his house has been posted online. Rosen happens to be Jewish, so a portion of the accusations involve references to his faith and ethnicity. “I don’t know what to do,” Rosen told “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long.” Thing is, you can’t morally shame someone incapable of feeling shame. You can’t reach someone already beyond the bounds of basic human decency. The NRA was once one of America’s most level–headed organizations, stressing gun safety and responsible gun ownership. Indeed, for much of its existence since its founding right after the Civil War, the NRA strongly advocated gun control measures, not opposed them. But over the past couple of decades, the smell of money — and the ease with which politicians can be bought with it — has led them to form an unholy trinity with the gun industry and the right-wing media, all profiting from paranoia. Their propaganda has been so effective that millions of gun owners now fervently believe that any gun control measure, no matter how common–sense and modest, always, always equals an attempt to “come and take our guns away.” Post-Newtown, the NRA had a once-in-ageneration opportunity to reclaim its roots and rebrand its organization as the face of responsible gun ownership. The allure of fundraising and political power — not to mention the fool’s gold of Facebook “likes” and comments — proved too much. The NRA’s extremism is likely to prove its eventual demise, at least politically. In the meantime that old line is making quite a comeback, the one about guns being taken only when they’re pried out of the owner’s “cold dead hands.” But the only cold dead hands I’m seeing still belong to the victims of guns, not to their owners. CS

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My marvelous Meddin fantasy For some, it’s Ryan Gosling. For others, it’s hot shoes. Me, I fantasize about real estate. And though I find walking through a breezy Jones Street flat or a Back River Tybee mansion titillating, it’s Savannah’s giant industrial spaces that really get me going. Forget fifty shades of gray; I’ll take the uniform opacity of poured concrete. Like any romantic reverie, it’s all about the suggestion of what could be. The fabulous potential of the empty Starland Dairy is enough to cause a deep blush, but by far the sexiest commercial real estate fantasy in Savannah right now is the soon– to–be vacated Meddin Studios a few miles out on Louisville Road. I’ve been inside Meddin on several occasions (most recently while not being cast as an extra in CBGB,) but it was something else to see through real estate groupie eyes. Keller Williams agent Beth Vantosh gave me a tour of the former–meatpacking– plant–turned–media powerhouse during an open house last Thursday, and oh, lawdy: The steel girders! The glassed–in offices! The cavernous soundstage! It was all I could do to hide the drool. At $2.8 million, it might end me up in a straightjacket if I inquired about a 30–year mortgage. But daydreaming doesn’t cost a dime: As a mix of real estate agents and creative professionals discussed zoning codes, I sashayed through the meat locker doors,

imagining Meddin Studios as my own personal palace. Sidestepping a photoshoot in progress with Jabberpics’ Josh Branstetter and stylist/designer Brooke Atwood, I drew out invisible lines for a massive marble bathtub in the middle of the large soundstage. The small theater would only show endless loops of Betty Boop cartoons and Dr. Who, and I deemed what is now the Room of 3000 Tripods as a closet just for shoes. (Yes, I have a weakness for those, too.) Others had more practical ideas. Doug Wilson, a software programmer with local game developer Black Fractal Productions and occasional jumperstilter (maybe you glimpsed him bounding through Meddin during 2010’s Taste festival) envisioned the ginormous rooms as a “hackerspace,” an egalitarian community clubhouse where “people could come create and invent.” Vantosh thinks the property is close enough to downtown to be a fine fit for a school or headquarters for a techy business. She’s had several bites on the listing, though she’d also love to see it morph into a collective for Savannah’s entrepreneurial artisans. “It could really work if we could get 15 or 20 creatives in here,” she said, circling through the lobby. “This is such a special space.”

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The cool, clean concrete lobby of the soon-to-be former Meddin Studios.

That sentiment is echoed by Meddin’s creative director Nick Gant, who seems remarkably unfazed by his company’s imminent expansion to the former CitiTrends warehouse on Fahm Street. Gant and business partner Jon Foster have captured millions of Georgia’s $1.8 billion film and TV dollars with CBGB and the recently– wrapped Killing Winston Jones and they’re bound to lure even bigger, badder productions to Savannah with their fancy new digs. (At 123,000 square feet, the new Meddin will be larger than an airport terminal and some South American villages.) While the original spot is a no–brainer for a media start–up or SCAD’s film department, Gant insists that its manufacturing roots and production potential shouldn’t

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be overlooked. As a poster boy for economic development (President Obama said as much when he visited Meddin in 2009), it’s no surprise that Gant, in spite of a sartorial proclivity for film crew T–shirts and jeans, has a soft spot — and a sharp eye — for the burgeoning local fashion scene. Noting that globally–recognized local designers like Atwood and April Johnston operate out of cramped home studios, he pictures sewing tables overflowing with fabric and interns running with scissors (figuratively, of course.) It would be a perfect storm of high–end branding, local manufacturing jobs and a way to prevent the brain drain that happens after SCAD graduation every semester. “Personally, I’d like to see this

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Part of her work ethic is a commitment to feeding the local economic loop, and outsourcing to Johnston means kicking down work to local bead artist Leslie Miller and buying her fabric from Fabrika. “It’s important to me to integrate what I’m doing with the SCAD community and local businesses,” she said. Hosted by Trunk 13 owner Lindsey Le Master and Autumn VanGunten of You’re Welcome Savannah, the launch party was a testament to the collaborative vibe of Savannah’s closely–knit fashion family. Videobloggers Shena Verrett and Marquis Spann air–kissed with photographer Doug Ordway; Fabrika owners Emily McLaughlin and Ashleigh Spurlock kibbitzed with Johnston’s fellow Project Runway alum Mitchell Hall. The idea of all these creative creatures together in the exquisite space on Louisville Road is not only the sexiest thing I’ve heard since someone proposed a dance club in the old Sears building, it’s an economic boom waiting to happen. I’ll even make room for them in the shoe closet. cs

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become a full fashion facility, a place for all the pieces to come together,” Gant mused. “That’s the way to grow that industry here.” Woozy with the brilliant notion of Savannah’s fabulous fashion superstars under the same exposed beam ceiling, I left my Meddin mansion for Trunk 13 boutique, where Johnston was debuting her Coeur de Goudron collection. Johnston’s Mangled Courtesan line might be an expertly constructed study in the edgy elegance of all black, all the time, but Johnston herself was warm and chatty, exuding enthusiasm for Gant’s idea of a fashion collective. Rather than the competitive stress she experienced as a contestant on Project Runway, she’s far more interested in the cooperative nature of establishing a sustainable fashion industry in Savannah. “I guess I could have gone to New York or L.A., but I wanted to stay,” Johnston told me as local fashionistas admired her leather corsets and dresses. “I would love for the city to be more open to what we’re trying to do here.”

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Ossabaw a ’heck of a gift’ Editor, For the intrigue of its history and architecture, I came to Savannah some 14 years ago. It’s here that I came to know the beauty of yet another environment, that being the barrier islands and salt marsh. Through an incredible stroke of luck and good fortune, a friend and I had the opportunity to visit Ossabaw Island a little more than a decade ago. Another close friend, third or fourth generation Savannah herself — a boat owner familiar with the romantic sounding but sometimes forbidding waters of Ossabaw Sound and Hell’s Gate — would carry various things onto and off from the island for Ms. Eleanor Torrey “Sandy” West. After docking our boat, we were farther ferried overland in a pickup truck or golf utility vehicle to Ms. West’s home, quite some distance inland. From the opposite direction on the small dirt road came, as I remember, an old jeep or well travelled pickup. In it, its lone occupant, its driver, Ms. West. I’ll not ever forget the fortune of meeting her. Even if only briefly. Dressed as she was in her obviously comfortable second skin of blue jeans, flannel shirt and boots, certainly, I could see that she was an older woman but I had no idea. Knowing now that she celebrates 100 years of a very productive life on January 17, the necessary math is not hard to do. Thanks in part to two great stories by Jim Morekis and Jessica Leigh Lebos of Connect Savannah, I learned of the Ossabaw Island Foundation and Education Alliance’s annual meeting and plans to celebrate Ms. West’s 100th birthday and her commitment to her cause. I made it my mission to attend. As she still fights the good fight at one hundred years young, it seemed the very least I could do in light of what she and many others have done not only for me, but for all of us. In a room of perhaps 100 people, at least one for each year of Ms. West’s life, we all sang Happy Birthday. I have no idea how many times I’ve sang that song but I know for certain, in a room filled with people

I have never met, I’ve never tried harder to carry the tune and blend in the harmony and message with more sincerity. Owner, defender, champion and benefactor, Ms. West and her family sold the island to the State of Georgia for a fraction of its worth. By any reasonable account, given the islands inestimable value in the eyes of developers, she and her family virtually gave it away. I reference quotes of Ms. West in the recent article by Jessica Leigh Lebos: “I really am worried about what’s going to happen to Ossabaw ... I”m gonna croak pretty soon, and I want you to be aware because this kind of thing is sneaky,” Ms. West goes on to implore, “Be an army if this place is threatened.” Lebos reminds us, “that when she (Ms. West) passes and Ossabaw reverts entirely back to the state, the era of her personal vigilance will end.” I write this to thank Ms. Eleanor Torrey “Sandy” West and all others that have worked tirelessly to keep and preserve, in its natural state, the treasure that is Ossabaw Island for the appreciation and education of generations to follow. Should an army be needed, hopefully not, to thwart the possibility of any future threats, consider me having been drafted. I hope others will join. The island’s future is now in the hands of us all. We need take proper care of it. It was one heck of a gift. Chris LaReau

Keep fighting speed traps Editor, Regarding “Too fast, too curious,” by Jessica Leigh Lebos: When local authorities patrol Interstate highways near their towns, money–grab speed trap mills are very common. You can find lots of them on one of our websites They know most of their revenue victims are not local and most won’t even try to fight at all. The basic problem is that most posted speed limits all over the U.S. are set well below the safest point, the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions. Set that way, most rural

Interstates in non–mountain areas would be posted at 80 or 85 mph to match the actual current safe traffic flow speeds. BUT, posting the safest speed limits is not profitable, particularly for predatory little towns/counties like Darien/McIntosh who want to pick the pockets of as many travelers as they possible can. It is predatory, it is a racket that should not exist, but it IS profitable. If readers want to understand the safest speed limits, they can go to that section of our website and read the academic research.

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Kudos for gun column Editor, Regarding your recent column “Freedom’s fable:” Probably the best article on gun control I have ever read. Kudos on a well thought out, rational approach to what the Second Amendment’s real intentions were. I always enjoy your articles but this one was excellent! I am making copies to send to all my “radical” gun friends who insist that government gun control is some how going to limit their access to a gun. Those that own guns don’t even carry them most of the time, they are either used for hunting or at their homes locked up in a safe. I doubt any of them would even have their guns with them at the time a need may arise. But they still insist that their guns “make them feel safer.” It’s like preparing for an earthquake, you can stockpile all kinds of water and food, but what if you are not at home when the quake hits? Anyway, thank you for writing such a wonderful piece. Joan Hilboldt

You can’t get there from here. Yet. Sometimes there’s a chicken and egg thing going on with people’s perceptions of proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Some folks regard sidewalks and bike lanes as unnecessary on a particular street or road because they claim to have seen very few people walking or riding bikes there. I’ve heard comments like this in relation to bicycle and pedestrian facilities proposed for Skidaway Road. Imagine this argument being made in 1928 when Savannah and Chatham County purchased land on White Bluff Road to be developed as an airport (now Hunter Army Airfield). Did critics of the plan make similar charges against the need for an airport? After all, planes weren’t landing there before the airport was developed. The same goes for sidewalks and bicycle lanes. People won’t use them if they do not exist. And their absence dissuades many people to use what little is there. What if riding your bike means steering it along the gutter while cars fly by within inches of your left elbow? What if walking means trudging along through the weeds on the shoulder of the road? How appealing is that? You’d likely select another route. But if you live along an unaccommodating road or need to reach an address on it, if you don’t have a car you have no choice. This contributes to the invisibility of pedestrians and cyclists. They are indeed present on streets, despite claims to the contrary. They are simply pushed to the margins of the roadway and to the edges of our peripheral vision. It’s no wonder they escape our attention when we are behind the wheel and focused on other cars or, as is very often the case, distracted by something else altogether. On the other hand, when people have access to safe facilities in the form of sidewalks or bicycle lanes

or paths, they become more visible, make more trips and more people join them. Bike lanes in isolation can only get us so far, however. To maximize the benefits of bike lanes and paths we need connectivity. We need a network. Returning to air travel again, consider this: How often would you fly out of Savannah Hilton Head International Airport if the only city you could reach was Houston, with no connecting flights from there? The Savannah to Houston flight doesn’t do me much good if my destination is Denver. The usefulness of an airport depends on connectivity. Fortunately for us, from Savannah we can fly to Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Newark, Washington, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Houston. And from those cities we can connect to other flights to even more cities, including Denver. This is what we should be aiming for with our bicycle facilities. If I live in the Beach Institute neighborhood and I want to ride my bike to Lake Mayer, I can take the Price Street bike lane south until it terminates at Victory Drive. A few blocks south of Victory I can pick up the Washington Avenue bike lane and head east through Daffin Park to the Police Memorial Trail, which gets me, well, nowhere. It’s like flying from Savannah to Houston to Kansas City. I’m getting closer, but I’m still not in Denver. If I were in a car, I could take the Truman Parkway, Waters Avenue or Skidaway Road for the last half of this trip. But on my bike, the first of these is completely off-limits, and the other two are unwelcoming at best and downright dangerous at worst. That’s why properly-conceived bicycle facilities that are implemented in a way that preserves the tree canopy and complements neighborhood character should be a part of Skidaway Road. At the same time, the Truman Park Linear Trail, which has been languishing on the drawing board

for years and years, should also move forward. If completed, both bicycle routes would serve different sides of some of the same neighborhoods. This isn’t redundancy. It’s additional choice, access and mobility. At every location at which these facilities touch other bicycle routes (in the form of marked bike lanes, bike paths or simply streets that are hospitable to bikes), the network grows.

The real magic will happen when linkages are made to the Truman Park Linear Trail and then to additional routes beyond that. With each connection, the number of possible destinations multiplies, and bicycling becomes a viable option for more people in more neighborhoods. Eventually, we will be able to get from here to there (and points in between) by bike. cs

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coordinating the event, Allen and Simpson stopped by the Connect office to discuss demystifying art, the phenomenal community support and who the hell is bringing the forks.

But the Slideluck Potshow has been a recipe for success since 2000, when photographer Casey Kelbaugh hosted a potluck dinner followed by slides depicting different artists’ work. The concept of a casual, unpretentious evening of art spread like a fine cheese, and over 50 cities — from Baltimore to Bucharest to Berlin — have now paired paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and other media with covered dishes brought by attendees. With its dynamic art community and penchant for green bean casseroles, it was only a matter of time before Savannah caught on. Showcasing 26 mostly–local artists and artisans, Slideluck comes to town this Thursday, Jan. 24 at the American Legion ballroom on Bull Street. From its first Facebook post, Slideluck Savannah has amassed a momentum that’s knocked the socks of organizers Francis Allen and Summer Teal Simpson. In fact, there has been such an outpouring of interest that the event had to be relocated to American Legion Post #135’s big ballroom. Sponsors and offers of support continue to roll in, as do admonitions to show up early. In between sequencing the slideshows and

Francis Allen: Everything is presented as photographs, but we have photos of cutouts, paintings, fine furniture, jewelry ... Each slideshow consists of 20 to 30 images with a soundtrack chosen by the artist. They’re shown back–to–back, probably a total of 75 minutes. Summer Teal Simpson: Ninety–five percent of the artists who are showing are local, and we also have two sets of slides from Slideluck Global in New York. There are jewelry makers, painters, photographers, some students and some veteran artists. It’s a great cross section of talents.

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How did you curate it? Summer: This is a new concept to Savannah and you never know how that’s going to go. So we decided for the first go-round to make this event really strong and reach out personally to artist friends of ours, asking them to participate. But we also got a good bit of submissions. Francis: Getting that many artists to submit that many pieces of work is no small feat. The submission process is done online with one of the national sponsors, Viewbook, and the artists




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submit their slides and music separately. We give it to the national Slideluck people and they produce the whole thing. What prompted you to spend your free time organizing this? Summer: I love the local art scene here. I didn’t know anything about art when I moved to Savannah, and I quickly realized that if I wanted to get a better understanding of art and cultivate my own taste that this would be a great place to do that. This seemed like such a natural fit for Savannah and I wanted to be involved. Francis: For me, it’s part of an arc. I’ve been trying to make art more accessible to people, to kind of demystify it, using different formats like this. A lot of people wouldn’t go to an art opening, but you put it at the Legion, throw in dinner and make it an easy thing where people can sit and watch it and they might think “Hey, this is all right. Maybe I’ll go look at this artist the next time they have a gallery show.” How is this different from other community slideshow events like Pecha Kucha? Francis: Pecha Kucha is a much more rigid format, 20 slides for 20 seconds. And the presenter is not necessarily an artist, the presentation might not even be about art. The common thing is that they’re both slideshows, but Slideluck is about art. There’s also live music: City Hotel will be playing old– timey bluegrass. Summer: This has been done 20 times in New York and every major city practically in the world, and we’re also doing something different that sets ours apart from other Slidelucks: So often artists give of their time and their talent and we wanted to give

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them an opportunity to sell their work and people the opportunity to buy the art if they like what they see. So we’re doing a gallery show with one or two pieces from each artist the week after, on Jan. 31 at the Oglethorpe Gallery. So, this thing is sort of blowing up — how are you going to wrangle all the people and their food then get them to sit down to watch a screen? Francis: We’re imposing a bit of order on things. You’re going to need to herd people, really. [Soap frontman] Joa Kelly is going to be the Master of Ceremonies, and Michael Cheney, a film professor at SCAD, is going to do the opening blessing, Summer: We’ve got a team of five volunteers, plus Jeanne Svendson of DeSoto Row Gallery and her volunteers. Kaufman and Heinz is setting up A/V equipment and bringing the biggest screen for the space so that anywhere you are in the room, you can see it. We’re also asking people to come on time because we may hit capacity. What if you can’t cook? Summer: We tried to make the price difference enough to encourage to bring a dish: It’s two dollars if you bring something, 10 if you don’t. So you can run over to Kroger and bring a bag of fried chicken and it’ll still be a better deal. Plus we have some great sponsors donating food: The Sentient Bean, FORM and Circa. Francis: And the Starfish Café and Kroger. Plus everyone gets a beer from another national sponsor, Brooklyn Brewery. It’s inspiring to see how many local people and businesses have rallied around Slideluck.

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Summer: That’s what I love about this town — you give people this cause of making art more easily approachable and they just jump all over it! This really celebrates a very important aspect of the Savannah community, the creative arts element. But that can be intimidating. Francis: [nodding] Yes, sometimes with art you feel like you have to say something. Even going to a museum, the act of viewing art is generally an individual thing, it’s not social. I think this appeals to people from a social aspect— it’s a big party. You eat, you drink, there’s music, you look at art. Summer: It’s interactive from the artists’ perspective too, being able to choose the music and the sequencing. It also allows them to show a broad cross section of their work. They can influence your interpretation of their work on a different dimension than if they’d just hung work in a gallery space. Um, it actually seems like you know a lot about art. Summer: [laughs] I’m faking it! Francis: I just know what I like. And think about this: You’re going to see close to 500 pieces of art that night. You could go to the Jepson three or four times a year and not see that much. This is a great event for people to come and see what they like and say “Hey, that was really cool!” and not feel like an idiot. cs Slideluck Savannah w/City Hotel (21+) When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 Where: American Legion Post 135 Ballroom, 1108 Bull St. Cost: $2 with a dish, $10 otherwise; admission gets you a beer Info:

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Cannabis Interruptus One man is in custody following a seizure of marijuana plants by the Chatham– Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

Earlier this month CNT Agents, working in a undercover capacity, received info that marijuana was being grown on the 2200 block of Bonaventure Road. Agents began investigating the residence and identified 56–year–old Gregory Paul Sucher as their primary suspect. Also identified was a second residence on the 2300 block of East 38th Street. CNT Agents conducted a search of both residences. A search of the Bonaventure Road location resulted in the discovery of an active grow with 30 marijuana plants varying in size and maturity, equipped with lighting and temperature gauges. Agents found several ounces of

marijuana, some steroids and a handgun at the residence on East 38th Street. The marijuana found had a street value of about $30,000. Sucher was arrested without incident and charged with Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana more than One Ounce, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Steroids) and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony. • Police are investigating the shooting of a 2–year–old Savannah boy. Jeremiah Rhodes was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with what appeared to be non–life threatening wounds after the 2:46 p.m. shooting. Detectives were told he picked up a gun that had been left in a drawer and it fired, striking the child. The investigation continues. • Four law enforcement agencies working together led to charges against a Savannah man for the robberies of three banks, a credit union and two businesses.

Rico Lavon Edwards, in the Notting30, of the 3700 block ham area has been of Ogeechee Road, was arrested on several arrested in Richmond charges. Hill. Investigators comAntonio Deandra pared the robberies to Jasper, 20, was compile the charges. held on charges of The arrest followed aggravated assault, s Because everybody love an investigation by the possession of a pictures of weed FBI, Savannah–Chatham firearm by a conMetropolitan Police, Chavicted felon and tham–Savannah Counter three warrants for contempt of court. Narcotics Team (CNT) and the GeorDetectives said he was one of four gia State Patrol. passengers in a car that stopped in the He has been charged with the rob7200 block of Garfield Street where beries of the Savannah Postal Credit he exited the vehicle and began firing Union on Oglethorpe Boulevard, into it, hitting one man and a house Nov. 11; Barnett Education Supply on behind the car. An occupant of the West Derenne Avenue, Nov. 19; The car fired back. Jasper was taken by a Baby Shop on Paulsen Street, Nov. 19; family member to the hospital. The Heritage Bank in the 600 block A short time later, Marcus Chaney of Stephenson Avenue, Nov. 20; First of a Rumper Road address arrived at Chatham Bank on Hodgson MemoCandler Hospital emergency room rial Drive, Dec. 18; and Colony Bank in the car seen on Garfield Street. He on Hodgson Memorial, Jan. 3. was treated for a gunshot wound as Edwards has a history of arrests. well. CS • A Savannah man shot in a gunfight that broke out after a car stopped

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I watched the film Turbulence the other day. In the movie, after a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a serial killer and land the airplane herself. Has it ever happened that the pilots have been incapacitated and an airplane has been landed by a flight attendant or passenger? —Bjarne Martensson, Hamina, Finland Well, having a little prior training seems to be extremely helpful, if not an actual prerequisite. But yes, it can be and has been done. Examples: • In July 1985 a passenger who had flown a plane once but wasn’t certified was able to bring a Cessna safely to ground in Lansing, Michigan, after the pilot suffered a heart attack and died in midflight. • In February 2002 a woman with just 48 hours of pilot training took the controls of a twin-engine Cessna over Cape Cod after the pilot became incoherent following an insulin reaction. Unable to reach anyone on the ground, she was able to safely crash-land the plane on the ground next to the runway, saving everyone aboard. • In 2009 a Florida man with 130 hours of experience flying single-engine planes took the controls of a twin-engine turboprop after the pilot died early in the flight. The emergency stand-in, whose wife and daughters were also aboard, claimed later he’d had no idea how to operate the larger plane beyond working the radio, but he was successfully talked down to a safe landing. • Last April, when her husband lost consciousness while flying a Cessna in Wisconsin, 80-year-old Helen Collins, who hadn’t piloted a plane in decades, managed to contact air traffic controllers and, with coaching, crash-land the plane without major injury. (Her husband, however, didn’t survive his medical emergency.) OK, you say, but what about big commercial aircraft? More examples: • In November 2008 the copilot of an Air Canada Boeing 767 suffered

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Updates • Almost-extinct vultures may be making a comeback within the Parsi community of Mumbai, India, after a pain reliever (diclofenac) nearly wiped it out. Parsis’ Zoroastrian religion requires “natural” body disposals (no cremation or burial) of humans and cattle, and bodies have always been ritually laid out for the hungry birds, but the community has also come to rely on diclopfenac in hospitals and for cattle. When News of the Weird last mentioned the problems (in 2001), vultures were dying out from kidney damage caused by the drug, and bodies were piling up. (Parsis were exploring using solar panels to burn the corpses.) However, according to a November New York Times dispatch, clerics are

reporting modest success in weaning the adjoining basement wall, but they Parsis off of diclofenac, and the vultures might be the clumsiest. Their target, on appear more plentiful. New Year’s Eve, was Wrights Jewellers • “Washington State, Known for in Beaudesert, Australia, but trying to ...”: When a man died of a perforated smash the front window failed, as did colon in 2005 in Enumclaw, Wash., smashing the rear doors, which were while having sex with a horse (at what actually those of another store. They news reports suggested was a “bestialfinally settled on the basement option, ity farm”), the legislature passed the but absentmindedly broke through the state’s first anti-bestiality opposite-side wall and law, which was used in wound up in a KFC 2010 in another “farm” restaurant. (Undaunted, case, in Bellingham, 110 according to police, miles from Enumclaw. A they robbed the KFC of British man had sex with about $2,600.) I DID NOT STINK several dogs on the prop• Once again, a pubUP THE erty of Douglas Spink, who lic library has been LIBRARY! had allegedly arranged the sued for gently asking a trysts, and the man was patron to leave because convicted and deported, his body odor was but Spink was not charged provoking complaints. (though instead was reGeorge Stillman, 80, imprisoned for an earlier filed a $5.5 million lawcrime). In November 2012, suit in October against with Spink nearing release, the New York Public prosecutors filed bestialLibrary for feeling ity charges using evidence “humiliat(ed)” by the from 2010, involving “four staff of the St. Agnes stallions, seven large-breed branch in Manhattan. male dogs” and “13 mice, each coated Stillman said he views body odor (his with a lubricant.” According to the and others’) as mere “challenge(s) to Bellingham Herald, Spink (acting as his the senses” and “a fact of life in the city.” own lawyer) denounced state officials Actually, he had also denied that he had and “the bigotry behind the (law).” any body odor at all, but a New York Post reporter, interviewing him about Recurring Themes the lawsuit, said she noted “a strong odor.” • Least Competent Criminals: Peter • Drunk drivers often try to avoid Welsh, 32, and Dwayne Doolan, 31, hit-and-run charges by claiming that weren’t the first burglars to try breaking they did not realize they hit anything, into a building by smashing through

but their odds drop if there is a dead pedestrian lodged in the windshield, as with Sherri Wilkins, 51, who was arrested in Torrance, Calif., in November, 2.3 miles from the crash scene, after other drivers finally persuaded her to stop. (Wilkins, it turned out, is a “rehabilitated” drug user who worked as a counselor at a Torrance drug treatment center and who claimed to have been sober for 11 years.) • Women’s love-hate affairs with their shoes is the stuff of legend, but a Memphis, Tenn., podiatrist told Fox News in November of a recent increase in women deciding on what might be called the nuclear option - “stiletto surgery” - for horribly uncomfortable, yet irresistible, shoes. Either the shoe must go or the foot, and more are choosing the latter (or at least the pinky), to be removed or reduced by surgery. The Memphis doctor said he sees as many as 30 patients a month interested in the procedure. • Once again, a familiar, vexing legal question was tackled in New York City in December when Dr. Diana Williamson was sentenced to three years in prison after a conviction for defrauding Medicaid of $300,000 by writing bogus prescriptions. She had vigorously asserted “her” innocence, in that, she said, only one of her multiple personalities (uncontrollable by the others) had committed the crime. (The most memorable News of the Weird “dissociative identity disorder” case happened in 2002, when a Montana judge favored a woman by ruling that her spontaneous


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Whaleboat gets all social Every day on Facebook, someone posts a quote or a meme about the dangers of addiction to social media and other contemporary forms of communication. This week, it was none other than Albert Einstein, quoted as saying “I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Whether or not the good professor actually said that — which is the source of some debate — it’s food for thought. And/or food for texting, I suppose. This very idea is the nucleus of Whaleboat’s intoxicating new single, “Socialist,” which will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 25 with a live performance by the band, along with Cusses and the Columbia band Can’t Kids. “‘Socialist’ is about trying to make people aware that social media and technology are taking over our lives, in the personal and human interaction scheme of things,” says singer, songwriter and guitarist Brent Collins. “The first verse, ‘pardon me sir do you have the time to socialize, these pardons will be served in our own so just wait in line’ mainly talks about how it seems like we don’t have personal conversations any more, face to face. We seem to have our phones, iPads or some type of computer occupying our time and mind. It seems like we have to wait in line to get a chance to interact.” Whaleboat bassist Jeremiah Stuard co–authored the melody and arrangement of the song, which is being released as a limited edition 7” on translucent blue vinyl.

Whaleboat: Stuard, left, Collins and Moats

It’s a four–minute snapshot of what’s so good about this relatively young Savannah band. While it’s rooted in atmosphere and guitar reverb like vintage British shoegaze music, it has an unforgettable dreampop melody, driving bass and almost freshpunk drums, from Whaleboater Donald Moats. “For a guitar sound for myself,” says Collins, “yes I love shoegaze music and I love the dreamy side of the guitar sound. But we all have different kinds of music we like. And I think that makes it special, when you have three different people who can have three different ways of playing.” Stuard also plays bass for the aggressive rock outfit Sins of Godless Men, and Moats’ other band is the rocking trio Habitat Noise. Whaleboat, meanwhile, is working on its second EP, the followup to Navigator; “Socialist” is a standalone release and won’t be among its tracks. “The chorus,” Collins explains, “just reiterates that in ‘did you know that we’re falling away from the good ole days,’ stating we’re getting away from what we’re put here to do — ‘interact personally,’ not through a Facebook friendship or a tweet. “I’m as guilty as the next person about this issue, but I just wanted to make a statement in this song to put your devices down and go have a cup

of coffee with someone, without your phone. Go swimming with friends. Go on a camping trip.” The Connect Sessions: Whaleboat stopped by the Connect office for some informal chat, and gave us an exclusive live, unplugged performance of “Socialist.” You can watch the video on our Facebook page, or at

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• Who better than our very own Conquistadork, Phil Keeling, to host a night of standup comedy called “Lunatics For Mental Wellness”? The Wormhole event, starting at 9 p.m. Jan. 25, will feature fellow Savannah standups Brooke Cochran, Chris Davison, Brandon Keiffer, Wrath Nasty and Peter Van Pelt. Your $5 admission goes to the organization Mental Health America. • Milwaukee rapper Dana Coppafeel (great name, don’t you think?) plays the Sparetime with Savannah’s prodigious Knife (of Dope Sandwich and Blackmale fame) Jan. 25. The bill also includes DJ Redlab and Word of Mouth’s Miggs the Artist. Knife (aka Kedrick Mack) and Miggs have been writing, recording and performing together; as reported here a few issues back, they’re knee–deep into Hangman, a combination graphic novel and hip hop soundtrack. CS

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Not even two years old, this eclectic four–piece band has an imminent self–titled EP, cut here in town at Elevated Basement, containing five songs that would make any long–term string band proud. There are two celebratory shows this weekend — the band will be at Blowin’ Smoke Saturday, Jan. 26, and play the next night at the Sentient Bean alongside the touring cello wunderkind Christopher Bell. Like any string band worth its tuning pegs, they’ll play and sing gathered ‘round a single microphone. Mandolin player Corey Chambers and standup bassist Anthony Teixeira came together when they both answered a Craigslist ad from singer/ songwriter Brandon Nelson McCoy. They formed the nucleus of McCoy’s Sad Bastard String Band. McCoy decamped for Athens, which is when Chambers ran into guitarist Aaron Zimmer. “Anthony and I were looking to keep playing music,” Chambers recalls. “I met Aaron at an Open Mic at Tantra. He’s just an amazing singer and songwriter and harmonica player. So we just started jamming with Anthony.” Next up was banjo player Jay Rudd. “Jay was a buddy I knew from around Atlanta,” says Chambers. “He’d just got a job down in Brunswick, so as soon as he moved I called him up and started asking him to jam with us.

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At that point, we’d already had some shows at Blowin’ Smoke and Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. He jumped right in, and we were a four–piece string band before we knew it, really.” Chambers had relocated from the Atlanta area when his wife, an art teacher, got a job at Godley Station School in Pooler. There are, he says, a lot of fine musicians up in the big city — he’d studied flatpicking guitar from one of Atlanta’s best, and taught himself mandolin — so the prospect of moving to Savannah was ... a leap into the


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“We found that over time the name was affiliated with some white supremacist groups,” laughs Zimmer. “One of us did a YouTube search, to see if any of our videos were getting hits. But it also pulled up some white supremacist rants and stuff like that. “And people were showing up at the shows expecting us to be a Southern Rock band, and being really disappointed that that was not the case. So the name switch was the healthiest option.” Built in 1821, the City Hotel was the first such structure in Savannah. It was also home to Savannah’s first post office. Moon River Brewing Co. occupies the space today. City Hotel — the band — has already gigged in Atlanta, and the guys are hoping to get to Charleston and points further once the EP gets around. Accomplices fiddler Colleen Heine has been joining them onstage as of late, and word is she’ll play the Blowin’ Smoke and Bean shows, too. It’s all about chemistry and vitality and contagious love for the music. Check ‘em out. “The instrumentation is definitely typical string band, as far as the material we cover,” says Teixeira. “A lot of Americana, we’re a string band. “But there’s even some hip hop that gets thrown in, and other random things that get pulled out.” CS City Hotel Where: Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 514 MLK When: At 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. (with Christopher Bell) When: At 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 Online:

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As a co–founder of New York’s Punk Magazine (with John Holmstrom), Legs McNeil was an integral part of the burgeoning punk music scene in the 1970s. He practically lived at CBGB, the low–rent Bowery bar where the Ramones, Television, Blondie and so many others cut their fierce yellow teeth. Those decadent, drug–addled days — courtesy of McNeil’s wit, creative talent and powers of observation — were immortalized in the 1997 best–seller Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Written with Gillian McCain, Please Kill Me has become both a bible and an atlas for those interested in navigating the black backroads of punk. McNeil, with McCain, will be in Savannah Jan. 29 to read from their work, take questions and basically yap and yammer about punk, CBGB and whatever else comes up. In addition to his role as one of the godfathers of punk rock (indeed, he and Holmstrom are credited in certain circles with actually coining the phrase), the 56–year–old McNeil is a seasoned journalist who worked as a senior editor at Spin, wrote The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry and co– authored I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir (with Mickey Leigh). He contributed to Dee Dee Ramone’s autobiography Lobotomy, and wrote the forward to Cheetah Chrome’s A Dead Boy’s Tale. At the Savannah event, he’ll also debut his work–in–progress, Live Through This (original title: Girl With the Most Cake).

I’ve been a music journalist for 30 years, and even now I think of the phrase as an oxymoron sometimes. Legs McNeil: I just considered myself a journalist. I hated music journalists. The problem with most music writers is that they get assignments that they don’t want to write. And in order to make some money, you gotta write about shitty bands. If they just let all the music writers write about what they liked, I’m sure it’d be really interesting. Holmstrom liked Lester Bangs because he’d turned him on to the first Dictators album. Is it weird, talking about those long– ago days all the time? Legs McNeil: I’ve kind of gotten used to it. I mean, I’ve done a lot more in my life — I’ve covered two wars, I did the book on the porn industry. But it’s what everybody wants to talk about, how big was Dee Dee’s dick, and what was Joey like? But the people that ask have afforded me a very nice life, so I don’t mind talking about it. To be a grumpy old guy, you’d be a dick, you know? I don’t want to be a dick. Tell me the story about Live Through This, the book you’re working on. Legs McNeil: On the last night of a short book tour, in Seattle, I met this

girl and I fell madly in love with her. Her name was Shannon McNamera. The book is about my five–month affair with her. She told me that she’d been a heroin addict. You know, everyone I meet has been something, a former porn star, a former prostitute, a former stripper. Everybody’s got some shit in their life. She actually lied to me and said she had stopped using heroin, when she was using it all the time. She shot up black tar heroin infected with necrotizing fasciitis, which is flesh–eating bacteria. And they amputated her leg. And she didn’t survive the operation. Even now, it’s hard for me to think of her as a junkie. Because the dope gave her energy; she was full of life, and she was always laughing. She was just so much fun and just so sexy. We were just madly in love. She died within 48 hours, from the time she said “My leg hurts ... I have to go to the hospital.” She died on my birthday. Because the way she died was so brutal, and so fast, I had an amazing amount of anxiety. Which I never dealt with. Because I was born lopsided, with two inches of my right leg longer than my left. They cut two inches off the femur and put my leg back together, and I couldn’t walk for a year. And once I became Legs McNeil at 19, I kind of never dealt with my shitty childhood. With Shannon dying, not only was I devastated, it brought up all this other crap for me. And I didn’t deal with it. In November of 2011, I went into this trauma rehab called Sierra Tucson, and my trauma therapist said “What is therapy but putting your life in a narrative? And that’s what you do — so you should fucking write it,


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Legs McNeil: Very! And I never thought any of this stuff was valid. It always just seemed like crapola. Even though I got sober in 1988, I didn’t really go for the therapy stuff, you know? I always preferred the easy way out, if anything. Usually, I’d get angry if I had really intense feelings — which is a way of drowning out the feelings — so sitting here 10, 12 hours a day writing this, and just feeling stuff, was really .... I realized that all you have to do is just feel it. And acknowledge it.


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So what will you do when you’re here? How does the evening play out?

Legs McNeil: I haven’t really paid attention to it. The guy that’s playing me is cuter than I ever was. People are gonna meet me and go “Hey, you’re not that guy! Fuck you, get outta here!” But Holmstrom was a consultant on the movie, so they’ll probably get it all wrong.

Legs McNeil: I just kinda tell the story and read and talk. It’s kinda fun, actually. When I first did it, in the fall, I was really kinda nervous ‘cause I thought “No one cares about me and my dead girlfriend. They just want to hear about Iggy and the Ramones and shit.” But they really, really liked it. It kind of shocked me how much they liked it. So it’ll be interesting to see if that was an anomaly, or if people really do like it. CS

What’s your feeling on somebody making a film about those days? Legs McNeil: I think they’re gonna make lots of films. They’ve already made the Runaways film, cost $10 million to make and made $2 million because it was so bad. I think that they’ll keep making bad movies until one comes along and captures it, and then they’ll make tons of ripoffs. That’s basically what Hollywood does, just keep imitating whatever sells. Do you think your book was a reference point for the script? Legs McNeil: If it was, if there’s information in the book that is not available elsewhere, and they used it in the

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“Any time in my life,” Rowan recalls, “every time I introduced myself, there was about a one–in–five chance that somebody was going to say [in a sonorous English accent] ‘Arthur — King of the Britons.’ There was a point in time when it was getting really, really annoying, so I actually kept a running tally of how many people I heard use that joke. It was up to 620. “But now, of course, that’s not something I can actually complain about.”

Being named Arthur has it perks when you’re the lead actor — playing King Arthur himself — in the Broadway–on–tour production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. With a book adapted from the film by Pythonite Eric Idle, the multiple Tony–winning musical is a garish, loud and very, very silly send–up of both the Arthurian legend and the 1974 Holy Grail movie. The tour stops at Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theatre Jan. 28. After years of regional Shakespeare

and renaissance fairs, Rowan says, “This is by far the biggest gig I’ve had. At this level, what is asked of you in terms of precision is a ton. “We’re not creating a performance of Spamalot from whole cloth. We’re taking the template that was laid out by the very successful Broadway version, with Mike Nichols’ direction. So we were drilled in rehearsal making sure that the quality of our performance was consistent, and that it was always in keeping with Mike Nichols’ original vision. I feel like twice the actor I was before starting this process, just to have the opportunity to work with that kind of intensity.” All your Holy Grail favorites are here — the Black Knight, Tim the Enchanter, the French Taunter and the Knights Who Say Ni. Lancelot and Galahad and Robin and Prince

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“This has been a little different,” Christopher Blair says of his turn in the Savannah Children’s Theatre adaptation of Willy Wonka. “But it’s really rewarding because you see those kids progressing and growing. To see them learning and becoming better actors, better singers and better

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performers, that’s really nice to see.” Blair, who’s perhaps the busiest actor in town, plays the title character in Roald Dahl’s timeless tale about an eccentric candy–maker who teaches kids important life lessons. That’s what Blair does in real life, too — he teaches at the Children’s Theatre. Like all SCT mainstage shows, Willy Wonka is a massive production, intended for both kids and adults. The cast ranges from the very young to ... well, let’s just say older. Of his school–aged castmates, “It takes them longer to learn it, as opposed to ‘seasoned actors’ who do shows all the time,” Blair explains. “It’s a different process. Kids are kids, and they like to socialize. I compare it to working in a beehive. But a beehive

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Bay Street Theatre begins 2013 with Shel’s Shorts, a series of comic vignettes by the late satirist and songwriter Shel Silverstein. Bay Street did its first Silverstein collection in 2012, to great success. This is an entirely different one. It’s a one–weekend–only production at Club One, opening Jan. 24. The shows in each Bay Street season — the majority of them slightly across the tracks from the Neil Simons and Rodgers & Hammersteins of the world — have become an important stitch in the rich fabric of Savannah theater. Similarly Christopher Stanley, director of Shel’s Shorts, has been a key member of the Bay Street collective since Club One manager Travis Coles brainstormed it back in 2010. Stanley is a DJ at Club One. You’ve seen him in Rent, Avenue Q, all the big grand ones and most of the little odd ones.

“I don’t think I would be as involved with theater if Travis hadn’t started Bay Street Theatre,” says Stanley, a Boston native who came to SCAD 11 years ago to study painting. “Our schedules are never consistent, so to be able to just put a theater in the mix of the day–to–day doings of the club, is kind of a blessing.” An accomplished musician, Stanley has also musically–directed several Bay Street shows. He and George Moser composed original music for Shel’s Shorts. “I enjoy theater, and I enjoy music, and I enjoy what I do combining the two,” Stanley explains. “I’d like to something in music that doesn’t involve theater, too. Music you can do very much on your own time. With theater, it’s a community. You gotta be there for everybody.” It’s that sense of family — of a community within a community — that brings theater people together. And for Chris Stanley and the others committed to making theater a vibrant and well–attended part of the bigger community–at–large, consistency is the key. “I think there’s still a hesitance in Savannah to see something that they don’t already recognize,” he says. “The same you might not go to a concert to see a band you’ve never heard. “You just kind of work and get to that point that people know what you’re going to put on is gonna be fantastic. At some point, I think, with the amount of amazing actors and directors and everybody here, if you come to see a show in Savannah you may not like the play, but I think you’ll always like the performance.” CS Shel’s Shorts is onstage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24–27. See

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Herbert. The Trojan Rabbit. “For fans of The Holy Grail, it will be everything that they wanted,” Rowan reports. “And having seen The Holy Grail is by no means a prerequisite for enjoying the heck out of this show. Besides taking a lot of the best scenes from the movie and sort of tweaking them, they tweaked the storyline a little bit. It doesn’t have the depressing ending of The Holy Grail. “And by adding in all of these wonderful new songs written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, it’s able to take the incredibly sharp, intelligent comedy of Monty Python and sort it amp it up with the glitz and glamour and catchy show tunes of Broadway.” Rowan, who’s also a singer/songwriter and musician, honed a spate of British accents over time spent in the thespian trenches. Still, he was a trifle nervous during his early days in Spamalot — was he using the right one? “No one ever corrected me on it during the rehearsal process,” he says. “And then when Eric Idle got a chance to see us doing the show in L.A. last year, he said to me backstage ‘Great work with the English accent.’ “So I thought, OK, if it’s good enough for Eric Idle, it’s good enough for me.”


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FORMing cheese As I explore restaurants, I’m a sucker for a good charcuterie plate. Generally found in the appetizer section of menu or on its own, charcuterie is technically a collection of cold, cooked or cured meats. These are usually sliced thin and range across prosciutto, pancetta, soppressata or virtually any other meat that cured through cooking, smoking or curing. While the name suggests meats only, cheeses are often an option This devout cheesehead often makes cheese the centerpiece. I occasionally compile a plate of cheeses and meats for Ms. TJ and I to enjoy for a light supper. Throw in something sweet (honey for drizzling or a fruit compote), something tart (sweet pickles like gherkins) a daub of grainy mustard, a few slices of apples, slices of crusty baguette and you’ve got a meal that’s beautiful to look at, tactile (these are very much finger foods) and delicious. With some of my favorite cheeses entering double digits per pound, I headed to FORM where I knew Chef Claude would custom slice my selections tailored for two. Here’s what I came away with, pictured here

clockwise from front center: Savannah River Farms Pancetta is pork belly cured with a variety of herbs and spices. These very thin sliced rings of pork deliver spicy notes from black peppercorns, sweetness from brown sugar and a nice herbal undertone from rosemary and thyme. Pancetta is chewy and fatty — not to everyone’s taste. Find a place in your palate for it though and the reward is worth the effort. Barely Buzzed from Beehive Cheese Co. in Utah is a Jersey cow’s milk cheese, dense and savory with a unique hand–rubbed crust of espresso and lavender. I enjoyed a glass of Vina Roble White 4 with my plate, but this particular cheese is delicious with bourbons, porters or ciders. Cahills’s Farm Cheddar Cheese is made in Ireland. It is traditional cheddar that has been souped–up with the addition of Guinness from the Dublin brewery. It’s an eye–catching

cheese that, like the beer, tastes much smoother than its dark color implies. Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue was named one of the top 16 cheeses in the world at the 2012 World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, England. This silky blue is wrapped in grape leaves that have been macerated in pear brandy. This is an entirely local cheese in its native Oregon — the milk comes from pasture grazed Swiss Brown and Holstein cattle, the grape leaves from a nearby Syrah vineyard and the pear brandy from a local producer. Exquisite, expensive and worth every penny. I also scored a Tribeca Oven baguette from FORM’s freezer. This par–baked bread gets crisped up in your home oven in 3–5 minutes. It was way better than bargain baguettes I usually find at local grocers — tender, flavorful and nicely crisp exterior. FORM has evolved into a one–stop shop for foodies: Wines, gourmet coffees and sodas, cheeses, cured meats, bread and take–away foods. Of course, it’s the source of the light and delicious cheesecakes featured on several local restaurant menus. 1801 Habersham St., (912) 236–7642

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Karen Ann Myers: Intimate Patterns — Looks at the psychological complexity of women through intimate observations of the bedroom. Presented by Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, in the University Gallery. Show runs through February 24. RecepOn The Congress Strip tion and artist’s talk: February 21, 5:00p.m. Contains imagery of a mature nature. Parents are encouraged to contact the Department of Art at 912-478-2787 before bringing children. Free and open to the public.

Artists Reception: Grit Pretty — A multimedia group exhibition of seven artists (some local) on themes of southern culture and the identity of the southern artist. Reception Friday Jan. 25, 6-9pm. Show runs through Feb 2. NonFiction Gallery, 1522 Bull Street. Artists Reception & Continuing: Second Annual Armstrong National 2-D Competition — An exhibition of this national art competition developed by Armstrong faculty Pang-Chieh Hsu. Show runs through February 1 at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Fine Arts Gallery, 11935 Abercorn Street. Free and open to the public. Reception: Friday, January 25, 5:30pm.

Mary Telfair and the Grand Tour — Rarely exhibited works from Mary Telfair’s collection, acquired primarily in Italy during her travels abroad. Including a portrait miniature of Mary Telfair, several works in the manner of Baroque painter Salvatore Rosa, and portraits of Vittoria della Rovere, the young Grand Duchess of Florence. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Savannah

Closing this week and Artists Reception: Pretty in Ink — Closes Jan. 27. Recent prints and works on paper by women artists working in the printmaking departments at SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Savannah. Reception Jan. 25, 6:00- 7:30pm. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. Free and open to the public.

Melissa Schneider, Featured Artist at Gallery 209 — Encaustic photographs by local artist Melissa Schneider, emphasizing historic scenes of Savannah and Beaufort. Gallery 209, 209 East River Street. Open daily. 912-2364583 or Show ends January 31.

Closing this week: 7th Annual SCADDY Exhibition — More than 100 top student submissions for the 7th Annual SCADDY Awards on exhibit through Jan. 27. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. A panel of industry professionals reviewed the submissions and selected winners, which will be announced Feb. 15 at the SCADDY Awards Ceremony at Arnold Hall. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. Closing this week: Little Black Dress — Curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley, this exhibit charts the historic and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon. Through January 27. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Closing this week: Sketchbook Show — Little Beasts Art Gallery, 1522 Bull St. 122 artists from all over the world will take their sketchbooks, cut out the pages and place them on the walls of the gallery for sale. . Runs through Jan.25. Closing reception Jan 25 8pm – 11pm. The closing reception will change the installation around and feature a concert on the 3rd floor for a $5 cover charge. Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Jr Blvd. Belo Horizonte Project — Multimedia artist Damian Ortega’s exhibition on this Brazilian city’s commitment to the marriage of urban and environmental conditions. Through March 3 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Blick Employee Art Show — This exhibition will represent a piece of artwork from each of the Blick Savannah staff in the Blick Gal-

Michael Velliquette: Power Seeker — A survey of cut-paper sculptures. Hand-cut heavyweight paper card stock constructing visually and structurally complex forms that reference masks and other forms of ritually driven object making. University Gallery. Show runs through February 24.

Geometric works by SCAD professor Morgan Santander are on view through January at Gallery Expresso. lery at 318 E. Broughton St. January 15 - March 1. Artists Reception, Thurs. January 31, 6-8pm. Information: 912-234-0456. Erasures — Paintings and works on paper by Jack Whitten, many on view for the first time. Through March 31 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Everyday Sightings — Photographer Michael W. Ellison and painter Mary Ellen McLaughlin exhibit their interpretation of commonplace experiences and places. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. (inside Hospice House). Show runs through February. Georgia Landscapes — Black and White photographs of Georgia’s natural landscape by Atlanta photographer Michael Turner. Runs through January. Savannah Center for Fine Art, 41 Drayton

Street. Heaven’s Gate: Exhibition by Odili Donald Odita — Odita’s installation celebrates color and light within the museum through site-specific wall paintings. Show runs through June 2. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. I Am the Beloved Community Quilt Exhibition — Art story quilts by Loop It Up Savannah and partners from the West Broad YMCA on exhibit through January at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Avenue. Information: 912-232-4447 or Journey/Destination: Views of the Tibetan Plateau — Photographs by SCAD architecture professor Hsu-Jen Huang from his 2012 journey across Tibet, visiting more than 20 villages. Show closes Feb. 1. Pei Ling Chan Gallery, 322 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.

Morgan Santander: Experimental Geometric Works — The Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull Street, presents this show by SCAD professor Santander. His influences are the rhythmic patterns of the Flamenco and Northern African music. Runs through January. Information: 912-233-5348 Offering of the Angels: Masterworks from the Uffizi Gallery — Italian Renaissance Masterpieces from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Through March 30. Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 W. York Street. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Rosemarie Fiore: Firework Drawings — A selection of largescale works on paper created using live fireworks and their pigments. Through May 12 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Turning Points in Portraiture — The Beach Institute in conjunction with The Hurn Museum presents this look at the history of portraiture’s relationship to the history of art. Through January 31. Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5 pm, www. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. CS


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Dancing with chairs plays a big part in Jewish rejoicing, as seen in the rollicking and delightful Hava Nagila (The Movie).

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The thing that you need to know about Jewish film festivals is that they’re not all about the Holocaust. True, the mass murder of six million Jewish people under Hitler’s evil hand has given rise to a seemingly endless slew of acclaimed yet heartrending films: Au Revoir Les Enfants, Schindler’s List and last year’s Sarah’s Key only scratch the surface. It’s been less than a century since WWII, and while the world’s Holocaust survivors reach the end of their blessedly long lives, new stories of tragedy and bravery continue to emerge. But the Jewish story is much bigger than the 20th-century horror

of Eastern Europe, and the films it inspires reach beyond its lens. Global themes of identity, celebration and meddlesome in–laws work their way into the canon and can be pondered at the Savannah Jewish Film Festival, taking place Jan. 24–Feb. 2 at the Jewish Educational Alliance. “One of the wonderful aspects is that we’re showing all independent films,” says JEA Director of Programming Jennifer Rich. “We’re touching on experiences of people from all over the world, and from a cultural

perspective, I think there’s a lot to enjoy and learn whether you’re Jewish or not.” Taking its cue from the huge Jewish film festivals of San Francisco and Washington D.C. as well as smaller ones in less likely outposts of American Jewry, the Savannah festival began in 2003 with a push of community support. It quickly became the way to honor longtime Savannah Jewish Federation philanthropists and avid film buffs Joan and Murray Gefen, who died in a car accident in 2001. The festival that bears their name is a joint project of the JEA and the Federation.

“Its founders figured if Montgomery, Alabama can have a Jewish film festival, then why not Savannah?” entreats Rich. She and her multi–generational committee pared down hundreds of films screened at other Jewish film festivals to arrive at eight that run the gamut: There’s Live and Become, the touching chronicle of a Christian Ethiopian boy who escapes a refugee camp in Sudan by pretending to be Jewish, and Salsa Tel Aviv, a rom– com about the unlikely connection between an Israeli scientist and Mexican salsa dancer. The barriers between Islam and Judaism in Brooklyn are explored through the eyes of an 11 year–old in David (the screening will be followed by a Q&A with SCAD film professor Michael Hofstein.) Family life and its accompanying strife get uplifting treatment in both A Wonderful Day (Yom Nifla) and the Argentinian film My First Wedding (Mi Primera Boda.) And while the Holocaust is the setting for Nicky’s Family and Violins in Wartime (which will be followed by a string performance by Dr. Larisha Elisha,) these films focus on positive outcomes in the face of disaster. “Being in the younger age range, I really felt like I wanted to look at movies that were inspiring, interesting and funny,” says Rich. “Even if they have a message, we chose films that delivered it an enjoyable way rather than in a depressing way.” Perhaps the most inclusive example that encompasses both the trials and joys of Jewish life is contained in award–winning director Roberta Grossman’s film Hava Nagila (The Movie), closing the festival on Feb. 2. A light–hearted look into how a wordless Jewish prayer has been lyricized, embraced and elevated by popular global culture, Hava Nagila is on the list for practically every Jewish film festival for 2013. Alternating celebrity interviews — some Jewish (Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor), some not (Connie Francis, Harry Belafonte) — with wacky YouTube clips from Thailand to Russia to Texas, the film follows the “Hava


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history, and ironically, her last film was Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, a documentary about the 22 year–old heroine who parachuted into Nazi–occupied Hungary and was executed. Grossman’s next two projects are also Holocaust–related: She’s working with Nancy Spielberg (Steven’s sister) on a film about the creation of the Israeli Air Force and has plans for another about the secret archives of the Warsaw Ghetto. “I thought of Hava Nagila as a psychic and emotional palette cleanser between projects,” she said wryly. Still, she’s not surprised that her film, like the song it apotheosizes, has an appeal beyond traditional Jewish life. “‘Hava Nagila’ is a life–affirming song, and the ritual of using it is life– affirming. For everyone.” cs Savannah Jewish Film Festival When: Jan. 24–Feb. 2 (see website for schedule] Where: JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $10 per film/$8 JEA members; full festival passes available Info:




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It will someday be coined The Norbit Effect, that unfortunate instance when a popular performer has a turkey in theaters at the same time that he or she is hoping to score Oscar gold for a celebrated movie. This was the case in 2007, when Eddie Murphy was the odds–on favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his excellent turn in the previous year’s Dreamgirls. Instead, Murphy lost the award to Little Miss Sunshine’s Alan Arkin, and while possible reasons for the upset included Murphy’s prickly reputation around town and Arkin’s longevity in the business, another theory was floated that the Oscar season was being conducted right when Murphy’s critically lambasted comedy Norbit had just opened in theaters, and why the hell would Academy members vote for anybody who would make garbage like that? Unlike Murphy, Jessica Chastain probably doesn’t need to worry. Although she’s presently nominated for Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty – and, in this wide–open category, has as good a chance of winning as anybody – her new movie Mama isn’t the sort of cinematic debacle that can cripple careers. if anything, her performance in this unexceptional horror fare will probably only endear her further to voters, since it presents this chameleonic actress in yet another light: Rather than a flighty Southern belle (The Help), a soft–spoken Texas housewife (The Tree of Life) or a driven CIA agent (Zero Dark Thirty), she’s now playing a goth chick, complete with jet–black cropped hair hugging her noggin and a position in a local punk band. Mama begins with a crazed father failing in his attempt to murder his two children before turning the gun on himself (an homage to the opening of Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout?). Instead, the two girls (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse) spend the

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Like a carnival barker or presidential candidate, the French release Rust and Bone promises far more than it delivers. Marion Cotillard, one of the best actresses on today’s international scene, stars as Stephanie, a whale trainer who loses her legs in a gruesome on–the–job

accident. Drained of all life and wallowing in self–pity, she only perks up after entering into a friends–with–benefits relationship with Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts), a single dad drifting from job to job. It sounds like the template for a maudlin melodrama, but right from the start, it’s clear that Jacques Audiard, the writer–director of the prison yarn A Prophet, will approach this story in a similarly hard–hitting style. Unfortunately, Audiard abandons the most interesting character, Stephanie, for long stretches of the movie, choosing instead to focus on the far less compelling Alain. This decision not only forces us to hang around with a boorish protagonist, it also doesn’t allow Stephanie enough screen time to register as much more than a woman who measures her own worth by how much she’s able to sexually arouse a man who, frankly, doesn’t deserve her. Rust and Bone is supposed to be a tale about two individuals who save each other, but in the final analysis, it appears that the audience isn’t the only one who gets a raw deal.

Zero Dark Thirty OOOP

Bold, provocative and challenging in ways not even attempted by other current 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



One of the deadliest natural disasters in history, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami obliterated several countries’ coastlines and resulted in over 230,000 deaths. It touched people all over the globe, those who were moved enough to contribute financially (global donations reportedly totaled $14 billion) and those who were affected on a more personal level (Tom Schwerk, one of my best friends from high school, perished while vacationing in Thailand, although his wife and two small sons thankfully survived). There are countless tales to relate from this tragedy, and rather than

focus on several in the schlocky manner of a ’70s disaster flick, director Juan Antonio Bayona elected to center on the ostensibly true–life story of Maria and Henry Belon, a Spanish couple on holiday with their three boys in Thailand when the tsunami hits. Many have already criticized the film for largely ignoring the plight of the locals while focusing on a privileged European family, while others have lambasted it for further Anglicizing the project by casting Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor instead of Spanish actors as the parents. Sidestepping these issues, it’s clear that the problem with The Impossible is that the second half collapses after a powerhouse opening hour. The sequences involving the tsunami are incredible, and genuine tension is maintained as Maria and oldest son Lucas (an excellent Tom Holland), separated from the rest of their brood, desperately try to stay alive amidst all the carnage. Watts is superb as Maria (she recently received the film’s sole Oscar nomination), and it’s a shame her ailing character is largely confined to the sidelines during the less impressive second half, a stretch that culminates with a series of coincidences so laughable, they belong in a vintage screwball comedy instead.



Is it professional laziness to dismiss Gangster Squad with the simple declaration that it’s nothing more than a dimwitted cross between L.A. Confidential and The Untouchables? Perhaps, but such an action is still nowhere near as lazy as those exhibited by the makers of this lackluster crime meller, which poorly cribs from so many previous movies that the end result suggests Sarah Palin attempting to digest speaking points from Stephen Hawking. Set in 1949 Los Angeles, the picture, which claims to be “based on a true story” but turns out to be as authentic as The Flintstones in Rock Vegas, finds William Parker (Nick Nolte), the city’s controversial chief of police (who didn’t actually obtain the post until a year after the movie’s setting, but never mind), deciding that the best way to stop gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) from taking over the entire city is to organize an elite team to work outside the law in an attempt to being him down.

The crew hits every demographic for today’s all–embracive audience: the workaholic team leader (Josh Brolin), the wisecracking heartthrob (Ryan Gosling), the experienced old–timer (Robert Patrick), the soft–spoken Latino (Michael Pena), the switchblade–wielding black cop (Anthony Mackie) and the morally torn egghead (Giovanni Ribisi) who absurdly asks how they’re any better than the mobsters they’re fighting (I’m not sure how bugging Cohen’s living room remotely compares to Cohen having rivals physically torn in half by two cars, but maybe that’s just me). Penn’s Mickey Cohen is as cartoonish as Al Pacino’s Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy, Gosling again dazzles his Crazy, Stupid, Love co–star Emma Stone (as Cohen’s moll) with his flexing pecs, and the risible dialogue stings like an ear infection. “Here comes Santy Claus!” bellows Cohen before shooting up everything in sight – a reminder that some movies have no more worth than that proverbial lump of coal.



By all accounts, Matt Damon is a smart fellow and a sincere progressive, but it would be nice if he left his politics off the screen. It’s not that I object to filmmakers dragging their beliefs onto the screen, but if one is going to pursue that route, then for God’s sake, at least make the movie more than a tired polemic. The actor’s 2010 release Green Zone found him playing a U.S. Army officer whose search for WMDs in Iraq instead leads him to conclude that –– say it ain’t so, George! – the whole war was based on a lie perpetrated by the Bush administration. And now we get Promised Land, which finds him playing a natural–gas company spokesperson whose selling of the hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) technique to small–town rubes instead leads him to conclude that – gasp! – corporations really aren’t people, regardless of what the Supreme Court insists. Adapted by Damon and co–star John Krasinski from a story by Dave Eggers and directed by the wildly inconsistent Gus Van Sant, Promised Land employs endless screeds and silly plot maneuvers to push a scenario that would have benefitted from more depth. The controversial issue of

hydraulic fracturing deserves serious treatment, and Damon and Krasinski (as a happy–go–lucky environmentalist) surround themselves with competent co–stars (Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, Titus Welliver), but the end result is simply a fracking mess.

Django Unchained


Exciting. Funny. Gratuitous. Inflammatory. Insensitive. Stylish. Stupid. Sophisticated. Grab any adjective out of a hat and chances are it will apply to Django Unchained, writer– director Quentin Tarantino’s messy mashup of the Western and the blaxploitation flick, with other conventions tossed into the mix like so much seasoning. Set two years before the start of the Civil War, this stars Jamie Foxx as the title character, a slave who’s rescued by a bounty hunter going by the name Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds). Schultz, a German who abhors slavery, needs Django’s help in tracking down some ornery varmints; for his part, Django requires Schultz’s aid in rescuing his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Steeped in violence (enough that the LA premiere was canceled out of respect in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy), the movie overcomes its excessive tendencies with a marvelous first half that follows Django and Schultz on the road. It’s when the film reaches Candie’s plantation that it drops off considerably, largely due to less dramatic tension as well as a ridiculous performance by Samuel L. Jackson as Candie’s trusted house slave (while the other actors at least make some attempt at period verisimilitude, Jackson sounds as contempo as he did in Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction). On balance, though, Django Unchained is fine entertainment, full of memorable characters (Waltz is excellent), great cameos by personalities forgotten by everyone except Tarantino and crackerjack set–pieces. (the sequence with Don Johnson’s Big Daddy leading a charge of bumbling racists is pure comic gold). CS


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 – a methodical mystery, a political potboiler and a rueful American drama all rolled into one – 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 – had the subject been ignored, the movie would be little more than vile, jingoistic nonsense, made to appease rabid Tea Partiers and naive liberals alike. 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.


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Happenings Opens this week: Ingrid Calame: Pit 4, Pit 7, Pit 9, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2006

Opens January 29: An installation that translates tracings from the speedway pits into one-to-one scale directly onto the museum wall. Show continues through May 12. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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]

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

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. For more info: visit the Facebook page: Chatham Co. Young Democrats. or call 423619-7712. [010613]

Benefits “Time Starts Now!” Benefit for Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) invites Savannah area businesses and groups to participate in the inaugural “Time Starts Now!” Competition, on Wednesday, January 24, 2013 at Benedictine Military School Gym. Teams will compete in “Minute to Win It”-style challenges, building confidence, raising funds and having fun all at the same time. All funds raised will benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society programs and activities.

11th annual Hymns for Hope

An evening of song featuring preludes by Roger Moss, Alysa Smith, and the Savannah Children’s Choir. Sunday, January 27, 5:00pm at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway. Benefiting Interfaith Hospitality Network of Coastal Georgia. $15. Tickets and information: 912-790-9446.

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 information. [091512]

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: 912-3558527 $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

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 912344-1278/912-356-8280. [072212]

Register Now for February’s Seacrest Race for Preservation

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. www.myhsf. org/special-events/seacrest-race/ Or see the Facebook page. Registration fees: $35-45

Savannah Children’s Choir Spaghetti Supper

Monday, February 11, 4 - 7pm, a preValentine’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: 912-2284758 or

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 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 kmckenzie@lsga. org 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 kitty.karr@, 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, For more information, contact the Clerk of Council at (912) 651-6442 or email clerkofcouncil@

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 BetterHometownProgram. A panel of expert judges will review submissions and begin scheduling the second week of February. Information: 912-472-5071

Classes, Camps & Workshops Clay Classes: Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu

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

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

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Acting Workshops for Youth & Adults, and Headshot Days

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, 11am-4pm. $125. Register at www.firstcityfilms. com.

Art Classes and Lessons

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

Art Classes at the Studio School.

Ongoing weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. Learn more at or contact Melinda: 912-484-6415. [113012]

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

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

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 Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. [062812]

Beekeeping Workshop

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

Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance at Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. All skill levels and styles welcome. Sundays 3:304:30p.m. $15/class. Private instruction available. Carrie Newton 912-704-2940 or

Champions Training Center


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.

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 [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 hour lesson; $45.00 per hour. Contact: brian@brianluckett. com [102812]


Classical Drawing and Painting Workshop

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:, or call: 912-484-6415.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating 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: www. or telephone Kent Shockey at 912-897-7656. [062812]

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: ceps. html, call the Coastal Georgia Center 644-5967; or email

Course Cancellation: Keeping that New Year’s Resolution - Vision Workshop

This January 26 course is cancelled, please contact course leader for information on rescheduling. Lydia Stone, Dream Builder Coach, 912-656-6383 or email rosesonthemove@gmail. com.

Creative Writing I

An 8-week introductory course to the fundamental techniques of writing fiction and nonfiction forms. Instruction includes research and interviewing techniques, narrative structure 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 through March 4. Fee: $200.

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]

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1 Crafted 5 Trendsetting 8 Wife of the late Steve Irwin, a.k.a. “The Crocodile Hunter” 13 “Wonder ___ powers, activate!” 14 ___ the crack of dawn 16 Bolt who bolts 17 Three-piece suit piece 18 Rogen of “The Guilt Trip” 19 Artless 20 Lottery ticket that’s also a coupon? 23 Person who vilifies ad writers? 24 “106 & Park” network 25 Dr.’s org. 26 Abbr. at the bottom of a letter 27 Airline whose last flight was in 2001 28 The Magic, on scoreboards 29 Enticed 31 Enemy 32 Go back and forth 33 The purpose of milk, in the mind of a cat? 37 Bushy-bearded natural health expert Andrew 40 Landscaping stuff 41 “Animal House” college 45 “Ermagerd,” in shorthand 46 “___ for Alibi” (Sue Grafton mystery) 47 Singer Bachman 49 Mighty Joe Young, for one 50 Memorial designer Maya ___ 51 Grabbed the end of Indiana Jones’s weapon? 54 What your card says when Toronto’s NBA team sends you a present? 56 Woodsy home 57 Where flour is made 58 Stephen Strasburg’s team 60 “In ___” (Nirvana album) 61 “On the Waterfront” director Kazan 62 Drug bust unit 63 Underneath 64 Make eggs 65 Once more


1 “Jersey Shore” network 2 Totally rad 3 Rotating power tool part 4 Diary writing 5 Anjelica of “The Royal Tenenbaums” 6 Old treatment for poisonings 7 Hedge maze possibilities 8 Arctic expanse 9 Those things, in Tijuana 10 Sherbet variety 11 Monaco’s region 12 How bunglers operate 15 “Oh yeah, I forgot there was another one” 21 Fail to be 22 Staircase post 23 Most populous state, in college nicknames 30 Grapeseed or sesame 31 Dahlia delivery option 32 Weekend retreat 34 1990 NBA Finals MVP ___ Thomas 35 “What’re ya gonna do about it?” 36 Key for Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 37 New member of the pack 38 Qatar, for one 39 Award bestowed by the Annals of Improbable Research 42 38-down neighbor 43 Letter 44 Salesperson 46 Urgent infomercial line 47 Muse of comedy 48 During leisure time 52 Give the third degree 53 Everlasting Gobstopper inventor 55 Surrealist Joan 59 Sty dweller


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Visualization Workshop


DUI Prevention Group



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Create Top 10 Goals, Major Focus, New Thought Patterns and other guidelines to make 2013 your best year yet. Refreshments provided. Led by Positive Energy Artist Joanne Morton. Wednesday, January 23, 6:30-8:30pm. Fee: $20/advance, $30/door. Anahata Healing Arts, 2424 Drayton Street. www.eventbrite. com/event/5137173424#

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 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 [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 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]

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, www.feldenkrais. com. [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.

Presents: 7th Annual

Elaine Alexander, GCFP. 912-223-7049 or, www.feldenkrais. com. [010613]

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]

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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.

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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.

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

Music Lessons for All Instruments

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]

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]

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



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SAT Prep Courses in January

“Math Prep for the SAT” and “Critical Reading Prep for the SAT” begin in late January. Courses offered in Savannah by Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education. Fees and Information: Judy Fogarty, 912-644-5967, or

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Saturday at 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds, and better investing. Meetings take place at Panera Bread on Bull and Broughton. Contact us at for more information. [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

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(March 21–April 19) The German government sponsored a scientific study of dowsing, which is a form of magical divination used to locate underground sources of water. After ten years, the chief researcher testified, “It absolutely works, beyond all doubt. But we have no idea why or how.” An assertion like that might also apply to the mojo you’ll have at your disposal, Aries, as you forge new alliances and bolster your web of connections in the coming weeks. I don’t know how or why you’ll be such an effective networker, but you will be.


(April 20–May 20) The United States Congress spends an inordinate amount of time on trivial matters. For example, 16 percent of all the laws it passed in the last two years were devoted to renaming post offices. That’s down from the average of the previous eight years, during which time almost 20 percent of its laws had the sole purpose of renaming post offices. In my astrological opinion, you Tauruses can’t afford to indulge in anything close to that level of nonsense during the next four weeks. I urge you to keep time–wasting activities down to less than five percent of your total. Focus on getting a lot of important stuff done. Be extra thoughtful and responsible as you craft the impact you’re having on the world.


(May 21–June 20) What if your unconscious mind has dreamed up sparkling answers to your raging questions but your conscious mind doesn’t know about them yet? Is it possible you are not taking advantage of the sly wisdom that your deeper intelligence has been cooking up? I say it’s time to poke around down there. It’s time to take aggressive measures as you try to smoke out the revelations that your secret self has prepared for you. How? Remember your dreams, of course. Notice hunches that arise out of nowhere. And send a friendly greeting to your unconscious mind, something like, “I adore you and I’m receptive to you and I’d love to hear what you have to tell me.”


(June 21–July 22)

In his book *Our Band Could Be Your Life,* Michael Azerrad says that the Cancerian singer–songwriter Steve Albini is a “connoisseur of intensity.” That means he’s picky about what he regards as intense. Even the two kinds of music that are often thought of as the embodiment of ferocious emotion don’t make the grade for Albini. Heavy metal is comical, he says, not intense. Hardcore punk is childish, not intense. What’s your definition of intensity, Cancerian? I see the coming weeks as prime time for you to commune with the very best expressions of that state of being. Be a connoisseur of intensity. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22): There’s a butterfly sanctuary at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It’s called the Enchanted Garden. As you enter, you see a sign that reads, “Please do not touch the butterflies. Let the butterflies touch you.” In other words, you shouldn’t initiate contact with the delicate creatures. You shouldn’t pursue them or try to capture them. Instead, make yourself available for them to land on you. Allow them to decide how and when your connection will begin to unfold. In the coming week, Leo, I suggest you adopt a similar approach to any beauty you’d like to know better.

mini–bar.” He delights in sensing “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” and “sadness inspired by failing restaurants.” In the coming days, Libra, I think you should specialize in one–of–a–kind feelings like these. Milk the nuances! Exult in the peculiarities! Celebrate the fact that each new wave of passion has never before arisen in quite the same form.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) After analyzing your astrological omens for the coming weeks, I decided that the best advice I could give you would be this passage by the English writer G. K. Chesterton: “Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a person can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of set rules and set tasks.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Do you ever fantasize about a more perfect version of yourself? Is there, in your imagination, an idealized image of who you might become in the future? That can be a good thing if it motivates you to improve and grow. But it might also lead you to devalue the flawed but beautiful creation you are right now. It may harm your capacity for self–acceptance. Your assignment in the coming week is to temporarily forget about whom you might evolve into at some later date, and instead just love your crazy, mysterious life exactly as it is.

My general philosophy is that everyone on the planet, including me, is a jerk now and then. In fact, I’m suspicious of those who are apparently so unfailingly well– behaved that they NEVER act like jerks. On the other hand, some people are jerks far too much of the time, and should be avoided. Here’s my rule of thumb: How sizable is each person’s Jerk Quotient? If it’s below six percent, I’ll probably give them a chance to be a presence in my life –– especially if they’re smart and interesting. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Sagittarius, this gauge may be useful for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks.



Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides says he doesn’t have generic emotions that can be described with one word. “Sadness,” “joy,” and “regret” don’t happen to him. Instead, he prefers “complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train–car constructions,” like “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy” or “the excitement of getting a hotel room with a

The French painter Cezanne painted images of a lot of fruit in the course of his career. He liked to take his sweet time while engaged in his work. The apples and pears and peaches that served as his models often rotted before he was done capturing their likenesses. That’s the kind of approach I recommend for you in the coming days, Capricorn. Be

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(Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

very deliberate and gradual and leisurely in whatever labor of love you devote yourself to. No rushing allowed! With conscientious tenderness, exult in attending to every last detail of the process.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) “Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” So said the eccentric, outspoken, and hard–partying actress Talullah Bankhead (1902–1968). Can you guess her astrological sign? Aquarius, of course. Her greatest adventure came from trying to keep up with all the unpredictable urges that welled up inside her. She found it challenging and fun to be as unique as she could possibly be. I nominate her to be your role model in the next four weeks. Your assignment is to work extra hard at being yourself.


(Feb. 19–March 20) The Dardanelles Strait is a channel that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, separating Europe from Asia. In some places it’s less than a mile wide. But the currents are fierce, so if you try to swim across at those narrow points, you’re pushed around and end up having to travel five or six miles. In light of the current astrological omens, I’m predicting that you will have a comparable challenge in the coming days, Pisces. The task may seem easier or faster than it actually is. Plan accordingly.

Winter Term Classes for Professional and Personal Development

Beginning Sign Language, Photoshop, Facebook for Beginners, Advanced Project Management, Short Story Writing, Creative Writing, Drawing, and Photography. All courses offered Winter Term in Savannah by Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education. Fees and Information: Judy Fogarty, 912-644-5967, or

Yoga for Couples: Toolbox for Labor & Delivery

A two hour class for prospective moms and the person who will be with her during labor and delivery. Learn the stages of labor and delivery and a “toolbox” of hands-on comfort measures from a labor doula, including breathing, massage, positioning, and pressure points. Bring an exercise ball. 1 - 3PM quarterly, on Saturdays at Savannah Yoga Center. First class, Jan 19. Course fee: $100 per couple. Contact: www. or call Ann Carroll at (912) 704-7650 or [121312]

You Can Heal Your Life

The life changing program authored by Louise L Hay. This is an intense look into our thoughts and patterns of behavior which create in us stress and dis-ease. Mondays, February 18 through March 25. 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 334 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah. Lydia Stone, Dream Builder Coach at 912-656-6383 or rosesonthemove@gmail.con Registration: $45 per person. Book Available at Barnes & Noble,,

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, or visit www. [062912]

Blindness and Low Vision: A Guide to Working, Living and Supporting Individuals with Vision Loss

On the 3rd Thursday of every month, Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision will offer workshops to learn more about vision loss, services and technology available to participate more fully in the community and how as a community we can support individuals with vision loss. Orientation and Mobility Techniques utilized by individuals with vision loss to access the community, Low Vision vs. Legal Blindness, Common Types of Vision Loss, How to support individuals who have vision loss to achieve their maximum independence, Low Vision Simulator Experiences, Blindfold Experiences, Resources. Free and Open to the Public. Information: www. Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton Street. [101412]

Book Lady Bookstore’s Book Club

The Book Lady Book Club’s next meeting is on Wednesday, January 30,7:00pm. This month’s selections: The Devil’s Highway, and Into the Beautiful North. Both written by Louis Alberto Urrea. Call The Book Lady for location information. 912-233-3628.

Buccaneer Region SCCA

The local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http://buccaneerregion. org. [062912]

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Chatham Sailing Club

Meets the first Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd., Savannah (across fom N. Cromwell Rd.) If first Friday falls on a holiday weekend, meeting is second Friday. No boat? No sailing experience? No problem! Information: http://www. [051912]

Drop N Circle Craft Night (formerly Stitch-N Group)

Sponsored by The Frayed Knot and Perlina. Join us every Tuesday evening 5pm-8pm for crafting. Located at 6 West State Street (behind the CVS off of Wright Square in the historic district.) Enjoy the sharing of creativity with other knitters, crocheters, beaders, spinners, felters, needle pointers. All levels of experience welcome. Come and be inspired! For more info please call 912-233-1240 or 912-441-2656. [072812]

Energy Healers

Energy Healers Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info. [062912]

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., Thunderbolt. [062912]

Honor Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area Korean War and World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. Honor Flight is seeking veterans interested in making a trip to Washington. For more info: (912) 596-1962 or [062912]

Ink Slingers Writing Group

A creative writing group for writers of poetry, prose or undefinable creative ventures. Based in Savannah and a little nomadic. Meet twice a month on Thursdays at 5:45pm at the Southwest Public Library, 14097 Abercorn Street. Discussion of exercises, ideas, or already in progress pieces. Free to attend. www.facebook. com/groups/savinkslingers [012013]

Islands MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. Meets first & third Monday of the month, excluding holidays. Childcare is available upon request. A ministry of MOPS International. Information or registration: call 912-898-4344 or kymmccarty@ [062912]

Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at the First Baptist Church of the Islands on two Wednesdays a month from 9:15-11:30am. Website/information: site/islandsmops/ [062912]

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Contact (912) 308-6768 for info. No fees. Wanna learn? Come join us! [062912]

Low Country Turners

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230. [062912]

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. Call 786-4508. [062912]

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


6 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, Panera Bread Company at White Bluff and Abercorn, Savannah. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network raises awareness about pancreatic cancer and provides support for families coping with this illness. Information: Jane Miller, 912-655-3699.

Peacock Guild-For Writers and Book Lovers

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Writer’s Salon meetings held on first Tuesday and third Wednesday. Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and meet at Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home (207 E. Charlton St.). Call 233-6014 or visit Facebook group “Peacock Guild” for more info. [062912]

Philo Cafe

A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at various locations each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook. [063012]

Queen of Spades Card Playing Club

A new club formed to bring lovers of card games together to play games such as Spades, Hearts, Rummy, etc. We will meet every other Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13. E. Park Ave. Next meeting is July 19. Children are welcome. No fee. Information: 912-660-8585. [071512]

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 5965965. [062912]

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email kasak@ or visit [062912]

Safe Kids Savannah

A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit or call 912-3533148 for more info. [062912]

Savannah Art Association

The non-profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is taking applications for membership. Workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Information: 912232-7731 [062912]

Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6-8 p.m. Encourage first-class prose writing, fiction or non-fiction, through discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques & Fine Silver,14 W. Jones Street. All are welcome, including beginners and nonpublished writers, fiction and non-fiction. No charge. Contact: Alice Vantrease ( or 912-308-3208. [010613]

Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6-8 p.m. Encourage first-class prose writing, fiction or non-fiction, through discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques & Fine Silver,14 W. Jones Street. All are welcome, including beginners and nonpublished writers, fiction and non-fiction. No charge. Contact: Alice Vantrease ( or 912-308-3208. [010613]

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Meet at Moon River Brewing Company, 21 W. Bay St. [062912]

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. [062912]

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call 429-6918 or email [062912]

Savannah Go Green

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day! Call (912) 308-6768 to learn more. [062912]

Savannah Jaycees

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or [062912]

Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912-238-3170 or visit [062912]

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program. The club hosts activities, tours and events to assist in learning about Savannah and making new friends. [062912]

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail: savannahphc@ [112512]

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Mulberry Inn. [062912]

Savannah Toastmasters

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. [062912]

Savannah Writers Group

A gathering of writers of all levels for networking, hearing published guest speaker authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive environment. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 PM at the Atlanta Bread Company in Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn Street. Free and open to the public. Information: www. or 912-572-6251. [082612].

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. Usually held at Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln Street. For specifics, visit [063012]

Smocking Arts Guild

The Waving Girls Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America will meet Monday, January 28, at 6:30 pm at the Coastal Center for Development Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406. Come join our friendly group of needle artists as we discuss, learn, share and display smocking, embroidery, and heirloom sewing. The group creates and contributes over 100 “Wee Care” gowns and other items for the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at Memorial Hospital.

The Freedom Network

An international, leaderless network of individuals seeking practical methods for achieving more freedom in an unfree world, via non-political methods. For individualists, non-conformists, anarcho-libertarians, social misfits, voluntarists, conspiracy theorists, “permanent tourists” etc. Savannah meetings/ discussions twice monthly on Thursdays at 8.30 pm. Discussion subjects and meeting locations will vary. No politics, no religious affiliation, no dues, no fees. For next meeting details email: [072212]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets the 4th Wednesday every month at 6pm at Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. All ages welcomed. Prior experience and/or boat ownership not required. Information: or telephone 912-598-7387. [063012]

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 9273356. [063012]

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-2323549 or email for more information. [063012]

Dance Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

Tue: 8-9/9-10pm, Thur: 8-9/9-10pm, Sun 5-6/6-7pm. Lessons at Salon de Baile, 7048 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406. Visit us at for more information. [111112]

Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

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

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Saturday 1/26/13 @ 10:00 AM 121 Columbus Drive (Ardsley Park) Variety of antiques, glassware, vintage and unusual items.....See you there! Ann Lemley & Will Wade of Old Savannah Estates, Antiques & Auction Co. (912)231-9466 or (ID #1821)

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Yard Sale Savannah- 8507 Kent Drive, January 26- We are downsizing & selling children’s high end bikes, childrens clothes & baby gear. Pottery barn furniture, bedding & electronics 8:00am. NO earlybirds! Items for sale 300

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CASH FOR BROKEN WASHERS AND DRYERS CALL EDDIE, 912-429-2248 Diabetic Test Strips Wanted Most types, Most brands. Will pay up to $10/box. Call Clifton 912-596-2275.

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EmploymEnt WantEd 605 Landings Cleaning Group Inc. is seeking energetic individuals for a day time position. Hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Experience and transportation required. Background and drug test will be administered. To apply please contact Dianne at (912)-598-7703 at least two references are required to apply. Drivers WanteD 625

A well established company is now looking for a few Professional Drivers and several Owner Operators. We have many locations throughout the southeast and are looking to grow in all of them. Right now we are running a lot of freight out of Savannah, Ga. and most of our freight will have you home every night and every weekend. For more information contact Chris at 912-963-9990 or email him at General 630

CHURCH CUSTODIAN/SEXTON Unitarian Universalist Church seeks person to perform custodial/sexton tasks. 20 hr/wk. $11.10/hr. Expect daytime, evening & weekend shifts. Drug testing & background check. Go to for job description and application. EOE


Residential Cleaning. Will drug test. Call for appt. between 8am-6pm. 912-897-6057 or 912-596-6460. Submit Your Event Online and Place Your Ad Online

SEEKING PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT. Must have experience in personal care home. Call 912-210-0144, leave message.

WANTED: Mature, Responsible, Independent Individual for Housekeeping position. Must have own vehicle, mileage paid. Call 356-3369 between 10am and 4pm,M-F

Business OppOrtunity 690 LOOKING FOR A BUSINESS OPP in 2013? Look no more! How about no start-up fee, no more chasing family and friends & $1,000 monthly income guaranteed. Call for details, 912-269-1890

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4 COLUMBUS DRIVE: Ardsley Park area.2BR, bath, dining area, LR, kitchen w/all new appliances, CH&A, all utilities included. Students Welcome. $750/month, $400/deposit. 912-234-0702

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HOmes fOr sale 815 2346 RANCHLAND DRIVE: 3BR/1BA, central heat & air, equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, den. $69,500 OBO. 912-234-6150

3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS, 1524 SqFt. Faulkville area. Fixer upper. Paved street. Heat pump 2009. $31,500. Call 423-987-5965 commercial property for sale 845

CAMP at Shellman Bluff for sale. Call 912-536-0549 for more info. Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!

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1/2-OFF 1ST MONTH’S RENT! Rent A Manufactured home,14x70,on high/wooded lot. 3BR/2BA,save $$$, Gas, heat and stove, central air, refrigerator,full mini-blinds, carpeting and draperies, washer/dryer hookups, 48sqft. deck w/hand rails and steps, double-car cement parking pad. Swimming pool, recreational areas, on-site garbage service(twice weekly) and fire protection included, cable TV available, guest parking. Starting at $500/month,including lot rent. 800 Quacco Road. 925-9673. 1511 VINE STREET: 2BR/1BA House, fenced-in backyard, very spacious. $550/month, Deposit negotiable. Contact Scott after 5pm for appt. to view at 961-5107.

2250 Utah St. 3BR/1BA, LR, Kitchen/Dining, w/Refrigerator & Gas stove, gas water heater, gas heat, W/D hook-ups, CH&A. Fenced backyard. $725/rent,$675/deposit. 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 $895/rent, $850/deposit. 2138 Florida Ave. 2BR/1BA, LR, DR, CH&A, Kitchen with Range & Refrigerator, W/D hook-ups, Detached Garage/Work Shop. $725/Rent, $675/Deposit. Section 8 Accepted


2 & 3BR APARTMENTS WON’T LAST LONG! Westlake Avenue: Starting at $500 & up. Heat/air, washer/dryer connections. Call 912-656-5004


Furnished with refrigerator and stove. $650-$695/monthly. Crossroad Villa Apts. 401 West Montgomery Xrds. 912-596-9946 302 TREAT AVE.-East Savannah. 3BR/1BA, CH&A, total electric $725/month, $725/deposit. 513 WEST 63RD: 4BR/1BA $725/month, $725/deposit. Section 8 Accepted. 912-844-2344

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3BR/2 full baths, LR, DR, kitchen, laundry room, front & backyard. $950/month plus deposit. Call 912-658-7499 or 912-484-0462 2113 TEXAS AVE:3BR/1.5BA, all electric, extras. $895 2608 MISSISSIPPI:3BR/2BA,new kitchen $850 708 E.34TH: 2BR, very big $695 Section-8 we l co m e. 912-257-6181 *2219 Florida: 2BR/1BA $675 *1504 E.33rd: 3BR/1BA $700 *3219 Helen St: 3BR/2BA $900 Several Rental & Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

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1, 2, and 3 BR $650-$1050/month Ask about our move in specials

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656 EAST 36TH STREET, 3BR $500/month. 812 EAST HENRY STREET, 3BR $600/month. 912-232-3355 or 912-224-1876 after 4pm. 820 TIBET: 3BR, 2½BA townhome. Separate LR, laundry room, central heat/air, private patio & utility room. $950/per month. Call 912-596-7551


912-713-7957 or 912-354-5374 221 W. 73RD: Central heat/air 2BR brick duplex, new renovation, refrigerator/stove, large yard $600/month. 233 W.73RD: Central heat/air. 2BR Duplex, large yard, refrigerator/stove $550/month. 235 W. 73RD: Central heat/air 2BR duplex, large yard,, refrigerator/stove, large remote control window heat/air unit. $500/month. SECTION 8 WELCOME


1 & 2 Bedroom Apts./1 Bath, Newly remodeled apts. LR, dining, ceiling fans each room, central heat/air, kitchen w/appliances, washer/dryer hookup. Lights, water & cable included. NO CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED; EVICTIONS OK. $179 One Bedrooms, $200-$235 Two Bedrooms/weekly. Biweekly & Monthly rates available. Call 912-319-4182, M-Sat 9am-6pm.

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ARDSLEY PARK: Spacious, cute 1BR Apt. with balcony. $235/week, $235/deposit includes utilities and laundry facility. No smoking, No pets. 912-236-1952

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BNET MANAGEMENT INC. JANUARY $200 MOVE-IN SPECIAL MORE HOUSES LIST http://savannah.craigslist. org/apa/3324939835.html Eastside - 3BR/1BA 2031 New Mexico Drive: off Pennsylvania $825/mo. Westside 718 W.38th Street: 3BR/2BA, $675/month 801 W.39th Street: 3BR/1BA, $685/month. 2BR/1BA Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors,carpet, paint, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $625-$650/month, utilities may be added to rent if requested.

*All homes include Central heat/air, laundry rooms, LR/DR, kitchen w/appliances, fenced-in yard and storage sheds.

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3BR, 1.5BA. Large kitchen, carport. Available March 1st. $900/month, $500 deposit. Section 8 Welcome. Call only between 4pm-7pm, 912-695-2239.

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


2 BD, 1 BATH APTS. Clean, Quiet. Near busline. Lights, water included. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. $200/wk. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909

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•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. •1610 Ott St. 1BR apt. $350 including water. •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


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

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FULL APTS. (1BR, LR, kitchen, bath) Paid Weekly, Furnished, Quiet area, on busline. Utilities included. $150-$200/week. $100/deposit. 821 Amaranth. 1715 DUNN ST. 3BR/2BA, CH/A, total electric $800/month. 912-441-5468 Happenings: All the info about clubs, groups and events. Only at


Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available. HOUSE FOR RENT: 2302 NY Ave. 3BR/2BA, hardwood floors and carpet, washer/dryer, renovated kitchen. 5 min. to Downtown, Thunderbolt and Wilmington Island. 15 min. to Tybee.No pets. $850/month plus $300/security deposit. 12 month lease required. Call 912-398-0815! Available Feb. 2nd.

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HOUSES 4 Bedrooms 17 Conservation Dr. $1495 623 Windsor Rd $1200 3 Bedrooms 101 Brianna Cir $1200 15 Vineyard Dr. $1000 412 Sharondale Rd. $995 16 Wilshire Blvd. $925 332 Mapmaker Ln. $895 214 Forest Ridge Dr. $875 2 Soling Ave $875 2214 E.43rd St. $850 1906 E.58th St. $750 POOLER: 1254 Robert’s Way $925 2 Bedrooms 318 E. 58th St. $795 1203 Ohio Ave. $700 18 Chippewa $750 CONDOS 2 Bedroom Condo GEORGETOWN 40 Sand Dollar $795 PORT WENTWORTH 59-D Bearing Cir. $795 SOUTHSIDE Windsor Crossing $650 APARTMENTS 3 Bedrooms 123 Harmon Creek $795 2 Bedrooms 1107 E.57th St. $600 One Bedroom 110 E. Gaston $895 740 E.45th St. $745 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038 ISLE OF HOPE: 14 Cardinal Road. 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, large backyard, $1200 per month, deposit required. Call 912-657-3880 Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!


Stately apartment. Hardwood floors, ceramic kitchen & bath, washer/dryer hookups. Beautiful and quiet Baldwin Park neighborhood. $575/month. Leave message, 912-441-3087 QUAIL RUN CONDO 2BR/2BA w/loft, $750 + deposit. JASMINE AVE. 2BR, fenced yard. No pets. $550 + deposit.

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•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

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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 11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection $595/month DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY XROADS 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372


Central heat/air, all electric, & lots more! •15 GERALD DRIVE: 3BR/1BA $750. •1319 E. 56 ST. 2BR/1BA $665 •410 DELORES AVE. 4BR/1BA $875 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853 WHEELER STREET: Lovely 2BR Brick Duplex. Carpet, blinds, kitchen furnished, central air, washer/dryer connections, $620/monthly. No pets. Call 912-661-4814


2BR Duplex near May Howard School. Most pets OK. $725 per month. Call 912-663-9941 or 828-733-9668 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 rooms for rent 895


$75 Move-In Special Today!! Clean, furnished, large. Busline, central heat/air, utilities. $100-$130 weekly. Rooms w/bathroom $145. Call 912-289-0410. 500 SQFT. 2-Room Efficiency. Private property. Private bath, entrance, kitchen, closet. Included: Utilities, cable kitchen utensils, fireplace, furniture, TV. Not included: Linen, towels, sheets, etc. Land phone line, laundry use, but can be provided at additional cost. Rules: No pets, no sleepovers, singles only, must have 2yrs. same employer. Available Feb. 1st. $700/month, $1000/deposit. 204/I-95 area, Savannah. 912-655-5303 Submit Your Event Online and Place Your Ad Online

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AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling fans. $115-$145 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065 CLEAN, FURNISHED ROOM on busline, $110-145 per week plus deposit. Utilities Included. Call 912-660-2875. CLEAN, QUIET, Room & Efficiencies for Rent.On Busline, Stove, Refrigerator, Washer/Dryer. Rates from $85-$165/week. Call 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909


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.


plus split utilities. Quiet neighborhood, no pets.Respond quickly. Employed w/references. Montgomery Xrds area. . 912-323-9735 transportation 900

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1999 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, 18” Chrome Rims, needs minor work. $ 2500 912-695-2116 CHEVROLET Silverado, 2002- Extended cab, long bed, gray color. Very good condition. $6,700. Call 912-713-3618


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

MERCEDES CLK, Coupe, 2001- Silver. $5,000 or best offer. Good condition. Call 912-844-2937

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

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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. ROOM FOR RENT with private bath ($1200) Share this immaculate town house on the park. UTILITIES INCLUDED (month to month). Parking in back lot or on street. Private elevator. Amazing rooftop, front yard is Forsyth Park.Walk to Downtown bars, shops and restaurants. This is for ONE person!! MUST be very clean, responsible and drug free. Available Feb. 1. NO PETS! NO SMOKING! Serious inquiries only! Call 310-628-2662 ROOMMATES WANTED VERY CLEAN. Stove, refrigerator, cable, washer/dryer included. On bus line. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-961-2842

MITSUBISHI GALANT, 2012- $ 22,000 12k miles, perfect conditior, Black interior, Black exterior. 1 Owner. 912-220-1244/ 231-0520 TOYOTA Avalon, 2004-Excellent condition. Loaded, new tires, sunroof, CD player, power seats, dual AC/heat, cruise control,side airbags, 92,800 miles,light beige, leather interior. $9500. 912-355-8962 SUVS 930

2005 Black Cadillac Escalade Moon roof, GPS, 100,000 miles. 4 capt. seats (6 total). $17,750. Call 912-713-0223 FORD Explorer XLT, 2005- Leather, new tires, towing pkg., very good condition. Asking $7,000 OBO. Call 912-667-4326 Boats & accessories 950

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BASSBOAT Mako 18LTS, 201018’7” Fiberglass hull, 90HP Mercury Optimax, Mako Marine Trailer, MotorGuide VariMax Saltwater Trolling Motor $16,000.00 (315)408-2778

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