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Film: Dead Men Walk (1943, USA)

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What: Psychotronic Film Society presents the story of a kindly, smalltown doctor’s murdered brother who returns as a vampire seeking vengeance! A 127th birthday tribute to the late (!) actor George Zucco, best known for his roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Joan of Arc. When: Wed. Jan. 9, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Avenue, Cost: $6 Info:

When: Thu. Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E.

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Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Lecture: “Art, the Handmaiden of Religion: Exploring Sacred Painting from the Uffizi”

What: Products are grown and stand is managed by Bethesda students and staff. Fresh produce, organic garden seedlings and farm-fresh eggs. Open Thursdays. When: Thu. Jan. 10, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Where: Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Avenue Info: 912-351-2061.

SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series: Jorge Silvetti “Recent Work”

What: A professor of architecture at

Harvard University, Silvetti’s awardwinning work can be seen around the world. He will discuss his recent projects, including buildings at New York University, Dartmouth College, and in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

The State Ballet Theat re performs the classic Cin of Russia Johnny Mercer Theatre derella at the Sunday at 3 p.m.

@ Cinderella. State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Jan. 13. Johnny Mercer


@ Film: All About Eve. Jan. 13. Trustees Theater. @ Film: Eating Alabama. Jan. 15. Lucas Theatre. @ American Traditions Competition. Jan. 15–19. @ Film: Lawrence of Arabia. Jan. 18. Lucas Theatre. @ Mountainfilm On Tour. Jan. 18–19. Trustees Theater. @ Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jan. 23–27. MLK Arena. @ Shel’s Shorts. Bay Street Theatre. Jan. 24–27. @ Film: Chinatown. Jan. 26. Trustees Theater. @ Spamalot. Jan. 28. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ A Night in Vienna. Savannah Philharmonic. Feb. 1. Trustees The-


@ 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. Mon-

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@ 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.


What: A Telfair Art Guild lecture in association with “Offerings of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery.” Lecturer: Marcia Hall, PhD, from Temple University, Philadelphia. When: Thu. Jan. 10, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., Cost: Free/Telfair members OR $12 museum adm/nonmembers Info: 912-790-8800.

Ossabaw Island Foundation Annual Meeting and Sandy West Birthday Celebration

What: Program includes: “Live from Ossabaw Island: A Video Conversation with Sandy West.” A videoconference with Ossabaw’s longest resident, who spearheaded the

@ SCAD theater: The Three Musketeers. Feb. 28–March 3. Lucas The-


@ Film: His Girl Friday. Feb. 23. Trustees Theater. @ A–Town Get Down w/Loudon Wainwright III. March 2. Trustees


@ Jerry Seinfeld. March 7. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Savannah Stopover Festival. 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 Ware-


@ of Montreal. March 8. Forsyth Park. @ Lord of the Dance. March 13. Johnny Mercer Theatre. @ Harlem Globetrotters. March 14. MLK Arena. @ Savannah Music Festival (SMF). March 21–April 6. @ Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. March 21. Trustees Theater


@ 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). @ Spring Awakening. AASU Masquers. April 11–21. @ Reefer Madness. Bay Street Theatre. April 19–28. @ Celtic Woman. May 3. Johnny Mercer Theatre.

Open Mic Comedy Night

What: Hosted by Jayk Johnson. Try out a new bit or be part of the audience. When: Thu. Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave., Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:


Friday FMX Superman Jam!

What: “Go Big or Go Home!” BMX and FMX competition. Motocross jumpers, starring Tim Dyson and X-Games superstar Rob Nolli. Friday night is Kids Night, with $6 tickets for age 12 and under. When: Fri. Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Sat. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Where: M.L. King, Jr. Arena @ Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Cost: $18 - $24. Kids: $6 Friday, $10 Saturday Info:


Saturday Historic Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson

What: History comes alive every Saturday and Sunday through March 17 at 11am and 2pm. When: Sat. Jan. 12 Where: Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Road, Cost: $6 fort admission for adults. Under age 6 free. Info:

Networking Cupcake Social

What: Connect, feast on cupcakes, share information about their business and meet new people. Door prizes and free drinks Each attendee is responsible for purchasing his or her own cupcakes. Bring your copy of Diamonds in my Own Backyard (at, and your cupcake is complimentary. When: Sat. Jan. 12, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Where: Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, 38 Whitaker Street, Cost: Free to attend. Cupcakes for


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Hunter Cattle Company Bonfire and Pig Pickin’

What: Dinner and an evening with the HC Farm Family. A family-oriented event on the farm--gather eggs, hold baby animals, and learn about our farming practices. Dinner includes: Smoked pig, baked beans, potato, rolls and s’mores. When: Sat. Jan. 12, 5 p.m. Where: Hunter Cattle Company, 934 Driggers Road, Brooklet Cost: $30/adults. $15/age 3-12. Free/ under 3.

Dinner Theatre: “Murder Ahoy!”

What: A pirate-themed whodunit. Performed throughout the entire room where you are dining. Solve the mystery and win a prize, or just watch. As interactive as you want it to be! Presented by Savannah Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. When: Sat. Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Where: Double Tree by Hilton, 411 W. Bay St., Cost: $44.95 adults, $32.95 children Info: 912-247-4644 .

Film: “All About Eve” (USA, 1950)

What: SCAD Cinema Circle presents the Bette Davis masterpiece. An aging stage actress’s place in the world is threatened by an admiring fan who inserts herself into her circle of theater friends. American Film Institute rated All About Eve at #16 on their list of Top 100 American Films. When: Sat. Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theatre, 216 E. Broughton Street, Cost: $8 Info:


Sunday Outdoor Outing: Ducks on Holiday

What: Wilderness Southeast guided outing gets you acquainted with the many species of diving and dabbling ducks that winter on the Georgia coast. When: Sun. Jan. 13, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Where: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville Cost: $30 Info: events.php

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establishment of Ossabaw as a State Heritage preserve. West turns 100 this week. Also appearing: Hanif Haynes on the Pin Point Heritage Preserve, and Mark Finlay on Georgia’s Environmental Movement: 1960 - 1978. When: Thu. Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-233-5104. ossabawisland. org/


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Savannah Roller Derby Devils Boot Camp Begins What: Training for female skaters

ages 18 and older. The week includes nightly instruction and skating, starting with a two-hour orientation and followed by four nights of challenges. Bring legal photo ID, insurance card if available. SCHEDULE: 4-6 p.m. Sunday 8-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 p.m. Friday, Boot Camp Awards & Party When: Sunday, January 13 to Thursday, January 17, 2013 (nightly) Where: Supergoose Sports , 3700 Wallin St. Cost: General registration is $35 through January 12 or until sold out. On-site registration is available through the week for $40 or until all slots are sold. Info:

Music of the Masters Piano Recital

What: Pianist Sanford Jones performs works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Mozart, Pinto, Gershwin, Faure and Bloch. When: Sun. Jan. 13, 3 p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 East Harris Street, Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Info:

State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Cinderella”

What: The classic “happily ever after” story comes to life in dance. When: Sun. Jan. 13, 3 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre @ Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Cost: $28 - $48 Info:


Tuesday American Traditions Competition Begins

What: The 20th year of this competition featuring 32 of the world’s most accomplished vocalists, singing classics by American composers such as Barber, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington and Savannah’s Johnny Mercer. Judges perform on Friday night. Finals are Saturday night Jan. 19 at the Lucas. When: Tue. Jan. 15-Sat. Jan. 19 Where: various Cost: $35 - $62. (varies by performance) Info: 912-525-5050 .

Film: Eating Alabama (USA, 2012)

What: “A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability.” A young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. Part of the Southern Circuit Film Series. When: Tue. Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Street, Cost: $8 Info:

Jazz: 15th Annual Musical Salute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

What: Coastal Jazz Association’s annual concert features The Savannah Jazz Orchestra & Savannah Arts Academy Skyelite Band. Dessert reception during intermission. When: Tue. Jan. 15, 7 p.m. Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street, Cost: Free and Open to the Public Info:


Wednesday Lecture: “The Color Black” by Carmela Spinelli

What: Spinelli, chair of the SCAD fashion and accessory design departments, discusses the significance of the color black, in conjunction with the “Little Black Dress” exhibition, curated by Andre Leon Talley. Reception follows. When: Wed. Jan. 16, 6 p.m. Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd., Cost: Museum adm. Free for SCAD and Museum members. Info:

Film: Lisa and The Devil (1974, Italy)

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents a memorial tribute to Telly Savalas, best known as the 1970s TV detective “Kojak”. A “surreal, erotic shocker,” this is the fully restored, uncensored, Italian version of this film. Also starring Elke Sommer. When: Wed. Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Avenue, Cost: $6 Info:

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Most of the tourists who trundle their way around the squares of Savannah on trolleys and carriages — hopefully not on double–decker buses soon, as is being proposed! — are eventually told the story, with varying degrees of accuracy by their tour guides, of Gen. William T. Sherman giving Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas present in Dec. 1864. Sherman’s army, fresh from its infamous “March to the Sea” from Atlanta, rolled into town three days before Christmas to secure our vital seaport and rest up before heading over the river into South Carolina, where the whole shootin’ match started. But many fewer tourists are told what happened here a few weeks later, 147 years ago this month. On Jan. 16, 1865, at Second African Baptist Church on Greene Square, Sherman issued “Special Field Order Number 15” — more commonly known to posterity as “40 Acres and a Mule.” (Actually, Order No. 15 just mentioned the 40 acres. The mules were a later addition, loaned from the U.S. Army.) The idea of “40 Acres and a Mule,” though simple, was stunning in its sweep, and groundbreaking in a literal sense: About half a million acres of coastal land from Charleston down to the St. John’s River in Florida would transfer from the former slaveowners to the former slaves themselves. While radical land redistribution is a common feature of successful revolutions the world over, from France to Russia to Cuba, the unique irony of our version was that it was the result of a failed insurrection, and of course the failed institution upon which that insurrection was based. Black newspapers publicized the Order and the new Freedmen’s Bureau administered it. Newly freed slaves enthusiastically responded. Minister Ulysses Houston of First Bryan Baptist Church and a thousand emancipated African Americans went to Skidaway Island to establish an independent community, with Houston himself as self–appointed “Black Governor.” In just a few months nearly 50,000 former slaves had settled onto formerly white–owned land.

Just as the March to the Sea is misunderstood — it wasn’t nearly the swath of wholesale destruction as has been portrayed, with Sherman’s army notably declining to burn hundreds of antebellum homes in its path — so too has Sherman’s stay in Savannah been burnished over the years. The general gets most of the credit for 40 Acres and a Mule — the redistributed property was often called “Sherman Land” by the new owners — but Sherman himself was ambiguous on issues of what today we would call social justice. During the March to the Sea, for example, his army was followed by a growing crowd of newly emancipated slaves, entire families who left the land to follow his blue–clad troops somewhere, anywhere, to whatever kind of freedom was at the end of the line. Contrary to the Southern image of Sherman as an abolitionist avenging angel, he regarded this ad hoc entourage as simply more mouths to feed. By giving them land of their own to farm, in Sherman’s military mind the refugee problem was solved and he and his army could move on. In what is surely one of the first acts of political autonomy by African Americans in the South, 40 Acres and a Mule was actually the brainchild of local black leaders. The idea came from a meeting Jan. 12, 1865 at the Green–Meldrim House (now the rectory of St. John’s), which Sherman used as his Savannah headquarters. About 20 black ministers met with Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, the latter of whom was sent here by Lincoln specifically to seek retribution against Southern white plantation owners — what in a later time might have been called a plan for ethnic cleansing.

In a remarkable development for its time and place, the black ministers weren’t told what was to happen, but instead were asked what they wanted to happen. One, Rev. Garrison Frazier, replied, “The way we can best take care of ourselves is to have land, and turn it and till it by our own labor ... and we can soon maintain ourselves and have something to spare. We want to be placed on land until we are able to buy it and make it our own.” And so Sherman, frankly eager to get on with bringing the war to a swift and victorious close, gave them what they wanted. But unlike Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Caesar–like edicts on Japan’s reconstruction after World War II — many of which shaped world history for decades — Field Order No. 15 would have little lasting impact. The assassination of Lincoln three months after Field Order No. 15 ushered in President Andrew Johnson, a Southern sympathizer not inclined to be swayed by the intensity of abolitionists like Stanton and Thaddeus Stevens (the latter flamboyantly portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the recent film Lincoln). By the end of 1865, Field Order No. 15 was rescinded, along with the promise of those 40-acre parcels. White landowners returned to reclaim most of the land and resume paying taxes on it. Not all the land reverted. Legacies of Field Order No. 15 remain today in pockets along the coast such as St. Helena Island, S.C. near Beaufort, and the Hog Hammock community on Sapelo Island, Ga. As for the rest of the Georgia Sea Islands, ironically many ended up neither in white Southern hands nor in black hands, but with wealthy Northern industrialists who bought the land on the cheap to use recreationally. In another layer of irony, this saved many of our barrier islands from overdevelopment. A case study is the example of the preservation of Ossabaw Island by its current owner Mrs. Sandy West. Our Jessica Leigh Lebos talks about Ossabaw, its future, and its remarkable centenarian matriarch in her column this week. cs

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No man — or woman — is an island Looking upriver, it can be awfully easy to get depressed about the environmental state of affairs around here. When the abyss of hopelessness approaches, there’s only one antidote: Go outside (and enjoy it while it lasts). Rounding past the water side of Skidaway State Park’s Big Ferry Trail, the landscape couldn’t be more pristine: Stately oaks stand like sentries across the river as the tides of the Skidaway Narrows lap gently at the marshgrass. Sunlight sends shimmers across the waves. The drone of traffic from the Diamond Causeway faded a few yards from the parking lot, and the only sounds here are the cheerful warblings of wrens and the crunch of pine needles underfoot. It’s a scene that hasn’t changed much since Prohibition–era bootleggers tended their moonshine stills a few feet away and maybe even thousands of years further back, when indigenous peoples tossed their used oyster shells into massive piles on the banks. Far from where the giant tankers muscle in and out of the main channel of the Savannah River lies even more untouched pulchritude, miles and miles of coastline and marsh on practically deserted barrier islands. In fact, if you keep your head turned south towards the coastline, you might think we have a pretty good thing going here. The view could have been very different, and such primitive beauty is no happenstance, reminds AASU history professor Dr. Mark Finlay.


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While Georgia’s rivers have been pummeled by development and industry over the last century, many of its coastal islands remain remarkably unmolested thanks to hard fights by a few wealthy families and the largely unheralded local environmental movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. How our nearby islands were rescued from greed is the stuff of high drama, documented in a forthcoming book by Dr. Finlay. We’ve met to walk the trail and put context to his research: What’s the fun — or the point — in talking about the wonders of nature from inside a stuffy office? “One of the themes is how each of these islands has been saved in a slightly different way,” he explains as we pass through a curtain of moss 30 feet high, shrouding the theater of the forest. He adds that though South Carolina and Florida may have once shared a similar ecology, most of their once untouched isles are now covered with condos and golf courses. “Georgia’s distinction is that these islands were owned by single families. They weren’t cut up into parcels over the last two to three hundred years, so when the time came to decide what to do with them, there were only a handful of people you had to negotiate with.”


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We have those folks to thank for the unspoiled vistas. When Skidaway was developed in the 1960s, plans to pop another bridge over to Wassaw Island panicked the Parsons family, who went into secret negotiations with the Nature Conservancy to sell the island to the federal government. It was the moneyed Carnegies who instigated the transition of Cumberland Island into a National Seashore in 1972, and philanthropy is what keeps St. Catherine’s Island quiet and traffic–free. But the coastal conservation movement wasn’t just for rich people: Dr. Finlay also documents how Savannah

citizens — from hunters to hippies to the Junior League — rallied in the late ‘60s to stop oil companies from mining the coastal waters for phosphate, the ubiquitous ingredient in everything from explosives to dishwashing detergent. “Florida’s coast and South Carolina’s coast were the center of this industry, so it was logical that Georgia would have phosphate. They started their explorations right here —” he points out across the Narrows — “And they found these huge deposits 100 feet underwater.” The plan was to scoop it up, dump it into new islands and build those condos and golf courses on top. That disaster was averted when grassroots groups pressured Gov. Lester Maddox to demand more scientific study that rendered the project unfeasible. The notably racist Maddox was certainly no cultural hero, but sending the oil companies packing set the stage for Georgia’s conservation movement, one that can count many victories in the face of tremendous challenges. “The loggerhead turtle population is growing faster than the subspecies that nests in Florida. That’s over the last few decades,” points out Dr. Finlay. “You can sort of link that scientific change with the historical events.” (He adds that science has saved Georgia more than once. A salient point that should be invoked loudly and often, notably when discussing the unproven efficacy of certain river

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“You know what the world is like. Nothing matters except machines and things.” Though she places great faith in executive director Elizabeth Dubose and educational director Paul Pressley, she understands that when she passes and Ossabaw reverts entirely back to the state, the era of her personal vigilance will end. “I’m gonna croak pretty soon, and I want you to be aware because this kind of thing is sneaky,” she warns, a call to the children and grandchildren of the disparate groups who saved Georgia’s coast 50 years ago to unify and “be an army if this place is threatened.” Though the recent acquisition of Boyles Island on the Altamaha River is a coup for Georgia’s conservation movement, the current administration’s track record on protecting our precious resources is far from stellar. Happy Birthday, Ms. West. May your legacy live on forever. cs For more information about Ossabaw Island Foundation Annual Meeting, go to

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reoxygenating technologies.) One cannot talk about the preservation of Georgia’s coastal islands without a long, deep discussion of Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West, the feisty matriarch of Ossabaw Island. Her famous 18–year wrangle to turn her family’s island into the state’s first heritage preserve takes up a large chunk of Dr. Finlay’s book and will be his main subject when he addresses the Ossabaw Island Foundation at its annual meeting this Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Coastal Georgia Center. The meeting coincides with the week of Sandy’s 100th birthday. This plucky dowager has fiercely protected Ossabaw for almost half her life and still lives in the family mansion amongst the live oaks and saw palmettos. She understands that history can change tracks and will continue her plea to keep up the fight at the meeting via Skype. “I really am worried about what’s going to happen to Ossabaw,” she invokes in a video taken at the foundation’s 2011 pig roast as attendees dined on barbecue culled from the island’s wild herd.

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YWS out in front of Savannah’s online landscape. “We grew so much in 2012,” says VanGunten. “People from New York and Atlanta who are interested in Savannah are looking at the site.” This year is already shaping up for even more positive growth: In the first week of 2013, YWS opened up its online shop, stocking a carefully curated selection of local art and unique objects. Similar to sites like Daily Candy and Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP that aggregate chosen products for discerning readers, the YWS boutique has a local twist with offerings are comprised of objects with a Savannah connection.

Foodie culture and do–it–yourself crafting also get frequent nods. Daily posts might feature highly– designed fashion shoots against moss–draped backdrops, eye–catching street styles spontaneously snapped on Broughton, a holiday painting project or salivating stills of artfully–arranged bacon. The site also features community faces in “Have You Met…?” and chronicles the artistic process in its “Hands On” series. Originally from Ohio, VanGunten tried on nursing school but changed directions once she discovered her entrepreneurial side. She sees the new boutique as a way to include more makers and artists into what she calls the YWS family. The plan is to stay small and provide personal service to the people showing their work, and the site’s advertisers. She doesn’t discount that it may evolve into an actual storefront at some point, though the albatross of overhead is enough to keep it online for now. The site’s tremendous growth has brought some revenue, but it’s hardly enough to cover the couple’s full–time effort of photographing, editing and outreach. On that note, the title of the blog is a wink to its creators’ self–effacing presumption that what they’re offering is a gift. “It’s us showing you the inner workings of Savannah and what makes it such a magical and creative place. Savannah has been so lovely to us that in short, it is us giving back. “So there — you’re welcome, Savannah,” laughs VanGunten. cs See more at yourewelcomesavannah. com.

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“There are so many people here doing great work,” she explains. “The goal of the blog is to take the singular circles and make one big one. The shop is an extension of that.” For the first time in one place, shoppers can find bright, screen– printed tea towels from Lane Huerta of Lovelane Designs, handmade bowties by seamstress Emily McLaughlin, studded belt buckles by jeweler Meredith Sutton and quilts crafted by Fabrika owner Ashleigh Spurlock. Also available are hand–printed cards by Lindsay Williams, Libbie Summers’ cookbooks and Smith’s photography prints, as well as one– of–a–kind curios picked up by the couple during their many explorations through Georgia’s antique store network. It’s part gallery, part gift shop, revolving around Savannah’s artsy community vibe. “We want to promote the work of well–known people as well emerging artists, then add fun, found objects into the mix,” says VanGunten. “You can buy a card for three dollars, a print for 25 or a painting into the thousands.” The couple originally conceived YWS as a way to showcase the photography of Smith, already renowned for his colorful, large scale paintings (his multi–media canvases exploring African–American life in the South have been exhibited worldwide and hang in many local businesses.) Combining his chromatic style and her vintage aesthetic, they’ve created an alluring representation of the city that captures both its old school charm and up–to–the–minute couture.

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Zipping to a tipping point The bicycle rack in front of 15 W. York St. is usually full, and one of the bikes often found there belongs to Creative Coast Executive Director Jake Hodesh. Even before he took the helm of the Creative Coast, Hodesh and his wife Miriam were thinking about how bicycles make Savannah better.

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In 2009 they organized the redeSIGN Art Project, which invited local artists to create art from street signs that had been retired from service because they were “tagged,” rusted or otherwise deemed unfit for service. A portion of proceeds from work sold benefited the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. The connection between bicycling and economic development is one that Hodesh has long recognized. Time spent behind the wheel on long car commutes results in lost productivity, health risks and reduced participation in civic life for employees and job creators alike. These things are not good for business. The news last week that rental car giant Avis is purchasing Zipcar may mark a shift in the way we think about the business of transportation and alter our perceptions of driving, bicycling, walking, public transportation and city life in general. Zipcar, for those who may not be aware of it, is a short–term car sharing system that allows members to reserve a car online, pick it up from a convenient neighborhood location, use it for a couple of hours and then return it. It’s yet to be profitable, but Avis’ involvement could change that. Car sharing businesses allow people who don’t own cars to use a car temporarily without having to bum a ride from a friend or family member. Car sharing also allows people who own cars to just give them up. Those who drive only occasionally can divest themselves of the costs of car ownership and instead walk, bicycle or take transit. On those rare occasions when they do need to drive (keep in mind 40 percent of urban trips are two miles or less), the car sharing service is there for them. A certain degree of population

density is required for car sharing to make sense and it seems best suited to places where the burdens of owning and storing a car outweigh the putative advantages of owning a car. But could car sharing also catch on in places where the primary motivation is not escape from the hassles and expense of car ownership? What about communities like Savannah that are walkable and bikeable? Might active transportation options serve as a tipping point at which people decide to zap their cars and go with Zipcar instead? In such an environment, could car sharing further increase use of other transportation modes? Zipcar polled its Baltimore customers in 2011, with pretty persuasive results. Zipcar members reported increases in walking, cycling and transit ridership. Other findings,

To make car sharing work, of course, we must have safe, accessible, convenient and comprehensive alternatives to driving. In this month’s issue of Georgia Trend magazine, Associate Publisher Ben Young writes that he detects “evidence that a rising number of Georgians do want options, and one in particular is gaining traction: bicycles.” In his column, “More Biking, Less Driving,” Young surveys bicycle infrastructure projects around the state including Savannah’s Price Street and Washington Avenue bicycle lanes and the city’s ambitious bicycle rack deployment efforts. He suggests that as we plan for our state’s future, bikes should be part of “the mix.” This is excellent advice and I hope the “100 Most Influential Georgians” profiled in the same Georgia Trend issue read Young’s column and take it to heart (At least one of the 100, Savannah Music Festival Executive Director Rob Gibson, already has — particularly when he is bicycling from venue to venue during the Festival). Like Gibson, Hodesh has been way ahead of the pack on this. After he returns to Cincinnati to take a new job next month, we will need others

To make car sharing work, of course, we must have safe, accessible, convenient and comprehensive alternatives to driving. In this month’s issue of Georgia Trend magazine, Associate Publisher Ben Young writes that he detects “evidence that a rising number of Georgians do want options, and one in particular is gaining traction: bicycles.” which aren’t good news for the automobile industry, indicated that “18 percent of respondents have sold their vehicles since joining Zipcar, and 46 percent stated that they have avoided buying a car.” This is good news, however, for automobile industry customers. People who cannot forgo car ownership will still reap rewards in the form of reduced congestion and less competition for parking spaces. Folks who don’t drive at all will enjoy cleaner air and a host of other benefits.

to develop and implement transportation plans that will make our community healthier, more economically viable and better prepared to serve businesses, residents and visitors. If they pedal hard enough, business leaders and government officials from around the state and here in Savannah can catch up with active transportation trends and steer us in the right direction. And add some needed zip to our economy. cs John Bennett is vice chairman of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

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The most dangerous game A Savannah man was charged with aggravated assault after firing a gun at a man legally hunting near his house.

David Hobbs, 56, of Serenity Pointe was taken into custody after police ordered him out of his house. Officers had been called to the area between Berwick Boulevard and Quacco Road just before 10 a.m. by Logan Risvold Abbot, 23. Abbot told police he was legally hunting in a large wooded area behind his residence and near Hobbs’ residence when shots were heard near his head. He said he was in the process of securing a deer he had shot and trailed when he heard several shots and the sound of bullets coming near him, causing him to dive to the ground. He had filed reports of confrontations with Hobbs over his hunting on the property before.

As officers questioned Abbot, they heard a gunshot from the Hobbs residence and brought in other officers who ordered Hobbs out of the house. After ignoring several orders to exit, he walked out to meet officers. He was arrested without incident. A weapon and shell casings were recovered. • Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating an SUV that struck a Savannah woman while she walked on West Gwinnett Street Dec. 20. Alfreda Wright, 51, of the 2500 block of East Derenne Avenue was struck by a vehicle as she was walking westbound on the side of West Gwinnett Street near the U.S. 17 overpass about 10:10 p.m. She has since been released from the hospital. Investigators have identified the car as a 1995 or 1996 Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. The SUV should have some damage on its right front corner. The vehicle struck the woman and stopped momentarily before speeding away without

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• Police took two suspects into custody and recovered a stolen vehicle after several burglaries of dealerships on the • FBI and Metro police southside. Surveillance footage of the are searching for a man The two males ber rob k Colony Ban who robbed the Colony were apprehended Bank in the 7000 block of after officers and Hodgson Memorial Dr. a canine officer searched a wooded The robber walked in about 9:22 area behind Critz Buick GMC in the a.m., produced a handgun and 7000 block of Abercorn Street after demanded money from a teller. After midnight. Officers had responded to receiving the money, he ran on foot. a burglary at the dealership in which Patrol officers, canine officers and a vehicle was used to remove a gate police helicopter Eagle One searched and fence to leave the lot. An SUV the area but have not yet found the believed to have been taken was seen suspect. No one was injured. at Vaden Signature dealership nearby. The suspect is described as a thin Officers saw it stop behind another black male, 5–8 to 5–11, with a business on Abercorn before the medium complexion. He was wearoccupants ran. One man was appreing a dark blue skull cap, dark blue hended by police after being chased hooded, zip–up jacket, black or dark by K–9 Flash and the other was blue jeans and black combat boots. located in the woods by the canine. cs He wore a white bandana with blue Give anonymous crime tips to designs. Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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news of the weird Three-Star Room That’s a Dump The usual 20,000 or so visitors every year to Belgium’s Verbeke Foundation art park have the option (365 of them, anyway) to spend the night inside the feature attraction: a 20-footlong, 6-foot-high polyester replica of a human colon created by Dutch designer Joep Van Lieshout. At one end, of course, another body part is replicated (and gives the installation its formal name, the Hotel CasAnus). The facility, though “cramped,” according to one prominent review, features heating, shower and double bed, and rents for the equivalent of about $150 a night. The 30-acre art park is regarded as one of Europe’s “edgiest” art destinations.

Compelling Explanations • Giuseppe Tedesco took the witness stand in Newton, N.J., in December and swore that all six shots that hit his girlfriend, Alyssa Ruggieri (one of them fatal), were “self-defense” “accidents.” After she discovered his .25-caliber handgun in sofa cushions, he said he reached for it and in the struggle was shot in the hand, but he still managed to grip the gun tightly, and the pair tumbled down some stairs. During the struggle, “both” hands shot Ruggieri twice. Despite their injuries, they both maintained their vice-like grips on the gun, he said, and “they” shot Ruggieri twice more. The final shot, he said, came with Ruggieri holding the gun point-blank at his face, and when he pushed it away, “they” fired another

shot that hit Ruggieri in the temple. (At Chutzpah! press time, the trial was continuing.) Mauricio Fierro gained instant fame • The issues director of the fundain December in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the mentalist American Family Association reported victim of a car theft (captured told his radio audience in November on surveillance video) when he dashed that God’s feelings will be hurt if Amerinto a pharmacy. He went to a police ica stops using fossil fuels for energy. station to file a report, but encountered “God has buried those treasures there the pharmacy owner making his own because he loves to see us find them,” report - that Fierro was said Bryan Fischer, who actually robbing him described Americans’ at the moment the car campaigns against fossil was taken. More surfuels as similar to the time veillance video revealed when Fischer, at age 6, told that while Fierro was FOR $150, YOU a birthday-present donor standing outside the TOO CAN SLEEP that he didn’t like his gift. pharmacy, wonderIN A BELGIAN “And it just crushed that ing where his car was, COLON person.” a man ran by and • Retrials and appeals stole the stolen cash. are sometimes granted if a Fierro then immodconvicted criminal demerately complained to onstrates that he received the police even more “ineffective assistance of about Sao Paulo’s crime counsel.” Among the rearate and lack of secusons that the lawyer for rity. Afterward, Fierro convicted Joliet, Ill., quaadmitted to a local news druple-murderer Chriswebsite that in fact he topher Vaughn offered in had stolen the very car his motion was the ineptthat he was reporting ness of other lawyers (but not himself). stolen. Specifically, he argued, the lawyers for the convicted wife-killing police officer The Continuing Crisis Drew Peterson put on such a disgusting • Former undercover cop Mark case that they gave all defense lawyers a Kennedy filed for damages in Octobad name. (The website LoweringTheber against the London Metropolitan pointed out that Vaughn lawyer police, claiming post-traumatic stress George Lenard himself violated a lawsyndrome based on the department’s yers’ “kitchen sink” standard by overl“negligence” in allowing him to have isting 51 separate reasons why his client such a robust sex life on the job that deserved a new trial.)

he fell in love with a woman whose organization he had infiltrated. Kennedy’s wife has filed for divorce and is also suing the department, and 10 other women (including three of Kennedy’s former lovers) have also filed claims. • Sarah Childs won a restraining order in Denham Springs, La., in December, forbidding the town from shutting down her “Christmas” lights decoration. The large outdoor display (in a neighborhood with traditional Christmas displays) was the image of two hands with middle fingers extended. • In a 3-2 decision, the Board of Adjustment in the Seattle suburb of Clyde Hill ruled that a homeowner must chop down two large, elegant trees on his property because they obstruct a neighbor’s scenic view of Seattle’s skyline. The board’s majority reasoned that the complaining neighbor (who happens to be former baseball all-star John Olerud) would otherwise suffer a $255,000 devaluation of his $4 million estate. (Olerud was ordered to pay for the tree removal and to plant the neighbor two smaller trees in place of the majestic ones).

People With Issues (1) New York’s highest court ruled in November that subway “grinders” (men who masturbate by rubbing up against women on trains) cannot be charged with felonies as long as they don’t use force to restrain their victims (but only commit misdemeanors that usually result in no jail time). (2) Police

Perspective Update: Four months have passed since News of the Weird mentioned that at least 60 North Carolina prisoners have been improperly incarcerated - legally innocent based on a 2011 federal appeals court decision. (Still others are at least owed sentence reduction because they had been convicted of offenses in addition to the incorrect one.) A June USA Today story revealed the injustice, and the federal government took until August to release holds on the inmates, but since then, only 44 of the estimated 175 affected prisoners have been correctly adjudicated. USA Today reported in December that the recent delay has been because of the obstinacy of some North Carolina federal judges, including cases involving citizens by now wrongfully locked up for more than 18 months.

Least Competent Parking Enforcers (1) The week before Christmas, a Nottingham, England, officer wrote parking tickets to drivers of two ambulances that were taking too long to board wheelchair-using schoolchildren who had just sung carols for an hour downtown to raise money for the homeless shelter Emmanuel House. (Following an outpouring of complaints, the Nottingham City Council revoked the tickets.) (2) An ambulance on call, with lights and siren, pulled into the parking lot of Quicky’s convenience store in New Orleans in November to treat a customer, but one employee nonetheless

obeyed what he believed to be his employer’s no-parking rule and applied an immobilizing “boot” to the ambulance. The man, Ahmed Sidi Aleywa, was later fired. A co-worker said Aleywa was an immigrant who had said he was not familiar with “ambulances.”

Least Competent Criminals Recurring Themes: (1) Marquis Diggs, 29, entering the county administration building in Jersey City, N.J., in December for a hearing in family court over his mother’s restraining order against him, became the most recent drug possessor not to have realized that he might be subjected to a search. Police confiscated 32 baggies of “suspected marijuana.” (2) Cleland Ayison, 32, got a sentencing break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in December when federal judge William Dimitrouleas pitied him. Ayison got only house arrest and community service because his crime - trying to pass a U.S. Federal Reserve note with a face value of $500 million - was so “silly.”

Readers’ Choice Ironies: (1) A 20-year-old man’s life ended when he was shot to death in an altercation in San Bernardino, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 21, while attending a Mayan-inspired “End of the World” party. (2) The next night, in Fort Worth, Texas, a 47-year-old drummer collapsed of a seizure and died onstage. He had played with several bands, including Rigor Mortis. Thanks This Week to Bruce Leiserowitz, Gary DaSilva, and Gerald Sacks, to the News of the Weird Senior Advisors (Jenny T. Beatty, Paul Di Filippo, Ginger Katz, Joe Littrell, Matt Mirapaul, Paul Music, Karl Olson, and Jim Sweeney) and Board of Editorial Advisors (Tom Barker, Paul Blumstein, Harry Farkas, Sam Gaines and Herb Jue. CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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Why are images from our space program always in grayscale instead of color? I know NASA needs to extract data from those images, and I also know the cameras aren’t $9.99 specials from the corner drugstore. But couldn’t NASA just stick a plain old color digital camera on board and send it to Mars along with the rest of the equipment? —Buster Blocker, Bettendorf, Iowa They’ve thought about it, actually. But the truth is, we’re probably better off the way things are. To find out about space cameras, we got in touch with Noam Izenberg, a planetary scientist working on the MESSENGER probe, now circling

Mercury. He told us there are two reasons space photography is mostly in black and white. The first, as you suppose, is that grayscale is more useful for research. In principle, most digital cameras, including cheap Walmart models, are monochrome, or more accurately panachrome. Each of the pixel-sized receptors in a digital camera sensor is basically a light bucket; unmodified, their combined output is simply a grayscale image generated from all light in the visible spectrum. To create a color image, each pixel on a typical earthbound camera has a filter that passes red, green, or blue light, and the camera’s electronics add up the result to create the image we see. In effect, filtering dumbs down each panachrome pixel so that it registers only a fraction of the light it’s capable of seeing. Granted, the human eye works in roughly the same way. Space cameras are designed to measure not just all visible light but also infrared and ultraviolet light. Filtering is used primarily to make scientifically interesting details stand out. “Most common planetary camera designs have filter wheels that rotate different light filters in front of the sensor,” Izenberg says. “These filters aren’t selected to produce ‘realistic’ color that

the human eye would see, but rather to collect light in wavelengths characteristic of different types of rocks and minerals,” to help identify them. True-color images—that is, photos showing color as a human viewer would perceive it—can be approximated by combining exposures shot through different visible-color filters, essentially mimicking an earth camera. However, besides not being of major scientific value, truecolor photos are a bitch to produce: all the images must be separately recorded, stored, and transmitted back to Earth. An 11-filter color snapshot puts the squeeze on storage space and takes significant transmission time. Given limited opportunities, time, and bandwidth, a better use of resources often is a false-color image. At other times, when the goal is to study the shape of the surface, measuring craters and mountains and looking for telltale signs of tectonic shifts or ancient volcanoes, scientists want black-and-white images at maximum resolution so they can spot fine detail. Terrific, you say. But don’t scientists realize the PR value of a vivid color photo? Yes, but that brings up the second reason most NASA images aren’t in color.

The dirty little secret of space exploration is that a lot of the cosmos, is pretty drab. “The moon is 500 shades of gray and black with tiny spatterings of greenish and orangish glass,” Izenberg says. “Mars is red-dun and butterscotch with white ice at the poles. Jupiter and Saturn are white/yellowish/brown/reddish. Hubble’s starscapes are white or faintly colored unless you see in infrared and ultraviolet.” False-color images are often more interesting. The colors aren’t faked, exactly; they’re produced by amplifying variations in the visible spectrum and adding infrared and ultraviolet. The spectacular full-color nebula images from the Hubble Space Telescope were all produced by black-and-white sensors with color filters. For what it’s worth, some colleagues of Izenberg’s a few years ago floated the idea of doing as you suggest—putting an off-the-shelf digital camera on a probe in addition to the more expensive models. The idea didn’t get off the ground, as it were, partly out of concerns the camera wouldn’t survive extreme temperatures. But chances are the raw results wouldn’t have been all that impressive anyway. cs By cecil adams



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And that’s a shame, because as everyone knows, it’s a great time to be an independent artist. You pay homage to a multi–headed muse. Genres have been blurred to such an extent that you can’t simply say, in reference to an acoustic act, “They play folk,” “They play jazz” or “They play bluegrass.” Those with a fondness for such irreverent quirko–pop groups as the New Pornographers, the Dodos and/ or the Dirty Projectors would do well to attend the Savannah debut of the Oregon–based Ascetic Junkies, Jan. 11 at the Sentient Bean. Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon create a harmonic combination of words and music, some of it relatively straightforward but even more of it entirely unpredictable. They call it their “shape–shifting, psychedelic songwriting ethic,” music that “intentionally sits on the border between ‘really catchy’ and ‘pretty weird.’” In short, it’s brilliantly colorful, non–linear pop music. I asked Giaritta what the line was, for them, between really catchy and pretty weird. “There’s not necessarily a line that we try to stay in front of or behind,” she explained. “But just by default a lot of our songs end up being really catchy in terms of the melodies, but in the way that the songs are arranged they might up sounding weird. “There might be a pop–sounding verse and chorus, but then the song structure kind of goes off that for a little while and has parts that are pretty

different from what you’d hear in the usual pop song.” According to Harmon, after three albums of original material, the Junkies are now in an experimental phase. “There’s a fair amount, especially lately,” he said. “Some of the stuff that we’ll play live, that we don’t have recorded yet, it seems like lately each song ends up having something about it that is kind of a challenge for us. We just have to push ourselves and see if we can turn it into something that we feel like people will want to listen to.” The pair first met while college students in Boston. That was in 2003, and they began working together — much like Savannah’s own Anna Chandler and Devin Smith of the now–dissolved General Oglethorpe & the Pandhandlers — by sitting on the front porch, sharing their original songs and discovering their vocals had a dazzling harmonic blend. There was, at least for a time, a full band of acoustic ephemera, always with Harmon on guitar. Five years ago, Harmon and Giaritta got married and relocated the act — just them — to Portland. Onstage, they sing to each other. “It’s more fun than I could possibly imagine,” Giaritta said, “because Matt is pretty much the best musician that I know, and I’m still learning a lot of my instruments. For me, playing music with him is fun and a learning experience. “His whole family plays music, and something I’ve heard them say, that I think is pretty interesting, is that they


What with all the regional and national bands that pass through Savannah week after week, month after month, sometimes the smaller acoustic–based acts fly under the radar.

The Ascetic Junkies are Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon

use music more of a form of communication than a form of entertainment for others.”

Session notes There’s been a lot of recording activity in town lately. Whaleboat’s excellent new single, “Socialist,” will be available as a CD and 7–inch vinyl at a Jan. 24 show (with Cusses and Can’t Kids) at the Jinx. Rappers Knife and Miggs will premiere new songs

at the Sparetime Jan. 25, sharing a showbill with Dana Coppafeel and DJ Redlab. Les Racquet is finishing up an album at Elevated Basement (they’ll be at the Jinx Jan. 19; more on this next week). Burning Mansions is cutting the folllowup to Labor Day. Chuck Courtenay is releasing a new four–song EP in early March. And Ryan Graveface is prepping a new five–track Casket Girls EP for April release. CS













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The American Traditions Competition is not: An all–opera forum, delightful for fans of the genre but not terribly interesting to those who crave a little variety; nor is it American Idol, with its attendant shrieking and strutting. The ATC is a love letter to that most mellifluous of musical instruments, the human voice. For 20 years, American Traditions has delivered to Savannah a vibrant cross–section of vocalists from around the country, who perform — in front of a panel of industry judges — jazz, gospel, blues, the American Songbook and yes, opera. They compete for cash prizes, including the $12,000 gold medal award, appreciation and recognition. And the audience, invited to attend all four nights of competition, is always the biggest winner. The ATC separated from the Savannah Music Festival in 2011 and

has been rolling along independently, and quite successfully, ever since. Following the resignation last April of artistic director Joel Martin, the board brought in tenor Vale Rideout as its 2013 artistic consultant. Besides his full slate of singing and recording engagements with many of the world’s top symphonies and opera companies, the Colorado native is a past winner of the American Traditions Competition, taking home the gold in 2006 for a program that included “Come Up From the Fields, Father” (Walt Whitman set to music by Kurt Weill), “Maria” (from West Side Story) and “Bargaining” (Richard Rodgers/Stephen Sondheim).

The 2013 judges are baritone Rod Gilfry, an assistant professor of voice at the University of Southern California; veteran actress/singer Anita Gillette (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, among many, many others); jazz composer and musician Bob Dorough (co–composer with Savannah’s Ben Tucker of the song “Comin’ Home Baby,” he also wrote the songs for Schoolhouse Rock); and composer Don Davis (TV’s Beauty and the Beast). The ATC quarterfinals, semi–finals and judges’ concert take place at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, while the really big show — the 2013 finals and awards presentation — happens at the Lucas Theatre. We spoke with artistic consultant Rideout this week. You took the gold here in 2006. What

and tried to send every professor that I knew, or had heard of, information and applications for this year’s competition. So that they could tell students. I also tried to send it to prominent churches that have renowned music and choral programs, because that’s often where we’re going to get some very talented singers that we might not reach otherwise. This competition is original because it does celebrate variety in American music. And that is something that I have been passionate about ever since I heard about it.

Vale Rideout: It helped in a number of ways. The gold medal is such a great prize for any singer, in any competition ... and I’ve taken part in a quite a few competitions. The first thing, and most immediate, was finances. It helped so immensely in my personal life, in that way. Does it look good on your resume?

What was your journey from musical theater to opera?


Vale Rideout: It does, it does. This competition is gaining prominence more and more, and so it does. And that’s our goal, to elevate this competition to a status that’s like the Richard Tucker Competition, or the Gorge London Competition. It also helped me in the area of confidence and performing. To advance in three rounds of competitions against performers who display such varied talents was a real confidence–booster, because I was competing against some fantastically talented people in different styles. That was a challenge that I hadn’t experienced in opera before, because usually you’re competing against opera singers. While it was freeing in a way — you knew you had to give your best, because a jazz singer might win — it was also scary because you weren’t sure how you would fare as an opera singer compared to a blues singer or something. Is it a good thing, to make sure it’s stylistically varied? Vale Rideout: I think that in the world of opera, young singers have many more opportunities to compete, win prize money and acclaim, than other genres. And I think the only reason for that is it’s a more organized path to a professional career. Because there are patrons along the way who want to help the younger singers. The world of opera is very much a part of patronage — wealthy people provide opera companies and symphonies with much money to actually keep running. Whereas in, say, music theater, it’s a profit–based business. So there aren’t really those roots that will help

Rideout in performance

nurture a young singer on their own. They have to really fend for themselves, and there also aren’t these competitions as often. And it’s much worse for blues singers, for country singers, for folksingers. Gospel singers do have a bit of patronage in the churches, but it’s a little bit different. I’m learning about all of those differences, because I need to try to tap into those communities, to bring them to the ATC. What’s the procedure for getting singers signed up for the ATC? I mean, obviously you advertise in some way, and they audition ... How did you reach them? Vale Rideout: I used whatever connections I had. I came from music theater originally, and then switched to opera, so I tried to use every avenue that I have in those two worlds. Then I also tapped into academia,

Vale Rideout: Having grown up in a family of bluegrass and folk music, in addition to classical, I just appreciated music in general. I had always wanted to maybe be on Broadway, and I moved to New York for that goal. But I realized after seven years being in that business that the emphasis of that career is not as much on the talent as it is on the type. The look, how tall you are, what color hair, all that stuff. For me, it was frustrating that my acting and singing weren’t the most valuable asset in the audition room. So I went into opera and just stayed there because it has so far been proven that they do care much more about what comes out of your mouth, and how you act it, than whether your hair is blond or brunette. CS American Traditions Competition At Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 122 Bull Street Quarterfinals: At 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 15 and 16 Tickets: $35 (for 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. sessions together, either day) Semi–finals: At 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Tickets: $50  Judges’ Concert: At 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 Tickets: $35  Finals: At 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Tickets: $50, $63 Tickets and info:



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Patrick Cobb, an appliance repairman from Ellaville, in southwest Georgia, had a country band on the side. In 1992, he turned down an offer from Nashville to write and sing professionally. The Cobbs had two young children, and Patrick didn’t like the idea of being away from home for long stretches.

Brent Cobb made his onstage debut, with Dad’s band, at age 7. At the American Legion Hall in Richland, he brought down the house with his rendition of Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take the Girl,” falling to his knees for the song’s emotional crescendo. As a teenager, Cobb fronted a band called Mile Marker 5, which had some regional success, opening for touring stars. In his early 20s he was invited to Los Angeles to record his original songs with Shooter Jennings (Waylon’s son) and Dave Cobb (Brent’s Savannah-born cousin, who was producing Jennings’ own record).

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Brent Cobb: Yeah, you ain’t wrong. Maybe. I don’t know. I’ll tell you in 25 years. I hope we’ll talk again and I’ll say “You know what — I’m good with it. I’m glad I did it.” A lot of guys in country now heard an amalgam of stuff in their early years. There was always a lot of rock ‘n’ roll. I know you’re a fan of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. How important was that to you, as opposed to Hank and Haggard and the great old country writers? Brent Cobb: My momma is from Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the rock ‘n’ roll town. And my Dad’s from Georgia. I grew up in Georgia. I grew up listening to her brothers playing those (classic rock) songs. Also, my Dad was in a band playing the country stuff. During Thanksgiving, we’d do a dinner cookoff every year and we’d set up a little p.a. system on the back porch, and everybody who ever could pick would get up and pick. My uncle Brian and his brothers would do stuff like “Tangerine,” in contrast to the country stuff that my dad and his brothers were doing. There was always something so different and cool about the rock ‘n’ roll stuff. At the same time, obviously my heart was raised country. The contrast, seeing them right there in that same setting, really left a mark somewhere in my soul. To write that way. What’s your friendship with Luke Bryan, and what has he done to help you? Brent Cobb: Man, that’s a long story. After my first album, me and my band were opening shows in Southwest Georgia for Luke, and my bass player and best friend gave him a copy of that album, and he just really liked it. He kinda just took me under his wing, and invited me up to stay in Nashville. He’s sorta been a mentor, or an older brother, you know? We don’t talk every day, or hang out every week. But surely there’s got to be some sort of native camaraderie or something. CS

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A British noblewoman once snidely referred to our city as “a pretty lady with a dirty face,” but artist K.A. Collins hopes to change that perception. Though she does not deny that Savannah’s personality is unequivocally feminine with its delicate strands of moss and demurely shaded gardens, Collins sees her as a lovely lass with a myriad of unsullied visages. She has recently launched The Sweet Seduction of Savannah, a series of portraits that consider the question: If Savannah was a woman, what would her many faces look like?

The answer, insists Collins, is multi–hued. One cannot represent the beauty of Savannah in one portrait, and the artist wants to acknowledge the diversity of who she sees on the streets. “There are so many beautiful women who typify the essence of this town,” she says. “I want to showcase African–American, European, Asian and Latino faces in this work.”

In her early 50s with long red hair, Collins began her art career three decades ago in Florence, Italy. There she was deeply influenced by the dramatic portraits by Carvaggio, Titian and other Italian masters, developing a rich, Renaissance–inspired style that revolves much around how light plays upon faces. She continued to study in San Francisco and in Denver, and became fascinated with the imaginative whimsy of the Surrealists, particularly Salvador Dali. “I think of Dali as a storyteller, and that has inspired this project,” she muses. “I want to celebrate the

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oohing and aahing to one another about how tasty their choices proved to be. “Just like always,” one said. In many ways, Clary’s is a throwback to a simpler dining experience. I overheard employees chatting about buying ground beef on sale for their “sketty” dinner, had my coffee generously topped off about a half dozen times and generally enjoyed a quiet, filling breakfast overlooking a sunny Savannah intersection. Here, regulars are called by name, every guest is “hon” and the eggs are always prepared to order. Mine were, and my grilled sausage was spicy and hot and filling. I won’t make it every day, but I’ll find my way back from time to time.



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A friend who has had great success with weight loss clued me in to one of his tricks — one that we all grew up hearing but mostly ignoring. “I have breakfast, a good breakfast, every morning.” He’s not referring to Frosted Flakes and orange juice, but a breakfast balanced across protein, carbs and fruit. I can’t argue the point. When I have a breakfast protein, I find myself better energized, less hungry come lunch and generally better balanced for the morning’s tasks. So, I asked him, are you cooking or do you go out? He’s single, a chef and spends plenty of time on the line. He goes out — mostly to Clary’s Café. This stalwart breakfast and lunch destination is a landmark for tourists who might still remember Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, it was the location of some key scenes. Last year, I pointed Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern there, where he dined with The Lady

Chablis. Last week, I dined alone on a cold morning that found most seats empty. On weekends, you’ll face a waiting list — but not most weekday mornings. I passed on the scrambled hodge– podge known as Hoppel Poppel (too big), my favorite of corned beef hash (too big) or the malted waffle (too heavy). See a theme emerging? Yeah, Clary’s is home to ample portions and warm, Southern hospitality — the two go hand–in–hand. I instead, I opted for grilled smoked sausage with a couple of eggs and potatoes. The 6–8 ounce portion is still plenty big, but cuts nicely into bite–sized pieces that allow me to linger over the meal and take in the surroundings. The cluttered and nostalgic atmosphere is part of the Clary’s experience. Being alone and in a mostly quiet restaurant, I could easily eavesdrop on a pair of tourists who were mesmerized by the menu. I suspected they don’t get out much or live in a really small town. Another nearby table was locals, who spent the meal

Screamin’ Mimi’s new Whitaker Street location has apparently closed. I can’t get a call back but employees tell me it’s a goner. I would not have called this one — the remodel was great, the food the same as the original location and some following had developed for late night music. At the same time, a new tenant is setting up shop in the former Lime Grill location on Broughton Street. More on this as it develops. Live on the southside near Windsor and White Bluff? I’m getting great reports about Pad Thai, a Thai restaurant that opened in late summer. As the Truman Parkway finally opens onto White Bluff Road, this area is gonna start hopping, methinks. Thai one on here at 12409 White Bluff Road. Jimmy Johnson at Vincenzo’s Pizzeria, across the intersection from Pad Thai at 12417 White Bluff Rd., will bet that the Truman will be good for business, too. His tiny and popular pizza joint is already always packed and the carryout line is steady. Jimmy is open on Sundays and offers some goodies from his smoker in addition to great New York–style pies. cs

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Openings Everyday Sightings — Photographer Michael W. Ellison and painter Mary Ellen McLaughlin exhibit their interpretation of commonplace experiences and places. Artists reception: Thursday, January 10, 5:30pm. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. (inside Hospice House). Through February. Blick Employee Art Show — This exhibition will represent a piece of artwork from each of the Blick Savannah staff in the Blick Gallery at 318 E. Broughton St. January 15 March 1. Artists Reception, Thurs. January 31, 6-8pm. Information: 912-234-0456. Rosemarie Fiore: Firework Drawings — A selection of large-scale works on paper created using live fireworks and their pigments. Jan. 8 — May 12 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.


Melissa Schneider, Featured Artist at Gallery 209 — Gallery 209 on East River Street featured artist for January 2013 is Melissa Schneider, a local photograph encaustic artist, emphasizing mostly local historic scenes of Savannah and Beaufort. Gallery 209 is River Street’s original art Gallery celebrating 37 years in business. 209 East River Street. Daily 10:30a.m. to 9 p.m. 912-236-4583 or www. Little Black Dress — Curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley, this exhibit charts the historic and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon. Through January 27 at SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Offering of the Angels: Masterworks from the Uffizi Gallery — Italian Renaissance Masterpieces from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Through March 30. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

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. During its long historical course, the portrait continues to reflect each era’s social temperament. Through January 31. Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5 pm, www. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Zteven Zangbang — Local pop artist Zteven Zangbang will be hanging a Holiday Pop Art Show thru Jan. 14 in the Gallery of Blick Art Materials. 318 E. Broughton St.

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Georgia Landscapes — Black and White photographs by Atlanta photographer Michael Turner. Turner explores the power and majesty of Georgia’s natural landscape. Savannah Center for Fine Art, 41 Drayton St. Lip Sync — MFA Thesis exhibition of Elizabeth Winnel. Show runs through January 16.

Sketchbook Show — 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. The exhibition is about showing the process of the 122 participating artists by arranging the sketchbook pages in an installation that will span all three floors of the gallery space. Runs Jan 18th – Jan 25th, with opening reception Jan. 18th 6pm – 9pm and closing reception Jan 25th 8pm – 11pm. The opening reception will only showcase the installation itself with offerings of beer and pizza as refreshments. 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.,

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welcome appearances as the dads of, respectively, Pete and Debbie), this caters almost exclusively to folks with the moneyed zip codes 90067, 90210 and 90077, as the picture succeeds in taking the term “first– world problems” to previously uncharted terrain. The film runs a punishing 135 minutes, and that length only exists so Apatow can include scenes of his real–life wife and daughters dancing to their favorite songs in the comfort of their home, or provide improv opportunities to members of his clique (can anybody explain Charlyne Yi’s restaurant scene?). At least when filmmakers used to indulge themselves, the results would be on the order of Federico Fellini’s 8–1/2 or George Lucas’ American Graffiti. These days, celluloid navel– gazing is more likely to be met with audience eye–rolling and shoulder–shrugging.

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,



Eagerly anticipated in some circles while dreaded in others, this long– gestating adaptation of the musical stage smash (itself based on the Victor Hugo novel) contains some powerhouse sequences and a couple of standout performances but also suffers from a bloated second half and at least one casting decision that’s impossible to defend. Oscar–winning director Tom Hooper, better at handling the small–scale challenges of The King’s Speech than the massive spectacle of this project, employs obvious CGI theatrics for the opener, wherein 19th–century French convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is seen toiling on a ship under the watchful eye of the merciless lawman Javert (Russell Crowe). Circumstances that occur after his release allow Valjean to reinvent himself as a wealthy and compassionate man, although the gig is up once Javert comes back into his

life. Regardless of his own increasingly cumbersome troubles, Valjean will not break the vow he made to the tragic Fantine (Anne Hathaway) to protect and care for her daughter Cosette at all costs. This becomes harder once Cosette comes of age (now played by Amanda Seyfried) and falls for a headstrong revolutionary (Eddie Redmayne). As Javert, Crowe is an unmitigated disaster, and his strained voice, pinched expressions and physical immobility suggest that someone off–camera was forcing him to participate by pointing a gun at his head. As the comic–relief characters of the crooked Thenardiers, a little of Sweeney Todd co–stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter goes a long way, while Seyfried and Redmayne makes no impression whatsoever as the young lovers. Fortunately, Jackman is potent in the leading role, and it’s nice to see Hollywood taking advantage of his versatility. Yet the showstopper is Hathaway, who’s tremendous in the disappointingly small part of Fantine.



This adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot is more intelligent than most of the daft murder–mysteries appearing on screen, with the protagonists actually involved in some genuine sleuthing rather than having all the clues conveniently dropping into their lap or cracking the case through some ludicrous coincidences. The thrust here is that a former army sniper (Joseph Sikora) stands accused of killing five random people (yes, the opening sequence featuring the shootings is indeed unsettling), and only Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), an ex–military investigator living off society’s radar, can prove his innocence. But the twists begin right away, with the revelation that Reacher appears on the scene ready to “bury” the man, not set him free. From here, the movie refreshingly takes its time laying out the requisite groundwork in terms of characters and conspiracies (but takes too much time on a car chase that’s well–executed but nevertheless overstays its welcome), with such figures as a defense lawyer (Rosamund Pike), her district attorney dad (Richard Jenkins) and a shooting–range owner (Robert Duvall) impacting the proceedings.



A more accurate title for this cinematic claptrap would have been Psycho and the Unmaking of Alfred Hitchcock. While purportedly taking a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Master of Suspense’s best movie, it’s often so risible that it’s no wonder I initially misread the name of the director, Sacha Gervasi, as Sacha Baron Cohen. Hitchcock promises to give us the back story surrounding the unlikely success of Psycho, kicking off when the portly director (played by Anthony Hopkins) is basking in the afterglow of 1959’s North By Northwest and trying to figure out his next project. Hitchcock meets resistance from all corners, including, initially, his wife and frequent (uncredited) collaborator Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). But little by little, it all comes together, and the rest is film history. Unfortunately, the history seen on screen often differs wildly from the history that actually took place. Certainly, the director’s lust for the ladies led to some unpleasantness in his life, but as depicted here, he’s less a great artist and more a lecherous pervert who drills peepholes into his actresses’ dressing room walls. Hopkins isn’t the train wreck that his casting might have suggested, but while he’s superficially amusing, it’s a performance that goes no deeper than the fat suit swallowing his body.



Opting to divide J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – a slim work compared to the gargantuan The Lord of the Rings — into three films reeks of a cash grab, but the piece gathers steam after a lethargic opening, In this prequel to the Rings trilogy, Ian McKellen again portrays the wise wizard Gandalf, electing to help a gang of dwarves take back their home (and all the riches therein) from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Gandalf ’s intuition tells him that the dwarves will only succeed in their task if the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) accompanies them on their journey. Because he’s swelling this tale out to three movies, Oscar-winnnig director Peter Jackson treads a lot of water, never more obviously than in the prolonged early stretch when the dwarves

first meet Bilbo by invading his home like American Pie teenagers searching for a house party. Once the group bids adieu to safety, though, the movie picks up with an endless stream of action set– pieces. While there’s theoretically a sameness about the setups (band sees impending danger, band runs, band is forced to fight, band is saved at last moment, repeat cycle), Jackson expertly stages each one. Jackson and his collaborators have made a film that’s often entertaining but can never quite shake the stigma of being a footnote to The Lord of the Rings trilogy that earned billions of dollars and won handfuls of Oscars.



Writer-director David O. Russell follows The Fighter with a disarming seriocomedy about Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a former teacher who’s been released after a stint in a mental facility. Pat lost it after catching his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) in the shower with a fellow instructor, and no one’s quite sure if he’s really ready to be back in the real world again. His dad, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro), suffers from OCD, resulting in a prickly relationship between the pair. Pat eventually meets someone who’s apparently as off-kilter as himself: Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who’s had her own share of mood swings ever since the death of her husband. Adapted by Russell from Matthew Quick’s novel, Playbook easily overcomes its familiar beats (a sports brawl, a missed appointment, a climactic competition) thanks to a real attention to character detail, a nonjudgmental approach to all the flaws plaguing the players, and a cast that works beautifully together. Chris Tucker is a welcome addition as Pat’s buddy from his institution days, while De Niro’s late-career mugging actually works for a character who spends every moment fretting over the fortunes of the Philadelphia Eagles. Cooper’s fine as well, although it’s Lawrence who explodes off the screen. Already a franchise star due to both The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class, she’s likewise solid gold in Silver. CS


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 (e.g. Lee Horsley, TV’s Matt Houston back in the ’80s; Franco Nero, the original Django in the 1966 movie), and crackerjack set–pieces. (the sequence with Don Johnson’s Big Daddy leading a charge of bumbling racists is pure comic gold).


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Activism & Politics 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 on January 7, 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 912598-7358 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 423-6197712. [010613]

Benefits Diamond Ball Fundraiser for Cancer Survivor Makeovers

Saturday, January 12, 7 - 10 pm, the Survivor Glam Squad hosts the “Diamond Ball” to raise money for the Cancer Survivor Makeovers aboard the 2013 Fashion Fundraiser Cruise. Benefiting the American Cancer Society of the Coastal Empire. Location: Mackey House in Savannah, Georgia from 7-10pm. Every person that purchases a ticket to the Ball will be able to nominate a local female cancer survivor to go on the cruise. Tickets: $40 Includse heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by Liquid Ginger, and nomination form. Cash bar and silent auction. Information/tickets: www.survivorglamsquad. org. or 912-355-5196 or email:

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]

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

Roast on the River, Benefiting Savannah Riverkeeper

Fourth annual Oyster Roast fundraiser, Friday, Jan. 11, 6:30pm, Hogan’s Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Rd. Featuring Bluffton Oyster Co. oysters. Lowcountry boil. Beverages by Sweetwater Brewing Co. Auction items-from trips to outdoor swag. $35/single, $50 couple. $10 discount/members. Information: Savannah Riverkeeper, 912-228-5158, or info@, or

Third Annual Tybee Island Pajama Party & Pub Crawl

Friday January 11, 2013. Start at Spanky’s Restaurant at 8pm. We’ll move to different bars every hour and a half. 50/50 Raffle, prizes, Best PJ’s Contest. Wear your pajamas! A benefit for “Help One of Our Own,” a local charity that offers money to needy recipients for expensive medical procedures. Information: joeladdis@ or

Call for Entries 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@

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]

“Keeping that New Year’s Resolution” Vision Workshop Learn simple techniques to help you stay on track through out the year. January 26, 12:30pm to 3pm, Registration fee $25 due at door. Location: 334 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405 Contact: Lydia Stone, Dream Builder Coach, 912-656-6383 or email

“Orchid Growing Made So Easy” Offered Feb. 16 at the Bamboo Farm

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

Pre-register: 912-921-5460. Call for payment instructions.

“The Mastery of Love” Study Group

A four-week study group of Miguel Ruiz’ practical guide to the Art of Relationship, facilitated by Lydia Stone, certified Dream Builder Coach.J anuary 17 thru February 7, 6:30pm to 8pm, Registration fee $45 due January 16. Location: 334 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405. Contact: Lydia Stone, 912-656-6383 or email

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 912-6527981. 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]

Champions Training Center

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

Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction With a PhD in Music

Savannah Classical Guitar Studio offers lessons for all levels of guitar student. Instructor is Dr.Brian Luckett, DMA classical guitar performance ( Individual lessons in a private, quiet studio in the Starland area. All levels of lessons cover guitar technique, music theory (reading, rhythm etc.) and musicianship. General (folk/rock based) acoustic lessons also available but please, no electric instruments. Rates: $25.00 per half hour lesson; $45.00 per hour. Contact: brian@ [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: melindaborysevicz@gmail. com, or call: 912-484-6415.

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

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, 6:30-8:30pm, January 14 through March 4. Fee: $200.

Drawing Instruction

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

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license or who have already received a license. Group meets monthly. $40/ session. Information: 912-443-0410. [062812]

English for Second Language Classes

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

Family Values Workshop

Features 12 spiritual principles which help keep families united. Saturday, January 12, 12noon to 3pm, Registration fee $20 per family, Workbook $40. Location: 334 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405 Contact: Lydia Stone, Dream Builder Coach, 912-656-6383 or email

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Instruction for all ages of beginner/intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson! [062812]

Guitar, Mandolin or bass guitar Lessons

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

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]

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]

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

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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]

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“Resolutions for Life” Blood Drives! Beaufort, SC:

Wednesday, January 16

Noon – 6:30 pm

TBA at Beaufort, 1001 Boundary St., Suite A, Beaufort, SC

Savannah, GA:

Thursday, January 17

7 am – 2 pm

TBA at Memorial University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA:

Friday, January 18

TBA at Victory Square, 1915 E. Victory Dr., Suite C, Savannah, GA

7 am – 2 pm

It’s Resolutions for Life time! The Blood Alliance will be saving lives in the New Year at participating donor centers. Festivities will include free food, a random drawing for one Sony Blu-ray player each day of promotion, and a grand prize drawing for one 42” HDTV at end of promotion. Everyone who registers to donate blood also will be automatically entered into random drawings for Jaguars vs. Jets Luxury Suite Tickets, and a random drawing to win a brand new Buick Verano courtesy of Nimnicht Buick/GMC!*

Make an appointment:

Or call us at:

888-99-TBA-HERO (888-998-2243)

Simply download a free QR reader to your smart phone and scan for more info.

*Promotion runs August 29, 2012, through January 18, 2013. Buick Verano provided compliments of Nimnicht Buick/GMC, Jacksonville Florida. Winner will be chosen by random drawing at The Blood Alliance, 7595 Centurion Parkway, Jacksonville FL 32256 on January 28, 2013 at 9am and awarded February 6, 2013 at 9am. Winner must be 18 years old and a licensed driver. Winner is responsible for all documents, taxes, and cost of tag and title. Pictured car is for display purposes only, color and options may vary. Employees of The Blood Alliance, Nimnicht Buick/GMC, 30 Second Street Media, Frontline Solutions and their immediate family members are not eligible for this promotion. Each time you register to donate you are automatically entered to win. No purchase, contribution, or blood donation necessary to enter.


Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes

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& Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 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 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@awsav. com. [051912]

Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

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New Horizons Adult Band Program

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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]

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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@gmail. com 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 Information: Judy Fogarty, 912-644-5967, or

Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-713-2718 for more information. [062812]

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.

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 [062812]

Sewing Classes

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

Sewing Classes at Savannah Sewing Academy

Beginner in Sewing? Starting your Clothing Business? Starting your Clothing Line? Industry Standard Sewing Courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule is available. Skirts,Pants Jackets, Dresses, Blouses, Vest, Alteration Classes. Held at Savannah Sewing Academy, 1917 Bull Street. Information: or 912-290-0072. [121312]

Sewing Lessons

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

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Anitra is currently teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Fridays 5.30-8-30pm, Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W State St Savannah, 3rd floor. 786-247-9923 [062512]

Spanish Classes

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

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]

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

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: Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton Street. [101412]

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:// [062912]

Business Networking on the Islands

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group Meets 1st Thursday each month from 9:30-10:30 AM. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Savannah (912) 308-6768 for more info. [062912]

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:// [051912]

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

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 governmentsupported 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 www.honorflightsavannah. org [062912]

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 http://www. [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: com/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]

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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. http:// [062912]

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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,

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Ladies Auxiliary


(March 21–April 19) Writing at, Charlie Jane Anders provides “10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior.” Among the clues are the following: 1. “How often does someone comes up to you on the street, point at you, gibber something inarticulate, and run away?” 2. “How many robot/clone duplicates of yourself have you come across?” 3. “Is there a blurry black–and– white photo or drawing from history that sort of looks like you?” 4. “Have you achieved weird feats that nobody could explain, but which nobody else witnessed?” Now would be a good time for you to take this test, Aries. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when your dormant superpowers may finally be awakening –– a time when you might need to finally claim a role you’ve previously been unready for. (Read Anders’ article here: AreYouChosen.)


(April 20–May 20)

“Dear Rob the Astrologer: I have a big question for you. If I could get access to a time machine, where would you suggest I should go? Is there a way to calculate the time and place where I could enjoy favorable astrological connections that would bring out the best in me? –Curious Taurus.” Dear Curious: Here are some locations that might be a good fit for you Tauruses right now: Athens, Greece in 459 B.C.; Constantinople in 1179; Florence, Italy in 1489; New York in 2037. In general, you would thrive wherever there are lots of bright people co–creating a lively culture that offers maximum stimulation. You need to have your certainties challenged and your mind expanded and your sense of wonder piqued.


(May 21–June 20) Will archaeologists find definitive evidence of the magical lost continent of Atlantis in 2013? Probably not. How about Shambhala, the mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the planet’s greatest spiritual masters are said to live? Any chance it will be discovered by Indiana Jones–style fortune hunters? Again, not likely. But I do think there’s a decent chance that sometime in the next seven months, many of you Geminis will discover places, situations, and circumstances that will be, for all

intents and purposes, magical and mythical.


(June 21–July 22) There’s a spot in the country of Panama where you can watch the sun rise in the east over the Pacific Ocean. In another Panamanian location, you can see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing weird is involved. Nothing twisted or unearthly. It’s simply a quirk of geography. I suspect that a similar situation will be at work in your life sometime soon. Things may seem out of place. Your sense of direction might be off–kilter, and even your intuition could seem to be playing tricks on you. But don’t worry. Have no fear. Life is simply asking you to expand your understanding of what “natural” and “normal” are.


(July 23–Aug. 22) Metaphorically speaking, a pebble was in your shoe the whole past week. You kept thinking, “Pretty soon I’ve got to take a minute to get rid of that thing,” and yet you never did. Why is that? While it wasn’t enormously painful, it distracted you just enough to keep you from giving your undivided attention to the important tasks at hand. Now here’s a news flash: The damn pebble is still in your shoe. Can I persuade you to remove it? Please?


(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Even when you know exactly what you want, it’s sometimes crucial for you not to accomplish it too fast. It may be that you need to mature more before you’re ready to handle your success. It could be that if you got all of your heart’s desire too quickly and easily, you wouldn’t develop the vigorous willpower that the quest was meant to help you forge. The importance of good timing can’t be underestimated, either: In order for you to take full advantage of your dream–come–true, many other factors in your life have to be in place and arranged just so. With those thoughts in mind, Virgo, I offer you this prediction for 2013: A benevolent version of a perfect storm is headed your way.


(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Artists who painted images in

caves 30,000 years ago did a pretty good job of depicting the movements of four–legged animals like horses. In fact, they were more skilled than today’s artists. Even the modern experts who illustrate animal anatomy textbooks don’t match the accuracy of the people who decorated cave walls millennia ago. So says a study reported in (http://tinyurl. com/CaveArtMagic). I’d like to suggest this is a useful metaphor for you to consider, Libra. There’s some important task that the old you did better than the new you does. Now would be an excellent time to recapture the lost magic.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) After evaluating your astrological omens for the coming months, I’ve decided to name you Scorpios the “Top Sinners of the Year” for 2013. What that means is that I suspect your vices will be more inventive and more charming than those of all the other signs. Your so–called violations may have the effect of healing some debilitating habit. In fact, your “sins” may not be immoral or wicked at all. They might actually be beautiful transgressions that creatively transcend the status quo; they might be imaginative improvements on the half– assed way that things have always been done. To ensure you’re always being ethical in your outlaw behavior, be committed to serving the greater good at least as much as your own selfish interests.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

Here’s the horoscope I hope to be able to write for you a year from now: “Your mind just kept opening further and further during these past 12 months, Sagittarius –– way beyond what I ever imagined possible. Congrats! Even as you made yourself more innocent and receptive than you’ve been in a long time, you were constantly getting smarter and sharpening your ability to see the raw truth of what was unfolding. Illusions and misleading fantasies did not appeal to you. Again, kudos!”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

What does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabby Douglas, it seemed to be profoundly empowering. During the time Pluto was close to her natal sun during last

year’s Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals, one with her team and one by herself. Luck had very little to do with her triumph. Hard work, self–discipline, and persistence were key factors. I’m predicting that Pluto’s long cruise through the sign of Capricorn will give you an opportunity to earn a Gabby Douglas–like achievement in your own sphere –– if, that is, you can summon the same level of willpower and determination that she did. Now would be an excellent time to formally commit yourself to the glorious cause that excites you the most.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock,” said humorist Will Rogers. I hope you’ve been taking care of the “nice doggie” part, Aquarius –– holding the adversarial forces and questionable influences at bay. As for the rock: I predict you will find it any minute now, perhaps even within an hour of reading this horoscope. Please keep in mind that you won’t necessarily have to throw the rock for it to serve its purpose. Merely brandishing it should be enough.


(Feb. 19–March 20) Do you know the word “cahoots”? Strictly speaking, it means to be in league with allies who have the same intentions as you do; to scheme and dream with confederates whose interests overlap with yours. Let’s expand that definition a little further and make it one of your central themes in the coming week. For your purposes, “cahoots” will signify the following: to conspire with like–minded companions as you cook up some healthy mischief or whip up an interesting commotion or instigate a benevolent ruckus.

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

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@comcast. net 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 www. or call 912-353-3148 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: 912-232-7731 [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 (alicevantrease@live. com) 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 (alicevantrease@live. com) 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]

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: 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]

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 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail. com [062812]

Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St., at 39th, is offering an Adult Ballet Class on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Cost is $12 per class. Join us for learning and fun. Call 234-8745 for more info. [062812]

Adult Dance and Fitness Classes

Beginner & Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, BarreCore Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch & Tone. No experience necessary for beginner ballet, barre, or stretch/ tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/information: 912-925-0903. Or [062812]

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year

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round. (912) 921-2190. The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads. [062812]

Argentine Tango

Effective December 2012, the time for Argentine Tango lessons is Sundays, 1:30 - 3:30pm. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. Open to the public. Cost $3.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email [120912]

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/four. 912-596-0889 or www. [062812]

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www. For info: or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. [062812]

C.C. Express Dance Team

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. [062812]

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. [122911]

Irish Dance Classes

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ or 912-704-2052. [062812]

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany at 272-8329. [062812]

Modern Dance Class

Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Fridays 10-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more info, call Elizabeth 912354-5586. [062812]

Pole Dancing Classes

Beginners pole dance offered Wednesdays 8pm, Level II Pole Dance offered Monday 8pm, $22/1 class, $70/4 classes, pre-registration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Also offering Pole Fitness Classes Monday & Wednesday 11am. For more info: www.fitnessbodybalance. com or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. [062812]

Savannah Dance Club

Savannah Dance Club. Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. Call for details on location, days and times. 912-3988784. [082912]

Savannah Shag Club

music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles

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Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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


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Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. [062812]


| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and Street Strider rental available. Guided hikes scheduled regularly. $5 parking. Open daily 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (912) 598-2300 www.GaStateParks. org/SkidawayIsland [100712]

Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

AHA in the AM

“Aha in the AM” from 7:30-9am, Mondays and Fridays. The Anahata Healing Arts (AHA) Sanctuary is open to free form yoga/movement with guided mediation. Great way to start and end your work week. AHA offers a sacred, creative environment for the community to co-create and channel positive energy which supports emotions, strengthens bodies, and sustains spirits. Location: Anahata Healing Arts, 2424 Drayton St., Unit B. Email for weekly theme, Fee: donations. Information: [120212]

Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park Year-round fitness opportunities. Walkers and runners can choose from the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail

Tuesdays from 9-10am. $10 per session. North End of Forsyth Park. Contact relaxsavannah@ with questions.

Basic Zumba & Zumba Toning Classes with Mai

Mondays, Lake Mayer in the Community Center from 8:30am - 9:30am. Zumba Toning at the JEA (Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St) Mondays @ 6 pm. Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers. Basic Zumba Tues & Thurs 10-10:45am, Curves in Sav’h Mall, $3/ members, $5/Gen. Adm. Tuesdays 5:306:30pm, St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class. Weds 9:30-10:15am, Frank Murray Community Center, Wilmington Island, $3. Bring water, proper shoes and attire. Contact Mai @ 912-604-9890. [081912]

Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Train with the elite Beastmode Fitness team. We have a total body program that ​trims, tones and gets results. Personal Training options also available. choose-your-package. Hours: 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. West Broad St. YMCA, 1110 May St. [010613]

Bellydance Fusion Classes

Fusion bellydance mixes ballet, jazz and hip hop into a unique, high energy style of dance. Classes include drills and choreographies for all levels. Small classes held several days a week in downtown Savannah, and upon request. $10 per person. Contact Christa at 678-799-4772 or see [063012]

Blue Water Yoga

Community donation based classes held at the Talahi Island Community Center. Tue. & Thur. 5:45 -7:00p Fri. 9:30-10:30a For info email egs5719@aol. com or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. [063012]

Fitness Classes at the JEA

Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices

(accessible), additional 1 mile Avian Loop Trail

vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St., http:// [063012]

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to learn about free trial classes 912-429-9241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop ins welcome. [063012]

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Mondays at the Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Call for times and fees. 912-232-2994 or visit [063012]

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Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and Semi-Private classes by appointment. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Suite-A Ferguson Ave. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. 912.238-0018. http:// [063012]

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Ongoing series of 6-week sessions. Thursdays 6- 7:15pm at Savannah Yoga Center, 1319 Bull Street. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the

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1011 EAST 39TH STREET: 2nd floor, One bedroom apt. $625/monthly plus $625/deposit. All utilities paid. Call 912-398-4424 1111 EAST 57TH STREET: 2BR/1BA Apartment, newly painted, kitchen, dining area, washer/dryer connections. Available NOW. $625/month. Call 912-655-4303

1508 EAST 48TH: 3BR/2BA, Updated. Hardwood Floors. Quiet, Dead End Street. Large Attic. Privacy Fence. $199,900. Tom Whitten Realty Executives Coastal Empire, 912-663-0558 Direct or 912-355-5557 Office.

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

1703 VINE STREET: 3BR, 1 Bath House for Rent. Central heat/air $700/month, $700/deposit. Call anytime, 912-224-0985

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3BR/2 full baths, LR, DR, kitchen, laundry room, front & backyard. $850/month plus deposit. Call 912-658-7499 *2219 Florida: 2BR/1BA $675 *1116 NE 36th: 3BR/2BA +den $850 *3219 Helen: 3BR/2BA $900 Several Rental & Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 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 2 Bedroom House 2 bedroom, 1 bath,central h/a, fenced yard, large kitchen, good shape. $675.00 (912)659-1882 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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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


2 Bedrooms/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. $200-$235/weekly. Biweekly & Monthly rates available. Call 912-319-4182, M-Sat 9am-6pm. Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!

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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EAST 54TH STREET: 2BR, 1 Bath, $485 per month plus deposit. Call 912-308-0957 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 Feb.4th. 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


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 FULL APTS. (1BR, LR, kitchen, bath)Paid Weekly, Furnished, Quiet area,on busline. Utilities included. $150-$200/week $100/dep. 821 Amaranth. 912-441-5468

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897-1984, 8am-7pm WESTSIDE-NEAR LAMARVILLE **430 Lawton Ave: 5BR/2BA 2-story house $950 **430A Lawton: 3BR/2BA, 2-story apt.$700 **1912 Cowan Ave: 3BR/2BA house $800 **1922 Fenwick: 3BR/2BA house, den $725 **1926 & 1930 Fenwick: 3BR/1BA Duplexes $650 **1934 Fenwick: 2 Duplexes $550. *All above have carpet, kitchen appliances furnished, A/C/heat, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. References, application. One-year lease minimum. Deposit same as rent. None total electric, No smoking, pets negotiable.

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1409 Barnard Street. Central heat/air, furnished appliances. $500/per month. Call 912-657-0458 or 912-921-1774



•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

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POOLER: Brick 3BR/2BA, CH&A, very nice neighborhood. LR/DR combo, eat in kitchen, fenced backyard, covered patio, storage bldg. No pets, No smoking. No Section 8. $950/month + $950/deposit. 912-844-1825 or 912-844-1812 RENT TO OWN NO BANK NEEDED! 113 Finn Cir, 3BR, 2BA, $ 1100 /mo, dep 1/2 price. 678-592-4361 SEVERAL 3BR Houses & One 4BR House for rent. Rent-to-Own is optional. Section 8 Welcome. Call 912-376-1674


•1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer $675. 912-927-3278 or 912-356-5656 SPECIAL! 1812 N. Avalon Dr. 2BR/1.5BA $675/mo, $400/dep. SPECIAL! 1301 E.66th: 2BR/2 Bath, W/D connection, near Memorial Hosp. $725/month, $400/dep 2212 Delesseps: 2BR/1BA, all electric, W/D connection $695/month, $400/deposit. 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

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VERY NICE 4BR/2BA, central heat/air, all electric, and 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

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 CLEAN ROOM for rent. Cable, CH&A, ceiling fans, $110-$140. No deposit. Call 912-604-4107


$100 & Up Furnished, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-210-0144.


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.

Roommate Wanted To Share 2BR/1BA Apt near Ferguson Ave Skidaway Island, kitchen/dining room, living room/lanai, fully furnished, CH/A, cable, utilities included.. $550/mo. 912-344-4216 transportation 900

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2006 4x4 CHEVROLET Silverado, 2006- Crew cab LT, 4x4 Chevrolet truck. Cold A/C, Clean interior, well maintained. Dark blue w/ charcoal interior. 59,050 miles. $18,000. Call (912)663-4893


‘97 T-Bird, new brake system and stereo. Reduced $595. Call 912-358-6326. BUICK LeSabre, 1994- 4 Door, beige, good interior. 130K miles. Best offer. Call 912-925-3373


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


2 Bedrooms. Central heating & air, washer/dryer hookup. $675 per month. Call 912-441-3087, leave message.


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


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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.


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