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When: -21, 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson


Info: 912-232-0200. twreynolds85@


Film: Jigsaw (1968, USA)

Theater: Voices from Savannah: Reflections of Determination and Change

What: In honor of the 70th anniversary

of the first LSD trip, Psychotronic Film Society presents this lost psychedelic acid murder mystery. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info:

What: Living history theater by Groves High School’s Rebel Repertory Theater. Stories of “discrimination, civil rights, hope, and perseverance” based on student essays and interviews with Savannah leaders and civil rights activists. When: 7 p.m Where: City of Savannah Dept of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Cost: $5 Info: 912-395-2520.

Mystery Writer Duo Author Appearance

What: Tina Whittle, author of Blood, Ash & Bone, and Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow, discuss & sign. When: 7 p.m Where: The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.


Theater: Spring Awakening

Cost: $15. Discounts available. Info: 912-344-2801. tickets.armstrong.

Thursday Film: Follow the Leader

What: Part of the Southern Circuit Film

Series Coming-of-age story of three traditional American boys with Presidential dreams. When: 7 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 Info: 912-525-5050.

Theater: Hands of the Spirit

What: A musical based on the life of a

Georgia folk artist. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $20

Theater: Spring Awakening

What: Armstrong Masquers student

theater troupe performs award winning rock musical. In Jenkins Hall Theater. When: -20, 7:30 p.m Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

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Spring Awakening is in its final weekend at AASU’s Jenkins Hall.


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Friday Black Maria Film Festival

What: This touring anthology of short films takes its name from Black Maria,the tiny studio where Thomas Edison created the first moving pictures. When: 8 p.m Where: Arnold Hall (SCAD), 1810 Bull St. Cost: $5 for the general public and free for students with valid SCAD ID. Info:

Earth Day Pot Party Plant Drive and Fundraiser

What: Celebrate Earth Day at this after-work benefit for Forsyth Farmers Market. Music by Waits & Co. When: 5-8 p.m Where: Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. Cost: Donation of one potted plant or

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What: A market and festival of portraits, paintings, photography, and fine crafts from a select group of local, regional, and national artists. Music: Friday 6pm The Rosies. Saturday 6pm The Accomplices. When: 12-10 p.m Where: Rousakis Plaza, River St. Cost: Free and open to the public.


What: An all-ages science fiction, fantasy and gamers convention, (board games, role-playing, etc) When: noon-midnight Where: Coastal GA Ctr, 305 Fahm Street. Cost: $40 Info:

Theater: Reefer Madness: The Musical!

What: A musical comedy inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name. Friday and Saturday shows are 21+. Sunday shows are all ages.

What: Masquers student theater troupe performs award winning rock musical. In Jenkins Hall Theater.When: April 1820, 7:30 p.m Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $15. Info:


Saturday Annual Plant Sale

What: Purchase bamboo, annuals, perennials and some herbs for your garden. All proceeds benefit CGBG. Cash or check only. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd.

Book Signing: Diana Churchill

What: Diana Churchill will answer your bird questions and sign her book, Birder’s Eye View: Savannah & the Low Country. When: 12-1:30 p.m Where: Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn

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Chris Tucker

Cost: $20 Info: 912-247-4644

What: The Georgia-born Rush Hour star,

recently seen in Silver Linings Playbook, returns to his stand-up roots. When: 8 p.m Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $36.50-$56.50 Info: 912-651-6557.

Theater: Spring Awakening

What: Armstrong Masquers student theater troupe performs award winning rock musical. In Jenkins Hall Theater. When: April 18-20, 7:30 p.m Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $15. Discounts available. Info:

Davenport House Early Morning Walking Tours

What: 90-minute walking tour focused on Savannah’s historic preservation movement. When: 8 a.m. Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: $20 Info: 912-236-8097.

Savannah Record Fair

What: Vinyl, CDs and more for sale from

dozens of southeastern dealers. When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m Where: May Poetter Gallery, 342 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Earth Day Savannah Festival & Workshops

What: Everything you ever wanted to know about how to save the Earth. When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Earth Day Savannah Recyclerama

What: Drive-up and drop off your recycling. See website for items collected. When: 8-11 a.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

ReVision Art & Eco Festival

What: A Savannah Earth Day event with artist vendors selling works made from previously used materials. When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Fine Arts on the River

What: A market and festival of portraits, paintings, photography, and fine crafts from a select group of local, regional, and national artists. Saturday 6pm The Accomplices. When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m Where: Rousakis Plaza, River St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Forsyth Farmers Market

What: Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Info:


What: An all-ages science fiction,


Sunday Savannah Record Fair

The Coastal Jazz Association’s annual Duke Ellington tribute, The Rite of Swing, takes place Sunday at AASU.

fantasy and gamers convention, (board games, role-playing, etc) When: 9-2 a.m Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Cost: $40 Info:

Jane Fishman’s Spring Plant Swap

What: Bi-annual plant swap and get together. Bring plants you have too much of, take home something to plant. At Jane’s garden, West Boundary Street, next to Chatham Steel. When: 8 a.m Cost: Free to attend. Info: 912-484-3045

Jazz at the Beach

What: An afternoon of food, sun, beverages and the upbeat tunes of Velvet Caravan. Silent auction. Sponsored in part by Connect Savannah. A benefit for the Savannah Philharmonic When: 2-6 p.m Where: North Beach Grill, 33 Meddin Dr. Cost: $30 Info: 912-232-6002.

Lecture: Suze Orman with Lisa Oz

of the solar system, portable planetarium, safe solar observing, astronomy learning activities, activities for children from 2-5pm, plus 1951’s ‘The day the Earth Stood Still’ at 7pm. When: 2-10 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Savannah Derby Devils Roller Derby Match

What: Tonight’s season opener is a double header. 5 p.m. Hostess City Hellions vs. Augusta Soul City Sirens; 7 p.m. SDD All-Stars vs. Tragic City Roller Girls (Birmingham, Ala.) Where: Martin Luther King Jr Arena, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $16. Children 3-12 $2. Info:

Film: Singin’ In The Rain

What: Presented by the Lucas Theatre American musical comedy film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. When: 7 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8

Theater: Reefer Madness: The Musical!

What: Suggestions on getting out and staying out of debt from bestselling financial advisor and TV star Orman. When: 9:30 a.m Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. Cost: $10 Info:

What: A musical comedy inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name. Friday and Saturday shows are 21+. Sunday shows are all ages. When: April 19-21, 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Info:

National Astronomy Day Celebration

Theater: Hands of the Spirit

What: Oglethorpe Astronomical As-

sociation hosts this afternoon at the Lakeside Pavilion. Skywatching and stargazing from 8-10pm,scale model

What: A musical based on the life of a Georgia folk artist. When: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

What: Vinyl, CDs and more for sale from dozens of southeastern dealers. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m Where: May Poetter Gallery, 342 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

27th Annual Tribute to Duke Ellington: The Rite of Swing!

What: Coastal Jazz Association snd the City of Savannah present a concert featuring trombonist itch Butler and vocalist Priscilla Williams-Albergottie. In the Fine Arts Auditorium. When: 5 p.m Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

What: A tour of the top films out of 300 screened during last year’s Banff Festival, the world’s largest mountain festival. For ticket information contact Half Moon Outfitters in Savannah. When: 6 p.m Where: Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Cost: $10 Info: 912-201-9393

Dance for Peace

What: A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and used or new clothing welcomed. When: 3 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Fine Arts on the River

What: A market and festival of portraits, paintings, photography, and fine crafts from a select group of local, regional, and national artists. Music: Friday 6pm The Rosies. Saturday 6pm The Accomplices. When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m Where: Rousakis Plaza, River St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

What: SCAD Professor of Writing James

Lough shares excerpts from his forthcoming book on the Chelsea Hotel. When: 4 p.m Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:


What: An all-ages science fiction, fantasy and gamers convention, (board games, role-playing, etc) When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Cost: $40 Info:

Savannah Urban Arts Festival: Therapy Session and Kick-Off

Where: Sara Jane’s Children’s Boutique,

202 East 37th St.


Savannah Fashion Week: 3rd Annual DvF Trunk Show

What: A show of Diane Von Furstenberg fashions. When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m Where: BleuBelle Boutique, 5500 Abercorn St. Info:

Savannah Fashion Week: Palm Avenue Event

What: A trunk show of Lilly Pulitzer’s 2013 summer collection. When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m Where: Palm Avenue, 5525 Abercorn Walk, Ste. 20. Info:

Savannah Fashion Week: Custard Boutique Event

What: The monthly open mic night hosted by AWOL features a mix of music and poetry. This month, it’s also the launch for SUAF. When: 6-9 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E Park Ave. Cost: Donation Info:

What: A trunk show of Savannah-based Mamie Ruth clothing line. Meet the local designer. When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m Where: Custard Boutique, 422 Whitaker Info:

Theater: Reefer Madness: The Musical!

Savannah Fashion Week: J. Paige Event

What: A musical comedy inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name. Friday and Saturday shows are 21+. Sunday shows are all ages. When: April 19-21, 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Info: 912-232-0200. twreynolds85@

Theater: Hands of the Spirit

What: A musical based on the life of a Georgia folk artist. When: 3 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $20 Info: 912-247-4644

Theater: Spring Awakening

What: Armstrong Masquers student theater troupe performs award winning rock musical. In Jenkins Hall Theater. When: 3 p.m Where: Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $15. Discounts available. Info:


Monday Savannah Fashion Week: Sara Jane Event

What: A trunk show of children’s items from The Beaufort Bonnet Company and Back Yard Baby. When: 12-5:30 p.m

What: Trunk show featuring GLAM line. When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m Where: J. Paige, 107-C Charlotte Road. Info:\

Earth Day Energy Road Show

What: The Dirty Energy Road Show

looks at the impacts of dirty energy production by examining parallels between coal and nuclear power “and why we don’t need them.” Includes a slideshow, musical entertainment and lots of free info and other items for sale such as t-shirts, stickers, DVDs, CDs, posters. Presented by Nuclear Watch South ( in collaboration with Mountain Justice ( and Sierra Club. Music and dancing with AVIVA and the Flying Penguins. When: Mon. April 22, 7 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free

Savannah Spoken Word Festival: Charity Slam/Open Mic W.O.R.D. Vs. Spitfire

What: Kicks off 7th annual festival. Spitfire Poetry Group joins up with W.O.R.D, Way of Real Discovery to battle with poems. Sign up at 6:30pm. Age 18+. In SSU King-Frazier Ballroom. When: 7 p.m Where: Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Cost: $5 Donation / $3 W-Student I.D. Info: 912-604-8963. spitfireartist@

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Savannah Urban Arts Festival: Panel Discussion on Food Justice

Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info:

food experts will discuss nutrition and food accessibility issues. When: 5-7 p.m Where: Creative Coast, 15 West York St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Project DeRenne Public Information Open House

What: Local community members and

Savannah Urban Arts Festival: Vinyl Appreciation

What: The weekly edition of the all-vinyl music night when Local DJs and record lovers spin eclectic sets. When: 8 p.m.-midnight Where: The Sparetime, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. Info:


What: A drop-in style public viewing/ open house on the proposed design for Derenne Avenue and neighborhoods. When: 3-7 p.m Where: Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Savannah Fashion Week: Red Clover Event

What: Fashions by Sabrina Spanta, an emerging designer from Charleston Fashion Week 2013. When: 12-8 p.m Where: Red Clover, 244 Bull St. Info:

Savannah Fashion Week: Fabrika Fine Fabrics Event

Tuesday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Natty Light Two for Tuesday

What: Savannah’s minor league baseball team takes on the Delmarva Shorebirds. Get two Natty Lights for the price of one all night long. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr.

What: A trunk show featuring menswear designer Michael Mann’s handmade ties and bow ties; Katherine Barron’s original prints; and Nicole Edge’s wearable pieces. SCAD’s Fibers Force also participating. When: 12-6 p.m Where: Fabrika, 140 Abercorn St. Info:

Savannah Fashion Week: Trunk 13

What: A trunk show featuring Pour La Victoire handbags and Mangled Courtesan’s new embellished tee collection. When: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m Where: Trunk 13, 414 Whitaker Street.

Savannah Spoken Word Festival: Tongue Open Mouth & Music Show

What: Prepare for a night of free spirits, poetry and music. 7:30pm sign up. Sponsored by Sentient Bean. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: Free. Donations accepted. Info: 912-604-8963. spitfireartist@

Savannah Urban Arts Festival: DJ Workshop with Jefferey Tonnesen

What: SUAF’s featured artist conducts a DJ workshop with local youth. When: 6-9 p.m Where: All Walks of Life (AWOL), 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Savannah Urban Arts Festival: Hip-Hop Night at The Jinx

What: The city’s longest-running weekly hip hop event includes breakdancers, MCs, DJs and more. 21+ only. When: 11 p.m.-2 a.m Where: The Jinx, 127 West Congress St. Cost: Donation cs

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Just in time for our big Earth Day issue this week, I received an email from an organization calling itself “CO2 Science.” You can guess where I’m going with this. The kicker is the tagline on the email: “Exploring and reporting the positive side of rising CO2 and climate change.” No, the email didn’t arrive on April Fool’s Day. (I double-checked.) Yes, you read that right: The positive side of rising CO2 and climate change. In a nutshell, the email purports to show that tree ring growth (dendrochronology) of Mediterranean fir trees proves that some living things are adapting — and according to the email, adapting quite nicely — to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. There’s a whole phenomenon of socalled “astroturf ” groups, i.e., the opposite of grassroots, in which corporate dollars fund front organizations which purport to

do research in the public good but which actually serve a narrow, specific corporate agenda — almost always involving an industry which pollutes or otherwise degrades the environment. (The tipoff in this email is the egregiously unscientific remark, “Not bad for a growth-promoting and life-sustaining molecule that some have incorrectly labeled a ‘pollutant.’”) I’m not a dendrochronologist or any other -ologist, but even if the email’s “research” were accurate, it’s cold comfort. I subscribe to James Lovelock’s theory of Earth as a self-sustaining organism, aka the “Gaia” hypothesis. In that scenario, it makes perfect sense that trees might

adapt to climate change as a response to a human-induced rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. But here’s the thing: It’s still bad news for people. The planet needs trees. The planet doesn’t need people. Earth Day celebrations like the one coming up this weekend in Forsyth Park have, wisely, begun focusing on hands-on lifestyle decisions like bicycling, composting, and recycling, rather than big-picture (and often quite depressing) environmental movements and issues. But remember that at its core, Earth Day is still all about reducing your carbon footprint in some way or another, in ways either grandiose or mundane. And in any case, hopefully finding as much fun in it as possible. The planet may not need people, but people do need each other. cs

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Editor, Regarding your column last week, “A deepening problem:” The Center for a Sustainable Coast shares Steve Willis’s concerns (he’s our board president). One of our major concerns, paralleling Steve’s comments, is that Corps projects epitomize reckless government spending — commonly known as “porkbarrel politics.” If other states in the Southeast and their home-team ports follow Savannah’s example (which is likely if not certain), several billion federal tax dollars could be squandered by wasteful overbuilding of U.S. port capacity in the political game of competitive

pork-barreling, with proportional environmental damage throughout a multi-state area. An enlightening indicator of the extent to which Savannah is ill-suited to compete in this game is revealed by the enormous mitigation costs, as Steve notes. We believe that a maximum should be established for mitigation costs as a portion of total project costs, beyond which a project would not be eligible for federal funding. Mitigation is a measure of the cost of trying to engineer a project to overcome environmental damage and constraints. The less suitable a location is for a project, the more effort that must be expended to overcome those constraints with mitigation. If rational eligibility limits were adopted, the Savannah

deepening project would simply not qualify, because mitigation expenses are nearly half the estimated total project cost of some $600 million. Beyond that, there are significant risks of using tentative mitigation approaches, such as oxygen injectors (“bubblers”) in trying to overcome seasonal risks to river life to be made worse by the project. If any mitigation methods fail, there will be additional costs for either redesigning them to work better or replacing them altogether — as well as added environmental harm. In the worst cases of mitigation, like the infamous ‘tide gate’ tried in a previous Savannah harbor project, years of environmental damage accumulates before additional federal funding

can be secured to correct the problem. Unfortunately, pork-barrel waste thrives in part because there is far too little study of the net benefits and costs of projects once they are built. The absence of such information contributes to still more wasteful spending because the downside consequences of past ventures are not known, and false claims of benefits go unchallenged. As a result, money is thrown at building ill-considered projects, while funding to study the impacts of them are scarce and seldom pursued, since the politics of such evaluations are stacked against them. After all, who wants to disclose their past mistakes caused by reckless spending? David Kyler Center for a Sustainable Coast

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the big hearts and high heels behind it not are keenly aware of how blessed those are able to do so. “All of us shopowners are really fortunate to love what we do,” muses Elizabeth Seeger of Satchel, who has crafted leather items in her Broughton Street storefront since 2006. “We tend to provide to people of means, and we wanted to help those who don’t have as much.” Because most of the boutiques cater to the feminine mystique, SFW focuses their spotlight on charities that aid women. Last year SFW raised around an estimated $10,000 in dry goods and proceeds from the fashion show for Safe Shelter, and Custard owner and SFW president Tara Kirkland hopes it can surpass that number this year. “It’s important that we give back somehow, that we have an impact on our local environment,” says Kirkland. “The goods we’re collecting plus the funds have a significant effect.” Specifically set up for homeless women with children by providing emergency beds, job assistance and life skills education, the Magdalene Project serves all kinds, from teen moms to displaced military wives. That bag of extra personal items may not seem like a lot when you’re about to drop a hundy on a pair of sandals, but each donation adds up to keeping the shelter open. “It’s amazing what we take for granted in our daily routines, and these women have nothing.” reminds Jeanette Ortiz-Andreon, the project’s Emergency Services director and quite a stylish lady herself. “Just a new pack of make-up can make all the difference for these

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women when they go on a job interview or a court hearing.” Unfortunately, the Magdalene Project is especially vulnerable after losing $25,000 in federal funding in budget cuts this year. But the charity may be able to regain some traction with the fashion show proceeds — making a ticket to next Thursday’s spectacle at the Lucas Theatre another way to flash your supreme sense of style. “We’re able to effectively leverage a hundred dollar donation into a thousand by matching funds because grants want to see a commitment from the community level,” says Dr. Frances Carter,


Executive Director of Union Mission, the organization that oversees the Magdalene Project. “It doesn’t take a lot to move the needle.” So as Fashion Week proceeds from downtown to midtown to the Designer District, we here at Connect hope to see Savannah’s bestdressed ladies swinging Target and Rite-Aid bags stuffed with Pampers and Kotex and Maybelline. After all, this season’s trends may pass, but a helping hand never goes out of style. cs For a complete Fashion Week schedule, see

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Savannah Derby Devils’ new season starts April 20 by Jessica Leigh Lebos |

Bespectacled with a short red bob, Dr. Kat Zechar looks every inch the medical professional. The internist at Memorial Medical University acts as a liaison between patients and their specialty doctors, logging long hours on the hospital floor. But at the end of her shift, the glasses come off and ripped tights go on as she transforms into her roller derby alter ego, Trauma Protocol. Almost unrecognizable, she dashes out the double doors for practice at the Garden City Gym. “I call it pulling a ‘Clark Kent,’” grins the good doctor, still in professional mode for this interview, but she surreptitiously opens her white coat to reveal the signature red tank top sporting the sassy horned logo of the Savannah Derby Devils.

Back when she was a resident, Zechar/Trauma Protocol signed up for SDD’s week-long Boot Camp, figuring she’d get a little exercise and meet some new friends. She soon found herself hooked, proudly nursing bruises and practicing skating drills on the smooth floors of the hospital basement. Now she spends at least three nights a week on wheels and made her bout debut at the end of last season with the Devils’ “junior varsity” B team, the Hostess City Hellions. Dr. Zechar finished her residency around the same time she joined the team, and her commitment and determination have earned her the respect of SDD founder, Fear Abby.



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Left: Trauma Protocol (aka Dr. Kat Zechar) Right: Devil-on-Devil scrimmage

Longtime derby queen Abby admits that she initially disapproved of the newbie’s penchant for wearing pearls to practice and warned her that they’d break and scatter. They inevitably did. Zechar showed up at the next practice wearing a new string of pearls, the magnetic kind that can withstand a wicked hip check. “Trauma clearly enjoys derby as a balance to the rest of her life,” concedes Fear Abby. “She likes to be the yin to everyone’s yang.” Punishing body blocks and potential injuries may seem like a curious choice for someone who spends her days treating other people’s accidents and illnesses, but Zechar says the aggressive nature of the sport helps her blow off steam. She lends her medical expertise to the team when necessary, but mostly she leaves the dressings to team medic Jeff Cosby

(aka Bone Collector) so she can concentrate on strategy and endurance. “There’s no other sport where you play offense and defense at the same time while challenging your core and balance,” says Zechar, adding that she feels a calling to roller derby similar to the one that brought her to medicine. Dr. Zechar/Trauma Protocol and the rest of her badass cohorts start the new season on April 20 at the Civic Center. Last season’s winning record (7-2) has earned the Derby Devils an apprentice position in the international organization that governs roller derby, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), meaning there’s a whole new caliber of competition this year. The All-Stars face Birmingham, AL’s formidable Tragic City Rollers at the season opener, while the Hellions confront the Soul City Sirens

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from Augusta, GA. On August 18, the Devils will tangle with Austin-based WFTDA-ranked Texas Rollergirls’ Hustlers. While roller derby has a reputation for snarling and aggression, these women of the wheel also have a softer side: Proceeds from the merchandising sold at each bout benefit a local charity. Funds raised at the season opener will go to Liam’s Land, a charity established to support research for lymphatic malformation after a Savannah child was born with the rare condition. Derby Devil bouts have always been family-friendly affairs, with bounce houses and halftime games, partly because many skaters are moms who understand the importance of a good time for the kids. The other reason may be that they’re grooming the next generation of dervishes: The Hellions now boasts its very own mother/daughter duo (Demented Mistress and RamsHer, respectively), and June 15 marks the bout debut of SDD’s baby league, the Savannah Jr. DerbyTaunts, comprised of young women ages 10-17. Though derby women are tough, they’d never put one of their own out to pasture. Also new this year is the Derby Devil wRECk League, a low(er)-key outfit where a skater emirita can keep a toe on the track. Organized by Fear Abby, the wRECk League is a no-try out, casual environment for retired Devils as well as beginners looking to prepare for Boot Camp and tryouts. “One thing we’ve learned in the

eight years of the Derby Devils is how really hard this is to learn. We can’t just have a tryout with nothing to offer before or after,” explains Fear Abby, whose day name is Dana Felty Bynum. “Even talented skaters weren’t passing the minimum skate requirements. We’re giving people what I wish I’d had eight years ago.” Once a whirling maelstrom in the Devils line-up, Fear/Bynum has slowed it down a tad in recent years with the birth of her son, Carter. She’s still a vital cog in the organization, though she has left the active leadership to SDD co-presidents Ira Fuse (Kim Norrell) and Emm Jay (Melissa Norman) and is focusing on recruitment and the wRECk League. “I had this vision of breaking an arm and not being able to hold this baby,” she says of her departure from the All-Stars. “There’s definitely this sense of self-preservation that I did not have before.” But she makes clear that Fear Abby’s retirement is only temporary. Though the team has recruited more women in their 20s like Dr. Zechar, Bynum, at 38, is nowhere near ready to hang up the pads. “We have women in their 40s and they’re still out for blood.” cs Savannah Derby Devils vs. Tragic City Rollers When: First bout 5 p.m.; main event 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20 Where: Savannah Civic Center arena Cost: $16 adult, kids $2; $62 season pass available through April 20. Info:


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Save. Recycle. Grow. Earth Day Savannah happens this Saturday in and around Forsyth Park from 8 a.m. through the afternoon’s Earth Day Wheelie Bike Ride around the historic district. Of particular interest this year is the new ‘Silent Sports Done in Nature’ workshop series.



RecycleRama happens from 8-11 a.m. Bring paint, tires, motor oil, waste cooking oil, unused and expired medications, batteries, electronics, and Goodwill items. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market goes on as usual, but with extended hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Workshops are from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; see below for specific info. Music by local bands includes: 11 a.m.-noon, The Moon and You 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Trainwrecks 2-3 p.m., Sincerely Iris

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2pm-3pm Home Energy Conservation Garrison Marr, City of Savannah Learn quick things you can do at no or low cost, and find out what impact a bigger home improvement might make. 3pm-4pm Edible Landscapes David Malpass, Savannah Urban Garden Alliance Learn about incorporating perennials such as berry bushes and fruit trees with this introduction to managing an edible landscape.

Silent Sports Done in Nature Workshops 11:30am-12:30pm Kayaking Nigel & Kristen Law, Savannah Canoe and Kayak Join local guides and owners of Savannah Canoe and Kayak Nigel and Kristen Law for this introduction. 12:30pm-1:30pm Rock Climbing Savannah Climbing Coop Climbing? On what rocks? Between the Savannah Climbing Coop’s indoor bouldering gym and weekend trips to some of the Southeast’s best climbing spots, the climbing community is alive and well in Savannah. 1:30pm-2:30pm Kayak Fishing Trey Leggett, Coastal Georgia Kayak Fishing A great way to lower its environmental impact and access some beautiful stretches of our coastline 2:30pm-3:30pm Trail Running Tim Waz, Lowcountry Ultras Tim Waz of Lowcounty Ultras will share the basics of trail running, safety, and some of his favorite trails.

Kids’ Activities 12-12:30pm Native Animals of Georgia Burton 4H Center Join some of Burton 4H Center’s furry, feathered, and scaled friends to learn about some of Georgia’s native animals. 12:30-1pm Veggie Costume Making & Parade Forsyth Farmers’ Market & West Broad St. YMCA Who wouldn’t want to dress up as a beet and parade around? Materials and veggie inspiration will be provided. 1-1:30pm Story Time Live Oak Public Library Join LOPL libraries sharing their favorite children’s stories about our earth and environment. 1:30pm-2pm Native Animals of Georgia Burton 4H Center Miss the earlier session? Don’t worry, you can still join some of Burton 4H Center’s furry, feathered, and scaled friends to learn about some of Georgia’s native animals. Wheelie Bike Ride The Savannah Bicycle Campaign presents the Sixth Annual Savannah Earth Day Wheelie Bike Ride on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The free, family-friendly ride departs from the south end of Forsyth Park at 4 p.m. An after‐ride party, the Post Wheelie Dealie, will be held at the new location of Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 1611 Habersham St., at 5 p.m. This is the first group ride organized after the Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s founding and it remains one of its most popular events. The police‐escorted ride through some of Savannah’s most picturesque neighborhoods will emphasize the fun and benefits of bicycling. cs

Play Street event happens April 28 By Jim Morekis |

At this month’s event, an attempt will be made to set a new world record for most number of people playing hopscotch

Later this month, the City of Savannah embarks on an ambitious — and “Savannah-centric” — bid into the national trend of Play Streets. A Play Street basically happens whenever a street is closed to vehicle traffic to encourage activity by residents. This April 28, eight blocks of Lincoln Street, from Henry to Gaston, will be given over to pedestrians, bicyclists, music, art, food and family fun. “It’s a deliberately long, linear route designed to have families come from one side to the other. We’re encouraging people to ride bikes there and

through,” says Garrison Marr, City of Savannah Sustainable Development Coordinator. “The concept is great for families to be able to travel by bike and by foot, to get more comfortable with the streets shut down, and maybe pursue traveling in that way on a more regular basis afterward,” he says. “The Savannah Bicycle Campaign will be there helping people fix up bikes ready to roll. There will be bike safety games for kids, a bike valet.

We’ve made the whole thing for people to enter and exit through a long and active route.” Not only that, but there might be a world record set that day. “We’re trying to set the world record for the most people simultaneously hopscotching,” says Marr. “It’s a good size footprint of the whole event. It’ll take up more than two city blocks. We’ll have 400 people hopscotching all at once. We need 45 volunteers just to coordinate it.” The first local Play Street was the 2010 “Kid’s Ciclovia” on Washington Avenue, highlighting the then-brand new bike path there. “We had a chance in that instance

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Shots from the first Savannah Play Street-type event, in 2010 on Washington Avenue

to create a family-friendly environment to get people out on the roads, feeling comfortable riding bikes, and to have access to other resources in a festival atmosphere in their own neighborhood,” Marr says. “This new opportunity is a big expansion of that. Whereas the Washington Avenue event was essentially a block around Tiedeman Park, this one will be 6/10s of a mile,” he says. “Talk about scaling up! We’re able to do some unique and compelling things with the extra space.” Not only is this event physically bigger, it’s far more ambitious in scope. The City has invited a “wide and eclectic mix of community nonprofits” in this event made possible by a particular federal grant, says Marr. “We all got together and asked, what’s a Savannah way to approach this series? How can we elevate all these community nonprofits and their priorities and projects? So the focus is on local art, local food, and getting kids and families outdoors and physically active.” Marr says this approach is unique compared to other cities using the same grant money from the feds. “It’s pretty Savannah-centric. It separates us quite a bit from the other nine cities participating,” he says. The Savannah event, as you might imagine, focuses on art and culture as well as on physical activity, the main focus of other cities’ events. “Here we’ll have farmers market vendors, mobile exhibits, live music through AWOL, a film project, and dance performances,” Marr says. The City of Savannah is the grant recipient, but is passing through all the money to the individual nonprofits participarting. “We see our job as creating the space,” says Marr. “All programming is by and large provided by community nonprofits to showcase what’s important to them. They’re getting grant funding but they’re also able to connect with people who are attending who can access services later. It’s a great way to make connections. “They’re expert at creating that kind of content. We just wanted to let the experts do it.” cs

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Shots of the City’s extensive residential recycling process; such a service is unavailable for residents of unincorporated Chatham County

What does green even mean? The tale of a city, a county, and recycling By Jeremy Scheinbart

In October 2007, mainly to quell an unusually ‘green’ electorate that year, County Commissioners passed a well-meaning, yet non-binding, resolution calling for Chatham to become the “Greenest County in Georgia.” The ballyhooed announcement and subsequent media blitz lead to much back-slapping amongst County incumbents, as the legislative action helped deliver enough votes in November to retain every seat. Tasked to provide the resolution’s plans and goals, however, was the politically venerated Chatham Environmental Forum (CEF), a coalition of business, government and advocacy interests that has been “quietly assisting the community in tackling some of the area’s most challenging environmental issues since 1989.” After a few brief months, the CEF generated a comprehensive road map for commissioners. They categorized the county’s pressing environmental issues, identified common sense first steps and laid out an actionable vision for the future. But, within the document’s 52 pages of information and suggestions, there was no recommendation

to develop a curbside recycling plan for the 32,000 households in unincorporated Chatham County. That was quite a striking omission for a County vowing to be the “greenest.” It was also around this time, late 2007 and early 2008, when Karen Grainey, a local wildlife expert and barrier island tour guide, began a petition drive she hoped would compel the City of Savannah to begin its own curbside recycling program. Back then, Savannah’s environmental policies were (and still are) a few steps ahead of Chatham’s, however, they too were lacking initiative to begin city-wide recycling. Grainey’s original goal, with initial support from just a handful of residents, was to simply raise awareness of the issue and possibly put a modicum of pressure on City representatives. The group, which took on the name Citizens for Curbside Recycling, figured roughly 10,000

signatures was an achievable goal and surely enough to get noticed. Spring and summer 2008 was the petition’s peak popularity, recalls Karen Grainey. “I think at one point we had petitions in over 120 businesses in Downtown Savannah, all over the city, really. We couldn’t have done it without business owners’ involvement,” she says. When the drive was finished, Grainey presented then-City Manager Michael Brown with a milk crate full of signed petition pages. City representatives said they already had a curbside recycling plan well in the works, but it was difficult to deny the petition’s role in jump-starting the process. More to the point, though, there could have been an unprecedented special election if Citizens for Curbside Recycling legally submitted the petition to the city. Georgia’s State Constitution, specifically Municipal Home-rule code O.C.G.A. § 36-35-3, states “Amendments to charters or amendments to or repeals of ordinances, resolutions, or regulations... may be initiated by a petition, filed with the governing authority of the municipal

corporation.” Of Savannah’s 59,161 registered voters (2007), only 15 percent, or 8,874 valid signatures were necessary to trigger a special, city-wide up or down vote regarding curbside recycling. Grainey had required that all petition signers be local, registered voters, however, there was no way to verify that during collection. There were surely many non-voters who signed. But officially counting the signatures, with a special election as a possible result, was a risk city officials weren’t willing to take. Steve Willis, vice chair of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and direct aid to Grainey’s petition, applauded the City’s eventual recycling program implementation, however, he wanted the special election. “The petition was never about forcing recycling on people or demanding anybody to do anything,” Willis recalls. “I wanted the people of Savannah to go to the ballot to decide what happened.” The City of Savannah, on July 31, 2008, signed a 10 year contract with Pratt Industries, the world’s largest, privately-held 100 percent recycled paper and packaging company, to

roughly 2500 good signatures short. After six years, and in spite of its dubious beginning, the “Greenest County” initiative has garnered notable and positive achievements. Chatham County determined its carbon footprint. It has been awarded a $300,000 Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant from the state. And, Commissioners approved a motion that requires all new County buildings costing over $100,000 be LEED certified at the Silver level. The newly elected County Commissioners, however, might be more amiable to explore county-wide, curbside recycling options. Just a few weeks ago, Grainey and Dana Braun, a local attorney and former Savannah councilman, delivered a presentation to the current County Commission. They showed data from surrounding Glynn, Bryan and Effingham counties and detailed how these governments contracted with a privately operated, single hauler which also provides twice a month curbside recycling. According to Grainey and Braun, the single hauler system costs half what the average Chatham resident pays for only trash pick-up. Most would assume that 12 trash haulers competing in unincorporated Chatham County would drive prices down, but, oddly, the opposite is true. Since they’re all vying for a small sliver of residents overall waste, that sliver must be charged at a premium to make the most financial sense. This drives trash collection prices higher and renders countywide economy-of-scale an impossibility. But, should Commissioners pick a “winner” and choose a single trash hauler for all County residents? It seems harsh to the “losers,” yet households would see significant savings and gain curbside recycling. Should Chatham contract with a single recycling hauler and provide citizens with cheaper curbside recycling? About 75 percent of all “trash” is recyclable, so taking 75 percent of substance from local trash haulers, in any form or fashion, would be met with strong resistance. Should we create county zones for haulers to bid on and service? The whole situation is tricky, full of competing interests, but the next chapter of Chatham County’s curbside recycling journey will surely be written by concerned citizens and changed only through political action. cs

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sort all residents’ recycling, as well as pay the city $15 per ton. Pratt built its own privately funded sorting facility in Chatham County with the ability to expand and accommodate all recycling the area could produce. During that time, however, County Commissioners scoffed at the notion of accepting a similar offer from Pratt, and released a public statement which stated, in part, that Chatham “doesn’t meddle in the business of trash hauling.” That short phrase basically lays out the conundrum of Chatham’s curbside recycling prospects. In Savannah, trash hauling is a government operated service, while in the unincorporated county, it’s a privately controlled, multi-hauler enterprise. In all, Commissioners approved a fourth recycling drop-off spot for citizens to utilize, but that was the extent of their recycling efforts as Savannah began city-wide, home-to-home collections. In mid-2009, Citizens For Curbside Recycling developed a petition for Chatham County. According to Grainey, it was made expressly clear that Commissioners would fight the legality of any signatures brought forth since Georgia code, seemingly, treats municipalities and counties differently when it comes to petitions. Even though Chatham County had (and has) more registered voters than Savannah, and despite the promise of official opposition, the petition drive began. Again, with dedicated support from local businesses and citizens, the recycling group collected over 22,000 signatures in 3 years. It should be noted that in a place like Chatham County, where a wild success is 50 people at a political event, 20,000 plus signatures is quite the show of support. However, Commissioners claimed a small group of environmental radicals were attempting to force recycling upon the community. “Of course I personally wanted curbside recycling for Chatham County,” Grainey says, “but there were a lot of people who signed the petition who didn’t want it. They understood it was about achieving the special election so voters could vote yes or no.” Ultimately, the petition was submitted to the County Board of Elections and deemed to have too few valid signatures from registered voters,


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Putting a cycling spin on Earth Day Save. Recycle. Grow. These three words form the tagline of the City of Savannah’s 2013 Earth Day Festival. The annual event is Saturday, April 20 in Forsyth Park. It will feature exhibitors, live music, workshops and the always-popular Recyclerama, which attracts folks bearing all sorts of things they are not sure how to dispose of properly. And, of course, there’s the Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s Sixth Annual Earth Day Wheelie bike ride and post-ride “Wheelie Dealie” party at the new location of Blowin’ Smoke BBQ on Habersham. The ride departs at 4 p.m. from the south end of the park. It’s free, casually paced and family friendly. Helmets are required for children under 16 and strongly encouraged for everyone else. The three words in this year’s festival apply to the event’s purpose of celebrating “environmentally responsible living and business in coastal Georgia” and serving as “an important opportunity for local government, businesses, non-profits, and community groups to connect with the public and each other.” They also describe individual components of the Earth Day Festival and I will now apply “Save,” “Recycle” and “Grow” to bicycling specifically (big surprise) but not exactly in that order. Can bicycling save the planet? It certainly can help. Reduced carbon emissions are the most easily recognizable benefit of replacing car trips

with bike trips. But it’s not just about burning fossil fuels in internal combustion engines. Simply providing parking for cars carries an environmental cost according to researchers at the University of California Berkeley. Figuring in all that pavement can add 10 percent to the CO2 emissions of a motor vehicle. And that doesn’t include other environmental consequences such as storm water runoff. Even if you don’t care about the Earth, there are other expenses to consider. Remember the 1996 Olympics, which restricted driving in many parts of Atlanta and caused a temporary 23 percent decrease in morning rush hour traffic? During that time emergency room visits and hospitalization for asthma patients declined by 42 percent. Let’s presume you don’t care about your fellow citizens with asthma or significant reductions in health care costs, either. What’s there to like about bicycling? Even if you don’t have an altruistic bone in your body, you can still take comfort in the fact

be street ready and when it requires the attention of a professional at one of our fine local bike shops. Bicycles are elegantly simple, especially compared with the increasingly complex machines that surround us. Still, there are repairs that require bicycle-specific tools and bicyclespecific experience to complete efficiently. Attempting these jobs without the proper tools and know-how can be frustrating. After the bicycle workshop you can stick around for the “Growing Culinary Mushrooms” workshop sponsored by the Urban Gardening Alliance. While there are no plans for a “Grow Your Own Bicycle” workshop, you can be sure that interest in bicycling is growing in Savannah, in Georgia and across the nation. I can offer plenty of statistics, but I’d like to offer an unconventional metric for tracking the popularity of cycling. Note the number of bicyclists in commercials for all sorts of products (except for bicycles, interestingly). If you get back on your bike, you’ll be part of a growing movement. So what’s left? Recycling? Check! Watch this space for exciting news about a program that will rehabilitate discarded bicycles and match them with deserving folks who need dependable and affordable transportation. It won’t be ready by Earth Day, but it’s coming soon. cs

that riding a bike instead of driving a car will save you lots of money. Around this time last year, AAA released its annual “Your Driving Costs” study, which measures the “yearly costs to own and operate a sedan in the U.S.” AAA found that in 2012, “the average costs rose 1.1 cents per mile to 59.6 cents per mile, or $8,946 per year...” How much does it cost per mile to bike? I’ve seen varied estimates, but none more than a dime per mile. Even a nickel a mile would be on the high side if you already have a bicycle and can handle basic maintenance. Sound good? Hold up a second. Before you drag that old bike out of the garage and press it into service in your quest to reduce your transportation costs, make sure it’s up to the task. At 11 a.m. during the Earth Day Festival, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign is offering a workshop called “Get Back on Your Bicycle.” An experienced bicycle mechanic will teach participants recognize when a disused bicycle needs minor adjustments to Recycled, NoN-Toxic, plaNT-based,

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Shooting on Waldburg Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a Waldburg Street resident in a reported robbery attempt.

Jeremy Lueken was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury after the shooting on the 500 block of East Waldburg just after midnight. Lueken and others were on the back porch of the house when three black men in dark clothing with scarves covering their faces men approached. Two of them had guns and ordered the men on the porch to lay down. When Lueken did not, he was struck by a bullet. The robbers then fled. Police detectives are investigating. • Police are investigating events leading up to the shooting of a

23-year-old man by a police officer this morning. Timothy Maurice Williams has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after the 3 a.m. shooting at West 44th and Barnard streets. Officers “were saturating the area in response to a report of multiple gunshots when three males were seen running on West 44th Street and climbing a fence into a yard of a house,” a report indicates. At the same time the resident of the house was calling 911 and flagging down an officer to report someone was breaking into her house. The officer found the men in the yard and ordered them to stop. While two of the men climbed over a fence in an attempt to escape, the third, Williams, “began charging at the officer, prompting him to fire,” police say. Williams was transported to Memorial University Medical Center and has been admitted. The two other men were questioned. SCMPD continues to investigate the original

gunshots, the pursuit through the fenced yard and the shooting. • The Metro Police Robbery Unit with the help of federal and local law enforcement agencies made an arrest for the March 20 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the 3500 block of Ogeechee Road. Marcus T. Newton, 26, was taken into custody and charged with Armed Robbery and Theft by Receiving Stolen Auto. At 5:30 a.m. warrants were simultaneously served at two of Newton’s last known addresses: one in Midway and the other in the 800 block of Elliot Ave in Savannah. As one group of law enforcement officers cleared the Midway residence, a second group of officers entered the Savannah location where they found Newton. Newton’s arrest results from a collaboration between SCMPD’s Robbery Unit,

the FBI, U.S. Marshals, SWAT, Metro’s Forensics Unit, the Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center, Precinct 1 Detectives and Patrol, Midway Police and Liberty County Sherriff’s Office.      • Savannah-Chatham Police and other law enforcement agencies between Tybee Island and Charleston, SC, are searching under bridges for a boat reported to have capsized with three people on board. Coast Guard Station Tybee alerted Metro about 9 p.m. that it had received an automated telephone call around indicating that the boat has turned over beneath a bridge. “But the location could not be narrowed down more closely,” the report says. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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news of the weird Electric Chastity Belt To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai said in March that they are about to send to the market women’s anti-rape lingerie, which will provide both a stun-gun-sized blast of electricity against an aggressor and a messaging system sending GPS location to family members and the police about an attack in progress. After the wearer engages a switch, anyone touching the fitted garment will, said one developer, get “the shock of his life” (even though the garment’s skin side would be insulated). The only marketing holdup, according to a March report in The Indian Express, is finding a washable fabric.

Compelling Explanations In March, Washington state Rep. Ed Orcutt, apparently upset that bicyclists use the state’s roads without paying the state gasoline tax for highway maintenance, proposed a 5 percent tax on bicycles that cost more than $500, pointing out that bicyclists impose environmental costs as well. Since carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, he wrote one constituent (and reported in the Huffington Post in March), bike riders’ “increased heart rate and respiration” over car drivers creates additional pollution. (Days later, he apologized for the suggestion that bicyclists actually were worse for the environment than cars.)


all, telling the reporter, “I’m not saying because that’s a private matter.” • So, For a While There, It Actually Worked: The maker of the “all-natural The Litigious Society herbal extract” Super Power (which Aspiring rap music bigshot Berpromises “powerful erections”) issued a nard Bey, 32, filed a $200,000 lawsuit voluntary recall in January after “indein February in New York City against pendent” lab tests revealed that the suphis parents, alleging that they owe him plement mistakenly contained a small because they have been unloving and amount of sildenafil, the “indifferent” to his active ingredient in Viagra. homelessness and refuse Such unregulated dietary even to take him back supplements cannot legally in to get a shower. Bey, contain drugs without who raps as “Brooklyn Food and Drug AdminisI NEED A Streets,” said everything tration approval. (Also, in SHOWER, would be forgiven if March, the Federal Trade AND A PIZZA they would just buy him Commission ordered three FRANCHISE. two Domino’s Pizza retailers, including Neifranchises so that he man Marcus, to re-label could eventually earn some fake-fur garments enough to become “a because they, mistakenly force to be reckoned or intentionally, contained with in the hip hop real fur.) industry.” (His mother’s • A Boston Herald solution, as told to a reporter said in March that New York Daily News he had been kicked out of reporter: “[G]o get a a State Ethics Commission job. He’s never had job a training session (which day in his life.”) might not be unreasonable, as the meeting was for MassachuLatest Human Rights setts House members only). However, • Police in Knoxville, Tenn., confisat least two people in attendance cated five venomous snakes during a refused to give their real names to the February traffic stop, and Pastor Jamie reporter as they left. Rep. Tim Toomey Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle insisted he was not a member (though in Jesus Name (of Middlesboro, Ky.) he is) but was “just passing through,” is demanding them back. Coots said and Commission chairman Charles he possesses them openly during his Swartwood III (a former federal judge services in Kentucky, but Knoxville magistrate) refused to give his name at police said they are illegal to own in

Tennessee. Said Coots, “If I don’t have them, then I’m not obeying the word of God.” • In Bristol, England, Anthony Gerrard, 59, had been arrested for possessing child pornography, but after an inventory, police found only 11 images of his massive 890GB porn stash were of children (which Gerrard said he unknowingly downloaded in his quest for legal, adult pornography), and he went to court in January to demand his collection back (minus the child porn). So far, police have said that it is “impractical” to cull the child porn images.

Fine Points of the Law U.S. companies large and small legally deduct the expenses of doing business from their gross profits before paying income tax, but purveyors of marijuana (in states where possession is legal and where prescription marijuana is dispensed) cannot deduct those expenses and thus wind up paying a much higher federal income tax than other businesses. As NPR reported in April, “Section 280E” of the tax code (enacted in 1982 to trap illegal drug traffickers into tax violations) has not been changed to reflect state legalizations. The effect, experts told NPR, is that legal dispensaries in essence wind up paying tax on their gross receipts while all other legal businesses are taxed only on their net receipts. (The federal government, of course, continues to regard marijuana as illegal.)

Ferris Bueller caused lots of mischief on his cinematic “Day Off ” in the 1986 movie starring Matthew Broderick, but he never mooned a wedding party from an adjacent hotel window by pressing his nude buttocks, and then his genitals, against the glass in full view of astonished guests. In March, though, a young Matthew Broderick-lookalike, Samuel Dengel, 20, was arrested in Charleston, S.C., and charged with the crime. (Another Bueller-like touch was Dengel’s tattoo reading, in Latin, “By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.”)

Perspective Transportation Security Administration rules protect passengers against previously employed terrorist strategies, such as shoe bombs, but as Congressional testimony has noted over the past several years, the perimeter security at airports is shockingly weak. “For all the money and attention that in-airport screening gets,” wrote in February, “the back doors to airports are, comparatively, wide open - and people go through them all the time.” Perimeter breaches in recent years astonished officials at major airports in Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and New York City (mentioned in News of the Weird last year, recounting how a dripping-wet jetskiier who broke down next to JFK airport climbed the perimeter fence and made his way

past its brand-new “detection” system, and was inside the Delta terminal before he was finally noticed).

Most Gullible Pervert In March, Stephen Thresh, 47, voluntarily handed in his computer at a police station and confessed to possessing hundreds of (illegal) images of women having sex with animals, including a snake, a tiger and an elephant. Thresh said he had earlier downloaded a message of unknown origin notifying him that “law enforcement authorities have been informed,” and he thought they would go easier on him if he turned himself in. (Police denied knowledge of the message.) Thresh insisted that possessing such images was not a problem that needed addressing.






Update The Associated Press reported in March that a Philippines man was crucified for the 27th time during the annual Good Friday festivities in San Pedro Cutud. Sign painter Ruben Enaje, 52, once again endured several minutes pierced by the sterilized, 6-inch nails driven into his palms and feet to atone for yet another year’s passing in which he had so seriously sinned. Enaje was joined by several other sufferers. The country’s Catholic Bishops Conference, of course, said the crucifixions are “not the desire of Jesus Christ.” CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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I use my motorbike daily to get around. Last week my mom said the vibrations from the tank could damage my sperm. Is there any truth to this? —Shiki Amsel Times sure have changed. When I was growing up, never once did my mom ask about my sperm count. Nonetheless, your mother may not be too far off base. Motorcycle exhaust greatly reduces sperm count in lab rats, and long-distance bicyclists have been found to suffer from reduced sperm count due to overheating of the testes. But you’re missing the bigger picture here — having sperm does you no good if you can’t deliver them. The real danger is what the Cialis ads refer to as erectile dysfunction, or, for the really squeamish, ED. Earlier research focused on the potential risks to men’s nether regions from bicycling. Here the root cause seems to be compression of the perineum—the patch of skin and muscle situated between the two major anogenital landmarks. Parking your perineum on a bike seat, particularly a narrow one, for too long apparently puts so much pressure on critical nerves and blood vessels that some male riders find they can’t get it up. A metastudy found that more than half of male bicyclists suffered from genital numbness, and between roughly an eighth and a quarter said they suffered from the dread ED. Female cyclists don’t have it any better, reporting numbness, difficult

urination, pain, and difficulty achieving orgasm. It’s not obvious motorcycling would have similar effects. Motorcycle saddles are generally much larger and better padded than those on bicycles, and you’d think the shock absorbers on a motorcycle would help insulate the rider from harsh road vibration. But maybe not. A Japanese study of 234 avid motorcyclists between the ages of 20 and 60 found significantly higher ED across all age ranges compared to a control group. Sixty-nine percent of motorcyclists suffered from ED compared to 35 percent of the controls. Among bikers aged 50 to 59, a staggering 93 percent had ED, compared to 42 percent of the controls. A subsequent study of 150 Japanese motorcyclists by the same authors found that not only was the rate of ED more than three times greater among motorcyclists than the control group, but there was a clear link between their ED and other lower urinary tract disorders. What causes these problems? Sure enough, the likeliest culprit is constant vibration, from both the engine and the road. Research on those occupationally exposed to what clinicians call whole body vibration, or WBV, including forklift operators and bus and truck drivers, has found they’re prone to problems ranging from low back pain to spinal degeneration and herniated disks. Studies of motorcycle riders suggest they can exceed recommended WBV limits in a quarter of the road time it would take a car driver. Impotence isn’t the only thing motorcyclists have to worry about. All that vibration can lead to finger, hand, arm, and shoulder injuries. A study of police motorcyclists found nearly 20 percent had numb fingers and 45 percent suffered shoulder stiffness. Hearing loss among motorcyclists is common due to loud exhaust and wind noise. And of course motorcycles by their very nature are more

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dangerous than automobiles. In 2010, 4,502 U.S. riders were killed in accidents, meaning that motorcycles accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities but less than one percent of vehicle miles traveled. Many of these deaths for practical purposes were self-inflicted—of the 14,000-plus cyclists killed from 2008 to 2010, 42 percent weren’t wearing a helmet. You think I’m building up to a big finish about the curse of motorcycling. On the contrary: the welldemonstrated masochism of the sport’s aficionados makes them a remarkable resource. Aging bikers’ impotence isn’t readily monetized, I acknowledge, but the reluctance to wear helmets is another story. Younger bikers especially are veritable plantations of harvestable organs. Motorcyclists are commonly thought to be the number-one source of organ donors, the stereotypical fatality being a helmetless young male who dies of head injuries while leaving the rest of his body intact. That’s an exaggeration. Motor vehicle accident victims in general account for 20 percent of organ donors; depending on the year 12 to 14 percent of that number die in motorcycle accidents, giving us a biker organ-donation rate of under three percent. Still, that’s a lot of organs. It’s been half-seriously suggested that (a) laws mandating helmet use should be repealed, and (b) bikers killed in accidents while helmetless should be presumed ipso facto to have given donor consent. Assuming 4,500 annual motorcycle fatalities, 42 percent helmetlessness, and an average of 2.7 organs successfully transplanted per donor, we get 5,100 potentially harvestable organs. The way I see it, wear a helmet or don’t — either way you could be saving someone’s life. CS By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope. com or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654. Subscribe to the Straight Dope podcast at the iTunes Store.


The monthly open mic night hosted by AWOL features a mix of music and poetry. Where: Sentient Bean Coffee Shop When: Sunday, April 21, 6-9pm | Cost: Donation


Local community members and food experts will discuss nutrition, food accessibility issues and much more. Where: The Creative Coast, 15 West York St. When: Monday, April 22, 5-7pm | Cost: Free


Local DJs Basik Lee, Mafamadix and Kenny Watkins will provide fundamental instruction in the art of mixing and scratching. Where: AWOL Office, 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. When: Monday, April 22, 6-9pm | Cost: Donation


The weekly edition of the all-vinyl music night when Local DJs and record lovers spin eclectic sets. Where: The Spare Time, When: Monday, April 22, 8pm-Midnight


SUAF’s featured artist conducts a DJ workshop with local youth. When: Tuesday, April 23, 6-9pm Where: AWOL Office, 6 Ogelthorpe Professional Blvd. | Cost: Donation


The city’s longest-running weekly hip hop event includes breakdancers, MCs, DJs and more. 21+ only. When: Tuesday, April 23, 11pm-2am Where: The Jinx, 127 West Congress St. | Cost: Donation



A blend of art, gardening and food that has grown out of Loop It Up’s community-based programs at the West Broad Street YMCA. When: Wednesday, April 24, 5-8pm Where: Southern Pine Co., 616 E. 35th St. | Cost: Free


SUAF’s featured artist is a world-class DJ who’s traveled the world while gigging. When: Thursday, April 25, 8pm Where: Southern Pine, 616 E. 35th St. | Cost: Free


Musical performances by bands and artists from around Savannah, the Southeast and beyond. When: Friday, April 26, 7pm-2am Where: Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St. | Cost: Donations


SUAF takes West Congress Street for live music from local and visiting artists, a DJ battle, food, fun, art and more. When: Saturday, April 27, 6pm-2am Where: Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St. | Cost: Donations


An organic food-centric outdoor festival featuring live music, chalk art, poetry, activities and community. Presented by the City of Savannah. When: Sunday, April 28, TBA Where: Lincoln St. & Gwinnett St. | Cost: Free


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Day tripper: Earth Day, Record Store Day Savannah’s 2013 Earth Day Festival happens Saturday in Forsyth Park — in case you hadn’t noticed already — and there’s a small but potent musical element to the big green bash, which is really more about public education on the subjects of recycling and natural sustenance. The Train Wrecks, our most reliable, hard-hitting Americana band, will play an hour’s set at 12:30, followed by singer/songwriter Sincerely, Iris (better known as Todd Murray) from 2 to 3 p.m. The tuneage begins at 11 a.m. with a performance from Asheville’s The Moon and You. Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman combine guitar, cello and two voices in harmony to produce a sweet and sometimes swinging take on Americana-type folk music. It’s a rich, full sound: Sometimes you’d swear there were more than two people onstage. It’s free. See you there. (By the way, The Moon and You also booked a date April 19 at the Sentient Bean, and will play at night April 20 — Earth Day — at the Tybee Island Social Club.)

limited-edition vinyl in honor of Record Store Day. Check out the amazing list at www. Savannah, of course, now has several shops vending used vinyl — from the looks of, mostly ratty flea-market leftovers from the 1970s and ‘80s. If you peer, however, some of them will have the special RSD stuff for sale, too. Graveface Records & Curiosities, which is itself attached to a popular indie record label (that’d be Graveface Records), will have hundreds of these cool new things in stock by the 20th. I’ve never had much luck at the Savannah Record Fair, which lately seems to consist of almost entirely $1 vinyl dealers. That, of course, doesn’t mean the SCAD-sponsored event – Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 in Mae Poetter Gallery’s Poetter Hall — won’t spring up and surprise me. Or you. That’s how record shows work (I’ve been going to them for three decades, and you never know what you’ll find until you get there). It’s 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days, and admission is free. SCAD Radio has a free concert on

the books, with Whaleboat and Electric Sons, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday the 19th (a pre-Record Fair show) in Building D at the Hive Lounge. It’s open to SCAD students, faculty and staff.

STS9, y’all

On Saturday, April 20, Atlanta’s Sound Tribe Sector 9 (better known as STS9) plays a show at New York’s legendary Roseland Ballroom. The big, hip Apple has always been partial to the Atlanta electronic rock ‘n’ roll band, and at press time it looked as if the concert was going to sell out. By the time you read this, it probably did. STS9 has a Trustees Theater date Wednesday, April 24, and while we’re still waiting for an official announcement of SCAD’s New Alumni concert (and it won’t be Mumford and Sons) this is the biggest thing of the spring thus far. The band — Hunter Brown, Jeffree Lerner, David Murphy, David Phipps and Zach Velner — plays synth-based dance-rock, with live bass and drums, creating a hypnotic hip hop pulse of techno/funk sound with a killer psych

sheen. Their light ‘n’ laser show is also spectacular, and STS9 has been a big festival draw for most of its 10 years of existence (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, et cetera). Costumes and special effects sometimes round out the spectacular. They’ve got two live DVDs out, to prove those points. When The Dust Settles, the band’s 2011 EP, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and earned a spot on the Billboard album chart. There’s reportedly a new full-length STS9 ready to drop at any moment. One of the coolest things about STS9 is the band’s willingness to improvise and shake things up. The fall 2012 tour included covers of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” and the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For the Devil.” Showtime April 24 is 7 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 at

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At the very last minute, word went out that Kylesa has a show Friday, April 19 at Dollhouse Studios, with Bear Fight!. Savannah’s top metal export hasn’t been home in a while. CS

Records, records, records

Saturday also happens to be Record Store Day, a worldwide celebration of the independent record store — something that refuses to die in spite of the wholesale change in global music-buying habits (hello, Internet). All sorts of artists, independent and corporation-attached, issue special,

Left: The Moon and You play three times this weekend. Right: STS9 (yes, that’s the band’s “official” photograph).



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Once upon a time, when radio mattered, the DJ was king. The guy (or gal) who played the records had a distinctive voice — both literally and figuratively — and could alter your mood with the flick of a switch and turn of a table. The best DJs always knew how to read their audience.



Working the room: A conversation with Jeffrey Tonneson

It’s that way in today’s dance clubs, as the DJ — it originally stood for “disc jockey,” children — absolutely controls the pulse of the room. The 2013 Savannah Urban Arts Festival, April 21-28, is bringing in Jeffrey Tonnesen as its featured artist. He’s one of New York’s hottest club DJs, with weekly residencies in three smokin’ clubs, and he travels the world — Italy, Japan, the South of France — at the request of fashion giants who want his magic touch at their runway shows. (ACNE, DVF, Rag & Bone and Prada, for starters. He’s also spun magic for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic and the Bienalle in Venice). Tonnesen is what’s known as a “Celebrity DJ.” The AWOL- and City of Savannahsponsored Urban Arts Festival, now in its fifth year, focuses on (but is not limited to) hip hop and other urban styles of music and art. It’s accomplished through live performances, workshops, exhibits, panel discussions and more (see this year’s schedule on Page 29). In 2013, the SUAF theme is “The Year of the DJ.” Like all previous featured artists, Tonnesen will give a full performance, and conduct a mix ‘n flow workshop with area youth at the AWOL office center. OK, you’ve got one of these big fashion gigs in Europe or wherever. Do they tell you the sort of music they want you to play?

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Jeffrey Tonnesen: It really depends on the client. Definitely one of the more memorable experiences I’ve had was the Prada show in Tokyo. I’d worked with them before so I knew they were going to give me some kind of inspiration leading up to it. My prep time for something, even if it’s bizarre and specific, normally is about 24 hours. If it’s really weird. And it turned out this show was really weird — it was all about rockabilly and Tokyo at the same time. But they didn’t want the playlist to be kitsch.

They didn’t want me to play all kinds of rockabilly music. So I had to come up with an interesting perspective on those topics. So in 24 hours, do you go to all the record stores in Tokyo to see what’s there? Jeffrey Tonnesen: Record shopping for professional DJs has become pretty much obsolete. Everything’s available on the Internet. It’s a much more efficient process, it’s a much more cohesive and comprehensive process. Record shopping is something that I do for fun. That’s a hobby. Doesn’t that ruin the aesthetics of vinyl — the turntables, the scratching, the mixing? Jeffrey Tonnesen: The current format of the way I perform live — it’s what everyone uses — is a program called Serato. It connects our laptop to the turntables. So we’re still using the turntables; we’re still physically performing a lot of the motions that we would if we were using records. I use the turntables for scratching and mixing — I don’t do it because it reminds me of the good old days. There’s the generation of DJs that used to lug crates of records to a gig. You’d throw them in the back of a cab, or get on a plane with them. And then there’s a new generation of DJs that have never touched a real record. Truthfully, I’m somewhere in between that generation. I’ve played gigs where I’ve brought a couple hundred records and a few CDs, and worked off of that. And currently, for most everything that I do, I just use an allelectronic format. Serato is designed for the people who were used to carrying vinyl, and to mixing vinyl, so that they can use their mp3s but still use the technique that they’d been working for the last few years. Any gig, public or private … how much of it is pre-planned in your mind? Jeffrey Tonnesen: Nothing I do is ever all planned. I have a few routines,

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How did you get started doing this? Jeffrey Tonnesen: I was a party kid on the Lower East Side. I moved to New York in 1999 to go to school, and

I was a rock kid. I was a hipster, kind of a mod, and I used to just basically snort coke and drink booze. This is when Interpol, the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would play in little bars. I would hang out with them. There was a real scene in town. This was during the time of Limewire and Napster. And DJing and technology go hand in hand. When I started, this was the first time that you could just think of a song that you remembered, and you could then very quickly get an mp3 version of that file. So I would compile the books of CDs that I had, this short stack of records that I had — I actually borrowed some records from my girlfriend — and would burn a couple of mix CDs. I would go to these rock bars, get wasted and play whatever Clash tunes or Buzzcock tunes, or whatever I thought was interesting at the time. And it ended up working out for me. I was just partying and DJing, and it got to the point where I just really wasn’t able to be employed any other way. Before I knew it, I was working

five nights a week and just grinding it. That was 2006, 2007, and I’ve never worked less than 15-20 nights a month. Do you consider yourself an artist, or just a guy who’s good at what he does? Jeffrey Tonnesen: In my work, I just consider myself someone that’s really good at what he does. I don’t overaggrandize what I do. I don’t think I’m an artist; I’m very talented. I’m a sociology major, I study sociology, and I don’t know if that has something to do with it, or if it has more to do with the fact that I just really liked to dance when I was a kid. It’s one of these two things. But I have a great ability to sit in a room with people, or sit in front of a person, or stand on a stage in front of 3,500 people — I can look at them collectively and decide which songs they all want to hear. I would rather you call me an artist than me call me an artist. This is a job, and I want to do a great job. I go to a nightclub and I try to make sure you have the best time possible. I’m there for you. CS

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a few groups of songs that I will mix through quickly, that I think go well together. They’re sets of transitions that I’ve sort of rehearsed. That I know work well. But unless it’s a club that I’ve played more than 20 times, I really don’t have any kind of formula pre-planned. One of my longest residencies was at Avenue, on Wednesdays here in New York. I did the math, and it turns out I played that room almost 200 times. I was running the show like a train. I knew that I was on schedule, and I knew that at 1:45 I needed to be at a certain energy, at 2 I needed to be at a certain energy, at 2:15 I needed to be at a certain energy … but the song that I was using to get that energy was never pre-planned. It’s formulaic because of the arc of the energy I want for the night, but it can’t be formulaic in terms of the exact songs. Because if you play the wrong song at the wrong time, you lose the room.

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SAVANNAH URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL “If you have a voice as an artist, I kind of feel like it’s your duty to say something to people,” believes the Baltimore MC known as Wordsmith. Making his area debut at this year’s Savannah Urban Arts Festival, Word — his real name is Anthony Parker — is what the cognoscenti call a “conscious” rapper, which means violence, misogyny and the glorification of substances have no place in his rhymes. He’s not self-consciously “clean,” just very aware that hip hop lyrics are more than entertainment, they can be poetry. “I like to call it conscious commercial hip hop,” he says. “You can play it on the radio. And all my commercial music has a message. That’s important to me. I don’t curse in my music at all — you’d be surprised how many people don’t realize I don’t curse — but it’s so prevalent in hip hop.”

“Because to me, it’s easy to throw a curse in a line, to finish up a sentence or a couple bars. And when you’ve got to be clean all the way through, you really got to dig a lot deeper.” Word, who records pianos, real drums and guitars along with his beats, likes to think of himself as having the “classical flow” of vintage hip hop. “You expect music to evolve,” he explains. “You expect fashion to evolve. You expect life in general to evolve. “But I feel like those basic requirements that made hip hop what it is, you gotta keep ‘em intact and let the music evolve at the same time. And that’s what I feel like I do a good job of: Give you today’s music. But still people say ‘Man, he reminds me of blahblah from the ‘90s, but I can still rock

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It wasn’t always that way. Going back to his early mixtapes and even to Bridging the Gap, the album he made with Chubb Rock, “I used to curse like a sailor. I’m not gonna lie, when I hear my old stuff I cringe sometimes. I’m in no way a Christian rapper, but everything I do, I put God first, and my faith is high. I believe things happen for a reason.” Raves “Wordsmith’s songs are much more polished than most indie-level artists. Honestly, any number of them could be on radio today, although their lyrical content and messages may be a little too positive for the dreck that passes as radio rap these days. His production is tight, his music varied, and his delivery solid throughout. Vocally, Wordsmith resembles Talib Kweli, but with much stronger vocal projection.” His most recent album, King Noah (dedicated to his newborn son), is a direct reflection of the “positive change” he’s made in his life, a change he hopes others can draw inspiration from. “When I made the changeover, I feel like I became a much better songwriter, and my music became so much better,” he says.

to his music ‘cause it’s updated.” He writes everything himself, lyrics and music, and works with several producers and engineers, one in Poland, one in Canada, another right around the corner in Baltimore. He’s often booked into rock clubs in big cities. What he does, Word says, “just kinda works in my favor. I’m able to do more things because of the style of my hip hop, and I get looked at more as a musician who does hip hop than just a regular rapper.” His latest, The Blue Collar Project, drops soon; in the meantime, he’s playing a festival in Philadelphia before he drops in for SUAF. It is a homecoming, sort of. As Anthony Parker, Word spent four years as a young man in Richmond Hill. “I was out there when it was more of a truck stop area,” he laughs. CS

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Sweet Sounds A low key evening of music and desserts. When: Wednesday, April 24, 7-9pm Where: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK Jr. Blvd. Cost: Donations

Panel Discussion: “Food Justice” Local community members and food experts will discuss nutrition, food accessibility issues and much more. Where: The Creative Coast, 15 West York St. When: Monday, April 22, 5-7pm Cost: Free

Jeffrey Tonnesen Performance SUAF’s featured artist for 2013 is a wellknown DJ who has traveled the world while gigging. Miss Sally the Gullah Diva will be cooking food on-site as well. When: Thursday, April 25, 8pm Where: Southern Pine, 616 E. 35th St. Cost: Free

Local DJ Workshop Local DJs Basik Lee, Maf and Kenny Watkins will provide fundamental instruction in the art of mixing and scratching. Where: AWOL Office, 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. When: Monday, April 22, 6-9pm Cost: Donation

Artist Showcase Musical performances by bands and artists from around Savannah, the Southeast and beyond. With Knife, KidSyc@Brandywine and others When: Friday, April 26, 7pm-2am Where: Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St. Cost: Donation

DJ Workshop with Jefferey Tonnesen SUAF’s featured artist conducts a DJ workshop with local youth. When: Tuesday, April 23, 6-9pm Where: AWOL Office, 6 Ogelthorpe Professional Blvd. Cost: Donation Hip-Hop Night at the Jinx The city’s longest-running weekly hip hop event includes breakdancers, MCs, DJs and more. 21+ only. When: Tuesday, April 23, 11pm-2am Where: The Jinx, 127 West Congress St. Cost: Donation Loop it Up Savannah presents “The Big Beautiful Food Project” A blend of art, gardening and food that has grown out of Loop It Up’s communitybased programs at the West Broad Street YMCA. When: Wednesday, April 24, 5-8pm Where: Southern Pine Co., 616 E. 35th St. Cost: Free

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A movie star re-discovers standup comedy, his first great love by Bill DeYoung |

Seven years ago, Chris Tucker became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. New Line Cinema ponied up $25 million to get him to star in the third Rush Hour comedy, opposite Jackie Chan. The film was a critical and box office disappointment. Tucker didn’t appear in another movie until 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, in a small but pivotal role. That one was a surprise smash, and it raised the 42-year-old’s profile considerably. The motor-mouthed Georgia native explains that he has spent the last half decade refining the role that made him famous in the first place: Standup comedian. “That’s always connected with my acting, too,” Tucker says. “It helps me be sharper, and stay sharp until the right role comes around. I was actually waiting for the right roles — I just don’t make a lot of movies. I like to do the right ones. “Silver Linings was a fun one, even though I wasn’t a star in the movie like in the Rush Hours and Fridays and all those, but I knew it was a cool part, it was a great director, good cast — and those are the type of movies that I like to do. And now more of those movies are picking their heads up.” Tucker’s been on the road, more or less constantly, since Rush Hour 3 wrapped. He’ll perform at the Johnny Mercer Theatre Aug. 20. “Standup is me,” he enthuses. “That’s pretty much me. In films, I’m acting. I’m playing roles. You see me in Silver Linings, I was different. I played somebody who just got out of a mental institution. You see me in Fifth Element, this crazy, spaced-out guy. You see me in Friday, a kid on the porch. In Rush Hour, a cop who’s a little whatever. So it’s all different. Dead Presidents was different from Jackie Brown.”

Making movies, as lots of comics-turned-actors will attest (see Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, etc.) puts a wall between performer and audience. And those who cut their teeth on standup often come to resent that wall, despite the fact that it’s usually papered with money. “There’s nothing like being connected with your audience,” Tucker says. “That’s a great feeling in live shows, to be right there with your audience. There’s nothing like it. Movies are great, too, but you gotta wait until months later to get the benefit of the movie. “But a live show is always spontaneous. My show is always different, it’s always evolving. It’s just great.” A few years ago, Tucker was slapped with a bill for $12 million in unpaid taxes. Couldn’t he just agree to Rush Hour 4 and Rush Hour 5 to pay it off? “This actually is the IRS Tour,” he laughs. “Everybody’s helping to pay the taxes.” But seriously, folks. “It’s not about the money with me. I’ve turned down more movies, more money, than I made, so it’s not about the money

and that’s why you haven’t seen a lot of me. Because I don’t do stuff for money. “I did Rush Hour 3 because it was fun. I knew what was gonna happen with that one, with me and Jackie, and hopefully we can get another movie together. Not next, but down the line, because he’s a great guy.”

The backlash against the franchise didn’t particularly bother him. “Not every movie is going to be the best,” he admits. “The third one wasn’t as good as the first one, but you keep moving. It’s no big deal, because I know it wasn’t the best one … so hey, you just keep moving on.” This summer, Tucker will be on movie screens again, in a one-man standup show filmed in Atlanta. Before that comes out, he’ll have toured Australia, Africa and China, and most of the United States (again). It’s all part of a journey of self-discovery, of getting comfortable in the wide-eyed, fast-talking persona he started developing as a young kid in Decatur. “I didn’t even know I was funny,” Tucker recalls. “I observed a lot of stuff. I was kind of quiet. I remember in my younger days I was quiet and just watched a lot of stuff. I was the youngest of six kids, so I watched a lot and I learned a lot early, because I had older brothers and sisters. “So when I went to school I was kinda more advanced than my classmates and kids my age, ‘cause I watched my brothers make mistakes: ‘I’m gonna make sure I ain’t gonna do that!’ “They’d get a whooping and I’d be like ‘Why’d Daddy whoop you?’ They’d tell me ‘I got to make sure I take out the garbage.’ So I knew, ‘Daddy is serious about the garbage.’” CS Chris Tucker Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20 Tickets: $36.50-$56.50 at

Forget blackjack and craps: Enthusiasts will gather for epic battles of games with names like Netrunner and Mice & Mystics when GnomeCon returns to Savannah, April 19-21 at the Coastal Georgia Center. Last year, the sci-fi and fantasy gaming convention brought more than 350 attendees together for rounds of collectible card and roleplaying games, comic book trading and wizardly communion. Even more are expected this time around as the gameplay expands like the Shards of Alara (please refer to your Magic: The Gathering manual) and moves closer to the action. “We have a great location in the heart of Savannah and will be offering so much more than ever before,” says GnomeCon founder Heidi Schweier, an avid gamer herself. Board games are enjoying a sweet revival in the last few years, with gaming companies reporting a 6 percent increase while other toys are down 3 percent. “European-style” games that involve a complex story line and role play are also on the rise, perhaps because folks are rediscovering that rolling an eight-sided die with a roomful of other people can be a whole lot more fun than the lonely click of a mouse. “People are starting to grow tired of spending all of their time online,” says game designer Robert Burke. “Virtual communities are great, but they can never compete with physical communities. “Board games offer a fantastic way for people to get together and be social, provide a catalyst for developing new friendships, and provide a lot of opportunity for banter and fun.” The Charlotte, N.C.-based Burke will speak at GnomeCon about his new game, Battle of Souls, an adultthemed fight between Heaven and Hell that he created with the help of a Kickstarter fund. He’s also a great fit for the convention’s focus on bringing younger gamers into the fold since he dreamed up Cartoona, an endless extravaganza of mismatched creatures, as well as a frolicking familyfriendly creation about — what else? — gnomes.

Beyond the Dungeon GnomeCon brings gamers all of ages to the table by Jessica Leigh Lebos |

Professor Fear (aka Todd Hanson) and his assistant Pinky (with her brain) are back for GnomeCon. Inset: Robert Burke’s game of Gnomes is a hit with all ages.

Gnomes: The Great Sweeping of Ammowan is a fantasy scavenger hunt for all ages, inspired by Dutchman Wil Huygen’s beautifully-illustrated 1977 book. After his kids went wild over some tiny hats and footprints they “discovered” in their forested backyard, Burke developed his idea further. “Over time I began to create a background story and would leave notes from the gnomes and the vignettes that were left in the woods became larger and more detailed,” he recalls.

“My kids loved this so much and it created such great quality time that I decided to put it all in a book so that other families could experience what we were lucky enough to discover.” Little gnomes enjoy free admission at GnomeCon with a grown-up as well as a host of age-appropriate activities, including a “Paint Your Own Gnome” craft project. GnomeCon also offers much in the adult realm, including an appearance by award-winning game designer Richard Launius, the creator of cult favorite Arkham Horror and the

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best-selling Defenders of the Realm. Steampunk novelist Winfield H. Strock III (Adventures Above the Aether, The Pollinators) and horror writer James A. Moore (Serenity Falls ) will also speak on panels, interspersed with highbrow hilarity from local comedian Phil Keeling and Savannah’s own improv troupe, The Odd Lot. Back by popular demand is Professor Fear’s Trivia Show, a raucous Q&A for the geek set. Categories test the audience’s knowledge of Star Trek, Star Wars and Dr. Who as well as obscure topics like “YouTube nerds” and “boobs and beefcake.” Self-described as a “dork clown,” Professor Fear is the alter ego of Todd Hanson, “a mild-mannered graphic designer” living in Atlanta. Hanson says Professor Fear is not inspired by the evil Marvel Comics mad scientist but as his own Mr. Hyde. “He’s crass, he drinks Clorox martinis and he’ll tell you how feels about anything with no filter,” laughs Hanson (in Dr. Jekyll mode) over the phone from his day job at a conservative newspaper in Fayetteville. Hanson knows GnomeCon’s creators from his SCAD days, and his geeky expertise on everything from science fiction’s golden age to pulp horror made him a perfect host. “I thought, ‘What if Alice Cooper or Rob Zombie put on a trivia show?’” he says of his inspiration. Competitive geeks can win prizes that include comic books, miniature gaming figures and other “nerd stuff,” though the Professor warns, “there’s no way anyone can study for this.” Hanson embraces “geek culture” and believes that GnomeCon is an excellent way for gamers to come out from the dungeon and into the mainstream. Can we expect GnomeCon to keep rejuvenating like a Magic artificer each year to serve the Southeast’s avid gaming community? “Very much so,” says Hanson. “It’s run by accountants.” cs


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The pot calls the kettle black in Bay Street’s musical Reefer Madness by Bill DeYoung |

Matthew Ryan Gunnells, left, Cecelia Arango, Leonard Rose, Valerie America Lavelle and Donald Jarvis.

Marijuana, according to the opening credits in the 1936 propaganda film Reefer Madness, is An Unspeakable Scourge! The Real Public Enemy Number One! Originally titled Tell Your Children, the movie is a cautionary tale about wholesome high schoolers who turn into raving maniacs — cackling uncontrollably, dancing an uninhibited Charleston and giving into to their basest urges — after just one puff of the demon weed. Certainly there are some who still think this is what happens, although science has proved otherwise. Seventy-seven years ago. However, Reefer Madness was some scary-ass shit in the era of Herbert Hoover and FDR.

Over time the campy, deliberately over-the top film became a cult classic, beloved by potheads who find its unintentional humor illuminating, and funny enough to bust a gut over. Bay Street Theatre’s production of the 1998 musical take on Reefer Madness opens this week, and if you need any more evidence that times have indeed changed, consider this: The rights to the musical are held and administered by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, Inc. The Kevin Murphy/Dan Studney musical satire features most of

the characters from the 1936 film, including clean-cut Jimmy, sweet and innocent Mary, drug-pushing scumbucket Jack and den-of-iniquity mistress Mae. Director Timothy Reynolds says Reefer Madness shares DNA with other campy, over-the-top musicals like The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q and even Cabaret. In short, perfect for Bay Street Theatre. “It’s theater of the ridiculous,” Reynolds explains. “The spirit of the movie is still there. People still smoke weed and immediately become addicted, and live debaucherous lives of sin and killing each other. All the classic musical values.” Even Jesus Christ has a

show-stopping number in this morality tale turned upside down. There’s a character called Goat Man. It’s straight-down-the-line satire. “What I like about the play so much is that it makes the point that it’s not madness caused by reefer, but it’s madness caused by trying to control it,” says Reynolds. “Trying to contain it. “It’s a remarkably clever show. It still has all the campy elements of the original film, but it’s definitely got its own wit and sense of humor about it. And it doesn’t take itself too seriously.” The cast includes Gia Erichson as “The Lecturer,” Leonard Rose as Jimmy, Samantha Binkerd as Mary, Matthew Ryan Gunnells as Jack, Valerie America Lavelle as Mae, Donald Jarvis as Ralph and Cecilia Arango as Sally. There is a live band. Murphy and Studney created their Reefer Madness as a play-within-aplay, a fourth wall-breaker that gives the audience a frequent nod and wink. “They can’t help but draw on that,” Reynolds explains, “but a lot of the jokes are just playing on the sense of theater of it. The speed of the costume changes. The guy that’s playing Jack the Drug Dealer is the same guy who’s playing Jesus Christ. That’s the subversive sense of humor of it.” There is, of course, rampant (simulated) drug use, sudden violence, bad Charleston dancing and scantily-clad “sex” scenes. “Things are humped, because the story demands it,” Reynolds laughs. “I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.” (The director suggests leaving the kids at home for this one, even the “all ages” Sunday performances.) Rehearsals have been a hoot, with the cast laughing almost as much as hopheads Jimmy, Mary, Ralph and the gang did on the screen in 1936. “It’s not like a movie where you go ‘Let’s explore the backgrounds of the characters,’” says Reynolds. “The characters are devices to get the point across. “Everyone just dove straight into it, sunk their teeth into it — whatever metaphor you’d like to use — they went into it with full force and vigor.” CS

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Ecstatic Matrices @ Non-Fiction Gallery

This past April, Non-Fiction Gallery launched a brilliant exhibit investigating the fundamental structures of perception and embodiment. Alessandra Hoshor, a SCAD painting student and gallery co-director, planned the show over the course of the last five months. She invited seven other local and international artists to produce work addressing the prompt “Ecstatic Matrices.” Along with Hoshor, Addison Adams (Athens, GA), Veronica Cabrera (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Karolina Glusiec (Lublin, Poland), Kyle Joseph (Miami, FL), Felix Kalmenson (Toronto, Ontario), Will Penny (Woodstock, Ontario) and Jane Winfield (Charleston, SC) addressed the topic through the mediums of conceptual animation, drawing, painting, and sculptural installation. Hoshor found her fellow exhibiting artists and provided each with the definitions of “ecstatic,” feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement, and “matrix,” a surrounding medium or structure. She said she hoped offering contributing artists only these definitions would encourage play and openness. She certainly accomplished that goal and more; about a dozen works interrogated the functions and possibilities of the two-dimensional plane, the features spatial experience and the basic structures of our surrounding world. Joining so many diverse points of view centered on such a rich



Exhibit conceiver and Gallery Manager Alessandra Hoshor and exhibiting artist Addison Adams pose beside Will Penny’s paintings; Veronica Cabrera’s ‘Thought Tango’

set of concepts, the collaborative project sought after preverbal, universal experiences that link us as perceiving human beings. Each artist tested the rules and limits of their mediums. Addison Adams, a recent UGA grad, produced a stopmotion animation that played on loop and accompanied a pair of his paintings. The juxtaposition between the degrees of motion each medium was capable of conveying established one of the exhibit’s central comparisons: a weighing of static material supports against explosive motion achieved primarily through pressuring the picture plane’s conventions. Hoshor’s own contribution, “Gravity Work #2,” literalized this tension. To execute her “expanded drawing,” she used florescent utility rope to attach two cinder blocks to a small black panel hung on the gallery wall. A charming little fish bait atop one




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of the blocks signals viewers to have fun. The blocks’ heaviness breaks the panel support and interrupts the conventions of the illusionistic plane. The thin ropes cause the eye to float back to the two-dimensional panel, in part reestablishing the broken link to the conventional picture plane. Other works similar cue the viewer to establish a given space only to disrupt that orientation process. Jane Winfield offered a medium-scale painting that builds a dense topography out of color fields, each constructing its own spatial orientation. Sketchy, freehand shapes generate a conventional, two-point perspective, but the layers of competing planes disrupt that projection. The exhibit’s most impressive work was Veronica Cabrera’s “Thought Tango.” Filling a niche at the gallery’s rear, the assemblage of foam, branches and ribbon painted with

white house paint was a stunning contrast of natural and artificial materials. Executed specifically for that space, Cabrera’s sculptural installation recalls DNA and other emergent forms and organic structures Nature has improvised to birth the visible and invisible features of experience. Its tendrils twisting, contorting and tangling about the viewer, “Thought Tango” is as exuberant as it is haunting, fulfilling its title’s promises of drama and dynamism. In complementary fashion, two selections from Toronto-based Felix Kalmenson’s project “Growths” continued this contemplation of fundamental natural structures. Kalmenson’s stunning compositions of euphoric color patterns are the result of months of breeding mold on 35mm motion picture film. Rotting the found footage, Kalmenson produces otherworldly images that resemble Hubble Space Telescope deep-field photographs as much as they register the microscopic life that created them. From our position between microcosm and macrocosm, we find ourselves uniquely able to consider the universal structures that the very large and very small share. cs Check out “Ecstatic Matrices” Wednesday, 17 April 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Non-Fiction Gallery at 1522 Bull Street, or at the closing reception Friday, 19 April 7– 10 p.m. See and

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Recent mixed media/digital collages by Mallory Moran are featured in ‘I Have Seen Such Beautiful Things’ at Gallery Espresso

Annual Show & Sale of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs — Recent

fiber artwork created by members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs at Blick Art Materials, 318 E Broughton St. Open house April 26, 6-8pm.. Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art —

Curated by Andre Leon Talley. An overview of the work of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943-87) that appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and Interview throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Through May 4 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design — Using 40 chairs

which span more than two centuries of design and manufacture, this exhibition from homes, workplaces and public settings captures a slice of Americana that parallels the arc of United States history. Through May 19 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Candice Breitz: Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) — Video artist Brietz’s

multichannel video installation, featuring avid Italian Madonna

fans performing their way through Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection” album. March 5 - July 14. 14 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Trilogy: Photographic works — A Fantastic Re-

Heaven’s Gate: Exhibition by Odili Donald Odita — Odita’s installation

celebrates color and light within the museum through site-specific wall paintings. Through June 2 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

alism photo exhibition by Tom Van de Ven, curated by Jerome Meadows. Through April 21 Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

media/digital collages by Mallory Moran. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

ConeArtists: a multimedia art show — Melissa

Kim Miller and Steve Cook — April’s featured

Hagerty’s first solo art show is a multi-media experience. Visitors enter through a portal beginning at the doorstep to reach the exhibition of Melissa’s paintings and prints. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Ecstatic Matrices Multimedia Group Exhibition — A

multimedia group show featuring several prolific international artists working in motion media, animation, installation, and painting. Featured Artists: Karolina Glusiec (Lublin, Poland), Felix Kalmenson (Toronto, Ontario, CAN), Jane Winfield (Seattle, WA), Francisco Miaku (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Johnathan Yoerger (Charleston, SC), Kyle Joseph (Miami, FL), Addison Adams (Athens, GA). Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St.

I Have Seen Such Beautiful Things — Recent mixed

artists at Gallery 209. Mixed media paintings by Miller celebrate the beauty of the south. Wood worker Cook specializes in kitchen fabrication, mill work and furniture. Through April 30 Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

Mary Telfair and the Grand Tour — Rarely exhibited

works from Mary Telfair’s collection, acquired primarily in Italy during her travels abroad. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Material Discovery: Angel Otero — New paintings

and sculpture plus recent works. Part of 2013 deFINE ART. Through May 5 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Othoniel — A presentation of large-scale steel and glass sculptures, and Precious Stonewall, by contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Through May 4 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

PICKPhotography by Debra Zumstein & Asa Chibas —

Exhibition features large landscapes by Zumstein and abstracts by Chibas. Through April 30 Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Post-Consumed: Plastic Constructions — Exhibit by

Rachel Green and Harry DeLorme features works made from repurposed and recycled source materials. Free and open to the public. Through April 26 City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Rosemarie Fiore: Firework Drawings — A selection

fireworks and their pigments. Through May 12 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Silver From the Rizza Collection — An exhibition

of the recently donated collection of 18th-to20th century American and English silver from Dr. Frank Rizza and his family. Reception April 16, 5pm Through Feb. 2, 2014 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Sitting in Savannah: Telfair Chairs and Sofas — High-

lights Telfair Museums’ significant collection of chairs and sofas as functional objects and sculptural forms. Originally from the collections of 19th-century Savannahians and other collectors. Also at the Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. Museum admission

Sojourn in an Irish County: Images from County Mayo —

Photographer Tim Coy’s images from his 2010 visit to the towns, villages, countryside and rugged coastline of County Mayo, Ireland. A portion of all sales benefits Hospice Savannah, Inc. Through April 30 Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Unfamiliar Behavior: Works by Hye Yeon Nam — Nam

is a digital media artist working in performance video, experimental interaction design and games, and robotic installations. Through April 28 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Wait Weight Don’t Tell Me —

Mary Hartman’s drawings on panel and paper in charcoal, graphite, pastel and acrylic wash. Through May 31 The Sparetime, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Classes Drawing and Painting Workshops in June — The Studio

School offers June art workshops: June 10-14: Youth Oil Painting Intensive, a one-week, daylong camp for the serious middle or high school student. June 17-21: Drawing the Figure, halfday session working from a live model. Beginners welcome. Ages 15 and up. June 24-28: Portrait Drawing and Painting, half-day session working from a live model. Beginners welcome. All ages. $175 per workshop includes all materials and models fees. Through June 23. 912-484-6415. Through June 23 Studio School, 1319 Bull St.

Sketch-Booking is Hip! — A weekly class on sketchbooking, followed by time to actually sketch. Taught by artist Kip Bradley,

Wednesdays, April 10May 29, 12-1 class time and 1-5pm open sketch time. Members $95; Nonmembers $120 Through April 17. telfair. org/jepson/. Through April 17 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Spring Into Creativity: Pottery Classes — Savannah’s

Clay Spot offers spring pottery classes for adults and children, morning and evening classes available. Classes begin March and April. Lisa Alvarez Bradley. Through April 30. 912-509-4647. lisa@ Through April 30

Spring Visual Arts Classes and Workshops — City

of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs offers day and evening one-session workshops and multi-week classes for children, teens, and adults in all skill levels. Workshops and classes begin between March 23

and May 9. All courses finish by May 24. Classes include ceramics, metals, glass, fibers, teen jewelry, painting, teen clay, and drawing. Fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is required. See website or call for fees and specific dates. Through May 9. 912-6516783. arts. Through May 9 Vision in Watercolors: Painting Class — Instructed

by Brad D. Hook, course includes developing and individual’s own style of painting. Beginning painters are welcome and encouraged. Register or inquire via email. Email for fee information. Sat., April 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. strokesbyhook@gmail. com. Sat., April 20, 12:303:30 p.m Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. cs

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For the buzz my vegetarian friends gave about the new VegHead’s downtown, I would have thought the place would be packed for lunch on a Friday. Hmm, I’m looking around — and it’s just me. I ordered, noting the irony of the last time I stood at this downtown counter. That was several years ago and the restaurant here then was Tim’s Burgers, about as far away from a vegetarian concept as one can get. I selected a hummus and avocado gluten-free wrap and a side of peanut pasta. Next time, I’ll go with dishes that offer more textural variety and more veggie ingredients. Why? Besides the chewy wrap, the entire meal was pasty to the palate; not much to crunch. The flavors were good, the avocado fresh, but in all, the combination was just too similar in character. That’s the challenge for vegetarians, and I get that. It’s hard to remain compliant to a dietary choice and still get the same oral satisfaction you would derive from a meal laced with meat proteins. I love hummus (there’s always some in my fridge) but even with a passion for the stuff an entire wrap of it might be too much for non-vegheads. The peanut pasta salad is billed as having orecchiette pasta, peanut butter, sesame seeds, carrot, onion, chopped spinach and assorted seasonings. It sounded delicious. Sadly, my portion was gummy, was mostly peanut butter with a smattering of chopped spinach. The carrot, sesame seed and onion were barely visible. The addition of those colors and those textural bits and less peanut butter would have made this an awesome dish. Next time, I’ll try the Thai cabbage slaw: Shredded Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrots and red onion tossed with an Asian-inspired ginger vinaigrette. I’ve also got an eye on roasted Italian veggies: Red and green bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach, onions, capers, garlic and oregano. This Asheville, NC-based

VegHeads offers flavorful vegetarian and vegan fare in — of all places — a former burger joint.

restaurant goes great in that mountain city where vegetarians’ devotions run deep and passionate. I still think the Whitaker Street location is off the beaten path for this concept but time will tell. 35 Whitaker St., 912/232-4834,

James Beard winner coming to Savannah

Facebook nearly blew up one night last week when an Atlanta publication broke the news that chef, author, restaurateur, television personality and James Beard Foundation Award winner Hugh Acheson is opening an Italian restaurant in Savannah in 2014. Consumers may know Acheson best from being a judge on

“Chopped,” or from his popular Georgia eateries: Five and Ten and the National in Athens, or Empire State South in Atlanta. While Acheson only acknowledges that the location is two stories and “in a former ice plant,” locals may quickly identify that as the One West Victory development. Demolition has begun inside that building, located on the south side of Victory Drive between Bull and Barnard streets. Read the bit from Atlanta Magazine online at

Tap takeover at Green Truck

Fans of Sweetwater beers will want to hit this takeover of all six taps at Green Truck Pub on

Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m. A brewery rep will be on hand to dish out Sweetwater SWAG and give away a trip to the brewery.

ROSE Public House ribbon cutting

This newest addition to the Broughton Street dining scene will celebrate with a grand opening, ribbon cutting and food drive on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet the owners, Rex Osborn and Sue Else, and taste the menu from Chef Michael Rafferty. Guests are asked to bring two cans of food for America’s Second Harvest food bank. 125 E. Broughton, 912/200-4258. cs

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Beauty and bounty with Canada’s Banff Mountain Film Festival by bill deyoung |

Crossing the Ice

The Gimp Monkeys

5 Races, 5 Continents

It’s perfectly understandable to confuse the Banff Mountain Film Festival, making its Savannah debut this week, with the similarly-titled Mountainfilm on Tour, which has been coming here regularly for several years. Both traveling picture shows are dedicated to screening scenic, highadventure documentaries, bringing thrilling oceanic, Arctic and yes, mountain-scaling movies to those of us who wouldn’t know a mountain or an iceberg if they sprung up at the east end of Bay Street. But while the Colorado-based Mountainfilm has lately expanded its scope to include environmental and conservation films, and cinematic treatises on the social injustices of the “civilized” planet, Banff — headquartered in Alberta, Canada — comes to Savannah with its original manifesto intact. “Our mission, really, is to inspire passion for the outdoors, and really foster creative excellence by showcasing the best mountain adventures stories told,” explains Banff tour programming director Joni Cooper. “And we can do that through the tour.”

In other words, Banff just wants to showcase the beauty of the natural world, and the adventurer’s place in it. It’s all worked out just fine so far. “We’ve been on tour for 20 years and covered 40 countries on all seven continents at this point,” Cooper explains. (Yes, the Banff tour even goes to Antarctica.) Calling itself an “arts and creativity incubator,” the Banff Center is one of Canada’s creative crown jewels. At the annual film festival (held in November), artists, writers, filmmakers and literati come together to brainstorm. It’s a “think factory.” The “best” films at each year’s event are then sent on the road, although they’re not all necessarily underwritten by Banff. “One of our main goals here at the Banff Center is to disseminate what we do to the world,” Cooper explains. “Not only do we mentor and provide training for filmmakers, we also work

to get their work out into the world as far as we can. This tour has been a tremendous way to bring these tremendously inspirational stories out into the world. “We want to encourage filmmakers of all stripes, from all over the world, men and women, to just keep on making these incredible films so that we can help get their works out there.” The “local host” for the Banff films is Half Moon Outfitters — the staff has a say in which films will or will not be screened here. Although the confirmed playlist was not available at press time, the Savannah show will likely include 2012 Grand Prize winner Crossing the Ice, an Australian documentary about two men — just them — making the arduous trek across Antarctica, to the South Pole, and back again. “We found the humor and humanity in the face of incredible adversity an important element in this film,” wrote a member of the jury that honored Crossing the Ice. “What could have become a competition evolved into a greater example of camaraderie and friendship.”

Also a distinct possibility, Savannah-wise, is The Gimp Monkeys, in which three friends attempt the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan, and the 11-minute South African film 5 Races, 5 Continents, centered on the extreme sport of mountain running. “You would not believe the letters that we get from people who are so inspired by what they see on the films during the tour,” says Cooper. “With our reach throughout the world, we get amazing feedback. “And one thing we’re really working on now is trying to encourage more films by women, featuring women, because there’s a little bit of a lacking there. Because we also get feedback from folks saying ‘Where are the women?’ And now, about half of our filmmaker participants are women. So that’s a good sign.” cs Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21 Tickets: $10 at


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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson: a new motion picture you can call your own. It’s been 63 years since the release of The Jackie Robinson Story, in which the baseball legend starred as himself, and now the first African-American to play in the major leagues steps back into the spotlight with 42. The subject of this competent biopic is still overdue for a comprehensive, warts-and-all movie (after all, here was a black man who campaigned for Richard Nixon against John F. Kennedy), but for the time being, this one will pleasantly do. 42 begins not with Robinson but with Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who decides that the mid-1940s, right after the close of World War II, is the right time to insert a black man in the lily-white Major League Baseball ranks. Rickey insists his motivation is money - a black and white league means green from both black and white spectators - although it quickly becomes apparent that he has no love for racism. For now, though, he’s determined to find the right person to break that color barrier, and he settles on Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), a terrific player from the Negro leagues. Robinson is fearless in the face of prejudice - during his military stint, he was court-martialed (and acquitted) for refusing to move to the back of a bus - but Rickey insists that the only way for this to work is for the young man to ignore the hatred that will be hurled his way. After Rickey states that “You’re a Methodist. I’m a Methodist. God’s a Methodist,” he urges Robinson to follow Jesus’ example and always turn the other cheek. It’s a tall order, given that Robinson deals with challenges not only from spectators and other teams’ players but also from some fellow Dodgers. Still, with his wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie), Branch Rickey and God all giving him strength (not necessarily in that order), he sets out to make his mark on both the baseball field and in the history books. Writer-director Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for coscripting L.A. Confidential with Curtis Hanson, does a good job of letting facts rather than flights of fancy steer him through this

inspiring story (indeed, many of the movie-friendly lines of dialogue are actually drawn from real life), and he relates the material in a doggedly old-fashioned manner that will appeal to its presumed target audience of seasoned adults. Yet that old-school approach also ends up hindering the film, with its streamlined narration, one-note characterizations (almost everyone is either an open-minded believer or a raving redneck) and winceinducing simplifications (a little boy is shown using the n-word after hearing his father use it; oh, so that’s how racism can pass between generations!) often reducing it to the level of yet more sports saga boilerplate. Boseman delivers an impressive performance as Robinson, Ford provides gruff humor as the crusty Rickey, and Beharie leads a strong supporting cast that includes Christopher Meloni as the Dodgers’ combative manager Leo Durocher and John C. McGinley as iconic sportscaster Red Barber. It’s the collective effort of these MVPs that primarily allows 42 to register as more than just by-the-numbers.



Elle Fanning’s astonishing performance in Ginger & Rosa makes me recall the first time she impressed me, as one of the youthful leads in J.J. Abrams’ 2011 summer hit Super 8. All of the young actors were well-cast, but they nevertheless all felt like movie kids, hitting the right notes but not creating characters who would be wholly believable were they to step off the screen in The Purple Rose of Cairo fashion. Enter Fanning, with a naturalistic performance that transcended the artifice of that entertaining sci-fi flick and hinted at greater things to come. Because Fanning’s co-stars in Ginger & Rosa are skilled pros like Annette Bening, Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt, she obviously doesn’t mop up the floor with anyone here. Yet the movie belongs to her, and her alone.

She stars as Ginger, who, along with her best friend Rosa (Alice Englert), was born around the same time that the bomb was being dropped on Hiroshima. It’s now 1962 London, and 17-year-old Ginger continues to live in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, raptly listening to the news and fearful that escalating tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union will result in the end of the world at any moment. She attends ban-the-bomb marches with her gay neighbors Mark (Spall) and Mark Two (Platt) and a feminist activist (Bening) and largely ignores her depressed mother Natalie (Christina Hendricks), choosing instead to idolize her father Roland (Alessandro Nivola). Roland’s a pacifist who claims to always live by his convictions; unfortunately, those convictions include stepping out with other women, and when he and Rosa hook up, it threatens to destroy Ginger as surely as any nuclear explosion. Sensitively handled by writerdirector Sally Potter, Ginger & Rosa begins as a fairly conventional coming-of-age tale about disaffected teens (with a definite Heavenly Creatures vibe about it) before turning into something decidedly darker and more troubling. Clearly worried about the nuclear threat, Ginger nevertheless begins to use her fears as a cover for the pain she feels concerning the unspeakable betrayals committed by her loathsome father and her shallow best friend. These end-of-the-world metaphors are occasionally laid on too thick, and a character’s suicide attempt proves to be a needless attempt to gild the melodramatic lily. Yet despite some narrative missteps and a brief running time (just shy of 90 minutes) that doesn’t provide enough opportunities for a stellar supporting cast to strut its stuff, Ginger & Rosa should be seen simply for Fanning’s exceptional performance, the sort of revelatory turn that makes us feel as if the next generation of film is continues on p. 42


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It was my high school Spanish teacher who first told me about The Evil Dead back in 1983. Urging me to rent the bootleg cassette at our favorite video store in Nairobi, Kenya, he continued by stating, “It’s gory but it’s not scary. It’s so goofy and overthe-top that it’s impossible to take seriously.” That declaration hardly prepared me for what I encountered. Few horror flicks have been as deliriously demented, as insanely radical, as alive, as Sam Raimi’s so-called “ultimate experience in grueling horror” (as it calls itself during the closing credits). Creature features as far back as Bride of Frankenstein and as modern as Poltergeist had employed humor to break up the drama, while others like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein had placed the humor as front-and-center as the monsters. But The Evil Dead operated in a manner that set it apart from just about everything else seen up to that point, operating more like a threering circus complete with clowns, freaks and high-wire artists than as a traditional motion picture. Its standing as an instant cult hit led to similarly gonzo efforts throughout the ‘80s (e.g. Re-Animator), a pair of sequels (Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness) that went heavier on the out-and-out laughs and, perhaps inevitably, a new remake or reboot or re-imagining or whatever the hell they’re calling these things these days. Yet Evil Dead doesn’t bring to mind The Evil Dead as much as it does The Dark Knight - specifically, the Joker’s signature line of “Why so serious?” It would be impossible to produce another film like Raimi’s original it’s a product of its time and place as much as of its deranged sensibilities - but writer-director Fede Alvarez and co-scripter Rodo Sayagues have opted to sprint in the other direction, concocting a movie that offers very little in the way of wit or humor. The general thrust remains the same: Five friends journey to an isolated cabin in the middle of nowhere, where they accidentally unleash a demonic presence that gets off on possession. The primary way to kill the evil entity is through bodily dismemberment of the occupied person,

which means that here’s a picture that gleefully embraces its gore ‘n’ guts. Whereas the friends in the original traveled to the cabin for a vacation, the purpose here is to provide Mia (Jane Levy) a place where she can kick her drug dependency. Involved in her DIY detox session is her estranged brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), his personality-free girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), moderately competent nurse Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and school teacher Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), the last-named being the clod who reads aloud from a book they discover - the one that’s bound by barbed wire and filled with all manner of warnings - and thus causes all the ensuing mayhem. Evil Dead is well-made, offers some notable splatter scenes and provides a small amount of tension here and there, but there’s not much that distinguishes it from other slightly aboveaverage horror flicks. Fans of Raimi’s trilogy will appreciate the nods to those efforts (the necklace, the bridge and, of course, the chainsaw), but these moments are more like conspicuous signposts pointing back to the quality of the original than integrated into this new landscape. The Evil Dead aficionado in me wanted to like this new version much more than I did, but it’s simply impossible to wholeheartedly embrace it when just last year we were treated to another cabin-in-the-woods yarn that carried on Raimi’s legacy far better than this film does. The name of that 10 Best placeholder? The Cabin in the Woods, of course.



Spring Breakers manages to be a fever dream, a wet dream, a daydream and a nightmare all in one sitting. Recalling the glory days of MTV’s spring break coverage, this film takes it a step or 12 further by also incorporating all the seedy encounters and sordid situations that logically might follow when this much sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is put into play. Two former teen princesses on TV, The Wizards of Waverly Place’s Selena Gomez and High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, are teamed with Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine to portray four college kids who make their way to St. Petersburg for the annual sun-sex-and-surf ritual.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation


Released in the waning weeks of the summer of 2009, after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had done the Hasbro brand (although not cinema itself) proud with its blockbuster grosses, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, likewise based on a Hasbro line of toys, was a sizable enough hit to guarantee that a sequel would eventually hit the screen. It was also putrid enough to join the aforementioned Michael Bay eyesore on my list of the year’s worst films. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is that inevitable sequel, and the good news is that it’s a definite improvement over its predecessor. For whatever reasons, director Stephen Sommers and the five(!) writers of the original have thankfully not returned for a second tour of duty, with the responsibilities now falling to Jon M. Chu (helmer of the Step Up sequels) and Zombieland scripters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Channing Tatum, star of the first film, does return, although he basically has a glorified cameo. He again plays Duke, the elite military man who takes his team into Pakistan for what turns out to be an ambush

that leaves practically all of the soldiers dead. Among the only survivors is second-in-command Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), and he’s determined to find out who’s behind the sabotage. That would of course be the members of the nefarious organization Cobra, who need all the Joes out of the way so they can get started on that whole “world domination” gig. Yet not all of the Joes were on the ill-fated Pakistani mission, meaning Roadblock and his motley crew can expect help from their colleague Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and his apprentice Jinx (Elodie Yung) - to say nothing of the retired general (Bruce Willis) who, as Roadblock explains, is why they’re all called Joes in the first place. The establishing banter between best buds Duke and Roadblock is agonizing, so the action in this movie can’t arrive fast enough. When it does, it suggests that Chu is working from a Jekyll & Hyde dichotomy, with the good action sequences (most notably a superb ninja showdown unfolding on mountainsides) repeatedly giving way to the bad ones (chiefly, any sequence that sacrifices clarity and spacial relations for the sake of fast edits and blinding explosions). The entire movie basically operates in such a yin-yang manner, ricocheting between interesting characters and idiotic ones, between clever plot developments and ludicrous ones, between smart dialogue and - wait, scratch that; there is no smart dialogue, just marble-mouthed monologues and limp quips. Johnson again demonstrates that he’s one of the few action stars of today able to believably hold the screen, but the presence of Willis only accentuates the fact that he’s become a lazy caricature of himself, as much of a heroic burnout as Stallone and Schwarzenegger.



Perhaps in a calculated move not to alienate Tea Party ticket holders, the president in this movie is white: Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), a decent politician whose best friend, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), also happens to be his best Secret Service shadow. But a personal tragedy forces the men to split up, and when the continues on p. 44

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Gomez’s aptly named Faith is the only one with any moral boundaries whatsoever, which means she’s the one most upset when the nonstop fun is abruptly interrupted once the girls are arrested on a drug charge and subsequently bailed out by a gold-toothed, cornrow-haired, wannabe gangsta named Alien (James Franco). Aside from Franco, though, the rest of Spring Breakers is impossible to defend, idiotic to criticize and impervious to easy interpretation. A formless first half full of repeated shots and snatches of dialogue gives way to a comparatively coherent second half that hinges more on a plot, and it’s possible some viewers will embrace one portion while rejecting the other. Many more might embrace the entirety of the project, digesting it as a raw commentary on the vacuity of America’s youth culture, while yet others will reject the whole movie as a disgusting and pointless wallow in depravity. But whatever the final verdict — and despite my mixed review, it strikes me as worthy of a repeat viewing — it’s hard to imagine anyone will soon be forgetting it.

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White House is attacked by North Korean terrorists and the Prez is nabbed along with some key staffers, Banning has to work his way back onto the Pennsylvania Avenue property before he can go all “yippee ki yay” on the assailants. Director Antoine Fuqua, known for gritty films like Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest, takes a page from the Roland Emmerich/Michael Bay handbook by opting for all the bombast money can buy, thereby uneasily squishing together ample money shots (The White House gets blown up! The Washington Monument crumbles! Gerard Butler flexes his muscles!) with casual brutality (civilians are mowed down like so much grass). It’s all very busy but not especially exciting, and it does little to transcend what was doubtless its pitched tag as Die Hard Meets Air Force One.



While the idea of teaming Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in a major motion picture sounds like a feasible one, the reality is that all this low-simmer niceness results in a movie that has absolutely no wit, bite or — most shockingly — moments of hilarity. Fey stars as Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer fiercely devoted to her job. But the revelation that the prestigious university has fallen to — shudder — number 2 on US News & World Report’s annual list of the nation’s best colleges has left the institution in shock, and this coupled with the announcement by her retiring boss (Wallace Shawn) that he’s seeking a worthy replacement forces Portia to think outside the box. Having been approached by John Pressman (Rudd) to come check out the alternative, go-green high school that he runs in the middle of nowhere, she accepts the invitation and is soon introduced to Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), an atypical student who John insists would be a perfect candidate for Princeton. Portia isn’t wholly convinced until John drops the bombshell: Jeremiah is most likely the son Portia gave up for adoption nearly two decades earlier. Now charged with maternal pride as well as faith in her own awesome genes, she does whatever she can to ensure that Jeremiah makes it into Princeton.

Using Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book as a blueprint, Karen Croner cobbles together a script that bungles many important ingredients, starting with the crucial fact that we are never convinced that Jeremiah and Princeton would be a mutually beneficial match. The characters of Portia and John are problematic as well. Some of Portia’s questionable actions are never challenged by the filmmakers and make her less attractive than doubtless intended; Rudd’s part, meanwhile, is more of a supporting one than a co-starring one, and he isn’t given enough time to come off as much more than a smug, self-satisfied liberal.



The Croods is exactly the sort of animated fare we receive on a monthly basis from Hollywood. It’s bright and bleeds color; it’s anachronistic in spots, meaning that it will probably date rather quickly; it tries to locate new visuals to justify that 3-D expense; and it espouses all the usual messages of living life to the fullest and becoming your own person and blah blah blah. On the scale of such efforts, it’s pretty good, with an engaging second half making up for a tedious opening stretch. The Croods are a family consisting of six prehistoric cave dwellers, with the overly cautious dad Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage) constantly butting heads with his exuberant teenage daughter Eep (Emma Stone). A natural disaster forces the clan members out of the cave and into the outside world, where they find an ally in the practical Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and enemies in all sorts of menacing critters (most strikingly, a flock of bird-piranhas). Despite the selection of suitable voice actors for these roles, the characters are only borderline interesting; what makes the movie work is the attention to the details that surround them, particularly some oddball animal friends as well as a beautifully rendered landscape full of both wonder and danger. It’s when it’s bringing this world to life that The Croods is at its most refined. cs

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Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally

An informally, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursday. Free ongoing, 7:30 p.m. ongoing, 7:30 p.m Satisfied, 301 West Broughton St. Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 912-308-3020. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-3083020. ongoing Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. First Monday of each month. Call for additional information. Free ongoing, 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. ongoing, 5:30 p.m B & D Burgers (Southside), 11108 Abercorn St. Young Democrats

Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free Sundays, 3:30 p.m. 423-619-7712. Sundays, 3:30 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Benefits Blessed Sacrament School Shamrock Scramble & Slam

Raymond James sponsors this golf and tennis tournament benefiting Blessed Sacrament School. Mon. April 29, 10am regis/lunch. 11am tournaments. 4pm awards. Tennis: $75 singles, $125 doubles. Golf: $100 Through April 29. 912)-356-6987. Through April 29 The Savannah Golf Club, 1661 President St. Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and show consideration for the local economy. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. ongoing. kristen@ ongoing Forsyth Famers’ Market, 501 Whitaker St. Hospice Savannah Golf Tournament

Fundraising tournament on Mon. 5/13 features lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1:30pm. Seeking sponsorships. Register online as a single player or a foursome. $150/golfer Through May 13. 912-231-6809. Through May 13 Landings

Club, 71 Green Island Road. Jewels and Jeans

An evening of food, dancing, silent auction, an art auction, live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary bar. Dress for this affair is rock star chic. $75 Thu., April 18, 7-10 p.m. helpendhunger. org. Thu., April 18, 7-10 p.m America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 E. President St. Karma Yoga Class for Local Charities

Bikram Yoga Savannah has added a new weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Mondays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 to participate; proceeds are donated to a different local charity each month. ongoing. 912-344-1278. ongoing Smiles for Life: Benefits Children’s Charities

Through June 30, Godley Station Dental in Pooler will provide tooth-whitening procedures benefiting the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center and the Smiles for Life Foundation. The $209 cost is tax-deductible, as materials and services by Drs. Matthew Allen and Tait Carpenter are donated. The children’s advocacy center provides free services to children who have been abused or witnessed violence. Godley Station Dental is located at 1000 Towne Center Boulevard, Bldg. 100, Suite 101, in Pooler. Call for appointment. $209 Through June 30. 912-748-8585. Through June 30 Two Faced

An art show by Raabstract. Through April 28. Through April 28. tacasushi. com/. Through April 28 Ta Ca Sushi & Japanese Fusion, 513 E Oglethorpe Ave.

Call for Entries 3-D Artist Sought for Gallery

Seeking a 3-D artist to join this cooperative gallery. Artist must be a fulltime resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If interested please submit 5-10 images of your work, plus resume/CV and biography to ongoing. ongoing Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Audition Notice for Les Miserables

Les Miserables will be performed in concert, at the Savannah Theatre. Needed: Singers for principal and ensemble roles. Audition date/time: April 21, 6pm. Show Dates: Aug. 15,16,17,18,22,23,24. Reserve audition time or more info via email. Through April 21. Through April

21 The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.

City seeks applications for Weave A Dream Initiative

Weave-A-Dream grant applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs must be completed before December 1, 2013. Application must be submitted at least eight weeks before the start date of the project. Project funding is available up to $3,500 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage programming or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. Particularly interested in proposals with a strong youth focus (under 21). All program disciplines including multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged. Applicants must be a non-profit 501-c-3 headquartered in the Savannah city limits. For more information see website. ongoing. 912-651-6417.\arts). ongoing Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Record Fair

April 20-21. 912-525-5502. April 20-21 May Poetter Gallery (SCAD), 342 Bull St. Vic’s on the River Wine Label Contest

Seeking Savannah’s creative designers to design a signature wine label for Vic’s on the River’s new wine collection debuting later this spring. The theme for the label should represent Vic’s on the River, riverfront dining and the historic downtown. See website for details, specifications, and entry forms. Submit entries to 26 East Bay Street, or via email, with completed entry form. Deadline: Wednesday, April 17. Winner announcement Wednesday, April 24. Winning entry receives $500.00, dinner for two at Vic’s on the River and one case of featured wine with winning label design. Through April 18. Through April 18 Vic’s on The River, 16 East River St.

Classes, Camps & Workshops Art, Music, Piano, Voice Coaching

Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912667-1056. Artist Sacred Circle

Group forming on Fridays beginning

in March. 1:30pm-3pm. Based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Contact Lydia Stone, 912-656-6383 or ongoing. 912-656-6383. rosesonthemove@gmail. com. ongoing

Beading Classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912441-2656.

Beading Classses at Bead Dreamer Studio

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, 407 East Montgomery Xrds. Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Book Study: Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth

A five-week study and discussion offered by Lydia Stone, Certified Life Coach. $45 registration fee plus weekly love offering Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.. 912-656-6383. rosesonthemove@gmail. com. Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Book study:Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love

A five-week book study and discussion led by Lydia Stone, Certified Life Coach. $45 registration plus weekly love offering Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.. 912-6566383. Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. Champions Training Center

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. Children’s Clothing Basics

Learn the ins and outs of sewing for little people while making a dress or overalls. $30 Fri., April 19, 10 a.m. 9129250055. Fri., April 19, 10 a.m Savannah Sewing Center/Colonial Quilts, 11710 A Largo Drive. Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction

Savannah Classical Guitar Studio offers lessons for all levels. Dr. Brian Luckett, Ph.D. in music. Starland District. Guitar technique, music theory, and musicianship. Folk/rock based lessons available. No electric instruments. $25/half hour. $45/hour. Clay Classes

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes

Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call for dates. 912-897-7656. Comprehensive SAT Preparation Classes

Three comprehensive SAT prep courses. Essay Writing for the SAT: Tuesdays, April 9-30, 6-8pm. $125 Critical Reading for the SAT: April 22-May 27, 6-8pm. $160 Math Prep for the SAT: Tuesdays, April 28-May 28, 6-8pm. $160 Fees discounted for groups of three or more students, and for students who register for all three courses. Presented by the Division of Continuing Education of Georgia Southern University. Through May 22. 912-644-5967. cgc. Through May 22 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Continuing Ed. Courses through June 2013

Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education Program in Savannah offers new courses through June: Social Media for Small Business; Facebook for Beginners; five Microsoft Office Courses (Word 1 & 2, Excel 1 & 2, and PowerPoint); Beginning and Advanced Project Management; Drawing 2; Short Story Writing; Beginning Sign Language; five

| Submit your event online at Photography courses (Point & Shoot, Beginning and Advanced Creative Photography, Portrait Photography, Advanced Photoshop); and Essay Writing for SAT. See website for dates/times/ fees. Through June 30. 912-644-5967. ceps. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Through June 30 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Credit Clinic

This free class will teach you: How to pull your credit report How to read your credit report How to dispute errors on your report How your credit score is calculated Steps you can take to improve your credit score This class is open to everyone and participants will have a chance to pull their own credit report during class. To register to attend, please call 912-691-2227 or email your name and phone number to Special thanks to the Live Oak Public Library system and Step Up Savannah. FREE Tue., April 23, 6 p.m. 912-291-2227. Tue., April 23, 6 p.m Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired.

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A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. English as Second Language Classes

Learn conversational English, comprehension, vocabulary and life communication skills. All ages. Thursdays, 7:30pm, Island Christian Church, 4601 US Highway 80 East. Free. 912-8973604. Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646. ongoing Feldenkrais Classes

Tuesdays, 10am at Park South, 7505 Waters Ave, Bldg. B, Suite 8, near Eisenhower. Mats provided. Dress for moving comfortably on the floor. Elaine Alexander, GCFP. $15 ongoing. 912223-7049. ongoing


Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. ongoing

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Machine Quilt Like a Pro

Using the techniques of Diane Gaychynski learn to machine quilt on your home sewing machine with Wendy Analla $50.00 Tue., April 23, 10 a.m. 9129250055. Tue., April 23, 10 a.m Savannah Sewing Center/Colonial Quilts, 11710 A Largo Drive. Music Lessons--All Instruments.

Rody’s Music offers lessons for all ages on all instruments, beginners through advanced. Call or email for information. ongoing. 912-352-4666. kristi@awsav. com. ongoing Rody’s Music, 7700 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. ongoing. 912-233-1240. ongoing

Smoke City

Individuals or groups. Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Held at The Sentient Bean. An eclectic range of tools used in each session: hand-outs, music, visual recognition, conversation, interactive web media. ongoing. 912541-1337. ongoing The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. ongoing Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St.

Instruction for all ages of beginner/ intermediate students. Technique, chords, not reading, theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Taught two blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. First lesson half price. ongoing. 401-255-6921. a.teixeira472@gmail. com. ongoing

Knitting & Crochet Classes

Parrot Plaza

Learn to Speak Spanish

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welcome. Free 912-921-0667.

Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. html. ongoing Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St.

48 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., Ste. 103

April 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thu., April 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m Georgia Institute of Technology, 210 Technology Cir.

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, ddrums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, flute, woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. ongoing. 912-692-8055. smisavannah@gmail. com. ongoing

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An open house for this popular certification program, in advance of the course held May 13-17. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is an introductory course and a required step in pursuit of Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Thu.,

New Horizons Adult Band Program

Novel Writing

Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Award-winning Savannah author offers one-on-one or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. ongoing Photography Classes

Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@ Piano Voice-Coaching

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. ongoing Reading/Writing Tutoring

Ms. Dawn’s Tutoring in reading, writing, and composition. Remedial reading skills, help with borderline dyslexia, to grammar, term paper writing, and English as a Second Language. Fun methods for children to help them learn quickly. Contact: cordraywriter@

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Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7132718. ongoing Savannah Authors Autonomous

Savannah Authors Autonomous is a group of writers, published and unpublished, who encourage first-class prose, both fiction and non-fiction. We use discussion, constructive criticism, examples, and exercises. We meet every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm. The group was founded by Christopher Scott and Alice Vantrease. Beginners are welcome. If you are interested in writing, please join us. Free Tue., April 23, 7 p.m. (912) 308-3208. Tue., April 23, 7 p.m Private Residence, 630 East Victory Drive. Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your clothing business or clothing line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. ongoing. 912-290-0072. ongoing Sewing Workshop for Fiber Artists

Internationally known fiber artist Daryl Lancaster will be teaching a 3 day workshop, “Vested Interest” at Oatland Island Wildlife Center April 19-21 10:15am-4pm sponsored by the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs. Turn your treasured scraps of fabrics into a beautiful unique vest custom fit to you. Fitting, garment construction, and piecing techniques for all types of fabric will be covered. Contact fiberguildofthesavannahs2@gmail. com $100 Mondays, 10:15 a.m.. (912) 395-1212. Mondays, 10:15 a.m. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for improving vocal range and breathing capacity. A good foundation technique for different styles--opera, pop, rock, cabaret. Fridays 5:308:30pm. Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W. State St., 3rd floor. ongoing. 786-247-9923. ongoing Spanish Classes

Learn Spanish for life and grow your business. Courses for professionals offered by Conquistador Spanish Language Institute, LLC. Classes offered in a series. Beginner Spanish for Professionals--Intro price $155 + textbook ($12.95). Instructor: Bertha E. Hernandez, M.Ed. and native speaker. Meets in the Keller Williams Realty meeting room, 329 Commercial Drive. ongoing. conquistador-spanish. com. ongoing Yoga for Couples

A two hour class for prospective


Russian Language Classes

moms and their delivery partners. Learn labor and delivery stages and a “toolbox” of hands-on comfort measures from a labor doula, including breathing, massage, positioning, and pressure points. Bring and exercise ball. Quarterly, Saturdays 1pm-3pm at Savannah Yoga Center. Call or email to register. $100 per couple. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ongoing

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Clubs & Organizations Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-631-3452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. ongoing Adult Intermediate Ballet

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/ tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/ fees/info online or by phone. ongoing. 912-925-0903. theballetschoolsav. com. ongoing Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. ongoing


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

Workshops on the 3rd Thursday of each month on vision losss, services, and technology available to participate in the community. And, how the community can support individuals with vision loss. Orientation and Mobility Techniques; Low Vision vs. Legal Blindness; Supporting People with Low Vision to Achieve Maximum Independence; Low Vision Simulator Experiences; Resources. Free and open to the public. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton St. Buccaneer Region SCCA

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. See website. ongoing. ongoing Business Networking on the Islands

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am.

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Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. ongoing Chatham Sailing Club

Meets first Friday of each month, 6:30pm at Young’s Marina. If first Friday falls on a holiday weekend, meeting is second Friday. No boat? No sailing experience? No problem. ongoing. ongoing Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Drop N Circle Craft Night

Sponsored by The Frayed Knot and Perlina. Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm. 6 W. State Street. Enjoy sharing creativity with other knitters, crocheters, beaders, spinners, felters, needle pointers, etc. All levels of experience welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-1240. ongoing Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Mediation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-695-2305. ongoing Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative

| Submit your event online at collaboration. Email Kathleen Thomas at for more info. third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. exploretherevolution@ third Thursday of every month, 6 p.m Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. ongoing

Open to all who are interested in the fiber arts: weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, etc. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center the first Saturday of the month September through June 10:15am. See our website for programs and events: http://fiberguildsavannah.homestead. com/ Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA.

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. ongoing

Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

Freedom Network

An international, leaderless network of individuals seeking more freedom in an unfree world, via non-political methods. Savannah meetings/discussions twice monthly, Thursdays, 8:30pm. Topics and meeting locations vary. No politics, no religious affiliation, no dues, no fees. Email for next meeting day and location. ongoing. ongoing Historic Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII

Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

Ink Slingers Writing Group

A creative writing group for writers of poetry, prose, or undefinable creative ventures. Based in Savannah and a little nomadic. Meets two Thursdays a month, 5:45pm. Discussion of exercises, ideas, or already in progress pieces. Free to attend. See Facebook page savinkslingers. ongoing. ongoing Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Island MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. First and third Mondays, excluding holidays. Childcare on request. A ministry of MOPS International. Info by phone or email. ongoing. 912-898-4344. kymmccarty@hotmail. com. ongoing Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am-11:30am. ongoing. sites. ongoing First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. ongoing Knittin’ Night

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-238-0514. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m Wild Fibre, 409 East Liberty St. Low Country Turners

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. ongoing Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. ongoing American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Writer’s Salon meetings are first Tues. and third Wed. at 7:30pm at the Flannery O’Connor Home. Book club meetings are third Tues., 7:30pm. Location changes each month. Call

or see Facebook group “Peacock Guild” for info. ongoing. 912-233-6014. ongoing Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Philo Cafe

Weekly Monday discussion group that meets 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see ThePhiloCafe on Facebook. ongoing. ongoing R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future

RUFF meets the last Friday of each month to protect Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid for seniors, and related senior issues. Call for meeting time. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. ongoing New Covenant United Methodist Church, 2201 Bull St. Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet the 1st Sunday at 4pm at 5429 LaRoche Ave., and the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn St., Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-308-2094. ongoing Safe Kids Savannah

A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. ongoing Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912447-0943. moonriverbrewing. com/. ongoing Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. Prose writing, fiction and non fiction. Discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques/Fine Silver, 14 W. Jones St. All are welcome. No charge. Contact Alice Vantrease via email or phone. ongoing. 912-308-3208. alicevantrease@live. com. ongoing Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. panerabread. com/. ongoing Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm (except December.) Location: Hunter Club. Call John Findeis for info. ongoing. 912-748-7020. ongoing Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah

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Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-3086768. ongoing Savannah Jaycees

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining Jaycees to learn more. Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Building, 101 Atlas St. ongoing. 912-353-7700. ongoing Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings open to the public. Held at Logan’s Roadhouse, the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through May. Dinner: 6:pm. Speaker: 7:30pm. Guest speakers each meeting. ongoing. 912-238-3170. savannahkennelclub. org. ongoing Logan’s Roadhouse, 11301 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. ongoing. ongoing

A no-agenda gathering of Savannah’s writing community. First Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free. Open to all writers, aspiring writers, or those interested in writing. 21+ with valid ID. Usually at Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln St. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. ongoing Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. All are welcome to participate or listen too one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Call or email. ongoing. 912655-0994. ongoing Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road.

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-598-7387. ongoing

Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

Savannah SCA

The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets every Saturday at Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. If you’re interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance, come join us! South end of Forsyth Park, just past the Farmer’s Market. Free. Free ongoing, 11 a.m. savannahsca. org. ongoing, 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am at the Mulberry Inn. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Toastmasters

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. ongoing Savannah Writers Group

A gathering of writers of all levels for


Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

Spanish conversation table. Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month. 7:30pm to 9pm at Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull street. Come practice your Spanish, have a cafe con leche or Spanish wine, and meet nice people....All levels welcome. Free. Purchase beverages and snacks. ongoing. ongoing Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Savannah Parrot Head Club


Savannah Go Green

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. Free and open to the public. fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-572-6251. savannahwritersgroup. fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m Atlanta Bread Company, 5500 Abercorn St. A gathering of writers of all levels for networking, hearing published guest authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive environment. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Atlanta Bread Company, Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn. Free and open to the public. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6251. ongoing

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell for info. ongoing. 912-9273356. ongoing Waving Girls Chapter Meeting

The Waving Girls chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America will hold its monthly meeting Monday, April 22, at the Coastal Center for Development Services, 1249 Eisenhower Dr, Savannah, GA 31406. There will be a presentation by the social worker from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital. The Waving Girls make over 100 smocked and embroidered “Wee Care” gowns for the babies at the hospital each year. A demonstration of gown construction is planned following the presentation. Visitors are warmly welcomed. Information: president Debbie Edenfield, debcreation@hotmail. com, 912 356 1447. free Mon., April 22, continues on p. 50

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1 Open ___ Night 4 Rice side 9 Make fit 14 Smoker’s leavings 15 Counting everything 16 Electrical inventor Nikola 17 Line from 1989’s “Dead Pesto Society” about grabbing ten cents? 19 Get darker outside 20 “Absolutely” 21 Total jerk 23 Pain in the neck 24 In ___ (at heart) 26 With 32-across, line from 1983’s “Carsface” about an early GPS system? 29 Detoxifying site 30 River biter 31 Very, to Valdez 32 See 26-across 38 “Love Story” author Segal 39 One URL ending 40 Impede, as with “the works” 42 Line from 1999’s “The Sixth Essen” about visiting Miami? 45 Biochemistry abbr. 46 Diploma alternative 47 ___ Avivan 48 With 59-across, line from 1950’s “Unsets Blvd.” about a new marriage counselor? 53 David ___ Pierce 54 Naive utterances 55 “___ Gang” 56 ___ Dark Materials (Philip Pullman trilogy) 57 Garden gate fastener 59 See 48-across 64 How actors can cry 65 Olympics prize 66 Eggs 67 Fill-in-the-blank survey option 68 California town that used to have a palindromic bakery 69 Animator Avery


1 It’s not PC? 2 “Love ___ Battlefield” (Pat Benatar) 3 Pre-butterfly creature 4 Slapstick ammo 5 Neither Dem. nor Rep. 6 China’s Chou En-___ 7 Lancome competitor 8 It may be peddled 9 Biggest city in Ga. 10 Two that are trouble 11 Houston player 12 Cloth fold 13 Dance like an Argentine 18 ___-wee Herman 22 Big rig 24 Mr. Hoggett’s wife, in “Babe” 25 “Heidi” author Johanna 26 Fast plane, for short 27 Make ___ for mercy 28 Moved forward quickly 30 Goddess of wisdom 33 Arctic drama 34 Announcer Hall 35 Tierra del ___ 36 Place to save game progress, on some cartridges 37 Had free reign of 41 Brazilian soccer legend 43 Woodworking groove 44 Apiece 48 Cold storage? 49 Signified 50 Dry heave 51 Delish 52 Fast food fixture 53 Style-conscious 56 Dance with a story 58 “Cover ___ Face” (P.D. James book) 60 B-F connectors 61 Mighty tree 62 The night before Christmas, say 63 Marching band instrument


Fencing Club for $5/month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-429-6918. ongoing


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6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. smocking. org. Mon., April 22, 6:30 p.m Waving Girls-Smocking Arts Guild of America, Box 5828.

Adult Ballet Class

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. ongoing

Conferences Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-2348745. ongoing Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. ongoing. 912-9212190. ongoing Argentine Tango

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/ Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. ongoing

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-925-7416. ongoing

Georgia PTA/District 6 Spring Conference

Sixth District elections will be held and special guest Leslie Cushman, National PTA Board Member and former Georgia PTA President will the speaker. Location: the old Pulaski Elementary building. Sat., April 20, 9 a.m. 912-508-2188. Sat., April 20, 9 a.m

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3. com. ongoing Belly Dance classes with Nicole Edge

Every Sunday, 1:15-2:15PM All ages

and skill levels welcome. $15.00 per class or 4/$48.00 ongoing. 912-5960889. ongoing

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

All levels and styles of bellydance welcome. Classes are every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm. $15/lesson. Drop-ins welcome or call Carrie @(912)704-2940 for more info. happenstancebellydance@ happenstancebellydance. $15/lesson ongoing, 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. ongoing, 5:30 p.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

Irish Dance Classes

Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance

C.C. Express Dance Team

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. ongoing Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace

A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. Sundays, 3 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912748-0731. ongoing Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive programs, workshops, camps. Certified. Info via email or phone. ongoing. 912-704-2052. prideofirelandga@ ongoing Line Dancing

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty

Dance classes--hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/ all levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-272-8329. ongoing Modern Dance Class

Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. ongoing Pole Dancing Classes

Amateur Night $6.95

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Beginners class, Wednesdays, 8pm. Level II, Mondays, 8pm. $22/one class. $70/four classes. Preregistration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Pole Fitness Classes Monday/Wednesday, 11am. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-398-4776. ongoing Fitness Body & Balance Personal Training Studio, 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2. Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah,

Savannah’s Premier Adult Playground happy hour daily 4pM-9pM

Wed Military Veterans appreciation day: no coVer 2-for-1 draft doM. bEEr buCkEts 5 for $15 Mon - no CovEr for Civilians, Military and ladiEs tuEs - 2-4-1 wElls (4-12)

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Savannah Dance Club

Shag, swing, cha-cha and line dancing. Everyone invited. Call for location, days and times. ongoing. 912-398-8784. ongoing Savannah Shag Club

Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing

ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7pm8pm. $5 per class, discounts available with punch card purchase. All levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912596-1952. ongoing Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Fitness AHA in the AM

Mondays and Fridays, 7:30am-9:00am. Open to free form yoga/movement with guided meditation. A great way to start and end the work week. Email or see website for info. Fee: donations. ongoing. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Al-Anon Family Groups

An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. the message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. ongoing Bariatric Surgery Support Group

First Wednesday each month, 7pm, and third Saturday, 10am, in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Free to attend. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-3438. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Beach Body Workouts with Laura

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 6526784. Mondays, 6:15 p.m Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm9pm. ongoing. beastmodefitnessga. com. ongoing YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Bellydancing Fusion Classes

Mixes ballet, jazz, hip hop into a unique

high energy dance style. Drills and choreographies for all levels.Small classes in downtown Savannah, and on request. $10 per person. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing

Blue Water Yoga

Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. ongoing Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Earth Day at CrossfitSAV: Clothing Swap and Party

A half-day of free fitness and clothing to make Earth a better, healthier place. 10:15am Free CrossFit workout 11:00am Free yoga; lululemon trunk show, discount on innov8 shoes. 11:30am-1pm Clothing swap. Clear out your closets and bring clean, wearable, unwanted clothes to trade. All things not swapped will be donated to Goodwill. Free and open to the public. Sat., April 20, 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. CrossFitSAV. com. Sat., April 20, 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m CrossFitSAV, 2 Mall Court, off Mall Blvd. near Waters. Fitness Classes at the JEA

Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-355-8811. ongoing Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group

For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone i need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. ongoing Go W/The Flow

Yoga & Live Music event with Ben and Tori (Go w/the flow) returns to AYS for 1 night only! Created by Dayton-based yogis, Tori Reynolds and Ben Rivet, GO W/ THE FLOW is an immersive collision of music and movement that is designed to get you out of your head and into your breath. Tori’s powerful but playful vinyasa sequence is scored by Ben’s acoustic guitar and vocals, paced by live-looped beatboxing and dictated by each class’s abilities. Improvisation prevails, reminding us the benefits of good breath and a #gowtheflow outlook on your life and your practice. $25 advance, $30 day of Wed., April 17, 6:30 p.m. 912-656-9663. Wed., April 17, 6:30 p.m Awakening Yoga Studio, 2453A US Highway 17. Got Kundalini? Yoga Workshop

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, with Dragana Pavic-Zappia. KRI Certified KY Teacher. Fri., April 19. 843-476-1388. anahatahealingarts. com. Fri., April 19 Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. ongoing Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. iRun/iYoga Run Club

Everyone is welcome to join us for this donation-based Run/Yoga get together! Meet at JF Gregory Park (RHill) at 8am, run together at your own pace/distance. Yoga will follow at 9am at Awakening Yoga Studio. No pre-reg or experience with running or yoga needed! donation Every other Sunday, 8 a.m.. 912-6569663. Every other Sunday, 8 a.m. Awakening Yoga Studio, 2453A US Highway 17. Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes

A system of self-defense techniques based on several martial arts. The official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Custom Fit offers individual and small group training and intensive workshops. ongoing. 912-4414891. ongoing Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to tunr an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912429-9241. ongoing Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. com/. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Pilates Classes

Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol DalyWilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-2380018. ongoing Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $100. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Classes

Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. qigongtim. com/. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. 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, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912596-5965. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Climbing CoOp Ladies Night

Every Wednesday women climb for half price, 6pm-10pm. $5. 302 W. Victory Dr., Suite D. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Disc Golf

Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

With a one-year, $10 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. savystrider. com. ongoing Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

Tuesdays, 9am-10am. $10. North End of Forsyth Park. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout

Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. turbokicksavannah. ongoing Union Mission’s 7th Annual Starfish Gala

A black-tie optional gala benefiting Union Mission. Culinary delights, an electronic auction, live music and dancing. Recent graduates of the Starfish Culinary Arts Program will prepare and present signature hors d’oeuvres. $150 per person Sat., April 20, 7 p.m. 912-236-7423. Sat., April 20, 7 p.m Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6:30pm Tuesdays. 12:45pm Thursdays. Fitness One, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial. Call for info. ongoing. 912-3509031. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Yoga on the Beach

Wednesdays and Fridays at Tybees’s North End. 7am-8am, weather permitting. Come to North Beach Parking Area, Gulick Street walkover. Multilevel class. Hatha 1 and 2. Instructor Ann Carroll. Bring yoga mat or beach towel. Call or email for info. Fee: donations. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@

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(March 21-April 19) The writer Oliver Burkeman has some advice that would be helpful for you Aries folks to hear right now: “When you assume your current preferences won’t alter, you’ll make bad decisions: embarking on a career or marriage, say, not with a view to its durability, but solely based on how it makes you feel now.” I am most definitely not predicting that you are about to make the kind of bad decision Burkeman refers to. I’m sure my warning here in this horoscope will derail any temptation you might have to make short-sighted moves.


(April 20-May 20) I’m happy to report that help from the invisible world is available to you right now. Of course you won’t be able to use it, let alone tune in to it, if you don’t believe there is any such thing as help from the invisible world. So if you are the type of person who is very sure that reality consists of nothing more than what your senses reveal, I suggest that you temporarily suspend that belief. And if you are someone who has had direct experiences with blessings that come from the unseen realm, be aware that the imminent delivery is quite different from those you have known in the past.


(May 21-June 20)

taste. The scene shifts to a welldressed man who’s down on all fours serving as a chair for a chic woman. She applies her make-up while gazing into the shiny mirrorlike surface of a high-heeled shoe. New scene: An 80-year-old woman pats the butt of a handsome young stud with whom she’s slow-dancing. At the end of the ad, a catchphrase appears: “Just the right amount of wrong.” I say, let that be your mantra in the coming week, Cancerian.


(July 23-Aug. 22) Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity in 1916. It had radical implications for the field of theoretical physics, but remained an unproven concept until 1919. Then a British physicist verified its accuracy with evidence gathered during a solar eclipse. The *Times* newspaper in London announced the event with the headline “Revolution in Science: New Theory of the Universe, Newtonian Theories Overthrown.” Not wanting to be left behind, *The New York Times* assigned one of its own journalists to cover the revolution. Unfortunately, the person they sent was a sports reporter whose specialty was golf. His article was less than illuminating. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned, Leo: When big developments are underway, show up at full strength, with all your powers engaged.


In her book *A Monster’s Notes,* Laurie Sheck describes the nuances of the term “ghost” in the German language. A mediocre wine may be called unghostly, she says. A witty, lively person is “Rich in Ghostliness,” whereas a dull, blank type “has no ghost in him.” In this spirit, Gemini, I suspect you will have some pretty fine ghostliness working for you in the coming weeks. And there’s a good chance that part of your extra-special mojo will arise from your creative engagement with energies that resemble the more traditional definition of “ghost.”

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)



(June 21-July 22) A one-minute video commercial for The Cosmopolitan luxury resort in Las Vegas shows an elegant woman at a sumptuous feast. She’s eagerly holding her dinner plate up to her face so she can lick it clean of its last delicious

“Never to get lost is not to live,” writes Rebecca Solnit in her book *A Field Guide to Getting Lost.* In fact, she says that not knowing how to get lost is unhealthy. These are useful ideas to consider right now, Virgo. It will probably do you good to get at least semi-lost. As you wander around without a map or compass, I bet you will stumble upon important teachings. At the same time, I hope you will put some thought into how you’re going to get lost. Don’t just leave it to chance. Make sure there’s a method in your madness.

incorrect metaphor. The creators of the original totem poles were indigenous Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, and for them the figure at the bottom of the pole was the most important one. I foresee the possibility of a similar situation arising in your sphere, Libra. Be alert for a misapprehension that needs to be righted. It may be the case that what’s last should actually be first. Something that has been beneath or behind “more important” matters should perhaps get higher priority.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In his book *Karmic Traces,* Eliot Weinberger describes the life story of naked mole rats. They’re animals that never leave their underground tunnels. Normally you Scorpios have nothing in common with them. But in the coming days, I’m hoping there will be one resemblance. According to Weinberger, the naked mole rats “change direction by somersaulting.” Metaphorically speaking, I think this would be an excellent strategy for you. There’s no need to mope cautiously as you alter your course. No need to be lackadaisical and fitful and full of doubts. Just spring into action with a cheery bounce, and move on with a renewed sense of purpose.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The famous philosopher John Searle unleashed a witty dig about the famous philosopher Jacques Derrida, saying he is “the sort of philosopher who gives bullshit a bad name.” One of your fun assignments in the coming week, Sagittarius, is to do the opposite of what Derrida’s work does. In other words, give bullshit a *good* name. How? Well, you could engage in creative verbal expressions that boost morale and propagate delight and lubricate worthwhile connections. Make up noble fictions that are more accurate and useful that the literal truth. Spread uplifting gossip that heals and invigorates.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)


In the English language, “low man on the totem pole” is an idiom that refers to a person who has the worst job or the least status. He or she is considered to be at the low end of the hierarchy. But it’s an

“The ideal piano player is the one who wants to be the piano,” says a character in Thomas Bernhard’s novel *The Loser.* He continues: “I say to myself every day when I

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

wake up, I want to be the Steinway, I want to be the Steinway itself.” Your assignment, Capricorn, is to apply this attitude to your own personal situation. In other words, merge with the tool you want to master. Immerse yourself in the skill you’re working to perfect -- disappear into it. In your imagination, become completely united with the thing or person or experience you desire.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination,” said writer Louis Kronenberger. I’m concerned that you may have fallen under the sway of this kind of myopia, Aquarius. A steady stream of useful tips and clues has been appearing, but you’re missing some of them. Your longrange goals aren’t sufficiently clear, so you don’t always recognize the significance of new revelations. Here’s the cure: In your imagination, create a vivid picture of your next big destination.


(Feb. 19-March 20) A group of bicyclists in Southern California challenged a blogger to a race. They said they could cover the 38.4 miles from North Hollywood to Long Beach faster on their bikes than the blogger could get there by plane. As it turned out, they were right. Their trip took an hour and 34 minutes. As for the blogger, he had to drive to the airport, wait for the plane to depart, fly to a different airport, then catch a cab to the designated destination. He arrived about an hour after the cyclists. Can you guess which of those two modes of travel is the preferred metaphor for you this week, Pisces? The earthy, simple, stripped-down approach will get you where you need to go better than the big, elaborate, expensive method.

Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Mondays, Lake Mayer 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. Zumba Toning/Lake Mayer Community Center 7:05pm. $5. Basic Zumba Tues & Thurs 10-10:45am, Curves in Sav’h Mall, $3/members, $5/ Gen. Adm. Tues. 5:30-6:30pm, St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class. Zumba Toning Tues. 7:00pm, Lake Mayer Community Center, $5. Weds 9:30-10:15am, Frank Murray Community Center, Wilmington Island, $3. Zumba Toning/Thurs. 10am, Curves at Savannah Mall, $5. Fri. Zumba, 10am, Lake Mayer Community Center, $5. Bring water, proper shoes and attire. Contact Mai @ 912-604-9890. ongoing. 912-6049890. ongoing Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902. ongoing

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

First Monday, 6:30pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. 2nd floor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-CITY. ongoing Gay AA Meeting

True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. ongoing Georgia Equality Savannah

Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-5476263. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Pride, Inc.

Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the wellbeing of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/ month, 7pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. ongoing. 912-288-7863. ongoing Stand Out Youth

A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets Fridays, 7pm, FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. Call, email or see website for info. ongoing. 912-657-1966. info@ ongoing What Makes a Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611. ongoing

Health Alcoholics Anonymous

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. Maps/index.html. ongoing Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Bariatric Surgery Information Session

Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery can affect patients’ lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. ongoing. 912-3503438. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing. org. ongoing Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept.

Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. ongoing Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People

Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. ongoing St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnobirthing

Teaches mother and birth partner to use her natural instincts, trust her body, release emotions and facilitate relaxation during labor and delivery. Five class series on Monday evenings, 6pm. Location: 100 Riverview Dr. $300/ group sessions. $600/private sessions. Call or email for info and reservations. ongoing. 912-704-7650. carroll362@ ongoing Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life

coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis. com. ongoing

La Leche League of Savannah

A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-897-9544. savannahga.html. ongoing Living Smart Fitness Club

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:307:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-4476605. ongoing Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-264-7154. ongoing Savannah CPR Initiative

An initiative by the City of Savannah to train 6,000 Savannahians in CPR by year’s end. The City will train 1,000 Savannahians in CPR this year. Each of these trainees will in turn pledge to train at least five other individuals, bringing to 6,000 the total number of Savannahians trained in CPR. The hope is that “Savannah’s 6,000” will vastly improve our community’s ability to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies, doubling our survival rate for witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Call for info. ongoing. 912-651-6410. ongoing

Readings & Signings Book Signing: Diana Churchill

Diana Churchill will answer your bird questions and sign her book, Birder’s Eye View: Savannah & the Low Country. Free to attend. Dichurch@bellsouth. net. Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St. Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. ongoing African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. ongoing Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

A book discussion group that meets the 4th Tuesday, 1pm. Bring a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Treats to share are always welcomed. Tea is provided. Call for info. ongoing. 912-232-5488. ongoing Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 East Bay St.

Come share the healing energy of Reiki this Thursday, March 21, at Sweet Water Spa. The event is open to all who come; however, the doors lock at 7:08 so there is adequate time for the share. Reiki incorporates universal life energy with the “laying on hands” and sharing the universal energy that connects and sustains us all. The concept of Reiki is very similar to many other healing modalities that involve prayer, channeling, or intention. We welcome all who are open to share this universal life force. Free Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street.

Tea Time at Ola’s (Book Club)

Religious & Spiritual Art of Peaceful Living

How is it possible to apply the ancient art of Buddhist meditation to today’s hectic and busy modern world? Join us to learn how to solve your problems and develop a peaceful mind by applying Buddha’s classic advice to daily life. Everyone is welcome to attend, no previous experience necessary. Drop in for any class. $10 or $5 seniors/students (912) 358-0228. meditationinsouthcarolina.og. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Band of Sisters Prayer Group

All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. georgia. ongoing Catholic Singles

A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. diosav. org/familylife-singles. ongoing Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. ongoing Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St.

Mystery Writer Duo Author Appearance

A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. ongoing Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street.

Tina Whittle, author of Blood, Ash & Bone, and Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow, discuss their work. Signing follows. Free to attend. Books available for purchase. 912-233-3628.

Savannah Zen Center

Buddhist study classes, yoga workshops, retreats, Reiki sessions, attunements, meditation, classes, events. See website for location and schedule, or see Facebook page. ongoing. ongoing Service of Compline

A chanted service by candlelight held every Sunday night at 9pm. “Say goodnight to God.” Presented by Christ Church Anglican. ongoing. ongoing Independent Presbyterian Church, Bull Street and Oglethorpe Ave. South Valley Baptist Church

Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. ongoing Tapestry Church

A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. cs

A New Church in the City, For the City

Flannery O’Connor Home: Gulfstream Spring Reading Series: The Chelsea Hotel: An Oral History

SCAD Professor of Writing James Lough shares excerpts from his forthcoming book on the Chelsea Hotel and discusses his research, interviewing former residents and compiling the interviews. Free and open to the public. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street.

Savannah Reiki Share

Read the Bible in One Year

Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 912308-8286.

Crossword Answers


For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. savannahaa. com. ongoing

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Heavy equipment 360

WACKER G-25 Generator for commercial OR industrial. push button start. Asking $6,900 obo. $6,900.00 (912)313-4934 want to buy 390

Diabetic Test Strips Wanted Most types, Most brands. Will pay up to $10/box. Call Clifton 912-596-2275. Pets & AnimAls 400

Pets Wanted 430

AKC Labrador pups, black, foxred, light cr., shots & worming are upto-date. Health & puppy contract. We deliver. $500. 352-282-2896

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We are looking for drivers with over-the-road experience and preferred hazmat endorsements. Requirements: Must be 25yrs. or older. good driving record, No DUI or drug-related violations in the last 3yrs, No felony convictions in the last 5 years. We offer Great Pay & Excellent Benefits. Home Most Weekends. Please apply by filling out application online at: Call 800-753-1993

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CHILDCARE NETWORK is Hiring FT 2yr. old Teacher.Must hold CDA,TCC or Assoc. Degree in early childhood education.Must be able to work afternoons and have clean criminal background.Apply in person:350 Johnny Mercer Blvd.31410 Local Company Hiring One Carpet Cleaning Tech, Clean MVR, Drug testing, and Background search. Benefits, Good Pay. Call 912-303-5440

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APPLY AT DOMINION HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS 912-303-0445 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr.Ste.103

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• Approx. 30 hrs per week, deliver produce in the local area. • 2yrs. min. exp. in a Tractor/Trailer • Reasonable 7yr. MVR • Must be proficient at maintaining logs • Must be able to lift up to 70 lbs. and be able to stand, bend, stoop and able • To push or pull a loaded pallet jack. • Benefits include 401-K, Profit Sharing, Medical & Dental Contact Jim Casper @ 920-204-2551 between 8am & 4pm for details

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Land/Lots for saLe 840 LOTS FOR SALE: Liberty City, also near Fairgrounds, Meding St. (corner lot). 806 Staley, 844 Staley and Thunderbolt. Large lots. Call 912-224-4167 for rent 855

1004 W. 41St, 4BR/2BA Home CH/A, LR, Separate DR, Den, Dinette Area, Furnished Kitchen Section 8 Welcome $990mo/$500dep 912-354-1453 1111 EAST 57TH STREET: 2BR/1BA Apartment, newly painted, kitchen, dining area, washer/dryer connections. Available NOW. $625/month. Call 912-655-4303 *126 West 59th: 2BR/1BA $600 *1403 East 38th: 2BR/1BA $650 *5 Ruston Ct: 3BR/2BA $850 Several Rental & Rent-to-Own Properties Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

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•421 Wilshire 4/2, LR, Kit/Din, W/D conn $1250 + deposit. •920 E. 32nd St. 2/1, Kit/Din, W/D conn $900 + deposit. •1015 E. 32nd St. 2/1 Kit, Din, Lv, Sunroom, Breakfast Room, W/D conn $750+dep.


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•2222 ARMSTRONG: Very large nice 3BR/1BA $950 •2226 E.50th 3BR/2BA with washer/dryer $925 •2122 Alaska 3BR/1BA with washer/dryer $825. 912-257-6181 2414 EAST 37TH STREET 2BR/1BA, LR, DR, CH&A. Hardwood floors/Ceramic tile. Fenced yard. Outside storage. Pets ok with approval. References and credit check required. $735/month, $700/deposit. 898-0078 3BR/2BA, hardwood/ceramic floors, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer connections,2-car garage, fenced yard, storage bldg. Quiet cul-de-sac. 6 Cassidy Court, Pooler. $1200/month. 912-659-6630

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HOUSES 4 Bedrooms 623 Windsor Rd $1200 3 Bedrooms 215 Laurelwood $895 15 Wilshire Blvd. $850 5637 Betty Dr. $850 2214 E. 43rd St. $795 2 Soling Ave. $875 2 Bedrooms 2309 e. 42nd St. $750 APARTMENTS One Bedroom 3801 Waters Ave. $725 Two Bedrooms 26 W. 59th St. $610 1132 E. 53rd St. $550 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

HOUSES AND APARTMENTS from $400 to $650/month. Call Benchmark Properties of Savannah, 912-344-4632.

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1 & 2 Bedroom Apts./1 Bath, Newly remodeled apts. LR, dining, ceiling fans each room, central heat/air, kitchen w/appliances, washer/dryer hookup. Lights, water & cable included. NO CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED; EVICTIONS OK. $179 One Bedrooms, $210-$235 Two Bedrooms/weekly. Biweekly & Monthly rates available. Call 912-319-4182, M-Sat 9am-6pm.

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•2009 Atlantic Ave: Large 3BR, 1.5BA$600 + $600/sec. deposit. •1202 East 37th: 2BR, 1.5BA $500 + $500/sec. deposit. •2114 Adams Ave: 3BR, central heat/air $750 + $750/sec. dep. •1010 W. 51st: 3BR, 2BA, 2 kitchens $600 + $600/sec. deposit. Call Lester, 313-8261 or 234-5650


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*2BR/1 Bath Apartment $600/month, $600/deposit. *Require 1yr. lease. No pets. Call 912-704-3662


1908 New Mexico: 3BR, 1 Bath, LR, DR, kitchen. Just remodeled. $750/month, $750/security. Call 507-7875 or 660-4296


897-1984, 8am-7pm EASTSIDE **430 Lawton Avenue: 5BR/2BA 2-story house, living room, dining room $950 NEAR LAMARVILLE **1912 Cowan Avenue: 3BR/2BA house $800.

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CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling fans. $115-$145 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065


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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.

•Available Now! Really nice inside & out! 3BR/1.5BA, LR, DR, new wood floors, new paint interior & exterior, new vinyl floors in baths, new ceiling fans, new high-efficiency windows & sliding glass door, utility room, carport. $999/rent, $979/security deposit. NO SECTION 8 OR SMOKING ACCEPTED. 912-920-1936 CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 6041 OGEECHEE ROAD 31419. 30X35 Shop w/2 10’ overhead doors,8X35 office space and full bath.Fenced yard. $850/month. 234-1789 or 596-3921. rooms for rent 895

ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995. SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline.2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week w/No deposit. 844-5995 EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week. Call 912-844-5995.


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2008 KIA Spectra- 45,297 miles. Great for HS/college student. $8200 OBO. Call 912-507-4601. ACURA 35 RL, 2000- Leather, moon roof, super clean. $3,950 OBO. 441-2150 CHEVROLET Cobalt, 2005Automatic, cold A/C, 2-door, extra clean, runs great. $3,950. 441-2150


CHEVROLET Silverado, 1997

PW, PDL, CC, V8, 86,500 miles. Auto, Magnaflow exhaust, UWS Toolbox, Rhino-line bedliner, Centerline wheels. $8,500. 912-657-4098


Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. HONDA CRV, 2000- Automatic, cold A/C, super clean, runs great. $3,950. 441-2150

• 318 Forrest Ave. 3BR/1.5BA $775 • 301 Forrest Ave. 3BR/1.5BA $800 • 5637 Emory Dr. 3BR/1BA $775 Call 507-7934 or 927-2853 WINDSOR FOREST HOMES •Available Now! 3BR/1.5BA, family room has been used as 4th BR, new CH&A, new interior paint, new energy efficient windows and sliding doors. Conveniently located. $999/month, $989/security deposit. Military or Police Discount.




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Mercedes Benz, Loaded, Last of the 420 SELs, great condition. 197k good for another 200k CARFAX Report. N.A.D.A valuation, all service records. $6,000.00 LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail.


Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177. ROOMMATES WANTED VERY CLEAN. Stove, refrigerator, cable, washer/dryer included. On bus line. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-961-2842

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



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