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When: 6 p.m Where: Armstrong House, 447 Bull-



Cost: $55 Info: 912-233-7787.

Adventure Cycling Association Presentation

Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

What: Collective Face Theatre Ensemble presents an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic romantic comedy. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15/$12 Info: 912-232-0018 (reservation line).

What: Enjoy refreshments, meet kindred

cycling spirits, and hear the latest in bike travel and cycling including Adventure Cycling’s work on Bicycle Route 66, with Adventure Cycling Association Executive Director Jim Sayer. Hosted by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. When: 6:30 p.m Where: Creative Coast Alliance, 15 West York St. Cost: Free

Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Author: Anna Quindlen

What: Lunch and conversation with Pulitzer-winning columnist and best selling author. Purchase price includes a copy of her latest book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Benefits Savannah Book Festival. When: noon Where: Landings Club, 71 Green Island Road. Cost: $50 Info: 912-598-4040.

Author: Ron Tanner

Alexis Mundy and Eric Salles appear in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, continuing this weekend at Muse Arts Warehouse. Cost: $10 General Admission. Free/

World Affairs Council members, students, educators, active military & dependents. Info: 912-272-4466.

Music: Third Thursdays on Tybee presents Alice and Albert

What: From Animal House to Our House is the memoir of Tanner and his wife's purchase and restoration of a former fraternity house. Tanner signs books after the talk. Books available for purchase. When: 6:30 p.m Where: Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Info:

What: Tybee's Thursday concert series wraps up for the spring with this indemand folk duo who have recorded ten CDs. Co-sponsored by Connect Savannah. Rain location: Fannies on the Beach, 1613 Strand Avenue. When: 5:30-7 p.m Where: Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa Street and Strand Avenue. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Lecture: The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Sea Level Rise on the Georgia Coast

What: Savannah Council on World Affairs presents Raul Madrid,Ph.D. with University of Texas, author of The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America. Member social at 7:30pm. When: 8 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

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What: Professor Clark Alexander from the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will speak at the Sierra Club meeting. When: 7 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: Free Info: 912-961-6190


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What: Parade floats are awash(heh!) with water-throwing paraphernalia as spectators of all ages line up along Butler Avenue. When: 6:30 p.m Where: Tybee Island, Tybee Island. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:




Bike to Work Day

What: Savannah joins cities all over the

U.S. to celebrate National Bike to Work Day. A group commute will leave from Habersham Village Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. bound for Johnson Square. A bike commuter breakfast in the square will feature coffee from The Coffee Fox and healthy snacks. Cosponsored by the City of Savannah.

Darius Rucker

What: Special guests Justin Moore and

Jana Kramer.

When: Where: MLK Arena, Savannah Civic

Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Info: 912-651-6557.

Preservation Festival Wine Tour

What: Tour some of Savannah’s finest private homes and Historic Savannah Foundation award-winning properties. Tour begins at Armstrong House.


2013 Savannah SPRING Beerathon

What: 26 bars, 26 beers, 1 epic day across Downtown Savannah. When: 11 a.m Where: Tondee's Tavern, 7 East Bay Street. Cost: $15

Canal Days: Ogeechee River Celebration

What: 1:00 p.m. "Stories of Ogeechee Neck" 2:00 p.m. Canal Nature Walk 3:00 p.m. Birding with John Parrish. All day programs for kids include Dave's Reptiles and canoes and yoga. Organic farming exhibit and native wildflowers. Crafts, food and plants for sale. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m Where: Sav/Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center, 681 Fort Argyle Rd. Cost: Adults $3.00, Children 4-12 $1.00 Info: 912-748-8068.

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What: The Coastal Ark, Oatland’s

Marine Monitoring Lab and Ledbetter Pond Learning Station on fresh and salt water wetlands and their inhabitants. Free installation of turtle excluder devices (TEDs)on crab traps so that they can help protect the Diamondback Terrapin-our only native brackish water turtle. Cast net lessons and fishing for blue crab. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

Dolphins and Desserts

What: Lecture and film clips by Hardy Jones, filmmaker of "Meetings with Remarkable Dolphins” depicting meeting dolphins and whales faceto-face andthe fight to stop dolphin slaughter in Japan. Presented by The Dolphin Project. Refreshments. When: 7-9:30 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $5 donation Info:

Fashion Lecture: Francisco Costa and Constance White

What: Costa is Calvin Klein Collection women’s creative director; White is a renowned fashion journalist. In advance of the SCAD Fashion Show that evening, where Costa will receive the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. When: 2:30 p.m Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info:

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:

Gracious Southern Gardens Tour What: Southbridge Garden Club's tour

of ten private gardens. Tea party 11am4pm. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m Where: Southbridge Community, Dean Forest Road & Southbridge Boulevard. Cost: $25 Info: 912-247-7706.

Kicklighter's 5th Annual Revved up for Autism Car, Truck & Bike Show

What: The Kicklighter Resource Center,

Inc. will be hosting its 5th annual Revved up for Autism Car, Truck & Bike Show. This event is being held to help spread awareness for autism and to aid in raising funds for Kicklighter Academy, an early learning center working to improve the life for children with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities. Day of event registration will be $20.00. If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor please contact Robert at 912-3557633. Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc. Where: National Guard Armory, Eisenhower Dr. Cost: Early registration of vehicle $15.00. Day of event $20.00. Show is free to public. Info: 912-355-7633

Savannah Derby Devils Roller Derby Match

What: Another double header as the season keeps on rollin' allong. 5 p.m. Hostess City Hellions vs Middle Ga. Derby Demons (Macon) 7 p.m. SDD All-Stars vs. Gainesville (FL) Roller Rebels

When: Where: Martin Luther King Jr Arena,

301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $16. Children 3-12 $2. Free under

3. Discounts avail.


Savannah Spring Beerathon

What: 26 beers from 26 downtown Savannah drinking establishments--that makes it a Beer-a-thon (get it?) Must check-in between 11am and 2pm. Portion of the proceeds benefits American Diabetes Association. When: 12-11:59 p.m Cost: $15Must purchase tickets in advance. Info:

SCAD Annual Fashion Show

What: More than a student fashion

show, this is Savannah's fashion showcase, on the runway and in the audience. Presented by Savannah College of Art and Design. When: 8 p.m Where: Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Info:

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Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

What: Collective Face Theatre Ensem-

ble presents an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic romantic comedy. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15/$12. Info: 912-232-0018 (reservation line).

Veronica's Closet Ribbon Cutting & Garden Party What: The grand opening of this new

business is also a southern-style garden party. When: 1-3 p.m Where: Veronica's Closet, 205 EAST 37th Street. Cost: Free. Please RSVP. Info: 912-509-4922.


Sunday Author Appearance: Bernie Schein

What: Beaufort-based author of "If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom (with foreword by Pat Conroy)" speaks on "Keys to bringing out cre-

ativity and intelligence in yourself and your offspring." Breakfast included. When: 10 a.m Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 Gen., free JEA members.

Dance for Peace

What: 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. When: 3 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Jazz Just Across the River: Tony Monaco

What: Hammond Organ artist back by popular demand, for one-night encore. When: 5 p.m Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Cost: $10. Free to CJA members. Info:

Theater: An Encore Performance of Voices from Savannah

What: An encore performance of the 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. When: 3 p.m Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: $5 Info: 912-395-2520.

Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

What: Collective Face Theatre Ensem-

ble presents an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic romantic comedy. When: 3 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15/$12 Info: 912-232-0018 (reservation line).


Monday 6th Annual Sculpture in Savannah Show

What: Award-winning sculptors from around the country with a variety of styles. A portion of proceeds benefit the restoration of the Green Meldrim House. Curated by Savannah sculptor Susie Chisholm, creator of the Johnny

Mercer sculpture in Ellis Square.

When: 5-8 p.m Where: Green Meldrim House, 14West

Macon St.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-441-6261.

Public Safety Meeting

What: Citizens are asked to offer their

thoughts and ideas this week on public safety in Savannah through a special online form available at The comments will be compiled and presented to a special Public Safety Roundtable that will meet Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Savannah Civic Center.

Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Dollar Monday

What: First of a series vs. Charleston RiverDogs. $1 for hot dogs, chips, sodas and Natty Lights. $1 Admission with online coupon or in-store coupon from Kroger. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $1 with coupon. $7 Gen.Adm. Info:



2013 Preservation Festival Lecture: Urban Village Narratives

Dishcrawl Launching In Savannah's Historic District

What: Andre Iffrig, award-winning graduate architect, community builder, storyteller and professional writer, will speak on the continuous effort to preserve Savannah’s “sense of place” through ongoing community activism. When: 6 p.m Where: Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street. Cost: Free And Open to Public Info:

Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Natty Light Two for Tuesday

What: Savannah's minor league baseball team takes on the Charleston RiverDogs. Get two Natty Lights for the price of one all night long. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E Victory Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info:

Evening @ Skidaway Science Program

What: Skidaway Inst scientist Clark Alexander presents a program on threats to the Ga. Coast in a reception and lecture at the UGA MAREX Aquarium and McGowan Library at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Reception begins at 6:15 pm and the talk at 7:15 pm. Alexander will introduce the Georgia Coastal Hazards Portal, a web-based tool. Admission is free. Seating limited. Call 912-598-2325 or email to reserve a seat. When: 6:15 p.m Where: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle.

Wednesday What: 4 Historic District eateries and be part of an amazing dining experience. Buy tickets at Drinks not inclusive of ticket price. Drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of participating restaurant. Cancellations only if 48 hours advance notice. Rain or shine. Questions? When: 7 p.m Where: Downtown Savannah. Cost: $45 Info: 954-644-9150



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Young Professionals of Savannah May After Hours at the Sand Gnats

What: Meet interesting local young professionals and watch the Savannah Sand Gnats. Game starts at 7:05pm. Membership drive: one year YPS memberships $30 for tonight only. When: 6-8 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E Victory Cost: $15 (admission, drink ticket, food) Info:

Film: Richard Harrison Tribute

What: 78th birthday tribute to Richard

Harrison; the martial arts dud Ghost Ninja (1988, Hong Kong). When: May 22, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6

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Capitalism’s awesome. We all love capitalism. Love, love, love it. Yay, capitalism. But there are two pernicious myths about capitalism which together have probably caused more pain, confusion, misunderstanding and outright misinformation than anything else about it: • Capitalists want competition. No. No, they don’t. Consumers want competition. But every businessperson, from the tech tycoon to the crepe cart operator to the local crack dealer, wants monopoly. From the days of the Spanish galleons and the East India Company to the vast, multi-tentacled multi-national corporations of today, capitalists have always craved monopoly — the exclusive means and/or rights to produce and/ or sell a product — above all else. (Corollary: Increased competition means you have to spend more of your profit margin to compete. Good for consumer, bad for business owner.) • Capitalists want to create jobs. No. No, they don’t. Not if they can help it. In most businesses, labor is the highest or certainly one of the highest expenditures. Virtually every business owner on the planet who survives beyond the startup phase will at some point feel urgent pressure to keep labor costs as low as possible. (Corollary: You keep labor costs low by raising “productivity,” i.e., making employees work harder.) Probably like you, I learned these things the hard way. We’re certainly not taught any of this in school; I’ve spoken to college classes where students had never heard such ideas expressed before. Myth Number Two came to mind recently when the House of Representatives, on something very close to a straight party line vote, passed the euphemistically and hilariously misnamed “Working Families Flexibility Act.”

Much of the media oxygen last week was taken up — and rightly so — by the controversy over the IRS targeting certain organizations based on their politics. But as is so often the case, an equally malevolent measure made its power move under the radar. In a nutshell, the Working Families Flexibility Act turns literally 75 years of established labor law on its head by proposing — a modest proposal! — to allow businesses to eliminate overtime pay and replace it with comp time off. Get it? It gives workers “flexibility.” The flexibility not to get paid! Nice. Said comp time would be largely at the discretion of the employer (they do have to pony up overtime pay if they wait too long to grant the comp time). So, if you’re dependent on a little bit of overtime pay, end up having to take comp time instead, and a family member gets sick during the busy season, guess what? Possibly you ain’t really got comp time either. You ain’t got jack. (Speaking of jack, Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston, now running for U.S. Senate, voted in favor of the Working Families Flexibility Act.) Now, before we get too amped up about this, keep in mind it only passed the House. The Act is unlikely to pass the Senate, and even if it did it would almost certainly would be vetoed by President Obama. The watchdog site estimates a 15 percent chance that the bill will become law. Me, I don’t put a lot of stock in that number in the long term. In the long term, the folks with power and money just keep coming back to the well until they eventually get what they want (inside, see Jessica Leigh Lebos’s postscript of sorts to the 61st Street apartment project, a local cautionary tale along those lines).

When you’ve got both time and money on your side, you tend to get what you want regardless. And remember: What capitalism wants is less competition and lower labor cost. Always. Another thing I’ve learned the hard way: It pays to always be vigilant. Never assume that 75 years of the Fair Labor Standards Act mightn’t be overturned. Never assume that the powers that be have your best interest at heart. And never, ever judge a bill by its name. We hope you enjoy Jenny Dunn’s remarkable cover profile this week of a remarkable person, Ed “Duke Bootee” Fletcher, a true American original and musical pioneer who has chosen to make his home in Savannah. And as always we’re thankful to Geoff L. Johnson for his accompanying photographic mastery. Not to be out-Dunn — hah! — our Bill DeYoung contributes a delightful chat this week with the great Darius Rucker.

Clarifications & Corrections:

We mentioned the clothing line Stone Morris in last week’s issue. To be clear, the designer’s name is Rosalie Morris, and her company is Stone Morris. Rosalie and the Stone Morris line were among the winners in the annual Southern Designer’s Showcase sponsored by Belk. In an addendum to Tina Brown’s recent story “Fighting Recidivism,” we’d like to point out that Mr. Borish Jenkins was in the process of completing his bachelor’s degree from Ashford University when we interviewed him for the piece, and hadn’t actually completed it at the moment. (He subsequently has. Congratulations!) We didn’t want to give the false impression that he ever claimed otherwise. Jenkins also started a Master’s in Organizational Management on April 30, 2013, and received an Associate’s degree in Business Management from Savannah Tech in May 2000. cs



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If these walls could talk ... they’d have a lot of ‘splaining to do Some will catch a glimpse of the kaleidoscopic new mural at 109 MLK Blvd. and see a bike sporting two figures, its giant wheels seeming to spin. Me, I see the making of another kind of revolution. The latest installation by See Savannah Art Walls was conceived when a little sneaker company named Converse tapped Savannah for Wall to Wall, an international marketing campaign that invites local artists to create public murals around its iconic brand. Savannah joins Barcelona, Napoli, Manhattan, Lyon and several dozen other über-cool cities under Wall to Wall’s global umbrella of urban awesomeness. In a brilliant strategy, Converse has teamed with revered culture rag Juxtapoz Magazine, lending what might’ve been embarrassingly obvious product placement some serious street cred. Though its ostensible goal is to sell shoes, the campaign utilizes street art as its medium and its message: That painting the blank walls we pass every day brings people together, starts conversations and creates community. That maxim could be viewed in full effect last week. SeeSAW co-founder Matt Hebermehl, rocking his own

Artist Matt Hebermehl stands by “Ridin’,” a public mural he created at the behest of Converse shoes and Juxtapoz magazine. “It’s a statement about doing what you need to do to get where you want to go,” he says.

pair of marked-up Chuck Taylors and a streaked mechanic’s jumpsuit, spent two days painting up the plywood in front of crumbling façade of what may forever be referred to as the old Café Metropole. (Not uncoincidentally, this was one of the sites of last year’s Before I Die project, chalkboards that invite passersby to share their most heartfelt bucket list confessions. You may recall that the project’s other installation on Waters Avenue was taken down after some joker chalked in a Cartoon of Inappropriate Content.) Suits on their way into Wasabi’s and the new City Coffee sidestepped the paint cans and nodded approval.

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Students schlepping backpacks on their way to class risked tardiness to stare in wonderment as Hebermehl crossed his canvas with teal and orange and purple. Many stopped to chat about the figures evolving before their eyes. “The image of two kids on a bike is identifiably ‘Savannah’ for me,” Matt mused in between swipes of a homemade long-handled brush. “It’s a statement about doing what you need to do to get where you want to go.” His elucidation struck me upside the head, an art attack of the profoundest kind, something that applies to all of us citizens: Faced with a

challenge, we learn to adapt. Instead of standing around complaining that there’s only one seat and two people, we find a solution. We are Savannahians, and we make it work. “Ridin’” might be considered a fundamental and colorful testament to the creativity, relevance and cooperative spirit of our city. But does Savannah truly represent such ideals? Let’s review the labyrinthine process through which our artist, an internationally-recognized muralist and painter, had to crawl to get the City of Savannah’s approval to paint a long-abandoned storefront with a mural to be featured in a global

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shortcuts on the construction site and countless violations of the city’s noise ordinance. While I had Harris on the phone, I asked her how the MPC can go all TSA Cavity Search on a public art mural while snoring through the approval of an unwanted steroidal housing development. An expert in historic preservation, she divulged that even though the surrounding neighborhood was built just after WWII, it’s not protected by official historic status. Any neighborhood older than 50 can apply as a safeguard against developers, but that won’t help the people now living in the shadow of the hideous ziggurat. “People don’t realize how vulnerable they are until something bad happens,” sighed Harris. “But it can be a spur to action.” Public discussion on this project has been disturbingly opaque. After city attorney Lester Johnson issued a letter on April 26 threatening a stopwork order over zoning irregularities uncovered in this column a few weeks ago, Chance’s lawyers liposuctioned their leasing practices to squeeze into the regulations like Mama Boo Boo into a Spandex tube top. Which does absolutely nothing to address the bullying height of the buildings, the increase in noise and light and the upcoming inevitable parking snafus. City Manager Stephanie Cutter has promised a public meeting at which residents can request concessions from the developers, like a tall tree buffer and donations to local schools. I have another suggestion in mind: Make Chance pay SeeSAW top dollar to paint the entire façade of Avenues on 61st with a mural — a permanent one. Maybe something along the lines of a big live oak? It would be a reminder to Savannahians to stay vigilant about the things they value and a way to ignite the conversation on what it truly means to relate as a community. The neighbors would get to vote on the final design themselves, a tiny victory against the bureaucratic forces that dictate what art is and where it belongs as it bulldozes over the aesthetic value of a storied old neighborhood. It’s far from a perfect solution. But hey, you gotta do what you need to do to get where you want to go. cs


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art magazine backed by one of the most well-known shoe brands on the planet: First, he filed a petition with the Site and Monument Commission as per the newly-adopted public art policy, which he helped author. That paperwork listed Hebermehl’s first location choice, a tasty two-story slab of bricks on the side of Atwell’s Art & Frame on Broughton Street, with proximity to a vacant lot and the eyes of thousands of visiting and local shoppers. At the subsequent hearing, Hebermehl presented his bikescape as a tribute to the tradition of handpainted signage and vernacular style. His request was promptly denied. Ellen Harris, the urban planning manager for the Metropolitan Planning Commission, explained that it wasn’t that the committee didn’t like the idea, they just didn’t like it there. Broughton is sacrosanct as a highend shopping district, and street art doesn’t belong, even if it is essentially an ad for hi-top kicks. “The main thing, it was just so very large,” said Harris regretfully. A loyal friend of SeeSAW, Harris was also instrumental in the creation of the public art policy and encouraged Hebermehl to find another location. With the help of realtors Lori Judge and Jacqueline Mason, he regrouped and settled on Old Faithful around the corner, the old Metropole, and submitted another application. The Converse campaign was timesensitive, so a special MPC hearing had to be called for early April. This time Hebermehl got the city’s blessing for a scaled-down version of “Ridin’”, though he didn’t even try to push for more than a temporary 30-day permit. (So get out there and see the mural before it’s gone!) It’s a mixed message that the city is sending: Savannah wants to embrace public art and its cultural brownie points, but only within a certain aesthetic. Still, you have to appreciate the process by which the mural was finally approved — so thorough, so thoughtful. If only that much deliberation was given to every project that even slightly altered the Savannah landscape. Speaking of the Nightmare on 61st Street, Chance Partners continues to slap together its four-story student rooming house near Habersham Village, in spite of uproarious objections from neighbors, reports of alarming

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Georgia’s in the middle of the pack for bike friendliness We’re No. 24! We’re No. 24! Doesn’t really have a ring to it, but that’s where we are in the League of American Bicyclists 2013 Bicycle Friendly States ranking, released last week. Ranking criteria include enforcement and legislation along with infrastructure and funding. More specific indicators examine the percentage of the state population that commutes by bike and the existence of particular programs. Each state receives feedback in the form of a state report card. As recently as 2011, Georgia was ranked way down at No. 40. Last year the Peach State was ranked No. 23, but this year’s tick down is probably not the beginning of a slide back into bike unfriendliness. Brent Buice, executive director of the advocacy group Georgia Bikes!, suggested our state, “has made significant strides toward improving bicycling conditions in the past year,” which places it in the No. 4 position among Southern states. Virginia is No. 1 in the region and ranked 16th nationally. The improvements cited by Buice include the Georgia Department of Transportation’s adoption of a “Complete Streets” policy that “integrates bicycle and pedestrian accommodations into most state and federallyfunded transportation projects.” The passage of HB101, the “three foot passing law,” is also a recent positive development. It codifies the minimum distance between cars and bikes when motorists are overtaking or following cyclists. And that’s something to brag about. Even this year’s most

bicycle friendly state, Washington, is not among the 21 states that have similar laws. Still, the report card warned that Georgia is “spending a low amount of federal funding on bicyclists and pedestrians.” In addition LAB urged the state to, “Dedicate state funding for bicycle projects and programs, especially those focused on safety and eliminating gaps and increasing access for bicycle networks.” Buice identified two major areas the state should focus on to improve cycling in Georgia. The first is adoption of Complete Streets policies at the local level. GDOT’s embrace of the concept is monumental, no doubt. “It’s a 180 degree change in their approach to transportation,” Buice said. However, it’s important to remember that transportation planning and investment is “a long range game,” he said. “We won’t see changes immediately, but they will show up as big projects begin construction.” That’s great for projects that fall under the purview of GDOT, but does nothing for transportation improvements undertaken independently by counties and cities. Neighborhood streets are where the rubber meets the road for many cyclists who use their bicycles for transportation and recreation, which is why these policies are vital at the municipal level. Savannah and Chatham County do not have Complete Streets policies. Comprehensive data collection is another area the state must prioritize, according to Buice. While we do have basic statistics on the number of trips taken by bicycle in the state, we don’t know much more about why these trips are taken, their origination and destination points, and other information that would allow Georgia to better accommodate the needs of citizens who are travelling by bike in

increasing numbers. Consistent bicycle counts in urban areas is necessary because it, “should drive planning and infrastructure development,” he said. The state’s report card also recommended the collection of data “regarding enforcement actions against motorists based on incidents with bicycles, such as traffic tickets issued, prosecutions, or convictions.” Buice encouraged the state’s residents to contact state and local officials and express the need for a more serious attention to the needs of people who ride bikes. “They should call or write,” he said. Communications with state and local leaders need not be overly “technical or wonky,” Buice explained. “They just need to hear that cycling is important.” For those whose busy schedules do not permit them to contact state legislators, city council members or county commissioners, Buice recommended an easier way to help: “An individual cyclist who has interest but no time should join and support their local advocacy organization,” he said. The release of the Bicycle Friendly States report in May is not accidental. May is National Bike Month and this week is National Bike Week. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign is offering a variety of events — including National Bike to Work Day on May 17 and the Play Streets Savannah Bicycle Block Party on May 19, both presented in cooperation with the City of Savannah — designed to encourage Savannahians to make cycling a healthy part of their daily lives. For more details on these and other events, visit cs John Bennett is executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

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In the shadow of a 400 year-old live oak, Archeologist Rita Elliot shows visitors the excavation near King George Blvd. The tree will saved in the new highway expansion.


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Though GDOT will pave over the area in the coming months, archaeologists hope to learn much from the artifacts collected during the three-month dig.

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The bulldozers are coming to destroy the archaeology site that Rita Elliot has been excavating for the past three months, but she doesn’t mind. The 20-acre parcel sits at a bustling corner of King George Boulevard and the 204 Abercorn Extension in Georgetown, behind the Parker’s gas station and surrounded by apartment complexes. Adjacent to one of the busiest commuter on-ramps in the county, the area is slated for an imminent freeway expansion by the Georgia Dept. of Transportation. The site straddles what was once part of two 19th-century sprawling plantations and has lain fallow since it was farmed in the 1950s. The Abercorn Archaeology site has yielded pre-Civil War artifacts, old slave quarters and soil samples that have allowed Elliot and nine other professional archaeologists to interpret what life was like here centuries ago. “The bad news is all this will be gone in a few weeks,” says Elliot, sweeping her arm across the forested site as the traffic drones behind her past the trees. “But the good news is that we’ve collected so much information.” The GDOT expansion is what has allowed the archaeologists there in the first place. GDOT is required by law to provide an archaeological survey, and it commissioned the dig overseen by New South Associates, a cultural resource management

firm based in Stone Mountain, GA. The land was purchased from private developers who are not burdened by the same restrictions to which government agencies are beholden. “There are no ordinances in Savannah or Chatham County that protect its archaeological resources,” shrugs Elliot, who also excavated Revolutionary War-era Battlefield Park on Savannah’s westside. “If GDOT hadn’t done this, we would know nothing.” Archaeology is methodical, often tedious work. One young woman crouches on the ground, carefully removing small piles of dirt with a teaspoon. Another dusts a brick with a paintbrush. Everything at the Abercorn site is documented meticulously, each shard of pottery and rusted nail sent back to New South’s headquarters for deeper analysis and categorization. Elliot points to a neat square, just one of hundreds of 1-meter by 1-meter units around the property that were carefully dug out once the top layer of plowed farm soil was removed. This one is deeper than the others, and Elliot speculates that it could have been an old root vegetable cellar or perhaps a privy. Other squares reveal fence post markings, a pile of bricks that was once a chimney

and the rusted blade of what might be a desiccated iron shovel. But Elliot clarifies that it’s not the things themselves that are so important, but what they mean. She quotes American Museum of Natural History anthropologist David Hurst Thomas: “It’s not what you find, it’s what you find out.” Defining archaeology as “the scientific study of how people lived a long time ago based on the things they left behind,” Elliot cites this dig of particular importance to telling the African-American story of the area. The archaeologists have excavated and documented three brick slave dwellings, visible on old maps of the plantations. “Those folks don’t show up much on the historical record because they didn’t read or write,” says Elliot. “With the artifacts and the soil samples, we can see how well or poorly they ate, what every day life was like, what level of autonomy they had.” The excavation may also give more information about the nearby Ogeechee Insurrection of 1868, when a group of freedmen were thwarted trying to claim their right to the “40 acres and a mule” promised to them during Reconstruction. (The promise was revoked by President Andrew Johnson after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.) “I expect some of the features will be from that period,” says Elliot. One of the most defining attributes

of the site isn’t human-made at all: It’s a towering live oak, estimated at 400 years old. The tree has become something of a mascot for the archaeologists, and a forthcoming children’s book about the Abercorn Archaeology dig will be told from its perspective. GDOT will leave the tree intact and has incorporated it into the cement cloverleaf and onramp design. “The live oak tree is a recognized part of this historic property and is a unique participant in that is ‘watched over’ the evolution of this cultural landscape,” said Pamela Baughman of GDOT in a press releace. “We have asked…to preserve it so that it can observe the evolution of the landscape yet to come.” Though the rest of the broken bricks and ancient oyster shells will be soon be buried forever, the massive amount of data the archaeologists have extracted during the three-month Abercorn dig will live on. An elementary school curriculum is being developed based on the information, and the curated artifacts could reveal even more as technology advances. Elliot believes this is the real value of archaeology, preserving information for future generations. “This collection will keep on educating infinitum,” she says. cs Find updates about the dig at

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Potluck praise

Citizens Advocacy spreads the love For 35 years, Citizens Advocacy has kept some of Savannah and Chatham County’s most vulnerable people from falling through the cracks. Celebrating that every person matters and has special gifts to share with the world, the Beloved Community was in happy attendance at last week’s Annual Meeting and Biggest and Best Covered Dish Supper at Savannah Station.

Citizens Advocacy director Tom Kohler

Citizens Advocacy Board Member Robert Cohen (l.) and emcee-of-the-evening Wade Herring

The Come On Up Choir joyously belted out “Lean on Me” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Roberto Pinckney (center) hams it up in the food line with Abraham and Jessica Leigh Lebos.

Big smiles from Citizens Advocacy’s Ashley O’Brien and Stanley Taylor

Betsy Cain, Gillian Grable, Barry Helmly and Jane Fishman sang out loud

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Brother kills brother Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 43-yearold man after a domestic confrontation escalated into violence last week.

William Graham Jr. was declared dead at Memorial University Medical Center after the 6:45 p.m. incident at his residence in the 1000 block of West 45th Street.  His brother, Emmanuel Lorenzo Graham, 29, of the same address, was questioned by Violent Crimes detectives and released when the investigation indicated that the victim was the aggressor. Investigators determined that William Graham “had become involved in an altercation with his sister and Emmanuel Graham had intervened. The confrontation between the two brothers escalated to the point that Emmanuel Graham was injured and

William Graham was stabbed by his brother,” according to a police spokesman. The investigation is continuing with in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office. • Police are trying to identify the name and gender of the driver in a single-vehicle crash this morning that killed both occupants.  Jennifer M. McLaughlin, 30, died at Memorial University Medical Center where she was transported after a patrol officer pulled her out of the burning car about 5:30 a.m. The driver of the tan Oldsmobile 88 died in the fiery crash.  The car had sped away from an SCMPD officer who approached it on foot when he saw it parked  at the Islands Expressway boat ramp moments earlier. It narrowly missed a patrol car on Goebel Avenue and crashed into several trees at Foster Street, erupting into flames. + Police are expanding their search for a man who attempted to rob a bank last week and are asking the

public for help. McDaniel, 18, a Police released photos passenger in the of the suspect, described car, remained in as a black male in his 40s serious condition. or 50s wearing a blue hat, Both women also dark shirt with a pattern are from Dublin. on the front, jeans and Alexander white shoes. Gunn, 18, of The man entered the a Wren Court Wanted for Suntrust caper SunTrust Bank in the 2500 address, and Tayblock of Abercorn Street lor Brown, 18, about 2:45 p.m. with a of King George Boulevard, both of brown rag over his face and handed Savannah and occupants of another a teller a note demanding money. vehicle, were transported to Memorial “The suspect then retrieved the note University Medical Center for treatand left, taking no money with him,” ment of minor injuries after the 5:43 police say. p.m. collision.   Police say Gunn was traveling east• A Dublin man was killed and two bound when he suffered “a medical women in the car with him were in condition. “The pickup truck he was serious condition after a multi-vehicle driving crossed the center line and crash on U.S. 80 East Saturday, which sideswiped a pickup driven by James had traffic backed up for miles. Hammond, 45, of Ellabell, GA, who Ben McDaniel, 25, died at Memowas pulling a boat and trailer. rial University Medical Center after Gunn’s pickup then crashed headthe 5:43 p.m. crash 1.5 miles west of on into the car driven by McGrady. cs Fort Pulaski. Diana McGrady, 51, Give anonymous crime tips to who was driving one of the vehicles Crimestoppers at 234-2020 involved in the crash, and Grace

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news of the weird Charming The beauty pageant each April at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, requires traditional skills like interview poise, evening-gown fashion and talent, but also some ability and inclination to milk and skin rattlers. High school senior Kyndra Vaught won this year’s Miss Snake Charmer, wearing jeweled boots one night for her country-western ballad, then Kevlar boots and camouflage chaps the next as she took on dozens of rattlers in the wooden snake pit. Vaught expertly held up one serpent, offered its tail-end rattles for a baby to touch, then helped hold, measure, milk and skin a buzzing, slithery serpent. A Los Angeles Times dispatch noted that Vaught hoped to be on her way soon to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

The Continuing Crisis

• That there are flea “circuses” is bizarre enough, but in March a cold spell in Germany wiped out an entire troupe of “performing” fleas, requiring the flea whisperer to secure replacements (because, of course, the show must go on). Trainer Robert Birk reached out to a university near Mechernich-Kommern for 50 substitutes, which he apparently worked into the act over one weekend. (Fleas, with or without training, can pull up to 160,000 times their own weight and leap to 100 times their own height.) • The owner of a restaurant in southern Sweden told authorities in March

that the former owner had assured him that “everything had been approved,” apparently including the appliance the restaurant used for mixing salad dressings and sauces - which was a tablemodel cement mixer. When health officials told the owner that it certainly was not “approved,” he immediately bought another, “rust-free,” mixer. (Health authorities had come to the restaurant on a complaint that a screw had turned up in a customer’s kabob.)

the precision of an archer,” the Post reported. His biggest catch ever was a $1,800 (pawned value) gold and diamond bracelet, but the most popular current items are iPhones, which texting-on-the-move pedestrians apparently have trouble hanging onto.


• Tyshekka Collier, 36, was arrested in Spartanburg, S.C., in March after she had rushed to her son’s BOY, THEY’re elementary school after really biting a call that he was susModern Anglers in new york pended. As she burst • Chad Pregracke, 38, a city into the office, angry at Mississippi River legend, her son for getting into spends nine months a year trouble, she saw a pouthauling heavy-duty liting boy with his head ter out of waterways with down and slapped him, his crew of 12. He told thinking he was hers. CNN in March that he has He wasn’t. (After apoloyanked up 218 washing gizing, she then manmachines, 19 tractors, four aged to locate her son pianos and nearly 1,000 and promptly slapped refrigerators - totaling over him around). 3,500 tons of trash - and • When Evan Ebel has collected the world’s was killed in a roadside shootout in largest array of bottles with messages March, it was clear that he was the man inside (63). who had days earlier gunned down the • Eliel Santos fishes the grates of New head of the Colorado prison system York City seven days a week, reeling in (and his wife) at the front door of their enough bounty to sustain him for the home and then fled (and killed another last eight years, he told the New York man while on the lam). Ebel should Post in April. The “fishing line” Santos, not even have been free at the time, 38, uses is dental floss, with electrihaving been accidentally released from cian’s tape and Blue-Touch mouse glue prison in January only because a judge’s - equipment that “he controls with

assistant had mistakenly marked Ebel’s multiple prison terms to be served “concurrently” instead of one following the other (“consecutively”).

Bright Ideas

• Apparently feeling feisty after a successful stint in February hosting the Bassmaster Classic, local officials in Tulsa, Okla., announced in April that they were considering preparing a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (The Winter Games sometimes get awarded to small venues, but never the Summer Games.) • The Discovery Channel announced a new survival show to debut this summer, Naked and Afraid, dropping off a man and a woman (strangers), without tools or clothes, to fend for themselves on an isolated Maldives island. Among the previews: Ms. Kellie Nightlinger, 38, a self-described “ultimate survivalist,” finally thought after two weeks of nearly starving that she could attract fish close enough to be snatched up (as a New York Daily News reporter put it) “us(ing) her ladyparts as bait to catch fish between her legs.” Said a Discovery Channel executive: “Survival shows are so common now that it’s gotten more and more difficult to convince the audience that what they’re watching is something extreme.”


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People With Issues

Finally, Herson Torres was freed. As Bloomberg Business Week reported step-by-step in April, Torres was recruited by a “Defense Intelligence Agency operative” to rob a Virginia bank in order to test first-responder reaction times. If caught, Torres’s arrest would be removed, said “Theo,” the operative. The skeptical Torres asked advice of various authority figures, including two bemused lawyers, but “Theo” was able to calm them all with a dazzling display of CIA jargon and procedures. Torres was indeed arrested, and “Theo” indeed sprang him (but with a judicial order that was forged). Ultimately, “Theo” was revealed to be frustrated computertechie Matthew Brady, 26, who lives with his mother and grandmother in Matoaca, Va., and despite his worldclass bluffing skill, he pleaded guilty in May and was ordered treated for his paranoid schizophrenia and delusional disorder.

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Even the editor of News of the Weird gets bored: (1) A man in his 70s in Burnaby, British Columbia, was rescued in January after being pinned for three days under fallen debris inside his seriously cluttered home (with “ceiling-high mounds of garbage,” wrote the Canadian Press). (Ho-hum.) (2) In Lianjiang City, China, in January, Peng Xinhua, 101, joined a long line of returns-fromthe-dead. Following a fall, she had become stiff and without a heartbeat, her two daughters said, and burial was scheduled. Just before the funeral, as relatives and friends were washing her body, Peng opened her eyes and calmly greeted them.

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(1) A 5-year-old boy in rural Cumberland County, Ky., accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in April, firing his own .22-caliber rifle. The weapon (a “Crickett”) is marketed as “My First Rifle” by the Keystone Sporting Arms company. (2) Henry Gribbohm, 30, admitted in April that he had blown his $2,600 life savings trying to win an Xbox at a rigged ball-toss game at a Manchester, N.H., carnival, lamenting to WBZTV, “For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker.” (Gribbohm complained to the operator, but was given only a large stuffed banana as consolation. However, when news broke, an Internet website took up a collection and purchased the banana from him for $2,600.) CS


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In TV shows and movies we often see someone shoot a revolver and then immediately place it inside the front waistband of their pants. Wouldn’t they get burned in a very sensitive place from the extremely hot barrel? —Remy Luria My assistants Una and Fierra are always looking for an excuse to blow things up, set them on fire, etc. When they came across your letter, their little eyes lit up. “Boss,” they said, “we could perform a computational heat transfer analysis. Or we could grab guns and ammo and head out to the range. Which approach do you think is likelier to boost our Google page rank?” Three minutes later they were rummaging through their closets looking for the Glock. The women assembled a subset of their alarming collection: the abovementioned Glock 26 nine-millimeter semiautomatic, representing a typical concealed-carry semiautomatic handgun; a Ruger P85 nine-millimeter semiautomatic, representing a typical full-size semiautomatic handgun; and a Ruger Super Redhawk .44 magnum revolver, representing the kind of cannon you use when asking a punk whether he feels lucky. The surface temperature of each gun was measured before and after firing using a Fluke infrared thermometer, the goal being to find the highest temperature of any part likely to touch skin if stuffed down one’s pants. Each pistol was fired once and had its temperature taken at five seconds and again at 60. The experimenters then happily blasted their way through an entire magazine, then two, with a firing rate of two rounds per second (one round every two seconds for the .44, owing to the need to collect oneself between shots). Firing a single round from the nine-millimeter firearms didn’t make them appreciably hotter. Emptying a full Glock magazine resulted in a maximum temperature increase of 10 degrees Fahrenheit; after two magazines the maximum increase was 14 degrees.

The P85 heated up 18 degrees after one magazine, no doubt mainly because it held 15 rounds, as opposed to ten rounds for the Glock. After a 30-round rapid-fire session, the P85 had gained 26 degrees. Conclusion: neither semiautomatic was likely to cause burns unless the weapon was already pretty warm. The .44 was a different story. One shot raised its temperature two degrees, six shots raised it 25 degrees, and after 18 shots the gun’s barrel was 42 degrees toastier than its starting temperature. But was this hot enough to burn? Deciding there was only one way to find out, Una carefully slid the now-unloaded .44 behind the waistband of her skirt. While uncomfortable, it didn’t burn her, although she learned that a four-pound weapon stuck in your waistband will pull your knickers to your knees. I caution that discharging enough rounds from a large enough firearm can absolutely generate enough residual heat to burn you. I just read your answer [March 21, 1986] to the question “How many dinosaurs did it take to make a barrel of oil?” In it you refer to scientist Thomas Gold, who theorized that most oil is from nonbiological sources. It’s been almost 30 years since that column appeared. Have any of Gold’s ideas panned out? —Dan I haven’t done an update mainly for lack of developments. However, I’m happy to add these points of detail: 1. Scientists have been able to place inorganic compounds under high heat and pressure to make complex hydrocarbons in the lab, bolstering the theory that similar processes could create oil within the Earth’s crust. 2. Hydrocarbons, most likely of abiotic origin, have often been detected in asteroids, comets, and planetary moons in trace amounts, and a few puzzling small hydrocarbon deposits have been discovered in unusual locations. 3. To date, there’s been no sign of large-scale abiotic oil. In 1986 I said a well was being drilled in Sweden looking for the stuff, but as of this year both it and successor wells have been a bust. 4. Nonetheless, abiotic oil remains a popular notion in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Proponents point to deep drilling successes in the Caspian basin and elsewhere as evidence of abiotic oil; mainstream oil geologists see these claims as evidence of too much vodka in the borscht. If anything changes I’ll let you know. cs By cecil adams


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Hot fun in the summertime at Dollhouse When the summer moves in, the hipsters move west. At least that’s the philosophy of Blake and Peter Mavrogeorgis, proprietors of Dollhouse Productions. Located in a nondescript industrial park on the extreme western edge of Savannah, Dollhouse is a 5,600 square foot warehouse the husband and wife use for office space, a recording studio and — most germane to this column — a performance venue. The couple opened Dollhouse in 2012, in true “if you build it, they will come” fashion. Since then, there’s been a series of smokin’ and sweaty live shows in the big room, drawing from the region’s hottest bands, DJs, performance and visual artists. In April, Dollhouse played host to the Savannah Independent Designers showcase. Music’s on the menu for summer. Cusses’ annual all-ages “end of school” bash takes place May 23 (see a story on the band in this issue), to be followed on May 25 by “Endless Summer,” designed as the first in a series of hot-weather concerts at Dollhouse. The “endless” event (it starts at 5 p.m. and will go well into the wee hours) has performances by Triathalon, Koko Beware, Makeout Club, Sauna Heat, AG & Abraham Dankin, Rejjie Snow and still others to be announced. This, too, will be an all ages show. Advance tickets are $7 at

Except for a recently-ended hiatus of two years, Vance has been on the road nonstop with his rock ‘n’ roll performance art show — it’s a band, but it’s not really a band — Captured! By Robots. Vance and his comedic metal associates return to the Jinx — always one of their hot spots — Friday, May 17. Pre-built into his concept is the robots’ sadistic and crude dialog — they absolutely hate JBOT (aka Vance, the only real human on the stage) and verbally abuse him. He is their “slave,” and he wears a full bondage mask to prove it. He takes his lumps, literally and figuratively. The shtick works so well because the 8-foot guitar player, the drummer with the severed head and the stuffedape percussionists are all really

playing the music, albeit through a complex computer, metal, wiring and duct tape system that Vance painstakingly put together. The music is hard, slamming rock — Captured! By Robots is kind of like a sludge metal band. With real metal. Audience participation is a big part of the show, Vance told us one or two visits ago. “When the robots swear at the crowd and the crowd swears back,” he said, “that’s when you know they’re real to the audience.”

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May 18 is Retro Gaming Night at the Wormhole, where you’ll be taken back to the 1980s and ‘90s via multiple consoles with NES, Dreamcast, Atari, Sega and other video game

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It’s been 15 years since ska bassist Jay Vance, sick of the bullshit that goes on between touring musicians, Googled the words “pneumatics” and “welding” and taught himself to build a band of robots.

Sauna Heat is among the bands set to play “Endless Summer,” May 25 at Dollhouse

blasts from the past. Admission is free, and it starts at 10 p.m. You can also do a good deed if you wish. Buy an optional bracelet for $5, which benefits A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Mrs. Robert’s class at Ellis Montessori Academy to help them by art materials for the children.

Organ donor

Organist Tony Monaco, the coolest captivator at the 2012 Savannah Jazz Festival, returns to give us more this week, in another Coastal Jazz Association show. An acknowledged master of the Hammond B3 organ, Monaco will perform Sunday, May 19 in the Westin Resort ballroom (the monthly series happens to be called “Jazz Across the River”). In our interview with Monaco prior to the jazz festival, he explained the differences between playing the B3 and playing piano. “Your right hand has to be a soloist and a guitar player while comping,” he explained, “and you have to learn textures and sounds. So the comparison to the piano would be the fact that it has a keyboard. “The difference is, the organ you can sustain forever, and you change the volume with a pedal. And the piano, you have to constantly re-strike and you change the volume by how hard you hit the keyboard. So the harder you hit the organ, the more it goes against you. You want to develop a touch that’s light and use your foot for expression. It’s a total immersion into the instrument.” Admission to the 5 p.m. concert is $10 for the public; it’s free for CJA members. CS


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The polytonal producer, percussionist, and local professor who wrote and performed the most important hip-hop song of all time story By Jenny Dunn | photos By geoff l. johnson |

The story of Duke Bootee is a right-place/been-there, right-time/done-that string of iconic moments; a musical rendition of the movie Forrest Gump if Gump had been black and brilliant instead of white and retarded. Get this: Duke Bootee played with disco’s chart-topping soul singer Edwin Starr while simultaneously predicting the death of disco in New York City. Duke Bootee threw back drinks at Kings Cross when punk was heating up in London, when Billy Idol was still, according to the Duke, a “getting high-in-the-airport kind of punk.” Duke Bootee sang “Give Peace a Chance” with a flash-mob of thousands at the Dakota on the upper west side of Manhattan the night John Lennon got shot. Duke Bootee used to kick back and watch MacGyver with Sun Ra, of Sun Ra

“But I knew this was gonna be some historical shit.” Chatting with the 61-year-old New Jersey native is a free course in sociomusicology, a lesson in contemporary music’s symphonic zeitgeist. Because Fletcher was more than just present for the revolution. He was instructing the populace on how to adapt, how to take it all in. The opening lyrics of a Sugar Hill Gang song gently explained the name for the sounds and the movement in 1979: “What you hear is not a test: I’m rapping to the beat.” That song was “Rapper’s Delight.” Something Fletcher couldn’t predict was how “The Message,” a song he wrote in his mother’s basement in Jersey, would become the most innovative, most influential and most rerecorded old-school hip hop track of all time, as recorded by Grandmaster

Flash & the Furious Five. Blending funk with dance club rhythms and inspired by Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” and Zapp & Roger’s “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “The Message” drummed up an epic echo. That echo reverberated through the halls of the Smithsonian’s historical recordings and imprinted on the pages of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Hailed as the greatest hip hop song of all time by Rolling Stone, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012. “It always amazes me how something that’s so old, that was done in such a short amount of time could become such a classic,” Fletch muses. “But, if you have to have your whole career distilled to one production, I don’t mind that it’s that one.” Truth is: this man penned,

produced and performed so many tracks with so many artists for so many albums that he’s lost count. The only number Fletcher knows offhand is 31, because that’s how many of his songs hit the Top 40. “There’s a certain charge that you have knowing that you’re on the charts, that you’re at the top of the charts. There’s a certain living by your wits. In the record business, it’s a gamble.” “I was a hustler, baby,” he sings to me, in perfect pitch. You gotta have a con in the land of milk and honey. Fletcher spent four years (19801984) earning what he calls his “Harvard business degree,” as a studio musician, road manager, co-producer and writer at Sugar Hill Records. He continues on p. 22


and his Arkestra, who claimed he came from Saturn but was born in Alabama. Duke Bootee was on his feet at the Ritz in ’81, when Prince came out in a leotard, G-string and knee-high boots singing “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” Duke Bootee toured with the Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five — the first act to ever (ever!) go out onstage without a band. Just Flash, the DJ and the rappers. Miles Davis even named a song after him on his last album, Doo-Bop. Duke Bootee introduces himself as Fletcher. Ed Fletcher. “Usually, they say people who are involved in some sort of renaissance don’t walk around saying: ‘Hey, how goes the Renaissance?’” Fletcher says, wiggling the unlit cigar tucked under his finger.


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took what he learned and launched his own boutique label, Beauty and the Beat Records. “I wasn’t a rapper, I was a musician,” says the second rap artist to get signed to a major label — Polygram. “But you don’t have to be a musician to make music. The Ramones only knew five chords … but they played the hell outta them.” In Fletcher’s eye, rap went a step further than punk rock, adopting a DIY, all-inclusive stance on making noise that crossed racial and social boundaries. “We were like, we don’t even need a guitar — all we need is a turntable to start this shit. And look at what they did with that. Thirty years and it’s a multibillion-dollar industry,” Fletch says. “When you can’t sing and you start singing, people go: ‘Hey fucker. You can’t sing.’ But with rap, it’s so democratic — almost anybody could do it. It gave voice to the people who’d had no voice before.” When he describes life in the echelon of minor celebrity, he gestures broadly, with arm sweeps and a good bit of pointing. He didn’t lose his head in the public eye, tried never to care what critics said, didn’t drink the industry’s lifestyle Kool-Aid. He also didn’t stop putting on an ultra-late night buzz and eating tiny, square hamburgers at the White Castle. “People are like: ‘What are you doing drunk at the White Castle? Ain’t you Duke Bootee?’” he recalls. “I’d be like: ‘Man, fuck you. I’ve been getting drunk at the White Castle since you was born. What’s your problem?’” Fletch is also credited as a vocalist on the 1985 protest album, Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid, which featured just about every big name musician around at the time: Bob Dylan. Bono. Hall and Oates. Miles Davis. Pat Benatar. Pete Townsend. Grandmaster Flash. To name a few. “It was a really good experience,” he reflects, chewing the Baccarat a little. Flipping through books about the making of Sun City, he opens to a full-page spread of himself wearing dark sunglasses and brandishing a baby. “There were so many stars there that everyone was trying to steal this shot, so I grabbed this baby,” he says, leaning back and laughing.

“Hey man, if I’d found a dog, I’d have snatched that, too.” He played an instrumental part in convincing the other rappers to sign on to the project, which raised more than a million dollars toward antiapartheid organizations. Oh yeah, no big deal: he received a citation from the United Nations. “To me, it was never political, it was always social,” Fletcher insists. “All I ever wanted to do was hold a mirror up to society.” Fletcher has always been an artist by the people, for the people and of the people. And he knows how to bet the odds on the time signature of the

mainstream market. “You get a chance to play with the guys you grew up wanting to play with and you see they’re not living like you wanna live. They don’t have the kind of money you want. They don’t have the kind of house that you want. They’re trapped on the road. I made that conscious decision that I don’t just want to satisfy myself. I also want to make things that are appealing enough that people put down their hard-earned money for.” One of the things Fletcher’s proudest of is being a regular guy, having a family, a normal life outside and above the one typically peddled by

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people in show business. Above all else, he’s a family man. He’s been with his wife Rosita since they were both 15 years old. In part, it was his familial legacy that allowed him to just turn and walk away from the record business. “Music just wasn’t feeding me the same way, my needs had changed,” is how Fletcher explains quitting the business with a little shrug. “I was ready to stop when I was ready to stop.” Plus, he couldn’t be the kind of father he wanted to be from across the Atlantic. “You only get one shot with your kids,” Fletcher intones. “I mean, I came home, my son was throwing the ball like a girl, right? I said to my wife: ‘What the fuck is this? He’s throwing like a girl.’ And my wife is like: ‘Well? Who’s he had to throw with?’ I couldn’t even bring him in the yard. We had to throw in the basement first.” Since he quit the biz, Fletcher has spent the past few decades earning a pair of Master’s degrees, learning how to play tennis, publishing a novel, The Yo Culture, and teaching. His most recent gig? Critical thinking professor at Savannah State University. He says part of the function of why he teaches is to learn. “I try not to be one of these fuckedup old guys who think everything that young people do is fucked up. I just try to understand. My students have been trying to turn me on to who they listen to. Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean. I loved it.” Fletcher imagines that the folksy bluegrass tilt the music market’s been leaning toward is reactionary — reality hunger on the upturn, youth in revolt against the vacuity and manufactured performance. Americana is a swollen genre that harkens back to simpler epochs like grunge and folk, Cobain and The Band. And while Fletcher admits he’s not particularly fond of groups like Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers, he says that’s beside the point. “It’s infectious. Even if it’s a hoedown… I want to know why it’s catching on. I think it’s the reaction to this whole choreographed, Las Vegas drum-machine, everything’s perfect world. People want something real,” he shrugs. “That shit is real.” CS

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As ubiquitous as Ross and Rachel in the mid 1990s, Rucker’s voice on the Hootie & the Blowfish hits “Only Want to Be With You,” “Let Her Cry” and “Hold My Hand” poured deep and mellow from MTV and every jukebox and car radio (that’s the way people heard back in those days, children) on an hourly basis. The Hootie & the Blowfish album Cracked Rear View went platinum 16 times over and was the top-selling record of 1995.



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The band, which originated at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, also includes guitarist Mark Bryan, drummer Jim Sonefeld and bassist Dean Felber. The hit songs were co-written by all the band members, but as the lead singer and frontman, Rucker was always the focal point. He was, and is, the voice. Hootie & the Blowfish never repeated the success of Cracked Rear View, and the band’s most recent album, Looking for Lucky, came out eight years ago. Rucker, on the other hand, has been anything but idle. Since 2008 he has scored six No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country music chart (most recently, a soulful cover of the Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show song “Wagon Wheel”). He is just the second African American to top the country charts, and the first to win New Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association. Last week, he played a surprise acoustic set at the Blowfish Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg, Fla., which happens to be owned and operated by Hootie bassist Dean Felber.

as he was for everybody in the ‘70s and ‘80s. When I started listening to Nanci Griffith, Dwight Yoakam and bands like Newgrass Revival and Foster & Lloyd, I loved it but I never really thought about singing it. Then in 1989 Radney Foster came out with his Del Rio Texas 1959 record — the day I bought that and put it on was like a lightbulb for me. It was the first time I

thought man, I really want to make a country record someday. I talked about it for years. We were on tour, seven years ago now, and one of the guys said he was done touring every summer and wanted to take

some time off. So I said ‘Now I’m going to make a country record.’ I wouldn’t have given me a record deal. But I had a great manager who got me a record deal, and the rest, I guess, is history. Was it an uphill climb? There are a lot of “flavors of the month” in country. Darius Rucker: Oh, absolutely. The president of Capitol at the time decided he was going to sign me. He called me over dinner and said “I’m gonna give you a record deal.” I said “I’ll believe it when I see it.” He said the next day he went to the office and he called the 13 people that he thought were movers and shakers in Nashville, and 12 of them told him it would never work. There’s this whole myth that rock ‘n’ roll guys and pop guys, when their careers are over they go into country music and make a living. And I always say to people, “Well, tell me one person that’s done it besides me.” And the answer is, nobody. Nobody’s ever had a career, let alone a hit. Well, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but they were always kind of country. Does Hootie & the Blowfish still exist?

You were such a successful rock singer. Why did you make the switch to country music?

Darius Rucker: Oh yeah. I don’t think we’ll ever say we broke up, because we never know when we’re gonna play together again. Next year is the 20th anniversary of Cracked Rear View, and we’re talking about maybe doing a quick tour or something. We’re still a band, but I don’t think we’ll ever be a touring band ever again, where we go out every summer. I don’t think that’s gonna happen.

Darius Rucker: I grew up in the South, and I love country music. I always thought it was great — it started, as a kid, with Hee Haw. That was a show I watched every week. I don’t give Roy Clark and Buck Owens enough credit for my career, because that’s where it really all started for me. Kenny Rogers was huge for me too,

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Darius Rucker: Oh goodness, yes. We used to play the art college there a lot, SCAD. And there was a bar there we played every six weeks for a couple years. I wish I could remember the name of it. Savannah was great for us. Do you feel like Nashville has accepted you? Darius Rucker: Yeah. I still feel I have something to prove, and I won’t rest on my laurels and go “Everything’s fine.” I still have to prove to people that I belong, and I deserve to be there. But definitely I feel like they’ve accepted me. I’ve got so many friends there. And I’m a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Right there, of all the things that happened to me I think getting asked to join was the turning point to where I went “OK. I made it in country music. I’m in now. You can’t kick me out, I’m in.” It’s a great family, and I’m proud to be a part of it. CS Darius Rucker With Justin Moore, Jana Kramer Where: Martin Luther King Arena, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 Tickets: $29.50-$69.50 at



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I’ve been all over the world. I lived in different places over the years. Charleston is just home. My family’s there, my friends are there. Sure, I could live in the big city and go to the supermarket and everything, but in Charleston I’ve been going to the same supermarket for 15 years. Everybody there knows me. It’s just no big deal. And I like that. I love living in a small town ‘cause I’m a small town kind of guy. And Charleston is perfect for me.


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Road warriors Bryan Harder, left, Angel Bond and Brian Lackey.

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“I love to travel,” says Bond, the rock ‘n’ roll trio’s charismatic vocalist. “I’ve traveled most of my life. So to travel and play music was a total bonus.” The tour, like the Cusses album, was a DIY affair, with Bond, drummer Brian Lackey and guitarist Bryan Harder booking the dates themselves. “The way it works in this business is you need fans,” Bond declares. “And to do that, you play live. I don’t think

you really get us, and really fall in love with us, until you see us live.” She catches herself, and laughs a little. “In my humble opinion.” Of course, two months crammed into a silver Sprinter van, piled ceiling-high with equipment, can make even the best of friends fall out of love pretty quick. Luckily for the three Cusses, and their traveling companion Samita Wolfe, the potentially arduous nature of the sojourn had

they went, the musicians say, they made new friends. Harder: “Part of the highlight, for me, was to meet the type of people that are giving and welcoming, and invite you to stay at their house without knowing them. After playing a show, then ‘We love you. What are you doing tonight? Do you have a place to stay? If not, stay with us.’ That happened a lot.” Happily, they don’t have any real road-horror stories. All the band equipment, except for a few broken cymbals, made it back intact. Lackey broke a finger mid-song because he smacked his snare a little too hard (“I kept going for about a song and a half,” he smiles). In Washington, D.C., a street kid passed out on the sidewalk in front of the club where Cusses were performing. Police and passers-by stood there as he urinated all over himself. “We had to step over him, and his trail of pee, to unload,” Bond laughs. “It was literally going right to our van.” The cops wouldn’t allow the band to leave, adds Harder. “They were essentially blaming us because we were playing rock ‘n’ roll in their town.” The band plays its annual “End of School Jam” show, for all ages, May 23 at Dollhouse Productions. Crazy Bag Lady and two other bands will join Cusses on the bill. They’re talking about staging another of their No Control festivals later in the summer — and maybe, just maybe, an inaugural tour of the U.K. in the fall. Next up is a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a second album. Vinyl and CD copies of Cusses were big sellers on the tour — the band sold out of them, as well as Cusses T-shirts and their other carry-along merchandise. “If it wasn’t for the merch, we wouldn’t have made it,” Bond says. “The merch is the only thing that got us gas money. And gas is not cheap.” CS


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Logan Rollins stands before “Youth in Repost (Houseboy)” at his “Makeshift Theatre” show at Ashmore Gallery.

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“I can’t stress enough how fun this project was,” beamed Logan Rollins as he welcomed audiences to his MFA Photography thesis exhibition entitled “Makeshift Theatre.” A selection of 15 audacious portraits, the show explored the representation of homosexual identity through campy, anti-aesthetic techniques. His sitters—various shirtless, suggestive and flamboyantly made-up men—share, despite their varying traits, one consistency: the fact that they’re all gay. “It was important not to include straight models, for the show’s integrity,” noted a thoughtful Rollins as he surveyed his well-hung and beautifully lit exhibit. Rollins said he initially thought of himself as a much more serious artist. As he conceptualized this body of work, however, he realized that he had to scrap that serious selfperception. His willingness to loosen up and break his medium’s rules was the point of departure for the glam and gaudy portraits of “Makeshift Theatre.” Where a more sober presentation of his chosen subject matter would have prompted reflection on the complex alchemy behind the formation

of the self, Rollins’s photographs call attention to the superficial, performative aspects of identity by presenting distinct gay stereotypes. “These are 15 out of 70 images total for this body of work. I couldn’t have more than one portrait say the same thing for this show.” By breaking the conventions of taste and technique, Rollins sought to free his portraits from the constraints of the photographic tradition. His practice, then, conveys an affinity for imperfection and impropriety, two essential features of authentic identity construction. “Makeshift Theatre” came to fruition in a year that has seen key GLBTQ rights come to the fore of the national conversation. With the public perception of these lifestyles shifting, Rollins offers viewers the opportunity to test their expectations of what it is to be gay and look the part. Figures’ poses, garments and countenances evince Rollins’s position as director of this makeshift theatre. “I shoot more like film, so where some photographers will take 400 shots or more, 60 or 70 is a lot for me. It’s planned out—less posed, but very directorial.” The portraits achieved, then, a strong balance between finish and

fun. From “Youth in Repost (Houseboy),” the show’s signature image of a reclining youth in leopard-print boy shorts with broom in hand, to the barrette-sporting blonde sitter gripping an archer’s bow in “Scout Nouveau,” the typology of stereotypes Rollins builds explores how gay and straight cultures heroicize, eroticize and glamorize the gay body and identity. Since his approach is so kitschy, the photographs in sum amount to more than an over-sexualized arrangement of various notions of gayness. “Makeshift Theatre” embraces questionable choices, doing things incorrectly and laughing about mistakes. Rollins’s anti-aesthetic tactics thus communicate a sense of ease with oneself and one’s social context. His practice reminds beholders that any identity—gay, straight or somewhere in between—is a performance.

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Rollins’s show was just one of many events going on around town this past weekend. Gina Phillips presented her MFA Photography thesis, “Syzygy,” at Non-Fiction Gallery. Like Rollins, Phillips interrogates identity in its socio-cultural context through testing the functions and mechanisms of


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photography. Her diverse work took the form of prints, light projections and photo-sculptural installations, and illustrated how opposing, seemingly irreconcilable forces constitute the richness of interior life. At Oglethorpe Gallery, Kate Wimer presented “Touchstones,” which contrasted images of Wimer’s Minnesota hometown with Savannahian sights and settings, articulating how the artist weaves together various spaces to construct a representation of home. Barely 15 minutes walking distance from each other, Oglethorpe, NonFiction and Ashmore routinely offer locals quality exhibitions in a range of mediums. Those venues’ calendars are particularly full this month. Thesis season is in full swing this time of the year, with talented MFA candidates showing praiseworthy work over the next few weeks. With no entrance fees, free refreshments and stunning art on view, the hardest work necessary for gallery hopping come Friday night is to throw on a pair of walking shoes. cs

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stracted images and the Impressionist’s striving to capture color in the moment. May 1-31. Free and open to the public. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

6th Annual Sculpture in Savannah Show — The show

features 16 outstanding, award-winning sculptors from around the country with a variety of styles including figurative, wildlife, fantasy and abstract in bronze, stone, wood and ceramics. Refreshments. A portion of proceeds benefit restoration of the Green Meldrim House. Curated by Savannah sculptor Susie Chisholm, creator of the Johnny Mercer sculpture in Ellis Square. Free and open to the public. Mon., May 20, 5-8 p.m. Green Meldrim House, 14 West Macon St. Art For Life’s Sake: Desotorow’s Annual Auction Fundraiser — Desotorow

Gallery, Inc’s annual silent auction fundraiser. Help this non-profit continue to serve the community with exciting programs and exhibits by bidding on art and packages from local businesses while enjoying live music and hor d’oeuvres! 5-10pm May 18-19, Desotorow Gallery Inc, 2427 Desoto Ave.

Et. Al. — The exhibition features new works by Danielle Aras, Megan Callaghan, Elizabeth Colland, Cory Elder, Julie Freund, Tricia Hebron, Daniela Izaguirre, Sean McGuire, Emily Perez, Jessica Pidcock, Jared Seff, Sujay Shah, Joseph Sharp, and Brian Sparrow. Under the guidance of Professor Laura Mosquera, the artists use the exhibition to explore the themes of transitional state, no man’s land, the space in between, and suspension. Fri., May 17, 6 p.m. American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Exposed Awareness Exhibition — SCAD faculty and

students have joined forces to raise awareness for human trafficking and modern day slavery. Rallying up with a number of non-profits, they are hosting EXPOSED, an artistic movement that

Into the Fold: An Exploration Southern Spirituality — The

photographic works of Lauren Flotte and Jahmad Balugo, showcasing religious influence and spirituality. S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.

16 national sculptors will sell their work to raise funds for the Green Meldrim House. Free to attend, the show is Mon. May 20, 5-8 p.m. at the house.

seeks to reveal the truths of human trafficking. The exhibition’s opening night will be Friday, May 24 from 7:30-10:30pm. Students are free with id; general public $5 May 2125, 11 a.m The Sicky Nar Nar, 125 W Duffy St. Frogtown to Victory — A

photographic series by SCAD MFA Photography candidate, Ashley M. Jones. Capturing the community along the M.L. King, Jr. Boulevard corridor, and how this community has been impacted by the Interstate 16 flyover. May 16-27. Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd.

Frost in 2010 for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Through Sep. 22 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design — 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.

Artists’ Reception: Tangible Spirits — Recent works


by Will Ursprung and Jerome Meadows. Through May 19 Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

Act/Natural: Photography — Approximately

Candice Breitz: Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) —

40 photographs from Telfair’s permanent collection that explore candid and staged compositions to create portraits. Many are being exhibited for the first time. Through Aug. 4 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Video artist Brietz’s multichannel video installation, featuring avid Italian Madonna fans performing their way through Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection” album. Through July 14 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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

Nostalgia: Paintings by Oksana Gruszka Harmouche — This solo exhibition

created by members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs at Blick Art Materials, 318 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA. M-F 8-8, weekends 11-6. F

Arsenal — A contemporary

installation of hundreds of hand-made paper “guns” suspended from the ceiling. Created by Sarah

includes oil paintings and watercolors of historic Savannah scenes that focus on the beauty and harmony of man, nature, and buildings. Artist reception May 24, 6-9pm. Through May 31 Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel — Jerry Siegel’s

approximately 50 blackand-white and color portraits of Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, William Christenberry, Lamar Dodd, Ida Kohlmeyer, Charlie Lucas, Charles Shannon, Kathryn Windham and others. Through Sep. 15 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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.

Illustrations by W. Gerome Temple and Etchings by Gwendolyn Blackwell DiCroce — Hand colored

and painted etchings by DiCroce feature whimsical figures, animals and plants. Drawings by Temple exhibit biomechanical interaction, early ideas of flight, and imaginary entomologies. All work for sale, with partial proceeds benefiting Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.

Almost Home: Paintings — A solo exhibition

by J. Michelle Connors. Through May 31 Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Paintings by Joshua Hill — Hill’s latest paintings

are inspired by Gerhard Richter’s “dragged” ab-

Silver From the Rizza Collection — An exhibition

of the recently donated collection of 18th-to-20th century American and English silver from Dr. Frank Rizza and his family. 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 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

The High Chairs: An Installation by Jessica Scott-Felder — Antique furniture is a

recurring object in Atlanta artist Jessica ScottFelder’s drawings,found object sculptures, installations and performances. Through July 8 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.

Classes Children’s Summer Day Camps at the Telfair — Eight sessions of

one-week day camp for students, June 17 - Aug. 9 at the Jepson Center.

Each camp for a different age group. Photography, jewelry, technology, basic art skills. Telfair website for info, pricing and registration. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Kid’s Summer Pottery Camp — Weekly Pottery Camps

begin June 3 run through Aug 16th for kids ages 4-16. Stay cool this summer with afternoon and Sat. morning parent/child summer pottery classes. lisa@savannahsclayspot. com. savannahsclayspot. com. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St.

Summer Art Camp Registering — City of Savan-

nah’s Art Camp, June 3 to August 9. Eight camp sessions will be offered for children, providing an introduction to painting, ceramics, jewelry and performing arts. www., City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Summer Art Workshops — The Studio School

announces its summer art workshop series: June 10-14: Youth Oil Painting Intensive, a one-week, day-long camp for the serious middle or high school student. June 1721: Drawing the Figure, half-day 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. thestudioschoolsavannah. com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Visions in Watercolors: May Painting Classes at Tybee — Taught by watercolor

artist, Brad D. Hook, owner of “Strokes” by Hook. Class dates: Wed. May 15, 11:00am-2:00pm Sun. May 19, 11:00am2:00pm Tues. May 28, 6:30-9:30pm. Email strokesbyhook@gmail. com. Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr.

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The couple operates five different restaurants and watering holes around Savannah, and most of them have experienced tremendous transformation in a short amount of time. Their seminal spot, B. Matthew’s, was shuttered for weeks last summer as crews revamped the interior of the historic building. Midtown eatery Blue Turtle Bistro saw its bar area expanded and electrified. The

The Smoked Poblano Pepper (top) and a variety of tacos are new additions to the menu at the reincarnation of Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina.

5 Spot took over a sleepy corner of Habersham Village and debuted to instant success last December. And a few weeks ago, the entire operation of Blowin’ Smoke hopped from downtown to the former Sol location in the Victorian District. In fact, the only venue that hasn’t been completely redefined is Gaslight’s neighborhood bar, Abe’s on Lincoln. “Abe’s sits there and minds its own business,” laughs Brian. “But the rest of them are completely changed.”

Blowin’ Smoke has not only undergone a physical metamorphosis but an identity shift as well. The Huskeys opened the barbecue joint on MLK Blvd. in 2008, intending for it to become an anchor in the imminent revitalization of the western business district. It quickly became a local hotspot with its live music and epic cornhole tournaments, though the renaissance of their surroundings moved at a more molasses pace. When the opportunity arose to buy the building on Habersham and 33rd

Todd shares the fires with classically-trained Andrew Youngblood, a former chef at Alligator Soul who sports the word “debrouillard”— French for “resourceful”— tattooed on his forearm. Together the pair meld the flavors of the Southeast and the Southwest. “He’s barbecue, I’m Mexican,” grins Youngblood. Also redesigned is Blowin’ Smoke’s bar menu, offering plenty of reason to while away many an afternoon with a signature Honey Jalapeño Margarita or a Cilantro Martini (destined to be the cocktail of 2013; you heard it here first.) A selection of south of the border beers meet the spices of the food, including Negra Modelo on draft. After the months of construction, chaos and tangling with the city’s permitting department, the Huskeys seem remarkably mellow, sipping coffee as the breeze wafts under Blowin’ Smoke’s half-open garage doors. Now that its five spots are up and running and packed with hungry, happy people, can Savannah expect a sixth notch in the Gaslight Group’s formidable belt? The Huskeys raise their eyebrows at each other and exchange one of those husband-and-wife looks that reveals there’s been plenty of discussion around the topic. “We’re done,” says Brian with a smile. “Really.” “I feel like we’ve had a lot of accomplishments this year,” adds Jennifer. “We want to give ourselves some time to relish them.” cs

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remains ($5 half order, $9 whole.) An assortment of soups and salads are options for lunch or a light dinner, as are the tacos ($3-4): Starring boldly-seasoned seafood or lipsmacking crispy pork or ropa vieja, each taco comes topped with a choice of chipotle, lima crema or ancho mole sauce, making for endless combinations of flavors. Also on the lighter side are the “samiches,” including the vegetarian Spicy BBQ Tofu and the Black Bean Cake (both $7.) The Huskeys’ insist on keeping price points low, and even big plates like the Smoked Brisket, a massive stack of pecan-smoked beef served with a choice of two sides, is just $14.

Also evident is the couple’s awareness of healthy choices: Dessert includes fresh fruit with honey, and there isn’t a chicken finger in sight on the kids’ menu (the dip-the-veggies-in-thelime-sauce option is bound to be a hit with the 5 and under set.) But make no mistake, Blowin’ Smoke remains true to its barbecue joint roots. All the meats are slowbraised on a corner of the patio by resident smokemeister and Brian’s brother, Todd Huskey. Though the move hasn’t been without its bumps, he’s adjusting to the change. “The kitchen is a lot smaller, so that’s a challenge, but I think we’ve figured it out,” says Todd.





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streets, Gaslight pounced. “We gave it five years on MLK. But the lease was coming up, and we didn’t own the space,” explains Jennifer. “We’ve had our eye on this place for a long time.” It’s no wonder: The main dining room is surrounded on three sides by glass garage doors, turning the entire restaurant into a glorious patio when the weather suits. The Huskeys have added a low fence around the property to keep children corralled and parents relaxed, and the courtyard, with its colorful Day of the Dead iconography, has plenty of room for summertime cornhole contests. Rebaptized as Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina, the Huskeys’ latest enterprise is already packed with locals and drawing tourists from downtown. The move also comes with a whole new menu concept, one that keeps Southeastern favorites like pulled pork sandwiches ($7) and “Flintstone” beef ribs ($15 half rack) but incorporates the Southwestern flair so beloved by Sol’s former customers. Sums up Brian: “We’ve unpainted ourselves out of the barbecue corner.” Standout small bites include Tostones (fried green plantains served with house mojo sauce, $4) and the Smoked Poblano Pepper, stuffed with smoky pulled pork and queso fresco, a meal in itself ($4). Housemade chips can be simple with fire-roasted salsa ($3) or a total indulgence with guacamole, sour cream and meat ($10). Don’t worry, fried pickle fans: Blowin’ Smoke’s original cherished appetizer


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In keeping with the overly romanticized roar of the 1920s, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby offers up an glittery eyeball-fuck of circumstantial pomp, a sexy win of a soundtrack and beautiful A-list people. Clocking in at a $51 million-dollar opening weekend, another Hollywood studio can once again claim relative blockbuster success.

Luhrmann, known for his musicality, unique vision and radical departures from tradition in earlier films like Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, serves it lukewarm and dialed in for Gatsby. In this flick, he misses an opportunity to draw out parallels to modernity and comes across as a cover band director, someone whose celebrated directorial ambitions coattail the mastery of others who came before him. Luhrmann’s only addition was the invented frame bookending the story with a psychiatrist in a mental ward, which is the most played-out cliché in the history of storytelling. Or maybe he just gave the people what they wanted. For the most part, the plot sticks doggedly enough to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s enduring masterpiece of the same name; a story detailing the pratfalls of opulence, the lies we tell ourselves, the hopeful bravery of self-delusional love and a mysterious man named Jay Gatbsy. Tobey Macguire assumes the role of quintessentially unreliable narrator Nick Carraway, a midwesterner who moves to Long Island only to play voyeur to a moneyed crew of acquaintances, driven by self-serving motivations, infidelities and unreachable expectations. The rest of the cast shines hi-gloss surface appeal. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as leading lady Daisy Buchanan, the classic foil for Helen of Troy. Add the beady eyes of Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher’s accent as Myrtle

Wilson, and it’s safe to say everyone looks the part. The costume design: gorgeous. The art direction: dizzying, with imagery that only occasionally feels heavy-handed. Pivotal scenes at the Plaza and Tom Buchanan’s Manhattan apartment are arguably stand-alone shorts, something Luhrmann’s been focusing on as of late. Sadly, a good film demands to be more than a series of shorts. As far as page-to-screen adaptations go, this one falls unbearably short; a flaccid and faltering homage to literary greatness. Perhaps less so for the unpaged masses, for whom watered-down eye candy may appeal. In bursts of fits and starts, the pacing stalls and the intensity warbles. The slow-motion whirl spins into mawkish cartoon. The Great Gatbsy is a lackluster non-departure that leaves anyone with a fair to middling intelligence quotient wishing they’d stayed home, bought the soundtrack (featureing Lana Del Ray, Jay-Z, Fergie, Beyonce, Jack White in haunting renditions of covers and jazzed originals alike) and curled up with the book. — Jenny Dunn

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Putting the pedal to the metal, it’s full speed ahead for Iron Man 3, the first post-Avengers flick to feature one of that elite outfit’s members again operating in single-player game mode. Jon Favreau, who helmed the first two pictures, has vacated the director’s chair, with Shane Black now occupying the seat (Favreau remains attached to the project as an executive producer and

in the supporting role of Happy Hogan). Black is best known as the veteran screenwriter of the original Lethal Weapon and made his own directorial debut with 2005’s grandly entertaining Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but despite the swap, there’s no discernible difference in his approach and Favreau’s: Like Iron Man 2, the movie is generally engaging, occasionally dull, frequently cluttered, and recommended with only the greatest of reservations. And with The Avengers still fresh in everyone’s minds, this tin-man outing might seem even more tinny to many prospective viewers. In a heads-up bit of scripting by Black and Drew Pearce, the picture nicely ties into the plot of The Avengers by presenting Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as a man who’s been humbled (or as humbled as someone like Stark can be) by his close encounters with otherworldly gods as well as that frightening free fall from the heavens. These events have caused him to experience frequent anxiety attacks, although it will take much more than that for him to shirk his duties as Iron Man: When a madman named the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) arrives on the scene and starts destroying American property and endangering American lives (Happy, Stark’s erstwhile bodyguard, is one of the potential victims), Stark not only promises to kill the foreign assailant but even provides his own home address over the airwaves to facilitate their showdown. But the Mandarin isn’t the only heavy on the scene. There’s also Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a former nerd whose cruel treatment by Stark back on

threadbare villainous role, while Kingsley emerges as an MVP: His work as the Mandarin is exemplary, but not for the reasons one would expect. Considering The Avengers kicked off the cinematic summer of 2012 in high-flying fashion, there’s a palpable sense of letdown with Iron Man 3 serving as this new season’s opening salvo. Still, the film does enough right to keep the customers satisfied.



Michael Bay is, of course, the schlockmeister behind such works as Armageddon and the Transformers trio, so one can only assume he approached this decidedly less giggly material with visions of sugarplummed Oscars dancing in his head. And why not? Movies about lowlife crooks shooting themselves in the foot (literally or figuratively) have enjoyed award runs in the past. The factual tale being related here, made famous by a series of articles Pete Collins wrote for the Miami New Times, is solid gold. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a Miami bodybuilder who loves his body but not his lot in life, which entails a low-paying job working in a gym. After attending a seminar presented by motivational speaker Johnny Wu, Daniel decides that there’s no reason he can’t enjoy the American Dream himself ... by stealing it from someone else. Enlisting the aid of two other hunky lunks - Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), an ex-con and ex-cokehead who has found Jesus, and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), a steroidabusing weightlifter whose habits have left him with penile dysfunction cont’d page 38




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- Daniel sets his sights on gym patron Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a sandwich-shop owner who worked his way up to riches and now treats everyone else with contempt. The plan is to kidnap Victor and torture him until he signs away all his assets his funds, his house, his boat. But when it comes to doing anything right, Daniel, Paul and Adrian are even less adept than Moe, Larry and Curly, and the saga soon involves botched snatches, more hostages, an endless supply of dildos, severed hands roasting on an open grill and, sure enough, a murder or two. Besides a head-spinning story, what Pain & Gain most has going for it is a superb cast. As a none-too-bright guy who tries to better himself in all the wrong ways, Wahlberg has rarely been better. I’ve been touting the talents of Johnson even back when he was still billing himself as The Rock (and most recently in February’s Snitch), and he’s very good here, ably filling out the character who goes through the most changes during the course of the story. But salient ingredients largely count for naught with the Pearl Harbor director at the helm. Not able to get out of the way of a promising movie, Bay smothers the project in the sort of juvenile hijinks we had hoped he would skip this time around: homophobia, misogyny, scatological humor and other ingredients sure to make a 13-year-old boy titter.



Set in writer-director Jeff Nichols’ home state of Arkansas, the picture follows teenage boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) as they make an unusual discovery in some woodland located on a small island off the Mississippi River: a boat stuck up in a tree. No sooner have the lads claimed it as their own than they discover it’s already being used for shelter by an unkempt man who identifies himself as Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Insisting he can’t leave the area because he’s scheduled a rendezvous there with his one true love (Reese Witherspoon), Mud implores Ellis and Neckbone to help him by bringing him some food. The boys comply, but with each subsequent visit they become more involved with Mud’s plight and soon learn that everything is not what it

seems. With keen instinct, Nichols offers a look at the hardscrabble lives of folks eking out an existence in difficult circumstances — a definite step up from the protagonists of Winter’s Bone and Beasts of the Southern Wild, but a trying experience nonetheless. Sheridan and Lofland are perfectly cast as the inquisitive Ellis and the no-nonsense Neckbone, and there’s a sharp supporting turn by Sam Shepard as a neighbor who knows Mud better than anyone. If Nichols’ script isn’t quite as memorable as the one he crafted for the edgy Get Shelter — McConaughey’s title character could use more fleshing out, and the ending is a bit limp — his choices as director are first-rate throughout, not only in tapping both the inherent humor and suspense in the tale but also for keeping a leash on his leading actor’s tendency to solely rely on his aw-shucks mannerisms. The character of Mud can be as messy as his name, but McConaughey cleanly punches him across. CS



The latest in a steady stream of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world sagas, Oblivion itself is a vast wasteland, with only fleeting visions of imagination and coherency as far as the eye can see. Presumably, writer-director Joseph Kosinski, adapting the graphic novel he co-wrote with Arvid Nelson, didn’t set out to mix ‘n’ match elements from seemingly every science fiction film ever made with the possible exceptions of Monster a Go-Go and Son of Flubber. And presumably, Kosinski and the other scripters didn’t mean for the final draft to be so clunky and convoluted that it suggests plotholes where none might exist. Yet even if all involved are presumed innocent, they’re still guilty of producing one of the spring’s biggest letdowns. Initially, viewers appear to be in good hands. Set in 2077, the scenario involves an invading alien force that the citizens of Earth were able to repel, but at the expense of the livability of the planet. The survivors are now living on the Saturn moon of Titan, and Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have been tasked with gathering the earth’s few remaining resources before abandoning the planet themselves. From

their pad high above the surface, Victoria remains in touch with their commanding officer (Melissa Leo) on Titan; Jack, meanwhile, patrols the terrain, makes repairs to malfunctioning drones and keeps an eye out for roaming aliens known as Scavs (basically, the result of a Star Wars Tusken Raider mating with a Predator). But the naturally inquisitive Jack’s convictions are pureed into doubt and disbelief after he rescues an astronaut (Olga Kurylenko) whose vessel crashlands on the planet. Oblivion looks like an expensive movie right from its first frame, but in much the same way as Duncan Jones’ excellent 2009 effort Moon, its minimalist mood stirs memories of those low-key sci-fi works from the early 1970s, pre-Star Wars whispers like Silent Running and Slaughterhouse-Five. Cruise’s Jack Harper is an appealing human version of WALL-E with a dash of Mad Max Rockatansky simmering beneath the surface, and the movie seems poised to employ battlefield Earth in exciting ways. Instead, the story gets more hamfisted as it unwinds, becoming needlessly cluttered and finally petering out with a series of daft sequences, each more ludicrous than the one which preceded it. The movie’s not as complicated as it makes itself out to be, and for all I know, it might not contain any gaping plotholes. But it feels that way because Kosinski and company fail to answer a sizable number of questions, electing instead to let audience members fill in the blanks to such an extent that anyone who sees this film would have a justifiable reason to sue to get their names added as co-scenarists. Cruise is dependably solid in a role that can hardly be deemed a stretch, while Riseborough makes the film’s best impression as his sometimes prickly, usually sweet lover and co-worker. Kurylenko is far more affecting in Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder - heck, she’s even more affecting in the Bond flick Quantum of Solace - and if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL given a makeover as a Southern lady, then Leo’s your gal. Morgan Freeman also pops up from time to time, wearing sunglasses even though his character seems to be spend most of his time in caves.



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, wartsand-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, 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. Writer-director Brian Helgeland 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 wince-inducing simplifications. Boseman delivers an impressive performance as Robinson, Ford provides gruff humor as the crusty Rickey, and the strong supporting cast that includes Christopher Meloni as manager Leo Durocher and John C. McGinley as sportscaster Red Barber. It’s the collective effort of these MVPs that primarily allows 42 to register as more than just by-the-numbers. CS

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Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursday. Free ongoing, 7:30 p.m. See website or the Drinking Liberally facebook page for more information. Free ongoing, 7:30 p.m. livingliberally. org/drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. ongoing, 7:30 p.m Brick House, 514 M.L.King Jr. Blvd. 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 200 Club presents Savannah Mile Run

Sat. May 25, 8am. Seventh annual run starts at Drayton and Park Ave., running one mile north on Drayton to finish on Broughton St. All ages and running levels. Five heats include a fun run plus five-year age groups. Benefiting the 200 Club. $15 through April 30, $20 through May 23, $25 May 24 and 25 Through May 26. 912-238-1200. twohundredclub. org. Through May 26 Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker 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., South End of Forysth Park. 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 Savannah Spring Beerathon

26 beers from 26 downtown Savannah drinking establishments--that makes it a Beer-a-thon (get it?) Must check-in between 11am and 2pm. Portion of the proceeds benefits American Diabetes Association. $15Must purchase tickets in advance. Sat., May 18, 12-11:59 p.m. Sat., May 18, 12-11:59 p.m 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 United Way of the Coastal Empire 21st Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, May 20.12pm Registration (lunch included), 1pm tee time. Benefiting United Way programs. For more information about United Way Golf Tournament, please visit www.uwce. org. Call for pricing. Through May 20. 912-651-7720. Through May 20 The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr.

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 ,. 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 City Seeks Proposals for 2014 Cultural Services

City of Savannah seeks proposals for 2014 programs in Cultural Programs and Cultural Tourism. Applicants must be a 501-c-3 nonprofit. Programs must occur in 2014. Applications, guidelines and information online or by contacting Crystal Northcutt by email or telephone. Application deadline: July 12, 2013 at 6pm. first time application workshops are May 16, May 23, June 4, and May 22. Attendance required for first timers. Call for details and times.. Through July 12. 912-644-7927. first time application workshops are May 16, May 23, June 4, and May 22. Attendance required for first timers. Call for details and times. Through July 12 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 Asian Festival Seeks Vendors

Vendors sought for the Savannah Asian Festival, occurring at the Savannah Civic Center, Sat. June 22, a free event organized by the City of Savannah. Chatham County Health Department rules apply for food vendors. Call or see website for vendor rental fees and application forms. Through May 31. 912-651-6417. Through May 31 Telfair Teen Council now accepting Applications for Membership

Telfair's Teen Council will help the museum create products and programs for teens. Council will include between 10-20 teenagers who want to engage with art in their community. Participation in the Teen Council is free. Application process is free and open to the public. Call for Applications, required activities, benefits of participating and criteria for selection. Through May 31. 912-790-8800.

involved/teens/. Through May 31

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. 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. 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

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav..claystudio@ 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

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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. 912644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu. satprep.html. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. 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.

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. 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. 912-897-

3604. 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 First session: Youth Getting Reel

Designed for ages 8-15, a week long intensive designed for Young Actors. June 3rd-7th,6pm-9pm. We will shoot the short film June 8th-9th AUDITIONS: May 6 (4-8pm) & 7 (2-5pm.) Email for your appointment time and location. Offered by First City Films. $350 Through June 10. Angelique@FirstCityFilms. com. Through June 10

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 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

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 New Horizons Adult Band Program

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

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.

Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

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

Free Fitness Boot Camp

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welcome. Free 912-921-0667. 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@ ongoing Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. ongoing

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

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. Kamp PHUN (Peace, Hope, Unity, Now)

A camp for the children of current or formerly incarcerated parents. A ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. For children ages 9-11. Camp dates: July 28 - August 2. Applications or more info contact: Cindy Coward, 912-355-0398 Email: goofycindy@ Free. Through July 28. Through July 28 Knitting & Crochet Classes

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

Individuals or groups. Spanish-English

Novel Writing

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@ or text or call 912-12-6607399. Call for fee information. Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. ongoing 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

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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 5:30-8:30pm. 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. ongoing Yoga for Couples

A two hour class for prospective 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 Youth Getting Reel: From Class to Film

A first of its kind... Class with a final produc. June 17-22. Designed for ages 7-15. A week long intensive designed for Young Actors. Students must audition into the class. Auditions will be in late April. Tentative dates for class are in June. See website for info and audition dates. Offered by First City Films. Price To Be Determined. Through June 22. Through June 22

Dance Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. 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. 912-921-2190. ongoing Argentine Tango

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. 912-9257416. ongoing 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. 912-4141091.


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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. 912-596-0889. edgebellydance. com. ongoing Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance


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.


St. ongoing. 912-290-0072. ongoing

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. Home Cookin' Cloggers

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 Irish Dance Classes

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, 7:30pm10:00pm. 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

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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.

704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing

ing. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

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

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

Savannah Dance Club

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.

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,

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. ongo-


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Sat. May 25, 9am. A free monthly fitness walk for fellowship, support and encouragement of good health, hosted by Every Step Counts. Call for location and registration. Free and open to the public, especially cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Through May 26. 912-398-6554. Through May 26

Al-Anon Family Groups

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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 8pm-9pm. . YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St.



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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 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.

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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.

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

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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


March 21-April 19 In the alternate universe created by Marvel comic books, there is a mutant superhero called Squirrel Girl. She has the magic power to summon hordes of cute, furry squirrels. Under her guidance, they swarm all over the bad guy she’s battling and disable him with their thousands of tiny chomps and thrashing tails. She and her rodent allies have defeated such arch-villains as Dr. Doom, Deadpool, Baron Mordo, and Ego the Living Planet. Let’s make her your role model for the coming weeks, Aries. The cumulative force of many small things will be the key to your victories. As in Squirrel Girl’s case, your adversaries’ overconfidence may also be a factor.


April 20-May 20 You have arrived at the edge of reality. Or rather, to be precise, you have arrived at the edge of what you *think of* as reality. Here’s where things could get very interesting. Just on the other side of that edge you’re brushing up against, there is much, much more reality -- a vast territory you have barely imagined, let alone believed in or explored. Are you feeling brave? If you’re willing to find out about stuff you didn’t even realize you would love to experience, I suggest you slip across the border and wander around on the other side.


May 21-June 20 A character in Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel *A Game of You* delivers this speech: “Everybody has a secret world inside of them . . . No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them.” As a Gemini, you are not, of course, dull and boring on the outside. That may have something to do with why your secret inner worlds are often even frothier and sparklier than most people’s. But lately, I’m afraid, some of those secret inner worlds of yours have gotten a bit shabby and dank. It’s time for a deep cleansing. To be thorough, don’t just wash your own brain. Wash your wild heart and funky

soul, too.


June 21-July 22 “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time,” said writer Charles Bukowski. “All else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” I invite you to make that thought one of your guiding principles in the coming week, Cancerian. Translate your high ideals into actions that make a practical impact on particular human beings and animals. Instead of merely talking about what good things you want to do, actually do them. As much as possible, be sure that every detail of your daily life reflects your vision of ultimate truth and beauty.


July 23-Aug. 22 If you were a fledgling savior, now would be a propitious moment to begin your messianic mission. If you were a musician hoping to leap to the next level of career success, this would be prime time to plan an extensive tour. If you were the inventor of the Next Big Thing, I’d suggest that you get your marketing campaign in gear. And if none of those descriptions fits your personal situation, regard them as apt metaphors for your use. How can you spread the word about what’s most important to you?


Aug. 23-Sept. 22 As frontman of the band Queen, Virgo singer Freddie Mercury made use of his four-octave range with flamboyant showmanship and breathtaking technique. Many critics regard him as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of pop music. Freddie joked that he was perfect except for one glaring flaw: his overbite. Because he had four extra teeth in his upper mouth, his top jaw protruded. But he chose not to alter his appearance with surgery because he suspected it might change his singing voice in unpredictable ways. Is there a comparable situation in your own life, Virgo? A so-called imperfection that seems to be entwined with a beautiful asset? I urge you to be like Freddie. Accept the paradox -- embrace it and celebrate it -- and move on.


Sept. 23-Oct. 22 The 14th-century poet Dante was

a major influence on 20th-century novelist James Joyce. “I love Dante,” wrote the author of the epic novel *Ulysses.* “He is my spiritual food.” And yet Joyce felt he had to absorb Dante in small doses. “Dante tires one quickly,” he said. “It is as if one were to look at the sun.” Is there any influence like that in your own life, Libra? Judging from the astrological omens, I’m guessing it’s a fine time for you to get as much sustained exposure to that glorious source as you can bear.


Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Greek poet Sappho was renowned in antiquity. The nine books she wrote were so esteemed that the historian Strabo wrote, “in this whole span of recorded time we know of no woman to challenge her as a poet even in the slightest degree.” And yet little of Sappho’s work survives. As of 2004 there were just 264 fragments and three complete poems. But then a fourth complete poem emerged. Its text was written on papyrus that had been wrapped in the casing of an Egyptian mummy. The mummy had been stored for years in a backroom at Cologne University in Germany before someone discovered its hidden treasure. Your assignment, Scorpio, is to seek an equivalent recovery. Search for a part of the past that’s still beautiful and useful, even if that quest leads you to unlikely and obscure places.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21

When I turn my psychic attention in your direction, I smell smoldering smoke. Here’s how I interpret that: Your internal fire is burning with less than maximum efficiency. Do you agree, Sagittarius? If so, do you know why that might be? Did you not provide enough kindling? Is the wood too green? Is the ground wet? I urge you to find out what the problem is. You can’t afford to have sputtering flames and sooty light and spotty warmth. You need a steady blaze that radiates brilliant light and strong heat.


Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Very few of us are completely uninhibited about expressing who we really are. Most everyone is shy about revealing at least one facet of his or her identity. Why? Maybe because we’re afraid that people

will judge us harshly for being different from what they think we should be. Or maybe our secret side is at odds with our self-image, and we hesitate to acknowledge it even to ourselves. What is this part of you, Capricorn? In what sense are you still in the closet about a truth or quality or event that’s central to your character? I urge you to have a conversation with yourself about it. You aren’t necessarily ready to tell the whole world about it, but now might be the right time to start considering the possibility that you can give it more room to play.


Jan. 20-Feb. 18 I absolutely forbid you to be a slave of happiness, a victim of pleasure, or a prisoner of love. Wait. Sorry. I take that back. What gives me the right to forbid you from doing anything? It’s your life. You’re the boss. So let me reframe my previous advice. Dear Aquarius, I beg you not to be a slave of happiness, a victim of pleasure, or a prisoner of love. None of the good things in life will give you what you need if you make yourself crazy or sick while pursuing them. That’s the cautionary news. The encouraging news is that in the next five weeks, I think you will have a knack for cultivating a graceful relationship with happiness, pleasure, and love.


Feb. 19-March 20 Don’t be like the ducks that are floating on Phoenix Lake a short distance from where I’m sitting. They’re feeding entirely on the surface, happy to skim a few insects from the top of the placid waters they’re drifting on. No, Pisces, be more like the frogs that are diving to probe for morsels down below. This is a phase of your astrological cycle when the quest for more variety can deepen your perspective and provide better nourishment.

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. 912-4299241. ongoing Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. 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. 912-238-0018. 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. ann@aikyayoga. com. 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. 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, 912-7565865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. 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

Georgia Equality Savannah

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

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. 912-2887863. ongoing

Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

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 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@ ongoing North Beach, Tybee Island. Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Mondays: 8:30am and 7pm. Lake Mayer Community Center. $5. 5:30pm Frank Murray Community Center, Whitmarsh Island. $3. Tuesdays: 10am Curves @ Savannah Mall. $5/class for non-members. 5:30pm St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class/ non-members. Wednesdays: 9:30am, Frank Murray Community Center, Whitemarsh Island, $3. Thursdays: 10am, Curves at Savannah Mall, $5. Bring water, proper shoes and attire. Contact Mai @ 912-604-9890. ongoing. 912-604-9890. 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

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

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

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 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. Cancer Patient & Survivor Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Techniques of deep relaxation, breathing and gentle movement that can be practiced daily to develop mindfulness, reduce stress and enhance well-being. Wednesdays: May 15-July 10, 6:308:00pm at Fitness One on the Memorial campus. Call for information and to register. Through July 10. 912-3507845. Through

July 10 Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Cancer Survivorship Series: Innovative Ways to Relieve Stress

Thurs. May 16, 5:30-6:30pm. A lecture on ways to reduce stress and live life to the fullest. Part of a lecture series addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of surviving cancer. Register by phone. Free and open to the public, especially cancer patients and survivors. 912-350-7845. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. 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 Author appearance: Anna Quindlen

Lunch and conversation with Pulitzerwinning columnist and best selling writer of fiction and commentary. Purchase price includes a copy of her latest book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Benefiting the Savannah Book Festival. $50 912-598-4040. Landings Club, 71 Green Island Road. Author Appearance: Bernie Schein

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Beaufort-based author of "If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom (with foreword by Pat Conroy)" speaks on "Keys to bringing out creativity and intelligence in yourself and your offspring." Breakfast included. $8 Gen. Adm. Free for JEA members. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Author appearance: Ron Tanner

From Animal House to Our House is the memoir of Tanner and his wife's purchase and restoration of a former fraternity house. Tanner signs books after the talk. Books available for purchase. Not known: see website for admission pricing Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. cs


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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. $215-$235 Two Bedrooms/weekly. Biweekly & Monthly rates available. Call 912-319-4182, MSat 10am-6pm.

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2 remodeled mobile homes in Garden City mobile home park. Double/Singlewide. Low down affordable payments. Credit check approval. Special ending soon. Speak directly to Community Managers, Gwen or Della, 912-964-7675

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2 Bedrooms 2309 E. 42nd St. $750

FOR RENT: 921 West 46th Street. 2BR/1BA, separate dining, fireplace in living room, CH&A, ADT security. $650/month,$650/deposit. References required. 912-507-2306

APARTMENTS One Bedroom 3801 Waters Ave. $695 315-B e.57th St. $625 Two Bedrooms 1132 E. 53rd St. $550 1230 E. 54th St. $525 2128 Clars Ave. $495 Three Bedrooms 527 E. 38th St. $725 123 Harmon Creek $825

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FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: 1510 Lincoln Street. $165/week plus deposit. Includes microwave, refrigerator, central heat & air & utilities! Call 912.231.0240

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

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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: $110 per week plus $65/security deposit. Corner of 38th & Drayton. 234-9779

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.

ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177.


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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.



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


in kitchen. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-210-0181. 130 ALPINE DRIVE: Roommate Wanted. $600/month, NO deposit or $150/week. All utilities included. Near Hunter AAF. 912-272-8020 cars 910


Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. GM CUSTOM VAN, 1991, 41,000 miles. 912-354-3884 between 10am-6pm. HAVING TRANSMISSION TROUBLE? I can solve the problem. Work Guaranteed, Wholesale Prices Call Richard 912-346-4908 MAZDA MPV Van, 2004- Automatic, cold AC, super clean. $2,850. 441-2150

NISSAN Altima, 2000- Needs ONE, TWO & THREE BR Apts. & engine $950. Call Houses for rent. Stove, refrigeraEAST & WEST SAVANNAH 912-220-6564 tor, washer/dryer. 1/2 month Off- $100 & Up Furnished, includes MAXIMA, 1987Good for this month only. utilities, central heat/air, Comcast NISSAN 912-844-5996 OR 912-272-6820 cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile $2,500. Call 912-234-9974 •1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer $675. 912-927-3278 or 912-356-5656 SPECIAL! 1812 N. Avalon Dr. 2BR/1.5BA $675/mo, $500/dep. SPECIAL! 1303 E.66th: 2BR/2 Bath, W/D connection, near Memorial Hosp. $725/month, $500/dep

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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.

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


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