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this week | compiled by robin wright gunn | happenings@connectsavannah.com

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

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Wednesday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Pack the Park

What: Support the local charity of the evening--buy a charity ticket at the tent outside the stadium, and watch the Gnats take on Charleston River Dogs. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

Dishcrawl Launching In Savannah's Historic District

What: On Wednesday, May 22, they take you to 4 Historic District eateries. Buy tickets at dishcrawl.com/historicsav/. Drinks not inclusive the ticket price. Drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of the participating restaurant. Cancellations taken only if given 48 hours advance notice. All Dishcrawl events are held rain or shine. Questions? kellyd@dishcrawl.com. More at www.dishcrawl.com When: 7 p.m Where: Historic District, Downtown Cost: $45 Info: 954-644-9150

Film: Ghost Ninja, AKA Diamond Ninja Force (1988, Hong Kong)

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents a 78th Birthday Tribute to actor Richard Harrison. There's nothing like a ghost ninja movie with a complicated plot to guarantee a night of cheap entertainment. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: SentientBean.com

Young Professionals of Savannah May After Hours at the Sand Gnats (plus membership drive)

What: Meet interesting local young professionals and watch the Savannah Sand Gnats take on Charleston River Dogs. Game starts at 7:05pm. Member-

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ship drive: one year YPS memberships $30 for tonight only. When: 6-8 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $15 (includes admission, 1 drink ticket, and food) Info: ypsav.net

What: The wrap party and gala for the Preservation Festival.A 1950s inspired cocktail party honors the HSF founders and their pearl of achievement; The Davenport House. Live music and dancing with Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Quintet. When: 6 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: $75 Info: 912-233-7787. myhsf.org

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Thursday Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at Savannah Economic Development Authority Annual Meeting and Luncheon

What: Mayor Reed will speak on the collaborative efforts among state, regional and city leaders to secure federal approval and funds for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor, and on development initiatives in Atlanta. When: 11:30 a.m Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. Cost: $40 Info: 912-447-8450. seda.org

Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Military Appreciation Night & Thirsty Thursday What: Connect Savannah sponsors

another Thursday with Half price draft beer and soda. First 100 active duty military with ID receive free T-shirt. Oh, and the Sand Gnats take on the Augusta Greenjackets. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

Lecture: New Haven and the 4th Age of the American City

What: Alan Plattus, professor at the Yale School of Architecture, will use New Haven, Connecticut as a case study in

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Mystery tribute to Dennis Hopper happens at the Bean on Wed., May 29

American urbanism in the various periods of urban development. Presented by SCAD's School of Building Arts lecture series. When: 5:30 p.m Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: scad.edu

Loop it Up Savannah: The First Five Years

What: An exhibition celebrating Loop it Up Savannah's first five years of creative arts programming with works from all of their previous shows, plus new work and an opportunity to make one (or several) of 1000 paper peace cranes for their upcoming project. Drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, weaving, knitting, crochet and quilting projects by Loop it Up artists age 1-16. When: 6-7:30 p.m Where: YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Info: 912-233-1951. looplinktangle@ gmail.com

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What: A tour of Savannah's locally based media production/post-production/distribution facility, hosted by the techies of TAG Savannah. Email to register. When: 5:30-7 p.m Where: Meddin Studios, 2315 Louisville Road. Cost: Free. Info: brady@tagonline.org

Urinetown: The Musical

What: This 2002 multiple Tony Award winner is "a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold." When: 8 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $25 General Admission, $10 with Senior, Student, or Military ID, $5 with SCAD ID. FREE with SCAD ID for May 23rd performance only. Info: 912-232-5050. lucastheatre.com

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What: You should go. (No further explanation needed.) When: 8 p.m Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $34.50 - $74.50 Info: savannahcivic.com

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What: 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 seeks to reveal the truths of human trafficking. The exhibition’s reception is Friday, May 24, 7:30-10:30pm. When: May 21-25 Where: Sicky Nar Nar, 125 W Duffy St. Cost: students are free with id; general public $5 Info: 864-933-4211

Seersucker Shots! Poetry Event

What: Hosts Erika Jo Brown and BJ Love present poets Caroline Cabrera, Matt Mauch, and Philip Muller. Promising another entertaining offering from the Seersucker line of literary performances. When: 7 p.m Where: The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. Cost: Free. Donations encouraged. Info: seersuckerlive.com

Tea in the Garden at the Davenport House

What: Early 19th century tea traditions come to life with this tour of the historic house museum, followed by afternoon tea. When: 5 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: $18. Reservations recommended Info: 912-236-8097. davenporthousemuseum.org

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/Gen. Adm. $12/seniors and students. Info: 912-232-0018 (reservation line). musesavannah.org

Theatre: A Tropical Affair

What: Original play written by AASU prof Jack Simmons explores philosophy and fun in the middle of the jungle. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Jenkins Hall Black Box, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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Saturday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Girl Scout Night & Post-game Fireworks

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continues. Plus a special night for Girl Scouts and fireworks after the game. Oooh! Aaaah! (Call 912-351-9150 for information on Girl Scout Night.) When: 6:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

Festival: creACTIVE: Mind, Body, Art

What: Explore the connection between mind, body and creative expression, including physical and art activities, healthy food, and a panel discussion. Reception at 3 p.m. at SCAD Museum of Art for a reception, docent-led tours of the galleries and a panel discussion on creativity and wellness. When: 12-5 p.m Where: Orleans Square, Barnard Street and Hull Street. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: scad.edu

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: forsythfarmersmarket.com

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/seniors and students. Info: 912-232-0018 (reservation line). musesavannah.org

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What: This 2002 multiple Tony Award winner is "a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold." When: 8 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $25 General Admission, $10 with Senior, Student, or Military ID, $5 with SCAD ID. FREE with SCAD ID for May 23rd performance only. Info: 912-232-5050. lucastheatre.com

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Theatre: A Tropical Affair

What: Original play written by AASU prof Jack Simmons explores philosophy and fun in the middle of the jungle. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Jenkins Hall Black Box, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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What: Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. When: 1 p.m Where: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Cost: $4.50-$10

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Sunday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats presents TailsSpin Bark in the Park & Kids Eat Free What: Bring your dog to the game to watch Sand Gnats vs. Augusta. Kids 12 and under receive a free slice of Marco's pizza, and one small soda. When: 2:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

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. Info: 912-547-6449. xavris21@yahoo. com

Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

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Vinyl Appreciation

What: It's all about the records. Bring them, spin them, or just listen. Any and all vinyl welcome. How-to-DJ demos from 5pm-6pm. Graveface Records & Curiosities sells new and used records on site and Foxy Loxy provides complimentary treats. When: Last Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $3 donation Info: vinyl912.tumblr.com

Theatre: A Tropical Affair

What: Original play written by AASU prof Jack Simmons explores philosophy and fun in the middle of the jungle. When: 2:30 p.m Where: Jenkins Hall Black Box, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Cost: Free and open to the public.

War of Jenkins' Ear

What: Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. When: 1 p.m Where: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Cost: $4.50-$10

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Monday Memorial Day at Fort King George Historic Site

What: Hourly musket & cannon firing demonstrations, hands-on colonial toys & games, a family scavenger hunt, blacksmithing, and a geo-caching activity. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m Where: Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Rd. SE. Cost: $4.00 - $7.00 Info: 912-437-4770. gastateparks.org/ fortkinggeorge


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Wednesday Film: Dennis Hopper Tribute Mystery Film

What: Rare public screening of one of the iconic actor’s least-known but most critically acclaimed motion pictures. “It’s an incredibly intense and brutal drama that vanished from theaters without a trace only a few weeks after its original release and has languished in almost complete obscurity ever since,” according to Psychotronic Films’ Jim Reed. Due to subject matter, recommended for mature audiences only! They’ll be raffling off cool Dennis Hopper-related items before the show, so bring a few extra bucks for raffle tickets. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $7 Info: SentientBean.com CS

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most comprehensive look at what’s hot and happening at the street level in Savannah. And our winners are actually the winners. As in, whoever gets the most votes, wins. Radical concept! But with us it really is that simple. Because the annual Readers Poll is conducted with full integrity, it’s the best available snapshot of the state-of-the-art of Savannah’s cultural and commercial life. It’s fun, but it’s also quite useful to get a read on what’s really going on out there. For weeks we’ve been tabulating the votes to give you the results in this issue. Most of the winners receive a little one or two-line blurb, followed by a listing of the runner-up in that particular category (runners-up are often really good indicators of an up-andcoming name to watch in future Best of Savannah editions). As in issues past, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the newer and/or more noteworthy winners with extended profiles. The writers of these profiles are identified at the

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The (Civil) Society Column

by Jessica Leigh Lebos | jll@connectsavannah.com

What to do when you’re blue in the face These are busy, busy times for optimists. Heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere? Off the charts. The giant whirlpool of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean? Wide as Texas and getting bigger every day. The forces of unchecked capitalism, corporate greed and government collusion with both? Running rampant in your backyard like a naked methhead who just stepped in a whompin’ hill of fire ants. No, this isn’t another rant about how the City of Savannah has rolled over like a subservient golden retriever to the carpetbagger developers violating zoning ordinances and all aesthetic common sense in midtown. That situation appears futile as Chance Partners continues its architectural assault and evades confrontation with residents. (Although there may have been a bit of chestthumping when my husband encountered Chance’s Bill Newell over sushi at Hirano’s last week in a fun game of Who’s Neighborhood Is This, Anyway?) But lawdy, I wish that were the most egregious injustice that’s preoccupied me lately. On May 7, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division held its fourth public hearing regarding the befoulment of the Ogeechee River by King America Finishing. As if this time around their horrific tales of more dead fish and a suspicious film on tree roots along the river would slap some conscience into this group of slack-jawed government officials, Ogeechee residents and activists gamely shared their concerns once again — only to have EPD director Judson Turner dismiss their time and tears as “white noise.” Even for those who always look for the silver linings in even the most noxious chemtrail-generated clouds, it’s hard to keep a stalwart chin up. “I come by my cynicism honestly,” sighs Ann Hartzell, chair of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper. To no avail, ORK has repeatedly filed

requests to see the results of EPD testing of the river water conducted since that massive fish kill two years ago Ann and the rest of ORK say they won’t stop protesting, though barring hell or high (poisoned) water, KAF will have its EPD permit to keep on dumping by this fall. “The people who live on this river say it is dying,” Ann said, shaking her head. “The other side is trying make it like we’re Chicken Little, but the sky actually is falling.” I hope you’re wearing a helmet, ‘cause there’s more than that raining down: In the next valence shell of moral demise, an anonymous U.S. congressperson snuck a nasty little rider into the recently-passed emergency budget bill that poisons our food, too. Known as the “Monsanto Protec-

least a few elected U.S. leaders think they’re so fantastic that we don’t even need the right to protect ourselves from their longterm effects. According to The Non-GMO Project, a Washington-based non-profit, over 80 percent of food sold in North America contains GMO ingredients, but labeling attempts at state and federal levels have been thwarted. Oh, were you thinking the Food and Drug Administration had you covered? I’m sure current FDA director and ex-Monsanto executive Michael Taylor has your best interests at heart, really. We’ve all talked ourselves blue in the face about the obvious adoration between corporations and government, a far more retch-worthy reality couple than Kim and Kanye. But if righteous outrage actually changed

the ever-bountiful Forsyth Farmers Market, full of beautiful, non-GMO produce and ways to help everyone afford locally grown, organic food. (Yes, the market still offers double SNAP/EBT dollars, thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia.) It’s also the place for anyone feeling like the deck is stacked forever in favor of evil to find some mojo. Even when the bastards are lying to your face at every turn, just being around Farmer Joe King and his amazing tamaters brings the hope that each of us makes the world better with every conscious act of consumption. “We actually have the power to bring down these giants that are out only for their profit,” promises Albert. “This is just the opening skirmish. The real battle is yet to come.” In the meantime, if we’re unhappy

Basically this means that Monsanto, the creepiest and most insidious corporate Godzilla in the history of humankind, can package up its tumor-causing corn with some asbestos flakes, slap a cute cartoon character on it and call it cereal. tion Act,” section 735 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act exempts multinational biotech companies that manufacture and sell geneticallyengineered and genetically-modified crops (collectively, GMOs) from legal review. Basically this means that Monsanto, the creepiest and most insidious corporate Godzilla in the history of humankind, can package up its tumor-causing corn with some asbestos flakes, slap a cute cartoon character on it and call it cereal. And when the last of the underfunded independent research facilities finally proves it causes cancer, Monsanto’s CEOs will cackle maniacally as they enjoy cocktails and cigars in their hermeticallysealed underground biodome. GMOs have been linked to cancer, infertility and autoimmune disease. They’re outright banned in Japan, Peru, Russia and across Europe. Yet at

things, the world would be very different place. It’s not enough to stomp our feet and groan and then stress-eat an entire bag of probably-GMO pretzels. (Erm. Maybe that was just me.) To keep from falling into the abyss of apathy, we must invoke modern sage and cultural hero Bob Marley and get up, stand up and not give up the fight. “What else is there besides our food and water?” asks Albert Strickland, the indefatigable director of Occupy Savannah. As committed to the 99 percent as they come, Strickland and cohort Brett Dykes have organized Savannah’s March on Monsanto, taking place this Saturday, May 25 at Forsyth Park (Meet at the fountain at 2 p.m.; be there or be perpendicular.) Held in conjunction with hundreds of other marches from the tip of South Africa to Indonesia to every major American city, Saturday’s gathering also coincides with

with our local leaders, we can vote them out soon enough. Same with the liars in Atlanta selling us their rotten environmental decisions as “job creation.” Monsanto might be untouchable for now, but we don’t have to buy their crap either: There’s a brilliant new app called Buycott that allows you to scan any bar code in the grocery store and view its corporate trail. (I do not recommend doing this on those pretzels if you’re planning to eat them anyway.) The steps may be small, our dollars infinitesimal compared to the corporations. But know that there is great power in integrity. As we link arms with the other hopeless and incorrigible optimists, we can take heart that at least we are part of the solution, our chins held high. cs


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A whole heck of a lot of folks talk about getting healthy. Especially in our neck of the woods — or, beach. Right around New Year’s there is the stereotypical heightened attention placed on getting in shape. “You know what they say,” I have heard more than once, “summer bodies are made in the winter.” And we resolve to work out. We work that gym membership, wardrobe, equipment, meal plan into our budget. We move that schedule around but we really don’t want to get up that early, and who wants to be stinky at work after lunch. Then, at the end of the day, we are just looking for some downtime. An accountability partner helps. Except they are encountering the same challenges as you and now there are two lives to schedule around. Forget it. We know we will blow our diet by Valentines Day. And seriously, Memorial Day is pretty far in the future. So, nevermind. We will get it together tomorrow. It’s just not a good time. Now it IS Memorial Day. Again. One of the best things about running is pretty easy to start. You don’t have to really do anything that most of us aren’t already equipped to do. I subscribe to a pretty pared down version of running. I don’t own a lot of clothes, gear, or shoes. In fact, if I was certain I wouldn’t cut my feet open, I would drop the shoes too. I don’t wear a heart rate monitor or a super sexy multi-sport, waterproof, laser shooting, GPS watch either (although I totally would if I could bring myself to buy one). Therefore, you will find that I subscribe to the “just get started” school of thought. What you put (or don’t put) on your feet is literally foundational to starting. Most folks who say they can’t run actually can — they just don’t know how to run properly. There are a few good spots in town

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and across the bridge that can check your stride, look at your feet, and give advice on great footwear. Local running clubs and coaches are also pretty popular. Nearly every gym in town has a trainer who can facilitate a specialized running plan. A quick trip around the internet will offer tons of training plans based on your goal. A run around Facebook will soon have you thinking that you may be the only person in Savannah not running. You aren’t obviously, but it won’t look that way. Local attorney Mareesa Torres is a self-proclaimed unlikely runner. But right before relocating to our beautiful city, she discovered she was pretty good at it. And Savannah, she found, was pretty good for her running. She found Fleet Feet-based C.R.E.W. program to be a great fit. Mareesa remembers, “Within a month of moving to Savannah I was running with some of the best people I could have ever hoped to meet and become friends with.  My running life kick started my social life and really reinforced my love of Savannah!” She is now a second year C.R.E.W. coach working with the Beginner Half Marathon group. “It’s part training, part love of the run, and part social fun.” Mareesa adds the best part of the program is that it “is open to all types of runners and makes sure no

one is ever left without a partner or resources to make his or her run the best it can be!” Savannah Striders, while not focused on coaching necessarily, is another local resource for local runners, new and experienced alike. When asked, Mary Siegel describes the Striders as “just a group of people who like to run and have organized runs every day of the week. The group has the super fast to the walkers.” It should be noted that Mary herself just completed the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run last month. Yeah, that’s a 100 miles, on foot, all at one time. You may not be quite excited about all this personal interaction. I understand. Runners admittedly get obnoxiously rambunctious over new interest. And we typically end up smelling pretty bad. Like everything else these days, there is an app for that. Many have found great success in Couch 2 5k, 5k Runner, and the Jeff Galloway apps. Tracking, training, and monitoring apps are everywhere. Endomondo, DailyMile, RunKeeper, and MapMyRun are some of the most popular for runners of all levels. And if you are just looking to have a good time, my personal favorite is the Zombies, Run! app. Of course I don’t buy into the whole apocalyptic zombie prophesy (at least not publicly). But a girl can never be too prepared. cs

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Owens-Thomas House

The best example of Regency architecture in the United States is also a major downtown tourist attraction, with careful restoration and meticulous historic research continuing throughout the year. Runner-up: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Best Local Revitalization Most Underrated Neighborhood

Starland District

Slowly but surely this area at the edge of the Victorian district has become a vibrant center of commerce and culture. Further development along its southern border at Victory Drive, including Hugh Acheson’s new restaurant project, can only mean more and better things. Runner-up, Revitalization: SCAD Museum of Art Runner-up, ‘Hood: Baldwin Park

Building Most in Need of Revitalization

Savannah Civic Center

Despite a recent band-aid “renovation,” the much-maligned Civic Center — which replaced a real architectural gem, the City Auditorium, in the ‘70s — is increasingly an embarrassment to a city with aspirations to be a world-class destination. Runner-up: Hungry World

Best Bike Path

Rails to Trails

We thought for sure the newest bike path, Price Street would win. But what do we know? You guys get to vote... Runner-up: Lincoln Street

Best Neighborhood

Ardsley Park

Perennial winner in this category combines suburban peacefulness with closeness to downtown. Runner-up: Historic District

Best Celebrity Sighting Best Savannah Moment in the National Spotlight

Alan Rickman and the CBGB shoot

The great British actor — best known to the world at large as Severus Snape from the Potter films — was ready for his closeup all around downtown during shooting of this film based on the exploits of New Yorker Hilly Krystal, legendary owner of the equally legendary Manhattan punk club CBGB. An interior set at Meddin Studios was transformed, down to the most minute detail, into a near-exact facsimile of the club itself. High-resolution digital prints simulated the hundreds of stickers on the walls. The actual doors of the actual club were incorporated into the set. So how’s the movie? Well… there’s not a lot floating out there other than the poster and a few stills. It’s set to screen at Cannes, with a tentative release date of this year if they can get a distributor. — Jim Morekis Runner-up, Celebrity: Paula Deen Runner-up, Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Day

Best Apartment Community

The Merritt at Whitemarsh

These gated condos are equidistant from downtown and Tybee. Sweet!  Runner-up: The Oaks at Wilmington Island

Best Place of Worship

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The iconic spires are wrapped in scaffolding for a huge renovation, but the Cathedral remains the spiritual heart of Savannah’s Catholic community, especially the Irish-Catholic community. Runner-up: Savannah Christian Church  

Best Pastor/Priest/Rabbi

Rev. Billy Hester

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St. Vincent’s Academy  Best Principal

Mary Anne Hogan 

A perennial winner in this category, SVA has educated Savannah’s young women for 166 years. Ms. Hogan is the school’s first principal not to be a Sister of Mercy. Runner-up, Private School: Savannah Country Day Runner-up, Principal: Charles Wooten, Charles Ellis

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Savannah Arts Academy

Energetic, innovative leadership and a strong commitment to academic as well as artistic excellence keeps SAA at the top of this category year after year. Runner-up: Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

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Hospice Savannah’s Tree of Light

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Old Savannah Tours

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John Sandifer (Forrest Gump)  Life is like a box of ... oh you know. Runner-up: Savannah Dan

Most Eligible Local Bachelor

Trent Kissinger

This teacher at Charles Ellis has actually been in at least one actual bachelor’s contest locally, so he had a leg up in winning this one. Runner-up: Jordan Mooney

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Melissa Norman

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Best Gala

Telfair Ball

Months of planning goes into this ornately festive yearly fundraiser. This year’s theme was an Italian Villa motif based on the huge and internationally significant exhibit of masterworks from the Uffizi Gallery. Next year? We don’t know, but we bet they’re planning it already. Runner-up: Cathedral Ball

RIP: Local Person You’ll Miss the Most

Marcia Clanton

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Tony Center

The funniest thing about Third District Chatham County Commissioner Tony Center being named Best Liberal is that in diehard liberal circles he’s not really considered that liberal. But it’s all a matter of perspective; when you’re in a super conservative area, a little bit of liberal is enough. “All my life I’ve been liberal by local standards,” says the Savannah native in explaining his governing philosophy. “I still think the individual is more important than the state. But I think government has a duty to regulate. Like a traffic cop.” The garrulous Center does admit that the way government operates goes a bit against his outgoing, talkative nature. “I’d prefer to be able to call each commissioner to talk individually, but because of the open meetings laws you’d pretty much have to call an open meeting eight different times,” he explains. “People think we collude all the time, but the truth is just about the only collaboration that happens is during the actual meetings when we have to vote on things.” Still, Center says that at the local level, constituent service takes up the bulk of the time he spends as county commissioner — a part-time gig in addition to his longtime career as a trial lawyer. “I had several people call me last night about a plumbing problem in Marsh Bluff,” he relates. “A good person will pay attention to these concerns. I don’t know if I’m going to run again, so I don’t do it to cultivate favor. I ran for the office and took on the obligation of addressing citizen concerns. I guess that’s why I’m a liberal.” — Jim Morekis Runner-up: Travis Coles

Most Ridiculous Local Political Scandal

City Manager Fiasco

Worst Local Government Screwup

Hiring Rochelle Small-Toney

Former City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney was fired, uh, tendered her resignation last fall, so technically she’s still in the running for this category. But next year, folks, we’re going to have to ask everybody to move on. Hopefully current City Manager Stephanie Cutter will run a more responsible ship and we won’t have to just cut-and-paste the names. Runner-up, both: Website about Alderman Tony Thomas

Craziest Local Crime Story

Amber DeLoach Murder

The Amber DeLoach murder remains one of the grisliest in local living memory, with the remains of the apparently strangled 18-year-old victim found in a burned-out rental car near Yamacraw Village. A suspect, Shan Demetrius Cheley, 36, has been indicted and faces trial. He was already in custody for a crap ton of previous offenses, and has a ridiculously long record going back to the mid-‘90s. Simply put, that douchebag is the poster child for everything wrong with our justice system.

Best Local Activist

Tom Kohler

For most of you, the loquacious and wise executive director of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy is the face and embodiment of local activism, in word and deed. He also sports an awesome beard, but he’s not actually a member of ZZ Top, profiled elsewhere in this issue. Runner-up: Ruel Joyner

Best Nonprofit Organization

Coastal Pet Rescue

For a decade this group has coordinated foster care and relocated rescued pets throughout Savannah and the Lowcountry. Runner-up: Hospice Savannah

Best State Representative Best Conservative

Jack Kingston

After 11 terms in the House of Representatives, the Republican is giving up his seat to run for the U.S. Senate. While it’s always an uphill battle for a coastal candidate to win statewide in Georgia, Kingston hopes to beat the odds by relying on his long tenure in leadership positions, his telegenic national celebrity (including frequent appearances on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher) and of course, fundraising! Runner-up, State Rep: John Barrow Runner-up, Conservative: Ben Crystal

Best New City Initiative

Community Gardens

Wow, this really is new, having essentially been announced concurrently with our Best of Savannah voting this year. It’s a great idea; you take fallow fields declared unusable by FEMA and allow the community to use them as free vegetable gardens. Runner-up: Better bike paths

Best City Council Member

Mayor Edna Jackson

It’s been interesting seeing Jackson, a longtime alderwoman before winning election as mayor, grow into the role. The Small-Toney debacle seemed to bring out leadership in her which many observers didn’t think possible. Her recent reversal of support for double-decker tourist buses showed an ability to weigh competing interests for the public good rather than simply supporting “development” at all cost. The changes are clearly having an impact on the public for Jackson to have won this category; Tony Thomas usually wins it hands-down but is runner-up this year.  Runner-up: Tony Thomas

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Best County Employee

The outspoken Westside representative can always be counted on for frank appraisals, frank statements, and frank defense of the taxpayer’s interests.  Runner-up: Helen Stone

Jeff the K is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Inspector for Chatham County. That means he’s in charge of “compliance inspections for stormwater pollution prevention in the unincorporated area.” We call it BRINGING SEXY BACK. Runner-up: Russ Abolt

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Best Cop

The school board president always remains affable and upbeat, running school board meetings in a pleasant and professional manner no matter how contentious the subject matter. And if you known anything about school boards, you know things can get pretty darn contentious.  Runner-up: Julie M. Wade

Best City Employee

Sean Brandon

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When you say “where the rubber meets the road,” you’re talking about Brandon, just promoted from Director of Mobility Services to Chief of Management Services. If it drives or pedals or parks, he’s your point man looking for innovation and efficiency.  Runner-up: Chris Parrish

This popular repeat winner occupies a high profile position on the force. Literally. Star Cpl. Sosbee sits high up on top of her horse, Red. She’s been with SCMPD for 24 years, and with the Mounted Unit for 13 of those years. The big news in the Mounted Unit world is that they just got three new steeds from the Forsyth, Ga., Sheriff ’s Department. Ride on, Ann!

Best Judge

Louisa Abbott

The verdict is in: This well-regarded local Superior Court judge was just appointed president of the Council of Superior Court Judges. Runner-up: Judge Bass

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This photo, shared on Facebook, is one of Visit Savannah’s most viral posts ever

Best Local Facebook Page Best Local Twitter Feed Best Local Instagram Feed

Visit Savannah Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli assures us that the social media efforts at Visit Savannah are a collaborative team effort. But every team needs a quarterback, and Amy Brock is the on-field leader of the utterly dominant social media offense at Visit Savannah. We asked Amy a few trade secrets: What do you think is the secret to Visit Savannah’s social media success? Amy Brock: Honesty and a sense of humor. And that I will pretty much talk to anyone at pretty much any hour of the day.  Can you name a few particularly highly shared links/tweets? Amy Brock: Remember that Mumford & Sons concert rumor a few weeks ago? I totally got punked with that one (first time ever!) It spread on Twitter so crazy fast! 50+ RTs in less than 2 minutes. Pro tip: ALWAYS own your errors in the Twitterverse. What content seems to work best for you guys? Amy Brock: On Facebook, our images are especially popular. Anything with the Savannah River (particularly the view from Rocks on the Roof) or Tybee Island — or if you share a photo of a cocktail in a to-go cup. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil or Forrest Gump trivia — always a winner.

Anyone get chippy in the comments? Amy Brock: It’s rare anymore that I have to referee a debate on our Facebook page, but when I do, it is almost always about fried chicken (Paula Deen vs. Mrs. Wilkes.) While I don’t really get why people feel the need to call each other (and Paula) names in such a public forum, I appreciate their passion for fried chicken. Be honest: How much of your success is Savannah and how much is Visit Savannah? Heh. Amy Brock: Our social media presence would not be what it is without local support. Our primary messaging is geared towards attracting visitors, but a large part of our Fan base is local. Local participation in conversations — especially on Twitter — is very relevant to what we do. Travelers are using social media in hopes of obtaining insider information like finding out about the restaurants or bars where locals go. I try to share as much content from as many sources as possible. I rely heavily on our local Twitter and Facebook community for information. A successful voice for one of us, is a successful voice for Savannah as a whole. — Jim Morekis Runner-up, Facebook: Old Savannah Tours Runner-up, Twitter: Connect Savannah Runner-up, Instagram: ShopSCAD


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WTOC’s lead on-air man and news director brings folksy charm and years of real-world local contacts and experience to his marketleading broadcasts. Runner-up: Jody Chapin, WTOC

Best Local Sports Anchor

Frank Sulkowski, WJCL/WTGS

This perennially popular winner at WJCL/Fox 28 takes this category pretty much every year due to his vibrant, fun on-air presence and his encyclopedic interest in sports at all levels, from the pros to high school. Runner-up: Rick Snow, WSAV

Best Local Meteorologist

Pat Prokop, WTOC

Easily one of the best local TV meteorologists one could imagine, tiny Savannah — 100th largest media market in the country — is truly lucky to still be able to enjoy his talent. Runner-up: Kris Allred, WSAV

Best Local Columnist Best Local Blogger

Bill Dawers

A twice weekly column in the local daily and an energetically promoted personal blog, Savannah Unplugged, makes Dawers the King of All Local Media. Runner-up, Columnist & Blogger: Jessica Leigh Lebos

Best Local Website

Connectsavannah.com

Damn straight we are, especially after a dramatic site rebuild/ upgrade and a kickin’ mobile version. Runner-up: savannahnow.com

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It’s been 21 years since New York radio veteran Jerry Rogers put WRHQ — Q1053.FM — on the air in Savannah. Then, as now, the programming focused on “classic rock,” in a hits-anddeep-cuts format designed by Rogers himself, with no jingles, no annoying “aren’t I funny” chatter, and no talking over the intros and outros of songs. Not surprisingly, the station is a huge favorite of its designated demographic, those 30 and older, and slightly upscale. Not that Rogers and his (tiny) staff don’t play the “new” stuff. They just like to weave it around the classics. “We really try to play what works well with the audience,” Rogers explains. “We don’t work with record companies, so we don’t have that kind of pressure. We play what makes sense for our audience. Most of it is library-based music, but at least 20, 25 percent is current music.” Rogers, Brady McGraw and Lyndy Brannen are familiar

voices, if not faces, in the Hostess City. “Another thing I think that works very uniquely for us is the fact that we’re local,” Rogers says. “We have lots of continuity — Brady and Lyndy and myself, between us, we’ve been on the radio in Savannah for over 100 years. That’s combined! We like Savannah, and I think it comes across. “For radio to be viable in a community, it has to be local. I just think you’ve got to be all over the weather, the traffic, the lost dogs, the community announcements and things of that nature.” You won’t hear any of that pre-fab syndicated, good-for-thewhole-world stuff on Savannah’s WRHQ. “Syndicated programs are fine,” Rogers adds. “They’re entertaining. But they’re not for us.” — Bill DeYoung Runner-up: WSVH FM 91.1

Best Local Radio Show

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

This nationally syndicated show is based in Texas and airs on WAEV 97.3 each weekday morning. Runner-up: Lex & Terry

Best Talk Radio Station

WSVH FM 91.1

From “Fresh Air” to “All Things Considered” to “Talk of the Nation,” your local NPR affiliate brings news & issues to the forefront without all the name-calling and invective. Runner-up: 1290 WTKS

Best Local TV Commercial

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The production values on these little videos are actually pretty decent. It’s quite a body of work when you get ‘em all together. Runner-up: O.C. Welch

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JinHi Soucy Rand Best Theatrical Production:

Rent (Bay Street Theatre)

Savannah’s most resilient woman is also its Best Director for 2013. JinHi Soucy Rand, the proprietress of Muse Arts Warehouse, guest-directed Bay Street Theatre’s joyful production of Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent last spring. Bay Street’s Rent, 2012: “With that cast, there was a lot of trust going both ways,” Rand says. Putting on this particular show had long been a backburner dream for the city’s theater community. Rent has a very special meaning for those who tread the “And Erin Muller, my stage manager, who is a jack-of-all-trades, was boards, Rand says, “because it’s about a group of artists introduced to Bay Street Theatre with that show. And has worked on that found each other, and depend upon each other.” every show there since.” That’s also a mantra for Rand; collaboration among all artistic disciplines is what Her praise is also magnanimous for musical director Warren Heilman, keeps her going. “I think most of my friends and family could tell you that I tend to costumer Alyssa Couturier-Herndon and choreographer Muriel Miller. take things extremely seriously,” she says, a smile on her lips. A true collaboration. “With that cast, there was a lot of trust going both ways. And a very committed Still, no one in Savannah does more for the arts (performing and othfeeling of responsibility for that trust, in each other. I’m very proud of that cast and erwise) than the former JinHi Soucy, who arrived here 20 years ago, not that show.” long after surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. “Having always been Set in New York’s Alphabet City in the early 1990s, Rent’s subject matter — povshy, but greatly appreciating great storytellers, I went out and auditioned erty, social discrimination, alternative arts and the apparent death sentence of AIDS wearing a big, fat headband,” she smiles. — is tempered by brilliant songs, witty dialogue and a very familial feeling. She was, in those days, suffering from frequent grand mal seizures. “The entire cast took the show, and the bonds that we made in the show, very per“I do think theater saved me,” Rand says calmly. “Theater in general, sonally,” Rand explains. “Some of the cast members and some of the crew have conand this community. So it’s all tied into each other. Being an Army brat, tinually worked with each other on several shows throughout this year. A lot of the I did not have a hometown until I came to Savannah. It was the theater people from the cast of Rent were in Avenue Q.


Best Cultural Event

St. Patrick’s Day

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two! Only New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade draws more people to the streets to honor the guy who drove the snakes out of Ireland … or something like that. It’s all about the beer. Here’s to ya, St. Paddy. Runner-up: Savannah Music Festival

Best Festival That’s Not St. Patrick’s Day

Savannah Music Festival

Ten years in, director Rob Gibson’s overhaul of the 18-day celebration of sound has finally achieved world-class status. With Dr. John, the Wailers, Emmylou Harris and Portuguese chanteuse Ana Moura among the top-billed performers, this year’s music festival was particularly rich. Runner-up: Savannah Stopover Festival

Best Film Series

Psychotronic Film Series

Jim Reed and the Sentient Bean are like Charlton Heston and Cecil B. DeMille … the go-to team for dependably epic bad movies. Runner-up: Savannah Film Festival

Best Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival

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that brought me here — I moved to Savannah to work with City Lights theater. And it was Savannah taking me in. I woke up under many a table after a seizure.” She was 14 when bone cancer claimed her left leg. “For 10 years after I lost my leg, it was ‘It’s been this long since I lost my leg, it’s been this long since I lost my leg …’ And it was a very sad anniversary. Closing in on 10 years, I chose to refer to it as ‘cancer-free years.’ Because when they took my leg, they took the cancer.” And then: Early in 2013, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Doctors removed the top lobe of her right lung in March. “This July — and I’d been planning a year in advance — it would be 30 years cancer-free,” she says. “While I though I would be celebrating 30 years cancer-free, I’m now celebrating eight weeks cancer-free.” (Doctors have assured JinHi and husband Mark Rand that the disease episodes were not related, and that it’s now, definitely, all gone.) She’s working on rehabilitating her mind. “I am still kind of processing the information that I’ve been given in the last six months, the lung cancer and the cure,” Rand says. “And the recovery.” Meanwhile, Muse Arts Warehouse goes on, its significance to the arts community increasing on a daily basis. JinHi and Mark operate and maintain the space entirely by themselves. Sometimes, she admits, it can all be a bit overwhelming. But JinHi Soucy Rand, the woman who takes things seriously, knows she’s doing a damn good thing. “Mostly it’s overwhelming in a good way, and mostly in a self-critical way,” she says. “I have to keep touching base with the mission that I established when we started it, which was to provide a space accessible and affordable, and available. “So it’s difficult for me to turn people away, because if it’s available it’s available. And I make it as affordable as I can.” No day but today. — Bill DeYoung Runner-up, Production: Jeff DeVincent Runner-up, Production: Avenue Q

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Over the last 12 months, it might have seemed like Cecilia Tran Arango lived at Bay Street Theatre. She played Mimi, one of the central characters in Rent (this year’s winner for Best Theatrical Production), and followed that up with Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show, The Reindeer Monologues and, just a month ago, Reefer Madness. She’s in rehearsals now for the Bangers & Mash production of Falsettos, at Muse. Ah, but this Georgia native, of Vietnamese descent, has a demanding day job (she’s the marketing coordinator for the Thomas & Hutton civil engineering firm), a loving husband and a couple of growing kids. Arango has discovered a second home in the theater. “I’m so, so, so addicted,” she reports. “But thankfully I have a family that’s super-supportive to let me do this. I have a full-time job, and my kids are super-active. “My family supports me and allows me to do this, because they know that I love it. I would be so sad if I had to stop! Sometimes I think I need a break, but I would be so sad.” Born in Columbus, Arango moved with her family to Savannah as a child. Her father, Tin Tran, named his shrimp boat the Cecilia Tran, and it was a frequent participant (and winner) in Thunderbolt’s annual Blessing of the Fleet. She sang in school, fronted a band for a little while, and worked in a play at AASU. But it wasn’t until Bay Street’s 2010 Vagina Monologues that Arango — through her association with Rape Crisis Center, the beneficiary of that year’s production — got the serious theater bug. It was her friend Christopher Stanley who suggested she audition for Rent. “I had the soundtrack,” Arango says. “I knew the songs, but I couldn’t sing along to them or anything like that. That weekend, my son had a soccer tournament in Atlanta, so we drove up there and I listened to that soundtrack over and over again. Trying to figure out what role I would want to audition for. “I’d never been given a lead role. I’d always been in a supporting role, or in the ensemble. So I didn’t have high hopes.” Trying out for Mimi, the HIV-positive sexpot in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, was nerve-wracking. “The only people I knew at the audition were Travis Coles, Chris Blair and Chris Stanley,” she explains. “Seeing them out there in the audience took a lot of pressure and stress off, the stress of singing to new faces. “There were 12 or 13 Mimis. They just kept coming. I remember sitting in that room and thinking I’d been out of the game for so long … that whole confidence was not there. There was so much talent in that room, it was very intimidating.” She has become a key chemical in Savannah’s talent pool. “It’s addicting,” Arango beams. “And the relationships that you build with people in the theater, that’s like fresh air. It’s like an escape from everything.” — Bill DeYoung Runner-up: Maggie Lee Hart


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Christopher Blair

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It’s the third consecutive win for Savannah’s most versatile thespian, who — in the last 12 months — has appeared in Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, Willy Wonka and Shadowlands. Says JinHi Soucy Rand, who directed him in Rent: “To have Chris Blair playing Tom Collins was so important … he was, as that character is, the papa. He’s the professor. He’s the ‘It’s going to be OK’ guy. I was thrilled every night, when Tom Collins showed up onstage, I could feel the feeling coming over the audience that ‘Everything’s going to be all right.’” Runner-up: John Sandifer

Best Indie Film Venue

Muse Arts Warehouse

On Mondays, it’s improv comedy with the Odd Lot. Theater groups generally block-book weekends, and each season is peppered with art shows, dance performances … and independent films, the sort of discerning-audience stuff that’s simply too good to share the boom-boom multiplex with crap like Transformers 22. Runner-up: Sentient Bean

Best Movie Theater

Royal Cinemas IMAX, Pooler

Where else can you watch a 40-foot-talll James Tiberius Kirk battle ginormous Klingons? Our first IMAX theater — it opened in 2012 — was a shoo-in for this category. Runner-up: Carmike 10

Best New Local Book

Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Published in the spring of 2012, Cheryl and Griffith Day’s tasty tome is all Savannah, pure Savannah. With the recipes for Back in the Day’s buttermilk biscones, chocolate bread, cinnamon sticky buns, S’more Pie, Drunk Blondies and more. Runner-up: Baseball in Savannah

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Savannah’s grande dame of the garden garners her second win in a row as our favorite person to read with her foxily funny and achingly poignant “anti-memoir,” The Dirt on Jane. Like a sturdy jasmine vine, the book’s fan base has blossomed steadily since it was published in 2011, flying off the “local author” shelves of The Book Lady and E. Shavers Booksellers as well as Brighter Day and Victory Feed & Seed. Within the pages of The Dirt on Jane, the longtime newspaper columnist writes about her nowdeceased mother’s decline, some of Savannah’s not-so-savory neighborhoods and of course, what sprouts from the fertile grounds of her multiple garden plots. A favorite at this year’s Savannah Book Festival, the book’s following continues to grow as it also touches on themes of relevance and mortality. “I think, really, the book is about getting older,” considers Fishman. “What do you do after a certain age? It’s a question that people don’t talk about very much.” While she sells a few other copies here and there at occasional speaking engagements at garden clubs and other civic groups, she admits that she’d rather be tilling a new patch of sorrel in the driveway or weeding the lilies than self-promoting. “I’m not that proactive,” she deadpans with her characteristic sly grin. She is currently at work on a new book of longer essays, though her unorthodox writing process often involves trips out to her resplendent and eccentric Boundary Street garden, where she also hosts an epic plant swap twice a year. Jane lives on a sunny street in the Parkside neighborhood with artist Carmela Allifi, two funny little dogs named Charlie and Frida and a bunch of broody chickens. — Jessica Leigh Lebos

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SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival

You go walkin’ while everyone’s chalkin.’ That’s the fun of a warm April Saturday in Forsyth Park, as SCAD celebrates the so-close-you-can-touch-it end of the school year with a massive, multi-colored scrawling contest. Runner-up, Art show: Telfair Art Fair Runner-up, Performance art: Junk2Funk

Best Visual Artist

Jose Ray

A charter member of SeeSaw (See Savannah Art Walls), whose murals brighten many an otherwise-drab streetcorner, Ray is not only a brilliantly impressionistic painter, he’s a busy arts activist who participates in just about every public art event. And he spins records at the monthly Vinyl Appreciation shows. How cool is he? Jose Ray is the man. Runner-up: Rob Hessler

Best Local Photographer Best Photography Service

Geoff L. Johnson

Along with running a busy photography business, Geoff is the stuff of legend, primarily for his band photos, which appear in Connect on a regular basis. We’re lucky to have him. Runner-up: Megan Jones

Best Fashion Event

Fashion’s Night Out

The Broughton Street runway was open for business on September 6, when Savannah designers and boutiques went on live view before hundreds of people. Bands played, balloons flew, and for a couple of hours downtown was more fashionable than ever. Runner-up: SCAD Fashion Show

Best Live Music Concert

Savannah Stopover: of Montreal

Athens’ bizarre-pop stars made their first-ever local appearance March 8 of this year in Forsyth Park. Bandleader Kevin Barnes insisted the show be free, in the big space, “where people can just drift in and check out what’s going on.” Runner-up: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Best Savannah Music Festival Concert

Dr. John

Despite the dodgy sound on this night — DJ’s piano was painfully hard to hear — the readers pulled for the old Night Tripper’s Cajun-boogie-flavored set at the Trustees Theater. Said Jim Morekis in his review: “Dr. John’s signature scat-cat growl and funky songwriting never failed to please. Voodoo-tinged gutbucket numbers like ‘The Monkey Speaks His Mind,’ ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ and ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’ had the crowd bopping.” Runner-up: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires continued on page 28

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City Hotel, voted Best Acoustic Band/Artist by our readers.

Best New Local Festival

Savannah Stopover

We’re not sure that three years qualifies as “new,” but OK, we certainly agree that the every-March indie band fest is pretty sweet. This year, we got Thurston Moore and Chelsea Light Moving, the Whigs and something like 80 more. Over three days. Runner-up: Graveface Fest

Best Local Punk Band Best Local Rock Band Best Local Music Video

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Best Local Vocalist

Angel Bond

Awild and wooly year for Angel Bond, Brian Lackey (drums) and Bryan Harder (guitar). The vivacious three-piece put out a debut (on vinyl, CD and download) that got a load of national attention, they went across country on a 56-date tour, and their Joe Page-directed video for “Don’t Give In” was added by MTV online. Runner-up, Punk: Dead Yet? Runner-up, Rock: Liquid Ginger Runner-up, Video: “Freak” by Super Bob (a band from Washington, D.C.) Runner-up, Vocalist: Laiken Williams

Best All-Around Musician

Eric Culberson

King of the Savannah electric guitar for more than two decades, bluesmaster Culberson — you might remember him from the days he called himself EROK — has dominated this category for more years than we can remember. Runner-up: Ricardo Ochoa

Best Local Country/America Band

Train Wrecks

With a third album on the way, the longtime winners in this category show no sign of slowing down. Jason Bible, Eric Dunn, Stuart Harmening and Paxton Willis (and sometime member Ricardo Ochoa) combine acoustic and electric twang with awesome results. Runner-up: Damon & the Shitkickers


Best Local Electronic Artist

Aaron Zimmer sings and plays guitar and harmonica, Cory Chambers sings and plays mandolin, Anthony Textiera sings and plays upright bass, and Jay Rudd sings and plays banjo. Guest fiddler Colleen Heine adds the icing to an already delightful acoustic cake. Runner-up: Whiskey Dick

Sunglow is Daniel Lynch, whose ninetrack wonderland of experimental electronica Jalopy is available now on bandcamp.com. Most recently, Sunglow shared a mesmerizing Dollhouse Productions bill with Gravies and the Main Dish Sauce. Runner-up: Electric Grandma

Best Local Metal Band

Best Local Hip Hop/Rap Artist

City Hotel

Sunglow

Tend No Wounds, a new EP produced by Kylesa’s Philip Cope (another Savannah metal musician), drops any day. Athon, Andrew and James have deservedly won in this category for the last four years. Keep on slamming, boys. Runner-up: Kylesa

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Best Local Funk/R&B/Soul Group/Artist

A Nickel Bag of Funk

The combination of Brandywine, a crackling jazz, funk and hop quartet, with Lloyd “KidSyc” Harold is nothing less than combustible. With Syc’s polysyllabic spew, and the bubbling hot brew created by Lane GardAbove: Leslie Adele, Jermaine Baker and Anthony Jones, A Nickel Bag of Funk, Best Local Funk/R&B/Sould Group or Artist. Below: The band Cusses ner, Dan Butler, Derrick Larry and Charles Hodge, this band puts on a frenzied show that (Bryan Harder, Angel Bond and Brian Lackey) won in four categories. will leave you gasping for breath. Runner-up: Basik Lee

Best Local Spoken Word Artist/Group

After storming this category for almost half a dozen years, vocalist Leslie Adele and her sweet ‘n’ funky cohorts — Jermaine Baker and Anthony Jones — have finally made their debut recording. Redux: Melodic Schizophrenic comes out in late summer. Runner-up: Voodoo Soup

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Best Local Jazz Band/Artist

Ben Tucker

Best Local Club DJ

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You youngsters can call him B-TUCK, if you dare, but if you wish to give him the respect he deserves, make it Mr. Tucker, Sir. A legendary bassist who played with Herbie Mann, Billy Taylor, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee, Cy Coleman, Red Norvel, Tommy Flanagan, Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan and Ellis Marsalis, Ben Tucker wrote “Comin’ Home Baby,” “Right Here Right Now” and around 300 others that have enriched the pantheon of jazz. Tucker has been a Savannahian for 40 years, co-founded the Coastal Jazz Association, and performs with musicians his age (82), half his age, and even with bearded young hipsters — as long as they got the chops. “I don’t care who I play to,” he told us with a smile a few months ago, “as long as you can sit there and listen, and appreciate, understand what I’m playing.” Runner-up: Velvet Caravan

Steve Baumgardner has the coolest stage name in Savannah. This multi-talented young man from New Jersey is a poet and rapper (and a charter member of Dope Sandwich), an awe-inspiring break dancer, and a guitarstrumming singer/songwriter. He’s a versatile DJ too, as you might have guessed, and an in-demand club jock at that. Runner-up: DJ Skypager

Marquice Williams and Joshua Davis are the co-directors of Savannah’s spitting centroverse, founded more than a dozen years ago by “RenaZance” and the late Clinton D. Powell. Spitfire is active in all disciplines of art in the city, and encourages young people to discover and work the catharsis that is spoken word performance. Runner-up: AWOL

Best Live Music Club

The Jinx

And the venue formerly known as Velvet Elvis continues to pack ‘em in for rock, metal and hip hop shows. Susanne and the tattooed gang have created a fun and funky home for all things musical, six nights of the week. Runner-up: Wormhole

Best Local Recording Studio

Elevated Basement

Let’s cut right to the chase: Nearly every local artist records at Kevin Rose’s place, and Gregg Allman (technically, he’s a “local artist” as well) has cut a few sides there. “Some of the best performances happen by just staying out of the way,” Rose (who happens to be an accomplished musician, an architect and a fishing boat captain) told us in 2012. “The technical stuff will take care of itself. That’s all Creampuff 101. To me, the inspiration is everything.”

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You don’t have to be downtown to enjoy cutting edge, super-tasty farm-to-table type cuisine with a cool bar. Great food and great timing — there Josh Yates of Green Truck Pub really wasn’t a place quite like it in town when it opened in 2010 — equaled a success story on the fringe of Baldwin Park. Now folks from all around come here to wait in line — and it’s quite worth it. Runner-up, Overall: Olde Pink House Runner-up, Farm-to-Table: Cha Bella Runner-up, Gourmet & Veggie Burger: B&D

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Best Fine Dining Best Wait Staff Most Romantic Best Shrimp & Grits

The Olde Pink House

Best New Restaurant:

The 5 Spot

This Habersham Village eatery marks one more delicious success for Brian and Jennifer Husky of Gaslight Group, the jaunt responsible for Blowin’ Smoke, Abe’s on Lincoln, B. Matthews and Blue Turtle Bistro. It’s their fifth concept, fifth venture, a fifth notch in the belt for indie restaurateuring — no small feat in a fair-weather tourist town where restaurants and bars weed in and weed out with the changing of the seasons. “It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, especially in the economy that we’re in,” says chef and general manager Chris Wise, who serves up 20-plus years of culinary expertise. “The owners are absolutely wonderful to work with … very hands on.” For a midtown destination, 5 Spot pulls in its fair share of tourists, hungry for a casual space with plenty of parking, a handful of silent TVs and a smattering of outdoor tables. The vibe is familiar, relaxed and comfortable. “I see enough of the people who come in everyday to know that we have a pretty good local following, very loyal, great customers,” Wise says. “They bring a lot of energy to this place.” The draw is the solid reputation of an outfit known for quality cuisine and for giving the people what they want. The specific 5 Spot slant is straight-up accessible, American fare, nothing excessively pre-packaged, but rather more down-home, Lowcountry neighborhood fare. “We’re trying to be an American bistro … trying to blend new with old. It’s a lot of the kind of food that you saw growing up, but with a twist.” Crowd-pleasers includes the grilled salmon entrée with a burnt rosemary aromatic, the fried green tomato BLT, the Cuban, the Reuben and their signature peach barbecue sauce on the pulled pork sandwich. A new addition to their summer menu: chicken and waffles with a red-eye gravy. “We’re not just in the neighborhood,” assistant manager Ashley Youngblood adds. “We’re part of the neighborhood.” — Jenny Dunn Runner-up: The Public

There is a handful or less of establishments in Savannah that can truly make the claim to be just as popular with locals as with tourists. The Olde Pink House fits that bill, frequented by brunching churchgoers and eager Ohioans alike, many of whom enjoy the signature Shrimp & Grits, always a competitive dish in Savannah and the Lowcountry. The cool bar renovation is a master added touch, and the service is friendly and top-notch. Runner-up, Fine & Romantic: Elizabeth on 37th Runner-up, Waitstaff: Green Truck Pub Runner-up, Shrimp & Grits: 5 Spot

Best Family Restaurant Best Outdoor Dining

B&D Burgers

If you’re downtown with a passel of hungry young’uns and you’re trying to figure out where to take everybody to make everyone happy, just walk into B&D, either on Broughton or their new Congress Street location. Runner-up, Family: Crab Shack Runner-up, Outdoor: Bona Bella Yacht Club

Best Downtown Restaurant Best Takeout Restaurant Best Caterer

Zunzi’s

This has been a breakout year for the little South African takeout joint that could, with national press and a new location planned for the old Isaac’s on Drayton location. Runner-up, Downtown: Olde Pink House Runner-up, Takeout: PJ Thai Runner-up, Catering: Nick Mueller

Best Food Event

Savannah Jewish Food Festival

Often referred to simply as “Shalom Y’all,” the annual Jewish Food Festival fills the senses with the tastes and aromas of classics like matzoh ball soup, blintzes and challah. The Fest celebrates its 25th edition this October. Runner-up: Greek Festival continues on p. 32


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the various, largely freshly-made dishes. Runner-up: Mellow Mushroom

Roberto Leoci

Best Italian Restaurant

Best Pub Food

Leoci’s Trattoria

Roberto and his place haven’t been in town long — by Savannah standards — but they’ve taken the place by storm like tiramisu from heaven. A boisterous atmosphere combines with succulent Italian faves like Tagliatelle Carbonara and a delightful seafood risotto, with most all the pasta made fresh on site. Runner-up, Chef: Brian Palefsky Runner-up, Italian: Bella’s

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Best Southside Restaurant

Tangerine Fusion and Sushi Bar

One of the few Southside spots that really has a devoted citywide following, Tangerine is the place to go for sushi, and perhaps oddly, super good dessert.

Best Islands Restaurant

Basil’s Pizza and Deli

Don’t be fooled: You’ll get great pizza here, no doubt, but it’s actually an awesome Greek diner, with authentic takes on Hellenic favorites. The gyro pizza is to die for. Service is friendly and generous on the refills, and the beer list is great too. Runner-up: Ele Fine Fusion

Best Tybee Restaurant

North Beach Grill

As if you’re on the edge of the world, this rambling seaside shack offers some of the tastiest Caribbean style eats this side of, well, the Caribbean. Runner-up: Crab Shack

Best Westside Restaurant

Cheddar’s

It’s technically a regional chain, based in Texas, but you wouldn’t know it from the extraordinary attention to service and detail and the creative menu options for

Did someone say fish ‘n’ chips? Bangers ‘n’ mash? Scottish meatloaf? Get it all here along with dozens and dozens of different single malt Scotches. Runner-up: Crystal Beer Parlor

Best Mexican Restaurant

Jalapeños

This perennially popular party spot packs ‘em in at five locations now, including Richmond Hill and Effingham County. Runner-up: Juarez  

Best Greek Restaurant

Olympia Cafe

This popular River Street spot was originally called the Olympic Cafe until the actual Olympics came to town in 1996 and told them to change their name. Olympia gets the last laugh though — Savannah remembers them a lot more (and more fondly) than the ‘96 games. Runner-up: Troy

Best Caribbean Restaurant

Rancho Alegre

 Delectable Cuban dishes, superb mojitos from the full bar, futból on the TV, and the occasional Flamenco show. What’s not to love? Runner-up: Toucan Cafe

Best Thai Restaurant

King & I

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Best Farmer’s Market/Food Co-op

Forsyth Farmers Market

One of the great Savannah success stories over the past year, the Market has grown leaps and bounds. With fresh local organice produce and poultry, Saturday mornings and early afternoons have become a staple of many a Savannahian’s week. Runner-up: Savannah Food Co-op

Best Late Night Restaurant

Sweet Melissa’s

Perfectly situated in the heart of Savannah’s wee-hours entertainment district, people from all walks of life get a slice here at all times of the day. Runner-up: Kevin Barry’s

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Best Pancakes

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Best Breakfast Best Brunch

J. Christopher’s

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Best Burger Under $6

Five Guys

Patties made to order, reasonable price, fun atmosphere, free peanuts. Makes ya want to buy two or three. Runner-up: B&D  

Best Wrap

Roly Poly

A staple of the lunchtime crowd downtown just off busy Broughton Street, Roly Poly deals a mean range of wraps, from the Monte Cristo to the Chipotle Steak. Runner-up: Al Salaam  

Best Barbecue

Angel’s BBQ

A true Savannah original, most everything Angel’s does is distinctive, from the variety of adventurous sauces to the delicious, non-mainstream sides. Runner-up: Wiley’s Championship BBQ

Best Fried Chicken Best Southern Food

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

The legendary Savannah communal eating spot still holds the title in Savannah and easily competes as best fried chicken in all the South. Runner-up, Both: Sisters of the New South

Best Sub Shop

Jimmy John’s

Fresh ingredients and a sharply dressed sandwich are hallmarks of this quick, popular spot downtown that delivers by bike. Runner-up: Baldino’s

Best Wings

Wild Wing Café

Several signature sauces make those wings extra delectable in this popular City Market spot. Runner-up: Kevin Barry’s  

Best Ribs

Wiley’s Championship BBQ

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Best Coffee Best Coffeehouse

Foxy Loxy

A new winner in this category, Jennifer Jenkins’ labor of love has helped rejuvenate the Thomas Square neighborhood with a delightful blend of strong java, freshly made Tex-Mex specialties and live music. Runner-up, Both: Sentient Bean

Best Desserts

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Two words, people: RAPTURE SUNDAE. Newly-appointed kitchen manager Natasha Gaskill has also brought a bevy of new baked treats to the bar. Runner-up: Leopold’s

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Best Bakery

Back in the Day

Dedication to freshness and an adventurous spirit combine for this nationallyrenowned, delicacy-driven business in the Starland District. Runner-up: Baker’s Pride

Best Ice Cream

Leopold’s

Gotta be the South’s favorite ice cream store. No other way to look at it. Runner-up: Coldstone Creamery  

Best Frozen Yogurt

Lovin’ Spoons

Holding down the Southside with WAFFLE CONE WEDNESDAYS. Runner-up: La’Berry

Best Deli Best Bagels

Midtown Deli

One of Savannah’s truly great food treasures, this unassuming but extremely popular Southside location has served the best bagels and deli food for years to an adoring fan base. Runner-up, Deli: Al Salaam Runner-up, Bagels: Panera Bread

Best Seafood Restaurant

The Crab Shack

One of the all-time perennial winners in the history of our Readers Poll, the Crab Shack continues to be the epitome of the Savannah/Lowcountry fresh seafood experience. Runner-up: Fiddler’s Crab House  

Best Buffet

Lady & Sons

Thank goodness Paula Deen is still helping to bring tourists to town. Runner-up: Pirate’s House

Best Salad

Kayak Kafe

From Greek to West Indian curried chicken to Spinach & Wild Shrimp, Kayak has a vast range of super-fresh salads to munch on while you peoplewatch. Runner-up: Green Truck Pub continues on p. 40


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Best Pizzeria Best Delivery Pizza

Vinnie Van Go-Go’s

One of the pioneer businesses to spearhead downtown Savannah’s renaissance — not to mention one of City Market’s oldest and most respected anchor institutions — Vinnie’s also maintains high standards for really awesome pizza. Runner-up, Pizzeria: Mellow Mushroom Runner-up, Delivery: Marco’s

Best French Restaurant

Papillotte

Behind this unassuming storefront on Broughton is the home of some authentic Continental cuisine in a tightly focused menu. Don’t forget brunch Saturday and Sunday! Runner-up: Brasserie 528

Best Japanese Restaurant

Ta Ca Sushi and Japanese Fusion

Airy, friendly spot to enjoy sushi and tasty hibachi dinners. Runner-up: Hirano’s

Best Sushi

Sushi Zen

Yoshi & Co. are still the masters of the ancient edible Japanese art. Runner-up: Ta Ca  

Best Indian Restaurant

Taste of India

Mall Boulevard is the home of the most delectable delights from the subcontinent. Runner-up: Pakwan  

Best Chinese Restaurant

Wang II

Still pretty sure no one else has ever won this category in all the years we›ve held the Best of Savannah Readers Poll. Runner-up: Peking House

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Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Al Salaam Deli

Without doubt the best gyro and falafel for miles around, in a friendly, informal atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Just go already! Runner-up: The Mirage

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

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This very new spot is quarterbacked by Chef David Rowland, who’s cooked up some good grub at the famous Grove Park Inn in Asheville, where the first location of Vegheads lives. Runner-up: Sentient Bean

Best Place to Get Fresh Local Seafood

Russo’s

A wonderful old Savannah family institution, with a third generation of Russos helping serve the freshest wild shrimp, scallops, and fish to generations of satisfied customers. Runner-up: Crab Shack cs

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As if taking college classes wasn’t enough, prospective World of Beer employees are required to attend Beer School. “Part of our onboarding process is two weeks of training, and the second week of training is entirely focused on all the beers that we carry in house,” says Chris Geerlings, product manager for the 11-month-old Savannah World of Beer location. “Learning where to find things, the history of the breweries and their locations. There’s a logic to have the 12 coolers organized, by region and style.” Of course, the WOB bottled brew list — around 500 at each franchise location, alongside 62 revolving draught taps — goes way, way past crafty boutique-label suds. The deal is, the staff is trained to know which is which, from PBR to fine Belgian ale, and to recommend beers for everyone to the average Joe to the discerning hophead. You get offered a taste before you plunk down for your pint. The first World of Beer opened in Tampa, Fla. in 2007, the brainchild of two aspiring Pensacola businessmen who’d taken notice of the American explosion in craft beer. Early on, the two WOB founders were joined by a couple of former Outback Steakhouse executives, who knew more than a little about franchising. Today, there are more than 55 of these little brew beauties all over the country. On Broughton Street, Greelings and the rest of the staff are kept … well, hopping. “Keeping stuff in stock depends on what on what’s popular from day to day, season to season,” he believes. “It’s a little bit of an art and a little bit of a science, I guess.” It’s uncommon, he knows, for an essentially brand-new business to win in four “Best of ” categories. “I think one of the reasons World of Beer Savannah is doing so well is because craft beer has a real foothold in places like Colorado and California and places out west,” Geerlings says. “It hasn’t gained popularity out here until more recently. “So our role has been to fill a void, so to speak. And meet that untapped demand. Pun intended.” — Bill DeYoung Runner-up, New bar: The Sparetime Runner-up, Bottled beer: The Distillery Runner-up, Beer on tap: The Distillery Runner-up, Trivia: Hang Fire

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The Jinx

What can we say but “Well done”? Susanne Warnekros and her hard-working team have made the Jinx the center of the downtown universe, winning in nearly all these categories for years and years now. Over in the A&E section, the Jinx was also voted “Best Live Music Club.” All together now … well done! Runner-up, Overall: Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Runner-up, Downtown: World of Beer Runner-up, Live music: Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Runner-up, Happy Hour: Mellow Mushroom Runner-up, Hookup: The Sparetime Runner-up, Bar staff: Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Runner-up, Bartender: Cody Knowles, World of Beer Runner-up, Celebrity: McDonough’s

Best Outdoor Bar

Moon River Brewing Co.

First, it’s the only brew pub up in the city, where you can watch the stuff being made. Second, the 5,400-square-foot Beer Garden (outside) opened in March. And third, the menu is “a range of dishes from simple comfort food to eclectic gourmet cuisine.” Yep. Runner-up: Rocks on the Roof

Best River Street Bar Best Irish Pub

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub

Thirty-three years and counting in the same location, Vic Power’s old-school Irish public house, with its unadorned wooden walls and floor and separate rooms for separate stuff, continues to raise the bar. In 2013, Kevin Barry’s is the bar. Runner-up, River Street: Saddle Bags Runner-up, Irish: O’Connell’s Pub

Best Southside Bar

Spanky’s

Live Oak Restaurants operates four Spanky’s in the area, and this location — it’s on Mall Boulevard, near the (um) mall, is the family-friendliest of all. Full-service menu. Runner-up: Tailgate

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Best Islands Bar

Molly McGuire’s

Location, location, location. Despite its abject, leafy loveliness, there are only a couple of restaurants in Wilmington Island. Whitemarsh is right there on 80, Tybee is flashier and more famous, but Wilmington — accessible only via the detour that is Johnny Food, bevs and tunes on Molly’s deck Mercer Boulevard — is like Chatham County’s little out-of-the-way gem. That’s one of the reasons Molly McGuire’s, which has been on the island for just over three years, has become the favored local hangout. “We’re not downtown, and we’re not on Tybee, so we’re not on the beaten path,” says the restaurant/bar’s manager Kristen Heath. “We do get a few tourists that are recommended by others, or by the other restaurants, but we’re definitely a neighborhood place. There’s people who’ll be in here five, six times a week. If not more.” They come for the food, to be sure, and the frosty drinks, and the family-friendly atmosphere both inside and out. It’s the lavish, pagoda-like outdoor deck that keeps ‘em coming back, Heath explains. The deck is like a little island oasis all its own, refreshingly cool in the warmer months, and ideal for chillaxing with live, local music and the ubiquitous burgers ‘n’ beer. It’s sort of like an outdoor Cheers (albeit with kids, grandparents and the occasional well-behaved dog). “We’re not a touristy place,” Heath says. “We’re so dependant on our regulars and our locals, so we have to make sure we keep people happy and make sure everything, quality-wise, is on par all of the time.” Part of the Live Oak Restaurants franchise, Molly McGuire’s was extensively redesigned after earlier incarnations as Creekside Grill and Driftaway Café. Set back off Johnny Mercer, it’s a little hard to find unless you know what you’re looking for. “It’s funny,” Heath laughs, “because there are people that live on the island who are like ‘We didn’t even know you were here!’” But they always come back. They always come back. — Bill DeYoung

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Best Tybee Bar

Huc-a-Poos

Fun and funky, the Huc features the best pizza on Tybee Island. Couple that with a cold one and live local music and whether you jam into an inside booth or stretch out on the porch you’re in for a delightfully low-key Tybee experience. Runner-up: Tybee Island Social Club

Best Westside Bar

Lucky’s Tavern

By “westside” we mean Pooler, and Lucky’s — featuring killer burgers and other tasty treats — has the town’s most fun Karaoke nights, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Best College Bar

Hang Fire

Yet another muy stupido city noise ordinance has restricted Wes Daniel’s presentation of live music, but his Whittaker Street club (described as both “hipster” and “casual” by yelp.com) retains its fun, anything-goes sense of humor. And one of the coolest Trivia Nights in town. Did we mention the $5 Scorpion Tea? Runner-up: The Jinx


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A very steady, very close–knit regular clientele means you can pop in Johnny Baker’s place most any night and find a good crowd. Runner-up: The 5 Spot

Best Rooftop Bar

Rocks on the Roof

When they say rooftop, they mean rooftop … high atop the Bohemian Hotel, you can sit here and go all birds-eye with the Talmadge Bridge or watch boat traffic on the river or goof on the tourists poking along River Street … Runner-up: Churchill’s Pub

Best Signature Drink

Rose Zarem at Sparetime

House-infused cucumber vodka, rosewater, lemon juice and seltzer. Order a Rose Zarem, and you’ll want to stay at the Sparetime indefinitely to peruse their other alchemic delights. Runner-up: Scorpion Tea at Hang Fire

Best Margarita

Carlito’s

The MLK Mexican restaurant serves up the ‘ritas big and cold, with or without the ice and the salt-rimmed glass. Bring on the mariachi band! Runner-up: Jalapeños

Best Martini

Jen’s & Friends

Shaken or stirred: Jen’s has 300 variations on the martini – let that sink in for a moment. And 300 beers. And food. Runner-up: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Best Sommelier

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Jason Restivo

At the Olde Pink House, Restivo — who also happens to be a great guy — professionally manages the historic wine cellar, providing the perfect pairing for the kitchen’s seamless blend of New Southern and Classic Southern cuisine. Runner-up: Christian Depken (Le Chai)

Best Wine Tasting

Savannah Wine Cellar

Tastings are available on demand, and the selection runs to more than 400 wines from all over the world. Runner-up: World of Beer

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Habersham Beverage Warehouse

Nearly 30 years in business and still going strong. Cheers! “With a resident sommelier, an accredited beer judge, and over 100 years of cumulative tasting experience, we know how to find the very best products.” Runner-up, Wine: Johnnie Ganem’s Package & Wine Shop Runner-up, Beer: World of Beer continued on page 47

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“Killer cocktails in a stylish revamp of a mid-century bank,” raved Southern Living. And nearly all of the food is purchased from local, or Georgia, farmers and fisherpeople. Runner-up: Elizabeth’s on 37th

Best British Pub

Churchill’s Pub

With a rooftop terrace, “Winston’s Wine Bar” in the cellar, and a central bar shipped straight from the U.K., here’s where you can authentically fish your chips, pie your kidneys and Yorkshire your pudding. Among other things. Runner-up: Six Pence Pub

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While the historic building dates back — you guessed it — to sometime around 1875, the swank tavern has been classing up the stretch of real estate on Whittaker between Congress and Broughton Streets since 2005. A class-act option for a stellar martini, Circa’s intimate scene allows patrons to retreat into alcoves or offer themselves up as window dressing atop plush bench seats. Other late-night draws include mobster candlelight and the opportunity to elbow-rub with Savannah’s elite. A serving station at the back of the bar leads to the adjoining restaurant and creates a noise and kinetic excitement; the counter laden with artisan breadcrumbs, the soft clacks of dishes, the harsh clinks of silver on the off-beat. “We want people to feel like they’re in the old days when VIPs would go in through the kitchen, that kind of feel,” general manager Tony Rossing says. “The bar feeds off the energy transfer at the back really well.” Rossing says owners Donald Lubowicki and Jeffrey Downey, transplants from points north, have called the South home for more than 30 years now, with maybe 15 of those years in Savannah. It’s not unusual to see Downey behind the bar, mixing up cocktails. “They’ve got passion. It’s their baby. And it creates a wonderful atmosphere,” Rossing explains about the owners’ dedicated involvement. “They hire people they know and trust, which means no babysitting, zero turnover. It’s a dream job.” The city plans to widen the sidewalks on Whitaker, cut traffic down to one vehicular lane and a bike lane in the next few years. Rossing says they envision an awning with café tables outdoors, Circa’s expansion into an ever more authentic Parisian feel. — Jenny Dunn Runner-up: Rocks on the Roof

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Best Scottish Pub

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub

It’s right there in the name. From Guinness to fine whiskey, bangers to mash, all wrapped up in fine tartan, Molly’s is cozy and comfy and decidedly Scottish. It’s the kind of pub that other cities would kilt for … Runner-up: Molly McGuire’s (which is not a Scottish pub, by the way)

Best Pool Hall

Congress Street Social Club

Since 2008, you can sit inside, outside, upstairs overlooking Congress, hear live music, play video games or smack them billiard balls around … Runner-up: Southside Billards Club

Best Dance Club Best Gay Bar/Club

Club One

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Manager Travis Coles and the staff are serious about making sure everyone — straight, gay and anything in between — has a good time at Club One. The cabaret stage, where the infamous Lady Chablis and others ply their particular trades, is the best in the city. Runner-up, Dance: Club 51 Degrees Runner-up, Gay: Chuck’s Bar

Best Latin Dancing

Club 51 Degrees

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Best Sports Bar

Coach’s Corner

From the NFL to the World Cup, Coach’s 50-plus big TV screens got you covered from every conceivable angle. The food’s good, too, and it’s family-friendly. Sometimes live bands on the weekend. Runner-up: Wild Wing Cafe

Best Adult Entertainment

Uncle Harry’s Gentleman’s Club

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Best Karaoke

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and the Latin dance floor is the hottest of all (the others are House and Top 40). They’ve got VIP booths, a sports nights dubbed “Cleats & Cleavage,” and a stylish New Year’s Eve masquerade ball that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Runner-up: SubZero

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Mark Lebos

“Personal Trainer” really doesn’t do justice to what Mark Lebos is capable of. With a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and a deep background in strength and endurance training as well as rehab therapy, he does much more than pump you up: His studio, Strong Gym, is your one-stop shop for all-around personal fitness without the bureaucratic B.S. of many other “physical therapy” places. Situated on a vibrant block bracketed by the Savannah Yoga Center and Halo modeling agency, Strong Gym’s location couldn’t be better. “We’re a few blocks from Foxy Loxy and Starland that way, then Forsyth Park is even closer in the other direction,” Lebos explains. “Sometimes we do what we call ‘going to church’ — I’ll take a group across the street to Bull Street Baptist and run up and down the stairs. Sometimes we go to the park, sometimes we run around the block.” Inside, Strong Gym is just as conducive to calmly focused action. “I try to keep it as clean, well-lit and comfortable as possible,” he says of his immaculate place of business. “The color scheme is simple and monochromatic — I want the people to make it pop.”  Indeed, Lebos’s clientele is from all walks of life, whether they be Gulfstream employees, local artists, or even, God forbid, writers.

 “I especially like working with clergy,” he says. “We’ve got the whole mindbody thing going on here already, and then they bring in a little bit of the spiritual aspect.” Spiritual is all well and good, but in Lebos’ business you also need hardware. He’s got plenty of that, in the form of state-of-the art exercise equipment that’s very difficult, and in some cases impossible, to find elsewhere locally. He gets me on the treadmill he calls Strong Mountain. “This is better than elliptical. You get the full extension of the legs back — that extension is what really builds the glutes.” Everybody wants that perfect body, but with Lebos’ extensive background in rehab — he authored Memorial University Health Center’s current cancer rehab protocol — he’s also drawn to helping those with various other afflictions, whether they’re challenged with multiple sclerosis, herniated backs, diabetes-related issues or blown-out ACLs.  “Nobody walks in that door without having something wrong, whether it’s a knee or a herniated disc,” he says. “That’s life, and that’s what we deal with here.” — Jim Morekis Runner Up: Mike Elston


Savannah Yoga Center

Everyone remain calm: The serene studio on Bull Street remains our readers’ favorite spot for asanas for seven years in a row. Offering a variety of classes for all levels from dawn ‘til dusk, Savannah Yoga Center also hosts teacher trainings, retreats and special gatherings: All you have to do is show up. Runner Up: Savannah Power Yoga

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Best Massage Therapist

Spa Bleu

A cadre of licensed massage therapists brings healing hands at this downtown oasis at the corner of Bull and Broughton streets. Each session can be tailored to individual needs, but we’re coveting a Raindrop Aromatherapy Massage or a Duchess Rose Indian Head, Neck & Shoulder treatment. Runner Up: Savannah Day Spa

Best Pilates Studio

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Momentum Pilates Studio

Owner Carol Daly-Wilder and instructor Adrienne Cherry keep cores strong and spines stretched with a variety of techniques that utilize mats, pulley systems, reformers and chairs. Runner Up: SCAD Studio

Best Fitness Club

YMCA of Coastal Georgia

Yo, you work out? The Y’s weight rooms, cardio floor, class schedule and friendly day care facilities keep Savannahians in shape at multiple locations. Runner Up: Pure Barre Savannah

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The avid cyclist and triathlete helps others keep their bones and muscles in tip top shape while applying sport medicine to various injuries. Runner Up: Doug Anderson

Best Local Pharmacy

CVS

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Best Hospital

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

Once again St. Joe’s/Candler wins our readers’ trust for best hospital experience with its cutting edge technology and preventative health education programming. Should you ever have need to go the emergency room, however, your grandma reminds you to always wear clean underwear. Runner Up: Memorial Health University Medical Center 4720 Waters Avenue | Savannah, GA 31404

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provides full-service adult and pediatric medical care, including testing and routine physicals, at four locations including downtown Savannah, Tybee Island, Sandfly and Pooler. Runner Up: Memorial Health University Medical Center

Best Nurse

Heidi Longenberger

Special delivery! The nurse manager at The Midwife Group and Birth Center helps bring new babies into the world and cares for new mamas as they recover. Runner Up: Carisa Elmore

Best OB/GYN

Dr. Carmela Pettigrew

Around these parts, Dr. Pettigrew gets high marks for taking care of lady parts. The mother of three also knows that women’s health includes managing stress. Her advice: “I wish more of my patients would stop putting themselves last on their list … I try to tell them that you can take better care of your loved ones if you take better care of yourself.” Runner Up: Dr. Andrew Tucker

Best Midwife

Jill Whitfield

A Certified Nurse Midwife, Whitfield provides complete care during the birthing process at The Midwife Group and Birth Center on Chatham Parkway. Serving coastal Georgia for 25 years, the center offers natural childbirth education, breastfeeding support and nurturing postpartum attention.

Runner Up: Georganna Wiley

Best Dermatologist

Georgia Skin and Cancer Clinic

Dude, you epidermis is showing…and you may want to get that mole looked at. Readers voted Dr. Sidney P. Smith, Dr. Richard Parker, Dr. Angela Rowden and their staff of nurses and medical assistants as the team to care for your body’s largest organ. Runner Up: Chatham Dermatology

Best Acupuncturist

Fawn Smiley

After getting her Master’s in Traditional Chinese medicine and apprenticing under longtime Savannah acupuncturist Dr. Tao, Fawn began Hidden Well Acupuncture in 1998. Among the first acupuncturists in the state, her infectious enthusiasm for learning and healing is ever evident. Today, she is a senior student under the Taoist Master and renowned Classical Chinese Medical historian, Jeffrey Yuen. As well, Fawn is undertaking her doctorate through the American University of Complementary Medicine where Dr. Yuen shares treasures of his ancient lineage dating back to the Han Dynasty. Runner Up: A TIE! Bauer Coslick and Ben Brodhead

Best Chiropractor

Whelan Chiropractic

Don’t call it bone crackin’! In practice for over 37 years, Chris Whelan gently guides backs and necks into their optimal positions to treat pain, sciatica and injuries. Runner Up: Kirk Chiropractic Center

Best Dentist

Julie Howard, DDS

Savannah native Dr. Howard of Howard Family Dental is the first choice for those looking to keep their teeth happy and healthy. Did you floss today? Runner Up: Dr. Ronald C. Smiley, DMD, PC

Best Hair Salon

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Best General Practitioner

Dr. Paul S. Bradley

Dr. Bradley wins again for his sound medical advice and kind bedside manner. Also a staunch general in the fight against obesity and its cousin, Tybe 2 diabetes, the good doctor continues to help patients lose weight at his clinic Ourlife. Runner Up: Dr. Marilyn Lavallee

Best Eye Doctor

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All eyes are on Dr. Miller, who focuses on refractive surgery and other ophthamological treatments at the Georgia Eye Institute. Runner Up: Dr. Ryan Boland

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Best Psychologist

C. Nancy Wallace

A little therapy never hurt anyone. Whether you’re dealing with anger management, relationship issues or resolving old childhood wounds, Ms. Wallace is our readers’ pick for the person to help you get your head on straight. Runner Up: Braswell Gamble

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. William H. Dascombe

Those seeking a nip, tuck or major reconstructive surgery trust Dr. Dascombe, who practices at the Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery. Runner Up: Dr. E.R. Finger

Best Veterinarian

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Dr. Steven Marlay

Dr. Dog (and Cat and Bunny and Ferret) Whisperer wins again as your favorite person to care for your four-legged friends at the Eastside Veterinary Hospital in Thunderbolt. Runner Up: Dr. Brian Mulvey

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Best Barber Shop

The Barber Pole

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The doctor is in! Dr. Paul Bradley wins again as your favorite general practioner.

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Central Animal Hospital Savannah’s furry folks let their humans know that Central Animal Hospital deserves to keep their 2012 title. A solid anchor in the perpetually up-and-coming Starland District, the pet clinic stays busy serving a clientele that spans from Georgetown to Bluffton, SC. “I have to attribute our success to our sole ideal: Caring,” says Dr. Alex Hill, the veterinarian who took over the practice in 2005. “We have a great staff, and we love animals.” Dr. Hill practices with Dr. Cara Hammonds and Dr. Daniel Iyer, who are in turn accompanied by a crew of friendly receptionists and capable technicians. Both pets and their owners feel welcome in the airy, open facility, which boasts a digital x-ray, ultrasound and surgical functions. Though he’s been tending to dogs and cats for more than 16 years, it may be surprising to know that Dr. Hill didn’t start out in animal medicine. He spent his undergrad years at Harvard, where he studied business and law, then put in a few years on Wall Street before giving up the rat race for more charming animals. He found his true calling when he enrolled in the University of Georgia’s veterinary sciences program. “I can’t say enough good things about the education I got at Georgia,” he says. These days Dr. Hil spends time educating humans about how to keep their pets healthy and is often accompanied by an exuberant mixed breed pup named Eli. He wants to remind all pet owners to keep up on their dog’s heartworm prevention medication as the disease is transmitted by mosquitoes (those ubiquitous pests aren’t just a nuisance to humans!) He plans to continue serving Savannah and its beloved pets for a long time. “If you care and you practice good medicine, the rest will follow.” — Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner Up: Case Veterinary Hospital


Best Hair Salon

Colorboxx

Trust your tresses to this four-time winner, renowned for its cutting edge styles and colors. Nikki Edwards and her team of scissor-wielding stylists make it their business to bring out every client’s distinctive beauty. Runner Up: Salon Aqua

Best Hair Stylist

Renata Duran

The well-coiffed people who sit in Renata’s chair at Salon Aqua (a new location for this longtime Savannah stylist) know she’s a head above the rest: This win makes her third year in a row! Runner Up: Nikki Edwards

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Best Nail Salon

Golden Nails

Longtime champ Golden Nails is Savannah’s best place to deal with your digits. Runner Up: Spa Bleu

Best Local Nail Technician

Cora Lynn Bannon

Hands and feet get luxurious treatment from Cora Lynn, who operates out of Spa Bleu. After we finish writing up this issue, we’re calling her for a Rosemary-Mint Organic Foot Ritual! Runner Up: Ginger Parsons

Best Medical Spa

Glow MedSpa

Wrinkles, thin eyebrows and dull skin are no match for Glow’s menu of superpowers, er, services. Botox, Juvederm, eyelash extensions, permanent make-up and other anti-aging breakthroughs are available at the posh facility on Eisenhower. Runner Up: A TIE! Savannah Day Spa and Spa Bleu

Best Day Spa

Spa Bleu

Readers who know how to treat themselves right again chose this tranquil oasis just steps off busy Broughton Street to pamper their mind, body and soul. Runner Up: Savannah Day Spa

Best Tanning Salon

Tan-Tastic Tanning

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Best Piercing Parlor

Planet 3

This won’t hurt a bit: The Abercorn boutique remains the top stud when it comes to body jewelry. Runner Up: Black Orchid

Best Tattoo Shop

Black Orchid Tattoo Studio and Gallery

Ink about it: Owners Chris and Brooke Autry and their crew of talented artists must be doing something right to stay Savannah’s number one stop for skin décor. Runner Up: The Butcher Tattoo Studio

Best Outdoor Outfitters

Half Moon Outfitters

Pick up a kayak, a pair of Tevas, a metal water bottle, a sweet pair of cargo shorts and you’re styled for a day on the water. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Runner Up: Bass Pro Shop

Best Local Athlete

Felony Melanie How does the Savannah Derby Devils’ number one blocker love roller derby? Let us count the ways: Three (maybe four) concussions, a blown arch in her left foot, a shredded rotator cuff, a torn meniscus, countless sprained ankles and perpetual shin splints. Though Felony Melanie’s chosen sport might bring more than the occasional bumps and bruises, this six year-veteran of the flat track not only enjoys the thrill of the bout but what it represents: “Roller derby shows women’s strength more than any other sport on earth,” avows Ms. Felony, whose skating jersey displays the number 25-to-Life. “And you can be young, old, fat, tall, skinny, gay, straight — it’s a sport that transcends all limits.” When the skates come off, Felony is a registered nurse named Melanie Geronimos, a native of Forest, VA. She grew up playing softball and threw a wicked fast pitch for her alma mater, James Madison University, but gave up athletic pursuits until she moved to Savannah in 2007. She had no derby experience when she banded with the Devils that same year, but her willingness to be pushed into other people’s way as the “sacrificial lamb” made up for her lack of skating finesse. She evolved quickly into one of the team’s most valuable defensive players, missing just six bouts in the last six seasons. “Being voted the best athlete in Savannah is such a cool honor because this is the coolest place I’ve ever lived,” she says. Felony Melanie plans on dominating the rest of the derby season while pursuing her new hobby, racing beater cars with her husband, Chris, a Gulfstream mechanic and former Derby Devils coach. She’s also stoked about the recent formation of the FelMel Fan Club, though membership is exclusive and consists only of two grinning sycophants named Matt and Irv. Though Felony Melanie is not nearly as terrifying in person as she is on the track, don’t make the mistake of comparing roller derby to a plain old workout. “Derby is not exercise,” she growls. “I hate exercise. Derby is life.” — Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner Up: Morgan Mitchell of AASU Women’s Soccer

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Best Golf Course

The Club at Savannah Harbor

Once again, the home of the PGA Champions Tour and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Tournament sinks the win with its grand marsh views and super-stocked pro shop. Runner Up: Southbridge Golf Club

Best Bowling Alley

Frames N’ Games

Pooler’s slickest hotspot boasts 28 lanes to knock down those pins to your heart’s content. Full food and beverage service plus laser tag and an arcade makes for hours of family fun. Runner Up: AMF Savannah Lanes

Best Marina

Hogan’s Marina

Tucked back in Turner’s Creek lies your favorite place to dock your boat, clean your gear, grab a cold one and tell anyone who will listen about the one that got away. Runner Up: Isle of Hope Marina

Most Underrated Park

Daffin Park

A mile and half of paved track, a dog park, soccer fields, huge old oaks, a fishing pond, a baseball stadium and a public swimming pool — we’re glad to see Savannah’s east side outdoor haven is finally getting some love. Runner Up: Hull Park.

Best Local Pro Sports Team

Savannah Sand Gnats

It just wouldn’t be summer without the boys running the bases at historic Grayson Stadium. See you at the game — Connect Savannah sponsors Thirsty Thursdays! Runner Up: Savannah Derby Devils


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In its seventh season of menace and mayhem, the Derby Devils have skidded up a notch this year with an apprenticeship with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Bouts now include All-Star A Team as well as the B Team, the Hostess City Hellions. Runner Up: Savannah Sand Gnats

Best Local College Sports Team

AASU Women’s Soccer

It was a banner season for these kickin’ athletes: 19-2-2. Roster standouts include senior forward Morgan Mitchell, the 20132 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, and senior defender Emily Cattanach; both earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors. Runner Up: AASU Tennis

Best Local High School Team

Benedictine Military School Cadets Football

BC’s Cadets played hard this season on their new home turf at Savannah State, though the recently-classified AA team ultimately lost to Lamar County Trojans in the playoffs. Runner Up: Savannah Christian Raiders

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Best Arts/Crafts Store Best New Store

Blick Art Materials When it was announced last summer that Blick Art Materials, a national chain had bought out Primary Art Supply, there was a momentary collective freakout. But Primary’s longtime co-owner Robyn Reeder promised that this wasn’t a case of a big bad corporation putting a little local shop out of business: Blick had offered jobs to all of the employees of the independent art store that had occupied 14 E. Broughton for almost 20 years. It also vowed not only to maintain Primary’s practices of showcasing artists and giving back to the community but to ramp them up tenfold. “It’ll be like Primary on steroids,” Reeder told Connect in June 2012. Blick Art Materials opened its magnificent new space down the block in August, with massive amounts of inventory and a spacious gallery loft. The Primary spirit remains palpable in the quirky gift selection and trademark giant paint tubes on the wall. Judging by all the reports and your votes, Blick has made good on its commitments to its employees and local artists. “We’re all still here,” says manager Rob Caufield, who worked as a buyer at the old Primary. “The company gives us a lot of opportunity to run the store the way we think is best and to do outreach in the community.” Events have included in-store printmaking workshops and revolving exhibits featuring the likes of Jose Ray and the Savannah Fiber Guild. The corporate backing has also allowed the store to sponsor outside happenings around the city like the A-Town Get Town festival last March. “While we are the largest family-owned business in the industry, it is our being in stock, service, and community involvement that set us apart from the rest,” said Ed Ogorzaly, Retail President of Blick Art Materials. The latest Blick news is that the Illinois-based company has acquired Utrecht, another national chain with a Savannah outlet. The new partnership will allow Blick to market signature Utrecht products, and the Utrecht store on the opposite end of town at 111 MLK Blvd. will now carry more than $100K of additional inventory. How’s that for flexing its muscles? — Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner Up, Arts/Crafts Store: Michael’s Runner Up, New Store: Graveface Records

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“To say that Emily Bargeron makes original use of a Mexican blanket is to understate the sexy perfection of a simple maxidress in Tijuana tequila tones.” — from “Fierce Fashion, Made in Savannah,” Connect Savannah, 4/24/13. Statesboro native Bargeron has captured the hearts of local fashionistas with Mamie Ruth, her colorful line of dresses and separates. Named after her grandma who imparted the importance of individual style, Mamie Ruth employs a bevy of cultural influences that Bargeron calls “music festival chic.” “Woven Mexican blankets, Aztec lines, African tribal prints — I love all of those traditions and bringing them together,” says the 28 year-old Georgia Southern grad in her distinctive honeyed drawl. “I also love the whole hippie thing.” Bargergon debuted as an emerging designer at Charleston Fashion Week in 2009, and Mamie Ruth’s free-spirited designs are now sold in 53 stores around the country including Hawaii, the Hamptons and local boutiques Custard and J. Paige. There will be less bare midriffs and longer hemlines in Mamie Ruth’s upcoming fall/winter line, which Bargeron describes as the embodiment of a “space gypsy in Arizona” vibe. “The typical Mamie Ruth woman is unique. She stands out in a crowd. She likes to travel and have a good time.” Inspired by jam band fests like Coachella and Bonnaroo, Bargeron can often be found frolicking down in front of the stage. She confesses to knocking Grace Potter’s tour bus with a bag of Mamie Ruth samples when the rocker was in town last year. She hasn’t spotted Potter wearing one of her multi-hued jersey dresses yet, and she’s perfectly content seeing her designs on others. “It makes me so happy when I see people on the street or at a show wearing Mamie Ruth and they’re just rocking it,” says Bargeron. “I want to make clothes that make people want to dance.” — Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner Up: April Johnston continued on page 60


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Best Furniture Store Best Window Display

24e

It’s been quite a year for Ruel Joyner and company at 24e. Business has been through the roof, due not only to the range of excellent merchandise in the store but through a concerted effort to make 24e not just a store, but a community hangout and networking hub. An extensive remodel downstairs and upstairs in the historic building has also added a good bit of punch. Runner-up, Furniture: Whelan’s Runner-up: Window: Paris Market

Best Indie Bookstore

E. Shaver Booksellers

This Savannah institution combines a wide breadth of knowledge with a truly fun browsing experience, all on one of our most picturesque squares. Runner-up: The Book Lady

Best Comic Book Store

Home Run Cards and Comics

This downtown institution ably made the necessary technological transition away from being a video store — and back into print! Go figure. Runner-up: Comics and More

Best Musical Instrument Store

Portman’s Music Superstore

It’s fun to just wander around admiring the various guitars and drum sets. Also — keep this in mind for Christmas — lots of cool musicallyoriented gift ideas all over the place.

Best Cigar/Tobacco Shop

Ye Ole Tobacco Shop

Smoke signals keep risin’ from both Ye Ole’s Bay Street and Eisenhower locations. Runner-up: Savannah Cigars

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Savannah Harley-Davidson

The showcase store is at I-95 and 204 but you should go buy a Harley at their River Street location so you can just rumble down the cobblestones. Runner-up: Motorini

Best Lawn and Garden Store

Home Depot

The big dog is back for another win. Runner-up: Hester & Zipperer

Best Scooter Dealer

Motorini

Set in a restored classic old gas station on Drayton, this is your place to get a new Vespa or Piaggio scooter, or maybe a pre-owned little beauty. Runner-up: Star Bike of Savannah

Best Bicycle Shop

Perry Rubber Bike Shop

This place is cool just to browse in, for its line of top-flight, funky and cool bikes in great designs. Runner-up: Bicycle Link

Best Place to Buy New Car Best Place to Buy a Used Car

Grainger Honda

From their sprawling hub on Chatham Parkway, Grainger is wheelin’ and dealin’ all kinds of Hondas, new and used, and is a perennial winner. Runner-up, New: JC Lewis Runner-up, Used: Vaden Nissan

Best Auto Repair

Mall Auto

A friendly, informal atmosphere combines with honest service for a satisfying customer experience. Runner-up: Dixie Motors

Best Car Wash

Savannah Car Wash

A Fastpass gets you unlimited washes for about $40 a month. There’s a Jiffy Lube inside. Get yer wash on! Runner-up: Auto Shine

Best Rental Car Company

Enterprise

With six neighborhood locations and one at the airport, Enterprise has got you covered however you roll. Runner-up: Avis

Best Military Discount

Lowe’s

Supporting the troops by putting their money where their mouth is. Runner-up: Bass Pro Shops


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Their core marine product is still the Tracker Marine Group, which back in the day was the first boat/motor/trailer package you could buy. Runner-up: Boater’s Paradise

Best Toy Store

Toys ‘R’ Us

Still Savannah’s favorite choice for wholesome kid’s entertainment and activity, from trendy toys and video games to good old-fashioned bikes. Runner-up: Planet Fun

Best Daycare

Calvary Day School

Calvary expertly balances attentive care with the resources to serve a very large number of families. Runner-up: Maggie’s Morning School

Best Frame Shop

Trends & Traditions

A bigger, better space on Waters Avenue means even more framing options for ya, whether for casual decorative purposes or preserving that treasured, irreplaceable work of art or heirloom. Runner-up: Frame of Mind

Best Boutique Best Women’s Clothing Store

Red Clover

Since 2007 this hotspot at the corner of Bull and East Perry Lane has clothed Savannah women with a blend of class and sass, always looking for the coolest indie designers. Runner-up, Boutique: Gaucho Runner-up, Women’s: Civvies

Best Men’s Clothing Store

J. Parker Limited

Whether the Broughton Street spot or the Waters Avenue location, J. Parker has clothed Savannah’s classiest gents for decades. Runner-up: Arc

Best Thrift/Vintage Clothing Store

Civvies

Take a walk up to the second floor of this Broughton location to find a wealth of fashion forward, pre-owned

clothes and accessories for girls and guys, all in immaculate shape. Runner-up: Goodwill

Best Children’s Clothing Store

Sara Jane Children’s Boutique

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Best Jeweler

Levy Jewelers

Of course the big news in the world of Levy is their move down Broughton Street into the primo space at Bull and Broughton in the old Il Pasticcio storefront. It would have been pretty sad for that spot to get sucked up by a national chain, or even worse, be vacant. Thank goodness for local businesses stepping up and making things happen! Runner-up: Harkleroad Jewelers

Best Local Jewelry Designer

Danielle Hughes Rose

Danielle owns this category, having won every year since its inception. Her unique brand of sleek, strong, yet sexy metal work keeps clients interested — and interesting! Runner-up: Marion Harkleroad

Best Eyewear Store

LensCrafters

With a Twelve Oaks and an Oglethorpe Mall location, folks can get an eye exam, some frames, and still have time to do some shopping. Runner-up: Boland Eye Center

Best Shoe Store

Globe Shoe Company

Another one of those great Savannah institutions, Globe has managed to stay trendy with the times while always respecting its grand tradition, stretching back to the 19th century. Runner-up: Fleet Feet Sports

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Best Bead Store

Epiphany Beads and Jewelry Studio

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Best Surf Shop

Yeah, this is the place to be for your garden variety Jack Sparrow outfit or sexy Halloween garb. Runner-up: Party City

A Tybee institution since the forming of the oceans, many eons ago. Well, not really, it was 1984. But still! They’ve been taking care of your surf/beach needs for a long time. Runner-up: Waves

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Sunset Novelties

Couples-friendly adult store, with smoking accessories. As in “smokin’” and as in actual smoking. Uh, just go check ‘em out. Runner-up: The Comedy Store

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Polka Dots

Get yer Vera Bradley stuff, Lily Pulitzer gifts and more at this cute spot on Whitemarsh Island. Runner-up: Savannah Bee Company/ Paris Market

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Best Antiques Shop

Habersham Antiques Market

In the old Smith Brothers location on the edge of Baldwin Park, the 70 or so dealers who vend out of Habersham Antiques offer a range of home goods from across the centuries, as well as an impressive variety of valuable collectibles. Runner-up: Jere’s Antiques

Best Grocery Store

Publix

Service with a smile, fully stocked aisles, gleaming tiles for miles and miles. Also a great place to buy groceries. Runner-up: Kroger

Best Gourmet Grocery Store

Fresh Market

You really could do all your shopping here — produce, meats, dairy, frozen products. And real MEXICAN COKE. Runner-up: Brighter Day


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Brighter Day Natural Foods

The Brodhead family has run this seminal Savannah institution for a quarter century, anchoring the south end of Forsyth Park long before it became hip. They made it hip! Runner-up: GNC

Best Sporting Goods Store

Bass Pro Shops

This Savannah Mall anchor store has everything for the old school outdoorsman, from angling to hunting to camping. Runner-up: Half Moon Outfitters

Best Maid Service

Green Methods

This locally-owned eco-friendly cleaning service relies on only natural cleaning products and methods, to keep your work or home environment safe for children, pets, and everybody. Runner-up: Merry Maids

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Best Mall/Shopping Center

Oglethorpe Mall

Savannah’s first mall has experienced several upgrades and remains a vibrant, popular place to shop. Runner-up: Savannah Mall

Best Florist

John Davis Florist

Best Lighting Store

Circa Lighting

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Best Pet Store Best Pet Boutique

TailsSpin Pet Supplies

Quickly becoming one of Savannah’s most beloved and most high-profile small businesses — no small accomplishment for one based outside downtown — this Habersham Village canine and feline hotspot now has a location in Pooler, as well as one in — wait for it — Macon! Runner-up, Pet Store: PetSmart Runner-up: Boutique: The Grateful Hounds

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Best Local Insurance Agency

Sam Sharpe/State Farm

This Southside-based agent gets rave customer reviews. Runner-up: Bernard Williams

Best Real Estate Agent

Chelsea Phillips

This Keller Williams agent is bringing the new domiciles like a BOSS. Runner-up: Don Callahan

Celebrating a century of locallyowned goodness, Welsh Pawn now has three locations with plenty of jewelry, coins, instruments, bikes, tools, and firearms to choose from. Runner-up: Gold Mine

This agency routinely dominates this category year after year. Runner-up: Celia Dunn

Best Pet Grooming

Best Local Moving Company

Full service grooming, a la carte, nail painting, deep conditioning. And two words: BLUEBERRY FACIAL. Runner-up: Top Dog Grooming Spa

Come on. They win this category so often, they’ve got to have more than two guys by now. Runner-up: American Moving & Storage

Best Bed & Breakfast

Best Self Storage

Famed for its delightful gardens as well as its world-class hospitality, the Gastonian is in an elite class of luxury accommodation. Now owned by the HLC Hotels group, the Gastonian was voted one of the 50 best small hotels in the world by the readers of Condé Nast. Runner-up: Hamilton-Turner Inn

Hey, the name says it all. They got it ALL DAY. Runner-up: Chatham Parkway Self Storage

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Best Hotel

Mansion on Forsyth Park

This AAA Four Diamond property routinely wins awards for overall hospitality, service and cleanliness, not to mention a killer location right on the park. Runner-up: Bohemian Hotel

Best Lawyer Best Law Firm

Michael G. Hostilo

While this personal injury attorney catapulted to notoriety in a bizarre hostage standoff involving a former client,

Best Real Estate Agency

Keller Williams Realty

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Best Local Homebuilder

J.T. Turner Construction

If there’s a project going on in the area, chances are good ol’ JT is in on it. Yeah, we’re on a first-name basis. Runner-up: Landmark 24

Best Landscaper

Savannah Green Dirt Design

From budgeting to planning to landscaping to maintenance, these guys have all the dirt on your project. Get it? Runner-up: DLG Land Management

Best Wireless Provider

Verizon Wireless

Again, the superior network and call quality garner a repeat win for Verizon in this category. Runner-up: T-Mobile

Best Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

They used to be a staple of the West Coast, but aggressive expansion has put them into the mix in the South. Runner-up: Suntrust

Best Taxi Service

Savannah Pedicab

Refreshingly, we get to write about non-motorized transportation in this space. These human-powered taxis have become downtown Savannah institutions, on the move. Runner-up: Yellow Cab

Best Limo Service

Coastal Limousine

These are the guys to call when you gotta class it up a bit. Runner-up: Savannah Limousine

Best Place to Work

Gulfstream Aerospace

Not only one of Savannah’s largest employers, but certainly the one with the highest level of across the board employee satisfaction, morale and sense of shared mission. Runner-up: Savannah Pedicab

Store or Business You’re Most Sorry to See Go

Sol Restaurant

Look at the bright side: Blowin’ Smoke has moved into the same space and is doling out some southwestern yummies there, partially in honor of the previous incarnation. Runner-up: Saigon on Broughton


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Blotter All cases from recent Savannah/ Chatham Police Dept. incident reports

Dude looks like a lady An undercover prostitution sting in the Jefferson Street area led to the arrest of eight people, including one man who tried to run from police, bringing additional charges.

Sean Leonard Williams, 42, solicited sex from an undercover officer but sped away in his pickup truck when convening officers identified themselves. He eventually was arrested after a foot chase and charged with multiple counts. Arrested for prostitution were Shawn Demetrius Blige, 31, Ruth Ann Robinson, 48, Michael Wayne Gibbs Jr., 29, and James Baggs III, 48. Charged with pandering were Caezare Nico Johnson, 21, Alex Terrell Love, 42, and Robert Terrell Williams, 23. The operation was conducted in reaction to complaints from residents

about prostitutes working in the area around 41st and 42nd streets and Jefferson and Bull streets. Several of those charged with prostitution are males who were dressed as females.  • A 20-year-old Savannah man was arrested for entering autos and other charges after striking a police car and being bitten by a police canine. Mark Deon Mack was arrested on Truman Parkway near Delesseps Street after witnesses reported seeing a white Dodge leaving a daycare center on the 8800 block of White Bluff Road where a car was entered and a purse stolen. A Southside Precinct Patrol officer attempted to stop the car on the Truman Parkway but it struck the guardrail and an SCMPD patrol car. Mack, the sole occupant, attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by a police canine officer who had joined the pursuit. Mack was treated for a dog bite wound. The purse was located at a convenience store on the 3200 block of Skidaway Road where someone had

attempted to use a bank card from the purse to purchase fuel.  • A 22-year-old Savannah man was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after instigating a neighborhood search by telling Metro Police he was shot in a robbery. Police instead found that Dennis Gregory Johnson, 22, of the 1100 block of East 55th street, had shot himself. He has been charged with false report of a crime, false statements and writing and possession of marijuana. Johnson had initially walked up to a patrol officer who was conducting a traffic stop at East 58th and Guatemala streets and reported he was walking to the hospital because he had been shot by two males who tried to rob him on his front porch.  Detectives, however, confirmed patrol officers’ suspicions by determining he had shot himself and insisted he was injured in a robbery.

 • A 31-yearold Savannah man was arrested and charged after shooting at another man following a road rage incident. Jamaal Bryant, 31, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony after firing shots at a 62-year-old man on Abercorn Street. The victim told police he was leaving a store in the Twelve Oaks shopping center just before 9 a.m. when a white Toyota Sequoia sped into the parking lot. The victim yelled at the driver and a conversation took place until the victim entered his vehicle to leave. Moments later the Toyota turned around in front of the victim and shots were fired at the car. cs   Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


I’ve always wondered—has anyone tried to estimate how many people are getting whacked each year, and how much are people paying for it to be done? —Dennis H. The epistemological problem with questions like this is that successful contract killers don’t advertise, post about it on Facebook, or get caught. Our knowledge derives largely from incompetent contract killers, defined as those attracting the attention of the law. We came up with the following plausible estimate of U.S. contract murders in a year. In 2010 the federal government opened investigations of 958 murder suspects. In the same year 31 people were charged with violating chapter 18, section 1958 of the U.S. code, “Use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.” Using these two figures we get a rough murder-for-hire rate of 3.2 percent— which, as we’ll see, is in the ballpark for contract hits reported elsewhere. The total number of U.S. murders in 2010 was 12,996. If we assume 3.2 percent of these crimes were committed on a commercial basis, we get 416 contract hits. No doubt that sounds like a lot. However, let’s inquire further. One of the better recent studies on contract killings was conducted in Australia, where an estimated two percent of all murders are for hire. Over a threeyear period there were 69 contract killings and 94 attempted killings. A more recent Australian study concentrated on homicides in the state of Victoria, examining 208 homicides over a sevenyear period. Four percent of offenders were involved in murder for hire, double the number who committed gang-related killings. We notice murder for hire seems to occur at roughly the same rate in Australia as the States. Hit-man mythology tends to focus on the mob, but the evidence suggests most contract killings are carried out by small-time freelancers hired by schlubs.

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In Australia nearly a fifth of all successful contracts—success meaning the target died—were driven by a bad romantic relationship. In about 16 percent of cases, the root issue was money. Least common is the professional contract killing. In Australia, less than a quarter of hits were to silence witnesses or otherwise related to organized crime. The first Australian study found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that contract killers strongly tend to be men between 25 and 49 years old, typically unmarried. Firearms are the most common weapon, as one might also expect—although back here in the U.S., Murder Incorporated, a confederation of killers for hire employed as enforcers by the mob in the ‘30s and ‘40s, used an ice pick. Costs vary: in Australia, contract offers ranged from $500 to $100,000, with an average of $16,500. One undercover investigator, hired as a hit man more than 60 times in 20 years, lists his largest proposed payoff as $200,000 in jewels (and that was just the down payment) and his stingiest as “seven Atari computer games, three dollar bills, and $2.30 in nickels and dimes.” Genuine professional killers are a scary group. The Murder Incorporated goons carried out 400 to 1,000 killings in their day. One researcher examined the career of a veteran hit man responsible for more than 100 contract killings over 30 years and found not only that he meticulously planned each murder but also that he studied innovative ways to kill, such as spraying cyanide in the face or putting the body in a refrigerator to conceal the time of death. But that kind of dedication is rare. Most reported attempts at contract killing reek of amateurism: • An Idaho man paid a contract killer $10,000 in silver coins to rig his wife’s car with a pipe bomb in hopes of killing both his wife and mother-in-law. • A former Catholic priest was sentenced to 60 years in prison for trying to hire his neighbor’s brother to murder a man who’d accused him of sexual abuse. • An inept killer in England made the news when he missed his first target, hit but didn’t kill his second, and the third time around shot the wrong guy. Some of the highest-profile hits nowadays happen in Russia, where the rise of wild-west capitalism has led to a boom in contract killings. However, I found no evidence anyone had ever put out a hit on a street mime, proving again there’s no justice in the world.

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news of the weird Backyard Barnyard The Department of Agriculture reported recently that in four of America’s largest cities — New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Denver — nearly one home out of 100 keeps chickens either for a fresh egg supply or as pets, giving rise to chicken services such as Backyard Poultry magazine, MyPetChicken. com and Julie Baker’s Pampered Poultry store. Among the most popular products are strap-on cloth diapers for the occasions when owners bring their darlings indoors, i.e., cuddle their “lap chickens.” Also popular are “saddles” for roosters, to spare hens mating injuries — owing to roosters’ brutal horniness, sometimes costing hens most or all of their back feathers from a single encounter.

Government in Action • “Consider all the ways we’re taxed,” wrote Maryland’s community Gazette in April — when we’re born, die, earn income, spend it, own property, sell it, attend entertainment venues, operate vehicles and pass wealth along after death, among others. Maryland has now added a tax on rain. To reduce stormwater runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, the Environmental Protection Agency assessed the state $14.8 billion, which the state will collect starting in July by taxing “impervious surfaces” — any land area in its 10 largest counties that cannot directly absorb rainwater, such as roofs, driveways, patios and sidewalks.

• The Washington Post reported in pension of $46,000 a year that the April that the federal government is county purchased for her). due to spend $890,000 this year to safe• The Way Washington Works: guard ... nothing. The amount is the (1) Congress established a National total fees for maintaining more than Helium Reserve in 1925 in the era of 13,000 short-term bank accounts the “zeppelin” balloons, but most congovernment owns but which have no sider it no longer useful (most, that is, money in them and never again will. ranging from President Reagan to the Closing the accounts is easier said than Democratic congressman who in 1996 done, according to the called it one program watchdog Citizens Against that, if we cannot undo Government Waste, it, “we cannot undo because the accounts each anything”). The House housed separate governof Representatives ment grants, and Congress recently voted 394-1 I’m the best has required that, before to continue funding it of savannah! the accounts are closed, because of “fears” of the grants must be fora shortage that might mally audited — someaffect MRI machines thing bureaucrats are and, of course, party rarely motivated to do, at balloons. (2) In rare least within the 180 days (these days) bipartisan set by law (though there is action, congressional no penalty for missing the military “experts” of deadline). both parties are about • It’s good to be the to force the Army to county administrator of continue building Alameda County, Calif. Abrams tanks — when (on San Francisco Bay, the Army said it doesn’t south of Oakland). The San Francisco want them and can’t use them. The Chronicle revealed in March that tank manufacturers, of course, have somehow, Susan Muranishi negotiated convinced Congress that it needs the a contract that pays her $301,000 a year, contracts, no matter what the Army plus “equity pay” of $24,000 a year so says (according to an AP analysis). that she makes at least 10 percent more Great Art! than the next highest paid official, plus “longevity” pay of $54,000 a year, plus • The Jewish Museum in Berlin is a car allowance — and that she will be currently staging what has become paid that total amount per year as her popularly known as the “Jew in the pension for life (in addition to a private Box” exhibit to teach visitors about

Judaism — simply featuring one knowledgeable Jewish person who sits in a chair in a glass box for two hours a day and answers questions from the curious. Both supporters (“We Germans have many insecurities when it comes to Jews”) and critics (“Why don’t they give him a banana and a glass of water (and) turn up the heat?”) are plentiful.

Police Report • News of the Weird has reported several times on the astonishing control that inmates have at certain prisons in Latin American countries, with drug cartel leaders often enjoying lives nearly as pleasurable as their lives on the outside. However, according to an April federal indictment, similar problems have plagued the City Detention Center in Baltimore, where members of the “Black Guerrilla Family” operated with impunity. Between 2010 and 2012, corruption was such that 13 female guards have now been charged, including four women who bore the children of the gang’s imprisoned leader, Tavon White. Cellphones, drugs and Grey Goose vodka were among the smuggled-in contraband, and the indictment charges that murders were ordered from inside. (Baltimore City Paper had reported 14 stories in 2009 and 2010 on the gangrelated corruption at the center, but apparently state and federal officials had failed to be alarmed.) cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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Are you experienced with Burning Mansions? The closing number on the second Burning Mansions album Lucid, is a blistering midtempo psych-blues that begins by bemoaning the current state of our union: What have we become Are we silent social networks Forgetting how to dream Are we a black lion army Killing without shame. The lyrics to the song “Sparks” are sung over a bed of searing electric guitar, with rock-bottom bass and drums, and Jonathan Murphy’s hightenor vocals flying overhead like a bird shot through the heart and falling from the clouds. Those with fond memories (and deep musical appreciation) of the sort of cosmic electric blues delivered by guitar god Robin Trower in the ‘70s, or the classic guitar buzz and thunder of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, will find fiery kindred spirits in Burning Mansions. As a singer, Murphy conjures up Steve Marriott, Robert Plant and even Paul Rodgers. Murphy is also the trio’s 27-yearold guitarist. He writes most of the material, with hands-on assist from bassist Jason Gecik and drummer Chris Heath. “We all like Trower, Hendrix, Zeppelin, all the classics,” Murphy says. “There’s a lot of hidden influences in our music that only if you know our tastes can you listen for them.” Adds Gecik: “I think we can thank our fathers for that. I was raised on music that was already 15 years old when I was a kid. My dad was listening to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath,

all that really good stuff that you don’t hear much of nowadays.” These three guys from Guyton are setting a high new bar for classic rock sounds in Savannah. And Burning Mansions is not the only band to spotlight the multi-talented Murphy: Check out Jon Lee & the Canebrakes, Jon Lee’s Apparitions and the Time Walkers. Each group is a little different. “There’s some of the Trower stuff in the Canebrakes too, but we try to make it a little more radio-friendly, I guess you’d say,” Murphy explains. “I write some songs that are retro-pop, Amy Winehouse sort of stuff, and we

try to do that with the Canebrakes. “With this band, if I write a song like that, the first thing we do is try to say ‘How can we make it weird?” How can we make it us?’” The Canebrakes — which came first — is slightly more commercial, by design, than Burning Mansions. “There were songs that were kind of ‘out there,’ stuff I thought the Canebrakes might not want to do,” Murphy says. “I knew Chris, and Jason, liked bands like Mars Volta and stuff like that. It just went from there. We basically took it a song at a time, as they were written, completed ‘em, and just kept building and building.”

Guyton guys: Chris Heath, left, Jason Gecik and Jonathan Murphy.

The band debuted nearly three years ago with a CD called Labor Day — it was one of the local highlights of 2010 — and has been ensconced in a small Effingham studio for the past six months, recording Lucid. Heath, who also drums for the Apparitions and Chicken Fight, kept things basic. “I recorded the drums and I didn’t really have much else to do with it,” he says. “I did that on purpose, so the CD would be new when it came out. “With Labor Day, we were all there and we heard it and heard it and heard it. This time around, I wanted to be outside looking in. So I laid down the drum tracks and these two guys did the rest. All the bass, vocals and guitar leads, all the auxiliary, I didn’t hear any of it.” Murphy and Gecik added guitar layers and, where appropriate, atmospheric synthesizer. “A lot of times,” Gecik explains, “it’s just an accident. ‘Let’s turn this on and see what happens.’ We’ll know right away, if somebody gives us a weird look or something. The three of us are all so passive, and that’s why we get along so well. As long as it sounds good, and everybody’s happy, we don’t nitpick.” Besides playing bass in Burning Mansions, Gecik sometimes drums with Bottles & Cans, and sits in on bass with Jon Lee’s Apparitions when he has time (not often; he recently became a father). For Heath, Burning Mansions is the ultimate. “Everywhere we play,” he says, “everybody’s like ‘Savannah’s too small. Y’all need to be out playing for a bunch of people.’ “I agree it’s not a commercial band, but it’s good music. It’s better than any band I’ve ever been in.” Lucid is available at burningmansions.bandcamp.com. CS

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Billy Gibbons: ‘We’re ZZ Top, not

The irony of ZZ Top is that while the two guys out in front, guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill, are famous for their impenetrably long beards, the drummer doesn’t have one. And his name is Frank Beard. These three Texans have been ZZ Top for 44 years now, without a single personnel change. Like the facial hair situation, the band’s music hasn’t shifted a whole lot — it’s dependably growly and guttural blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, fierce and fearless electric boogie. After a brief flirtation with

synthesized additives, Top has returned to fighting weight with the recent, Rick Rubin-produced La Futura album, their first in 10 years. The Houston-based band imprinted on these here United States with FM hits “La Grange” and “Tush” in the ‘70s, and in the decade that followed they got even bigger

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with “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Gimme All Your Lovin,’” reaching a broad new audience with their striking, MTVfriendly videos (they’re darn photogenic with them beards ‘n’ shades, y’know). To date, Top has sold somewhere in the vicinity of 25 million albums. The band was inducted (by Keith Richards) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. This week, Billy Gibbons kindly responded to a few e-mail questions from Connect.

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What was your working experience with Rick Rubin like? Some artists think the guy is the greatest producer in the world, and others say he’s controlling and hard to work with. Billy Gibbons: We would prefer “entertaining” to describe Rick along with “perfectionistic.” And of course, “enthusiastic.” Those are descriptions for us that are much more like it. Our longstanding friendship crossed over to experienced associates and they both stand for a very continues on p. 72


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positive collective experience. And in the studio setting, we go in, do our stuff to come up with what we feel close to a completed take, then present it to Rick. Invariably, his response is “you can do better.” Which in short order allowed the band to go back in and do it again (and again and again) and prove him correct, time after time. And that speaks volumes about our admiration for Rick’s specialized method of madness and mayhem.   You’ve said that La Futura represented your desire to get back to ZZ Top’s earlier, grittier sound. Was this a result of feeling that you’d gone too far afield in more recent years? Do you have second thoughts about the use of synthesizers and technology? Billy Gibbons: As Rick suggested, “Be the best ZZ Top you can be” and that’s what we were striving for. Our essence is heard in the very first recordings through incorporating new technology from the day and now back to square one. Our ongoing experiment is a continuum — we’re ZZ Top ... not a tribute to ZZ Top, if you get the meaning. Have you ever felt constricted by the kind of music you created — “I want to do an acoustic album of Peruvian lullabies, but we’re the best electric boogie band in the world” kind of thing? Similarly, was there ever a time — I’m thinking particularly in the MTV era — that you wished you didn’t have to stick with the visual image you’d created? Billy Gibbons: Well, this somewhat peculiar image is what we’ve inherited and continue to stand behind. What started out as a disguise became a trademark!   “Acoustic,” by the way, means “bad luck” in our universe. When the video revolution happened we, as a band, were game long as we weren’t necessarily the pinpoint. We found a way into our videos as, at the same time, observers of ‘em. The stars are always about the car, the kid, the girls and LOUD sounds. We’re more often just along for the ride. Why has it meant so much to you, over the years, to represent Texas? All the Texans I know are strong-willed, proud of their heritage, and extremely funny to boot. Would you say this sums you up? Billy Gibbons: Yes. And you might add “taciturn” to the list of Tex traits.

What was your first guitar? How old were you, and do you still have it? Billy Gibbons: First electric guitar was found under the tree just after I had turned 13.  It was a Gibson Melody Maker — a dream that had come true. Gave it to the brother of a girlfriend back in the day, but reconnected with it just recently at a BFG book signing in Hollywood, California!  He still had it 2,000 miles from Houston with the original flatwound strings still in tune!   Got to play it later that night at a joint down on Sunset Boulevard, for the first time in eons, and it was total instant time travel at its finest.  I imagine you own a lot of guitars. How many? What’s the pride and joy of your collection — is it Pearly Gates? Tell me why that instrument is so special for you (other than the fact that it’s a ’59 Les Paul, which I wish I had). Billy Gibbons: As the saying goes, “One’s too many and a hundred ain’t enough!” Each one still gets put through the grinder. They’re chronicled in the book Rock + Roll Gearhead.  The band’s cornerstone 6-string “Pearly Gates” is, indeed, a ‘59 Les Paul Sunburst yet there’s something about ‘er that stands apart from all others.  It’s sonic mojo. Gibson’s Custom Shop and company recreated a limited edition tribute model, so feel free to invite “Pearly” into your life.  Do you take pride in the fact that the three of you have hung in this together for so long? That’s got to be some kind of record. What do you attribute it to? Billy Gibbons: That question is favorably recurrent: “How have you guys stayed together as long as you have?” The answer? We actually have a good time doing what we get to do so we’ve never thought of a reason to sidetrack. Other bands break up, switch out members, get back together, etc. Yet early on, we decided to remain intact. Plain and simple. If you like, you can think of the last four decades as an “on the road reunion tour.” Rock on…! CS ZZ Top Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 Tickets: $34.50-$74.50 at etix.com


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SCAD leaves the seat down for Urinetown: The Musical By Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Old habits — especially the necessary ones — die hard.

Michael Sterling Miller and Laura Spears head the cast of Urinetown.

Unfortunately for those who inhabit the not-too-distant future of Urinetown: The Musical, a 20-year drought has led to a critical shortage of water. Toilets are at a premium — in fact, they’re all corporate-owned “amenities,” and it’s become a pay-to-pee society. In SCAD’s production of Urinetown, Michael Sterling Miller plays Bobby Strong, a young, disgruntled amenities worker who leads a rebellion against said corporation, UGC (Urine Good Company). He intends to flush them away for good. Bobby and the rest of the cast sing, dance and act their way through one of the most unusual musical comedies ever to grace the Broadway stage (Urinetown won three Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book for a Musical, in 2002). The show, says director Michael Wainstein, satirizes “that epic, in-yourface, 1940s, 1950s kind of theater. But it’s also a satire of Les Miz, it’s a satire of Evita, those big sung-through musicals. It’s a satire of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. It sort of runs the gamut.” SCAD’s chair of performing arts and production design, Wainstein is joined in the Urinetown brain trust by musical director Kevin Wallace, a two-time Carbonell award winner. It’s a young cast — many of them were just kiddies when the Mark Hollman/ Greg Kotis musical took its first tenuous continues on p. 76

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steps onstage, in 2001 at the New York International Fringe Festival. In rehearsals, Wainstein says, “We spent a lot of time on the style of performance. That’s a tough row to hoe for a lot of the students, how to do this kind of stuff. It’s really a parody of a specific performance style, the Bertold Brecht epic theater performance style. “Also, a lot of Broadway musicals are sort of alluded to. So we deal with all that stuff, trying to get them to understand what that means and how to translate that to the parody that is the show. And, how do you keep it believable? How do you keep the characters real, but at the same time find the humor that was the intention of the writers?” Their intention, it’s pretty obvious from watching Urinetown, was to create an uproariously funny musical pastiche that also makes us squirm in our seats. From Bobby Strong to toilet titan Caldwell B. Cladwell, from freedom-fighting Little Sally to nutball enforcement officers Lockstock and Barrel, these are people who are,

in their own way, fighting for what they believe in a stained porcelain universe. Each answers to a slightly different call of nature. For Wainsten, the message is “that there is no right and wrong — everybody believes that they’re out there doing the best they can do. “But sometimes greed misleads people, and takes them away from their good intentions. At the expense of those that are affected by their decisions. I guess that’s really the best way to think about it.” And while you’re thinking about it, think about this: There is no town called Urinetown. It’s actually the place where the police go to relieve themselves of troublemakers. CS Urinetown: The Musical Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 8 p.m. May 23-25, at 3 p.m. May 26 Tickets: $25 general admission, $10 with senior, student or military ID, and $5 with SCAD ID. The May 23 performance free with a valid SCAD ID Online: savannahboxoffice.com Phone: (912) 525-5050

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It’s not every day you get a chance to see a play which deals with Existentialism, historical materialism, and German idealism, not to mention all your various and sundry garden-variety questions of free will. Then again, it’s not every day that a play is written by a philosophy professor. Jack Simmons, a Ph.D on the faculty of Armstrong Atlantic State University — and in this case that means he’s an actual Doctor of Philosophy — presents the original play A Tropical Affair this weekend at

AASU’s Jenkins Theatre. All performances are free and open to the public. In A Tropical Affair, two friends seek to escape the pressures of life by journeying deep into the South American jungle, where they come face-to-face with… the pressures of life. Plus a love triangle, a raging

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river, tropical disease, friendship surviving a test and other fun stuff. “All intellectual thought throughout history has said that in the face of contemporary society, individual identity is impossible. So you’ve got to have a trick for finding it,” Simmons explains. “Thoreau’s trick was to go out into the woods. The German and French Existentialist trick was to have a crisis in which everything society presents you makes your beliefs meaningless. Our characters are doing both.” The dual protagonists in the play, Mitch and Stanley, are performed by Khan Ow and Vuk Pavlovic. The rest of the young cast is rounded out by Megan Netherland, Brittany Shired, Mary Simmons and “Jacques Rouseau,” who may or not be the playwright himself. Simmons says he decided to write the play for two reasons. First, “my profession is to write philosophy, but I don’t like writing philosophy for other professional philosophers. I want my academic work to directly affect the public.” Secondly: “I’ve written a novel that openly confronts philosophical issues, but I don’t like the business of getting novels published. I also wrote a screenplay, but there’s the same kind of problem. A play is on a more human scale — it’s something I can write, I can direct and I can see come to life.” Simmons points out that technically, the entire basis of Western philosophy is in play form. Sort of. “The two most important philosophers are Plato and his student Aristotle. They both explained their philosophy through dialogues, which are essentially plays, just not intended to be performed.” As an aside, Simmons says that while none of Aristotle’s dialogues have survived, his class notes — literally, his class notes — have survived. “Curiously, the entire profession of philosophy since then has followed the format of Aristotle’s class notes,” Simmons says. “He would have been horrified.” cs

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Openings & Receptions Loop it Up Savannah: The First Five Years — An

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Non-verbal: Works by Kayla Cloonan — Reception

Friday May 24, 6-9 p.m. includes a ‘happening’ performed by the artist. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

Tybee Arts Association “Beach Party” Art Show and Sale — About 18

artists’ work, including paintings, sculpture, and jewelry. Reception Friday night, 6-9pm. Fri., May 24, 6-9 p.m., Sat., May 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., May 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. Works by Gary Covell —

Scenes of Savannah through the eyes of Mr Covell. Showing at LowCountry Gourmet Foods, 10 W. Broughton St. May 22-August 21.

Continuing Act/Natural: Photography — 40 photographs from

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

Arsenal — A contem-

porary installation of hundreds of hand-made paper “guns” suspended from the ceiling. Created by Sarah Frost in 2010 for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Through Sep. 22 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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

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

Contemporary Southern Landscape — The unique

landscape of the South is the subject of this exhibition of work by a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Jepson Center, 207 West York 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, 207 West York 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 seeks to reveal the truths of human trafficking. The exhibition’s reception is Friday, May 24, 7:30-10:30pm. There are approximately 27 million slaves in the world today, but together we can make a difference.


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bition of designs by 2013 Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francisco Costa. Featuring 33 looks from Costa’s Spring 2013 collection. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Fresh Prints — An exhibition of selected student print work from Savannah State University. Through May 31 Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull 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. Through May 27 Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd.

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.

Hybrid — Chakaia

Booker’s exhibition of wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures, highlighting Booker’s focused explorations of the metaphorical associations and formal manipulations of the rubber tire. Through Sep. 15 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, circus troupes and imaginary entomologies and botanicals. All work for sale, with partial proceeds benefiting Hospice

Into the Fold: An Exploration Southern Spirituality —

The photographic works of Lauren Flotte and Jahmad Balugo, showcasing religious influence and spirituality. Through May 30 S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.

Almost Home: Paintings — A solo exhibition by J.

Michelle Connors; her paintings are a voyage into an astral projection. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

In/Ex — A group exhibition with Melodie Allegre, Meredith Burwell, Kayla Cloonan, Elise Monsard, Michael O’Laughlin, Christopher Pariano, Hayden John, and Christopher Shelton. ashmoregallery.com. ashmoregallery.com. Through May 22 Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd. Paintings by Joshua Hill — Hill’s latest paintings

are inspired by Gerhard Richter’s “dragged” abstracted images and the Impressionist’s striving to capture color in the moment. May 1 - 31. Free and open to the public. Through May 31. 912355-8111. savannahjea. org. Through May 31 Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Photography Exhibit: “SS James Oglethorpe” —

Council Chamber exhibit in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Oglethorpe and commemorating Savannah’s Liberty ships. In the 2nd floor City Hall Council Chamber. Open on City Council meeting days (every other Thursday) and during monthly First Tuesday Tours of City Hall, which begin at noon. Register via the Library & Archives at Lspracher@savannahga. gov or (912) 651-6411. City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Nostalgia: Paintings by Oksana Gruszka Harmouche — This solo exhibition

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

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Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement — Works by

acclaimed artists from the Walter O. Evans Collection in dialogue with selected contemporary works that explore themes of sound, movement, practice and process. Painting and sculpture, video and photography. Through Sep. 9 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Shadows Remain — A

selection of cedar sculptures by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard. Wall reliefs and monumental freestanding floor pieces. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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. 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. 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 Scott-Felder’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 draw-

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Ian Rilliet’s ‘Idio’ at Oglethorpe Gallery

MFA Photography candidates continued to impress this week with sharp thesis exhibitions. Ian Rilliet presented “Idio” at Oglethorpe Gallery this weekend. According to his artist statement, the Greek term, “idio,” refers to “the Ian Rilliet presents personal, separate, and disthe exhibition “Idio” at tinct,” and his collection Oglethorpe Gallery. of photographs “explores the creation of a personal intended to be associated with one idiom.” With precedents in another by the viewer. Among the Guy DeBord and the Situationists’ smattering of images, a dead cat, disconcept of dérive, or drift, Rilliet’s membered bird, discarded sock and photographs ask viewers to examine broken twigs and snapped branches their perceptual practices, shedding called to mind decay, separation and light on how we interact with space, mortality. Such varying examples mark sites and form personal, idiominvited consideration of how we atic relationships with our world. respond to the realities of death and Rilliet said he chose the narrow destruction: we tend to imbue a Oglethorpe Gallery because of how crushed and bloodied housecat with well it presents small-scale images. more significance than the stiff corpse Indeed, it was hard to imagine this of a fallen bird. project in any other space. OglethoAside from gauging emotional rpe’s wide, square columns were ideal attachment, stories in each group for Rilliet’s large-scale images, and the of photographs awaited the viewer inset walls between the columns were to invent them. With no titles, capperfect for asymmetric arrangements tions or any mode of artist-imposed of his smaller works. meaning, beholders were free to make This placement gave the show an independent connections between impeccable rhythm. Upon entering the image-fragments. Whether in the the gallery, an image of a dead deer, form of narratives constructed of the the tip of its muzzle alone in view, photographed settings and objects, drew viewers into the exhibit. Like or formal comparisons between such a grand brushstroke recalling the structures as window panes and cruAbstract Expressionist gesture, blood cifixes, Rilliet’s exhibition was a space smeared across an unfinished floor for attending to one’s own habits from some unseen wound gave the of seeing. His success in executing photograph a painterly feel. Just to the his concept was outshined only by right of that image, a group of smaller the deft, thoughtful curation of his photographs featured non-hierarexhibition. chically organized visual elements

Ashley Jones stands before a photograph of the Interstate 16 flyover at her show “Frogtown to Victory” at Ashmore Gallery.

Ashley Jones’s ‘Frogtown to Victory’ at Ashmore

Drawing from a background in journalism and photojournalism, Ashley Jones presented audiences an investigative project three years in the making. Her work illuminated the dramatic changes to the city’s urban fabric that resulted from the development of the interstate highway system. To produce her MFA Photography thesis exhibition, she turned to coursework in SCAD’s Historic Preservation program, consulted with Cultural Resource and Urban Planning Manager Ellen Harris at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission and drew from the photographic tradition inaugurated by Lewis Hines, whose work contributed to child labor reform in the United States in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Jones’s photographs of structures in various states of dilapidation engaged other photographic precedents, such as Bernd and Hilla Becher’s obsessive typologies of German industrial buildings executed since the late

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One of the promotional posters for Star Trek Into Darkness depicts a damaged Enterprise free-falling toward the planet below it, but any worries that J.J. Abrams’ series reboot will experience a similar tumble with this second installment can immediately be laid to rest. While it doesn’t quite reach the giddy heights of its 2009 predecessor, this new picture is terrific popcorn entertainment, the sort of bright, brawny blockbuster that used to define the summer movie season.

What Abrams and his writers (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the first picture, Orci, Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof on this one) are accomplishing with Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild mirrors a tightrope act performed with exquisite delicacy and balance. They’ve managed to embrace the Star Trek canon while also expanding it, expertly weaving together elements that will appease the Trekkie faithful while also making the property more friendly toward the uninitiated (the latter point an occasional problem with the 10 original-series and Next Generation flicks). Don’t understand the references to Harry Mudd and Tribbles? No matter, since there’s more than enough exposition, action and humor to

otherwise engage the senses. Having introduced an alternate-timeline scenario in the previous picture, Abrams and company charge full steam ahead, opening with an Indiana Jones-like sequence that will inform many of the scenarios unfolding throughout the picture. Chief among them is the tension between James Kirk (Chris Pine), who hasn’t met a Starfleet regulation he can’t break, and Spock (Zachary Quinto), whose adherence to the rules taxes not only Kirk but also Uhura (Zoe Saldana), who’s learning that it’s not always easy dating a Vulcan. But personal issues take a back seat once a terrorist attack decimates a London building; the culprit is one John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) orders the Enterprise crew to follow Harrison into the heart of darkness - his hideout deep in the Klingon zone - and terminate

him with extreme prejudice. From here, the story takes some interesting turns; it also lends an enormous amount of complexity to Harrison, allows the returning cast members individual moments to shine (although I wished Dr. McCoy, perfectly played by Karl Urban, was as integral to these films as he was to the series) and reworks elements from one of the classic Trek films in a highly imaginative manner. And as with the series, there’s also a trace of contemporary relevance: The sight of London falling leads Admiral Marcus to exclaim that Harrison means to “end our way of life,” a phrase that’s been uttered nonstop since 9/11 by Bush, Blair, Obama and others. Star Trek Into Darkness only flags toward the end, when a careful excision of a few minutes of CGI bombast would not have been unwelcome. In most other regards, though, the film is an unqualified success, and it promises a bright future for this tireless franchise.

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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 selfdelusional 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 heavyhanded. 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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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


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.

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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 - 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.

OBLIVION

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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 crash-lands 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 ham-fisted 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 spend most of his time in caves. CS

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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 New Year’s Eve 1999 fuels his increasingly prominent role in the narrative. Now a wealthy scientist and entrepreneur, he has created a way for his minions to serve as living weapons of mass destruction. A fellow scientist named Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) also shares Killian’s theories about bodily regeneration (if not his dastardly machinations), as she likewise views the work as the next step in human evolution. Maya is one of Stark’s former onenight stands, a fact that has the potential to cause a greater rift between Stark and girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). In addition to his primary suit and the red-white-and-blue one he created for his friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to wear as the military-sanctioned Iron Patriot, Stark has also built an entire line of Iron Man suits with the ability to be operated remotely. As Stark, Downey still delivers the one-liners with gusto (“I loved you in A Christmas Story,” he tells one bespectacled kid), but his chemistry with Paltrow, strong in Part 1 and meh in Part 2, continues its downward slide. There’s potential in his relationship with Hall, but her role is both inconsistent and drastically underwritten. Indeed, Downey’s best moments are with his male co-stars: The easy rapport between Stark and Cheadle’s Rhodes harkens back to Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh-Riggs banter, while Stark’s scenes opposite a helpful young boy in Tennessee (the talented Ty Simpkins,. so good in Insidious) provide the picture with most of its heart and humor, as Stark can’t help but insult this fatherless lad even as he accepts his much-needed assistance. Pearce does what he can with a threadbare villainous role, while Kingsley emerges as an MVP: His work as the Mandarin is exemplary, but not for the reasons one would expect.

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Star Trek Into Darkness OOOP

One of the promotional posters for Star Trek Into Darkness depicts a damaged Enterprise free-falling toward the planet below it, but any worries that J.J. Abrams’ series reboot will experience a similar tumble with this second installment can immediately be laid to rest. While it doesn’t quite reach the giddy heights of its 2009 predecessor, this new picture is terrific popcorn entertainment, the sort of bright, brawny blockbuster that used to define the summer movie season.

What Abrams and his writers (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the first picture, Orci, Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof on this one) are accomplishing with Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild mirrors a tightrope act performed with exquisite delicacy and balance. They’ve managed to embrace the Star Trek canon while also expanding it, expertly weaving together elements that will appease the Trekkie faithful while also making the property more friendly toward the uninitiated (the latter point an occasional problem with the 10 original-series and Next Generation flicks). Don’t understand the references to Harry Mudd and Tribbles? No matter, since there’s more than enough exposition, action and humor to

otherwise engage the senses. Having introduced an alternate-timeline scenario in the previous picture, Abrams and company charge full steam ahead, opening with an Indiana Jones-like sequence that will inform many of the scenarios unfolding throughout the picture. Chief among them is the tension between James Kirk (Chris Pine), who hasn’t met a Starfleet regulation he can’t break, and Spock (Zachary Quinto), whose adherence to the rules taxes not only Kirk but also Uhura (Zoe Saldana), who’s learning that it’s not always easy dating a Vulcan. But personal issues take a back seat once a terrorist attack decimates a London building; the culprit is one John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) orders the Enterprise crew to follow Harrison into the heart of darkness - his hideout deep in the Klingon zone - and terminate

him with extreme prejudice. From here, the story takes some interesting turns; it also lends an enormous amount of complexity to Harrison, allows the returning cast members individual moments to shine (although I wished Dr. McCoy, perfectly played by Karl Urban, was as integral to these films as he was to the series) and reworks elements from one of the classic Trek films in a highly imaginative manner. And as with the series, there’s also a trace of contemporary relevance: The sight of London falling leads Admiral Marcus to exclaim that Harrison means to “end our way of life,” a phrase that’s been uttered nonstop since 9/11 by Bush, Blair, Obama and others. Star Trek Into Darkness only flags toward the end, when a careful excision of a few minutes of CGI bombast would not have been unwelcome. In most other regards, though, the film is an unqualified success, and it promises a bright future for this tireless franchise.

The Great Gatsby

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In keeping with the overly romanticized roar of the 1920s, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby offers up a 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

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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 selfdelusional 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 heavyhanded. 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

Iron Man 3

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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


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.

PAIN & GAIN

OO

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 - 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.

OBLIVION

OO

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 crash-lands 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 ham-fisted 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 spend most of his time in caves. CS

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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 New Year’s Eve 1999 fuels his increasingly prominent role in the narrative. Now a wealthy scientist and entrepreneur, he has created a way for his minions to serve as living weapons of mass destruction. A fellow scientist named Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) also shares Killian’s theories about bodily regeneration (if not his dastardly machinations), as she likewise views the work as the next step in human evolution. Maya is one of Stark’s former onenight stands, a fact that has the potential to cause a greater rift between Stark and girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). In addition to his primary suit and the red-white-and-blue one he created for his friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to wear as the military-sanctioned Iron Patriot, Stark has also built an entire line of Iron Man suits with the ability to be operated remotely. As Stark, Downey still delivers the one-liners with gusto (“I loved you in A Christmas Story,” he tells one bespectacled kid), but his chemistry with Paltrow, strong in Part 1 and meh in Part 2, continues its downward slide. There’s potential in his relationship with Hall, but her role is both inconsistent and drastically underwritten. Indeed, Downey’s best moments are with his male co-stars: The easy rapport between Stark and Cheadle’s Rhodes harkens back to Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh-Riggs banter, while Stark’s scenes opposite a helpful young boy in Tennessee (the talented Ty Simpkins,. so good in Insidious) provide the picture with most of its heart and humor, as Stark can’t help but insult this fatherless lad even as he accepts his much-needed assistance. Pearce does what he can with a threadbare villainous role, while Kingsley emerges as an MVP: His work as the Mandarin is exemplary, but not for the reasons one would expect.

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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 www.savannahyoungrepublican.com or call Allison Quinn at 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublican.com. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-3083020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. ongoing Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. First Monday of each month at 5:30pm(social) with meeting at 6pm. Call for additional information. Free June 3 meeting will include discussions of: the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and the Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records.. ongoing, 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. bdburgers.net. June 3 meeting will include discussions of: the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and the Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records. ongoing, 5:30 p.m B & D Burgers (Southside), 11108 Abercorn St. Veterans for Peace

The Savannah chapter of a national organization of men and women vets of all branches of service, eras and duty stations, working to expose the costs of war and to support veterans and civilian war victims. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 303-550-1158. satisfiedsav.com/. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m Satisfied, 301 West Broughton St. Young Democrats

Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free Sundays, 3:30 p.m. 423-619-7712. sentientbean.com. 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. Benefit-

ing the 200 Club. $15 through April 30, $20 through May 23, $25 May 24 and 25 Through May 26. 912-238-1200. rlaurie@princebush.com. twohundredclub. org. Through May 26 Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Alzheimer Association Benefit

May 23rd, 5:30pm-9pm. A percentage of all food/beverage sold benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Info, contact Michelle,912-341-7420 ext. 200 or reception@healthpac.net. Through May 23. coachs.net/. Through May 23 Coach’s Corner, 3016 East Victory Dr.

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@ forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com/. 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. bikramyogasavannah.com. ongoing Smiles for Life: Benefits Children’s Charities

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

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 info@kobogallery.com. ongoing. info@kobogallery.com. ongoing Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Apply for City of Savannah Boards, Commissions and Authorities

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah are accepting applications for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to fourteen boards, commissions, committees and authorities. At least one slot is open on each. Term lengths vary. Applications can be found on the City’s website. Deadline is 12pm, Wed. June 12. Through June 12. 912-651-6441. clerkofcouncil@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/boards. Through June 12 Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay 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. cnorthcutt@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov\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. cnorthcutt@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/arts. 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 Davenport House Museum Junior Interpreter Program for High School Students

Young people ages 14-19 will learn to give tours of the Davenport House Museum in downtown Savannah during an eight week program. Training sessions held at the museum, Thursdays,6-8 pm, June 13-August 3, when the newly trained JIs give tours to the public. Especially seeking students interested

in history, art, public speaking and historic preservation. Through Aug. 18. 912-236-8097. jcredle@davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Through Aug. 18 Davenport House, 324 East State St.

Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. CoastalEmpireMusic.com. ongoing Junior League of Savannah Seeks New Members

Junior League of Savannah seeks good women with a heart for voluntarism for the 2013-14 Provisional Class. To request an application, please contact the Membership Development Chair, Erinn Carter at erinnfitzgerald@hotmail. com or the Junior League of Savannah headquarters at headquarters@ jrleaguesav.org. Application deadline extended to July 19. Through July 19. jrleaguesav.org. Through July 19 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. eseals@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/arts. 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. telfair.org/learn/getinvolved/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

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

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@gmail.com. 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. ctcsavannah.com. 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. brian@brianluckett.com. Clay Classes

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav..claystudio@ gmail.com. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes

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Three comprehensive SAT prep courses. Essay Writing for the SAT: Tuesdays, April 9-30, 6-8pm. $125 Critical Reading for the SAT: April 22-May 27, 6-8pm. $160 Math Prep for the SAT: Tuesdays, April 28-May 28, 6-8pm. $160 Fees discounted for groups of three or more students, and for students who register for all three courses. Presented by the Division of Continuing Education of Georgia Southern University. Through May 22. 912-644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/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 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. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. ceps.georgiasouthern. edu/conted/cesavannahmenu.html. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Through June 30 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. DUI Prevention Group

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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. 912-8973604. islandchristian.org. 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. mediationsavannah.com. 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. FirstCityFilms.com. Through June 10 Free Fitness Boot Camp

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

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

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. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. 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, 912-3550398 Email: goofycindy@gmail.com.

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Knitting & Crochet Classes

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

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

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. portmansmusic.com. ongoing Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing

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

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

Savannah Authors Autonomous

Savannah Authors Autonomous is a group of writers, published and unpublished, who encourage first-class prose, both fiction and non-fiction. We use discussion, constructive criticism, examples, and exercises. We meet every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm. The group was founded by Christopher Scott and Alice Vantrease. Beginners are welcome. If you are interested in writing, please join us. Free Tue., May 28, 7 p.m. (912) 308-3208. Tue., May 28, 7 p.m Private Residence, 630 East Victory Drive. Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your clothing business or clothing line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. ongoing. 912-290-0072. savsew. com. ongoing Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

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

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

A two hour class for prospective 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. douladeliveries.com. 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. firstcityfilms.com. Through June 22

Clubs & Organizations Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance.

African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-631-3452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. ongoing Adult Intermediate Ballet

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/info online or by phone. ongoing. 912-9250903. theballetschoolsav.com. ongoing Avegost LARP

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

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

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

Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. ongoing Business Networking on the Islands

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. ongoing Chatham Sailing Club

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

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


Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

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

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

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah.org. ongoing Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

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

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

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

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am-11:30am. ongoing. sites. google.com/site/islandsmops. fb-

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Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

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

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

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

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

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Writer’s Salon meetings are first Tues. and third Wed. at 7:30pm at the Flannery O’Connor Home. Book club meetings are third Tues., 7:30pm. Location changes each month. Call or see Facebook group “Peacock Guild” for info. ongoing. 912-233-6014. ongoing Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Philo Cafe

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

RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. ongoing New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

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

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

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912447-0943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing. com/. ongoing Moon River Brewing Co.,

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Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

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

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

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

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5/month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-429-6918. savannahfencing@aol.com. ongoing Savannah Go Green

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912308-6768. ongoing Savannah Jaycees

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

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

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

Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc.com. ongoing Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. All are welcome to participate or listen too one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Call or email. ongoing. 912655-0994. savannahsacredharp.com. ongoing Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road. Savannah SCA

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

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

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Education Building. ongoing. 912-4846710. ongoing Savannah Writers Group

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

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

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

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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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@ gmail.com happenstancebellydance. wordpress.com $15/lesson ongoing, 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. ongoing, 5:30 p.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

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

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell for info. ongoing. 912-9273356. ongoing Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@comcast.net. ongoing

Concerts Johnny Mercer Theatre ZZ Top

Conferences Beginners Belly Dance Classes

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

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. 912-2348745. ongoing Adult Intermediate Ballet

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

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-925-7416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. 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. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3. com. cybelle3.com. ongoing Belly Dance classes with Nicole Edge

Every Sunday, 1:15-2:15PM All ages and skill levels welcome. $15.00 per class or 4/$48.00 ongoing. 912-5960889. edgebellydance@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. ongoing Bellydance lessons with Happenstance

C.C. Express Dance Team

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. xavris21@yahoo.com. 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@ gmail.com. ongoing Line Dancing

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. 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

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

Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. See website for info. ongoing. salsasavannah.com. ongoing Savannah Dance Club

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

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

ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. 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.

Events Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at Savannah Economic Development Authority Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Mayor Reed will speak on the collaborative efforts among state, regional and city leaders to secure federal approval and funds for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor, and on development initiatives in Atlanta. $40 Thu., May 23, 11:30 a.m. 912-447-8450. seda.org. savtcc.com. Thu., May 23, 11:30 a.m Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. Charles Ellis Montessori Academy Silver Jubilee Gala

Join us in celebrating 25 years of public Montessori education at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy’s Silver Jubilee Gala! Tickets are $35 each and include hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing, and an open bar. Cocktail attire is required, but black-tie is also welcomed. This is a 21 and older event. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.savannahmess.org/events/silverjubilee-gala/ $35 a ticket Fri., May 24, 7:30 p.m. 912-395-5470. Fri., May 24, 7:30 p.m Brockington Hall, 213 East Hall Street. creACTIVE: mind, body, art

creACTIVE: mind, body, art is a free event that explores the connection between mind, body and creative expression. Saturday, May 25, for physical activities, art activities, healthy food, and a panel discussion covering the topics of creativity and wellness. This event is FREE and open to the public. The physical and artistic activities are from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Orleans Square (East of the Savannah Civic Center). Then, everyone will head over

to the SCAD Museum of Art at 3:00pm for a reception, docent tours, and panel discussion. FREE Sat., May 25, noon. scadmoa.org/. Sat., May 25, noon SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Discovering 1820s Savannah: Early Bird’s Walking Tour of the City Isaiah Knew

A two-hour, 2.7 mile downtown walking tour that describes Savannah as master builder Isaiah Davenport knew her. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden follow. Every Saturday in May, 8am. $20 Mondays-Sundays, 8 a.m.. 912-236-8097. jcredle@davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Mondays-Sundays, 8 a.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. Farm a la Carte: A Mobile Farmer’s Market

At various spots around town, including Green Truck on Wednesdays, 2:30pm6:30pm. Bethesda Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, 3:00-5:30pm. Forsyth Park Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, 9am1pm. Sustainable meats, organic produce, local dairy. ongoing. revivalfoods. com. greentruckpub.com. ongoing Green Truck Pub, 2430 Habersham St. Farmers’ Market and Fleatique

Local vendors of regionally grown produce, antiques, flea market finds on Wilmington Island. Outdoor market or indoor booths. Free to attend. Booths for rent. Cents and Sensibility, 6703 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Saturdays, 9am1pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-6592900. ongoing Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. No reservations needed for 10:30am, 1:30pm and 2pm. Other times by appointment. Call for info. ongoing. 912-525-5023. lucastheatre.com. ongoing Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Lecture: New Haven and the 4th Age of the American City

Alan Plattus, professor at the Yale School of Architecture, will use New Haven, Connecticut as a case study in American urbanism in the various periods of urban development. Presented by SCAD’s School of Building Arts lecture series. Free and open to the public. Thu., May 23, 5:30 p.m. scad. edu. scadmoa.org/. Thu., May 23, 5:30 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Memorial Day at Fort King George Historic Site

Hourly musket & cannon firing demonstrations, hands-on colonial toys & games, a family scavenger hunt, blacksmithing, and a geo-caching activity. INFORMATION: (912) 437-4770 or www.gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge $4.00 - $7.00 Mon., May 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-437-4770. gastateparks.org/ fortkinggeorge. Mon., May 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m Fort King George State Historic


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The wrap party and gala for the Preservation Festival.A 1950s inspired cocktail party honors the HSF founders and their pearl of achievement; The Davenport House. Live music and dancing with Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Quintet. $75 Thu., May 23, 6 p.m. 912-233-7787. myhsf.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Thu., May 23, 6 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. PBJ Pantry

A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. ongoing YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah Storytellers

Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912-349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. Wednesdays, 6 p.m Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice

Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing. savannahsca. org. ongoing TAG Savannah Field Trip to Meddin Studios

A tour of Savannah’s locally based media production/post-production/distribution facility, hosted by the techies of TAG Savannah. Email to register. Free. Thu., May 23, 5:30-7 p.m. brady@tagonline. org. Thu., May 23, 5:30-7 p.m Meddin Studios, 2315 Louisville Road. Tea in the Garden at the Davenport House

Early 19th century tea traditions come to life with this tour of the historic house

museum, followed by afternoon tea in the courtyard garden with costumed interpreters. Participants must be able to climb stairs. $18. Reservations recommended Fri., May 24, 5 p.m. 912-2368097. davenporthousemuseum.org. Fri., May 24, 5 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St.

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It’s all about the records. Bring them, spin them, or just listen. Any and all vinyl welcome. How-to-DJ demos from 5pm-6pm. Graveface Records & Curiosities sells new and used records on site and Foxy Loxy provides complimentary treats. $3 donation Last Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m. vinyl912.tumblr.com. musesavannah.org/. Last Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Young Professionals of Savannah May After Hours at the Sand Gnats (plus membership drive)

Meet interesting local young professionals and watch the Savannah Sand Gnats take on Charleston River Dogs. Game starts at 7:05pm. Membership drive: one year YPS memberships $30 for tonight only. $15 (includes admission, 1 drink ticket, and food) Wed., May 22, 6-8 p.m. ypsav.net. sandgnats.com. Wed., May 22, 6-8 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr.

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Sat., May 25, 12-5 p.m. scad.edu. Sat., May 25, 12-5 p.m Orleans Square, Barnard Street and Hull Street. War of Jenkins’ Ear

Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations. $4.50-$10 Sat., May 25, 1 p.m., Sun., May 26, 1 p.m. and Mon., May 27, 1 p.m. gastateparks.org/info/wormsloe/. Sat., May 25, 1 p.m., Sun., May 26, 1 p.m. and Mon., May 27, 1 p.m Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd.

Film & Video Institute for Cinematic Arts Summer Classes

Learn method acting techniques for acting in film. Classes for beginner/ intermediate/advanced adults, teens, or pre-teens. See website for course dates/times/fees. Classes begin week of June 4. Through June 9. 1-855-3452678. instituteofcinematicarts.com. Through June 9 Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 West State Street, 3rd and 4th flrs.,.

Fitness AHA in the AM

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

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

First Wednesday each month, 7pm, and third Saturday, 10am, in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Free to attend. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-3438. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. 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

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm9pm. ongoing. beastmodefitnessga. com. ongoing YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St.

Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mixes ballet, jazz, hip hop into a unique high energy dance style. Drills and choreographies for all levels.Small classes in downtown Savannah, and on request. $10 per person. Email for info. ongoing. bohemianbeats.com. ongoing

Pilates Classes

Bellydancing Fusion Classes

Blue Water Yoga

Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. egs5719@aol.com. ongoing Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Every Step Counts Survivors Walk

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 Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone i need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. savannahcommons.com. 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. gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. ongoing Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes

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

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

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga. com/. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol DalyWilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-2380018. savannahpilates.com. pilatessavannah.com/. 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. savannahyoga.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. qigongtim. com/. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912596-5965. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Climbing CoOp Ladies Night

Every Wednesday women climb for half price, 6pm-10pm. $5. 302 W. Victory Dr., Suite D. See website for info. ongoing. savannahclimbingcoop.com. 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. savannahdiscgolf@gmail.com. savannahdiscgolf.com. ongoing Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

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

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

Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed.

6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. facebook.com/ 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. memorialhealth.com/. 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@ aikyayoga.com. 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

Food Events Balsamic Vinegar and Ice Cream Pairings and Tastings

4 p.m.. shop.lowcountrygourmetfoods. com/. 4 p.m. Low Country Gourmet Foods, 10 West Broughton St., Corner of Broughton and Bull.

Dishcrawl Launching In Savannah’s Historic District

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd, as we take you to 4 Historic District eateries and be part of an amazing dining experience. Buy your tickets now at http:// dishcrawl.com/historicsav/. Beverage Policy: Drinks not inclusive the ticket price. Drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of the participating restaurant. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are taken only if given 48 hours advance notice. All Dishcrawl events are held rain or shine. Questions?: Contact me! I’m Kelly, your Savannah Dishcrawl Ambassador! My email is kellyd@dishcrawl.com. More about Dishcrawl at www.dishcrawl.com $45 May 22, 7 p.m. 954-644-9150. May 22, 7 p.m The Historic District, Downtown Savannah.


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shop.lowcountrygourmetfoods.com/. Low Country Gourmet Foods, 10 West Broughton St., Corner of Broughton and Bull. Dishcrawl Launching In Savannah’s Historic District

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd, as we take you to 4 Historic District eateries and be part of an amazing dining experience. Buy your tickets now at http:// dishcrawl.com/historicsav/. Beverage Policy: Drinks not inclusive the ticket price. Drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of the participating restaurant. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are taken only if given 48 hours advance notice. All Dishcrawl events are held rain or shine. Questions?: Contact me! I’m Kelly, your Savannah Dishcrawl Ambassador! My email is kellyd@dishcrawl.com. More about Dishcrawl at www.dishcrawl.com $45 954-644-9150. The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth

First City Network Board Meeting

Harris St. Call, email or see website for info. ongoing. 912-657-1966. info@ standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth.org. ongoing

Gay AA Meeting

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

First Monday, 6:30pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. 2nd floor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork.org. ongoing True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. ongoing Georgia Equality Savannah

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

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

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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

ARIES

(March 21-April 19) “I’m still learning,” said Michelangelo when he was 87 years old. For now, he’s your patron saint. With his unflagging curiosity as your inspiration, maybe your hunger for new teachings will bloom. You will register the fact that you don’t already know everything there is to know . . . you have not yet acquired all the skills you were born to master . . . you’re still in the early stages of exploring whole swaths of experience that will be important to you as you become the person you want to be. Even if you’re not enrolled in a formal school, it’s time to take your education to the next level.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20) Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman admitted that physicists can’t really define “energy,” let alone understand it. “We have no knowledge of what energy is,” he said. “We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a definite amount.” While it’s unlikely that in the coming weeks you Tauruses will advance the scientific understanding of energy, you will almost certainly boost your natural grasp of what energy feels like both inside and outside of your body. You will develop a more intuitive knack for how it ebbs and flows. You will discover useful tips about how to make it work for you rather than against you. You’re already a pretty smart animal, but soon you’ll get even smarter.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20) Giant Sequoias are the biggest trees on the planet. Many are more than 300 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Their longevity is legendary, too. They can live for 2,000 years. And yet their seeds are tiny. If you had a bag of 91,000 seeds, it would weigh one pound. I suspect there’s currently a resemblance between you and the Giant Sequoia, Gemini. You’re close to acquiring a small kernel that has the potential to grow into a strong and enduring creation. Do you know what I’m talking about? Identify it. Start nurturing it.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22) Don’t take yourself too seriously. The more willing you are to make fun of your problems, the greater

the likelihood is that you will actually solve them. If you’re blithe and breezy and buoyant, you will be less of a magnet for suffering. To this end, say the following affirmations out loud. 1. “I’m willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.” 2. “I’m sorry, but I’m not apologizing any more.” 3. “Suffering makes you deep. Travel makes you broad. I’d rather travel.” 4. “My commitment is to truth, not consistency.” 5. “The hell with enlightenment, I want to have a tantrum.” 6. “I stopped fighting my inner demons. We’re on the same side now.”

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22) Would you buy a stuffed bunny or a baby blanket that was handcrafted by a prisoner on death row? Would you go to a cafe and eat a sandwich that was made by an employee who was screaming angrily at another employee while he made your food? Would you wear a shirt that was sewn by a ten-year-old Bangladeshi girl who works 12 hours every day with a machine that could cut off her fingers if she makes one wrong move? Questions like these will be good for you to ask yourself, Leo. It’s important for you to evaluate the origins of all the things you welcome into your life -- and to make sure they are in alignment with your highest values and supportive of your well-being.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Having good posture tends to make you look alert and vigorous. More than that, it lowers stress levels in your tissues and facilitates the circulation of your bodily fluids. You can breathe better, too. In the coming weeks, I urge you to give yourself this blessing: the gift of good posture. I encourage you to bestow a host of other favors, too. Specialize in treating yourself with extra sweetness and compassion. Explore different ways to get excited, awaken your sense of wonder, and be in love with your life. If anyone calls you a self-involved narcissist, tell them you’re just doing what your astrologer prescribed.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The German word *Fernweh* can be translated as “wanderlust.” Its literal meaning is “farsickness,” or “an ache for the distance.”

Another German word, *Wandertrieb,* may be rendered as “migratory instinct” or “passion to travel.” I suspect urges like these may be welling up in you right now. You could use a break from your familiar pleasures and the comforts you’ve been taking for granted. Moreover, you would attract an unexpected healing into your life by rambling off into the unknown.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) We call it “longing,” says poet Robert Haas, “because desire is full of endless distances.” In other words, you and the object of your yearning may be worlds apart even though you are right next to each other. For that matter, there may be a vast expanse between you and a person you consider an intimate ally; your secret life and his or her secret life might be mysteries to each other. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that you’re in a phase when you have extraordinary power to shrink the distances. Get closer! Call on your ingenuity and courage to do so.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Are you ready to go deeper, Sagittarius? In fact, would you be willing to go deeper and deeper and deeper? I foresee the possibility that you might benefit from diving in over your head. I suspect that the fear you feel as you dare to descend will be an acceptable tradeoff for the educational thrills you will experience once you’re way down below. The darkness you encounter will be fertile, not evil. It will energize you, not deplete you. And if you’re worried that such a foray might feel claustrophobic, hear my prediction: In the long run it will enhance your freedom.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In the course of his 91 years on the planet, artist Pablo Picasso lived in many different houses, some of them rentals. When inspired by the sudden eruption of creative urges, he had no inhibitions about drawing and doodling on the white walls of those temporary dwellings. On one occasion, his landlord got upset. He ordered Picasso to pay him a penalty fee so that he could have the sketches painted over. Given the fact that Picasso ultimately became the best-selling

artist of all time, that landlord may have wished he’d left the squiggles intact. In every way you can imagine, Capricorn, don’t be like that landlord in the coming week.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “I was often in love with something or someone,” wrote Polish poet Czesław Miłosz. “I would fall in love with a monkey made of rags. With a plywood squirrel. With a botanical atlas. With an oriole. With a ferret. With the forest one sees to the right when riding in a cart. With human beings whose names still move me.” Your task, Aquarius, is to experiment with his approach to love. Make it a fun game: See how often you can feel adoration for unexpected characters and creatures. Be infatuated with curious objects . . . with snarky Internet memes . . . with fleeting phenomena like storms and swirling flocks of birds and candy spilled on the floor. Your mission is to supercharge your lust for life.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20) Scientists in Brazil discovered a huge new body of water 13,000 feet beneath the Amazon River. It’s completely underground. Named the Hamza River, it moves quite slowly, and is technically more of an aquifer than a river. It’s almost as long as the Amazon, and much wider. In accordance with the astrological omens, Pisces, I’m making the Hamza River your symbol of the week. Use it to inspire you as you uncover hidden resources. Meditate on the possibility that you have within you a secret reservoir of vitality that lies beneath your well-known sources. See if you can tap into deep feelings that are so deep you’ve been barely conscious of them.

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. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/ 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. 912-350-3438. bariatrics.memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. 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. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth.com/. Through July 10 Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Energy Workshops

Energy Medicine Workshops June 9, and 22nd/23rd led by Ellen Farrell. See website for information. Through June 23. ellenfarrell.com. Through June 23 Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing. org. 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

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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@ bellsouth.net. 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. lllusa.org/web/ 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

Kid’s Happenings Irish Dancers of Savannah

Savannah’s first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Whether just for fun, or for competition, IDS is for everyone. Adult classes available. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-8975984. irishdancsav@aol.com. ongoing Mommy & Me Yoga

Bring your baby (6 weeks-3 years) to this fun class that is beneficial for both

of you! Meet other moms, exercise, relax and learn ways to release stress. No experience in yoga is needed. Sign up preferred, but not necessary. $10 Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 912-656-9663. awakeningyogastudio.com. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m Awakening Yoga Studio, 2453A US Highway 17.

Piano Lessons

City of Savannah’s camp is now enrolling for spring break, April 1-5, 9am5pm. For children ages 5-12. Intro to painting, ceramics, mixed media and performing arts, in age appropriate group settings. Fee includes all materials. Five-year-olds must currently be enrolled in kindergarten. See website for forms and enrollment. $135 ongoing. 912-651-6783. savannahga.gov/ arts. ongoing City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

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Summer School at Royce

Academic summer programs for students looking to sharpen their skills over the summer. Half-day program for students entering grades 1-6 seeking help with math and/or reading. June 17-July 18, Monday- Thursday. Students work in small groups to focus on improving basic skills and on summer reading projects. Scholarship funds available. Other programs:Enrichment Program Grades 1-6. Includes character building, communication and team work skills. Study Skills Program for students entering grades 6-12: a two week program in organization, note taking, understanding how to read a text book and test-taking skills. Oneon-one Tutoring is individually designed for students at all grade levels. Call or email for fees. Through July 31. 912-354-4047. sgreenberg@royclc.org. roycelearningcenter.com/. Through July 31 Royce Learning Center, 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-3951500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. Tuesdays Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

Music 13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing)

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. ongoing Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Live Music with Craig Tanner

Live music every Wednesday with Craig Tanner and rotating guests such as Eric Britt, Eric Dunn and Mr. Williams. FREE Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille, 2740 Livingston Avenue.

Give the gift of music. Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. Adults & children welcome. All levels. Call Renee Miles, 912-312-3977. GA Music Warehouse. ongoing. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. ongoing Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Local DJs spin their favorite records. You could be one of them--learn to DJ session at 5pm. Food and bevs available for purchase. $3 donation. musesavannah.org. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. ZZ Top

You should go. (No further explanation needed.) $34.50 - $74.50 savannahcivic. com. savannahcivic.com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project

Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. ongoing GreenDrinks Savannah

A happy hour networking gathering for folks who want to save the Earth. Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Location varies monthly. See Facebook page for monthly location. Free to attend. Cash bar. ongoing, 5:30 p.m. ongoing, 5:30 p.m

Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority

Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol. com. fundingfactory.com. ongoing Walk on the Wild Side

A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8983980. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. ongoing Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast

A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wilderness-southeast.

org. ongoing

Pets & Animals Low Cost Pet Clinic

TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin.com. tailsspin.com. ongoing TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. St. Almo’s

Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. caninepalacesavannah. com. ongoing Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. sjchs.org/body.cfm?id=399. ongoing African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Seersucker Shots! Poetry Event

Hosts Erika Jo Brown and BJ Love present poets Caroline Cabrera, Matt Mauch, and Philip Muller. Promising another entertaining offering from the Seersucker line of literary performances. Free. Donations encouraged. seersuckerlive.com. thebookladybookstore.com/. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. Tea Time at Ola’s (Book Club)

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

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FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: 1510 Lincoln Street. $165/week plus deposit. Includes microwave, refrigerator, central heat & air & utilities! Call 912.231.0240 HOUSES 3 Bedrooms 166 Lion’s Gate $1650 1306 Whitfield Ave $995 2310 Pinetree Rd $895 2 Soling Ave. $875 1925 Linnhurst Dr. $775 HINESVILLE 189 W Kenny Dr. $850 2 Bedrooms 2309 E. 42nd St. $750 APARTMENTS One Bedroom 3801 Waters Ave. $695 315-B E.57th St. $625 Two Bedrooms 98 Hidden Lake $895 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 FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

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