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

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THURSDAY

Wednesday

Opera great Sherril Milnes,. pictured here in a master class, stars in the 1975 film version of Puccini’s Tosca, screened as part of the Savannah Voice Fest.

Baseball: Pack the Park Wednesday at the Sand Gnats

What: The Sand Gnats vs. Charleston Riverdogs, for a great cause. Wednesdays feature a different charity or non-profit organization each week, with tickets sold by the non-profits. Box office sales not included. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 general admission Info: sandgnats.com

Film Series: Art in the 21st Century

What: Daily marathon screenings of the

Peabody Award-winning film series featuring in depth interviews and profiles of the contemporary art scene. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. all week Where: Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Cost: $12 museum admission. Free for Telfair members. Info: telfair.org

Screening: TV Footage of James "The Amazing" Randi

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m Where: Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: info@savannahvoicefestival. org. savannahvoicefestival.org

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Thursday Air bnb 101

What: What's this sharing economy

thing-a-ma-jig? Come to this meeting hosted by airbnb.com and find out. When: 5:30-7 p.m Where: Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Info: local@airbnb.com

Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Last Thirsty Thursday & Military Appreciation Night

What: Psychotronic Film Society screens 90 minutes of rare footage of magician, skeptic, and faith healing debunker James Randi, in honor of his 85th birthday."A witty, snide, caustic and above all, highly intelligent and principled man" Suitable for ages 15+ When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $5 Info: sentientbean.com

What: Last call! It's the final Thirsty Thursday of the season. Half price beer and soda, plus free T-shirts for first 100 active duty military. The Gnats vs. Hickory Crawdads. Sponsored by Connect Savannah. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

Seersucker Live presents the "Finally Be Friends" Tour

Gallery Talk: Chakaia Booker and Regina Silveira Exhibitions

What: A quick hit of fresh poetry from veteran reader Nick Sturm (author of the brand new poetry collection How We Light) and Seersucker Shots emcees Erika Jo Brown and B.J. Love. All ages. When: 7-8 p.m Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Cost: Free, "though a donation wouldn't hurt our feelings." Info: SeersuckerLive.com

What: "Look Again" 30-minute guided discussion led by Melissa Messina, SCAD senior curator, examining Chakaia Booker "Hybrid" and Regina Silveira "Track Series (Octopus)" exhibitions. When: 5-5:30 p.m Where: SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Cost: Museum admission. Info: scad.edu

J Low & Friends

What: Interactive puppet show depicting true events from Juliette Low's extraordinary life, done in "reality TV" style. Great music and fun for all ages. Reservations preferred. When: 8 p.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $16 for show only; $20 for show & studio tour Info: 912-355-3366. puppets@puppetpeople.com. PuppetPeople.com

Open Mic Comedy Night

What: A chance for the future Chris Rock's, Louie CKs, and Paula Poundstone's to share their hilarious take on life with an audience. When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: sentientbean.com

Ruth's Chris Patio Party to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

What: Partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Live Music, Hors d'oeuvres, Happy Hour Menu, 10% off in the Main Dining Room if you join for dinner All Raffle Prize proceeds benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. When: 4:30 p.m Where: Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 West Bay St. Info: gcutlip@rcsavannah.com

Savannah Voice Festival: Movie Night — Puccini's Tosca

What: A film of the opera starring Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes. Post-film chat with Sherrill Milnes. When: 6:30-9:30 p.m Where: Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: info@savannahvoicefestival.org. savannahvoicefestival.org

Thursday Patio Party at Ruth's Chris

What: The monthly Patio Party for August benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Music, raffle, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and 10% off dinner. When: 4:30-7 p.m Where: Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 West Bay St. Info: 912-660-0079. gcutlip@rcsavannah.com

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Friday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Facebook Friday

What: Sand Gnats vs. Hickory Crawdads, plus special stuff found on the Gnats' Facebook page. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 general admission Info: sandgnats.com

Friday Puppet Shows

What: Interactive Puppet Shows at Puppet People Studio in Thunderbolt include a hands-on studio tour and a make & take puppet craft. Shows will vary - please call for schedule. Reservations preferred. When: 11 a.m. Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $12 per child (ages 1-10); $7 adults Info: 912-355-3366


SATURDAY

What: Bread baking demo, talks on gluten intolerance & Zen and the art of bread-baking, gluten-free products with recipes, and a tasting. Instructors: Chef Gabriel Gardner, Peter Brodhead of Brighter Day and Fugon Cindy Beach. When: 6-7:30 p.m Where: The Savannah Zen Center, 111 E. 34th St. Cost: $30 at the door. Please RSVP. Info: 912-429-7265. revfugon@gmail. com

Savannah Voice Festival: Prelude to the Opera — Puccini's La Boheme What: A sneak peek into the 2013 Sa-

vannah Philharmonic Season’s opera production followed by an opportunity to meet the artists at a post performance reception. When: 8 p.m Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Cost: $55 Info: savannahvoicefestival.org

Comedian Bill Cosby and his sweater are in town for one night only. No pudding pops though. When: 8 p.m Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $38-65

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Saturday Comedy: Bill Cosby

What: Hey, hey, hey--it's Bill Cosby! Writer, comedian, actor, producer, activist. One night only. When: 8 p.m Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $38-65

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Theatre: Sweeney Todd

What: Blood-and-guts Tony-award win-

ning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $25 Info: sweeneytickets.com

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Wine Tasting: The Versatility of Pinot

What: Winston’s Wine Cellar welcomes Kathleen O’Sullivan, fine wine and onpremise division manager at National Distributing Co. and Atlanta Wholesale Wine, as the host for this wine tasting. When: 6:30-8 p.m Where: Winston's, 13 W. Bay St. Cost: $25

What: Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free to attend. Items for sale. Info: 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com

Savannah Voice Festival: Teen Voice Workshop

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Week at a glance | continued from page 5 Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf

Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Cost: $20 for teen singers. Concert is free to attend. Info: info@savannahvoicefestival.org. savannahvoicefestival.org

Baseball and Fireworks: Savannah Sand Gnats

What: The Sand Gnats take on Hickory Crawdads, then wrap up with a big bang or two. When: 6:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

Theatre: Sweeney Todd

What: Blood-and-guts Tony-award winning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $25 Info: sweeneytickets.com

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Sunday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats presents Kids Eat Free

SATURDAY

The Savannah Sand Gnats take on the Hickory Crawdads as the season reaches its close. Yes, there are fireworks after the game.

Tongue Open Mouth and Music Show What: Monthly open mic. Sign up at

7:30.

When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park

Ave.

When: 6:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info: sandgnats.com

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Salt2Sand Cornhole Tournament benefiting Surfers for Autism

What: Toss a beanbag for a good cause. Silent auction. Music by Domino Effect, Kota Mundi, and The Trains Wrecks. All proceeds go to the Surfers for Autism Organization. Family friendly event. When: 12:30 p.m Where: North Beach Grill, 33 Meddin Dr. Cost: $50 per two-person team. Spectators free.

Savannah Voice Festival: Listen to My Heart: The Music of David Friedman

What: Bring your family to the game to watch Sand Gnats vs. Hickory Crawdads. 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 COSt: Free and open to the public.

What: With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney and television scores, Friedman presents his inspiration show about life and love, sung with classical voices. When: 3 p.m Where: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Cost: $15 Info: savannahvoicefestival.org

Film: My Man Godfrey (1936, USA)

What: Blood-and-guts Tony-award win-

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents this classic romantic screwball comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Suitable for Ages 15+ When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park

Cost: $15 Info: savannahvoicefestival.org

Theatre: Sweeney Todd

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Wednesday

Monday

Film: Birthday Tribute to Robert CulpTV Footage of James “The Amazing” Randi

Back to School

What: It's a new school year! Public schools are back in session today for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Info: sccpss.com

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Tuesday GreenDrinks SAV

What: Monthly happy hour gathering for those who wish to make Savannah a greener place. When: 5:30 p.m Where: The Bier Haus, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: Free to attend. Cash bar.

What: On what would have been his 83rd birthday, Psychotronic Film Society screens the rare sci-fi /horror flick A Cold Night’s Death aka The Chill Factor (1974, USA). Scientists (played by Robert Culp and Eli Wallach) suspect there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their remote polar station. Originally made as a TV movie (back when TV routinely showcased high-quality sci-fi and horror films), but was only shown a couple of times in the USA. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com

Savannah Voice Festival: American Music Concert

What: The extraordinary talent of American musical director/pianist Dan Gettinger and festival artists present an evening of American musical traditions through beloved songs and popular tunes. When: 6:30 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.

Looking Ahead Bay Street Theatre: Sweeney Todd. Aug. 9-25, Club One. Bill Cosby. Aug. 10, Johnny Mercer Theatre. T.I. and Friends (Ashanti and Eve). Aug. 15, MLK Arena. Fourth World Theatre: Madea. Aug. 16-24, Muse Arts Warehouse. Craft Beer Festival. Aug. 31, Trade & Convention Center. Savannah movie opens, Aug. 23. Victory Square. Corey Smith. Sept. 5, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Mighty Clouds of Joy. Sept. 6, Johnny Mercer Sandra Bernhard Theatre.

Sandra Bernhard. Sept. 8, Club One. Revival Fest. Sept. 14, Georgia State Railroad Museum. The Collective Face: Equus. Sept. 20-Oct. 6, Muse Arts Warehouse. Savannah Philharmonic Season Opener. Sept. 21, Lucas Theatre. Savannah Jazz Festival. Sept. 22-28. Skyway Book Launch. Sept. 24, Ships of the Sea Museum. Eddie Griffin. Oct. 4, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Loretta Lynn. Oct. 6, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Nicholas Sparks. Oct. 8, Trustees Theater. JJ Grey & Mofro. Oct. 10, Lucas Theatre. Savannah Greek Festival. Oct 10-12, St. Paul’s Greek

Orthodox Church. Hunter Hayes. Oct. 11, Johnny Mercer Theatre. CBGB movie opens. Oct. 11. Film: The Silence of the Lambs. Oct. 12, Lucas Theatre. Film: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Oct. 18, Lucas Theatre. Vienna Boys Choir. Oct. 18, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Savannah Film Festival. Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival. Oct. 27, Forsyth Park. Disney On Ice. Oct. 30-Nov. 3, MLK Arena. Mike Epps. Nov. 9, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Jim Brickman. Nov. 11, Lucas Theatre. Joe Bonamassa. Nov. 13, Johnny Mercer Theatre. CS


Shopping cart syndrome

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Recently, one of the agenda items taken up by your esteemed City Council was the “issue” of shopping carts abandoned in neighborhoods around town. Their trek from grocery store to front door complete, the forlorn vehicles are left on corners, on sidewalks, and in ditches all around the poorer parts of Savannah. Occasionally the carts seem to cluster together on their own, as if driven by some instinct of metallic DNA, the way flocks of birds gather to migrate, guided only by an ancient internal compass. (What’s the correct collective noun for a group of abandoned shopping carts? An “aisle?” A “produce section?” An “express lane?” I’m taking suggestions.) The consensus of City Council — and this Council is nothing if not all about consensus, one of Mayor Edna Jackson’s favorite words — was that grocery stores should be responsible for repatriating the lonely carts left in the neighborhoods. Not the customers who originally took them from the stores, which is technically theft. Not even technical — actual theft. Already a situation ripe for satire, Council’s decision took on added ironic, dark humor because of its timing, hot on the heels of a single night in which there were three separate shootings across town within 45 minutes, killing two and injuring three. The deaths came during a fracas that was garish even by local gunfight standards. The shooting at East 38th and Cedar that took the lives of an 18-year-old and a 15-yearold happened in the middle of the street at about 9:45 p.m., with plenty of witnesses. Twenty minutes earlier, a 25-year-old was shot on East Oglethorpe. At 10 p.m., a 23-year-old was shot on MLK. One truism of politics is that elected officials have to handle whatever’s in front of them. The timing’s rarely up to them. If it’s shopping carts one minute and violent crime the next, they just have to deal with the strange juxtaposition and let the carts, uh, the chips, fall where they may.

And in this case, on the shopping cart issue... I actually think City Council got it almost right. America has a weird relationship with its citizens who are in poverty. And make no mistake, grocery stores, shopping carts and crime are all linked directly by socio-economics. Like most of you, I’m two or three paychecks away from financial catastrophe. That’s the new normal. That’s what being middle class in the America of 2013 is like. So I’m amused by the attitudes some people display towards the poor. The most common trope, going back to the ‘70s and ‘80s, is the Food Stamp Filet Mignon Syndrome. It goes like this: “Know what I saw at the grocery store the other day? I saw a so-and-so buy Filet Mignons with food stamps! What’s this country coming to?” There’s a variant that has to do with clothes: “I saw a so-and-so at the grocery store the other day, wearing a beautiful new dress and a big hat. And she paid for everything with food stamps! What’s this country coming to?” Let me be blunt: If those two or three paychecks of mine ever do go awry, and I’m plunged into poverty and despair and dependence on government assistance, you’re damn straight I’m gonna have me a nice big steak for dinner every now and then. And if the worst does happen, I won’t be walking around sporting cut-up living room drapes. I’ll look as good as I possibly can. When I hear people take this line of attack — that the poor must mark themselves specifically as poor people so the rest of us will know who they are — I usually respond: Do you actually want to see people feeding their families dog food? Do you actually want to see families dressed in rags instead of decent clothes?

What would you say about them then? What would that do for you? Would that really make you feel better about yourself? In the same vein, there’s no need to overthink the whole shopping cart deal. People take shopping carts from stores because they have to eat. And they have to get their food home somehow. You can’t load groceries into your car if you don’t have a car. And if you just bought food for a family of four for a week, with or without food stamps, you probably won’t be schlepping all those bags onto a CAT bus (though I’m sure some try). So what’s left but to take the stupid cart home with you? And of course you leave it outside. What else are you going to do? Walk it four miles back to the store? Bring it inside the house? Make a planter out of it? Nobody likes to see shopping carts rusting on the corner. But it’s just a symptom of a much worse blight, the blight of poverty. City Council was on the right track in acknowledging this. Their only mistake was in letting grocery chains continue to take the cheapest, ugliest option: letting customers take carts out of the store and then occasionally sending a truck around to gather them up, because they’re forced to. If we must be in the business of telling grocery stores how to handle their property, we should take the next logical step and tell them they must keep their property off City streets entirely. They must install the technology, already commonplace, to physically prohibit carts from leaving the store. The grocers should then be required to provide, at very low cost, portable, foldable carts which customers of any socioeconomic bracket can bring each time they come. If the customers don’t take advantage, well… sorry, still can’t take the cart home. Crisis averted. Dignity reclaimed. The grocers take responsibility for their property, the City takes responsibility for public streets, and the less fortunate have an option other than leaving carts in the ditch. You’re welcome, City Council. I only wish the bigger issue of poverty was that easy to deal with. cs

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Long gone dog days of summer Used to be, August was the month of nothing.

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By the time it rolled around, the shimmer of summer had long worn off, the delicious freedom of no school soured into banality and July’s fireworks were an already distant memory. Even the ice cream truck man bailed, probably waiting out the heat by eating all the Cherry Bomb Pops himself. All that was left were interminable days of drinking metallic-tasting water from the hose and waiting on the back steps until your mother would let you back in the house. August readied young minds for life’s inevitable grind with its sheer boring blankness. August built freaking character. If you were lucky, maybe you got a nauseatingly hot road trip in the back of your parents’ station wagon to visit relatives who thought popsicles were the work of the Evil AgroIndustrial Complex and instead served you unfiltered apple juice and saltines. There are no major or even minor holidays in August, unless you count the independence days of India and Pakistan, two countries that, much like the siblings with whom you battled the boundaries of that searing vinyl backseat that made the back of your legs slimy with sweat, don’t really like to share anything but are just going to have to work it out for themselves. August does happen to be National Goat Cheese month, but who the hell wants to celebrate that? Even if your mom let you eat your cousins’ gross stack of crackers while riding in her prized 1980 Chevy Citation, you’d still risk a slap for smearing chevre in your brother’s hair. August could also inspire out of its plebian void. You might happen to discover the works of William Yeats at the air-conditioned public library. Or craft your own bow and arrows from bamboo and shale collected from the vacant lot next door.

Or catch a nasty rash from swimming in the irrigation ditches of the neighborhood golf course, provoking a passionate interest in a medical career. But we don’t live in that world any more. The sudoric slackertude of August has been eaten up by the Drivers of Modern Ambition, the same devils who replaced lazy Sunday afternoons with mortgage refinancing paperwork and three-hour forays to Home Depot. Current culture does not allow for a single unscheduled moment, let alone a month. (You there, reading this at a coffeeshop and leisurely sipping an iced chai? The Devils are frowning deeply.) This is evident in how the first day of school has crept all up into August’s lackadaisical business, when most kids haven’t even had a chance to examine their toenails in depth or pick a really good fight with their Barbies. Effingham County herded its students into its educational institutions last week. Bowing to pressure from the rest of Georgia, the Savannah Chatham County Public School System conformed to start two weeks early this year on the 12th, chopping away those last indolent hours. In a pragmatic context, it’s all perfectly logical. “We moved the calendar up two weeks to allow the semester to end before the December break. That way, students can take their exams before they go out on break,” explained District 1 School Board member Julie Wade after I sent her a whiny e-mail about stolen childhoods and essential golf course exploration and the underrated value of staring off into space for hours at a time. A public school parent herself, Wade too lamented the loss of August’s days of sloth, but pointed out that the shift also “aligns our district with the rest of the state for state testing purposes.” Falling into line means presenting

a unified front for Race to the Top, the kill-or-be-killed competition between states for federal educational funding. Georgia garnered an extra $400 million in 2010 and is struggling with the implementation of teacher evaluation systems, posing a risk to the flow of any continued cash. While none of that money goes to the arts or school gardens, a couple of weeks seems a small price to keep schools open. Besides, Wade promised, “We will get out by Memorial Day and have a regular summer next year.” But what about the summer after that? Will the Devils whisper insidious things about idle hands in the BOE’s ears, spurring a decision to hold school all the time? The concept of year-round school is heralded as genius by some, allowing for increased productivity from students and less stress on working parents. Sounds like a gawdamn gerbil wheel to me, a way to suck the very last vestiges of imagination from the human spirit and turn our kids into little C3POs. As columnist Kerry Dougherty wrote in the Virginian-Pilot, “We can only hope that in a decade or two, year-round schools will be tossed atop the slagheap of American educational experiments.” Fortunately, Wade swears that Chatham County is not touching the possibility of year-round school with a 10-foot pole. (Maybe someday day, though, we will align ourselves with the rest of the world and its handy-dandy universal metric system.) Still, as I buy up khaki pants and neoprene lunch bags for the new school year, I’m feeling sad for my own kids, who will never know the dormant possibilities of August’s torpid emptiness. Maybe I’ll lock them outside with the garden hose for a few hours, just to give them a taste. cs


Running with your crew IF ANYONE ever tells you running is a solo sport, my hunch would be they are the exception and not the norm. Oh sure, it is completely useless to log some else’s miles or ride piggyback during speed work; but the sport as a whole works better when there are “the others.” Fifty-one people signed up to run the 3rd annual Cremator 50 Mile Endurance Run on July 20 just over the bridge in Port Royal, S.C. This Lowcountry Ultra event is known for its sweltering heat and no shade course. Entrants for this race are required to have at least one crew member to tend to the runner for obvious safety reasons. I was crewed by my beloved. Although Mark and I can claim conquering 14 years of marriage, 4 children, 5 household moves, and 1 military deployment, we have never done this before. While I could not imagine having anyone else there with me, the obvious challenges to the arrangement were not lost on me. Would I be comfortable telling him when I hurt for fear that he would worry? What about when I started to slow down, would I be afraid he would be disappointed? What if it took me forever to finish, would he get frustrated? When I started to look like hell and stink up the joint, would he crinkle his nose? My fears would be quickly set aside as the 10 hours it took me to complete the course unfolded and he became an unwavering beacon of aid, support, and encouragement. “I was unequivocally impressed,” says Mark when I ask him about his overall impression. And it occurred to me that we were not the only couple out on that course. And it is really no surprise. Running is a lifestyle hobby. The time required and the community involved typically generates participation within families and friendships. “I consider myself so fortunate to be able to share a hobby I love with someone I love,” says Tiana. An accomplished trail and ultra runner herself, her main squeeze Andy

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showed off by finishing an impressive third place. While Tiana was certain the runner/crew relationship would work, Andy was worried what effect the stress of the course on his mood. “She, luckily, has extreme patience and knows when I get tired and grumpy that I don’t mean what I say unless it’s ‘I love you’.” Not all loved ones are hard to crew. Annie, who was blessing for myself as well as her fiancé on the course, said Ted’s mood seemed good over the course of the day. “For most of the stops it was like a happy reunion and I was so excited to see him. It was so inspiring and exciting to be a part of this race he’s been talking about forever.” Ted had a few folks on his crew and was thankful for each of them. But Annie was different. “It’s a much deeper level when it’s somebody you’re in a relationship with, she knows me and knows how I get when I’m tired or hurting,” he explained. And the hurt can be a tough situation to deal with. Andy took a nasty spill towards the end of the race. “Not only am I his crew lady, but that’s my beau dripping blood! I went into instant ‘girl’ mode and freaked out,” Tiana recalls. Andy adds, “She is a caregiver by nature, and I am a grown-up toddler, so the pairing works out perfectly.” These aches and pains had Verity wondering if she was the right person to crew her boyfriend, Bren. An ultra

runner herself, she knew well the different stages of mental distress a person can go through. “Watching someone you care about going through so much pain and not being able to help them is tough. I don’t know that I could have him crew me if the roles were reversed.” But Bren wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Having her crew me gave me something to look forward to besides water and food. It meant someone was there that believed in me and that helped a lot!” Mark and I aren’t the only example of miles making the marital heart grow fonder. Brandi wasn’t even sure she liked this whole running business. But when her husband Jason caught the ultra bug, she jumped in with both feet; volunteering at races, working aid stations, and even logging some miles. “It is quite overwhelming and a lot to take in for the first time, but the ultra community has a family feeling. Other wives/crew members are just as supportive of each other’s spouses as they are their own.” Jason echoes her sentiments: “Lucky is the feeling I get knowing I have such an awesome wife who not only supports me and my running endeavors, but supports our friends and other runners too.” Of course, Brandi summed the whole thing up. “You realize that even after 11 years of marriage they can still do things that put that butterfly feeling in your stomach.” cs

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Snaking through coastal marshes and tidal estuaries, this palm-lined ribbon of asphalt is the only mainland access for 3,500 Tybee Islanders and thousands of summertime beachgoers. Though its picturesque, anyone driving US Highway 80 can see that the whole length has serious safety issues. Notably, a passing lane abruptly becomes Fort Pulaski’s turn lane. And each of the two bridges that bookend the roadway are two-lane, without shoulders. Merging onto these aging structures at high speeds often creates severe bottlenecks and driver confusion. These problematic areas, along with others, are blamed for numerous accidents every year. Since 2009, six people have died on the Tybee Road with dozens more injured. Although heavily used roads do experience occasional crashes, according to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), “the crash rates on US 80 between the two bridges are consistently higher than the statewide average for similar types of roads.” Around 50 percent higher. Being sole artery to the beach, most accidents on the Tybee Road do occur during the summer, and many are alcohol-related. Moreover, seasonal drivers visiting Tybee can be unfamiliar with roadway... quirks. This information actually reinforces the need for road improvements, rather than provide culprits for elevated accident

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data (and the excuse to do nothing). Knowing what kind of drivers most likely use the road, especially in the summer, Tybee Road should be free of confusing sections, high speeds and poor signage, which only serve to exacerbate a tenuous situation. Echoing many locals’ sentiments, Tybee City Councilman Paul Wolff simply calls the roadway “a real public safety concern” and “dangerous.”

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What further frightens Tybee residents and local officials is the double accident scenario: An accident on one of the narrow bridges stops traffic for hours and cuts off thousands from the mainland. It’s happened before. But, if another emergency — of any kind — occurs on Tybee during such a bridge closure, ambulance transportation by land off the island is literally impossible.

For first responders and the poor souls needing treatment, navigating Tybee Road’s slim lanes and heavy seasonal traffic is difficult enough. Yet, potentially being stranded, unable to access a hospital, is a different kind of unnerving. The causeway and bridges have been in this structural configuration for multiple decades, however. The Bull River Bridge was built in 1967; the Lazaretto Creek Bridge in 1960. So, why is it taking so long to remedy these obvious problems? US Highway 80 — Tybee Road — isn’t the responsibility of Tybee or Chatham County. It’s under the jurisdiction of Georgia. Any locally -desired changes, even seemingly simple things like lane re-striping and improved signage, must be studied and approved by Georgia DOT. It’s the job of our local elected officials to make Tybee Road a priority in Atlanta, so, in turn, monies can be allocated for studies, design, permitting and construction. Of course, Georgia really likes getting matching federal funds for road projects. But federal regulations — including separate permitting for environmental impact — complicate things even further. All that takes years to develop and coordinate across various government bodies. Another issue, which possibly caused delay for US 80 improvements, was setting initial expectations too high. Throughout the ‘90s, as Tybee Road showed its age, “four-laning” the causeway and bridges was the myopic goal of many island residents and local officials. In 1999, however, a GDOT study found the four-lane option would cost over $100 million, and those

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allocated.” The CORE MPO will be seeking federal and matching state funds for construction. “There is ... the ongoing issue of funding for roads and bridges not just locally but nationwide,” notes Tybee’s Mayor Jason Buelterman. “The problem is especially acute in Georgia.” As the US 80 Bridge Replacement project seeks money around 2017 and 2020, the DeRenne Corridor rebuild ($75 million), the Causton Bluff drawbridge ($40 million) and Jimmy DeLoach at Highway 80 improvements ($80 million), among others, will all be vying for government dollars. Thomson admits that, considering these other projects, Tybee Road funding is “not impossible, but difficult.” Evidenced by the massive funding demanded by the Savannah River harbor deepening, fixing up a Georgia roadway leading to a small island community may be a low priority. To boot, Tybee Road’s carrying capacity is only exceeded for a few holiday weekends per year. About 90 percent of the time, it handles traffic well, according to the CORE MPO (safety issues aside). Thankfully, other funding options are on the table. Chatham County could put the Tybee Road/US 80 improvements on its list for SPLOST money. Using this local option would bypass the need for matching federal funds, regulations and permitting. Only state regulations would apply, which could fast-track Tybee Road improvements by up to a year, Thomson says. It’s also possible to split up the project into 3-5 sections and not ask for all the state/federal money at once. There’s a greater likelihood of landing matching funds for smaller projects. Thomson also points out that doing improvements piecemeal would be less expensive in total; however, the construction window could be 4-6 years, rather than two years. That would have to be weighed by citizens of Tybee and elected officials. Further, Bull River Bridge scores a 61 on a recent GDOT bridge assessment. A 50 score calls for immediate action to replace or rebuild. Lazaretto Creek Bridge scored a 41. Though public meetings with CORE MPO, Tybee Road could be sectioned and designated for priority.

Better signage and lane re-striping might be a reasonable initial package to aim for. Thomson offered that moving traffic merge-points further back, away from bridge entrances, would do wonders for safety. In 2011, the Wave Ecology Study, sponsored by Chatham County, tasked stakeholders and officials to address the “waves” of traffic that Tybee experiences. The final report is at www.thempc.org. The study group advocates for a lower speed limit on the Tybee Road and bridges. Another suggestion is sectioning off passing lanes, effectively eliminating merge points altogether.

McQueens Trail, parallel to the drivable causeway, is a protective buffer against the tide. Under the jurisdiction of Chatham County, McQueens Trail is slated for $325,000 worth of improvements. Making this strip of land more attractive to bicyclists could be worth every penny. Highway 80 is no place for cycling. An updated McQueens Trail would provide the necessary and safe bike/pedestrian thoroughfare. From the mainland all the way to Fort Pulaski, bikes and pedestrians could be totally separated from auto traffic. For Tybee, with its tourism economy and finite parking, increasing bike access may be intriguing. cs

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expenditures didn’t match area demographics nor road use. “It was overkill,” Councilman Wolff says. “A lot of people on Tybee thought it was too much to ask for.” Today, costs of this “Cadillac Plan” are estimated at $125 million. GDOT has summarily dismissed the idea as too expensive and unnecessary, as it’s currently not on their “long range program.” Funding aside, four-laning entails excessive environmental impact. That permitting — state and federal — would likely take many years with an uncertain outcome. Unfortunately, during a more favorable political climate in Washington, D.C. as well as Atlanta, opportunities for reasonable improvements on the Tybee Road may have been missed in the early to mid-2000s. In 2010, a decade after the 1999 study, the Coastal Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO) began work on a comprehensive plan to make the Tybee Road safer and more pedestrian-friendly. The CORE MPO is the area governmental body which identifies, prioritizes, studies and seeks funding for local transportation projects. In December 2012, after two years of design and four public meetings, CORE MPO delivered its study — six possibilities and a recommendation. Widening to four lanes and a nobuild alternative were also included as cost/impact comparisons. The extensive “US 80 Bridges Replacement Study,” along with a video, is available at the CORE MPO section of www.thempc.org. Their recommended “Alternative 3” replaces both bridges, expands all lanes for bikes and pedestrians, raises the roadway in low spots and creates two new entrances at McQueens Trail and Fort Pulaski. The cost is $65 million. “It could be 2018 or 2019 before construction begins if everything goes well,” says Tommy Thomson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planing Commission (MPC). It could take longer. The CORE MPO has set aside roughly $4 million for engineering and design studies to take place by 2016. GDOT has also “programmed” funding for 2016 to begin their own two-year “scoping” process. “Beyond that point,” Thomson says, “additional money has not been

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Talking and learning with the head of the new Savannah Classical Academy By Jessica leigh lebos | jll@connectsavannah.com

School’s back in session in Chatham County next week, and most kids already know the drill: Keep your pencils sharp and your nose clean and you’ll be fine. For the students at the Savannah Classical Academy (SCA), everything will be unfamiliar: New curriculum, new teachers, and a new principal, Benjamin Couch Payne. The incipient charter school has brought on the 35 year-old Kentuckian to implement its classical curriculum, one based in the Socratic Method and other traditions of Western Civilization. Strict grammar, logic and Latin may seem like dusty artifacts in this age of specialized magnet programs and an iPad for every student, but the theory that such subjects provide an invaluable foundation for continued learning has spurred a growing classical education movement. SCA follows the legacy of high-performing Urban Prep in Chicago and Uncommon Schools in New York City.

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As the former principal of the classically-based West End School in Louisville, Payne knows this kind of success the program can bring to an urban school. Of all the applicants for the job, “he was the standout,” says SCA vice chairman Roger Moss. Payne spoke with Connect in between teacher trainings and arranging desks at the former Scott Learning Center in Garden City, where SCA will spend its inaugural year before moving in 2014 into the former St. Pius X Family Resource Center at Anderson and Atlantic streets. Until then, Payne will lead the SCA charge with the basics of reading, writing and the value of a firm handshake. What are the key components of a classical education?

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Does classical education accommodate for special needs and other learning challenges? BCP: This is a holistic approach to education and there’s room for all kinds of learning differences. At any given point, maybe you’re in social studies, but that might correlate to an advancement in science or there’s a moment to apply mathematical skills or a cite a work of literature or art or music all at the same time. So you have the visual, the aural learning, you have the memorization, you have all the senses going. One child is focused in on an image and another is enthralled with the description coming from the teacher, others might be reading the text. We have a traditional classroom format, with rows of desks facing the teacher and the teacher is leading the class. We’re in the midst of a training with all of the faculty: The music teacher is also understanding what’s going on in science, and the social studies teacher is in on the math curriculum, and everyone is looking at it through phonics. At the same time, we’ll administer all the standardized tests, and our charter dictates that we have to exceed certain standard on the CRCT. I don’t have any worries about faculty – every single one of them is exceptional. They’re ready to go. Will other students who graduate from the district’s other K-8 schools be eligible for the high school program or do students need to have the SCA classical foundation? BCP: It’s a K-12 school, and I don’t plan on having too much attrition. But there will be a handful of slots every year. I still think you can take a student at their junior year, certainly their sophomore year, and still make

enough of an impact to make it worth their time. The founding fathers of this country emphasized that in order to have a successful democracy we have to have an educated citizenry. And the key point is that they were talking about education being available to everybody.

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for etymology and the identification of root words. The idea is that if we can have our students master the English language, they can access all of the knowledge and history and anything they want to from that point forward. They can even teach themselves. Another strong component of our education is that we want our students to become good citizens. The very first thing I want all the children to learn is to shake your hand, look you in the eye and introduce themselves. It’s amazing how difficult that is for many people, not just children.

So you started out in education? BCP: Actually, I started out as an architect. Whoa. Really? BCP: [laughs] Yes, it’s served me really well. I draw from architecture every single day. We’re in a building right now that needs a little bit of work, so I’m able to work with the contractors. I won’t be helping with the design, but at least I’m familiar with the process. How did you make that leap? BCP: I was working in a small little office by myself in Louisville and right next door was a private school called Highlands Classical School. They had a job open up for a part-time calculus teacher, for two days a week. I thought it would be fun — within a couple a weeks I was teaching three classes and became very involved. I’m so glad I switched. I’m much, much happier. What are your goals in this first year? BCP: It’s all about the school culture. Some are going to come in and they’ll just get it right way, clicking right off the bat. That’s one challenge, to make sure they’re being pushed to their very best. Then other children are going to need more time, and we have to figure how they learn best. But it’s not a month-long process — it’s not even a year-long process. The beauty of this school is that there are going to be kindergarten through 12th graders, and we get to help develop these children for potentially 13 years. We’re going to have over 300 students in the building, K-6, and that sixth grade class will be the first graduating class in 2020. That’s just fantastic. cs Savannah Classical Academy is a free, public charter school. Enrollment is open to all students in Chatham County. There are a few openings in grades 1, 2, and 5. Kindergarten and 6th grade have waitlists. Go to www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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The two men, wearing shorts and attempting to cover their faces, were caught on surveillance cameras. Footage from those cameras is being distributed to the media in an attempt to identify the suspects. Islands Precinct detectives are asking anyone who can help identify the two males to share that information by calling Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). • A North Carolina man wanted for rape and assault by the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department was arrested in Savannah by the United States Marshals last week. Josue Javier Fernandez-Barrios, 21, was wanted on charges of rape

and assault that happened over the weekend of July 27/28, 2013 in Wilmington. The North Carolina Marshals developed information that Fernandez-Barrios might have taken a Greyhound bus from Wilmington, NC to Savannah, possibly arriving late Aug. 1, and that he could be in the area of the Thunderbird Motel and the Savannah Bus Station. A Savannah Task Force member observed a subject matching Fernanadez-Barrios’ description sitting on a wall on the Oglethorpe Avenue side of the bus station. The subject was arrested. Fernandez-Barrios admitted his identity. Further information from North Carolina indicated that Fernandez-Barrios might have been enroute to Miami. Fernandez-Barrios had a bus ticket in his pocket, but it is not known if it was to go to Miami. FernandezBarrios was arrested without incident and taken to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition back to North Carolina.

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• The system doesn’t work on trust, though. Each bitcoin includes a log of all previous transactions in which it’s changed hands. When a bitcoin is transferred between two parties, its transaction log is broadcast to all bitcoin participants. A subset of this group, called bitcoin miners, competes to perform what amounts to a validation test on the transaction log. This task requires a special high-powered computer rig to do the voluminous processing involved. Whichever miner is first to successfully validate the transaction log notifies the rest of the bitcoineurs, and the transaction is considered valid. This process takes between ten minutes and an hour. • For their trouble, successful bitcoin miners earn new bitcoins. That’s how bitcoins are created, ensuring the number increases slowly. Crucially, the system is designed so total coinage will top out at about 21 million. Bitcoins are thus immune to inflation. A few meta-observations: • One of the strengths of bitcoins, namely that their quantity is limited, is also a weakness. The money supply has to grow in proportion to the underlying economy lest we have deflation and depression. So bitcoins as currently constituted will never replace government-backed money. • That’s not to say bitcoins can’t have a role as a supplementary currency. God knows we all engage in transactions we’d just as soon no one knew about. To the extent bitcoins become acceptable tender for everyday commerce, we can also avoid taxation, eventually transforming our overregulated society into a paradise like Greece. • A drawback, however, is that the exchange rate between bitcoins and conventional money fluctuates wildly. In 2013 a bitcoin started off worth around $13, shot up to $266 in the wake of the Cyprus bank crisis, dropped within a week to $68, and has since ping-ponged between there and $154. (As I write it’s at $103.) • The tech world is full of brilliant inventions that fell by the wayside; when’s the last time you used that Zip drive? Another worry: the bitcoin realm gets hacked, although it’s proven resistant thus far. Me, I’m confident bitcoins will never become worthless. I’ll bet you a million BTC. cs

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news of the weird Brew Nation Pro-nationalism English Defence League activists seemed to be itching for a street brawl to break up a scheduled anti-nationalist demonstration in downtown Birmingham, England, on July 18, causing the city to mobilize more than 1,000 police — when officials arrived at a solution. Police shepherded “hundreds” of rowdy EDL operatives into the popular Bar Risa pub at 11 a.m., confining them for three hours, until the anti-EDL rally had dissipated. (Given British habits, many EDLers decided to enjoy their confinement with a brew.) As a result, police reported only sporadic street scuffling.

Cultural Diversity • For “beach season” in Qingdao, China, recently, middle-aged ladies returned to the shore of the Yellow Sea sporting their relatively revealing (though age-appropriate) bathing suits — but wearing distinctive cloth hoods with tiny holes only for the eyes, nose and mouth. To many in China, dark skin still signals laborers and fair skin the indoor “leisure” class, according to a report on the website Quartz. • In Shenzhen, China, one of the country’s richest cities, services are being openly advertised by “wet nurses” to supply adults with breast milk, either directly from the source or after pumping (and purchased by either the infirm or just rich people overconcerned with nourishment). These milk “suppliers” can earn at least four times the

average personal income, with healthy, whom Satan had endorsed was not attractive women earning even more, clear. A British organization called UK of course, according to a July Agence Church of Satan appeared to criticize France-Presse dispatch. Comments on the pro-choicers (according to TwitChina’s social media ranged from “It’s ter comments) while the New Yorkjust a business” to “People become perbased Church of Satan (founded in verts when they are too rich and tire of 1966 by Anton LaVey) insists on a other forms of entertainment.” woman’s right to choose, said its High • Because Zimbabwe is reputedly Priest Peter Gilmore — although he among the world’s most acknowledged that corrupt countries, bribery shouting “Hail, Satan” is normal and makes the to anti-abortion activnews only when innovaists was “ludicrous and tors go above and beyond. meaningless.” YOU GO BRAWL The anti-poverty organiza• Megachurch bishop IN THE STREETS. tion Transparency InterIra V. Hilliard told his I’LL BE IN THE national reported in July Sugarland, Texas, conPUB. that one hospital in Harare gregation (New Light had recently been imposChristian Center) in ing a $5 charge on mothers June that one of his two each time they screamed private aircraft — a heliduring childbirth (in addicopter valued at about tion to the $50 delivery $1 million — needs new fee). Furthermore, it has blades, but rather than long been rumored that pay it himself, he asked hospitals in Zimbabwe parishioners to each (and other countries) may find it in their hearts detain mothers and their to send him $52 “favor children at the hospital if seeds” for the blades. they cannot pay the fees. (Transparency (His ministry also owns a $2 million International reported several days Hawker jet and a $3 million hangar.) To later, after finally obtaining a meeting sweeten the deal, he virtually promised with a government official, that the perthat a donor’s gift would be met by a scream charge will be lifted.) “breakthrough favor” from God in the form of a car repair or their very own Latest Religious Messages “dream” car 52 days or 52 weeks later. • Satan was thrust into the recent Questionable Judgments Texas legislature debate with prochoicers shouting, “Hail, Satan!” at • Sharon Jobson thought her major the right-to-life faction. However, grieving was over at the two-year mark

after her son had been killed driving into a CN Rail train at a crossing that had not then been updated with safety features. (John Jobson, 22, was speeding and failed to stop, perhaps because of a partially obscured warning sign and a nonstandard train horn.) The government subsequently ordered upgrades, and Sharon decided not to sue, but CN Rail had no such reluctance and filed in July for $500,000 against John’s estate to cover damage to its tracks and the subsequent customer slowdown caused by the collision. (At press time, with grief forced upon her once again, Sharon was re-evaluating litigation.) • Inexplicable: (1) In May, a 24-yearold man accidentally shot a teenage boy in the leg with a high-caliber gun at a home in Santa Fe, Texas, in front of the boy’s mother, whose first reaction was to look up “gunshot” on WebMD — and then not to take her son to Mainland Medical Center until seven hours later. Deborah Tagle was charged, along with the shooter, for injury to a child. (2) Carole Longhorn, 66, struck a metal object in her garden in Norfolk, England, in June, and, though it looked like a projectile-bomb, she said she decided to take it inside and wash it off in the sink before calling police (who later detonated the World War II-era munition in a controlled explosion). (Said her husband later: “You can imagine what I said to her.”) CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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Ready for their close-ups: Black Tusk When you think about it, there’s a correlation between playing music and acting. Whoever you are, however you’re feeling that day, you’ve committed to getting up there and putting on some sort of performance. These nebulous lines are further blurred with this week’s debut of “Truth Untold,” the video from Savannah trash-metal masters Black Tusk. It’s a track from their new EP Tend No Wounds. The clip, which the band will screen for all their hometown homies during Friday’s show at the Jinx, finds Jonathan Athon, James May and Andrew Fidler humping it to get to a show at “The Shack.” They hitchhike, they steal a car, they wheedle, whine and act generally wacky. And, many PBRs later, they make it to the gig and tear the roof off the place. No surprise, the guys are truly funny. Lensed last month here in Savannah, “Truth Untold” came about because of a chance encounter between the band members and a crew from Tytan, the Tybee-based video production company. “We just happened to meet them in the airport when we were flying back from a festival one time,” reports Athon, the trio’s bass player. “It was ‘Wow! It looks like you have really expensive cases, and so do we! What’s in yours? Ours has music gear.’ ‘Oh, ours has film gear.’ And we ended up having a mutual friend. We ended up just shooting the shit and making a video. It was fun.” The hitch-hiking signs in the video

– from Sweden to Spain to Poland and the Czech Republic. Athon says he loves these shows. “The fan following over there is a lot more devout than in the States,” he explains. “People here tend to flake out quite easily. I think it’s one of the reasons it’s so hard for touring bands these days – ‘You’re playing on a Wednesday night? I have to work in the morning.’ Well, it’s like ‘These dudes are working tonight. If you don’t support ‘em, they’re not going to be able to come back on a weekend so you can have fun.’ “Over in Europe, that’s their whole thing for the week, or the month: I’m going to this show. It seems like they’re just more hardcore into the music. Being a fan over there is almost a profession sometimes, I think. “I think it’s the same way I feel when bands from over there come here. ‘Man, you guys are cool, it’s different, I’d like to sit down and talk with you.’ It’s kind of cool so see the different cultures enjoying the same thing. It’s kind of cool to break down a barrier over something as simple as music.” Black Tusk, on the highway to hell (photo by Geoff L. Johnson).

(“Anywhere But Here,” “Will Headbang for Wheels”) originated with Geoff L. Johnson’s promo photo of the Black Tusk guys sticking out their thumbs behind a cardboard signing seeking “Hell.” That, in turn, was inspired by a famous photograph of band hero Ozzy Osbourne. The six-song Tend No Wounds was produced by Kylesa’s Phillip Cope, a longtime compadre from the tranches of lowcountry metal. “We wanted to do something that was not as involved as an LP,” Athon says. “We like to keep it fresh.

It’s something that we can put out, and make it look cool, have it a little bit more rare. It’s fun for us to do, because you don’t have to devote 11 to 12 songs; we wrote these and we felt that cohesive amount of songs was done. I was like ‘I’m not going to write any more, I don’t care who tells me I have to, I’m just not gonna do it.’ “That’s kind of how we always have done it. If we feel like putting out a split 7-inch with our buddies, we put out a split 7-inch with our buddies.” Up next for the bearded bros in black is a month of European dates

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• Craig Tanner and City Hotel’s Corey Chambers are the sit-in guests for Sunday’s Savannah Songwriters Series, at the American Legion hall on Tybee. It starts at 6 p.m. • Legendary composer, arranger and musician Tom Scott will headline the 2013 Savannah Jazz Festival Sept. 28 in Forsyth Park (free). Among other things, Scott and his fusion band, the L.A. Express, backed Joni Mitchell during her jazz-influenced commercial heyday (Court and Spark, Miles of Aisles). He will direct and solo on a Big Band set with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra. CS

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It all started with Geoff and Jeff. Two years ago, Atlantians Geoff Reid and Jeff Gardner, singer/songwriters and guitar players both, threw in together after separate, unsatisfactory stints in big-hat country bands. “It was a great experience, and it was also an eye-opening experience,” says Reid, “to the ugly commercial side of mainstream country. “Just being on the inside of it, and seeing what the record labels were expecting the songwriting to sound like. It eventually drove a wedge into the creative process for me. After

doing it for about five years, and not really being able to get to that next level. To me, the next level required a little bit of soul-selling.” For Gardner, coming off his second commercial-country disaster, finding a kindred spirit in Reid was a gamechanger. “It’s interesting that once those bands came to their demise,” he explains, “we both had this realization at the same time: Let’s form our own thing and not try to conform to what’s selling, or what’s supposed to be the mainstream. Let’s do our own thing, and hopefully make our big impact that way.” Their own thing started as an acoustic duo, morphing over time

into a five-piece band called the Deadfields. Playing two Savannah shows this week (at Congress Street Social Club and the Flying Fish), the Deadfields will remind you of the Train Wrecks, American Aquarium, and — on the fully professional side — the old ‘97s, the Avett Brothers and Drive-By Truckers. Yes, it’s alt-rock Americana, hard– driving and rural-tinged, with a big twang and a big beat. What gives the Deadfields an edge is their tight vocal harmonies — although Reid is, technically, the lead singer, this band brings the harmony home, like vintage Eagles, Poco or Pure Prairie League.


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The other musicians are Chase Alger (bass, vocals), Corey Chapman (pedal steel, dobro, banjo) and Brandon Russell Jay (drums, vocals, keys). Gardner, who also picks a mean mandolin, is proud of the vocal comparisons to the Eagles, a longtime favorite band. He even played in an Eagles tribute group for a while. “I’ve always been a fan of vocal harmonies; I did chorus in high school and stuff like that,” he says. “Geoff and I found out that we sing together flawlessly, like right off the bat. But it was also nice to find other members in the group who had the ability to sing harmony, and sing it well.” Reid’s influences include an adolescence filled with hard rock, followed by a gradual infatuation with the twangy melodicism of bands like Whiskeytown and Wilco. “Part of me wishes that I could sound just like that,” he stresses. “I don’t, because I’m not trying to copy. But I know that some of that influence is coming out, and I wish I could make people feel the same way that I felt when I listened to those kind of records.”


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David Friedman is one of the most successful people you might not have heard of. The veteran composer, lyricist, and singer has been behind some of most iconic popular music of our time. Friedman conducted the music for Disney movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. He has written songs for Diana Ross, Alison Krauss, and Barry Manilow, and almost all the songs of the late great cabaret singer Nancy Lamott. Viewers of NBC’s Today Show will know him from his regular “Everyone Has a Story” segment with Kathie Lee Gifford, in which Friedman writes a new song each month to be performed on-air with a big name from Broadway. Friedman appears this Sunday as part of the Savannah Voice Festival, in a concert featuring some of his prolific original work, much of it inspired by his longtime interest in spirituality and metaphysics. “Listen To My Heart” happens this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. Some people would kill to have your job. David Friedman: I agree with you! (laughs) I’m delighted to be doing

what I’m doing. I have a wonderful life and every day I wake up and I do a variety of things that really appeal to me. I’ve been very blessed to be able to do what I do. As always, doing it is not exactly what it looks like from the outside. Like anything, success has its challenges. So how does the work with Disney actually commence? Are you given a storyboard and a script?  David Friedman: What’s interesting about writing for Disney is you’re subjected to market considerations, and a lot of executives and a lot of feedback and a lot of changes and a lot of considerations other than artistic. When you work for Disney it’s definitely a business. And it’s very gratifying. You are juggling both. You are in a certain way constrained, and in a certain way inspired by what you have to write. The thing I always say about Disney — because there’s a whole component to my writing that has to do with metaphysics and spirituality —I’m very aware that when I’m writing for

Disney I’m under those constraints, but also that millions and millions of people are going to hear what I write. So I always try to slip in as much spirituality and lessons as I can. A lot of composers work as part of a team, but I understand often you write both music and lyrics yourself, which is somewhat unique. David Friedman: It is somewhat unique. I do collaborate a lot — like I have five musicals in the hopper right now, and those I have collaborated on. The songs I’m most well-known for I did write myself. It’s not that unusual, but it’s fairly unusual. Often with creative people, what they think of as career highlights aren’t necessarily the most popular or lucrative things they’ve done. What are some highlights of your career from your perspective? David Friedman: When we did the movie Beauty and the Beast, my first big film for Disney, I conducted the song with the New York Philharmonic. Well, when we were done they all went home and Angela Lansbury and I sat in a little booth and she sang the song to me! What you’re hearing in the movie is Angela singing to me. There are also the songs I wrote for Nancy Lamott, one of greatest


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Bay Street Theatre’s Sweeney Todd is on the cutting edge by bill deyoung

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When you “attend the tale of Sweeney Todd,” to quote from Stephen Sondheim, you’ll want to check your expectations at the door. For Bay Street Theatre’s new production of the well-oiled Sondheim musical (with book by Hugh Wheeler), director Jeff DeVincent has

taken the murky and macabre story of “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” into bold new directions. Oh, Sweeney’s still set on revenge against the evil Judge Turpin, who sentenced him to 15 long years in an Australian prison on a trumped-up charge. The young lovers Anthony and Joanna are making eyes at one another. The Beggar Woman is a loony. Edwardian London is dark, diseased and decaying. And of course Sweeney’s still cutting the throat of whoever sits in his barber chair; his landlady, Mrs. Lovett, is still turning the corpses into delicious meat pies to sell to the unsuspecting citizenry. And yes, it’s still a musical. DeVincent, who says his Sweeney is bloodier (and bawdier) than the vintage 1979 show’s ever been, generally doesn’t direct something unless it appeals to his admittedly left-of-center tastes and predilection for black humor. In recent years, the talented SCAD communications professor has helmed Avenue Q, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show and Urinetown The Musical on Savannah stages. The small cabaret space at Club One gave him the opportunity to mold the broadly operatic Sweeney Todd for an intimate audience, to put the focus squarely on the quirky characters instead of the shadowy spectacle. From one character to the next, he plays liberally with the idea of opposites — longtime Sweeney aficionados, and fans of the more recent Tim

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Cecilia Arango and Christopher Blair are up to no good (and musically!) in Sweeney Todd.

Burton/Johnny Depp movie version, will each find less-than-subtle tweaks in this interpretation. For another thing, DeVincent’s angular set is based on the “skewed reality” of René Magritte’s paintings. “They always maintain a truth,” he says. “Every picture has some kind of truth to it, even though it’s twisted.” The impressive cast includes 2013 Connect Best of Savannah winners Christopher Blair as the titular Todd, and Cecilia Arango as Mrs. Lovett. Leonard Rose (recently seen in Reefer Madness) plays young Toby, Mrs. Lovett’s accomplice. George Moser is Judge Turpin, with Jack Wagner and Emily Coleman as Anthony and Joanna. The bloody ball gets rolling when Sweeney and Anthony meet on the boat back to England; the young man falls in love with the lovely Joanna (who happens to be Sweeney’s daughter), and the bitter old barber discovers that A, his wife is dead, and B, Mrs. Lovett still has his collection of sharpened silver shaving razors. From there, the plot coagulates. And the storylines ... bleed into one another. “I think everything about this is a super-mega love story,” DeVincent

says. “Mrs. Lovett keeps those blades, when she could have lived off of just one of them after Todd was taken away. She could have sold those blades. I think it’s because she always wanted him. I see it as a series of out-of-control operatic love stories. “Including one Sweeney has with the audience. The audience must love Sweeney; that’s where I’m coming from. My goal was to have him so connect-able, from the very beginning, that the audience goes with him and wants him to do the deeds that he finally chooses to do out of desperation — where else does he turn? I want the audience to be there with him and connected with him.” Brandon Kauffman is the show’s musical director; the choreography is by Courtney Flood. The alternate reality of Sweeney Todd, DeVincent believes, is not so far removed from the real thing. Therefore, it’s OK to laugh at the show’s wickedly black humor, and to feel something for its otherwise reprehensible characters. “At my parents’ funerals, if not for my friends making me laugh, I would have gone insane,” the director says. “And that’s what Sweeney kind of accomplishes. “There’s a lot of insanity in this world that people just gotta smile and nod through. Sondheim just loves turning the mirror on us.” CS Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Where: Bay Street Theatre at Club One, 1 Jefferson Street When: At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 Tickets: $25 at sweeneytickets.com


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When he was young and impressionable, Mike Kaplan thought it was cool that Prince legally changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. In order to distinguish himself from other comedians (and actors, and musicians, and plumbers) named Mike Kaplan, he took the bold step of changing the spelling of his first name to Myq. Of course, Prince eventually went back to calling himself Prince. Myq Kaplan, who doesn’t have the luxury of a ridiculously famous face (not yet, anyway) had already released two CDs featuring the novel name. For better or worse, he’s stuck with it. He claims to like it — people, he says, never really mistake him for anybody else.

Is that character we see on the stage you, or someone you made up for performance? Myq Kaplan: I don’t want to say that it’s all me, but it’s certainly much closer to me than a character. I don’t want to speak for Lewis Black, but somebody told me he said this, so I’ll say that he said it: Let’s say your personality, who you are, is a pie chart, and there’s these different slices of it. Your comedic persona is one slice, or two, and those are the ones that you choose to amp up. Like Lewis Black doesn’t go around life yelling all the time – he’s saying things that he believes, just louder than he would normally in conversation. You have this bit about time travel, Back to the Future and Groundhog Day — I saw you do it on Conan. Does that sort of thing come naturally to you, or do you have to sit there and think about how to say funny stuff? Myq Kaplan: That’s sort of like the question “Is it nature or nurture?” And it’s both, certainly. I didn’t sit down and, one day, write the best five minutes all at once. The part about Hitler and time travel started as one

What’s the worst part of life on the road? Myq Kaplan: I don’t think about the worst things that much. I am very fortunate that I was born at this time in America, where a small person can thrive and doesn’t have to go to battle, like in the Middle Ages. Raised by two loving parents in a house where I was encouraged and supported. Had a good education, had shelter, had food. Had a college education. I had the chance to figure out what I wanted to do, and got lucky enough to be a comedian — making my living only thinking things and saying them. So, what’s the worst part about being on the road? Aw, sometimes I gotta show up early to the airport! I thought you were going to say “The vegan food is lousy.” Myq Kaplan: I’m not a big complainer. These days, there is vegan food everywhere. Everywhere has a supermarket with fruits and vegetables. There’s Chinese food everywhere, there’s Thai and other Asian. Evan fast food — there’s Subway and Chipotle. And most of the towns that I go to these days, if it’s a college town, they frequently have specifically vegetarian restaurants. When I go other places, food is functional. I put it in my mouth, and I keep living. And I have a good time. CS Myq Kaplan Where: Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. When: At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door

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kernel, one idea I had on my podcast. I thought “That’s an interesting thing that I’ve never thought-slashexpressed that way before.” Over the course of the next several months, doing it onstage and thinking about it offstage, it grew larger and I started packing more things on it. Eventually it became a snowball that rolled down the hill and became this avalanche… I’m losing this metaphor now. With the finished product of a comedy set, or a headlining show, I’m saying things that I honed and polished over the course of weeks and months. Years. If you talked to me in real life, you might get some components of that. I watched The Purge in June, and I had a thought about a flaw in that movie. That was a thing I thought immediately. Our brains are always working. As long as we’re alive.

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The comedian formerly known as Mike performs Saturday (Aug. 10) at the Wormhole, with fellow namechanger Zach Sherwin (he used to be a comic rapper known as MC Mr. Napkins). As for Magic Myq, he’s a 34-year-old New Jersey native who has, among other standup stats, appeared on all the latenight shows, pulled in loads of fans as a finalist on Last Comic Standing, and on his own Comedy Central special. He has a podcast called Hang Out With Me on the Keith and the Girl Network. He is a vegan, an atheist, a math nerd and a Master of Linguistics (from Boston University, where he was voted “Funniest Student” in 2005). Couple that verbal dexterity with a deadpan delivery and a skewed eye for the abnormalities of life on earth, and … hey, don’t take our word for it. Find this story on www.connectsavannah.com and watch a video of the Man Who Would Be Mike in action.

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FOR A CITY woefully low in its stock of civic art, the Art March band of talented young visionaries is bringing the arts to the street on its own. Last Friday’s First Friday Art March in galleries south of Gaston doubled its attendance, and its leaders at Desotorow Gallery have barely put their foot on the gas. Painters, sculptors, musicians, graphic artists, photographers, patrons, street people, and children gathered at De Soto Avenue, the Art March hub. Hip-hop jams from D.J. Jose Ray lured marchers into the avenue of vendors, who purveyed items ranging from wooden sculpture to handmade soaps and jewelry. My favorite vendor was Samantha Salas, an enterprising fifteen-year-old jewelry designer. A student at Savannah Arts Academy, Salas said she’s been in business operating SamiChan8 for three years. Making the campiest, kitschiest jewelry out of dolls, toy parts, and faux gems, Salas successfully sells her products on Etsy. She needs more fans on her Facebook page, but Salas is clearly on her way, as one customer purchased a bracelet, a ring, and a necklace with glee. She told me that one of the contestants on Rue Paul’s Drag Race is the proud owner of two of her larger necklaces. The rise of SamiChan8 will be something worth following. Across from her table, young artists were center stage on the avenue where DesotoCorps member Jordan Acosta engaged youngsters with new creative techniques using crayons and heat. The piece de resistance, “The Capstone,” by the 13 Bricks group of artists, was nearly standing room only in the Desotorow Gallery. This is not to say that there was a line to get in; it was more of a cozy mingle of marchers drifting between the plucky electronica tunes of Electric Grandma

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playing at the entrance, and the smash up of collaborative art inside the gallery. Collaborative installations can go a couple of directions, and I was reminded of a few disasters I saw in the 1990s in Greenwich Village and SoHo galleries. The intentions of such efforts can read great on paper, but often fail as a cohesive installation. Somehow this one works on both levels. The seven like-minded artists selected for the next round of 13 Bricks’ T-shirt designs aim to grow the dialogue about the arts not only through t-shirts, but also through “The Capstone.” Their statement claims, “We want art everywhere, and accessible to create a conversation, and maybe, hopefully, resonate with someone.” “Capstone” worked as a unified visual display, with vertical presentations flanking the entrance, and a stage curtain separating the entrance from the gallery, allowing the viewer to become part of the production. In the corner, a large pyramid with works by all seven artists leads the eye upwards via a staircase to a crystalline shaped light. Around to the left wall is a tree-based mural indicating growth and longevity. Individual items were also a focal point, with patrons asking for pricing more than I’ve heard in a gallery setting in some time. “The Capstone” will be on view at Desotowrow Gallery, 2427 De Soto Ave., until Aug. 10. Departing the hub of De Soto Avenue I lit out to a new player in the Art March parade, Anahata Healing Arts, at 2424 Drayton. Featured artist Isak Dove, showed a collection of works she completed when she was last in Savannah for two years. Dove is a gypsy-like child of the

world, having lived most recently in Switzerland. She is a self-taught painter and clothing designer who said to me when I asked her to describe her work: “I don’t really like doing that. That’s your job.” I love her candor and understand her resistance to talk about her works that she claims have a life of their own. At first glance, one would think we are looking at psychedelic, Deadheadish imagery of self-exploration. Reviewing the works more closely, two jump to the head of the pack and are both centered on a dialogue between semi-skeletal female figures. “The Game: First Hand” is particularly striking, even from afar, with a dimension provided by the subtle sky above the two figures as they commence a game of cards. The bare skull with a pale blue eye peering out on top of the figure with a human body is well executed and thought provoking. The paired images echo the work of Frieda Khalo. Overall, Dove’s works are charming against the recurrent background of mortality at play, and we should look forward to what she does now that she is back in Savannah. Lynn Geddes of Anahata Healing Arts is teaching yoga classes and drawing on some of the themes in Dove’s works that explore the constant tension between the spiritual and physical worlds. Dove’s works will be hanging until the end of August. Stop by the center or call Joanne at 912-676-4280 for an appointment. Marchers scattered to the other galleries at Foxy Loxy, Black Orchid, Sentient Bean, and the Mansion on Forsyth Park, all of which will have new artists next month. Clinton

Desotorow exhibitions manager, Ellen Waldrop, in the entrance to “The Capstone” installation by 13 Bricks

Edminster, Desotorow co-founder, said that all Art March participants in the future will feature new artists each month as part of their contracts and several new venues would be added in September. Topping off the evening was the first afterparty at the Wormhole, which was a wingding. “It was James Lee’s debut on stage and he surprised all of us with his voice and stage presence. Planetary Projections and Omignome got everyone up and dancing and the energy was high even when I left around 1 a.m.,” said Edminter. “The projectionist was using colored oils and colored waters on an overhead projector to display some really trippy visuals. There were over 70 people there, and the decorations by one of our DesotoCorps members really added some charm.” Some were surprised to learn that the Wormhole serves food, and they then enjoyed hearty dishes like jalapeno burgers. The afterparty will be a continuous feature to each First Friday Art March, enhancing the interactivity among the growing subterranean art culture in Savannah. cs


| artpatrol@connectsavannah.com New York Accents — An exhibition of visual art, decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection dating from the early 19th century to the present, exploring the rich influence of New York on Savannah. Museum admission. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Armstrong Faculty Art Exhibition — An array of

faculty-created photography, ceramics, painting, digital design, mixed media. Open weekdays. Free and open to the public. Wed. Aug 21, 12pm. Reception and gallery talk by several of the eleven full-time Armstrong art faculty members. Fine Arts Gallery (Armstrong Atlantic State University), 11935 Abercorn St. The Art of Richard Law in a Diverse Collection — This

collection of paintings by the Savannah-born artists blends folk art, jazz and commentary. Opening reception and artist lecture is Friday, August 9, 5-7pm. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Gallery Talk: Chakaia Booker and Regina Silveira Exhibitions —

“Look Again” 30-minute guided discussion led by Melissa Messina, SCAD senior curator, examining Chakaia Booker “Hybrid” and Regina Silveira “Track Series (Octopus)” exhibitions. Museum admission. Thu., Aug. 8, 5-5:30 p.m. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Continuing Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène — Features two of Alex

Prager’s recent short films, “Despair” and “La Petite Mort,” together with selected film stills. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Alexander Ink — The

annual juried exhibition of prints from students studying printmaking at SCAD. 20 Alexander Hall Gallery, 668 Indian St.

Arsenal — A contemporary

installation of hundreds of hand-made paper “guns” suspended from the ceiling. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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landscape of the South is the subject of this exhibition of work by a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

exhibition of designs by 2013 Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francisco Costa. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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

works on paper by SCAD alumna Blanche Nettles Powers. Arnold Hall, 1810 Bull St.

proximately 50 black-andwhite and color portraits. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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Gallery, Harvell is a ceramic artist whose work includes wheel thrown vessels, bowls, platters and altered forms. Meet the artist event. Tues. Aug. 13, 3-5:30pm. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street

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Passages — Embroidery

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Reconstruction — A sitespecific, commissioned painting installation by Adam Cvijanovic. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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the Walter O. Evans Collection in dialogue with selected contemporary works. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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lights Telfair Museums’ significant collection of chairs and sofas as functional objects and sculptural forms. Originally from the collections of 19th-century Savannahians and other collectors. Also at the Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. Museum admission Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. cs

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... and growlers for all ONE OF THE hottest new trends in craft beer is actually rooted in a very old tradition. Before you could buy bottles or cans of your favorite beer to enjoy at home, your only option was to fill a vessel fresh from the tap at the local pub and take it with you. Those refillable bottles are called growlers, and they’re making a comeback in a big way. Parkers Gourmet Market on Drayton began selling 64 oz. growlers over a year ago. Their eight taps have provided a welcome change of pace for beer lovers looking for draft quality from the convenience of their refrigerators. This summer, another growler option emerged only a short block away, on the first floor of Drayton Tower. At The Beer Growler’s grand opening, the line stretched down the block — a sure sign Savannah is ready for the growler revolution. “Just from social media and word of mouth, we’ve been really happy with local support,” says Nolan Wolf, local franchise owner. “It’s really the dedication of the local beer community that’s responsible for our success.” The Beer Growler offers 32 and 64 oz. growlers filled from an expansive, ever-changing group of 45 beers, ciders and sodas. It could seem overwhelming at first; but the staff and ownership are extremely knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions about the beer and/or the growler process. It’s simple to get in on the act. You purchase a refillable glass jug at your growler store of choice. They’re usually sold with the insignia of the location emblazoned in large letters — but fear not! Most growler stores will happily refill your bottle no matter where it originated, as long as it’s in one of their prescribed sizes. Note that different states have different laws in regard to growler sales.

Nolan Wolf at The Beer Growler educates some consumers

In Georgia, only 32 or 64 ounce fills are permitted. In Florida, for example, you can fill 32 ounces or one gallon containers. That one gallon container won’t be honored at a Savannah growler store. Once you have your growler, you then choose from the assortment of libations offered. This is the fun part. From refreshing Belgian farmhouse ales to thick Russian Imperial Stouts and hoppy American Pale Ales, the full range of beer flavors are available for your pleasure. After being filled directly from a keg, the cap is sealed and your growler is ready to be taken home and refrigerated. Unfortunately, the beer won’t last forever. You’ll want to open it within seven days and finish the growler within 24 hours of opening to preserve the carbonation and flavor. Chances are, that won’t be too hard. When your growler is empty, rinse it out thoroughly with water to prohibit the growth of bacteria. You can also go the extra step of cleaning it with a bottle brush, soap and water and then sanitizing before bringing it back in for a refill. The Beer Growler will allow you to trade in your bottle for a freshly sanitized one for your next pour, which is a welcome service. If you’re thinking this all sounds like a lot of trouble compared to picking up a six-pack off the shelf, there are five key reasons growlers have worked their way into my beer-buying habits.

Taste

Some beers just taste better on draft. Maybe it’s the brighter carbonation or a perception of freshness, but there are few bottled beers I’d prefer over a pour from a nicely chilled keg.

Cost

Growlers allow you to buy beer in bulk, typically at a nice discount. If there’s a particular seasonal that you wait all year to drink, this is a great way to enjoy a bit more for a lower price per ounce.

Availability

There are a number of excellent beers that are hard to find or completely unavailable in bottles. That means a growler fill may be your only way to enjoy those beers.

Eco-friendly

The reusable bottles mean less packaging waste from bottles, cans, six pack holders and bottle caps.

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If you need more than a few six packs but less than a keg, this is a great option. There are a few downsides. If you can’t consume the beer within a few days, it’s a loss. Also, if you don’t take care of your growler, you’ll need to replace it fairly often. A new, empty growler is typically sold for around $5. cs


No mariachi music squeaking through the speakers. No manufactured-in-China sombreros hanging from the ceiling. No velvet paintings of sad-eyed burros, Elvis or said mariachis. The food at Tequila’s Town is so genuine, it doesn’t need any of the attendant decorations we americanos have come to associate with Mexican restaurants. It might also tickle the comfort zone of certain unadventurous palates — and that’s a good thing for the rest of us. A month has passed since Tequila’s Town opened on the busy block of Whitaker just south of Broughton, and word on the foodie grapevine has spread fast that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cantina. “We’re getting away from the stigma of Mexican food being just rice and beans,” says owner Cuauhtemoco “Temo” Ortiz. This isn’t Ortiz’s first time around a restaurant: He opened perennial Cuban favorite Rancho Allegre several years ago as well as Hidalgo’s in Pooler, but wanted to return to the homecooked cuisine of his youth. “I’ve had this kind of place on my mind for a long time,” he says. Branching out beyond the typical burritos and enchiladas smothered in shredded cheese, Tequila’s Town presents a rich culinary picture of the south and central regions of Mexico: Marinated fajitas like they make in Oaxaca. Seafood soup from Veracruz rumored to have invigorating properties. Tacos that taste like they came from the street vendors of Morelia, the central Mexican city from which the Ortiz family hails. And this is definitely the place for mole poblano — chicken bathed in a

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Tequila’s Town shows there’s more to Mexican than beans and rice By Jessica Leigh Lebos jll@connectsavannah.com

rich smoky sauce made of chocolate, chilis and sesame seeds. Matriarch Señora Ortiz makes the sauce fresh every day, though her son has to source a specific pepper out of Jacksonville to complete the recipe. “If she doesn’t have the right ingredients, she doesn’t want to cook it,” shrugs her son. “Otherwise it won’t be the same.” While the menu is large enough to accommodate all tastes, curious

appetites will find unusual ingredients to try: Highly recommended are the quesadillas de huitlacoche — tortillas stuffed with a truffle-like delicacy known as “corn smut” imported from central Mexico. Other aspects that elevate Tequila’s Town several notches are tableside guacamole service (nothing like watching a pair of avocados transformed into the freshest dip possible and served in a bowl carved from lava rock) and Mexican Coke in a bottle (jefe of all soft drinks.) And of course, there are at least 30 types of tequila available at all times, from silver to añejo to the rare Maestro Dobel to mezcal with a worm at the bottom. Try the tuna margarita, which has nothing to do with fish and boasts a deep beet color from juice squeezed from prickly pear cactus fruit. Don’t do tequila? Check out the robust list of Argentinean and Chilean wines. Tequila’s Town does brisk lunch business, with healthy-sized $6 combos until 3 p.m., and dinner entrees from $8-$21. Desserts include the expected tres leches layer cake and creamy flan as well as churros con chocolate, fried confections dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a dipping bowl of hot chocolate, with or without a shot of liquor. Temo says it’s all about traditions, not clichés. Plans are in the works for an upcoming Mexican Independence Day celebration September 16 (no, gringo, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day) and a colorful Day of the Dead procession Nov. 1. “We’re keeping it simple, keeping it authentic,” he says. No need for piñatas here — especially when you have a real abuelita making tamales in the kitchen. cs 109 Whitaker St., (912) 236-3222

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THE WAY, WAY BACK

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While it’s been a dismal summer for movies made for teenage boys (Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, Man of Steel), it’s been an exemplary one for films made about teenage boys. On the heels of The Kings of Summer and Mud comes The Way, Way Back, a disarming seriocomedy that will doubtless remain one of this season’s undiscovered gems. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who both won Oscars (along with Alexander Payne) for adapting 2011’s best movie, the Hawaiian-set The Descendants, again head to the beach with this piece centered around 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James), an awkward, introverted kid who’s forced to spend his vacation trapped in a summer home with his caring mom Pam (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). Pam doesn’t see that Trent is cruel to her son (he tells the lad that, on a scale of 1 to 10, he rates a 3), and Trent’s teenage daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) doesn’t treat Duncan much better. But his misery is alleviated by the presence of the sweet girl next door, a teen named Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), and especially by the unexpected friendship of Owen, a laid-back, wisecracking employee at the nearby Water Wizz water park. As a coming-of-age tale, The Way, Way Back doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s never less than entertaining, marked by some amusing interludes and a sympathetic performance by the young James. Its most inspired stroke is having Carell play the loathsome jerk and Sam Rockwell the decent guy, a nice reversal of expectations. And if you want to see the guys responsible for this low-key winner, that’s Faxon as Owen’s perpetually grinning co-worker Roddy and Rash as his perpetually complaining co-worker Lewis.

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THE WOLVERINE

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Hugh Jackman hardly needs this character to sustain his Hollywood career - he is, after all, just coming off an Oscar nomination for Les Miserables - so clearly he feels an affinity for the part

from the rest of the X-Men, just aren’t quite cutting it. Like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this latest effort is a middling superhero saga that attempts to deepen our understanding of the character but instead ends up mainly treading narrative water. Indeed, huge chunks of the film feel draggy and underdeveloped, and yet the moments that work feel fresh and invigorating, as director James Mangold , A-list writer Scott Frank (Get Shorty) and C-list writer Mark Bomback (the Total Recall remake) break free from the template of the big-screen superhero saga to fashion something more personal. This solemnity often feels at odds with the filmmakers’ need to satisfy the blockbuster quota (an extended battle atop a speeding bullet train is a doozy), but it nevertheless makes for an occasionally sharp film that can cut through Man of Steel and perhaps even Iron Man 3 like an adamantium claw through hot butter.

THE CONJURING

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I suppose it’s possible to be shaken to the core by this movie - even if it’s ultimately not much more frightening than, say, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone or Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island -- but ultimately, it’s just one more haunted-house yarn, albeit one that’s modestly elevated by James Wan’s relatively restrained direction and a roster of characters who are more levelheaded than the usual gang of idiots who populate films of this nature. Reportedly based on a true story - and if you believe that everything in this film really did

happen, then I have 20 acres of Jersey shore property I can sell you cheap - this examines what paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) consider the most frightening and baffling case of their careers. It’s the early 1970s, and they’re called upon to check out a house newly purchased by the Perrons: dad Roger (Ron Livingston), mom Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and their five daughters. It’s a pleasant enough property, but once the Perrons move in, weird things begin happening. To his credit, Wan relies on establishing and maintaining mood more than engaging in cheap scares or buckets of blood, but there’s only so much that can be done with a premise as overexposed as this one (is there anything less cinematic than watching people monitoring cameras and tape recorders?). The filmmakers try to generate some tension with a leering doll that’s no match for Trilogy of Terror’s Zuni doll, a guest appearance by the title apparition in Mama, and even the Pixar ball being rolled across a floor, but the return on investment is minimal - the concession prices will scare more people than any of these devices. The Conjuring boasts top production values and an admirable refusal to condescend to its audience, but we really should be demanding more from our horror flicks.

R.I.P.D.

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Based on the Dark Horse comic book, R.I.P.D. is one of those movies that’s more fun to discuss than to watch. Look, it’s Rooster Cogburn and Green


RED 2

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The 2010 box office hit Red was directed by Robert Schwentke, who finds himself spending this summer enduring awful feedback for his latest effort, R.I.P.D. Instead, it’s Dean Parisot who handles helming duties for Red 2 -- it’s a smooth changing of the guard, made easier by the fact that the same duo who wrote the first picture, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, are back for this follow-up. Although it might qualify as more of the same, this sequel isn’t a lazy toss-off, meaning filmgoers who enjoyed Red will likely enjoy Red 2 as well. Since I’m included among that number, it was two hours well spent at the movie theater. Morgan Freeman obviously doesn’t

return (fans of the first film know why), but everyone else is back on board: Bruce Willis as retired CIA agent Frank Moses, trying to settle into a life of domesticity; MaryLouise Parker as his girlfriend Sarah, who enjoyed the taste of danger she previously experienced and wants more; John Malkovich as Marvin, whose rampant paranoia is proven to be justified as often as not; Helen Mirren as Victoria, the cucumbercool killer who treats her profession like a hobby; and even Brian Cox as Ivan, Victoria’s Russian roll in the hay. They’re all reunited for a twisty tale that finds the gang globe-hopping in an effort to locate a nuclear device before anyone else does. New to the fold is Anthony Hopkins as the barmy, befuddled creator of the WMD, Catherine Zeta-Jones as a Soviet agent who used to share Frank’s bed, and Byung-hun Lee as an assassin who has sworn to kill Frank. The film is occasionally too bloodthirsty for its own good, and some of the comedic banter between Frank, Sarah and Marvin is forced and lunges for laughs that don’t materialize. Yet the good cheer of the performers as they wholeheartedly throw themselves into their roles is infectious, the script contains a few satisfying surprises, and the action scenes are crisply staged and cleanly shot.

PACIFIC RIM

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The studio pitch was probably nothing more than “robots vs. monsters,” and that indeed holds summerfilm potential. At some point in the next couple of years, gargantuan creatures (“Kaijus”) will emerge from cracks in the ocean floor and begin leveling cities across the globe.

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As the mass destruction continues, all of the world’s nations pool their resources to build equally massive robots (“Jaegers”) to stop them. Each robot is inhabited by two humans whose minds are synchronized so that they can effectively control it. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) make up one of the most effective teams, but after they disobey a direct order from their commanding officer, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), Yancy is killed by a Kaiju and Raleigh quits the biz. Years later, the Kaijus have again taken the upper hand in the endless war, and Stacker coaxes Raleigh back into the fold. But Raleigh will need a new partner, and he finds that the Force is strong in Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), a rookie robot-jock with a backstory as tragic as his. Like Tim Burton before he got swallowed by his own eccentricities, Guillermo del Toro enjoys making movies that are informed by an offkilter sensibility which brings out the children’s-tale unease that rests at the heart of many sterling horror

yarns: Pacific Rim is the first film he’s directed that feels like a for-hire assignment, a mercenary job done only for the sake of collecting a paycheck. What’s bizarre is that this clearly isn’t the case, given del Toro’s affinity for this genre and the fact that he also served as co-writer. The film’s special effects are superb, yet their frequent and coolly detached employment means that this is basically a CGI circle jerk. As noted, the effects are excellent, although too much of the action takes place at night; as a result, we often can’t (to paraphrase Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera) feast our eyes and gloat our soul on the monsters’ accursed ugliness. Still, even through the dim lighting, it’s clear that del Toro understands spacial relations far more than Michael Bay ever will, given that the battles are for the most part cleanly staged and easy to follow. In short, viewers who care only about the fights and can ignore great stretches of tedium will lap this up like a dog discovering spilled gravy on the linoleum floor. CS

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Lantern, together at last! Lame wisecracks at the water cooler are certainly preferable to anything in R.I.P.D., an endurance test masquerading as a motion picture. Reynolds plays Nick Walker, a Boston cop who’s betrayed and killed by his partner (Kevin Bacon) over their misappropriation of a gold shipment swiped from a gang of crooks. Nick ends up in a sterile purgatory where an administrator (Mary-Louise Parker) offers him an opportunity to join the Rest in Peace Department, comprised of otherworldly law officers. Nick warily accepts, only to then be paired with an overbearing Wild West marshal named Roycephus Pulsifer (Bridges). Even with no advance critics’ screenings to warn the public, R.I.P.D. grossed a poor $12 million on opening weekend, meaning this $130 million production is already earmarked as one of the summer’s biggest bombs.

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Activism & Politics 13th Colony Patriots

A group of conservative political activists that meets the 13th of each month. Dedicated to the preservation of the U.S. Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. See Facebook page or call for information. Free 13th of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-604-4048. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. 13th of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 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, 7:00 p.m. See website or the Drinking Liberally facebook page for more information, including location. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/ GA/savannah. ongoing, 7 p.m Savannah Area Young Republicans

Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr.org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. 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 ongoing, 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. bdburgers.net. ongoing, 5:30 p.m B & D Burgers (Southside), 11108 Abercorn St. Victorian Neighborhood Association Meetings

Open to all residents, property owners and businesses located between Anderson and Gwinnett, M.L.King,Jr. Blvd to East Broad Street. Free second Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m. 912-233-0352. alpost135.com/. second Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St.

Seeking donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, baby formula, newspaper, paper towels, soaps, crates, leashes, collars, wash cloths, and towels. Open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ongoing. 912-351-6750. animalcontrol.chathamcounty.org. ongoing Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood 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

Salt2Sand Cornhole Tournament benefiting Surfers for Autism

Toss a beanbag for a good cause. Silent auction. Music by Domino Effect, Kota Mundi, and The Trains Wrecks. All proceeds go to the Surfers for Autism Organization. Family friendly event. $50 per two-person team. Spectators free. Sun., Aug. 11, 12:30 p.m. northbeachbarandgrill.net/. Sun., Aug. 11, 12:30 p.m North Beach Grill, 33 Meddin Dr. Thursday Patio Party at Ruth’s Chris

The monthly Patio Party for August benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Music, raffle, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and 10% off dinner. Thu., Aug. 8, 4:30-7 p.m. 912660-0079. gcutlip@rcsavannah.com. ruthschris.com/Steak-House/111120/ Savannah. Thu., Aug. 8, 4:30-7 p.m Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 111 West Bay St. Wilmington Island Farmer’ Market Masquerade Ball

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com/. ongoing Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

A costume party benefiting the new community farmers market on Wilmington Island. Friday, November 1st, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. see website for pricing Through Nov. 1. wifarmermarket.org. shipsofthesea. org. Through Nov. 1 Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Benefits

Call for Entries

Chatham County Animal Control is in need of items for pets in the facility.

Seeking a 3-D artist to join this cooperative gallery. Artist must be a fulltime resident of Savannah or nearby

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Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

3-D Artist Sought for Gallery

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 ,. Beaufort Labor Day Music & Art Festival Calls for Artist and Food Vendors

New festival presented by Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association is set for September 1 on Hilton Head Island. Food vendors and artists are sought. Vendor space is $350, available only by advance reservation. Food vendor applications and information through Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association at 843-255-7301 or apply at www.GullahCelebration. com. Artists applications/information through BeaufortBlack@gmail.com, download application at www.bcbcc. org or 843-902-4799. Labor Day Music & Art Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 12-7pm, in Shelter Cove Park. Through Aug. 31. Through Aug. 31 City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

The City of Savannah’s TV station, SGTV is seeking insightful and well-crafted profiles, documentaries, animations, original music videos, histories or other original works by or about the citizens of Savannah to run on “Engage”, a television show produced by the city. Interested in collaborating with filmmakers, artists, musicians and others in producing original content for the program. While the City does not offer compensation for such programs, SGTV does offer an opportunity to expose local works to a wide audience. More than 55,000 households in Chatham County have access to SGTV. Submit proposals via website. The City reserves the right to reject any programming that does not meet content standards. ongoing. savannahga.gov/ engagesgtv. ongoing 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

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 Savannah Literary Anthology: Writers Wanted

Writers sought for inclusion in the 2013 issue of A Savannah Anthology. Open to residents of Georgia and South Carolina. Unpublished fiction and non-fiction entries of up to 5,000 words will be considered. Deadline is midnight August 15, 2013. Entries must be submitted via the Savannah Authors website using the template and bio sheet available there. $10 fee per entry. Prizes will be awarded: First Place - $100; Second Place - $50; Third Place - $25. Plus several Certificates of Merit. A project of Savannah Authors, a Savannah-based writing group. Through Aug. 15. 912-308-3208. alicevantrease@gmail.com. savannahauthors.org. Through Aug. 15 Wilmington Island Farmers Market Seeks Vendors

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, scheduled to open in Fall 2013, seeks applications from potential vendors. Vendor application, market rules and regulations are available on the website. ongoing. wifarmersmarket. org. ongoing Youth Songwriting Competition

Savannah Folk Music Society’s annual contest for young songwriters is under way. Deadline August 15. Winner will perform at the Savannah Folk Music Festival in October and receive a $500 gift certificate to Portman’s Music Superstore. See website for details. Through Aug. 15. savannahfolk.org.


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

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

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

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912441-2656. 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. Class: Installing a Ceiling Fan

Habitat for Humanity offers a workshop on how to install a ceiling fan. Sat. Aug. 10, 11:00am at Habitat’s ReStore, 1900 East Victory Drive, Savannah. Through Aug. 10. 912-2340403. habitatsavannah.org. Through Aug. 10 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. Boating Classes

Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. savannahaux.com. Creative Photography

With time in the field as well as the

classroom, an in-depth course in photography principles, aperture and shutter combinations, bracketing and composition. You’ll need a DSLR camera, changeable lenses and a tripod, and must be able to write files to a USB drive for critiques. Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm August 13, 20 and 26, and Saturdays, 8:00-0:00am August 17 and 24 (in the field.) Offered by Georgia Southern’s Office of Continuing Education. $100 Through Aug. 13. 912-644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.com. academics.georgiasouthern. edu/cgc/yearroundclasses/. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Through Aug. 13 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Creative Writing I

The fundamental techniques of writing fiction and nonfiction. Research and interviewing techniques, narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, rhythm and pacing, and the business of writing. Mondays, Aug. 12 - Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30pm. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Office of Continuing Education. $200 Through Aug. 12. 912644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. com. academics.georgiasouthern. edu/cgc/yearroundclasses/. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Through Aug. 12 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm continues on p. 34

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Digital Imaging Basics

A two-night class on digital photography, its language and equipment. including scene modes and menu options; how megapixels affect print size and quality; the difference between dpi and ppi; and more. Tues. Aug. 6 & Thurs. Aug. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Offered in Savannah by Georgia Southern’s office of Continuing Education. $75 Through Aug. 7. 912-644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.com. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/cgc/yearroundclasses/. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Through Aug. 7 Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. English as Second Language Classes

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

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gmail.com or text or call 912-12-6607399. Call for fee information.

georgiasouthern.edu/. ongoing Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

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

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

Knitting & Crochet Classes

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: Private or Group

Portman’s Music Academy offers private or group classes for ages 2 to 92, beginner to advanced level. All instruments. Also, voice lessons, music production technology and DJ lessons. Teaching staff of over 20 instructors with professional, well equipped studios and a safe, friendly waiting area for parents and siblings. ongoing. 912-3541500. portmansmusic.com. portmansmusic.com. ongoing Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 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@

Russian Language Classes

Safe at College: Self Defense Class

A self-defense class for mothers and their daughters who are going to college this fall. Sponsored by Rape Crisis Center. Pre-registration requested by Aug. 6. $10 suggested donation Thu., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m. 912-233-3000. Thu., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m City of Savannah Fire Station #5, 10 W. 32nd Street. 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 Short Story Writing

The short story is an art form that, although economic, encompasses all of the characteristics of great novels, including narrative and character. In Short Story Writing, students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling will use assigned readings, writing homework and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Upon completion, they will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing and the art of revision. For more information contact Christina Taylor @ christinataylor@georgiasouthern. edu. $125.00 Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.. 912-651-6206. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Students with experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling will use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Tuesdays, Aug. 13-Sept. 10. 6:30-8:30pm. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Office of Continuing Education. $125 Through Aug. 13. 912644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. com. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ cgc/yearroundclasses. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Through Aug. 13 Gives students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling the opportunity to use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Works of Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ann Beattie and others will be studied. Upon completion, students will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing, and the art of revision. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education division in Savannah. Call or email for days/times/pricing. ongoing. 912-644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/ conted/cesavannahmenu.html.. cgc.

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

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 Stress Reduction: Arising Stillness in Zen

Stress-reducing practices for body, speech and mind. Five Thursday night classes from 6- 7:00pm. $15 drop-in; $70 for series. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach, Sensei. Savannah Zen Center 111 E. 34th St. 31401 revfugon@gmail.com ongoing. ongoing Yoga for Couples

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

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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

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Mediation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-695-2305. meetup.com/SavannahEnergyHealers. ongoing

no religious affiliation, no dues, no fees. Email for next meeting day and location. ongoing. onebornfree@yahoo.com. ongoing

Geechee Sailing Club

Founded in 1971, GSC promotes sailing and boating safety, education, and fellowship.Member of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-356-3265. geecheesailingclub.org. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 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.

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,

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. fbcislands.com/. ongoing First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Philo Cafe

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

A literary society for bibliophiles and

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

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

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

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. continues on p. 36

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

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.

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.

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ARIES

(March 21-April 19) “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings,” says author Elizabeth Gilbert. I recommend that you experiment with this subversive idea, Aries. Just for a week, see what happens if you devote yourself to making yourself feel really good. I mean risk going to extremes as you pursue happiness with focused zeal. Try this: Draw up a list of experiences that you know will give you intense pleasure, and indulge in them all without apology. And please don’t fret about the possible consequences of getting crazed with joy. Be assured that the cosmos is providing you with more slack than usual.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20) “I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits,” writes Taurus author Annie Dillard, “but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air.” I recommend you try on her perspective for size. For now, just forget about scrambling after perfection. At least temporarily, surrender any longing you might have for smooth propriety. Be willing to live without neat containment and polite decorum. Instead, be easy and breezy. Feel a generous acceptance for the messy beauty you’re embedded in. Love your life exactly as it is, with all of its paradoxes and mysteries.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20) Studies show that when you’re driving a car, your safest speed is five miles per hour higher than the average rate of traffic. Faster than that, though, and the danger level rises. Traveling more slowly than everyone else on the road also increases your risk of having an accident. Applying these ideas metaphorically, I’d like to suggest you take a similar approach as you weave your way through life’s challenges in the coming week. Don’t dawdle and plod. Move a little swifter than everyone else, but don’t race along at a breakneck pace.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22) The key theme this week is *relaxed intensification.* Your assignment, should you choose

to accept it, is to heighten and strengthen your devotion to things that are important to you -- but in ways that make you feel more serene and self-possessed. To accomplish this, you will have to ignore the conventional wisdom, which falsely asserts that going deeper and giving more of yourself require you to increase your stress levels. You do indeed have a great potential for going deeper and giving more of yourself, but only if you also become more at peace with yourself and more at home in the world.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22) Last year a young Nebraskan entrepreneur changed his name from Tyler Gold to Tyrannosaurus Rex Gold. He said it was a way of giving him greater name recognition as he worked to build his career. Do you have any interest in making a bold move like that, Leo? The coming weeks would be a good time for you to think about adding a new twist to your nickname or title or self-image. But I recommend something less sensationalistic and more in line with the qualities you’d actually like to cultivate in the future. I’m thinking of something like Laughing Tiger or Lucky Lion or Wily Wildcat.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) African-American jazz singer Billie Holiday was the greatgranddaughter of a slave. By the time she was born in 1915, black people in the American South were no longer “owned” by white “masters,” but their predicament was still extreme. Racism was acute and debilitating. Here’s what Billie wrote in her autobiography: “You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.” Nothing you experience is remotely as oppressive as what Billie experienced, Virgo. But I’m wondering if you might suffer from a milder version of it. Is any part of you oppressed and inhibited even though your outward circumstances are technically unconstrained? If so, now’s the time to push for more freedom.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) What resounding triumphs and subtle transformations have you accomplished since your last

birthday? How have you grown and changed? Are there any ways you have dwindled or drooped? The next few weeks will be an excellent time to take inventory of these things. Your own evaluations will be most important, of course. You’ve got to be the ultimate judge of your own character. But you should also solicit the feedback of people you trust. They may be able to help you see clues you’ve missed. If, after weighing all the evidence, you decide you’re pleased with how your life has unfolded these past ten to eleven months, I suggest you celebrate your success. Throw yourself a party or buy yourself a reward or climb to the top of a mountain and unleash a victory cry.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Monmouth Park in New Jersey hosts regular horse races from May through November. During one such event in 2010, a horse named Thewifenoseeverything finished first, just ahead of another nag named Thewifedoesntknow. I suspect that there’ll be a comparable outcome in your life sometime soon. Revelation will trump secrecy. Whoever is hiding information will lose out to anyone who sees and expresses the truth. I advise you to bet on the option that’s forthcoming and communicative, not the one that’s furtive and withholding.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You have both a poetic and a cosmic license to stretch yourself further. It’s best not to go too far, of course. You should stop yourself before you obliterate *all* boundaries and break *all* taboos and smash *all* precedents. But you’ve certainly got the blessings of fate if you seek to disregard *some* boundaries and shatter *some* taboos and outgrow *some* precedents. While you’re at it, you might also want to shed a few pinched expectations and escape an irrelevant limitation or two. It’s time to get as big and brave and brazen as you dare.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) When I was 19, a thug shot me in the butt with a shotgun at close range. To this day, my body contains the 43 pellets he pumped into me. They have caused some minor health problems, and I’m

always queasy when I see a gun. But I don’t experience any routine suffering from the wound. Its original impact no longer plagues me. What’s your own personal equivalent of my trauma, Capricorn? A sickness that racked you when you were young? A difficult break-up with your first love? The death of someone you cared about? Whatever it was, I suspect you now have the power to reach a new level of freedom from that old pain.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Want to take full advantage of the sexy vibes that are swirling around in your vicinity? One thing you could do is whisper the following provocations in the ear of anyone who would respond well to a dose of boisterous magic: 1) “Corrupt me with your raw purity, baby; beguile me with your raucous honesty.” 2) “I finally figured out that one of the keys to eternal happiness is to be easily amused. Want me to show you how that works?” 3) “I dare you to quench my thirst for spiritual sensuality.” 4) “Let’s trade clothes and pretend we’re each other’s higher selves.”

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20) Some people put their faith in religion or science or political ideologies. English novelist J.G. Ballard placed his faith elsewhere: in the imagination. “I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world,” he wrote, “to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” As you make your adjustments and reconfigure your plans, Pisces, I suggest you put your faith where Ballard did. Your imagination is far more potent and dynamic than you realize -- especially right now.

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., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

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

Savannah Authors encourages firstclass prose writing, fiction or nonfaction, using discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, and examples. We welcome unpublished authors, new writers, and people who just want to know more about our craft. We limit ourselves to prose, both fiction and nonfiction. Free Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. and Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. (912) 308-3208. Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. and Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m Private Residence, 630 East Victory Drive. 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. 912-3086768. ongoing Savannah Jaycees

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an op-


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 No Kidding!

No Kidding. Join Savannah’s only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. savannahnokidding.angelfire.com/ or e-mail savannahnokidding@ gmail.com ongoing. ongoing The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. 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 Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-4846710. memorialhealth.com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. 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. second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-572-6251. savannahwritersgroup. blogspot.com/group. atlantabread.com. second 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

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Savannah’s LTN

What is Light the Night? Light The Night is LLS’s nationwide evening fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Nationally in 2012 LLS’s Light The Night Walk campaign raised $55 million to support research and patient services and our goal 2013 is even more aggressive. If you’d like more information, join us to kickoff the 2013 Light The Night Walk campaign in Savannah! If you’re already registered, you can pick up materials, meet other participants & staff, and hear an inspiring story from your honored hero! If you’re not signed up yet, we can you get registered! Tue., Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. 9128971300. jean.doliber@ lls.org. lightthenight.org/ga. chsgeorgia. org/. Tue., Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m The Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Spies and Mysteries Book Club

Have a great love of the dead drop, tradecraft and signals? Then this is the book club for you! We meet every 2nd Thurs of the month @6:30 pm, 2nd floor, Southwest Chatham Lib. This months read: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. None second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912-925-8305. second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. CS

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