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Wednesday Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes

What: It's Disney! It's ice skating! Nine shows in four days, times vary. When: Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $12-$45

Film: I Bury the Living (1958, USA) What: Cult favorite about a cemetery

director with a wild plan to cause the deaths of burial plot owners. Presented by Psychotronic Film Society. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com

friday First Friday Art March

There’s an Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. Teams check in with the Bicycle Campaign on De Soto Avenue, where they receive rules, questions, and map. Winning team receives prizes from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Desotorow. For more information visit facebook.com/SpokeModels. Plus: Art March After Party at The Wormhole (1+). Starting at 9:30PM for the Haunted Time Machine, featuring Omignome and Broken Glow.

What: An insider’s look into the process

of great singing and dramatic interpretation. Sponsored by Savannah Voice Festival. Donations accepted at the door to support community outreach work. When: 6-8 p.m Where: Christ Church, 28 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: savannahvoicefestival.org

What: 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: Trans-

media Showcase 10 a.m., Lucas: SCAD Student Showcase 11:30 a.m., Trustees: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away RealD 3-D screening 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: Big Vision Empty Wallet 1 p.m., Lucas:The Past 2:30 p.m., Trustees: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery: The Art of 3-D 2:30 p.m., SCAD Museum of Art: Lucky Stiff 7 p.m., Trustees: Director’s Choice Info: filmfest.scad.edu/

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Thursday 64th Annual Coastal Empire Fair

What: Rides, live music, exhibitions, carnival food, fun family times. Opens 5pm weekdays, 12noon weekends. Hosted by Exchange Club of Savannah, to raise funds for local charities.

What: March your way to Starland District and Desotorow Gallery to explore an Art Bazaar, live music, and exhibits. 14 locations, including Sentient Bean, Non-Fiction Gallery, Foxy Loxy, Graveface Records and Curiosities, Maldoror’s Frame Shop, Desotorow Gallery, Black Orchid Tattoo, Anahata Healing Arts, Sicky Nar Nar, Chocolate Lab, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Of Two Minds Studio, Layers Printing, and Gallery Improviso.

Featuring 15+ local artists and vendors in the Indie Arts Market on De Soto Ave. Family friendly activities including a kid’s art station, live music on De Soto Ave. by The Rosies, and a Halloween costume contest. Costume contest judging for ages 15 and under will be at 7:30, with judging for 16+ at 8:30 on De Soto Ave.

National Opera Week: Diana Soviero Master Class

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Left: Emily Nelms-Perez’ Solo Exhibition ‘Jamais Vu’ is at Non-Fiction Gallery; reception Friday 6–10pm

When: This Friday, 6-9 p.m Where: Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave., and elsewhere.... Cost: Free Info: For all info and a nifty map, go to artmarchsavannah.com

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 10 Where: Coastal Empire Fairgrounds,

4801 Meding St.

Cost: See website for admission. Info: coastalempirefair.com

Film: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, USA)

What: Savannah Film Festival presents the horror classic movie, starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. Included in all bronze, silver, gold Savannah Film Festival passes. When: 8 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $10 General public, $5 SCAD Info: scad.edu

River Street Crawl-o-ween

What: A "Treat-or-Treat" Halloween pub crawl for drink specials at ten bars on River Street. Ten select bars on River Street. Crawl along the cobblestones at your own pace while enjoying drink specials along the way. Late Registration will take place the day of at 6:30pm in front of Dub’s Pub. Participating Bars & Restaurants: Bayou Cafe, Dub’s Pub, Joe’s Crab Shack, Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, Rusty Rudder’s Tap House, Shrimp

Factory, Spanky’s, Tubby’s Tank House, The Warehouse, and Wet Willie’s. Hosted by the Savannah Riverfront. When: 7-11 p.m Where: River Street, River St. Cost: $10 (includes souvenir glow in the dark cup) Info: riverstreetsavannah.com

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What: 9:30 a.m., Trustees: SuperShorts! 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: Meet the Filmmakers 10 a.m.: Lucas: Setup, Punch; Hank and Asha 11:30 a.m., Trustees: East of Acadia 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: The ABCs of Making a Great Preschool Property 11:30 a.m., SCAD Museum of Art: SCAD Lacoste Shorts 1 p.m., Lucas: Palimpsest; Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve 2:30 p.m., Trustees: Historical Shorts 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery: Agent/Actor/Casting Director 4 p.m., Lucas: Who Shot Rock & Roll; Brothers Hypnotic 7 p.m., Trustees Theater: Philomena 8 p.m., Lucas: The Bride of Frankenstein

Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show

What: For ages 21+. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson

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Cost: $15-$20 Info: clubone-online.com

Friday First Friday Art March

What: November Art March features 14 locations, including The Sentient Bean, Non-Fiction Gallery, Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe, Graveface Records and Curiosities, Maldoror’s Frame Shop, Desotorow Gallery, Black Orchid Tattoo, Anahata Healing Arts, Sicky Nar Nar, The Chocolate Lab, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Of Two Minds Studio, Layers Printing, and Gallery Improviso. Featuring 15+ local artists and vendors in the Indie Arts Market on De Soto Ave. Live music on De Soto Ave. by The Rosies, and a Halloween costume


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ongoing 64th Annual Coastal Empire Fair

What: Rides, live music, exhibitions, carnival food, fun family times. Opens 5pm weekdays, noon weekends. Hosted by Exchange Club of Savannah, to raise funds for local charities. When: Through Nov. 10 Where: Coastal Empire Fairgrounds, 4801 Meding St. Cost: See website for admission. Info: coastalempirefair.com

contest. Costume contest judging for ages 15 and under will be at 7:30, with judging for 16+ at 8:30 on De Soto Ave. Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. The winning team receives prizes from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Desotorow. Art March After Party at The Wormhole (Ages 21+)! Starting at 9:30PM for the Haunted Time Machine, featuring Omignome and Broken Glow. When: first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m Where: Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. Cost: Free Info: artmarchsavannah.com

First Friday for Folk Music

What: Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. When: first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $5 donation. Info: 912-898-1876. savannahfolk.org

Forsyth Farmers' Almanac Art Gathering

What: A collection of stories from past, present and future farmers. Show runs through November. Part of the Forsyth Farmers Market's Almanac events. When: 6-9 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Info: ForsythFarmersMarket.com

Savannah Film Festival: Friday lineup

What: 9:30 a.m., Trustees: Fear of Flying, Irish Folk Furniture, Love in the Time of Advertising, Mr. Hublot, Sci-Fly, The Missing Scarf, The Rose of Turaida 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: Nickelodeon: The Animated Shorts Program 10 a.m., Lucas: Wild Horses, The Pretty One 11:30 a.m., Trustees: Balloon Cat, Chicken or the Egg, Dirt, Mo Chara, Six Letter Word, The Empty Room, The Final Straw, The Observer, Valiant 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery: Horror Filmmaking: The Sacrament 1 p.m., Lucas: AB-, Jack Irish: Bad Debts 2:30 p.m., Trustees: Baxter, Justice Denied, Pretty, Runaway, Skin, The Collector’s Gift, Unorthodox 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery: Adobe Workshop 4 p.m., Lucas: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars; Mayan Blue 7 p.m., Trustees: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 8 p.m., Lucas: The Sacrament Q-and-A with director Ti West, producers Peter Phok and Jacob Jaffke, and actors Gene Jones and AJ Bowen Info: filmfest.scad.edu/

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What: Henry James’ classic ghost story comes to the stage. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Black Box Theatre, 9 Henry St. Cost: $10-$32 Info: savannahstagecompany.com

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1 p.m., Lucas: CARE., Home:____ 2 p.m., Gutstein Gallery: The Hollywood Reporter: An Insider’s Look 2:30 p.m., Trustees: One Chance 7 p.m., Trustees: August: Osage County Abigail Breslin, Discovery Award Film awards ceremony Q&A with actress Abigail Breslin Info: filmfest.scad.edu/

Saturday Day of Shred Skate Jam

What: Benefit fundraiser for Savannah Skate Park. $500 in prizes. Open to all ages. Music by Savannah Party Starters. When: 11 a.m Where: Woody's Skate Park, 218 Windsor Road. Info: sk8woodys.com

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What: Henry James’ classic ghost story comes to the stage. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Black Box Theatre, 9 Henry St. Cost: $10-$32 Info: savannahstagecompany.com

Digging Savannah Guided Hike

What: Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park's archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island's past from Native Americans to moonshiners. Hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. RSVP at the link. When: 4 p.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members Info: gastateparks.givezooks.com

Film & Dance: No Hero

What: The East Coast premiere of the film by award winning choreographer Alex Ketley. Combined with live performance, featuring members of Ketley’s company The Foundry. Based on Ketley's travels throughout the rural parts of the American west interviewing strangers in their homes, community halls, and RV parks about their relationship to dance. Presented by Savannah Dance Festival and sponsored by Stratton & Mary Leopold. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Cost: $25 Info: savannahdancefestival.org

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Sunday Halloween

Alee Terror Plantation

Walking Dead fans: On Halloween Night ONLY they will have Triston Johnson (The Barn Walker) from the crazy popular AMC show. When: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2, 7:30-11 p.m. Where: 100 Eisenberg Dr. Cost: $8 adults, $6 for 12 & under

Forsyth Farmers Market What: Local and regional

produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free to attend. Items for sale. Info: forsythfarmersmarket.com

Nature Outing: Beaches and Borders tour of Tybee Island

What: Wilderness Southeast's two-hour exploration of the salt marshes and beach on Tybee Island. Reservations required. When: 9:30-11:30 a.m Where: Tybee Island, Tybee Island. Cost: $25/person ($15/child under 12 accompanied by a parent) includes use of binoculars and spotting scope. Info: naturesavannah@gmail.com

Woof! Woof! 5k Walk/Run and Guinness World Record

What: Dress up your dog in Savannah’s first pet-friendly 5K walk/run through Midtown. In addition to raising funds and awareness for pet cancer research, the event is also gearing up to break the Guinness World Record for the Most Dogs in Costume. Sponsored by TailsSpin and Fleet Feet Sports. When: 9 a.m Where: Habersham Village, Habersham and 61st Streets. Info: WoofWoofRun.com

Savannah Film Festival: Final Day and Awards Ceremony What: 10 a.m., Lucas: Walking the Dogs; Dear Mr. Watterson 11:30 a.m., Trustees: The Invisible Woman

An Afternoon with Magic Marc

What: Tricks, treats and laughs for all

ages with one of Savannah’s most beloved magicians to benefit the Shalom School. When: Noon Where: Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 E. Gordon St. Cost: $15 person/$50 family - includes lunch! Info: theshalomschool.com

Harrison Scott Key: Writing Beyond the Surface

What: Key will read an excerpt from his memoir-in-progress and speak about his writing process and the particular issues associated with writing creative non-fiction. Key teaches writing at SCAD and chairs the Liberal Arts department. Part of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home's 2013 Gulfstream Fall Lecture Series. When: 4 p.m Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday Music: Armstrong Jazz Ensemble When: 7:30 p.m Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium,

Monday Lecture: Shroud of Turin

What: A talk by Barrie Schwortz, a member of the team that examined the Shroud of Turin in 1978. Hosted by Savannah's Legatus chapter. When: 7 p.m Where: Cathedral of St John the Baptist, 222. East Harris St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-352-9574

The Odd Lot Improv Night

What: Improv comedy from some of Savannah's funniest. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Info: 912.220.3404. oddlot.org

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Wednesday Film: The Incident (1967, USA)

What: Based on a stage play about two

thugs who terrorize and antagonize a group of late-night NYC subway riders, it’s a cult classic featuring an amazing cast, with the big screen debut of a young Martin Sheen. It’s also the first film Beau Bridges ever appeared in playing an adult (after his child star days). Presented by Psychotronic Film Society. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com

Looking Ahead Asbury Memorial Theatre: Our Town. Nov. 7-16. SCAD: Improv! Nov. 7-17, Mondanaro Theatre. Della Mae. Nov. 7, Randy Wood Guitars. Mike Epps. Nov. 9, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Film: Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Nov. 9, Trustees Theater. Rock and Roll Marathon. Nov. 9. Jim Brickman. Nov. 11, Lucas Theatre. Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Nov. 11-17. Joe Bonamassa. Nov. 13, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Telfair Art Fair. Nov. 15-17. “A Night in Vienna” opera concert. Nov. 16, SCAD Museum of Art. Children’s Book Festival. Nov. 16, Forsyth Park. Bay Street Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Club One, Nov. 21-24. Savannah Philharmonic: Big Band Pops. Nov. 21, Lucas Theatre. Columbia City Ballet: The Nutcracker. Nov. 30, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Film: Doctor Zhivago. Dec. 6, Lucas Theatre. The Collective Face: Bell, Book and Candle. Muse Arts Warehouse. Dec. 6-22. David Bromberg. Dec. 14, Randy Wood Guitars. Savannah Philharmonic: Holiday Pops. Dec. 13 and 14, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Elvis Lives! Jan. 4, Johnny Mercer Theatre.

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Is SPLOST lost? For nearly three decades, Chatham County residents have paid a tax called SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). Ours is the longest-lived such tax in Georgia, by far. Since passage of the first SPLOST in 1985, Chatham voters periodically decide whether to continue it. For over a quarter century, we’ve voted yes. This Tuesday, Nov. 5, you have a chance to vote whether to extend SPLOST for another six years. (In this week’s issue I’ve also written a piece delving into the mechanics of SPLOST and what you’ll really be voting for.) So far in its lengthy life span, SPLOST has collected $1.4 billion, $343 million of which has gone to City of Savannah projects. Here’s a quick-hit breakdown of just a few of the highlights and lowlights: The Good: SPLOST has funded many much-needed drainage improvements in Chatham County. It’s helped fund cultural projects such as the Battlefield Memorial/ Railroad Museum complex, the Jepson Center, Grayson Stadium upgrades, and the pending new Cultural Arts Center. It helped fund the dramatic rebirth of Ellis Square. The Bad: It helped fund the Riverwalk Extension near the Marriott, now dangerously unstable. It helped fund the Savannah Gardens “green” low-cost housing project, some homes of which now seem to be infested with toxic mold. The Ugly: It funded some of the Truman Parkway, an 11-mile road which took 30 years to build. It helped fund the underutilized Trade and Convention Center. It funded the new Chatham County Jail. Here are the bigger-ticket, non-drainage items this round would fund in the City: • A new arena at $120 million. As with all SPLOST projects, this will not include any operating expenses. • A $12 million land acquisition on DeRenne Avenue to begin a fly-over project.

Ellis Square rebirth, funded by SPLOST

• A new police precinct HQ at $5 million. • Nearly $2 million more to put into the currently unusable Riverwalk. • $1.5 million for the Children’s Museum (a previous round gave it $6.5 million!). Here’s what we know will happen for sure if SPLOST passes: • A new arena will be built, almost certainly on the Westside. • A new precinct HQ will be built somewhere. However not at the Waters Avenue/37th Street location originally intended for that purpose. • Land will be acquired for an ambitious makeover of DeRenne Avenue. Here’s what we don’t know for sure: • If SPLOST fails, whether a new arena will be built at all, when it might be built, and how it might be paid for. • If SPLOST passes, if or when the rest of the DeRenne Avenue project can be funded through other means. • If SPLOST passes or fails, the future of the current Savannah Civic Center. Will this round pass as easily as the previous five? One citizen activist thinks not. “This is the very first time in 27 years we’re capable of undoing SPLOST,” says Nick Doms, co-founder and main writer of the Facebook page Reclaim Savannah. “In the City I think SPLOST VI will be defeated. It all depends how big the turnout will be from Chatham County and the other municipalities.”

Doms says ironically the arena, the item intended to put a glamorous sheen on SPLOST, may prove its undoing. “Drainage is no longer sexy to voters,” Doms says. “But the arena was a bad calculation from the city’s perspective.” Doms explains it like this: There are always people who’ll vote no on any tax. And there are always people who will “blindly vote yes, saying it’s only a penny. Of course it’s not just a penny, it’s more accurately one percent,” he says. And then there’s the swing vote. “This time we have the swing vote, and it all has to do with the arena.” Doms says the City received much more negative feedback about the arena from Westside residents than they expected. However, Doms sees no linkage between potential disapproval of our SPLOST and the resounding recent defeat of a statewide version, T-SPLOST. Intended to fund transportation projects throughout Georgia, T-SPLOST was crushed at the polls in summer 2012. “The reason T-SPLOST was defeated was because it was loud and clear that it was an extra tax,” says Doms. “People just said enough is enough.” But Doms says you could also make the case that SPLOST VI is a new tax. “The City and County say it’s not new, it’s an existing tax and we just want it for six more years. I say, no, your tax is set to stop collection in September 2014. So another round of SPLOST is in fact a new tax.” He does want people to know he’s no knee-jerk anti-tax activist. “If well-managed, SPLOST is a sustainable sales tax. But because it’s mismanaged, it’s dubious to continue, and certainly after 27 years. It just becomes a rollover.” Doms says voting down SPLOST VI “still gives us a year to collect SPLOST V. More importantly it would give us breathing room to come up with a plan to fund special projects only, without increasing the tax rate. “SPLOST isn’t ‘special purpose’ anymore. It’s just tax collection. And that’s what I’d like to see changed.” cs


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Still haunted on 61st Street Just when you thought it was safe to walk down the block again, those monstrous midtown dwellings erected last spring by Atlanta-based developers Chance Partners are baaaaack. So many of you have expressed interest in the colossal student rooming houses planted like carnivorous beanstalks in Habersham Village, I felt compelled to share an update. ‘Cause like any horror movie worth its bloody salt, there’s always a sequel. Since we last saw our heroic midtown residents and business owners, they were pitted against the ghoulish developers in a gory showdown that resulted in the city kowtowing to the powerful invaders. In the ensuing months, Godzilla’s construction crews finished their diabolical mission, packed up their possessed hammers and presumably scurried back to the fourth circle of Hell. We now find the good people of the neighborhood beaten but not broken, trying to return whatever semblance of normalcy they can, considering the four-story shadow looming over many of their backyards. You may recall that Poltergeist II opens much the same way. And like that stupid Carol Anne, I can’t help digging up demons. At first, all seemed Stepford-fine. Chance’s lawyers performed the necessary voodoo to turn their leasing practices into a wholesome act that satisfied the city’s zoning ordinance, and certificates of occupancy were discreetly issued in time for the fall semester. Lights came on in the windows and plastic chairs appeared on the balconies. The Avenues on 61st became inhabited. Though instead of the feared feral werewolves partying into the night, the units appear to be populated with quiet apparitions who study all the time. To be honest, few of the imagined terrors have come to pass thus far: No strange cars have plagued the night streets due to the development’s lack

The Avenues on 61st may appear quiet, but reports of spooky zoning violations and chain-rattling broken agreements abound.

of parking, and traffic issues involve the same few speeding zombies who have always roared through like brains are on sale at Red & White. Habersham Village merchants haven’t felt much pain, nor have they reaped the devil’s rewards. “The parking really hasn’t been a problem, and we haven’t really been busier,” says TailsSpin co-owner Jeff Manley, adding that he has noticed an increased amount of dog poop in the yard across the street from the complex. Paula Letcher of bar.food and coffee.deli has not observed the parking lot packed with anticipated overnight overflow, and spots in front of the commercial strip can still be found during the peak hours.

“We’re the first ones here in the morning and the last ones to leave at night, and it’s been fine,” says Letcher. Her business partner, Johnny Baker, popped over to the apartments to pass out flyers a few weeks ago and describes the residents as “serious,” mostly SCADdies and medical students from Mercer University Medical School. Still, like any characters who survives the serial killer through the first movie, the merchants remain wary. “We’re going to wait and see,” speculates Linda Karpf of Punch and Judy. “I don’t think they’re at full capacity yet.” I confirmed that with a visit of my own. After months of avoiding the block like it would snare me into its

hideous jaws, I’ve resumed my habit of walking the pug along 61st street like I used to back when this lot held a couple of crumbling crack houses and one majestic 400 year-old live oak. (Yes, I always pick up after my own damn dog.) Now that it’s built, I’m happy to report this architectural nightmare doesn’t look nearly as heinous as it did when it was a towering skeleton of plywood bones. From afar, you can’t even see the bad sod job. I was heartened to see that few tenants have added Halloween decorations. Upon closer inspection, however, the quality of the construction is unimpressive. Not surprising — it took barely six months to assemble 32 four-bedroom residences, and with


I brought my concerns back to coffee.deli, where District 4 Alderperson Mary Ellen Sprague hosts the weekly salon “Muffins with Mary Ellen” on Wednesday mornings. She reiterated her position that the Metropolitan Planning Commission never should have approved this Frankenstein in the first place. She says that even if residents and business owners were able to create a Habersham Village Historic District, the current power on the MPC board is tipped to developers and contractors. Residents are finding themselves stranded in the witch-infested woods. “The landmark designation makes people feel good, but I don’t know that it would prevent something like this from happening again,” warns Sprague. “The real protection has to be at the MPC level.” Though the first Scream revealed that the authorities are useless in slasher flicks, Citizen Office representative Joe Shearhouse, Jr. assured me that complaints about this property are “being taken very seriously” because its developers may have established themselves as super shady villains. City officials are conducting an investigation as of this writing. For now, the suspense holds Habersham Village in an eerie calm. It also might just be those medical students trying to memorize all the body parts in Grey’s Anatomy. I’ll admit that all the scary movies may have made me a tad melodramatic about the Avenues on 61st. Maybe it won’t haunt the neighborhood forever, and the situation is actually more Scooby Doo than American Horror Story. But I’m still too scared to trick or treat over there. cs

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the exception of the four apartments facing Abercorn, the actuality looks nothing like the pen-and-ink renderings on the website. A couple of the fake brick façades sport a sloppy “weeping mortar style”— a cool effect when done right but in this case looking like what happens when a threeyear-old tries to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, I mustered the courage to face my fright head on. I knocked on the door of the business office, one of the actual units now designated a “model” at the behest of the City Manager Stephanie Cutter. During a brief tour of the small bedrooms and nice-enough kitchen, the sales associate told me that all but four of the units are occupied but there are “still 30 to 40 beds left.” Ruh-roh. Renting “by the bed” violates the zoning code and has been a point of contention with Chance ever since some nosy person pointed it out to the city. It technically makes the property a rooming house, and it doesn’t have the parking for that. But no amount of sharp words about it at June’s public meeting could slay that beast, and Chance has apparently continued to operate with the moral depth of Hannibal Lechter. The saleswoman also cheerily disclosed that some tenants are “doubling up” in bedrooms, another potential violation if the unit exceeds six residents. And rather than that agreed-upon live-in property manager, the development has decided to designate a “community assistant” from the current pool of tenants. All of this should tell you that all may seem well but evil can still lurk within, like the aliens in They Live. Let me be clear that I have nothing against the friendly ghost-like people who have moved in. The traffic and parking issues can’t be assessed until all the beds are rented (is that how we’re doing it now?) This is about the future of the genre: It’s fairly likely that SCAD will not renew its lease on the tasteful two-story brick bungalows on the adjacent land. It will take its security and bus line with it, and three more blocks will be up for grabs for developmental predators. The precedent set by the nightmare on 61st puts all of Savannah’s post-WWII neighborhoods and small commercial districts in danger of a War of the Worlds-type scenario.

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It’s been renewed by the voters four times since. Voters are being asked to approve or deny SPLOST VI this Tuesday. For Savannah voters, it’s all about the arena: Almost 80 percent of the City’s requested funds from this SPLOST will go to a new arena on the Westside, about $120 million worth. This isn’t the first time a new arena has been on the list, but sales taxes are notoriously dependent on the overall economic climate. “2006 was our banner year — we may never get back to 2006 levels. Frankly we had a lot of cash, and revenues were up,” says City of Savannah Public Information Director Bret Bell, referring to a previous SPLOST. “We thought we’d ask for partial funding for the arena and get the rest of the funding through other means. There were other possibilities at the time.” SPLOST V was “a different environment,” however. To make up for the shortfall, about $38 million was taken out of the arena pot and put elsewhere. “We wanted to increase funding to projects we could actually build,” says Bell. But this time, full funding for the arena is requested of the voters.

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Make no mistake: The City sees the Westside arena as more than just an arena. “Building an arena there is an opportunity to really activate the West Boundary Street/Canal District area,” says Bell, referring to recently unveiled plans for a multi-use Complete Streets makeover for the nowsketchy area set to host the arena. “There’s a big chunk of land in close proximity that we feel is ripe for redevelopment, but it will require public investment,” says Bell. “Using the arena as an economic catalyst is

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an important part of the overall arena plan.” The City isn’t the only one with plans. The “Canal District” vision includes a Chatham Area Transit (CAT) streetcar loop — one that would not be funded by SPLOST at all but partially through a Tax Allocation District (TAD), similar to the one on the Eastside comprising Savannah River Landing. “CAT has definitely approached the City with the idea,” says Bell, “but right now it’s nothing more than idea. We haven’t vetted it or done estimates for revenue or properties. It’s not been discussed informally or formally with council in any way.” But Nick Doms, co-founder of the Facebook page Reclaim Savannah and a vocal opponent of SPLOST, says the TAD plan is very much intact. “They definitely know about the complete TAD design. If the City and County were to approve the TAD, CAT would ask for $16 million to develop the River Street street car line and make a loop to Liberty Street, on to Fahm Street, and back to River Street.”

Doms says the $16 million would be used as leverage to get federal matching transportation funds in the form of a so-called TIGER grant. Anti-SPLOST activists advise not only to expect a Westside TAD, but to know it’s a form of double-dipping. “That TAD is supposed to generate conservatively about $84 million. Their intention is to pass SPLOST and secure $120 million for the new arena, then create a TAD of which the arena will be a part. And that’s how they will double-dip,” says Dom. “Any excess taxes from the TAD have to be reinvested into the TAD exclusively, thus depriving 90 percent of taxpayers from using those excess taxes,” he explains. “Because your arena is already funded by SPLOST, you can use the TAD to actually pay more for the arena.” For an example of an already existing TAD, go no further than the barren, unused Savannah River Landing site. “We pay $1.4 million in interest only on floating bonds for that,” says Doms. “The City keeps saying that the Eastside TAD pays for that interest, but the fact remains that we get no return on that investment at all.” Bell counters that TADs are great when done right. “TADs work where you have underutilized property next to a utilized property. In that part of the Westside there are vast amounts of depressed land there pretty close to an economically thriving area of downtown,” Bell says. Simply put, in the City’s eyes, the Westside is “prime land with a lot of value and much easier to develop,” says Bell. “A lot is happening now west of MLK Jr. Boulevard. And if you look at the west end of River Street, a lot will be happening very soon.” In fairness, voters should know that a new arena may not come at all if SPLOST doesn’t pass. “It’s difficult to envision funding an arena in another way,” says Bell. Also in fairness, voters should know that SPLOST funds are prohibited from being used to cover operating expenses. That’s a whole other ball game.


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The second part of the arena question is how much longer can we continue to operate the existing arena, within the obsolescent and inadequate Civic Center, now 40 years old. “Unlike a lot of historic properties, those kinds of arenas haven’t aged well over the years,” laughs Bell. “If we were to do what some suggest, and just re-do the arena at the current site, if we perform over a certain amount of work we’re forced to make the entire thing fully ADAcompliant, and we’d have to bring everything up to code,” he says. “That would literally require gutting the entire arena, which would end up costing about what we’d pay for a brand-new one somewhere else.” Also, repurposing the current one would give Savannah no arena-size facility for at least two years. One viable option is to make use of the fact that the Civic Center is built in two portions. The current Johnny Mercer Theatre would remain, and be modernized. The MLK Arena of the Civic Center would be demolished, its land likely sold to the private sector. The planned Cultural Arts Center near Oglethorpe and MLK would then be adjacent to the still-active Johnny Mercer Theatre, forming another hub for culture downtown.

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“The Cultural Arts Center is fully funded. It received money in SPLOST IV and V,” says Bell. While the Cultural Arts Center would seem to be a nearly shovelready done deal, Doms has his doubts. “The money’s been collected and earmarked for the Center, but the City only has $27 million of unspent SPLOST money on hand,” says Doms. “In theory the Cultural Arts Center should be fully paid for, but they don’t really have enough money in reserve. The figures don’t add up.”

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The City of Savannah has an ambitious project for the congested and long-debated DeRenne Avenue east/ west corridor, involving land acquisition and a flyover. How ambitious? “Completing all phases would cost about $75 million. We asked for $70 million from T-SPLOST, but of course that was defeated,” says Bell. “Federal TIGER funds require a 20 percent local match. Currently we have $13 million from previous SPLOSTs for the east/west corridor. That will get our local contribution.” However, Doms says independent estimates of the project put it closer to a total cost of nearly $400 million. Presumably any difference would be made up by TIGER grants. “Where were the TIGER funds in the plans last year when they asked for $70 million?” Doms muses. “Plus, you don’t get those funds for maybe ten years. But they say $11.8 million from this SPLOST will go ‘immediately’ to land acquisition.” The DeRenne project “was initially on T-SPLOST as $70 million,” he continues. “The same project shows up again one year later, only this time for $11.8 million. So you’ve acquired that land and killed, by our estimates, about 50 small businesses. You may not start building anything until 2025. That’s insane to collect money and just keep it somewhere for future use.” Bell counters: “Actually, the focus of the project is protecting neighborhoods and improving economic development. And it’s not just a ‘road widening,’ as it’s been referred to. There’s no road widening at all.” cs The City of Savannah has a website devoted to explaining SPLOST in all its forms and projects. Go to savannahga.gov/splost For more on Project DeRenne go to savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1200

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Power play If Georgia Power has its way, consumers will pay an average of $8 more a month on their electric bills come January.

The state’s largest utility company has petitioned state regulators for permission to raise rates by 6.1 percent — a proposed $482 million — as well as to levy a substantial monthly fee for solar power users. Also included in the 2013 Rate Case is an increase in Georgia Power’s guaranteed profit from 11.15 percent to 11.5 percent, representing tens of millions of dollars for the company. The proposal has drawn ire from activists, who have organized a series of town hall meetings around the state to educate the public on what they say is an egregious request. “It’s unfair and inequitable for a multimillion dollar company like Georgia Power to put more financial burden on its customers,” says Seth Gunning, a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club, who was in Savannah Oct. 17 for a meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center. Gunning explains that as a stategranted monopoly, Georgia Power must get approval from the Atlantabased Public Service Commission to increase rates. (It doesn’t matter if the company is collecting money for future projects rather than making its own investment, as in this case and in the case of the delayed construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.) In exchange, the PSC guarantees the company will net a certain amount, regardless of gross numbers. At 11.15 percent, Georgia Power is already above the national regulated utility average of 10.17 percent, and Gunning blasts the requested increase to 11.5 percent as unwarranted. “It sounds like a little, but it equates to tens of millions that comes out of our pockets every month,” he says, noting that GA Power CEO Paul Bowers made close to three and a half million dollars last year. “There is no reason regular Georgia citizens should have to pay for this.”

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Part of “this” is a series of planned upgrades to Georgia Power’s fleet of coal plants, some of which would not come online until 2016. As market trends turn away from coal’s detrimental effects on air and water, clean energy proponents find the proposal in opposition of the state’s economic interests. “The company is asking you to allow them to charge ratepayers for upgrades to obsolete coal plants before the work is completed,” says Karen Grainey, Chair of the Sierra Club’s Coastal Chapter. “In a few years, many of these coal burners will very likely be closed down because they are too expensive

to run and will no longer be needed to meet the demand for energy.” On the list of potential upgrades is the coal unit at nearby Plant McIntosh in Rincon, which has been idle since 2011 as natural gas units increase production. Grainey argues that coal is no longer a viable source of energy as upgrades that adhere to new environmental regulations will require more money than the proposed rate hike can possibly cover. “A transition to clean energy and a distributed energy system is a better investment for everybody,” she says. That transition might be slowed if the rate case is approved. Though prices on solar systems have become

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The Green Tea Coalition strives to find common ground from across the political spectrum to educate and empower American consumers, advocate for 21st century energy policy, and unlock the full potential of America’s energy future. We believe that utility customers deserve freedom of choice and protection from undue financial risk. Right to Save Money on Utility Bills Utility Customers have the right to reduce their utility bills by investing in energy efficiency and renewable or alternative energy generation on public or private property without penalty or obstruction by the utility. Right to Accurate Information Accurate information is critical to customer ability to make decisions about electricity consumption. Utility customers have the right to know their true electricity costs based on time of usage and should be free from unnecessary expense resulting from inaccurate data. Rates should include all fees charged by the utility and all customer

information collected by the utility should be kept private and secure. Freedom from Bearing all Financial Risk Utility customers have the right to pay for only those utility investments which are used and useful in the production, transmission, and service of power consumed by the customer, and should not bear undue risk that utility investors would otherwise bear. Freedom from Subsidizing Utility Lobbying Utility customers have the right to not subsidize lobbying expenditures or political contributions made by the utility or utility representatives to any political campaign Right to Choice Utility customers have the right to choose the type of metering device installed on customer property with the understanding that fees may be charged in accordance with additional expense incurred by utility.

more affordable in recent years, fees imposed on solar users would negate those savings: Residents and businesses seeking to install solar panel systems after January 1 would be subject to a $44.80 fee per month for “backup” power they might have to use from the grid, even if they sell back their extra energy to Georgia Power. Solar users could also be subject to a “Capacity Charge Option” of $5.56 a basic kilowatt or a “Demand Charge” of $19.18 per kilowatt during peak hours. The fight against Georgia Power has united liberals and conservatives, recently spawning the Green Tea Coalition that includes Grainey, Gunning and Georgia Tea Party cofounder Debbie Dooley. Though they may disagree on other issues, energy use is common ground. “Rate payers of both parties will experience the pain from higher rates,” says Dooley. “We need to join together to fight this huge monopoly that is so rich that [even] their lobbyists have lobbyists.” As a way to galvanize more people to join the movement, the Green Tea Coalition spent the last few weeks codifying the Utility Customer Bill of Rights (see sidebar) to be presented to the Public Service Commission at a pair of public hearings at the state capitol Nov. 5 and 6. The PSC will vote on whether to approve the case on Dec. 17. Created in 1879 as a way to regulate the railroad monopoly, the PSC is comprised of five publically elected members who oversee the practices of the telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies to ensure “reliable and reasonably-priced” service for their constituents. Though a recent story in the utility industry blog The Energy Daily reported that the PSC staff has recommended the commission reject Georgia Power’s proposal, how the vote will go is anyone’s guess. “Many people feel like Georgia Power is singling out solar for a rate increase, but I am not sure that is the case,” says Commissioner Tim Echols, who was in Savannah for the Oct.


their concerns, the general public was mostly absent or silent,” observes Collier. “I hope this doesn’t give the PSC a ‘green light’ to O.K. the rate increase, thinking that Georgians just don’t care.”  But most people care about paying more on their electric bill. Commissioner Echols encourages people to call, write or email the PSC with their concerns. He says they’re likely to get a personal answer back because the public so rarely weighs in on PSC matters. Dooley, Gunning and Gainey and the rest of the Green Tea Coalition hope others will take him up on the invitation. “These are elected officials that hear from Georgia Power’s lobbyists every single day,” reminds Gunning. “They need to hear from regular Georgians.” cs The Georgia Public Service Commissioners are Tim Echols, Bubba McDonald, Stan Wise, Chuck Eaton and Doug Everett. Contact them at gapsc@psc.state. ga.us, (800) 282-5813 or Georgia Public Service Commission, 244 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta GA, 30334-9052.

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17 town hall meeting. “After I hear all of the evidence, I will know more about the validity of Georgia Power’s concern.” Echols forecasted a possible decrease in demand for Georgia Power energy back in July as more big businesses adopt solar. He says that even if the 2013 Rate Case is approved, it won’t make up the loss. “Georgia Power’s revenue has been flat for several years because of our poor economy,” continues Echols. “The solar fee they are proposing is really just a drop in the bucket of what they need.” But that drop makes all the difference to residents and small businesspeople when the bill needs to paid. Opponents of the rate hike say that if Georgia Power’s request is to be defeated, citizens will need to speak up. The town hall meetings in Savannah and Columbus only drew 50 or so attendees, and the low attendance has Green Tea Coalition member Claudia Collier a bit worried. “While many local solar owners and environmentalists showed up and spoke to Commissioner Echols about

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Goodbye to Binky A Belgian Malinois who helped start the existing Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department K-9 unit has died.

Binky, known for his sniffing ability and veteran of hundreds of arrests, died Saturday at the home of his original partner and handler Cpl. Amanda McGruder and his Metro replacement Djieno, on Saturday. He had been living with McGruder and Djieno since his retirement in 2009. He was 14 years old. His passing was sad for the many Metro police officers who worked with and behind him, said Acting Police Chief Julie Tolbert: “Police dogs quickly earn their respect from the officers who come to depend on them,” she said. “We call them a ‘force multiplier’ because they add another layer of resources for us,

but they also are co-workers to many officers and partners and to their handlers who become closely attached to them.” Binky began working with the Savannah Police Department canine unit when it was established in 2001 and retired as a member of the Metro department after eight years of service. He had accumulated more than 330 arrests, had been called out for 210 tracks and performed 172 searches for evidence, 820 for narcotics and 207 building searches. The death was particularly painful for McGruder, who admitted she spoiled Binky. “He wanted for nothing,” she said, “including doggie ice cream he got on his birthday every year. His death was just surreal for me.” At his retirement, he was recognized for various captures, including one where he found a man under water in Bryan County after catching a scent from air bubbles and diving into a swamp to drag out the burglary suspect. “Binky was the smartest police

canine that I have ever seen,” said Sgt. Eric Dukarski, supervisor of the Canine Unit. “Everything that we tried to teach him, he would pick up on it so fast. It was amazing to watch him work.  Cpl. McGruder loved that dog very much and I know he will be greatly missed.”   

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wedging open the cracks created), but also may contain various friction reducers, disinfectants, surfactants, acids, and corrosion preventers. Some of these chemicals, such as benzene, are carcinogenic, some are otherwise harmful to people or the environment, and some—well, a 2011 congressional investigation found fracking companies had been using tens of millions of gallons of fluid containing chemical ingredients considered proprietary by the suppliers. • Water consumption. An analysis of 15,000 fracking wells in the Barnett Shale region of Texas found they consume about a tenth as much water as Dallas. Overall, fracking consumes less than 1 percent of Texas pumpage, but the southwest has limited water resources.• Contamination. Some injected water returns to the surface, carrying with it brine and other pollutants that could leak into aquifers and water wells. A possible related problem is methane migrating into places where it shouldn’t, giving rise to such disquieting phenomena (check out YouTube) as flammable tap water. • Earthquakes. Some claim fracking sites are prone to them; others scoff. I don’t dismiss these concerns. Nonetheless, the environmental cost of fracking so far seems controllable and beats alternatives like coal. But here’s the thing: we don’t have much choice. Let’s review: 1. By my rough calculations, the point at which world fossil fuel extraction will peak, and thereafter decline, will occur around 2100. That’s a while from now, certainly much farther out than I feared before the dimensions of the fracking boom became apparent. Nonetheless, it’s within the lifetime of people now alive. 2. Fossil fuels account for the vast majority of global energy consumption. Absent suitable replacements by 2100, our descendants are, not to put too fine a point on it, fucked. Point is, we have more time than we thought, but not much. If we invest it wisely, we may avert disaster. If not, and particularly if we pretend the solution is to somehow not use fossil fuels, as opposed to using them more efficiently while we transition to something else, see number 2 above.

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Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it’s boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”

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• Extract of cockroach is a delicacy among some Chinese, believed able to miraculously reduce inflammation, defy aging and cure tuberculosis, cancer and cirrhosis. Quartz reported in August that Yunnan province is a Silicon Valley-type business center, where pulverized roaches can sell for the equivalent of about $89 a pound, and five pharmaceutical companies have contracts with ranches that have formed the Sichuan Treasure Cockroach Farming Cooperative. (In August, a start-up farm in Jiangsu province was, police suspect, vandalized,

allowing at least a million cockroaches barely any other human sound. Some being prepared for market to flee to diners were won over; another said it adjacent neighborhoods.) felt like “being 50 and married.” • When entrepreneur Michelle • It’s expensive to go broke in AmerEsquenazi was asked by a New York ica. Detroit, which most acknowledge Post reporter in September why her allacted wisely in filing for bankruptcy female crew of licensed bounty hunters protection in July, will nonetheless be (Empire Bail Bonds of New York) is on the hook for bankruptcy legal fees so successful at tricking bail-jumpers that could total $60 million under curinto the open, she offered rent contracts (accorda five-letter vulgar eupheing to an October New mism for a female body York Times report), part. “It’s timeless,” she plus various expenses, continued. “Of course he’s such as the $250,000 to going to open his door for Christie’s auction house coffee is for a nice piece of (deleted). to price and sell some closers ... The thing about defenassets. A fee examiner dants is no matter who has been hired, but he they are (of whatever charges $600 an hour. color), they’re all dumb. Every single last one of Medical Marthem is stupid.” vels • Hipster Haven: Two • A medical journal fearless entrepreneurs reported that a 49-yearinaugurated services old man in Brazil said recently in faux-fashionhe had recovered from able Brooklyn, N.Y. Lucy a stroke except that the Sun, a Columbia Unidamage to his brain (in versity economics major, a “subcortical region” associated with began seeking work as a $30-an-hour higher-level thinking) has caused him “book therapist,” to help readers find to develop “pathological generosity” the “right” book to read or give as a toward others. A Duke University neugift, with attention to clients’ “specific rologist told London’s Daily Mail that situations.” In Brooklyn’s Greenpoint stroke-induced personality changes neighborhood in September, the stylish (such as hoarding) are common, but Eat restaurant began reserving certain this particular change appears unique. nights’ meals to be experienced in total Doctors reported that even with medisilence. On opening night, a Wall Street cation, this patient’s beneficence was Journal reporter noted one throatunabated after two years. clearing and a muffled sneeze, but

• Blood clots can be especially dangerous, often requiring urgent, harshly invasive open-heart surgery to remove the clot before it can be fatal, but a team from UCLA Medical School reported in September that a “minimally invasive,” cutting-edge machine worked just as well: a vacuum cleaner. When a 62-year-old man arrived at an emergency room with deep vein thrombosis, AngioVac lines were inserted in the leg and neck and sucked out the 24-inchlong clot. The patient was back home and full of energy a week later.

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• A “scatological force field” is how a Reuters reporter in September described the way ordinary house termites are able to increasingly resist extermination. They use their own feces to build their nests, and the pathogens seem to form a protective shield that attacks unfriendly bacteria. • “Pig Drinks 18 Pints and Has Fight With Cow” read one headline from Port Hedland, West Australia, after rampaging wild pigs stole and drank 18 beers from a campsite. Moose, especially, are attracted by fermenting apples and African elephants often turn violent to secure the fermenting fruit of the marula tree (although the elephant would require 1,400 pieces of fruit to generate the seven gallons of alcohol to match humans’ legal limit for driving). By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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Savannah Film Festival Red Carpet photos by geoff l. Johnson | geoffsphotos.com Our contributing photographer Geoff L. Johnson was on the scene on a closed-off Broughton Street and inside the newly redesigned Trustees Theatre for opening night at the Savannah Film Festival.

Clockwise from left: ‘Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus with fans; Jeremy Irons; Natalie Dormer on the red carpet and giving an autograph to a fan; Norman and that poofy jacket again.


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Filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder appears in his own Dear Mr. Watterson.

The lasting legacy of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes is explored in Joel Allen Schroeder’s documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, screening Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Lucas Theatre.

The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the impact of Calvin and Hobbes

by bill deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Cartoonist Bill Watterson does not make an appearance in Schroeder’s film; rather, the focus is squarely on the strip he drew from 1985 to 1995, about a rebellious 6-year-old boy with a big imagination, and his stuffed tiger, aka best friend, confidante and co-conspirator. The vast influence of Watterson’s strip is examined and explained by a small army of veteran and contemporary newspaper cartoonists, including Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County), Bill Amand (FoxTrot), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange). Schroeder himself is the film’s narrator, a lifelong Calvin and Hobbes devotee who travels to Watterson’s Ohio hometown, to speak with his early newspaper co-workers and uncover the roots of his thoughtful, thought-provoking strip. In one of the film’s most compelling sequences, it is revealed that Watterson never allowed any marketing of his characters’ likenesses, believing

that stuffed Hobbes dolls and Calvin T-shirts would cheapen them. It transpires that Charles M. Schulz, the late Peanuts creator who was one of Watterson’s biggest fans, applauded Watterson’s ideals — although, coming from a different generation, Schulz freely licensed his own characters for everything under the sun. Dear Mr. Watterson also chronicles Watterson’s battles to keep the size of his printed artwork from shrinking as newspapers’ column inches got smaller. When he voluntarily retired Calvin and Hobbes after 10 years (“I believe I’ve done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels”), Watterson had published 3,150 strips, daily, in 2,400 papers around the world. Nearly 45 million Calvin and Hobbes anthology books have been sold to date. You funded this through Kickstarter. Was it a hard sell?: “I want to make a film about a beloved comic strip. Give me money.”


Nearly 45 million Calvin and Hobbes anthologies have been sold to date.

Joel Allen Schroeder: Not a real hard sell. We were thrilled with the response we got. We were making a movie about something that people from around the world love, so if they watched our video I think people either instantly were on board, or were not. I’ve always said it was the perfect kind of Kickstarter project. If they were Calvin and Hobbes fans, and they heard about it, they were possibly ready to help support and make the project happen. And the way I wanted to make the movie, about the impact of the strip, what a perfect piece of evidence to prove that the strip has had such an impact, by funding it from the people that were impacted by the strip. Is this literally your first film? Joel Allen Schroeder: It’s my first feature film. I graduated from USC in 2002, and for the last seven or eight years I’ve been working as a freelance editor. Most of the things I work on are not films that I’m directing; they’re shorter-form documentary things. It must be invigorating to make your first feature on something you’re really passionate about. And that really comes across in this film. Joel Allen Schroeder: I think anybody who has made a movie can attest to the fact that making films is hard. It takes a long time, it’s not cheap. You finish film school and you’re ready to make movies, and the reality is, you also need to make a living. A lot of my fellow graduates and I, we went out into the real world trying to get experience, and pay the bills, and at the same time you’re trying to make your own projects. Working on film is groovy, but it’s not glamorous, and it’s very hard work. I think what gets most people

excited is when they can be creatively involved in projects of their own. Where they can have creative input, where they are contributing. For years, that’s what I was hoping to do, make my own film. Ideas come and go, but this was the first idea where it lasted. Where I really felt it was something I was passionate enough about to pursue it for the time it would take to get it made.

Has Watterson made any sort of comment about your movie? Joel Allen Schroeder: I get that question a lot. I can tell you that he has seen it, and there’s been no sort of thumbs up, thumbs down indicator that we know of. People who’ve never seen Calvin and Hobbes have watched it, and they’ve told me they appreciated learning about the man and the strip. And huge fans who know a lot about him, who have seen the movie, I like to think they still get something out of it. CS

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Reuben Atlas’ documentary Brothers Hypnotic chronicles a most unique musical group

by bill deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

In this lovingly-crafted film, we are introduced to eight Chicago-bred brothers, all of whom grew up in one large familial home with their shared father, and two mothers. It was, to be sure, an unorthodox household, but one in which love and tolerance were taught, and music — daily, hourly, minute-byminute — was the common denominator. Jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran taught his sons to play brass instruments. Everyone rose at 5 a.m., stood in a circle with their horns and played sonorous “long notes,” in order to bring themselves harmoniously together for the day to follow. Cohran, who’d played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra, among other groups, led his “Youth Ensemble” through hundreds of local and regional performances. A longtime political activist, he also taught them to be socially responsible. Brothers Hypnotic follows the band — they’re all adults now — as they pursue a career, completely independent of the music business (their father taught them to be skeptical). Atlas intercuts intimate interview and backstage segments with performance footage, from the brothers’ streetcorner gigs in New York City (where they sell homemade CDs) to sharing global stages with Mos


How did you first find out about Hypnotic Brass? Reuben Atlas: I was in my third year of law school, actually, and walking in Union Square. I heard this sound — it sounded so unique and like no brass band I’d ever heard before. And as I came around the corner, it was live. It was these eight guys who were my age, bouncing in unison through a huge crowd. Putting their soul into these horns. Something about it was so different from what I was doing. My heart wasn’t in law school at all. I was very drawn to them. I was already a brass fan, but their music seemed to combine so many different elements of hip hop, jazz, soul, and funk, and it all seemed to be there and be very present in their sound. I also liked how their songs were complex, melodically, but very accessible.

That’s all well and good, but you were a third year law student! How do we go from “This is a cool sound on a streetcorner” to “I’m going to make a documentary film about these guys”? There’s a big leap there. Reuben Atlas: I’d been making advocacy videos, and my mother was a documentary filmmaker. So I always thought I would make a film at some point. These guys were playing on the street, so I assumed that any help they could get, they would take. I didn’t realize that wasn’t the case! One of them said to me, “Yeah, yeah, you want to support us? Best thing you could do is buy some CDs.” So I bought some CDs, and I showed up the next day with a camera, and slowly but surely got to know them. At first, I just wanted to make a promotional piece, to help them get gigs. They didn’t need help getting gigs. As soon as I learned about their father, and their family story, that’s when I really felt the connection to a longer, feature-length doc. Part of it was that they had these antiestablishment values, and they were

approaching the music industry in that way: They have all this talent, and record labels are walking up to them to sign them, literally on the street. And they weren’t jumping at it in the way the American dream had been playing out in shows like American Idol. You go on the show, you get discovered, and then you sign your life away. Was it literally a lightbulb-over-yourhead moment, when you found out about Phil and the way the brothers grew up?

he was this larger-than-life guy, and he lives in this very humble apartment. He never sold out or cashed in on his talent. He was like the real-deal artist, and he’s 84, and he’s had all these kids, and he’s a spiritual man, so he brings a tremendous amount of power into a very humble setting. When I experienced that in person, I think that was probably the lightbulb over my head. You spent five years making this film. Did you ever get the law degree?

Reuben Atlas: I wasn’t necessarily out looking for a story, and so I didn’t feel like “This is what I was looking for!” I was already drawn into them enough, that I was going to follow them through their exploits in the music business. I think maybe that moment came when I met Phil. He had this presence with the brothers — whenever you talk to them, he feels very present. They have so much respect for him. He was like this mythical figure. And then when I finally got to go out and film with him in Chicago …

Reuben Atlas: I did, yeah. I passed the bar. They got an offer from Atlantic Records right when I was studying for the bar, and there was a moment where I thought “You know, I should just postpone this. I don’t really even want to be a lawyer. I should follow them and really focus on this film. This is an amazing moment for them.” The whole film could have played out in those three months. And I still think, to this day, that had I not taken the bar I could’ve finished the film a couple years ago. But the journey’s been fun, so I’m glad I went through with it. CS

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savannah film festival The dollar is the most remarkable achievement in the history of money. Think of it — this piece of paper costs nothing to produce, there’s nothing behind except the goodwill of Ben S. Bernanke and let’s not forget the U.S. Congress. This piece of paper somehow still commands value and respect. — from “Money for Nothing” A HUNDRED YEARS ago, history was changed by a small group of America’s wealthiest men in a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, Ga. Their creation, the Federal Reserve banking system — which critics say is neither federal nor a reserve nor a bank — has determined American monetary policy and market economics ever since then. While technically not a central bank like many other countries have, the Fed performs the same functions and in some ways is much more powerful. Its members are unelected and answer to no voters. Its chairman is appointed by the president, but its actions are accountable to no one. If the Fed wants to print money, it prints money. If the Fed wants to change interest rates, it changes interest rates. If the Fed wants to intervene in the stock market, it intervenes. If the Fed wants to create a bubble, whether in stocks or in housing, it bubbles away. In the film Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, we see the evolution of the Fed from an entity mostly concerned with providing a backstop for smaller banks to a behemoth using the good faith of the U.S. dollar to underwrite the profitable risk-taking of the private financial sector. We talked to director Jim Bruce about his film. Co-director Jared Rosenberg will appear at the 1 p.m. screening Oct. 31 at the Lucas. It’s suitable your movie screens on Halloween. This may be the scariest film I’ve ever seen. Jim Bruce: One of my favorite quotes called it “a horror movie for smart people.” People want to think that

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market. The Fed owns almost twice the debt of China, the next largest holder of U.S. government debt in the world! Your movie spends a lot of time on Alan Greenspan. Seems like he’s the chairman who pushed the Fed’s role into ensuring the profit of a narrow sector of financial interests. Jim Bruce: He’s quite a fascinating character. There are so many contradictions to Alan Greenspan. On one hand, he didn’t believe in regulation at all. He didn’t even believe fraud should be regulated — he said, the market will take care of it, they’ll go out of business if they defraud customers. But on the other hand, everything he ever did on the monetary side was manipulating the market. He didn’t see himself that way, and that’s what’s so fascinating. We sort of live in his contradiction. We want to say we have a market economy, but when the market does try and lower stock prices and housing prices on its own, the Fed tries to keep prices up. A chilling moment is when Greenspan testifies to Congress that people tapping home equity lines was propping up the entire U.S. economy. That was early on.

Top: Weathered dollar bill (a.k.a. the “Federal Reserve Note”). Bottom (l-r)Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Ben Bernanke, outgoing Chairman of the Federal Reserve

whoever is running the system knows what they’re doing, that it’s all based on something. I do think the people at the Fed are well-intentioned people doing the best they can. We wanted to tell the story of the Fed’s role in helping create the housing crisis and market collapse of 2008, and raise questions about what they were doing. One of the things the film hits home is the reality that our economic power can vanish as suddenly as it appeared, after the royal houses of Europe collapsed during World War I. America doesn’t have an unlimited amount of lives, economically speaking.

Jim Bruce: Exactly. There’s nothing to say the system is going to last forever. What’s different now is we’re faced with competition from other countries. We were once the leading manufacturer. With globalization, other countries are coming in who can compete. Our reaction has been to rely so much on our central bank — the Fed — to make up for downward pressure on wages for other reasons. We begin to rely more and more on the Fed for the financial part of our economy. We are now subsidizing the stock market and financial sector. The Fed has now become a big player in the government debt

Jim Bruce: The Fed held interest rates low in the early 2000s to encourage homeowners to buy cheaply. The fallout from each failed bubble is worse each time. The consequences from the housing bubble were much bigger than the stock bubble. I worry now about much bigger consequences. What we have today is government putting itself on the line. There’s no one to bail out the Fed or the U.S. government. Is the recent shutdown and debt ceiling debate as part of this dynamic? Jim Bruce: Yes. What you can’t avoid is the fact that now the Fed is allowing the government to borrow a lot of money very cheaply, and has been for the last five years. The results might not be that different from the housing bubble. The Fed’s solution is always more. The only thing they can do is stimulate financial markets, so during every economic slowdown of the last 25 years, the response from government has been to stimulate the Fed to stimulate financial markets. They’re on the path to doing more than they


But it seems to always be in the interest of the top few percent. Jim Bruce: Since 2009, 95 percent of income gains went to the top one percent. Part of that increase is the role of our central bank. The Fed doesn’t create jobs, it doesn’t manufacture things, it doesn’t start building projects or create things for the public good. The benefits go to those closest to the central banks: Those in the financial sector, biggest banks, biggest firms. It’s a big subsidy to the wealthiest people and certain businesses. We could be subsidizing education, paying teachers, investing in infrastructure and R&D. But we’re subsidizing the financial sector through the Fed. They’re not creating wealth, but protecting the illusion of wealth that benefits such a small sector. If Greenspan comes across like a conflicted guru in your film, the most recent Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke, seems like a total buffoon. He jumped from one idea to the next with no clear reasoning at all. Jim Bruce: You would hope and assume what they’re doing is part of a grand strategy. But anyone will admit if questioned that what the Fed is doing hasn’t been done before. They’re experimental policies. They have models that suggest what might happen, but they don’t really know. I see in the short run why they

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think more is better. Bernanke always said the risk of not doing something is worse than the risk of not acting. But they don’t have a long term plan. They always just forecast the economy returning to healthy growth. Ron Paul ran for president chiefly on the platform of eliminating the Fed altogether. Yet he’s usually portrayed in the mainstream media as a dangerous lunatic. Jim Bruce: Ron Paul has had a good argument. All along he’s been the guy pointing out problems with the Fed for years. But I feel like he hasn’t presented the argument as well as he could. What I try and do in the film is not go as far as saying we need to get rid of the Fed, but to take the Fed on in its own terms. To look at their policies and ask are they successful on their own merits or not. To some degree the Ron Paul people demonize the Fed. In our film we’re not demonizing the Fed, but looking at it with open eyes. If you look at the metrics, they’re supposed to encourage stability, I would say we’ve had the opposite. Ron Paul has been right to question, but his solution is to pretty quickly get rid of the Fed. I don’t know how you would implement that. We need to have a much better Fed with smarter policies. As a country we just need to ask them to do different things. cs

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Indiegogo Potential movie theatre downtown puts its hopes on crowd funding by Chrystal Arboleda Lopez

AS EVENTFUL as the Savannah Film Festival is, could our city be missing a small, independent component that would make Savannah’s presence of creative filmmaking more influential? There is one idea that might brighten the spotlight. Michael Scott wants to bring a business proposition to Savannah (and it has nothing to do with a paper company). As a recent SCAD alumnus, Scott wants to bring his passion for independent films to a theater near you—coming soon, hopefully—with the help of the audience. “We started talking about Linscott Theater years ago. When 127 Hours came out, and it just passed right on by. And I had to wait until I went to Little Rock, which is my hometown, and had to drive all the way to Dallas to see it. I couldn’t believe that it was unavailable in a place that’s so focused on the arts. Even if it was just for the film department, I thought that these movies should come here,” Michael says. “This would be the first independent movie theater built from the ground from crowd funding. There have been digital conversions and expansions, but this would be the first theater built by its audience.” Linscott Theater is a proposition led by Scott, his partner Drew Lindgren, and his life partner Ren Scott. “Our idea was that if people really wanted it, they would help build it. We want this movie theater and we’re willing to put everything into it. If you want it too we would like your help. So we can do it together,” says Ren. So they’re putting the decision to the hands of the general public through Indiegogo The Linscott Theater campaign holds a thoroughly researched goal of $500,000. Michael states in his petition that “The experience we aim to deliver is that of the highest quality, and we will be more than happy to share any details surrounding costs

Drew Lindgren (left) and Michael Scott, co-founders of The Linscott Theater campaign

and planning. Really, anything you’re interested in knowing, just contact us!” Well, I took him up on his offer to inquire. First, where would it be? There are two proposed locations as of now. One place the theater could occupy is a vacancy on Broughton Street next to the Marshall House—the former Seasons of Japan location which conveniently already has a marquee. The other property sits next to B. Matthew’s on Bay Street. Second, why? Michael says the idea “was born out of frustration and passion—frustration that these people don’t get the distribution that they deserve, with these brilliant outpourings of originality. And the frustration that they were totally unavailable.” Not to mention, there is an ongoing frustration that going to the movies is getting much too expensive. (It’s a sure sign when theaters like Regal Cinemas start offering a “Stimulus Tuesdays” popcorn and drink special.) But, Linscott Theater aims to serve the public in a way that most theaters don’t. “So much is happening here, and so much of it passes us by. And it passes the greater community by because there isn’t an outlet for that. The students that graduated in the summer had to show their films at the SCAD Museum of Art, and that’s a great building, but it’s not built for showing movies. And we could take care of that, without the intention of charging them anything for it. And that’s what we want to be able to provide,” Michael shares. He went on to introduce the aspect of broadening the theater’s education endeavors, “with Garrison School,

they’re coming up with a kind of partnership with SCAD, where they have talked about getting them equipment because it’s a feeder school for Savannah Arts Academy, which is recruitment ground for SCAD. So, just using that as an example, for them to have a real facility that they could start making these young filmmakers feel that they are shown in a real theater—it furthers their creativity.” Linscott Theater is a proposition that also seeks inclusion with neighboring theaters, not competition. “We want to be involved. We don’t want to be better than anyone, we want to be part of it,” Michael says. And for another question: what will be showing? Michael observes that when it came to independent movies “that were nominated for awards, people here will say, “What, when was that out? I didn’t get to see it.” And what we can do is get that second or third run and bring it to you so you can watch it, so you can know what’s going on in this field that so many people love. And, the people who are beaten out by bigger movies, we could hold events where we could screen original and exciting stuff from members of the community and all over the world. If Garrison wanted to have their ‘middle school film festival’, we could do it. Or let’s say a class wants a nice place to go see To Kill A Mockingbird right after they are done reading the book. To put that visual to it, we could provide that for them. And we could do it effectively, or totally free.” And since the goal is a substantial sum, I had to ask, what will happen to the money if it falls short of the goal? “We chose not to keep what we raise unless it’s the full amount,”

promises Michael. “The reason we went with Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter is because Kickstarter limits the maximum perk amount. We wanted to put something tailored to advertisers, businesses and organizations in our perk repertoire. But we also wanted to have, you know, you give us a dollar and you get physical recognition that you contributed to this. “Some of these campaigns will give things like a thank you email, and you’re like, ‘okay, I can frame it, maybe?’—it seems like a little bit of a cop out. The calculated cost of printing someone’s name out and sticking it on the wall is a fraction of a cent, and that donation means so much and you can come to the theater and say, “there’s my name, for giving them one dollar.” It’s really important to us that everyone gets recognized for that. So we wanted to put as many perks as we can to tailor to as many different groups of people that could possibly want to donate.” The Linscott Theater Indiegogo campaign is only the debut for this endeavor, its up to the support of the audience to give independent filmmakers the bigger picture. “The one rule that we will stick to no matter what is that it makes independent movies accessible to all these students down here, because that’s where it was born for me,” Michael said. “Savannah is a great place for film. There is something definitely going on here.” cs Visit indiegogo.com/projects/linscotttheater to support the Linscott Theater campaign.


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Thursday (Oct. 31)

“Season of the Witch” night at Dollhouse Productions brings together a creative coven of musical misses including Azar Swan, the Brooklyn duo consisting of Zohra Atash and Joshua Straw. Atash is a singer with extraordinary color in her voice — she sounds like dancefloor Kate Bush at her most outré, with blended reminders of both Bjork and Lene Lovitch (for those who remember her!) Azar Swan’s synth-driven music is creepy, hypnotic and unforgettable (even the cover of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”!) Also on the Sparetime bill is the Florida-via-Brooklyn musician known as Delphic Oracle (aka Christiana Key), whose recently-released EP Watching the Fern is an intoxicating cocktail of synths, violins and compellingly dark poetry. The record was produced by Patrick Canaday of Gemini Stereo. Savannah artist and all-around

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fascinator Dame Darcy apparently has some sort of All Hallows ritual planned, and New York singer/songwriter Tamryn is on board as the night’s special DJ. Doors open at 8, and you can get in (if you’re 21+) for ten bucks.

Friday (Nov. 1)

• Halloween weekend always marks the annual resurrection of GAM, Savannah’s psychedelic punk pioneers, for a painted pagan rock ‘n’ roll ritual at the Jinx, followed by the big, bad blood-wrestling competition. GAM, which gives us elements of Queen, the Stones, the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls, was Savannah’s great hope in the early 1990s — the city’s most ambitiously creative band, with its best players. Then, as now, GAM included singer Keith Kozel, guitarist Kevin Rose, drummer Josh Safer, bassist Ronnie

Kercey and violin maniac Ricardo Ochoa. “We’re all older now and we’ve all got our adult lives,” Kozel, the proud father of a 3-month-old girl named Zelia, tells me. “We tried our best to make it in rock ‘n’ roll, and it doesn’t always work out, all the glamor that it’s supposed to be. We’re lucky that we still get to play a show and lots of people come, and they all seem to enjoy it. And we have a good time playing with each other.” Speaking of the Velvets, Kozel says the GAM show will include at least one Lou Reed song. “He definitely was a true influence on alternative forms of music,” Kozel adds. “And it’s Halloween — time to remember and memorialize the dead.” • Philadelphia’s lo-fi folkie/psych band Creepoid invades the Sparetime tonight, with a set from Savannah’s own guitar fuzz distortionists


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Saturday (Nov. 2)

• It’s what Cusses singer Angel Bond refers to as a “wee No Control night” at Hang Fire, meaning it’s an all-local rock ‘n’ roll party in the manner of those sweat-drenched dance parties her band used to host at No Control, their late and great rehearsal space. Be that as it may, this bash will feature Cusses, Electric Park, Wet Socks and my current favorite Savannah band, Niche. This is certain to be the last local show from Cusses in 2013, who are pretty much all set to start their second album. “We go away November 5th to go record in Nashville,” Bond says. “Then I end up in Atlanta doing the vocals.” • Another Savannah tradition on this darkest of holidays is Turtleween, a big all-music bash hosted by the sporadically-appearing folkie-jam band Turtlefolk. This one happens on the parking lot stage at Tubby’s in Thunderbolt, from 3 to 10 p.m. (with trick-or-treating for kids), and along with the titular Turtlefolk you can enjoy the outrageously cool Ultraviolet Hippopotamus (Boston psych), Dr. Dan Matrazzo & the Looters, Train Wrecks, the Andrew Gill Band, Poetry ‘n’ Lotion and the Epic Cycle. This evening of rock ‘n’ roll debauchery celebrates Turtlefolk’s 10th anniversary (that’s why it’s called “A Decade of Destruction”), and will close with a costume contest and an after-midnight “And Friends” jam and once-in-a-decade anniversary set. CS

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For now, though, it’s time to celebrate Tribute Band Night. According to Jinx bartender, DJ, bingo-meister and all-around utility guy Gilberto Cruz, it was about eight Halloweens ago — not long after the club had risen from the ghostly ashes of the Velvet Elvis — that somebody got the idea to get local musicians to perform as famous bands they loved. Costumes, wigs and makeup optional — it’s always been about the music. This is a Jinx Halloween tradition that has grown exponentially over the years, almost always paired with the annual GAM reunion concert and blood wrestling exposition. That major blowout happens Friday, Nov. 1 this year, which means that Tribute Band Night — eight bands strong — rules the roost on Halloween proper, Thursday, Oct. 31. Because there are so many bands this year, the 9 p.m. start time will be (more or less) observed. Four of these bands include at least one Jinx bartender. And Out Come the Wolves (Rancid). Gil Cruz is the singer, with Niche’s Corey Barhorst (keys) and Mike Redmond (bass), guitarist Chris Adams from Dead Yet? and drummer Matt Collette. Neon Angels (Runaways). The girls from Lovely Locks – Britt, Anna and Crystina – trade their flannel shirt harmonies for black leather and jailbait punk. 10 ½ (Black Flag). Igor Fiksman, pedal steel player for Damon & the Shitkickers, is the improbable driver behind this all-terrain hardcore vehicle. With Mike Walker, Rich and Kevin. CC Aren’t (Creedence Clearwater Revival). Ray Lundy and Mike Walker from Bottles & Cans go out a-chooglin’ as John Fogarty and company. With Igor Fiksman and Scott Johanssen, and the incomparable Tony Beasley, aka Whiskey Dick, on guitar and vocals (Tony’s another Jinx bartender). You Fat Bastards (Faith No More). Jinx barkeep Scott Johannsen and several of his hard-rocking friends. The Dentures (The Ventures). Essentially the surf band Dinosaur Tea Party, formerly Free Candy, with Greg Rettig and Nicole Edge. Debaserhead (Pixies). A virtual combo pack, with Jim Reed (Magic Rocks), Anna Chandler (Lovely Locks) and a couple of other notables. The Ramoneagains (Ramones). Also known as Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains, up-and-coming Savannah punk band. CS

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Heroes in unusual places Performance explores the cross-section of dance, film, and rural America by jim morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

The burgeoning Savannah Dance Festival will host the East Coast premiere of a daring and thought-provoking performance. No Hero, created by award-winning choreographer Alex Ketley, is a lot of things: A film, a documentary, social commentary, and of course a live dance performance. Featuring members of Ketley’s company The Foundry — Ketley is also a veteran of the San Francisco Ballet — the multimedia performance is co-sponsored by Stratton and Mary Leopold and happens this Saturday evening at the Jepson Center. The Foundry will also conduct free master dance classes this Friday at SCAD, Savannah Arts Academy and Garrison Elementary, sponsored by the Savannah Dance Festival. These classes are sponsored by the Savannah Dance Festival and will be free of charge for dance students at each school. We spoke to Ketley last week.

in rural parts of the U.S., in particular the American West. I’ve traveled extensively in the West. As a rock climber pretty much all my life, I developed an affinity for it. I felt a disconnect with these pieces I’d perform in New York and San Francisco. I always wondered what my art might mean to rural parts of country. So my partner Aline and I traveled for about five weeks through the American West, dancing for people in RV parks and apartments and places like that. Talking to them about fine art, and what dance meant to them. We built a whole film out of that piece. It’s live dance that interacts with the film piece. There are aspects that are just film — like the interviews with people we met.

Walk us through why you started this project, and how it’s realized in the performance.

At some point you guys must have said, how in the world can we do this without seeming condescending to people in “flyover country”.

Alex Ketley: I was always curious about what dance means to people

Alex Ketley: Oh yes. We initially had a tremendous allergy at the thought

Alex Ketley, inset, is co-founder of The Foundry. They bring the film/performance ‘No Hero’ to the Jepson Center

of running up to people and dancing for them. It sounded horrible, embarrassing. We realized basically the only way it could work at all is to have a genuine connection. For example in Death Valley at an RV park, we were walking past a retired couple. I really like talking to people anyway, so before I mentioned the dance thing we spent a lot of time talking. For a couple days we’d see them in the park sitting around and talking. From that, we’d get around to mentioning that Aline and I are actually dancers. From there, when you have trust and a connection, you can really talk. There’s a real socioeconomic stratification in the fine arts dance world, which is ironic considering how basic a human trait dancing really is. Alex Ketley: Too many aspects of the dance world are in an echo chamber. Where we are, there’s a dance audience who goes to all the dance shows. It’s a pocket of the community. Sometimes dance companies do talk about how to develop new audiences. But to me that’s placing the onus on the public. Why doesn’t the public come? To me, you have to figure out ways to go out to the public. Think about the mechanics of how dances are made in studios the public has no access to, in a hidden room. No Hero addresses how we might actually engage different audiences. Instead of going to a small community and performing, this was really a

two-way street. We asked, what does dance mean to you and your community? And we got some amazing stories. For example, they’d talk about the old Grange Hall as a real hub of community, with dances every weekend. That’s sort of gone away now. Dance was important to people. In one scene in the film, we’re in Oregon and looking for places someone might dance. Someone said, you should to where they teach line dancing classes in the afternoon. We went and there were a bunch of widows who learn dances from YouTube and teach each other. We spent time with them, and learned that dance was important to them, but mostly as a vehicle to support each other. We got the feeling that this was one very important way they came together in a shared experience. Explain the title, No Hero. Alex Ketley: Heroic ideals inform a lot of presentations in dance. There’s this idea that dancers need to be beautiful, young, thin, fabulous and have superhero abilities. I was realizing how aesthetics limits and frames dance. Dance is really something very primal and important to many people — it doesn’t need to be framed in a classical heroic framework. cs No Hero When: 7:30 p.m., Sat. Nov. 2 Where: Jepson Center for the Arts Cost: $25 per person; purchase at savannahdancefestival.org

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That tradition gets the rock n’ roll treatment next weekend: Runners and their cheering squads are invited to attend the Rock N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Official Pasta Party and Concert, to be held next Friday, Nov. 8 at the Charles H. Morris Center. Sponsored by Connect Savannah, the party features music from rural rockers The Blue Dogs and swingin’ Jeremy Davis & the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance at the Marathon Expo on Thursday, Nov. 7 or on the Connect website. The price goes up to $30 at the door. Plates begin spinning at 5 p.m., a time that perfectly aligns with Espinoza’s advice to make sure runners do their pasta push early. “You don’t want to be carbo-loading at ten o’clock at night,” warns Espinoza. “You’ve got to have time to let the food process.” It’s going to take a whole lotta pasta: Executive Chef David Weikert estimates that he and the Pirates’ House staff will be cooking up 400 pounds of spaghetti and rotini, to be served with a choice of red sauce or alfredo. Both sauces are meat-free, and a gluten-free option is available for $3 extra. The buffet will also provide grilled chicken, five-bean salad, fresh fruit and cupcakes. Beer and wine available but are not included in the ticket price. (No official research has been done about the effect of a 2008 merlot on marathon performance.) Though Chef Weikert and his staff plate up to 700 dinners every night at the Pirate’s House, he’s sweating a little at serving the 1500 expected to partake of pasta in the space of a couple of hours. “It’s the most people I’ve ever done in one sitting in this amount of time,” says Chef Weikart. “But part of why I wanted to do this is because it’s a challenge.” Does that make next Friday’s feast the culinary version of a marathon? “More like a sprint,” grins the chef. cs Official Pasta Party and Concert sponsored by Connect Savannah When: Friday, Nov. 8, 5-9 p.m. Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $25 advance/$30 door Info: connectsavannah.com


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seeing a lot of me. It’s a simple place, really, just sandwiches, baked chips and fruit for lunches, and a wonderful selection of fresh breads, muffins, scones, and a cookie menu that changes daily. Another item that goes straight to my heart is fresh challah — I haven’t had good challah since Alan Gottlieb closed his doors. Now, when I say “fresh’,” that’s no foodie jive: The grain for the bread is shipped in from Montana. “The best grain in the U.S. comes from there,” the manager states proudly, “and we mill the flour here, right on the premises, each day.” The staff all wear tie-dyed T-shirts, are friendly and patient in explaining whatever you want to know, or helping you put together a gift basket or picnic lunch. You can feel and see the pride they take in their product.

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It seems only natural that they also serve real butter, no margarine, and use only brown sugar and honey to sweeten. Savannah Bee Company products also abound and I see them end up, along with generously sized loaves and sets of cookies, in beautiful gift baskets. It’s all things bread here, folks, from excellent bread knives (standing in a glass jar of grain), bread warmers, jams and jellies to dress up the slices, Gourmet teas and coffees to lend their warmth to a satisfying meal. Before you order, take a moment to roam around and sample. There’s an inviting bread board with hunks of several flavors of baked goods (my fave was the Popeye Bread with spinach and swiss cheese chunks). Eyeball tempting sweets like the fabulous Savannah Squares, a rich oatmeal bar with an intense topping of various berries and fruit, or the big poppyseed and almond scones that taste like marzipan on Christmas morning. Though the sandwich menu may seem sparse (nine varieties), the descriptions will make your mouth water, especially when you know you have a choice of such incredible breads. My daughter ordered the California Cobb: Lightly smoked hormone- and antibiotic-free turkey breast, crispy bacon, sliced avocado, blue cheese spread, lettuce, tomato and onion on the Dakota bread, full of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I make some great chicken salad so I’m always trying it outside of home to see how it compares: The Louisville Chicken Salad is all-natural chicken rich with sweet and spicy pecans and seasoned mayo, piled high with lettuce, tomato and onions on their 5-grain Fiber bread was almost too much to finish but I couldn’t bear to leave a single bite. You can sum it all up in their motto, painted on the wall above a grandmotherly wood cabinet: “Be loose and have fun! Bake phenomenal bread. Run fast to serve others. Give generously.” This lil’ Tommy Tucker will be comin’ back soon for some of that “brown bread and butter” (and bringing Lil’ Miss Muffet too)! cs

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Exhibits of the masks of Naimar Ramirez (left) and David Hye Kim’s images of lonely trees opened last weekend at the Oglethorpe and Non-Fiction galleries.

‘Transplant’ and ‘Impressions’ Oglethorpe Gallery and Non-Fiction Gallery host M.F.A. shows

By Briana Gervat

It was a night of two exhibitions from artists David Hye Kim and Naimar Ramirez. Both are photographers who are completing their M.F.A. in photography at SCAD and neither is native to Savannah. Those that came out in support were fellow M.F.A. candidates or artists from the ever-growing art community in Savannah. Most have witnessed the creation of these works from their inception and their excitement for their colleagues was palpable in the cool October air. Whether intended as metaphor or to be taken literally, both of these exhibitions are explorations of space and place. Transplant, on display at Oglethorpe Gallery, is the work of David Hye Kim. Large photographs, left unframed are larger metaphors for immigration. The trees he photographs are transplanted from their original environment to an urban landscape that is foreign and distant from their native roots. Here they stand, isolated and vulnerable, most without leaves to protect them. Each photograph is taken at different times of day and at different times of the year. Viewing the photographs, one after the other, is like talking a walk around the block, but it is a journey that takes you further than expected. Through streets that

are never the same, you find that you have wandered through France, California, Georgia and Korea. One of the first photographs that you encounter when you enter the gallery is a lonely winter landscape with falling snow. There, along the empty street, is a tree covered with the white of winter. Although it is not fully grown, its crown barely reaching the awning behind it, it cannot be ignored. This solitary tree whose branches are heavy with snow softens the harsh environment of broken sidewalks, shattered doors and boarded windows. Walls, the background to all of these photographs, are often fortified with closed doors and shut windows. To some onlookers they may seem impenetrable, but to JeeYun Keating, “Despite the loneliness of the trees and the darkness of the shadows, there is a sense of something that can be overcome.” While not always fully grown, the trees that stand in front of the walls show more strength than the structures whose barriers they cannot seem to breach.

Throughout Kim’s photographs the trees never fully assimilate to this foreign land. They stand alone, surrounded by concrete. Their shadows, cast on the building and walls behind them, seem to be reflections of an environment that is not always welcoming. In a country concerned with ever changing immigration policies this exhibition gives voice to the other side of the story and allows us to remember that, like the trees, we are all strangers here in one way or another and we all must grow no matter what our environment. At Non-Fiction Gallery, Naimar Ramirez displayed her Impressions, a collection of photographs and paper. The gallery space is warm and is accentuated by the earth tones of creams, browns, grays and greens. Although there is a set of blinds that hangs in the front of the gallery Ramirez reveals that the blinds were created last. They are what remain of a mask that she could not finish. Ramirez is interested in reciprocity, shaping her artistic world from the world that shapes her. The art that she creates is always about place and the transience of Savannah is represented in the impermanence of the material she uses. Her work also demonstrates the indexical relationship of photography and sculpture. On one side of

the gallery are photographs of masks that are suspended within frames the artist made herself. On the other side are paper imprints of her immediate surroundings. The masks are made from exposed concrete, peeling paint and Spanish moss taken from sculptures that Ramirez created with materials from her immediate environment. Despite the two-dimensionality of the photographs, they remain sculptural. There is stillness in these images that is found in the quietness of their closed eyes and mouths. Each figure reminds viewers of Picasso’s belief “the beauty of the world is in knowing how to close your eyes.” In silent testimony these inanimate objects show that there is not always a need for animation. On the opposite wall paper impressions of trees, vinyl siding, brick and chair rails are suspended in square and rectangular frames. These impressions were created after her decision to no longer make masks. These simple yet complex paper sculptures are derived from the direct contact of different surfaces with paper and they demonstrate her love affair with materials, especially paper. They are reflections of her environment, subtle glimpses into her world and they are on display until October 29. cs


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It’s unlikely that 2013 will see the release of a movie that’s more nihilistic than The Counselor, an overheated curio in which bad things happen to bad people, worse things happen to good people, good things happen to the worst people, and Cameron Diaz’s vagina is summarily dismissed as looking like a “catfish.” Despite Ridley Scott as director and a powerhouse cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem, The Counselor is mainly being touted as the first film written directly for the screen by Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author best known for such novels as No Country for Old Men and The Road. At its best, this film is reminiscent of the philosophical slant often taken by the Coen Brothers, particularly in (well, duh) their adaptation of No Country for Old Men. At its worst, it recalls the excesses of latter-day Oliver Stone, with a whiff of the awful Savages hovering around its edges. Of course, that’s as much to do with the storyline as with anything else, given that both works center around the drug trade and its nasty practitioners. Here, the protagonist is Fassbender’s counselor, a character so one-dimensional that he isn’t even given a name. His fiancee isn’t any more developed - or interesting

- but she at least comes with ID: Laura (Penelope Cruz), so pure, innocent and naive that she makes Mother Teresa look like Aileen Wuornos by comparison. Despite words of warning from two of the more benign figures on the scene, the colorful Reiner (Bardem) and the cautious Westray (Pitt), the counselor opts to get involved in a major drug operation involving the Mexican cartel - a decision he regrets once everything starts going wrong. McCarthy is clearly in love with his own prose, as evidenced by the sizable number of monologues uttered by various characters throughout the course of the picture. As with Mamet or Tarantino, it’s a specialized form of patter, and while there are several clunky passages in the mix, much of it is fresh and fun to follow - I especially enjoyed the banter between Reiner and the counselor, as well as anytime Westray elected to voice his opinions continues on p. 44


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It’s a routine programmer that’s short on thrills but long on tedium. Sylvester Stallone headlines as Ray Breslin, who’s considered the world’s leading expert on prison security. With Lester Clark (a coasting Vincent D’Onofrio) as his boss and Abigail (Amy Ryan) and Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) as his accomplices, Breslin is hired by states to land himself in their supposedly escape-proof prisons in order to see if he can break out (thus allowing them to ascertain the weak spots and make the necessary improvements). Naturally, his success rate is high, doubtless spurred in part by his fee of $2.5 million per prison. When a government agent offers him $5 million to test a new facility that will

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be used to hold those undesirables deemed unworthy of trials (terrorists, drug dealers and the like), Breslin reluctantly accepts the assignment. But once inside, he discovers that he’s been set up by someone on the outside (no prizes for guessing who), and that the warden (Jim Caviezel) has no intention of ever letting him leave. Luckily, Breslin finds an ally in another inmate, a hulking, goateed fellow by the name of Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and together they plot to break loose. While Stallone and Schwarzenegger both appeared in The Expendables and its sequel, this is being billed as the first time these ‘80s icons are starring opposite each other in lead roles. But for all the film’s potential, the fireworks never erupt. Despite the shared marquee billing, Schwarzenegger is, as in the Expendables films, still playing second banana to Stallone, who has a much larger role. And while Schwarzenegger is clearly relishing the opportunity to add some eccentric touches to his characterization, Stallone offers nothing new, playing a typically noble-with-acapital-N hero whose only attempts at humor are lamely insulting Abigail’s cooking. Speaking of Abigail, it’s sad to see Ryan saddled with such a simplistic role, but at least she manages to give a watchable performance - the same can’t be said for the hammy Caviezel, one of those actors with the rare ability to underplay and overact at the same time, and the monotonous 50 Cent, who really needs to give up trying to make this whole film-career thing work. Interestingly, Breslin’s opening-act

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on the wrecked world around us. Unfortunately, McCarthy spends so much time on the dialogue that he critically neglects the plot - this is a movie where any number of characters aren’t identified and where key relationships are never explained. Consequently, this lack of focus often moves the film past appreciable ambiguity and into unacceptable incoherence. It wouldn’t exactly be accurate to label The Counselor a misogynistic movie since it’s more a misanthropic one - McCarthy exhibits contempt for everyone - but it should be noted that the two female characters are the ones painted in the broadest strokes. Cruz’s Laura is all sunshine and smiles while Diaz’s Malkina, Reiner’s Machiavellian lover, is posited as the ultimate femme fatale - ergo, extreme positions as Good and Evil, Madonna and Whore, Snow White and the Queen, Laverne and Shirley (wait, what?). Bardem and Pitt are allowed a bit more flexibility with their roles, and as such, they deliver the most memorable performances (Bardem is especially a treat to watch). As for Fassbender, he brings his usual intensity to a part that hardly seems worth all the huffing and puffing. We suss little about the counselor except that he doesn’t seem like a very bright fellow. And if he’s so dumb, how did he become a lawyer in the first place? Of all the questions McCarthy fails to answer, that just might be the most glaring one of all.

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breakout from a regular prison, narratively employed to provide some exposition, offers much more in the way of clear objectives, clever tactics and genuine excitement than the showcase one which takes up the bulk of the film. If it weren’t such a bother, I would suggest audiences simply enjoy this introductory interlude before making their own great escape into an adjacent auditorium.

Captain Phillips

OOO Thirteen years after playing in the surf with Wilson the volleyball, Tom Hanks returns to the water in Captain Phillips, an involving adaptation of Richard Phillips’ fact-based book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea. Despite its real-life hook, director Paul Greengrass doesn’t employ the faux-documentary format he used for United 93 (or even Bloody Sunday); instead, this adheres closer to the slick style of the two Bourne films he helmed (Supremacy and Ultimatum). This concession toward Hollywood is OK, though, since it allows Phillips to be played by an A-list actor whose strength is that he generally keeps his head down and his eyes forward when tackling a dramatic role. Hanks has played ordinary guys forced to be heroes in past pictures (Saving Private Ryan, for one), but here his age and demeanor provide him with a gruffness we haven’t quite seen from him before - addressing his men aboard the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, Phillips demonstrates that while his bark is worse than his bite, he has plenty of both. Once the vessel is hijacked by Somali pirates looking for a big payload, Phillips does everything he can to keep his crew safe, but what’s unexpected is the way he reacts differently to each of the invaders. Most prominent is his relationship with the head pirate Muse (Barkhad Abdi), a wiry man who’s usually smart enough to know when Phillips is misleading him - and definitely smart enough to repeatedly identify himself and his men as “not Al-Qaeda.” It’s a pleasure watching the two actors go head-to-head, with Abdi’s intensity playing off Hanks’ anxiety. But mostly, it’s just a pleasure to see Hanks stay away from the bathetic

likes of Larry Crowne and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and ply his trade on something worthwhile.

Gravity

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What Alfonso Cuaron’s film lacks in sociopolitical heft and laser-point characterizations it makes up for in sheer visual spectacle, with a side plate of spiritual musing to allow it to emerge as more than just an industrial light and magic show. It’s an absorbing movie that definitely needs to be seen - and definitely needs to be seen in IMAX 3-D (for once, the extra expense is worth it). Working with director of photography Emmanuel Lubezski and a crack FX team to create a you-are-there environment, Cuaron puts us in the company of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), two members of the Explorer space shuttle crew. Kowalski is a wisecracking veteran astronaut, so comfortable with his job that he can perform it while regaling the folks at Mission Control with tales of his past exploits on Earth. Stone, on the other hand, is a rookie rocketeer, all frayed nerves and bouts of self-doubt on her first voyage into space. Their patch-up mission is going as planned until the debris from a destroyed Russian satellite heads their way, crippling the space shuttle and killing everyone except Kowalski and Stone. Stone is understandably a panicky mess as she’s free-floating through space with her suit’s oxygen supply running perilously low; that leaves it to Kowalski to not only offer her the necessary support but also devise a plan that will allow them to safely return to Earth. That’s a tall order, given the nonfunctional status of the Explorer and the fact that the neighboring space station is just a small dot on the horizon, almost certainly too far to be reached when Stone’s diminished air supply and Kowalski’s diminished fuel supply are taken into account. Houston, we have a problem indeed. Like Roger Deakins and Michael Ballhaus, Lubezski is a brilliant cinematographer who should have won an Oscar years ago (past credits include Sleepy Hollow, Children of Men and The Tree of Life). I suspect he might finally cop one for this film, which registers as such an

extraordinary technical feat that college film courses of the future might place it in regular rotation as required viewing. There’s one shot that’s certain to become a classic on its own: An image of a fetal-positioned Stone, it’s the most significant when it comes to providing the film with a connection to 2001 and its iconic Star Child. Indeed, all of the visuals are so staggering, so awe-inspiring, that they bring up thoughts of the existence of God (or not; take your pick), the mysteries of the universe and the fatal beauty of everything that surrounds us without any need for accompanying text. But we do get that text, in the form of a past tragedy that haunts Stone and informs her every move. On paper, I could take or leave this narrative thread, but Bullock’s excellent performance - the best of her career - makes me glad it’s there, as she navigates the attendant emotions beautifully. While the sparse screenplay cowritten by Cuaron and his son Jonas Cuaron will strike some as suitably thrifty and others as appallingly threadbare, there’s no denying it sports a few moldy conventions. Did Clooney’s Kowalski really have to be an astronaut who’s on his last assignment before he’s set to retire? Does one poignant sequence have to so completely ape one from Brian De Palma’s painful Mission to Mars? And, most crucially, did the Cuarons really have to include a gotcha moment in their film? There’s a late sequence that’s so thuddingly obvious and stupid, it either should have been excised or presented in a different manner. As it stands, it will provide a brief moment of joy for the slow thinkers in the audience while inducing groans from almost everyone else. Overall, however, this eye-popper of a movie demands to be viewed in the spectacular now.

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Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners feels like an AMBER Alert writ large, using the queasy notion of missing children as a starting point for its exploration of several issues that aren’t black and white but instead rot away inside a malodorous area of gray.

It’s Thanksgiving in a small Pennsylvania town, and the Dovers - dad Keller (Hugh Jackman), mom Grace (Maria Bello), teenage son Ralph (Dylan Minnette) and young daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich) - and the Birches - dad Franklin (Terrence Howard), mom Nancy (Viola Davis), teenage daughter Eliza (Zoe Borde) and young daughter Joy (Kyla Drew Simmons) - have gathered at the Birch residence for a sumptuous meal. But after Anna and Joy wander off down the street to the Dover house to fetch a toy whistle, they never return, sending the adults into a panic. The only possible clue to the girls’ whereabouts is a van previously seen parked down the street, a vehicle that’s later discovered in a parking lot. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), a cop who reportedly has never met a case he couldn’t solve, is quick to apprehend the driver, a young man by the name of Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Keller is convinced that Alex is the one who snatched the girls, but Loki isn’t so sure: There’s no evidence in the van of foul play, and, as Paul’s aunt (Melissa Leo) confirms, Alex has the mind of a 10-year-old boy and seems unlikely to have pulled off such a caper. But there’s no convincing Keller: He alone has been privy to clues that strongly suggest the simple-minded man was responsible, so he snatches Alex at gunpoint, keeping him bound in an abandoned house and repeatedly torturing him in the hopes that a confession will eventually be whispered through bloody and battered lips. The script by Aaron Guzikowski is wonderfully dense, with very little feeling extraneous. The film is like a lean cut of meat, with all the fat trimmed off and the rest providing the necessary protein to keep functioning. To its credit, Prisoners refuses to be held captive by any rigid rules of conformist conduct, choosing instead to present moviegoers with a rusty moral compass and asking them to navigate their own choppy waters. CS


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An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursday. Free , 7:00 p.m. See website or the Drinking Liberally facebook page for more information, including location. Free , 7 p.m. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. , 7 p.m Muffins with Mary Ellen

Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague hosts a weekly gathering for District 4 constituents every Wednesday morning. Residents and business owners of District 4 are invited to drop-in to ask questions and discuss local issues. Free and open to the public. Wednesdays, 6-9 a.m. 912-659-0103. ogeecheecoffee.com/. Wednesdays, 6-9 a.m coffee deli, 4517 Habersham St. 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 . 912-3083020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Note new location, date and time. Food and beverages available for purchase. Buffet is optional. Call for additional information. Reservations not necessary. Annual Dues $10.00. Free , 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. savannahteaparty.com. , 5:30 p.m Ole Times Country Buffet, 209 Stephenson Ave. Young Democrats

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free . 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Benefits Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

Chatham County Animal Control is in need of items for pets in the facility. 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. . 912-351-6750. animalcontrol. chathamcounty.org. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Day of Shred

A skate jam benefiting the Savannah Skate Park Initiative. Location: Woody’s Skate Park. Categories from beginner to advanced. Music by Savannah Party Starters $20.00 entry fee Sat., Nov. 2,

11 a.m. 925-3777. skate@woodysskatepark.com. woodyskatepark.com. Sat., Nov. 2, 11 a.m PICKDay of Shred Skate Jam Benefit fundraiser for Savannah Skate Park. $500 in prizes. Open to all ages. Sat., Nov. 2, 11 a.m. sk8woodys.com. woodysskatepark.com. Sat., Nov. 2, 11 a.m Woody’s Skate Park, 218 Windsor Road. Extra Life Gaming Marathon: Benefiting The Children’s Hospital at Memorial

25-hour video game marathon on November 2 for gamers of all ages, to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Enrolling participants now. Free sign-up. Gamers asked to get sponsorships/donations. Through Nov. 2. extra-life.org. Through Nov. 2 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. . kristen@forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket. com. forsythfarmersmarket.com/. Forsyth Famers’ Market, 501 Whitaker St., South End of Forysth Park. $5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities

Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. . 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah.com. The Nightmare on Congress Street

Charity Bar Crawl Benefitting Savannah AMBUCS. Savannah’s newest and scariest bar crawl along the city’s eeriest streets, visiting Rogue Water, Congress Street Social Club, The Rail Pub, Tree House, B&D Burgers, Molly Macphersons and 51 Degrees. Compete in the $1,000 Costume Contest. Wear your best, scariest, and most outrageous costumes. $15 online registration or $20 day-of registration Thu., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. StaffordPromos@gmail.com. barcrawlsavannah.com. therailpub.com/. Thu., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-2 a.m The Rail Pub, 405 West Congress St. Professional Clothing Drive at Armstrong

Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Office of Career Services is accepting donations for its Clothing Closet, a professional clothing drive seeking gently used professional attire—oxford shirts, men’s and women’s suits, slacks, blouses, dress shoes. Clothing Closet will culminate with a Spring 2014 cam-

pus event where Armstrong students who participate will be given individual career advice and resume-writing instruction, along with an outfit that will help them look professional at their job interviews, career fairs or internships and full-time jobs. The Spring Clothing Closet will prepare Armstrong students to start their careers just in time for the close of the academic year. Donations are accepted until February 1, 2014. Drop off unwanted professional clothing in the alumni office in Burnett Hall on the Armstrong campus. Through Feb. 1, 2014. 912.344.2563. careers@ armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/ Maps/index.html. Through Feb. 1, 2014 Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Savannah Food & Wine Festival: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers over age 21 are needed for numerous food and wine festival events. To volunteer, contact Jan Gourley, jan@savannahfoodandwinefest. com or 843-812-5802. Through Nov. 17. Through Nov. 17 Wilmington Island Farmer’ Market Masquerade Ball

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. Youth Pumpkin Patch and Trunk or Treat

Bethesda UMC Youth Pumpkin Patch every day in October. Proceeds benefit Navajo Indian reservation & Bethesda UMC. Trunk or Treat, Oct. 30, 6-7pm. 912-728-3332. Church address: 3608 Midland Rd.S. Guyton, GA. Through Oct. 31. Through Oct. 31 Call for Entries 3-D Artist Sought for Gallery

Seeking a 3-D artist to join this cooperative gallery. Artist must be a full-time resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If interested please submit 5-10 images of your work, plus resume/CV and biography to info@kobogallery.com. . info@kobogallery.com. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. City of Savannah Art Competition for College & University Students

The City of Savannah seeks original student artwork depicting the beauty of Savannah’s City Hall building, to display in a permanent exhibit in City Hall’s third floor rotunda. College students attending one of Chatham County’s colleges, universities or

technical schools are eligible. Submission Deadline: November 22, 2013, 5 p.m. All artwork must be 11x17, horizontal or vertical orientation and unframed, with a protective sleeve or plastic sheet cover. Students may work in any media, but the final work must be two-dimensional and easily scanned and digitized. Each student can submit up to two pieces for consideration. An information sheet should be completed for each submission. Download the information sheet at savannahga.gov/artcontest. Submissions will be digitized and posted online and the winners will be chosen by an online vote of Savannah’s citizens. Prizes for the winning students include art supplies, gift cards and special recognition at an exhibit opening and awards reception at City Hall. Deliver submissions to: City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives, City Hall, Room 103, 2 E. Bay Street Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Nov. 22. 912-651-6411. Lspracher@savannahga.gov.. savannahga.gov/artcontest. Through Nov. 22

City of Savannah Art Competition for High School Students

Seeking art depicting City Squares and Parks. The City of Savannah seeks original student artwork depicting the beauty of historic Savannah squares and parks to display in a permanent exhibit in City Hall’s third floor rotunda. Chatham County students 9th through 12th grade are eligible. Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014, 5 p.m. All artwork must be 11x17, horizontal or vertical orientation and unframed, with a protective sleeve or plastic sheet cover. Students may work in any media, but the final work must be two-dimensional and easily scanned and digitized. Each student can submit up to two pieces for consideration. An information sheet should be completed for each submission. Download the information sheet at savannahga.gov/artcontest. Submissions will be digitized and posted online and the winners will be chosen by an online vote of Savannah’s citizens. Prizes for the winning students include art supplies, gift cards and special recognition at an exhibit opening and awards reception at City Hall. Deliver submissions to: City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives, City Hall, Room 103, 2 E. Bay Street Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Jan. 31, 2014. 912-651-6411. Lspracher@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/artcontest. Through Jan. 31, 2014 City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

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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. . savannahga.gov/engagesgtv. 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. . 912-651-6417. cnorthcutt@ savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov\arts). Gallery Seeks Local Artists

Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street, in downtown Savannah seeks 2-D and 3-D artists to join its cooperative gallery. Must be a full-time resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If interested please submit 5-10 images of your work, plus resume/CV and biography to info@ kobogallery.com. . Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Holidays Art Fair

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market is accepting applications for the Holidays Art Fair that will take place December 7, 14, 21. Please email the market if you are interested in participating. Through Nov. 30. wifarmersmarket@aol.com. Through Nov. 30 Wilmington Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. . CoastalEmpireMusic.com. Seeking Nonprofit Grant Applications for Alan S. Gaynor Fund

The Savannah Community Foundation Accepting The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc is accepting nonprofit organization grant requests for funding

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com from the Alan S. Gaynor Fund, held and managed by the Community Foundation. Applicants must be governmental or public charities and use the grant funds on a public project to benefit the people of Chatham County. For more information about the Gaynor Fund or to receive a grant application, contact by telephone or email. . 912-921-7700. grants@savfoundation.org. Casting Movie Extras: Spongebob Squarepants 2 in Savannah

Filming dates: September 30-November 8. What They’re Looking for: All ages and ethnicities. Specifically: Kids ages 6-12; African Americans, Hispanic, Filipinos, & ethnically ambiguous; must be willing to work full days; ability to work multiple days is a plus; absolutely no tattoos. How to Apply: 1) Register at Marty Siu Casting at martysiucasting.com. Fill out the form and submit. 2) Email your information to: SpongebobExtras@gmail.com Include:(This is extremely important for every time you submit) Subject line--be specific: Spongebob - Gender - Age Range - Ethnicity In the body of the email: - First and Last Name -Email Address (one you check often) -Cell Phone number -Height, Weight, Age, & Ethnicity -Dates available (Keep it Simple! ie “I am avaiable only on weekends” OR “I am available on October 1-12th and 19th-Nov 8th”) Through Nov. 1. SpongebobExtras@gmail.com. martysiucasting.com/. Through Nov. 1 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. . wifarmersmarket.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. . 912-656-6383. rosesonthemove@gmail.com. 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 Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

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

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private in-

struction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Beginning Digital Photography

A seasoned professional photographer will help new digital photographers with technical terms in easy-to-understand language and will provide plenty of hands-on exercises. At the end of the workshop, participants will become capable of making sound exposure, metering, and focus area settings on their digital cameras, as well as they will learn to apply creative composition principles. Digital SLR cameras offer the maximum learning experience, but compact cameras that offer camera features covered in the class are acceptable, also. $20 - $21.49 Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m. 912-580-5308. jackie@ debuskphoto.com. gastateparks.org/ FortKingGeorge. Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Rd. SE. Beginning Sign Language

Sign Language is meaningful, useful, fascinating, and fun. In this course, you’ll learn receptive and expressive skills — fingerspelling, and basic questions, statements and negations. You’ll also be introduced to the culture of the United States Deaf Community. Enroll to learn the benefits and joys of this remarkable language. $85 Thursdays, 6 p.m.. 912-651-6206. christinataylor@georgiasouthern.edu. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Thursdays, 6 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Bellydance for Fitness

This dance-based fitness class blends belly dance moves to create a core strengthening workout. These quick paced classes build heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength through core isolations. Be prepared to have fun and sweat as you shimmy. No prior dance experience is necessary. All levels are welcome. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 (must be used in 30 days) Tuesdays. 912-293-5727. firstcitysav@gmail.com. Tuesdays First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. 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. Childcare Center Director’s Training

Childcare Center Director’s Training is a Bright from the Start approved course that meets the required training criteria for new and current childcare center directors in the State of Georgia. Participants will not only gain knowledge of licensing rules and regulations, but of available services and resources as well. Note: In addition to 32-hours of classroom instruction, this class includes 8 hours of independent study. $375 per person Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.. Judy Fogarty 912-644-

5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. 912-3514578. 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. Contemporary Soul Dance

Contemporary Soup dance Sundays at 3:30pm - 4:15pm. A softer genre of jazz and hip hop, this distinct dance style is an outgrowth of modern dance blended with elements of rhythm and blues. Dancers are encouraged to place emphases on the connection of the mind and body through movement. Contemporary Soul will help the recognize traditional boundaries through balance, floor work and improvisation. This class is open to ages 10+. $15 for drop-on or 4 for $50 Sundays, 3:30 p.m. 404-709-9312. inspiredanceprogram@ hotmail.com. Sundays, 3:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. 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. Facebook for Beginners

If you’re ready to join the Facebook community, but need a little help getting started, or if you already have a page but would like to learn more, here’s the class for you. Learn the basic elements of this social network, including timeline, newsfeed, photos and video, apps, messages, finding friends and Facebook chat. You’ll also learn how to set and maintain your privacy controls. Dates: Monday, 11/4/2013 to Wednesday, 11/6/2013 Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $75 per person Mon., Nov. 4, 10 a.m. 912.644.5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Mon., Nov. 4, 10 a.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who


Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. . 912921-4646. Free Fitness Boot Camp

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

Classes on Women’s Health and Diabetes. How to improve your health and avoid complications. Every Tuesday in October, 6-9pm. Sponsored by Community Health Mission. Free Through Oct. 30. 912-692-1451 ext 110. chmsavannah. org. Through Oct. 30 Hispanic Center, 1 Gamble Rd. Free Women’s Health Classes in Spanish

Free classes in Spanish on women’s health, including improving health status and avoiding complications. Thursdays in October, 3-5pm. Hosted by Community Health Mission. Free admission. Through Oct. 31. 912-692-1451 ext 110. Through Oct. 31 Hair Dazzle Beauty Salon, 620 Hwy 80, Savannah, 31408. 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. . 401-255-6921. a.teixeira472@gmail.com. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. . 912-232-5987. 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, 9am11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. . 912-2324232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Jazz Funk Dance

Jazz Funk dance Sundays at 2:30pm 3:15pm. This dance style is a blend of jazz and funk characterized by a strong back beat, groove, and electrified sound. It implements all types of improvisational elements from soul and funk arrangements. Jazz Funk will get you in the mood to groove to the music and having fun doing it. This class is open to ages 10+. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 Sundays, 2:30 p.m. 404-709-9312. inspiredanceprogram@hotmail.com. Sundays, 2:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Knitting & Crochet Classes

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State

St. See the calendar of events on website. . 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com.

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. . 912-541-1337. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

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Lyrical Fusion Dance

Lyrical Fusion dance Sundays at 4:30pm - 5:00pm. This dance style is a combination of ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. Dancers will be instructed how to perform precise movements while conveying the emotion of a song’s lyrics through dance. Lyrical Fusion will challenges the dancer’s flexibility and their ability to perform with emotion. This class is open to ages 10+. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 Sundays, 4:30 p.m. 404-709-9312. inspiredanceprogram@ hotmail.com. Sundays, 4:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Microsoft Excel 2

Advance in Excel. Acquire mastery over: formulas, functions, SUMIF Function, sorting data, applying shading, filtering data and text, summarizing data, data validation, formatting all cells using data bars or icon sets, creating macros and pivot table or pivot chart reports. Dates: Monday, 10/28/2013 and Wednesday, 10/30/2013 Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $85 per person Every other day, 6:30 p.m. 912.644.5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Every other day, 6:30 p.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Music Instruction

Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar. All ages welcome. . 912358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse. com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. 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. . 912-354-1500. portmansmusic. com. portmansmusic.com. 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. . 912-692-8055. smisavannah@gmail.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program

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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.

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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. . 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. 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. . pmasoninsavannah@ gmail.com. 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. . Quilting Classes

: Quilting classes for beginners and advanced stitchers. Learn to make your first quilt or learn a new technique. See the website, call, or come by the shop. varies . 912 925 0055. email@colonialquilts.us. colonialquilts.us. Colonial Quilts and Savannah Sewing Center, 11710 Largo Drive. Reading/Writing Tutoring

Ms. Dawn’s Tutoring in reading, writing, and composition. Remedial reading skills, help with borderline dyslexia, to grammar, term paper writing, and English as a Second Language. Fun methods for children to help them learn quickly. Contact: cordraywriter@ gmail.com or text or call 912-12-6607399. Call for fee information. Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. . 912-713-2718. 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. . 912-290-0072. savsew.com. Short Story Writing

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. . 912644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com edu. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/ cesavannahmenu.html.. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Singing Classes

Bel Canto is the name of the style of singing invented by Nicola Vaccai, which helps the voice become flexible and expressive, improves the vocal range and breathing capacity and is the technique Anitra Warren uses to train her students. It carries over well as a foundation for opera, rock, pop, gospel and musical theatre. $25 Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m. 786-247-9923. anitraoperadiva@yahoo.com. Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 West State Street, 3rd and 4th flrs.,. Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for improving vocal range and breathing capacity. A good foundation technique for different styles--opera, pop, rock, cabaret. Fridays 5:308:30pm. Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W. State St., 3rd floor. . 786-2479923. anitraoperadiva.com. 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. . conquistador-spanish.com. 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 . Vocal Lessons

The Voice Co-op is a group of voice instructors in Savannah, Georgia who believe in the power of a nurturing community to help voice students blossom into vibrant artists. Each of our instructors have earned the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance. Group master classes are held once each month for students of the Co-op. In the winter and spring the students will have the opportuinty to present a vocie recital for the community. Varies . 912-656-0760. TheVoiceCoOp.org. The Voice Co-op, Downtown. 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. . 912-704-7650. douladeliveries.com.

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. . abeniculturalarts@ gmail.com. 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. . 912-925-0903. theballetschoolsav.com. 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. . godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com.

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

Workshops on the 3rd Thursday of each month on vision losss, services, and technology available to participate in the community. And, how the community can support individuals with vision loss. Orientation and Mobility Techniques; Low Vision vs. Legal Blindness; Supporting People with Low Vision to Achieve Maximum Independence; Low Vision Simulator Experiences; Resources. Free and open to the public. . savannahcblv.org. 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. . buccaneerregion.org. 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. . 912-3086768. 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. . chathamsailing.org. 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. . 912-233-1240.

Energy Healers

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

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

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

Coastal Chapter of the GNPA (www. gnpa.org). The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail.com. oatlandisland. org/. first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 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. . 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah.org. 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. . 912-660-8257. 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. . Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Island MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Authentic community, mothering


Islands MOPS

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

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. . 912-308-6768. 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. . 912-313-2230.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. . 912-786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr.

Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers

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

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. . 912-4470943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. 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. . 912308-3208. alicevantrease@live.com. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. . charlesfund@gmail.com. panerabread.com/. 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. . 912-748-7020. 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. . 912-429-6918. savannahfencing@aol.com. Savannah Go Green

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. . 912-308-6768. Savannah Jaycees

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy 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. . 912-238-3170. savannahkennelclub. org. logansroadhouse.com/. Logan’s Roadhouse, 11301 Abercorn St.

Safe Kids Savannah

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. . savannahnewcomersclub.com.

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 . 912-344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. 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. . 912-308-2094. kasak@ comcast.net. roguephoenix.org. A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. . 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org.

Savannah Newcomers Club

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 . 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. . savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc.com. 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. . 912-6550994. savannahsacredharp.com. 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 , 11 a.m. savannahsca.org. , 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Story Games

We play games that help us tell improvised stories. Get together over food - roleplayers, storytellers, or the merely curious - and help us create an amazing story in just three hours. We’ll use games with special rules that craft characters, settings, and conflicts. Weekends, in different locales - check savannahstorygames.com for more information. free Fridays-Sundays. info@savannahstorygames.com. savannahstorygames.com. Fridays-Sundays Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am at the Mulberry Inn. . savannahsunriserotary.org. 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. . 912-4846710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Writers Group

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. . 912-572-6251. savannahwritersgroup.blogspot.com/group. Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of Savannah’s writing community. First Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free. Open to all writers, aspiring writers, or those interested in writing. 21+ with valid ID. Usually

at Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln St. See website for info. . seersuckerlive.com. Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

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

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. Call or see website for info. . 912-5987387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. . 912-429-0940. rws521@ msn.com. vvasav.com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, WoodvilleTompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. . 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@comcast.net. Dance Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. . 912-234-8745. Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. . 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. . 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Ballroom/Latin Group Class

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we will be having group classes at 8pm! Tuesdays classes will focus on FUNdamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes will be more specific and advanced elements. Each class will have specific themes, so stay tuned for details. $15/person and $25/couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. 912335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Wednesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. . 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3.com. cybelle3.com. continues on p. 50

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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. . 912-898-4344. kymmccarty@hotmail. com. mops.org.

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Beginning Pole Fitness

Our pole classes offer a fun and flirty way to get a great workout in a safe and comfortable environment. Our National Miss Fitness 2013 and Miss Georgia Pole 2012 instructor, Sabrina Madsen, will teach you the basics including spins and pole dance moves. All fitness levels are welcome! $25 for drop-in or 5 for $100 (must be used in 30 days)

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Belly Dance Classes with Nicole Edge

At Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners class-Wednesdays 7-8pm Advanced class-Fridays 6-7pm $15 per session, discount for Fitness on Broughton members. . 912-596-0889. edgebellydance.com. First City Fitness,

2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance

All levels and styles of bellydance welcome. Classes are every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm. $15/lesson. Drop-ins welcome or call Carrie @(912)704-2940 for more info. happenstancebellydance@ gmail.com happenstancebellydance. wordpress.com $15/lesson , 5:30 p.m.

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(912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. , 5:30 p.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. C.C. Express Dance Team

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

A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. xavris21@yahoo.com. Sundays, 3 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Dance Party

Join us on Thursdays at 8pm for fun, friendship, and dancing! Parties are free for our students and are only $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Thursdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Film & Dance: No Hero

The East Coast premiere of the film by award winning choreographer Alex Ketley. Combined with live performance, featuring members of Ketley’s company The Foundry. Based on Ketley’s travels throughout the rural parts of the American west interviewing strangers in their homes, community halls, and RV parks about their relationship to dance. Presented by Savannah Dance Festival and sponsored by Stratton & Mary Leopold. $25 Sat., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. savannahdancefestival.org. telfair. org/jepson/. Sat., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson

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Every Tuesday and Wednesday we will be having group classes at 8pm! Tuesdays classes will focus on FUNdamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes will be more specific and advanced elements. Each class will have specific themes, so stay tuned for details. $15/person $25/ couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Tuesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. . 912-748-0731. Irish Dance Classes

Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive programs, workshops, camps. Certified. Info via email or phone. . 912704-2052. prideofirelandga@gmail.com. Kids/Youth Dance Class

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

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

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

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

Get your Rave on with the the one and only DJ Orson Wells! We got glow sticks! Saturdays, 9 p.m. Saturdays, 9 p.m Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

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

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

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

. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne

Ditch the workout & join the party. All levels welcome. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM 7:30PM. Lake Mayer Community Center 1850 East Montgomery Crossroads $5 class - discount cards available Bring a friend & it’s free for you! . 912-5961952. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Events “The Nightmare on Congress Street” Charity Bar Crawl

“The Nightmare on Congress Street” Charity Bar Crawl is Savannah’s newest and scariest bar crawl with a $1000 costume contest. Your mission? Visit every participating bar before the night’s end and earn yourself a FREE “I Survived the Nightmare” t-shirt. On top of the killer drink specials, each crawler will receive a signature goblet, wristband good for free cover, a koozie, plenty of swag from each bar and sponsor, an official score card to mark your progress, and a t-shirt for each crawler who survives. A portion of the Nightmare on Congress Street’s proceeds will be donated to AMBUCS. $15/advance, $20/day of event Thu., Oct. 31, 6 p.m. staffordpromos@gmail. com. Thu., Oct. 31, 6 p.m The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. The 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame Event

The 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame event, presented by The Rotary Club of Hilton Head will include a reception, concert and awards. This evening of memorable Sinatra-era songs from award-winning musicians and vocalists promises to be unforgettable, just like the impressive local legends who will be honored. Hors d’oeuvres are included in ticket price and a cash bar will be available. The Hall of Fame concert will benefit a variety of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head’s charities. $50/person Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. (843)6864100. hhrotary@sc.twcb.com. Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Avenue.

An exhibition of the punishing occurrences onboard the USS Savannah during the Battle of Salerno, Italy, September 11-12, 1943, resulting in over 200 casualties aboard the ship. Stories from various crew members have been woven within the ship’s log to provide first-hand reports of the harrowing events at the time they actually occurred. Through Dec. 31. shipsofthesea.org. Through Dec. 31 Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Farm a la Carte: A Mobile Farmer’s Market

At various spots around town, including Green Truck on Wednesdays, 2:30pm6:30pm. Bethesda Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, 3:00-5:30pm. Forsyth Park Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Sustainable meats, organic produce, local dairy. . revivalfoods.com. greentruckpub.com. Green Truck Pub, 2430 Habersham St. First Friday Art March

March your way down to Starland District and the Desotorow Gallery to explore an Art Bazaar, live music, and unique gallery exhibits. November Art March features 14 locations, including The Sentient Bean, Non-Fiction Gallery, Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe, Graveface Records and Curiosities, Maldoror’s Frame Shop, Desotorow Gallery, Black Orchid Tattoo, Ana-

hata Healing Arts, Sicky Nar Nar, The Chocolate Lab, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Of Two Minds Studio, Layers Printing, and Gallery Improviso. Featuring 15+ local artists and vendors in the Indie Arts Market on De Soto Ave. Family friendly activities including a kid’s art station, live music on De Soto Ave. by The Rosies, and a Halloween costume contest. Costume contest judging for ages 15 and under will be at 7:30, with judging for 16+ at 8:30 on De Soto Ave. Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. Teams can check in with the Bicycle Campaign on De Soto Ave where they receive the rules, challenge questions, and the map. The winning team receives prizes from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Desotorow. For more information visit facebook.com/SpokeModels. Art March After Party at The Wormhole (Ages 21+)! Starting at 9:30PM for the Haunted Time Machine, featuring Omignome and Broken Glow. Free first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. artmarchsavannah.com. first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. First Tuesday Tour of City Hall

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Haunted House to benefit Alee Shriner’s of Savannah - Zombies, Clowns, and lots of scary things! Comcessions available! T- Shirts to remember your visit as well! $8 adults - $6 Kids 12 & under Through Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. 912429-3059. aleeshrine.com. Through Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m Alee Shriner’s Temple, 100 Eisenberg Dr. Battle Voices: Salerno, Italy, 1943 (the USS Savannah)

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and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Saturdays, 10 a.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

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In the 1st floor Rotunda, tour guests will view a night photography exhibit “Savannah Squares by Night” by Jamie Rose Farreh. Free and open to the public. Through December, tour includes the historic photography exhibition on Savannah’s Liberty Ships.. first Tuesday of every month, noon. 912-651-6411. Lspracher@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov. Through December, tour includes the historic photography exhibition on Savannah’s Liberty Ships. first Tuesday of every month, noon Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street.

ARIES

(March 21-April 19) Once when I was hiking through Maui’s rain forest, I spied a majestic purple honohono flower sprouting from a rotting log. As I bent down close, I inhaled the merged aromas of moldering wood and sweet floral fragrance. Let’s make this scene your metaphor of the week, Aries. Here’s why: A part of your life that is in the throes of decay can serve as host for a magnificent bloom. What has been lost to you may become the source of fertility. Halloween costume suggestion: a garbage man or cleaning maid wearing a crown of roses.

threats to my integrity!”

CANCER

(June 21-July 22) Are you ready to be amazed? Now would be an excellent time to shed your soul’s infantile illusions . . . to play wildly with the greatest mystery you know . . . to accept gifts that enhance your freedom and refuse gifts that don’t . . . to seek out a supernatural encounter that heals your chronic sadness . . . to consort and converse with sexy magical spirits from the future . . . to make love with the lights on and cry when you come. Halloween costume suggestion: the archetypal LOVER.

TAURUS

LEO

What don’t you like? Get clear about that. What don’t you want to do? Make definitive decisions. What kind of person do you not want to become and what life do you never want to live? Resolve those questions with as much certainty as possible. Write it all down, preferably in the form of a contract with yourself. Sign the contract. This document will be your sacred promise, a declaration of the boundaries you won’t cross and the activities you won’t waste your time on and the desires that aren’t worthy of you. It will feed your freedom to know exactly what you like and what you want to accomplish and who you want to become. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of who you really are.

Some people in your vicinity are smoldering and fuming. The air is heavy with emotional ferment. Conspiracy theories are ripening and rotting at the same time. Hidden agendas are seeping into conversations, and gossip is swirling like ghostly dust devils. Yet in the midst of this mayhem, an eerie calm possesses you. As everyone else struggles, you’re poised and full of grace. To what do we owe this stability? I suspect it has to do with the fact that life is showing you how to feel at home in the world no matter what’s happening around you. Keep making yourself receptive to these teachings. Halloween costume suggestion: King or Queen of Relaxation.

(April 20-May 20)

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20) Are you up for an experiment? Not just on Halloween, but for a week afterwards, be scarier than your fears. If an anxious thought pops into your mind, bare your teeth and growl, “Get out of here or I will rip you to shreds!” If a demon visits you in a nightly dream, chase after it with a torch and sword, screaming “Begone, foul spirit, or I will burn your mangy ass!” Don’t tolerate bullying in any form, whether it comes from a critical little voice in your head or from supposedly nice people who are trying to guilt-trip you. “I am a brave conqueror who cannot be intimidated!” is what you could say, or “I am a monster of love and goodness who will defeat all

(July 23-Aug. 22)

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Unification should be a key theme for you in the coming weeks. Anything you do that promotes splicing and blending and harmonizing will get extra help, sometimes from mysterious forces working behind the scenes. The more you work to find common ground between opposing sides, the stronger you’ll feel and the better you’ll look. If you can manage to mend schisms and heal wounds, unexpected luck will flow into your life. To encourage these developments, consider these Halloween disguises: a roll of tape, a stick of Krazy Glue, a wound that’s healing, a bridge.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) What do you think you’d be like if you were among the one-percentwealthiest people on Earth? Would you demand that your government

raise your taxes so you could contribute more to our collective wellbeing? Would you live simply and cheaply so you’d have more money to donate to charities and other worthy causes? This Halloween season, I suggest you play around with fantasies like that -- maybe even masquerade as an incredibly rich philanthropist who doles out cash and gifts everywhere you go. At the very least, imagine what it would be like if you had everything you needed and felt so grateful you shared your abundance freely.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) What if you had the power to enchant and even bewitch people with your charisma? Would you wield your allure without mercy? Would you feel wicked delight in their attraction to you, even if you didn’t plan to give them what they want? I suspect these questions aren’t entirely rhetorical right now. You may have more mojo at your disposal than you realize. Speaking for your conscience, I will ask you not to desecrate your privilege. If you must manipulate people, do it for their benefit as well as yours. Use your raw magic responsibly. Halloween costume suggestion: a mesmerizing guru; an irresistible diva; a stage magician.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) I had a dream that you were in the film *O Brother, Where Art Thou?* You were like the character played by George Clooney after he escaped from a prison chain gang. Can you picture it? You were wearing a striped jailbird suit, and a ball and chain were still cuffed around your ankle. But you were sort of free, too. You were on the lam, making your way from adventure to adventure as you eluded those who would throw you back in the slammer. You were not yet in the clear, but you seemed to be en route to total emancipation. I think this dream is an apt metaphorical depiction of your actual life right now. Could you somehow use it in designing your Halloween costume?

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) I invite you to try the following exercise. Imagine the most powerful role you could realistically attain in the future. This is a position or niche or job that will authorize you to wield your influence to the

max. It will give you the clout to shape the environments you share with other people. It will allow you to freely express your important ideas and have them be treated seriously. Let your imagination run a little wild as you visualize the possibilities. Incorporate your visions into your Halloween costume.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) In the course of earning a living, I have worked four different jobs as a janitor and six as a dishwasher. On the brighter side, I have performed as a songwriter and lead singer for six rock bands and currently write a syndicated astrology column. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Aquarians are primed to cultivate a relationship with your work life that is more like my latter choices than the former. The next eight months will be a favorable time to ensure that you’ll be doing your own personal equivalent of rock singer or astrology columnist well into the future. Halloween costume suggestion: your dream job.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20) Author Robert Louis Stevenson loved the work of poet Walt Whitman, recommending it with the same enthusiasm as he did Shakespeare’s. Stevenson also regarded Whitman as an unruly force of nature, and in one famous passage, called him “a large shaggy dog, just unchained, scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.” Your assignment is to do your best imitation of a primal creature like Whitman. In fact, consider being him for Halloween. Maybe you could memorize passages from Whitman’s *Leaves of Grass* and recite them at random moments. Here’s one: “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. No reservations needed for 10:30am, 1:30pm and 2pm. Other times by appointment. Call for info. . 912-5255023. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Karaoke

KARAOKE Every Sunday 10pm-1am & every Wednesday from 9pm-12am, Come join the fun. Sundays, 10 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 p.m. 912-341-7427. tondees.com/. Sundays, 10 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 p.m Tondee’s Tavern, 7 East Bay Street. The original Midnight Tour

One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 . 1-866-666-3323. 6thsenseworld.com. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ Pantry

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

A “Treat-or-Treat” Halloween pub crawl for drink specials at ten bars on River Street. Ten select bars on River Street. Crawl along the cobblestones at your own pace while enjoying drink specials along the way. Late Registration will take place the day of at 6:30pm in front of Dub’s Pub. Participating Bars & Restaurants: Bayou Café, Dub’s Pub, Joe’s Crab Shack, Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, Rusty Rudder’s Tap House, Shrimp Factory, Spanky’s, Tubby’s Tank House, The Warehouse, and Wet Willie’s. Hosted by the Savannah Riverfront. $10 (includes souvenir glow in the dark cup) Thu., Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m. riverstreetsavannah.com. riverstreetsavannah.com/. Thu., Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m River Street, River St. Savannah Storytellers

Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912-349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt.


Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice

Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. . savannahsca.org. Festivals Savannah Zombie Walk

Our 6th Annual Savannah Zombie Walk will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Savannah GA from noon – 8pm. This event will be Day of the Dead themed! ALL AGES! The walk is FREE with a canned food donation. The walk begins promptly at 7pm and travels down River Street. Join us throughout the day to enjoy vendors, bands, entertainers, activities & more! Makeup artists will be on site until 6:30pm. The canned food that is collected at the Savannah Zombie Walk is donated to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. FREE w/canned food item Sat., Nov. 2, 12 & 8 p.m. info@savannahzombiewalk.com. savannahzombiewalk. com. Sat., Nov. 2, 12 & 8 p.m Emmet Park, End of Bay St. Fitness AHA in the AM

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

Jivamkuti Inspired w/ Brittany Roberts Mondays 6:30pm – 7:45pm Soul Progression w/ Lynn Geddes Tuesdays/ Thursdays 12:30pm – 1:45pm & 6:30pm – 7:45pm TGiF! Power Hour with Lynne McSweeny Fridays 5:45pm – 6:45pm All Levels Yoga w/ Christine Harness Glover Saturdays 9:30am – 10:45am n/a first Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday of every month. 912-308-3410. first Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday of every month Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. Al-Anon Family Groups

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

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

Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

intensive workshops. . 912-441-4891. customfitcenter.com.

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

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to tunr an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. . 912-429-9241.

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Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. . beastmodefitnessga.com. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Bellydancing Fusion Classes

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

Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. . egs5719@aol.com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Critz Tybee Run Fest--Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for this twoday running event on Tybee Island. Event dates: January 31 and February 1, 2014. See website for details on the many races and events held during the weekend. Through Jan. 29, 2014. critztybeerun.com/registration. Through Jan. 29, 2014 Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone i need of support for the caregiving they provide. . savannahcommons.com. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. . 912-598-2300. gastateparks.org/ SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes

A system of self-defense techniques based on several martial arts. The official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Custom Fit offers individual and small group training and

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Mommy and Baby Yoga

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

Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol DalyWilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. . 912-238-0018. savannahpilates.com. pilatessavannah. com/. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga

series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. . 912-7047650. ann@aikyayoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Classes

Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 . qigongtim. com/. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Renagade Workout

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912-376-0219 . Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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

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

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

With a one-year, $10 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speak-

ers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. . savystrider.com. Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

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Tuesdays, 9am-10am. $10. North End of Forsyth Park. Email for info. . relaxsavannah@gmail.com. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 . 586-822-1021. facebook.com/turbokicksavannah. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6:30pm Tuesdays. 12:45pm Thursdays. Fitness One, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial. Call for info. . 912-350-9031. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Mondays: 8:30am and 7pm. Lake Mayer Community Center. $5. 5:30pm Frank Murray Community Center, Whitmarsh Island. $3. Tuesdays: 10am Curves @ Savannah Mall. $5/class for non-members. 5:30pm St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class/non-members. Wednesdays: 9:30am, Frank Murray Community Center, Whitemarsh Island, $3. Thursdays: 10am, Curves at Savannah Mall, $5. Bring water, proper shoes and attire. Contact Mai @ 912604-9890. . 912-604-9890. Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. . 912-349-4902. on Sundays. Call for information. . 912236-7423. Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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

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

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

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A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. . 912-3522611. Health Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of

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

Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery can affect patients’ lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. . 912350-3438. bariatrics.memorialhealth. com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

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Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. . 912-355-4601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St.

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

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$725+security •1134 E.39th: 3BR house $600+security •905 Elliott: 3BR house, gas heat $500+security •2009 Atlantic: 3BR house $600+security •1202 E.37th: 3BR Apt., gas heat $550+security •728 W.39th: 4BR house, CH&A $700+security. Call Lester @ 912-313-8261 or Deloris 912-272-3926

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Century 21 Fox Properties.. •1006 West 40th: 3BR house. Priced for FURNISHED EFFICIENCY: quick sale. Below $30,000. 912-352-2747 1510 Lincoln Street. $165/ week plus deposit. Includes FOR RENT For Rent microwave, refrigerator, central •1235 E. 40th St. 3BR house, partially heat & air & utilities! Call furnished, CH&A $750+security. •1102 E.33rd St. 2BR Apt., CH&A 912.231.0240


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