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


Wednesday Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights continues

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What: More than 80 lighted holidaythemed displays at the Savannah Harbor Road Course on Hutchinson Island. With horse carriage rides and the Staples Safari Zoo. When: 5:30-10 p.m Where: The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Cost: $25 per family vehicle Info: festival-schedule.html Info: 912-355-3366. puppets@pup-

Skatefest continues

Multiple sessions each day. Each session is 1.5 hours. Times vary. Closed 12/20 and 12/25. Where: The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $7 per person. Skatefest pass: $35 for 6 sessions. Info: View/3920

Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight

What: A Savannah tradition returns.

Music: Jazz "Yule" Love

What: Coastal Jazz Association jazzes up Christmas at this annual concert and jam session. Trombonist Teddy Adams hosts Eric Jones on piano, Quentin Baxter-drums, Mitch Hennes – bass, and other local and regional musicians, including some national & international artists who are Savannah natives … coming home for Christmas. The CJA annual Fundraiser benefits the Student-Scholarship Education Fund. When: 5 p.m Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Cost: $20 in advance (404-997-3281) or $25 at the door. Info: 843-271-9919.


Thursday Angela Beasley's End of Year Puppet Workshop & Show

What: Puppet People's World of Let's Pretend. Children learn to make their own puppet which will be followed by a puppet show. When: 11 a.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 children. $5 adults.

What: In the Spirit of Mutual Congratu-

lations, of Feasting and Merriment Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations. Historic dancing demonstration. When: -30, 6-8:30 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: Adults: $9/advance, $11/door. Children ages 6-18: $6/advance, $8/ door. Info: 912-236-8097.

Free Downtown Garage Parking

What: Three (3) hours of free parking in City Parking Garages every Thursday and Friday through Dec. 27.(Note: not offered during times when garages are charging special event rates.)

Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

What: Great winter activities for the week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec.26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.

Skatefest 2013 What: Get on the ice! A Savannah tradition. Each session is 1.5 hours. When: Daily through Jan. 4. 10 a.m., 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8 & 10:30 p.m Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $7 per person. Skatefest pass: $35 for 6 sessions. Info:

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Angela Beasley's End of Year Puppet Workshop & Show

What: Puppet People's World of Let's Pretend. Children learn to make their own puppet which will be followed by a puppet show. When: 11 a.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 children. $5 adults. Info: 912-355-3366.

Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight

What: In the Spirit of “Mutual Congratulations, of Feasting and Merriment†Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations. Historic dancing demonstration. When: Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: Adults: $9/advance, $11/door. Children ages 6-18: $6/advance, $8/ door. Info: 912-236-8097.

Free Downtown Garage Parking

What: Three (3) hours of free parking in City Parking Garages every Thursday and Friday through Dec. 27.(Note: not offered during times when garages are charging special event rates.)

Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

What: Great winter activities for the week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec. 26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.


Saturday Angela Beasley's End of Year Puppet Workshop & Show

What: Puppet People's World of Let's Pretend. Children learn to make their own puppet which will be followed by a puppet show. When: 11 a.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 children. $5 adults. Info: 912-355-3366.

Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight

What: In the Spirit of âMutual Congratulations, of Feasting and Merriment Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations. Historic dancing demonstration. When: Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: Adults: $9/advance, $11/door. Children ages 6-18: $6/advance, $8/ door. Info: 912-236-8097.

Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium/Holland, 2013)

What: Elise has her own tattoo shop and Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. When a tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. In English and Flemish with English subtitles. When: 5 & 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $8 Info:

What: CinemaSavannah screens this year’s favorite of critics and audiences all over Europe. Elise has her own tattoo shop and Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. When an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. Nominated for six European Film Awards, and a multiple winner of the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. In English and Flemish with English subtitles. When: 5 & 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $8 Info:

Forsyth Farmers Market

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


Sunday Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight

week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec. 26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.

What: In the Spirit of Mutual Congratulations, of Feasting and Merriment Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations. Historic dancing demonstration. When: Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East State St. Cost: Adults: $9/advance, $11/door. Children ages 6-18: $6/advance, $8/ door. Info: 912-236-8097.

Nature Outing: Beaches and Borders tour of Tybee Island

Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center What: Great winter activities for the

What: Wilderness Southeast's two-hour exploration of the salt marshes and beach on Tybee Island. A naturalist guide explains the cultural and natural history of our coastline. Reservations required. Fee includes use of binocs and spotting scope. 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:

What: Great winter activities for the week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec. 26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.

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Up the Cup on River Street Did someone say “six foot to-go cup?” Yup, it’s a new twist on New Year’s Eve, with a Savannah flavor. The fun starts about 8 p.m., and the countdown will start right before midnight, followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2014. Count down the final seconds of 2013 at Rousakis Plaza on the waterfront as a six foot to-go cup is raised to the New Year! Performances from Those Cats and A Nickel Bag of Funk. Savannah Rocks!

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Bring vintage photographs, posters, programs and other memorabilia from Savannah’s rock ‘n’ roll past; they will be scanned on-site for inclusion on the Savannah Rocks! bulletin board/exhibition, opening Jan. 3. When: 2-6 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Info:


Monday Angela Beasley's End of Year Puppet Workshop & Show What: Puppet People's World of Let's Pretend. Children learn to make their own puppet which will be followed by a puppet show. When: 11 a.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 children. $5 adults. Info: 912-355-3366.

Davenport House Holiday Evening Tours By Candlelight What: In the Spirit of Mutual Congratu-

lations, of Feasting and Merriment Listen to music from the early 19th century. Taste short bread and cider in the garden. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations. Historic dancing demonstration.

When: Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Where: Davenport House, 324 East

State St.

Cost: Adults: $9/advance, $11/door.

Children ages 6-18: $6/advance, $8/ door. Info: 912-236-8097.

Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

What: Great winter activities for the week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec. 26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.


Tuesday Angela Beasley's End of Year Puppet Workshop & Show

What: Puppet People's World of Let's Pretend. Children learn to make their own puppet which will be followed by a puppet show. When: 11 a.m Where: Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 children. $5 adults.


Holiday Happenings at Oatland Island Wildlife Center


What: Great winter activities for the

week after Christmas. Hearth Cooking, Animal Encounters, Wolf Wilderness 101 and a Winter Night journey in the planetarium. Complete schedule on When: Dec. 26-31 Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $3 - $5. Some programs have increased fees of $2. Info: (912) 395-1500.

Film: Mystery Screening for Dana Andrews' Birthday What: Psychotronic Film Night: A mys-

tery selection honoring the B-movie actor also remembered for standout roles in 1943’s The Oxbow Incident, 1944’s Laura, and the Oscar-winning 1946 war movie The Best Years of our Lives. When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $7 Info:

City Market New Year's Eve Celebration

What: An outdoor street party! Live music starts at 9:00pm. No tickets or reservations are required. When: 9 p.m Where: City Market, Jefferson at West Saint Julian St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

Tybee Island Fireworks

What: Ring in New Years Eve with fireworks at the beach. Enjoy the fireworks display from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the east side of the island. When: 11:59 p.m Where: Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:

New Year's Day Auction

Tybee Polar Plunge What: Go jump in the ocean! In the winter! In swimsuits or a costume! A New Year’s Day tradition, and a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater. When: noon New Year’s Day Where: Tybee Pier Pavilion at the end of Tybrisa St. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12, gets you a T-shirt and the good feeling that comes from helping the Tybee Post Theater! Yes, otherwise anyone can just jump in the water.... Info:

Up the Cup on River Street

What: It’s a non-traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop with a Savannah twist. Countdown the final seconds of 2013 as a six foot to-go cup is raised to the New Year! The Up the Cup countdown will start right before midnight, followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2014! Special guest performances from Those Cats and A Nickelbag of Funk.

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m Where: Rousakis Plaza, River St. Cost: Free Info:

What: This auction will include items from the home of Robert Pooler, after whom the town of Pooler was named, & much more. A festive day, serving mimosas and traditional New Years Day food. When: 1 p.m Where: Bull Street Auctions, 2819 Bull Street. Info:

Tybee Polar Plunge

What: A New Year's Day tradition, and a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater. When: noon Where: Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12 Info:

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Looking Ahead Elvis Lives! Jan. 4, Johnny Mercer Theatre. SCAD theater: Machinal. Feb. 13-16, Mondanaro Theatre. Savannah Community Theatre: The Savannah A-Town Get Down w/The Disputation. Jan. 10-19, Lee Boys. Feb. 22, Morris Muse Arts Warehouse. Center. Film: Bonnie and Clyde. Jan. SCAD dance: Oasis. Feb. 11, Trustees Theater. 27-March 2, Lucas Theatre. Nureyev State Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty. Jan. Band of Horses: March 3, 12, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Trustees Theater. In the Mood Big Band ReSavannah Stopover. March vue: Jan. 17, Lucas Theatre. 6-8. The Band Perry. March 7, MountainFilm on Tour. Jan. 17 & 18, Trustees Theater. Dunaway & Beatty, Bonnie & Clyde Johnny Mercer Theatre. The Collective Face: Fool For Ringling Bros. Barnum & Love. Muse Arts Warehouse. March 7-23. Bailey Circus. Jan. 22-26, MLK Arena. Film: Harvey. Jan. 24, Lucas Theatre. Harlem Globetrotters. March 13, MLK Arena. Film: Rear Window. Jan. 25, Lucas Theatre. Savannah Music Festival: March 20-April 5. Avett Brothers (Savannah Music Festival). PULSE Festival. Jan. 29-Feb. 2. March 21, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Scenes de La Vie Boheme (opera): Jan. 31, Lucas Graveface Fest II. March 22, Dollhouse ProducTheatre. tions. Film: The Sting. Feb. 1, Trustees Theater. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Savannah Broadway Tour: Hair. Feb. 5, Johnny Mercer Music Festival). March 27, Lucas Theatre. Theatre. Gabriel Iglesias. March 27, Johnny Mercer Film: Amelie. Feb. 7, Lucas Theatre. Theatre. Savannah Rocks! concert: Feb. 7, American Vince Gill & Paul Franklin (Savannah Music Legion 135. Festival). March 28, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Film: The English Patient. Feb. 8, Lucas Theatre. Taj Mahal (Savannah Music Festival). March 29, Columbia City Ballet: Alice in Wonderland. Feb. Lucas Theatre. 8, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Savannah Savannah Book Festival. Feb. 13-16. Music Festival). March 30, Lucas Theatre. CS


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As you likely deduced from our cover this week, this is our Year in Review issue. We handled things a wee bit differently this year. Instead of running one big batch of yearend stuff in the front of the paper, we’ve spread the 2013 love throughout the issue, keeping the newsy stuff up front. So if you want to read about Ben Tucker or Paula Deen or Whole Foods, don’t fear, it’s all there. It’s just not up front with the more political stuff like SPLOST and the discouraging Willie Lovett-oriented news still coming out of Savannah/Chatham Metro Police. For me, 2013 will be less a year of major Savannah developments than a year of smaller moments. Moments like: • “Slideluck” upstairs at the Legion, thanks to Francis Allen, Summer Teal Simpson, et al. • Interviewing Bill Maher in advance of his April show here. One of the most genuine and interesting folks I’ve ever talked to

for the paper. • Superhorse at The Jinx. • Japanese girl-group The Suzan in a return performance at Savannah Stopover, thanks to Kayne Lanahan, et al. • The Kylesa show at the Dollhouse, when the moshing dudes kept almost knocking over Phillip Cope’s elaborate theremin/ effects rack at the front of the stage. • Another Dollhouse moment: Sergio Dias of the legendary Brazilian rock/samba/ metal/jazz/everything group Os Mutantes opening the show with a bit of “Georgia On My Mind,” then stopping and laughing, “Shit, I’m from Brazil and I know the words better than you guys.” Thanks to Peter and Blake Mavrogeorgis, et al. • Hanging out at Ruel Joyner’s place 24e with contributing photographer Geoff Johnson during our Best of Savannah cover shoot there.

• The pleasure of returning to the local stage in the summer production of Medea at Muse Arts Warehouse. JinHi Soucy Rand and Mark Rand continue to be indispensable pillars of Savannah’s cultural scene. • A St. Patrick’s Day with the best weather ever. • Crossing off a bucket-list item when I got a chance to fly on a WWII B-17 bomber. And in the me-me-me department: • Having the honor of being a presenting author at February’s Savannah Book Festival. Wow, it was cold that day! • Co-winning “Media of the Year” award from Ogeechee Riverkeeper along with our Jessica Leigh Lebos (see Jessica’s update inside). • Accepting the annual “Pedal Medal” on behalf of Connect’s work supporting the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. Next issue, we’ll go over some of the issues facing Savannah and how we can learn from 2013’s developments — the good ones and the bad ones. cs

Editor, I read your recent column on receiving a parking ticket for your admitted infraction of the parking laws of Savannah (“Facing the wrong way”). I have a couple of observations. I agree it was a violent weekend for a number of Savannah families. With 4 shootings and a beating to death, no one can say that is acceptable. Your parking ticket, whether issued or not, would not have stopped the mentioned violence. Parking Services is not

within the Police department. Its employees are not sworn police officers. Thus, they are not tasked with police matters which include but are not limited to shootings and muggings. Parking Services is tasked with maintaining parking order. While I understand the frustration of receiving a parking ticket, the cause of the ticket was controlled by you. While folks may park willy-nilly on your street, that is not legal. Rampant failure to park legally is no excuse when one receives a ticket. That argument is an updated version of the one my children

used with “Johnny’s parents let him!”. Simply put, we have laws. We have rules and regulations. If you and your neighbors are aggrieved, petition City Council to remove the parking requirements. Then, there will be no problem as parking willy-nilly is acceptable and non-ticketable. I much rather that you had delved into the criminal matters and why our young folk are so violent toward each other. That would be an article. I suggest that our SCCMPD is in turmoil and has been for years. The reality is internal politics keeps officers from doing


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A refugee family’s first Christmas Since Chanukah came and went weeks ago, you might think I feel lonesome among the Christmas craziness.



those who don’t have the excuse that they already put away the menorahs. The malls and the shops on Broughton Street may be bustling with chaching-ing good cheer, but often, the season can leave many feeling like strangers in a strange land. For a family I met last week, that feeling is no analogy but reality. Van Sang, his wife, Muani, and their four children will spend their first Christmas in Savannah after being relocated from a Malaysian refugee camp this summer, and though they have celebrated the birth of Jesus all their lives, the holiday has never felt so foreign. Traditions are quite different in their native Burma — the warwracked, tyrant-controlled Southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar — and likely don’t include shopping sprees or legions of automatronic reindeers lit up in the front yard. Still, the freedom to practice their

and his little brother, Pa Thang. They arrive with literally no possessions, and LSG helps set them up with housing and entry-level jobs that don’t require much English. Volunteers guide them through the mystifying basics of American life, like the teeny print on the bus route pamphlet and how to swipe a debit card (confounding for those who have lived here all our lives. Whoever drew those Escher-esque illustrations on ATMs deserves coal in his or her stocking).The expectation is that the refugees will become self-sufficient within a year, and most of them do. “Savannah’s a great place because it’s smaller than a lot of metropolitan areas and it’s easier to navigate,” Harrison tells me on the way to the Sangs’ modestly furnished but spotless rental home off the South American streets on the city’s eastside. Muani greets us at the door, cheerful and enormously pregnant. She graciously accepts a gift of rice and a Target gift card, plus a couple of toy trucks from Harrison for the pair of energetic young boys rolling around the floor in Elmo pajamas. Van is away at his full-time job making sausage at Roger Woods Foods in

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Actually, I’m pretty relaxed, having already picked most of the candle wax out of the carpet as my neighbors tussle with last-minute trips up the ladder to tack up just one more string of icicle lights. Harried shoppers with carts piled high rush around me at the grocery store murmuring to themselves about honeyed hams and bread pudding; I’m over here leisurely poking at avocados for Tuesday taco night. I’m terribly excited about my plans for Christmas Day, which involve Chinese takeout and the entire season of Homeland. But it’s true that this time of year can bring on a sense of otherness and isolation for some in our quirky Southern community — even for

religion without fear is worth the confusion of terrifying lawn ornaments, fast traffic and a whole new language. “It takes a lot of adjusting,” sympathizes Deirdre Harrison, the director of the Refugee Resettlement Program of Lutheran Services of Georgia. “Most refugees come from rural environments of abject poverty, and they’re escaping religious, political or ethnic persecution.” Refugees are different from immigrants in that they cannot return home, ever. Over 43 million people worldwide are currently displaced from war and genocide, and they flock to UN camps and makeshift tent cities where food and medicine are scarce. Along with hundreds of other First World non-government organizations, LSG does what it can, sponsoring some 500 refugees a year. Harrison has helped over 90 refugees find their way to Savannah from Iraq, Iran and Burma — where most of the population is Buddhist, and Muslims and Christians are targeted by the military. Usually the refugees are single men, though once in a while there is an opportunity for a large family like the Sang clan, which also includes Van’s mother, Iai Ring,

Refugee Muani Sang (left) escaped the war and violence of Burma/Myanmar with her husband, four children and mother-in-law (right, center) and brother-in-law. Relocated to Savannah by Lutheran Services of Georgia, the family is adjusting to Christmas in a new land.

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as other Burmese neighbors keep popping by, including Nai Blai Mon, fresh off his shift as a dishwasher at Whole Foods. Brother-in-law Pa Thang comes home from Groves High, where he’s required to attend until his 18th birthday next month. He’s wearing a t-shirt screenprinted with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese political dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and now serves in the Myanmar Parliament. Known simply as “The Lady,” Suu Kyi continues to hold her government accountable for its ongoing human rights violations. Harrison says LSG will continue to resettle refugees in this neighborhood, giving each new arrival a bit of familiarity in their alien new home. Though it sounds contrived for these strangers to forge a community (imagine being thrown together with a bunch of random Savannahians in a foreign country!) Lian assures that they will decorate a tree and gather for a traditional meal of beef and corn soup on Christmas Day. “We are all from different villages, but we are a family now,” he says, raising his arms as one of the Sang boys divebombs him from the couch. It seems like a small miracle for those expelled from their native lands to find a sense of belonging in this part of the world where nothing feels like home. May a similar warmth come to those who hail from right here yet feel apart from the festivities of the season. It’s my Christmas wish for all, no matter how you celebrate. cs


Garden City, where he commutes an hour a day by bicycle. The two eldest Sang daughters are at school at May Howard Elementary. Sitting on the sofa are two other Burmese refugees who also recently settled in the neighborhood thanks to LSG. We sit down on the carpet to chat. Which proves difficult, though Muani is learning a bit of Engliish by attending services at Bible Baptist Church. Her mother-in-law cannot read or write even in Burmese, her only language the spoken Chin dialect. I want to ask how it feels to be here, what they miss about home, are they as overwhelmed by the myriad brands of toothpaste at Target as I am? Instead, we all smile at each other while the boys shred the packaging on the toys. Finally, there is a knock at the door: It’s interpreter Zam Lian, another Burmese refugee who works as a sushi chef at TaCa. I commence with my questions, and though Lian’s eagerness to help is admirable, much seems lost in translation. Through our halted conversation and from the look of weariness on mother-in-law Iai’s wrinkled face as she squats in the corner wearing a pair of pink flannel frog pajama pants, I infer that resettlement is a mixed blessing. Though they are now safe to practice their religion, there will be years of awkward, displaced feelings for all but perhaps the youngest Sang, chortling madly and pointing at his older brother, who is wearing the cardboard truck box on his head. Soon everyone is laughing, and the living room gets even more crowded

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Cops, fish, and feds, oh my

A look back at the biggest local news stories of 2013




No love for Lovett

Local artist Panhandle Slim painted furloughed federal employee Amy Ochoa.

The biggest local news story of 2013 was without a doubt the depressing, devastating meltdown of the top leadership of the Savannah/ Chatham Metropolitan Police. This soap opera had just about everything: Sex, drugs, adultery, lawsuits, corruption in high places. The tragic result is a police force still paralyzed to a certain extent by the upheaval, which is far from over. Former Police Chief Willie Lovett, Savannah’s first African American police chief and once hailed as a great example of promoting-from-within, resigned suddenly in September when it became clear that his role as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit was about to blow up big-time. The lawsuit centered on an alleged affair Lovett had with detective Trina Mayes, who is married to another Savannah cop, LaPrentice Mayes. Meanwhile, two captains, Dean Fagerstrom and Charles Hall, sued the City, saying Lovett allegedly characterized an open major’s position they were interested in applying for as a “white man’s spot.” Yikes! And those are just a few of the eight pending discrimination lawsuits against Savannah Police that are facing City of Savannah taxpayers. But the most far-reaching development was the apparent corruption of the department’s Internal Affairs division under Chief Lovett. Taxpayers funded a pricey independent study by a Virginia firm which focused on the activities of Counter Narcotics Team member Malik Khaalis and Savannah Police officer Willet Williams. Both officers came under scrutiny from the FBI as well as Chatham County DA Meg Heap for the alarming and suspicious breakdown of drug investigations they were involved in. While the report paints a gripping and grim picture of the cooperation between Khaalis, Williams, and the drug traffickers they seem to have protected, even more disturbing is the length to which Chief Lovett allegedly went in order to protect Khaalis and

Williams in turn. In the report, Lovett repeatedly covers for them and either demotes or removes anyone attempting to blow the whistle on their activities, including the previously mentioned Capt. Fagerstrom. Savannah has a new interim police chief, Julie Tolbert, who depending on who you talk to is either a breath of fresh air or someone already far too close to the situation the City is attempting to reform and to the people who need to be cleaned out. City Manager Stephanie Cutter has vowed to “leave no stone unturned.” But taxpayers are left wondering if that means real responsible action or just more expensive studies to tell us what we already know. — Jim Morekis

Ogeechee victory

It’s been two and half years since 38,000 dead fish were found floating belly up in the Ogeechee River, and justice has finally been served. At the end of November, the environmental non-profit Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) announced that they had reached a settlement with King America Finishing (KAF), a textile manufacturing plant that expels its wastewater right above where the dead fish bobbed in May 2011. Though KAF did not expressly take responsibility for the fish kill, the settlement includes a $2.5 million contribution by KAF to ORK to monitor pollution levels in the Ogeechee River. The agreement also sets forth an unprecedented set of regulations required of KAF, contained in a revised wastewater permit issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “This settlement provides ORK with the means to not only closely monitor the river on an ongoing basis, but also creates a process for discussing changes to the permit in the event any problems come to light,” says Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn. Since the fish kill, KAF has spent half a million dollars on improving its wastewater treatment facilities and

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will invest another $2.5 million in upgrades. The consent order from the state also calls for third-party monitoring and a host of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). In exchange, the Riverkeeper will drop its Clean Water Act lawsuit against KAF and stop fighting against the terms of the EPD permit. ORK leadership and legal counsel were closely involved in the authorship of the permit issued on Nov. 20. Some of the negotiations include a 30-35 percent decrease in the allowed limits of ammonia and a 20 percent decrease in the total amount of wastewater discharged into the river, down from 10 percent to 8 percent. Also for the first time, there are caps on total waste solids and fecal coliform as well as limits on discharged sulfides and nitrogen. Changes in color and pH will be sounded by automatic alarm, and the presence of the fire retardant chemical tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium chloride (THPC) will be specifically checked for twice a month instead of twice a year. “The Ogeechee River will now be the most monitored, regulated, analyzed body of water in the state,” vows ORK attorney Don Stack. — Jessica Leigh Lebos

A Streetcar named Arena

Opponents of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), emboldened by the 2012 crash and burn of the statewide TSPLOST referendum, thought mistakenly that this might be the first year voters wouldn’t extend SPLOST since its inception in the Reagan administration. But Savannahians continued to show their voracious appetite for sales taxes when in November they easily passed an extension of the one percent tax for another six years. SPLOST’s extension means the City’s single big-ticket wishlist item, a new arena on the Westside to replace the aging Civic Center, will be a reality, to the tune of nearly $200 million. (The Johnny Mercer Theatre, however, will remain and be upgraded.) Turns out that’s not all for taxes. Right around the time of SPLOST’s passage, plans were immediately unveiled — purely coincidentally, we’re sure — for a Tax Allocation District on the Westside.

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Turns out the idea isn’t only a new arena on the Westside, but several new streetcar lines to accompany it, administered by Chatham Area Transit and paid for, in part, through said Tax Allocation District. The design renderings of the new “Canal District,” by Sottile & Sottile Urban Design, were sure pretty. But seriously: Streetcars on the Westside? Will each one come with a cop? No wait, never mind, scratch that...— Jim Morekis

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Local citizen Shanta Green tragically lost her left leg and most of her pelvis when an oak tree limb fell on her car in 2010. According to reports, she and her attorney approached the City, then under Mayor Otis Johnson, for a settlement to help cover her enormous medical bills, but were rebuffed. The jury in her subsequent lawsuit against the City — for negligent care of Savannah’s tree canopy — gave Green a stunning $12 million verdict, later reduced to a still-ginormous $9.5 million settlement. So far, nothing at all funny about this story. But there is a punchline: The City wasn’t insured for the lawsuit! Get it? Evidently the mayor and other city leaders figured the liability insurance premiums were too high. So... wait for it.... They just canceled the liability insurance! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. In other words, the Green settlement, among others like it, will likely have to be entered as actual line items in future City budgets, to be paid out of pocket by us, the taxpayers! Haha, so hilarious. They’re here all week, folks, don’t forget to tip your server. — Jim Morekis

Joe Biden’s port authority

Things got a little presidential around here in September, when Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to the Port of Savannah. The VPOTUS came to town as part of a tour of Eastern seaports and to throw his support behind the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Heralding the project continues on p. 14

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as a vital cog in Georgia’s economic engine, he encouraged political collaboration to “get this done, come hell or high water.” The project will dredge the Savannah River from 42 to 47 feet in order to accommodate a fleet of new, gargantuan freighter ships that will soon be calling on U.S. ports. To fund the project’s $652 million price tag, the Port of Savannah is competing with Charleston and other Eastern cities for federal dollars currently being divvied up in Congress as part of the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA). Environmentalists continue to contend that over half of the SHEP funding is earmarked for projected environmental damage, indicating the river is ill-suited for expansion. A suit brought against the project by the Southern Environmental Law Center was settled in May, but a South Carolina court ruled the project can’t go ahead until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides proof that the dozen, 18-foot Speece cones that will be employed to moderate low oxygen levels will actually work. Earlier this month, the VPOTUS lead a U.S. delegation to the Panama Canal, which is undergoing its own massive expansion. Atlanta mayor and Georgia Port Authority booster Kasim Reed went along, and later told the Associated Press that he and Georgia lawmakers are watching Congress closely to make sure SHEP doesn’t get eliminated from the list of federal water projects. The raising of the projects’ original 1999 spending limit has already passed the House and Senate, but a final version has yet to be announced. Once the WRRDA takes effect, Reed promises that the port will partner with the Corps to begin the 37-mile dredging, regardless of how much in federal funds have been committed. “We’re hearing we’re going to have a bill to go to the president prior to Dec. 31,” said Reed. Stay tuned. — Jessica Leigh Lebos

That time Congress shut this whole thing down

October 1 brought a dark cloud over America when Congress refused to pass a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies and lift the debt ceiling, effectively shutting down wide swaths of the federal government.

While such temporary funding bills are nothing new, this year’s stalling appeared a clear tactic to delay the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The shutdown forced about 800,000 federal workers off their jobs and suspended most nonessential federal programs and services, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture’s Women Infant and Children program and all national parks, museums and memorials. Protests ensued all over the country and demonstrators converged on state capitals. On Oct. 12, outraged citizens stormed barricades blocking the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Locally, thousands of civilian employees from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield were sent home, as well as those who work at Fort Pulaski and other federal sites. “They gave everyone two hours to change voicemail, clean up and secure the buildings,” Amy Ochoa, a ranger at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. “We were prepared to stay closed for a couple of weeks, but we were watching the news like everyone else.” Ochoa, who has been overseeing visitors’ services and tours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife-supervised refuge for 15 years, worried about the lapse in pay and getting behind on bills. “Most federal employees are modestly paid, living pretty close to paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I just wanted to get back to work.” Though she and the rest of the furloughed employees were eventually reimbursed for lost time, Ochoa says it was far from a paid vacation. “I did a lot of housework.” The shutdown lasted until Oct. 16, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed on a plan to fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7. President Obama signed the bill at 11:30pm, allowing federal employees to return to work the following morning. The Affordable Care Act has been in effect since Oct. 1, though its website,, has been plagued with bugs. Last week Congress prevented another shutdown in January, passing a new budget deal that funds federal agencies through the 2015 fiscal year. — Jessica Leigh Lebos

Chatham Police Dept. incident reports

Charges in Biancosino/ PIckel murders An investigation by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and consultation with the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office has led to murder charges against a Savannah man in a 2012 double homicide.

Walter Terry Moon, 32, of the 1500 block of East 50th Street, was charged this past Friday with the murders of Michael Biancosino and Emily Pickels in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2012. Detectives said on March 27, 2013, they had identified Sidney Ashley Grant as the gunman who fired upon the white Buick the couple was in about 3 a.m. Grant, 32, was the suspect in the shootings before he was found shot

to death March 16 on Indian Street in front of Club Frozen by officers responding to a shooting call. Police announced at that time that they were continuing to search for others involved in the case. Moon was being held in the Chatham County Detention Center on other charges when he was served with the murder warrants. He has a history of arrests stemming back to July 1998 when he was 18. Charges have ranged from robbery to carrying concealed weapons with altered IDs to obstruction, illegal drug possession and sales, aggravated assault and probation violation. He most recently had been sentenced to in 2009 to 10 years in prison for several charges, including aggravated assault, batter and obstruction of a police officer. He began his sentence in 2009 and was released in 2012. Prior to that he served two years and six months for a 2001 conviction on weapons charges.

• The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person. CNT is seeking 39-yearold Khadija Nicole Brown of Savannah in connection with a two month long CNT investigation during which time Brown sold cocaine from her eastside Savannah home.  Brown is described as a black female, 5ft, 02in in height, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Brown also has a distinct horizontal scar located at the base of her neck.  Brown’s last known addresses are 1136 E. 53rd Street and 1128 E. 54th Street in Savannah. Anyone with information concerning Brown’s whereabouts is asked to call CNT at 912-652-3900 or CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020 where callers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. 

• Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in west Chatham County Above, Moon; the morning of Dec. 20. left, Brown A fisherman reported finding the remains near Kings Ferry Park on the Ogeechee River about 11 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 2342020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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America’s foremost advocate for frontal lobotomies as “treatment” for mental disorder, the late Dr. Walter Freeman, performed an estimated 3,500 lobotomies during the 1940s and 1950s before opposition finally solidified against him, according to a December 2013 investigation by The Wall Street Journal. At the peak of his influence, he was so confident that he demonstrated the procedure to skeptics by hammering an icepick (“from his own kitchen,” the Journal reported) into both eye sockets of an electrical-shocked patient and “toggling” the picks around the brain tissue, certain that he was severing “correctly.” For years, Freeman (a neurologist untrained in surgery) marshaled positive feedback from enough patients and families for the procedure to survive criticism, and he spent his final years (until his death in 1972) securing patient testimonials to “prove” the validity of lobotomies.

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• Each Nov. 1 is a day (or two) of craziness in the isolated mountain village of Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, Guatemala, where Mayan tradition commands continuous horse races through town, jockeyed by increasingly drunk riders, until only a soberenough winner remains. Collisions occur in the Race of the Souls, and occasionally someone dies, but the misfortune is met with a collective shrug and regarded as a spiritual offering for

fertile crops during the coming year, Latest Religious Mesaccording to an eyewitness this year sages reporting for Ironically, for The evangelical educational organithe rest of the year, the village is largely zation Answers in Genesis, which has alcohol-free except for that on hand to established a series of children’s books sell to tourists. and a creationist museum, announced • Since the 13th century, sheepherdrecently that it would enter the bond ers in Spain have had the right (still market to fund its most ambitious honored) to use 78,000 miles of paths project -- a creationin the country for seasonal ist amusement park flock migrations -- even centered around a some streets of Madrid, “life-size” reconstrucincluding a crossing of tion of Noah’s Ark, for Puerta del Sol, described which it estimates it Santa was as Madrid’s Times Square. will need at least $73 very very The shepherds pay a cusmillion from investors. good to me tomary, token duty, which, Issuing bonds might be according to an October seen as desperate since Associated Press dispatch, AiG has raised only the government proudly $13.6 million privately accepts, given the promisince proposing the nence of Spain’s native Ark-park, but a GeorgeMerino sheep breed in the town University finance world’s wool market. professor, contacted • Postal worker Umakby, sugant Mishra, of Kanpur city gested that the bonds’ in Uttar Pradesh, India, terms place them in the was freed by a criminal high-risk “junk bond” court in December -- 29 category (perhaps betyears after he was charged when a ter described as “faith-based,” having money-order account turned up 92 virtually no resale value and without an cents short. Mishra was called to judiindependent bond rating). cial hearings 348 times over the years, but it was not until recently that the government admitted it had no witQuestionable Judgments nesses for the court to hear against • Took It Too Far: Coughlan elemenhim. A December BBC News dispatch tary school in Langley, British Columreported, citing “official” figures, that bia, announced to parents in November more than 30 million cases are pending that henceforth it would not just proin Indian courts. hibit abusive or unwanted physical

contact among its kindergarteners, but all contact. Officials said they were responding to parents who objected to “rough play,” but, said another parent, incredulous, “No tag, no hugging, no touching at all. ... I am not going to tell my daughter she can’t touch her friends at school. I am going to teach her boundaries.” • Tone Deaf: In South Africa, with one of the highest incidences of rape in the world, one question on its recent nationwide high school standardized drama test asked students to direct (as if staging a play) the rape of a baby, given only certain props. South Africa’s Education Department defended the question as assessing pupils’ concept of “using metaphor” as a theatrical technique. The question was based on an award-winning play by anti-rape activist Lara Foot Newton (who, of course, wrote primarily for adults).

Cliches Come to Life

• In criminal cases, DNA is usually a smoking gun for the prosecution -- except, of course, if there is an “evil twin.” In November a judge in Colorado Springs ruled that a suspect, Army Lt. Aaron Lucas, should have the opportunity to blame his brother Brian for a string of sexual assaults because the DNA might be Brian’s. Brian has not been charged and denies any involvement, but Aaron said Brian was in two crime-scene states that Aaron was never in. Said a Denver defense lawyer, “The only time I have seen (the


Many were shocked to learn in November that some accused “satanic cult” child molesters were still in prison -- even though proven by time, journalism and medical knowledge to have been innocent victims of widespread 1980s and 1990s hysteria. Arrangements have finally been made to release Austin, Texas, day care operators Fran and Dan Keller (after 21 years) and four San Antonio women (imprisoned for 14 years for “assaulting” two adolescent girls). In both cases, juries and judges had been persuaded by testimony about scarring on girls’ hymens, and, frightened by the era’s high-profile McMartin School and other cases, issued long prison terms. (The Austin case’s doctor later admitted he had misdiagnosed the scarring, and the San Antonio doctor’s conclusions were vanquished by the Texas Innocence Project and a relentless Canadian researcher.) All six said they intended to pursue full legal exoneration.

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Not Ready for Prime Time: Johnny Deleon, 20, was arrested in Houston in October, caught in the act of removing wheel caps from a Cadillac Escalade in a deli’s parking lot. Even in the daylight, Deleon apparently failed to notice the many police cars in the lot (as a ceremonial planning meeting was underway in the deli). Officers, from among 30 inside, dashed out and arrested Deleon.

(1) Once again a fortuitous, unrelated medical exam was credited with possibly saving a life. Los Angeles television personality Julie Chang suffered a concussion in a surfing accident recently, but the routine X-ray also showed a previously unrevealed brain tumor. She was immediately scheduled for surgery and reported to colleagues that she “will be OK.” (2) New York animal rights activist Steven Wise pushed the envelope in December by filing a writ of habeas corpus (requiring jailers to prove any legal basis for an individual’s detention) for a chimpanzee living at a Gloversville, N.Y., farm (although, in fairness, “Tommy” is being held by an animal “rescuer” who said he is seeking a proper home). (U.S. habeas corpus law has heretofore applied only to humans.) cs

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evil-twin defense) was on ‘Law and Order: SVU.’” • Of course: Four villagers in northeast Kenya, angry that cheetahs were killing their goats, lay in wait one night in November and then chased down and captured the cheetahs. Cheetahs are regarded as the fastest mammals on Earth, but they lack endurance; Kenyans are marathon prodigies. Indeed, the cheetahs were captured only when they ran out of gas after about four miles of pursuit by the Kenyans, and were handed over alive, and exhausted, to the Kenyan Wildlife Service.

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As someone who’s terrified to fly, I’ve always wondered why commercial liners don’t come with emergency parachutes under the seats. In the event of fire or engine failure I’d much rather take my chances on the jump than the crash landing. Few people survive water landings and yet the seat doubles as a flotation device, so I don’t buy the excuse that it’s because people wouldn’t survive with parachutes. —Terra Reneau I realize this seems like a clever idea, Terra. And I admit the thought of sitting in a doomed aircraft hurtling towards destruction brings out the Walter Mitty in all of us. After all, a 1 percent chance of survival is better than no chance, right? Unfortunately, 1 percent is way too optimistic. To see why, ask yourself a few questions: What are the odds of an accident happening when a parachute would do you any good? Analyzing 49 years of fatal aviation accidents, Boeing found 12 percent happened on the ground, 20 percent while the aircraft was taking off or on its initial climb, and 36 percent while the aircraft was in final descent or landing. So less than a third of the fatal accidents occurred at a point in the flight when parachute use might have been feasible, and that’s ignoring instant-death scenarios such as TWA 800’s midair explosion or crashing into the side of a mountain.

How do you expect the average passenger to put on a parachute properly? If you’ve done any parachute jumping, you know getting the rig on right is no simple matter, and we all know there are plenty of air travelers who have enough trouble with the seat belt. And what about kids and babies, the elderly, the disabled, the just plain freaked-out? Now add in the chaos of everyone trying to manage this simultaneously in a cramped cabin with little or no instruction under emergency conditions. Ain’t happening, babe. If by some miracle everybody got properly suited up, how would they get out of the plane? Due to the difference between inside and outside air pressure, a commercial jet’s doors can’t be opened at altitude. If they could, due to the aforesaid pressure differences, everyone would be sucked out and quite likely smashed against the aircraft, pulled into the turbines, or incinerated by the exhaust. True, D.B. Cooper may have eluded these perils in 1971 when he parachuted out of the Boeing 727 he’d hijacked, but he was the only remaining passenger on a depressurized, slow-moving aircraft with a rear-facing exit door, and he had plenty of time to prepare. That’s a far cry from the emergency scenario we’re contemplating. You object: I still want my .001 percent! Very well, let’s do a little cost-benefit analysis: What’s that minuscule chance of success going to cost? A typical Boeing 737-800 holds 150 passengers and a crew of maybe six. An Army-grade T-11 model parachute could probably be had for about $600, but remember, we’re dealing with untrained users here—we’re going to need chutes equipped with an automatic activation device and possibly a reserve chute, which cost two grand and up. Factor in the cost of new seats or lockers to stow the parachutes in, maintenance and

inspections, and periodic replacement, and it’s safe to say the cost per plane would be upwards of $500,000. Where would you put the chutes? As air travelers are painfully aware, commercial aircraft can barely accommodate a full load of passengers and their belongings as it is. Each parachute would at minimum take up as much space as a roller bag. Where would they all be kept? Under the seat means no legroom or stowage; overhead means no room for carry-ons. What about the weight? A T-11 parachute weighs 37 pounds if we skip the reserve chute, but even so we’d be adding 5,800 pounds to the aircraft. We could make this up by eliminating about 26 passengers and their luggage. The good news is this would free up space for everyone else’s chutes. The bad news is ticket prices would likely increase at least 20 percent to cover lost revenue from the missing passengers. In short, we’re talking exorbitant cost with virtually no payback. By comparison, flotation cushions and life vests for a water landing are the height of practicality. Granted, water landings aren’t common, but they happen—witness the legendary 2009 ditching of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River without fatalities by captain Chesley Sullenberger. Cushions and vests are cheap and easy to use, and the expectation, borne out by experience, is that the plane will be stationary and floating in the water when you exit. To put things in perspective, your odds of being killed on a given airline flight are something like 1 in 20 million, whereas your odds of dying in a car accident per year are about 1 in 9,200. Not to be heartless, but suck it up. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope. com or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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Christmas jazz, New Year’s snazz: A musical week Happy New Year!

I was just looking at the story I wrote about the Coastal Jazz Association’s 2012 “Jazz Yule Love” concert. This is a Christmas-season tradition in Savannah that started — officially — 38 years ago. Before that, it was traceable back to the 1950s, when black and white jazz musicians, who in those days played pretty much on opposite sides of the tracks, came together for one smokin’ Yuletide session at the Flamingo Club. Even then, it took place in the afternoon on Christmas Day. Nobody had to be at work, the family thing was winding down, and so musicians loved heading downtown to spread the jam with their buddies. Joy to the world, you know? A year ago, I talked with Ben Tucker about “Jazz Yule Love.” To the best of my knowledge, this will be the first time he hasn’t been at the Christmas jam since it was rekindled by trombonist Teddy Adams (his longtime pal) 38 years ago. Nevertheless, the music continues, which is — not to be maudlin about it — what Ben would have wanted. It’s the Coastal Jazz Association’s annual fundraiser, benefitting the organization’s Student-Scholarship Education Fund. The details: Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 5 p.m. in the big ballroom at the Westin Harbor Resort. The core band

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? If they begin with reading this story, here’s a fun-tastic rundown of what live music and whatnot is scheduled in the clubs: “Up the Cup” on River Street (Rousakis Plaza): A Nickel Bag of Funk, Those Cats; The Jinx: Dance party with DJs D-Frost and Cheedoh Dust; The Warehouse: The Hitman (Tuxedo Tees & Tie Party); Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub: Harry O’Donoghue; World of Beer: Kellen Powers; Molly MacPherson’s Irish Pub: The Hypnotics; Bayou Café: Jerry Zambito & The Bayou Blues Band; Tybee Island Social Club: Les Racquet, The Accomplices; Club 51 Degrees: DJ Josh; Fannie’s on the Beach: Christy Alan Band; Island Time (Port Wentworth): Silversel; American Legion Post 154 (Tybee): The 8-Tracks; Knights of Columbus 631 (Liberty Street): The Courtenay Brothers;

Ben Tucker (left) and Teddy Adams. I took this photo last year, at “Jazz Yule Love”

includes Teddy Adams on trombone, Quentin Baxter on drums, pianist Eric Jones, and bassist Mitch Hennes. Among the guest performers: Guitarist Howard Paul and vocalist Huxsie Scott. Many more are

expected; you just never know. Tickets are $20 in advance at Portman’s, Rody’s, the Magic Puppet and the Westin itself. They’ll be $25 at the door. Let’s do this one for Ben, y’all.

Of course, loads of restaurants, non-live music clubs and other facilities have stuff going on, too, with champagne, party favors, paper hats and the usual pay-as-you-go reverie. Not all of our favorite venues are open on New Year’s Eve – and remember, this stuff is always subject to last-minute change without notice. So we suggest you check with the websites (or actually call the club, since some Savannah-area nightclub websites are rarely, if ever, updated). So, grasshopper, the choice is yours. CS


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Every morning, Gloria Tucker says, she wakes up and the first thing she thinks of is Ben. It’s been just over six months since her husband of 47 years died, mowed down in his golf cart by a speeding car that should not have been there, and the shock and sorrow have not abated even a little. “It’s not easy,” she says quietly, sitting in the sunny living room of the condo she and Ben bought in 1992, framed photos of him — and of them together — covering the walls. “It’s pretty difficult, especially at this time of year. We had an anniversary in October, and then there was Thanksgiving. And then Ben’s birthday was the 13th of December. And now it’s Christmas… and he’s not here. So these are very difficult times.” The couple had no children. The former Gloria Daly is 86. Except for the anguish etched into her face, she looks 20 years younger. Ben and Gloria were together for 52 years. When they met in New York City, he was a jazz bassist who’d played with Peggy Lee, Art Blakey, Freddy Cole and Herbie Mann, among others. She was an executive secretary at a large advertising firm. Both had been married previously. Gloria was the inspiration for “Comin’ Home Baby,” the hit song Ben wrote with Bob Dorough in 1962. Ben and Gloria were married in 1966, the year that Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” — discovered and published by Ben Tucker, who’d known the Hebb family in his native Nashville

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Ben Tucker performed at Connect’s “Best of Savannah” ceremony on May 21, 2013.

— reached Number 2 in the national charts. For a while, Gloria’s husband would be out playing all night, come home to grab a few hours’ sleep, then leave for his publishing office at 8 in the morning. “Ben was a very complex person,” she says, “and extremely ambitious. Much more ambitious than I even realized.” Despite his earlier success in music, he was determined to make a go of it in the business world. In 1970, he put his standup bass in storage, and began looking for a radio station to buy. “He liked challenges,” says Gloria. “He was looking at radio stations all over the country, and he was having a hard time finding one. He had an idea

of what he wanted. And evidently, Savannah met the criteria.” He paid $400,000 for Savannah’s WSOK, a low-power AM station, in 1972. “It was owned by Caucasians, but the format was black,” Gloria recalls. “He had a philosophy that he wanted to work in the community, so that there would be a cohesive understanding among blacks and whites. That was his idea. “The idea was, when he bought the station, he would commute. He’d work at the station Monday through Friday, and come to New York on the weekends.” That’s not how things worked out. “The format of the station was continues on p. 22

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black, but everybody with an important position was white. And the day that he took over the station, all the white people quit. He called me and he said ‘You have to come down here.’ Because in those days, Georgia had a terrible reputation. “I didn’t want to come here, but he was so desperate.” Gloria discovered that she enjoyed management. She was good at it. “So while he was out garnering sales, I was running the station for him,” she recalls. WSOK played jazz and classical music, and it was big on public affairs programming. “Within three months, it was the Number One station in Savannah,” Gloria says with pride. “Not the Number One black station, it was the Number One station. Because his programs were so diverse.” Still, it was 1972 in the Deep South. The racial divide in Savannah was considerable. “At first, we lived in a furnished two-bedroom apartment on the south side,” she says. “And then Ben wanted to buy a house in the historic district. We had a hard time finding somebody who would show us property.” Real estate agent Miriam Center, who’s still one of Gloria’s closest friends, found them a house, which they loved. She arranged the sale through a local realtor. “The person who actually had the house was furious when Miriam sold it to us,” Gloria remembers. “She was livid with anger. And she went up and down the street, warning everybody that blacks were moving in. She knew

that we were Episcopal, and she went to the Episcopal Church and told them to beware that we would probably want to come there. And the minister said that he’d be very happy if that happened.” Much of that first decade was bumpy for the Tuckers. “He found an accountant he wanted to hire. And she said ‘Mr. Tucker, I have to go and ask my husband if I can work for a black person.’ Those are the kinds of things that he encountered.” Gloria, a native New Yorker, was livid. “First of all, he was from the South, so he knew what to expect,” she says. “I didn’t. So it took me longer to become accustomed to the ways of the South. And I’ve met some wonderful people here, I really have. “One of the employees at the station told Ben ‘Come here, but don’t expect to be accepted. Because you won’t be.’ But the opposite happened. Most particularly, we were embraced by the Jewish community. They were just wonderful to us.” At the urging of Savannah musician Teddy Adams, Ben had his bass shipped down and started performing again. “That was his first love,” Gloria says. He and Adams formed the Telfair Jazz Society, which exists today as the Coastal Jazz Association. Ben once ran, unsuccessfully, for the Georgia House of Representatives. “I had no idea that he had these dreams,” Gloria says. “But he had a lot of dreams.” After selling WSOK in 1984, he turned his attention to civic matters,

donating his time and energy to schools, churches, charities and struggling business organizations. He served on a dozen different boards. Always, there was music — between 1985 and ’93, he managed Hard Hearted Hannah’s, a jazz nightclub in City Market. Around the time the club closed, Ben and Gloria became the first “people of color” (to use her words) to buy into a prestigious high-rise apartment building on Liberty Street. At first, she recalls, no one in the building would even speak to them. Eventually, Ben was elected president of the condo organization. In his last years, Ben Tucker indulged his twin passions — music and golf — in almost equal measure. Musically, he was known as a soft touch, and would play bass with just about anyone who had good reason to ask. He was on the golf course every day of the week, mostly at Westin Harbor Resort — which is where he died on June 4, 2013, at the ripe young age of 82. “I think he would want people to remember that he loved Savannah dearly, and he really wanted the best for this city,” his widow says. “He really did. “Ben was a very humble person. Most people who knew him were very surprised at his notoriety, the fact that he had worked with some of the top people in the musical business. He was with Peggy Lee for so long. And none of it went to his head, none of it.” CS

The recent announcement that top Americana outfit Band of Horses would play the Trustees Theater next March was greeted with a crosssection of positives, everything from “All right!” to “Awesome!” to “When do tickets go on sale?” What you didn’t hear was “About Thurston Moore damn time!” Ben Bridwell and his bearded bros played a surprise show at the Wormhole Oct. 19 (tickets sold out in about half an hour). The band had a big festival show the next day, and since they hadn’t played out in a while Bridwell felt they needed a little warmup gig. The band likes Savannah as much as Savannah likes the band. Their first local sellout was at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, for a Savannah Music Festival show in 2011. All told, it was a solid and unforgettable year for unique indie band performances — from Brazilian psych pioneers Os Mutantes (at Dollhouse) to the jazz/funk Greyboy All-Stars (they headlined the SCAD alumni show in Forsyth Park) to repeat visitors including Ponderosa, Futurebirds, Filligar, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, John Neff & Shonna Tucker, AJ Ghent, Christ, Lord and Azar Swan. Then, of course, there was the 2013 Stopover last March, which handdelivered a few dozen pretty great bands, including Chelsea Light Moving (with Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore) and the Whigs. Among the visitors at the Savannah Music Festival this year: Old Crow Medicine Show (yes, they did “Wagon Wheel”; Charles Bradley; Richard Thompson, opening for Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell; the Tedeschi/Trucks Band; the Wailers and Dr. John. The Savannah Jazz Festival delivered legendary saxman Tom Scott, along with funk/jazz pioneers Doug and Jean Carn; at the inaugural Summer Solstice Festival, at Red Gate Farms, we had Zach Deputy, Larry Mitchell, Dark Water Rising and a half-dozen of Savannah’s finest. CS



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Back in June, the dressing down of celebrity chef and local icon Paula Deen captivated the country.

Paula Deen appeared to be in bouyant spirits when she visited local backyard chickens on the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance’s Tour de Coop earlier this month.

In a deposition she gave in May for a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against her by former employee Lisa Jackson, Deen admitted to using the “N-word” while held at gunpoint in 1986 as well as seeming to condone a climate of sexual harassment at the restaurant she co-owns with her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers. The deposition also included mention of the now-infamous “plantation wedding party plan” in which Deen envisioned black servers wearing white jackets. A barrage of outrage followed in the mainstream media and online, and Deen’s attempt to get in front of the storm backfired when she released a pair of awkward YouTube apologies. The next day the Food Network announced that it would not renew the contract for her TV show, followed by the fast decampment of Smithfield Foods, for whom she hawked hams. After an excruciating appearance on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer, more partners backed away from Deen, leading to the carmelized meltdown of her hard-built empire. In a few short weeks, her promotional and product distribution agreements with Caesars Entertainment, the QVC Channel, Novo Nordisk (for whom she lent her endorsement for diabetes medication), Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Kmart, and Home Depot also dissolved like a lump of sugar in hot water. continues on p. 26

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Deen’s legions of fans fronted a backlash of their own, professing their loyalty by the thousands on “We Support Paula Deen” Facebook pages and mailing origami-folded butter wrappers to the Food Network in protest. Despite the potboiling controversy, her latest cookbook, Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up hit No. 1 in sales on over the summer, even though the original publisher, Ballantine Books, canceled its production and new publisher Hoffman Media has yet to issue a release date. While the hoopla mostly concentrated on Deen’s takedown, some used the scandal as a point to address the unspoken issues surrounding race in America. Others saw it as an opportunity to talk about the cultural and culinary appropriation of African-American traditions, and “An Open Letter to Paula Deen” by blogger and food historian Michael W. Twitty went viral. In August, the racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Jackson was dismissed in court by a U.S. District judge. Deen has stayed out of the public eye for the last few months, retreating to the loving bosom of friends and family. Here in Savannah, the adoration of Our Lady of Perpetual Butter is unwavering, and her name continues to draw packs of tourists to her

downtown restaurant and retail shop. Buoyed by a supportive fan base and newly-svelte physique, the chef will enter the new year with her annual Paula Deen & Friends cruise and reunite with some of her former Food Network colleagues at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February. As she quietly rebuilds her brand, the woman who once sold sandwiches out of her Midtown kitchen continues to focus on giving back to the community that has always supported her. “I’m gonna be really, really happy to see 2013 gone,” said Deen at the Salvation Army Golden Kettle event in Savannah earlier this month. “It taught me a lot about people — not all of it you like. But I learned that I had so many people that cared about me and prayed for me and my family. And I’m looking forward to 2014.” — Jessica Leigh Lebos

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This town was all about getting its kombucha on when Whole Foods Market opened its doors in August. After months of anticipation, shoppers crowded the newly-paved parking lot of the former Backus Cadillac site on Victory Drive, clutching their canvas shopping bags and ogling the artfully piled pluots. The 20,000+ square foot space features sustainable

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seafood, organic produce and fair trade treats as well as a pickle bar, a salad bar and an actual bar. ($3 pints on Thursdays are a huge hit!) The corporate team also added interesting touches like reclaimed wood picnic tables made by local non-profit Design for Ability and items from over 25 local vendors, including Chocolat by Adam Turoni and Nourish bath products. “Every store is unique, and we do our best to reflect and respond to the local community,” said associate team leader Emily Salzer. The Victory Station shopping center also brought in “fast casual” chains Chipotle and Zoe’s Kitchen, both which source local and natural ingredients, making this formerly sleepy intersection a formidable culinary destination. Meanwhile, back on Forsyth Park, Brighter Day Natural Foods stood its ground. Far from napping in the face of corporate competition, the independent grocery store spent the fall revamping its kitchen and reinvigorating the healthy philosophy

that owners Janie and Peter Brodhead have proferred in Savannah since 1978. Its staff remains well-educated in the realm of alternative medicine, and its selection of supplements and herbal tinctures reigns supreme. “Our goal has never been to be bigger, only to do things better,” said Janie in the midst of the construction. The spacious new deli space debuted in November with a menu of tasty entrées, soups and juices — and of course, BD’s famous baked cheese sandwiches. In a rush or have your dog with you? Check out the handhewn walk-up window on the Bull Street side. Other alluring additions to Brighter Day include a selection of “dragon shots” based on the principles of Chinese medicine and kava “cocktails” made from a tropical herb purported to have relaxing properties. And did we mention kombucha on tap? — Jessica Leigh Lebos

Hello, Goodbye These spots came and went — or moved or reopened or something — over the course of 2013 Blowin’ Smoke — This Gaslight Group property moved from MLK to the old Sol spot on Habersham. Blue Turtle Bistro — Another Gaslight Group property, this one was closed down specifically because it was taking business from another Gaslight joint, the new and well-received 5 Spot in Habersham Village. Soho South Cafe — This old favorite, closed for months, just got a major makeover under new management. Pie Society — Brilliant Brit meat pies on the Westside. Chipotle — Fans of the national organic Tex-Mex chain saw their wish come true in the Whole Foods shopping center. Spudnik —Slingin’ starches on the west end of Broughton. Jepson Café — Not only open under new management with a tasty new menu, they moved back upstairs over the Jepson Center gift shop. Taco Abajo — This Broughton Street Tex-Mex place shut down after, oh, let’s just call it a long and contentious relationship with local law enforcement. Tequila’s Town — This spot quickly took Taco Abajo’s place as a happening Southwest joint downtown. Cilantro’s — This Mexican-themed place downtown relaunched. R.O.S.E. Public House — Closed after being open a hot minute. Thrive Cafe — Closing the retail side, but still catering strong. Cafe Florie — Everyone’s favorite tiny soul food spot — they even got the New York Times treatment — shut its doors. The Sparetime — It was the place to be, until it wasn’t.


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Bier Haus brings the ‘Public House’ philosophy to Savannah of pommes frites and hard-to-find libations. Enter The Bier Haus. One of the hallmarks of a true Belgian beer bar is the plethora of glassware. Famously, every beer has its own specific glass meant to bring out the best in aroma and flavor. “A lot of these glasses are rare types you won’t find anywhere else”, Marshall remarked while looking over the clear vessels that line the backbar and hang delicately over the barstools. “Because I’m a Belgian beer bar, the importers are willing to work with me to get more beer in. I’ve been able to get a lot of stuff that nobody else gets around town.” While many bars stick with a range of safe beer styles like IPAs and Pale Ales, Marshall looks to his menu and seeks out beers that pair well with their food and have passionate devotees in the Bier Haus staff. “These are beers that people have never seen and may never see again.” Beside European stalwarts like Konig, Liefmans and St. Bernardus, the bar also reserves a few taps for cutting-edge American breweries like Left Hand, Stone or Lagunitas. “A lot of these American beers are based on German traditions and modifying them. Different, hops, different years, maybe some fruit. It’s fascinating.” But with Marshall, the conversation

THE BIER HAUS owner Marshall Urstadt has a reputation. “I’m the most particular person in town about beer. I don’t know if you’ve noticed.” Initially that attitude may come off as arrogance towards less-experienced beer drinkers, or snobbishness regarding some less-complicated brews. But in Marshall’s case, it’s simply a demonstration of confidence in one of his great passions: meticulously crafted Belgian beer. When the opportunity arose to combine his passion for traditional beer styles with his experience in the restaurant industry, it was an obvious pairing. “I owned Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine on the Southside. I opened it up with my family and after the lease went up, I decided to do my own thing.” His vision was a European-style pub, specifically influenced by Belgian beer bars that served simple German fare and sponsored a convivial atmosphere — a place where people could interact with each other over plates






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always turns back to Belgian beers, some of which have been brewed by Trappist monks in the same way since the Middle Ages. “Belgium has 5,000 breweries — the highest concentration in the world — and why mess with something that’s already good?” To complement the tightly curated tap list, Marshall turned to German food. The decision was practical. “Half the Savannah population is of German descent. I traveled to Germany and ate in the small towns around the mountains.” In addition to the heavier German dishes, the Bier Haus also serves “some simple French-inspired cuisine and we do a lot of food made with beer.” But as with any German restaurant worth patronizing: “We sell a lot of schnitzel.” Pub culture is unique in its own right, and fills a niche that Marshall felt was missing in many of Savannah’s existing bars and restaurants. In describing the ambiance he wants

to create for The Bier Haus, he again turned to his time in Europe’s small neighborhood meeting places. “Europe is where pub culture started. It was homey, old rustic charm, no TVs. People just chatted. People are losing their communication skills. They just sit there on their phone. You’re sitting in front of other people. Talk about politics, argue!” Marshall seems to measure his success in part on the cadre of regulars. “People come to the bar and sit for six hours. They’re chatting with bartenders and their neighbors, talking about good beer, food. Communication is what a pub is, a public house. Everybody’s friendly.” cs The Bier Haus is at 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave. in Market East Plaza. Visit thebierhaus. com. Jan. 13 the Bier Haus hosts a Trappist Beer Dinner of 8 beers over 5 courses for $60. The night ends with a tasting of the uber-rare Westvleteren 12, regularly cited as the best-tasting beer in the world. Reservations may be made at 912-3491163.

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artist Meredith Sutton uses literature, poetry and found object as the foundation for her unique jewelry. Media include sterling silver, 18K gold, bronze and acrylic. Sun., Dec. 29, 1-3 p.m Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street

Paintings by Cait Willis —

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Continuing 1st Art Exhibition and Sale — Works created in

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

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month are batik artist Tibby Llewellyn and fiber artist Gini Steele. Through Dec. 31 Gallery 209, 209 E River St. Contemporary Southern Landscape — The unique

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

Curious Creatures and Terrible Tales — Michael

Mahaffey’s detailed handmade stencils and spray paint on canvas, wood and paper. Through Jan. 6, 2014 Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Exhibition by Diana Al-Hadid — Large-scale gypsum

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Ice or Salt — Iconic and re-

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New York Accents — An exhibition of visual art, decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection dating from the early 19th century to the present, exploring the rich influence of New York on Savannah. Museum admission. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Allure of the Near East: Treasures From the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection — Exhibi-

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of commissioned photographs in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prizewinning author William Faulkner. Reception Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 26, 2014 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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The abrupt dismissal of longtime Film Service Director Jay Self in September was perceived, just about unanimously, as yet another very public blunder by an alreadybeleaguered Savannah city government. According to the City, downtown merchants were unhappy with the liaison work Self was doing between them and Paramount Pictures, which was negotiating the use of Broughton Street sites for Spongebob Squarepants 2. However, other accounts have it that it was Paramount that forced Self out because they thought he was too supportive of local businesses. In any case, Leisure SerJay Self vices chief Joe Shearouse suspended Self “pending dismissal” on Sept. 23, and the termination was approved a few days later by City Manager Stephanie Cutter. Shearouse himself continued working with producers on the city’s behalf, and a full-sized pirate ship, carrying actor Antonio Banderas, ran down Broughton Street, as cameras rolled, in early October. There was an outpouring of public support for Self, who had run Savannah’s film office for 18 years. In the immediate aftermath, Self fired off a 14-page letter to a local

media outlet, claiming that Shearouse ordered him to push through film permits and ignore the legal process. Shearouse denied the accusations, and Self has made no further public comment. He might, however, have the last laugh. In November, Self was hired as director of corporate affairs by Medient Studios, the multi-million dollar global film production company that’s soon to set up shop in Effingham County. Medient has announced plans to build on 1,550 acres in Bloomingdale. Meanwhile, two films released in 2013 were lensed, almost entirely, in Savannah. Written by former SCAD film professor Annette HaywoodCarter and her husband, Kenneth Carter Jr., Savannah (directed by Haywood-Carter) starred Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofore, Sam Shepard and Bradley Whitford. Although the national reviews weren’t great, the film enjoyed a lengthy local run. And the British



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Is it fair to David O. Russell to call American Hustle the best Martin Scorsese film Martin Scorsese never made? Deliriously alive on screen, with an energy that’s often electrifying, it’s a movie that in its best moments recalls Scorsese’s gangster classic GoodFellas, with a bit of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights thrown in to sweeten the pot. Russell, who’s been on a recent tear with such Oscar heavies as Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, has stepped up his game even further here, and whether he swiped Scorsese’s own playbook ultimately doesn’t matter, as he does enough on his own to justify his increasingly elevated standing among contemporary American directors. A wink-wink disclaimer at the start makes note of the fact that, while this is based on a true story, much of it didn’t really unfold as it does on the screen. The film uses as its anchor the Abscam sting operation that took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the FBI managed to nab several politicians on charges of bribery. The bureau employed a con man named Melvin Weinberg to assist in prepping the investigation, and that’s where Christian Bale comes in. He plays Irving Rosenfeld, the fictionalized version of Weinberg. In a fantastic opening scene, we watch as Irving patiently and meticulously gets his comb-over

(complete with fake puff of hair) just right, signaling that this will be a movie in which surface appearances count for a lot but can just as easily be wrecked (as happens to that comb-over). Irving works alone on his cons, but that changes after he meets and falls for Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), whose classiness and sex appeal allow him to succeed like never before. But zealous FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) manages to bust Sydney, which enables him to blackmail the couple: Snag some bad guys for the agency and the lovebirds can walk away. It sounds like a sweet deal, but it grows increasingly



A sequel that’s better than the original? I don’t know how to put this, but that’s kind of a big deal. While many folks have loved 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy from day one, I trashed it upon its original release, only re-evaluating it years later after countless friends who likewise dissed it assured me it was better on a second viewing. They were right: The laughs suddenly seemed more smart-stupid and less stupid-stupid, and the lunkheaded protagonists were easier to take this time around. Happily, there’s no lag time when it comes to enjoying Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, as this one’s a champ right out the gate. Newscasters Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone

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None of these are exactly fresh subjects - 1987’s Broadcast News expertly tackled that last-named in one single sequence - but it demonstrates that there’s subtext here for anyone who wants to look. But, of course, who really wants to look? Comedy is king here, and much of Anchorman 2 is uproarious, from a great bit involving scorpions and bowling balls to an outdoor skirmish like in the first film, only with more guest appearances (Oscar winners, A-listers, TV stars; it’s an embarrassment of riches). Carell steals the show as the thickas-a-brick Brick - his character is even romantically paired with an equally dense woman played by Kristen Wiig - but really, everyone gets into the spirit of silliness, and some of them even manage to stay classy while doing so.



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complicated as it progresses, with Richie electing to go after bigger game, Irving worrying about his new friendship with a beloved Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner) and Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) threatening to gum up the works. There’s more - so much more - and it’s all delivered by Russell and his co-writer Eric Singer in a manner that feels free-flowing but is actually tightly scripted. The entire cast is superb - Bale’s baleful glares at Richie and exasperated ones at Rosalyn suggest he might have had a place in silent cinema - although it’s the ladies who take top honors. Adams, generally cast as sweet, soulful women (see the upcoming Her for the most recent example), gets to be sexy, smart, duplicitous and even piteous, and she nails every facet of this fascinating character. As for Lawrence, she continues her big-screen conquest, building on her triumphs with a hysterical (in both senses of the word) turn as a blowsy wife who fancies herself the heroine of this sordid saga. The scene in which she and Irving argue over a


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Julie Andrews) describing herself as “practically perfect in every way.” It’s almost guaranteed that some modern-day quote whore will serve up a blurb to the studio’s ad department describing Saving Mr. Banks with those exact words, but don’t believe it for one moment. Saving Mr. Banks is pleasant for much of its running time - at least the sections that follow how, in 1961, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finally succeeded in his 20-year attempt to get Travers (Emma Thompson) to meet with him to discuss bringing her novel Mary Poppins to the big screen. Travers had spent two decades refusing to allow her cherished character to become cheapened in a Hollywood production, but with her finances growing tight, she has little choice but to at least entertain the possibility of a motion picture adaptation. Yet as soon as she sets foot in Los Angeles, she becomes impossible, and Disney and his Poppins partners, scripter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) and composers Richard and Robert Sherman (the enjoyable tag team of Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak), do everything in their power to please her. Yet her demands in terms of the film version (for which she has yet to sign over the rights) are tough ones: no Dick Van Dyke, no animation, no songs and - why not? - nothing colored red in the entire production. Yet as history has proven, the film did get made, it was a huge critical and commercial success, and Disney and Travers allowed all their differences to melt away and lived happily ever after. Or so the film would have one believe - in truth, Travers was so offended by the movie and by Disney’s treatment of her that she refused to ever do business with him again. Of course, this wouldn’t be an apt ending for a cheery holiday release produced by - you guessed it - Walt Disney Pictures, so the sour notes are relegated to the distant past, in the flashback sequences that show Travers as a young girl (played by Annie Rose Buckley) living in Australia with a loving but alcoholic father (Colin Farrell) and a weak-spirited mother (Ruth Wilson). These segments are meant to provide the psychological explanation for Travers’ actions later in life, but it’s facile material and takes time away from the more entertaining segments that find the author

contending with all the California dreamin’. Certainly the most factually bogus storyline involves Travers’ relationship with Ralph (Paul Giamatti), the chauffeur the studio assigns to cart her around, and yet it’s also the most uplifting piece of the film, thanks largely to Giamatti’s turn as a man whose eternal optimism won’t be broken by anyone. Thompson is fine as the persnickety author, but the one-note nature of the part hardly makes it a stretch for the actress. And Hanks is suitably avuncular as everyone’s Uncle Walt, though it’s hard for him to disappear in the role of so familiar a person. After all, Disney was more camerafriendly than any studio mogul in history - and not just because he hosted over 300 episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney - and it’s easier to believe Hanks saving Private Ryan than saving Mr. Banks.



The 1970s proved to be the playground for an inordinate number of great actors, and if Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Gene Hackman are among those tagged as the era’s national treasures, then it’s only fair for Bruce Dern to be deemed its buried treasure. A mainstay in the cinema of that vibrant decade, Dern’s achievements included nabbing a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Coming Home, creating one of the screen’s great psychopaths in Black Sunday, playing Tom Buchanan in the best film version of The Great Gatsby and starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s final picture, Family Plot. He’s remained busy since this notable run ended in the early 1980s, but except for a recurring role on Big Love, it has almost always been in trifling parts. Thus, it’s Alexander Payne to the rescue, as the director of Sideways and The Descendants has provided Dern with one of the meatiest roles of his long career in Nebraska. Working from a script by Bob Nelson, Payne has allowed the actor to recapture the spotlight, and he responds with an excellent performance of the lived-in kind, free of artifice and making no plays for audience sympathy or understanding. If we respond charitably toward his ornery, infuriating and not particularly pleasant character, it’s only

because we determine it’s the right thing to do, not because of any showboat softening on Dern’s part. This cantankerous coot, Woody Grant, has spent his life complacently — even at times unhappily — married to the outspoken Kate (a hilarious June Squibb), serving as a poor father to his now-grown sons David (Will Forte, wisely taking a break from awful comedies) and Ross (Bob Odenkirk) and drowning himself in the bottle whenever possible. Now a senior citizen who might have a touch of Alzheimer’s about him, he’s motivated to get off the couch because he believes he won a million dollars and wants to head from his Billings, Montana home to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick it up. He didn’t win anything, of course — he merely received one of those sweepstakes scam letters used to hawk magazine subscriptions — but he won’t hear of it, convinced that the cash is being kept for him at the company’s Lincoln headquarters. Once it becomes apparent that he’s going to keep wandering off with the intent of hoofing it until he drops, David finally decides to drive the old man himself. Nebraska is reminiscent of Payne’s 2002 film About Schmidt, in which another deeply flawed individual (played by Jack Nicholson) embarks on a road trip in which he never quite discovers enough about himself or others like he should. Yet it also stirs memories of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show: Like that 1971 classic, this new film is also shot in black and white (by Phedon Papamichael), a creative decision that serves to make the landscapes even more stark and the characters’ lives even more drab. While some of the characters are accurate reproductions of rural yokels (especially a pair of open-mouthbreathing brothers played by Devin Ratray and Tim Driscoll), others, like Woody’s bullying buddy Ed Pegram (Stacy Keach), will be familiar to everyone from Poughkeepsie to Pasadena. Indeed, it’s the film’s universal truths — among them the constant splintering and rebuilding of familial relations, the open road as an openended metaphor, and the need for continued purpose and relevance as one grows older — that makes Nebraska less a movie involving a specific state and more a film evoking a specific state of mind.



While David O. Russell is managing to out-Scorsese Scorsese with American Hustle, the real Martin Scorsese isn’t taking the movie season off; instead, he’s back with The Wolf of Wall Street, an adaptation (by Terence Winter) of Jordan Belfort’s memoirs about his success during the 1990s as a crooked stockbroker whose wealth was matched only by his hubris. While this is the weakest of the five collaborations between Scorsese and his star player Leonardo DiCaprio, that’s not putting any of the blame on the actor’s shoulders. He’s sensational as Belfort, who rises from an eager Wall Street newcomer to a whiz kid great at the shady sale to a millionaire whose bad habits and bad deeds mean he’s primed for a fall. Like American Hustle (as well as many other 2013 titles, including DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby), the film is a look at American success and excess, a tale of unchecked consumerism and capitalism, but it feels like it’s late to the party. Its Wall Street setting makes it more familiar than other recent films in this vein, and there’s little here that expands on corporate raider Gordon Gekko’s mantra (in Oliver Stone’s 1987 Wall Street) that “Greed ... is good.” Creatively, it’s a step back for Scorsese: Replace the violence in his gangster flicks with the copious nudity here, and it doesn’t feel like the needle’s moved much. Yet because it’s a work from this master moviemaker, it looks great, and it features a few powerhouse scenes. Mostly, though, it’s showcases some terrific acting. On the heels of his impeccable work in Mud and Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey hits a homer in his brief appearance as Belfort’s mentor, who insists that booze, drugs and frequent masturbation are the chief requisites for a successful career on Wall Street. As Belfort’s best friend and, alternately, worst nightmare, Jonah Hill basically plays the standard Jonah Hill character, albeit in a larger-than-life manner - strangely, it works. As one of the few female characters in this testosterone zone, rising Australian actress Margot Robbie holds her own as Belfort’s quickly disillusioned wife, and there’s a nice nibble of a role for Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley as her aunt. The only



So the screen version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is vastly different from the James Thurber short story upon which it’s based - so what? The original story is a delight, but for the most part, so is the film, which features colorful visuals and a charismatic performance from its leading man. And that’s enough about the 1947 adaptation starring Danny Kaye in the title role. As for the new version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it’s something of a queer duck, a movie that may be about life and love and hopes and dreams but feels like it was written by

a computer program. Ben Stiller (who also directed) plays our man Walter, a lowly Life magazine employee who has a habit of zoning out at any given moment, whereupon his imagination takes over and he sees himself as a heroic and dashing figure always coming to the rescue of his sweetnatured co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). His only friends (more like acquaintances, actually) are his assistant Hernando (Adrian Martinez) and Todd (Patton Oswalt), the eHarmony operator who frequently calls him to update his profile. (Product placements loom large in this film, to the point that The eHarmony Life of Walter Mitty or The Secret Life of Papa John’s would also work as titles.) A new executive (Adam Scott) arrives at Life to oversee the switch from print to digital, and staff downsizing is an inevitability. But first, the final newsstand issue needs to be put to bed, and the negative for the cover image, taken by the fearless, devil-may-care photojournalist Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), has gone missing. So it’s up to Walter to

travel the world in search of the elusive O’Connell, an odyssey that allows him to transform from a milquetoast into a man. Or that’s the idea; in actuality, Walter’s exploits are so singularly uninteresting that there’s no cathartic release on the audience’s part whenever Walter scratches another accomplishment off his bucket list. The outdoor cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano) is exceptional, but even these attempts to evoke some genuine emotion through the humbling grandeur of the natural world are nullified by other sequences that are CGIed to death (particularly an endless crosscity chase between Walter and Scott’s obnoxious executive). For all its humanist swagger, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty feels only slightly less synthetic than Velcro.



Muhammad Ali may have had the ability to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but Grudge Match can do no more than stumble around like a cockroach that’s taken a direct hit

from a can of Raid. The pitch probably had Hollywood suits salivating, and, to be sure, it’s a clever hook: Fashion a boxing picture in which Sylvester Stallone, whose Academy Award-winning Rocky made him an overnight star, and Robert De Niro, who won an Oscar for Raging Bull, play former pugilists who plan to get back into the ring 30 years after their previous two bouts left each boxer with one victory apiece. It’s a sound premise for a breezy comedy, and Grudge Match gets off to a promising start as it draws on our memories of these actors in their prime and offers a bonus in Kevin Hart as the event’s motor-mouthed promoter. Unfortunately, scripters Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman were obviously laboring under the impression that this cotton candy confection needed some dramatic heft to it, so they added some buzz-killing subplots that drain away all the fun. Kim Basinger plays Sally, the woman who loved Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) back in the day but made the continues on p. 36


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The big news accompanying last December’s release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was writer-director Peter Jackson’s decision to offer the film in High Frame Rate (HFR). That innovation basically allowed it to be played at 48 frames per second instead of the normal 24fps – this technique drew viewers further into the on-screen action but also managed to flatten the images out to resemble some Middle-earth TV soap opera. With that topic thoroughly exhausted upon its initial introduction, it’s best to move onto new points of discussion when it comes to the latest adaptation of a J.R.R. Tolkien work, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Umm... So... Hey, how about those Saints and Seahawks? OK, there are indeed matters to discuss when it comes to this picture, but most pertain to common issues that affect most middle chapters of a planned cinematic trilogy (The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released December 2014). There’s the sense of narratively treading water, stretching out some passages and reserving other plot points for the next entry. There’s the desire to keep the action fast and furious, since most of the expository material was doled out in the first picture (it’s in this manner that the movie most resembles The Lord of the Rings’ own middle chapter, The Two Towers, where it was full-speed battle sequences ahead and characterizations be damned). And there’s the cliffhanger ending, which in this case even trumps those for Back to the Future Part II, and the recent The Hunger Games: Catching Fire when it comes to abruptly giving way to the closing credits. Picking up where the first one ended, TH: TDOS finds Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) still accompanying 13 dwarves of various shapes and largely same sizes as they travel to reclaim their kingdom of Eredor from the slumbering dragon Smaug. As before, they’re being pursued by a pack of savage Orcs who want them all dead. More complicated is the band’s relationship to the elves they encounter; the two groups

dislike each other, but seeing as they hate Orcs more, they briefly find themselves fighting on the same side. The travelers also meet a human in the form of Bard (Luke Evans), although they’re not sure if he can be trusted. The Hobbit Part Deux flows more gracefully than its predecessor, but since this saga is bereft of the gravitas of the original Rings trilogy, I was satiated after two hours. But around that mark, we’re just getting the money shots of Smaug, so the film unwinds for another 40 or so minutes. Diehard fans will love every CGI second of it, but those not quite as enthralled with all the climactic bombast may find themselves checking their watches and starting to mentally prepare for the next day’s activities.



Using Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen as its loose source, this Disney delight dares to crinkle the studio’s patented formula a tad by presenting audiences with not one but two female leads - neither of whom make it her main mission in life to snag a fellow. Instead, Frozen is ultimately a tale of sisterly love, as young Anna can’t understand why she’s forced to spend much of her childhood segregated from her older sibling Elsa. What she doesn’t know is that Elsa can’t touch anything without it frosting over - and the girls have been separated for what’s believed to be in the best interests of both. But on the day that Elsa (now voiced by Idina Menzel) is declared queen, her powers inadvertently freeze the entire town, leading her to dash into the icelands while the villagers clamor for her head. But not Anna (Kristen Bell), who, with the encouragement of a dashing suitor named Hans (Santino Fontana), hightails it after her sister. As is often the case with CGI cartoons, the backgrounds are rendered in more convincing detail than the human characters’ expressions; here, the animation team kicks it up a notch, creating a wintry wonderland that’s dazzling to behold. The romance is more complicated than in most Disney flicks, with Anna-Hans-Kristoff basically serving as the animated equivalent to KatnissPeeta-Gale or Bella-Edward-Jacob. CS

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Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street (912) 341-7427 Free , 7 p.m. 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. 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. Call or see website for information. Free . 912-3083020. Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Note new location, date and time. Food and beverages available for purchase. 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 Veterans for Peace

The Savannah chapter of a national organization of men and women vets of all branches of service, eras and duty stations, working to expose the costs of war and to support veterans and civilian war victims. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 303-550-1158. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m Satisfied, 301 West Broughton St. 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. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Benefits 8th Annual Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10K/5K

The newly-redesigned 10K and 5K courses wind through five historic neighborhoods, raising money for Historic Savannah Foundation’s mission of preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage. Saturday, February 22, 2014 8 a.m. race time. Registration open

through 2/21/14. Jan. 4 through Feb. 20, $35-$40. Feb. 21 & 22, $40-$45. $25 for first responders/military/ police/fire. Early bird regis: $30-$35. Through Jan 3.. Through Feb. 21, 2014. 912.233.7787. Early bird regis: $30-$35. Through Jan 3. Through Feb. 21, 2014 Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. A Chance to be Mysterious Santa

The Mysterious Santa visits hospitals and nursing homes on Christmas Day. To volunteer to help Santa, call Mike 912.352.8722, Carol 912.354.7827 or Pete 912.356.1447. Through Dec. 25. Through Dec. 25 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. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and show consideration for the local economy. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. . forsythfarmersmarket. com. Forsyth Farmers’ 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. One Love Animal Rescue Benefit

Special needs animal rescue organization has taken in three more dogs with unique needs. Fundraiser online to benefit medical treatment for these animals. Through Jan. 1, 2014. Through Jan. 1, 2014 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 campus 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@ Maps/index.html. Through Feb. 1, 2014 Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Savannah Animal Blanket Drive

Help dogs and cats stay warm while awaiting homes. Please donate your used towels, blankets and pet bedding, as well as food or any other items useful to pets. Call 912-658-8299 to arrange free pickup OR Take directly to Savannah Chatham Animal Control between 1pm-4:45pm. OR Drop off items at these drop box locations: Savannah Veterinary Medical Center, 2014 E. Victory, 912-447-8711; Tail Spin, 4501 Habersham St. 912-691-8788; Critter Sit Doggy Daycare, 101 Sunshine Ave., 912-238-0067 or 912-631-6068; Tail Spin, 437 Pooler Pkwy, 912-330-8852 Through Jan. 15, 2014. 912-658-8299. Through Jan. 15, 2014 Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers

Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve as greeters, office assistants, animal photographers,event coordinators, groomers, property maintenance workers, kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers, play area monitors, off-site adoption managers, veterinary service supporters, and foster coordinators. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-old. . (912) 525-2151. Volunteers Sought for Holiday “Trading Places” Program by Savannah Jewish Federation

The Savannah Jewish Federation’s “Trading Places” program will provide volunteers from the Jewish community to help other non-profit organizations on Christmas Day 2013, giving non-Jewish employees the day off to celebrate Christmas with their families. Part of the Savannah Jewish Community’s mission of Tikkun Olam – Repair-

ing the World. This year’s volunteers will have the opportunity to give their time and energy to the Salvation Army, Humane Society, Union Mission, and the Jewish Educational Alliance. Open to volunteers of all ages. Volunteer positions are still available. To sign up, call 912-355-8111 or email Through Dec. 25. 912355-8111. savj. org. Through Dec. 25 Call for Entries Auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Appointment-only auditions for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” on January 6th and 7th. For ages 17 years and up.It’s not a musical. And all 17 and up are welcome to audition! There are 8 roles: 2 women, 2 men, 4 either The performances will be held March 6th-23rd. Actors should be prepared to cold read and have short comedic monologues prepared for auditions. Through Jan. 7, 2014. (912) 257-0671. Through Jan. 7, 2014 Jewel Conservatory Theatre, 6014 Hwy 21 S. 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 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. Through Jan. 31, 2014 continues on p. 38




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City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

The City of Savannah’s TV station, SGTV is seeking insightful and well-crafted profiles, documentaries, animations, original music videos, histories or other original works by or about the citizens of Savannah to run on “Engage”, a television show produced by the city. Interested in collaborating with filmmakers, artists, musicians and others

| Submit your event online at 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. .


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


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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@ . Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Homeschool Music Classes


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The Savannah Community Foundation Accepting The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc is accepting nonprofit organization grant requests for funding 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. 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. . Classes, Camps & Workshops Art classes as gifts!

Studio S.P.A.C.E. Give the gift of creativity or develop your own artistic skills! The Department of Cultural Affairs’ Studio S.P.A.C.E. offers educational fine craft classes and specialty workshops in visual arts for all ages and skill levels. Classes range from beginner to advanced and include courses in children’s and teen clay, teen jewelry, metalsmithing, stained-glass, sculpture, ceramics, and painting. Classes begin the week of January 20, 2014. Gift certificates available. | Through Jan. 20, 2014. 912.651.6783. SAVANNAHGA. GOV/ARTS. Through Jan. 20, 2014 Art Classes at The Studio School

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.

Art Workshops Offered by Cultural Affairs Dept.

One and two day art workshops for children, teens, and adults in all skill levels. January 7 and run through January 14. All workshops will be held at the Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Studio located at 9 W. Henry Street. Workshops include Mixed Media in a Series with Lind Hollingsworth, Fused Glass Design Sampler with Stephanie VanGeel, Clay Boat Building with Dave Peterson, Into to Lapidary Stone Cutting with Ed Wade, Clay Surface Design Sampler with Mary Cale Wilson, Dodecahedron Paper Cutting with Mary Bass and Children’s Portrait Workshops with Brian Woods. See website for schedule and fees. Instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools included. Through Jan. 7, 2014. (912) 651-6783. Through Jan. 7, 2014 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 . 912-656-6383. Beading Classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912441-2656. 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 instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. 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. 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. Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction

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

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. 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. 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@ Sundays, 3:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Dance Conditioning

Be prepared to sweat! Bring your towel and your water bottle! This class is designed to enhance your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall body fitness. With belly dance movements in mind, this is a total body work out! $10 drop in or $80 for 10 classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. Wednesdays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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. Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modi-

fications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

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

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

Instruction for all ages of beginner/ intermediate students. Technique, chords, not reading, theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Taught two blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. First lesson half price. . 401255-6921. 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, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. . 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com. 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. 404-7099312. 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. Latin Cardio

Latin Cardio is a cardio based workout class that is designed to get your off the couch and sweat while having fun! We dance to all your favorite latin style dances like cha cha, samba, jive, rumba, salsa and more! Don’t worry... you will be sweating off the pounds every time you put your feet into action on the dance floor! No partner necessary. Workout clothes required! $10 drop in or $80 for 10 classes Mondays, 6 p.m. 912.312.3549. salondebailedancestudio. com. Mondays, 6 p.m Salon de Baile

Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Learn to Sew!

Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private and Group classes. . 912-596-0889. Kleo’s Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. 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. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. 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@ Sundays, 4:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. 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. 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. New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

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one-on-one or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. . pmasoninsavannah@ Photography Classes

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

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. . 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. 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@ 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. 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. edu. cesavannahmenu.html.. 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 tech-

| Submit your event online at nique 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. 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. 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. . 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 . 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. The Voice Co-op, Downtown. West Coast Swing Class

Interested in learning how to West Coast Swing? Come learn from the best in Savannah. Rick Cody will take you though the smooth rhythms of beach music to help you get ready for the dance floor. $12 drop in fee or $35 for 4 weeks Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. salondebailedancestudio. com. Wednesdays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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. douladeliv- 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@ 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. 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. .

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. . 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. . 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. . 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. . 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. 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 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. Islands MOPS

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

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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. 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. .

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. . charlesfund@ Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. 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. Savannah Kennel Club

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@

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. .

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. . 912-447-0943. 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. . 912-308-3208. alicev-


Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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. Logan’s Roadhouse, 11301 Abercorn St.

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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. or e-mail savannahnokidding@ . 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. com. Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

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traditions. Call or email. . 912-6550994. 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. Free , 11 a.m. , 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 for more information. free Fridays-Sundays. Fridays-Sundays Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am at the Mulberry Inn. . 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. 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. . savannahwritersgroup.blogspot. com. 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. .

| Submit your event online at 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. 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@ 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. 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. 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. 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. Beginning Pole Fitness

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. . Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

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) Tuesdays, 8 p.m. (801) 673-6737. Tuesdays, 8 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets

At Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners class-Wednesdays

Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

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Belly Dance Classes with Nicole Edge

7-8pm Advanced class-Fridays 6-7pm $15 per session, discount for Fitness on Broughton members. . 912-596-0889. 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@ happenstancebellydance. $15/lesson , 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. , 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 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. Thursdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson

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. 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. Kids/Youth Dance Class

Kids Group class on various Ballroom 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. Saturdays, 10 a.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Line Dancing

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday,

7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. . 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. 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. . 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. . Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing

. 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. special screenings Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium/Holland, 2013)

CinemaSavannah screens this year’s favorite of critics and audiences all over Europe. Elise has her own tattoo shop and Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. When an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. Nominated for six European Film Awards, and a multiple winner of the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. In English and Flemish with English subtitles. …$8 Sat., Dec. 28, 5 & 8 p.m. Sat., Dec.

Fitness $5 Community Yoga Classes

Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $5. All proceeds support local organizations. Check out our schedule at for details. Note that most of our classes are heated to 90 degrees and you will sweat! Bring a yoga mat, towel and some water and get ready to have some fun! $5 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 695-9990. Mondays-Fridays, Sundays Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. 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. 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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Beach Body Workouts with Laura

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

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

many races and events held during the weekend. Through Jan. 29, 2014. 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. 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. . Guy’s Day at Savannah Climbing Co-op

Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing CoOp 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. 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. SkidawayIsland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy.

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. . Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr.

A system of self-defense techniques based on several martial arts. The official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Custom Fit offers individual and small group training and intensive workshops. . 912-441-4891. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to tunr an attack-



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Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. . 912-232-2994. 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. 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. 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 Co-op Ladies Day

Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. at Savannah Climbing CoOp 302 W Victory Dr, every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. . 912-495-8010. 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. . Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

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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. .

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(March 21-April 19) Edmund Kean (1789-1833) was one of the most famous British actors of his time. But a contemporary, the poet Samuel Coleridge, was frustrated by Kean’s inconsistency, regarding him as a great artist who on occasion lapsed into histrionics. “To see him act,” said Coleridge, “is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.” Now and then I get that feeling about you, Aries. You have bursts of brilliance that you sometimes don’t follow up on. You’re like a superstar who loses your concentration. But I’ve got a strong feeling that in 2014 you will at least partially overcome this tendency. Your word of power will be *consistency.*


(April 20-May 20) Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) is known as the father of nuclear physics not just because he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He was also a superb teacher. Eleven of his students won Nobel Prizes. That’s the kind of teacher or mentor or guide I urge you to connect with in 2014, Taurus. The coming months will potentially be an optimum time for you to learn deeply, and at a rapid rate. One of the best ways to fulfill that promise will be to apprentice yourself to adepts who have mastered the skills and savvy you want to acquire.


(May 21-June 20) Your last best hope to get rich was back in the latter half of 2001 and the first six months of 2002. From July 2025 to June 2026, the cosmos will again conspire to give you a big fat chance to expedite your cash flow to the max. But why get bogged down dreaming of the past or fantasizing about the future when fertile opportunities to boost your prosperity are in front of you right now? Financial luck is flowing your way. Viable ideas for making money are materializing in your subconscious treasure house. The contacts that could help you build your wealth are ready to play with you. (This offer is good until July 2014.)


(June 21-July 22) French poet Edmond Jabès had this to say about the birth of big creative ideas that dramatically transform one’s life: “For the

writer, discovering the work he will write is both like a miracle and a wound, like the miracle of the wound.” Regardless of whether or not you’re an artist, Cancerian, I expect that you will experience a wrenching and amazing awakening like this in 2014. The opening you’ve been hoping and working for will finally crack its way into your destiny. It may be one of the most pleasurable disruptions you’ve ever had.


(July 23-Aug. 22) In the coming months, I’m betting that you will exit a confined place or shed cramped expectations or break off your commitment to a compromise that has drained you. It may happen suddenly, or it could take a while to complete. How the escape unfolds will have to do with how thoroughly you extract the lessons that your “incarceration” has made available. Here’s a ritual that might also expedite the process: Give a gift to the people you’re leaving behind, or offer a blessing in the spot where your difficult teachings have taken place.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good,” says a character in John Steinbeck’s novel *East of Eden.* I suggest that you make this your rallying cry in 2014, Virgo. In fact, why not begin right now, wherever you are? Say “Now that I don’t have to be perfect, I can be good.” Free yourself of the pressure to be the polished, ultimate embodiment of everything you’d ever hoped you would be. That will allow you to relax into being more content with the intriguing creation you have already become. You may be surprised by how much mojo this affords you.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) In 1972, English folk musician Nick Drake recorded his album *Pink Moon.* He finished it in a mere four hours, singing all 11 songs and playing every instrumental track himself. It took years for anyone to appreciate his artistry, but eventually the magazine *Melody Maker* selected *Pink Moon* as number 48 on its list of the “All Time Top 100 Albums.” Here’s one way I suspect your efforts will be similar to Drake’s in 2014, Libra:

You will have the ability to get a lot done in a short time. Here are two ways your fate will be different from Drake’s: First, you will have a big pool of trustworthy allies to call on for help. Second, what you produce won’t take nearly as long to get the appreciation it warrants.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) *Eierlegende Wollmilchsau* is a colloquial German term for a mythical pig that lays eggs like a chicken, provides milk like a cow, supplies wool like a sheep, and ultimately becomes bacon and pork chops. Metaphorically, it may refer to a fanciful device that performs many functions. Imagine, for instance, a futuristic smart phone that could interpret your dreams, trim your unwanted hair, fix you a perfect cup of coffee, tell you you’re beautiful in ways you actually believe, and cure your little health problems. In the real world, there’s no such thing, right? Not yet. But there’s a chance you will find the next best thing to an *eierlegende Wollmilchsau* in 2014.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “We don’t accomplish our love in a single year as the flowers do,” says Rainer Maria Rilke in the *Duino Elegies.* Do you promise to take that truth into consideration in 2014, Sagittarius? Will you pledge to diligently devote yourself to creating the right conditions for love to flourish? In the past, you may not have been fully able to carry out this slow-building marvel; you may not have had quite enough wise perseverance. But you do now.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In 1588, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan, confiscated the swords, daggers, and spears belonging to every citizen. He announced they would be melted down and used to make a giant Buddha statue. I’d love to see you undertake a comparable transformation in 2014, Capricorn. You shouldn’t completely shed all your anger and pugnacity, of course; a certain amount is valuable, especially when you need to rouse yourself to change situations that need to be changed. But it’s also true that you could benefit from a reduction in your levels of combativeness. What if you could “melt

down” some of your primal rage and use the energy that’s made available to build your personal equivalent of a Buddha icon?


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The period between last July and next June is prime time to find or create your dream job. That might mean simply upgrading your existing gig so that it serves you better. Or it could involve you rethinking your relationship with work and going off in quest of a new way to earn a living. So how are you doing on this project, Aquarius? If you are proceeding on schedule, you should be halfway there by now. The goal should be clear, and you should be more disciplined, organized, and determined than ever. If for any reason this isn’t the case, start playing catch-up.


(Feb. 19-March 20) “Singing teaches two skills that are essential for any creative process,” says author and vocalist Rachel Bagby, “the ability to listen and the ability to be flexible and spontaneous.” I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because 2014 could potentially be a Golden Age for your creativity. It will be a time when you will benefit even more than usual from exploring and enhancing your imaginative originality. That’s why I’m encouraging you to sing more than you ever have before. Make a list of your 50 favorite singable songs. Be aggressive about expanding the music you get exposed to, and learn the melodies and lyrics to a lot of new tunes. Cut loose with your vocal stylings whenever you have a chance, and take a vow to propel yourself out of funky moods with the creative energy of your singing.

Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

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

Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 . 586-8221021. 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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Fall/Winter schedule. Mondays at 8:30AM Zumba/Toning Lake Mayer Community Center 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads $5.00/class Mondays/ Wednesdays at 6:00PM Zumba/Toning Windsor Forest Elementary Gym 308 Briarcliff Circle $5.00/class Tuesdays/ Thursdays 10:00AM Zumba/Toning Curves @ Savannah Mall (912) 921-1771 14045 Abercorn St #1610 31419 $5.00/ class (Non-Members) Tuesdays @ 5:30PM Zumba St. Paul CME Social Hall (912) 233-2849 123 Brady St (at Barnard St) 31401 $3.00/class (Non-Members) Wednesdays @ 9:30AM Zumba/Toning Frank Murray Community Center (912) 898-3320 160 Wilmington Is Rd 31414 $3.00/class Bring water, proper shoes and attire. . 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. Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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

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

Stand Out Youth

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

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. . 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. 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. 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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

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

Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept.

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

Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. . 912-443-9409. St.

Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St.

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance

Enroll in the new health care plan between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Free, in-person guidance and counseling for enrolling in the new health plan can be done by appointment at: Curtis V. Cooper Health Clinic, 912527-1115; and J.C. Lewis Health Clinic, 912-721-6726. Or general information at CVS, Kroger, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, or Walmart pharmacies. Through March 31, 2014. 912-651-7730. Through March 31, 2014 Hypnobirthing

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

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. . 912927-3432. La Leche League of Savannah

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

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:307:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) . 912-447-6605. Living With Diabetes Six Session Course

Jacqueline Huntly, M.D., MPH, a family medicine physician, is forming this support group to help people with diabetes gain information about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and relaxation techniques.Featuring diabetic-friendly cooking demos. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10 and 17, Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center, 1107 East 66th Street. Space is limited. Plan to attend all six sessions. Information or to register call 912-350-8404. Free to attend. Registration required. Through Jan. 12, 2014. Through Jan. 12, 2014 Managing Chronic Pain Six Session Course

Jacqueline Huntly, M.D., MPH, a family medicine physician, is forming this support group to help people with chronic pain. The group will learn about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and relaxation techniques

to cope with chronic pain. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11,18, Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center, 1107 East 66th Street. Information or to register call 912-350-8404. Free to attend. Registration required. Through Jan. 14, 2014. 912-350-8404. Through Jan. 14, 2014 Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. . 800-264-7154. Religious & Spiritual Art of Peaceful Living

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

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

A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. . familylife-singles. Christmas Psychic Reading Madness Sale

December Madness Sale!!!!!!! $15 for 20 minute phone readings! payable at PayPal or go to website and check out Christmas monthly Specials Love and Light Low Country Psychic of Savannah ~Kelly Spurlock 15.00 Mondays-Sundays. 9125592169. savannahpsychic@gmail. com. Mondays-Sundays Ellis Square, Barnard Street and St. Julian Street. Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. . New Year’s Eve Celebration - Overcoming by Faith Ministries

Grab your family and come join Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith for the 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration – taking place on Tuesday, December 31 at 7PM & 10PM at the Savannah Civic Center. This will be a celebration you don’t want to miss! (Open to the public.) Free Tue., Dec. 31, 7 & 10 p.m. 912-927-8601. info@overcomingbyfaith.

org. Tue., Dec. 31, 7 & 10 p.m The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. New Year’s Eve Celebration and Conference: Knowing Your Purpose.

AlLive web streaming of MorningStar Ministries’ New Year’s Conference, held in Fort Mill, SC. Keynote speakers: Rick Joyner is Founder and Executive Director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and Lt.Gen. (Ret.) W.G. Boykin was one of the elite warriors chosen in 1978 to make up the first unit in America’s ultrasecretive and deadly Delta Force. Beverages provided. Free and open to the public Tue., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. 912-335-5027. media@harvestlight. org. Tue., Dec. 31, 10 p.m Harvest Light Ministries, 5912-D Ogeechee Rd. Read the Bible in One Year

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

Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. . 912-308-8286. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share

During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free , 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. , 7 p.m Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street.

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