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

Wednesday / 26 American Traditions Competition:Semi Finals

Dance: Oasis

Day three of the singing competition: performers have made it to the second round. 5 & 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $20--5pm OR 8pm show. $35--5pm AND 8pm shows. americantraditionscompetition.com

Department of Cultural Affairs' Spring Break Art Camp now registering

Spring Break Art Camp takes place March 10-March 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cultural Arts Studios, 9 West Henry St. The full-day camp will offer children ages 5-12 an introduction to painting, ceramics, mixed media and performing arts in age-appropriate group settings. Fee: $140 for City of Savannah residents, $150 for non-city residents. Feb. 16-March 9 912-651-6783. savannahga.gov/arts

Film: Prey, aka Alien Prey (1978, UK)

Bizarre, forgotten lesbian-themed creepy sci-fi thriller. For mature viewers. Presented by Psychotronic Film Society. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7 sentientbean.com

Film: Inequality for All Book Release Party: Johnny Harris Cookbook

Thursday / 27 American Traditions Competition: Judge's Concert Traditional vocalists from around the country sing American standards and compete for prize money. 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $35-$50 americantraditionscompetition.com/

Arts Resource Collective (ARC) of Savannah Information Session

Calling all artists and art advocates! Learn more about ARC of Savannah and share your ideas and thoughts on making Savannah a thriving community for art. 6 p.m ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Suite 300. FREE 912.403.4113. arcsavannah.org

The Tourism Leadership Council's 16th annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner

The preeminent black-tie event that honors the 23,000 people who work in the tourism and hospitality industry. Beginning the evening with cocktail hour at the Trade and Convention Center. More info and register, visit tourismleadershipcouncil.com/events/ annual-tourism-awards-dinner 5:30 & 9 p.m Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. $60 912.232.1223. tlc@tourismleadershipcouncil. com

Film: Alien Prey See Wednesday / 26

A multimedia dance production that explores the symbolism of water. Conceived and choreographed by performing arts professor Vincent Brosseau. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $20 scad.edu

American Traditions Competition: through friday

band of horses See monday / 3

Celebrating the restaurant's 90 years and Johnny Harris' first-ever cookbook, by Julie Donaldson Lowenthal, a thirdgeneration family owner. Cookbook Release. Business casual attire, beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. 5-7 p.m Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Dr. Free to attend. Books available for purchase. 912-354-7810

The Chef's Studio

Jepson Cafe launches its new series, The Chef’s Studio, with Chef Andrew Trice from Angel’s BBQ creating a 4-course fixed menu. Chef Andrew will give a short presentation which will be followed by dinner in which each course is paired with the appropriate glass of wine. 5 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. $30 for Telfair members. $35 for non-members telfair.edu

Robert Reich's documentary, with a discussion to follow. 7 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. sentientbean.com

Theatre: Die Mommie Die

Charles Busch's hilarious hit Off Broadway play which pays homage to the Grande Dame Guignol films of the 1960's. The story revolves around singer Angela Arden who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The only way out is murder. Feb. 27-March 1, 8 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free and open to the public

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: King Cake Party

Kicking off Tybee's 6th annual Mardi Gras celebration. Eat the King Cake and whoever gets the King Cake baby wins a prize. 7 p.m CoCo's Sunset Grille, Old U.S. Hwy 80. mardisgrastybee.com


Painter Kerry Dunn will conduct a free painting demonstration in the Eckburg atrium. Telfair Museums will provide chairs for observers and the Jepson Cafe will be open, enabling onlookers to enjoy a glass of wine or beer as they watch the artist at work. 5 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. free

Friday / 28 American Traditions Competition: Finals

The finalists compete and the judges select the winners in this competition among national vocalists, singing American standards for cash prizes. 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $35-$50 americantraditionscompetition.com

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Potable Gold: Savannah's Madeira Tradition

Tour behind the scenes of the Davenport House while learning about the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. Includes two Madeira samples. 5:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. $20 (must be 21 years of age) 912-236-8097. jcredle@davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org

Theatre: Cotton Patch Gospel

This bluegrass musical is a modern retelling of the Gospel of Matthew placed in the setting of rural Georgia. Music by the late Harry Chapin. 7:30 p.m Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. $15 912-695-3330

Theatre: Die Mommie Die

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Charles Busch's hilarious hit Off Broadway play which pays homage to the Grande Dame Guignol films of the 1960's. The story revolves around singer Angela Arden who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The only way out is murder. Feb. 27-March 1, 8 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free and open to the public

rights. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

velvet caravan See sunday / 2

Also known as The Healer and Julie's Return. An exploration of the nature of love, faith, sexuality, and spirituality as it follows the story of a recently-separated mother, who seeks out a famous healer in a last desperate effort to save the life of her young boy stricken with an incurable brain cancer. Starring Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and Lothaire Bluteau.(Jesus of Montreal). In English, and Polish and Russian with English subtitles. 5 & 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $8 musesavannah.org

Film: King Kong (USA, 2005)

Saturday / 1 Carnival Around the World: Gala for Live Oak Public Library

A celebration of Mardi Gras Traditions from Rio to Venice, New Orleans to Aruba. Cocktails, buffet supper, auctions, music by Savannah Stompers Jazz Band. 6:30 p.m Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. $125 per person liveoakpl.org

Dance: Oasis

A multimedia dance production that explores the symbolism of water. Conceived and choreographed by performing arts professor Vincent Brosseau. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $20 scad.edu

Hosted by Film Forum, a Savannahbased film club. In the auditorium at Savannah Arts. 6:30 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Free and open to the public.

Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Pulaski’s 269th Birthday Ceremony Honoring the Polish general who fought on the side of the Americans in the Revolutionary War, and died from wounds he received in the battle of Savannah. This ceremony is held at the monument honoring his sacrifice. 12:30 p.m Monterey Square, Bull and West Wayne Streets. Free and open to the public. savannahgeneralpulaski.org

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Dance: Oasis

A multimedia dance production that explores the symbolism of water. Conceived and choreographed by performing arts professor Vincent Brosseau. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $20 scad.edu

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: N'awlins Costume and Cocktail Kickoff Party

Music by Brad Randall and the Zydeco Ballers. Costume Contest, Krew Cup contest. 7 p.m Fannie's on the Beach, 1613 Strand Ave. mardisgrastybee.com

One Small Voice Award Event

The Savannah Children's Choir's annual award honoring those making a difference in the lives of children. 2014 honorees are Sue Reilly and Joe Marchese. Concert, awards, cocktail

Film: Julie Walking Home (Poland/ Canada/ Germany/ USA, 2002)

buffet, music by The Accomplices. 7-9 p.m American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. $50 912-228-4758. savannahchoir.org

Dance: Oasis

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Home Improvement Workshop: Using Caulking Another of Habitat ReStore Savannah's 2014's semi-monthly expert-led workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all experience levels. Step-by-step instruction for DIY types to learn home repair and home decorating projects. 10 a.m Habitat ReStore Savannah, 1900 E. Victory Dr. Free and open to the public. 912.655.3416

Kickoff of the American Diabetes Association's 2014 Kiss-a-Pig Campaign

Meet this year's teams and Remi - the pig who the winning team will get to kiss at the Kiss-A-Pig gala finale on May 10. A flash mob performance by the 2014 Kiss-a-Pig committee and contestants will start off the festivities. 4 p.m City Market, Jefferson at West Saint Julian St. 912-353-8110, 3091. mcenter@diabetes.org

The Savannah Tenors

The men of the Savannah Theatre dynamically harmonize their voices on everything from opera to Broadway, Motown and pop--occasionally with a little help from the ladies. 3 & 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $35 adults $17 youth savannahtheatre.com/

Seuss Fest

All sorts of Seuss-themed activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday. Art, science, fitness, recycling, and story time, plus green eggs and ham for sale at the nearby Whistlestop Cafe. Nom nom nom.... 10 a.m.-4 p.m Savannah Children's Museum, 655 Louisville Road. $7.50 museum admission. 912-596-5754

Soprano, Elissa Alvarez with Velvet Caravan A zesty assortment of Spanish, Hebrew and Colombian songs followed by the distinctive panache of Velvet Caravan’s self-described ‘Low Country gypsy jazz.’

8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Free and open to the public. armstrong.edu

Theatre: Cotton Patch Gospel

This bluegrass musical is a modern retelling of the Gospel of Matthew placed in the setting of rural Georgia. Music by the late Harry Chapin. 7:30 p.m Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. $15 912-695-3330

Theatre: Die Mommie Die

Charles Busch's hilarious hit Off Broadway play which pays homage to the Grande Dame Guignol films of the 1960's. The story revolves around singer Angela Arden who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The only way out is murder. Feb. 27- 8 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free and open to the public

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: Parade

Grab your chair and Mardi Gras beads and watch the parade from Memorial Park/Butler Ave. to Tybrisa Street. Floats, beads, marching bands. 2 p.m mardisgrastybee.com

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: Street Party

Dig into Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil & Gumbo, served all day. Music starts at 1pm. Brad and Randall and the Zydeco Ballers at 3 p.m. and Voodoo Soup at 6 p.m. 12-9 p.m Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa and Strand Avenue. mardisgrastybee.com

Wilmington Island Farmers' Market Vendors offering produce, prepared foods, crafts, plus storytime, musical performances, and community info. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. Free and open to the public wifarmersmarket.org/


Dance: Oasis

A multimedia dance production that explores the symbolism of water. Conceived and choreographed by performing arts professor Vincent Brosseau. 3 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $20 scad.edu

Legacy of Ben Tucker Jazz Concert

Messiah Lutheran hosted 11 Christmas Jazz Concerts featuring Ben Tucker, the king of jazz in Savannah and nationally known musician. At the age of 82, on June 4, 2013, Ben Tucker was killed when a speeding car hit his golf cart. This concert will honor the legacy of Ben Tucker. Mitch Hennes on bass, Erik Jones on piano, Jody Espina on saxophone, Billy Hoffman on drums, and Claire Frazier, vocals. 5 p.m Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 Westridge Road (The Landings). Free (912) 598-9746 Mon-Fri 2-5 pm. allenpr@ comcast.net

Seuss Fest

All sorts of Seuss-themed activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday. Art, science, fitness, recycling, and story time, plus green eggs and ham for sale at the nearby Whistlestop Cafe. Nom nom nom.... 11 a.m.-4 p.m Savannah Children's Museum, 655 Louisville Road. $7.50 museum admission. 912-596-5754

Theatre: Cotton Patch Gospel

This bluegrass musical is a modern retelling of the Gospel of Matthew placed in the setting of rural Georgia. Music by the late Harry Chapin. 3 p.m Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. $15 912-695-3330

accessible; complete with local ingredients of the highest quality. Savor farm-to-table housemade French-inspired cuisine with a hand-selected wine collection. Relax on our outdoor patio, or dine in our beautiful forty-two person dining room while you enjoy the

Mini-Comics Expo 2014

The men of the Savannah Theatre dynamically harmonize their voices on everything from opera to Broadway, Motown and pop--occasionally with a little help from the ladies. 3 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $35 adults $17 youth savannahtheatre.com/

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One of the most unusual ensembles in the music business, combining Gypsy, Honky-Tonk, Swing and Latin, playing upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. 3:30 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street. $15 Advance / $20 Door 912-233-1547, ext. 301. kayla@mickveisrael. org

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Unwrap the best in handmade comics, DIY publishing. Join SCAD’s sequential art department for a celebration of handmade comic books and do-it-yourself publishing. Nearly 50 vendors, students, faculty and alumni exhibit and sell their self-published mini-comics and magazines. Interactive demonstrations by faculty and grad students, and learn to draw comics and create and bind comic books. 11 a.m.-4 p.m Haymans Hall (SCAD), 23 E. Charlton St. Free and open to the public. Children and adults welcome. scad.edu

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convenience of private off-street parking. Representing the evolution of today’s brasseries, we venture beyond the image of cafés and

King kong See saturday / 1

breweries, and instead call to mind an image of simplistic sophistication.

Monday / 3 Band of Horses

The Seattle sound comes to Savannah, on the heels of their newest release, Acoustic at the Ryman (2014). 8 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. savannahboxoffice.com

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Tuesday / 4 Film: Homage to Verdi

Screening and presentation by opera legend Sherill Milnes. Presented by Savannah Voice Festival. 6:30-8:30 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street. Free and open to the public. Donations encouraged. 855.76.OPERA. savannahvoicefestival.org

Wednesday / 5 Film: Sonny & Jed, aka Bandero Bandits (1972, Italy)

Psychotronic Film Society presents this rare spaghetti western/romantic comedy homage to Bonnie & Clyde. Starring Telly Savalas. For mature viewers. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7 sentientbean.com

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Week at a glance | continued from page 7 Savannah Stopover. March 6-8. The Band Perry. March 7, Johnny Mercer Theatre. The Collective Face: Fool For Love. Muse Arts Warehouse. March 7-23. Harlem Globetrotters. March 13, MLK Arena. Sarah Jarosz. March 15, Randy Wood Guitars. Tara Feis. March 15, Emmet Park. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. March 17. Savannah Music Festival: March 20-April 5. Avett Brothers (Savannah Music Festival). March 20 & 21, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tybee Arts Association: Sordid Lives. March 21-31. Graveface Fest. March 22, Dollhouse Productions.

Punch Brothers (Savannah Music Festival). March 22, Trustees Theater. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Savannah Music Festival). March 22, Lucas Theatre. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Savannah Music Festival). March 27, Lucas Theatre. Gabriel Iglesias. March 27, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Vince Gill & Paul Franklin (Savannah Music Festival). March 28, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Taj Mahal (Savannah Music Festival). March 29, Lucas Theatre. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Savannah Music Festival). March 30, Lucas Theatre. Robert Cray Band (Savannah Music Festival). April 3, Lucas Theatre. Branford Marsalis (Savannah Music Festival). April 5, Trustees Theater. Amos Lee. April 8, Johnny Mercer Theatre. AASU theater: Godspell. April 10-19. Bay Street Theatre: Fuddy Meers. April 11-20. Savannah Record Fair. April 20 & 21, May Poetter Hall. Nickel Creek. April 22, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Claire Lynch Band. April 25, Randy Wood Guitars.

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Guns on Broughton, take two by Jim Morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

The big news over the weekend was the double shooting on and/or near Broughton Street early Sunday morning. A dispute at the East Broughton club Dosha, apparently between two females, became physical. Police responded. Then, gunfire a block away. Responding officers found two gunshot victims fleeing the scene. (The injuries were non-life threatening.) Then, more gunshots, a block away in a different direction. Officers responded to nearby Reynolds Square, near the Lucas. Bystanders pointed out a car. The four people in it were detained, one after resisting arrest. Police still don’t know for sure if any of the shooting incidents are related to the fight or to any of the other shots fired. In all, four blocks of Broughton were cordoned off, from Habersham to Bull. It was one of the most dramatic local crime responses in the tourist area since a lone gunman escaped into the Olde Pink House in May 2012. It was also an uncomfortable throwback to the time when another problematic club, Frozen Paradise, was on the opposite end of Broughton through 2007. The way it went down reminded me of what a local cop tells me about the old Frozen Paradise in the late 1990s/early 2000s. The officer recalls that when the club would let out at 3 a.m. on a weekend night, it was more or less standard operating procedure for almost every cop on duty to deploy into a de facto perimeter around the west end of Broughton for crowd control. Sometimes, the cop says, departing clubgoers would purposely empty a clip in the air on one block to draw police there, while something else they didn’t want the cops to see went on at another location. Clearly, Dosha is nowhere near the level of steady public nuisance that Frozen Paradise once attained frequently on Broughton. But the reminders are there. (Controversy followed the new incarnation of Frozen Paradise to Indian Street. The man alleged to have murdered Emily

Pickels and Michael Biancasino in 2012 was himself shot to death in front of the club the day before St. Patrick’s Day 2013.) Interestingly, this past weekend’s incident came mere days after the Georgia House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow concealed carry of handguns in bars and churches. It would be easy to point out a correlation between the shootings and Georgia’s laxand-getting-more-lax attitude toward gun ownership. But apparently there’s no shortage of guns at or near bars as it is. If it’s too simple for gun rights people to insist that everybody packing heat everywhere is the only way to reduce crime, it’s also too simple to blame responsible gun owners for the actions of irresponsible ones. The vast majority of gun owners I know who might be inclined to pay the money and fill out the paperwork for a Georgia Weapons Carry License are emphatically not the type of people to throw back too many shots at the bar and start filling their rivals full of lead, Wild West-style. Whether you’re for or against gun control, I guarantee you the vast majority of idiots who shoot up street corners in Savannah are not card-carrying NRA members lobbying their Republican state legislators for increased Second Amendment rights. (FYI, contrary to popular opinion and the Chatham County Probate Court website, there’s no such thing as a “concealed weapons permit” in Georgia per se. One license covers both open and concealed carry.) After the Broughton shootings, it didn’t take long to see the the usual hysterical responses show up on Facebook: That Savannah is “uninhabitable” due to crime. That Savannah is “the next Detroit” with “thugs” taking over the streets. That the only solution is for everyone to strap on a pistol. Or that the only solution is to get rid of every gun, everywhere.

I’ve noticed this polarized overreaction is especially common whenever there’s a shooting in the historic district. Any violent crime is unacceptable, but I’d urge those who are freaking out to take a deep breath and drill down to specific things local citizens have some real influence over: • Remember that Savannah/Chatham Metro Police are still dealing with corruption issues which led directly to higher crime on our streets. The departure of former Chief Lovett and other leaders fingered in the report on local police malfeasance is only the first step (though I’m shocked more public outrage didn’t result). The culture of corruption isn’t completely flushed out. Until taxpayers know police leadership isn’t actually contributing to local crime, streetlevel efforts won’t be fully credible. It’s up to our elected officials and their appointed city manager to make this happen. If they can’t, then it’s up to the voters to install new elected officials and demand a new city manager. This can’t be said enough. • It’s no secret that Dosha has a history of issues. Unlike the Frozen Paradise days, however, Broughton Street is now very much on the development radar, especially with the recent acquisitions by Ben Carter. Through its power to grant or refuse liquor licenses, City Council has the ability to affect positive change, and they shouldn’t hesitate to use it—fairly but firmly. • Until everyone from all walks of life gets equally upset whenever people get shot anywhere in Savannah, there will always be a perception that some lives are more expendable than others. I address this to citizens in the poorest areas most impacted by violent crime as well as those in the tonier and more touristy districts. Maybe if there were as much outrage in those neighborhoods as in the more fortunate ones that are actually rarely touched by serious crime, we might see a real collective breakthrough. Crime in Savannah is everyone’s problem. But problems can be solved. The key is facing them directly rather than waiting for someone else to act, or hoping the problem stays in someone else’s neighborhood. cs

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Maybe you glimpsed their festooned glory on your Instagram feed, or perhaps you got to gawk at them in person as they toured the town on the back of a flatbed truck. The Yarn Children of Collaboration bombarded the streets and social media last week, and hopefully, Savannah will never be the same.

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First conceived to help fulfill the mission of last Saturday’s A-Town Get Down Festival, the splashy mobile sculptures were assembled by the kids of the Loop It Up Savannah art program at the West Broad YMCA—a fine, fun example of how the sum of many creative efforts can add up to a single piece of art. The back story, however, has more layers than a Kardashian wedding cake. A few months ago, artist and A-Town art coordinator Jose Ray

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approached Loop It Up director Molly Lieberman and myself about a yarnbomb for the event. A “yarnbomb” is what happens when knitters get nutty and cover an everyday structure—a mailbox, a stop sign, the neighbor’s dog—with fibers, instantly transforming the mundane into art, or at least something a little less ordinary. I got awfully excited, ‘cause doing stuff that will make people laugh, stare and/or point is kinda my hobby. (A group of us yarnbombed

Green Truck Pub in December, and the dashboard of my minivan is kind of a situation.) A yarnbomb also serves to bring together makers and viewers in unexpected ways, making it a perfect opportunity to thread together A-Town, its connections with SCAD, the local art community and the families of the Y—as well as honor A-Town’s inspiration, Alex Townsend, a vibrant young soul who died in a car accident in February 2010. Several brainstorming sessions ensued. Our intrepid triad realized this project would need to travel, and building a mobile structure from scratch would require time and power tools, both in short supply. I went to ask sculptor Jerome Meadows if he had any suitable spare items lying around his studio behind Indigo Sky Community Gallery.

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The kids of Loop It Up Savannah at the West Broad YMCA wove panels for the project.

Always down for any kind of artistic mischief, Jerome showed me a massive propeller blade reclaimed from an industrial site. Too unwieldly. He put his hand on a block of granite. Oy, too heavy. He thought a minute and disappeared into the back of his cavernous work space, then toddled out a threeand-a-half foot human form made of twisted chicken wire and stuffed with wads of paper. He introduced it as one of three armatures used for a public art project ages ago, and we were welcome to them. “They’re perfect,” I exclaimed, clasping my hands as if he’d presented a trio of magical creatures. There was definitely something spellbinding about the Children. As we loaded them gently into the minivan, taking care to avoid any sharp pokes, I wondered briefly if they needed seatbelts. The Loop It Up kids spent many afternoons weaving ribbons and yarn on cardboard looms to dress them, giving the girl form a purse and naming her “Diva.” Purled squares made by the elders of the Hudson Hill Golden Age Center appeared. As they became bedecked in every color and fiber imaginable, including violet swaths of donated fabric called “Savannah Plaid,” the Children became softer and more alive, as if they might dance right off their foundations. We found ourselves patting their heads and cooing to them, and they enchanted everyone who walked past, their vibrant fringes giving off the effect of three friendly shamans.

Diva and the boys looked wildly regal as Jose, Connect’s Sinjin Hilaski and I strapped them to a flatbed truck for a tour of the city, with a plan to snap photos for a social media blitz and introduce our charges to the age-old Savannah pastime of “see and be seen.” Jose drove us through Frazier Homes, the public housing community where many of the Y kids live, past City Hall and around the squares. We cruised Broughton and checked out the Telfair, and stopped for coffee at the Sentient Bean. The Children seemed to take in the uproar they caused everywhere we went with a wise, quiet humor. They didn’t complain at all as they jostled on our shoulders as we carried them to the Forsyth Fountain and crowded into the elevator at Drayton Tower. Frankly, they were much better behaved than a lot of children I know. Come to think of it, most adults, too.

Whose children are they, anyway?

Because of Jerome’s low-key modesty, I didn’t pick up on the marvelous relevance of the chickenwire children until I did a bit of research on the actual sculptures they spawned. It turns out our colorful little beings served as the molds for the bronze figures in Yamacraw Square, the $300K public art project that brought Jerome—a public art master known all over the world for his curated community gathering spaces— to Savannah from Washington, D.C. in the first place. continues on p. 41

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Last week, three colorfully-clad figures made their way around Savannah, taking in the popular sites and following paths less traveled. A collaboration of Loop It Up Savannah, the A-Town Get Down Festival and other community artists, the A-Town Yarn Bomb brought color and delight everywhere it went (read more in this week’s Civil Society Column on page 10.) Clockwise from top: 1. Communing with the classical statues at the Telfair Academy, 2. The view from the top of Drayton Tower, 3. Paying homage to Johnny Mercer in Ellis Square 4. Hangin’ at Frazier Homes, 5. Standing with their bronzed counterparts in Yamacraw Square.


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Every community needs a safety net for the least fortunate people in it. Chatham County’s no exception, and the Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Center is the area’s main “safety net” health care facility. It treats about 17,000 patients from the least-advantaged, most medically underserved sectors of society. “Of those 17,000, 5,000 are diabetics, and 3,000 are individuals with cholesterol issues,” explained Albert Grandy, Cooper Center CEO. Grandy shared these grim statistics to a capacity crowd at the Charles H. Morris Center, gathered last week to mark the launch of a local version of the Canyon Ranch Institute’s Life Enhancement Program. “Want to know how many of those 17,000 are also obese? Twelve thousand,” Grandy said, to audible gasps. The Cooper Center is well-known locally for its work in the community. The Canyon Ranch Institute is less well-known in Savannah, but has gained international respect through its intensive wellness programs. Usually held at its Tucson, Arizona, headquarters, the programs incorporate an eclectic range of disciplines, from nutrition to strength training to stress management. The goal isn’t only physical wellness for individuals, but the physical (and fiscal) health of the nation. “Seventy-five cents of every health care dollar are spent on diseases which are totally preventable,” says Dr. Richard H. Carmona, president of the Canyon Ranch Institute and 17th Surgeon General of the U.S. But Canyon Ranch also offers a portable, customizable version of its wellness care program to at-risk communities, beginning with its pilot program in the South Bronx in 2008. Savannah is the newest addition, and the Cooper Center will be the main local vector for Canyon Ranch’s expertise. The outreach—provided at no cost to local

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The Rev. C. MeGill Brown of Second African Baptist Church hugs Rosalie Morris. Mrs. Morris and her husband Charles are playing a key role in bringing the Canyon Ranch Institute’s wellness program to an under-served population in Savannah.

participants—wouldn’t be possible without generous financial support from a major force in local publishing (and owner of Connect Savannah), Charles H. Morris, who began annual visits to Canyon Ranch 25 years ago with his wife Rosalie. “At age 75, I’m fortunate that I’ve never had to take any medicines or blood pills or diabetes pills or anything like that. For me being able to share this journey to wellness is a dream come true,” Morris said. “I’ve learned about things to eat, what not to eat. I’m learning how to read my blood lipids, about getting my heart rate up three times a week, doing resistance training,” he said. “Rosalie and I have experienced the life-changing impact of healthy lifestyles, and we want our community to have the same opportunities.” Speaking of his friend Canyon Ranch founder Mel Zuckerman, Morris said, “Mel has created a logical, simple and successful model to teach

people how to take better care of themselves.” Pointing out that the Savannah launch is the Institute’s “first foray into the stroke belt of the Southern United States,” Canyon Ranch’s Andrew Pleasant echoed the urgency of Albert Grandy’s appeal. “Across the board, there’s not one area where Savannah and Chatham County outperform the rest of the nation,” said Pleasant, who serves as Canyon Ranch’s Senior Director of Health Literacy and Research. “The need for something like the Life Enhancement Program is real, it’s tangible, and it’s immediate.” Dr. Carmona may be best-known as the Surgeon General who directed the first comprehensive report on the true dangers of secondhand smoke. But long before that role, he grew up dirt poor in the Bronx — not coincidentally the site of Canyon Ranch’s pilot program in an at-risk community.

“The issues you’re dealing with here in Savannah are near and dear to my heart,” Carmona told the crowd of health care professionals, elected officials, and business and community leaders. “I came from a very poor family, grew up in the inner city.” In explaining Canyon Ranch’s local versions of its Life Enhancement Programs—LEPs, in their lingo—Carmona was similarly blunt. “The things all these places have in common are very tough populations. What we call social determinants of health. People who are poor, people who have no education, people who are unemployed, a high propensity for single moms,” he said. “That’s where we see the most disease.” The participants in the local program “are all going to be at risk for chronic disease like diabetes, heart attack,” explained Pleasant. “They will come from low-income, traditionally underserved communities. We pay continues on p. 14


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particular attention to the race and ethnic makeup of participants, the level of education and literacy, and how exposed they are to the negative effects of the social determinants of health.” Featuring an extraordinary amount of one-on-one attention and counseling—equivalent to four times the average American’s face-time with health care professionals, Pleasant says—Savannah’s LEP will take about 100 participants through three months of total wellness training, with follow-ups three months after that and at the one-year mark. The main effort involves three hours once a week working with members of the LEP’s “core team,” hand-picked local professionals from the spectrum of cutting-edge wellness philosophy, from nutrition to proper exercise to stress management to behavioral change to social support. “They’re also going to go to exercise sessions, be with walking groups, or work with a gardening club on their off days,” says Pleasant, reinforcing the LEP’s multidisciplinary approach. Before beginning, participants undergo an hour-long interview and a fitness assessment “just to see their physical condition before they do the program,” says Pleasant. “Also we do bloodwork, which is actually, sadly, fairly rare.” Common factors are socioeconomic risk, and participants must be patients of Curtis V. Cooper, either current or admitted for the LEP.

Left, Dr. Richard Carmona, Canyon Ranch president & former Surgeon General; right, Mayor Edna Jackson with Charles H. Morris

But just wanting to help people isn’t enough. What makes Canyon Ranch’s model successful where many others have failed to live up to expectations? “It all comes down to culture. How do you take the best science in the world and translate it in a culturally competent manner to an end user to affect sustainable behavorial change?” Carmona tells Connect Savannah, also a major partner in the effort. “You can have the smartest people trying to make change in that community, but it’s not going to work unless the community embraces it and they confer upon you credibility.” For a year, Canyon Ranch professionals spent time here determining the most culturally effective approach to sustaining the LEP’s benefits. “We look into the community and ask who are the opinion leaders, who are the thought leaders, where

do people normally congregate? And that’s usually the churches. In a predominantly Hispanic community it might be Catholic churches, where as in Savannah it’s probably Baptist churches,” Carmona tells us. “That’s not to say it’s all about churches, but that’s where you tend to find the predominant opinion leaders with great credibility in the communities we’re seeking to help. In good times and bad times, that’s where the community congregates.” One of Savannah’s most influential pastors at one of its most historic congregations gave a powerful testimonial at the launch. The Rev. C. MeGill Brown is pastor of Second African Baptist Church, where General Sherman’s Field Order Number 15—commonly known as “40 Acres and a Mule”—was first announced to emancipated former slaves in 1865.

“Two years ago I went to the doctor. I’m 6’5” and I weighed in at 425 pounds,” said Brown, describing his own journey to wellness. “I was pre-everything. Pre-diabetic, pre-hypertension, you name any sickness and I was headed in that direction,” Brown said. “My father died before he was 60. My grandfather died before he was 55. At 42 I was headed in that direction.” Rev. Brown, who’s also board chairman of the Cooper Center, says at that point he was looking for some “serendipity” to help him to health. “That’s when I met the folks from Canyon Ranch. That’s when I realized it wasn’t about losing weight, but changing a lifestyle. It was about changing a mindset.” Pleasant reinforced Brown’s sentiment that the LEP is “not just a passing fancy, it’s about fostering a true,

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deeply-felt change in someone’s life. That’s how change spreads to the family and that’s how it spreads to the community at large.” Those “community-level magnifiers” extend to the practices of clinical partners, such as the Cooper Center. “We’ve seen them change how they do business over time through the addition of integrative health. Our programs have always spun off into the greater community,” says Pleasant. “We’ve seen churches literally change how they’re doing potlucks, to where it’s now unheard of for people to bring in a really unhealthy dish,” adds Jennifer Cabe, Canyon Ranch executive director. There’s plenty of hard data to back up these anecdotes. Canyon Ranch’s benchmarks of success range from the complex to the very simple. For example, one indicator is a decrease in full-sugar soda consumption. “There was one man in Missouri who was drinking 15 sodas a day when he came into the program. Three and a half years later, he hasn’t had one yet,” Pleasant said. Across the board, LEP participants

report about a 32 percent improvement in physical benchmarks like cholesterol and blood pressure. Nearly half continue increased exercising. And a whopping 68 percent report just plain say they live a healthier life overall, including longer, better sleep and number of “happy days.” With each LEP it helps run with each partner in each medically underserved community, Canyon Ranch learns something new. One extra focus in Savannah will be encouraging participants to take part in how-to healthy cooking demos and public gardening at Trustees Garden, across the street from the Cooper Center. “We’re bringing what we’ve learned from other partner sites, and we’re starting off having a kitchen and a garden in a very short period of time,” says Cabe. “It’s a great addition.” cs Canyon Ranch and the Cooper Center seek gardeners, chefs, and performers to volunteer to help the Life Enchancement Program. Email cri@canyonranchinstitute. org, call 912/233-1281, or hit ‘em up on Twitter @CRIhealthyworld

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Two shot on Broughton Detectives continue to “sort out the details of a shooting in downtown Savannah Sunday morning that left two victims with non-life threatening wounds,” a police spokesman says. A 25-year-old male and a 19-yearold female were transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 1:09 a.m. shooting in the 200 block of East Broughton St. Patrol officers had been called to Club Dosha in the 100 block of East Broughton about 1:09 a.m. to break up a fight when they heard shots fired in the 200 block. Multiple officers conducting a “Total Focus” show of force operation nearby “helped saturate the area immediately and found the two gunshot victims running from the scene.” Moments later, police again heard multiple shots fired, this time near Abercorn and Congress streets.

Officers were directed by bystanders to a car with four men in it. Police detained the occupants. One man resisted and was tased by officers. Police have not determined if the occupants were involved in either the shooting or the shots fired calls. Detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020. A Tip Line also is open at (912) 525-3124. • Detectives arrested a west Savannah man on multiple animal abuse charges. Just after 3 a.m. Feb. 20, Metro responded to a theft report on the 1200 block of Damon Street. While inspecting the house’s exterior for signs of theft, officers observed a decaying dog in a pen with a malnourished dog. A second malnourished dog was discovered tied to a fence. The dogs appeared to be pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Injuries consistent with dog fighting also were present on the animals.

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control arrived removed the deceased dog’s remains and transported the remaining dogs to an emergency veterinary hospital. They were released and are at the animal shelter. John Spaulding, 56, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty from the State of Georgia, two counts of no shots, two counts of no tags, one count of animal neglect, one count tethered dog, and one count of failure to report a dead animal. • Two of three stolen cars have been recovered and five men have been arrested after the burglary of a Southside automobile dealership. Officers were called to Volvo of Savannah on the 8300 block of White Bluff Road about 11:38 p.m. Feb. 17 after employees discovered the burglary. Taken were three customerowned vehicles. Nakeem Squila Antonio Sams, 19,

of the 1500 block of East 52nd Street, was apprehended quickly in a foot pursuit after he wrecked a 1995 Buick LaCrosse on the 100 block of East 64th Street. Four other men were arrested in foot pursuits after officers followed a stolen Volvo carrying three of them to Seiler and Waters avenues about noon Tuesday. The fourth arrestee was outside the car and fled as well. Police discovered three weapons and drugs along the routes the suspects ran and drugs on one suspect. Arrested were Dominic Manwell Williams, 21; Jaquease Lamont Dunn, 19; and Raheen Yusell Kirkland, 18. Hakeen Anthony Kelsey, 20, was outside the car. He was wanted on forgery charges and charged him with obstruction as well. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


Anything new on the dangers of microwave ovens? I work at the deli counter at a natural-foods store and recently one of my customers chided me for suggesting she warm up her food by microwaving it. She said microwaving changes the molecular structure of food and makes it dangerous. Being skeptical, I researched this online, mainly by searching through your old answers. Your May 2005 column said the jury was still out on this question. Any new information? —Bet P., Charleston, South Carolina The jury was still out, although if my eyes don’t deceive me they just filed back into the courtroom. More on that in a moment, but first a word. Next time you get some fragile eggshell mind telling you that “microwaving changes the molecular structure of food” (these exact words are always used), look them in the eye and reply as follows: “You’re 100 percent correct—it’s been scientifically proven that microwaving

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the food as though it were transparent and heats up mainly the water, and to a degree the sorta polar fats and sugars, which in turn heat up everything else. The food thus cooks uniformly (more or less) and in much less time. But let’s be clear: heating is heating. The mainstream view is that microwaves basically do what conventional heating does, only faster. A few scientists, however, think there may be what are known as nonthermal microwave effects of possibly ominous significance. Since precision microwave ovens have become widely available in labs, an opportunity to settle this longstanding controversy is now at hand—or so it seemed in 2005. Which brings us to the article cited above, published last year by three Austrian chemists, C. Oliver Kappe, Bartholomäus Pieber, and Doris Dallinger, in the journal Angewandte Chemie (“Applied Chemistry”). Having reviewed the literature and done some experiments, they report as follows: • Everyone agrees microwaves are far too low-energy to break molecular bonds and cause chemical reactions. (Cooking, whether done conventionally or with microwaves, unbends or “denatures” proteins, changing their shape much as one might unbend a paper clip, so in that sense it changes molecular structure. But it doesn’t turn the molecules into something else.) • That said, laboratory microwave ovens do things that are difficult or impossible to replicate with conventional heating. A reaction that might take five hours to complete if the

starting mixture were simply boiled can be accomplished in one second using a microwave to superheat the stuff in a sealed vessel. The fact remains: these are still thermal effects. • Claims of nonthermal microwave effects continue to show up in the scientific journals, but in the opinion of Oliver, Bart, and Doris, these are mostly due to (a) chemists not really getting how microwaves work and (b) experimental error. A common problem is inaccurate temperature monitoring. • For instance, a scientific team reported it had heated a chemical mixture to 100 degrees Celsius using both conventional and microwave heating. However, after 30 minutes, the reaction in the conventionally heated mixture was only 25 percent complete, whereas in the microwaved mixture it was 90 percent. Since the temperature of the two mixtures was the same, Dudley and friends contended, this was evidence of a nonthermal microwave effect. • Kuhscheisse, riposted our three skeptics. Team Dudley had used sensors that measured the surface temperature, not the internal temperature of the mix. The Austrians reran the experiment using an internal probe and found the reactions in the microwaved and conventionally heated mixtures occurred at exactly the same rate. CS

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changes the molecular structure of food. THIS IS CALLED COOKING, YOU NITWIT.” Sorry, needed to vent. Back to the jury. Their verdict comes in the form of an article published last year entitled: “Microwave Effects in Organic Synthesis: Myth or Reality?” The answer, not to kill the suspense, is: myth. To recap, people freak out about microwaves because they use (horrors!) radiation, failing to grasp that there are two kinds of radiation: (1) ionizing, the high-energy kind produced by nuclear bombs, radioactive elements, and such, and (2) non-ionizing, the relatively low-energy type we encounter every day in the form of light, heat, and radio waves. Microwaves are located between radio and heat (infrared) on the nonionizing end of things. When, therefore, we speak of “nuking” something in the microwave, that’s not what we’re actually doing; it’s COMICAL EXAGGERATION FOR EFFECT. Microwave heating is different from conventional heating because, whereas infrared energy warms up pretty much any molecule it plows into, microwaves only affect molecules having polarity—that is, positive and negative ends, which rotate rapidly back and forth as the microwaves go by. A common type of polar molecule is water, which, happily for us, is distributed fairly evenly throughout many foods. So while ordinary heat gets absorbed by the outer layer of a food and only slowly penetrates to the interior, microwave energy passes through most of

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Norway’s prison system is regarded as among the most inmate-friendly in the world, but convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik is still not impressed. Breivik, serving 21 years for the 2011 bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 77 people, may already enjoy amenities unheard of for a comparable American murderer, but he sent wardens 12 demands in November, including an upgrade of his manual typewriter and his PlayStation 2 (to a PS3, with better access to game selection). He also demanded that his weekly government “allowance” (equivalent of $49) be doubled, and said if the “torture” of his living conditions is not relieved, he would be forced into a hunger strike. (Breivik threatened a similar strike in 2012, citing “inhumane” conditions such as cold coffee, lack of skin moisturizer and insufficient butter for his bread.)

The Continuing Crisis

• Following alarming reports, the Ohio attorney general’s office began working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association in December to be vigilant for pet owners who might be commandeering their dogs’ and cats’ pain killers - for their own use. Worse, other reports suggested some owners were deliberately injuring their pets just to obtain the drugs. • The Super Bowl may be the “holy grail” for Las Vegas sports gambling, but outside the United States, horseracing, soccer and, surprisingly, pro tennis dominate. Tennis provides bettors with 19,000 matches a year (compared to 1,200 NBA games, 2,400 Major League Baseball games and fewer than 300 NFL games), with betting on 400,000 individual games and even on individual points, of which there are nearly 2.5 million, according to a January New York Times dispatch from Melbourne, Australia. In January’s Australian Open, a routine fourth-round women’s match between players ranked ninth and 28th in the world attracted more than $4 million in wagers - on just the first set. • Grrrrr! (1) In Chedzoy, England, in January, the border collie spaniel Luce was “re-homed” after Royston Grimstead, 42, learned that she had chewed completely through a wheel arch on his $120,000 Aston Martin. Said Grimstead, “(S)he had this guilty look on her face.” (2) A magistrates court in Aberystwyth, Wales, convicted Ms. Rhian Jeremiah, 26, of criminal damage

in January for biting into the roof of a of Rostov- on-Don in September in Fiat 500 during an alcohol-fueled incian argument over theories of German dent last year. Said the car’s owner, “I philosopher Immanuel Kant. (3) Nadja could hear metal crunching” (but, said Svenson, 22, was charged on Christmas Jeremiah’s lawyer, “not quite like” the Eve in Londonderry, N.H. (a night with scene in a James Bond movie featuring clear skies, apparently), with stabbing the character “Jaws”). her father in the chest during bickering • When a brand-new, exhaustively over the position of the Big Dipper. itemized medical coding system debuts in October (planned long Perspective before “Obamacare,” by The lukewarm prosthe way), doctors will ecution of two Steufind, for example, dozens benville (Ohio) High of separate numbers to football players for sochi wasn’t describe dealings with a an August 2012 rape really sochi a patient’s big toe (left one, was foundering until disaster, was right one, with or without it? Internet hacker Deric nail damage, blisters, abraLostutter, 26, raised the sions, critter bites, fracincident’s profile, but tures, dislocations, sprains, now Lostutter faces a amputation, etc.). Among vindictive prosecution the odder listed “origins of and the possibility he injury,” reported The New could serve a prison York Times in December, sentence five times lonare codes for “burning ger than the wrist-slap water skis” and injuries detention the now-conincurred in opera houses, victed rapists served. or while knitting, or as a When Lostutter took manifestation of sibling interest, many Steubenrivalry. The current system has about ville students and residents had been 17,000 codes, but the new one totals hoping to quiet the case or even blame 68,000 for diagnoses plus 87,000 for the victim, but (according to November procedures. reporting by Rolling Stone) apparently one Steubenville High official managed to convince the FBI that Lostutter’s Close Enough for Governhacking of the official’s personal emails ment Work was a greater national threat than the Clare Lally, weary of her three-flight rapes and provoked a SWAT raid on front walk, demanded a wheelchair Lostutter’s modest farmhouse. (Besides ramp on her government-subsidized the football players, the city’s school house in Duntocher, England, for her superintendent was indicted for tamdaughter, 7, who has suffered from pering with evidence and three other bulbar palsy since birth, and the West officials for false statements and failing Dunbartonshire Council came through to report child abuse.) promptly. A front-yard-dominating concrete platform was built in January (costing the equivalent of $67,000), Inexplicable consisting of a 10-level “snake”-style The first-ever skydive by Makenzie series of ramps with steel railings. Not Wethington, 16, in Chickasha, Okla., in only does navigating the “snake” take January was a catastrophe - a tangled time, but Lally now complains that the parachute that opened “halfway” with ramp has been taken over by neighborthe girl unable to reach the emergency hood kids as a skateboard run. chute. She fell into a spiraling free fall from 3,500 feet and landed with a thud, but somehow survived. Mackenzie had Smooth Reactions shattered vertebrae, a split-in-half pelHigher-Intellect Confrontations: (1) vic bone, two broken ribs, tooth loss Following an evening of heavy drinkand various internal injuries. ing, according to police in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in January, a former schoolteacher, 52, was charged with The Aristocrats! fatally stabbing his host, 67, during a An alcohol-hammered Troy Prockdispute over whether poetry or prose is ett, 37, was arrested in January near the more important literary form. (2) Hudson, Mass., after his car spun out One Russian man shot another (nonof control on Interstate 290 and he fled fatally, with rubber bullets) in the town on foot, pursued by state troopers who

followed him to a tree, which he had climbed to about 30 feet up. Playing innocent, Prockett asked if the troopers had yet “caught the guy who was driving.” The driver was still loose, Prockett said, even though only one set of footprints led to the tree (but, Prockett explained, that was because the real driver was carrying him piggyback!). Finally, as firefighters were arriving to climb after him, Prockett (according to the troopers’ report) “rambled on about being an owl.”

Least Competent Criminals

Not Ready for Prime Time: Andre Bacon, 21, was arrested in February in the Cragin neighborhood in Chicago after, police said, he tried to carjack a woman who was about to get in the car in her garage. The woman gave up her keys, but ran out and closed the door as she left, locking Bacon in the garage with no way out. Police arrived minutes later to find Bacon sitting meekly in the driver’s seat.

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RiDQulous: The headline read “Man Arrested Allegedly Trying to Sell Stolen Brains at Dairy Queen.” David Charles, 21, was charged in Indianapolis in January with arranging the deal involving 60 jars of mental patients’ brains (some from the 1800s) stolen from the Indiana Medical History Museum. The buyer (actually, an undercover cop) had agreed to meet at the restaurant.

A News of the Weird Classic (December 2002)

Driver Leon Humphreys, upset at the minor traffic ticket he had received, demanded in December (2002) that magistrates in the town of Bury St. Edmunds, England, allow him to employ the ancient tradition of “trial by combat” - in which he would fight someone from the DMV (in England, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) over the righteousness of the ticket using samurai swords, Gurkha knives or heavy hammers. Despite Humphreys’ insistence that the tradition is still valid under European human rights legislation, the magistrates declined and in fact upped his fine and court costs 12-fold. CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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Band of Horses’ acoustic stampede Band of Horses’ surprise show last October at the Wormhole was great, but it didn’t offer much of a clue as to what was coming down the pipeline: An album whose title says it all, Acoustic at the Ryman. Recorded last year at Nashville’s venerable Ryman Auditorium (which has, they say, the best acoustics in the South), the album features Ben Bridwell and company pickin’ and a-strummin’ without all those pesky amplifiers, the spectral beauty of the melodies (and of those gorgeous, ethereal harmonies) shining through. The band returns to Savannah March 3 with an all-acoustic show at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. “We’ve been working on the stripped down dynamic for a few years now,” Bridwell told rockol.com a few weeks ago, as the tour began. “It stems from promotional performances like radio, multi-media blogs, etc.. As we’ve grown more comfortable in that setting and because our music can still be effective in a simplified way, it’s been a fun challenge for us to perform like this and give the fans a different take on the songs.” As for last fall’s solo side project, Birdsmell, Bridwell told the interviewer: “That is my little therapeutic diversion. The itch has been scratched and now I return my focus to my beloved day job.” Band of Horses guitarist Tyler Ramsay, who grew up within a stone’s

Band of Horses returns this week to play an acoustic show at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

paced 20 miles before the show started,” he said. “I should’ve put a pedometer on to figure out how much I traveled back and forth from the room to the backstage.” The acoustic tour will bring Band of Horses back to the Ryman Auditorium on March 5.

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throw of Nashville, told riffyou. com that he was extremely nervous before the band took the stage at the legendary Ryman. “I probably walked around and

• Nickel Creek, which disbanded in 2007 so mandolin whiz kid Chris Thile could launch The Career of a Thousand Projects, has officially reformed for a new album (A Dotted Line) and a cross-country tour. The

latter will bring the alt-bluegrass trio to the Johnny Mercer Theatre April 22 (tickets are on sale at etix.com). Thile, of course, has been a staple of the Savannah Music Festival in the intervening years. Before the Nickel Creek appearance, he’ll be in town for SMF shows March 22, one with fellow mandolin master Mike Marshall, the other with his acoustic/fantastic band The Punch Brothers. • The van carrying members of the Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies and Dreamend, and all their stage gear, was totaled in New York City Feb. 18. Not to worry —Ryan Graveface and everyone else in the Graveface Roadshow came out unscathed, and the show goes on … go to any Graveface artist’s Bandcamp page, and whatever you plunk down will be applied top rental van and repair costs. Ryan and the gang will wrap up their tour March 22 at Dollhouse (the much-anticipated Graveface Fest II). I had a brief e-mail exchange with Ryan, and asked if he wanted to say anything to the folks at home here in Savannah. “Just that I really appreciate the continued support in all my endeavors,” he replied. “Means a lot to me. Can’t wait to get home!” • The Odd Lot improv comedy group, which has become the hottest Monday-night ticket in town (at Muse Arts Warehouse; always check the schedule for the odd night off) is starting a bi-monthly improv night at City Coffee, 125 MLK, this Friday, Feb. 28. Start time is 8 p.m. • Savannah bands getting ready to drop debut CDs include Kota Mundi (provisionally titled Kota Part 1) and Lyn Avenue (release party April 5 at Dub’s Pub). • The March 29 Whaleboat show at Dollhouse we told you about will also feature Omingnome, CO. and Tonto. CS

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Bigger, longer and uncut. That’s the 2014 Savannah Stopover Music Festival, which is of course three days jam-packed with cross-country indie bands, most of them hitting Savannah on their way to the ol’ South By Southwest conference in Austin. That’s where the word Stopover comes from. It’s kinda like a big rock ‘n’ roll sleepover at your bud’s house in Savannah. This year, there are something like 100 shows, at various venues. Some of the current “it” artists will be here, including Speedy Ortiz, Those Darlins, The Weeks, Caitlin Rose, Woolfolk, New Madrid and Milagres. This week, we begin our Stopover advance play with a couple of spotlights (how ‘bout that Peelander-Z?), and in next week’s issue, count on it, our Stopover cup will spilleth over. There’s a full schedule, ticket info and all sorts of other cool stuff at savannahstopover.com.

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Of Puerto Rican descent, Alynda Lee Segarra grew up in the Bronx and ultimately found her way to New Orleans. On the journey, she discovered and fell in love with all stripes of American music—and her deeply personal take on populist and poetic folk songs. She is, technically, the sole member of the band, although she performs and tours with an Appalachian trio. Her music is rich and lyrical, and blows across like a vintage Americana dust storm. Fans of Gillian Welch, take note. Latest album: Small Town Heroes.


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J. Roddy Walston comes from a Tennessee Pentecostal fire-andbrimstone background, which may be why he pounds his piano and screams into a wall of guitar metal like Jerry Lee Lewis fronting Led Zeppelin: You got to get those demons out somehow. “The only band I’ve ever seen blow The Hold Steady off stage,” says online columnist Jeb Gavin, and indeed, the Baltimore-based band’s live show has become the stuff of pulse-pounding legend. “There’s no way you’re going to look like a fool in here,” Walston says. “We’re all just laying it out going nuts. I’m literally dripping sweat. There’s puddles around me.” Latest album: Essential Tremors.

Miniature Tigers At midnight Thursday, March 7 (Friday morning), Hang Fire

If the Beach Boys had been a dreampop band, they might have sounded a lot like this Brooklyn outfit, which combines sublime songcraft with airy harmonies and shimmering musical punctuation both acoustic and electrified. “Sex on the Regular,” one of frontman Charlie Brand’s catchiest songs (although there are no throwaways here), sounds like a great lost Bee Gees outtake. “Swimming Pool Blues” could be Whaleboat and Weezer jamming in your garage. Miniature Tigers is a fun band; this show is likely to be the most fun you can have with your pants on. Latest album: Cruel Runnings. CS

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A portly white guy in glasses and a squaresville bow tie, Paul Janeway of Birmingham, Alabama looks like Drew Carey in the front row of Sunday School class. When he first dances onstage, with the Broken Bones pounding out a sinewy R&B beat punctuated by real, live brass, Janeway seems the least likely candidate for inheriting the Otis Redding “King of Soul” crown.

vocalists Alex Bradford and Mighty Cloud of Joy Joe Ligon. As a matter of fact, he was all lined up to get ordained as a minister (hence “St. Paul”) when music—as it tends to do to those obsessed—took him by the soul and turned his head like Linda Blair in a brownstone bedroom. A year ago, Janeway was a bank teller by day and a soul shouter by night. But he and his bud, guitarist Jesse Phillips, threw everything into this band, gambling on its most potent instrument: Janeway’s voice.

CS: It seems to me that people can

take lessons, train and learn, but they either have “it” or they don’t. Did you always have that voice?

Paul Janeway: I don’t think so, neces-

sarily. I started when I was about 4 years old, but it was a little sweeter when I was younger. As time went on, it got rougher and rougher. To where I realized I was really comfortable, and that’s when it kinda took hold and I went “Oh! That’s where I need to be.” I could belt it pretty good at 12, but I’m a much better singer now than I was at 12.

CS: You come from a churchy fam-

ily. I wondered how your family reacted to this secular turn.

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And then he opens his mouth and begins to sing. He shouts. He wails. He croons. He belts. He pleads. And that voice seems to explode from the dark recesses of that goofy-looking nerd body and bounce off the walls, into your brain, into your heart. Ann Powers of NPR calls St. Paul & the Broken Bones “one of the nation’s best live bands,” describing how “the crowd grew from a sparse dozen onlookers to a packed, throbbing organism” at a show she caught. Janeway grew up in a strict Pentecostal home—curiously, black gospel music was common in his otherwise-staid church services, and and idolized gospel

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when my parents got a divorce, they started telling me all these stories about concerts they used to go to before they had me! I was just kinda like “I’ll be damned! Why did you raise me like that, then? Why didn’t you let me listen to that?” My dad was telling me “Yeah, best concert I ever saw was Elvis Presley.” He never told me that as a kid. I never knew that.

CS: Did they think it was sinful? Paul Janeway: I guess. Y’know how you

get converted or something, and you start going “I gotta get rid of my record collection and only listen to gospel”? That’s what they decided to do, I guess. They’re really supportive. My dad’s one of those people that kinda pooh-poohs everything. I love my dad, but … well, I think he’s pretty proud now. Because of the band, we’ve got a connection to one of the people in PR at ESPN. So when we were up in Connecticut, we got to take a personal tour of ESPN. They don’t do public tours. And I got my dad to go. That’s when he thought “M’boy’s big time!” That’s really what convinced my dad that this is legit.

CS: Sharon Jones and the Dap

Kings, Charles Bradley and those bands are always called “retro soul.” It seems people go out of their way to call what you guys do “not retro.” How do you avoid sounding exactly like a vintage soul show band? Is it because you write all the songs?

Paul Janeway: We definitely pay our

respects to artists like Otis and Stax, and the Muscle Shoals Swampers. I think the thing is, we come from a

pretty honest place. It’s kinda “us,” and I think that’s what makes it a little less retro-sounding, that we kind of take ownership of it. We didn’t go “OK, we’re gonna write kind of a Stax song. Or a Motown song.” It was one of those things that did happen fairly organically. When me and Jesse were first in the studio, we didn’t know that we were gonna quite have horns in there. I wanted it —I knew what I wanted, but it took Jesse a little converting. I was a little worried about that. ‘Cause I don’t consider us a retro act. I definitely have my things that are similar, but it’s not a straight-up revue type thing. CS: You’re not the most handsome

devil on the planet; are people surprised to hear that voice coming out of you? Are they surprised to find you’re white?

Paul Janeway: I’m not gonna win any

modeling contests any time soon, but I think it’s interesting … I never thought “Oh yeah, I’m white,” I just have always thought that’s what good singers sound like. I’ve never thought “Oh … I sound black,” I’ve just always thought I really like soul music, I like singing it and I like doing our thing. And I kinda sound like I sound. That’s when you just leave it up to other people. But yeah, there’s been times. We come out and I sing my first thing, and you see faces going “What the fuck?” I never said “I want to sound like Otis,” or “I want to sound like this or that.” It’s kinda just what comes out. CS

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Riot Grrrl stuff was really a reaction against the hardcore scene that was so much about male energy. Teenage male energy in the ‘80s. “I just feel like punk music in the ‘70s was not really as gender-limited, but ‘80s hardcore was just a supermale scene. Especially in D.C. When I was in high school, going to see hardcore shows, it was kind of a boys’ club feeling. Also because they were all young kids, and kids are clique-y and

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brother’s friends listened to” and “what your babysitters listened to.” Timony explains. “When I was first writing these songs, I was really thinking about what music sounded like to me when I was really little kid, and the first music I got obsessed with,” she says. “Which was like early ‘80s radio hits.” Riot Grrrl, pioneer or just a slave to the muse, Mary Timony has remained consistent over the years in her belief in, and dedication to, the craftsmanship of women in rock ‘n’ roll. “It’s just like becoming a female car mechanic,” she explains. “People just assume that guys are into it. And if you’re a girl, they just assume you’re not interested. “So growing up, I definitely had this feeling like I wanted to prove that I could play. It sounds weird, but when you’re a kid things like that really motivate you.” CS Ex Hex plays Hang Fire around midnight Saturday, March 9 (Sunday morning).

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Well, technically it came from New York City, but in the world created by the four members of the punk band Peelander-Z, the extended universe holds many secrets. It’s a performance, absolutely perfect for the cabaret stage at Club One. Dressed in primary-colored superhero costumes, with wings and furs and freaky shades and port-holed space masks, the four Japanese musicians clown and cavort amongst giant squids and lizards, and involve the audience in high-energy participation games. No one is ever still. The music is all primary punk, with singalong titles like “Taco Taco Taco,” “S.T.E.A.K.,” “Mad Tiger” and “Star Bowling.” It’s like a hardcore acid trip inside a Japanese television set. We spoke with founder and guitarist Kengo Hioki (aka Peelander Yellow) from his home in Queens— about as far away Planet P as one can get. But still, as you’ll see, not all that far.

love comics, I love weird movies, oldstyle wrestling, like ‘80s wrestling. Old Japanese animation, Japanese superheroes, like Power Rangers. So I grew up liking colored superheroes. Old Japanese Power Rangers, that’s what I like. I want to mix everything on our stage. We can say music is just 10 percent. Wrestling, crazy action, cosplay, something David Copperfield (laughter), something Takeshi’s Castle —you know that one? Old crazy Japanese TV show. I want to mix that on the stage. Our style is more like punk rock, but we can say Power Rangers meets Ramones, RIP, Devo … but we want to mix everything on the stage into a show. It’s not only that we play onstage, we gonna pick up everybody and we gonna jam to the floor with them. We do the human bowling, we do the limbo dance, we do the jumping rope.

Kengo Hioki: We have two stories—one

CS: Have you ever gone out and just

CS: Is it possible for me to speak to

story is fake, and the other is a sort of underground, secret story. You can tell everybody both of them! We came from Japan. We are an action comic Japanese band. We live in New York and are touring everywhere, almost. We play 1,200 shows in the United States. CS: That’s what I was getting at. Did all of you meet in New York? KH: I started Peelander-Z here in New

York, with Peelander Blue, Red and Yellow, in 1998. But they are gone now, we have Yellow and Purple and Green and Pink. Sometimes Black, from Tokyo. I’m not a big follower of music, I can say. I love music for listening. I

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CS: What influenced you? The first time I heard Peelander-Z, I thought Cheap Trick. You reminded me of Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick.

pop. I write TV type of song, like crazy one. I never heard punk or pop music from here or from U.K. I hear only like Japanese weird music. I started to hear punk rock when I was 20. It’s kind of too late to hear. I started playing because it’s easy for me, just three chords, two chords, one chord. I thought music was more difficult! But Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Sex Pistols very easy to play. I like Iggy Pop, I like Ramones, I like the Jam. I love Riverboat Gamblers.

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Asbury trades the pulpit for the cotton patch by bill deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Not long before his tragic death in a car accident in 1981, songwriter Harry Chapin composed words and music for a stage musical called Cotton Patch Gospel. With book by playwrights Tom Key and Russell Treyz, it’s essentially a darkly comic re-telling of the story of Jesus Christ, set in rural Georgia. The characters speak with exaggerated accents, and the onstage bluegrass band is part of the action. Before you start looking for Mr. Haney and Arnold the Pig, however, be advised that Cotton Patch Gospel, although it’s got loads of laughs, isn’t just a cornpone comedy out of some cartoon Hooterville. It’s based on Clarence Jordan’s book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John. It carries a message, one that Reverend Billy Hester, who’s directing a new production of the show for Asbury Memorial Theatre Co., hopes people will receive loud and clear. “I wish more people knew the story of Clarence Jordan,” says Hester, the pastor at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. “He was a farmer and a Southern Baptist minister. In 1949, he started Koinonia Farm, and everybody who lived there promised to live non-violent lives.” Located near Americus, Koinonia was a utopian religious community. “It was interracial; think about that in the ‘40s,” marvels Hester. “Things went pretty well for them in the ‘40s, but in the ‘50s and ‘60s

“It’s silly, in a sense,” says Cotton Patch Gospel director Rev. Billy Hester. “But there’s some powerful moments in it, too.”

when the Civil Rights movement started growing, the KKK and others were really putting pressure on them.” The non-sympathetic governor of Georgia had Jordan and his community “investigated for alleged communist ties.” With Koinonia resident Millard Fuller, Jordan co-founded what would eventually become Habitat For Humanity. His Cotton Patch stories were published just before his own tragic death, from a heart attack, in 1969. Cotton Patch Gospel, then, is a collaboration between two men, Jordan and Chapin, both dedicated to

working against social injustice and the greater good, neither of whom lived to see it performed. Hester, who has an extensive background in professional theater, saw the original off Broadway production in 1981. When he started doing theater at Asbury, about 20 years ago, Cotton Patch Gospel was always on his wish list. Asbury finally produced it in 1999. This is their second go-round. “It’s very social-justice oriented,” he explains. “Clarence was trying to say with the gospel, not so much about getting to heaven but that Jesus’ message was more about changing the world as it is now.

“It’s funny, and silly in a sense, but at the same time there’s some very powerful moments in it, too. “His purpose was to get people here to try to see what the message was really about. There’s a lot of fluff to the show, but when you see these moments, it hits us pretty hard.” CS Cotton Patch Gospel Where: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 E. Henry St. When: Fridays Feb. 28, March 7; Saturdays March 1 and 8 (7:30 p.m. showtimes); Sundays March 2 and 9 (3 p.m. showtimes) Tickets: $15 at asburymemorial.org


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It’s exciting to find a place you’d never noticed before, walk in, and be immediately welcomed and smiled upon. That’s what I experienced when I pulled into the little parking lot on Montgomery Street, just across from Sylvan Terrace, and found Ms. Donna Green mixing up a batch of batter with real butter and eggs. The friendly feel of the place, the enticing scent of buttery cakes baking, and the family banter between mother and son, Matthew Swanson, made me feel right at home. I was also delighted to find an oldfashioned caramel cake, thick with rich brown-sugar frosting, under the glass of a nearby cake-stand— I’ve looked for that cake in bakeries for ages and had finally found my treasure. I decided then and there I had to know more about this smiling lady and the crew of folks who gather to bake and mix and serve at Donna’s Delicious Delights. Her mother, Mary Kennedy, sat at the little table by the door, rolling up plastic forks and knives in napkins, and Wounder Jones was busy putting together

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orders for Donna’s famous crab cakes and thick-cut meatloaf sandwiches— because this friendly place is not just a bakery, but a great lunch and dinner take-out as well. It seemed every customer who entered knew exactly what they wanted—nobody asked for a menu— and the Shrimp n’ Crab Salad was a top contender for dinner at many folks’ tables that night! When you see the beauty of a wellcrafted cake, the pale gold of buttery layers, the creamy swirls of icing that calls to the hungry diner and satisfies the eye as well as the taste buds, then you’ve got to know that whatever comes out of that kitchen will be marvelous, whether it’s sweet or savory, topped with pecans and brown sugar or nestled between toasted bread with a side of slaw. Just when I thought my cup runneth over, Ms. Mary suggested I try the Deviled Crab Cake, and my happiness was complete: absolutely stuffed with real Georgia blue crab meat (and a very little dash of

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breadcrumbs to keep it together), it was a tasty delight indeed, and had me wanting more before I’d even finished the first one. While addressing the quality of the cakes, I’m amused and pleased to hear her son Matthew say, “You’ll find the best Red Velvet—and any other cake in town—right here. I’m not sayin’ that just because she’s my Mama! It’s really true! Here, try a bit of this caramel cake and tell me what you think!” Who can resist such an approach? Far be it from me to back away from a forkful of freshly baked caramel-y goodness! When Donna had a moment between mixing and baking she was happy to tell me her secret: “Fresh ingredients, everything made from scratch, and a whole lotta love!” That’s a winning combination for sure. “I’m doing what I love,” she told me, “this was always my dream. Baking is something I got started when I was a little girl, getting my Easy Bake Oven every year, then baking for friends and for high school bake

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n’ Crab, Tuna, and Mary’s delicious chicken or shrimp salad. Choose your bread and your sides—pasta salad or cole slaw, both homemade of course, or chips and peaches, or order the tasty hot wings and deviled crab. Donna’s sweet potato pie is incredible, the filling softly sweet and melting in your mouth, in full size or mini-pies to tuck in your lunch box. The variety changes daily, but certain favorites like Red Velvet, Butter Poundcake, Chocolate Pecan Butter cake or Key Lime are always available, as well as cookies, cupcakes and those luscious mini-sweet potato pies. Donna’s opens at 10 a.m. and is closed Monday and Sunday. So make room for a little fresh-baked blessing in your life —nothing satisfies like something sweet made with a whole lotta love. cs Donna’s Delicious Delights, 4711 Montgomery St.

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sales. I worked at Gulfstream for over 25 years in avionics, putting together instrument panels for airplanes, but I finally decided to go with my passion, baking.” She smiles, remembering, “A friend was getting rid of one of his old buildings, and Mama heard about and let me know, and there ya go! Here we are, since the summer of 1996!” Her mother and father (who passed away two years ago) helped her out in the beginning and made it a family kind of venture. Word of her fine cakes started circling ‘round the neighborhood, and those seeking the perfect homemade taste (without having to bake it themselves) came crowding through her door. I asked her if the bakery and lunch items have always coexisted; Donna tells me openly, “When God have me the vision for this place, it included both bakery items and the deli food. The salad recipes are Mama’s, the cakes and sweets are my own.” There’s a good variety of both sandwiches and salads available, from the usual turkey, ham and roast beef to the famous—and wonderful—Shrimp

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Sociability + sessionability = win “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” That is how brand manager Rob Kreszswick describes the genesis of The Just Beer Project, a new craft beer company based in Vermont. With the increasing push to extremes in the craft beer world — be it more hops, unexpected flavor combinations or higher alcohol content — this new brewery is bucking larger trends by instead focusing on straightforward session ales. The term “session beer” is used to describe brews with low alcohol by volume (ABV), typically less than 5% alcohol. These beers are often more balanced than their aggressive counterparts, seeking to provide refreshment alongside milder hop profiles and smooth malt bases. One of the main benefits of this style is that it allows the drinker to have several beers without getting intoxicated. In the past, session beers have focused on very light styles such as cream ales. But with the diversity in today’s vast craft beer selection combined with a more savvy consumer, full flavor can’t be sacrificed for the benefit of lower alcohol. “American palates have developed toward more flavor, and drinkers want the experience of craft beer,” says Kreszswick, who spent 13 years working with Boston Beer Company before stepping in at Alchemy & Science, The Just Beer Project’s parent company. Drinking beers from this new brand allows dedicated fans of smaller breweries to enjoy a lower alcohol drink while still “keeping the badge of craft,” as he puts it. In addition to wooing seasoned craft beer drinkers, The Just Beer Project also hopes to attract newer craft beer buyers. With so many options on store shelves, it hopes to define itself by being “less confusing to buyers.” Kreszswick quoted a statistic that less than 10 percent of craft beer drinkers only drink craft beer. The other ninety percent still imbibe the occasional mass-market American

lager or import. In many instances, that divergence into MillerCoors territory comes at social gatherings, where having more than one beer while congregating is the norm. Sociability and sessionability go hand in hand. While six, seven, eight or higher percentage ABV beers are becoming more commonplace, the idea of having more than a couple of beers while occupying a barstool or watching a ballgame with friends is becoming less likely.   When it was time to expand distribution beyond its local region, The Just Beer Project saw Georgia as a primary target. Their Anytime IPA is in Atlanta now and the plan is for it to arrive in Savannah by April. The brewery was keen on finding areas where craft beer consumption is expanding and Georgia has a large base of the ideal demographic, men and women between 25 and 45. In addition to being in local bottle shops, Anytime IPA should also see large chain support from Wal-Mart and Kroger. Anytime IPA is described by Kreszswick as “everything you want in an IPA.” The beer is heavily drophopped to give off a full flora aroma and includes citra, cascade and simcoe varieties. There is the expected IPA bitterness up front, but it mellows into a sweet but clean malty finish. True to Just Beer’s mission, it clocks in at 4.6% ABV. Anytime IPA will be followed by low ABV seasonals each quarter, the first of which is Just Summer, an American-style Hefeweizen. That beer should also be showing up on local shelves around the first of April. The Hefeweizen will be followed by Just Fall, a Marzen and Just Winter, a porter with Just Spring to round out the year. The Just Beer Project is making session beers its sole focus; but it›s possible that one of your favorite craft breweries already has a low ABV beverage available in addition to their more traditional or niche offerings. Athens-based Terrapin Brewing Co.’s Recreation Ale has been out for

a while, but the twelve packs have only recently begun showing up in Savannah. Marketed toward those who engage in active outdoorsy lifestyles, this easy-to-drink  pale ale has bright lemon and pine notes with a mild cracker dryness and tinge of sweetness at the finish. The 4.7% ABV means your kayaking won›t be slowed down by impaired reflexes. Founders’ All Day IPA also comes in at 4.7% ABV, but these two beers don’t have much else in common. Clean and crisp with a huge citrus hop aroma, this beer gives you everything you love about traditional IPAs minus the extra alcohol. Lagunitas’ DayTime is another below 5% American IPA that combines a subtle grassiness with orange peel and pale malts along with just enough carbonation to make it an easy drinker. Stone is revered for its series of gigantic, overly hopped IPAs, but its Levitation Ale is a meager 4.4% ABV in the unassuming amber ale style. If you’re less of a hop-head, this is a great choice for a session beer as it relies just as much on caramel malts as its spicy, floral hops for a surprisingly big flavor. I love the idea of session ales being available in cans for the ease of portability. Nobody does cans like San Francisco’s 21st Amendment, and its Bitter American Pale Ale is as stylish as it is tasty. The base beer has a good amount of sweetness and citrus character, but it’s quickly taken by a tart grapefruit hop bite. It seems odd that a mild, low-alcohol beer would ever be considered extreme; but when compared to the rest of the market, it›s definitely a reaction to the imperial stouts, double IPAs and other big beers that have come to the fore. While the journey of a craft beer drinker does tend to push tastes to the limits of flavor and style, it›s nice that The Just Beer Project and many other brands see the importance of getting back to the basics of “just beer” that can be consumed any time. cs


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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.

Enso — Sami Lee Woolhiser presents a site specific and interactive installation about the “enlightenment, strength, elegance and the void that stems from Japanese ink painting where one fluid stroke connects with its end.” Free and open to the public Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m The Sicky Nar Nar, 125 W Duffy St. F/5 Visual Impact — A graduate exhibit featuring the capstone work of five graduating seniors in the Fine Arts program at Armstrong. Works by Margie Bach, Jennifer Fitch, Rachel Greneker, Jennifer Hardee and Rachel Sawyer. Free and open to the public. Reception is Friday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd. Karin Mead Photography Exhibition — Mead’s recent work photographing the children of Copper Canyon and other areas in Mexico. Reception Sun. March 2, 5-7pm. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Karrie Hovey: A Garden Grows, Inside and Out — San Francisco-based Hovey raises awareness of the creative possibilities of recycled materials, transforming humble materials into vibrant gardens. At the Jepson Center, she will create an installation, A Garden Grows, in the Erkburg Atrium and public spaces. Installation and related programs free and open to the public. Thu., Feb. 27, 10 a.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Mini-Comics Expo 2014 — Nearly 50 vendors — students, faculty and alumni — exhibit and sell their self-published

Creature Comforts: Humane Society Benefit Show — Art exhibition benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Savannah,featuring artwork in various media from artists all over Savannah. Through March 24 at The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St. F/5: Visual Impact opens March 3 at Ashmore Gallery on MLK; reception March 7

mini-comics and magazines. Interactive demos by faculty and grad students, and learn to draw comics and create and bind comic books. Free and open to the public. Children and adults welcome. Sun., March 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m Haymans Hall (SCAD), 23 E. Charlton St. Pottery by Deborah Mueller & Driftwood Sculpture by R.L. Brethauer — Mueller uses stoneware and raku clays. Brethauer creates nature enhanced driftwood ships and candles holders using recycled copper, brass, reclaimed materials and driftwood. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. The Tides of Trash — Kristin Myers collects trash from the beach and uses it to create artwork and bring awareness to the garbage we create. Related event: Beach clean up on Tybee Island, Sat. March 15, 9am. Contact Kristin for meet-up location at kristindraws@gmail.com. Free and open to the public. Artist Reception March 7, 6-9pm. Fresh Exhibitions, 2427 Desoto Ave.

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Continuing Alfredo Jaar: Shadows — SCAD deFINE ART 2014 honoree Alfredo Jaar presents the world premier of a site specific installation, Shadows. Through June 29 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Art With Meaning: Folk Art in the Twenty First Century — A show of mixed-media art, presenting an educational overview of the three branches of Folk Art: everyday life, religious beliefs and distressed art. A joint project of Beach Institute and the Hurn Museum. Mondays. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Black Heritage Festival: 13th Annual New Beginning Youth Art Exhibit — The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs hosts this annual exhibit. Local middle and high school students enter works based on the 2014 theme “Dare to Dream; Create a Legacy”. Through Feb. 28. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Dustin Yellin: Triptych — Yellin’s largest and most complex work, a massive 12ton, three-paneled epic, embodying his vision of the world and consciousness. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Jason Middlebrook: Submerged — Middlebrook transformed logs once submerged in the Savannah River and that provided infrastructure for over 200 years. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs — Using his surroundings as an additive medium, Brandt’s photographs are bathed in a mixture of water collected from the site in which the composition was derived. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Nathan Mabry: Process (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-SS-I-V-E) — A six-piece, sculpture-based installation. Mabry appropriates figures of Rodin’s “The Burghers of Calais,” adorning them with familiar American mascot heads. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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After days of rumors, conjecture and fingerpointing, the office investigating last week’s fatal train accident in Wayne County has issued a preliminary report. A 20-member crew from Savannah was filming on a narrow train trestle near Jesup Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20, when a northbound freight train — apparently unexpected— struck a prop mattress they had laid on the track. Sarah Jones, 27, an assistant camera operator, was part of the crew for the movie Midnight Rider. In the scramble to get out of the way, she was killed by flying debris. At least eight other crew members were injured. Producer/director Randall Miller was pulled from the tracks by another crew member at the last minute. According to an incident report released Monday by the Wayne County sheriff ’s department, railway owner CSX has e-mails in which it denies the production company access to its tracks. The exchange was between location manager Charlie Baxter and Carla Groleau of the rail company. Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish, interviewed by a detective, was asked point blank if the company had permission to shoot on the tracks and trestle. “That’s complicated,” he replied. Wayne County detective Joe Gardner told reporters a few hours after the accident that Miller’s Unclaimed Freight Productions, which is making the film based on rock legend Gregg Allman’s autobiography, had permission from the Rayonier paper products company to shoot on their land. The next day, Gardner was asked if CSX had authorized the use of the tracks for filming. “CSX has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks,” he said. With that statement, the floodgates opened. The idea—at the time still unconfirmed by CSX—that producers

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might have taken their crew onto the tracks, without stringent safety checks, to “grab the shot,” produced waves of outrage through Georgia’s tightly-knit film community. The Atlanta-based Jones’ friends and colleagues took to the Internet calling Unclaimed Freight and Meddin Studios—where most of Midnight Rider is being lensed—“murderers,” among other things. Filming on live railroad tracks requires permits from the line owner, which provides train schedules and re-routes trains ahead of time, if necessary. The movie industry has standard safety guidelines for such things. It’s a dangerous business under the best of circumstances. It’s common practice for out-ofstate film companies like Unclaimed Freight, which is based in Los Angeles, to hire local and regional crew. Meddin, which includes several soundstages, professional equipment rental and other services, worked with Unclaimed Freight on last year’s made-in-Savannah CBGB. The Wayne County report says crew members Joyce Gilliard and Izabeau Giannakopoulos were taken to

Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Their condition is not known. Treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital were Zachary Graber, James C. Dewet, Margery Kimbrough and Tonya Verna. Several others, according to the report, were examined by EMS personnel but refused treatment. Miller and the Unclaimed Freight staff did not respond to interview requests. A statement issued last week reads: “All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”  It is also not clear if or when production on the movie will continue. Monday afternoon, the Savannah Film Office said Unclaimed Freight had “withdrawn its filming requests” for this week. Principal photography was scheduled to begin Monday and last for 24 days, at 20 Savannah locations. So far, the City had only received requests for this week. CS


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Just as James Cameron used a historical disaster as the backdrop to a romance between two kids from opposite sides of the track, so too does director Paul W.S. Anderson. But that’s where the comparison ends, because whereas Cameron managed to make Titanic as majestic as the ship it honored, Anderson’s film comparatively feels like a toy boat bobbing upside down in the bathtub. Set in 79 A.D., the film centers on Milo, who as a little boy watches his entire village (including his parents) get slaughtered by a Roman leader named Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Cut to 17 years later, and Milo (now played by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington) is a slave whose skill in the gladiator arena means that he can provide good entertainment for the masses. He’s shipped off to Pompeii, where he befriends a fellow gladiator named Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and catches the eye of the upper-crust Cassia (Emily Browning). But Corvus reenters the picture, lusting after

Cassia and doing his damnedest to kill Milo. Every once in a while, the actors sway back and forth and some stuff crashes to the floor to remind viewers that there’s a volcano bubbling in the background, ready to blow its lid. And after a few of these false-alarm earthquakes, Mount Vesuvius finally does just that, erupting as powerfully as James Deen in one of his 1,098 films. Tedious in the extreme, Pompeii is basically an amateurish amalgamation of such sword’n’sandal works as Spartacus, Games of Thrones and Gladiator, although it definitely sets its compass to Titanic, right down to a scene that swaps out that film’s lifesaving flotsam for a mighty steed. And while imitation can indeed be the sincerest form of flattery, that’s not the case when the results are as ham-fisted as those here. The 3-D effects are negligible, the tidal wave set-piece is often risible (particularly that ship that smoothly sails down the street) and Sutherland delivers another awful performance (yeah, yeah, he’s beloved thanks to TV’s 24, but ever check out


THE LEGO MOVIE

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Even the second coming of Christ won’t receive as much hype and fanfare as The LEGO Movie, which has already been hailed by so many folks (critics and audiences alike) as the greatest animated film of all time that the rest of us are being forced to wonder if we only imagined the existence of such masterpieces as Pinocchio, Toy Story and Spirited Away. An ADD-friendly effort that will please adults because of their own pop-culture savvy and children because they’re, well, children, The LEGO Movie employs those building blocks right from the start —with a LEGO logo (Warner Bros.)—and keeps ‘em coming until a third-act twist. Of course, it’s all a bit disingenuous since the Legos aren’t for the most part actual plastic building blocks but computer-generated pixels, but of course that’s to be expected in these post-Ray Harryhausen/Willis O’Brien times. At any rate, the picture sports a unique look, even if adjusting to it feels a bit like having to get used to Peter Jackson’s High Frame Rate on the first Hobbit film. The plot is the usual pablum about an ordinary guy who against all odds morphs into a beloved champion—in this case, it’s Emmet (voiced by Chris

Pratt), a construction worker with no friends but plenty of bad entertainment choices (his favorite TV show is a bit of inanity called Where Are My Pants?). But Emmet begins his journey from zero to hero after he’s pegged by punk girl Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) to be a “Master Builder,” the chosen one who can stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). And during his Matrix-like odyssey, he comes into contact with such known figures as Batman (Will Arnett), Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams, in the house!) and such newbies as Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) and Unikitty (Alison Brie). Walt Disney understood the value of a short running time in a family film — 64 minutes for Dumbo, 70 minutes for Bambi, etc. —and with a 100-minute run time, The LEGO Movie often does feel like too much of a good thing; I was satiated more than once. But it would be curmudgeonly not to enjoy many of the gags that the film has to offer — I was especially amused by the depiction of Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) as a pest to an irritated Superman (Channing Tatum)—and the late-inning turn of events provides it with some moral and even philosophical heft. Clearly, there are sound reasons to catch this clever picture—not the least being that it will piss off FOX News imbeciles who view it as sporting an anticapitalist message—but beware of what its success may bring. The next thing we know, we’ll have to endure less-promising efforts like The Slinky Movie, The Silly Putty Movie and The Rubik’s Cube Movie.

ROBOCOP

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There are basically two ways to approach RoboCop, a movie I wouldn’t buy for a dollar even on picture-perfect Blu-ray. Obviously, the first is to compare it to its 1987 predecessor; just as obvious, the second is to treat it as its own entity. The results? On its own, it’s merely average; in comparison, it’s close to awful. Either way, most viewers will justifiably be feeling a fair amount of rage against the machine. Paul Verhoeven’s ‘80s effort is a sci-fi gem that has only grown in stature over the ensuing years. Pulling no punches in either its violent set

pieces or its satiric riffs, the picture casts Peter Weller as Alex Murphy, a Detroit cop who, after being blown away by criminal scum, is transformed by a major conglomerate into RoboCop, a metallic law officer who eventually finds himself fighting white-collar corruption as much as he’s taking down thieves, murderers and rapists. The new version, which marks the English-language debut of Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad and Bus 174, both excellent) and the screenwriting debut of Joshua Zetumer, sticks with the basic outline but veers off in many unexpected ways. That’s actually a commendable approach — a completely faithful remake runs the risk of being another atrocity on the order of Gus Van Sant’s ghastly Psycho update — but when none of the changes are an improvement over anything in the original, then clearly there’s trouble in New Detroit. Gone is practically all of the pitchblack humor (remember those hilarious commercials and newscasts?), with the nyuks coming solely from the presence of Samuel L. Jackson as a FOX-styled TV personality. Also missing are ample vignettes of RoboCop in crime-busting mode, whether shooting a would-be rapist in the penis or hurling a would-be thief across a convenience store. Instead, this new picture gets bogged down in one numbing scene after another, most centered around RoboCop’s attendant doctor

(Gary Oldman), his brilliant creator (Michael Keaton) and his mourning wife (Abbie Cornish). These are all cardboard characters bereft of personality or depth; the only person who makes any sort of impression is Jackie Earle Haley, playing the new character of a gun specialist rubbed the wrong way by R-Cop. Let’s forget the comparisons for a moment. Folks who wouldn’t know RoboCop from Paul Blart: Mall Cop will find the film to be a particularly joyless exercise, arid in the extreme. Aside from Jackson’s schtick, the only laughs are unintentional, fostered by the sequences in which we see Murphy stripped of his Robo-armor: nothing left but face, right hand and a pulsating chest of glop.

WINTER’S TALE

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most of his film work?). And while I have to assume it was unintentional, it’s worth noting that the three most likable characters are all black, and without exception all are sacrificed so that our lily-white lovebirds might have a better chance of escaping a fiery death. When it’s not busy tracking the fortunes of our mopey lovers or chucking Milo into the arena for gladiator-on-gladiator action (the highlights of the film), the script (credited to three writers) wastes its time on a business deal between Corvus and Cassia’s father (Jared Harris), the sort of arid drivel that immediately landed The Phantom Menace in hot water when its heroes opened the movie discussing trade routes and taxes. Still, the presence of Cassia’s pop allows him the opportunity to exclaim “Juno’s tit!” the way we utter “Good God!” or “Holy smokes!” Now, I’m not sure “Juno’s tit!” is the best way to evoke period authenticity, but “By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!” was unfortunately already taken by Will Ferrell.

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Water for Chocolate — or even those who miss the grand romantic gestures often seen in movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age should love at least half of the picture. That would be the first half, which introduces Colin Farrell as Peter Lake, a petty thief making the rounds in 1916 New York. Because Peter is a gentle soul, his vicious mentor, crime boss Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe), now wants him dead, but the execution is thwarted by the sudden arrival of a white horse with, shall we say, unusual traits. After saving Peter, the animal eventually leads him to a mansion in which resides Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay), a young woman who’s dying of consumption. The two instantly fall for each other and, despite his criminal standing, Peter is even accepted by Beverly’s father (William Hurt). Between their irrefutable chemistry and obvious beauty, Farrell and Findlay prove to be one of the most enchanting screen couples in many a moon, and the magical mood cast by writer-director Akiva Goldsman suits their romance well. Unfortunately, the movie introduces a new character about midway through, and it never recovers from the miscasting of this crucial role. For it turns out that Pearly isn’t just a ruthless mob boss but an actual demonic entity; he eventually takes a meeting with Lucifer, who’s played by none other than ... Will Smith. What the devil?

THE MONUMENTS MEN

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It’s a question that’s been posed in one way or another through the ages, but let’s co-opt the variation employed in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. Chewing over weighty matters, Sheldon Flender (Rob Reiner) asks fellow playwright David Shayne (John Cusack), “Let’s say there was a burning building and you could rush in and you could save only one thing: either the last known copy of Shakespeare’s plays or some anonymous human being. What would you do?” That query is the tickle at the back of the throat throughout The Monuments Men, a true-life World War II tale that was captured in book form by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. That novel, titled The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and

the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, served as the source for this film version from writer-director-producerstar George Clooney and his frequent collaborator, writer-producer Grant Heslov. It’s the sort of picture for which no expense was spared, given its high production values and its A-list cast. It’s also the sort of picture that one wishes were better, as the number of missed opportunities seemingly equals the number of unexploded landmines at the war’s close. It’s deep into the war, and art preservationist Frank Stokes (Clooney) is being given the go-ahead by FDR to assemble a group of men with the purpose of hightailing it to Europe, where they’ll try to locate and take back the thousands of paintings and statues that the Nazis had stolen during their tear through various countries. The classic works have been earmarked for inclusion in the Fuhrer Museum being planned by Hitler; the more modern ones (like those by a fellow named Picasso) are being destroyed. Clearly, it’s a daunting assignment, so Stokes recruits the best that the U.S. art world has to offer: museum curator James Granger (Matt Damon), architect Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), sculptor Walter Garfield (John Goodman) and art historian (and ballet director) Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban). He completes the group with two overseas allies, the charismatic Frenchman Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin) and the boozing Englishman Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville), as well as Private Sam Epstein (Dimitri Leonidas), a Jewish kid from New Jersey whose family had managed to escape from Germany just in time. After the team has been assembled and put through the most minimal of basic training, the film largely turns episodic, with the members scattered to carry out various assignments. Granger heads to Paris to gather valuable intel from Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a museum curator whose position allowed her to note all Nazi activities related to art. Garfield and Clermont are paired up and make a lovely couple; Campbell and Savitz are tag-teamed and make a cantankerous one. The Monuments Men serves up a terrific premise for a movie, although buffs will recall at least two previous efforts with the same subject: the 2006

documentary The Rape of Europa, with its Monuments Men-friendly tagline, “Imagine the World Without Our Masterpieces,” and John Frankenheimer’s 1964 The Train, starring Burt Lancaster as a French Resistance operative attempting to stop the Nazis from absconding with prized works of art. It’s usually a pleasure when a new one appears on the horizon, and this particular picture has enough going for it to deserve a look. Particularly, the manner in which it mulls over the aforementioned notion of Art vs. Life gives it some degree of heft. Stokes argues that preserving art is preserving history itself — as such, it must not be callously destroyed . I appreciate Clooney shining a light on this historical footnote, and the movie is accomplished enough to inspire viewers to further examine the real story. But with its shallow characters and hopscotching narrative, The Monuments Men frequently recalls the board game Risk, as both feature largely indistinguishable tokens making their way across a war-torn surface that’s noticeably flat.

LABOR DAY

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The source novel by Joyce Maynard is by all accounts an intelligent coming-of-age story, but while the protagonist of the film version is indeed a 13-year-old boy, its compression of characterizations and storylines makes it seem like it was adapted from one of those trashy beach reads that are digested and forgotten over the course of one sunburnt afternoon. Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) is the boy caring for his mom Adele (Kate Winslet), who’s withdrawn from the world ever since her husband (Clark Gregg, usually seen rounding up superheroes as Agent Coulson) left her for another woman. As the adult Henry helpfully explains via voiceover (thanks, Tobey Maguire), Adele wasn’t in love with her ex as much as she was in love with the notion of love, and she figures that she’s now doomed to be alone. All that changes when they go to the supermarket and an injured man named Frank (Josh Brolin) forces them to drive him to their house. It turns out that he’s an escaped convict, and he just needs a place to catch his breath for a few hours. But before you can say “Stockholm syndrome,” Adele

discovers she’s happy to have this guy around. After all, how many lonely women can claim to have a hunky con to call their own, especially one who’s a skilled handyman, an adept mechanic and a superb cook? For his part, Henry is initially pleased to have the big lug around - he teaches him baseball, just like a real dad should! - but his affection wavers after he has a couple of chats with a funky classmate (Brighid Fleming) who even at her young age is already suspicious of men.

RIDE ALONG

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Kevin Hart huffs and puffs and tries to bring the moviehouse down, but both he and co-star Ice Cube are defeated by drowsy direction and a screenplay that doesn’t take enough advantage of their talents. Hart plays Ben Barber, a highschool security guard who, despite spending most of his free time playing video games, is somehow in a serious relationship with the beautiful Angela (Tika Sumpter). James (Cube), Angela’s brother and a veteran with the Atlanta Police Department, doesn’t feel Ben is worthy of his sister’s affection, so when Ben, after getting accepted to the police academy, confidently asks for James’ blessing regarding Angela, the senior cop makes a proposal: Survive a day with me on the streets and you have my blessing to marry my sister. And so off they go in James’ squad car. This is where the hilarity is supposed to kick into high gear, but as we watch Ben timidly tangle with burly bikers blocking a handicapped-parking space, tackle a crazy guy (comedian Gary Owen) throwing produce in a marketplace and lose a verbal match to a little boy in a playground, it becomes clear that the flimsy script will offer the actors little in the way of choice quips or promising scenarios, forcing them instead to animate their characters through sheer star power alone. So even though Kevin Hart is basically playing Chris Tucker in Rush Hour and Ice Cube is basically playing Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs., some of their own patented patter breaks free every now and then. Ride Along is instantly forgettable, but at least Cube and Hart provide it with a few choice moments. CS


Harris has received a $100K budget proposal to restore the park, but not a strategy on how those funds would be raised. “Even if the city maintains them, monuments are generally paid for with private money,” explains Harris, adding that newer projects, such as the WWII Memorial on River Street, are required to have an escrow account from which restorations funds can be drawn in perpetuity. Though nearby residents were engaged in the original design process and a committee of progressive citizens helped raise the cash, the momentum has dissipated. Project leaders already spent a decade and half collating the original capital, which included $70K of SPLOST money, and no one can blame them for feeling a little burned out. Still, the idea that Yamacraw Square should be treated differently than any other city property doesn’t sit right. “If something happened in Pulaski

Square, somebody would be there to do something about it,” points out Earline Davis, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Savannah. “Why are some public spaces treated like stepchildren? They’re all a part of the system.” Davis gives a rueful laugh when it’s suggested that her agency put up the cash to fix the art park. “Believe me, if the money was there, we’d do it,” she says. “There is value in art, and if you don’t have access to it, you can’t be expected to grow and know about the world.” But with 12,500 residents in eight public housing neighborhoods to oversee, Davis’ priorities are just keeping the lights on. That may change as HUD public housing projects transition into Section 8 properties, giving local agencies ownership over the apartment buildings. In the meantime, Yamacraw Square

remains neglected by the city at large. “If you don’t maintain the relationships, it doesn’t really work,” says Davis. “It was well-intentioned, but they didn’t give it enough long term thought.”

‘Never just black & white’

It would be easy to view the plight of Yamacraw Square with the same lens through which many view Savannah, that the effort has been made and there isn’t anything left to be done. That the chasms between the haves and have nots, between our black and white citizens, between those deemed deserving of public art and those who should just be grateful to have a place to live at all are just too large to bridge, even if the physical distance isn’t so far at all. But collaboration makes strange bedfellows. Molly has had tremendous participation in the Loop It Up program, and both the Yarn Children and their forgotten bronze counterparts have already brought together people of all ages and colors. The marvelous coincidence that allowed us to bring these figures out of their neighborhood onto to the streets serves to remind that life in Savannah is far more vibrant and complex than simple dichotomies. But it takes a willingness to ask the same questions and visit the same issues over and over again, keeping faith that patience and passion will yield progress— even if it takes decades. I visited Yamacraw Square on several occasions, with and without the Yarn Children. The first few times, the park was clean but desolate, the surrounding buildings dotted with boarded up windows, a line of drying laundry nearby the only evidence of human presence. The scene summed up the story I’d been told about this neighborhood, but something kept calling me back. Intern Sinjin and I popped over again one late afternoon last week, just as the schoolbuses were pulling up. Soon the square and street were flooded with uniformclad tots bouncing balls and whipping past on scooters. We struck up a conversation with Talethia Dortch, who lives next to the park, and she assured us that even its derelict state, it still gets used for barbecues on summer evenings and occasionally, a wedding. “It would be nice to have the fountain working again,” she said amiably, keeping an eye on her 8 year-old daughter,

Marinsaja, as she pushed a toy baby carriage along the sidewalk. “The kids really like that.” Talethia is working towards her nursing certification at Savannah Tech, and she and Marinsaja often enjoy Savannah’s other public spaces. She grew up in Yamacraw Village and moved back a few years ago, and she’s well aware of the simple version of her neighborhood’s story. She points out that the economy has directed the shift in public housing discussed by Davis and that there are plenty of white families moving in, though she assures she’s not talking about race when she says, “Nothing is ever just black and white if you look at it closely.” As for Savannah’s enduring perceived chasms, she is cheerfully optimistic. “People will get over these things if we have more places to connect,” she says. No one need be blamed for the plight of Yamacraw Square and its bronze statues; that just isn’t productive. But next time you’re downtown, maybe you’ll walk across Fahm Street for a visit—because seeing and being seen is the first step to communion, cooperation and collaboration. As for the Yarn Children, they have not only been seen but absolutely adored, their effect reaching beyond their original conception—they were a huge hit at A-Town last weekend, people fascinated as their deeper significance was revealed. Jerome was so delighted with their decorated condition he seemed almost giddy. He confessed that though he often purges his studio of finished projects, some mysterious element had influenced him to keep these three forms all these years. “I always thought they might have some kind of afterlife,” he laughed, shaking his head as he touched the hem of Diva’s dress. The Yarn Children have yet to find a permanent home, and are, in fact, currently lording over my desk at Connect like a trio of wacky silent Buddhas. I find their presence both comforting and unnerving, as if they really could step off into the world on their own. Now that they have seen the city from 12 stories up, who knows what they could inspire next? CS

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Back in 1992, a Leadership Savannah class voted to do something that could connect Savannah’s bustling tourist district with the public housing site Yamacraw Village. The site of Gen. Oglethorpe’s first meeting with Chief Tomochichi, it has been a neighborhood of mostly black, mostly poor folks for the past 100 years, its historic significance obscured by a dangerous reputation. It’s just steps away from downtown’s busiest hotels and restaurants, yet it might as well be a mile. Meadows’ vision was to transform the patch of land across the street from the historic First Bryan Baptist Church into a space that was at once enjoyable and educational. Paths lead in through the apartments and from Bay Street past a series of walls designated for historic lore and stone benches meant for communing. The centerpiece is a fountain upon which three beautifully-rendered bronze figures— the solid counterparts to our yarn children—dance and play, showing their joy to the world. “It’s the only spot where Savannah’s African-American, Native American and mainstream histories collide,” he explained when I finally figured out that our yarn children were, in a way, reincarnating his original idea of collating different niches of our larger community. Due to bureaucractic clustercussery and ballooning budgets, the Yamacraw Square Public Art Park wasn’t dedicated until 2007—almost 15 years after its conception. Corners had to be cut on construction, and the intended bronze plaques were replaced with cheaper tintypes. Vandals defaced these almost immediately, and in spite of many dedicated community volunteers, Yamacraw Square didn’t exactly “take” as a unifying gathering place. These days, the bronze children dance in an empty fountain, broken glass at their foundations. The city still cuts the grass and empties the trashcans, but maintenance isn’t the same as upkeep, and there’s no public money to fix the park. “This is a complicated case,” sighs MPC Urban Planning Director Ellen Harris, who oversees the Site and Monument Commission. “The city says the Housing Authority is responsible for it, the Housing Authority says the city is responsible. It’s been a stalemate for years.”

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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 ongoing, 7 p.m. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/ savannah. ongoing, 7 p.m

Savannah Area Young Republicans

Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr.org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. ongoing

Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Note new location, date and time. Food and beverages available for purchase. Call for additional information. Reservations not necessary. Annual Dues $10.00. Free ongoing, 5:30 p.m.

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-6197712. foxyloxycafe.com/. ongoing Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Auditions and Calls for Entries Call for Artists The Sentient Bean is seeking experienced artists interested in showing their work for the duration of one month at the Bean. Artists must have a website with current images representing a sample of the work to be shown in order to be considered. To apply, please send an email to sentientbooking@gmail.com with the subject line “art show” and include the following information: 1. Artist name and phone number 2. Link to website that has current and relevant images of work for proposed show 3. Link to artist resume (preferred) or artist resume attached as a PDF file ONLY 4. Type of work to be

shown, including medium, general sizes, price range, and how many of pieces will be in the show 5. Link to artist statement (preferred) or artist statement attached as a PDF file ONLY ongoing. sentientbean. com/booking#visualarts. sentientbean. com. ongoing The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Call for Proposals for Neighborhood Arts Programming Instructors

City of Savannah seeks proposals for visual and performing art instructors for the 2014 Neighborhood Arts Programs funded through its Weave-a-Dream program. Arts programming will take place throughout 2014 at Crusader, Woodville and Tatemville Neighborhood Centers. See City of Savannah Cultural Affairs website for details and proposal requirements. Proposal deadline: March 17, 2014. Find applications on the Cultural Affairs website. Call or email for information. Through March 17. (912) 644-7927. cnorthcutt@ savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/arts. Through March 17

City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

The City of Savannah's TV station, SGTV

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

Fresh Exhibition Fellowship

Apply for a Fresh Exhibitions Fellowship. Recipients receive a three-week exhibition at Art Rise/Fresh Exhiitions Gallery during May, June, July or August. Includes free showcards, marketing support, First Friday Art March reception, opening reception, and a supplemental event (i.e. Artist Talk). Solo, group, and experimental exhibits

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Carnival Around the World Saturday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m. Southwest Chatham Library

A celebraon of Mardi Gras tradions from Rio to Venice and New Orleans to Aruba. The evening will include cocktails, buffet dinner, silent and live aucons, music by the Savannah Stompers Jazz Band and “Tayrow” card readings by Sister Leslie Moondance.

For cket informaon and more details, visit www.liveoakpl.org or contact Field at 652-3667 or fielde@liveoakpl.org. Available at GPB.ORG

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Gallery Seeks Local Artists

A celebration of Mardi Gras Traditions from Rio to Venice, New Orleans to Aruba. Cocktails, buffet supper, auctions, music by Savannah Stompers Jazz Band. $125 per person Sat., March 1, 6:30 p.m. liveoakpl.org. Sat., March 1, 6:30 p.m Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

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

Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

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

Chicken Dinner Benefit for Bethesda Chess Club

Homeschool Music Classes

Seeking Nonprofit Grant Applications for Alan S. Gaynor Fund The Savannah Community Foundation Accepting The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc is accepting nonprofit organization grant requests for funding 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. ongoing. 912-921-7700. grants@ savfoundation.org. ongoing

Weave-A-Dream Grant Applications Sought

Call for proposals for its 2014 Weave-ADream—Cultural & Arts Projects initiative. Applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to December 31, 2014 and the application must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the project. Project funding is available up to $2,500 per program/project. Emphasis on proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. Applicants must be a non-profit, 501c3, headquartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist applications will be accepted. Applications are available on the Department of Cultural Affairs website. Mondays.. 912-651-6417. cnorthcutt@ savannahga.gov. (savannahga.gov\arts. Mondays.

Wilmington Island Farmers Market Seeks Vendors

The Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, scheduled to reopen for Spring 2014, seeks applications from potential vendors. Vendor application, market rules and regulations are available on the website. ongoing. wifarmersmarket.org. ongoing

Benefits Carnival Around the World: Gala for Live Oak Public Library

who the winning team will get to kiss at the Kiss-A-Pig gala finale on May 10. A flash mob performance by the 2014 Kissa-Pig committee and contestants will start off the festivities. Sat., March 1, 4 p.m. 912-353-8110, Ext. 3091. mcenter@diabetes.org. savannahcitymarket.com. Sat., March 1, 4 p.m City Market, Jefferson at West Saint Julian St.

One Small Voice Award Event

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. ongoing. 912-3516750. animalcontrol.chathamcounty.org. ongoing Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

The Savannah Children's Choir's annual award honoring those making a difference in the lives of children. 2014 honorees are Sue Reilly and Joe Marchese. Concert, awards, cocktail buffet, music by The Accomplices. $50 Fri., Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. 912-228-4758. savannahchoir.org. alpost135.com/. Fri., Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St.

The Bethesda Alumni Association hosts a fundraiser (Fried Chicken, rice, green beans, roll and lemonade) to support travel expenses for the nationally-ranked Bethesda Academy Chess Team, preparing for competition at the U.S. Chess National Championship in San Diego, Ca. on April 4-6, 2014. $10 per plate Fri., Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 912.234.1314. bethesdaacademy.org. Fri., Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave.

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. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@savannahga.gov. ongoing

Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and show consideration for the local economy. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. ongoing. kristen@forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com/. ongoing Forsyth Farmers' Market, 501 Whitaker St., South End of Forysth Park.

Get Your Rear in Gear 5k

Benefiting the Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion. Money raised from this event will be used to provide colon cancer screenings for un/ underinsured people. $25-$35 Free kids run at 8:00am. Sat., March 1, 8 a.m. Sat., March 1, 8 a.m Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave.

House of Prom benefit for Rape Crisis Center

A donation event that distributes prom dresses for high school girls in Savannah. Donated dresses will be sold for $10 with all proceeds benefiting Rape Crisis Center of Savannah. Donate new/used prom, wedding, bridesmaid dresses through 2/28 at 97.3 KISS FM and at Dillard's department store. $10 per dress. Free to attend. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. savannahmall. com/. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street.

$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. ongoing. 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah. com. ongoing

Kickoff of the American Diabetes Association's 2014 Kiss-a-Pig Campaign

Meet this year's teams and Remi - the pig

SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers

All Saints' Episcopal's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Gumbo Supper, in preparation for Lent. Proceeds from this Men's Club fundraiser will go to one of All Saints' outreach missions. $5 for either pancakes or gumbo. $8 for both. $3 for under 12. Tue., March 4, 5-7:30 p.m. 912.786.5845. allsaintstybee@att.net. allsaintstybee.org. Tue., March 4, 5-7:30 p.m All Saints Episcopal Church, 804Jones Ave.

Classes, Camps & Workshops Art Classes at The Studio School Ongoing weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. See website, send email or call for details. 912-4846415. melindaborysevicz@gmail.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com.

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 912-667-1056.

Artist Sacred Circle

Group forming on Fridays beginning in March. 1:30pm-3pm. Based on The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Contact Lydia Stone, 912-656-6383 or rosesonthemove@gmail.com. ongoing. 912656-6383. rosesonthemove@gmail.com. ongoing

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shop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912-441-2656. perlinabeadshop.com.

Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com technique, music theory, and musicianship. Folk/rock based lessons available. No electric instruments. $25/half hour. $45/hour. brian@brianluckett.com.

Clay Classes

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

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. sav..claystudio@gmail.com.

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

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

Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Bellydance for Fitness

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

Champions Training Center

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912349-4582. ctcsavannah.com.

Chatham County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 876 The Chatham County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 876, is currently accepting applications from young men and women (ages 14-20 years old) who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. Explorers experience mentoring, motivation, and learn skills which help prepare them for their roles as a productive citizen in the Coastal Empire. Interested parties may visit the Chatham County Sheriff's web page, click "Community" then Explorers Post 876" for applications, or contact Cpl. R. Bryant-Elleby at (912)651-3743. ongoing. 912-651-3743. chathamsheriff. org. ongoing

Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction

Savannah Classical Guitar Studio offers lessons for all levels. Dr. Brian Luckett, Ph.D. in music. Starland District. Guitar

Boating Classes

Contemporary Soul Dance

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

CRITICAL READING PREP FOR THE SAT

This course focuses on strategies in active reading that pertain specifically to the SAT. While improving their vocabulary, students will learn to identify key words, recognize main ideas/themes, draw conclusions and make inferences. By improving these skills, students will enhance their ability to read critically for increased comprehension and be able to approach the SAT with confidence and the necessary tools for optimal results. Cost: $160 per person; $135 for groups of 3 or more Students will need to purchase The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition. Approximate cost $13 Mondays, 6 p.m.. (912) 644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Mondays, 6 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

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

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is a total body work out! $10 drop in or $80 for 10 classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. 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. 912-897-3604. islandchristian.org.

Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912-354-6686. mediationsavannah.com.

Fany's Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646. ongoing

Figure Drawing Classes

Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:3012:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 drop-in fee. At the Studio School. ongoing. 912-484-6415. melindaborysevicz@ gmail.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. ongoing Studio School, 1319 Bull St.

Free Fitness Boot Camp

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

Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. ongoing

Home Improvement Workshop: Using Caulking Another of Habitat ReStore Savannah's 2014's semi-monthly expert-led workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all experience levels. Step-by-step instruction for DIY types to learn home repair and home decorating projects. Free and open to the public. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m. 912.655.3416. Sat., March 1, 10 a.m Habitat ReStore Savannah, 1900 E. Victory Dr.

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC.html. ongoing Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St.

Introduction to Oil Painting One-Day Class

Tybee Arts Association hosts three one-

day introduction to oil painting classes with Jean Cauthen, a Charlotte, N.C., based painter with an MFA in painting and drawing from James Madison University. Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 4, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (bring a lunch). Sign up by email for all three or just one. Bring your own supplies or pay an additional $15/ class supply fee. Supply list available via email. $35 ($30 for current TAA members) Through March 1. jeancauthen@ yahoo.com. Through March 1 Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr.

Jazz Funk Dance

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

Knitting & Crochet Classes

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

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. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. 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. ongoing. 912-596-0889. kleossewingstudio. com. ongoing Kleo's Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201.

Lyrical Fusion Dance

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

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. ongoing. 912358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. ongoing Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424


Portman’s Music Academy offers private or group classes for ages 2 to 92, beginner to advanced level. All instruments. Also, voice lessons, music production technology and DJ lessons. Teaching staff of over 20 instructors with professional, well equipped studios and a safe, friendly waiting area for parents and siblings. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. portmansmusic.com. ongoing Portman's Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St.

Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, ddrums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, flute, woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. ongoing. 912-6928055. smisavannah@gmail.com. ongoing

New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

Novel Writing

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

Photography Classes

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

Piano Voice-Coaching

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. ongoing

Quilting Classes

ongoing: 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 ongoing. 912 925 0055. email@colonialquilts.us. colonialquilts. us. ongoing Colonial Quilts and Savannah Sewing Center, 11710 Largo Drive.

Reading/Writing Tutoring

Ms. Dawn’s Tutoring in reading, writing, and composition. Remedial reading skills, help with borderline dyslexia, to grammar, term paper writing, and English as a Second Language. Fun methods for children to help them learn quickly. Contact: cordraywriter@gmail.com or text or call 912-12-660-7399. Call for fee information.

Russian Language Classes

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

Savannah Speechcraft: for Professional Women

The Speechcraft course enables you to develop your communication and public speaking skills. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice vital skills during 4 two-hour sessions, March 4, 11, 18, & 25th. These skills include: communicating more effectively, preparing and delivering speeches, handling impromptu speaking, and evaluating your peers. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced speakers and be supported by mentors. $50.00 Tue., March 4, 7:30 a.m. 206-817-7919. savannahspeechcraft@gmail.com. thecreativecoast.org. Tue., March 4, 7:30 a.m Creative Coast Alliance, 15 West York St.

Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your cloth-

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

Short Story Writing

Gives students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling the opportunity to use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Works of Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ann Beattie and others will be studied. Upon completion, students will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing, and the art of revision. Offered by Georgia Southern's Continuing Education division in Savannah. Call or email for days/times/pricing. ongoing. 912-644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. ceps.georgiasouthern. edu/conted/cesavannahmenu.html.. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. ongoing Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Singing Classes

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

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for improving vocal range and breathing capacity. A good foundation technique for different styles--opera, pop, rock, cabaret. Fridays 5:30-8:30pm. Institute of Cin-

ematic Arts, 12 1/2 W. State St., 3rd floor. ongoing. 786-247-9923. anitraoperadiva. com. ongoing

Spanish Classes

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

Speechcraft Course for Professional Women

A four-week course developing professional women’s skills for communicating effectively, planning and delivering speeches and presentations, and improving impromptu speaking. Experienced members of three Savannah area Toastmasters clubs will teach and mentor course participants.Course is designed by Toastmasters International. Email for registration and pricing info. Tue., March 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m. savannahspeechcraft@ gmail.com. thecreativecoast.org. Tue., March 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m Creative Coast Alliance, 15 West York St.

Stress Reduction: Arising Stillness in Zen

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

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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 ongoing. 912-656-0760. TheVoiceCoOp.org. ongoing 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. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. 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. ongoing. 912-704-7650. douladeliveries. com. ongoing

Clubs & Organizations Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912631-3452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. ongoing

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/info online or by phone. ongoing. 912-925-0903. theballetschoolsav.com. ongoing

Avegost LARP

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

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

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

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver's license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion. org. ongoing

Business Networking on the Islands

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

Chatham Sailing Club

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

Drop N Circle Craft Night

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

Energy Healers

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

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. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Mondays, 10:30 a.m Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA.

Freedom Network

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

Georgia Nature Photographers AssociationCoastal Chapter

Coastal Chapter of the GNPA (www.gnpa. org). The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-2342571. alfie.wace@gmail.com. oatlandisland.org/. first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

Historic Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veter-

ans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah. org. ongoing

Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

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

Ink Slingers Writing Group

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

Island MOMSnext

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

Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am11:30am. ongoing. sites.google.com/site/ islandsmops. fbcislands.com/. ongoing First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-3086768. ongoing

Knittin’ Night

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-2380514. wildfibresavannah.com/. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m Wild Fibre, 409 East Liberty St.

Low Country Turners

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. ongoing

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. ongoing American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave.

Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers

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

Philo Cafe

Weekly Monday discussion group that meets 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is

invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see ThePhiloCafe on Facebook. ongoing. athenapluto@yahoo.com. ongoing

R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

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

Safe Kids Savannah

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

Savannah Brewers' League

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-4470943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. ongoing Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St.

Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

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

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@gmail.com. panerabread.com/. ongoing Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St.

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5/month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-4296918. savannahfencing@aol.com. ongoing

Savannah Go Green

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

Savannah Jaycees

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


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

Savannah Newcomers Club

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

Savannah No Kidding!

No Kidding. Join Savannah's only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. savannahnokidding.angelfire.com/ or e-mail savannahnokidding@gmail.com ongoing. ongoing The Historic District, Downtown Savannah.

Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

Savannah Quilt Guild

Meet the second Saturday, September through June, at Woods of Savannah, 1764-C Hodgson Memorial. Social time 9:30am, meetings 10:00am followed by a program. Open to all who are interested in quilting. Membership is $25 per year. ongoing. (912) 598-9977. savannahquiltguild@comcast.net. ongoing

Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

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

Savannah SCA

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

Savannah Story Games

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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Savannah Toastmasters

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-4846710. memorialhealth.com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Savannah Writers Group

A gathering of writers of all levels for networking, hearing published guest authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive environment. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Atlanta Bread Company, Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn. Free and open to the public. See website or call for info. ongoing. savannahwritersgroup.blogspot.com. ongoing

Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

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

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

Concerts 13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. ongoing Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave.

American Traditions Competition: Judge's Concert

Traditional vocalists from around the country sing American standards and compete for prize money. $35-$50 Thu., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. americantraditionscompetition. com/. savannahtheatre.com. Thu., Feb. 27, 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.

American Traditions Competition: Finals

The finalists compete and the judges select the winners in this competition among national vocalists, singing American standards for cash prizes. $35-$50 Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. americantraditionscompetition. com. savannahtheatre.com. Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre,

222 Bull St.

American Traditions Competition:Semi Finals Day three of the singing competition: performers have made it to the second round. $20--5pm OR 8pm show. $35--5pm AND 8pm shows. Wed., Feb. 26, 5 & 8 p.m. americantraditionscompetition.com. savannahtheatre.com. Wed., Feb. 26, 5 & 8 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. PICKBand of Horses The Seattle sound comes to Savannah, on the heels of their newest release, Acoustic at the Ryman (2014). Mon., March 3, 8 p.m. savannahboxoffice.com. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Mon., March 3, 8 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

-occasionally with a little help from the ladies. $35 adults $17 youth Sat., March 1, 3 & 8 p.m. and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m. savannahtheatre.com/. savannahtheatre. com. Sat., March 1, 3 & 8 p.m. and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.

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A zesty assortment of Spanish, Hebrew and Colombian songs followed by the distinctive panache of Velvet Caravan’s self-described “Low Country gypsy jazz”. Free and open to the public. Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. armstrong.edu. Sat., March 1, 8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

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Glen Martin Live on Tour at the Sentient Bean

Adult Ballet Class

Glen Martin, Midwest-born, Los Angelesbased songsmith is on tour and will be playing the Sentient Bean in Savannah, GA on Sunday, March 2nd at 8 pm. www. glenmartinmusic.com Free Sun., March 2, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. Sun., March 2, 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Legacy of Ben Tucker Jazz Concert

Messiah Lutheran hosted 11 Christmas Jazz Concerts featuring Ben Tucker, the king of jazz in Savannah and nationally known musician. At the age of 82, on June 4, 2013, Ben Tucker was killed when a speeding car hit his golf cart. This concert will honor the legacy of Ben Tucker. Mitch Hennes on bass, Erik Jones on piano, Jody Espina on saxophone, Billy Hoffman on drums, and Claire Frazier, vocals. Free Sun., March 2, 5 p.m. (912) 598-9746 Mon-Fri 2-5 pm. allenpr@ comcast.net. messiahsk.com. Sun., March 2, 5 p.m Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 Westridge Road (The Landings).

Live Music with Craig Tanner

Live music every Wednesday with Craig Tanner and rotating guests such as Eric Britt, Eric Dunn and Mr. Williams. FREE Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille, 2740 Livingston Avenue.

Mickve Israel's Sunday Concert Series presents: Velvet Caravan One of the most unusual ensembles in the music business, combining Gypsy, Honky-Tonk, Swing and Latin, playing upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. $15 Advance / $20 Door Sun., March 2, 3:30 p.m. 912-2331547, ext. 301. kayla@mickveisrael.org. mickveisrael.org/. Sun., March 2, 3:30 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street.

Piano Lessons

Give the gift of music. Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. Adults & children welcome. All levels. Call Renee Miles, 912-312-3977. GA Music Warehouse. ongoing. georgiamusicwarehouse. com/. ongoing Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St.

The Savannah Tenors

The men of the Savannah Theatre dynamically harmonize their voices on everything from opera to Broadway, Motown and pop-

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. ongoing Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. ongoing. 912-921-2190. ongoing

Argentine Tango

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

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. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Wednesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

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

Beginning Pole Fitness

Our pole classes offer a fun and flirty way to get a great workout in a safe and comfortable environment. Our National Miss Fitness 2013 and Miss Georgia Pole 2012 instructor, Sabrina Madsen, will teach you the basics including spins and pole dance moves. All fitness levels are welcome! $25 for drop-in or 5 for $100 (must be used in 30 days) Tuesdays, 8 p.m. (801) 673-6737. firstcitysav@gmail. com. Tuesdays, 8 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Belly Dance Classes with Nicole Edge

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session, discount for Fitness on Broughton members. ongoing. 912-596-0889. edgebellydance.com. ongoing First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance

All levels and styles of bellydance welcome. Classes are every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm. $15/lesson. Drop-ins welcome or call Carrie @(912)704-2940 for more info. happenstancebellydance@ gmail.com happenstancebellydance. wordpress.com $15/lesson ongoing, 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. ongoing, 5:30 p.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

C.C. Express Dance Team

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-7480731. ongoing Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest.

Dance for Peace

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

Dance Lessons (Salsa, Bachata)

Learn to dance Salsa & Bachata. For info, call Austin (912-704-8726) or Omar (Spanish - 787-710-6721). Thursdays. 912-704-8726. salsa@salsasavannah. com. salsasavannah.com. Thursdays Great Gatsby, 408 West Broughton Street.

Dance: Oasis

A multimedia dance production that explores the symbolism of water. Conceived and choreographed by performing arts professor Vincent Brosseau. $20 Thu., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m. scad.edu. lucastheatre.com. Thu., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 2, 3 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Dance Party

Join us on Thursdays at 8pm for fun, friendship, and dancing! Parties are free for our students and are only $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Thursdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

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. savannahballroom@ gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing. com. Tuesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

Home Cookin' Cloggers

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods

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Irish Dance Classes

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

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. savannahballroom@ gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing. com. Saturdays, 10 a.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

Line Dancing

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St.

Mahogany Shades of Beauty

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

Modern Dance Class

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

Pole Dancing Classes

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

RAVE NIGHT with DJ ORSON WELLS

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

Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

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

Savannah Dance Club

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

Savannah Shag Club

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

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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! ongoing. 912596-1952. ongoing Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Events Arts Resource Collective (ARC) of Savannah Information Session Calling all artists and art advocates! Learn more about ARC of Savannah and share your ideas and thoughts on making Savannah a thriving community for art. FREE Thu., Feb. 27, 6 p.m. 912.403.4113. nfo@arcsavannah.org. arcsavannah.org. thincsavannah.com. Thu., Feb. 27, 6 p.m ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Suite 300.

Classy & Sassy Fabulous Friday Women's Night out with a Purpose

An evening of fun, music, great food, empowering networking, and savvy shopping. Bring a can good or non-perisble item that will be donated to the Beaufort Food Bank. 10.00 Fri., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. womanofgreatness@gmail.com. Fri., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary St.

Critical Mass Savannah

Join Savannah's bicycle community for a free ride to raise awareness for bike rights. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

Farm a la Carte: A Mobile Farmer's Market

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

Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski’s 269th Birthday Ceremony

Honoring the Polish general who fought on the side of the Americans in the Revolutionary War, and died from wounds he received in the battle of Savannah. This ceremony is held at the monument honoring his sacrifice. Free and open to the public. Sat., March 1, 12:30 p.m. savannahgeneralpulaski.org. Sat., March 1, 12:30 p.m Monterey Square, Bull and West Wayne Streets.

Gould Elementary Presents ‘Black History IS American History’

Two programs to culminate a month of Black History Month projects, essays and art. 9:45am Songs, poems, and biography presentations on famous African-Americans by Pre-K through second grade students. 1:30 p.m., grades 3-5 performing songs, poems, and dance. Artwork from all grades will also be displayed. Thu., Feb. 27, 9:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 27, 9:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m Gould Elementary School, 4910 Pineland Drive.

Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

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

NeoPopRealist Art Contest Dedicated ti its 25Year Anniversary

Deadline: December 15, 2014. Artists're welcome to submit up to 3 images of NeoPopRealist work as .JPEG files 300dpi with brief info about self & work's medium, email: neopoprealismPRESS@ mail.com. Winners 'll be announced Dec. 31, 2014. Grand prize for the 1st place is signed original drawing by NeoPopRealism creator Nadia Russ. S2nd place winner'll receive signed print of the same work. See the Grand Prize at www.neopoprealism. org Free Through Dec. 15. neopoprealismpress@mail.com. Through Dec. 15 Online only, none.

The original Midnight Tour

One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866666-3323. 6thsenseworld.com. ongoing 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street.

PBJ Pantry

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

Potable Gold: Savannah's Madeira Tradition

Tour behind the scenes of the Davenport House while learning about the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. Includes two Madeira samples. On 2/14, tour is at 7:30pm. $20 (must be 21 years of age) Fri., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. 912-2368097. jcredle@davenporthousemuseum. org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Fri., Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St.

Savannah Storytellers

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

Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice

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

The Tourism Leadership Council's 16th annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner

The preeminent black-tie event that honors the 23,000 people who work in the tourism and hospitality industry. Beginning the evening with cocktail hour


Watch an Artist at Work - Kerry Dunn

Painter Kerry Dunn will conduct a free painting demonstration in the Eckburg atrium. Telfair Museums will provide chairs for observers and the Jepson Cafe will be open, enabling onlookers to enjoy a glass of wine or beer as they watch the artist at work. free Thu., Feb. 27, 5 p.m. telfair. org/jepson/. Thu., Feb. 27, 5 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Festivals 14th Annual 2014 Savannah Low Country Home and Garden Show Find over 4,000 square feet of landscapes, gardens, gardening seminars, kids zone, pet adoptions and more! Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet with celebrity guests Wayde King and Brett Raymer, stars of Animal Planet’s hit series "Tanked." $7 for adults 17+, $6 seniors 65+ and retired military. Active duty military and children 16 & Under are FREE! Every 3 days, 2 p.m., Every 3 days, 10 a.m. and Every 3 days, 11 a.m. savannahhomeandgardenshow.com. savtcc.com. Every 3 days, 2 p.m., Every 3 days, 10 a.m. and Every 3 days, 11 a.m Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr.

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: N'awlins Costume and Cocktail Kickoff Party

Music by Brad Randall and the Zydeco Ballers. Costume Contest, Krew Cup contest. Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. mardisgrastybee. com. fanniesonthebeach.com/. Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m Fannie's on the Beach, 1613 Strand Ave.

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: King Cake Party

Kicking off Tybee's 6th annual Mardi Gras celebration. Eat the King Cake and whoever gets the King Cake baby wins a prize. Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. mardisgrastybee.com. Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m CoCo's Sunset Grille, Old U.S. Highway 80. Kicking off Tybee's 6th annual Mardi Gras celebration. Eat the King Cake and whoever gets the King Cake baby wins a prize. Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. mardisgrastybee.com. Thu., Feb. 27, 7 p.m CoCo's Sunset Grille, Old U.S. Hwy 80.

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: Parade

Grab your chair and Mardi Gras beads and watch the parade from Memorial Park/ Butler Ave. to Tybrisa Street. Floats, beads, marching bands. Sat., March 1, 2 p.m. mardisgrastybee.com. Sat., March 1, 2 p.m

Tybee Island Mardi Gras: Street Party

Dig into Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil & Gumbo, served all day. Music starts at 1pm. Brad and Randall and the Zydeco Ballers at 3 p.m. and Voodoo Soup at 6 p.m. Sat., March 1, 12-9 p.m. mardisgrastybee.com. Sat., March 1, 12-9 p.m Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa Street and Strand Avenue.

Wilmington Island Farmers' Market

Vendors offering produce, prepared foods, crafts, plus storytime, musical perfor-

mances, and community information. Every Saturday. Free and open to the public Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. wifarmersmarket@ aol.com. wifarmersmarket.org/. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church.

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$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 www. savannahpoweryoga.com 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. info@savannahpoweryoga.com. savannahpoweryoga. com. savannahpoweryoga.com/. MondaysFridays, Sundays Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd.

AHA Yoga Classes

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

Al-Anon Family Groups

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

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

First Wednesday each month, 7pm, and third Saturday, 10am, in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Free to attend. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-3438. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Beach Body Workouts with Laura

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. 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. ongoing. beastmodefitnessga.com. ongoing YMCAWest Broad St, 1110 May St.

Bellydancing Fusion Classes

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at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To see more information and register online, visit https://tourismleadershipcouncil.com/events/annualtourism-awards-dinner $60 Wed., Feb. 26, 5:30 & 9 p.m. 912.232.1223. tlc@ tourismleadershipcouncil.com. savtcc.com. Wed., Feb. 26, 5:30 & 9 p.m Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr.

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reographies for all levels.Small classes in downtown Savannah, and on request. $10 per person. Email for info. ongoing. bohemianbeats.com. ongoing

Blue Water Yoga

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

FDA's Expectations from Supplier Management for GMP

It is the duty of a manufacturer to ensure that all its suppliers are compliant with FDA’s. $227 Thu., Feb. 27, 10 a.m. 866-458-2965. steven.martin1@gmx. com. Thu., Feb. 27, 10 a.m Online, 2222 Sedwick Drive.

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

Free Caregiver Support Group

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

Dude's Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. 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. ongoing. 912-5982300. gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. ongoing Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy.

Insanity Workout Group Class

INSANITY turns old-school interval training on its head. Work flat out in 3 to 5-min blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It's called Max Interval Training, because it keeps your body working at maximum capacity through your entire workout. $10 or $80 for 10 fitness classes Saturdays, 11 a.m. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Saturdays, 11 a.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes

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

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

Mommy and Baby Yoga

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

Pilates Classes

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

Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St.

Qigong Classes

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

Renagade Workout

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. ongoing 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, 912-596-5965. ongoing. ongoing

Ladies Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. ongoing. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. ongoing

Savannah Disc Golf

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

Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

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

social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. savystrider.com. ongoing

Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

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

Turbo Kick Cardio Workout

Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586822-1021. facebook.com/turbokicksavannah. ongoing

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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

Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

Honey Tasting and Body Care Samples + Store Tour Daily store tour, honey tasting, and body care. FREE Come to the WILMINGTON ISLAND store and see the bees behind our observation hive glass. FREE Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-234-0688. tildsley@ savannahbee.com. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

Prepare Sunday Suppers at Union Mission

Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission's shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. ongoing. 912-236-7423. ongoing

Health Alcoholics Anonymous

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. ongoing. 912-604-9890. ongoing

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

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902. ongoing

Bariatric Surgery Information Session

Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Food Events Book Release Party: Johnny Harris Cookbook Celebrating the restaurant's 90 years and Johnny Harris' first-ever cookbook, by Julie Donaldson Lowenthal, a third-generation family owner. Cookbook Release. Business casual attire, beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Free to attend. Books available for purchase. 912-354-7810. johnnyharris.com/. Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Dr.

The Chef's Studio

Jepson Café launches its new series, The Chef’s Studio, with Chef Andrew Trice from Angel’s BBQ creating a 4-course fixed menu. Chef Andrew will give a short presentation which will be followed by dinner in which each course is paired with the appropriate glass of wine. $30 for Telfair members. $35 for non-members telfair.edu. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat,

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/index.html. ongoing Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery can affect patients' lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. ongoing. 912-350-3438. bariatrics. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Free Hearing and Speech Screening

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

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

Health Care for Uninsured People

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Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance

6:30pm-8pm that will help parent's take back control, , help understand children's behavior, parent coaching, and how nutrition can play a role in behavior. Free 912-748-MIND(6463). ranickichiropractic.com/. Ranicki Chiropractic Complex, 1147 W. Highway 80.

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, 912-527-1115; and J.C. Lewis Health Clinic, 912-721-6726. Or general information at CVS, Kroger, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, or Walmart pharmacies. Through March 31. 912-651-7730. chathamcountysafetynet.org. Through March 31

Department of Cultural Affairs' Spring Break Art Camp now registering

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

Irish Dancers of Savannah

Hypnobirthing

Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-9273432. savannahypnosis.com. ongoing

La Leche League of Savannah

A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912897-9544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga. html. ongoing

Living Smart Fitness Club

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph's Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. ongoing

Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800264-7154. ongoing

Spring Break Art Camp takes place March 10 – March 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cultural Arts Studios, 9 West Henry St. The full-day camp will offer children ages 5-12 an introduction to painting, ceramics, mixed media and performing arts in age-appropriate group settings. Fee: $140 for City of Savannah residents, $150 for non-city residents. Through March 9. 912651-6783. savannahga.gov/arts. Through March 9 Savannah's first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Whether just for fun, or for competition, IDS is for everyone. Adult classes available. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-897-5984. irishdancsav@ aol.com. ongoing

Mommy & Me Yoga

Bring your baby (6 weeks-3 years) to this fun class that is beneficial for both of you! Meet other moms, exercise, relax and learn ways to release stress. No experience in yoga is needed. Sign up preferred, but not necessary. $10 Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 912-656-9663. awakeningyogastudio.com. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m Awakening Yoga Studio, 2453A US Highway 17.

Kid's Happenings ADD/ADHD Seminar The Mindspring Center will be hosting an ADD/ADHD Seminar on Feb. 27th from

Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland. org. oatlandisland.org/. Tuesdays Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

4 years old to 17. These 9 week classes fill up quickly, so call to register today! Classes will culminate in a demonstration for friends and family. For more class information please check out our website: www.jewelconservatory.com $90-$115 Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5 p.m.. 706-5892267. jewelconservatorytheatre@gmail. com. jewelconservatory.com. TuesdaysThursdays, 5 p.m. The Jewel Conservatory Theatre, 6014 Hwy 21.

LGBT First City Network Board Meeting First Monday, 6:30pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. 2nd floor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork.org. ongoing

Gay AA Meeting

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

Georgia Equality Savannah

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

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Organizes the annual Savannah Pride

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Savannah Children's Museum School Year Hours

SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to savannahchildrensmuseum.org ongoing. ongoing Savannah Children's Museum, 655 Louisville Road.

SEUSS FEST

All sorts of Seuss-themed activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday. Art, science, fitness, recycling, and

Savannah CPR Initiative

An initiative by the City of Savannah to train 6,000 Savannahians in CPR by year's end. The City will train 1,000 Savannahians in CPR this year. Each of these trainees will in turn pledge to train at least five other individuals, bringing to 6,000 the total number of Savannahians trained in CPR. The hope is that "Savannah's 6,000" will vastly improve our community's ability to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies, doubling our survival rate for witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Call for info. ongoing. 912-6516410. ongoing

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

ARIES

March 21-April 19 The battles you’ve been waging these last ten months have been worthy of you. They’ve tested your mettle and grown your courage. But I suspect that your relationship with these battles is due for a shift. In the future they may not serve you as well as they have up until now. At the very least, you will need to alter your strategy and tactics. It’s also possible that now is the time to leave them behind entirely -- to graduate from them and search for a new cause that will activate the next phase of your evolution as an enlightened warrior. What do you think?

TAURUS

April 20-May 20 “Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony,” said Lou Reed. That might be an accurate assessment for most people much of the time, but I don’t think it will be true for you in the coming days. On the contrary: You will have a special capacity to make contact and establish connection. You’ve heard of dog whisperers and ghost whisperers? You will be like an all-purpose, jack-of-all-trades whisperer -- able to commune and communicate with nervous creatures and alien life forms and pretty much everything else. If anyone can get a pony to understand Sanskrit, it will be you.

GEMINI

May 21-June 20 Does Kim Kardashian tweak and groom her baby daughter’s eyebrows? They look pretty amazing, after all -- elegant, neat, perfectly shaped. What do you think, Gemini? HA! I was just messing with you. I was checking to see if you’re susceptible to getting distracted by meaningless fluff like celebrity kids’ grooming habits. The cosmic truth of the matter is that you should be laser-focused on the epic possibilities that your destiny is bringing to your attention. It’s time to reframe your life story. How? Here’s my suggestion: See yourself as being on a mythic quest to discover and fully express your soul’s code.

CANCER

June 21-July 22 The 19th-century American folk hero known as Wild Bill Hickok was born James Butler Hickok. At various times in his life he was a

scout for the army, a lawman for violent frontier towns, a professional gambler, and a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Women found him charismatic, and he once killed an attacking bear with a knife. He had a brother Lorenzo who came to be known as Tame Bill Hickok. In contrast to Wild Bill, Tame Bill was quiet, gentle, and cautious. He lived an uneventful life as a wagon master, and children loved him. Right now, Cancerian, I’m meditating on how I’d like to see your inner Wild Bill come out to play for a while, even as your inner Tame Bill takes some time off.

If you are the type of person who wears gloves when you throw snowballs, Germans would call you *Handschuhschneeballwerfer.* They use the same word as slang to mean “coward.” I’m hoping that in the coming days you won’t display any behavior that would justify you being called *Handschuhschneeballwerfer.* You need to bring a raw, direct, straightforward attitude to everything you do. You shouldn’t rely on any buffers, surrogates, or intermediaries. Metaphorically speaking, make sure that nothing comes between your bare hands and the pure snow.

LEO

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“If I was a love poet,” writes Rudy Francisco, addressing a lover, “I’d write about how you have the audacity to be beautiful even on days when everything around you is ugly.” I suspect you have that kind of audacity right now, Leo. In fact, I bet the ugliness you encounter will actually incite you to amplify the gorgeous charisma you’re radiating. The sheer volume of lyrical soulfulness that pours out of you will have so much healing power that you may even make the ugly stuff less ugly. I’m betting that you will lift up everything you touch, nudging it in the direction of grace and elegance and charm.

In his song “4th of July, (Asbury Park Sandy),” Bruce Springsteen mentions a disappointing development. “That waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me,” he sings. “She said she won’t set herself on fire for me anymore.” I’m assuming nothing like that has happened to you recently, Scorpio. Just the opposite: I bet there are attractive creatures out there who *would* set themselves on fire for you. If for some reason this isn’t true, fix the problem! You have a cosmic mandate to be incomparably irresistible.

July 23-Aug. 22

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22 “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” says hockey great Wayne Gretzky. In other words, you shouldn’t be timid about shooting the puck toward the goal. Don’t worry about whether you have enough skill or confidence or luck. Just take the damn shot. You’ll never score if you don’t shoot. Or so the theory goes. But an event in a recent pro hockey game showed there’s an exception to the rule. A New York player named Chris Kreider was guiding the puck with his stick as he skated toward the Minnesota team’s goalie. But when Kreider cocked and swung his stick, he missed the puck entirely. He whiffed. And yet the puck kept sliding slowly along all by itself. It somehow flummoxed the goalie, sneaking past him right into the net. Goal! New rule: You miss only 99.9 percent of the shots you don’t take. I believe you will soon benefit from this loophole, Virgo.

LIBRA

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SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21

“Some people say home is where you come from,” says a character in Katie Kacvinsky’s novel *Awaken.* “But I think it’s a place you need to find, like it’s scattered and you pick pieces of it up along the way.” That’s an idea I invite you to act on in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. It will be an excellent time to discover more about where you belong and who you belong with. And the best way to do that is to be aggressive as you search far and wide for clues, even in seemingly unlikely places that maybe you would never guess contain scraps of home.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19 What words bring the most points in the game of Scrabble? Expert Christopher Swenson says that among the top scorers are “piezoelectrical” and “ubiquitarianism” -- assuming favorable placements on the board that bring double letter and triple word scores. The first word can potentially net 1,107 points, and the second 1,053.

There are metaphorical clues here, Capricorn, for how you might achieve maximum success in the next phase of the game of life. You should be well-informed about the rules, including their unusual corollaries and loopholes. Be ready to call on expert help and specialized knowledge. Assume that your luck will be greatest if you are willing to plan nonstandard gambits and try bold tricks.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Sorry to report that you won’t win the lottery this week. It’s also unlikely that you will score an unrecognized Rembrandt painting for a few dollars at a thrift store or discover that you have inherited a chinchilla farm in Peru or stumble upon a stash of gold coins half-buried in the woods. On the other hand, you may get provocative clues about how you could increase your cash flow. To ensure you will notice those clues when they arrive, drop your expectations about where they might come from.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20 Avery, a character in Anne Michaels’ novel *The Winter Vault,* has a unique way of seeing. When he arrives in a place for the first time, he “makes room for it in his heart.” He “lets himself be altered” by it. At one point in the story he visits an old Nubian city in Egypt and is overwhelmed by its exotic beauty. Its brightly colored houses are like “shouts of joy,” like “gardens springing up in the sand after a rainfall.” After drinking in the sights, he marvels, “It will take all my life to learn what I have seen today.” Everything I just described is akin to experiences you could have in the coming weeks, Pisces. Can you make room in your heart for the dazzle?

Stand Out Youth

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

What Makes a Family

A children's therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-3522611. ongoing

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. unityofsavannah.org/. 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) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/georgia. ongoing

A Buddhist Meditation Center

Welcoming all lineages and spiritual traditions. Newcomers to meditation welcome. Daily meditation, study groups and classes. Sunday includes a talk given by resident priest on Buddhist philosophy and how it relates to daily life. The center is available for individual and group retreats, weddings and funerals. Visit Savannahzencenter.com for schedule and see us on Facebook. Soto Zen lineage, resident Priest Un Shin Cindy Beach Sensei. 912-427-7265 ongoing. ongoing The Savannah Zen Center, 111 E. 34th St.

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. ongoing. familylife@diosav.org. diosav.org/familylifesingles. ongoing

Christmas Psychic Reading Madness Sale

December Madness Sale!!!!!!! $15 for 20 minute phone readings! payable at PayPal savannahpsychic@gmail.com 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.


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. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. ongoing

A New Church in the City, For the City

Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page "Savannah Church Plant." ongoing. ongoing Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St.

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. ongoing. 912-233-5354. ongoing 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. ongoing. 912-308-8286. savbranart@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. ongoing 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 ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-3715209. ongoing, 7 p.m Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street.

Service of Compline

A chanted service by candlelight held every Sunday night at 9pm. "Say goodnight to God." Presented by Christ Church Anglican. ongoing. ongoing Independent Presbyterian Church, Bull Street and Oglethorpe Ave.

South Valley Baptist Church

Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA "Saving a nation one soul at a time." ongoing. ongoing

Tapestry Church

A church for all people! We don't care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St.

Theology on Tap

Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. distillerysavannah.com. ongoing

The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. admin@uusavannah.org. uusavannah.org. uusavannah.org. ongoing Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St.

Unity Church of Savannah

Sunday Celebration services 9:15am and 11am. Children's Church and childcare 11am. Thursday noon prayer service. See website or call for info on classes, workshops, and more. ongoing. 912-3554704. unityofsavannah.org. unityofsavannah.org/. ongoing Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Special Screenings Film: Prey, aka Alien Prey (1978, UK) Bizarre, forgotten lesbian-themed creepy sci-fi thriller. For mature viewers. Presented by Psychotronic Film Society. $7 sentientbean.com. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Film: Homage to Verdi

Screening and presentation by opera legend Sherill Milnes. Presented by Savannah Voice Festival. Free and open to the public. Donations encouraged. Tue., March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 855.76. OPERA. info@savannahvoicefestival.org. savannahvoicefestival.org. mickveisrael. org/. Tue., March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street.

Film: Inequality for All

Robert Reich's documentary, with a discussion to follow. sentientbean.com. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Film: Julie Walking Home (Poland/ Canada/ Germany/ USA, 2002)

Also known as The Healer and Julie's Return. An exploration of the nature of love, faith, sexuality, and spirituality as it follows the story of a recently-separated mother, who seeks out a famous healer in a last desperate effort to save the life of her young boy stricken with an incurable brain cancer. Starring Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and Lothaire Bluteau.(Jesus of Montreal). In English, and Polish and Russian with English subtitles. $8 musesavannah.org. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

Film: King Kong (USA, 2005)

Hosted by Film Forum, a Savannah-based film club. In the auditorium at Savannah Arts. Free and open to the public. Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave.

Sports & Games Adult Coed Flag Football League 8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-220-3474. savadultrec. com. ongoing

Derby Devils Roller Derby Classes

Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging

for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. savannahderby.com. ongoing

Grief 101 Support Group

Seven-week morning or eventing adult support grooup offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-3039442. ongoing Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H.

Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. facebook.com/savannahbikepolo. ongoing

Ultimate Frisbee

Come play Ultimate! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm until dark. Sundays, 4:30pm until we get tired. The west side of Forsyth Park. Bring a smile, two shirts (one light or white, one dark), water, and cleats (highly recommended). ongoing. savannahultimateproject@gmail.com. savannahultimateproject.wordpress.com/ pick-up/. ongoing Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

USMNT (Soccer) American Outlaws Chapter

USMNT is a national soccer team that represents the U.S. in international soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912-398-4014. bdburgers.net. ongoing B & D Burgers (Congress St.), 912-238-8315.

Support Groups ACOA-Al-Anon The "From Survival to Recovery" Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al-Anon Group is a fellowship and support group for those who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. Meets Thursdays, 5:45pm at the 24-Hour Club, 1501 Eisenhower Dr. Call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. ongoing

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Alzheimer's Caregiver and Family Support Group For individuals caring for Alzheimer's and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. ongoing

Amputee Support Group

Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7778. ongoing

Back Pain Support Group

Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. ongoing

Brain Injury Support Group

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at

Memorial. ongoing. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. presbychurch.net. ongoing First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.

Cancer Support Group

For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. ongoing Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave.

Children's Grief Support Group

Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. ongoing Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H.

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

For families with children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7633. ongoing Citizens With Retarded Citizens, 1211 Eisenhower Drive.

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Assoc.

Meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the lives of polio survivors. Call or see website for info. Polio survivors and guests are invited. Free and open to the public. ongoing. 912-927-8332. coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. ongoing

Couples with Fertility Challenges

Saturdays, 6:45pm at Savannah Christian Church. For couples dealing with primary or secondary infertility, whether for one or many years. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-596-0852. emptycradle_savannah@ hotmail.com. ongoing Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd.

Debtors Anonymous

For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912572-6108. debtorsanonymous.org. unityofsavannah.org/. ongoing Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.

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2BR, 2BA completely furnished. $990.00 Weekly & Multi week discount. 912-897-6037 or linkproperties@bellsouth.net REDUCED RENT & DEPOSIT! 1303 E. 66th Street. 2BR/2BA, W/D conn. $695/ month, $400/deposit. SPECIAL! 11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection. Convenient to Armstrong College. $575/ month, $400/deposit.

LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/ cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912231-9464 Other apts. avail. ROOMS FOR RENT $75 Move-In Special Today!! Clean, furnished, large. Busline, central heat/air, utilities. $100$130 weekly. Rooms w/bathroom $145. Call 912-289-0410.

207 EDGEWATER RD. Southside near Oglethorpe Mall. 2BR/2BA $750/mo., $500/dep.

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

1812 N. AVALON: 2BR/1.5BA, all electric, W/D conn. $695/month, $400/ dep.

Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/ week. Call 912-844-5995.

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FURNISHED APTS. $165/WK. DAVIS RENTALS Private bath and kitchen, cable, 310 EAST MONTGOMERY utilities, washer furnished. AC & X-ROADS, heat, bus stop on property. No 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 deposit required. Completely safe, manager on property. RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN: Contact Linda, 690-9097, Jack, Remodeled mobile homes, 342-3840 or Cody, 695-7889 3BR/2BA, in Garden City mobile HOUSEMATE: Safe Environment. home park. Low down affordable Central heat/air, cable, telephone payments. Credit check approval. service. Bi-weekly $270, $270/ Call Gwen, Manager, at 912-964security deposit, No lease. 7675 Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. RENT: DUPLEX 1202 E. 54th St. Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912-2342BR, 1 Bath $550/month plus 9177. $550/deposit. Two blocks off Waters Ave., close to Daffin Park. Call 335-3211 Days/Nights/ Weekends SOUTHSIDE AREA, 3BR/1.5BA, Living room, dining room, eatin- kitchen furnished, laundry room, carport, fenced yard. $900/ monthly, $875/deposit. NO SECTION 8. 912-352-8251 SOUTHSIDE •1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer $675. 912-927-3278 or 912-356-5656

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Own your own home. Renting FURNISHED, includes utilities, is just throwing money away. central heat/air, Comcast cable, It’s a Buyer’s market, so take washer/dryer. Ceramic tile advantage of the great deals. I in kitchen. Shared Kitchen & still work with Good, Okay and Shared bath. Call 912-210-0144, Bad Credit. 912-604-6145. email: leave message skkylinefinancial@yahoo.com SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline. 2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week with No deposit. 8445995

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2012 EAST 50TH: 3BR/2 full baths, LR, DR, kitchen, laundry room, front & backyard. $950/month plus deposit. Available mid March. Call 912-658-7499 or 912484-0462

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WEEKLY PAYMENTS 2 Bedroom Apts./1 Bath, Newly remodeled apts. LVRM, dining, ceiling fans *2140 ALASKA Ave. 3BR, large each room, central heat/ air, kitchen w/appliances, kitchen $795. hookup. *1 SIDNEY Dr. 3BR, good school washer/dryer district $795. Lights & water included. NO *22B MASTICK: 3BR/2BA $650. CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED; Call 912-257-6181 EVICTIONS OK. $200-$235/ *4907 Montgomery: 2BR/1BA weekly. Biweekly & Monthly rates available. First Week $625 *822 East 37th: 3BR/2BA $850 Deposit Required. Call 912*1002 East 36th: 4BR/1.5BA $895 319-4182, M-Sat 10am-6pm. Several Rental & Rent-To-Own Properties. GUARANTEED FINANCING. BEAUTIFUL 2BR/1BA house. 634 STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 W.48th Street. Kitchen, dining area, large LR, central air, fenced Buy. Sell. For Free! backyard. Viewing 3-6pm. Call www.connectsavannah.com 236-6259.

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EASTSIDE AREA, 2118 New Mexico. 3BR/1BA, Living room, dining room, furnished eat-in kitchen, laundry room, carport, fenced yard. Outside pet OK. $800/monthly, $775/deposit. No Section 8. 912-352-8251

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FOR RENT •1102 E.33rd Street: Recently renovated 2BR Apt. Hardwood floors, CH&A, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, off-street parking. $700+Sec. •1019 Terrace: Newly renovated 3BR house, hardwood floors, CH&A, stove, refrigerator $800+Sec. •227 Glass St. 2BR house, gas heat $400+Sec. •109A W. 41st St. 2BR, lower apt. CH&A, kitchen range $500+Sec. Call Lester @ 912-313-8261

107 MARK CIRCLE: 3BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE. Eat-in kitchen with appliances, washer/dryer included, DR with large LR, Fireplace, large front & backyard. $850/month, $600/deposit. 912596-2458



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