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Week At A Glance

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

Wednesday / 2

Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. Free and open to public. $10 for lunch.

Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour A selection of the best films from the annual festival in Banff on tour across Canada, the U.S., and internationally. and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports. Proceeds benefit Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Georgia Conservancy. 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $12

Marilyn Talk and Party

A talk and celebration for the opening of the Jepson's new Marilyn Monroe exhibition. A Marilyn Monroe look-alike will take pictures with guests. Music by Danielle Hicks. Talk by Lisa Grove, Telfair director. Appetizers and cash bar. 6 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. $12. $5 for students with ID. Free Telfair members.

Columbus Ships Nina and Pinta at Savannah Riverfront

These "floating museum" replicas of two of Columbus's ships are open daily for self guided tours. The Nina was buit by hand and without use of power tools. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. Group guided tours available by reservation. Through April 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m River Street Marketplace, 502 E. River St. $8 adults. $7 seniors. $6 5-16. Free 4 and under. 787-672-2152.

Raku Pizza Night

Armstrong's ceramics program hosts a raku viewing party in the back of campus across from University Police at the Annex 2 Courtyard. View kiln fired pottery of Armstrong art majors and witness the kiln firing process firsthand. Plus, pizza! 5:30 p.m Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Free and open to the public.

Savannah Fashion Week preview: Visionaire Event

Celebrate the launch of Savannah Fashion Week's charitable endeavor, the Savannah Style Fund to benefit students with an ambition to pursue a career in the creative arts. Meet this year's recipients of the An-

THEATRE: Our Town by Thornton Wilder Savannah Music Festival: Bombino Fri / 4

gel Patron sponsorship — the Junk2Funk designers from Savannah Arts Academy. Hors d'oeuvres and champagne. 6-8 p.m Soho South Cafe, 12 West Liberty St. $10 Gen. Adm. $5 with Student ID.

6 & 8:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $35

SMF:Philip Dukes with Chamber Orchestra Feat. Michael Tree

North Carolina bred, NYC-based singer/guitarist Becca Stevens has received copious praise. 12:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $20

Program includes Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major; Bridge's Lament for Two Violas; Elgar's The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 and more. 6 p.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. $45

SMF: Noam Pikelny & Friends/Becca Stevens Band

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SMF: Becca Stevens Band

This double bill features Pikelny and band, winner of the first Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass Banjo; and Becca Stevens whose music draws upon elements of pop, jazz and folk.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wed / 2

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Paint the Town Maroon 2014

Armstrong Atlantic State University hosts a city-wide celebration of Pirate pride. Food and prizes. noon Johnson Square, Bull & St. Julian Sts. Free and open to the public.

Cultural Arts Center design overview

The SPLOST-funded Cultural Arts Center will be built at Oglethorpe and Montgomery streets. The presentation will be made by representatives from project architectural firm, Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects. A model will be available for viewing. 5:30 p.m Black Box Theatre (City of Sav. Cultural Affairs), 9 W. Henry St. Free and open to the public.

Concert: We the Kings

Florida-based pop group whose single, "Check Yes Juliet" went platinum in 2007. 8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. $10

Film: Eye of the Hurricane pre-release film screening


An abandoned theatre, the ghosts of the dead, and a small town in New Hampshire come together to tell the story of things unnoticed, forgotten, and truly important. April 3-5, 7 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Adult: $15 Students/Seniors: $10

LaFayette Fete: Historic Excitement with a French Flair Sun / 6

A drama about a small Everglades community struggling to put their lives back together in the wake of a devastating hurricane. SIntro and Q-and-A session by SCAD film and television professor Jesse Wolfe, the film's writer and director. 5 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free for SCAD. Museum admission general public.

Lunch 'n' Thinc: The people Side of Growing Your Business

Lunch and a dialogue with Suzanne Kirk. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m

Savannah Sand Gnats: Opening Night, Thirsty Thursday, and Fireworks

Season opener pits Savannah's minor league baseball team against the Lakewood Blueclaws. First 1,000 families receive free 2014 magnet schedule. Plus Thirsty Thursday half-price draft. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10

SMF: Robert Cray

Five-time GRAMMY winning, Georgia-born blues icon making his Festival debut. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $65 (GOLD), 55, 45, 35, 25

week at a Glance | continued from previous page SMF: When the Scots Met the Irish

5 & 8 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Blvd. $35

Representing the Scots are Lau, who will share a double bill with a quartet of Irish players assembled for this occasion. 6 & 8:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $35

Savannah Sand Gnats Baseball vs. Lakewood Blueclaws

First 1,000 families will receive a Free Magnet Schedule by Coca-Cola. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10

SMF:Dover Quartet with Michael Tree & Philip Dukes

Sweet & Vicious Launch Party and Book Signing Launch party for Libbie Summers' new dessert cookbook, featuring a milk bar. 5-8 p.m The Whitman House on Forsyth Park, 611 Whitaker St.

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Ave. Ride your bike on the Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. Sponsored by Connect Savannah. 16 galleries/venues are part of the April march, including three new locations: Savannah Law School, the Cultural Affairs Gallery, and Gypsy Girl Vintage. 6-9 p.m Free & open to the public

Theatre: Sordid Lives

First Friday for Folk Music

As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, they reveal the sad, trashy truth of their sordid lives. 7:30 p.m Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. $18 ($15 TAA Members) (912) 786-5920.

Dance Workshop: Zoetic Dance Ensemble

A guest artist movement and composition workshop by this female modern dance company. Call for workshop time. Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Free and open to the public. 912.344.2556.

First Friday Art March

Open houses, new exhibitions, and familyfriendly activities at this monthly Friday night art gallery hop in SoFo (South of Forsyth). Ride the trolley to each location. Visit the Indie Arts Market on De Soto

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. April acts: David Alley, with Ryan and Patti Kelly; Mark Carter. 7:30 p.m First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation.

Me and Van Gogh and God

A one hour one-woman show exploring the mysticism, facts, and spirituality of epilepsy. 8 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 MLK Blvd. Free

Music: Charlie Wilson

An intimate concert with one of R&B’s most distinguished voices and former lead singer of The GAP Band, hosted by comedian Marvin Dixon of BETs Comic View.

Columbus Ships Nina and Pinta at Savannah Riverfront Wed-Sun

8 p.m Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $39.50-$89.50

Odd Lot Anniversary Special

Join the Odd Lot Comedy Troupe as they celebrate their fourth year. Door prizes, comedy, video, and "newy-newness." 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

THEATRE Our Town by Thornton Wilder

As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, they reveal the sad, trashy truth of their sordid lives. 7:30 p.m Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. $18 ($15 TAA Members) (912) 786-5920.

Celebrating Dogs

Free hot dogs and drinks. Competitions and prizes for canine agility obstacle course and a ‘face that only a mother could love’ competition. Adoption agencies will be present for visitors to adopt a new best friend. 1-4 p.m Magnolia Manor, 141 Timber Trail Rd. Donation of pet food for Bryan County Animal Control. or,collars, leads, treats, dental sticks or flea shampoo.

An abandoned theatre, the ghosts of the dead, and a small town in New Hampshire come together to tell the story of things unnoticed, forgotten, and truly important. April 3-5, 7 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Adult: $15 Students/Seniors: $10

River Street Art Fest

Savannah Waterfront Association presents a fine arts show, plus interactive art and entertainment April 4-5 Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and open to public. Bring donated art supplies.

SMF: Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Cillian Vallely & Duncan Wickel

A quartet of Irish musical masters. 12:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $20

SMF: Destination America: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Featuring Daniel Hope, violin. 6 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $55 (GOLD), $45 (General Admission)

SMF: Fatoumata Diawara/ Bombino

This unique double bill offers a rare opportunity to see two of the hottest emerging artists in the world music scene today.

Marilyn Talk and Party Thu / 3

Civil War Experience

Experience life in a Confederate Civil War encampment including hourly cannon firings, tents, campfires, wagons. Food, beverage and arts vendors. Features an H.L. Hunley submarine exhibit. 10 a.m Freedom Park, 6755 Prosperity Drive. Free and open to the public.

Dance: Zoetic Dance Ensemble

Atlanta-based female modern dance company in a recital exploring the cooperative connection between dance and music. 8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Free and open to the public. continues on p. 6

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Performing Mendelssohn's Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87; Charlotte Bray's The Sun was Chasing Venus (commissioned by SMF; and Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88. 11 a.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. $25


week at a Glance | continued from previous page Digging Savannah Hike: Skidaway Island

Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Free and open to the public.

Learn about the archaeological sites of Skidaway Island, spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory. Get tickets or RSVP online. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail. 2 p.m Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. $10. Free for Friends of Georgia State Parks.

Film: Shopping Bag Spirits & Freeway Fetishes

A film by Barbara McCullough with on-site installation. Artist discussion to follow. 7 p.m Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Free and open to the public. 912-233-7659.

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

THEATRE: Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Raku Pizza Night WED / 2 Jane Fishman's Spring Plant Swap

Bring plants you have too much of, take home something to plant. Participants do not have to bring plants or money to attend. At Jane's garden, West Boundary Street, next to Chatham Steel. 8-11 a.m Free and open to the public. 912-484-3045

free family day: garbage to gardens

Junior League of Savannah's Second Get a head start on Earth Day! Make “flow- Annual Fit Kids Fest ers and plants” by recycling plastic bottles, bags and paper. Be inspired by artist Karrie Hovey, who made an art garden at the Jepson entirely of recycled materials.. 1-4 p.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Free and open to the public.

A festival for parents and kids to increase awareness and prevention of childhood obesity. First 250 children will receive a free ticket to the Sand Gnats game taking place later that evening. 2-5 p.m Optimist Field at Daffin Park Free and open to the public.

An abandoned theatre, the ghosts of the dead, and a small town in New Hampshire come together to tell the story of things unnoticed, forgotten, and truly important. April 3-5, 7 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Adult: $15 Students/Seniors: $10

Pints for Pigs

A fundraiser for The Savannah Boar Association team for the American Diabetes Magnolia Park Neighborhood Yard Sale Association's Kiss a Pig Campaign. Beer Offering bargain hunters a variety of stops tastings, a souvenir pint glass, brewery at different homes. Maps provided. tour, live music. 8 a.m.-noon 6:30-9:30 p.m Magnolia Park. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave. Free to attend. $40. Tickets online or at the door.

Me and Van Gogh and God

One-woman show exploring the mysticism, facts, and spirituality of epilepsy. 8 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 MLK Blvd. Free

Military Family Day at Armstrong

An on-campus event for K-8 children whose parents are based at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. At the Armstrong Sports Center on campus. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m

Red Shoes Run & 24th Annual Teddy Bear Hospital

A 5k and kids race benefiting Ronald McDonald House, followed by Teddy Bear Hospital. Kids age 10 and under, bring your teddy bear and get him/her a check up. 8:30am Kids race 8:45am 5K run/ walk 10am-2pm Teddy Bear Hospital Memorial Health Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free to attend the Teddy Bear Hospital. Race is $30. $20 for Memorial staff.



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SMF: Acoustic Music Seminar Finale/ Stringband Spectacular

Performances by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, and accompaniment by AMS Associate Director Mike Marshall and lead clinician Julian Lage. 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $45, $35, $25, $15

SMF: An Afternoon With Branford Marsalis

Refreshed standards and classic originals, led by a trustworthy arbiter of jazz. 3 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $55, 45, 35, 25

SMF: Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Touring togetherafter an eight-year hiatus. 12:30 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd. $20

SMF:Closing Night Party w/ Red Barrat Dance to the sounds of funk and bhangra. 10:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $30 savannahmusicfestival. org

Fort King George Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Rd. SE. $4.50 - $7.50

Wilmington Island Farmers' Market

Vendors offering produce, prepared foods, crafts, plus storytime, music. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. Free and open to the public

Sunday / 6 LaFayette Fete: Historic Excitement with a French Flair

Experience the excitement surrounding General LaFayette’s visit to Savannah in 1825. Costumed characters expound on LaFayette's time in Savannah and recount events from his life. Light refreshments a la francaise will follow. Reservations encouraged. 4:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. $10 per adult, $5 per child under 17 912-236-8097

Lecture: Your Right to Health

Jon Benson discusses how health is everyone's unvarying fundamental right. 2 p.m First Church of Christ, Scientist, 211 E. Victory Dr. Free and open to the public. Free childcare.

Savannah Puppet Slam

Me and Van Gogh and God

Sand Gnats Baseball: Post Game Fireworks

The Gnats take on Lakewood Blueclaws. Stay after for fireworks. 6:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10

SCAD International Fair

Traditional cuisine from local restaurants, music and performances that reflect SCAD international students’ home countries. 11 a.m.-4 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Free and open to the public.

Step Forward: A Walk to End Domestic Violence Fundraiser and awareness walk benefiting SAFE Shelter. Walk begins at 10am. 9 a.m Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Weapons That Made America

A one hour one-woman show exploring the mysticism, facts, and spirituality of epilepsy. 3 p.m Mondanaro Theatre at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free

Me and Van Gogh and God Fri / Sat/ Sun

A program about the small-arms and artillery used from origins of blackpowder weapons through end of the 20th century. 10 a.m.-4 p.m

Nature Outing: Ebenezer Creek Kayak and Canoe Paddle

Paddle with Coastal Group Sierra Club. Bring your own canoe/kayak. Canoe rentals available. An easy four hour paddle suitable for novice paddlers. Open to all ages but children must ride with their parents and wear a pfd. Sign up by Thursday April 3 via email. Meet at Arby's parking lot on Highway 21 in Rincon. 10 a.m Canoe rental, $15.00 per person / 2 people per canoe or bring your own canoe or kayak ($5.00 per canoe or kayak ramp fee)

THEATRE: Our Town by Thornton Wilder An abandoned theatre, the ghosts of the dead, and a small town in New Hampshire come together to tell the story of things unnoticed, forgotten, and truly important. April 3-5, 2:30 p.m

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Night of puppet skits for a mature audience. 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $10


week at a Glance | continued from previous page Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Adult: $15 Students/Seniors: $10

Sand Gnats Baseball: Kids Eat Free and Bark in the Park All kids 12 years and under receive a voucher good for one free hot dog, chips, and small soda. Bring your dog for Bark in the Park presented by TailsSpin. 2:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10

ets available for sale at World of Beer. World of Beer, 112 West Broughton St. $20 (912) 353-8110 ext. 3091.

Dollar Monday: Sand Gnats Baseball vs. Augusta Green Jackets

$1 admission with coupon or Kroger Plus Card, plus hot dogs, chips, small sodas & Pabst Blue Ribbon are only $1 each. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $1 with coupon or Kroger Plus Card.

Monday / 7

Tuesday / 8

Food and Art: Finding a Creative Path in Culinary Media

Amos Lee

James Beard Award-winning writer and food columnist Sarah Karnasiewicz offers insights into internships and career-building opportunities that can make a difference when pursuing a writing career in the arts, travel, culture and lifestyle areas. 5-7 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free and open to the public.

Savannah Boar Association: Beer School Fundraiser for Kiss a Pig

This fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association's Kiss-a-Pig team of lawyers includes a flight of local/Georgia beers and a pint of your favorite from the flight. Tick-

This tour will be in support of his new album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. Lee will donate $1 from each ticket sold to Musicians on Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. 7:30 p.m Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $35-45

Concert: Armstrong University Singers and University Chorale

7:30 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. $6

Lecture: The Art of Preservation and Politics: ACHP in the National Conversation

John Fowler, executive director of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, discusses how ACHP makes recommendations to the president, Congress and other federal agencies on issues that promote the preservation, enhancement and sustainable use of the nation’s diverse historic resources. 5:30 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free and open to the public.

Two for Tuesday: Sand Gnats Baseball vs. Augusta Green Jackets

2 for Tuesday Buy-One Get-One Miller Lite and Coors Light. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10

Wednesday / 9 Lunchtime Lenten Concert Series: Marimba Solo Performance

Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Free to attend. Lunch is $5.

Savannah Sand Gnats Baseball: Pack the Park for Kiss-a-Pig

Wednesday night is Pack the Park for Charity night. Tonight's charity: American Diabetes Association's Kiss-a-Pig competition. Final night of the home stand against Augusta Green Jackets. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8-$10. Special fundraising tickets for Kiss a Pig are available.

Tybee Wine Festival: Wining & Dining: The Art of Pairing

A wine connoisseur leads guests through a specially prepared five-course meal, each course matched with a fine wine. 7-10 p.m Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave. $75 +5 tax & handling / Members $67.50 +5 tax & handling

Trinity's Lunchtime Lenten Concert Series continues with Jesse Monkman on marimba, featuring works by Bach and Monkman, in the church sanctuary. Lunch before or after the concert in the dining hall, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and from 12:45-1:15 p.m.

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plants” by recycling plastic bottles, bags and paper. Be inspired by artist Karrie Hovey, whose art garden at the Jepson Center is made entirely of recycled materials.

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editor’s note

The many colors of Orange Crush No one wants to be accused of racial profiling, and this case seemed tailor-made for the accusation. Since, well... setting up checkpoints to discourage African-AmerSavannah has icans from coming to town is pretty much many rites of spring: the definition of racial profiling. St. Patrick’s Day, the Savannah State University, which origiSavannah Music Festival, nally helped organize the event but washed azaleas, allergies. its hands of it two decades ago, has tried Tybee Island has to make amends by sponsoring volunteer a particular rite beach cleanups afterwards. of spring of its own: The annual “Orange SSU does this even though the historCrush” college weekend—now apparently ically-black institution retains no formal weekends, plural—each April. What began as a traditional spring break connection to Orange Crush, even though Orange Crush really isn’t much about colgetaway for African American college stulege students anymore, and even though dents has, in painfully predictable fashion, increasingly the bulk of attendees aren’t even become over the years a lightning rod of controversy due to escalations and miscalcu- from Savannah, but generally Atlanta. The main rallying cry by supporters of lations by people on both sides of the issue. Orange Crush is that the beach is public The sheer number of Orange Crush attendees on the sparsely populated island, and open to all by law, that telling African Americans they can’t come to your beach is combined with the racial aspect—a large, not only racist on its face, but a grim echo of nearly all-black crowd visiting a nearly allold Jim Crow laws which made it literally a white beach town—makes for a volatile crime for blacks to share the same stretch of situation full of uncomfortable overtones. beach with whites. The apparent addition of a second weekAll of which are true and perfectly valid end this year—the event happens April points to make. 11-12 and April 18-19—is guaranteed to Georgia’s beaches are indeed public propexacerbate the situation. erty, and we’re very lucky to have a generally And the fact that one of those is Easter weekend is clearly not going to help matters. supportive climate for that sentiment— Sociological issues aside, the chief physi- unlike neighboring South Carolina, where the beaches are just as public, but there are cal manifestation of Orange Crush, simply put, is the massive amount of trash it leaves routine shady attempts to de facto privatize segments of beach for some large resort behind on Tybee’s beach. community or another catering to affluent This isn’t just one person’s opinion, and no one with at least one functioning eyeball vacationers and second-and-third home should be offended by the observation. It is owners. However, the right to occupy a public what it is. beach is not the same as the right to trash a A few years ago a YouTube video of the public beach. huge amount of litter, much of it near the In striving for social justice, no one should waterline and thus an environmental hazforget that either. ard, went viral. It showed a lot of trash, by If your idea of attaining equality is to any objective measure. claim an equal right to destroy the environThere is also a certain amount of ment, well, that’s pretty offensive too. increased petty crime associated with Another typical defense of Orange Crush Orange Crush, most of it fairly typical of is to point out the hypocrisy of Savannah’s large spring break college gatherings on beaches all over America, and certainly little high tolerance for the gigantic amount of litter and disorderly conduct which always we aren’t used to from St. Patrick’s Day. accompanies St. Patrick’s Day. As you might expect, Tybee Island has Double standard, they say: The “white” never been crazy about welcoming Orange holiday’s excesses are glorified and romantiCrush, even in the early days before it cized while the “black” event is disrespected. became so huge. Tybee tried police checkIt’s true: Green is indeed the more imporpoints in years past, but backed off due to tant color. But not Irish green—rather, the legal issues and ugly PR ramifications. color of money. by Jim Morekis

Savannah does spend an enormous amount of money and resources “tolerating” St. Patrick’s Day, from trash cleanup to police service to traffic disruption to a heightened first responder presence. But Savannah tolerates St. Patrick’s Day because of the copious revenue it generates. Orange Crush, however, is a net loss for Tybee. Orange Crush attendees, like beach day-trippers of any type, simply don’t spend much cash on Tybee. That’s how most days at the beach go, for all of us: We stock up on ice and snacks, feed the meter, have fun in the sun all day, then drag our hot, tired asses home. For its part, Tybee Island’s predictable poor-us schtick is beyond old. Every year everyone knows Orange Crush is coming, but Tybee still insists on pretending to be surprised and unprepared. (Good heavens, Orange Crush—or someone purporting to represent it—is on Twitter: @OrangeCrushSAV) Tybee’s song-and-dance that “we’re just a little ol’ beach town, we don’t know ‘bout all this big city type stuff ” has become tiresome. It’s especially tiresome for those of us who’ve had run-ins with Tybee’s very zealous police and parking enforcement every other weekend of the year, when Orange Crush is nowhere in sight. Tybee has clearly decided the effort of rigorously enforcing the law during Orange Crush and possibly leaving themselves open to accusations of profiling—and maybe another lazy, paint-by-numbers New York Times story about small-town Southern racism— isn’t worth it. That it’s easier to just throw up their hands and play the victim. So it’s all a bizarre Kabuki dance: Orange Crush supporters trying to have us believe Martin Luther King Jr. fought for everyone’s right to leave mounds of toxic trash behind on a public beach; and Tybee Island, often hyper-vigilant and money-grubbing towards tourists, trying to have us believe they have no ability to control a predictable annual event that has come there for over 20 years. Until both sides drop the pretense, Orange Crush will continue to be one of Savannah’s more annoying harbingers of spring. cs

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News & Opinion | The (Civil) SOciety Column

Let the Flannery freak flags fly By Jessica Leigh Lebos

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Stanton watched their boys hula-hoop for hours, and Dare Dukes did his best to divert his littlest from poking fingers into the bingo chicken’s cage. Vendors Vinson and Jillian Knight-Miner sold massive shark teeth and hand-crafted leather journals while chasing their 5-year-old daughter, Kegan, through the dappled sunlight. Much to the squee of all ages, Rich Copeland brought bunnies to pet (good thing this wasn’t a Steinbeck convention.) Perhaps it’s O’Connor’s bemused narrative tone or her gimlet eye for hypocrisy, but

her stories have come to represent a sense of seditious “otherness,” offering salvation to anyone who’s ever questioned the status quo. “She was an insider and an outsider at the same time,” considered azalea-wreathed Allison Hersh, a writer and longtime board member of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. “And she brought that together in a distinctively southern way.” For sure, the square seemed presided over by a prism of cheerful absurdity, a rainbow shaped like a giant, wryly-arched eyebrow.

If you weren’t born in the South, or you were but you’ve got dark secrets, or maybe you’re just a general run-of-themill weirdo, there is temptation, I think, to believe that you don’t belong. The key to happiness, then, is to be OK with that. In fact, when a bunch of us nonbelongers get together and beat a drum—or many drums—it’s something to celebrate. The freak flags were flyin’ high at the Flannery O’Connor Homemade Parade and Block Party last Sunday, transforming normally bucolic Lafayette Square into a haven for Savannah’s most delightful misfits and fruitcakes. (I say that out of utmost respect, and humbly offer that it takes one to know one.) Honoring what would have been the 89th birthday of our own native literary icon and her legacy of gothic, spiritual, disturbing, quintessentially Southern stories, this was an inside joke for the literate outliers: Here was the requisite guy in the gorilla suit, and another in seersucker carrying a prosthetic leg over his shoulder. Chicken costumes and peacock flourishes abounded. Organizer Christine Sajecki donned vintage tweed and a tambourine for her ringleader role, and artist Kathleen Fritz came in full Church Lady garb complete with white gloves. Katherine Sandoz appeared as Flannery herself, handing out handmade azalea crowns, hair tucked back just so. Obviously, no gathering of local eccentrics would be complete without Tom Kohler and his amazing beard. Same goes for beautifully bizarre grande dames Carmela Aliffi and Jane Fishman, the latter resplendent in a vintage fuschia jumpsuit she’s schlepped around since the ‘70s. “Check this out,” crowed Jane, flashing a wad of cash she’d raised for the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home from the Chickenshit Bingo booth. (Turns out, chickenshit has another use besides fertilizing the garden. Which reminds me, Jane’s semi-annual Plant Swap is this Saturday, April 5 at her Boundary St. plot.) Freakdom is a family-friendly affair, and the next generation of odd ducks got plenty Sing along now: “I love a parade...” Artist Katherine Sandoz (left) marched as Flanof play: Scott “Panhandle Slim” and Tracy nery O’Conner with nattily-dressed organizer Christine Sajecki.

The (Civil) SOciety Column | continued from previous page But like O’Connor’s discomforting stories, there was a sense of depth in the revelry, as identifying as a weirdo precludes the knowledge that life can be as difficult and stupendously unfair as it is mysteriously glorious. Tales like A Temple of the Holy Ghost remind us that the sacred and profane exist together at all times, a bittersweet balm against the small-mindedness and violence. Thus even the most heretical among us bowed their heads as Rev. Michael J. Chaney invoked the novel Wise Blood in his opening proceedings, bemoaning “where’s all my sweetness gone?” The funereal giddiness was only amplified by Zach Powers’ solemn saxophone, followed by Anna Chandler crooning Nina Simone’s “Sunday in Savannah” with such soulful abandon it’s a wonder the live oaks themselves didn’t start singing along. There was clapping all around as the unapologetic procession began, led by snare drum maestro Andrew Hartzell and the Sweet Thunder Strolling Band that included mandolin wunderkind Jameson Murphy, Jon Waits, Philip Seymour

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Longtime bike advocate sees change coming By John Bennett

A group of citizens rode bicycles to Savannah City Hall on March 20 to recognize the City’s efforts to make our community more bicycle friendly. The event was held the same week as similar rides to city halls around the state and the annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol event in Atlanta. Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and Alderwoman Mary Ellen Sprague slipped out of a pre-council meeting workshop to address the assemble cyclists and media. Some of the achievements that helped Savannah earn Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists last October — the Washington Avenue and Price Street bike lanes, a dramatic increase in bicycle parking locations, and events to encourage cycling — were mentioned in remarks. These pleasing developments have all occurred during the last five years, but one person who rode her bike to the event has been working to make Savannah safer and friendlier for bicycles for much longer. Jane Kahn grew up riding bicycles, but “got serious” about cycling in 1985 when she an her husband joined the Coastal Bicycle Touring Club and “started a love affair with cycling.” “At one of our first CBTC meetings, a request was made for someone to attend a meeting where the topic of improving Stephenson Avenue was on the agenda. We volunteered,” she said. And when Khan uses the word “volunteered,” she’s talking about more than just showing up for a meeting. “When I get involved in something, I tend to do it all the way. So, I went into bicycle advocacy, handlebars first,” she said. Kahn spent more than a decade serving on the Chatham Urban Transportation Study, now known as the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning organization, where she focused on the inclusion of bicycle facilities in transportation projects. “Whenever road improvements would come up, my question was, ‘What provisions are being made for bicycles?’ I wasn’t even sure I understood the replies, but I knew that they heard the questions and I knew they were

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When Jane Kahn looks at these photos of herself taken in 1935, she thinks “Jane needs a helmet.” anticipating that question from me,” she said. Kahn also used connections to state elected officials to advocate for bicycling, but was often referred back to bureaucrats who were uninterested accommodating cyclists. It was a frustrating time for Kahn, as she and other advocates found themselves fighting against rumble strips that made road shoulders unrideable and arguing against poorly designed infrastructure. “Reactionaries, we were,” she said. But Kahn began to see glimmer of hope. “Beginning with Mayor Floyd Adams, the City at least gave lip service to bikes. Frequently he would approach me and say, ‘We’re going to do something’.” Kahn wound up triggering a lasting change when she contacted Mike Weiner at the city’s traffic engineering department and made a simple request: signs marking designated bike routes. “A that time there were a couple of mapped bike routes. Imagine my shock when a few weeks later Share the Road signs appeared on Habersham Street, from Stephenson to DeRenne Avenue. To this day, I view those signs as my singular accomplishment as a bicycle advocate.” she said. Kahn has also advocated for laws requiring helmets for children under 16 and with her husband published a book, “25 Bicycle Tours in Savannah and the Carolina Low Country.” “Because of our advocacy work, at every chance in the book we have stressed bicycle

safety,” she said. Kahn is encouraged by the latest developments in local cycling advocacy. She said, “When I first noticed bike lanes on Washington Avenue a few years ago, it suddenly occurred to me that things in Savannah were beginning to happen. ‘Someone is doing something right,’ I observed.” She’s also noted bike racks on buses, “downtown workers, in sports jackets and skirts, riding to work,” “bike racks located throughout the city,” and year round cycling events organized by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, CBTC and other organizations. “And finally, Mayor Jackson welcoming cyclists to City Hall, and suggesting more ways to make Savannah hospitable to bicycles, to visitors and to homefolks,” she said. Kahn is hoping to see more improvements that link back to her work as a bicycle advocate. “I don’t know how many years ago we pedaled US Highway 17 to check the conditions of roads and bridges, how long ago we begged for bike lanes on that same highway, or when I signed a petition for a Casey Canal Bikeway,” she said. “Maybe soon that will be coming to fruition with the Truman Greenway. Maybe those are other seeds we helped to sow, so long ago, just maybe…” cs John Bennett is executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

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As author Anne Lamott noted in her 1993 bestselling account of her son’s first year, babies do not come with operating instructions. Neither do the events leading up to the birth of those babies, and many women find themselves feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied as they navigate pregnancy, labor and the first few weeks of their child’s life. Enter Erigo, a new resource for expectant mothers and their partners. Call it a onestop shop for the childbirthing year: This is where to care for the transforming body, practice those breathing exercises, learn to breastfeed successfully and figure out what color a two week-old’s poop should be. “We want to provide everything that’s missing from the medical birth experience,”

explains owner and head facilitator Cate Glyn-Jones. “There’s a lot of support and nurturing needed that mothers and new families don’t get in the hospital or from their doctors.” A registered nurse from Edinburgh, Scotland, Glyn-Jones trained as a midwife at Oxford University and spent the last 13 years as a delivery nurse and lactation consultant at Savannah’s Candler Hospital. There she became renowned for her calming presence and charming bedside manner, though she found that Americans have a fairly warped perspective on birthing babies, believing it to be more like an illness than a natural process. And it’s no wonder: Labor induced by the synthetic hormone pitocin is the norm in hospital births, and one in three babies is now delivered by surgical C-section. Films like The Business of Being Born document

that those decisions are often made for “monetary reasons, not for the good of the mother and baby,” and still result in the U.S. ranking second-worst for newborn death rates in the developed world. The chances of breastfeeding are greatly reduced after a C-section, eliminating the many benefits it brings to both mother and baby. Building a woman’s confidence in her own body and intuition can reduce the chances of such complications, and Glyn-Jones is a part of a quiet revolution to take birth back from the traditional medical establishment. “You don’t need a nursing degree to have a baby,” she enjoins in her clipped accent. “Women have that knowledge already; they just need to be reminded that it’s normal.” After attending literally thousands of births, the mother of two realized her skills might be put to better use as an educator and consultant “to help empower people

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about their choices.” work-life balance.) Ergo, Erigo, which means “to raise or nurTogether Glyn-Jones and Pastures sound ture” in Latin. like a couple of modern Mary Poppins, here The “boutique maternity firm” opened its not just to take care of the children, but the doors last month, offering five-week birthnew mums and dads as well. They often ing classes and breastfeeding support as well speak about the “fourth trimester,” those first as yoga classes, pre- and post-natal massage crucial months of bonding between new and a free monthly support group. The pub- parents and babies. lic is welcome to attend a grand opening cel“It’s about the continuum of care,” ebration Tuesday, explains Pastures April 8. she nurses Evan in Far from a one the sitting area’s clinical doctor’s cozy armchairs. office or the sani“Even when and if tized halls of the you go back to work, hospital, Erigo’s you need support interior is fresh more than ever.” and sunny, with a “There’s so much stylish color palemphasis on the ette more suited to maternity clothes your BFF’s livinand what color the groom. There are nursery is going to wide open spaces be, but there’s very and thick foam little discussion floor mats, and of about what happens course, a big bin of when you go home,” baby toys. adds Glyn-Jones. “It’s a dream, While Erigo having all of doesn’t subscribe these services in to any particular one place,” says school of thought, Ginger Veitinger, attachment parentwho operates her ing techniques such Bump Massage as baby-wearing and Therapy practice breastfeeding are in a serene back Glyn-Jones often speaks about “the fourth tri- highly encouraged. room. mester,” those crucial first months of bonding The Savannah “This is a piece between a baby and new parents. Slingers holds that’s really been regular meetings in missing in Savannah.” the space, and classes for siblings and grandEverything is designed to put parents parents are also on the Erigo schedule. at ease. Even Nurse Glyn-Jones eschews “This isn’t a regimen or a gimmick,” scrubs, instead striking a perfect harmony of assures Glyn-Jones. rebellious professionalism in jeans, motor“It’s about opening up the parenting cycle boots and a strand of pearls. world so you can best enjoy your baby and Her right-hand woman is office manager your new family.” cs Helen Pastures, who also hails from the United Kingdom. Pastures brings a masErigo Grand Opening ter’s degree in public health to Erigo as well When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 as her four-month old son, Evan. (Little Where: 5301 Paulsen St. Evan naps in a crib behind the front desk Info: (912) 544-6387 or as the women live out the very definition of


news & Opinion | blotter • Action by Southside Precinct Patrol and 911 communications officers led to the arrests of six fleeing juveniles after another St. Patrick’s shooting suspect arrested youth was beaten and robbed Monday afterDetectives for the Savannah-Chatham Met- noon, March 24. Police “saturated an area from Apache and ropolitan Police Department are awaiting extradition of a man arrested in Bluffton for Mohawk Streets, across Abercorn Street two Savannah shootings on St. Patrick’s Day to Fulton Road and across Rio Road to a that left one man dead and another injured. heavily wooded area to capture the suspects, all boys age 13 and 14,” a police spokesman At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the U.S. Marshals with assistance of the says. Communications officers helped direct Beaufort County Sheriff ’s Office and Bluff- the patrol officers pursuing the suspects on ton Police Department arrested 28-year-old foot. James Harris, Jr. of Savannah on the 2000 The six are charged with “beating and block of Simmonsville Road in Bluffton. robbing a 14-year-old boy who was walking He is charged with murder and aggrato the library, breaking his glasses and taking vated assault. Harris is awaiting extradition $20. The victim had called his mother who at the Beaufort County Jail. approached the six suspects in a McDonald’s Harris is charged for a double shooting restaurant where they called her derogatory names and threatened to shoot her,” police on the 2000 block of Mississippi Avenue say. that killed 24-year-old Barry Trevon WilThey have been detained at the Youth liams, of the 1900 block of Skidaway Road, Detention Center on charges including and wounded Dominique Ellison, 25, of a obstruction, party to a crime, battery, terrorMississippi Avenue address. Harris’s extradition date has not yet been istic threats and acts and robbery by force. scheduled. • A woman and her three small children “escaped serious injury when their stalled car was struck by an SUV on the Truman Expressway,” a police spokesman says. All cases from recent Savannah/

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Tamela Royal, 26, and her children were transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 7:48 a.m. crash just north of Eisenhower Drive. They were treated for minor injuries. “She was driving a Honda sedan that has run out of gas on the expressway in the northbound entrance lane from Eisenhower Drive,” police say. “The Honda was rear-ended by a Lincoln Navigator that was merging onto the highway, driven by a 42-year-old Savannah woman.” • Twenty-five dogs and 11 cats and kittens were transferred last week from the Savannah-Chatham Animal Control Shelter to the Atlanta Humane Society to facilitate adoptions. The Atlanta organization also picked up four cats and nine dogs from the Hilton Head Humane Society. The Atlanta organization “had learned that the census at the Savannah facility was nearing capacity and launched the humanitarian effort to help avoid euthanizing the animals and find homes for

them in the Atlanta area,” a spokesperson says. The transfers eliminated about half of the dogs in the shelter, making room for more animals. The Atlanta Society “will absorb the cost of transferring the animals where new owners are expected to be found. Metro will be reimbursed for the cost of testing and vaccination.” The Atlanta Society has partnered with Metro in the past and officials there heard that the Savannah shelter had a large number of animals. “This truly was a humane effort by the Atlanta Society and we certainly appreciate their thoughts and efforts,” said Lt. Cary Hill who oversees the Animal Control Unit. “Our partners have helped us save untold numbers of animals.” cs

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I was just watching Animal Planet and they said in one of their “Fun Facts” that Isaac Newton invented the cat door. Can this possibly be true? Reminds me of another story I came across: that old-school pinup Hedy Lamarr invented a torpedo guidance system. Hedy Lamarr? —A Fascinated Fan, Atlanta Isaac Newton inventing the cat door is the stupidest thing I ever heard. Well, that’s not true. At the Straight Dope, where we’ve got people asking us if they can get high sniffing Sharpies, the competition for stupidest thing is pretty fierce. However, this one is definitely up there. The Newton cat-flap idea has been kicking around for (seriously) more than 200 years. Here’s the whole story, as best I can disentangle it: 1. Isaac Newton (1642-1727) did much of his pioneering work in mathematics and optics at Trinity College, Cambridge. There’s no evidence he had a dog or cat. 2. After Newton’s death, his story became encrusted with the usual legends. According to a 2011 history of Trinity, “Newton mythology has it that he invented the cat flap in order to allow his cat to leave his rooms without disturbing the light while he conducted experiments into optics. The earliest known version of this is from an essay of 1802 which [in defense of the Irish cites] examples of English incompetence, . .


. asserting that Newton cut two holes in his door for the cat and its kitten, not realizing that the kitten would follow the cat.” 3. In an 1827 memoir of his years as a Trinity scholar a century after Newton, mathematician John M.F. Wright relates the above yarn, adding this embellishment: “Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is it that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of the proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten.” I haven’t been able to confirm the existence of the former holes, as the little researcher now stationed in Britain elected to attend Oxford instead. However, assuming Wright wasn’t lying, we may conjecture as follows: someone spots holes of unknown provenance in door to Newton’s old rooms, assumes Newton put them there, notes they’re the right size to fit cats, and contrives a story to fit the holes. 4. Told initially to illustrate the foolishness of the wise, this much-recounted tale was seized upon by someone, presumably a cat fancier, for the different purpose of establishing that one of the great scientific minds had devoted a few clock cycles to inventing a convenience for cats. This is the form in which the tale is mostly seen today. 5. However, even if the holes were Newton’s doing, the early accounts don’t say Newton invented the cat door or flap, which is the crux of the claim. Merely cutting a hole in a larger door as an animal entrance long predates Newton. Online we find a photo of a cat hole in a door from 15thcentury France, and a cat hole figures in “The Miller’s Tale” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s. I got the latter from Wikipedia, which some will find unseemly, but (a) just because it’s in Wikipedia doesn’t prove it’s wrong, and (b) I checked in Chaucer and it’s there. In short, Newton the cat-flap inventor = crock. As for actress-slash-weapons-inventors: in most of the celebrity-inventor stories you

hear about, the celebrity is more or less in the business of inventing things, or had others do the inventing for them. For example, filmmaker George Lucas has his name on many inventions, but most came out of his movie special-effects shop, Industrial Light and Magic. Nonetheless, a few Hollywood types did invent things that had little or nothing to do with their careers. Examples: • To cite the best-known example, yes, actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil were awarded a 1942 patent for a “frequency-hopping” device—to prevent radio-guided torpedoes from being jammed by the other side, their invention changed transmission frequencies at short intervals. Transmitter and receiver were kept synchronized on the same wavelength by matching player piano rolls in both. Navy brass balked at putting tiny player pianos in weapons, and the technology wasn’t employed by the military until the 1960s. But it’s proven durable since then—today you can find frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technology in some cell phones. • In 1998 magician Penn Jillette patented a “hydro-therapeutic stimulator”—basically, a bathtub orgasmatron for women featuring a user-controlled water jet plus a vibrating seat. One admires this classic case of filling a niche. Nonetheless . . . • . . . my favorite celebrity inventor remains Neil Young, whose name is listed on 22 patents for model-railroad technology. I suspect Neil was more the facilitator than the prime mover on these inventions (at one time he held a minority interest in Lionel). But to see a rock legend in an engineer’s cap at the controls of a roomful of model choochoos—all I can say is: (1) been there, and (2) who knew? cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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A controversial landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005 for the first time allowed a city to force unwilling owners to sell private property not for a school or police station or other traditional municipal necessity, but just because a developer promised to improve the neighborhood. Consequently, longtime residents such as Susette Inexplicable Kelo were forced off their • The Internal Revenue land because the city of Service reportedly hit the New London, Conn., estate of Michael Jackhad hopes of a prosperson recently with a federal I’m texting this ous buildup anchored by income tax bill of $702 milwhile driving a new facility from the lion because of undervaluon the truman drugmaker Pfizer. The ing properties that it owned Weekly Standard magazine - including a valuation on reported in February that, the Jackson-owned catalog nine years down the road, of Beatles songs at “zero.” Pfizer has backed out, and The estate reckoned that Mr. the 90-acre area of New Jackson was worth a total of London in which Kelo and $7 million upon his death others were bulldozed off The Continuing Crisis in 2009, but IRS placed the of is waist-high in weeds • In February, officials in Sudan seized at number at $1.125 billion. an even worse blight than least 70 female sheep that had male sexual (In 2012 alone, according to that which New London organs sewn on - the result of livestock Forbes magazine, Mr. Jacksacrificed private property smugglers trying to circumvent export son earned more than any other celebrity, living or dead, at about $160 rights in order to prevent. restrictions. (Ewes are valued more highly, million.) and their sale is limited.) Authorities had • The North Somerset office of Britain’s been treating the inspections as routine until News of the Self-Indulgent National Health Service issued a formal they spotted one “ram” urinating from the Plastic surgeons have performed beard apology in January to Leanda Preston, 31, female posture. implants before, but only for men with facial who had accused it of “racism” because of the scarring or for female-to-male transgenders. • Karma: Michael Schell, 24, and Jessica pass phrase she received to access the system Recently, New York city surgeons report an Briggs, 31, were arrested on several charges for an appointment to manage her fibromy- uptick in business by men solely to achieve in Minot, N.D., in February when police algia. Preston, who is black, had received the the proper aesthetic look. According to the were called to a convenience store because Schell and Briggs had commandeered a rest- random, computer-generated pass phrase New York City website DNAinfo, the pro“charcoal shade,” which she complained was cedure is the same as for hair transplants room and were having noisy sex. The store is part of the Iowa-based chain of 400 serv- “offensive,” demonstrating that NHS there- - and takes eight hours to do, at a cost of fore lacked “decency” and “common sense.” ing the Midwest that go by the name Kum about $7,000. Said veteran plastic surgeon & Go. Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, “Whether you’re talking Unclear on the Concept about the Brooklyn hipster or the advertisDemocracy Blues A Florida appeals court tossed out an ing executive, the look is definitely to have a • U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews announced $80,000 anti-discrimination settlement in bit of facial hair.” his retirement in February, after 23 years of February because the beneficiary’s teenage Creme de la Weird representing his New Jersey district, and in daughter could not refrain from bragging Cable’s TLC channel (formerly, The “tribute,” The Washington Post suggested he about it - even though the terms of the might be the least successful lawmaker of settlement required confidentiality. Gulliver Learning Channel) recently completed its fifth season of “My Strange Addiction,” the past two decades, in that he had sponProprietary School in Miami had offered sored a total of 646 pieces of legislation the sum to former headmaster Patrick Snay mostly starring a host of compulsives who apparently cannot refrain from eating that more than any of his contemporaries - but to make Snay’s lawsuit go away, but Dana which should not be eaten (mattress stuffthat not a single one became law. In fact, Snay almost immediately told her 1,200 ing, diapers, plastic bags, makeup - plus the Andrews has not accomplished even the Facebook friends that “Gulliver is now offieasiest of all bill-sponsoring - to name a post cially paying for my vacation to Europe this engaging Heather Bell, who eats paint, to office or a courthouse. summer. Suck it.” Wrote the court, “(Snay’s) her a “thicker version of warm milk”). The full-body-suited “Living Dolls” (reported • November election returns for the city daughter did precisely what the confidentihere two weeks ago) led off the season council of Flint, Mich., revealed that voters ality agreement was designed to prevent.” “The trucks full of paperwork come every day,” wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend “into the earth” to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight “supermarket”-sized caverns 230 feet below ground where Office of Personnel Management bureaucrats process them manually - and store them in 28,000 metal filing cabinets. Applications thus take 61 days on average to process (compared to Texas’ automated system, which takes two). One step requires a record’s index to be digitized - but a later step requires that the digital portion be printed out for further manila-foldered file work. 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- the first time News of the Weird and “My Strange Addiction” had shared a subject since Ms. Jazz Sinkfield exhibited her 24-inch fingernails (on each finger, totaling almost 20 feet of superfluous nail) in Season 2 (and in News of the Weird in 2012) and the 22-procedure breast-enhancer Sheyla Hershey appeared in Season 3 (and in News of the Weird in 2010).

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(1) Hernando County (Fla.) Sheriff ’s detective James Smith happened across longtime fugitive James Dixon, 53, in March and detained him, even though Dixon claimed he was actually one of his own twin brothers, Gary Dixon. On a hunch, Det. Smith called out to “Gary,” “Hey, James!” and “Gary” quickly turned his head to see what Smith wanted. Smith said “Gary” then put his head down and acknowledged that he was really James. He was held for extradition on a 30-year-old Michigan warrant. (2) Colton Green was arrested in Decatur, Ill., in March, shortly after a nearby Circle K gas station was robbed. Police said it was not a challenging collar, in that Green was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor whose GPS trail placed him at the Circle K at the time of the robbery.

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(1) A self-described “devil”-possessed Stephanie Hamman, 23, was arrested in Church Hill, Tenn., in March after driving her car through the front door of the Providence Church, then summoning her husband on the phone, and when he arrived, stabbing him in the chest for “worshipping the NASCAR race” that he had been devoted to on TV that day. (2) Police were called to a Taco Bell in Tega Cay, S.C., in March after one customer became irate that another had audibly belched in the dining area yet had not said “excuse me.” The enraged man jostled the burper with a chair and grabbed at his throat, but no arrest was made. Thanks This Week to Royal Byre, Perry Levin, George Rubin, Neil Gimon, Jim Peterson, and John McGaw, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors. CS By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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We The Kings of Bradenton are by bill deyoung

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Travis Clark likes to say he was a sandwich artist before he was a musical artist. The We The Kings frontman was working in a Subway in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida when fortune called. Even after a showcase trip to New York City, where he performed for eight record labels, he came back to Bradenton, and to the sandwich shop. Within a week, all eight labels offered the band, then known as DeSoto, contracts. Clark and his bandmates took the one they liked best, quit their day jobs (the other three guys were similarly employed, at Domino’s Pizza) and haven’t looked back since. We The Kings (“Check Yes Juliet,” “We’ll Be a Dream,” “Say You Like Me”) is an agreeable power-pop rock ‘n’ roll band, very much in the spirit of the guys’ heroes, Blink 182. It’s fast, fun and very melody-driven. This summer, they’ll be on the Vans Warped Tour for the sixth time. The band plays Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday, April 3. Next comes a European tour. Here’s the deal: Clark and his best buddy, lead guitarist Hunter Thomsen, hatched quite the zany scheme while they were kids attending Martha B. King Middle School. Clark’s mom drove him the 45 minutes to Tampa, so he could see Blink 182, Green Day and Jimmy Eat World in concert. “I got back from that show and called Hunter at 1 a.m.,” Clark remembers, “and his mother picked up the house line. We didn’t have cell phones. I used to always call their house full of crazy ideas. “She says ‘What do you want, Travis?’ I was like ‘I’ve figured out our life’s plan.’ She goes ‘Oh God, I can’t wait to hear this,’ and she gives the phone to Hunter.” Thomsen sleepily came to the phone, and Clark—a notorious motormouth—immediately launched into his spiel. “I was like ‘Dude, tomorrow we’re starting a band. Do you still have that old guitar in your room?’ He said yeah, and I was just like ‘Dude, we can get girlfriends if we do this.’” Slacking skateboard kids, of course, find 20 that sort of thing irresistible. The next day,

Travis Clark (center) is the frontman, singer and rhythm guitarist for Florida’s We Are Kings. the band was assembled in the Thomsen family garage. Hunter’s little brother Drew was assigned bass guitar, with buddy Danny Duncan on drums. Clark had been playing piano since his little kid days, and had started on guitar when he was 11. That first night, he remembers, they would bash out their favorite Blink 182 songs, using chords printed off the Internet. “And after that first band practice, we kind of forgot about the whole girlfriends thing. We were just like ‘This is awesome! We get to play music and say we’re in a band? Let’s just do this. Who cares where it goes?’ And I think that mentality is really what helped us out down the road.” DeSoto (named for the Spanish explorer who first landed on Florida’s west coast), the band took gigs wherever they could, mostly in community centers, churches and friends’ garages (“we were too young to get into bars,” Clark says). With money saved from his Subway job, Clark signed DeSoto up to the website, where for $350 you could not only get your music heard, but get it featured on the home page. Soon they were the No. 1 unsigned band on the site. This caught the attention of a producer at New York’s Crush Management, home to Fall Out Boy, Train, Panic at the Disco and other heroes of the Bradenton boys, who invited Clark up for that label showcase.

S-Curve Records released We The Kings in 2007. They’d signed as DeSoto, but were threatened with a lawsuit by another band with that (copyrighted) name. “We The Kings” is, simply, a nod to the Bradenton middle school where they all met. Images from small-town Florida life appear frequently in Clark’s songs; “Anna Maria” references a beach near Bradenton, and “Skyway Avenue” is (loosely) about a famous bridge across Tampa Bay (perhaps you’ve read something about it ….). The band called its third album Sunshine State of Mind. Someway Somehow was released in February, on the Ozone Entertainment label. It was an iTunes exclusive, and subsequently entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 44. Still, you can take the boy out of Florida, but you’ll never take Florida out of the boy. “We were just a bunch of kids that felt like we wanted more,” Clark reflects. “And we did get out, and luckily we made something of ourselves, but it’s not always as easy as deciding ‘Do I stay or do I leave?’ The stars have to align for it to happen.” The current lineup includes Clark, Thomsen, Duncan, bassist Charles Trippy and keyboard player Coley O’Toole. And yes, they eventually got girlfriends. Tickets are $10 at They’ll be $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Opening: Darry Miller & the Veil.

This week and beyond

•Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers is midway through an acoustic tour (!) with Ingram Hill singer Justin Moore, and they’re bringing this one-off show to Rachael’s 1190 this Saturday, April 5. The evening’s music begins at 10 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance, at the restaurant, and will be $25 at the door. •The Savannah band Lyn Avenue celebrates the release of its first CD April 5 at Dub’s Pub. The Rosies and Reckless Mercy will also perform. •Pop-tronica maestro Chester Endersby Gwazda appears in a haze Sunday, April 7 at Graveface Records & Curiosities, with Savannah’s Sunglow. Starts at 7, free, yada yada yada. •And the Savannah Stopover keeps rolling along in spirit. Upcoming shows just announced include J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers (April 10 for ThincSavannah’s “Year of the Local” event); and the incredible Mutual Benefit, May 10 at Ampersand (which you may fondly remember as the Sparetime). Previously announced Stopover Lite shows include, of course, Horse Feathers April 11 at Ampersand (with mumbledust supporting), the ultra-cool Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires May 7 at the Jinx, and Blitzen Trapper May 12, also at the Jinx. • Man or Astro-man? has an April 25 date at the Wormhole. If you thought Peelander-Z was weird ... CS

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place. Still another: He’s a really funny guy. Read on.

whether it was this particular genre, or that or that. And radio did it that way. You just loved it, and that’s how I was.

CS: When you were coming up as a young

CS: You started on acoustic guitar. Hard to

musician, radio wasn’t limited to just one “format.” Next to the great pop music of the day, a lot of Beatles, you’d hear Motown …

Robert Cray: Yeah, there was Motown, and

the Stax music came along a little bit later in the ‘60s. Besides that, my parents had music that I was listening to before the Beatles, Ray Charles music, and the Sarah Vaughans, Jackie Wilsons and Sam Cookes, and Bobby Bland. All that music was at home. So that got all mixed up with it too. And when I started playing guitar, because of the Beatles … we were kids. If a song was good, that’s what you liked. It wasn’t about

play “Reach Out I’ll Be There” on acoustic. Did you gravitate towards rock ‘n’ roll just because it was easier to play?

Robert Cray: Yeah. Well, I got the acoustic

guitar because my mom didn’t trust that I was gonna continue with the guitar. So, you know, she played it safe. That lasted a few months until she saw my frustration, and we took the acoustic guitar back and traded it in for an electric. And the amp that goes with it. CS: So were you learning George’s licks off

those old records?

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This week, singer/guitarist Robert Cray releases his 20th album. In My Soul is a super-cool collection of tough and fun electric blues and sweaty soul—from the Otis Redding version of “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” to Lou Rawls’ “Your Good Thing (Is About to End)” and a swampy instrumental called “Hip Tight Onions,” an homage to Booker T. & the MGs. Cray and his skin-tight band also cover “Deep in My Soul,” a deeply-felt chiller from blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland.

There are punchy horns and moaning Hammond B3s on Cray’s homage to the classic Stax/Volt sound, and of course plenty of tasty blues guitar from one of America’s greatest axmen. What stands out on In My Soul is what an incredible singer Cray is. He’s well-known —justifiably—for his six-string prowess and ability to plow through straight-ahead blues, but this one comes from somewhere deeper inside of him—it’s got blood, sweat, tears and, yes indeed, lots of soul. A few quick facts: Robert Cray has five Grammy Awards, he’s in the Blues Hall of Fame, and he’s been pals with Eric Clapton for nearly 30 years. He’s a regular performer at Clapton’s annual all-star Crossroads Guitar Festival. And another thing: Cray, 57, says that watching George Harrison in the Beatles made him want to play guitar in the first

22 Robert Cray: “I got the acoustic guitar because my mom didn’t trust that I was going to continue with the guitar. She played it safe. That lasted a few months.”

cray | continued from previous page records but I also had to take lessons. I took lessons for a little bit too. Outside of that was just hanging out with your friends who also played guitar, in our bedrooms, and teaching one another what the other guy could learn. So if I learned “Little Black Egg,” I could show it to the other guy.

CS: You and I are about the same age.

What I remember is that guys who took guitar lessons in those days were always trying to play the Ventures. Things that had little relevance to cool music. Did you get that stuff foisted on you?

Robert Cray: My first

was the coolest thing in the world. CS: Didn’t Albert Collins play your high-

school graduation? As legend has it, it was down to him or the rock band Crow.

Robert Cray: In the late ‘60s, there were rock

festivals going on all over the country. I saw Albert at one of those, and he just kicked everybody. We weren’t old enough to get into the clubs, but a lot of the kids saw him. The vote was put to our class … and Albert Collins was there! CS: You’ve been doing

come into the picture for you?


this quite a while now. Do you still get knockkneed when you meet famous musicians, or is that long past by now?

teacher was teaching me stuff from the John Mayall and the BluesbreakRobert Cray: No, it’s not ers record, with Eric past, it’s still like that. Clapton on it. There was And especially having one song from that. And done those Crossroads another one was a King events, you know? Curtis tune. But I didn’t In My Soul is Robert Cray’s 20th When you get the call— realize that then. When career album.. “you want to do this?” I heard those songs later, You get there and you I was like “Wow. I had a go “Oooh … OK ….” pretty cool teacher.” Eric’s great. Eric That was short-lived. My dad was in the makes you feel comfortable. He’s a great guy, Army, and we moved from just outside of down to earth, and obviously a great player Tacoma, Washington to Newport News, and all that. Through those invitations we Virginia, and I was going to sign up for do those events, and everybody and their music lessons at another shop. We went cousin is there. It’s great to see a lot of those and we interviewed with the teacher. He players, and just to be a part of it. But you was like “Yep, by the time I get finished with still get intimidated ‘cause there’s always him he’ll be playing ‘Flight of the Bumblesomebody that’s gonna throw steel at you. bee,’” and he starts riffin’ on “Flight of the Never think that you’re too big for your Bumblebee.” britches! So I went for one of the first lessons— and it was “Georgy Girl”! And I said, “That’s CS: Tell me about this new record. What’s it.” That wasn’t me. different or not different?

CS: When did the hardcore blues guys





Robert Cray: Well, this record is more R&B

flavored than anything we’ve done for a while. Steve Jordan produced it, and I Robert Cray: After Virginia, we moved back to thought it would be great because we’ve Washington State. In high school, I joined made some personnel changes, and Steve is a band and we played rock and everything a great organizer. Steve’s like the fifth memelse. I had a couple of friends who were lis- ber of the band. We’re all in the same room tening to B.B. King and Magic Sam. I joined recording; Steve’ll grab a conga drum or a in with them, and that’s what we did —we tambourine or something like that and get bought all those records that were now in us in gear and find our tempo. He’ll either the shops for like $1.50, two bucks. All dance or play a conga drum; just make those United Superior B.B. King records. everybody feel good. So you forget, basically, Howard Tate’s Get it While You Can, we where you are. CS bought that with the purple cover ‘cause he had the coolest hairdo in the world on there. Robert Cray Band We started reading about all these cats. Where: Lucas Theatre Robert Johnson and his association with the When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3 devil, so-called. For 16-year-old kids, that Sold out


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“The essence of chamber music,” says cellist David Finckel, “is that every player is important, and independent.”

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One of the most accomplished and celebrated cellists in the world, David Finckel is also a teacher and an arts administrator. He’s currently on the faculty at the Juilliard School of Music, and is the co-director (with his wife and frequent collaborator, pianist Wu Han) of the venerable Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Luckily, these two facilities are virtually next door to one another in Manhattan. Finckel and Han have been co-artistic directors of the Savannah Music Festival since Rob Gibson took it over in 2003; they’ve performed here just about every season, as a duo and as part of violinist Daniel Hope’s always-creative chamber music configurations. Finckel also gigged in Savannah as part of the Emerson String Quartet, whose ranks he left in 2013. The Lincoln Center chamber group makes its SMF debut April 4; we spoke with Finckel about his life and his work, going all the way back to his days as a New Jersey kid obsessed with the legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.


“When I was just starting the cello, about 10, 11 years old, I heard a recording of Rostropovich that my uncle suggested that I listen to. My uncle was a cellist. I couldn’t even pronounce his name! But as soon as I heard that sound, it just went through me

like lightning. And I said to myself, ‘That’s the way I want to play the cello.’ It was a couple of years before he showed up for a tour, but I was right there. I went backstage and met him, and pretty soon he came to know that I was a cellist. I followed him as far as I possibly could. I took the bus to Boston, Hartford and Washington, night after night. And eventually he heard me play. And I seemed to be the only cellist in America, at least on the east coast, following him so diligently, and getting lessons. So I do believe I was the first American student of Rostropovich. Because there certainly wasn’t anybody else around. I would have seen them! I would have been competing with them for his time!”

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“Rob Gibson is just an unstoppable force of nature who will get the job done no matter what, even if he has to move the pianos himself. Which I’ve seen him do. He’s fearless, determined, creative, challenging in so many ways. It seems as though he’s found an incredible outlet for his energy at the festival. The other great partner we have there is Daniel Hope, in charge of the chamber music. Daniel is a friend of ours for many years now, with whom we’ve played all over the place, as it were. Daniel is a fantastic violinist. He is also an incredibly inspiring intellect and innovator. In terms of digging

into history, and into music, discovering connections and bringing things to light. And allowing people to hear music that they may never have heard, or to hear music that they have heard in entirely new ways. He’s a wonderful person to be around if you’re a musician. Even if you’re not a musician.”

Chamber music

“When I was a young cellist, I played in orchestras, and I quite loved it. Often, chamber music comes along a little later in a musician’s life. It was an incredible discovery for me. I really had no idea, at the age of 18 or 19, that a composer like Beethoven, for example, had written like 16 quartets. And that those quartets were every bit as good, and wonderful music, as the symphonies. The essence of chamber music is that every player is important, and independent. You don’t necessarily follow anybody; as an ensemble it’s up to you to decide the tempo, the mood and the colors. There’s no conductor to tell you what to do. You figure out from the indications that the composers have left us how to do it. So there’s a huge creative responsibility that’s fun, and wonderful, and for better or worse, the interpretation is yours. And you have to live with it and make peace with it. “Nothing against conductors, don’t get me wrong, or orchestras, but without the conductor in the mix, there’s a direct synergy

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“I did 34 seasons as a member of the quartet, and it was an incredible ride. It was the most amazing musical experience, I think, that anybody could ever dream for. During that time, I covered most of the string quartet literature, which is enormous. I played in cities all over the world, repeatedly. I made an unprecedented number of recordings, which are all over the place. And I enjoyed the company of three wonderful guys who are still great friends, and like brothers in a way. “I felt like OK, I’ve done this, it’s been great, but there are a lot of other things I my life I should do while I still can. I didn’t want to stay around another 15 years or something and not have the time to try these other things. And then saying ‘ Aw, if only I’d left the quartet …’ So I left on very good terms, and they got themselves a fantastic cellist, and they’re going great guns. And we’re all very happy about it.” CS Finckel and his wife (and musical partner) Wu Han are co-directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. between the audience and the musicians. Where I think the audiences feel as though they are directly connected to the musicians. You can really hear the individual players. You can hear a quartet and say ‘Oh, the violist sounds this way’ and ‘The cellist is very good’ and ‘Listen to that second violin solo.’ In chamber music, everybody is a soloist. And you’ve really got to learn your part and sound good all the time. No hiding.”

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Where: Lucas Theatre When: At 6 p.m. Friday, April 4 Tickets: $45 & $55 Personnel: Daniel Hope, violin; Yura Lee, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano; Gloria Chien, piano; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet.

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Marriage and fatherhood haven’t altered Bela Fleck’s passion for musical exploration. If anything, they’ve made him more open, more adventurous, as if he took a look inside his beloved banjo and saw yet another new road worth taking. I’ve seen Fleck half a dozen times over the years, with several configurations of the Flecktones, with bassist Edgar Meyer, with Meyer and percussionist Zakir Hussein. But the March 30 show, performed as a duo with his wife, Abigail Washburn, was something else altogether. Fleck was animated, and funnier than usual. He took requests from the audience, and he even sang a few lines of harmony on one of Washburn’s songs (he’s always been famously non-vocal). Most of all, he looked happy, and comfortable. He knows he’s one of the finest musicians in the world, and there were no bells, whistles, light shows (or Victor Wooten) to underscore that solid fact. He just played, told a few dry jokes, and smiled at his wife a lot. Fleck and Washburn have a wonderful onstage chemistry. She is an accomplished clawhammer banjo player, while he uses the finger-picking Scruggs style (as a base, that is; Fleck plays chords, runs and solos as if his banjo were a Stradivarius violin). So while she played and sang a ‘30s tune called “Banjo Pickin’ Girl,” he was all over the neck, complimenting and augmenting her chords. On Doc Watson’s “Am I Born to Die,” Washburn sang but did not play; Fleck was her dazzling accompanist. He lingered in the upper ranges; his instrument sounded like a harp. Washburn herself is a force of nature. Warm and easygoing onstage, she sang Appalachian songs, blues and even several numbers in Chinese, and it felt as if we (the audience) were sitting on her front porch, listening to our two most talented musician friends playing for us. The first set ended, in fact, with a “porch” rendition of “Keys to the Kingdom,” with all amplification removed. Washburn and Fleck left their little semicircle of banjos, microphones and chairs to stand downstage center, right in front of the crowd. She invited a call-and-response, which everyone in the house (apparently) complied with. It was that kind of a concert. Fleck performed an extended Flecktones medley, solo, and it might have been the most amazing eight minutes I’ve ever seen and heard on a Savannah Music Festival stage. He also played highlights from The Impostor, his concerto for banjo and

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

symphony orchestra. For the encore, “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” the first couple of banjo brought their 10-month-old son, Juno, onstage. As Washburn held him and sang, the little guy bopped up and down. And Daddy, who was standing alongside playing indescribably cool banjo, just beamed at him. At that moment, we were all one big, happy family, united by music. - Bill DeYoung

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If Vince Gill hadn’t made it as one of the pre-eminent country music singers of our era — with 20 Grammys in the bag to seal the deal – he very well could have succeeded as a session guitarist. He’s that good. During his March 28 show at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, Gill tore off one dazzling solo after another on his Fender Telecaster, the electric guitar of choice for the

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high-kicking honky tonk music he and his six-piece band were delivering. Of course, the concert was heavy with Gill’s emotion-laden hits – “When I Call Your Name,” “Look At Us,” “Go Rest High on That Mountain” – that put the spotlight squarely on his beautiful tenor voice. When he rocked out, however, Gill showed us all what a masterful guitarist he can be. On a selection of tunes from his new Bakersfield album, including Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” Gill tore up his chicken-pickin’ Tele. Steel guitarist Paul Franklin, the Nashville session legend co-credited on Bakersfield, was part of the band, and even he was shaking his head and laughing as Gill made mincemeat of those six strings. Even the songs that most people had probably never heard were amazing, and received with thunderous applause. Gill sang a song he co-wrote with Rodney Crowell, “It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,” from a poorlyreceived album called The Notorious Cherry Bombs. Everyone laughed, and when he followed it with a story about hiding the song from his wife, Amy Grant, they howled. Gill’s daughter Jenny, 31 and five months pregnant, was a surprise guest. Backed by her father and the full band, she sang four tunes. Jenny Gill has a Reba McEntire, sassy-gal sort of voice, and she knows (by osmosis?) how to engage an audience. She sang “The Letter” (the Box Tops song, with the bluesy Joe Cocker arrangement). For this one, her dad strapped on a Gibson Les Paul (the electric guitar of choice for rock ‘n’ roll) and soloed like Eric-damn-Clapton! Despite a nagging cold that sometimes

SMF REVIEWS | continued from previous page affected his high range, Gill was an easygoing, charming presence onstage. He told numerous, tremendously funny stories, particularly during the concert’s mid-section. Here, he performed solo (“The Secret of Life,” “Bread and Water”), with just an acoustic guitar. You could have heard a pin drop — and in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, THAT is saying something. - Bill DeYoung


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I’ll listen to arguments on this one, but a big, roomy theater like the Lucas isn’t the ideal venue to hear live bluegrass. Mountain music goes hand in hand with the outdoors, with the light of a campfire and an easy breeze through the pine canopy. And there’s no show, exactly. Bluegrass musicians, traditionally, just sort of stand there, expressionless. Be that as it may, the March 27 performance by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder was probably the best this situation is likely to get. Skaggs, who studied at the feet of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, and played alongside J.D. Crowe and Emmylou Harris, is an acknowledged master of the genre. Kentucky Thunder is a seven-member acoustic band, with Skaggs — although he stands in the center and takes the lion’s share of the lead vocals — as just another player. His mandolin solos were blazing and brilliant, although he allowed one of his three guitarists, and the bass player, to sing lead on a song or two. The set list was occasionally inspired – among lesser-known Stanley and Monroe tunes, Skaggs and band offered up a tribute to Doc Watson with a riveting “Tennessee Stud,” and a Skaggs-penned instrumental called “New Jerusalem” was complex enough to pass for a Punch Brothers song. The hands-down highlight, however, was a full-tilt bluegrass version of “The Way It Is,” Bruce Hornsby’s 1980s ode to unemployment and pessimism in the Reaganomics era. Skaggs strapped on an acoustic guitar for a pretty acoustic song, with chill-inducing high lonesome harmonies, called “You Can’t Shake Jesus.” Now, everyone’s entitled to their beliefs, but at this show Skaggs might have set a new record for onstage Christian proselyting between songs. Guitarist Cody Kilby was a band standout; his lightning-fast runs on the ol’ acoustic were reminiscent of a young Tony Rice (with whom Skaggs made a jaw-dropping album back in the day). Skaggs’s singing voice has lost very little WHSP

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of the clearwater purity that helped rocket him to stardom — as one of the first to bring traditional Appalachian sounds back to the country music mainstream — more than 30 years ago. Fittingly, the show ended with an inspired reading of Monroe’s “Uncle Pen,” on which every band member took a solo. Skaggs’ reworking of this breakneck-speed classic was a No. 1 hit when Ronnie R. was in office.


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remarkably open and tolerant group. As such, they were the perfect host venue for this world-class ensemble of musical ambassadors from the Islamic world. There were only six songs — seven counting an encore — but the point of Qallawi isn’t to crank out three-minute radio hits. It’s to explore the particularly mystical brand of Islamic thought and theology known as Sufism, to bring the divine to earth through the passion of music, to build emotion and ecstasy through rhythm and repetition. As such, each song takes on a life of its own over the course of many minutes — more mini-symphony than song, really. Khan, once the premier student of the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, is a huge superstar in his home country, accustomed to performing for much, much larger audiences than the 150-odd listeners who packed the little UU church. That he is performing in Savannah at all is quite a coup for the Music Festival, and one more reason they’re to be commended for curating such an excellent world music component each and every year. Qallawi isn’t necessarily Pakistani, and isn’t necessarily sung in one particular language, but is particular to the Indian subcontinent and south central Asia. As such the style has a lot in common with Indian musical forms: use of the tabla for percussion, Asif Ali Khan a slow, building intro, repetition ayano hisa


Ricky Skaggs of passages to induce a trance-like state, complicated but driving rhythms, and occasional tempo changes within each piece. The difference is all about the singing style: Very high in pitch and very loud in volume, always pushing the vocal envelope to nearly out-of-control religious ecstasy (even the love songs in Qallawi have a spiritual and semi-religious subtext). The performers sit cross-legged on the floor in two rows, their stage presentation limited to beautiful hand gestures which are at once stylized and improvised as the feeling strikes the singer. There are only two instruments: a floor-mounted accordion called a harmonium, and the tabla. Ali Khan and the other featured soloist in the first row traded virtuoso passages, echoed by the call-and-response of the choristers, who augment their role with rhythmic hand-claps. As the music and rhythm build — phrases repeated, improvised, and reimagined — the mystique of the music and its obvious spirituality fill every part of the room, both in volume and in sheer emotion. It was an evening those in attendance won’t soon forget. – Jim Morekis

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— typically, outdoor areas with ample room to move and groove, however the music makes you. In classic Savannah style, all this jittery crowd needed was a bit of goading, liquid courage and Taj Mahal. “Queen Bee” was the ice-breaker and mood-setter. Savannahians literally sauntered down the Lucas’ aisles, successfully seduced by the magic of blues and rhythm. Switching instruments, but keeping speed, Taj treated festival-goers to arguably the best banjo picking this side of Dixie, and blues ukulele — a nod toward his time spent in Hawaii during the 1980s. Wrapping up the evening — and in classic blues style — the Taj Trio added opener Simon joining as guest pianist, giving another dimension to an already diverse performance. “Music that makes you move” is really the most honest description of the tunes this ad hoc troupe cranked out. – Sinjin Hilaski


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enveloping, with a gritty edge, like James Taylor with a little Al Green or Bill Withers on the side. The music has a country-ish feel, too. Think of Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and you get something of what Amos Lee’s music sounds like. Lee comes to Savannah touring his fifth album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. It’s a fully-realized set of ambitious storysongs, with guests including Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Patty Griffin (in the past, he’s worked with a set of luminaries including Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Sarah

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Amos Lee has an unusual relationship with his fans. Periodically, through his website, he’ll invite aspiring songwriters to come backstage and play an original song for him. He sits with them and offers lyric and chord suggestions. “We try to involve people in our process as much as possible,” Lee explains. “It’s sort of a thing that we feel connects with people better than just a meet ‘n’ greet after the

show. There’s a lot of talented people, man. So we try to involve people in what we do as much as we can.” He might just find a collaborator this way. “I haven’t really written with anybody yet, but I look forward to that,” he says. “I think it could be fun.” Lee is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist who fronts a full band. His songs are sensitive but not wimpy; they’re also muscular while still a few pegs shy of asswhupping rock ‘n’ roll. The Philadelphia native’s sonorous singing voice is warm and

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Jarosz and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam). The styles range from beautifully constructed ballads (“Johnson Blvd.,” “Chill in the Air”) to thought-provoking stories that echo the best of John Prine or Guy Clark (“Dresser Drawer”) to sinewy, R&B-flavored grooves that could have been recorded at Muscle Shoals (“The Man Who Wants You”). Banjo and dobro inhabit the sonic corridors of “Stranger,” a killer uptempo tune that features—wait for it—a backwards guitar solo straight out of the 1960s.

LEE | continued from previous page at my label, my management, are awesome. They’re incredibly supportive. They’ve been that way the whole time. “My fans are amazing. I’m just lucky, man, I’ve surrounded myself with some good people and they’ve really come through for me.” He still resides in his hometown, where he began his career in music nine years ago. Before that, he was an elementary school teacher. “It’s only a leap of faith when you aren’t sure,” Lee explains. “It wasn’t that I was unsure, it was just that I wasn’t happy teaching, and I wanted to do something else. So I gave myself a chance. That’s the thing, a lot of people just don’t even give themselves a chance because of the possibility that it doesn’t happen. “But coming from a place where I was teaching school and doing other stuff, I wasn’t really that concerned. I figured ‘I love doing this. If it works, great, if not I’ll do something else.’” CS Amos Lee Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 Tickets: $35-$45 through

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According to Lee, nothing is planned. “You go in there with a batch of songs and you troubleshoot along the way, but most of the time, for us, it’s just what happens in there,” he says. “Sometimes it’s good to have a clear-cut idea on what you want, on certain things. But for the most part it’s just been us going in with songs and having a good time with it. “Our process in the studio is pretty organic. We just play the song. We’ll play it two or three times and then that’s it. But then you overdub stuff.” Lee surprised everybody (except himself ) with 2011’s Mission Bell and the single “Windows Are Rolled Down.” He wasn’t a big star—hardly anyone had ever heard of him, in fact—but the album entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. “I’m not sure what it did for me, per se,” Lee shrugs. “I can’t really quantify that. How it happened is, we made a good record, we had a song that was really reaching people and we had a really good team who worked their asses off on the record. “I’m not trying to downplay it or anything, I’m just being honest. It’s not like the record sold 300,000 copies in the first week. We did a really good job, and I’m incredibly grateful—all of the people that I work with


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The bottom of your trash bin ain’t a pretty place. Yet for a growing number of artist and designers, the detritus that lies within is a source of creative inspiration. It’s a phenomenon that documents and critiques our alarmingly wasteful culture, and making something beautiful and/or functional out of the empty containers, plastic bags and other ubiquitous waste of the 21st century imbues a piece a work with meaning before

it’s even begun. In the last decade, garbage has found a stronghold in the fine art pantheon and figures prominently in two exhibits around Savannah this month: Karrie Hovey’s glorious “…the Garden Grows: Inside and Out” at the Jepson Center and the S.P.A.C.E. gallery’s breathtakingly diverse “Upcycle: Functional Art from Recyclables” both dazzle and provoke by finding beauty in the stuff we throw away. Inside the austere white foyer of the Jepson atrium, San Francisco Bay Area-based artist Karrie Hovey has constructed a floral

Eden from the dregs of the dump. Vivid purple hydrangeas, graceful calla lilies and red poppies sprouting from the window boxes were once discarded sheets of packing foam and old Christmas displays. A fullsized tree branch made from yellowed newspapers reaches out from the wall. Further up the grand staircase, verdant vines composed of twisted plastic bags cascade from the ceiling, crowned at the top by a flowering tree of old books, their pages lovingly arranged to resemble petals. Look closer, and you’ll see the brand names: Williams Sonoma. Subway.

Nordstrom’s. “I dumpster dove most of it from the shopping mall,” she shrugs with a smile, pointing out a fringe of fuchsia raffia that came from an out-of-season Kate Spade handbag cut in half and thrown away. (Many retailers have a policy of destroying unsold merchandise so that it can’t be resold.) Intrigued by “the impact of global trade, patterns of consumer culture and the aftermath of our consumption,” it’s no accident that Hovey used commercial refuse to simulate an unspoiled natural world. It’s an

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Using shredded yoga mats and packing materials she found in the dumpster, Hovey has created an unspoiled natural world to mirror the beauty in Telfair Square.

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visual arts | continued from previous page knows no limits. “This is the second time we’ve hosted an ‘upcycle’ show for April, and we’d like it to be a regular exhibit every spring,” says Dept. of Cultural Affairs Arts Programs Director Debra Zumstein. “There are just so many ways that an artist can find a thing and modify it into something amazing.” The concept extends into wearables as well. Several dresses from Savannah Arts Academy’s annual Junk 2 Funk fashion show are on display, along with accessories by Linette Dubois and Angela Burson, who deconstructed men’s suits from Goodwill for their smart tweed messenger bags and pocketbooks. “It’s very satisfying to rescue the good parts of what was once a well-made jacket and make a whole other garment,” says Burson. She adds with a laugh, “There’s also a history—we found five Viagra in one of the pockets!” Such connections illustrate how recycled materials can transform us from anonymous consumers into conscious beings sharing the same planet and resources. If garbage is the downfall of humanity, it may well also be its redemption. “When people see this show, they’re shocked at what can be done with what they throw away,” says Zumstein. “Then they think, ‘what can I do with what I already have?’” cs Upcycle: Functional Art from Recyclables Reception When: 6-9 p.m., Fri. April 4 Where: S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 W. Henry Cost: Free Info:


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Not everyone grows up with their dinner cooked on a Westinghouse stove in a tiled kitchen. A Panamanian friend tells me her mother cooked meals primarily over a bonfire in the backyard, there under the trees, with all the kids gathering dry sticks to keep the fire hot. Sometimes the fire was built right on the earth, other times held in a large clay pot, called ‘el fogon.’ Situated between Guatemala to the north and Nicaragua to the south, Honduras has its own blend of cuisine that encompasses the native Lenca Indians, Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes and is quite different from the food of its near-neighbor Mexico. If your main experience with Latin cooking has been burritos and fajitas, then it may be time to open yourself up to some new flavors! Marie Lizabeth Altamairano, a native of the city of Copan, has lived in the U.S. as a teacher for 21 years. She started out, as many good cooks do, by selling a simple dish to earn a little extra money—in this case, Honduran tamales—bringing them to school for fundraising ventures, then, later, selling them to a bodega called Mundo Latino out on Hwy 80. Word got around quickly and she garnered many eager fans. After her retirement she decided to make a go of it and asked her cousin Vilma Singley of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to come along as assistant chef. Marie and her hubby found this little spot out on Dean Forest Road, painted the stuccoed walls a soft coral and edged them with a half wall of homey brick, hung up some bright folk paintings and asked her nephew to create a logo: a clay ‘fogon’ with a burning flame inside. ‘El Fogon Katracho’ (meaning ‘cooking fire of the native Hondurans’) is Marie’s gift to those who love good, authentic Latin homecooking, genuinely delicious and definitely worth your time to explore. The popular native dish called baleadas alone makes it worthy of the trip. Baleadas are thick pancakes of white corn flour, grilled in butter and stuffed with a mix of Honduran refried beans, redolent of garlic and peppers, and topped off with a special cream they call mantequilla. Though the word means ‘butter’ in Spanish, the Hondurans use it especially for their

Baleadas are thick pancakes of white corn flour, grilled in butter, stuffed and topped off with a special cream. rich sauce of lightly salty sour cream, butter and white cheese which has a superb taste all its own. You get three big baleadas for only $5.99 and I challenge you to finish all of it at one go! For soup lovers the Sopa de Res (beef rib soup) is a savory combo of rich broth, cabbage, onion, yucca, bell peppers, and chayote (a kind of small green melon), served with a moist and flavorful side of rice, a delicate ‘curtido’ (a type of pickled slaw), lime slices and warm tortillas—a very filling and satisfying meal with meat so tender it pulls gently off the bone. The Sopa de Pollo is the chicken version,

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Once upon a time, food was about sustenance. You grew it or caught it, cooked it over an open fire, snarfed it down and then went looking for more. Nowadays, food has evolved into much more than what shows up on our plates. It is elevated to art in its presentation, it conveys heritage through recipes, it connotes political context in its origins—and anyone who’s ever watched Chopped knows it’s entertainment. Food is central not only to our physical experience but to our intellectual lives, making necessary a particular form of cultural commentary known as food writing. Even before Gourmet magazine began publishing recipes in full-color glory during the warrationing of the 1940s, we’ve enjoyed reading about good food almost as much as we savor eating it. Sarah Karnasiewicz came on the scene just as America began waking up to a new appreciation for locally-grown food, heritage seeds, healthy eating and reimagined traditions. The Connecticut native began writing about food and its myriad contexts in the mid-2000’s at, then moved on to an editorial position at Saveur, where she honed her palate as well as her cooking skills. She currently pens a weekly recipe column for the Wall Street Journal.

CS: And this was right around the

time food started becoming a cultural phenomenon?

SK: This was about ten years ago, in 2004,

Food writer Sarah Karnasiewicz Karnasiewicz will be in Savannah to talk about food and media at a free public lecture at the SCAD Museum of Art on Monday, April 7. She spoke to Connect from her home in Brooklyn about her career arc, savory waffles and why Georgia shrimp just can’t be beat. Connect Savannah: What came first, the writ-

ing or the food?

when food writing began bubbling up. All of the sudden, people were talking about food in a new way. [Bestselling author] Michael Pollan made it more of a political discussion, talking about food policy and the impact on public health. Also, at that time young people in their late 20s—my peers—began talking about food like they had been talking about indie rock or something! I thought it was a trend that was going to be over soon. Looking back, I’ve realized it was just the beginning. CS: We’re still in the midst of a cultural

food movement in this country for sure. A lot more people cook now, but doesn’t it seem like even more people would rather watch other people cook on TV?


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food & Drink | continued from previous page SK: Definitely! It’s become entertainment at this point. There’s the whole tabloid side of it, you know, the celebrities like Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray… CS: Don’t forget about our Paula! SK: Of course, Paula Deen! Exactly. It’s

entertainment the way anything on your cable dial is entertainment. But I also think that there’s a wider audience that has begun to think about the stories around food and cooking. Food can be an entry point into talking about a lot of different things. It’s not just about a chef or a finished product or what’s on your plate. It’s about the stories. Anthony Bourdain uses it as a way to explore the world!

SK: One of the pieces I edited at Salon that I was really proud of was by a writer named Novella Carpenter, who was actually a graduate student of Michael Pollan’s. It started out as thesis work and developed into a longer essay and then a book about raising her own Thanksgiving turkeys on an urban farm in Oakland. That was 2005, and the whole urban homesteading-type coverage just exploded in the next year. Novella has a new book coming out this summer that I’m really looking forward to reading. So that’s been one of my favorite parts of all this, growing alongside these other writers and seeing all the places that writing about food can take you. CS: So where has it taken you?

CS: Any favorite interviews?

SK: After I left Salon, I went to Saveur, and that was when I went from being a writer SK: I got to visit with and write about John who sometimes wrote about food to being a Thorne, one of my food writing heroes. He’s food writer. It was a huge learning opportubeen writing a newsletter—now a blog— nity; I learned how to edit recipes and how called Simple Cooking since the ‘80s. And I’ve a recipe is even developed—it was the first interviewed Michael Pollan a few times; he time I had worked somewhere with a test couldn’t be smarter or any more lovely. kitchen in the office. It was trial by fire, but I got a really good foundation. I’ve been freeCS: What’s it been like to see this whole lancing ever since. food movement evolve? Now I write more about homecooking

and ingredients; I’m kind of a dork and I love the research. I like to go back and dig into old cookbooks and see how recipes have evolved over time. CS: Is there a dish you’re into right now? SK: I do a column for the Wall Street Journal

called Breakfast 2.0, where I take a classic dish from the breakfast canon and give a traditional recipe, then give a second recipe with a twist. Recently I did waffles—and the twist was a savory waffle. It’s based on a type of bread called “lard bread”—I know, it doesn’t sound very good!—but it’s a staple of Italian bakeries in Brooklyn. It was really fun trying to deconstruct the flavor profile and match it. I ended up with something that shocked me in how much it tasted like the real thing, only in waffle form.

used to do a lot more travel writing, for sure! The amazing thing about food writing right now is there are so many different ways to be a food writer. You can take it any direction. CS: What’s your take on Southern food? SK: I was raised as a New Englander and I didn’t have a ton of exposure to Southern and Lowcountry food until I was in my 20s. Now it’s sort of dangerous every time I go down there! My husband and I honeymooned on Amelia Island, and we drove down the coast and spent some time in Savannah. We kept stopping for barbecue and shrimp and grits…honestly, the shrimp down there, it’s like a totally different species. I didn’t even like shrimp until I ate it in Georgia. We just don’t get that kind of fresh shrimp up here. cs

CS: So you started as a writer who loves to

cook and you’ve come full circle to writing about what’s happening in your own kitchen. Does that have anything to do with becoming a mom?

SK: My son just turned two, and the mother thing has definitely changed the game. I

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Relics, Ruins, and Artifacts — A new series by Savannah-based black-and-white photography Meryl Truett, documenting the rustic terrain of the South Carolina Lowcountry and Southeast Georgia. Reception: Friday, April 4, 6-9 p.m. Savannah Law School, 516 Drayton Street. The Snake Oil Hangover Medicine Show and Burlesque // Works by Alexander Collins & Bryan Moreno — Brooklyn-based designers and

SCAD alumni, Bryan Moreno and Alexander Collins, showcase a series of thoughts and ideas illustrated on paper and other surfaces. Reception Fri., April 4, 7 p.m The Sicky Nar Nar, 125 W Duffy St.

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paintings by Savannah artist Stacie Jean Albano. Reception will be held Friday April 18, 6-8 pm. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Continuing Savannah Calling — A multimedia art exhibition featuring the collaborative work of Robert Morris, Charlie Ellis and Will Morris. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Art With Meaning: Folk Art in the Twenty First Century — A show of mixed-media art,

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Accomplished enough to wash away all the doubts that preceded its opening, director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is a muscular and meditative work whose strengths should in the long run drown out the feeble protests of close-minded detractors (most of whom, as is par for the course, haven’t even seen the movie). In the manner of the eternal queries of The Beatles vs. Elvis and boxers vs. briefs, how a person sides in the prickly The Last Temptation of Christ vs. The Passion of the Christ debate might determine whether Noah is worth one’s time and money. Fans of Martin Scorsese’s deeply spiritual and honestly probing Temptation will want to take a chance on this new picture, while devotees of Mel Gibson’s snuff film Passion should probably stay away from the multiplex and pass the time painting Easter eggs instead. Helming his first production since he gave us 2010’s best film, the mesmerizing Black Swan, Aronofsky has teamed with frequent collaborator Ari Handel to fashion a Biblical epic unlike any before seen on screen. The basic outline of course remains the same, as Noah (Russell Crowe) is tasked by God to build a massive ark and fill it with all manner of animals before the rains wash away all remnants of corrupt humanity. He’s faithfully assisted in his assignment by his wife Naameh ( Jennifer Connelly, reuniting with her A Beautiful Mind co-star), sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman) and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and adopted daughter Ila (Emma Watson, reuniting with her The Perks of Being a Wallflower co-star Lerman. But as the weather turns rotten, scores of raiders of the last ark lay siege to Noah’s craft, led by the ruthless Tubal-cain (Ray

Winstone). Thankfully, Noah and his kin are protected by rock giants who were once fallen angels; equally fortuitous is the fact that Noah himself is a man of action, swatting away invaders as if he were an Old Testament Indiana Jones. Clearly, this isn’t your father’s Biblical interpretation. Yet for all his deviations - some which work, some which don’t Aronofsky remains respectful of the source material, and he adds an interesting twist by having his protagonist grapple with the idea of whether he and his family were meant to survive the global flood. Crowe delivers his best performance in years, portraying Noah as a devout individual whose stubbornness and single-mindedness occasionally blind him to doing the right thing, despite his pure intentions. Aronofsky has never made a movie that wasn’t a technical marvel, and Noah is no exception. Backed by a thundering score from Clint Mansell, the picture presents several spectacular set-pieces shot by the masterful Matthew Libatique, including a handful of weighty dream sequences as well as a rapid-fire montage that takes us from the creation of the universe to Cain’s murder of his brother Abel (film editor Andrew Weisblum shares in the kudos for this stunning segment). The effects team is also up to the challenges set forth by its director, with the resultant CGI working in the service of a story that demands its share of spectacular visuals. Perhaps the most important of these is the seafaring ark itself, a monolithic construct that sails forth with God’s blessing even as the rest of the planet becomes no more than a wide, watery grave.

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OOO The 2011 reboot The Muppets was an unqualified delight, smartly mining the nostalgia factor to reunite older moviegoers with the puppet protagonists of their childhood (or, in many cases, young adulthood). Whether building scenes around “The Rainbow Connection” or a modem connection, the film was steeped in Muppet lore. Muppets Most Wanted opts for a different approach, leaving the warm and fuzzy feelings behind in order to charge full-steam ahead with a comedic crime caper. Muppets Most Wanted isn’t as satisfying as The Muppets, but it still represents a good time, packed with amusing gags, nifty cameos and a plot that doesn’t slow down. In this outing, a grinning talent agent named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) talks Kermit and the gang into following up their successful U.S. comeback with a European tour; what they don’t realize is that he’s actually in cahoots with Constantine, the world’s greatest criminal as well as a dead ringer for Kermit. With a dastardly plot to use the tour as the cover for stealing the crown jewels in London, Constantine manages to pass himself off as Kermit while the real Kermit gets mistaken for the criminal mastermind and shipped off to a Russian gulag run by the stern Nadya (Tina Fey). Animal knows that something’s not right with the troupe’s green leader (“Bad frog!” he blares at Constantine), but the others, from Fozzie to Miss Piggy, don’t suspect that anything’s wrong, even though Kermit now sports a European accent and his managerial skills have noticeably gone MIA. To its credit, Muppets Most Wanted corrects the two major flaws found in the first film. Dull Muppet newcomer Walter, a lead in the previous picture, mercifully occupies far less screen time in this endeavor. And while the first film’s cameos were on the anemic side (Ken Jeong? Selena Gomez?), this one fares far better in that department, with welcome appearances by Stanley Tucci, Tom Hiddleston, Danny Trejo (as a prison inmate named ... Danny Trejo) and many more. The human leads (Gervais, Fey and Ty Burrell as French inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon) throw themselves into their roles with gusto, although it’s the Muppet leads who deliver the performances worthy of felt Oscars. Thanks to the chemistry between Kermit and Miss Piggy, their romance ranks up there with the torrid love affairs between Scarlett and Rhett, Jack and Rose, and Bonnie and Clyde, while my fave, Fozzie the Bear, deserves any and all comparisons to

sequel at all costs. In the YA film canon, that Brando, Bogart and Olivier. As for Animal ... well, he remains cinema’s best visual effect, should be considered a positive. a whirling dervish of shaggy countenance, NEED FOR SPEED musical derangement and Muppetational OP resilience. Based on the bestselling video game series, DIVERGENT Need for Speed isn’t fast and furious as much OOP as it’s hyperactive and mildly ticked off. The In the ongoing struggle to discover Vin Diesel-Paul Walker (RIP) F&F frananother Young Adult title that might poschise may not be high art, but in its best sibly earn Twilight- or Hunger Games-like moments, it’s high entertainment - a claim dough -- adaptations like Beautiful Creatures, that can’t be made by this increasingly idiThe Host and The Mortal Instruments: City otic picture that could easily have been titled of Bones all fell disastrously short - Divergent Dumb and Dumber had that moniker not appears to have a better shot than most. been snapped up nearly two decades ago. It’s a movie that gets better as it proceeds, Aaron Paul, attempting to launch a film and it’s easy to imagine the series as a whole career now that Breaking Bad has wrapped, working in similar fashion, with each subse- is asked to do nothing but glower and griquent installment better than the one which mace as Tobey Marshall, a mechanic who preceded it. hangs around with his annoying sycophants For now, we’re off to a shaky start with the (Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon first installment in the franchise penned for Rodriguez and Harrison Gilbertson) at his failing garage. His former nemesis, a slick the page by Veronica Roth. It’s the future, suit named Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooand people choose to belong to one of five per), offers him a lucrative job of rebuilding separate factions: Abnegation, the selfless ruling class; Erudite, the brainiacs seeking to a classic car, but once their macho pissing overthrow Abnegation; Dauntless, the city’s contest begins, there’s an illegal street race, protectors; Candor, full of truth-tellers; and one of Tobey’s crew gets killed by Dino, and Amity, those happily toiling in the fields. Tobey ends up taking the rap. When Tobey And then there are Divergents, those who emerges from jail a few years later, he’s hellbent on getting revenge on Dino, so he opts don’t fit into any one class and are deemed to challenge him in an underground racing dangerous by Erudite. tournament masterminded by a mysteriSixteen-year-old Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) is Abnegation by birth ous figure known as Monarch (Michael Keaton). and Dauntless by choice -- she’s really a Writers John Gatins (Oscar-nominated Divergent, though, which pits her against the Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate for Flight) and George Gatins provide plenty Winslet). Divergent stumbles out of the of side incident, doubtless in an effort to dissuade people from dismissing this as merely gate, largely because it’s hard to ignore its derivative nature: Tris’ ordeals often bring to a movie based on a video game. It’s commendable that much of the mind those of The Hunger Games’ Katniss vehicular stunts and chases were filmed with Everdeen, while all that’s missing from the actual cars and not CGI wizardry (director ceremony in which each teen must choose his or her faction is Professor Dumbledore’s Scott Waugh is himself a former stuntman), Sorting Hat. but it’s hard to enjoy the mayhem when it’s But as the story finds its own way, the presented in such nihilistic fashion. For a popcorn picture, this is rough stuff, with our film improves, offering a nice contrast in Dauntless leadership between the tough but ostensible heroes so wrapped up in their vainglorious escapades that they aren’t contender Four (pursed-lipped Theo James) and the cruel and callous Eric (sneer-lipped cerned at all with how many civilians and Jai Courtney), placing Tris and the other police officers they might have killed. recruits through some grueling tests (both Because the movie is one of those chestmentally and physically), and generating puffed-up pieces about codes of honor and some real tension as Jeanine and her fellow manly manifestos of morality, its protagofascists instigate their coup d’etat. nists come off less like heroes (or even antiThe film eventually overstays its welheroes) and more like petulant brats who get upset when Mom tells them it’s time to come (often a risk with a running time on put away their Matchbox cars. the other side of two hours) with a seemingly endless series of climaxes, and while the movie’s not quite accomplished enough Non-Stop to leave us breathlessly awaiting the next OOO chapter (as did the last Hunger Games flick), Liam Neeson’s career pirouette has it also doesn’t leave us wanting to avoid the blessed the action flick with something it

usually doesn’t harbor: a leading man who can emote as well as he can punch. His presence immeasurably aided the exciting Taken and the underrated Unknown (Taken 2 was simply too wretched to be saved), and now he performs similar duty with Non-Stop. Yet this new picture isn’t straight-up fisticuffs and firearms, as it also contains an old-fashioned mystery in the whodunnit? vein. Thus, it’s more like Murder on the Orient Express and less like Snakes on a Plane. Actually, Shakes on a Plane would have been a sound title, as Neeson’s character, Bill Marks, is a jumpy sort, thanks to his alcoholism and his pteromerhanophobia (no, not a fear of pterodactyls but a fear of flying). Neither of these hang-ups are exactly conducive to someone who makes his living as an air marshall, but them’s the breaks for Marks, whose latest assignment is a NewYork-to-London flight. It’s not too long into the intercontinental jaunt, though, before he receives an ominous text message on his secure cell phone: Place $150 million into a specified account or watch a passenger get murdered every 20 minutes. It sounds ridiculous, but Marks takes the threat seriously and begins checking out the 150 passengers on board to winnow them down to the likeliest suspects. Could it be the bald guy (Corey Stoll) who’s always furtively glancing around the cabin? The attractive woman ( Julianne Moore) sitting next to Marks? The mild-mannered professor (Scoot McNairy) who was supposed to be heading to Amsterdam? The Middle Eastern man (Omar Metwally) who naturally fits America’s idea of an in-flight antagonist? Surely it couldn’t be one of the stewardesses, veteran Nancy (Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery) or newbie Gwen (12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o)? There are other suspicious characters to consider, and the strength of the screenplay by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle is that practically no one is a straw suspect, with Marks honing in on each player in turn. Elevating the intensity is the fact that the killer is carefully building the scenario so that Marks looks like the villain, a burned-out man who has nothing to lose. So rather than being supported in his investigation by his fellow flyers, he instead has to worry about them also standing in his way. As crisply directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (who also helmed Unknown), Non-Stop is such a sterling example of popcorn entertainment that it’s a shame when it tries to inject some heft into its storyline. The reason behind the nefarious plot is not only farfetched but also a tad tasteless, adding real-world concerns into a work that isn’t built to support it. CS 43

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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 Casting Call for Photo Shoot: Trust for Public be submitted at least eight weeks prior to Land the start date of the project. Project fundFirst City Films is casting a print shoot for ing is available up to $2,500 per program/ "Trust for Public Land." Shoot Date: April 4. project. Emphasis on proposals that Location: Savannah & Tybee Island. Rate: actively involve youth, seniors, and those $300 for 1/2 day shoot per role (appx 2hrs who have limited access to arts based each),non union, full buyout. Seeking adult programs in Savannah. Applicants must males and father-son combos (real or acbe a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered tors). Talent will work one location. Bookin Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed ing straight from photos. No professional programs must also be produced within headshots. Looking for real people who are the City’s corporate limits. No individual healthy and active, but not models. These artist applications will be accepted. Appeople like to get up and use the outdoors, plications are available on the Department but are not all in perfect shape. Send of Cultural Affairs website. Mondays.. 912current real pictures. Headshots will not 651-6417. be considered. Your email must include: (\arts. Mondays. Wilmington Island Farmers Market Seeks 1. A current clear snapshot of yourself Vendors only(unless it is a real Father/Son combo) The Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 2. Your first and last name 3. All contact scheduled to reopen for Spring 2014, info 4. Statement of whether or not you seeks applications from potential vendors. own the equipment for the scene you are applying for if applicable 5. Statement that Vendor application, market rules and regulations are available on the website. . confirms you are available for the shooting day April 4, all day (even though we will not need you all day, we do not yet know Benefits what time during that day we will need you Benefit Garage Sale for Military Order of the until you are booked. More information Purple Heart, Ladies Auxiliary. on website of First City Films. Fri., April 4. Sale is Sat. April 5, 8am-1pm. Address: Fri., April 4 City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries 101 Cantyre St., Port Wentworth. Hot dogs, The City of Savannah's TV station, SGTV is popcorn, other items. Donations welcome. seeking insightful and well-crafted proSales proceeds benefit veterans. Through files, documentaries, animations, original April 5. Through April 5 Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donamusic videos, histories or other original tions of Items works by or about the citizens of SavanChatham County Animal Control is in need nah to run on "Engage", a television show produced by the city. Interested in collabo- of items for pets in the facility. Seeking donations of canned and dry dog and cat rating with filmmakers, artists, musicians food, baby formula, newspaper, paper and others in producing original content towels, soaps, crates, leashes, collars, for the program. While the City does not wash cloths, and towels. Open daily from offer compensation for such programs, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. . 912-351-6750. aniSGTV does offer an opportunity to expose Chatham local works to a wide audience. More than County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood 55,000 households in Chatham County Dr. have access to SGTV. Submit proposals City accepting applications for Minor Home via website. The City reserves the right Repair program to reject any programming that does not meet content standards. . Deadline to apply is April 15. The City of Savannah’s Housing Department is engagesgtv. Gallery Seeks Local Artists currently accepting applications for the Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street, in down2014 Minor Home Repair program. This town Savannah seeks 2-D and 3-D artists program provides possible grants, loans to join its cooperative gallery. Must be a and home repairs to residents who meet full-time resident of Savannah or nearby specific income guidelines. Applicants area. Work to be considered includes paint- must be live in the city limits and occupy ing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, their house to be eligible for the program. glass, ceramics and wood. If interested The repairs and home improvements are please submit 5-10 images of your work, mostly done by one of several volunteer plus resume/CV and biography to info@ko- organizations that provide training to . Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard challenged youth. Repairs may range from Street ,. painting to installing a new roof, depending Homeschool Music Classes upon the condition of the house and the Music classes for homeschool students skill level of the volunteers. For more inages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in formation or to get an application, contact Guyton and Savannah. See website for 651-6517 or visit details. . housing Every 3 days. Every 3 days how many of pieces will be in the show 5. Link to artist statement (preferred) or artist statement attached as a PDF file ONLY . The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Weave-A-Dream Grant Applications Sought

Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

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

Coastal Georgia Boy Scout Council's annual luncheon and awards. Keynote speaker: Gregory J. Hartmayer, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. A benefit for traditional Scouting programs, as well as Exploring and Scoutreach. Thu., April 3, 11:45 a.m. 912-927-7272, ext. 205. Thu., April 3, 11:45 a.m Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 Gen. McIntosh Blvd. $5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities

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

A fundraiser for The Savannah Boar Association team (consisting of eleven local attorneys and friends) for the American Diabetes Association's Kiss a Pig Campaign. Beer tastings, a souvenir pint glass, brewery tour, live music, and yes, even corn hole. $40. Tickets online or at the door. Sat., April 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat., April 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Savannah Boar Association: Beer School Fundraiser for Kiss a Pig

This fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association's Kiss-a-Pig team of lawyers includes a flight of local/Georgia beers and a pint of your favorite from the flight. Tickets available for sale at World of Beer. $20 Mon., April 7. (912) 3538110 ext. 3091. Mon., April 7 World of Beer, 112 West Broughton St. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers

Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve as greeters, office assistants, animal photographers,event coordinators, groomers, property maintenance workers, kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers, play area monitors, off-site adoption managers, veterinary service supporters, and foster coordinators. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. . (912) 525-2151. Step Forward: A Walk to End Domestic Violence


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Classes, Camps & Workshops

Art Classes at The Studio School

weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. See website, send email or call for details. 912-484-6415. 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@ . 912-656-6383. Avatar® Resurfacing® Weekend Workshop Align with your True Power!

ReSurfacing exercises take you behind the scenes of consciousness for a look at the blueprints by which you build your life. The journey results in an intimate connection with a deeper, more compassionate and aware state of self. Be happier, increase your compassion, Improve your relationships, let go of limiting beliefs and live

deliberately! For more information or a free intro call Brie 912-429-9981. $295 Sat., April 5, 9 a.m. and Sun., April 6, 9 a.m. 912-429-9981. Sat., April 5, 9 a.m. and Sun., April 6, 9 a.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Beading Classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912-441-2656.

Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

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


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Beginning Belly Dance Classes

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


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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

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Happenings | continued from previous page days) Tuesdays. 912-293-5727. Tuesdays First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Champions Training Center Wednesdays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

Chatham County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 876

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 912443-0410.

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. 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. . 912651-3743. Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction

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

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. Boating Classes

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

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

This course makes experienced runners move faster. Six weeks of intensive work, with an individualized program. Space is limited. $189 early bird $175 Tuesdays, Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.. 912-441-4891. customfitcenter. com. Tuesdays, Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. Nancy Maia, 101-A West Park Avenue. Dance Conditioning

Be prepared to sweat! Bring your towel and your water bottle! This class is designed to enhance your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall body fitness. With belly dance movements in mind, this is a total body work out! $10 drop in or $80 for 10 46 classes Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. APR 2-8, 2014


DUI Prevention Group

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.

ments. 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@ Sundays, 2:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Abercorn St.

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

New Horizons Adult Band Program

Knitting & Crochet Classes

Knitting Class with Doris Greider

Fiber artist Doris Grieder teaches beginning knitting with a variety of yarns. Learn the basics of knitting, how to start and finish projects, and making scarves with novelty yarn. Three week class runs April Family Law Workshop 14-April 28,6-9pm. Offered by the City of The Mediation Center has three workshops Savannah Cultural Affairs Department. per month for people who do not have legal Advance registration is required. Call representation in a family matter: divorce, 651-6783 to register. $50 city /$55 non-city legitimation, modifications of child support, residents Tuesdays. Tuesdays. Latin Cardio visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 Latin Cardio is a cardio based workout class that is designed to get your off the 912-354-6686. Fany's Spanish/English Institute couch and sweat while having fun! We Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and chil- dance to all your favorite latin style dances dren held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. like cha cha, samba, jive, rumba, salsa and Register by phone. . 912-921-4646. more! Don't will be sweating Figure Drawing Classes off the pounds every time you put your feet Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:30into action on the dance floor! No partner 12:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 necessary. Workout clothes required! $10 drop-in fee. At the Studio School. . 912drop in or $80 for 10 classes Mondays, 6 484-6415. p.m. 912.312.3549. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Mondays, 6 p.m Salon de Baile Dance StuFree Fitness Boot Camp dio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Learn to Sew! Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welPrivate and Group classes. . 912-596-0889. come. Free 912-921-0667. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Kleo's Sewing Emphasis on theory, reading music, and Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. Lyrical Fusion Dance improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. . Lyrical Fusion dance Sundays at 4:30pm 912-232-5987. Home Improvement Workshop: Installing a 5:00pm. This dance style is a combination Dishwasher of ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. Another installment in Habitat ReStore Dancers will be instructed how to perform Savannah's 2014's semi-monthly expertprecise movements while conveying the led workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all emotion of a song's lyrics through dance. experience levels. Step-by-step instrucLyrical Fusion will challenges the dancer's tion for DIY types to learn home repair flexibility and their ability to perform with and home decorating projects. Free and emotion. This class is open to ages 10+. open to the public. Sat., April 5, 10 a.m. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 Sundays, 4:30 912.655.3416. Sat., April 5, 10 a.m Habitat p.m. 404-709-9312. inspiredanceprogram@ ReStore Savannah, 1900 E. Victory Dr. Sundays, 4:30 p.m First City Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Center

Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. . 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Jazz Funk Dance

Jazz Funk dance Sundays at 2:30pm 3:15pm. This dance style is a blend of jazz and funk characterized by a strong back beat, groove, and electrified sound. It implements all types of improvisational elements from soul and funk arrange-

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. . 912-358-0054. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Music Lessons: Private or Group

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

Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, ddrums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, flute, woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. . 912-692-8055. Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman's. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. . 912-354-1500. portmansmusic. com. Portman's Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing

Write a novel, finish the one you've started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. . 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. Piano Voice-Coaching

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. . Quilting Classes

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

Ms. Dawn’s Tutoring in reading, writing, and composition. Remedial reading skills, help with borderline dyslexia, to grammar, term paper writing, and English as a Second Language. Fun methods for children to help them learn quickly. Contact: 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. . 912-713-2718. Savannah Authors Meeting

Open to published or unpublished writers. Beginners are welcome. Savannah Authors Autonomous encourages first-class prose writing, fiction or non-faction, using discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, and examples. The group was founded by Christopher Scott (912) 398-1727 and Alice Vantrease (912) 308-3208. Visit us at We meet every second AND FOURTH Tuesday of the month. Free second Tuesday of every month. (912) 308-3208. second Tuesday of every month Private Residence, 630 East Victory Drive. Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your

clothing business or clothing line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. . 912-2900072. Short Story Writing

Gives students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling the opportunity to use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Works of Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ann Beattie and others will be studied. Upon completion, students will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing, and the art of revision. Offered by Georgia Southern's Continuing Education division in Savannah. Call or email for days/times/pricing. . 912644-5967. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Singing Classes

Bel Canto is the name of the style of singing invented by Nicola Vaccai, which helps the voice become flexible and expressive, improves the vocal range and breathing capacity and is the technique Anitra Warren uses to train her students. It carries over well as a foundation for opera, rock, pop, gospel and musical theatre. $25 Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m. 786-247-9923. MondaysSundays, 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 Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W. State St., 3rd floor. . 786-247-9923.

Spanish Classes

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

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

The Voice Co-op is a group of voice instructors in Savannah, Georgia who believe in the power of a nurturing community to help voice students blossom into vibrant artists. Each of our instructors have earned the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance. Group master classes are held once each month for students of the Co-op. In the winter and spring the students will have the opportuinty to present a vocie recital for the community. Varies . 912-6560760. The Voice Co-op, Downtown.


This will be a fun & informative seminar taught by a 20 yr LE veteran and KM Blackbelt. Email us to register or with questions. 40 Sat., April 5, 1 p.m. 912-536-4415. fit-to-fight. com. Sat., April 5, 1 p.m Pooler Krav Maga, 101 Towne Center Drive. Yoga for Couples

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

13th Colony Sound Barbershop Chorus

Sing in the harmonious barbershop style with the Savannah Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society No charge Mondays, 6:30 p.m. 912-344-9768. rfksav@ Mondays, 6:30 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, West Coast Swing Class gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, Interested in learning how to West Coast 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-631Swing? Come learn from the best in Savan- 3452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. . abeniculnah. Rick Cody will take you though the Adult Intermediate Ballet smooth rhythms of beach music to help Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern you get ready for the dance floor. $12 drop Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body in fee or $35 for 4 weeks Wednesdays, 7 Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no p.m. 912.312.3549. experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Wednesdays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. RegisStudio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Women's Personal Protection Seminar tration/fees/info online or by phone. . 912Women's Personal Protection Semi925-0903. Avegost LARP nar offered from 1-4pm. $40 includes Live action role playing group that exists seminar,*t-shirt & 2 weeks free classes.

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

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

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

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

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

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Happenings | continued from previous page Art Supplies to get the week started right! Free with a Love Donation Appreciated Mondays, 11 a.m. relaxsavannah@gmail. com. Mondays, 11 a.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Drop N Circle Craft Night

Sponsored by The Frayed Knot and Perlina. Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm. 6 W. State Street. Enjoy sharing creativity with other knitters, crocheters, beaders, spinners, felters, needle pointers, etc. All levels of experience welcome. Call for info. . 912-2331240. Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Mediation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call for info. . 912-695-2305. Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Email Kathleen Thomas at for more info. first Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. first Thursday of every month, 6 p.m Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. 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. Mondays, 10:30 a.m Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Freedom Network

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

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. . 912-5961962.

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Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

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

A creative writing group for writers of poetry, prose, or undefinable creative ventures. Based in Savannah and a little nomadic. Meets two Thursdays a month, 48 5:45pm. Discussion of exercises, ideas,


or already in progress pieces. Free to attend. See Facebook page savinkslingers. . Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Island MOMSnext

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

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am11:30am. . First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

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

Historic District, Downtown Savannah.

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. . 912-447-0943. hdb. org. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St.

Savannah Quilt Guild

Savannah Brewers' League

Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. Prose writing, fiction and non fiction. Discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques/Fine Silver, 14 W. Jones St. All are welcome. No charge. Contact Alice Vantrease via email or phone. . 912308-3208. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss Meets every Wednesday. Different locations stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to by email for info. . charlesfund@gmail. learn? Join us. . 912-308-6768. com. Panera Bread Knittin’ Night (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Knit and crochet gathering held each Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels A dinner meeting the 4th Tuesday of the welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-238month at 6:00pm (except December.) Loca0514. Tuesdays, tion: Hunter Club. Call John Findeis for 5-8 p.m Wild Fibre, 409 East Liberty St. Low Country Turners info. . 912-748-7020. A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Savannah Fencing Club Steve Cook for info at number below. . 912- Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment pro313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies vided. After completing the class, you may Auxiliary join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5/ Meets the first Saturday of the month month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call at 1:00pm. Call for info. . 912-786-4508. or email for info. . 912-429-6918. savanAmerican Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Savannah Go Green Ave. Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers Meets most Saturdays. Green events and A literary society for bibliophiles and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. writers. Writer's Salon meetings are first Call for info. . 912-308-6768. Savannah Jaycees Tues. at 7:30pm at the Flannery O'Connor Home. Book club meetings are third Tues., Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming 7:30pm. Location changes each month. events and provide an opportunity for those Call or see Facebook group "Peacock interested in joining Jaycees to learn more. Guild" for info. . 912-233-6014. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Building, 101 Atlas St. . 912-353-7700. savannahjaycees. Street. Philo Cafe com. Weekly Monday discussion group that Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public. Held meets 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locaat Logan's Roadhouse, the 4th Monday tions. Anyone craving good conversation each month, Sept. through May. Dinner: is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or 6:pm. Speaker: 7:30pm. Guest speakers see ThePhiloCafe on Facebook. . atheeach meeting. . 912-238-3170. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future Golden Corral, 7822 RUFF meets the last Friday of each month Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club at 10am to protect Social Security, MediOpen to women who have lived in the care, Medicaid and related senior issues. Savannah area for less than two years. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors . Membership includes monthly luncheon 912-344-5127. New Covenant Church, and program. Activities, tours and events 2201 Bull St. Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club to help learn about Savannah and make A local club for fans from all over the new friends. . savannahnewcomersclub. sci-fi /fantasy universe, role-players and com. Savannah No Kidding! gamers. Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of No Kidding. Join Savannah's only social each month at Super King Buffet 10201 club for people without children! No Abercorn St., Savannah at 7PM. Contact: membership fees, meet great new friends, Website: roguephoeenjoy a wide variety of activities and events. or on Facebook. . 912-308-2094. or Safe Kids Savannah mail . The Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. . 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. . (912) 598-9977. savannahquiltguild@ Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. All are welcome to participate or listen too one of America's most revered musical traditions. Call or email. . 912-655-0994. 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. Free , 11 a.m. , 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Story Games

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

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

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. . 912-484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Writers Group

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


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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. . 912-344-9768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

A student composition recital, presented by Armstrong Atlantic State University. Free and open to the public. Fri., April 4, 2:30 p.m. Fri., April 4, 2:30 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

When Humanity Fails: Holocaust Exhibit

$6 Tue., April 8, 7:30 p.m. Tue., April 8, 7:30 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. Call or see website for info. . 912-598-7387. Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. . 912-429-0940. rws521@ This interactive exhibition educates about the events that led to the Holocaust during WWII, as well the stories of the courageous U.S. soldiers who liberated the concentration camps and rescued the survivors. Ages 12 yrs. and up. School, civic and religious groups are welcome. Call for large group reservations. Free and open to the public. Through April 30. 912-3558111. Through April 30 Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. 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. . 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@comcast. net. Concerts

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Concert: Armstrong University Singers and University Chorale

Concert: We the Kings

Florida-based pop group whose single, "Check Yes Juliet" went platinum in 2007. $10 Thu., April 3, 8 p.m. Thu., April 3, 8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. First Friday for Folk Music

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation. April acts: David Alley, with Ryan and Patti Kelly; Mark Carter.. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-898-1876. April acts: David Alley, with Ryan and Patti Kelly; Mark Carter. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. continues on p. 50


1 Item with a pole position? 5 Suffix meaning “followers of” 9 Like cartoonists’ hands 13 Candy rack cylinder 14 Big picture? 16 Questionnaire box 17 NYSE newsmakers 18 Nimble 19 Lemon candy 20 Unappealing theme restaurant based on a hit CGI movie? 23 Ancient Mexican pyramid builder 24 Try with the shirt again 25 Hot pants wearer, so to speak? 27 Looking over 30 Total 33 Org. with many conferences 35 “___ Flux” 37 Unappealing theme restaurant devoted to Hans Christian Andersen? 42 Circumstance’s partner 43 Opposed to 44 Role for Keanu 45 Chinese cuisine style 49 “Hair” producer Joseph ___ 51 “Mercy me!” 53 Like the wars between Carthage and Rome 57 Unappealing theme

restaurant devoted to Irving Berlin? 60 Kudrow who’s among “Friends” 61 Barbershop offering 62 “Casablanca” character 63 Rapper/actor who turned 56 in February 64 One-on-one student 65 Insulting remark 66 Have the moxie 67 Keep goal in hockey 68 “Lights out” music


1 Painter Kahlo 2 Urban partner on TV? 3 “It’s ___ cause” 4 Mahalia Jackson’s genre 5 Apple product 6 Leonard or Robinson 7 Erie or Huron 8 ___ Mae (college money provider) 9 Unwilling to face reality 10 Screenwriter Ephron 11 Stomach tightness 12 “Got that right” 15 A little suspicious 21 Bake sale topping 22 Barney’s bartender 26 Oft-injured knee part, briefly 28 Kurt denial? 29 Outta here 30 “The Racer’s Edge” sloganeer 31 “Whoops!”

32 Inbox item 34 Nabokov novel 36 Doctors Without Borders, e.g. 38 Current 39 Yet to be confirmed 40 Kingston Trio hit 41 Kate Middleton’s sister 46 Some degree of success? 47 Praiseful poet 48 Drill sergeant’s command 50 Not one to try new ideas 52 Marble type 54 ___ Wafers 55 “___ to you!” 56 Former rulers 57 Typography unit 58 Wi-fi seeker 59 Have to have 60 Box top

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Free. Purchase beverages and snacks. . Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

“Something Themes Wrong”--restaurants I won’t be visiting.


Happenings | continued from previous page Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Concert

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will be in concert at 5 p.m. April 6 at Donovan Field on Fort Stewart. The event is presented by the USO in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation. There is no admission charge. Those attending are asked to bring their own seating, if desired. Pets, smoking, grills, coolers, glass bottles and weapons are prohibited. Vendors will be on-site. Event is free & open to the public! Free Sun., April 6, 5 p.m. 912-767-6212. stewartmwr. com. Sun., April 6, 5 p.m Donovan Field, Fort Stewart. 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.

Lunchtime Lenten Concert Series: Harp Duo

Trinity's Lunchtime Lenten Concert Series continues with organist Hubert Baker performing works of Handel, Mozart and Baker, in the church sanctuary. Lunch before or after the concert in the dining hall. 11:45a.m.-12:15 p.m. and from 12:451:15 p.m. Karen Bartlett & Phyllis Mauney, harp duo, featuring the harp works and arrangements of Bach, Resphigi and more. Free to attend. Lunch is $5. Wed., April 2, 12:15-12:45 p.m. 912-233-4766. Wed., April 2, 12:15-12:45 p.m Telfair Square, President and Barnard streets. Music: Charlie Wilson

An intimate concert with one of R&B’s most distinguished voices and former lead singer of The GAP Band, hosted by comedian Marvin Dixon of BETs Comic View. $39.50-$89.50 Fri., April 4, 8 p.m. Fri., April 4, 8 p.m Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. 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, 912312-3977. GA Music Warehouse. . Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St.

Savannah Music Festival: Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Cillian Vallely & Duncan Wickel

A quartet of Irish musical masters: flute player Kevin Crawford and Uilleann piper/ low whistle player Cillian Vallely, will join renowned Irish guitarist John Doyle, and fiddle player Duncan Wickel. $20 Fri., April 4, 12:30 p.m. Fri., April 4, 12:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Savannah Music Festival: Acoustic Music Seminar Finale/Stringband Spectacular

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This 3rd annual "Stringband Spectacular" will feature performances by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, and accompaniment by AMS Associate Director Mike Marshall and lead clinician Julian Lage. $45, $35, $25, $15 Sat., April 5, 7 p.m. Sat., April 5, 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 50 Abercorn St.


Savannah Music Festival: An Afternoon With Branford Marsalis

The Branford Marsalis Quartet performs refreshed standards and classic originals, led by a trustworthy arbiter of jazz. $55, 45, 35, 25 Sat., April 5, 3 p.m. Sat., April 5, 3 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Savannah Music Festival: An Evening with Robert Cray

Five-time GRAMMY winning, Georgia-born blues icon making his Savannah Music Festival debut. $65 (GOLD), 55, 45, 35, 25 Thu., April 3, 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. Thu., April 3, 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Uilleann piper/low whistle player Cillian Vallely, will join renowned Irish guitarist John Doyle, one of the genre's leading guitar players. These three are joined by fiddle player Duncan Wickel. $35 Thu., April 3, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Thu., April 3, 6 & 8:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival:Closing Night Dance Party w/ Red Barrat

Savannah Music Festival: Becca Stevens Band

Dance to the sounds of this brassy big band, whose classic funk and bhangra blend is irresistible. $30 Sat., April 5, 10:30 p.m. Sat., April 5, 10:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Savannah Music Festival: Destination America: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Performing Mendelssohn's Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87; Charlotte Bray's The Sun was Chasing Venus (commissioned by SMF; and Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88. $25 Thu., April 3, 11 a.m. Thu., April 3, 11 a.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Savannah Music Festival: Fatoumata Diawara/ Bombino

Program includes Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major; Bridge's Lament for Two Violas; Elgar's The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 and more. $45 Wed., April 2, 6 p.m. Wed., April 2, 6 p.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

North Carolina bred, NYC-based singer/ guitarist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, who described her as "a best-kept secret" and "impressively absorbing." $20 Wed., April 2, 12:30 p.m. Wed., April 2, 12:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Featuring Daniel Hope, violin: Yura Lee, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano; Gloria Chien, piano; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet. $55 (GOLD), $45 (General Admission) Fri., April 4, 6 p.m. Fri., April 4, 6 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. This unique double bill offers a rare opportunity to see two of the hottest emerging artists in the world music scene today. $35 Fri., April 4, 5 & 8 p.m. Fri., April 4, 5 & 8 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Savannah Music Festival: Noam Pikelny & Friends/Becca Stevens Band

This double bill features Pikelny and band, winner of the first Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass Banjo; and Becca Stevens whose music draws upon elements of pop, jazz and folk. $35 Wed., April 2, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Wed., April 2, 6 & 8:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival: Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Touring togetherafter an eight-year hiatus, O'Brien brings his mandolin, fiddle, guitar playing and acclaimed tenor voice back, to be complemented by Darrell Scott's guitar, banjo and gritty baritone. $20 Sat., April 5, 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. Sat., April 5, 12:30 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Savannah Music Festival: When the Scots Met the Irish: Lau/Kevin Crawford, John Doyle, Cillian Vallely & Duncan Wickel

Representing the Scots are Lau, who will share a double bill with a quartet of Irish players assembled for this occasion. Two members from the Irish supergroup LĂşnasa, flute player Kevin Crawford and

Savannah Music Festival:Dover Quartet with Michael Tree & Philip Dukes

Savannah Music Festival:Philip Dukes with Chamber Orchestra Feat. Michael Tree


Adult Ballet Class

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

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

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. . 912-925-7416. Ballroom Group Dance Class

Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. Mondays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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. Wednesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. . 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3. com. 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. Tuesdays, 8 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Belly Dance Classes with Nicole Edge

At Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners class-Wednesdays 7-8pm Advanced class-Fridays 6-7pm $15 per session, discount for Fitness on Broughton members. . 912-596-0889. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance

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

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

A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. 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. 912-7048726. Thursdays Great Gatsby, 408 West Broughton Street. Dance Party

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

Dance Performance: Zoetic Dance Ensemble


Happenings | continued from previous page Atlanta-based female modern dance company in a guest artist recital exploring the cooperative connection between dance and music. A fresh perspective to classical traditions. Free and open to the public. Sat., April 5, 8 p.m. Sat., April 5, 8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

Monday/Wednesday, 11am. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Call or see website for info. . 912-398-4776. fitnessbodybalance. com. Fitness Body & Balance Personal Training Studio, 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2.

A guest artist movement and composition workshop by this female modern dance company. Call for workshop time. Free and open to the public. Fri., April 4. 912.344.2556. Fri., April 4 Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

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. 912335-3335. Tuesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Home Cookin' Cloggers

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

Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive programs, workshops, camps. Certified. Info via email or phone. . 912-704-2052. Kids/Youth Dance Class

Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. 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 7:30pm8:30pm. . Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty

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

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


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

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

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

. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio

A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-312-3549. Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.




Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne

Ditch the workout & join the party. All levels welcome. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM 7:30PM. Lake Mayer Community Center 1850 East Montgomery Crossroads $5 class - discount cards available Bring a friend & it's free for you! . 912-596-1952. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Fitness

$5 Community Yoga Classes

Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $5. All proceeds support local organizations. Check out our schedule at www. for details. Note continues on p. 52



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


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Free will astrology

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In his novel *The Unbearable Lightness of Being,* Milan Kundera says that the brain has “a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.” In the coming days, it will be especially important for you to tap into this power spot in your own grey matter, Aries. You need to activate and stir up the feelings of enchantment that are stored there. Doing so will make you fully alert and available for the new delights that will be swirling in your vicinity. The operative principle is *like attracts like.*


(March 21-April 19)


(April 20-May 20)

Our ancestors could see the Milky Way Galaxy spread out across the heavens on every clear night. Galileo said it was so bright, it cast a shadow of his body on the ground. But today that glorious spectacle is invisible to us city-dwellers. The sky after sundown is polluted with artificial light that hides 90 percent of the 2,000 stars we might otherwise see. If you want to bask in the natural illumination, you’ve got to travel to a remote area where the darkness is deeper. Let’s make that your metaphor, Taurus. Proceed on the hypothesis that a luminous source of beauty is concealed from you. To become aware of it, you must seek out a more profound darkness.


(May 21-June 20)

“Dear Gemini: I don’t demand your total attention and I don’t need your unconditional approval. I will never restrict your freedom or push you to explain yourself. All I truly want to do is to warm myself in the glow of your intelligence. Can you accept that? I have this theory that your sparkle is contagious -- that I’ll get smarter about how to live my own life if I can simply be in your presence. What do you say? In return, I promise to deepen your appreciation for yourself and show you secrets about how best to wield your influence. -Your Secret Admirer.”


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(June 21-July 22)


The Cancerian artist Rembrandt became one of the world’s greatest painters. It was a struggle. “I can’t paint the way they want me to paint,” he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. “I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can’t do it. I just can’t do it!” We should be glad the master failed to meet his critics’ expectations. His work’s unique beauty didn’t get watered down. But there was a price to pay. “That is why I am just a little crazy,” Rembrandt concluded. Here’s the moral of the story: To be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-

(July 23-Aug. 22)

The Indian spiritual teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj offered a three-stage fable to symbolize one’s progression toward enlightenment. In the first stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. You’re protected by the cage, so the tiger can’t hurt you. On the other hand, you’re trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the tiger is out of the cage and you have tamed it. It’s your ally and you are riding around on its back. I believe this sequence has resemblances to the story you’ll be living in the coming months. Right now you’re inside the cage and the tiger is outside. By mid-May the tiger will be in the cage and you’ll be outside. By your birthday, I expect you to be riding the tiger.


over hurdles while riding a horse.” There was even a rebel who declared she stayed drunk on writing so she could *destroy* reality. My question is important for you to meditate on, Scorpio. Right now you must do whatever’s necessary to keep from being messed with by reality.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Does your mother know what you are up to these days? Let’s hope not. I doubt if she would fully approve, and that might inhibit your enthusiasm for the experiments you are exploring. It’s probably best to keep your father out of the loop as well, along with other honchos, cynics, or loved ones who might be upset if you wander outside of your usual boundaries. And as for those clucking voices in your head: Give them milk and cookies, but don’t pay attention to their cautious advice. You need to be free of the past, free of fearful influences, and free of the self you’re in the process of outgrowing.



What is “soul work,” anyway? It’s like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. Or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. Soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. It’s like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smoldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? It’s Soul Work Week for you.

For the foreseeable future, I urge you not to spend much time wrangling with bureaucrats and know-it-alls. Avoid frustrating projects that would require meticulous discipline. Don’t even think about catching up on paperwork or organizing your junk drawer or planning the next five years of your career. Instead, focus on taking long meandering walks to nowhere in particular. Daydream about an epic movie based on your life story. Flirt with being a lazy bum. Play noncompetitive games with unambitious people. Here’s why: Good ideas and wise decisions are most likely to percolate as you are lounging around doing nothing -- and feeling no guilt for doing nothing.

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Are you close to anyone who is a catalytic listener? Is there a person who tunes in to what you say with such fervent receptivity that you get inspired to reveal truths you didn’t realize you knew? If so, invite this superstar out to a free lunch or two in the coming days. If not, see if you can find one. Of course, it is always a blessing to have a heart-to-heart talk with a soul friend, but it is even more crucial than usual for you to treat yourself to this luxury now. Hints of lost magic are near the surface of your awareness. They’re still unconscious, but could emerge into full view during provocative conversations with an empathetic ally.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

On my blog, I quoted author Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” I asked my readers what word they would use in place of “writing” to describe how they avoided being destroyed by reality. Popular responses were love, music, whiskey, prayer, dreams, gratitude, and yoga. One woman testified that she stayed drunk on sexting, while another said “collecting gargoyles from medieval cathedrals,” and a third claimed her secret was “jumping

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Are you waiting? Are you wondering and hoping? Are you calculating whether you are needed, and if so, how much? Do you wish the signs were clearer about how deeply you should commit yourself? Are you on edge as you try to gauge what your exact role is in the grand scheme of things? I’m here to deliver a message from the universe about how you should proceed. It’s a poem by Emily Dickinson: “They might not need me but – they might – / I’ll let my Heart be just in sight – / A smile so small as mine might be / Precisely their necessity -”


(Feb. 19-March 20)

You will soon get a second chance. An opportunity you failed to capitalize on in the past will re-emerge in an even more welcoming guise, and you will snag it this time. You weren’t ready for it the first time it came around, but you are ready now! It’s probably a good thing the connection didn’t happen earlier, because at that time the magic wasn’t fully ripe. But the magic is ripe now!

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

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

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

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 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. . YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Bellydancing Fusion Classes

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

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

Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. . 912-3558811. Jewish

Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

vannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St.

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. .

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 . Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

Free Caregiver Support Group

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 7am10pm. Call or see website. . 912-598-2300. 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. 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. . 912-441-4891. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

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

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

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

series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. . 912-704-7650. ann@ Sa-

Qigong Classes

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 . 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. . 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. . 912-495-8010. Savannah Disc Golf

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

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

Tai Chi Fusion is a form of moving meditation combining several forms of Tai Chi as well as Qi Gong. Join us weekly as we tone our muscles and quiet our minds. $12/ class Saturdays, 10 a.m.. relaxsavannah@ Saturdays, 10 a.m. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

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

Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 . 586-822-1021. facebook. com/turbokicksavannah.


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 (NonMembers) Wednesdays @ 9:30AM Zumba/ Toning Frank Murray Community Center (912) 898-3320 160 Wilmington Is Rd 31414 $3.00/class Bring water, proper shoes and attire. . 912-604-9890. Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. . 912349-4902. Food Events

Food and Art: Finding a Creative Path in Culinary Media

James Beard Award-winning writer and food columnist Sarah Karnasiewicz offers insights into internships and careerbuilding opportunities that can make a difference when pursuing a writing career in the arts, travel, culture and lifestyle areas. Free and open to the public. scad. edu. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. 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 MondaysFridays, 10 a.m. 912-234-0688. tildsley@ 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. . 912-236-7423.

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. . 912356-3688. Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off

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

Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery can affect patients' lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. . 912-350-3438. bariatrics.memorialhealth. com. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. . 912-355-4601. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept.

Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. . 912-6445217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People

Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. . 912-443-9409. St. Joseph's/ Candler--St. Mary's Health Center, 1302 Drayton St.

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Southbound Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

A few tastes of the newest local brews. Tours are first come, first serve. Live music on Saturdays. $10 for souvenir pint glass and 6 tasting tickets. 21+ only. info@ Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave.

Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Launch party for Libbie Summers' new dessert cookbook, featuring a milk bar to sample with a freshly baked slice of cake and sweets. The Whitman House on Forsyth Park, 611 Whitaker St.

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


Alcoholics Anonymous

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Happenings | continued from previous page Hypnobirthing

Teaches mother and birth partner to use her natural instincts, trust her body, release emotions and facilitate relaxation during labor and delivery. Five class series on Monday evenings, 6pm. Location: 100 Riverview Dr. $300/group sessions. $600/ private sessions. Call or email for info and reservations. . 912-704-7650. carroll362@ 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. . 912-927-3432. La Leche League of Savannah

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

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 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.) . 912-447-6605. Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. . 800-264-7154. 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. . 912-651-6410. 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. . 912-236-CITY. Gay AA Meeting

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

Local chapter of Georgia's largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. . GVNT HAVS

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GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free houseof54 Chuck's Bar, 305 West

River Street.

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Organizes the annual Savannah Pride 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. . 912-288-7863. Stand Out Youth

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

A children's therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. . 912-352-2611. Religious & Spiritual

Art of Peaceful Living

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

All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord." (Prov. 21:1) . 912-663-8728. georgia. 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 for schedule and see us on Facebook. Soto Zen lineage, resident Priest Un Shin Cindy Beach Sensei. 912-427-7265 . The Savannah Zen Center, 111 E. 34th St.

Christmas Psychic Reading Madness Sale

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

Columba House is an inclusive, welcoming hospitality space dedicated to building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with the city's young adults, college students, and creative demographic. Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm, includes dinner and a program focused on justice. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912228-9425. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m Columba House, 34th Street between Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. . Lecture: Your Right to Health

Jon Benson discusses how health is everyone's unvarying fundamental right, as a child of/expression of the divine, and how to claim that right. Benson is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Free and open to the public. Free childcare. First Church of Christ, Scientist, 211 E. Victory Dr. 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. 6:00pm7:00pm. Call for info. . 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers)

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

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." . 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. 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. . 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. . 912-234-0980. 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. . 912-355-4704. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Special Screenings

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

A selection of the best films from the annual festival in Banff on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally. and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports. Proceeds benefit Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Georgia Conservancy. $12 Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Film: Eye of the Hurricane' pre-release film screening

A compelling family drama about a small Everglades community struggling to put Catholic Singles During shares, participants take turns giv- their lives back together in the wake of a A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet ing and receiving universal life force energy devastating hurricane. Starring Campbell frequently for fun, fellowship and service. via Reiki and other healing modalities. Scott, Melanie Lynskey, Brian Doyle-MurSend email or check website to receive Present at the shares are usually no less ray, Nicola Peltz and Colin Ford. Introducannouncements of activities and to suggest than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us tion and Q-and-A session by SCAD film activities for the group. . familylife@diosav. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month and television professor Jesse Wolfe, the org. at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Safilm's writer and director. Free for SCAD. Center for Spiritual Living--Savannah vannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share Museum admission for general public. All are invited to this Science of Mind or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free SCAD Museum of community. Recognizing the presence and , 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. , 7 p.m Sweet Water Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Film: Shopping Bag Spirits & Freeway Fetishes power of God within, and believing that this Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline A film by Barbara McCullough with on-site presence is in everything in the universe, A chanted service by candlelight held every installation. Artist discussion to follow. unifying all of life. Welcoming all on their Sunday night at 9pm. "Say goodnight to Part of the closing reception for Familiar spiritual pathway. Celebration: Sunday Terrain, an exhibition by Hollingsworth and God." Presented by Christ Church Anglimornings. Location: Bonaventure Chapel, Watson. Free and open to public. 912-233can. . Independent Presbyterian Church, 2520 Bonaventure Road. Meditation at 7659. indiBull Street and Oglethorpe Ave. 10:30am Service at 11:00am Childcare Indigo Sky available in the "Funday School" cslsavan- South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. Savannah Reiki Share

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