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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 / 21

Greenway. 5-7 p.m YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Free and open to the public. 912-233-8733.

Film: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, and Jim White discussion

SCAD presents a screening of the road trip documentary featuring alt-country singer Jim White, followed by a Q&A with White. Hosted by the SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD cinema studies department. 5:30 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free and open to the public.

Film: Dennis Hopper Birthday Tribute and Mystery Film Screening

It seems like just a year ago it was Dennis Hopper’s birthday...hmmm. Once again, Psychotronic Film Society honors the late film star and creepy guy with a screening of one of his films, revealing the film title on the night of the show. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7. Mature content.

Muffins with Mary Ellen

Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague hosts a weekly gathering for District 4 constituents every Wednesday morning. Residents and business owners of District 4 are invited to drop-in to ask questions and discuss local issues. 6-9 a.m coffee deli, 4517 Habersham St. Free and open to the public.

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Thursday / 22 ImprompTune

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Savannah Fifth District Town Hall Meeting with Alderman Estella Shabazz

Residents will have the opportunity to speak with their Alderman and ask questions regarding their district. 6:30-8 p.m Tatemville Community Center, 333 Coleman Street. Free and open to the public. (912) 213-6444

Southbound Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

A few tastes of the newest local brews. Tours are first come, first serve. Live music on Saturdays. 5:30-7:30 p.m

Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $10 for souvenir pint glass and 6 tasting tickets. 21+ only.

Tree Volunteer Event and Cabot Community Tour’s Savannah Stop

Mulch shade and fruit trees at the West Broad Street YMCA, followed by a celebratory meal prepared by Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a state-of-the art mobile kitchen, as part of the 2014 Cabot Community Tour providing fresh, healthy meals to volunteer groups at pre-planned events at 31 cities from Florida to Maine. Hosted by Savannah Tree Foundation, Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the Coastal Georgia

A jazz extravaganza supporting the Junior Jazz Foundation. Join jazz great Bob Masteller of the Jazz Corner, and members of the Junior Jazz Foundation for a night of art, music, food and drink. 5-6 PM Spontaneous Expression Drawing Workshop 5:30-6:30 PM Guided Museum Tours 5:30-6:30 PM·Rejuvenating Jazz Documentary 6:15-7:45 PM·Bob Masteller’s All-Stars Concert 5-8 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free and open to the public. 334-524-8794.

Jim White: Reading and Lecture

A talk by alt-country singer-songwriter and author Jim White, nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize for the essay ‘Superwhite,’ which was originally published in Radio Silence. 7 p.m Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Free and open to the public.

Thursday Night Opry w/ Waits & Co., Damon & the Kickers, and Paving Gravy An evening of music performed ‘Opry’ style around a single microphone, with limited amplification. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Savannah Economic Development Authority Annual Meeting and Luncheon with Governor Deal

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is keynote speaker. Reservations recommended. 11:30 a.m Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. $45 912-447-8450.

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Southbound Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings


A few tastes of the newest local brews. Tours are first come, first serve. 5:30-7:30 p.m Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $10 for souvenir pint glass and 6 tasting tickets. 21+ only.

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Friday / 23 Actor’s Night Out

A happy hour/networking gathering for local actors and anyone involved in film or theater production (or those aspiring to such activity.) Plus a live performance or two. Cash bar and cash appetizers. 7-9:30 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Concert: Jim White

A set of live songs and stories by the Florida-born alt-musician/writer/film subject. Special guest, Savannah’s Dare Dukes. 7:30 p.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for students (with ID) the day of the show.

Eye of the Tiger: A Night of Fashion and Music A discount shopping party to celebrate the end of the school year. Live models, discounts store wide, and DJ KZL spinning the tunes. Plus desserts and beverages. An all ages shopping experience. 7-10 p.m Civvies, 22 East Broughton St. 912-236-1551.

FILM: Despicable me (2010)

Seersucker Shots!

A one-hour reading/writing/performance. Regular hosts Erika Jo Brown and BJ Love bid adieu to Savannah. With Floridian poets Steven Karl and Jeff Hipsher, and local Molly Schulman. Music by Zach Powers and Brian Dean. 7-8 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted

Southbound Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

A few tastes of the newest local brews. Tours are first come, first serve. 5:30-7:30 p.m Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $10 for souvenir pint glass and 6 tasting tickets. 21+ only.

Theatre: The Trip to Bountiful

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An elderly Texas widow yearns to see her rural hometown, Bountiful, one last time. Spunky and determined, she devises a plan to return home, over the objections of her son and daughter-in-law. A Collective Face production. May 23-24, 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 general admission; $15 seniors/students/active military. 912-232-0018

Saturday / 24 The 200 Club’s 8th Annual Savannah Mile Run

This one mile all out run features five heats for all ages and skill levels. Proceeds go to The 200 Club, which provides immediate financial and educational assistance to the surviving family of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. First responders and military enjoy complimentary entry via the 200 Club website. 8 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

Day Trip to Wassaw Island

Wilderness Southeast’s day trip to Wassaw, one of Georgia’s unspoiled barrier islands. Includes interpretive information with an experienced naturalist guide, plus boat transportation to and from Hogan’s Marina. 9 a.m.-1 p.m $65. Reservations required. 912.236.8115.

Disc Dog Pets for Vets: 2014 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championship Qualifier

A qualifying event for the largest disc-dog competition series in the world. Benefiting Pets for Vets, providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training, and Bug Fest pairing them with Americass veterans. A family-focused day at the museum feaContestants and their canine teammates turing native insects and other animals and earn points for basic throws and catches, their importance in the ecosystem. Bug with bonus points for mid-air catches in goggles, a pollination game, and Scribble the Distance/Accuracy event. Art Studio. May 24-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m Every other day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m West Chatham Middle School, 800 Pine Barren Rd. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Free to attend. Fees for participating in the Regular Admission Pricing applies competition. 912-656-5788.

Col. Bruce Hampton

The godfather of Atlanta’s jam band scene comes to Springfield’s newly restored theatre. 8 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $20

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. continues on p. 6

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A benefit for Michael Caputo’s campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. Reserve seats on his website at may-23rd-night-lucas/ 7 p.m Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Street.


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Theatre: Moby Dick! The Musical

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SCAD’s performance ensemble presents a staged reading of this satirical cult-favorite, the story of a bankrupt girls’ school performing “Moby Dick” as a musical fundraiser. 7 p.m Arnold Hall (SCAD), 1810 Bull St. Free and open to the public.

Theatre: one-of-six

Poet, writer, actress Molly Schulman in her first one-person show ahbout the six siblings in the Schulman family. 7 p.m Black Box Theatre (City of Sav. Cultural Affairs), 9 W. Henry St. Free and open to the public.

Theatre: The Trip to Bountiful Night Sensory Hike

A nighttime hike using all the senses to explore the woods in the dark. Meet at the Sandpiper Trail. 8:30 p.m Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. $5 parking fee. Annual passes available. (912)598-2300.

Saturdays with Alderwoman Shabazz

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Residents in Savannah’s 5th District are invited to meet with their Alderwoman


every 4th Saturday of the month. Residents may come with specific issues and concerns, or just to meet their representative on Savannah City Council. fourth Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m Shabazz Seafood Restaurant, 502 W. Victory Dr. Free and open to the public. 912-651-6410

Southbound Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings

A few tastes of the newest local brews. Tours are first come, first serve.

2-4 p.m Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $10 for souvenir pint glass and 6 tasting tickets. 21+ only.

Theatre: Iced at the Coffee Shop

An interactive murder mystery show presented by the Odd Lot acting troupe. 7:30 p.m. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. $20 adults. $15 children 15 and younger

An elderly Texas widow yearns to see her rural hometown, Bountiful, one last time. Spunky and determined, she devises a plan to return home, over the objections of her son and daughter-in-law. A Collective Face production. May 23-24, 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 general admission; $15 seniors/students/active military. 912-232-0018

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trip to bountiful all weekend

War of Jenkins Ear

Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a tour to the tabby ruins and then to Colonial Life for military drills, musket and cannon firings, and a reenactment. 1-4 p.m Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. $10 Adults, $9 Senior/Military, $4.50 Youth 6-17, $2 Kids 1-5 912-353-3023.

Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market

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

Sunday / 25 Bug Fest

A family-focused day at the museum featuring native insects and other animals and their importance in the ecosystem. Bug goggles, a pollination game, and Scribble Art Studio. 11 a.m.-4 p.m Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Regular Admission Pricing applies

Digging Savannah Guided Archaeology Hike at Skidaway Discover the park’s archaeology sites and learn history from a new perspective. 4 p.m Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. $10 Free from Friends of Georgia State Parks. (912)598-2300.

Disc Dog Pets for Vets: 2014 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championship Qualifier

A qualifying event for the largest disc-dog competition series in the world. Benefiting Pets for Vets, providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training, and pairing them with America’s veterans. Contestants and their canine teammates earn points for basic throws and catches, with bonus points for mid-air catches in the Distance/Accuracy event. May 24-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m West Chatham Middle School, 800 Pine Barren Rd. Free to attend. Fees for participating in the competition. 912-656-5788.


Master guitarist/singer/songwriter brings his “songs for a small planet” to town for an intimate concert in a great little venue for live music. 5 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris St. $15 912-234-0980.

Kick off Summer at Savannah Mall!

Saturday, May 24 thru June 29 Saturday, May 31

Savannah Mall Train Rides at Center Court. $2 per person. Monday-Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sunday Noon - 6pm.

11am - 3pm Join Savannah Mall and the Live Oak Public Library as we kick off Summer with the Summer Reading Program and introduce the Savannah Mall Reading Tree.

Savannah Mall is so much more than a mall. Sure, we have great shopping like Bass Pro, Dillard’s, Target and Burlington Coat Factory but Savannah Mall is really about fun! Whether you are taking break for a great meal at Texas Roadhouse, Ruby Tuesdays or one of our food court restaurant, Savannah Mall is the perfect place to unwind.

Outdoor Fitness Trail at Skidaway

A short fitness hike for those who want to leap like a grasshopper and run like a deer. Bring water and wear tennis shoes. For kids and adults. 3 p.m Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. $5 parking fee. Annual passes available. (912)598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Skidaway Island Bird Hike

Join a Skidaway State Park naturalist guide for an informative morning bird hike. Bring binoculars or borrow limited pairs from the museum. 9 a.m Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. $5 parking fee. Annual passes available. 912-598-2300. continues on p. 8

There’s always something happening here. Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m Sunday Noon to 6:00 p.m.

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Theatre: The Trip to Bountiful

An elderly Texas widow yearns to see her rural hometown, Bountiful, one last time. Spunky and determined, she devises a plan to return home, over the objections of her son and daughter-in-law. A Collective Face production. 3 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 general admission; $15 seniors/students/active military. 912-232-0018

Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Service A Ceremony to Honor All who have given their lives in Defense of their Country 6-9 p.m Emmet Park, End of Bay St. free

Vinyl Appreciation

MAY 21-27, 2014

It’s all about the records. Bring them, spin them, or just listen. Any and all vinyl welcome. How-to-DJ demos from 5pm-6pm. Graveface Records & Curiosities sells new and used records on site and Foxy Loxy provides complimentary treats. Last Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $3 donation


War of Jenkins Ear

Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a tour to the tabby ruins and then to Colonial Life for military drills, musket and cannon firings, and a reenactment. 1-4 p.m Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. $10 Adults, $9 Senior/Military, $4.50 Youth 6-17, $2 Kids 1-5 912-353-3023.

War of Jenkins Ear

Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a tour to the tabby ruins and then to Colonial Life for military drills, musket and cannon firings, and a reenactment. 1-4 p.m Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. $10 Adults, $9 Senior/Military, $4.50 Youth 6-17, $2 Kids 1-5 912-353-3023.

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Tuesday / 27

Bug Fest

Swing Dance Lessons at the Telfair

A family-focused day at the museum featuring native insects and other animals and their importance in the ecosystem. Bug goggles, a pollination game, and Scribble Art Studio. Every other day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Regular Admission Pricing applies 912-651-4292. calendar

Odd Lot Monday Night Madness

Improv comedy presented by Odd Lot Comedy Troupe. You will laugh. 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $5

Telfair Museums invites dancers of all levels, beginner to expert, to enjoy lessons from Savannah Ballroom in the Telfair Academy Rotunda. Dancers may pay in advance to attend all four lessons or drop in to take one lesson at a time. A small reception follows the May 27 class. 6-7:30 p.m. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Price per lesson: $5 students | $10 Telfair members | $15 non-members

Wednesday / 28 Film: Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988, USA)

Psychotronic Film Society presents this unknown film written by Stephen Toblowsky (who portrayed “Ned Ryerson” in Groundhog Day) in honor of his 63rd birthday. This is a film production of one of his plays. For “immature” viewers. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $6

Networking Night for National Assoc. of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Coastal Georgia National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is excited to invite all interested parties (male and female) to a fun and exciting networking opportunity that will allow you to meet some current Chapter Members as well as network with other prospective members and their guests from a wide variety of construction-related companies. 5:30-7:30 p.m Savannah Wine Cellar, 5500 Abercorn St., Twelve Oask Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. 912-721-5748. cs

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IT’S THAT crazy time of year again, when we unveil our massive mega-issue featuring the winners of the annual Best of Savannah Readers Poll. Like I say every time, it’s a pretty big deal for us over here. It’s a pretty big deal not only because it’s our largest issue of the year, but because this is by far the most comprehensive competition of its kind in town -- despite the fact that over the years pretty much everybody in Savannah with a magazine, newspaper, church newsletter, or garden club bulletin has decided to jump on our bandwagon, even going so far as to make sure their voting period coincides with ours. Not only that, but our winners are actually the winners, i.e., they actually received the most votes from our actual readers. As opposed to other places where they basically purchase the “wins,” cough-cough. Anyway... for those of you new to the whole deal, it goes like this: The winners are unveiled by sections. Most winners get a small blurb written by staff. New and noteworthy winners, however, get extended profiles, which get a writer’s byline. Many are by myself and fellow Connect editors Bill DeYoung and Jessica Leigh Lebos, while others are by contributors Jenny Dunn and Sinjin Hilaski. Also as usual, I wanted to take some time to go behind the scenes on our cover shoot, by longtime contributor Geoff L. Johnson.

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This year Geoff ’s cover model is local performer/musician/all around great gal, Nicole Edge, voted “Best Bachelorette” by our readers. Nicole models some extra-cool brass knuckles made especially for this shoot by Danielle Hughes Rose, voted “Best Local Jewelry Designer” by our readers. The execution of the whole cover shoot is based on a creative concept by our Art Director, Brandon Blatcher. Above you’ll see a behind the scenes shot of Geoff and Nicole on location at a certain popular former dairy farm in town which many of you may know as a great place to

walk your pups. Below we see some shots Danielle captured of her own creative process at her home studio, making those amazing knuckle dusters for Nicole to sport on the cover. But that’s not all! We also feature our regular great content this issue. I particularly want to call your attention to Bill’s column this week, all about the trio of special and varied appearances by the great Jim White at several venues around town -- a treat indeed. So pour yourself the beverage of your choice, or two or three, and dive right in. We’re glad you made your votes count! cs

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News & Opinion | The (Civil) Society Column

Rebel with a thousand causes?

stacks of checks for chump change to hundreds of non-profits. But when it comes to the front lines of economic and environmental injustice, It’s not often that I’m far more likely to spend my spare time I invoke Gomer Pyle, shouting obscenities at my 10-year-old’s but it sure was a sursoccer game or communing with my kale prise, surprise, surprise plants. to be voted Best BlogThe real activists are the ones who never ger for the fourth miss a meeting or a conference call, the time in five years. watchdogs keeping a laser eye on the shady Yo, Yenta! (yoypoliticians and the greedy CEOs, the men celebrated and women camping out in front of the 10 years in existence courthouses and handcuffed in the backs of last month, and I’m honored that so many of you still find the adventures of a wayward paddywagons. Environmental activist Claudia Collier Jewish mother so compelling. If I were the type to curtsey, I’d offer that gesture deeply, says they’re “simply civic-minded individuals but since I’m kind of a klutz, I hope you’ll who see a real need to keep a check and balaccept my gratitude and possibly one of ance on the power and money folks,” but I those benificent, clasped-handed “Namaste” have no problem calling them superheroes. bows all the celebrities do these days. It takes the tenacity of a wolverine to You’ve also seen fit to vote me Best Activ- affect the kind of change we need now. In a ist, which I’m not sure is a title that I can recent essay about activism, Collier acknowlshoulder honestly. I prefer to think of myself edges that while the press can expose certain as a court jester, juggling chainsaws and realities, a columnist’s keyboard doesn’t conpoking at the apathetic with a stick. While tain magical powers (though mine definitely the (Civil) Society Column is meant to give hoards cookie crumbs.) Keeping the greedy plenty of play to the issues affecting us as accountable takes phone calls and emails By Jessica Leigh Lebos

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It’s overwhelming, and we have a sneaking suspicion that humanity’s problems can’t be solved on a case by case basis. I’m right there with y’all, hiding under the covers and stress-eating GMO pretzels.


Savannahians and global citizens, an activist is someone who vigorously advocates for a particular cause. I’m far too big of a spaz to concentrate on just one, though I do have a few favorites. (Is it possible to chain oneself to river deepening equipment?) Don’t get me wrong, I do love some good subversive rabblerousing. In high school I organized a cafeteria sit-in against thenArizona governor Evan Meacham’s refusal to sign a bill to create a MLK Jr. holiday, and went door-to-door collecting signatures for his impeachment. This year I helped lead a crew of mischievous knitters in the Green Truck Pub yarnbomb in the name of art and weirdness. I’ve signed a million petitions and marched a thousand miles and written

and warm bodies, and she tirelessly churns out regular emails collating odious updates on the nuclear shitshow at Plant Vogtle and other energy issues. Activists keep their shoulders to the boulder year after year, people like Tom Kohler, who has brought dignity to so many through Citizens Advocacy. Albert Strickland and Brett Dykes continue to oxygenate Occupy Savannah, morphing it from a park presence to a solid event calendar and community garden. Laborers need to know about Philly Myers and his band of Ruffians (Retirees Unite For the Future), who have recently instituted a rolling Friday afternoon picket line to raise the minimum wage. (They’ll be at the McDonald’s on

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Chatham Parkway this week around 5p.m. if you’d like a side of conscience with those fries.) The port truckers fighting for fair working conditions? They’re activists. I also think of my dear friend, Kim Spencer, pushing for autism medical reform with the Thinking Mom’s Revolution, and Teri Schell, growing our local farming and food movement every Saturday at the Forsyth Farmers Market. There’s the great leveler in the form of literary expression happening with DeepKids after school every week, and how the Ogeechee Riverkeeper folks shamed King America Finishing into doing (almost) the right thing. Though I happen to have a platform to showcase their work, I probably don’t even know the name of the person most deserving of the honorific of Best Activist, as toiling against the tide of injustice is a thankless and mostly anonymous yoke. The rest of us know something’s real wrong in our world, a place of tremendous potential and beauty for some and a tragic hellhole for others, where our collective resources are piddled away for the wealth of a few. It’s just that we’re just too busy and tired and maybe the teeniest bit lazy to do much about it. Even if we do write an email to our Congressbots, we’re pretty sure the bastards will continue to blow up mountain tops for coal in Tennessee, dump radioactive

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waste into the ocean’s darkest depths and fund illegal wars. It’s overwhelming, and we have a sneaking suspicion that humanity’s problems can’t be solved on a case by case basis. I’m right there with y’all, hiding under the covers and stress-eating GMO pretzels. Some nights my heart can’t handle the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls or the clearcut Brazilian rainforests or the mistreated animals right here at home, and I just zone out on my couch with a full belly in front of Cosmos, though not so complacent that I don’t squeeze my family tight with gratitude. It’s the activists who inspire me to get up, stand up and—if I don’t have to drive soccer carpool—show up. I transfer a little cash to a PayPal account of a worthy cause and sign another damn petition, then put some paragraphs together so that maybe you’ll do the same. Maybe it will all add up to a revolution. At the very least, it’ll fix some Ecuadorian kid’s cleft palate. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world,” counseled anthropologist and social apostate Margaret Mead. “Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” So rebel against apathy and pick a cause, any cause—and agitate for it, just a little. We don’t have to be the superheroes, but let’s not let them go it alone. CS

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I’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics lately. I can see where the concept might be a good idea, but I have one question: After you’ve taken a probiotic supplement and established a colony of good bacteria in your intestinal tract, why do you have to keep taking it (other than to maintain someone’s boat payments)? Shouldn’t the colony you’ve established be self-sustaining? —Ken Sweetman Not possible, my friend. At any rate not easily. I’m afraid probiotics have been a bit oversold. Your digestive tract is a teeming zoo of more than 100 trillion bacteria cells representing hundreds of different species and in the aggregate weighing an average of seven pounds. A teaspoonful of probiotic supplement, if we may trust a random online promotion, contains 4 billion organisms. In other words, the bacteria in your gut outnumber those in the spoon 25,000 to 1. The chances are strong the newly introduced microbes won’t establish anything of importance, let alone a colony, during their transit down your alimentary canal. At best they may provide some ephemeral benefit, although there’s no guarantee of even that. For those new to the concept, probiotics are foods or supplements containing viable “good” bacteria and yeasts meant to help digest food, protect against dangerous bacteria, and build up the immune system. Some assert that a deficit of beneficial bacteria can lead to serious GI trouble including irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, necrotizing enterocolitis, and ulcers.

Scientists have long known the bacteria in a healthy digestive tract differed from those in someone who was ailing. A century ago some proposed that rather than live with a gut full of bad bacteria, one might eat certain foods to modify one’s microbial demographics. Milk products, yogurt especially, provide probiotic benefits, but on the whole (the theory goes) our modern diet is deficient in helpful bacteria in part as a side effect of modern cleanliness: we encounter fewer bacteria of any kind due to pasteurization and other food processing, as well as drugs, additives, and so on that suppress normal bacteria. There’s some truth to this. A round of antibiotics can kill off your intestinal flora, necessitating (at minimum) frequent trips to the loo. If this happens to you—and it happens to about a third of those so treated—there’s a roughly 40 percent chance probiotics will ease your distress. Likewise, someone whose bacteria reservoir has been reduced after having a section of their gut surgically removed may be advised to consume yogurt or probiotic supplements to help make up the deficit. But these are exceptional cases, and the evidence suggests it’s chiefly in the exceptional cases that probiotics may be of use rather than as a preventive measure. One thing about gut bacteria: when their little lives are troubled, they let you know. Diarrhea is the least of it. Some examples of instances in which probiotics have proven helpful: • Pouchitis, an inflammation of the gut tissue in colostomy patients, responded well to probiotic treatment, with an 83 percent reduction in occurrence. • Probiotics significantly reduce the frequency of ulcerative colitis attacks. • Children susceptible to eczema saw significantly fewer outbreaks through age four when treated with probiotics. OK, eczema prevention is a non-obvious benefit of goosed-up gut bacteria. On the whole, however, evidence for the broader benefits of probiotic supplements is limited.

For instance, a study of overweight adults who drank fermented milk containing probiotic bacteria found they lost both fat and weight relative to control subjects. But the study was small, with just 43 subjects. Even in some conditions where you’d figure they’d help the most—e.g., those directly involving the gut and the bacteria therein— probiotics provide little or no value. A metaanalysis of research involving eleven different types of probiotic bacteria and eight different gastrointestinal diseases (including the pouchitis success story mentioned above) professed to show probiotics improved both prevention and treatment by 42 percent. However, generalizing across a broad range of conditions, goals, and therapeutic agents is inherently iffy. Examples of intestinal ailments where high hopes for probiotics have gone bust include necrotizing enterocolitis, sometimes seen in premature infants who lack protective bacteria; irritable bowel syndrome; and Crohn’s disease. That hasn’t stopped some from promoting probiotics as a Crohn’s cure. Claims that probiotics can help fight hypertension, HIV/AIDS, and cancer are likewise unsupported. Disappointed? You needn’t be. Let me tell you about extreme probiotics, more commonly known as fecal transplantation. It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Stop making eww noises: fecal transplants have been shown to be effective in treating Clostridium difficile disease (CDD), a complication of gut bacteria loss due to antibiotic use that as of 2007 was killing more than 14,000 Americans a year. Needless to say, the procedure is more involved than swallowing a few pills, and no one would suggest it as a preventive measure. But if you honest to God need to establish a self-sustaining colony of good bacteria in your gut—indisputably the number-one thing on your to-do list if you have CDD—here’s a treatment that works. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via

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The viral sensation of the week involved a family from metro Atlanta visiting River Street, who claimed they’d been attacked for virtually no reason during an altercation which rapidly escalated. Savannah law enforcement, tourism, and law enforcement officials pushed back against their account, however, going so far as to issue a statement while the investigation was still ongoing. Jim Thomas and his brother-in-law Rob Gray went on Facebook to detail their account of the incident Saturday night, May 10. Downtown Precinct detectives would like to interview three males and two females about the altercation which took place near Rousakis Plaza about 9:48 p.m.  “Videos being reviewed by detectives show two large groups of people, each including children, walking on River Street. When one group encountered eight members of an Atlanta family standing on the sidewalk, one male avoided contact by walking into River Street while a male and female worked their way through the family,”

police say. “Just after that male walked through the cluster of family members, he was confronted by one or two males in the family and a verbal altercation ensued. The male who had walked around the family pulled the other male away and they left,” police continue. “But one of the males in the Atlanta family continued to talk to him. He broke free from the male who was leading him away and ran back into the crowd where a fight ensued, with members of both groups trying to break it up. The video does show a female with the second group trying to separate the parties and “pulling a female family member away by her hair. But detectives could find no sign of a 6-year-old or 13-year-old child being punched, as a member of the family announced in a Facebook posting.”  Police were on scene within 10 minutes of the first call, but the second group had left by then. The videos showed that members of both groups were carrying beverages and officers on scene “reported a heavy odor of alcohol.” “We certainly understand the frustration of a family who came to Savannah for an enjoyable weekend and ended up with

injuries from an • Savannah-Chaunpleasant situation,” tham Metropolitan said Police Chief Police Department’s Julie Tolbert. “But Major Accident preliminary invesInvestigation Team tigations show this responded to a west was not a random Savannah collision act. We will continue this past Wednesday, to determine all the May 14 that left a facts as we move pedestrian with seriforward.” ous injuries. surfrom ture A screen cap Detectives are askAt approximately o vide veillance ing members of the 1:56 p.m. SCMPD second group, which responded to an acciappeared to be a family with children and dent with injuries at Bay Street and an older couple, to come forward and pro- Hudson Street. vide their version of the altercation. One According to investigators, the male was wearing a yellow shirt, the other 42-year-old man stepped into the a red shirt and later took it off and was roadway from the north side of Bay wearing a white tank top. Street. He was struck by a Cadillac A younger female was wearing a white CTS traveling west in the right lane skirt or shorts and a beige or yellow top. of Bay Street. The driver of the CadilThe elder male was wearing all white and lac could not avoid the pedestrian. a white hat. They are asked to contact The victim was transported to Downtown Precinct detectives via the Memorial University Medical Center SCMPD non-emergency number (912) for treatment. cs 651-6500. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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The mary attraction on Jeju is only explanation offered for best street “LoveLand,” a theme park the placement was that the character... & with bold, uninhibited store is located on a hill. bachelor :( sexual structures, and a traditional honeymoon Unclear on the Concept destination. Visitors enter • Wellma “Tootie” Shafer, through giant spread 46, was fired as a cashier at female legs, and most park the Last Chance Market in mascots are anthropomorRussell, Iowa, after a cusphic figures representing Can’t Possibly Be True tomer reported her engaging the male and female sex • The downfall of Russia-sympathizing in “sexual” banter at the regisorgans. The park contains Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in ter. Her boss, Rick Braaksma, 140 sculptures of humans February (which eventually provoked Vladi- explained, “We cannot ... in sexual positions and of mir Putin’s retaliation against Ukraine) talk about adult situations phallus statues and stone accelerated when his countrymen learned in front of other customers,” labia — and, reportedly, something called a of his startlingly opulent lifestyle (e.g., gold and when Shafer sought unemployment “hands-on masturbation cycle.” toilets, a private zoo) — including catching a compensation, Braaksma challenged her video glimpse of a nude portrait Yanukovych application. However, among the items Last had commissioned of himself by artist Chance sells are Wake the F—- Up CofBright Ideas Olga Oleynik. Yanukovych, a not-particufee, The Hottest F—-ing Sauce (noted, the • For this year’s annual April 25 fundlarly-buff 63-year-old man, was portrayed label states, for its “ass-burning quality”), raising project, the Australian and New reclining and with an undersized male and The Hottest F—-ing Nuts (all product Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) sold a endowment. (Oleynik told Agence Francenames using the explicit “F word”), and a 60-second “message,” digitally downloadable state administrative judge granted Shafer Presse news service that she had done a for a donation of the equivalent of $2.11 — similar portrait of Putin — more generously benefits, showing (according to an April Des but consisting only of silence (“prerecorded” Moines Register report) little sympathy for silence). A veterans’ official told Australian endowed — but was “afraid” to show it in public or to disclose whether it was actually the store’s contradictory policy. Broadcasting Corporation News, “I was a • Refresher Course on Buddhism commissioned by Putin.) bit dubious (but) ... I’ve seen the enthusiasm • Skylar King, 28, filed a lawsuit in Clay- Needed: An unnamed 40-year-old man at which this is being picked up nationally.” was charged in Briec, France, in May for a ton, Mo., in April against dentist Mark • On-the-lam parolee Mark Royal, 51, Meyers (and his Same Day Dentures clinic) February incident in which his cat knocked spotted in his car by sheriff ’s deputies in over his statue of Buddha, demolishing it. for a 2009 session in which Meyers someSacramento, California, in March, led offiThe man apparently so reveres Buddha that, cers on a 35-mile chase before coming to how obtained King’s consent to extract enraged, he tortured the cat by tossing it all 32 of his teeth and provide dentures, a stop in front of the Placer County Jail into his washing machine and setting it for a in Auburn and surrendering. 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A week before the National Football League held its 2014 Draft Day in May, a large contingent of junior and senior boys staged their own draft day at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., “dividing up” the available girls to ask to the upcoming prom. As in the NFL, the drafters “scout” the draftees, and a “rule book” notes the draft’s boundaries (e.g., this year, sophomore girls are eligible). The girls, of course, can decline the invitation, but the draft, as in the NFL, is designed to discourage a selected girl from being “poached” by “competing” boys. Obviously, many in the community expressed horror at the draft, with the principal denouncing it and urging parents to rein in their sons, but one of the drafted girls wrote that the whole thing was just “fun” and “is not, was never, and will never ever be used to objectify the girls.”



Kidney Disease Patients Not Part of “Diversity”: Among the entities rushing to condemn Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in April was the UCLA Medical School, where researchers returned a $425,000 check from the Sterling Foundation to study “structural properties of key proteins in the kidney” to aid development of drugs to treat kidney disease — and rejected the rest of Sterling’s $3 million pledge. A UCLA spokesman said the school must emphasize its “core values” of “diversity, inclusion and respect.”

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News of the Weird has previously noticed the extraordinary discomfort some women embrace just to be able to wear a certain pair of designer shoes. However, the number and ingenuity of foot doctors serving such women has grown substantially in recent years. An April New York Times report noted that Beverly Hills podiatrist Ali Sadrieh offers a Perfect 10! procedure (aesthetic toe- shortening), a Model T (toe-lengthening) and Foot Tuck (a footpadding for high-heel pain). New York’s Dr. Oliver Zong treats High Heel Foot (when the foot conforms to the shape of a stiletto) and Hitchhiker’s Toe (an abnormally large big toe sticking out like a thumb). Some patients get to the point right away, Dr. Sadrieh said, by bringing in specific cherished shoes and asking which foot-retrofitting procedure would do the job (although Dr. Zong said he turned down one woman who said she would be OK with nine toes if that’s what it took). cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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The Collective Face: Equus

Christopher Blair

David I.L. Poole Maggie Lee Hart

Collective Face artistic director David Poole has won in this category for the first time, and anyone who’s seen his repertory group’s shows—including the recent psychological drama Equus—knows that the Pooledesigned sets are a big part of the theatrical allure. The Best Director for 2014 is quick to disagree. “I actually think the set is secondary,” Poole says. “For me, it’s really about the story that we’re telling, and the show. I always say that we should be able to do this show if a tornado came and blew the whole set away.” Nevertheless, Peter Shaffer’s play, about a stable boy who blinds six horses with a metal spike, was told on a deceptively simple stage that actually revolved, as the disturbed boy (Zach Blaylock) engaged in secret moonlight horseback rides. Mute actors on two-foot stilts wore enormous equine masks, designed by Poole. It was eerie, to say the least. Equus, Poole explains, had been on his “bucket list” since he began directing. “The show is mostly done by professional theater companies,” says the New York native, a theater instructor and technical director at Savannah State University. “And when you apply for the rights to it, initially there are a lot of stipulations. One of the demands is that the nudity has to be done. And I literally had to sign my life away. If the nudity wasn’t done, they wouldn’t allow us to even consider the production. “Also, it’s a daunting task of a show. The piece itself is really challenging for the actors; it isn’t just a picnic. So I had to really be sure we had the people that could do it.” The cast, which also included Mark Rand, Dandy Barrett and April Hayes, was comprised almost entirely of Collective Face repertory company members. The group holds periodic auditions to fill specific roles in its four-shows-a-year season. The ultimate goal is to turn the Collective Face into a small Equity (professional) company, part of the League of Resident Theatres. “We’re getting there,” Poole says. “We’re getting there. It’s constantly changing.” This is Christopher Blair’s fourth consecutive win in the acting category. Although he most recently appeared in the Collective Face’s Fool For Love (alongside Best Actress Maggie Lee Hart), the versatile Blair continues to make use of his many options—notably, he played the title characters in Bay Street Theatre’s 2013 musicals Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Both Blair and Hart teach at the Savannah Children’s Theatre, which keeps them busy … the fact that they still find time to do “grownup” projects is astonishing. This is the third win in four years for Hart, who also performed in Les Miserables at the Savannah Theatre. —Bill DeYoung Runner-up (production): Sweeney Todd Runner-up (director): Jeff DeVincent Runner-up (actor): Richie Cook Runner-up (actress): Cecilia Arango

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Best New Local Book Bill DeYoung and Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down What can we say? He works at Connect Savannah; in fact, he’s writing this right now. Thanks very, very much; glad you liked it. Runner-up: Mary Kay Andrews

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We thought it was interesting that the 2014 SMF billed itself as the 25th Anniversary season, when the festival as we know it actually began in 2003, when New York’s Rob Gibson was hired to gut and overhaul it. Twenty-five years ago it was “Savannah Onstage,” which bore little resemblance to the well-planned, well-executed, world class festival we know and love today. Ah, but this was a particularly good year, with memorable appearances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Avett Brothers, an all-star acoustic blues guitar quartet, the Punch Brothers, Jason Isbell, Asif Ali Khan and lots of others from across the world musical spectrum. Runner-up (cultural event): St. Patrick’s Day Runner-up (not St. Patrick’s): Savannah Stopover Best Film Series

Psychotronic Film Society

Savannah movie maven Jim Reed has yet to let anyone down with his Sentient Bean series of weirdo, wacko and just plain bad cinematic selections (William Shatner makes frequent appearances). Reed and Psychotronic are also joining forces with CinemaSavannah to bring in the regional premieres of highly-anticipated independent and foreign films (to wit: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality, screening May 31 at Muse Arts Warehouse). Runner-up: Savannah Film Festival Best Film Festival

Savannah Film Festival Hot-celeb-wise, the 2013 was almost totally TV (Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones), and a couple of the premieres (August: Osage County, The Book Thief) were widely reckoned to be stinkers. But Oscar-nominated Nebraska premiered here (with filmmaker Alexander Payne and star Bruce Dern in attendance), and Jeremy Irons showed up. Not SCAD’s best film fest, but our readers certainly ate it up nevertheless. Runner-up: Psychotronic Film Society

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Jon Waits

You may have glimpsed this gentleman cruising the edges of the crowd with his camera, and you’ve definitely seen his fine images in the pages of Connect—as well as pretty much every other local publication this year. If Jon Waits seems to have come out of nowhere to be practically everywhere, it’s because that’s kind of how it happened. Born and raised in Atlanta, this “stereotypical preacher’s kid” spent his 20s and 30s clawing his way through a professional career in rock ‘n’ roll—and its attendant dangers. Three years ago Waits found himself in a long-term recovery program in Statesboro, and afterwards found his way to Savannah to make a fresh start. “The year I got sober, everything was in Technicolor,” he describes. “I’d been anesthetized for a decade.” Looking for a way to fill the abstemious hours, he began taking pictures of architecture and landscapes with his iPhone. They turned out to be pretty good, so he bought a DSL-R kit, and sought out advice from Jabberpics photographer Josh Branstetter. “Josh really encouraged me even before I bought a camera,” recalls Waits, sitting on the back patio of Foxy Loxy, where he pulls the morning espresso shift a couple of times a week. “He gave me the big push and spent time with me.” He also tagged along on other photographer’s shoots, assisting Susan Laney, Adriana Iris Boatwright and Cedric Smith. He’s honored by his Best of Savannah win, shaking his head that “there are so many fantastic photographers, artists and creative people in Savannah. I’m such the new kid on the block.” Though he confesses he often feels timid about approaching people to take their pictures, portraiture work now makes up most of his subject matter. He’s also on the forefront of Savannah’s simmering music scene and served as official photographer for the most recent Savannah Stopover. That gives him an opportunity (and excuse) to play around with new equipment, and he recently acquired a Rebel T-3 and 1740 Canon wide angle lens for concerts. Not that he’s given up the stage: The singer/songwriter still wields a guitar with musical partners Markus Kuhlmann and Coy Campbell as Waits & Co., gigging regularly with a brand of Americana he characterizes as “old school country plus some Stones and the Who, with a little soul thrown in for good measure.” It appears that both sobriety and Savannah have given Jon Waits new life, not to mention a chance to turn a creative outlet into a career. “Music is cathartic, but photography is the first time I’ve had a way for other people to see how I see the world.” — Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner-up: Geoff L. Johnson

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Jose Ray

Savannah’s favorite visual artist and DJ? Who is this impossibly cool Renaissance man? Why, it’s Jose Ray, from the great state of Kansas, who’s been in the SAV since 2007, and before he could say “Toto, I don’t think we’re in the dark any more,” people were raving about his paintings and drawings. A punk musician at heart, Ray gravitated towards the music scene and began illustrating posters for his new buds. “I think that’s why I do a lot of collaborative and live event things,” Ray says. “Because I do miss live performance, and the collaboration that you get with music.” That’s how he got mixed up with the guys who do the monthly “Vinyl Appreciation” DJ thing—now at Foxy Loxy—and soon Ray turned his love of old-school soul and funk into a several-nights-a-week DJ gig. He was chosen this year for his Monday nights at the Sparetime, which has since closed. But Jose Ray, who has one hand on the palette and the other on the turntable, has no intention of slowing down. Runner-up (artist): Rob Hessler Runner-up (DJ): Basik Lee

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Royal Cinemas & IMAX Two years into its existence at 5 Town Center Court in Pooler (right off I-95!), the ginormous IMAX screen is the thriller to beat—especially if you like your Captain Americas and Spider-Men as big as buildings. It’s kind of like a theme park ride—especially when the movie’s also in 3D. Runner-up: Carmike 10 Best Museum Best Art Gallery

Jepson Center for the Arts Savannah’s creative heart beats here, in the contemporary wing of the Telfair Museums complex. At 64,000 square feet, it’s the most spacious museum space in the area, and it’s bumper-to-bumper with art, music, film and fashion pretty much year-round. The Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling monastery build their annual sand mandala here, the Savannah Book Festival has writers, readers and speakers here, and early each year the Jepson walls come alive with the sights (and reverberating sounds) of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival. Runner-up (museum): SCAD Museum of Art Runner-up (gallery): Butcher Tattoo Studio

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Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue Blending scantily-clad peekaboo girls and ersatz vaudeville stage shenanigans, the Savannah Sweet Tease premiered last September. It wasn’t long before the city had two or three more “troupes” practicing the high art of burlesque, “boylesque” and va-va-voom. “When you do something and it becomes successful, maybe people get the guts to do it, too,” says Sweet Tease co-founder Wendy “Rebel Belle” Denney (the others are Jessica Knapp and Anita Narcisse). “Maybe they were already thinking about it. Maybe it’s a coincidence. I’m not sure.” The proliferation of homegrown burlesque shows, Denney says, can only be a good thing. “We don’t view it as competition, because we’re all so different,” she explains. “We all bring something different to the table, so it works.” Denney, a professional choreographer and dancer, moved here with her husband Dean in 2011. “I’d been wanting to form a burlesque troupe for a really long time,” she says. “I was working full-time, and then when I got to a point in my life where I could work part-time I was able to do it. “And I knew Savannah would eat it up. I was so surprised, when I moved here, that they didn’t already have a burlesque troupe. Because you’ve got this great group of artists in this town, and a really good support group of people who enjoy performance art and visual art. “Of course, I’m passionate about it, being a dancer, and I heard of other people who were interested in doing it … so, I said ‘This could work.’” The current troupe includes 17 members, 12 of which are original. Their next local show will be at the Jinx July 12. “It’s about once every other month,” Denney explains, “and we’ve also started traveling. A lot of us are moms and have full-time jobs and things like that, so we’re planning little weekend tours, where we try to do two or three cities on a weekend. And then come back.” (Already booked for summer and fall are visits to Asheville, Atlanta and points in between.) “I’m overwhelmed with pride,” Denney gushes. “I can’t believe that it’s been as successful

Once the pride of rural Harlem, Montana, Damon Mailand comes from parents who were all about classic country music—Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and those guys. Damon’s dad, Dale Mailand, is a “cowboy poet” and author well known to Western-lore aficionados and re-enactors. Damon Mailand had a rock ‘n’ roll phase, but shitkicking — it directly refers to hardscrabble country music—is in his blood. “I played a lot with older pickers around where I grew up,” he says. “Playing at the local diner and stuff like that. That’s really where I cut my teeth on the country side of things.” A luthier (guitar making and repair) by trade, Mailand came to Savannah to work for Benedetto Guitars, where he is now Production Manager. He’s the band’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist; his fellow Shitkickers are Anders Thomsen (lead guitar), Charlie Hodge (bass), Matt Collett (drums) and the amazing pedal steel player Igor Fiksman. Originally from Ukraine, Fiksman emigrated in the early 1990s to study classical guitar at Armstrong Atlantic State University. After a couple of years playing electric guitar in a punk band, he fell head over heels for classic country, and switched to pedal steel.

as it has. And how supportive everyone in the troupe is towards each other, and how supportive our fans are – they’ll stand out in the rain and wait in line for us. I can’t tell you how appreciative I feel that the universe has granted this awesome opportunity.” —Bill DeYoung Runner-up: SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival Best Local Recording Studio

Dollhouse Studios

Dollhouse Studios takes up slightly less than half of the 5,600 square feet of 980 Industry Drive, a more or less nondescript brick building on the extreme western edge of Savannah. The rest of the old factory structure consists of Dollhouse Productions, a mid-sized performance venue (with lounge) that’s quickly becoming a go-to spot for envelope-pushing live music, and the offices of Dollhouse Public Relations. The studio, however, was the raison d’etre, at least when Peter Mavorgeorgis and his wife Blake took over the lease in 2011. Mavorgeorgis was a Long Island kid playing in punk and hardcore bands when he had his first studio experience in the early 1990s. “We’d go into these recording studios, where this guy with a ponytail and a fanny pack and a Supertramp shirt on would basically tell us we were doing everything wrong,” he recalls. “And make fun of us, and try to make us listen to ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton. Basically treat us like hell. “So my friends and I just started amassing gear, saying ‘To hell with this. We’re going to do it ourselves.’” They had no choice, they figured. “To save up money to go to a studio and then get treated like that … that’s not gonna fly,” Mavorgeorgis says. While studying at Fordham University, Mavorgeorgis started hanging around the semifamous Soho studio Green Street. He volunteered to help any way he could, and eventually graduated from making coffee and cleaning bathrooms to making dubs, then mixing, then assisting on productions. He and Blake Olmstead met in New York but were married in Savannah, where she had

Best Local Country/Americana Band

MAY 21-27, 2014

Damon & the Shitkickers


“It was a little surprising,” Mailand says of his bandmate’s unlikely country music pedigree. “I didn’t even know there was a pedal steel player in Savannah. So I was shocked on a couple different counts—but it’s true that he knew every classic country song, and maybe even more than me, by the time he joined the band. So it was an excellent fit.” Mailand and his boys perform frequently, although some clubowners and event promoters shorten or change the band name to avoid offending anyone. “If they want to leave off a portion of the name, that works for me,” Mailand says. “We’re not trying to make it big with this, we have day jobs, and we play music we like when we’re able

and when we want to. “So the name isn’t really an issue for me. It may be for certain venues. But that hasn’t really gotten in our way.” In truth, calling his band the Shitkickers probably has its benefits. “If you just say ‘country music’ these days, people might get a skewed impression of what we do,” Mailand explains. “The name might help define that a little better.” – Bill DeYoung Runner-up: The Accomplices

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family connections. Once they decided to get out of the city, coming here permanently was the clear choice. That was a bit less than four years ago. Blake Mavorgeorgis runs the Dollhouse PR company and the day-to-day venue operations. The studio is Peter’s territory. The console is a combination of ProTools 11 HD and analog-to-tape recording. “We treat digital like it’s analog,” he explains. “Which means rather than mixing on a screen, we’re mixing on a big old recording console, like you’d see in a picture book of ‘choose your recording session of the past.’ As a result, we’re using all the conveniences of digital, and trying to eke the last bit of sonic buttery-ness by employing vintage analog equipment in the signal chain and in the mixing process.” Mavrogeorgis likes blending both systems (analog and digital) to create a final production master. “There’s some things tape can do that digital just can’t do, no matter what,” he says. “A lot of it has to do with getting that nostalgic sound that we all love when we hear a recording.”

Along with several national and regional clients, local bands including Triathalon, Whaleboat, Sauna Heat and A Nickel Bag of Funk have recorded at Dollhouse. The Royal Noise’s new This is the Funky Part is a Dollhouse production. Having the nightclub and the studio in the same compound, Mavrogeorgis says, has its benefits. “They work together nicely. Because people will come and play the venue and see the studio, and then all of a sudden—we have a booking.” —Bill DeYoung Runner-up: Elevated Basement Best Local Electronic Artist


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Best Local Metal Band


One wonders if calling Kylesa “local” is actually on point, because the band is HUGE in Europe and the Far East, and they always seem to be off touring somewhere (in fact, they were gigging in Norway when we e-mailed to tell them they’d won). Ah, but band founders Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants are hometown folk, and when they’re not world-traipsing, they’re here and running their new label, Retro Futurist Records, from Savannah. And now that we think about it, it seems as if Kylesa played lots more hometown shows over the last year, which is a good thing. Runner-up: Black Tusk Best Live Music Concert

Best Local Jazz Band/Artist

Scott Avett, Seth Avett and Bob Campbell returned to the Johnny Mercer Theatre March 20 and 21 with sets that paired highly-harmonic acoustic balladry with energetic, full-band rock ‘n’ roll. With longtime compatriot Joe Kwon on cello, pedal steel player Paul Delfigia and drummer Mike Marsh, the North Carolina bros pulled from their own extensive catalog (“Morning Song,” “The Weight of Lies,” “Slight Figure of Speech,” “Head Full of Doubt”) and covered numerous country and folk classics for what many people considered a highlight of the 2014 Savannah Music Festival. Runner-up: A-Town Get Down

When Ricardo Ochoa (violin) and Sasha Strunjas (guitar) began playing together in 2011, their common denominator was Hot Club-style gypsy jazz music. “But when we started adding guys,” Ochoa told us, “and everybody started bringing their own personality into it, we didn’t want to force them and say ‘No, you need to learn that language.’ Instead, we learned to adapt to what the guy has to say and see how we can make it work.” So, while the spirits of Reinhardt and Grappelli are always in the room, Velvet Caravan— which also includes Jared Hall (piano), Jesse Monkman (cajon) and Eric Dunn (standup bass) makes jazz that incorporates diverse elements including Texas Swing, rock, blues and bluegrass. Runner-up: Teddy Adams

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The Jinx

Velvet Caravan

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For many, the Jinx—an otherwise nondescript hole in the wall across from Ellis Square— Best All-Around Musician is the center of Savannah’s musical universe. And it has been thus for a decade. Look under Ricardo Ochoa the “Night Life” section for more Jinx wins (it happens every year!). The Venezuela-born Ochoa came to the SAV 14 years ago, to play with the city’s nowRunner-up: Jazz’d Tapas Bar defunct symphony orchestra. Oh, he’s first principal second violin with the relatively new Savannah Philharmonic, but he’s most visible these days as the anchor for the gypsy jazz Best Local Rock Band quintet Velvet Caravan. Ricardo sometimes saws with the Train Wrecks—and pretty Best Local Punk Band much anybody else who asks (nicely). Best Local Vocalist Runner-up: Eric Culberson Best Local Video Cusses Best Local Soul/Funk/R&B Group/Artist Another sweep for the A Nickel Bag of Funk punky power trio and Last November’s release of the long-gestating their magenta-haired Melodic Schizophrenic showed the doubters that singer Angel Bond. Nickel Bag, which has taken this award for six AND their 2012 video consecutive years, is one of Savannah’s coolfor “Don’t Give In,” est bands in any category. Songwriter and lead which took this same prize in last year’s voting. Expect the band’s second album any time vocalist Leslie Adele, ably aided and abetted by now. Willie Jones, Jermaine Baker and Tre Moore, Runner-up (rock): Crazy Bag Lady knows how to create the groove, lock it and ride Runner-up (punk): Crazy Bag Lady it. Amar Wilkins recently joined the Bag on Runner-up (vocalist): Thomas Claxton keyboards. 22 Runner-up (video): Black Tusk, “Truth Untold” Runner-up: Ambrose

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In many ways, Steve Baumgardner has become the face of Savannah arts and culture, because he’s involved in so many things at once. Although he’s too busy these days to anchor the Jinx’s Tuesday Hip Hip Night (which he did for years), he’ll still drop by when he can to show support—to rap, sing, break dance, and otherwise show you how it’s done. He’s a busy DJ—focusing on classic rock ‘n’ soul, don’t you know—AND a singer/songwriter, AND the lead singer (and rapper) with the rock-meets-soul-meets-hip hop group Ambrose. Runner-up: KidSyc@Brandywine

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Politics &Public Affairs In better days, former Chief Willie Lovett stands directly behind Mayor Edna Jackson with other members of City Council

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Police Chief Willie Lovett scandal

MAY 21-27, 2014

Man, this rare trifecta win has got it all: Sex, drugs, corruption, coverup. Just as Savannah was beginning to get over the trauma of the disastrous tenure of disgraced former Savannah City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney, another concussion to the system came, seemingly out of the blue: The sudden fall from grace and resignation of Savannah/Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett. Unlike the case with Small-Toney—a fairly recent arrival to town with a known spotty record elsewhere—Lovett’s whole appeal when promoted from major to chief was that he was a known quantity, a long-time local fixture who deserved his chance after a lifetime of faithful service, finally emerging from under the shadow of previous chief and media lightning rod Michael Berkow. But how actually unknown a quantity Lovett was became apparent in an exhaustively detailed independent report last year alleging that several members of the Counter Narcotics Team—comprising regular police officers rotated on and off—were aiding and abetting major drug dealers in town, possibly with the collusion of Chief Lovett himself. In retrospect and a bit more speculatively, perhaps it was exactly that long-time local aspect which allegedly enabled Lovett to develop the contacts and clout necessary to run a seemingly functional police department while possibly at the same time protecting drug shipments to Savannah streets—streets which those drugs made even more dangerous for the vast majority of officers who weren’t involved in the criminal activity. 24 Not to mention long-beleaguered citizenry living in drug-infested hellholes.

Also swirling around the report are nearly a dozen lawsuits against the city alleging harassment and wrongful termination against employees, some of them former police, who objected to what was apparently the standard way of doing business at the time. Lovett quickly resigned last September with full pension, replaced by Interim Chief Julie Tolbert. The two cops mentioned in the report as being apparently suspiciously close to the drug trade were fired and face criminal prosecution. Of course, Savannah being Savannah, the stated reason for Lovett’s resignation had less to do with the report than with a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a female officer married to another Savannah cop. The start of a promised “national search” for a new chief was delayed until March. City Manager Stephanie Cutter wants it concluded by September—a year after Lovett’s sudden departure. Just last week, a fairly brief “final report” was issued by the same Virginia-based outside firm that did the original police department audit. The report made a fair number of good points, but its conclusion probably won’t surprise you: That the recent upper-level changes at the department will probably suffice as far as major changes go. As for the general public, Savannah’s reaction to the far-reaching scandal involving the most serious issues facing the city was to… pretty much yawn and hold no one accountable. And that to many minds remains the “chief ” conundrum. —Jim Morekis Runner-up, Scandal: Paula Deen Runner-up, Screw-up: City Manager Runner-up, Crime Story: Amber DeLoach murder

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Best Local Activist

Jessica Leigh Lebos The Connect Community Editor advocates for good government and responsible activism in her weekly “gossip column with a conscience,” The (Civil) Society Column. Runner-up: Tom Kohler Best State Representative, Best Conservative

Jack Kingston

After 22 years in Congress, this Republican stalwart took a shot at the U.S. Senate. (That’s him on the right; Georgia fans might recognize the dude wearing #34 in the middle.) The Republican primary election was literally the day after we went to press. If Kingston didn’t win, he’ll be ineligible for this award next year for the first time. If he did… he’ll still have November to get through, against likely Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. Runner-up, Rep: John Barrow Best Liberal

Travis Coles The outspoken but always-genial manager of Club One doesn’t shy away from saying what’s on his mind, or what’s important. Always with a smile! Runner-up: Tom Kohler Best Nonprofit Organization

Coastal Pet Rescue

With all the controversy beginning to swirl around the local Animal Control shelter, the most important thing to know about this year’s Best Nonprofit is they are not a shelter. Coastal Pet Rescue is an all-volunteer group that’s all about finding a home for homeless pets throughout Chatham and Effingham Counties. Numerous events throughout the year raise money for this worthy organization—please help patronize those events if you can! Runner-up: Hospice Savannah Best New City Initiative Chatham Area Transit’s CAT Bike program, Georgia’s first public bike sharing operation, started small, with only two stations and just 16 bikes. Still, since the program launched in the bitter cold of late January, more than 1,000 trips around the National Landmark Historic District have been made by CAT Bike. The station in Ellis Square, which is a collaboration between CAT and the City of Savannah’s Department of Mobility and Parking Services, is especially popular with tourists. Travellers who have used bike-sharing systems in other cities instinctively check out bicycles and explore the city, like the German tourist who arrived at last month’s Earth Day Festival in Forsyth Park via CAT Bike, as if it was a completely natural thing to do. Because it was! Expansion has always been part of the plan and CAT officials are evaluating locations for additional stations and courting potential partners. As stations and bikes are added to the system, its usefulness will increase correspondingly. There’s a transportation sweet spot for which CAT Bikes are the perfect vehicle: meetings or errands that are just a little farther away than you’d want to walk, but too close to justify driving (and searching for parking). Downtown workers and residents should check out one lesser known feature, an integrated lock that makes it easy to secure the bike when not docked at a station. SCAD students should also get hip to another fact that’s not widely known: They qualify for a 50 percent discount on the already bargain priced $60 annual membership, which allows unlimited use of the bikes for up to two hours at a time.—John Bennett Runner-up: Community Gardens continues on p. 26

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Best City Employee

Best Firefighter

Bret Bell

Like any good PR person, the City of Savannah’s Public Information Director would first like you to know that “I don’t mean to second guess your readers, but they could have chosen someone better than me.” “There are a ton of unsung heroes here, who show up every day and work their butt off. You never hear about them because they keep our system running so smoothly,” says Bret Bell. Case in point: The day we chatted with Bret about his big win, he had just done some TV interviews about the tragic accidental death of City maintenance mechanic Bounpheng Sriratanakoul at the President Street waste treatment plant. “I was explaining his job to the reporters, saying that where he worked is cleaning and servicing the area where the bulk of Savannah’s solid waste is processed,” Bell says, urging me to use my imagination about what Mr. Sriratanakoul was literally up to his boots in most of the time. “How much money would they have to pay you to do that every day?” Journalists around town have a love/ hate relationship with Bell because of his background: Once the hot-shot city politics reporter for the Savannah Morning News, Bell accepted a job offer with—“sold out” would be an editor’s description—for “the other side,” i.e., public relations, in 2006 during the Otis Johnson administration. “I came to Savannah in 2000 thinking I’d hit this for three years and move onto the next biggest market. You know the deal in journalism,” explains the 40-year-old Massachusetts native. “At some point I had to make a choice: Do I choose this profession and move up within this profession, or choose the community? I chose Savannah. I don’t regret that. ” The game-changer was former Assistant City Manager Chris Morrell. “Chris actually recruited me. I had covered the City with the Morning News for a couple of years. He and I got to know each other. I really respected what was going on at that level at the time,” Bell says. “Of course, like any organization, it’s fallible. But I always feel like the employees of the City are trying to do the right things for everyone.” Bell says it’s a particularly exciting time to be working for a City government. “Looking around all across the country these days, you quickly see that all the action is really at the municipal level. You see the real rise of mayors across the nation as important forces,” he says. “I think most people see now that the federal level is pretty much broken.” As far as dishing dirt on his bosses, Bell is artful in his response. “I think the non-partisan nature of local elections, written into the charter long ago, has proven to be very wise. Plus politicians in Savannah are so individualistic anyway—they really transcend party label,” he says. “The important thing at the local level isn’t partisan ideology, but getting things done.” —Jim Morekis Runner-up: Sean Brandon Best City Council Member

Mayor Edna Jackson

George Dickens III Everybody loves a firefighter. Nobody complains about a firefighter. If Connect Savannah had it all to do over again, we’d probably all become firemen. And firewomen. But we digress. This year’s Best Firefighter began his career with Savannah Fire & Emergency Services in August 2005. Currently driver/ operator of Engine 2 “B” Shift at the Lorwood Station, Dickens is on the Regional Hazmat Response Team. The Georgia Southern grad and wife, Elisa have 2 kids. Dickens says he became a firefighter “because of a strong desire to help people.” He enjoys “the camaraderie of the fire service and looks forward to continuing to advance through the ranks.”—Jim Morekis Runner-up: Nathan Gaskill Best Cop

Sgt. Octavio “Mike” Arango This SAV native earned his bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Armstrong Atlantic and began his career with SavannahChatham Metro Police in 2005. He’s been involved with specialized task units including Downtown Special Operations and TRAP (Vice). He spent 4.5 years working with the Chatham/Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and was promoted from CNT Major Case to Sergeant in 2013. He’s now at the West Chatham precinct heading up their Crime Suppression Unit (CSU). Mike is married to former Best of Savannah “Best Actress” winner Cecilia Tran Arango. They have two children. Best Paramedic

Sara Beyer

Saving lives out there, people! Runner-up: Mae Burrows Best School Board Member

Joe Buck

This will be the swan song for Dr. Buck in the Best of Savannah competition—or at least in this category anyway. The long-time AASU administrator and just all around great dude has finished out his two allowed terms as Savannah/Chatham School Board President. The election to replace him happened literally the day after we went to press for this issue. Runner-up: Julie Wade

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Best Judge Yup, in Savannah the mayor is one vote out of nine on City Council. Other than running Louisa Abbott the meetings, a Savannah mayor really doesn’t have that much more power than other City This popular Superior Court Judge is a Georgia native and Savannah resident since 1982. Council members. That said, Madame Mayor gets high points for being her cheery self and She also serves on a lot of local boards—we believe the legal term is “a crap ton.” getting out and about in the community more often than just about any of her predecessors. Runner-up: Claire Williams Runner-up: Tony Thomas Best County Employee Best County Commissioner Jefferson Kirkland Dean Kicklighter J-Kirk wins the second year in a row! The Kirk-Meister is Environmental Program The outspoken commissioner for the West Chatham district has a rep for speaking his Coordinator, tasked with “enforcing stormwater pollution prevention regulations, public mind and doesn’t hesitate to be the only one voting a certain way on principle. outreach and education and natural resource management and protection.” Congrats again Runner-up: Helen Stone to Jefferson “Captain Kirk” Kirkland! 26 Runner-up: Cameron Chastain

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Best Talk Radio Station WSVH FM 91.1 GPB Savannah Tongues wagged in media circles around town a few months ago, when word began spreading of an epic shakeup at Savannah’s local public radio station, WSVH FM 91. The controversial move was instigated by higher-ups at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. The resulting staff changeover left none of the previous longtime staff remaining. The ripples of that are still ongoing. But the point of the makeover, we’re told by GPB, was to standardize and beef up the news content at GPB/NPR affiliates across the state. Which leads us to this category. When you think of talk radio, you usually think of conservative talk, and that is usually the winner in this Best of Savannah category every year. But this year we chose to highlight a relatively unusual winner, FM 91, and point out that the win in a way reflects the changes going on at the station as we speak. “We’re tripling the number of full-time reporters, going from one to three. We want to serve this state more actively, doing more local and regional news, ” says new Savannah Bureau Chief Sarah Fowler McCammon. “We have daily local newscasts now on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition.’ GPB has been looking at the resources we have here and how to focus them on news and community engagement,” she says. “We’ve heard a real enthusiasm about having a more robust presence here in Savannah and on the coast. ” With stints under her belt at Iowa and Nebraska public radio stations, McCammon is no stranger to NPR’s mystique and deceptively broad appeal that, contrary to stereotype, actually crosses partisan lines. “If you look at our audience research, roughly a third of listeners identify as conservative, a third as liberal and a third as moderate or nonpartisan,” she explains. One of FM 91’s new three full-time reporters is Emily Jones, with experience in the New York and Providence, RI, markets. The former everyone knows is a demanding way to learn your trade, and the latter of which is renowned as being, shall we say, fertile ground for news reporting, given the legendary political corruption of Providence.

Best Local News Anchor RIP: Person You’ll Miss the Most

Mike Manhatton

The WTOC veteran and two-time Emmy winner lost his battle with cancer just as Best of Savannah voting started this time of year, but anyone who worked with this dedicated journalist knew that him winning Best Anchor this year was anything but a sympathy vote. In his nearly 35 year-career with the area’s highest-rated TV news department, Manhatton covered stories from Afghanistan to Iraq to local crime and government, all with an understated professionalism that set him apart from the hucksterism often evident in small-market newscasts. In later years he embarked on a second career of sorts as a photographer, blending a newsman’s eye for detail with an artist’s appreciation for natural beauty. His death at age 56 took away a vital part of Savannah’s institutional news memory, and he will be missed. —Jim Morekis Runner-up, Anchor: Sonny Dixon, WTOC Runner-up, RIP: Ben Tucker Best Sports Anchor

Frank Sulkowski

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“It goes back to the fact that public radio feels like a news source you can trust,” says Jones. “People in their early 20s have come of age and become media consumers in a world with a lot of sources that don’t feel balanced or are just presenting facts. So it creates a tendency to gravitate towards public radio and public TV, because we tell you the news and aren’t telling you what to think.” While McCammon is essentially a Midwesterner, she has relatives in Georgia and isn’t unfamiliar with the area she now calls home with her young family. “One thing I appreciate about both the South and the Midwest is they are two areas of the country that don’t usually get as much attention from the quote/unquote ‘mainstream media.’ Also, being in a smaller city means you get more of an opportunity to get to know people,” says McCammon. “I first came here as a tourist, like so many people, and fell in love with it,” she says. “It’s an artistic, vibrant, growing community with a strong sense of culture and the arts, and educational institutions.” Saying “it’s the kind of place with lots of stories to tell and people who want to hear those stories,” McCammon also says “there are a lot of challenges, like the high poverty rate. As a journalist you’re always looking for important ways to tell important stories. To me this is the perfect place at this time of my life.” One of the mindsets at the “new” FM 91—loosely based on what GPB considers a successful template at their Macon affiliate—is to focus on what makes Savannah so individualistic. Though the Savannah bureau has at least two news planning conference calls daily with the folks in Atlanta, McCammon and Jones say Atlanta doesn’t tell them what to report or how to report it. “It’s more like we tell them what we’re working on. We certainly bounce ideas back and forth, with regards to statewide ideas and issues and how we can work together on reporting and sharing resources,” says Jones. “This is a really special and unique area,” agrees McCammon. “There are issues shared with Georgia as a whole, but there are also different issues. For one thing, geographically we’re on the coast. Savannah’s a very different place than Atlanta. We really see an opportunity here to tell Savannah and coastal Georgia stories. “ So what are the favorite NPR shows of these ladies? I love ‘This American Life,’ ‘Radio Lab,’ and of course ‘Fresh Air,’” says McCammon. “It’s a longtime standby show that continues to find interesting and surprising things.” For Jones, “I listen to the news magazines constantly. They have great stories and a great mix of stories. Personally my favorite is probably ‘Fresh Air.’ I always get sucked into it.’” — Jim Morekis Runner-up: WTKS AM 1290

WJCL/WTGS’s go to “Big Guy” brings a boisterous but knowledgeable take on local sports, from scores to recruiting to human interest. The Georgia Southern grad also produces together a number of special features throughout the year. Runner-up: Rick Snow, WTOC continues on p. 28 27

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Casino Super Bowl ad

Yeah. Ya think? Not only this year’s obvious no-brainer winner, but we could make the strong case that it’s the best local commercial ever made in the history of television. No kidding. Part Godfather II, part Taken, part death metal video, this two-minute bit of genius is built around the story of local personal injury attorney Jamie Casino, brother of murder victim Michael Biancosino, who was shot in 2012 along with Emily Pickels in a still-unsolved crime. It was filmed in and around Savannah and features the unforgettable image of Casino taking a custom-built Hammer of Thor to his brother’s tombstone as Jamie vows to never again represent criminals but instead to seek justice for the wronged. Airing during the Super Bowl the Casino ad was also quite possibly the most interesting thing to happen during that disappointing game. It went on to garner national media attention—not to mention millions of hits on YouTube—for its sheer balls-out bravado. — Jim Morekis Runner-up: Michael Hostilo, Attorney at Law Best Meteorologist

Pat Prokop

WTOC’s veteran weatherman is no mere showman; he brings a scientist’s objective eye to every newscast, and doesn’t shy away from the topic of climate change in his robust social media presence. Runner-up: Kris Allred, WSAV Best Local Newspaper Columnist

Bill Dawers

The “Man About Town” contributes two columns a week on topics as diverse as macroeconomics, the weather, and indie rock. Runner-up: Jessica Leigh Lebos, The (Civil) Society Column Best Local Blog

Yo, Yenta!

Connect Community Editor Jessica Leigh Lebos garners a fourth win for her blog about the observations and tribulations of a Jewish mother in the South at Runner-up: Bill Dawers, Savannah Unplugged Best Local Website

Connect Savannah

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Hey, we tried really hard to upgrade that thing. It is a pretty cool site. Runner-up:


Best Local Radio Station

WRHQ Q105.3 FM

Still Savannah’s only totally locally-owned and based station, Q105 is the labor of love of Jerry Rogers, a treasure trove of rock ‘n’ roll history and a veteran’s veteran. Runner-up: WAEV 97.3 KISS FM

It started about a year and half ago, in a quasi-drunken conversation poking fun at tourists’ apparent inability—or “fucktardedness” in Stone Stairs lingo—to properly negotiate the steep masonry stairway on Factors Walk down to Chuck’s and Dub’s. “Me and my buddy were sitting up where I take all the pictures for the page,” says the page’s founder, who prefers to remain “Anonymous.” “I said this idiot did this and that, and he said yeah, 30 minutes ago another idiot did this. He was the one that made the comment jokingly that we should make a Facebook page about it,” says Anonymous. “So a month or so later I went ahead and started the page. In my mind I was thinking just me and five or six buddies were gonna get a kick out of it. But it caught on.” Stone Stairs of Death indeed became a local internet sensation and a living example of civic journalism. One thing led to another. A steady series of posts, comments, photos, and videos built into a virtual way of life: Stubbornly local, stubbornly boozy, stubbornly seeking the truth. And stubbornly using NSFW language to describe the pathology involved when perhaps otherwise normally-intelligent tourists lose 50 IQ points, i.e., become total “fucktards,” when visiting Savannah. “What drives me to keep it going is the interaction with people. There are fans now all across the country, shit, the world, that are following it now,” says Anonymous. “It’s still a very small page, but there are people all over the place sending me pictures now, and stuff that’s far funnier than anything I put up,” he says. “I get as big a kick out of it as anybody, dude. “ Stone Stairs doesn’t necessarily claim credit or blame. But soon after the page took off, the City of Savannah took it on itself to erect bright yellow warning signs and a somewhat bizarre half-barrier on the staircase, proclaiming “PRIVATE STEPS, USE AT OWN RISK.” In a glorious example of “idiotardocracy,” it turns out that the actual Stone Stairs boast a murky and fascinating pedigree. A City official was quoted recently as saying “Half is owned by one property owner, a quarter is owned by another property owner, and another half is owned by the city.” Anonymous just laughs and shakes his head. “Did you notice that adds up to 125 percent? Those fucktards can’t even get that right.” So the City, in a bid to avoid anymore of the viral YouTube videos such as the one from 2013 showing a tourist riding the staircase banister straight down to a rocky faceplant, blocked off only the part it is legally liable for. Stone Stairs of Death greeted the new Orwellian signage and paraphernalia on the steps with an epic “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” But in a sense, it was just another chapter in the story of the Stone Stairs—which will surely outlive all of us, pointing out the hopeless folly of man in the face of the inexorable pull of gravity. And “douchtardedness.” So what’s the moral of the story? “In general, I get easily bored. Which is how the whole thing started to begin with,” laughs Anonymous. “Obviously I think about things and have interests. I try to keep everything as light as possible and not take anything too seriously. I love this city, dude.” —Jim Morekis Runner-up: Visit Savannah






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Savannah’s tourism bureau continues to have one of the most active and effective social media presences in the industry, thanks in large part to Social Media Manager Amy Brock. Runner-up, Instagram: Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Review (@savannahsweettease) Runner-up, Twitter: Brew/Drink/Run (@brewdrinkrun)


Best Local Radio Personality Best Morning Radio Show

Maunalee Hashemi, Tim Leary and the Morning Showgram


Though she’s no longer with the “Best Morning Show” winner Morning Showgram on Bob 106.9, Maunalee garnered “Best Personality” honors. Listen to the Showgram 5:30-9 a.m. Mon.-Fri. Runner-up, Personality: Kotter Runner-up, Morning Show: Kid Kraddick


Best Local App


The area’s highest-rated news station offers both a news app and a weather app, both free. They even have a Blackberry version for you old-school heads. Runner-up: Yellow Cab Savannah







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Best Bachelorette

Nicole Edge

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This isn’t the first rodeo for our Best of Savannah cover girl this year. Nicole came in second place in South Magazine’s recent Hottest Single competition—not at all what she expected. “That started out as a joke! I saw all these cleancut nice girls being pushed for it. I thought what they really needed in there was a freak with tattoos,” Nicole laughs. It started out as a joke, helped along by Nicole’s self-deprecating promotional efforts on Facebook, but evolved into a totally legit contention. “I thought for sure they’d want me to cover up my tattoos in the photos. Nobody else had them. But one guy taking pictures of me was like, ‘hey can you pose this way so everybody can see your tattoos?’ I was like, YES!” But Nicole’s better known to many as an accomplished belly dancer and “fire performer,” plying her trade all over the Southeast in traveling shows at clubs and restaurants. “It’s enjoyable, and helps keep you in shape... well, the dance part at least,” laughs Edge when talking about her passion for showmanship and dance. And eating fire. “It’s exciting to see the audience reaction to fire eating. They’re either terrified or delighted!” she says. Lovely Nicole is a Jill-of-all-trades — she also gives sewing lessons at Kleo’s Sewing Studio, plays drums in the surf punk band Wave Slaves, and sells her own line of soaps, Kleo’s Handcrafted Soaps, at booths at events all over town. —Jim Morekis


Best BachelorRichard


Like Nicole, this 27-year-old server & bartender at Public was a finalist in South’s “Hottest Single” competition. (Apparently these kinds of potentially ego-destroying competitions are a growing local cottage industry.)

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Best Place of Worship

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Best Historic Building

Owens-Thomas House As chronicled in a recent issue of Connect Savannah, the crew at the OT House are taking steps to restore and reveal the old butler’s pantry, for the first time making it a regular part of the popular house tour, which continues to pack in tourists to this one-of-a-kind Regency masterpiece. Combined with the restored slave quarters, this development brings the OT House firmly into that select group of Southern house museums making a real effort to tell all sides of the story, Downton Abbey style. Runner-up: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Contrary to popular local opinion, this historic edifice overlooking Lafayette Square has its deepest roots not in Irish culture, but in the exodus of French Catholics from Haiti after the revolution there in the late 1700s. Its congregation remained the only Catholic congregation in Savannah until the mid-1800s, when an influx of Irish immigrants just before the Civil War gave the congregation its overtly Celtic character today— seen most vividly in the St. Patrick’s Day Morning Mass each year. The current building partially dates from the 1870s—though really a fire in 1898 destroyed virtually all of it—and has seen several extensive renovations over the years, both inside and out. Runner-up: Savannah Christian Church

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Best Charity Event

Hero Appreciation Day This May event held in Forsyth Park raises funds for awareness of the sacrifice of wounded veterans. All the proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors project and Sua Sponte, the latter of which helps wounded U.S. Army Rangers from the 1st Battalion, based at Hunter Army Airfield. Runner-up: A-Town Get Down

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Best Celebrity Sighting

Norman Reedus The enormous success of The Walking Dead made Norman Reedus’s appearance with the Savannah Film Festival by many accounts the highlight of that entire event. He gave a “master class” to SCAD students and sat down for numerous interviews while he was here. And everyone, and we mean everyone, dug his down jacket look. Runner-up: Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner at Back in the Day Best Apartment Community

The Oaks at Wilmington Island Those who prefer island living prefer renting at The Oaks. Runner-up: The Merritt Best Pastor/Priest/Rabbi

Cam Huxford

The affable shepherd of the flock at Savannah Christian Church is the public face of a large and influential outreach ministry which encompasses five locations and all kinds of missionary partnerships. A team of congregants even joined up with other volunteers and the City of Savannah to help tidy up a couple of local homeless camps this past March. Runner-up: Rabbi Robert Haas Best Private School

St. Vincent’s Academy Best Principal/Headmaster

Mary Anne Hogan

Our readers just love St. Vincent’s, who win in both these categories quite often, among some very stiff competition in this area. This all-girl high school was founded 166 years ago, and is the longest-running Sisters of Mercy school in the country, incorporating values of Catholic service and academic excellence. Ms. Hogan has been with the school since 2010. The Detroit native was a veteran of Savannah public schools and is the first principal in St. Vincent’s history not to be a nun with the Sisters of Mercy. Runner-up, School: Savannah Country Day Runner-up, Principal: Gifford Lockley, SAA Best Public School

Savannah Arts Academy It’s been an interesting year for SAA. As Savannah’s best-performing public high school, it’s always been a convenient target for those who confuse excellence with elitism and see mediocrity as an admirable standard to avoid offending anyone. The school became embroiled in a particular controversy not of its own making earlier this year, when some Garrison parents maintained that the school board promised their children a streamlined way to avoid the heartwrenching SAA lottery process. The outcry-to-the-outcry only proved what we already knew: The demand for academically excellent high schools in Chatham County greatly outstrips the supply. Most recently, there was another controversy over the school board’s somewhat mysterious refusal to renew the contract of popular band teacher Vann Thornton. Still, due to the hard-working faculty and staff—led by Principal Gif Lockley—and, it must be said, the dearth of really good schools in Chatham County, SAA remains at the top of the class.—Jim Morekis Runner-up: Charles Ellis Montessori Best Tour Company

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Best Street Character


Forrest Gump

Always a crowd-pleaser, Old Savannah gives the people what they want: Easy and fun trolley tours and encounters with Savannah characters like Paula Deen and Forrest Gump—or actors playing them, anyway. Runner-up, Tour: Old Town Trolley Tours Runner-up, Character: Savannah Dan

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Best Yoga Studio

Savannah Yoga Center Another victory for Kelley Boyd and her posse of fabulous yoginis! Must be all the meditation that keeps SYC posed for success. With a packed roster of every yoga style from hatha to hiphop and a serene new Pooler location, everyone can find inner peace. Runner-up: Savannah Power Yoga

Best Local Health Clinic

Urgent Care 24/7

Lace up those kicks, y’all! There’s no excuse not to get to the gym when the Y offers affordable rates, Zumba classes, weightlifting facilities, pools and free childcare at five locations around Chatham County. Runner-up: Strong Gym

The Affordable Care Act may have brought insurance to more people, but it can’t do a whole lot about big deductibles or long lines at the doctor’s office. From bumps and bruises to minor infections and embarrassing rashes, Savannah knows that most any medical issue can be treated affordably at one of Urgent Care 24/7’s five locations—with no waiting. Neurologist Dr. Jerry Williams opened his first clinic on Tybee Island in 2011 to serve tourists and residents who needed medical attention but didn’t necessarily need to make a trip to the emergency room. Historic Savannah soon followed, and now Midtown, Pooler and Sandfly also have their own clinics. A sixth location is on deck to open in the old Hollywood Video building on Whitemarsh Island, and two more are in the planning stages. That’s what we call a healthy business model. “I was just trying to fill a void,” explains Dr. Williams. “What happens is that people like the care they receive so much, they come back.” In addition to stitching up cuts and writing prescriptions for antibiotics, the clinics also offer preventative care, X-rays, vaccinations and employer drug screenings. Also popular with the drinking crowd is an IV cocktail of antioxidants, anti-nausea medication and vitamins for those truly heinous hangovers. Each Urgent Care 24/7 clinic is staffed with a board-certified physician as well as physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. Patients are evaluated quickly and either treated and sent on their way or referred to the hospital if necessary. “At the ER, they’re dealing with acute heart attacks and obstetric emergencies and gunshot wounds and car accidents, but we can handle almost everything else,” assures the good doctor. “Strep throat, lacerations, dehydration, influenza, we see it all.” —Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner-up: Midwife Group and Birth Center

Best Physical Therapist

Best Local Pharmacy

The big brains behind Ledesma Sports Medicine is also an athlete, making him the go-to fix-it guy for all manner of torn ligaments and aching muscles accrued from running, cycling and/or simply fixing the water heater. Runner-up: Mark Lebos

Where else can you fill your Xanax prescription, buy your grandmother a birthday card and stock up on Cadbury crème eggs at the same time? With the spanking new CVS on Derenne open 24/7, there’s never reason to run out of tampons. Runner-up: Lo Cost Pharmacy

Best Personal Trainer

Best Hospital

This exercise physiologist and Savannah native may be good at a lot of things, but you’ve voted him once again as the best guy to get you in shape. Specializing in personal training, group fitness, back care, seniors and post-surgery rehab, Lebos offers small classes and private sessions at his Strong Gym on Bull St. Runner-up: Zachary Burke

With comprehensive cancer and cardiac treatment programs, expert doctors, smart nurses, a medical school and a Level 1 trauma center, this massive facility deserves its equally substantial name. When you’re in the ambulance, however, you can just tell ‘em “Memorial.” Runner-up: St. Joseph’s/Candler continues on p. 34 33

Ginger Veitinger of Bump Massage Therapy You don’t need to be pregnant or a new mother to enjoy Ginger’s stress-relieving talents, though Savannah’s baby mamas swear by her ability to ease a body through the childbirthing year. She’s recently relocated her practice to join forces with the maternity experts at Erigo and offers a variety of modalities. Runner-up: Keelah Kracht of Spa Bleu Best Pilates Studio

Momentum Pilates Once again Carol Daly-Wilder pushes and pulls her way to the top—gently, of course. Utilizing reformers, chairs, mats and barrels, Momentum helps lengthen and strengthen your limbs while decompressing the spine. Those tower classes will tighten up your core in no time! Runner-up: Renew You Best Fitness Club

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Best General Practitioner

Jeanne M. Hungerpiller, MD She may not make house calls, but Dr. Hungerpiller always has time for her patients at her Family Medicine practice on 65th St and through the St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital system. Runner-up: Bhavesh G. Patel, MD Best Nurse

Heidi Longenburger Once again the nurse manager at the Midwife Group and Birth Center is your top choice for her compassionate nurturing and undeniable expertise as she assists new mothers. All we know is that she must know a lot about birthin’ babies. Runner-up: Ashley Rudder of Memorial OR Best OB/GYN

Pamela G. Gallup, MD Savannah women entrust their lady bits to Dr. Gallup, who works with women at all stages of life and state of plumbing, if you catch our drift. Known for being an attentive listener, she seeks to empower women “to feel comfortable and confident in their bodies while maintaining their overall health and well-being.” Runner-up: Andrew Tucker, MD Best Midwife

Jill Whitfield As Coastal Georgia’s champion of natural childbirth, Certified Nurse Midwife Whitfield has been providing gentle, comprehensive care at the Midwife Group and Birth Center for more than a quarter of century—which means some of the babies she’s delivered are having babies themselves! Runner-up: Nancy I. Belin, CNM, Midwife Group and Birth Center Best Dermatologist

Lewis R. Collins, Jr. MD The lead doctor at Dermatology Associates of Savannah can bring your skin to its potential glory with a variety of medical and cosmetic treatments for your precious epidermis. We suspect he’d also be really happy if you’d just listen to him about wearing sunscreen. Runner-up: Claudia N. Gaughf, MD




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Best Acupuncturist

Fawn Smiley

This Savannah native wins again for her talent with the needles. She has been studying the ancient Chinese secrets of how to read pulses and treat disease for 17 years from Master Jeffrey Yuen. We hear Fawn is opening a gorgeous new downtown clinic next month. Runner-up: Bauer Coslick Best Chiropractor

Dr. Chris Whelan Everyone needs adjusting from time to time, and Dr. Chris Whelan is Savannah’s choice for gently aligning backs back to health. Treating sciatica, pain and traumatic injuries, he maintains a busy practice downtown. Runner-up: Dr. Andrew Kirk Best Dentist

Larry Schmitz, DDS If you’re looking for the best for your pearly whites, the founder of the Habersham Dental Group is your man. In addition to serving a regular clientele, Dr. Schmitz also volunteers his dental ministrations to the homeless at J.C. Lewis Health Center. Runner-up: Ronald Smiley, DMD

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Best Eye Doctor

Elizabeth Miller, MD Last year’s winner, with Georgia Eye Institute, “looks” like she’s a deserving winner. She has a real “eye” for what works. She has a comprehensive “vision” for health care. She keeps here “eyes” on the prize. Work with us here, people..... Runner-up: Island Eye Care Best Cosmetic Surgeon

William H. Dascombe, MD This makes four wins in a row for this internationally-trained, Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery physician. Do we know from experience that Dr. Dascombe has the most skilled hands when it comes to nipping and tucking? We’ll never tell. Runner-up: Barbara L. Davies, MD

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Best Veterinarian

Dr. Jeff Mahany When it comes to caring for our four-legged friends, Dr. Jeff Mahany has the best leash-side manner in town. The Savannah native first came to animal care during his undergraduate years at the University in Georgia while working on a dairy farm, milking cows and pulling calves in between classes. He enjoyed that so much that he enrolled in UGA’s heralded Veterinary Sciences program, thinking that he’d continue treating cows, horses and other large mammals in the agricultural sector. That changed when he returned to his hometown to practice with Dr. Max Cooper at Island Vet Clinic in 2006. There aren’t too many cows on Wilmington Island, and these days his clients are well-groomed cats and dogs rather than sickly steers or foals. Still, Dr. Mahany finds plenty of satisfaction in what he calls the “small animal stuff.” “It’s been a very rewarding profession,” says Dr. Mahany, who took over the clinic from Dr. Cooper in 2010. He credits Island Vet Clinic’s other veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer Donaldson and Dr. Allison Witherow, with maintaining the legacy begun by Dr. Cooper in 1973. Dr. Mahany and his wife, Debra, live on the island with their 2 year-old daughter and two rescue pups, Charlie and Kuko. He says that his clients’ humans do a good job of doling out the preventative heartworm medication and keeping up with vaccines. However, some of them need to cool it with the treats and table food. “We see a lot of overweight pets, and that can be really dangerous, especially in the larger breeds as they get older,” he warns. For the most part, though, the felines and canines he sees are in excellent health. “We’re lucky with our clientele,” assures Dr. Mahany. “They’re very responsible pet owners.” —Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner-up: Dr. Brian Mulvey

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Best Psychologist

Best Veterinary Clinic

Central Animal Hospital Dr. Alex Hill and his caring crew remain your favorite folks to bring your animals for check-ups, vaccines, digital x-rays and surgical needs—as well as a tasty selection of healthy treats. Runner-up: Case Veterinary Hospital Best Barber Shop

The Barber Pole Maybe it’s the actual striped pole outside or the way they flash the scissors for a highand-tight in less time that it takes to tie a tie, but this classically charming shop on Bull Street keeps its crown. Runner-up: Christy’s Barber Shop Best Hair Salon

Colorboxx Salon It seems like Nikki Edwards and her squad of killer stylists have been winning this award since mullets were cool—but of course, mullets were never really cool. Congrats to Colorboxx for five years as Savannah’s favorite! Runner-up: Salon Aqua


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Susan Lamb, PhD It’s a mad, mad, mad world, but you can find your sanity. At the Savannah Psychotherapy Center, Dr. Lamb helps clients work through issues using dreams, imagery and mindfulness with the intention that “we embrace the paradoxes in our lives to open the way for our own nourishing wisdom and joy.” Runner-up: Marion E. Marsh, MD


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Angel Nails

Decorate your digits at this Wilmington Island salon, offering luxurious mani/pedis, a rainbow of gel colors and those simply gorgeous pink-and-whites. Runner-up: Golden Nails

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Cora Lynn Bannon

Once again, Cora Lynn is your favorite person to enhance your extremities as the lead nail tech at Spa Bleu. How could you not love someone who swaddles your feet in Honeysuckle Orange Cream essential oil? Runner-up: Jamie Alls, JW Salon & Spa Best Medical Spa


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Glow Med Spa Bat your eyelashes with confidence after visiting this longtime champion of beauty services that include the very latest in skin care and make-up science. Who says aging gracefully can’t use a wee bit of help? Runner-up: Diamond Bodywork and Massage Best Day Spa If heaven has an outpost on earth, it has to be within the halcyon walls of this serene spot off Broughton Street, where the sounds and bustle of downtown disappear as soon as you walk in the door. Runner-up: Savannah Day Spa continues on p. 38


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Tan-Tastic Tanning With Midtown and Southside locations that offer light booths and spray-on tans, TanTastic remains Savannah’s choice for a healthy glow without the pesky sun damage. Runner-up: Bronze Tanning Salon

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Best Piercing Parlor

Planet 3


Ears, tongue, septum and other parts we don’t necessarily want to know about get expert attention from master piercer Mason Smith. With a fresh makeover and a new line of products, Planet 3 is also the place to shop for body décor. Runner-up: Ghost Town Tattoo and Piercing Studio

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Black Orchid Tattoo Studio & Gallery Have an inkling to add something colorful to your skin? Make your mark with the visionary artists of Savannah’s No. 1 tattoo shop on Victory Drive. Runner-up: The Butcher Tattoo Studio Best Outdoor Outfitters

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Half Moon Outfitters Even if you don’t know jack about kayaking, climbing, backpacking or paddleboarding, the kind outdoor experts at Half Moon Outfitters can make you look like you do. Runner-up: Bass Pro Shops Best Golf Course

The Club at Savannah Harbor Managed by the authorities of Troon Golf, the lush course across the river remains Savannah’s favored place to knock out nine or 18 holes. Runner-up: Bacon Park Best Bowling Alley

Frames ‘n’ Games This Pooler hotspot spares no expense at bringing the highest end family bowling experience around with 28 lanes, super clean shoes and giant arcade. Did we mention there’s a full bar? Runner-up: AMF Savannah Lanes

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Best Marina

Hogan’s Marina Dock your boat at Turner’s Creek and you’ll find a host of full-service facilities and a friendly crowd with whom to swap fishing yarns. Be sure to ask Capt. Judy about that giant shark! Runner-up: Isle of Hope Marina Most Underrated Park

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Those in the know adore this green spot taking up a chunk of real estate off Victory and Waters that boasts a paved track, a dog park, a public swimming pool, rolling fields and plenty of shady oaks. Runner-up: Forsyth Park Best Pro Sports Team

Savannah Sand Gnats The boys of summer can always be counted on to provide entertainment at historic Grayson Stadium. They’ve got home games every other week through August—hope to see y’all at Thirsty Thursdays! Runner-up: Savannah Derby Devils

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Best College Sports Team

AASU Women’s Soccer Goooaaaallllll! The ruthless Pirates finished 14th in the country in the final Bennett Rank this last season, with a final 11-4-3 record that included two draws versus NCAA championship game participants Grand Valley and West Florida. Runner-up: Georgia Southern Eagles Best High School Team

Benedictine Cadets Be it in baseball, football or golf, the boys of the BC 400 manage to take athletics to new heights with excellent coaching and supportive booster club. Runner-up: St. Vincent’s Academy


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Best Running/Walking Event Best Sports Event of the Year

Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Here in Savannah we love our local musicians and we love pounding the pavement, so obviously any event that combines the two is bound stay No. 1. But just sayin’, there should be a special medal for anyone who can sing Joan Jett’s anthem while running 26 miles. Runner up, Running/Walking Event: Savannah River Bridge Run Runner up, Sports Event: St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament

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Sh’nia Gordon of SSA Savannah United Just because we don’t call it fútbol doesn’t mean it doesn’t dominate our hearts, minds and feet—the winners in three categories this year prove that Savannah loves soccer. Established in 2013, SSA Savannah United is the love child of two former soccer clubs, Savannah Celtic F.C. and the Coastal Georgia Soccer Association. The new megaclub offers programs for the littlest tykes on up through competitive adults and is expanding its recreational and academy teams into Richmond Hill and Pooler this fall. “As a combined force, Savannah United is able to offer quality training and programs for all ages and levels,” says Keith Gunn, one of the Savannah United’s four founders. “Our most advanced players can now progress to the highest levels of soccer within our own club structure.” The club boasts has distinct style of play passed down from its official football development partner, Chelsea FC, and is an affiliate of the Southern Soccer Academy that sends

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on elite players to into development programs for Olympic and professional teams. What that means is if parents are willing to cart their lil’ Peles from field to field, there’s topnotch instruction and coaching at the ready. Speaking of coaching, Savannah United co-founder Matt Pritchard has been involved in the local youth soccer scene since 2008. It’s no wonder you voted him Best Coach, ‘cause his adoration for soccer is infectious. “I like the game for what it teaches kids. The continuous play, the freedom to move— there’s an element of beauty and joy no other sport has,” waxes Pritchard. “My job is to get these kids to fall in love with the game.” A Kansas City native who originally planned to become a pastor, Pritchard now preaches the gospel of soccer to over 1000 players under 8 as the coordinator for Savannah United’s Early Goals and Micro divisions. He also coaches the premier U11 girls’ team that went undefeated this season and tied for sixth place in the State Cup. When he’s not blowing his whistle on the fields, Pritchard spends time with his wife, Savannah, and with a wink says he’s already bought a pair of tiny cleats for their 7 monthold daughter, Quinn. The former player spent years in Olympic development programs until he blew out his ankle his senior year of high school, and though his dreams of a college scholarship were dashed, he’s never lost his enthusiasm for the game. “Of course, fun only get you so far,” he warns, slipping into stern coach mode. “Then comes the work.” Best Athlete Sh’nia Gordon knows all about the work. At 17, she’s ranked 20 in the nation, No. 3 regionally and 49 out of 150 on The star forward of Savannah United’s Athena A team, she regularly plays up against college teams—and not just against the girls. While some of Sh’nia’s accomplishments rise from pure talent, the rest come from her superhuman commitment to her game: The Richmond Hill junior trains for two hours every day, doing sprints and drills in the backyard. And that’s before practice even starts. The time she puts in means less hanging out with friends, but it’s paying off: Sh’nia is recognized by the U.S. Women’s National Team and recently attended one of their training sessions last March. Armed with a stellar 3.8 GPA, she already has a verbal commitment for a full ride to West Virginia University, where she thinks she might study international finance. The World Cup megafun swears loyalty to Real Madrid. “I tried just about every sport—basketball, track—and I guess I just love soccer,” she shrugs with a smile, right before she slices the ball through the air with a perfectly-placed foot. In her spare time, Sh’nia studies Cristiano Ronaldo’s moves on YouTube and kicks the ball around with her boyfriend, internationally-recognized soccer dynamo Abuchi Obinwa. Look for them both at the 2016 Olympic trials. —Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner Up Club Sports: Savannah Derby Devils Runner Up Coach: Kevin “Khan Man” Williams of Savannah Derby Devils

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doesn’t want to cook it,” shrugs Temo. It’s an adherence to tradition that folks don’t seem to mind waiting for, especially on weekends when tables can be scarce. No problema, since Tequila’s Town has a full bar that offers at least 30 types of its namesake, from silver to añejo to the rare Maestro Dobel to mezcal with a worm at the bottom. Try the tuna margarita, which has nothing to do with fish and boasts a deep beet color from juice squeezed from prickly pear cactus fruit. —Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner-up, New: Chive Sea Bar & Lounge Runner-up, Mexican & Margarita: Jalapeno’s Best Coffee Best Coffeehouse

Foxy Loxy

MAY 21-27, 2014

Situated in Savannah’s SoFo (South of Forsyth) district sits one of the city’s most popular two-story homes, slinging Tex Mex cuisine, brunch and some of the finest coffee in the South. The fine folks at Foxy Loxy Cafe have done it again and won both best coffeehouse and coffee—the latter undoubtedly a nod to their chief supplier and partner PERC Coffee. Though with their expansive food and drink menu, regular live local music and newly Green Truck Neighborhood Pub added brunch offerings this win comes as no surprise. Indeed, Jennifer Jenkins’ labor of love While their signature green ’65 Chevy is certainly iconic, the most important part of their has surpassed being solely a coffeehouse and can readily be considered a staple in the Savanname is probably the word “neighborhood.” What began as a niche, quasi-hipster spot in a nah scene. still up-and-coming area just south of the Victorian District has become one of the hottest Featuring various artists’ work and serving as a stop on First Friday’s Art March, Foxy has tables in Savannah, in an area that is more than coming into its own. Chef/burgermeister become an integral proponent of Savannah’s artistic community. From hosting events like Josh Yates believes in the farm-to-table philosophy, with all his meat coming from Hunter Acoustic Tuesdays and Vinyl Appreciation Night to their revolving gallery of local and disCattle combined with an attention to craft brews on their rotating bar menu. tant artists SoFo’s famed java joint is truthfully one of the city’s artistic hubs. Runner-up, Overall/Wait Olde Pink House So stop on in, snag a taco, a cup of Savannah’s stronRunner-up, Pub Food: Molly MacPherson’s gest cold brewed coffee and see why Foxy is the favorite of Runner-up, Gourmet & Veggie: B&D locals and visitors alike. —Sinjin Hilaski Burgers Runner-up, Coffee: PERC Runner-up, Coffeehouse: The Sentient Bean Best New Restaurant Best Mexican Best Fine Dining Best Margarita Best Downtown Restaurant Tequila’s Town Most Romantic From the looks at the line of margarita swillOlde Pink House ers waiting along Whitaker Street for a table, it’s Let’s face it: Service is perhaps the weak link in Savanclear that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cantina. nah restaurants. One of a handful of Savannah restauTequila’s Town has been packed since it rants equally pleasing to locals and tourists alike, the Olde opened last summer, offering a take on Mexican Pink House keeps things simple by concentrating on good comida that branches beyond burritos: Savannah food served professionally. Their recent bar expansion has become enchanted with chicken enchiladas provides patrons with more options to have a cocktail: smothered in chocolatey mole sauce and quesadilFacing the sidewalk with a view of Reynolds Square, or las de huitlacoche stuffed with a Mexican mushdownstairs amid the piano music in the old faithful Plantrooms. Facebook and TripAdvisor spark with er’s Tavern. raves for TT’s sopa Azteca, and the tableside Runner-up, Fine: Alligator Soul guacamole service draws customers from far past Runner-up, Downtown: Zunzi’s the county line. Runner-up, Romantic: Leoci’s “We’re getting away from the stigma of Mexican food being just rice and beans,” owner Best Food Event Cuauhtemoco “Temo” Ortiz told Connect last Savannah Greek Festival year. The 63rd edition of this beloved local tradition took The founder of other local Latin-themed place this past October to the usual huge crowds of restaurants including Rancho Allegre and baklava-and-bouzouki- loving attendees in the Hellenic Hidalgo’s, Ortiz has found sizzling success with Center across from historic St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox this boundary-breaking menu. That may have Church. Greek Festivals usually do big business all around something to do with the fact that his mother, the country, but what makes Savannah’s nearly unique is Señora Ortiz, oversees la cucina to make sure the that almost all the food is still made from scratch by conrecipes of Oaxaca, Veracruz and her hometown gregants, who begin volunteer work in the beginning of of Morelia are kept true. For her mole poblano, Tequila’s Town is the summer to make sure everything’s ready in time. this abuelita suprema insists upon a specific hot newest biggest hit Runner-up: Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival pepper that can only be sourced from Florida. downtown 42 “If she doesn’t have the right ingredients, she continues on p. 44


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reservations-only policy, you get the sense that nobody’s crying about the tourists who don’t know enough to call in advance. “You wouldn’t believe the book,” Carpenter says about the scheduling book. “That thing is a beast to control.” Baker and Carpenter are in the process of opening a second eatery called “80 East” a few blocks up the street. It’s also located in a strip mall. “It’s not going to be a traditional wooden top sports bar. It will have a full dining room and a marble-top bar,” Carpenter adds. While a high-end gastropub/sports bar bon vivant may sound oxymoronic, so does casual fine dining with gas pumps in the parking lot. —Jenny Dunn Runner-up: North Beach Bar & Grill

Sundae Café

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Nestled in an unassuming retail plaza across from The Sugar Shack on Highway 80, Sundae Café is an epicurean success story flanked by a gas station and a beverage mart. The menu boasts handcut, certified black angus steaks, sushi nachos, oysters Rockefeller, foie gras, pork belly, seafood cheesecake, crawdads, pistachio-crusted tuna, and signature sides like bleu cheese bread pudding. It’s mouth-watering strip-mall gourmet; an evolutionary riddle wrapped in a geographic enigma, shrouded in surf and turf. “It’s a joke at this point—our regulars say, ‘We’re going to eat at the convenience store, we’re going to eat at the liquor store,” owner Kevin Carpenter says. The real joke is how an ice cream shop with three booths morphed into an upscale dining hot spot in fits and spurts, under the same ownership, and without the benefit of a name change. This fixer-upper fairy tale is nothing short of miraculous in a business as unforgiving as the food industry. “We opened with no money,” Carpenter’s partner, A.J. Baker, remembers. “We just took it over as it was, added a few little deli sandwiches and stuff. We did pretty good in the summertime, not as good in the winter time. Nobody really wants ice cream in the winter.” Carpenter and Baker met as teens while working at a seafood joint on Tybee and bunked together at culinary arts college in Charleston before taking over Sundae Café in 2001. The transformation began with hot lunches and a blue plate special that garnered some steady guests. When the adjacent video rental store closed, Sundae Café annexed the space, installed a full kitchen and started serving dinner. “We basically worked by ourselves for the first two years, seven days a week. We used to like each other,” Baker laughs. “I guess we still do.” Carpenter says the clientele demographic is close to 80 percent local, if not more. Even the bar fills up on reservations for dinner. As the only Tybee restaurant with a strict


Best Family Restaurant

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Informally claiming the title of “Best Sweet Tea in the South” as well, this longtime local fixture has grown to six locations, all from their beginnings as a drive-up diner in 1960 at their original Skidaway location. Runner-up: Mrs. Wilkes Best Tapas

Jazz’d Tapas Bar It doesn’t overhype itself like some other downtown places one could mention, but Jazz’d has quietly staked its claim on an underserved menu segment, to great acclaim. Runner-up:

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Best Chef

Roberto Leoci

Best Italian Restaurant

Leoci’s Trattoris

What’s up in Roberto’s world these days? The perennial Best Chef winner continues to have a great thing going in the flagship restaurant on Abercorn bearing his name. But he is branching out a bit to the north, set to open Pacci’s Italian Kitchen + Bar inside the new Brice Hotel (formerly the Mulberry Inn). Earlier this year Roberto received a “Georgia Grown Executive Chef ” Award from the Ga. Restaurant Association and the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture, for “incorporating fresh, locally grown products into their menus.” Runner-up, Chef: Kirk Blaine, Driftaway Café Runner-up, Italian: Bella’s Italian Cafe

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It was a close race this year, but Cheddar’s came out on top again. As West Chatham continues to grow at a hefty pace, look to see more and more action in this category every year. Runner-up: Pie Society Best Take-Out


This South African comfort food mecca—now with a second location on Drayton Street —continues to impress locals and tourists alike. Runner-up: Fire Street Food Best Farmer’s Market/Food Co-op

Forsyth Farmer’s Market

In one of the great Savannah success stories of recent years, the Forsyth Farmer’s Market not only combined great timing—a market finally ready to sustain a regular farmer’s market and make it worth farmers’ time and effort—but utilizing the full human potential of Savannah’s green and farm-to-table community. Runner-up: State Farmer’s Market Best Outdoor Dining

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Best Deli Best Bagels

The Midtown Deli & Bagel Shop You’d think there’d be more great delis in a town with so many Northern transplants. You’d be wrong. But really, Savannah’s a small city and all we need is one really awesome one. Midtown Deli fits the bill, along with having very pleasant and helpful staff—not always a given in service-starved Savannah. Runner-up, Deli: Al Salaam Deli Runner-up, Bagels: Panera Bread Best Vegetarian Restaurant Best Salad

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Best Caribbean

Sweet Spice Chef Donovan Smith has come a long way from making traditional Jamaican meat patties to sell on the streets when he first arrived in Savannah over a decade ago. Banking on the loyal following for his savory stuffed pastries, the Westmoreland native, former bodyguard and retired U.S. Army soldier expanded his menu to include more island favorites and opened Sweet Spice restaurant on Waters Avenue in 2011. Now Chef Donovan and his family pile plates high with jerk chicken seasoned to make your eyes tear with joy and tender curried goat served with fried plantains and white rice. “Welcome to Sweet Spice, where everything is nice!” is the inevitable greeting to every customer who comes to feast. A favorite on TripAdvisor and among Memorial hospital employees, the restaurant stays busy at lunch and dinner—though the vibe is always irie, never rushed. Also on the menu are American-influenced comfort foods like dumplings and mac n’ cheese, but hey mon, live a little: this is a destination for authentic Caribbean cuisine like ackee and salt fish, featuring the ackee fruit, one of Jamaica’s largest exports. Fresh squeezed carrot juice and peanut punch as well as tasty roti bread also bring the flavors of the tropics to the deep South. “I learned to cook in mother’s kitchen, using plenty of spices and fresh ingredients,” Chef Donovan told Connect last year. Enough of that, pal, you’re Jamaican us hungry! —Jessica Leigh Lebos Runner-up: Rancho Allegre

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Best Late Night Restaurant

Sweet Melissa’s

Unlike back in the day, there are actually plenty of places serving late night food now in downtown Savannah. But Sweet Melissa’s seems to really embody the phrase “late night menu” in the sense most people understand it: The place to go when you get hungry during a night of partying and you may want to keep partying afterward. 48 Runner-up: Betty Bomber’s

One of Broughton Street’s most consistently popular success stories – and also filling an important niche in a town which oddly doesn’t have that many good but inexpensive lunch options—Kayak Café delivers according to a simple formula: Keep it fresh, keep it fast, keep it tasty, keep it healthy. Runner-up, Veggie: Sentient Bean Runner-up, Salad: Starland Cafe Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Cha Bella Grill & Patio Bar Actually one of the first Savannah restaurants to go farm-to-table, Cha Bella continues to provide a short but well-curated menu featuring local delicacies and produce. Runner-up: Local 11 Ten Best Place for Steak

Ruth’s Chris

A renovation to make it more welcoming to the scenester crowd, combined with the chain’s usual very high quality and attention to beef, make this a perennial winner ever since it arrived to town. Runner-up: Outback Best Brunch

B. Matthews Eatery You know what they say: A good brunch is hard to find. Or something like that. B. Matthews pretty much sets the bar for daytime eats downtown. Now pass that Mimosa! Runner-up: J. Christopher Best Pancakes & Best Breakfast

J. Christopher

Downtown Savannah doesn’t have a lot of quality breakfast spots, but this regional chain identified a need early on and has garnered a large and devoted following. Runner-up, Pancakes: IHOP Runner-up, Breakfast: The Breakfast Club

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Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

The Public Kitchen and Bar The core recipe concept is simple—it’s shrimp and it’s grits. It’s charmingly iconic; it’s low-country gourmet. It’s decadent down-home comfort food infused with as much regional pride as it is butter, and it’s a Best of Savannah 2014 category handily won by relative newcomer, the Public Kitchen and Bar. Like fried chicken or barbecue, shrimp and grits is a fierce dish to cast your vote on. There’s a regional sacredness about the bottom-feeder shellfish and ground hominy combo that most Yankees, tourists, and foreigners can’t understand, but still manage to appreciate. “It’s a rich dish, rooted in the South,” says chef de cuisine Brian Gonet, who’s been with the Public Kitchen since its birth. “You start with sweet, local shrimp, buttery cheddar bacon grits, add in the peppery, smokiness of Mexican chorizo with a hint of paprika and cumin—it really is hard to beat.” Public’s most popular dish boasts a base of bacon and cheddar grits, accented with chunks of Mexican-style chorizo, balanced with fresh tomatoes and peas and then drenched in a sherry-wine cream-based sauce. As an added atmospheric perk, you can gnosh your grits in a secluded corner of the Public’s subterranean brick grotto, or perch at the tastefully modern bar and people-watch. It the weather permits, you can also opt to slurp your shrimp street-side at a candlelit café table. Definitely a win-win. Way to fall in line, Savannahians. You’re in accord with the general populace, the likes of which cast 4 out of 5 stars for the Public on Tripadvisor and 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp. If you haven’t been yet, head down to 1 W. Liberty and find out for yourself what “Contemporary Fresh American” tastes like. —Jenny Dunn Runner-up: Vic’s on the River Best Fried Chicken Best Southern Food

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room Seems like everywhere you go people say such-and-such is the best fried chicken in the world. Maybe fried chicken is just that good, period. Then again, when people say it about Mrs. Wilkes’, they’re actually correct. Runner-up, Both: Sisters of the New South Best Barbecue

Angel’s BBQ Old-school barbecue places are supposed to have very limited hours, close in August, be in a cinderblock building, have a smokehouse out back tended by old men, and have a loaf of white bread on the table. Angel’s has none of these things. But Andy and Aileen’s respectful yet innovative approach to all kinds of Southern barbecue earns them this award year after year. continues on p. 50 Runner-up: Wiley’s Championship BBQ

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Best Sub Shop


There are tons of corporate sub shops now, but so few of them realize, as Baldino’s does, that the whole point of a sub is fresh ingredients. Runner-up: Jimmy John’s

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Wild Wing Café Not only awesome wings, but a fun nightlife scene at this City Market staple. Runner-up: Coach’s Corner Best Ribs

Wiley’s Championship BBQ Every Southerner knows there’s nothing better than a good slab of ribs with the right sauce on top—gotta have the right sauce. Wiley’s doesn’t just rely on their pulled pork to draw crowds in—their ribs are among the best anywhere. Runner-up: Blowin’ Smoke


Best Seafood Restaurant

The Crab Shack

People just love being delivered large plates of steaming-fresh seafood. It’s a primal thing. The folks at Crab Shack know this, and refuse to screw things up by gussying stuff up too much. They keep it fresh, keep it simple, and keep it coming. Runner-up: AJ’s Dockside Best Place to Get Fresh Seafood

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This Midtown maven of maritime mastery has been offering fresh bounty of the sea since 1946, and it remains in the Russo family to this day. Runner-up: The Crab Shack Best Pizzeria Best Delivery Pizza

Vinnie VanGo-Go’s One of Savannah’s first genuine hipster hangouts, Vinnie’s started out as one of City Market’s initial anchor locations back in the day when not every corporate interest in the world wanted to be at or near City Market, back in the day when employees with tattoos weren’t the norm. They have rolled with the changes, but not too much, to adapt to a growing and much-more tourist-friendly Savannah. Can you imagine how differently things could have worked out had they not staked their claim back then, and what chain place might be at that corner spot on Franklin Square instead? God Bless Vinnies. Runner-up, Pizzeria: Mellow Mushroom Runner-up, Delivery: Screamin’ Mimi’s continues on p. 52

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Best Bakery

Best Soul Food

Every town needs a great local bakery, and Back in the Day serves Savannah’s purposes as well, with a copy of their signature cookbook being a required bookshelf item throughout the city. There’s a range of much sought-after sweet treats from cupcakes to three-layer cakes to bourbon bread pudding, but also lunch stuff like artisan breads and awesome sandwiches. Runner-up: Baker’s Pride

Oxtails. Fried okra. Fried chicken. Turkey wings. Sweet potato casserole. Sweet potato pie. Smothered porkchops. Smothered shrimp. Smother it all! Good God y’all! Runner-up: Sweet Potatoe’s

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Best Desserts

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar It’s not only the “chocolate” in the name that entices, from its cakes to its dessert spread. It’s also the “bar” part, with signature sweet cocktails and a lively social scene after 10 p.m. Runner-up: Leopold’s

Best Ice Cream


The lines keep getting longer and longer, but folks continue to stay happy with the luscious offerings at this, one of the real staples of the Savannah foodie scene, resistant to TV trends and internet controversies. Stratton and Mary Leopold continue to oversee things with a very personal touch befitting this decades-old local business with deep roots in the community. Runner-up: Coldstone Creamery Best Frozen Yogurt

Lovin’ Spoons

The Fro Yo Revolution wasn’t televised, but Lovin’ Spoons led the way, now with three locations from Bluffton to Pooler. The flagship store on the Southside continues to give you the best kind of brain freeze. Runner-up: La’Berry Best Sushi Restaurant

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One of Savannah’s great food traditions, the nearly two-decade-old labor of love of Chef Yoshi has more than survived its move from Whitaker Street to southside and remains one of the city’s most awesomely delicious food experiences. Runner-up: Wasabi’s


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Not prissy French, but real French peasant food in the best sense of the phrase, from a cheese, spinach, tomato pie to a croque monsieur, all in a charming storefront space on bustling Broughton. Vive la France, y’all! Runner-up: Circa 1875 Best Japanese Restaurant

Miyabi Steakhouse

In addition to an Asian epicurean odyssey, you always have fun here with the personalized tableside service. Runner-up: TaCa Best Indian Restaurant

Taste of India

Not Savannah’s only Indian place, but definitely the one that blends excellent flavors —mostly the robust heartiness of Northern Indian cuisine—with a wonderfully exotic ambience to create a real evening experience. Runner-up: Pakwan Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Al Salaam Deli

Every town needs an awesome little falafel and gyro joint, and Al Salaam is Savannah’s. The family project of Mr. and Mrs. Muqbel Salameh serves fresh, cookedto-order Middle Eastern faves—plus fries! —and has garnered a faithful clientele that spans the gamut of local society, from hipster to housewife, from student to stockbroker. Runner-up: The Mirage

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Best Chinese Restaurant

Wangs II

The ‘90s Chicago Bulls of Savannah restaurants, Wangs II has easily won this category in every year of this poll’s existence. Runner-up: Peking House

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Best Greek Restaurant


Olympia Café

Not content merely to cater to tourists on River Street, Olympia also prides itself on holding its own with any other sit-down restaurant in town and at this point is really one of Savannah’s longest-running epicurean success stories. Runner-up: Troy Mediterranean Cuisine

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Best Thai Restaurant

Ruan Thai

This go-to favorite on Broughton Street offers quality and value for the lunch crowd as well as folks looking for a nice evening out, convenient to downtown nightlife. Runner-up: Tangerine Fusion/Sushi Bar Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Saigon Bistro

J. Christopher’s

This Waters Avenue spot is quietly but steadily gaining a great reputation among Savannah diners looking for a tasty exotic food experience not at exotically high prices. Runner-up: Saigon Flavors.

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It’s hard to categorize Ampersand, other than calling it the Best New Bar. You could call it a gastronome public house, a watering hole bon vivant, a gourmand drinkery that plays host to swing dancing classes, community theater, poetry slams, live music, DJs, dancing, and networking events alike. You could call it a culinary grog shop decorated in shades of industrial chic; an establishment that knows the difference between what’s good, what’s better & what’s best. “I usually change my answer (as to what kind of bar this is) depending on who I’m talking to. If I was talking to my grandmother, I’d say restaurant, but if I were talking to my buddy, I’d say bar,” Ampersand Partner Charlie Crosby says. It’s almost easier to say Ampersand will work with anyone who’s doing something right locally than to list their partners, but here’s a good start: PERC & Form & Adam Turoni, Savannah Bee Company & Savannah Hydroponics & Sweetgrass Dairy, Southbound Brewery & Hunter Cattle Company & Russo’s. “We’re incredibly fortunate not only with timing but the people we’ve been able to get on board with us. Everybody wants a piece of this action and for good reason,” Ampersand Executive Director and Partner Rob Chandler says. “Everybody’s here & we’re having a grand ole time,” seems to be the party line and modus operandi. Chandler, Crosby & Operations Facilitator James Miller are determined to cultivate and maintain that inclusive and hysteric glamour of upscale-not-uptight success. Ampersand features more than 70 beers—from a three-dollar PBR to a 20-dollar New Belguim La Folie—a formidable wine selection and seasonal rotation of signature cocktails. “Everybody in this city wants a demographic; this bar is for these types of people, that bar is for those types of people,” Ampersand Bar Manager Andre Carter explains. “But here, I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what your upbringing is. I just think everybody wants a good drink.”

There’s something for everyone, including a full menu. If you want a duck confit pizza or a burger with truffle fries, you can definitely have that, but if you want really high-end local seafood, slow-roasted pernil or pork belly, you can definitely have that, too. Form II Table Chef John Osborne is the creative force in the kitchen. With a decade at the burners under his apron, Osborne lends a seasoned gastronomist perspective to the already spirit-infused casual fine dining outlook. His brunch, dinner and late night dishes effectively walk the line, offering quality and skipping the stuffiness. “I’ve never seen eating well as a snooty thing,” Osborne says. “People around the world have been eating great for god knows how long and it’s never been considered fine dining.” The whole operation reeks local urban cosmopolitan but without even trace whiffs of snot-nosed pretension. This is more than you could have said about this location’s previous iteration, which also had some rather serious shortcomings when it came to service. The questions on people’s minds: How are these guys going to do it different? How are they going to do it better? “It’s really important to make people feel comfortable. Being nice goes a long way,” Carter explains. “After all, we’re in the Hostess City of the South on the corner of one of the most popular streets in the city. To be in any way exclusive is detrimental to us and the community.” “We try to learn from the mistakes of other places. That’s something that we try to remember everyday,” Chandler says. “And we’re not in the business of failing, I can promise you that.” – Jenny Dunn Runner-up: Boomy’s continues on p. 56



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Best Overall Bar Best Downtown Bar Best Place to Listen to Live Music Best Place to Spot a Celeb Best Bar Staff Best Bartender (Tony)

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No doubt about it, Savannah bends over backwards to cater to tourists. Way the hell over backwards. Want your new hotel on River Street to double the existing height allowance? No problem. Want to idle another 50-foot charter bus full of Paula Deen-loving hinterlanders onto the square designed for two-horse carriages? Knock yourself out. But God freaking forbid us locals should enjoy some live rock ‘n’ roll without threats of getting shut down over trumped-up decibel readings because the place didn’t hire enough off-duty cops to work “security,” or falling victim to yet another underage sting by the hyperactive Georgia Revenue Department (do they only go to rock ‘n’ roll clubs to pull that stuff? Have they seen some of the peach-fuzz whippersnappers getting into the faux velvet rope places these days?) Bitter much? Yes. Yes I am. Considering how gosh-darn difficult it is to make a rock venue work in this funny little town, the success of The Jinx is all the more impressive. It’s not that the Jinx is opposed to tourists or tourism – they are just off Ellis Square and within shouting distance of City Market, after all – but it’s clearly the place where locals go to enjoy a PBR or two or three and some loud, good music and get away from the BS small town politics for awhile, not to mention to take a break from the booty-music scene that dominates most other downtown spots. While crazy-awesome things like Savannah Stopover continue to help the local scene grow organically, God bless ‘em, let’s not forget that the first requirement for an event like that succeeding is at least one really kick-ass, bathroom graffitti’ed, scuffed-amp, smellthe-beer, honest-to-balls rock ‘n’ roll club – the kind Athens and Atlanta have always had plenty of, but other than the Jinx seems to largely exclude the Hostess City (no offense to our awesome multi-use clubs which sometimes host bands). Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Jinx. Those about to rock salute you. – Jim Morekis (photo by Geoff L. Johnson) Runner-up, Overall: Murphy’s Law Runner-up, Downtown: The Rail Pub Runner-up, Live Music: Hang Fire Runner-up, Celeb: Pinkie Masters’ Runner-up, Staff: Murphy’s Law Runner-up, Bartender: Cody Thomas@Club One continues on p. 58



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Best Outdoor Bar Best Pool Hall

Congress Street Social Club If you dabble in Savannah’s nightlife then chances are high you’ve at one point or another found yourself at Social. With four bars, two floors, outdoor seating and a slew of games from shuffleboard to billiards the appeal is understandable. Replete with ample outdoor seating and standing space as well as two bars and a sidewalk grill, Social Club’s outdoor atmosphere could easily host a small battalion of nightlife gourmands -- and on a typical Friday or Saturday night it essentially does. Show up just a bit too late and you’ll find yourself one of the unfortunate victims of fire codes standing along the sidewalk peering into the expansive courtyard wondering why you ever thought there wouldn’t be a line to get in on the weekend. So stop your shuffling, pick up the pace and grab some bench while you can Savannah -- because outdoor seating goes out the window if you don’t act fast at Social!– Sinjin Hilaski Runner-up, Outdoor: Moon River Brewing Co. Runner-up, Pool: Southside Billiard’s Best River Street Bar Best Irish Pub

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub A longtime waterfront establishment that caters just as well to locals as to tourists, KB’s is also a mainstay of the local music scene, bringing a steady rotation of the nation’s best traditional Irish musicians, such as Harry O’Donoghue. Runner-up, River Street: Wet Willie’s Runner-up, Irish: Murphy’s Law Best Southside Bar Best Westside Bar


Generations of folks have grown up partying at various locations of Spanky’s. The Southside location is a true, if underreported, staple of Savannah’s bar scene. There’s now a pretty much equally popular version in Pooler. Runner-up, Southside: Rachael’s 1190 Runner-up, Westside: Molly MacPherson’s (Pooler) Best Islands Bar

Britannia British Pub Who needs to go downtown when you have darts, Newcastle, good company, and tuneage? Runner-up: Molly McGuire’s

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Folks always point to the late Doc’s Bar as the epitome of the Tybee bar scene, but you could make the case that Huc-a-Poos is more the quintessential Tybee joint, with a rockin’ kitchen, live music scene, lively outdoor view, and great bartenders. Runner-up: North Beach Bar and Grill Best College Bar Best Signature Drink

Hang Fire

The action rarely starts before 11 p.m. at Wes Daniel’s place, but when it starts it hits hard, much like the kick from the signature concoction, Scorpion Tea, ladled into Mason Jars at five bucks a pop for your radiant pleasure. A steady diet of entertainment, from DJs to live bands to the great Wednesday night trivia, abound. Runner-up, College: Congress Street Social Club Best Neighborhood Bar

Inaugurating the new renaissance of Habersham Village, Johnny B. and Sarah and co. have provided a welcoming oasis outside of downtown which gives you all you could want in a downtown bar and more, especially plenty of free parking! Runner-up: The 5 Spot

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Best Upscale Bar Best Rooftop Bar

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We’re not sure why no one really thought of it before: A bar on top of a building on the waterfront, overlooking the bustling river. It’s not like there aren’t plenty of buildings that fit that bill. And there were other rooftop bars, just not on the waterfront. But it took the Bohemian Hotel to actually put two and two together with its rooftop wraparound lounge, Rocks on the Roof. Others are now joining in on the action with their own budding rooftop bars on the river, but Rocks was the first. continues on p. 60 Runner-up, Upscale: Olde Pink House Runner-up, Rooftop: Churchill’s


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Best Sommelier

Jason Restivo Our man Jason has moved on up to General Manager and Sommelier at Garibaldi’s, from his previous gig at sister restaurant, Olde Pink House. Hey, wine is wine, amirite?! Haha, just kidding, J-Ro, you know we love you, man. Runner-up: Gary Butch Best Retail Wine Selection Best Retail Beer Selection

Habersham Beverage Warehouse It’s like Disneyworld for hopheads and oenophiles out there on Abercorn Extension. Runner-up: Johnnie Ganem’s Best Bar/Restaurant Wine Selection

Olde Pink House

The Pink House wracks up tons of wins this year as usual! Runner-up: Jazz’d Best British Pub

Churchill’s Pub The rooftop bar concept was really begun in Savannah by Churchill’s, after its move from the old spot on Drayton. It’s long since well-ensconced on Bay Street however, and is as fun on the topside as it is down below. Runner-up: Six Pence Pub Best Selection of Beer on Tap Best Bottled Beer Selection

World of Beer

It’s like a Disneyworld for… no, we said that already. It’s like a whole world of beer, that…. Uh, wait. It’s a universe of ale, a galaxy of Guinness, a lot of lager…. OK, you get the idea. Runner-up: The Distillery Best Happy Hour Best Trivia

Mellow Mushroom This may come as a shock to some, but – wait for it -- by and large the denizens of Savannah really, really enjoy their cocktails, wine or beer. All alcohol it would seem, truth be told. Who knew? Keeping the local affinity for alcohol in mind it seems every establishment around town has created some sort of Happy Hour to tantalize our deeper desire to drink. While some are better than others and offer assorted options like five dollar martinis, it seems simplicity is the key to a Savannahian’s heart. Enter Savannah’s Mellow Mushroom, winning both best happy hour and trivia. With everything from the typical PBR’s and Bud Lights to fine craft brews like Loose Cannon and an assortment of Terrapins, Mellow’s happy hour has something for everybody. Quite possibly a Savannahian’s fondest dream, all beer -- yes every beer they have -- costs a mere two dollars during happy hour. Pair this with their Tuesday trivia -- always a very competitively packed house, ably run by Cam of Pub Star Entertainment -- and it’s sort of a wonder how Mellow Mushroom didn’t win these categories earlier. – Sinjin Hilaski Runner-up, Happy Hour: The Jinx Runner-up, Trivia: Murphy’s Law

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Jen’s and Friends


Jen’s is a friendly, hopping little place, a bit of a neighborhood watering hole in the middle of the downtown tourist hubbub. That said, they’ve always been best-known for that quintessential white-collar downtown type drink, the martini. Runner-up: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Best Scottish Pub

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Hey, who are we to get between 500 years of internecine rivalry in the British Isles? So the Scots get their own category – you got a problem with that? Best Dance Club Best Gay Bar

Club One

Really, in the post gay-marriage era we can imagine a time very soon when the “gay bar” category ceases to have much meaning. (But not “dance club.” That will continue to have a great, huge deal of meaning.) But nonetheless, the local gay scene is why Club One exists in the first place, and despite being extremely friendly to anyone and everyone, that remains a key part of their identity. That, and dancing. Lots and lots of dancing. Runner-up, Dance: Hang Fire Runner-up, Gay: Chuck’s Best Sports Bar

Coach’s Corner Anyone can throw up a bunch of flatscreens and call it a sports bar. Heck, that’s pretty much everywhere these days. But at Coach’s, they actually follow sports, and know and care about what the most important sporting events of the day are throughout the week – not just weekends – and plan accordingly. Runner-up: B&D Burgers Best Adult Entertainment


Formerly Uncle Harry’s, this dependable Westside locale has been delivering the tasteful goods for years. Runner-up: Savannah Sweet Tease Best Karaoke

McDonough’s Savannah’s a karaoke kinda town. There are lots of good karaoke nights in Savannah. There’s only one great karaoke night in Savannah, and that’s at McDonough’s, and it happens basically every night of the week. Runner-up: The Rail Pub

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Paris Market & Brocante One of Broughton’s coolest and most unique stores is something of a destination theme park and of itself, Paris Market features two floors way-cool French-themed home and furniture stuff, new and vintage. They also have one of the best little coffee/tea bars in town, with views of bustling Broughton, and some retail coffee/tea/treat items as well. Runner-up, Gift: The Lady and Sons Runner-up, Window: 24e

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Owl About Kids This neat little spot just around the corner from 24e is a great addition to the Broughton Street corridor. Runner-up: Whole Foods Market Best Indie Bookstore

E. Shaver Booksellers Savannah’s literary world was rocked when Esther Shaver announced she was selling her fabled store and the building containing it, all of it a downtown fixture long before the outside world ever discovered Savannah. The store’s offerings and reputation have only grown with the city’s. So what’s going to happen? We don’t know. You got a few million bucks or so? Let’s go in together. Runner-up: The Book Lady Best Comic Book Store

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Best Green Business

Savannah Green Dirt Design

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In a city that’s renowned for green space and festooning flora, scoring “Best Landscaper” for the third straight year means you’re a service-oriented small business that’s tilling something right. “Clients describe what I do as ‘Savannah tropical,’ or ‘Savannah coastal style,” says Timothy Gay, owner and landscape architect of Savannah Green Dirt Design. “Typically, if you see big masses of marshy-looking cord grass, you’re seeing something that I’ve had a hand in — that’s my signature plant.” This Savannah native’s green thumbs and good eye for earthwork architecture derive in part from his father (also a landscape architect) and the University of Georgia (Class of ‘08). After dedicating himself to strict design work for the first two years, Gay decided to break off on his own and dig his hands in some good old-fashioned Georgia dirt. “People really appreciate that the guy who’s doing the design is the same guy who’s outside working the shovel,” he says. Savannah Green Dirt Design is about as full-service as you can get, offering everything from concepts and installation to routine yard care. Bonus: SGDD even offers the occasional graphic design consultation, just in case you want to pump up your SEO potential while cultivating your garden’s curb appeal. Perennial double whammy: SGDD also raked in “Best Green Business” for the second year in a row. As far as his green business model is concerned, Gay insists that all things starts and end with good design. While it certainly helps to avoid exotic plants that require a ton of water and not copter in chemicals, Gay also says that being green boils down to appropriate design, using natural fertilizers, and staying away from synthetics. “We choose native and adapted plants that don’t require much upkeep. You just put the right plants in the right place and make everything look good,” Gay explains. “It’s not too complicated.” — Jenny Dunn Runner-up, Green: Savannah Pedicab 62 Runner-up, Landscape: All Season Long Landscaping

This Montgomery Cross Road brick and mortar location also has a very active social media/internet presence, so you can stay up to date with all the latest releases in the world of graphic novels and sequential art. Best Musical Instrument Store

Portman’s Music Superstore Every guitar player in town is intimately familiar with Portman’s – it’s simply where you go for instruments, strings, amps, effects and every other necessary thing. Keyboard people know it too, and drummers, horn players, etcetera. It’s been the planet around which all musical satellites circle since 1936. Runner-up: Georgia Music Warehouse Best Place to Use a Military Discount

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Oh, is that why the PBRs are so inexpensive there? Runner-up: Lowes Best Furniture Store


Ruel Joyner’s fab space was the setting for last year’s Best of Savannah issue cover shoot. It’s also just an awesome place to browse around and meet folks – Ruel and staff always have something interesting going on. Don’t forget to check out the completely renovated upstairs in this historic building. Runner-up: Whelan’s Home Furnishings Best Cigar/Tobacco Shop

Ye Ole Tobacco Shop Two locations, walk-in humidors, cigars from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hookahs too! It’s all about the smokes, folks. Runner-up: Savannah Cigars Inc.

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Best Lawn & Garden Store

Hester & Zipperer

Go local! The fine people of H&Z have been looking after Savannah’s cultivated greenery since 1922. A full service retail and contractor store. Runner-up: Lowes Best Motorcycle Dealer

Savannah Harley-Davidson Some things never go out of style, and Harley-Davidsons are pretty much at the top of the list. This popular location at I-95 and 204 has been delivering the heavy metal for years; they also have a River Street location. Runner-up: Low Country Customs

Best Scooter Dealer

Motorini-Vespa of Savannah

customer service. Not that you really have to keep bringing Hondas back… Runner-up, New: Critz Runner-up, Used: JC Lewis Ford Best Automotive Repair

Savannah Tire

With several locations around town, you won’t have to get towed far to get there! Runner-up: Dixie Motors Best Car Wash

Savannah Car Wash A flagship of vehicle hygiene on Abercorn for a long time, they now have a deluxe Pooler location open as well for your washing pleasure. Runner-up: Car Spa

Savannah’s only factory-authorized, full service Vespa & Piaggio dealer, in what’s basically Best Rental Car Company the cutest spot in the world at that little vintage former gas station on Drayton. Enterprise Runner-up: Low Country Customs A perennial winner in this category, Enterprise rents from six locations locally including one at the airport of course. Best Bicycle Shop Runner-up: Avis

Perry Rubber Bike Shop

Get your bike stuff, or just browse around and make a wish list for when you hit the lottery. Lots of great rides and gear here for all kinds of bicycling lifestyles. Runner-up: Bicycle Link Best Place to Buy a New Car Best Place to Buy a Used Car

Grainger Honda

This perennial winner in both these categories is based on the Westside and not only deals with one of the most reliable makes on the planet – they pride themselves on

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Bass Pro Shops

As Savannah Mall continues a heartfelt and so-far hopeful effort to rebrand and revamp, Bass Pro Shops has continued to pack in customers the whole time. Where else can you get a campfire lighter that looks like an M-16? Runner-up, Sporting: Fleet Feet Runner-up, Boat: Custom Marine



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Best Toy Store

Toys ‘R’ Us

A perennial winner in this category. The veritable Godzilla of this category. Hey, is there an action figure for that? Bet they’ve got it. Runner-up: Planet Fun Best Daycare

Maggie’s Morning School As controversy continues to swirl around admission protocol for Chatham schools, Maggie’s has quietly set the state of the art for early education in Savannah. Runner-up: In His Arms

Best Arts/Crafts Store

Blick Art Materials So this almost never happens: Local institution gets bought out by national corporation. National corporation helps employ most everyone at the former local institution. National corporation is able to retain and continue the extraordinary goodwill built up by said former local institution. But that’s exactly what happened with the switch from Primary Arts to Dick Blick, including a move down Broughton into the current expansive space. We sure miss Primary, but it’s good to know Blick is carrying on the tradition with respect. Runner-up: Michael’s

Ben Carter on the Broughton Street scene. Runner-up: Goodwill Best Eyewear Store

Eyeglass World

A full-service, inexpensive place to spec your specs out on Abercorn. Runner-up: Lenscrafters Best Shoe Store

Globe Shoe Company This historic Broughton Street institution – not involved so far in any Ben Carter transactions – has been locally owned in Savannah since 1892, when it was just horses going up and down the street. Runner-up: Fleet Feet Best Bead Store

Epiphany Bead and Jewelry Studio Wholesale and retail beads, with classes and repairs. Seriously, they’re so awesome that if beads are your thing you’re probably there right now as you’re reading this. Runner-up: Perlina Best Jeweler

Levy Jewelers

Best Frame Shop

Always nice to see locals win categories, and especially nice to see Levy Jewelers rewarded for stepping up to the plate and doing something with that premier space at Bull and Broughton they moved to in 2012. Runner-up: Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

Maldoror’s Frame Shop A very deserved win, this awesome little shop in Starland offers a professional but affordable resource for serious local artists/art students. Also – and this we like, like, like – they sell prints in a space “with the aura of a Victorian curio-cabinet.” We are so there. Runner-up: Frame of Mind Best Women’s Clothing Store & Best Clothing Boutique

Red Clover

Once again Savannah ladies say their choice for pretty frocks and fabulous accessories is at this lovely women-owned-and-operated boutique on Bull Street. Runner up: A tie! Civvies and TJ MAXX Best Men’s Clothing Store

J. Parker Limited

Best Local Jewelry Designer

Danielle Hughes Rose

This year’s sort of cover girl – she designed the brass knuckles Nicole is wearing on the cover – primarily works in metal, with an aesthetic that’s both minimalist and striking. Runner-up: Zia Schadina

Southern gentleman still prefer their blue blazers and khakis, and this Broughton Street institution stocks top brands as well distinctive casualwear, including the original Jimmy Knows crab polo. Runner up: Macy’s Best Children’s Clothing Store

Sara Jane Children’s Boutique Children who shop at Sara Jane are unarguably Savannah’s best-dressed—until they spill their ice cream cones on those colorful smocked dresses and adorably tiny seersucker suits. Runner up: Owl About Kids Best Clothing Designer

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Brooke Atwood

Nobody does leather like this Mississippi-born marvel—her 2014 collection of cutout t-shirts and fringed dresses rocked the runway from Bryant Park to Forsyth Park this season. Runner up: Mamie Ruth Best Thrift/Vintage Clothing Store


One of our favorite lil’ local thrift/vintage shops, this charming space upstairs from Gau66 cho faces an uncertain future – at that location at least – after the appearance of developer

Best Costume Store

Acme Costumes Hey, sexy nurse for Halloween. Where you gonna get your sexy nurse outfit? That’s right. Right here. STAT!! Runner-up: Spirit Halloween Best Novelty Store

Sunset Novelties This long-running local business has kept a lot of local couples running longer. AMIRITE?! Runner-up: Joker Novelties

Best Surf Shop

High Tide Surf Shop Savannah’s not exactly a surfing mecca, but we have our share of surfers and this is where they get their stuff! Us regular beach-goers can find plenty of cool merch there too. Best Antique Shop

Habersham Antiques Market There are lots of antiques stores in Savannah. Lots. But none approaches quite the level of rambling eccentricity combined with really high-level curation as Habersham Antiques, set inside a former meat market – literally, a former meat market. You can find vintage, working toasters from the advent of electricity. You can find old dairy bottles. You can find wildly imaginative kitsch art. You can find really excellent highquality Victorian jewelry. You can find awesome hipster-friendly ‘60s modernist furniture. Just go. We’ll send a search party after you if you’re not back in three days. – Jim Morekis Runner-up: Alex Raskin Antiques Best Grocery Store


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Whole Foods Market

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Brighter Day Natural Foods Not to be outdone by the arrival of Whole Foods, one of downtown Savannah’s favorite and longest-running stores – 35 years and counting! – continues to serve a faithful clientele. The addition of a cool new sidewalk walk-up deli counter is particularly inspired. Runner-up: Whole Foods Best Lighting Store

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Jim White: ‘Twisting on the spit of life’ by bill deyoung

Essayist, visual artist, songwriter and philosopher Jim White has always written and sung about himself, and the various tensile strings he’s fought and broken through. His has been a bumpy ride, through the fire and brimstone of a Pentecostal childhood in world-renowned crazy town Pensacola, Fla., to severe depression, substance abuse, mental instability and abject poverty in America’s biggest and hardest cities. White, who lives in Athens, is sort of a Georgian Townes Van Zandt—he’s not afraid to draw from the well of his own dark mind, a mind he couldn’t shut up if he wanted to, and make art out of what comes up. He’s in Savannah this week for: Wednesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m., at the SCAD Museum of Art. A screening of the 2003 BBC documentary Searching For the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, which features White considering the gritty South of his youth. Followed by a talk (admission is free); Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m., at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. White reads his Pushcart-nominated essay Superwhite and discusses southern literature. Free; Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church. White and his guitar in concert, with opener Dare Dukes (White produced a track on Dukes’ Thugs and China Dolls album). Tickets are $15 in advance (, $20 at the door and $5 for students (with ID) the day of the show. Here are a few excerpts from my recent conversation with Mr. White.

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“I was brought to the south when I was a kid. It didn’t make a bit of sense to me, but I liked it. I came from a conservative, WASP-y Navy family. They didn’t pay much attention to me; they just dropped me in the middle of the South and let me run loose. So it was an interesting sort of science experiment. I was this polite Yankee kid with these crazy white trash Southern kids in Pensacola, a pretty backward place in 72 many ways.”

“Much of the story of Southern literature,” says Jim White, “is about people who couldn’t live in their skin.”

Heaven and all that

“Ten years ago, Pensacola had the highest amount of churches per capita of any city in America. They had what was called the Brownsville Outpouring, that ran for five or six years. They’d sit in the parking lot for nine hours in West Pensacola, in the middle of the summer heat, waiting in line to get into this church. Same church I got saved in when I was a kid. Any time you find hardcore religion, I think you find desperation side by side with it. I think there’s a kind of a desperation in Pensacola that drives people towards thinking of a better place. And in America, the better place scenario always carries you towards a sort of Christian ideology, and heaven and all that.”

Getting out

“There’s not just economic poverty, there’s a kind of poverty of spirit there. Anything that gains any slight aesthetic momentum in the town, any sort of secular momentum, gets crushed eventually. Or subsumed into the Christian gravitational field. There was a burgeoning punk scene in Pensacola, and

within four or five years of it coming on, it all went Christian. It’s like the planet Jupiter; the gravitational field there is Christian and it’s powerful. What happens is that people who don’t fit any mold get chewed up. They get crushed because they don’t fit into the two exclusive categories. “The subtle people went crazy. And I was one of ‘em. If they stayed, it turned into a compressed, dark, worrisome energy. If they left—like I did—they stood a chance of making some sense of things. “I sincerely followed the teachings of the hardcore fundamentalist church for about 14 years. And when I walked away, I didn’t feel like I was making a smart move, I felt like I was betraying God. But I had no choice—either betray God or have my spirit crushed. So it was quite a battle.”

Creating as a cure

If clarity and catharsis have some relationship, it’s absolutely cathartic.”

Validation through music

“If you’re wandering around saying ‘ Am I crazy? Look what I found,’ and eventually you come across another person who says ‘That’s interesting, what you found. You’re not crazy,’ that helps. And if a thousand people say ‘That’s interesting. No, you’re not crazy,’ that helps a lot. So as I traveled around the world and people embraced what I was doing, hell yes it helped. “Affirmation and statements of worth are really important. I swing between feeling deeply insecure about what I do and wildly overconfident, so talking to people over the years has kind of created a middle ground. “Much of the story of Southern literature is about people who couldn’t live in their skin. Who were twisting on the spit of life.”

“It’s not a radical catharsis. One of my cs teachers in school said the way I formulate my artistic impulse is ‘doing the talking See cure.’ So it’s a slow process, but definitely the goal of any art that I do is seeking clarity.


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For any writing and recording artist, the second album is the litmus test. If it’s true that you have a lifetime to come up with all the songs for your debut, the sophomore project will prove if you can deliver the goods within a much smaller window of time and experience. With this week’s arrival of A Train, A Truck, An Old Dump Pile, the Accomplices have passed with flying colors. The Savannah acoustic/Americana band’s debut album, Canned Beans, was nice enough, but this new one bears witness to the muscles and sinews that develop after a band has been together for a while. “This album is really the band growing and kind of identifying itself with a certain sound,” says standup bassist Zachary Smith. “We’ve all worked together on developing these songs.” Singer, songwriter and guitarist Matt Eckstine agrees. “Everybody was part of the entire process of making these songs,” he says. “That’s why I love it, because it’s like the first real album by the Accomplices.” Eckstine, Smith and fiddler Colleen Heine crafted Canned Beans before drummer Stan Ray—whose harmonies are key to the band’s sound—came along. Although he’s best known as a songwriting guitarist (he co-founded the Savannah Songwriters Series), Ray’s a pretty good drummer as well. “I had spent the last decade of my life trying to rule the world. I was tired,” Ray laughs. “I just wanted to lay back and go oom-chicka, oom-chicka oom.” “The first album didn’t really have this clear vision,” adds Heine. “It was made up of songs that developed in the studio. And we had to go back and learn the songs from the record! But this one, this is a very clear vision.” The Accomplices had a full-time mandolin player then—Eric Daubert—but he left the band last year. These four people—Eckstine, Smith, Heine and Ray—have become a nuclear family; they’ve toured the southeast for weeks at a time, and have played every local and regional gig they could get, becoming one of Savannah’s most popular acoustic groups. The claustrophobic studio experience for A Truck, A Train brought them even closer

From left, Accomplices Zachary Smith, Matt Eckstine, Colleen Heine and Stan Ray. Photo by Jon Waits. together. The story so far: Eckstine had just arrived in Savannah in 2010, transplanted from Beaufort, S.C. He’d taken a three-night-aweek job as the resident acoustic troubadour at Rocks on the Roof, the bistro on top of the Bohemian Hotel. “It was great money but man, what a soulkilling gig,” Eckstine explains. “There was no social acceptance. I thought ‘I want to do something else. I want to be part of this town.’ I just wanted to be known as a musician more than anything.” He began going to open mics, meeting and observing and jamming with other musicians. Soon he and Smith had developed a duo act; Heine walked in one day and, through a mutual acquaintance, got introduced. Inside of a week, she was gigging with them. A native of St. Louis, where she ran the School of Folk Music for seven years, Heine had come to SCAD to get a post-grad degree in design management. The self-taught fiddler naturally started looking around for other like-minded players. “I came from the traditional, bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music,” Heine says. “That’s what I wanted to play. I got here and thought ‘Where are all the bluegrass players?’” She started by attending the Saturday afternoon bluegrass jams at Randy Wood Guitars. “When I was getting into fiddle, I was

going to festivals and just jamming with people, as much as I could. Learning fiddle tunes from other people, by ear. And it’s the most fun in the world.” With the exception of the traditional tunes “Darlin’ Cory” and “Cuckoo’s Nest,” everything on A Truck, A Train, An Old Dump Pile is original. All the songs bear the first-class instrumental work and tight harmony singing that have become Accomplices trademarks. The band will perform Saturday, May 24 at Southbound Brewing, along with their buds Soap, to premiere the new record. “The band has developed the flexibility to play to the room while still being true to our songs,” says Heine. “For example, recently we did a run of shows in Florida. One night, we played at a kind of young edgy club in downtown Jacksonville right after a hardcore punk band played their set. We got the room dancing and hollering. “The very next night, we played at a wine and cheese place for Florida snowbirds ... they couldn’t have loved it more. Honestly, I don’t think there are many bands that can say that.” CS The Accomplices Album Release Party Where: Southbound Brewing Co., 107 E. Lathrop Ave. When: At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24 With: Soap Tickets: $15 and $20, via

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MAY 21-27, 2014

By Cheryl Baisden Solis


When Kevin Richards made his journey from the Virgin Islands to Savannah to attend classes at Armstrong, getting that degree was his main focus. He never imagined himself a successful restaurant owner whose place sees a steady stream of neighborhood folks seeking good food at good prices. When his mom would bring him into the kitchen, as a young boy, to teach him how to cook, he had to make himself pay attention. Moving to a new city, much less a new country, though, can sneak in some sly changes to one’s viewpoint and goals, and when he started working with BBQ Master Robert Williams at Smokey’s in Garden City, he realized he liked that pit, those curls of fragrant smoke, the complex flavors so different from his mom’s home cooking, good though it was. And that’s where the idea for Off the Grill began. Watching an old master at work with the spices, the herbs, getting the temperature and timing just right to produce the most flavorful and succulent ribs and BBQ proved just too fascinating to resist. When the little Chinese place in his neighborhood over on Waters Avenue, had closed and the space came up for sale, he decided it was time to strike out on his own—and the folks around his part of town were glad he did. Every time I stop by, there’s a steady stream of customers who know just what they want—Kevin’s smoky beef ribs and brisket, those juicy quarter pound burgers, and tender tasty ribs are popular up and down the street. Kevin may have landed in Illinois, then New York for a while, but the warm, sunny weather here drew him down South quickly. Arriving in a city renowned for its cuisine also brought him an appreciation of our famous Red Velvet cake—even a small take-out place should have a really good dessert—so he looked around until he found an

Kevin Richards with a succulent slab of sheer carnivorous delight.

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older gentleman famed for his secret recipes for not only Red Velvet, but White Velvet cake as well. He credits James Jackson’s cakes for bringing in plenty of new customers and regulars alike. Keep it simple, clean, consistent; give the neighborhood a place they can be proud of, where they know the service is friendly and food is reliably delicious, with prices that don’t starve your pocketbook—that’s Kevin’s philosophy. I’ve waited for my take-out and watched many folks line up for those delicious Rib and Chicken Combos or joke with Reneé at the register, kids playing in the clean little dining room, bachelors having lunch at the tables. Last night I brought home Kevin’s Rib and Chicken Combos and those are some marvelously tender ribs and tasty grilled chicken, enough for two meals at least. My hubby’s a big guy, and even he couldn’t finish his Combo, which comes with two sides and bread—lunch the next day was well-provided for. You may find the collard greens a little sweet, but they are well-cooked and have plenty of smoked meat in them. The sides are pretty standard fare and the beans are from a can, but the meat is the star of the

Nathan is the man at the grill show here. Tall and lanky Nathan, with his sweet smile, mans the grill and will fix your burgers just the way you want them (don’t forget the bacon and cheese). Combos come only with drumsticks— Kevin says it keeps things simple--but they

have a delicately smoky flavor and his own blend of seasonings makes them special. He also offers a fine beef brisket, sliced on sandwiches or in plates, that just melts in your mouth. Recently a selection of simple salads was

added to the menu and the grilled chicken breast salad, topped with cheese, jalapeños, sliced eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and pickles has become a favorite lunch choice. You can also get that wonderful beef brisket, as well as chopped chicken, pulled pork or chopped ribs on a salad, or just add a simple salad as a side. His menu is small and neat, revolving around his carefully smoked meats, the quarter pound burger (single, double or triple), and kids have their own lil’ meals to choose from. It’s not a haven for vegetarians by any definition, but if you’re an ardent carnivore, this is the perfect place for a takehome feast. If you don’t feel like cooking, or want a quick and delicious take-out, pull on in to the parking lot and make your choices. Try that special Red Velvet too—sweet, but not enough to make your teeth ache; firm textured but meltingly soft on the tongue—and when you open up that box at home, you’ll probably be making plans for a return trip soon. cs Off The Grill 2015 Waters Ave., 912/232-1218

DANCE! 6 pm–7:30 pm, Tuesdays: May 20, 27 Telfair Academy

Swing in the Spring! We invite dancers of all levels, beginner to expert, to enjoy lessons in the magnificent Telfair Academy Rotunda.

Shag Dance Lessons 6 pm–7:30 pm, Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 / Telfair Academy

Beat the heat with Shake n Shag! As always, we invite dancers of all levels, beginner to expert, to enjoy lessons in the magnificent Academy Rotunda.


Light hors d’oeuvres with Vino Verde Two course dinner with wine parings Featuring Chocolate Truffle demonstration with Matthew Baldwin and David Hamer Guests will receive three house made truffles to take home $30 for members, $35 for non-members (plus sales tax) includes food and paired wines

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Connect Savannah is a fully-engaged partner in the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP) along with Charles H. and Rosalie Morris. We are proud to be committed to helping this effort to make Savannah healthier, and we urge all our readers, advertisers, and partners to join the CRISP effort. We will dedicate this space each week to reporting not only the activities the CRISP effort is undertaking here in Savannah but also the larger ideas about health and well-being that build the foundation for that effort in our community. We thank you for your continued readership of Connect Savannah and for your support of the CRISP effort.

Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar partners with CRISP to grow Savannah’s future New destination joins Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership By Ruth White and Jan McIntire

MAY 21-27, 2014

Everything old is new again. In Savannah, historic Washington Square is one of many original oak-filled, Spanish moss-draped squares. Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar opened this week as one of our newest additions to our old history of fine dining based on local foods. Pacci is located inside The Brice, a distinctly Savannah-style yet brand-new Kimpton Hotel re-created in the historic Mulberry Inn. Canyon Ranch Institute’s Jan McIntire and Ruth White, general manager of Pacci, recently talked about how Pacci is supporting the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership (CRISP) and how that partnership – including Connect Savannah and civic leaders Charles H. and Rosalie Morris – reflects Savannah’s rich cultural history: Jan: Ruth, you’re new to Savannah, so how did you so quickly see the connections among The Brice, Pacci, Trustees’ Garden, CRISP, and a healthier Savannah? Ruth: I’m new to Savannah, but not to the South. I grew up just a few hours up the road in South Carolina, so Savannah feels like home. For a number of years, I lived and worked away from home to build my career. Most recently, I was in San Francisco. That’s where I heard about the plans for The Brice and its location in the heart of historic Savannah. The image of what this hotel and restaurant could be and the idea of returning home really got my attention. I In February I was invited to attend a kickoff luncheon for CRISP at the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden. We can see the Morris Center from the back courtyard of the hotel, so we’re close neighbors. During the luncheon, I first heard Charles and Ros talk about their shared vision for improving the health of everyone in Savannah. They really got my attention, and I knew Kimpton, The Brice – and I – just had to get involved. Jan: Getting involved is sometimes easier 78 said than done, especially if you’re faced

Call for Scholarship Applications Chef Roberto Leoci and Manager Ruth White have combined their culinary expertise to create Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar at The Brice, a Kimpton hotel at 601 East Bay St. in the former Mulberry Inn building. Pacci held its grand opening on May 20. with developing, staffing, and opening a new restaurant. We know that a lot of people in Savannah like what we’re dong but haven’t raised their hands to get actively involved like you have. Ruth: I was already familiar with how Kimpton Hotel makes a strong commitment to the communities where they’re located. I was looking for ways that Pacci could be a newcomer in Savannah’s restaurant world that would both honor the past and say something new to the city about food and health. Jan: Working with Chef Roberto Leoci is a great way to do that. I think many Savannah residents and visitors have eaten at Leoci’s restaurant. Now, he’s bringing his philosophy of using locally grown, fresh, and seasonal ingredients to the Pacci kitchen. Ruth: Exactly. And when I told him about CRISP and the CRI Healthy Garden that was planned for Trustees’ Garden, he “got it” immediately. Garden-to-table eating is Roberto’s idea of heaven. It’s a real return to the “old” ways of real food, enjoying the process of developing your family’s menu based on what foods are growing in the garden

Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI) invites Savannahians who volunteer or work in low-income or medically underserved areas in Savannah or elsewhere to apply for CRI Healthy World Scholarships. The scholarships are for stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. in 2015. Canyon Ranch donated 25 stays to CRI to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further CRI’s efforts to enhance community health and well-being. Applicants will select up to two scholarship categories that include Richard H. Carmona Scholarship for Returning Veterans, Arts and Health, Healthy Garden, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Table. Full details are available at You can also call CRI’s Savannah office at (912) 4433264 or email

– literally cooking according to the season. Roberto has created what we call the Green Slayer Smoothie, with kale, spinach, peach, pear, celery and lemon. And, our Stay Strong smoothie includes spinach, apple, pear, cucumber and ginger. Those smoothies will be at the “Kitchen Counter” part of Pacci along with three fresh juices – Being Green, Beets Me, and Locals Only. I’m happy to announce that Pacci is donating $1 for every smoothie or juice we sell to the CRI Healthy Garden program. That starts right away – with our grand opening this week. Jan: Chef Leoci would fit right in with the culinary team approach at Canyon Ranch Institute. Our central idea is to put healthy ingredients together to make great-tasting food that reflects the rich cultural history

of food. That approach is part of the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program, which is now in Savannah thanks to Charles H. and Rosalie Morris and is currently being provided by an integrative health team from the Curtis V. Cooper Primary Care Center just up the road from Pacci and Trustees’ Garden. Ruth: I love following the progress of what Canyon Ranch Institute, Connect Savannah, the Morrises and the Curtis V. Cooper center are doing here in Savannah. Savannah is a place where we really value personal relationships and like to share what we’re doing. That’s actually how I came up with another signature feature of what Pacci is doing with and for CRISP. I learned that heirloom eggplant is being planted in the CRI Healthy Garden. Roberto can’t wait for it to be available. He plans to create a special dish for the Pacci menu that will feature that eggplant. Every time the dish is ordered, we’ll donate the proceeds to CRISP as another way of making Savannah’s future healthier Jan: I think many people in Savannah will be interested in attending the healthy cooking demonstration by Chef Leoci at the Charles H. Morris Center. Watching Chef at work and then enjoying a wonderful meal is my idea of fun and will be a valuable fundraising event for CRISP. We’ll announce the date in the near future in this section of Connect. Ruth: The Pacci staff, all of us at The Brice, and I want to be truly hands-on with the CRI Healthy Garden and CRISP. We’ll be garden volunteers, and I hope other Savannah businesses and individuals will join us. The Senior Saints of the Second African Baptist Church are already involved along with their Pastor C. MeGill Brown who also serves on the Core Team of the CRI Life Enhancement Program here. Jan: As CRI’s representative to Connect Savannah, I want to hear from readers who have ideas for building a healthy future for Savannah. Send ideas and comments to me at You may even be featured in an upcoming article!

Openings & Receptions

proceeds benefits Hospice Savannah, Inc. Through June 30 Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.

Exhibition: I Will Live On — A solo art exhibition

by Kristen Crouch featuring abstract prints and original sculptures. Opening reception is May 23, 6-9pm. Closing reception is May 30, 6-9pm. Ashmore Gallery, 412 MLK Blvd.

Nathan Mabry: Process (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E) — A six-piece, sculpture-based installa-

tion exhibited in the Alex Townsend Grand Courtyard. Mabry appropriates figures of Rodin’s “The Burghers of Calais,” adorning them with familiar American mascot heads. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Irritable Pelican 2nd Anniversary — Mark the

date on Tybee with a customer appreciation sale Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Everything in the gallery will be 5 – 10% off. Come out for a “Meet and Greet” with participating artists as they demonstrate their art throughout the day. The Irritable Pelican, 1207 U.S. Highway 80 Suite F Tybee Island

New York Accents — An exhibition of visual art, decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection dating from the early 19th century to the present, exploring the rich influence of New York on Savannah. Museum admission. Through July 6. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Meet the Artist: Daniel Smith — Painter Daniel

Smith discusses his recent work, Live Oak Meditation and Urban Forest. Also on display will be the diverse work 13 additional gallery artists. Thu., May 22, 12-2 p.m Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard St Sketchbook Show and Sale, by Local Color Painting Club — Preliminary drawings, sketches,

thumbnails, color drops and process prints (printmaking), studies, doodles, etc. SCAD students. To enter work, drop off sketches (framed or not) on May 21. $15 per entry. Reception May 23, 6pm at The Sicky Nar Nar, 125 W Duffy St. Spring into Art: Show and Sale — Tybee Arts

Association showcases recent work by its members. Fri., May 23, 6-9 p.m. Fri., May 23, 6-9 p.m Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr.

Continuing Shaved — Works by artists (and Blick em-

ployees) Emily Quintero and Christine Zito. Reception: May 30 6-8pm. Through July 13. Blick Art Materials, 318 East Broughton St. Airport Art Gallery Spring Exhibition — The Sa-

vannah Art Association exhibits over thirty works of oil, acrylic, mixed media and three dimensional art. Art may be purchased through the Savannah Art Association. Free and open to the public. Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave. Alfredo Jaar: Shadows — SCAD deFINE ART

2014 honoree Alfredo Jaar presents the world premier of a site specific installation, Shadows, at the SCAD Museum of ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Art in City Hall: Peter Halpern — Peter J. Halp-

ern exhibition, Savannah Scenes, features paintings in acrylic that capture the unique beauty of everyday Savannah scenes. City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Art With Meaning: Folk Art in the Twenty First Century — A show of mixed-media art, present-

ing an educational overview of the three branches of Folk Art: everyday life, religious beliefs and distressed art. A joint project

This is a photo of the wonderful Irritable Pelican Gallery on Tybee Island. They’re nice folks and they’re having a cool event Saturday to mark their second anniversary. A local artist could have gotten their work featured here, but so many local galleries, really a lot, don’t email us images of actual art to put in the paper. If it crosses your mind and you want to promote your show – if that’s at all important to you as an artist or gallery owner, promoting, that is – feel free to email a high-res image, not a tiny little Facebook image, to us at We love all y’all! Thanks in advance! MUAH! XO XO Signed, The Editors of Beach Institute and the Hurn Museum. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Beanies After Hours — An exhibition of artwork

by the staff of The Bean. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Jason Middlebrook: Submerged — Middlebrook transformed logs once submerged in the Savannah River and that provided infrastructure for over 200 years. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon — An internationally traveling exhibition, featurlandscape of the South is the subject of ing more than 100 works of American film this exhibition of work by a wide range of icon Marilyn Monroe. Presented in a variety artists, media, and styles. Jepson Center for of media including photographs, paintings, the Arts, 207 West York St. and videos. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Dustin Yellin: Triptych — Yellin’s largest and Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs — Using most complex work, a massive 12-ton, his surroundings as an additive medium, three-paneled epic, embodying his vision Brandt’s photographs are bathed in a of the world and consciousness. SCAD mixture of water collected from the site in Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. which the composition was derived. SCAD Exhibition: Ray Ellis - Sketches from 1971-2011 Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. — This show includes the preliminary sketches for larger watercolors and oils that The Metal Artistry of West Africa: From the Kole Collection — Drawn from the private colEllis completed throughout his career. Ray lection of the Kole family, this exhibition Ellis Gallery/Compass Prints, Inc., 205 sponsored by Armstrong includes sacred West Congress St. and ceremonial objects created by people A Fragmented Abstraction - SCAD MFA Thesis in sub-Saharan Africa. Through May 30. Exhibition - Rebeca Pittman Calderón — Different Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 facets of mediation through work combinAbercorn St. ing the mediums of acrylic and digital Mountains, Cities, and Temples: Travel Drawings — painting. Through May 29, Fahm Street Drawings and mixed media works by Julia Gallery, One Fahm Street. Haywood. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, Helen Levitt: In the Street — The exhibit, a 915 Waters Ave. collaboration with the High Museum of Moving off the Grid: Acrylic Abstractions in Color Art in Atlanta, displays the work of one of and Line — Paintings by Stephen Darr. GeoAmerica’s ground-breaking photographers. metric abstractions, influenced by circuit The photographs are drawn from the perboards and underground subway maps, manent collections of both the Telfair and including vivid pairings that match up on the High. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 all four sides and can be rearranged to West York St. create multiple compositions. A portion of Contemporary Southern Landscape — The unique

Paintings by Grace Rohland & Jewelry by Marlene Nawrocki — Gallery 209 presents Grace

Rohland’s nature paintings, created with texture adding paper and mixed media; and, Marlene Nawrocki’s sleek contemporary gold and silver jewelry that incorporates pearls and stones. Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

Paintings by Joshua Hill — Savannah-based

painter’s work is influenced by classical and contemporary artists. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Photographs of Fort Pulaski — The Muse is

an exhibition of photographs by Shannon Christopher, shot on Cockspur Island and at Fort Pulaski. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cockspur Island.

Reinvigorated: Environmental Recycling — From trash into art: seven artists create work from trash and keep a few more things out of the landfill. Participating artists: RL Brethauer, Melanie Carpenter, Cristina Emberton, Rachel Green, Crisley McCarson, Tandi and Mike Rose. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. Rivers: Exhibition by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) — Collaborative paintings inspired

by speeches/writings/music of Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Jacobs, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois & Duke Ellington. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

The Three Muses — Tremain Farrar, Stephanie Meyer, and Michelle Willows come together for this three-woman exhibition of their works, which are primarily illustration, but also painting, graphic design images and more. Prints and originals in all shapes and sizes. Through June 8. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St. unaffected — Recent photography by award

winning Savannah artist Geoff L. Johnson. Through June 2. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. cs

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MAY 21-27, 2014

X-Men Days of Future Past Blended The Love Punch




As the Warner Bros. logo loomed large on the screen - and in 3-D, to boot - to herald the start of Godzilla, my watch read, “19:35” (yes, I’m a stickler for military time). When the preview audience finally got a full look at the title behemoth for the first time, it was exactly 20:35. A full hour of running time, and no Godzilla to show for it aside from a few extreme close-ups of various body parts? Fine by me. As a big fan of exposition in my moviegoing diet, I appreciated the fact that director Gareth Edwards and writers Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham were patiently laying the groundwork for the triumphant return of Godzilla, who first hit theaters 60 years ago and has become a global phenomenon in the ensuing decades. Godzilla (birth name: Gojira) was such a popular commodity that even the Yanks elected to take a crack at the big guy: The result was 1998’s risible Godzilla vs. Ferris Bueller, with the oversized monster no match for Matthew Broderick’s shtick. Clearly, Edwards and his team had their work cut out for them if they wanted to make a Hollywood version that would erase the smell of its ill-advised predecessor. For the first hour, they mostly succeed. Principal characters are introduced, among them Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), a nuclear power plant engineer who turns into an activist once he becomes convinced that there was a coverup involving an accident at the facility; his son Ford (Aaron TaylorJohnson), a military grunt certain that his

dad’s a raving lunatic; and scientists Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins), who know more than most yet are still in the dark when it comes to figuring out what threat humanity faces. That answer comes with the inadvertent release of the buglike Muto, which helpfully stands for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. This gargantuan creature destroys everything and everyone in its path, and it’s clear that Earth needs a superhero more powerful - and definitely taller - than Spider-Man or Captain America to vanquish it. That’s where The Big G comes in, and after an hour in which he’s been noticeably MIA, we’re more than ready for the remaining 65 minutes to offer wall-to-wall Godzilla. Only it doesn’t work out that way. With continued emphasis on the humans (particularly Taylor-Johnson’s Ford, the least interesting of the homo sapien protagonists) and much of the discussion (and action) centering around the Muto and its even larger mate, Godzilla ends up becoming a supporting player in what’s ostensibly his own movie. It’s shocking to note how little screen time he receives, and when he finally enters into a battle royale with the Mutos, it almost feels like the picture has been handed over to an extra. At least the CGI is flawless. The effects employed to bring Godzilla and his nemeses to life are superb, although I must confess

a bit of disappointment in the design of Godzilla in his latest incarnation. Stockier than normal, one gets the feeling he’s spent the past few years guzzling Kirin Ichiban or Sapporo Draft while lounging on the ocean floor - how else to explain that sizable beer belly?


OO With such titles as The Rookie (the baseball flick with Dennis Quaid), Miracle (the hockey flick with Kurt Russell), Invincible (the football flick with Mark Wahlberg) and Secretariat (the horse-racing flick with Diane Lane) under its heavyweight belt, it’s clear that Disney loves to homogenize the hell out of true-life sports tales. The latest case in point is Million Dollar Arm, the sort of movie that wins those worthless Heartland Truly Moving Pictures awards that always dot the ads for practically any PG-rated piffle. That’s not to say there isn’t always a need for more family-friendly fare, and I could easily recommend this to those clans equipped with two parental units and a pair of small kids not quite ready for the likes of Neighbors - ditto for elderly couples understandably taken aback by the sex and violence prevalent in the cinema of today. But this film, which lives and dies by the formula, will seem more problematic to most other demographics. Million Dollar Arm takes a look at Rinku Singh (played by Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh

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Patel (Madhur Mittal), the first two Indians signed to major league baseball contracts. Of course, Hollywood learned nothing from the astronomical success of Slumdog Millionaire, so rather than focus on their inspiring stories, they’re shunted aside so that the spotlight can remain primarily on JB Bernstein ( Jon Hamm), the American agent whose contact with these kids - and with a preppy medical student (Lake Bell) - helps make him a better man. Million Dollar Arm, you had me at Jerry Maguire. The cultural assimilation of Singh and Patel in the U.S. of course can’t compare to the woes suffered by Bernstein during his brief stay in their country, so we get the usual chatter regarding India’s rampant corruption (since they’re not as honest as us Americans), blanket poverty (from this film, you wouldn’t know that anybody in India enjoyed such luxuries as indoor plumbing) and the ceaseless bouts of diarrhea endured by any foreigners daring to eat the local cuisine (since Papa John’s pizza, product-placed in the film, is so much more nutritional and tastier! - than chicken tikka masala). The actors (especially Sharma and Mittal) are appealing, and the script by Thomas McCarthy (who usually pens sharper films like The Station Agent and Win Win) sets up the usual dramatic roadblocks that will topple as predictably as bowling pins. Million Dollar Arm is a perfectly pleasant diversion, but it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to spend top dollar on it.

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Like the beer at a college kegger, the comedy Neighbors flows smoothly for much of the time, only spurting and gasping in those moments when it’s been tapped dry. Seth Rogen, who has been paired onscreen with more beautiful women than any other affable slob this side of Kevin James, here gets to dally with Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne. They star as Mac and Kelly Radner, who aren’t too thrilled when they learn that a group of fraternity brothers has moved into the house next door. Fearing that the potential noise will disturb their staid suburban lifestyle - and wake up their baby at all hours - they try to ingratiate themselves by offering the new kids on the block some weed as a welcome gesture. At first, it works: Frat leaders Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) promise to behave, and Mac and Kelly even get invited over for a massive blowout that finds Mac eating mushrooms by the handful and getting into a conversation with Teddy over whether the definitive Batman was Michael Keaton or Christian Bale. But during one

subsequent - and particular raucous - night, the Radners call the cops on the frat rats, a decision that results in an all-out war between the two households. Neighbors offers a steady stream of satisfactory laughs, particular in the scenes which show Mac and Kelly desperately trying to hold onto their youthful vigor and carefree spirits even though they’re now tied down with a baby and a mortgage. This interesting angle gets downsized over the course of the film, but there are a number of more visually dependent gags trying to take up the slack, including ones involving frat-manufactured dildos and milk-filled mammaries. Much of the ribald humor is inspired while some of it is merely desperate, but it’s the sloppiness of the characterizations that weakens stretches of the film. One gets the feeling that the dialogue was improvised as much as it was scripted (a staple in modern comedy), but it’s probably because of this loose structure that the movie often feels flabby and disjointed. Still, as far as dum-dum comedies go, this one’s not bad at all, and it’s sure to go down even easier after a few rounds of shots or a pitcher or three at the neighborhood bar.


Trust Jim Jarmusch to craft a vampire flick that’s less about frightful fangs puncturing exposed necks and more about the existential crisis that’s rocking the modern world. With Only Lovers Left Alive, the innovative writer-director has fashioned a bloodsucker saga that’s every bit as unique as the acclaimed Swedish import Let the Right One In. A fixture on the indie scene for 30 years, Jarmusch makes films that are often difficult to accurately describe and even tougher to pigeonhole. Here, the auteur of such gems as Mystery Train and Night on Earth foregoes the usual vampire-friendly settings of Transylvania, London and even New York to set his story in, of all places, Detroit. That’s where Adam (Tom Hiddleston) can be found; a centuries-old vampire with a fondness for music, he rarely ventures outside his apartment, trusting his only human friend, the unsuspecting Ian (a terrific turn by Anton Yelchin) to bring him anything he might need (usually, vintage guitars for his collection). Adam has a lover named, naturally, Eve (Tilda Swinton), but she lives far away in Tangier, where she sometimes pals around with a fellow vampire named Christopher Marlowe ( John Hurt). Eve eventually travels to Detroit to be reunited with her Adam. It’s a blissful existence for a while, with the

lovers lounging around and enjoying the vials of “good blood” they’re able to acquire (sucking directly from a person’s neck is so old-school - or old-century, as it were). But trouble comes knocking in the form of Eve’s little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), a party vampire who’s selfish, obnoxious and prone to always getting in trouble (think either Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan with fangs). Ava at one point calls Adam and Eve snobs, and she’s not far off the mark. The pair do exist on a higher intellectual plane than most of those around them - humans or vampires - but they’re the keepers of all that is artistic and inspiring in this world. Jarmusch has spent his career steering clear of helming Hollywood blockbusters, so it’s easy to see him sympathizing with this doleful duo. Yet for all its esoteric claims, Only Lovers Left Alive isn’t pretentious or inaccessible. There’s genuine warmth emanating through a picture that initially appears chilly to the touch, thanks in no small measure to the performances by Swinton and Hiddleston. In fact, the movie’s closest screen antecedent is one of those Hollywood blockbusters: Neil Jordan’s 1994 hit Interview with the Vampire, with its similar roster of privileged bloodsuckers (as well as one character’s eventual ties to the music industry). With its languorous pace and decidedly low-key pleasures, Only Lovers Left Alive isn’t a movie for all tastes, but those seeking something seductive and unexpected will want to sink their teeth into it and draw deeply.

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The best component of TAS-M2 is the developing relationship between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Garfield and Stone both do exemplary jobs of conveying the feelings and frustrations of their star-crossed lovers. With this romance landing in the pole position of the positives, the runner-up slot goes to the casting of Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon, a lowly and lonely engineer who’s eventually transformed into the powerful and destructive Electro. Foxx brings genuine pathos to the character of Max/Electro, and even as the character’s villainy grows, Foxx ensures that he never completely loses audience sympathy. Electro is a compelling enough villain that he could have benefitted from more screen time. As for the effects that bring our superhero and his nemeses to life, they curiously run hot and cold.Of course, it also doesn’t help that Webb maddeningly plays around with

the tools of the trade with the reckless abandon of a pubescent kid discovering his own pecker, slowing down many shots to the point of absurdity. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, including the obligatory Stan Lee cameo.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

OOOOO Working with co-writer Hugo Guinness, Wes Anderson has concocted a fanciful tale marinated in whimsy and tinged with ruefulness. After a pair of framing devices, the film takes us to the 1960s, where an author ( Jude Law) spends most of his time in a crumbling, practically empty hotel located in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. There, he meets owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), who proceeds to tell him a story that takes us even further back in time. T The setting is now the hotel during the early 1930s, when young Zero (Tony Revolori) is serving as a lobby boy under the tutelage of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the property’s ab-fab concierge. Gustave is superb at his job, which on the downside includes bedding the elderly — and wealthy — women who stay at the facility. One such individual is Madame D. (played by an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton in layers of wrinkled makeup), and when she passes away under mysterious circumstances, she wills an invaluable painting to Gustave. This displeases her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) to such a degree that he frames Gustave as his mother’s murderer and sics the family henchman, the snarling Jopling (a frightening/comical Willem Dafoe, replete with pointy teeth), to bump off anyone who interferes with his diabolical plot. Thus, it’s largely up to Zero, with the aid of his girlfriend Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), to save his mentor and the day. Several of Anderson’s past films, works such as The Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox, have showcased unique visual compositions, and with its generous use of models and matte backdrops, The Grand Budapest Hotel follows suit. The playful art direction is matched by the jocularity of the screenplay, which mines ample humor from the relationship between Gustave and Zero. Fiennes and Revolori prove to be a choice tag team, but they also shine individually, with Revolori making the most of his character’s whispery demeanor and Fiennes sensational as the concierge whose occasional buffoonishness can’t mask the tortured soul of a poet. I The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson’s best film not just because it makes us laugh, but because it makes us care. CS

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Activism & Politics

Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street (912) 341-7427 Free , 7 p.m. drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. , 7 p.m Muffins with Mary Ellen

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

Residents in Savannah’s 5th District are invited to meet with their Alderwoman every 4th Saturday of the month. Residents may come with specific issues and concerns, or just to meet their representative on Savannah City Council. District 5 runs roughly west of Bull Street and north of 36th Street, and also includes newly developing areas of the City in the southwest quadrant of Chatham County. Free and open to the public. fourth Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m. 912-651-6410. fourth Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m Shabazz Seafood Restaurant, 502 W. Victory Dr. Savannah Area Young Republicans

Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. Call or see website for information. Free . 912-308-3020.

Savannah Fifth District Town Hall Meeting with Alderman Estella Shabazz

Residents will have the opportunity to speak with their Alderman and ask questions regarding their district. Free and open to the public. Wed., May 21, 6:30-8 p.m. (912) 213-6444. Wed., May 21, 6:30-8 p.m Tatemville Community Center, 333 Coleman Street. Savannah Libertarians

Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Mondays

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Veterans for Peace

The Savannah chapter of a national organization of men and women vets of all branches of service, eras and duty stations, working to expose the costs of war and to support veterans and civilian war victims. Call for meeting location. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 303-550-1158. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m Young Democrats

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free . 423-619-7712. foxyloxy82 Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

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Auditions and Calls for Entries

Arts Services Program. In 2015, funding will be available in two program categories Revitalize African-American theatre in that each has specific funding criteria: Savannah. Staging and premiering of new, Core Investment Program, designed for dynamic plays with memorable characthe City to invest in the artistic mission of ters and storylines. Contact playwright thriving established arts organizations with Ben Harris for information. Every 3 days. operating budgets of at least $500,000. 404/955-1697. Every Cultural Projects Investment Program, 3 days designed for the City to invest in non-profit Performing Arts Instructors Sought organizations and/or institutions of higher Department of Cultural Affairs Accepting learning that provide high quality innovaProposals for Neighborhood Arts Program- tive arts services that increase access to ming Instructors City seeks applications cultural and creative experiences, support for Weave A Dream Initiative instructors for and facilitate skill development, inform the Fall 2014 programming. Proposals are due public about entrepreneurial avenues in by August 29, 2014 and should be submitthe cultural sector, and nurture the local ted by email to creative industry. Applications, guidelines, or mailed to 9 West Henry Street, Savanand program information will be availnah, GA 31401. To download the application able on the Department of Cultural Affairs and see criteria, go to the Cultural Affairs website ( or by website For contacting Crystal Northcutt at cnorthmore information please contact Crystal or 912-644-7927. Northcutt at (912) 644-7927. Through Aug. Deadline is Friday, June 27, 2015 at 5:30 29. Through Aug. 29 p.m. New applicants are required to have Call for Artists their proposals reviewed by DCA staff prior The Sentient Bean is seeking experienced to submission. Proposal review dates for artists interested in showing their work new applicants are May 26 – June 6, 2014. for the duration of one month at the Bean. Returning applicants’ proposals may be reArtists must have a website with current viewed upon request if they are submitted images representing a sample of the work no later than June 6, 2014. Every 7 days. to be shown in order to be considered. 912-644-7927. cnorthcutt@savannahga. To apply, please send an email to sengov. Every 7 days Gallery Seeks Local Artists with the subject Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street, in downline “art show” and include the following town Savannah seeks 2-D and 3-D artists information: 1. Artist name and phone number 2. Link to website that has current to join its cooperative gallery. Must be a full-time resident of Savannah or nearby and relevant images of work for proposed show 3. Link to artist resume (preferred) or area. Work to be considered includes painting, photography, mixed media, artist resume attached as a PDF file ONLY sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If 4. Type of work to be shown, including interested please submit 5-10 images of medium, general sizes, price range, and your work, plus resume/CV and biography how many of pieces will be in the show 5. Link to artist statement (preferred) or artist to . Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. statement attached as a PDF file ONLY . Homeschool Music Classes Music classes for homeschool students The Sentient Bean, 13 ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in East Park Ave. City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries Guyton and Savannah. See website for The City of Savannah’s TV station, SGTV is details. . Weave-A-Dream Grant Applications Sought seeking insightful and well-crafted proCall for proposals for its 2014 Weave-Afiles, documentaries, animations, original Dream—Cultural & Arts Projects initiative. music videos, histories or other original Applications will be accepted through the works by or about the citizens of Savancalendar year, while funds are available. nah to run on “Engage”, a television show produced by the city. Interested in collabo- Programs are to be completed prior to December 31, 2014 and the application must rating with filmmakers, artists, musicians be submitted at least eight weeks prior to and others in producing original content the start date of the project. Project fundfor the program. While the City does not ing is available up to $2,500 per program/ offer compensation for such programs, project. Emphasis on proposals that SGTV does offer an opportunity to expose actively involve youth, seniors, and those local works to a wide audience. More than who have limited access to arts based 55,000 households in Chatham County programs in Savannah. Applicants must have access to SGTV. Submit proposals be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered via website. The City reserves the right in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed to reject any programming that does not meet content standards. . programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual engagesgtv. City of Savannah’s “Call for Proposals” for the artist applications will be accepted. Ap2015 Contracts for Cultural & Arts Services plications are available on the Department Program of Cultural Affairs website. Mondays.. 912The City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs 651-6417. 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The 200 Club’s 8th Annual Savannah Mile Run

This one mile all out run features five heats for all ages and skill levels. Proceeds go to The 200 Club, which provides immediate financial and educational assistance to the surviving family of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. First responders and military enjoy complimentary entry via the 200 Club website. Sat., May 24, 8 a.m. Sat., May 24, 8 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

Chatham County Animal Control is in need of items for pets in the facility. Seeking donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, baby formula, newspaper, paper towels, soaps, crates, leashes, collars, wash cloths, and towels. Open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. . 912-351-6750. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Davenport House Summer Junior Interpreter Program

This program at the Davenport House Museum is for students in grades 9 through 12 develops the skills and knowledge necessary for a tour guide at the museum. Participants may earn community service hours and receive public speaking experience. Program dates and times: Thursday evenings June 12 through July 31 (from 6 to 8 p.m.) Tuesdays.. 912-236-8097. Tuesdays. Davenport House, 324 East State St. 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. $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. 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 no-

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tify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-old. . (912) 525-2151.

available. $15 912-704-2940. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

Get fit and lose weight with our Boot Camp instructor Tim Smith. Start your morning off with these heart-pumping routines sure to help you with your fitness goals! $15 for drop in, 8/$100 (must use in 30 days) or 12/$125 (must use in 30 days) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 a.m. 912-257-5901. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 a.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

200 - Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

Savannah Yoga Center sponsors this course, held July 25 – August 17, 2014. Application Deadline is July 15. Three week yoga teacher training led by Kelley J. Boyd, 500-ERYT & Director of Savannah Yoga Center, accompanied by the East Coast’s best yoga teachers. Yoga / Satsang. Registration and more info at or call (912) 232-2994. Every 3 days. Every 3 days 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. 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. Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction

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Camp: Train Smart (for kids)

For ages 8-13. A fun and challenging sports summer camp to improve overall athletic performance. Athletes are grouped by age and ability level. Two sessions: Speed & Agility Training in the morning and Sports Specific Strength Training in the afternoon. Both sessions are taught by certified fitness trainers. Spaces are limited for all sessions. Session 1: June 2-6. Session 2: June 9-13, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. SJ/C Wellness Center at Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds Street. To register, call the SJ/C Wellness Center at 819-8800 or download the forms at $120 per week. Every 7 days. Every 7 days Camp: Shapedown (for kids)

For ages 6-12, a two-week, age-specific, behavior modification intervention that addresses the food, activity, psychosocial and family system issues, which frequently underlie weight or eating problems. Participants are taught specific skills to remedy problems identified by the professional staff at the beginning of the program. June 16-27, 8:30am-4:30pm. At the St. Joseph’s/ Candler Wellness Center at Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds Street. Scholarships are available; the scholarship deadline is May 23 and there is a $15 fee to apply. To register, call the Wellness Center 819-8800 or download the forms at camps. $333. Deadline to apply is May 30. Some insurance policies will cover Shape-

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Camp: Summer Sailing Camp at Lake Mayer

Kids! Learn to sail on Lake Mayer. Savannah Sailing Center presents its Summer Sailing Camp for children ages 5 and up. Weekly sessions for “Catch the Wind” (Children 8 and up) are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekly sessions for “Guppies” (children 5 through 7) are 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Camp dates: June 1-August 2. $150-$275 per week depending on age. Discounts for SSC members, multiple students per family, and multiple weeks. Every 7 days. 912-3529996. Every 7 days Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Camp: Summer Theatre Camp for Kids

Tybee Arts Association’s Summer Theatre Camp for Kids 2014. Two week Acting day camp for ages 6-16. June 9-20, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-3pm. $250 for two-week session. At Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr., Tybee Island. Campers will learn the principles of acting and theatre techniques and prepare for a main stage production on the last day of camp. Every 7 days. 912-5964992. Every 7 days Tybee Arts Center, 7 Cedarwood Dr. Camp: Telfair Art Camps (for kids)

Telfair Museums offers several week-long art camps for children and teens during the summer. Different focus for each camp. Space for each camp is limited and advance registration is required. The registration fee includes all materials and each

child is required to bring their own lunch bag. For more information and to register online please visit summer/. Every 7 days. Every 7 days Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Champions Training Center

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 876

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 876, is currently accepting applications from young men and women (ages 14-20 years old) who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. Explorers experience mentoring, motivation, and learn skills which help prepare them for their roles as a productive citizen in the Coastal Empire. Interested parties may visit the Chatham County Sheriff’s web page, click “Community” then Explorers Post 876” for applications, or contact Cpl. R. Bryant-Elleby at (912)651-3743. . 912651-3743. Classical Guitar Instruction

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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. Dance Conditioning

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

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912443-0410. English as Second Language Classes

Learn conversational English, comprehension, vocabulary and life communication skills. All ages. Thursdays, 7:30pm, Island Christian Church, 4601 US Highway 80 East. Free. 912-897-3604. islandchristian.


1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. . 912-232-4232 The Mediation Center has three workshops x115. savannahpha. per month for people who do not have legal com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource representation in a family matter: divorce, Center, 1407 Wheaton St. legitimation, modifications of child support, Kid’s Summer Pottery Camp Kid’s Can Create with Clay this summer. visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 Weekly Summer Pottery camp open to kids ages 6-15. Creative projects done both 912-354-6686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute on and off the pottery wheel. Early bird Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and chil- price special for registering before May 1. dren held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Classes begin in June. $127 before May Register by phone. . 912-921-4646. 1. Call for pricing after May 1. Tuesdays.. Figure Drawing Classes 912-509-4647. www.savannahsclayspot. Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:30Tuesdays. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 12:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 Barnard St. Knitting & Crochet Classes drop-in fee. At the Studio School. . 912Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. 484-6415. See the calendar of events on website. Studio Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. School, 1319 Bull St. Free Fitness Boot Camp com. Mondays Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Latin Cardio Latin Cardio is a cardio based workout Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welclass that is designed to get your off the come. Free 912-921-0667. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons couch and sweat while having fun! We Emphasis on theory, reading music, and dance to all your favorite latin style dances improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. . like cha cha, samba, jive, rumba, salsa and 912-232-5987. more! Don’t will be sweating Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource off the pounds every time you put your feet Center into action on the dance floor! No partner Housing Authority of Savannah hosts necessary. Workout clothes required! $10 classes at the Neighborhood Resource drop in or $80 for 10 classes Mondays, 6 Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Monp.m. 912.312.3549. Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Mondays, 6 p.m Salon de Baile Dance StuBasic computer training: Tues & Thurs, dio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Family Law Workshop

Learn to Sew!

Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private and Group classes. . 912596-0889. Kleo’s Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. Life Coaching Group

Group & Individual Life Coaching with a Certified Life Coach. Ready for a career change, new lifestyle, or an opportunity to pursue your creative or business ideas? A great opportunity to get the right guidance to fulfill your aspirations in a safe and supportive environment. Individual sessions in person or on the phone. Check out our website at $35 Session/ Group, Sliding Fee for Individual Session Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. 912596-1952. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon Downtown Savannah, downtown. Master Artist Photography Camp

Session A: June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 10-12. Session B: June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 13-16. This program focuses on black-and-white and digital photography. Inspired by the work of world-famous photographer Helen Levitt – now on exhibit at the Jepson Center – campers participate in on-location shoots in the historic district and more! The camp culminates with a reception and exhibition of the students’ work at the Jepson Center. $200 for Telfair members and $235 for non-members Through June 23.

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Piano Voice-Coaching

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.

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Music Lessons: Private or Group

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

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, ddrums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, flute, woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. . 912-692-8055. New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

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

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

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. . This course provides an overview of the ten knowledge-based principles for managing successful projects: scope, integration, communication, time, cost, procurement, risk management, quality control, human resources, and project stakeholder management. The training includes practical exercises and an in-class group project. Participants receive a manual, electronic forms, and other resource materials. Source: Project Management Body of Knowledge, Project Management Institute PMI® best business practices. $650 per person Thu., May 22, 6-9 p.m. 912.644.5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu. Thu., May 22, 6-9 p.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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 912-12660-7399. Call for fee information. Russian Language Classes

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

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Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your clothing business or clothing line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. . 912-290-0072. Short Story Writing

Gives students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling the opportunity to use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Works of Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ann Beattie and others will be studied. Upon completion, students will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing, and the art of revision. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education division in Savannah. Call or email for days/times/pricing. . 912-6445967. ceps. 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. . 786247-9923. 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 .

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During June, two week-long Painting Camps for youth (ages 11 and up), plus a 5-day Portrait Workshop and a 5-day Figure Drawing Workshop (ages 15 and up). 1319 Bull Street, Savannah. Call or see website for fees and specific dates. Sundays.. 912.484.6415. Sundays. Studio School, 1319 Bull St.

Camp: Telfair Museums’ Contemporary Creative Explorer

July 28 to August 1 for ages 8-12. This camp features 3D printing with the MakerBot 3D printer! This summer Art Colony takes students on a journey, exploring Telfair Museums’ three sites and numerous exhibitions. Find inspiration with instruction in drawing, painting and printmaking. Students immerse themselves in innovative art lessons taught by professional artists. The camp culminates with a reception and exhibition of the campers’ work at the Jepson Center. Cancellation less than two weeks prior to the start of your camp incurs an $85 cancellation fee. $175 for Telfair members and $195 for non-members Every 7 days. jepson/. Every 7 days Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Vocal Lessons

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

Interested in learning how to West Coast Swing? Come learn from the best in Savannah. Rick Cody will take you though the smooth rhythms of beach music to help you get ready for the dance floor. $12 drop in fee or $35 for 4 weeks Wednesdays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. Wednesdays, 7 p.m Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. . Adult Intermediate Ballet

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/info online or by phone. . 912925-0903. Avegost LARP

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the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. . Blindness and Low Vision: A Guide to Working, Living, and Supporting Individuals with Vision Loss

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

Join us on Mondays as we begin our week on a creative note. Doodling, Planning, Manifesting, Crafting! Just Bring Your Own 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. . 912233-1240. Energy Healers

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

5-8 p.m Wild Fibre, 409 East Liberty St.

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. .

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. . 912313-2230.

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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. 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. Hostess City Toastmasters Club

Improve your public speaking and leadership skills at our professional, friendly, peer-run Toastmasters meetings, every Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM at 35 Barnard Street - Third Floor at ThincSavannah. Practice your speeches for work and community events. Network and make new friends. Guests are always welcomed. $10/month Tue., May 27, 6-7 p.m. 912-484-0165. hostesscitytoastmasters. thincsavannah. com. Tue., May 27, 6-7 p.m ThincSavannah, 35 Barnard St. Suite 300. Ink Slingers Writing Group

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

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

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Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. . 912-786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers

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

Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Mondays. Mondays R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future

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

A local club for fans from all over the sci-fi /fantasy universe, role-players and gamers. Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Super King Buffet 10201 Abercorn St., Savannah at 7PM. Contact: Website: or on Facebook. . 912-308-2094. Safe Kids Savannah

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

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

Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

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

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. . charlesfund@gmail. com. Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

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

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5/ month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call or email for info. . 912-429-6918. Savannah Go Green

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

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

Monthly meetings open to the public. Held at Logan’s Roadhouse, the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through May. Dinner: 6:pm. Speaker: 7:30pm. Guest speakers each meeting. . 912-238-3170. Golden Corral, 7822 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events

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Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

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

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Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-2380514. Tuesdays,

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to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. . savannahnewcomersclub. com. Savannah No Kidding!

No Kidding. Join Savannah’s only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. or email . The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. Savannah Parrot Head Club

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

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.

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Service

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Savannah Quilt Guild Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health UniMeet the second Saturday, September versity Medical Center, in the Conference through June, at Woods of Savannah, 1764- Room C. . 912-484-6710. memorialhealth. C Hodgson Memorial. Social time 9:30am, com/. Memorial Health University Medical meetings 10:00am followed by a program. Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Open to all who are interested in quilting. Join the Facebook group to find out more Membership is $25 per year. . (912) 598about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and 9977. Savannah Sacred Harp Singers to hear about upcoming local events. MonEveryone who loves to sing is invited to join days. Mondays Savannah Writers Group Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. All are A gathering of writers of all levels for netwelcome to participate or listen too one of America’s most revered musical traditions. working, hearing published guest authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive Call or email. . 912-655-0994. savannahenvironment. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Faith Primitive Baptist 7:00pm, Atlanta Bread Company, Twelve Church, 3212 Bee Road. Savannah SCA Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn. The local chapter of the Society for CreFree and open to the public. See website ative Anachronism meets every Saturday or call for info. . savannahwritersgroup. at Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. If you’re interested in Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy Spanish conversation table. Meets second re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaisand fourth Thursday of each month. sance, come join us! South end of Forsyth 7:30pm to 9pm at Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull Park, just past the Farmer’s Market. Free. street. Come practice your Spanish, have a Free , 11 a.m. sacafe con leche or Spanish wine, and meet , 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 nice people....All levels welcome. Free. Whitaker St. Savannah Story Games Purchase beverages and snacks. . foxyloxyWe play games that help us tell improvised Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla stories. Get together over food - roleplayJoin the volunteer organization that assists ers, storytellers, or the merely curious -


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

A Ceremony to Honor All who have given their lives in Defense of their Country free Sun., May 25, 6-9 p.m. 912-429-0940. Sun., May 25, 6-9 p.m Emmet Park, End of Bay St.

Waving Girls--Smocking Arts Guild of America

The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items. At each meeting there is an opportunity to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. 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. Dance

Adult Ballet Class

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

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

Argentine Tango

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

Join us for a free-flowing, meditative dance and experience the healing power of Chakradance™. With eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery, Chakradance™ will take you on a spiritual journey, free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. Chakradance™ aims to restore health to our chakras – the energy centers that, in Eastern tradition, are the gateways to integrating mind, body and spirit. No dance experience or prior knowledge of the chakras is necessary. Limited to 12 participants – email to reserve a spot today! $20 , 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ , 7-8:30 p.m Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. 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. 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

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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.

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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. 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

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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. RAVE NIGHT with DJ ORSON WELLS

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

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

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Telfair Museums invites dancers of all levels, beginner to expert, to enjoy lessons from Savannah Ballroom in the Telfair Academy Rotunda. Dancers may pay in advance to attend all four lessons or drop in to take one lesson at a time. A small reception follows the May 27 class. Price per lesson: $5 students | $10 Telfair members | $15 non-members Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.. 90 Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

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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.

Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

classes taught by Pole Dance America’s 2014 National Professional Champion Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne and Miss Fitness 2013 & 2014, Sabrina Ditch the workout & join the party. All Madsen. Pole fitness concentrates on both levels welcome. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM fostering upper body strength and overall Free Caregiver Support Group 7:30PM. Lake Mayer Community Center flexibility as well dance elements. Call or For anyone caring for senior citizens with 1850 East Montgomery Crossroads $5 email to reserve your spot today! We offer any affliction or illness. Second Saturday class - discount cards available Bring a a Beginning class Tuesdays from 8pmof the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Com- 9pm, Advanced class Wednesdays 8pmfriend & it’s free for you! . 912-596-1952. mons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free 9pm, and Stiletto Sundays 5pm-6pm with Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossto attend. Open to anyone i need of support Open Pole from 6pm-7pm. All pole classes roads. for the caregiving they provide. . savannah- except Stiletto Sundays are $25 for drop in or 5/$100 (must be used in 30 days) Fitness $5 Community Yoga Classes Dude’s Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Stiletto Sundays are $30 drop in, 4/$100 Savannah Power Yoga offers a community Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climb(must be used in 30 days) Wednesdays, 8-9 yoga class nearly every day of the week for ing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every p.m., Sundays, 5-7 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8-9 just $5. All proceeds support local organiThursday men climb for half price, $5. See p.m. 801-673-6737. info@firstcityfitness. com. Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m., Sundays, 5-7 zations. Check out our schedule at www. website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. p.m. and Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m First City for details. Note 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop. ness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. that most of our classes are heated to 90 com. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m Savannah Pregnancy Yoga degrees and you will sweat! Bring a yoga Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mat, towel and some water and get ready Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and to have some fun! $5 Mondays-Fridays, run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (ac- delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call Sundays. (912) 695-9990. info@savancessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop or email for info. . 912-704-7650. ann@ savannahpoweryoga. Sacom. Mondays- Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes vannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Fridays, Sundays Savannah Power Yoga, Qigong Classes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am7360 Skidaway Rd. Al-Anon Family Groups 10pm. Call or see website. . 912-598-2300. Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier An anonymous fellowship of relatives gastate- and longer life. Classes offer a time to and friends of alcoholics. the message Skidaway Island learn the exercises and perform them in of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope a group setting. Class length averages 60 State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Insanity Workout Group Class for friends/family of problem drinkers. min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people INSANITY turns old-school interval train. Anahata Healing Arts ing on its head. Work flat out in 3 to 5-min age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Center, 2424 Drayton St. Renagade Workout blocks, and take breaks only long enough Savannah area. check website or call for Free fitness workout, every Saturday, info. . 912-598-9860. to gulp some air and get right back to Bariatric Surgery Support Group 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women work. It’s called Max Interval Training, First Wednesday each month, 7pm, and only. Offered by The Fit Lab. 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Free will astrology ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

I believe your persuasive powers will be stronger than usual in the weeks ahead. The words coming out of your mouth will sound especially interesting. I also suspect that your intelligence will get at least a temporary upgrade. The clarity of your thoughts will intensify. You will see truths you have been blind to in the past. Innovative solutions to long-running dilemmas are likely to occur to you. The only potential snag is that you might neglect to nurture your emotional riches. You could become a bit too dry and hard. But now that I’ve warned you of that possibility, let’s hope you will take steps to ensure it won’t happen.


(April 20-May 20)

If there was a Hall of Fame for scientists, physicist Isaac Newton (1642-1727) would have been the charter member. He was like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry were to rock and roll, like Babe Ruth was to baseball. The theory of gravity and the three laws of motion were his gifts to the world. He made major contributions to mathematics and optics, and was a central figure in defining modern science. There is also a legend that he invented the cat door, inspired by his pet felines. Whether or not that’s true, it serves as an excellent metaphor for this horoscope. It’s an excellent time for you to apply your finest talents and highest intelligence to dream up small, mundane, but practical innovations.


(May 21-June 20)

During the next 12 months you will have exceptional opportunities to soak up knowledge, add to your skill set, and get the training you need to pursue interesting kinds of success in the coming six to eight years. What’s the best way to prepare? Develop an exciting new plan for your future education. To get in the mood, try the following: make a list of your most promising but still unripe potentials; meditate on the subjects that evoke your greatest curiosity; brainstorm about what kinds of experiences would give you more control over your destiny; and study three people you know who have improved their lives by taking aggressive steps to enhance their proficiency.


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The moon shows us a different phase every 24 hours, which makes it seem changeable. But in fact, not much actually happens on the moon. It has no atmosphere, no weather, no wind, no plant life, no seasons. There is some water, but it’s all frozen. Is there anything like this in your own life, Cancerian? Something that on the surface of things seems to be in constant motion, but whose underlying state never actually shifts or develops? According to my analysis, now would be an excellent time for you to revise the way

you understand this part of your world, and then update your relationship with it.


(July 23-Aug. 22)

Have you thought of organizing a crowdfunding campaign to boost your pet project or labor of love? I suggest you get serious about it in the next four weeks. This coming phase of your cycle will be a favorable time to expand your audience, attract new allies, and build a buzz. You will have a sixth sense about how to wield your personal charm to serve your longterm goals. More than usual, your selfish interests will dovetail with the greater good -- perhaps in unexpected ways.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Years ago I had a Virgo friend who was a talented singer. She had technical skill, stylistic flair, and animal magnetism, making her worthy of being a lead vocalist in almost any great band. And yet when she was asleep and had dreams of performing, she often found herself standing in the shadows, barely visible and singing tentatively, while her back-up singers hogged the spotlight at center stage. Moral of the story: Some of you Virgos are shy about claiming your full authority. It doesn’t always come easy for you to shine your light and radiate your power. And yet you can most definitely learn to do so. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to make progress in this direction.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“There is always an enormous temptation in all of life,” writes Annie Dillard, “to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end . . . I won’t have it. The world is wider than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright.” Your assignment in the coming weeks, Libra, is to transcend whatever is itsy-bitsy about your life. The alternative? Head toward the frontier and drum up experiences that will thrill your heart and blow your mind.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours,” writes novelist Heidi R. Kling. That’s good advice for you to keep in mind these days, Scorpio. Those little imps and rascals that live within you may get you into bad trouble if they feel bored. But if you arrange for them to have play dates with the imps and rascals of people you trust, they are far more likely to get you into good trouble. They may even provide you with bits of gritty inspiration. What’s that you say? You don’t have any demons? Not true. Everyone has them.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“When people tell you who they are, believe them,” writes blogger Maria Popova

( “Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.” Those suggestions are especially crucial for you to keep in mind these days. You are entering a phase when your best relationships will be up for review and revision and revitalization. To foster an environment in which intimacy will thrive, you’ve got to be extra receptive, curious, tolerant, and tender. That’s all! Not hard, right? A good place to start is to proceed as if your allies know who they are better than you do -- even as you ask them to return the favor.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Kludge” (pronounced klooj) is a slang word that refers to a clumsy but effective fix for an engineering problem. It’s a cobbled-together solution that works fine, at least temporarily, even though it is inelegant or seems farfetched. Let’s use this concept in a metaphorical way to apply to you. I’m guessing that you will be a kludge master in the coming days. You will be skilled at making the best of mediocre situations. You may have surprising success at doing things that don’t come naturally, and I bet you will find unexpected ways to correct glitches that no one else has any idea about how to fix.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I hesitate to compare you to your fellow Aquarian Kim Jong-il. When he was alive and ruling North Korea, he was an egomaniacal tyrant. You’re definitely not that. But there are certain descriptions of him in his official biography that remind me of the kinds of powers you may soon exhibit. He was called The Great Sun of Life and Highest Incarnation of Revolutionary Comradely Love, for instance. Titles like that might suit you. It is said that he invented the hamburger. He could command rain to fall from the sky. He once shot eleven holes-in-one in a single round of golf, was a master of gliding down waterslides, and never had to use a toilet because he produced no waste. You may be able to express comparable feats in the coming weeks. (Do it without falling prey to excessive pride, OK?)


(Feb. 19-March 20)

Even if you had a sensitive, nurturing mommy when you were growing up, and even if she continues to play an important role in your life, now would be a good time to learn how to mother yourself better. You are finally ready to appreciate how important it is to be your own primary caregiver. And I’m hoping you are no longer resistant to or embarrassed about the idea that part of you is still like a child who needs unconditional love 24/7. So get started! Treat yourself with the expert tenderness that a crafty maternal goddess would provide.

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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

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The Chatham County Health Department is encouraging residents who may be eligible for the Functional and Medical Needs Registry to apply. The Registry is for people who may need help functioning within a general shelter or the support of medical professionals at a more specialized facility and have no other way to evacuate, in a community emergency such as a hurricane evacuation order.those individuals who may need services to maintain their independence in a shelter. This includes children and adults with physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Medical needs registrants/clients are defined as those individuals who require support of trained medical professionals. This includes those individuals who may need assistance with managing unstable, terminal, or contagious conditions that require observation and treatment. To apply, residents should call 912-691-7443. The application and protected health information authorization form can also be downloaded by going to Every 3 days. Every 3 days 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. Seven Day Diabetes Repair Workshop

A seven-weeks diabetes repair/management plan. Instructors are Carolyn Guilford and Jeffrey Adams. Next class begins May 29. $350 Tuesdays, Thursdays.. Tuesdays, Thursdays. Water Awareness Get Together

A weekly seminar on the health of drinking water. Includes testing of drinking water, plus samples of bottled water. Tuesdays,7pm RSVP by phone to Ernestine Murray, Hydration Specialist. Tuesdays.. 703-989-6995. Tuesdays. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St.

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. Literary Events

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. . 912-447-6605. cfm?id=399. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St.

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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. Catholic Singles

A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. . familylife@diosav. org. Center for Spiritual Living--Savannah

All are invited to this Science of Mind community. Recognizing the presence and Jim White: Reading and Lecture power of God within, and believing that this A talk by alt-country singer-songwriter and presence is in everything in the universe, author Jim White, nominated for a 2014 unifying all of life. Welcoming all on their Pushcart Prize for the essay “Superwhite,” spiritual pathway. Celebration: Sunday which was originally published in Radio mornings. Location: Bonaventure Chapel, Silence. Free and open to the public. Thu., 2520 Bonaventure Road. Meditation at May 22, 7 p.m. 10:30am Service at 11:00am Childcare Thu., May 22, 7 p.m Flannery O’Connor available in the “Funday School” Sundays. Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Sundays Seersucker Shots!

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Columba House

A one-hour reading/writing/performance. Regular hosts Erika Jo Brown and BJ Love bid adieu to Savannah. With Floridian poets Steven Karl and Jeff Hipsher, and local Molly Schulman. Music by Zach Powers and Brian Dean. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted Fri., May 23, 7-8 p.m. Fri., May 23, 7-8 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. A book discussion group that meets the 4th Tuesday, 1pm. Bring a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Treats to share are always welcomed. Tea is provided. Call for info. . 912-232-5488. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 East Bay St. 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 LGBT First City Network Board Meeting how to solve your problems and develop First Monday, 6:30pm, at FCN office, 307 E. a peaceful mind by applying Buddha’s Harris St. 2nd floor. Call or see website for classic advice to daily life. Everyone is info. . 912-236-CITY. welcome to attend, no previous experience Gay AA Meeting necessary. Drop in for any class. $10 or $5 True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonyseniors/students Wednesdays, 7 p.m. (912) mous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that 358-0228. meditationinsouthcarolina.og. welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays Wednesdays, 7 p.m and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd Blvd. Band of Sisters Prayer Group floor. New location effective 11/2012. . Georgia Equality Savannah All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-5475224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne 6263. . Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s Savannah Pride, Inc. heart is like channels of water in the hands

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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. Savannah Reiki Share

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

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

Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” . 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. Sundays, 10 a.m. ymcaofcoastalga. org/. Sundays, 10 a.m YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap

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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. . A New Church in the City, For the City

Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” . Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. Read the Bible in One Year

A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-

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1303 E. 66th Street. 2BR/2BA, W/D conn. $695/ month, $400/deposit. SPECIAL! 11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection. Convenient to Armstrong College. $595/ month, $400/deposit. 207 EDGEWATER RD. Southside near Oglethorpe Mall. 2BR/2BA $750/mo., $500/dep. DAVIS RENTALS 310 EAST MONTGOMERY X-ROADS, 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN: Remodeled mobile homes, 3BR/2BA, in Garden City mobile home park. Low down affordable payments. Credit check approval. Call Gwen, Manager, at 912-9647675 SOUTHSIDE •1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric, w/washer & dryer $675. 912-927-3278 or 912-356-5656


*29 Kandlewood Drive: 3BR/1.5 BA. $925/month *9319 Dunwoody Dr. 3BR/1.5BA $950. *Savannah Pines-Trailer 2BR/2BA $675. Call 912-507-7934, 912-927-2853 or 912-631-7644

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SENIOR LIVING AT IT'S BEST FOR AGES 50 & BETTER Shared community living for full functioning seniors ages 50 & above. Nice comfortable living at affordable rates. Shared kitchen & bathroom. All bedrooms have central heating/air and cable. Bedrooms are fully furnished and private. Make this community one you will want to call home. SAVANNAH'S HOUSE OF GRACE also has community housing with its own private bath. Different rates apply. Income must be verifiable. We accept gov. vouchers.

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SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline. 2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week with No deposit. 8445995

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ROOMMATE: $125 & Up. Private bath, Spa, Cable TV, Internet, CH/A, Washer/Dryer, Kitchen, Clean & Safe. 24-Hour surveillance, Busline, Near grocery store. (912)401-1961

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