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Week At A Glance Wednesday / 25

Columbus Replica Ships

Archaeology magazine called the Nina ‘the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.’ The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced sailing museum. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. No reservations necessary. March 24-30 Rousakis Plaza, River St. $8

Film: Mystery Leonard Nimoy Film

The Psychotronic Film Society planned to hold an 84th Birthday Tribute for Nimoy, but, as he just recently passed away, they have modified this to instead function as a Memorial Salute to his amazing life. The title of the selection will remain a secret until showtime, but the film is a rarelyseen feature from the early days of Nimoy's acting career. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

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Critical Mass Savannah

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

Paint the Town Maroon

Armstrong State University will host a rally downtown in Johnson Square, with The Pinyan Company serving as the presenting sponsor. Armstrong alumni, students, faculty, staff, supporters, and community members will gather to highlight the universit’s 2014-15 fundraising successes and to celebrate Armstrong’s relationship with the Savannah community. Shuttle service to and from Armstrong’s main campus will be available for the duration of the event. The festivities will include a pirate photo booth, lunch, music, games, Leopold’s ice cream and more. 11 a.m Johnson Square, Bull & St. Julian Sts. Free and open to the public

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival

Celebrate Asian heritage with an Indian dance troupe performance on Friday and a festival on Burnett Lawn on Saturday. March 26-28 Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens

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

Seersucker Live: The Off-Broughton Episode

Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood

Esteemed playwright Gregory Fletcher performs three short plays, performed by the Seersucker coterie, as well as local comedians Melanie Goldey and Phil Keeling, prominent poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, and Savannah's own Ariel Felton. 7:30 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. $10

A fresh take on one of the most beloved Grimm’s Fairytales by renowned playwright Max Bush, this Kids On Stage production is sure to delight an audience of all ages. Opens March 20 and runs for two weekends. 7-9 p.m Savannah Children's Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015. www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org

Sip & Smoke

Women's Leadership Conference

Tea at Mrs. Davenport's

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Savannah Aviation presents a night of food, music, and top-shelf bourbons. Admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, featured bourbons, beer and wine, music, cigar and door prizes. 21 and over only. 6-9 p.m Savannah Aviation, 34 Hangar Road. $55 savannahaviation.com Patrons will tour areas of the home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters. Limited attendance; reservations required. 4:15 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $18 adults, $14 kids 912-236-8097. davenporthousemuseum.org

Savannah's only after-hours cemetery event, in this riverside Victorian cemetery. 5-8 p.m. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. $35 912-319-5600. info@bonaventurecemetery.com Make a difference at historic Fort McAllister and join other volunteers around the country as they assist park rangers with cleanup and maintenance projects. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. No park pass required. This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine. Volunteer activities can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings. 9 a.m.-4 p.m Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd.

Tea at Mrs. Davenport's

Patrons will tour areas of the historic home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. Limited attendance; reservations required. 4:15 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $18 adults, $14 kids 912-236-8097. davenporthousemuseum.org

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Friday / 27 Concert: Al Stewart and Dave Nachmanoff

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Civil War Trust Volunteer Day

The tour offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. March 26-29 $30-$40

With the release of Uncorked, Al and musical partner Dave Nachmanoff take a trip through Stewart’s musical back pages. 8 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $30 advance, $35 at door

The theme, Women Rising: Moving Forward and Making a Difference, will highlight a number of relevant topics including: executive leadership skills; work/ life balance; navigating change; tools for success; developing 21st century leaders; and bridging troubled waters. 8:30 a.m Savannah State University, 3219 College St.

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Bring your family to Georgia State Railroad Museum for our annual family event, Easter Eggstravaganza. There will be train rides, and Easter egg hunt, and special springtime crafts and activities. Space is limited and pre-registration and pre-payment are required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road. $10 per person 912-651-6840. mmartin@chsgeorgia.org. chsgeorgia.org/


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Film: Body of War

Occupy Savannah presents this film. Paralyzed after serving in Iraq for just one week, 25-year-old Tomas Young is forced to deal with the realities of war each and every day. For Tomas, learning to cope with his disability meant finding his voice to speak out against the war in Iraq. Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro and set to the haunting vocals of Eddie Vedder, the award-winning film splits its time between Tomas' arduous daily reality in Kansas City, MO, and the legislative processes that led up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002. 6:30 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo

Presentations, seminars, demonstrations, activities, and opportunities for one-on-one casting instruction that will feature some of the Southeast's premier instructors, guides and professionals. 9 a.m.-4 p.m Oldfield Plantation, 10 Oldfield Way. $50 per person, $90 per couple 912-349-2352. riversandglen.com

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trip

To celebrate 10 exciting years of advocating and looking out for an important part of Coastal Georgia’s most beloved natural resources, Ogeechee Riverkeeper announces a new program of paddle-trips , which runs from March through September 2015. In exchange for a small fee, paddlers who don’t own a boat can rent one and embark on a tranquil journey that boasts facets of exploration, education and relaxation. Each fourth Saturday, participants meet at 9 a.m. to acquaint themselves with the breath-taking sights in the Ogeechee River basin’s four sub-watersheds. Each trek necessitates about three to four hours of paddling plus an hour for lunch and features a guide who will share knowledge of the locale’s wildlife and nature. March trip: Morgan's Bridge to the SavannahOgeechee Canal Ogeechee Riverkeeper, 785 King George Blvd, STE 103.

Outdoor Arts Festival

A fun-filled one-day event filled with arts activities for the entire family, including kids' art, music, theatre, and dance activities. The artwork of faculty, students and alumni will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. finearts.armstrong.edu

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival

Celebrate Asian heritage with a festival on Burnett Lawn on Saturday. March 27-28 Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

Savannah Derby Devils

The Hostess City Hellions vs. Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls play at 5, and the Savannah Derby Devils All-Stars vs. Blue Ridge French Broads play at 7pm. 5 p.m The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $13

Midnight SpitFire Saturday Open Mic & Showcase

A midnight version of this monthly openmic showcase that incorporates music, poetry, visual art, and many other artistic forms of expression. Sign up begins at 11:30 pm. Brought to you by Spitfire Poetry Group, with support from The Performing Arts Collective of Savannah, Muse Arts Warehouse, DJ Doc Ock. Last Saturday of every month, 11:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $5 Spitters. $7 Sitters. musesavannah.org

Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood

A fresh take on one of the most beloved Grimm’s Fairytales by renowned playwright Max Bush, this Kids On Stage production is sure to delight an audience of all ages. Opens March 20 and runs for two weekends. 3-5 p.m Savannah Children's Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015. www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org

Wilmington Island Farmers Market

Vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, honey, meats, poultry, granola, coffee, pasta, pecans, popsicles, ice cream, kettle corn, canned goods, body products, herbs, plants. Events also include story time, a musical guest, and other special guests. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. wifarmersmarketpr@aol.com. wifarmersmarket.org

Sunday / 29 Film: Django Unchained

This installation of the Florence's "Movies and Meatballs" series consists of Quentin Tarantino's films. 6:30 p.m The Florence, 1 West Victory.

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Film: Django Unchained Flannery O'Connor Parade and Street Fair

This lively annual celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O'Conner's 90th birthday will offer family fun, live music and more. Attendees are invited to walk in the parade, bring handmade signs, and sing along. Live music throughout the event will be provided by a cavalcade of singer songwriters and musicians from some of Savannah's finest local bands. Costumes inspired by Flannery O'Conner characters, settings, or the author’s life are encouraged but optional. 1-4 p.m Lafayette Square, Abercorn and East Macon Streets. Free 912-233-6014

Local Author Day

The only event in Savannah dedicated solely to local authors, this week in conjunction with the Flannery O’Connor Parade and Street Party. Local Author Day celebrates the city’s current literati with appearances (and books for sale!) by poet/ memorist Chad Faries, renegade columnist/gardener Jane Fishman, Secrets of the Zona Rosa essayist Rosemary Daniell, mystery novelist Tina Whittle, Chelsea Hotel chronicler James Lough and many more. 1-4 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

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ReptiDay Savannah is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone. 10 a.m.-5 p.m Alee Shriner's Temple, 100 Eisenberg Dr. Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free 863-268-4273. RepticonEvents@repticon.com. reptiday.com/savannah.html

Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood

A fresh take on one of the most beloved Grimms Fairytales by renowned playwright Max Bush, this Kids On Stage production is sure to delight an audience of all ages. Opens March 20 and runs for two weekends. 3-5 p.m Savannah Children's Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015. www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org

monday / 30 odd lot improv

In the tradition of The Groundlings, Second City, and Whose Line is it Anyway? For a PG crowd. 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $5 or what you can

Wednesday / 1 Film: Nuits Rouges

In honor of French director Georges Franju's 103rd birthday, the Psychotronic Film Society screens his essentially unknown final film. "Nuits Rouges," or Shadowman, is a crime film mixed with a superhero flick featuring Shadowman, a master thief, and his cat-suited assistant. Peculiar, fun and humorous, it's a lighthearted blast of European tomfoolery with memorable visuals. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $6

Theatre: Orchards

The Armstrong Masquers theatre troupe presents Orchards, a series of plays inspired by Anton Chekhov's short stories. Limited seating. April 1-4, 7:30 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. $10 finearts.armstrong.edu


News & Opinion

editor’s note

Public schools and the Stockholm Syndrome no one involved with public schools thinks any of this is a good idea. Tom Bordeaux, Savannah City Alderman and public school parent, stood up and ONE of the iroloudly announced at a Q&A session at the nies of politics is Savannah Arts Academy auditorium: that while public “This sounds like a total balkanization of schools tend to the schools. Each school and each council be most strongly will rise and fall depending on how many supported by active parents you can get who can underthe most liberal among us, they’re also among the most con- stand this garbage. This is absurd,” Bordeaux said to applause. servative institutions on the planet. That said: How are things working out Not in the ideological sense, but in being for us now, Alderman? Good, you think? adamantly resistant to the slightest change. This Stockholm Syndrome—in which we The latest news upsetting the school devalue our own abilities and bind ourselves apple cart is a state initiative, supported by to a clearly dysfunctional central authorGov. Nathan Deal, in which every district ity—is typical of those of us, like Bordeaux must decide this summer to pursue one of and like myself, who’ve invested many cruthree organizational templates: cial years in local public schools. • The Charter School option, which Being a public school parent is like being would give each school its own governing unhappily married: You’re so deeply invested board and dramatically decentralize the you’re often the last to see that it isn’t workdistrict. This would also create a de facto ing out. Then there’s a crushing realization two-tier system, since the six local schools with entrance criteria must stay non-charter that the marriage is irretrievably broken and you can never get those years back. (state law disallows charters from anything In their heart of hearts every public other than open enrollment). school parent has had thoughts like these at • The IE2 or “Investing in Educational one time or another. For many the reaction Excellence” option, in which schools could is deep denial, and even deeper investment. waive much central authority, but if they To no surprise, the euphemistically don’t meet certain standards could come named “Georgia Association of Educators” under the control of a state board. —actually one of two groups in the state as • The Status Quo option, in which the close to being teacher’s unions as allowed district changes nothing and goes about business as usual. (If you’re a betting person, here —is against the governor’s proposal. Quoted in the Morning News, GAE chief which option do you think most School Board incumbents have said they support?) Sid Chapman went full Old Testament in his apocalyptically literal conspiracy theory: Understandably given the well-earned “I believe it is a grand scheme. The state mistrust of our ethically compromised govwants to get out of the public education ernor—who seems to know of no way to business and then public education funding mold policy that doesn’t involve some kind will go to private industry, which will come of egregious conflict of interest—virtually

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in like locusts and then be gone.” (No doubt Deal is pushing the Charter option. But as a former member of a charter school governing board I have a lot to say about the almost North Korean level of propaganda against charter schools —most of it unfortunately quite effective —from those threatened by their success, like teacher’s unions. Another column, another day.) School Superintendent Thomas Lockamy seems tepid toward the idea—not surprising given that he may face a potentially serious undermining of his own authority. As always, context is important. And all this is happening against the backdrop of the steady progress as we go to press of the Governor’s so-called “school takeover” bill, which would grant the state sweeping reform powers in the event of a “failing school,” including the creation of a state school superintendent reporting to the Governor’s office. Leading the charge against the bill are the same groups against the school choice mandate, largely along party lines. While one has many valid reasons to be suspicious of anything this particular administration proposes, one has just as many valid reasons to question what’s really worth preserving about the status quo. In short, if you take the politics out of the picture it’s not so easy to figure out. But the core question to ask yourself is a simple one: Are you satisfied with local public schools as they are now? If your answer is yes, there’s a convenient no-action default available. If your answer is no, you owe it to yourself to at least be open to the idea that the way to change things that aren’t working is to… well, change things that aren’t working. cs

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Editor, In a recent conversation about the Palmetto Pipeline, someone made the statement that we might not be able to stop the pipeline, but we could make it very expensive for them. One of the largest pipeline corporations in America, Kinder Morgan, wants to plow through Georgia’s public and

private properties to build a transport system for petroleum ... and they say it is to serve the people of the Coastal Empire by creating competition and lowering prices. But what if it doesn’t? What if they end up selling most of this product to the highest global bidder? And they use the Savannah and Jacksonville ports to do it? And they risk spills and leaks that could

pollute nearby rivers, mainly the Savannah River, which many of us depend for our water supply?   How can we make sure that this company is not simply taking advantage of Georgia’s lax laws, inept government officials, and asleep-at-the-wheel legislators who fall all over themselves kissing the rings of rich corporate CEOs?    We can demand WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE. Our

state legislature is looking for money for transportation, here’s a place to get it. It was suggested at the first “hearing” that Kinder Morgan put up $100 million payable to the State of Georgia if they enter into export agreements. Why not more?  If this is a “done deal” let’s not get suckered.  Let’s make ‘em pay. Claudia Collier

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Why every Savannahian should see Mickve Israel’s museum makeover London-launched ship William and Sarah sailed up the river and requested amnesty. On board were 41 Jewish pioneers, The renovaincluding Dr. Samuel Nunez Ribeiro, a tion of Savannah’s descendant of Portuguese Jews expelled only Jewish museum at the time of Christopher Columbus and holds important forced to practice their traditions in secret. implications for all Dr. Nunez soothed those festering with of us, even if you don’t know a knish from a fever and saved dozens of lives. Gen. O welcomed him and his band of freedom seekers kishke. as citizens of Savannah, granting them full Listen, dahlink, this isn’t about theolrights and plots of land. ogy or politics. And I’m not here to debate (Grateful as they must have been, you whether “Jewish” means a religion or an know somebody still kvetched, “We came ethnicity or a secret ingredient that imbues regular chicken soup with magical powers. across the ocean for this heat? And the bugs! (My perspective continues to vary between What, we couldn’t find a nice place in New a.) All of the above, but not all of the time b.) It Amsterdam?”) depends; who wants to know? and c.) Oy, can So right there, this act of tolerance and we eat already? Pass the salt.) inclusion defined Savannah’s earliest days. Above all else, Judaism is a story, an epic Mickve Israel remains the third-oldest Jewtale that has survived pharaohs, pogroms ish congregation in the United States. and Hitler’s unspeakable evils, one inter“From the beginning, we were here,” twined with Western civilization. The tiny reminds the timeline of the newly refurchapter written by Savannah’s Jewish combished museum on the second floor of the munity is not only unique, it’s essential to Gothic synagogue on Monterey Square. this city’s history—and its future. Indeed, American history is mirrored on It starts in July 1733 with Gen. James every wall, from the portrait of RevolutionOglethorpe, three months into his colonial ary War hero Mordecai Sheftall to the tasexperiment on Yamacraw Bluff. The good seled Chatham Artillery helmet worn by general had already lost a tenth of his troops Chaplain Rabbi George Solomon. Original to a mysterious marsh illness when the letters from George Washington, Thomas By Jessica Leigh Lebos jll@connectsavannah.com

Toby Hollenberg (l.) and Eileen Lobel look at almost 300 years of Savannah Jewish history. Photos by Jon Waits/@jwaitsphoto Jefferson and many more presidents congratulate the congregation on its major anniversaries—including one from President Obama on its 275th. The installation also unblinkingly examines Jewish Savannahians’ roles on the losing side of the Civil War, documenting spy Eugenia Levy Phillips, whose sneaky efforts are credited towards the Confederate victory at Manassas. (Though being freed from Egypt is an important plot line in the Jewish story, some Southern scions ignored the cruel irony of owning slaves.) Decades later, three Mickve Israel members became Juliette Gordon Low’s first Girl Scout leaders, and the museum chronicles congregational connections to the Mighty Eighth Army Air Corps and Tonyaward winning play Driving Miss Daisy. The crown jewels of the permanent exhibit are its oldest: Two deerskin Torah

scrolls that date back to the 1400s, gallantly protected through the tumult of the centuries and now professionally archived under bulletproof glass courtesy of North Carolina-based Studio Displays, Inc. One is still used on holy occasions, though thankfully the ancient circumcision kit is not. “We have all of these wonderful artifacts, and I’m thrilled to see them displayed professionally,” says Jane Feiler, who with her husband, Ed, collaborated with the late David Byck, Jr. and architect Henry Levy on the original museum in the 1970s. Already one of Georgia’s top Trip Advisor destinations, the upgrade was made possible by beloved local attorney Alan Gaynor, who passed in 2010. Member Greg Mafcher volunteered to manage the project, and committee members Toby Hollenberg, Eileen Lobel, Ellen Byck, Herbert and Teresa Victor, Jules and Phoebe Kerness and

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The (Civil) Society Column Rabbi Saul Rubin went through the 400+ items piece by piece, parsing the tsotchkes from the treasures. “We didn’t throw anything away,” promises Toby. My bubbe—who escaped from Poland in the 1930s and saved every scrap of paper because “you never know”—would be very relieved. But my bubbe would also be wringing her hands over the news right now. Anti-Semitic violence and vandalism has surged across Europe in the past year, from the massacre at a kosher supermarket in Paris to the shooting of a security guard at a synagogue in Copenhagen. Even as Pope Francis and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemn them, the alarming rash of attacks on Jewish people, businesses and synagogues continues. Writer Jeffrey Goldberg asked in The Atlantic last week if it’s time for Jews to leave Europe for good. Here in America, the FBI reported in 2013 that 62 percent of anti-religious hate crimes target Jews. Every day I see Facebook acquaintances conflate their criticism of Israeli politics with prejudice and hatred. The vitriol has shaken my conviction humanity has learned its lessons from the Holocaust—which wiped out not only a third of the world’s Jewry but millions of Catholics, gays, disabled citizens and people of color barely 70 years ago. Next week, Jewish and Christian families around the world will gather to celebrate Passover and Easter, each with its themes of renewal and freedom. My family has always encouraged a macabre sense of humor, and my brother broke us all up at last year’s seder table with a joking game of “Who Would Hide Us?” This year, it doesn’t seem so hilarious. Perhaps when we open the door for the prophet Elijah, we will keep the door cracked to remind us of how many people in the world still need amnesty, and how lucky we are to live in a country where our rights were written in from the very beginning. As Jewish history brims with tragedy at every turn, here in Savannah it is far outweighed by triumph. Curated on Monterey Square is not simply preservation of the past, but a hopeful testament for a future where diversity of all kinds is honored. Savannah’s Jewish story is just one example of how the principles of tolerance, acceptance and inclusion beget strong communities. If you believe those principles are the path to healing our city, our country and maybe even the whole wide world, then it’s your story, too. cs The museum at Mickve Israel is open weekdays, 10-4.

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Food justice for all

Collaboration is key for a healthier Savannah

10 of several school gardening programs. “When they grow it, they eat it,” laughed Barlow. Barlow would like to source more school lunches from local farmers, but again, lack of distribution and delivery expenses have impeded past efforts. “We have a tight bottom line,” she said. “A hub would help everyone’s price point.” Before Savannah can have a food hub, however, it’s got to have a food plan. That was the counsel of Mark Winne, known as the “father of food policy work” and the author of of Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture.

For 40 years, Winne has helped underserved communities fight for their right by Jessica leigh Lebos to good food in his native Conjll@connectsavannah.com (L. to r.) Healthy Savannah’s necticut and now assists citPaula Kriessler, Morphia Scarlett, ies around the world level the When kale and thistle grace the Common Market’s Haile Johnston field. He validated the role of party centerpieces, change must be afoot in and incoming board chair Lizann food policy councils in making Savannah. Roberts celebrated success and changes to communities, and Those garden-grown table settings served solutions at HS’ first annual meetencouraged the SCFPC to come as both décor and harbinger at Healthy ing. Photos by Terry Hayes for SAAFON up with a community food plan Savannah’s first annual meeting on March to help organize and strategize around the region to distribute not 13, signifying a shift in the local effort to its already established mission, make local, fresh food available to everyone. only to markets and grocery stores, which includes promoting “polibut also deliver to schools, hospitals “Getting the food to the people” is part cies that impact equitable access” and churches. of the mission for most of the organizato healthy, sustainable food. “We connect people who need food tions under the Healthy Savannah umbrella, Winne also acknowledges the most to the highest quality food which includes non-profits, businesses and that SAAFON’s Hayes and you can imagine,” said Johnston of the individuals. The Forsyth Farmers Market other African-American food six-year old program that moved $3 was recognized at the meeting with the Food justice guru Mark Winne also spoke at the breaksystem leaders are important in million worth of produce, meats and fast about the importance of inclusive policies. Health Innovation Award for its successful the equalization of food access. more in 2014. programming, and discussions on hospital “If ‘food justice for all’ will no “Our aim is to democratize good, sustain- states, SAAFON advocates sustainable food and school lunch reform abounded at longer be ‘a dream deferred,’ then the leaderably-grown, local food.” the Charles H. Morris Center. farming as the most viable way for African ship of the food movement must do more to Common Market’s center of operaWhile great strides have been made in the American farmers to retain their land-based show its colors,” he wrote on his blog recently. tions—also known as a “food hub”—allows businesses. last several years to increase the availability Savannah appears to be ahead on that for increased access to consumers as well and affordability of healthy food, leaders “The key is to bring in the people who front, and the city’s diversity was wellacknowledge there’s work still to be done. as profitability for farmers, who often must have the information and the skills to help represented at Healthy Savannah’s first Lack of wholesale distribution, packagspend a chunk of their market earnings on us,” said Hayes. “I see Savannah as a potenofficial meeting. Mayor Edna Jackson stood ing and processing of food grown on nearby gas. It also helps small producers compete tial model for the entire coast.” up to thank co-founder Paula Kreissler organic farms are factors that still limit with big corporations, who supply most groWhitney Shephard Yates of Transport for encouraging her to improve her diet a sustainable food system for Savannah, cery chains. Studio is conducting SCFPC’s Food Needs and exercise habits. Also present was Foraccording to a preliminary assessment conIt’s a system that could translate to other Assessment study and agrees that a farmers’ mer mayor Otis Johson, who launched the ducted for the Savannah Chatham Food cities, and Johnston shared that all of Com- food hub might be a future possibility for Healthy Savannah initiative in 2007 while Policy Council (SCFPC), an integral part of mon Market’s materials, including its busiSavannah. in office. the Healthy Savannah coalition. ness model and forms, are available online so “There’s a stable market here and a lot “It’s a great feeling to see these efforts To help overcome the obstacles, the that other communities don’t have to “reinof enthusiasm, so it may be something to come to reality,” said Johnson after breakfast. coalition hosted two of the country’s most vent the wheel.” work toward,” said Yates, who has surveyed a “We have so many debilitating condirespected authorities on the subject at the Still, creating a food hub in Savannah number of farmers, food producers, restau- tions that can be avoided and controlled by meeting: Common Market co-founder would take a substantial amount of work, rants, institutions and community members. changing our lifestyles.” Haile Johnston and community food expert though the idea has already taken root. “Right now we’re focusing on institutions Those lifestyle changes are not technical, Mark Winne spoke to the politicians, farm“If we can get people plus politicians like schools and hospitals.” fancy or even expensive—they’re the way ers, nurses, teachers and foodies gathered plus the private sector on board, this kind That’s good news for Rhonda Barlow, the humans have thrived for thousands of years, over the locally-sourced breakfast sponsored of project is very feasible,” mused Cynthia Nutrition Director for the Savannah Chareminded Haile Johnston in his address of by the Grey and Quirk Healthcare. Hayes, executive director of the Southeast- tham County Public School System. Since Savannah’s food justice community. Based in Philadelphia, Common Market ern African American Organic Farmers 2010, Barlow has overseen the incorpora“This isn’t about innovation. We’re just has established the wholesale infrastructure Network (SAAFON). tion of more whole grains and fresh produce going back to the way things used to be: Representing over 130 farmers in eight into school cafeterias as well as the success 10 that enables 75 farmers and producers from Connecting communities through food.” cs


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So what accounts for the decline? At this point, declaring war is worse than irrelevant—it’s basically all downside and no upside. Even for powerful countries, international organizations like the UN can make it a pain in the ass to break the rules. This is especially true lately: in 1898 there were three codified laws of war; by 1998 there were 33. Certain strategies and weapons aren’t allowed, and the military must be trained to exacting specifications. Lack of compliance means the possibility of being tried for war crimes. (Under U.S. As far as I can tell, nations have stopped formilitary law, declaring war also empowers mally declaring war since the end of World the military to court-martial its private conWar II. But can war only be declared between tractors; whether you see this as a benefit nations? With the rise in terrorist groups, could or a hindrance may depend on how cynical the U.S. or another country declare war against you are about things like the Abu Ghraib Al-Qaeda or Isis or some other group rather affair.) And a declared war affects countries than another nation? Or is any declaration of not directly involved: neutral states must war just plain irrelevant these days? —Steve remain impartial in trade, commerce, and Mirro, Cape Coral, Florida diplomatic relations; alliance obligations can be invoked. HOW QUAINT, Steve. You’re talking As a result, states now tend to avoid sayabout war like it’s a card game played by Boy ing the W-word even when dispatching Scouts, with rules enforced by creepy grown roving groups of armed personnel to formen wearing khaki shorts. Back here in eign lands. Even though UN laws apply to reality, though, the U.S. isn’t going to forgo “armed conflict,” which ought to override its milk and cookies because it launches a the declaration problem, the lack of labeling missile at someone it wasn’t supposed to. makes it harder to identify aggressive behavBecause that’s how the international system ior and therefore trigger punitive action. works: laws are only as strong as the willingIn this context, then, George Bush’s deciness of the most powerful country, or group sion (OK, we all know it wasn’t <ital>his<> of countries, to back them up. decision) to declare a legally confusing “War That said, you’re right: while formal dec- on Terror” was a well-calculated move. Conlarations of war were never exactly required, gress, the only governmental branch technithey definitely used to be more common. cally empowered to declare war, never did so Between 1800 and 1950, political scientist (though it did authorize military force). But Tanisha Fazal has pointed out, approxithe shocking visibility and scale of the 9/11 mately half of all interstate “wars”—proattack allowed the U.S. to justify belligerent tracted and intense armed violence involving military objectives that were both widetwo or more states—were declared. Since spread and vague. In Bush’s words, the “war” then, however, we’ve had about the same wouldn’t end until “every terrorist group of number of conflicts, but only three of them global reach has been found, stopped, and have been declared, and none of those by defeated.” a so-called Great Power, like the U.S., the The combined facts that (a) the United UK, China, France, etc. States in 2001 was the world’s undisputed slug signorino

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leading power, (b) the attack scared our Western allies too, and (c) it marked a new era of warfare against organized yet transnational non-state actors meant that the U.S. government had more or less free rein to respond however it wished. International law hadn’t adapted to deal with new, postCold War circumstances (and arguably it still hasn’t). For instance, since the object of aggression wasn’t a state, the U.S. used the umbrella term “terror” to justify attacking any terrorist, in any country, without warning. CIA agents used a drone to kill six men in Yemen in 2002. But Yemen didn’t recognize this act as armed conflict on its land, nor did it or the U.S. consider themselves at war with one another. Another political benefit (and humanitarian nightmare) of waging quasi-war was made manifest in the November 2001 executive order titled “Detention, Treatment, & Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism”—also known as the catastrophe of Guantanamo Bay. The order authorized the Defense Department to detain potential enemies of the state, citing as justification the national emergency then in progress. What this meant in practice, administration lawyers would later explain, was that the detentions would continue until all the terrorists in the entire world were captured or eliminated—i.e., as long the U.S. government felt like it. The grim possibility here is that efforts to impose humanitarian law on the practice of war have been at least in part counterproductive: where once they might have played by at least some of the rules, states now have a greater incentive to avoid them entirely. One wants to believe in progress, but it’s hard not to suspect that war can be made only so civilized, and no more. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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Second suspect arrested in Westside shooting in November

A second suspect has been arrested in the Nov. 15, 2014, shooting death of a Savannah Man in the Hudson Hill area of west Savannah and a third is still being sought. William Darnell Davis, 21, was arrested by Peach County authorities over the weekend on a warrant taken by SavannahChatham Metropolitan Police Department violent crimes detectives. “He is being interviewed by Metro detectives and the process to return him to Savannah has begun,” police say. One woman, Taylor Lavon LaCount, 21, was arrested in December and a second woman, Trinika Latrell Beamon, is still being sought in the shooting death of T’arsha Williams on Hudson Street in the early morning hours of Nov. 15. Warrants have been taken against all three charging them with felony murder and two counts

each of aggravated assault and armed robbery. “They are accused of luring T’arsha Williams to Hudson Street near West Lathrop Avenue where he was shot during a robbery attempt about 3:30 a.m.,” police say. “Williams was found deceased in a gray Pontiac that had rolled into a building. Beamon and is a black female, about 5-foot-6, 135 pounds with long hair that sometimes is worn in a twist with shaved sides. She is considered armed and dangerous. Metro detectives suggest anyone who is aware of her location not approach her but call Emergency 911 or CrimeStoppers, immediately.

Woman shot on Westside

An investigation is underway by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in the shooting of a 20-year-old woman Wednesday morning, March 18. “A Central Precinct patrol officer investigating a ShotSpotter alert found Samira Kenney of a Lavinia Street address on Burroughs Street between 42nd and 41st streets about 3 a.m.,” police say. “Kenney was transported for treatment of a gunshot wound and was in stable condition.”

Total arrests for St. Patrick’s celebration: 48

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Eleven disorderly conSavannah-Chatham duct charges, “some ranging Metropolitan Police from fighting police officers and the Federal to insistently trying to hug Bureau of Investigathem, led the 21 arrests Tuestion are investigating day to close out the 2015 the robbery of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival,” a Wells Fargo bank on police spokesperson says. Abercorn Street at A total of 48 arrests were Stephenson Avenue is Dav ell William Darn recorded in the two SavanThursday afternoon, nah-Chatham Metropolitan March 19. Police Department command “A gunman entered centers on River Street and City Market. the bank about 4 p.m., waited in line for “The 16 disorderly conduct arrests were a teller and produced a bank bag that was the leading category in those for the fourcovering a handgun before demanding day festival,” police say. money and running from the bank,” police Besides the disorderly conduct arrests say. Tuesday, police charged “four with He was described as a black male in his obstruction, two with public intoxication, late 20s to mid-30s. He was clean-shaven, and one each with possession of mariwore eyeglasses, a blue shirt with a black juana, simple battery, criminal trespass or dark blue jacket and a blue baseball cap and obstruction, and unauthorized use of with a Ford emblem on the front. cs a blue light in a vehicle.” All cases from recent local law enforcement incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020.

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(2) Two when parent Chanda Spates other American women dispatched her three kids in were arrested in March for ted cruz, improperly hued coats, Rancarving 8-inch initials into canadian hero son officials confiscated the a wall at Rome’s ancient “contraband” clothing, leavColosseum and then ing the three (along with 20 snapping selfies for their other sartorial miscreants) to friends. • Recurring Theme: The Continuing Crisis make their way home after Among the most recent • The trendy St. Pauli neighborhood in classes with no outerwear at lives ruined by badly historic Hamburg, Germany, suffers its all — though the temperabotched prosecutions: (1) share of uncouth revelers who wander out ture that afternoon was in Joseph Sledge, now 70, from nightclubs seeking restroom facilities the 30s. (Following parental was released from prison but too often choose walls of storefronts outrage, the administrators in North Carolina in Januapologized.) and private homes, reported London’s The ary after wrongly serving • A female teacher workGuardian in a March dispatch. The solution, 36 years for a double muring for the Arizona Departaccording to the civic group IG St. Pauli: der; hair samples (revealing another man’s ment of Corrections was brutally assaulted paint jobs with an “intensely hydrophobic” in prison by a sexual predator and has sued DNA), long thought to be lost, were discovproduct known as Ultra-Ever Dry,” which ered in a court clerk’s storage room. (2) Kirk the department, but in February the state somewhat propels liquid aimed at it right Odom, 52, served 22 years after his wrongattorney general’s office, contesting the back toward the source by creating an air ful Washington, D.C., conviction for rape lawsuit, told the judge, basically, that the barrier on the surface. In other words, said and robbery; a court in February awarded teacher understood all along that she could an IG St. Pauli official, it’s “pee back” time, him $9.2 million in compensation, but on get attacked in prison. She was adminisand shoes and trouser legs should expect the other hand, after several prison rapes, he tering inmates a GED exam, but that day splashes. had no guard support, not even one to hear had contracted HIV. (Odom is one of sev• We have “139 frogs, toads, lizards, eral D.C. men convicted of rape or murder her screams, and was given an emergency turtles,” Ms. Thayer Cuter told Seattle’s based on erroneous analysis by an “elite” FBI radio tuned to an unmonitored frequency. MyNorthwest.com in March, touting her hair-analysis unit.) Nonetheless, Assistant Attorney General Edmonds, Washington, amphibian rescue shop, especially the heroic job done recently Jonathan Weisbard essentially shrugged: “The risk of harm, including assault, always Least Competent Criminals on Rocky, the Texas toad who came with stones in his tummy. “He had to have a lot of exist(s) at a prison like Eyman.” Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Tyler enemas (but) Rocky is rock-free now” and, Lankford, 21, attempting a robbery of after passing all the pebbles, is finally able Compelling Explanations Minerva’s Bakery in McKeesport, Pennto eat. Added Cuter, turtles are underrated Clueless in Florida’s Panhandle: (1) sylvania, in January, committed (according pets, “very social” and love massages and Debra Mason, 58, was arrested for theft of to police) the rookie mistake of laying his “cuddl(ing).” a pickup truck in Destin, Florida, in Janugun on the counter so he could pick up the • The Job of the Researcher: Cockroaches ary — and according to police, Mason said money with both hands. The clerk grabbed can be bold explorers or shy and withdrawn, she knew it was stolen property but “didn’t the gun, and Lankford fled but was arrested according to recent work by researchers at think it was ‘that’ stolen.” (2) Ten miles away in March. (2) There are expert counterfeitBelgium’s Universite Libre de Bruxelles, in Mary Esther, Florida, in February, Robert ers, and then there is Cass Alder, 22, conwho caught a bunch of them, affixed radio Pursley, 54, was arrested for DUI and was victed by a court in Canada’s Prince Edward tags and studied their movements. “Explor- asked about items in his truck. According Island of trying to pass $100 bills that had ers” are necessary for locating food sources, to the police report, Pursley insisted that been printed on napkins but affixed by although, obviously, they are also most everything was his — “except for anything Alder onto thicker paper. likely to find Roach Motels; “shy, cautious” illegal.” A baggie of cocaine was in the truck’s roaches are necessary for survival and group center console. stability, and a mixture of the types ensures

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“America’s Game” Is Gaming the Government: The U.S. Treasury recently took in more than $40 billion by auctioning off part of the wireless spectrum, but one buyer — the Dish satellite-TV provider — got a discount worth $3.25 billion by convincing the Federal Communications Commission that it is a “very small business” (despite its market value of $34 billion). Using aweinspiring loophole-management, Dish created a separate company in partnership with a small Alaskan Natives’ group, which theoretically “managed” the company — though the Alaskans’ hands were tied by an earlier Dish-friendly contract. Thus, Dish got the benefits of being “very small” while retaining control — a “mockery” (said one commissioner) of the FCC’s simple-minded attempt to help small businesses.

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Recent Personal Appearances: Swansea, Wales, January ( Jesus in fur in a Yorkshire terrier’s ear); Crowthorne, England, January ( Jesus as bird poop on a car); West Kilbride, England, December ( Jesus on a stone in a garden); Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania, November ( Jesus on a serving of chicken breast); Polk City, Iowa, November (Mary on a tree trunk); Memphis, Tennessee, September ( Jesus on a tree trunk); Fresno, California, October ( Jesus in a plume of smoke in a house fire); Ecorse, Michigan, September ( Jesus on a pierogi); Liberty, Texas, September ( Jesus on a downed tree); Jackson County, Mississippi, May ( Jesus in a rusted air-conditioner unit). Swansea:

A News of the Weird Classic (April 2010)

Supervisors at the Department for Work and Pensions in Carlisle, England, issued a directive in March (2010) to short-handed staff on how to ease their telephone workload during the busy mid-day period. Workers were told to pick up the ringing phone, recite a message while mimicking an answering machine (“Due to the high volume of inquiries we are currently experiencing, we are unable to take your call. Please call back later.”) and immediately hang up. By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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By Dave Gil de Rubio The idea that suffering makes for great art is one of those time-honored rock ‘n’ roll tropes that even made its way into the title of a 1982 Todd Rundgren album (The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect). And while Lucinda Williams has had her share of personal trauma that’s informed her work over the past few decades, the happily married musician isn’t buying it. For her, happiness is rather underrated when it comes to the creative process, even if the name of her fine recently released double-CD, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, might suggest otherwise. “[Being miserable in order to create great art] is a big myth,” she said with laugh on the phone at her L.A. home. “Not that suffering doesn’t help your writing, but I can’t write when I’m in the middle of feeling like crap. That’s the last thing I want to do. Tom Petty said the exact same thing in an interview. There’s this whole myth that you’re sitting on the side of your bed drinking Jack Daniels while your tears fall onto your guitar and you’re writing away. That’s not how it works (laughs).” 18

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Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone marks something of a new phase for the respected 61-year-old singer-songwriter. She left her former label, Lost Highway, following the release of 2011’s Blessed, and has signed with the artist-friendly Nashvillebased imprint Thirty Tigers, which signed off on Williams’ request for her new album to be a two-CD set. “I wanted to do this back when the West album came out (in 2007),” she explained. “I actually had enough songs for a double album then but [label head] Luke Lewis didn’t want to do it at the time for business reasons. He was concerned they’d have to charge more for it and that the fans wouldn’t want to pay that much. So a lot of the songs that came out on Little Honey (in 2008) were supposed to come out on West. That was frustrating for me because once you have a batch of songs that kind of all fit together, you want to put them together.” It would be easy to worry that Where the Spirit Meets the Bone could go down a slippery slope of creative over-indulgence. But Williams managed to deftly sidestep that with a collection of songs that are all killer and no filler. The opening cut, “Compassion,” is a piece by her father and poet Miller Williams that the singer-songwriter put to music. Stripped down to vocal and acoustic guitar, it has the cadence of a murder ballad that has a world weary aura and includes the line Williams chose for the album title. (Miller Williams passed away on New Year’s Day at age 84.) From there, the Louisiana native drawls her way through swamp rock that would do Tony Joe White proud (the twang-soaked “Protection”), endearingly pledging her love (the “Harvest”-like “Stowaway in Your Heart”) and even gives a girlfriend an emotional hand up (the upbeat “Walk On”). Elsewhere, she goes from railing over the trio of teens framed in the 1993 murders of three Arkansas boys (a laconic “West Memphis”) to serving up classic tear-in-your-beer

sentiment (the honky-tonk ballad “This Old Heartache”). Best of all is a near-10 minute reading of the late J.J. Cale’s “Magnolia,” which has an ethereal haze thanks to the elegant and minimalistic support of guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz. But for anyone who’s even remotely followed Lucinda Williams’ career, it should come as no surprise that she’d carry on this high level of creative brilliance as she enters her sixth decade of life. Her catalog includes several albums that were nothing less than stellar, including her 1988 self-titled release, 1992’s Sweet Old World and 1998’s Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, the latter of which was a commercial breakthrough that landed her a Grammy. Since 2007’s West, Williams has released four records. It was around this time that she met, fell in love with and eventually married music executive Tom Overby. It doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence that this newfound tranquility coincided with this prolific (for Williams) run of records. “I’m not really sure where this creative burst has come from. It’s this period in my life and being in this place where I feel comfortable. It’s given me more freedom being happily married and in that kind of situation that’s forcing me to push myself to find other things to write about besides unrequited love,” she said. “I have to be in a certain state of mind to feel like writing. The other side of it all is that you can draw on those things that created the pain. I just look at it like an endless well where I dip into it and pull stuff out that goes all the way back into my childhood and not just my own life. It’s really been liberating to be in that place as a writer.” CS

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A talk with the legendary ensemble’s new cellist (The rest of the lineup comprises violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, and violist Lawrence Dutton.) THE Emerson String Quartet is to chamThe British cellist and conductor ber music what the Rolling Stones are to “replaces” SMF favorite David Finckel, only rock ‘n’ roll: Seminal, timeless, and extremely the third member to ever leave the group. long-lived. Finckel now enjoys a successful career playIt’s no exaggeration to say that in their ing with his wife, pianist Wu Han—though 40-plus years of existence and over 30 of course it’s impossible to duplicate the paralbums, ESQ basically authored the image ticular chemistry of a group that has played and sound of what modern audiences think together for several decades. of when they imagine a string quartet today. Watkins has garnered rave reviews for his While Savannah Music Festival attendees own unique contributions to the carefully have enjoyed the ESQ before, this is the first honed sound of the ESQ. We spoke to the trip to town with cellist Paul Watkins, their newbie —who’s actually toured with ESQ first new member in —wait for it—34 years! for nearly two years now—last week. by Jim morekis

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What’s it like to be a new member of a group which almost never has new members? Must be quite daunting.

Absolutely right! Apart from the money and fame and drugs, of course (laughs). I guess it is sort of like the archetypal rock group, with four members. I wonder if that particular number does Paul Watkins: It’s incredible. It’s an amazing have something to do with the magical experience. Of course it’s still changing and developing. I guess it’s been nearly two years interaction between people musically. You can get wonderful sounds from other comsince I moved my family to the States, and a bit under two years I’ve been playing con- binations, but there is something unique about the number four in music. certs with the Emerson String Quartet. A tremendous amount of the music is new repertoire for me, and of course new for I’m intrigued by your extensive conductthe other three to play with a different cellist ing background, given that string quartets have no need of a conductor whatsoever after all that time! It’s a constant process of and seem to relish mercilessly making fun me learning the piece and them relearning of conductors in general. the same piece with a different perspective. It makes rehearsals extremely interesting! Oh of course! Conductors totally set themselves up for that ridicule, too. But there’s a How did such a momentous situation new generation of conductors who aren’t as come about? dictatorial as they used to be. That said, I try It actually began happening, I think, before not to bring my conducting background into the picture at all. David Finckel decided to leave the Quartet. I had played chamber music with Larry Playing in a string quartet seems like it Dutton and Phil Setzer. Those performances had nothing to do with the Quartet must be quite a musically intimate experi—we knew each other—but the experience ence. The four of you are completely on must have lodged in the back of our minds. your own up there. Then of course Gene Drucker and I played Brahms with Danny Hope at Carn- In a strong quartet at its best, everyone is egie Hall. So my playing was known to all of striving to express the music in the most convincing and dynamic way and leave your them already. Another thing I share with Danny Hope own ego outside the door, in an environment where criticism is meted out, someis we both went to the Menuhin School. times harshly. I spent five years there. Those five years You have to learn very quickly not to were really the most important five years of take harsh criticism personally. It’s a hell of my musical life. It laid the groundwork for a good model for anyone who has to work everything I’ve done since. together in groups. Sports teams, corporations, nonprofits. So was there an actual audition? The criticism is constant because we constantly want to do the best we can for the Before anything was announced, I went to New York to spend a weekend playing with pieces. You have to have a thick skin. But the guys, seeing if we clicked or not. How it also, you have to have a thin skin, because you must be completely sensitive to what the really felt to play string quartets. others are doing. It was love at first note, I think we’d all The main difference between playing agree on that. I’m not only stepping into a musical entity strings in a symphony orchestra and in a quartet is in a quartet you’re the only voice. that’s being honed, I had to work socially You’re much more exposed. There’s no one coming from the same place. We have, if doubling or echoing your part. not totally similar personalities, similar It’s much more nerve-wracking, but also temperaments. We pretty much decided fairly quickly. Of much more satisfying. cs course it was a big decision for me to move SMF: Emerson String Quartet my family across the pond. This sounds exactly like a VH1 Behind The Music episode about a veteran rock ‘n’ roll band bringing in a new member, right down to the usual number of people in a rock band: Four.

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16 countries

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OVER the course of 17 days each year, the Hostess City is treated to a full plate of the finest musical talent from around the world. Beneath the smooth-running music marathon—behind every cable, under every red velvet stadium seat—is an expansive staff and crew working hard year-long to give us the best festival possible. How do we know it’s one of the best events of the year? Just look at the numbers. For 26 years, SMF has been bringing in nearly 500 of the world’s top musical talent to Savannah annually. In advance of the 2015 Festival, nearly 29,000 tickets were sold. And it’s not just locals snapping up the tickets: last year, attendees came from 42 states and 16 countries, with nearly 40% of the audience comprising out-of-towners. More than 300 volunteers keep the festival running smoothly. “Volunteers are an essential part of the festival machine,” says SMF Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson. “They act as a first point of contact for many patrons, and show incredible dedication throughout the 17 days of SMF. We have more than 300 hard-working community members who fill roles including ushering, merchandise assistance, hospitality, ambassadors for our education program participants, and street team marketing, among others. We could not present this festival without our volunteers.” More than 30 independent contractors compose and manage the SMF sonic experience, including locals like audio technician Chris Evans, Systems Technician Nate Poehler, Recording Engineer Kevin Rose (of Elevated Basement Studios), and a crew that is headed up by Eric Dunn (The Train Wrecks, Velvet Caravan), Justin Fedor (The New Familiars, Ancient Cities) and Mike Solomon. The very special newcomer to the team, however, has got to be the custom PA systems installed in the Lucas Theatre and Trustees Theatre. “We source our audio gear from Rock N Road Audio out of Tucker, Georgia, who has one of the most extensive Meyer Sound inventories in the Southeast,” explains Marketing and Managing Director Ryan McMaken. “We’ve had Meyer systems at Morris Center and Ships of the Sea for several years, but a corporate sponsorship this year allowed us to install custom PAs in the Lucas and Trustees, as well. Rock N Road has also worked with us to provide Digico consoles at the Trustees.” Meyer Sound partners with Montreux Jazz, Montreal Jazz and Telluride Film Festival, setting SMF in some of the most highly-regarded festival realms. 50% of the 2016 Jazz Festival has been booked already. Gibson and Associate Artistic Directors Daniel Hope, Marcus Roberts, and Mike Marshall are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest talent in, so working ahead is crucial. “People love coming to Savannah in the springtime and the connection between artists and audiences continues to gain momentum with each passing year,” Gibson says. CS

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reviews | #smf2015 By anna chandler Shakey Graves/Shovels & Rope

Courtesy Savannah Music Festival/Elizabeth Leitzell

IT was a sold-out house at the Dawes Ships of the Sea Museum, and no wonder: Savannah. Loves. Shovels & Rope. While they could have packed the higher-capacity Trustees Theater easily, the laidback elegance of Ships of the Sea suited this sensational double-bill. Shakey Graves (birthname Alejandro Rose-Garcia, FYI—he was crowned “Shakey Graves” while scheming up Indian guide names by the light of a campfire with friends) set the mood perfectly with his Texas-strong alt-folk. While Graves can shake it fine solo—and he did, when his bandmates slipped offstage about halfway through Shovels & Rope the set—the power trio he’s assembled is a true delight. The crowd was Watching a Shakey Graves show is akin of O’ Be Joyful, their a pretty even split to watching adolescent boys egg one another barn-burner of a “first” between seated on while playing outside: taut tempos, a type LP released under the patrons and fans flankof energy that feels like everything’s on the Shovels & Rope name, ing the stage, dancing verge of explosion, Graves throwing that and eased into fresh and singing along to wild-eyed “I’ll-do-it-if-you-do-it” look at his cuts from their latest, every word. Hearst drummer. the spectral Swimmin’ encouraged everyone Graves is a fine type of percussive guitar- Time. Though more to work together so ist, with a strong, lightly stripped voice and brooding and slowthat everyone could see affable energy about him; here’s hoping he creeping than O’ Be the stage, noting that a finds his way back to Savannah. Joyful’s boot stompers, good Shovels & Rope Isn’t it funny what can happen in four Swimmin’ Time shows show consists of both years? I was mulling this over as Savannah Hearst and Trent on sitting down and relaxStopover founder Kayne Lanahan moseyed their game when it ing and dancing your up to me while Shovels & Rope played comes to harmonies, tail off. “Gasoline,” a track from their first collabtheir voices enterLet’s hope it’s not orative LP (titled Shovels & Rope, released twined in one chillthree more years until under Cary Ann Heart & Michael Trent). inducing call. Jarekus Singleton we see Hearst and “Long way from 20 people at The Jinx, Boy, does it translate Trent again in SAV; huh?” she posed with a grin. live. The S&R show, they may be outgrowAmen. The last time Shovels & Rope in the early days, was always known to be ing most of our year-round venues, but we were in Savannah (Dare Dukes’ Thugs & a rowdy, unpredictable time, and, despite sure haven’t outgrown them. China Dolls CD release party at The Jinx), the polish of years of gigging, there’s still an it was the crucial moment, teetering on the authentic DIY spirit there: they still mix it Heritage Blues Orchestra/Jarekus Singleton release of their surprise smash hit record O’ up, swapping instruments, Hearst’s dress Be Joyful, before their Letterman appearance, strap slipping off her shoulder while she PERHAPS one of SMF’s best qualities is before a documentary about their breakout beats the devil out of the drums while wail- the tie between historic American genre success was released. ing in harmony with her partner in music and tradition and those who push their Their Savannah Music Festival perforand matrimony. boundaries. A bill featuring Heritage Blues mance was so representative of their growth Early S&R gigs had this tightly-wound Orchestra and Jarekus Singleton was the that it made for the perfect return; Shovels feeling that they could completely fall apart perfect example. & Rope would be right at home back on at any moment, a ramshackle attitude that Heritage Blues Orchestra’s name speaks that boot-scuffed stage at The Jinx, but they makes the show so mesmerizing and the for itself: the five-piece is a blend of oral can also play a world-class music festival and cheers so loud when the duo succeeded. tradition, Delta blues, and unrivaled musimake the entire room fall in love with them. There’s a rock ‘n’ roll spirit there, a love of cal chops. While the majority of the band punk and strong narratives. 24 Their set kicked off with a good chunk stayed seated, they rocked the house in a

way few can, riling up the crowd with inspiring numbers like “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down.” The soulful ease to Junior Mack and Bill Sims Jr.’s guitar playing, and incredible power to Chaney Sims’ vocals, captivated the crowd. Jarekus Singleton closed out the night. When we talked with the Mississippi guitarist last week, he cited the blues greats, as well as shredders like Jimi Hendrix, as influences: it shows. With an energetic bassist and drummer, Singleton is a dynamic player, employing finger-tapping and a kind of loose precision that surprised the crowd with each number. He may be young in the blues game, but Singleton knows what the great American genre’s all about: look no further than “Gonna Let Go,” which relishes the simplebut-very-real joy of having the bills paid off, gas in the car, and a little bit left over to spend on someone special.

Dawes

WHERE to start with Dawes? The chillinducing harmonies of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith? The passionate playing of guitarist Alex Casnoff and bassist Wylie Gelber? The jaw-dropping chops of drummer Griffin (seriously, one of the best drummers I think I’ve ever seen live)? Everyone who attended their Sunday show left a fan. There’s a congenial charm about the band, a manner about them that makes the whole production seem like this very down-to-earth performance, when truly, it’s held together by the incredible technical skills of its members. By the third song, they’d already received a standing ovation, if that tells you anything. Can we please give a big shout-out to the hardworking folks handling the sound at Trustees? With the help of Meyer Sound’s new loudspeakers, they’ve made it the bestsounding room in town. Enough kudos can’t be given; when Taylor Goldsmith hit his first note, it was like the room collectively gasped in wonder at the mix. Fans dashed to the front row toward the end of the set for “When My Time Comes”—the studio recording of the band’s harmonies for this avorite doesn’t do them justice. Jaws hit the floor and the crowd belted it out as Taylor offered the audience the mic for a chorus. It was a damn fine welcome for the band’s first show in Savannah, and, from the sound of it, they had a grand time too, making their way down to Congress Street Social Club after and even sitting in with Voodoo Soup. Nothing like a Hostess City welcome, huh? cs


#SMF2015 | Full Schedule

Schedule

Savannah Music Festival

Wednesday / 25 Bouncin’ with Bud: Tardo Hammer Plays Bud Powell — Showcasing compositions of Bud

Powell, the great bebop pianist. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center.

Recitals II: Milos Karadaglic, Guitar — Since

his sold-out 2012 SMF debut, 30-year-old classical guitarist has become the pride of Montenegro. 6 p.m. Trinity UMC

Warren Vache Quintet Plays Bud Powell, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet — Trumpet player

Warren Vache returns to Savannah with his own quintet, sharing a bill with Jason Marsalis’ acclaimed vibes quartet. 5:30 & 8 p.m. Morris Center

Thursday / 26

Lucinda Williams — American rock, folk,

blues and country music singer-songwriter. 8:30 p.m. Trustees Theater

Recitals III: Stephen Hough, Piano — A

renaissance man of our time. 6 p.m. Trinity UMC

The Louis Armstrong Continuum/Swing Central Jazz Finale — Devoted to the legacy of

Louis Armstrong. 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre

Warren Vache Quintet Plays Benny Carter —

Friday / 27 Late Night Jam with Sean Jones Quartet ft. Wycliffe Gordon & Friends — A highlight of

every festival wraps up the week with Swing Central Jazz. 10 p.m. Morris Center Lúnasa — One of the most prolific and

enduring bands in Irish music. 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum

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String Quartet opens with Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. 6 p.m. Trinity UMC

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown, Asleep at the Wheel — Two of the most influ-

Hot Rize — For a dozen years beginning in

1978, the band Hot Rize was arguably the most influential bluegrass band of its time. 7:30 p.m. Trustees Theater

Latin Dance Party: Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra — Fronting a dynamite

ten-piece band, Cuban-born inger and bandleader opens up the world of Cuban music. 8 & 10:30 p.m. Morris Center

New Orleans Soul & Brass Party: Irma

Sunday / 29 Chamber Music V: Emerson String Quartet —

All-Beethoven concert marks the first time Savannah audiences can see the renowned Emerson String Quartet with new cellist Paul Watkins. 3 p.m. Temple Mickve Israel Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown, Asleep at the Wheel — Two of the most

The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, Clarice Assad, Off the Cliff — Instru-

mental music that originated in 19th century Rio. 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre

Thursday / 2

ential bands playing western swing today. 5 & Josh Ritter — Some of the best folk-rock mu7:30 p.m. Morris Center sic to hit the airwaves. 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre

Julian Lage and Jorge Roeder — Lage is joined by Jorge Roeder, one of the most versatile bassists on the New York jazz scene. 12:30 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lynn Harrell p.m. Morris Center — In their tenth consecutive SMF appearance, the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider — Persian Orchestra brings a program of symphonic musician Kayhan Kalhor in his SMF debut, masterworks. 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre

and drummers explore the limitless possibili- Thomas/Dirty Dozen Brass Band — Irma ties of the traditional Japanese “taiko” drum. 8 Thomas is a Grammy Award winning artist. p.m. Lucas Theatre The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is synonymous with genre-bending romps. 5 & 8:30 p.m. Sean Jones Quartet, Warren Wolf & Wolfpack Ships of The Sea Museum — SMF audiences will remember Jones from when he performed at SMF 2012 with Jon Recitals IV: Murray Perahia, Piano — Could Faddis or SMF 2010 with Wynton Marsalis be the most highly anticipated classical piano and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra event in the history of SMF. 3 p.m. Trinity ( JLCO). 6:30 & 9 p.m. Morris Center UMC Exclusive performance. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center

Chamber Music VI: Emerson String Quartet with Daniel Hope & Friends — Emerson

Saturday / 28

Chamber Music IV: Early Masters — This program brings together the nucleus of Daniel Hope’s European and U.S. colleagues. Marcus Roberts Trio — A rare full-concert 6 p.m. Trinity UMC SMF appearance. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery — Dancers

Monday / 30

Tuesday / 31

South Africa Meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus —

Mahlasela is known as “The Voice” in his home country, South Africa. Powell has expanded on the sounds of his Appalachian heritage. Baugus is the best of old-time banjo. 6:30 & 9 p.m. Morris Center The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff and Mike Marshall — Clarice Assad is

as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit composer Béla Fleck has performed on seven Off The Cliff. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center different occasions at SMF. In this appearance he joins forces with the acclaimed string Friday / 3 quartet Brooklyn Rider. 7:30 p.m. Lucas Theatre Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular — 16 participants of the 2015 Chamber Music VII: Vive La France — This Acoustic Music Seminar present their latest all-French program spotlights two of the compositions. 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre great works in the piano quartet literature. 11 a.m. Trinity UMC Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon — Grammy winning supergroup. 7 & 9 p.m. Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown, Morris Center Asleep at the Wheel — Two of the most influential bands playing western swing today. 5 & Dianne Reeves — Returning for her fourth 7:30 p.m. Morris Center SMF appearance. 8 p.m. Trustees Theater Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider — Banjoist/

The Wailers — Following up their 2013 SMF Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus — Two masters

appearance, The Wailers return to the Trust- of old-time music. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center ees with frontman Dwayne Anglin, known as Danglin. 8 p.m. Trustees Theater Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors — A formidable and distinctive indie Americana band. Wednesday / 1 8:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum Chamber Music VIII: Brooklyn Rider — Celebrating its 10th anniversary togethers. 11 a.m. Trinity UMC

Saturday / 4

Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso — Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished mandolinists who began his love affair with the music of Brazil after a visit there. 12:30 p.m. Morris Center

success at a 2012 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performance. 3 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre

influential bands playing western swing today. Recitals V: Paul Lewis, piano — Paul Lewis’ 4:30 & 7 p.m. Morris Center cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim across the globe. 6 p.m. Trinity UMC

Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets — This collaboration was born out of the

Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha — DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev. 9 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread — The

eldest daughter of Johnny Cash 7:30 p.m. Lucas Theatre

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By Anna Chandler | anna@connectsavannah.com

Crushed Out @The Sentient Bean, Hang Fire

Erin Birgy of Mega Bog

Mega Bog, Curbdogs, Beneath Trees @Hang Fire

Label Furious Hooves is curating the Savannah chapter in Seattle band Mega Bog’s “forgive yourself and become a wild horse” tour. Comprised of Erin Birgy and a rotating cast of musical support, Mega Bog expertly crafts dissonant compositions with an irksome pulse. Birgy has taken a seam ripper to dream-pop, lacing crooning saxophones in place of slathered-on reverb; her vocals evoke the winking airiness of Francoise Hardy at times, but the shadows cast are undeniably Lynchian in nature. Curbdogs and Beneath Trees, two of Savannah’s finest rough-around-the-edges guitar rock bands, are a perfect choice for local accompaniment.

A few years back, Savannah got hooked on a new kind of live show: the nomadic Boom Chick, a husband-wife bluesy-surf rock duo comprised of Franklin Russell Hoier (guitar and vocals) and Moselle Spiller (drums, vocals). Since their last visit, they’ve changed their name to Crushed Out and released the excellent LP TEETH. Recorded in a barn in New England, Hoier thinks it’s their strongest work yet. ”We have come to the point where we can record and mix our own music ourselves,” he explains. “We worked really hard on it; we’ve never spent this much time on an album. We had a lot of fun being able to craft our vision.” Without the pressures of working in a studio (and having to shell out cash for every valuable minute), the duo were able to pull out the music’s intricacies at their own pace. “We are proud to be able record totally ourselves,” says Hoier. “We had the true soul of these songs; we really caught them. It’s like catching a rare butterfly, to actually record a song the way you want to hear it in your heart and mind. There are so many variables that can mess with that.” Having had a great time at both Hang Fire and the more chill Sentient Bean in the past, the band decided to book both this go-round. “We have tons of material we don’t perform at the electric show,” Hoier explains. “There’s a whole side of our music that we don’t really get to explore when we get onstage as Crushed Out—it’s just wild, joyous, early rock ‘n’ roll, the explosion of us colliding. But we have tons of stuff that could work more stripped-down. It’ll be fun for Savannah.” Thursday, March 26 (The Sentient Bean), 8 p.m., $5 Thursday, March 26 (Hang Fire), 10 p.m., $5

Saturday, March 28, 9 p.m., free ($5 donation encouraged)

Dott @Hang Fire, Graveface Records & Curiosities

Dott takes a shimmery approach to garage-pop, evoking the girl-group greats in soaring harmonies, fuzzy guitars, and hard-candy-slick melodies. This is a rare U.S. tour for the Galway, Ireland-based band, and Graveface is making sure all Savannah fans can catch a performance, hosting a first show on Monday at Hang Fire and an all-ages encore of sorts the next day in-shop at Graveface Records and Curiosities. Washington, D.C.’s Young Rapids, Sunglow, and COEDS join the Hang Fire bill; Nashville’s Free Throw, Blis, and COEDS act as support for the Graveface show. CS Monday, March 30 (Hang Fire), 9 p.m., $5 Tuesday, March 31 (Graveface Records), 7 p.m., $5 advance, $7 day of

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‘We eat happy smiles’

Peelander-Z is ready for you, Savannah by anna chandler anna@connectsavannah.com

come and you can buy from my hand at Savannah this tour. I’m thinking I want to make new something album.

Japanese action-comic punks Peelander-Z pull audience members onstage, lead games of human bowling, and spit You think you’ll make another metal one? Or catchy anthems about mad tigers, tacos, and try something different? more. They’re back, and Peelander Yellow is ready to eat your smiles! Maybe hip-hop? Woo-hoo! Maybe blues? Maybe dancing, maybe club music? Maybe We’re all so excited for you to come back. 8-bit gamer music? Maybe only talking? Maybe People are still talking about your last movie? Maybe make a restaurant! Yeah. Tofu show down here! restaurant. Ah, you were there! So you understand our way. We are not human beings; we have to eat, we have to make you smile…we are not human beings, we eat happy smiles, at Savannah, and at Jinx.

Sounds delicious. Everything you do, no matter the genre, still sounds like Peelander... how do you manage that?

I’m not good at playing music so just kind of do two, three, chords: buh, buh buh! I try to make When you tour, is the show different every everything simple...I can’t do anything crazy. I can do that, you can do that! All the music, way time? sounds, music, staging: I try to make everything simple. Same as life. I’m kind of the same, but same song, and same moves, but different place...so I want to consume all the air! Anything you’d like to tell people in Savannah who haven’t seen Peelander-Z before? The people I pick to come up on stage change: somebody has crazy pink hair, we give them pink bass. It looks like basketball, This tour, we’re bringing [Peelander] Purple. moving, changing. We are gonna get to that Last tour he was not there. He wants to eat place and join together. That is the Peeeverything! Say hi to Purple, shake hands. lander style. Rainy day, maybe we want to do Don’t worry, he never bites! He has a purple something rainy. Somebody has doughnuts, bass, too! Yeah, okay, so just come to the show. we going to eat doughnuts with them. We You have to see—bring your eyes—and you are very flexible. We want to make happy have to bring all your friends over there and everybody in that moment. dance with us over there. We are Peelander-Z! CS

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Axelle Kieffer: ‘Nothing is static’

Solo show at The Butcher evokes the human figure in motion By Lauren Flotte artrisesavannah.org

AXELLE KIEFFER is anxious for her the opening of her exhibition at The Butcher Gallery this Friday for two reasons. One, this is her first solo exhibition since moving to Savannah in 2009 from Strasbourg, France. Following her American arrival she did not widely share her work with both friends and the public. “It’s a big coming out. I won’t be able to hide,” Kieffer laughs. Second, she is nervous about how people will react to the style of her work, which flirts with the macabre throughout its exploration of the human body. “In France I had weird experiences doing shows. Everybody thinks I’m a man because seeing the paintings they think its more masculine than feminine. So they say, ‘What! You’re blonde and a woman! You did that? It’s so dark!’” she says. Dark the work may be, but it is also delicate. In Kieffer’s paintings gentle ghostly wisps trail from the boldly articulated forms that fumble from nothing into sharp emotive detail. Her collages incorporate illustrations from medical books cut with the precision of filigree and stitched together seamlessly. “I concentrate on the human body, inside and outside, but mostly inside,” grins Kieffer. While her fascination with anatomy influences her work, it is a desire to understand its relationship to emotion that drives her creation. “The human body is a machine that is very weird. What I don’t understand is how our feelings work with this machine because

it’s really entwined. I’m trying to Axelle Kieffer, pictured in front of “Invitation au Voyage,” exunderstand through my paintplores the beauty in the human body in her upcoming exhibition ings how the feelings influence the at The Butcher. body and the body influences the feelings,” Kieffer says. Simply put, it’s the soul she is painting, not the form. No sketches, she just begins applying paint and the form emerges from this initial “accident with the painting.” As the human figure emerges from her expressionistic strokes, her intention becomes “to capture the subtle movement of the soul.” She evokes motion. The abstracted, almost faint, figures are in a deep flux—psychological and physical. “To me nothing is a straight line. I like something that is mov-

Further, she has expanded beyond painting into collages. “In France we don’t have that many antique and flea markets. Here I can find old photos, medical books, a bunch of interesting stuff for nothing. I have more access to any kind ing. Nothing is static. Never. Not your body of supply and medium,” Kieffer says. or the feeling in your body,” Kieffer says. In 2012 while unable to paint and with Her exhibition at The Butcher demplentiful materials, Kieffer explored, crafting onstrates the persistence of motion in her collages. paintings but also in her artistic career. The For her, collage is a meditative practice, show is practically a retrospective. 60 works a series of tiny puzzles to solve, while with created from 2004 through 2015 display the painting, it’s emotional. flowering of her creativity. “I like to fight with my paintings,” she The impetus for much of the growth chuckles, “Painting comes from the guts. stems from Kieffer’s immigration to Collage comes from the head.” America. Kieffer will display for the first time Her palette shifted from bold black, white together her paintings—many of which, and red while in France to softer earth tones both old and new, have never been exhiband light hues. This evolution is clear in the ited—drawings and collages. exhibition.

In all her work Kieffer is concerned with the journey—from flesh to feeling, from agony to acceptance, and from birth to death. She traces and translates the tension, expressing the ephemeral existing between solid points, bringing beauty to the somber. There is no joy without pain and the journey unfolds unplanned. “The accident of life,” she says poetically. She’s on a journey as well, beginning to re-launch her career in America. In Europe she regularly exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions across the continent

from the UK to Germany. “It’s a second start, but it’s a first start too,” she says in reference to her unleashed creative palette. “I think that one painting always brings another painting because it’s an experiment for the next one. So, I don’t know really in the end where it’s going to take me, but,” Kieffer says with a smile, “I’m going there.” cs Axelle Kieffer Exhibition Where: The Butcher Gallery, 19 E Bay St, Savannah, Georgia 31401 When: Friday, March 27, 7-10pm, exhibition runs through May 9 Contact: thebutchertattoos@gmail.com

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Dancing gorillas and gambling chickens aren’t the only fascinating characters you’ll encounter at the Flannery O’Connor Birthday Parade and Street Fair this Sunday, March 29. The annual celebration of Savannah’s favorite literary icon brings out all manner of charming weirdos to Lafayette Square for an afternoon of unorthodox family fun. But even more interesting personalities are between the pages this year as Savannah’s compelling cadre of local authors joins the party. Spearheaded by The Book Lady, also known as Joni Saxon-Giusti, Local Author Day celebrates the city’s current literati with appearances (and books for sale!) by poet/ memorist Chad Faries, renegade columnist/ gardener Jane Fishman, Secrets of the Zona Rosa essayist Rosemary Daniell, mystery novelist Tina Whittle, Chelsea Hotel chronicler James Lough and many more. While The Book Lady has hosted local writer events at her eponymous Liberty Street shop, she saw a fine opportunity to “piggyback” on what would have been Ms. O’Connor’s 90th turn around the sun. “I had the idea to make it bigger, better, and more publicly visible in order to give these authors and the local writing scene more deserved exposure,” says Saxon-Giusti, who sees the constant challenge that even successful, published writers have in keeping their books in front of the public. The hypercompetitive “bestseller” climate created by the publishing conglomerates doesn’t help. “Big box and internet booksellers overlook and under-promote the majority of good writing, so it’s up to independent booksellers to discover and advocate for them.” Saxon-Giusti launched her plan with fellow Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home board member Zach Powers, who also champions Savannah’s literary scene as cohost of Seersucker Live.

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All who love good writing must converge Local Author Day piggybacks on Flannery O’Connor’s annual birthday parade by Jessica Leigh Lebos jll@connectsavannah.com

“Part of the mission of the Childhood Home is to promote Flannery O’Connor’s work and the love of reading in general, and this adds another interactive element to the whole event,” says Powers. In addition to his musical duties as saxophonist for the Sweet Thunder Strolling

Band, Powers will also be selling copies of The Black Warrior Review, to which he has contributed several short stories. “The idea is to bring out people who might not attend a literary event or read the New York Times’ Review of Books…which is almost everyone,” he adds drily.

It may be true that appreciation for good literature has suffered a decline everywhere, but Savannahians still seem to love their tales and tomes. For Tina Whittle, that adoration appears inherent in the city itself. “Savannah is a city built on stories—our written history, our myths and hauntings, our personal backyard narratives,” muses Whittle, whose mystery series about plucky female gunshop owner Tai Randolph has garnered highly favorable reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and starred reviews on Booklist. She agrees that no matter what the genre, celebrating local authors and writing itself is in keeping with Flannery O’Connor’s legacy. “She’s been an enormous influence on me, especially my crime writing. Reading her work is a master class in motive and character and the precisely observed detail,” she says. “Her work is fertile ground for any writer interested in exploring the strangely familiar—or the familiarly strange—of the Southern landscape.” It doesn’t get stranger or more delightful around here than this Sunday. Saxon-Giusti points out that the independent book fair not only adds to the charm of Flannery’s parade, but also offers an important opportunity to connect writers and readers. “We must find and support our local authors who deserve a wider audience, not only to enhance our own communities, but to give their art a fighting chance,” admonishes the Book Lady. “Amazon ain’t gonna do it.” cs Local Author Day at the Flannery O’Connor Birthday Parade & Street Fair When: 1-5pm, Sat. March 29 Where: Lafayette Square Cost: Free Info: flanneryoconnorhome.org


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Savannah Shakes wants you to Shrew

New theatre group hopes to rekindle the long local love affair with Shakespeare By Jim Morekis jim@connectsavannah.com

FEW would dispute that Savannah is undergoing an incredible cultural renaissance right now, with unprecedented local music, literary and performing arts activity at an extremely high level, both in quantity and in quality. That said, if you were here about 10 years ago you might remember when thousands of people at a time would come out for the annual Shakespeare in the Park performances put on by City Lights Theatre and founders Jim Holt and Jody Chapin. Those were turnouts not really seen for arts events in Savannah since then, except maybe at the occasional Picnic in the Park when the weather is absolutely perfect. From Twelfth Night to Romeo and Juliet to Macbeth, the old City Lights performances became so popular over the course of two decades that they outgrew early venues in Washington and then Telfair Square to play to truly huge audiences in Forsyth Park. The demise of City Lights Theatre and a difficult economy shut down the big Shakespeare shows, to be replaced by an equally high quality but much more diffused and tightly curated local theatre scene. Chris Soucy and Sheila Lynne hope to recreate that sweeping, grand, great local Shakespeare spirit with their new venture, Savannah Shakes. They hold auditions this March 29 and 30 for their inaugural show, Taming of the Shrew, and they want you to know about it. “I had a wild hair of doing Shakespeare that would have that feel again,” says Chris Soucy, longtime veteran of the local theatre

Sheila Lynne Bolda and Chris Soucy at Muse Arts Warehouse. Photo by Megan Jones scene and many City Lights Shakespeare productions. “This annual kind of fervor that people would get excited about and start talking about, and that brought people out of the woodwork to just be a part of it,” Soucy says. “I miss that—I miss that kind of passionate citywide involvement in theatre.” Sheila Lynne Bolda, who will direct the July Shrew production at Muse Arts Warehouse, explains the choice of the debut Savannah Shakes production: “We had a meeting last year where we talked about Taming of the Shrew. I wanted to direct it post-World War II, when the men are coming back from the war and the women who were in the factories are suddenly told, OK, back to the kitchen you go,” Bolda says. “Sort of a Rosie the Riveter vs. Captain America concept,” Soucy adds.

Bolda explains the idea behind Savannah Shakes: “What we’ve set up is a three-year plan, two shows a year, with the comedies in the early-mid summer for the tourists and the local crowd that doesn’t leave, and then the tragedies for the one-night gala/ball/ awesome holiday affair in early December,” she says. “At the July show we’ll make an announcement of the next production.” The three-year cycle will follow in chronological order in American time, all post-WWII through the 1980s. So the December show will be set slightly later than this July’s Taming of the Shrew, for example. So why audition in March for a July show? Two reasons. First, Bolda says, “the main reason for auditioning so early is every talent pool in this town, all their schedules are crazy. So it’s 13 weeks of rehearsal, but in fact it

boils down to six weeks of actual rehearsal. Which you really need for Shakespeare.” Secondly, Savannah Shakes hopes to incorporate an extensive social media component through the rehearsal process, to further engage audiences and build buzz for the shows. “So you can follow the show as it evolves in rehearsals and open venues, maybe like Foxy Loxy courtyard or Daffin Park. We’ll invite people to come witness the process, and do a video blog where you can see interviews with actors and directors,” Soucy says. “We’re living in a very transparent society where people expect to be able to see the process. We have the ability to show people it’s not just a bunch of people memorizing lines and putting on costumes. It’s a process,” he says. “People place a higher sense of gravity on Shakespeare in many ways. But it’s beautiful to watch people realize that it’s not necessarily as complex and complicated and difficult as we’ve wrongly come to accept.” With what seems to be the end of the great recession, Soucy and Bolda both say the time is finally right for Shakespeare to make his big Savannah comeback. “It was such a solid experience—every year people would come out for it, because it’s Shakespeare. Then at some point it seemed like everything conspired for it to be time to give it a rest,” Soucy says. “But it’s been long enough.” cs Auditions for Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew March 29, 2-6 p.m., Muse Arts Warehouse Prepare at least one Shakespearean monologue, two contrasting preferred. Auditions also consist of cold readings. For info or if you can’t make the time slot, email savshakes@gmail.com

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HARD to believe, but the summer travel season is almost upon us. As a craft beer fan, finding new places to grab a pint has long been a part of my summer vacation planning. Sometimes, the whole journey is based around breweries and bottle shops. More often than not I find myself taking side excursions from larger family trips to get in a few local sips. My wife and daughter patiently oblige while I go on yet another brewery tour or have lunch at a local brewpub so I can order a flight of unique brews along with my burger. Despite taking dozens of beer-focused trips, none of those travels adequately prepared me for beer hunting in the Holy Land. I just returned from a week in Jerusalem, Israel, that ostensibly revolved around participating in the Jerusalem Marathon and covering that race series for BrewDrinkRun. com (http://brewdrinkrun.com). But as soon as the running clothes and shoes were packed, the rest of my bag was filled to the brim with bottle shippers. In preparation for my trip, I turned to a fantastic website focusing on Israeli beer, Doug Greener’s Israel Brews and Views (http://israelbrewsandviews.blogspot. com/). Doug is devotedly documenting the craft beer movement in his country, with specific focus on his home base in Jerusalem. I reached out to him via email before I left and we planned a meet-up for bottle shopping. That was a very smart decision. Hebrew isn’t a written language you can just pick up in a few days, and the strange serifed shapes that adorn the bright bottle labels don’t tell you much about what’s inside. Luckily, a few English keyphrases are typically placed on each bottle. Seeing the letters “IPA” quickly made me feel like I was at home. But unlike bottle shopping in the USA, I was unencumbered by all of our current beer politics. I didn’t wonder if AnheuserBusch InBev had a controlling interest in

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the Dancing Camel Brewery. I just relied on Doug to point me to the good bottles. His help was indispensable and I made sure to leave a Savannah-brewed Service Brewing Rally Point with him to express my gratitude. Jerusalem proper is home to only one craft brewery, Herzl. Herzl’s Dolce De Asal made for a perfect post-run refresher to complement a hard-fought, very hilly race. Sweet honey malt and spicing with a touch of alcohol burn, it was a great replenisher after a day of strenuous personal effort. Herzl’s newest offering is Embargo, an ambitious beer featuring a tobacco leaf additive. Later in our travels I found myself sitting on the beach in Tel Aviv, slowly sipping a Jem’s Beer Factory 8.8 while gazing at the Mediterranean Sea and talking beer with new friends. The slowed pace was important as the 8.8 in the name represents its alcohol by volume. The booziest brew I tasted in Israel, it was also one of the most wellrounded with a mild flavor profile that let all aspects of the recipe showcase themselves without overpowering. For the voyage home, a dozen twelve ounce bottles were shoved side by side into padded, self-sealing bottle shippers or wedged into running shoes and delicately

arranged in my checked baggage. Everything made it back safe and sound and I’m currently working my way through the spoils of the journey. Alexander Green is an early highlight. An easy drinking IPA, the hops aren’t as forward as its more aggressive American counterparts; but it melds well with the sugary malt base to create a very solid pick up. The remaining bottles are now sitting in my fridge, patiently waiting for our next bottle share. I learned a lot during our visit to Israel, far beyond simply getting a taste of the local beer culture. The people and their environment are directly reflected in regional brewing. What was most surprising in Israel was the variety of available styles. Unlike many countries with similar latitudes, it was easy to find reprieve from simple-sweet lagers and discover a wealth of complex variety from a half dozen exciting breweries. Israel’s brewing community is on the rise and is definitely worth watching. A hearty L’chaim! to our brewing brethren in the Holy Land. With all our political, religious and cultural differences, beer is a great reminder of what we share in common. CS

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in the teenyboppers with a free X-Men VS Streetfighter arcade game. The menu has three short sections with Sliders, Slider Dogs, and Hand-Cut Old School Fries, available with numerous tasty toppings—I recommend the garlic sauce and bacon—and a few Coke products. That’s it. But that’s all ya need here. Keepin’ it real—real GOOD—is Matt’s specialty. My foodie buddy Falko was delighted with this new lunch/early dinner place and more than happy to dig into a sampler of goodies. The one basket of fries is so generous that two people can easily share it, especially when it’s doused with cheese or black beans. The offerings here won’t bruise your wallet at only three bucks a piece, and small beauties that they are, two or three will do the job. We indulged ourselves with four varieties a piece—I mean, hey, after all, as a foodie writer I am obliged, right?—and were so well satisfied we didn’t even think of sup-

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YOU can thank White Castle (aka Krystal’s down South) for starting up that tee-ninetsy temptation called Sliders. But when it comes to invention and imagination, shake the hand of Chef Matt Baldwin of Savannah’s new foodie sensation, Sly’s Sliders & Fries, for taking that phenomenon to a whole new level. With nine eclectic versions of the classic mini-burger, including a couple of veggie styles that’ll blow you away, he’s brought the quotidian mini-burger to ecstatic levels of goodness. What is the meaty companion to the American burger?—hotdogs!—and at this newly hatched eatery you’ll find a mirror of luscious delights with nine finger-lickin’ versions set to have you hot-footin’ it to his door. Throw in a big basket of hand-cut fries for just $2 and you’ve got a Savannah classic in the making. Slaving away in the big restaurant biz for years and years can wear out even the most avid foodie. There came a time when even an experienced chef like Matt Baldwin was ready to throw in the towel. “I was just feelin’ burnt out, and decided to take a few months off and decide what it was I really wanted to do,” Matt says. “My work ethic has always been high, and I loved to cook, yet there had to be another way to do this right. I sat back and really thought about it, thought about the pressures of managing a big restaurant, and decided, in the end, it’s really much easier to work for yourself.” When the Telfair was ready to open a new café Matt and his buddies David Hammer and Michael Clee stepped in with loads of local goodies, fresh ingredients and a go-global style that covers everything from Japanese chilled soba noodle salad to Italian 34 prosciutto, fig and brie paninis.

Above, the author’s foodie buddy Falko about to dig in; at right, Chef Matt Baldwin with the good stuff. And yet, and yet, in the most secret depths of his foodie-informed soul, Matt dreamed of something more simple, refreshingly as different, yet definitely approachable to the masses. Take an American classic up a notch, present your patrons with amazingly tasty options that run the gamut from roadhouse ‘Q, moving across the globe to Frenchified caramelized shallot with bleu cheese and Dijon, and throw in a bit of Asian spice with his own version of Vietnam’s Banh— the ‘Banh U, Banh Mi’, a sambal tempura shrimp with pickled daikon, cucumber and cilantro mayo…well, ya can’t get much simpler, more alluring a combination. Well, maybe you can… Another branch of beloved Americana grew into a smorgasbord of meaty delights: Gimme that ‘Perro Cubano’ with pulled pork & Swiss, topped off with house-made dill pickles and cilantro mayo—smaller than the usual Cuban sandwich, but just as tasty, and throw in a couple of “Tobacco Road”

specials: a white trash treasure of a minislaw-dawg with cheddar, onion and mustard—oh, my, YES! Just as the Jepson Café is now well-known for introducing local specialties like fresh herbs from Kachina Farms in Rincon, Matt continues with the “buy local” tradition by offering, for example, the Lil Angel made with Angel BBQ’s succulent pulled pork and BBQ sauce. It’s a pretty unpretentious set-up, a small space claimed from a previous soul food eatery, made over completely into a bright, clean little joint with framed ‘50s style fast food graphics in bright colors, and drawin’

per til’ after 10 that evening. Grab a menu and order at the counter, then sit back and watch as Savannah’s myriad population unfolds itself before you. SCAD students aplenty love this cozy eatery, but doctors, construction workers, truckers and downtown business types find their way here each day on their pilgrimage to find fast, cheap, tasty lunches. cs Sly’s Sliders & Fries 1710 Abercorn Street 912 -239 -4219 Daily 11 a.m-6 p.m.


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Openings & Receptions Secrets of Preserving a City — Learn the secrets of how Savannah became famous for preserving the largest urban historic district in the country. Daniel Carey, President of Historic Savannah Foundation, will explain how this is being achieved using a Revolving Fund and easements. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by a one-hour trolley tour featuring a sampling of success stories. Thu., March 26, 9:30-11 a.m. Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, 105 E. Bay St. Works by Axelle Kieffer — Axelle’s show

features paintings, collages, and drawings that question the human form and portrait in ways most could never imagine. Her dark colors and expressive strokes explore the world underneath the skin. March 27-May 9. Reception Friday, March 27, 7-10pm, The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

Continuing Exhibits

Work by Jerry Brem honoring the Savannah Music Festival is featured at Off the Wall Gallery inside 45 Bistro on Broughton Street.

Aesthetic Collective — Graduating seniors

Dayna Anderson, Kailey Garrison, Michelle Flores, Erik Hanson, Susan Pugh, and Abbey Hull showcase their college portfolios for this capstone project. Closing reception Mar. 27 at 5:30pm. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

Evocations from South and Central America — The Grand Bohemian Gallery welcomes paintings by Ivaldo Robles and Delmer Mejia Dubon, two Latin American contemporary artists. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St.

Jerry Brem — Especially for the Savannah

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tion for the 2015 PULSE Art + Technology Festival, Beeplanet focuses on the work of the Swiss-born artist Katja Loher, a leader among the next generation of video artists. Environmental themes play a large role in the artist’s recent works, touching on endangered species, bee colony collapse, and speculation on whether humans can fulfill the roles these creatures play. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Christina Edwards explores the rich world of color and abstraction in her paintings. She brings each landscape to life by pouring one translucent layer of color onto a surface at a time. Edwards will donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s sales to the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Clara Aguero and John M. Mitchell — Through

April 30. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

data.tron/data.scan — Exhibition by acclaimed Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, marking his first exhibition in the southeastern U.S. Ikeda’s experiential works make mathematical equations visible through the use of sound and light. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Dicky Stone and Dana Richardson — A native of Sewanee, Tennessee, Dana Richardson holds a BFA in painting and a MAT from SCAD and currently teaches art at Savannah Christian. Her pieces are small-scale Savannah cityscapes in oil, collage and mixed media. Savannahian Dicky Stone transforms indigenous wood such as pecan, sycamore and maple into decorative pieces of sculpture. A self-taught wood carver and turner he says this work makes his heart sing. A portion of sales will benefit the hospice’s Daily Impact Fund. Reception April 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive.

animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has risen in recent years from a crude adornment of early websites to an emerging contemporary art form. Alongside rising popular appeal, GIFs have also made the leap into both web-based and physical art exhibitions and installations. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. High School Art Competition — The Savannah Art Association presents the first annual High School Art Competition exhibit. The theme “Visual Blues” is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition at the Jepson. Eighteen Savannah-area high schools, both public and private, will participate. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. In Living Color — Spanning three decades of

Warhol’s career, In Living Color features some of the artist’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial Electric Chair portfolio. Drawn from the collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation, In Living Color is divided into five sections—experimentation, emotion, experience, subversion, and attitude. In each, Warhol’s work is placed in conversation with other artists of the postwar era, such as Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, and Keith Haring, whose work uses color as a tool to shape how we interpret and respond to images. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Music Festival, Off the Wall Gallery at 45Bistro hosts this show of work by Beaufort artist Jerry Brem. 45 Bistro, 123 East Broughton St.

Katja Loher: Beeplanet — A featured exhibi-

Linear Abstraction — Exhibition featuring

artists Rana Begum, Walead Beshty, Marco Breuer, Michelle Grabner, Terry Haggerty, John Houck, Matt Mignanelli, Phillip Stearns, Russell Tyler, Rafael Vega and Rebecca Ward. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton St,. Lisa Watson — In addition to producing art,

she owns Plan It Green Design and consults clients in “green” interiors, outdoor living spaces and native and droughttolerant garden design. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Low Country Scenes: Coastal Images by Bryan Stovall & Les Wilkes — Les Wilkes and Bryan

Stovall have teamed up to showcase some of their most captivating low country scenes shot in black and white, and many in infrared. A portion of sales benefits Hospice Savannah’s Daily Impact Fund. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.


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OOOP Filmgoers need another fairy tale flick about as much as they need another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel (oops, too late), yet Cinderella swiftly casts aside all doubts and derision to reveal itself as a particularly enchanting piece of cinema. What’s perhaps most startling about the film is that it’s not a revisionist take on a beloved tale, a slant that’s been all the rage thanks to the likes of Into the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz: The Great and Powerful and, of course, the Sleeping Beauty offshoot Maleficent. Instead, it’s a traditional telling that’s been brought with loving care to the screen by director Kenneth Branagh (rebounding from last year’s ill-advised Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and scripter Chris Weitz (the About a Boy adapter who’s just been tapped to pen the Star Wars spinoff movie Rogue One). There have been many different versions of Cinderella throughout the ages, but for this take, Weitz has borrowed primarily from Charles Perrault’s 1697 written version Cendrillon and Walt Disney’s 1950 animated version. (Since this new live-action film is a PG confection from the Disney studio, it’s perhaps best that Weitz bypassed the Brothers Grimm version, which ends with the wicked stepsisters having their eyes gouged out by doves!) Our heroine is named Ella, and she’s raised as a small girl by the two most loving parents imaginable. But tragic circumstances ultimately find the adult Ella (Lily James) sharing the family home with her stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett), and her stepsisters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera). All three treat Ella horribly, and while Lady Tremaine may have her reasons for doing so (however misguided they may be), her two spoiled daughters act out of pure

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RUN ALL NIGHT

OO Back in 2002, a few years before she nabbed an Oscar for The Hurt Locker and additional kudos for Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow directed the leaden submarine drama K-19: The Widowmaker. The box office flop starred Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and I can’t help but imagine that the following conversation took place on the set. Neeson: “I loved making Schindler’s List and Rob Roy and Michael Collins and after the upcoming Kinsey hope to continue to star in films that offer me rich and complex roles!” Ford: “Take my advice. Forget about continues on p. 38

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making quality films and go instead for the biggest paychecks.” Neeson: “You’re kidding.” Ford: “Hell, no. Just the other day, I told a crew member on this very picture that I keep my soul under a pile of money!” [True anecdote.] Neeson: “But you were in all these great movies like Witness and The Mosquito Coast and Presumed Innocent!” Ford: “Sure, but I learned the error of my ways. Did you know I was offered a key role in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic? But I wouldn’t have been paid my usual kazillion dollars, so I wisely passed on it and Michael Douglas took the part. And I’m turning down this upcoming movie called Syriana—let George Clooney have it; he might even believe it will win him an Oscar! Instead, I’m gonna collect a huge paycheck to make some piece of crap called Hollywood Homicide with a young actor named Josh Hairnet or something. I’ll pretty much be in anything as long as the money’s substantial, though I imagine I would draw the line at appearing in a Sylvester Stallone vanity project. I think that’s beneath even me.” Neeson: “So Steven Spielberg and I have been talking for years about making a movie about Abraham Lincoln. You’re saying I should tell him I changed my mind and see who’ll pay me top dollar to star in dime-adozen action flicks instead?” Ford: “Definitely! Some might be good, but that’s incidental. Say you make one about a guy whose daughter is taken from him. A plot like that holds promise, and if it’s successful, then you can get paid even more to star in its crummy sequels. Or you might make one that’s not especially good, something with a generic title like Run All Night or Sleep All Day or Diet All Week. To beef up the marquee, you can probably find some great actor to appear under you—heh heh, kinda like your role in this submarine picture. He can play the villain; maybe somebody reliable like Gene Hackman— unless he’s retired by then—or that wacky Christopher Walken or Ed Harris. Yeah, get Ed Harris! And make sure the plot is pretty standard; nothing too complicated. Maybe it can be about a former assassin who has to protect a family member from the bad guys—maybe a son, and have them cast some flavorless TV actor so they can pay him less and pay you more.” Neeson: “I don’t know, that sounds kinda bland.” Ford: “Who cares? Who cares if it’s tired material, or has cardboard characters or gaping plotholes or narrative coincidences the size of the Grand Canyon? You can let the critics bitch while you laugh all the way

to the bank. Now excuse me, I have to call my agent and figure out my asking salary for K-19: The Widowmaker 2 after this one becomes a Star Wars-size hit.”

FOCUS

OO We all know that Will Smith has effortless charisma to burn and acting ability to flex, so let’s focus on Margot Robbie, Smith’s co-star in the new film Focus. Robbie made a splash as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in The Wolf of Wall Street, but given the excesses of that picture, it was hard to completely gauge her talent behind all that glitz. In Focus, she’s still playing a character that’s only half-developed, but here she’s allowed opportunities to demonstrate that she’s in possession of adequate comic chops. Clearly, she’s more than just another pretty face. With Smith and Robbie at the top of the ticket, we’re guaranteed a movie that’s easy on the eyes, even if its inconsistencies render it occasionally taxing on the brain. This is another in the long line of tricky, sleight-of-hand yarns in which everyone is deceiving everyone else at all times, but based on the results of 2013’s Now You See Me and this picture, it’s obvious that Hollywood’s hustlers have lost their sting since the days of Paul Newman. Smith is Nicky, a seasoned con artist who agrees to let a novice named Jess (Robbie) join his team. For none-too-believable reasons, Nicky eventually parts ways with Jess, only to bump into her again three years later in Buenos Aires. He’s in the Argentinian capital to set up a scam at the behest of a race-car owner (Rodrigo Santoro), and he spots her when…well, let’s not reveal too much. There’s one sharply staged sequence involving a series of bets placed on a football game—BD Wong is memorable as this segment’s linchpin – but the rest of this draggy film offers nothing but surface sheen, with the supposedly riveting twists taking a back seat – make that a spot in the trunk—to the spectacle of watching two gorgeous people hungrily eye each other while engaging in flirtatious banter against luxurious backdrops. Unfortunately, that dialogue, like most of the yakking in this movie, is on the weak side, with only Gerald McRaney (as a grouchy bodyguard) accorded a few choice cracks. And as film fans know, yarns of this nature live and die by the beautiful turn of phrase. Even David Mamet’s Heist, one of the lesser entries in this field, knew enough to stack the deck with quips like, “I’m as


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quiet as an ant pissing on cotton.” In Focus, what passes for profane poetry? “You hittin’ that? You should be hittin’ that.” Clearly, the con is on audience members expecting more for their money.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

O Where to begin in tackling a movie as awful as Fifty Shades of Grey? Let’s be fair and consider that it was hardly a doomed project from the start. The allure of the book is largely its sexual explicitness, yet that’s nowhere to be found in this eunuch of a film version. Universal had the opportunity to make history by releasing an envelope-shredding, NC-17 multiplex movie but opted to go with an R-rated version penned by Kelly Marcel, whose previous screen credit was—whoa, how’s this for cutting edge?—the Disneyfied flick Saving Mr. Banks. For those unaware of its premise, this finds the powerful businessman Mr. Grey catching the eye and libido of a college student named Anastasia Steele. She wants a romantic relationship, but this horny homey don’t play that. Instead, he’s all about the BDSM, urging her to sign a contract that states she will become the “submissive” to his “dominant” and must obey his every whim, particularly when it comes to sexual matters. And thus the template is set for the excruciatingly repetitive dialogue that dominates the proceedings. “Be my sex slave.” “Why can’t we go on dates?” “I don’t operate that way.” “Well, OK.” “Be my sex slave.” “Why can’t we go on dates?” Blather, wince, repeat. It’s obvious that no one involved with this project—and that includes the primary culprit, E.L. James herself—has much insight into how the BDSM community actually operates in the real world, which explains why the source material was a lightning rod of controversy among lifestyle practitioners. The film will doubtless follow suit, since it tends to sometimes confuse “lifestyle choices” with “abusive relationship.” Personally, I expect most viewers would rather see the filmmakers take this franchise in a different direction. How about Fifty Shades of The Grey, with the two vapid

Will Smith and Margot Robbie con the world and each other in Focus protagonists forced to contend with Liam Neeson and a pack of ravenous wolves? Or Fifty Shades of Grey’s Anatomy, with McDreamy demonstrating the kinky side benefits of a stethoscope and a thermometer? Surely any other plotline trumps the one being used for what will doubtless go down as history’s first trilogy of snuff films, a franchise certain to kill not only careers but also strangle the basic desire of moviemakers and moviegoers to entertain and be entertained.

of historical bloodlines, and the notion of Earth as a gambling chip (all also pondered in the Wachowskis’ woefully underrated Cloud Atlas). But the entire project suffers from a severe case of overkill, with the Wachowskis offering too much arid exposition and too many artless explosions. The performances are all on the subtle side, with the notable exception of, yes, Eddie Redmayne. His turn as Balem Abrasax is risible, and it’s impossible to stifle giggles whenever he speaks, whether in JUPITER ASCENDING hushed tones or loud declarations. OO His performance as Stephen Hawking in Jupiter Ascending’s heroine is Jupiter Jones The Theory of Everything is rightly admired, (Mila Kunis), a Russian immigrant who but in this misfire, he seems only capable of discovers she possesses the same DNA as an providing a brief history of ham. otherworldly (and deceased) queen and thus engages in a power struggle with the royal’s AMERICAN SNIPER three bratty children (Eddie Redmayne, OOP Douglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton) The weakest of the eight newly nomifor control of our planet. nees for the Best Picture Oscar, American Helping Jupiter out is a wolfman named Sniper nevertheless turns out to be one of Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), who lost the better Clint Eastwood releases of recent his wings, but hopes to gain them back at vintage. the moment that George Bailey’s daughter Zuzu rings a bell in Bedford Falls. Or something. There’s actually a seed of a good idea buried in Jupiter Ascending, particularly in its themes relating to class struggles, the weight

But like most of his latter-day films in the director’s chair, efforts like Invictus and J. Edgar, it’s less a heartfelt piece of moviemaking and more a bald lunge to score yet more Oscar gold for his mantelpiece. American Sniper relates the story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a U.S. Navy Seal shooter famous (infamous?) for recording more kills than anyone else in American military history (160 confirmed, another 95 probable). Despite Eastwood’s own conservative leanings, the filmmaker has rarely proven himself to be a knee-jerk chickenhawk or rambling right-wing tool (well, aside from that Razzie-worthy bit opposite an empty chair at the RNC), and his films have over the decades served as an intriguing – and evolving – treatise on issues of gun violence and hero worship, beginning with the hardline stylings of Dirty Harry through the revisionist politics of Unforgiven through the startlingly progressive stance of Gran Torino. Unfortunately, American Sniper adds nothing new to this conversation – more so since it comes on the heels of more accomplished “over there” efforts like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. And while Eastwood and scripter Jason Hall take some care in muddying the morality at play, they still err on the side of sainthood in painting their portrait of Chris Kyle, a man whose more tasteless actions and comments have been white scrubbed from this biopic. American Sniper features a solid turn by Cooper (the other male parts are largely indistinguishable from one another) and a few sequences that pack a visceral kick, but a little more complexity would have allowed the picture to score a more direct hit. CS

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related arts, crafts, and antiques. The Museum invites artists, model ship builders, and antique dealers to submit images of their maritime/nautical related paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, prints, mixed-media, woodworking, and collectable pieces for consideration. Through April 16. shipsofthesea.org/#!arts-festival/c7b. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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The Savannah Friends of Music organization announces that grant applications are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 15. These grants are meant to help Call for Art Instructors fund programs that fulfill their mission, The City of Savannah’s Department of which is to support, sponsor and promote Savannah Area Young Republicans Cultural Affairs is now accepting resumes music programs and musical education in Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, for visual arts, puppetry, and age approthe greater Savannah area. Eligible provia email or telephone, or see website for priate video and animation instructors for grams can be either a one-time event or info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr.org. the 2015 Summer Art Camp, taking place an ongoing series. Applications must be sayr.org. Call or see website for informaJune 1 through July 31 at 9 West Henry completed and submitted by Wednesday, tion. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savanSt. Children ages 5 to 12 can participate April 15. Recipients will be named shortly nahyoungrepublicans.com. in the week-long camp which provides an thereafter. Through April 15. savannahSavannah Libertarians introduction to painting, ceramics, jewelry, friendsofmusic.com. Downtown SavanJoin the Facebook group to find out about fibers, mixed media, puppetry, video nah, downtown. Call for Proposals for 2015 Weave-a-Dream upcoming local events. Mondays. Faceand animation in age-appropriate group The City of Savannah's Weave-a-Dream book.com/groups/SAVlibertarians. settings. Instructors at the full day art Savannah Tea Party Panel has issued a call for proposals camp work with children ages 5-8, and/ 5pm social time. 5:30pm meeting begins. for its 2015 cultural and arts projects or 9-12 and teen interns ages 13-18. The 6pm speaker. Reservations not necesinitiative. Applications will be accepted hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Each week, sary. Free to attend. Food and beverages through the calendar year, while funds are Monday through Thursday, instructors available for purchase. Mondays, 5:30 will teach five classes a day, one hour per available. Programs are to be completed p.m.. 912-598-7358. savannahteaparty. group, with a maximum of 10 children per prior to October 1, 2015. Project funding com. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. group. On Friday, instructors will meet is available up to $2,000 for specific and Tubby's Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 innovative arts, cultural, or heritage projwith each group in the morning for 30 River Dr. ects or presentations that have a measurminutes. Instructors may plan multiple Veterans for Peace able, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s projects per week. Qualified instructors Local chapter 170 of VFP, a national ordiverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream must submit to a background check. This ganization of military veterans of all eras committee seeks proposals that actively is a contracted weekly position. Through waging peace and exposing the costs of involve youth, seniors, and those who have June 1. 912-651-6783. chefner@savanwar. Meets every first Thursday at 7:30pm. nahga.gov. City of Savannah Department limited access to arts based programs in ongoing. 303-550-1158. St. Frances Cabri- of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Savannah. Programs engaging particiCall for Artists ni Church, 11500 Middleground Road. pates ranging from 6 -11 graders with Young Democrats The Sentient Bean seeks experienced art- disciplines of production, animation, phoMondays at 7pm on the second level of ists for one-month-long exhibitions of his/ tography desktop publishing, CAD, metFoxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the her work. Artists must have a website with alworking and carpentry are of particular Young Democrats Facebook page for more current images representing a sample of interest to Weave-A-Dream. While other information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. the work to be shown in order to be conprograms such as performing, visual, foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 sidered. Apply to sentientbooking@gmail. media, theater, folk, design (architecture), Bull St. com, subject line “art show." See webor literary arts are also encouraged to site for info. Fridays.. sentientbean.com/ apply. To be eligible for consideration, an Auditions and Calls for Entries booking#visualarts. sentientbean.com. organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, Call for Applications for Minor Home Repair The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate Program Call for Entries for "Your Art Here" limits. Proposed programs must also be The City of Savannah’s Housing DepartIn its commitment to show both local and produced within the City’s corporate limment is currently accepting applications national artists, Non-Fiction is launching its. No individual artist applications will be for the 2015 Minor Home Repair program. a new exhibition opportunity. The gallery is accepted. Through Aug. 2. 912-651-5988 This program provides home repairs now seeking innovative emerging or mid- ext. 8969. rbrown02@savannahga.gov. through grants or loans to residents who career visual artists to submit samples of savannahga.gov/arts. City of Savannah meet specific income guidelines. Applitheir work to be considered for the award Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West cants must be live in the city limits and of a gallery-sponsored show. Submissions Henry St. Call for Speakers for Geekend 2015 occupy their house to be eligible for the can be for a solo or group show and of The theme of Creative Coast's Geekend program. Applications will be accepted any theme or media. Deadline is May 11. 2015 is Growth. All entrepreneurs, develuntil April 30. The repairs and home Through May 11. NONFICTIONGALLERY. improvements are mostly done by one of COM/YOUR-ART-HERE/. Non-Fiction Gal- opers, marketers, social media mavericks, technology enthusiasts, designers several volunteer organizations that prolery, 1522 Bull St. and other creatives are encouraged to vide training to challenged youth. Repairs Call For Entries: Maritime Arts Festival On May 9, 2015, Ships of the Sea will hold apply to speak now. Geekend is looking may range from painting to installing a new roof, depending upon the condition of its first “Maritime Arts Festival.” The event for compelling cutting-edge content that 40 the house and the skill level of the volun- is a one day outdoor exhibition of maritime is actionable and touches upon any one

or several of the following topics: Design, Development, Mobile, Social Media, Marketing, Growth Hacking, Access to Capital, Sales, Management. The festival will take place October 15-17. Through Oct. 15. 912-447-8457. geek-end.com/speakers/apply. thecreativecoast.org. Creative Coast, 415 W. Boundary St. City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

The City of Savannah's TV station, SGTV, seeks profiles, documentaries, animations, original music videos, histories or other original works by or about the citizens of Savannah to run on "Engage," a television show produced by the city. No compensation. SGTV offers an opportunity to expose local works to over 55,000 households in Chatham County. Submit proposals via website. Saturdays.. savannahga.gov/engagesgtv. Gallery Seeks Local Artists

Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street, seeks 2-D and 3-D artists to join its cooperative gallery. Must be a full-time resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. Submit 5-10 images of work, resume/CV and bio to info@kobogallery. com. Mondays. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8-18 and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. CoastalEmpireMusic.com. Oatland Island Seeks Memories and Recollections for 40th Anniversary

Oatland Island Education Center is looking for memories of Oatland Island in honor of their 40th anniversary. People who were part of the Youth Conservation Corp that helped to build Oatland Island Education Center in the 1970’s. Great memories from field trips. Special family memories of Oatland Island. Send your photos and stories to memories@ oatland40th.org. Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland. org. ReCycle Art Call for Entries

Art Rise Savannah and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign are teaming up to bring art to Earth Day this year with the reCycle Art exhibition and auction. Join in on the fun by submitting creative work from any medium that fits the theme of bikes or sustainability. To enter the reCycle Art exhibition and sell your art at the auction, send an entry form and a high-resolution image of your work to recycleartsav@ gmail.com by March 25. Artists with work selected for the auction will be notified by April 2. Free! Wednesdays, 11:30-11:45 p.m.. recycleartsav@gmail.com. artrisesavannah.org/recycle-art/. artrisesavannah.org. Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. Registration Open for Camp Aloha

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weekend overnight camp organized by not-for-profit Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle bereavement staff and volunteers. Camp Aloha will be held May 1-3, 2015 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Rincon and is free of charge thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kaminsky Automotive Group. Trained volunteers and professionals will provide therapeutic activities to teach the children that they are not alone in their grief experience. Campers enjoy an array of activities such as swimming, sports, games, painting, group therapy sessions, campfires, singing, playing and making new friends who have experienced tragic losses too. Through May 1. 912-303-9442. hospicesavannah. org/campaloha. New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road.

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The 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens

The Tour offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah's finest private homes and experience the architecture, furnishings and collections that have been treasured by families for generations...but seldom seen by the public. These properties have been meticulously restored, preserving the character of the space yet allowing for the enjoyment of modern amenities. Several sites incorporate more current design trends $25 and up Wed., March 25 and Sun., March 29. 912-2348054. laura@savannahtourofhomes.org. savannahtourofhomes.org/. The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

Chatham County Animal Control seeks items for pets in the facility. Canned and dry dog and cat food, baby formula, newspaper, paper towels, soaps, crates, leashes, collars, wash cloths, towels. Open daily, 1pm-5pm. Mondays.. 912-3516750. animalcontrol.chathamcounty.org. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Driving for Greenbriar

Gauntt Hudgins, a 7th grader at Oglethorpe Charter School, is working with his fellow students and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) members at OCS to raise funds and awareness for the Greenbriar Children's Center. This community service project is to help children that may be homeless, abused, neglected, or suffering from other traumatic conditions. This racing season Gauntt will be racing bandoleros in honor of the "Greenbriar Children's Center" and Oglethorpe Charter School FBLA during the Winter Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Winter Nationals at Orlando Speed World and March Madness at Concord Speedway located outside of Charlotte, NC. The students are committed to the welfare of children that need a helping hand. Help Gauntt and his fellow FBLA members raise funds for this worthy cause by donating to the Gofundme account, gofundme.com/ocsfbla, and supporting Gauntt's racing season. Through March 31. 912-395-5075. gofundme.com/ocsf42 bla. Greenbriar Children's Center, 3709

Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and support the local economy. Sponsorships begin at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. Tuesdays.. kristen@ forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com. 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. ongoing. 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah. com. Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-old. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@savannahga.gov. Classes, Camps & Workshops

Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures (SECCLL)

This conference includes topics in Arabic (new), French, German, Spanish, Hispanic Linguistics, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian/Chinese (new), and Special Topics in language, literature, culture, pedagogy and film. SECCLL also encourages the participation of Graduate students. March 26-27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. https://sites.google.com/a/georgiasouthern.edu/seccll-conference/. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Art Classes at The Studio School

Ongoing weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. See website, send email or call for details. 912-4846415. melindaborysevicz@gmail.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Art, Music, Piano, Voice Coaching

Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Beading Classes

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

Make Up For Ever, and Kim Kardashian, this 2-day career workshop will teach advanced techniques for beauty makeup including bridal, and valuable business knowledge. Drive your success in the beauty industry and take your artistry to higher levels. Students will receive a JMTM certification, 2 photo sessions with Sebastian Smith with edited images for portfolio and marketing use. Seating is limited to 10. $595 (50% to reserve) Sun., March 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 707-3403655. josh@julesmorethanmakeup.com. julesmorethanmakeup.com/beautybreakdown. dollfacebyjules.com. Dollface by Jules, 30 West Broughton St. Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. 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. 912-3494582. ctcsavannah.com. Chatham County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 876

Chatham County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 876, is taking applications from young men and women (ages 14-20) interested in law enforcement careers. Explorers experience mentoring, motivation, and learn skills which help prepare them for their roles as productive citizens. See Chatham County Sheriff's web page, click "Community/Explorers Post 876 or call. Wednesdays.. 912-651-3743. chathamsheriff.org. Chinese Language Classes

The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912358-3160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate.edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate. edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Classical Guitar Instruction

Professional level classical instruction with a university professor. Lessons available for all levels with Dr. Brian Luckett, DMA. Private studio in Starland District. $25/half hour, $45/hour. brian@brianluckett.com. (brianluckett.com. Clay Classes

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

Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Learn jewelry-making techniques from Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to beginner to advanced. Call for class times. register. 912-897-7656. savannahaux.com. Conscious Kids Yoga 912-920-6659. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry A yoga class for children age 4 and up, Studio, 407 East Montgomery Xrds. Beauty Breakdown with Sebastian Smith to build skill, confidence, strength, and Jules - MTM is bringing the most impact- abilities of the body, mind, and heart. $15 ful beauty event to Savannah. See beauty per class or $50 for 6 sessions (to be used from the perspective of industry leading within 2 months) Wednesdays, 4-4:45 photographer Sebastian Smith. Known p.m.. 912-544-6387. erigosavannah.com. for work with names such as Sephora, Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

Drum Clinic with Gregg Bissonette

Gregg Bissonnette is the drummer for Ringo Starr's All Star Band and has also recorded and toured with David Lee Roth, Santana, ELO, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more. $5 Thu., March 26, 7 p.m. portmansmusic.com. Portman's Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. Earn the New Standard in HR Certification

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRMCP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession. $965 SHRM member / $1040 non-SHRM member Through May 11, 6-9 p.m. 912-478-1763. proftrainingmgmt@georgiasouthern.edu. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/programs/ professionaldevelopment/shrmcert/. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. English as Second Language Classes

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

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

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

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

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

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

Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private and Group classes. Tuesdays.. 912-596-0889. kleossewingstudio.com. Kleo's Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. Life Coaching

Group & individual life coaching with a Certified Life Coach. Plan for a career change, new lifestyle, or an opportunity to pursue creative or business projects. Step-by-step guidance to fulfill aspirations. In person or telephone sessions. Thursdays.. 912-596-1952. info@roiseandassociates.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Mommy & Me Relaxation Class

Teaches techniques to face the physical, mental, and emotional changes of a new mother's body, mind and heart with poise and grace. a variety of relaxation techniques for mother and child. For expecting and new moms as well as those with small children (4 and under). $15/class or 6 classes for $50 (to be used within 2 months) Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.. 912-544-6387. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Music Instruction

Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar. All ages welcome. ongoing. 912-358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse. com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Music Lessons: Private or Group

Portman’s Music Academy offers private or group classes for ages 2 to 92, beginner to advanced level. All instruments. Also, voice lessons, music production technology and DJ lessons. Teaching staff of over 20 instructors with professional, well equipped studios. Fridays.. 912-3541500. portmansmusic.com. portmansmusic.com. Portman's Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

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

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

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Novel Writing

Write a novel, finish the one you've started, revise it or pursue publication. Award-winning Savannah author offers one-on-one or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@ gmail.com. OSHA 500: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry

Use OSHA standards to learn effective training techniques with a special emphasis on the most hazardous areas in construction. This course is for privateand public-sector workers interested in developing safety and health programs in construction. Successfully complete the course and pass a multiple-choice test to become an outreach trainer, authorized to conduct both 10- and 30-hour construction courses. Construction industry outreach trainers must take OSHA 502 every four years to maintain their status as an outreach trainer. $875 Through March 27. https://pe.gatech.edu/courses/osha500-trainer-course-occupational-safetyand-health-standards-for-constructionindustry. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. OSHA 501: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the General Industry

Implement in your workplace the OSHA provisions provided by several privateand public-sector personnel representing numerous industries. Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the OSHA Act. Successfully complete the course and pass a multiple-choice test to become an outreach trainer, authorized to conduct both 10- and 30-hour general industry courses. General industry voluntary compliance outreach trainers must take OSHA 503 every four years to maintain their status as an outreach trainer. $875 Through March 27. https:// pe.gatech.edu/courses/osha-501-trainercourse-occupational-safety-and-healthstandards-for-general-industry. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. Photography Classes

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

Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. 912-312-3977. ongoing. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Piano Voice-Coaching

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jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Polish Language Classes

The lessons are for beginners and open to anyone interested in learning the Polish language. Taught by Andrew Boguszewski. Reservations required. $25 Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.. 912-401-5861. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. Project Management - Real World Applications

Discover a documented step-by-step guideline for managing projects. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of strategic and real world scenarios. $1300 Fri., March 27, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 912-644-5967. professionaltraining@georgiasouthern. edu. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/ programs/professionaldevelopment/projectmanagement/. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Reading/Writing Tutoring

Ms. Dawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 912660-7399. cordraywriter@gmail.com. Russian Language Classes

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

Savannah Book Club for Professional Women

Interested in learning more about effective workplace communication for women? This book club meets four Thursday nights, March-June to discuss four books on the topic. 20.00 Thu., March 26, 7-8 p.m. savbookclub@gmail.com. Creators' Foundry, 415 West Boundary Street. Sewing Classes

For beginners or advanced sewers. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet standards in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. Sundays.. 912-2900072. savsew.com. Singing Classes

Bel Canto is a singing style which helps the voice become flexible and expressive, improves vocal range and breathing capacity. A foundation for opera, rock, pop, gospel and musical theatre. $25 Mondays, 6 p.m.. 786-247-9923. anitraoperadiva@ yahoo.com. Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 West State Street, 3rd and 4th flrs.,. Spanish Classes

Spanish courses for professionals offered by Conquistador Spanish Language Institute, LLC. 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. Tuesdays.. conquistador-spanish.com. SSU Media High seeks media savvy high school students for its summer camp

SSU Media High seeks high school students interested in creating computer games, apps, journalism, photography, audio/video for kids at its residential sum44 mer camp, June 14-26, 2015. Students,

ages 14 to 17, should apply by April 1, 2015 at www.ssumediahigh.net. Some scholarships may be available. $200 Through April 1. 912-358-3378. mediahigh@savannahstate.edu. ssumediahigh. net. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Vocal Lessons

A group of voice instructors who believe in the power of a nurturing community to help voice students blossom into vibrant artists. Each instructor holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance. Group classes held once a month, plus an annual recital. Varies Wednesdays.. 912-6560760. TheVoiceCoOp.org. The Voice Co-op, Downtown. Voice Lessons - Technique and Coaching

Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-484-0628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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@ gmail.com. savannahbarbershoppers.org. 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. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP

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

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

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912308-6768. Drop N Circle Craft Night

Sponsored by The Frayed Knot and Perlina. Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm. 6 W. State Street. A working gathering of knitters, crocheters, beaders, spinners, felters, needle pointers, etc. All levels of experi-

ence welcome. Tuesdays.. 912-233-1240. Exchange Club of Savannah - Weekly Lunch

Meets every Monday (except on the fifth Monday of the month), 12pm-1pm. Weekly speaker, and honor a student of the month and year, police officer and fireman of the year. Charities: Jenkins Boys & Girls Club; Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Guest are welcome Mondays, 12-1 p.m.. 912-441-6559. Savannahexchange.org. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. 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. ongoing. 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah. org. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

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

A free creative writing group for writers of poetry, prose, or undefinable creative ventures. Meets every other Wednesday. Discussion of exercises, ideas, or already in progress pieces. See Facebook page savinkslingers. Every other Wednesday.. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Islands MOPS

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

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-3086768. Knittinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night

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

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. 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 Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. athenapluto@yahoo.com. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future

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

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

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

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

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

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912748-7020. savannahnavyleague.us. Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, join the Savannah Fencing Club; $5/month. Experienced fencers welcome. Tuesdays, Thursdays.. 912-429-6918. savannahfencing@aol.com. Savannah Go Green

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

Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. barnesrestaurant.com. Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. Savannah Newcomers Club

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

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

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general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Story Games

A group that plays games that tell improvised stories. Create an amazing story in just three hours, using group games with special rules that craft characters, settings, and conflicts. Sundays at 6pm. free Saturdays, 6 p.m.. info@savannahstorygames.com. savannahstorygames.com. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Savannah Toastmasters

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

The Centers for Teaching & Technology will host the 8th annual “The SoTL Commons” conference in Savannah, Georgia. The conference has an international scope but an intimate feel: Listen to high quality presentations from nationally and internationally recognized speakers. Join in conversations and collaborations on SoTL with a community of scholars from around the world. Wed., March 25 and Fri., March 27. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Women's Leadership Conference

The theme, Women Rising: Moving Forward and Making a Difference, will highlight a number of relevant topics including: executive leadership skills; work/ life balance; navigating change; tools for success; developing 21st century leaders; and bridging troubled waters. Fri., March 27, 8:30 a.m. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Dance

Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays.

Adult Ballet Class

Spanish conversation table. Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month. 7:30pm to 9pm at Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull street. All levels welcome. Free. Purchase beverages and snacks. fourth Thursday of every month.. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

A volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. fourth Wednesday of every month.. 912-598-7387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

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

13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing)

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: Al Stewart and Dave Nachmanoff

With the release of Uncorked, Al and musical partner Dave Nachmanoff take a trip through Stewart’s musical back pages, both in terms of the musical catalogue (they did have nearly 20 albums’ worth of songs to from), and in terms of performance style. $30 advance, $35 at door Fri., March 27, 8 p.m. marstheatre.com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. Conferences

SoTL Commons Conference

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Beginner and intermediate ballet, modern dance, barre fusion, barre core body sculpt, gentle stretch & tone. Tuesdays.. 912-925-0903. theballetschoolsav.com. Ballet School, 10010 Abercorn St.

Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday's classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/ person and $25/couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Beginner's Belly Dance Classes

Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. 912-596-0889. edgebelly@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. cairoonthecoast.com. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

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

All levels and styles of bellydance welcome. Classes every Monday, 5:30-

6:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. $15/lesson Mondays, 5:30 p.m.. (912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. C.C. Express Dance Team

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

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

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

Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com.

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

A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ comcast.net. chakradance.com/. synergisticbodies.com. 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. reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom Series Group Class

A group ballroom dance class for beginners through advanced. Rumba, Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Samba, and more. Singles or couples. $10.00 per person or $35 for 4 weeks (per person) Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class

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Do the hustle! A New York style Disco Hustle group class taught by Jos'eh Marion, a professional ballroom dance instructor. Sundays at 5pm. Call for pricing. Sundays, 5 p.m.. 843-290-6174. Trudancer@gmail.com. ymcaofcoastalga. org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer

Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the "Little Movers" class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-6526780. sdavis@chathamcounty.org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson

Group dance lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesday: fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday: advanced elements. $15/person $25/ couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8 p.m.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Home Cookin' Cloggers

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-7480731. 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. Wednesdays.. 912-704-2052. prideofirelandga@gmail.com. Kids/Youth Dance Class

Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast- Dance Fitness designed by Louis Van Amstel from DWTS

Created by world renowned dancer and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Fridays, 10-11 a.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Line Dancing

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Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty

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

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

Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. Tuesdays.. salsasavannah.com. Salsa Night

Come and shake it to the best latin grooves and bachata the night away in Pooler where it's cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. medi.tavern314@ gmail.com. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Savannah Shag Club

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

of the chakras is necessary. Limited to 12 participants – email to reserve a spot today! $20 Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@comcast. net. anahatahealingarts.com/healingaha/. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

Beauty in Balance: Classic design with a contemporary twist

Join Savannah interior designer Anne Hagerty as she reveals the secrets of harmoniously blending the old and new. Anne has found that although each project is as unique as its owner, there are some common principles she draws on when designing, whether she’s bringing a modern motif to one of Savannah’s historic homes or creating a traditional feel in a modern commercial space. In this seminar, she will teach how you, too, can create beautiful interiors that incorporate both the classic and the contemporary. Fri., March 27, 9:30-11 a.m. Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, 105 E. Bay St. Bonaventure After Hours: Stories, Nightfall & More!

Savannah's only after-hours cemetery event, in this riverside Victorian cemetery. $35 Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.. 912-319-5600. info@bonaventurecemetery.com. savannahga.gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb.nsf/ cemeteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. Bonaventure Cemetary Walking Tour

Join the Bonaventure Historical Society for a guided walking tour of Bonaventure ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Cemetery, highlighting the beautiful flora Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. and a few of the residents of Savannah’s Sizzle: Dance and Cardio famous necropolis. Bonaventure CemA class designed to maintain that summer etery has been named by CNNtravel.com body by dancing and having fun. Incoras the second most beautiful cemetery in porates dance and cardio to fun, spicy the United States and the fifth most beausongs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 tiful in the world. Stroll among centuriesTuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-312-3549. old azaleas, camellias and moss-draped reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebaile- live oaks, learning about their history and dancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance the history of Savannah’s most beautiful Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. garden-style cemetery. Sat., March 28, 9 West Coast Swing Class a.m.-noon & 10 a.m.-1 p.m. savannahga. Instructor Rick Cody teaches the smooth gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb.nsf/cemrhythms of beach music and west coast eteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure swing. $12 drop in fee or $35 for 4 weeks Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. CGIC Community Conversations: Education Wednesdays, 7 p.m.. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salonde- The Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition (CGIC), a group of community members bailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile and advocates working together in a Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial comprehensive, coordinated approach for Drive. planning and accountability, is soliciting public input on multiple topics to develop Events 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & a comprehensive, long-term strategic Gardens plan for Savannah and Chatham County. The tour offers a rare opportunity to Tue., March 31, 9-10:30 a.m. uwce.org/. enter some of Savannah’s finest private United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St. homes and admire the special furnishings CGIC Community Conversations: Safety The Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition that have been treasured by families for (CGIC), a group of community members generations but seldom seen by visitors. and advocates working together in a $30-$40 March 26-29. Awaken with Chakradance™ - Thursdays comprehensive, coordinated approach for Join us for a free-flowing, meditative planning and accountability, is soliciting dance and experience the healing power public input on multiple topics to develop of Chakradance™. With eclectic music a comprehensive, long-term strategic selected to resonate with each speplan for Savannah and Chatham County. cific chakra, along with guided imagery, Tue., March 31, 12-1:30 p.m. uwce.org/. Chakradance™ will take you on a spiritual United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St. Civil War Trust Volunteer Day journey, free the energy in your body and Make a difference at historic Fort McAlopen you to a deeper experience of life. lister and join other volunteers around No dance experience or prior knowledge Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing

the country as they assist park rangers with cleanup and maintenance projects. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers. No park pass required. This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine. Volunteer activities can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings. Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Columbus Replica Ships

The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Savannah for a week. Archaeology magazine called the Nina “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. $8 Through March 30. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Critical Mass Savannah

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

Elaya Vaughn Trunk Show with her newest collection of bridal gowns available only during Pop-Up Shop from Saturday, March 28th to Saturday, April 4th. Collection can be seen at elayavaughn.com. All designer gown purchases during event will receive a 10% discount. Appointment Only. To book an appointment with us go to Ivoryandbeau.com March 28-April 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 912-200-4794. ivoryandbeau@ gmail.com. ivoryandbeau.com/p/events. html. ivoryandbeau.com. Ivory and Beau, 7302 Abercorn St Suite 1B. Flannery O'Connor Parade and Street Fair

This lively annual celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O'Conner's 90th birthday will offer family fun, live music and more. Attendees are invited to walk in the parade, bring handmade signs, and sing along. Live music throughout the event will be provided by a cavalcade of singer songwriters and musicians from some of Savannah's finest local bands. Costumes inspired by Flannery O'Conner characters, settings, or the author’s life are encouraged but optional. Free Sun., March 29, 1-4 p.m. 912-233-6014. Lafayette Square, Abercorn and East Macon Streets. Free Tax Preparation

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation assistance and e-filing of both federal and state returns for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Southwest Chatham Library,


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14097 Abercorn St. The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation assistance and e-filing of both federal and state returns for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. liveoakpl.org. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St.

Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

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

Three separate days of touring different areas of historic downtown Savannah. Experience the different time periods and cultures that have come to call Savannah home. Thu., March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., March 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., March 29, 12-5 p.m. Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, 105 E. Bay St. Kiss a Pig Night

Fri., March 27. Tradewinds Casino Cruise, 8010 HIGHWAY 80 EAST. Lecture: We Know Some Things They Did Not

Student Success Coordinator and Academic Advisor Grace Fleming will be joined by Armstrong student August Pritchett for a lunchtime lecture regarding women’s empowerment. Mon., March 30, noon. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Lecture: Women in Mathematics

Dr. Sabrina Hessinger from the Department of Mathematics will give a lunchtime lecture recounting the historical accomplishments of female mathematicians, entitled "Women in Mathematics: Celebrating accomplishments since 360 A.D. and an honest look at the reasons for persistent under-representation." Wed., March 25, noon. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Literacy and Math Workshop for Parents

Learn hands-on strategies that you can do at home with your children in math and reading. K-8th grade. Free materials. Free Thu., March 26, 5:30-7 p.m. 912395-1082. debbie.burnette@sccpss.com. savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/ hodge/default.aspx. Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary, 975 Clinch St. Masterful Centerpieces

A floral designer working with a background in graphic and interior design, Anissa Manzo Goeken will present a demonstration on creating masterful centerpieces. Her childhood love for flowers, natural beauty and design has translated into Anissa’s business as she is the owner of Urban Poppy, Savannah’s very own full service bridal boutique dedicated to providing the most beautiful floral arrangements and creative decor for a bride’s

most memorable day. She believes flowers are the loveliest way to capture the living beauty of any special occasion. Thu., March 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, 105 E. Bay St. Oliver Maner "A Shot in the Dark" Charity Sporting Clays

Benefits the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The Center offers comprehensive services to promote independence with dignity and confidence for those who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, contact Leslie Eatherly at 912-236-4473. $600 per 4 person team/100 clays per person Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 912-236-4473. leatherly@savannahcblv.org. Forest City Gun Club, 9203 Ferguson Avenue. The original Midnight Tour

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

Armstrong State University will host a rally downtown in Johnson Square, with The Pinyan Company serving as the presenting sponsor. Armstrong alumni, students, faculty, staff, supporters, and community members will gather to highlight the university’s 2014-15 fundraising successes and to celebrate Armstrong’s relationship with the Savannah community. Shuttle service to and from Armstrong’s main campus will be available for the duration of the event. The festivities will include a pirate photo booth, lunch, music, games, Leopold’s ice cream and more. Free and open to the public Fri., March 27, 11 a.m. Johnson Square, Bull & St. Julian Sts. PBJ Pantry

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

Join the Port City Cultural Alliance to discuss how to keep working towards the ideal community in Savannah. $5 suggested donation Thu., March 26, 7 p.m. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Revenu Grand Opening

Network with other Revenu (formerly Nubarter) members and meet new friends. Browse the showroom, including a limited selection of ladies' shoes, and enjoy beverages and appetizers. Mon., March 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. jacquie.marks@ revenu.biz. Revenu, 200 Commercial Court, Suite C. Savannah Book Club for Professional Women

This book club will meet once a month March - June 2015 to discuss four books on the topic of effective workplace communication for women. Email savbookclub@gmail.com to sign up. Registration ends March 1. $20 Thu., March 26, 7 p.m. thecreativecoast.org. Creative Coast, 415 W. Boundary St. Savannah Storytellers

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

Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens presents: Ruby Jubilee: 80th Anniversary Celebration

The Savannah Tour of Homes began in the post-Depression era in 1935 to feed Savannah’s hungry. Having continued its mission work now for 80 years, the Tour is throwing a special celebration to honor past Chairs on its 80th Anniversary, also known as the “ruby anniversary.” This exclusive gala celebration is black-tie-optional and will feature a delectable array of hors d’oeuvres and live music in one of Savannah’s most beautiful venues, the Green Meldrim House, which was a featured home on one of the very first Tours. Sat., March 28, 6-9 p.m. gardenclubofsavannah.org. Green Meldrim House, 14West Macon St. Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice

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

Savannah's first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah's first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco.com. southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Southbound Brewery Tours and Tastes

Savannah's first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. So come hangout at the brewery, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah's first craft brewery! Free Wednesdays-Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco.com. southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Tea at Mrs. Davenport's

Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum. Patrons will tour areas of the historic home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. Limited attendance; reservations required. $18 adults, $14 kids Thursdays, Fridays, 4:15 p.m.. 912-236-8097. davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. Tony Cope Book Signing

Author Tony Cope signs copies of his new book, Stealing Stones. Wed., March 25, 7:30 p.m. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

Festivals

Outdoor Arts Festival

A fun-filled one-day event filled with arts activities for the entire family, including kids' art, music, theatre, and dance activities. The artwork of faculty, students and alumni will be available for purchase. Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. finearts. armstrong.edu. Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Savannah Asian Cultural Festival

Celebrate Asian heritage with an Indian dance troupe performance on Friday and a festival on Burnett Lawn on Saturday. March 27-28. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Fitness

$6 Community Yoga Classes

Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $6. All proceeds support local organizations. See schedule online for details. Most classes are heated to 90 degrees. Bring a yoga mat, towel and some water. $6 $5 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 349-2756. info@savannahpoweryoga.com. savannahpoweryoga. com. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $6 Community Meditation Classes

Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. Sundays, 6-7 p.m. gconartist@earthlink. net. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Al-Anon Family Groups

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

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Beastmode Fitness Group Training

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

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

Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing.

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egs5719@aol.com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Krav Maga / Tactical Self Defense:

Dynamic Defensive Tactics combines the Israeli self defense techniques of Krav Maga with tactical fighting concepts. This is NOT a martial art but a no nonsense approach to self defense. With over 37 years of experience, Roger D'Onofrio will teach you solutions, which are aggressive, simple and effective, to the violent situations of today. Note: these are private sessions for adults only. ongoing. 912308-7109. ddt_910@yahoo.com. Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

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

Every Thursday. 9:30am-10:15am Toddler Class. 12pm-1pm Adult Lunch Break Dance Class. 1:30pm-2:30pm Super Seniors Workout. 5:30pm-6:15pm Youth African Dance Fitness (ages 6-12). 6:30pm7:30pm Adult African Dance Fitness. Wear comfortable clothing. Free and open to the public. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.. 912-652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Free Yoga for Cancer Patients

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Dude's Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Happy Hour Boot Camp Classes

Amanda Jessop, certified strength and conditioning specialist, teaches classes for those who enjoy challenging and fun workouts and have goals to lose weight, tone up, or get in shape for the new year. Different packages available: Classes start out at $8 Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.. 832-470-2257. amanda@channelyourinnerathlete.com. channelyourinnerathlete.com/work-with-me/sportsconditioning-boot-camp/. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West.

Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

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run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-5982300. gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Insanity Workout Group Class

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

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

A cardio-based workout class designed to get students fit while having fun. Latin style dances like cha cha, samba, jive, rumba, salsa. No partner necessary. Workout clothes required. $10 drop in or $80 for 10 classes Mondays, 6 p.m.. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Living Smart Fitness Club

St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. New Fitness Classes all Month Long!

Nonstop Fitness wants you, family, and your friends to come out and try out everything our Gym has to offer. We are 24/7 with a full gym, showers, two tanning beds, sauna, spray tanning, Personal Training, tanning lotions, sports and weight loss nutrition, a 90 day Challenge, and Group Fitness Classes. We have morning and afternoon classes like Piyo, Warrior Workout, Insanity, SPIN, and more. Per Class/ Day pass at door Through March 31. 912-349-9402. Kristi@ nonstopfitness.com. https://facebook. com/NonstopFitnessSav. nonstopfitness-

sav.com. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Nonstop Fitness Spin Class

Join us every Thursday at 5:30pm for Spin. Space is limited, please call 912-349-4902 to reserve your spot and to inquire about our other classes. 10 classes for $50 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912-349-4902. kristi@nonstopfitnesssav.com. nonstopfitnesssav.com. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Pilates Classes

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

Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912704-7650. ann@aikyayoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Classes

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

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. ongoing. Rock'n Body Fitness Bootcamp

Ultimate outdoor power workout! Group physical training program conducted by former military personnel. Build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals lasting approx. 45 minutes. First Class FREE Mondays-Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-675-0952. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp@gmail.com. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp.com. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Ronin Academy Self Defense Classes

A short course in simple self defense techniques for adults. Uses real life scenarios designed to provide greater self confidence and empowerment. Fees vary. Every 3 days. michael@roninacad.com. roninacad.com. aikidosavannah.com/. Aikido Center of Savannah, 5500 White Bluff Rd. Ladies Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

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

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

Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. savystrider.com. SIZZLE- Dance Cardio

The hottest cardio class to keep or get you in shape for summer. Sizzle is designed to give you cardio, strengthening, and stretch training that you need for that bikini body. Enroll now and get the first class free. $10.00 or $80 for 10 classes Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout

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

Jump start your fitness in 14 days. Fitness testing, workouts from 2 certified personal trainers, home workout DVD, 2 week sample meal plan. Sessions at 6am or 5:30pm, Monday - Friday. Space is limited. Use code FITNOW to get $20 off. 99.00 Through March 28, 2-4 p.m. 912-226-3848. info@frazierfamilyfitness. com. frazierfamilyfitness.com/ultimatefitness-boot-camp.html. frazierfamilyfitness.com. Frazier Family Fitness, 5 Van Nuys Blvd. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba Fitness (R) with April

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

Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens presents: Lunch at the Lady & Sons

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ladyandsons.com. The Lady and Sons, 102 West Congress St. Sip & Smoke

Savannah Aviation presents a night of great food, music, and top-shelf bourbons. Admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, featured bourbons, beer and wine, music, cigar and door prizes. 21 and over only. $55 March 27, 6-9 p.m. savannahaviation.com. Savannah Aviation, 34 Hangar Road. Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens presents: Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes'

Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, a truly local institution, is an absolute must when visiting Savannah! The menu is made up of traditional Southern fare and is served in a boarding-house style. Mrs. Wilkes’ is only open on this day by special arrangement with the Tour of Homes. Mrs. Wilkes’ is conveniently located within the vicinity of the Saturday Home & Garden Walking Tour, so you’ll want to stop in for lunch and sweet tea. Space is very limited; advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. March 28, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. mrswilkes.com/. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, 107 West Jones St. Wilmington Island Farmers Market

Vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, honey, meats, poultry, granola, coffee, pasta, pecans, popsicles, ice cream, kettle corn, canned goods, body products, herbs, plants. Events also include story time, a musical guest, and other special guests. Free 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. wifarmersmarketpr@aol.com. wifarmersmarket.org. Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Prepare Sunday Suppers at Union Mission

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

armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/ Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering Information on bariatric surgery and the first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. for location and other info. ongoing. 912Learn surgical procedures offered, sup897-9544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga. port and education programs involved, and html. Living Smart Fitness Club how bariatric surgery can affect patients' An exercise program encouraging healthy lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. Free lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at ongoing, 6 p.m. 912-350-3438. bariatrics. Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical at St. Joseph's Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Enrollment Help for Medicaid and Peach- ongoing. 912-447-6605. Care

Parents can find the help they need to renew or sign up their children (ages 0-19) on Medicaid or PeachCare. Enrollment Assisters will work with clients through the process. Free and open to the public. Mondays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m.. 912-356-2887. Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive (facing Sallie Mood Dr.). Free Hearing and Speech Screening

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

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

In a world of toxicity, it takes a special water to bring us back into balance. We have that special water. Support your body for weight loss, increasing energy, fighting allergies and getting rid of toxins. Come see what this is all about. Bring the water you're drinking to be tested. Tue., March 31, 6:45 p.m. 703-989-6995. Coastal Empire Trading Co, 215 West Liberty. Health Care for Uninsured People

All Level Free Fitness Class

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com.

Ready to get your free workout on? Come workout in a supportive, encouraging fun environment. All Fitness Levels welcomed. Every Monday at 9:30am. FREE Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.. 912-544-6387. info@erigosavannah.com. erigosavannah. com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333.

La Leche League of Savannah

Bariatric Surgery Information Session

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

Health

Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy

Know Your Water

What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail.com. Anahata Healing

Living Well Health Fair

Your whole family is invited to join us for an afternoon of fun, food, free health screenings, resources and much more. Our 20 local participating vendors to assist our community in living well. 0.00 Sat., March 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-4364500. schenelle@freshfirehealthprogramcenter.org. freshfirehealthprogramcenter. org/events--news.html. Fresh Fire From Heaven Church, 3704 Bull Street. Mercer University Health and Wellness Fair

Free health screenings, yoga in the park, activities and prizes for the kids, and short seminars on health and wellness at the Mercer University School of Medicine Health Fair. Screenings and children’s activities start at 9am. Beginning at 10am, there will be a short seminars about men and women’s health, followed by a nutritional talk about “What’s in Season” at Forsyth Farmers’ Market. Each seminar is about 20 minutes long. Stick around for free yoga at 11am! free Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 912 350 1734. boryk_jm@mercer.edu. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. New Mama's Club

Fun new class with Ann Carroll. Time will be spent on a variety of engaging activities for mom and baby including some light yoga. $20 per mom or bring a friend and pay only $30 for you both. If you'd prefer to pay for multiple classes at once you can purchase 6-sessions for $95 to be used within 2 months of purchase. $20 Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-544-6387. info@erigosavannah.com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-264-7154. Prenatal Pilates Mat Class

Pilates is an important fitness regimen for prenatal women as it increases body awareness, addresses the pelvic floor, develops functional strength, opens tight hips and can alleviate common low back pain. Every Thursday at Erigo from 10am to 11am. Everyone's first class is free. Thereafter, $20 a class or purchase a 5 class package for $75. $20 a class/ $75 -5 class package Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.. 912-544-6387. info@erigosavannah. com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Kid's Happenings

Baby & Mom Yoga

For mothers with babies who are precrawlers. Moms learn poses for baby to help with digestion and sleeping -- and get a bit of relaxation, movement and camaraderie for themselves. $120 for a six session pass. Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.. 912-704-7650. ann@douladeliveriescom. savannahyogacenter.com. savannahyoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center Pooler, 111 Canal Street. Easter Eggstravaganza

Bring your family to Georgia State Railroad Museum for our annual family event, Easter Eggstravaganza. There will be train rides, and Easter egg hunt, and special springtime crafts and activities. Space is limited and pre-registration and pre-payment are required. $10 per person Sat., March 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 912-651-6840. mmartin@chsgeorgia.org. chsgeorgia.org/. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Irish Dancers of Savannah

Savannah's first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Adult classes available. Thursdays.. 912-897-5984. irishdancsav@aol.com. Miniature Circus Models

The Savannah Mall will celebrate the circus with an expansive display of miniature circus models in the lower level Burlington Court. Each model was created by artisans from Circus Model Builders International. There will be more than a dozen tables with works by members from around the southeast, including South Carolina and Coastal Georgia. The intricate models are all made by hand, with each piece taking several weeks to complete. Among the handmade miniature circus models on display will be a 1950 Ringling Brothers menagerie with replicas of wagons, circus animals and more. Free and open to the public March 27-29. savannahmall.com/. Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street. New Mamas Club

A weekly Friday gathering of new moms and their babies. Practice baby & mom yoga, do a planned activity. Dream boards, affirmation writing, personalized aromatherapy and other projects. $20 per session. Six session discount. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-704-7650. ann@douladeliveries.com. douladeliveries.com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Positive Youth Basketball Team

Tryouts for the Positive Youth Basketball Team begin March 14 and are open to 3rd-6th grade kids. The games are every Saturday from 2-4 pm. $20 per child ongoing. 912-604-2900. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Savannah Children's Museum School Year Hours

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Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

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

Learn and explore the benefits of Young Living Essential Oils for overall children’s wellness. We will be discussing safe and practical uses as well as highlight common concerns: immune system support, allergies, healthy sleep options, calming tension & anxiety, and the best oils for focus and attention. FREE Saturdays, 6-8 p.m.. 912-480-4345. info@erigosavannah. com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. LGBT

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Georgia's oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork.org.

Literary Events

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

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

The only event in Savannah dedicated solely to local authors. Sun., March 29, 1-4 p.m. thebookladybookstore.com/. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. Seersucker Live: The Off-Broughton Episode

Esteemed playwright Gregory Fletcher performs three short plays, performed by the Seersucker coterie, as well as local comedians Melanie Goldey and Phil Keeling, prominent poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, and Savannah's own Ariel Felton. $10 Fri., March 27, 7:30 p.m. Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. Midnight SpitFire Saturday Open Mic & Showcase

A midnight version of this monthly openmic showcase that incorporates music, poetry, visual art, and many other artistic forms of expression. Sign up begins at 11:30 pm. Brought to you by Spitfire Poetry Group, with support from The Performing Arts Collective of Savannah, Muse Arts Warehouse, DJ Doc Ock. $5 Spitters. $7 Sitters. Last Saturday of every month, 11:30 p.m.. musesavannah.org. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

fishing instructors, guides and professionals. $50 per person, $90 per couple Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-349-2352. riversandglen.com. Oldfield Plantation, 10 Oldfield Way. Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trip

To celebrate 10 exciting years of advocating and looking out for an important part of Coastal Georgia’s most beloved natural resources, Ogeechee Riverkeeper announces a new program of paddletrips , which runs from March through September 2015. In exchange for a small fee, paddlers who don’t own a boat can rent one and embark on a tranquil journey that boasts facets of exploration, education and relaxation. Each fourth Saturday, participants meet at 9 a.m. to acquaint themselves with the breath-taking sights in the Ogeechee River basin’s four sub-watersheds. Each trek necessitates about three to four hours of paddling plus an hour for lunch and features a guide who will share knowledge of the locale’s wildlife and nature. March trip: Morgan's Bridge to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal. Sat., March 28. Ogeechee Riverkeeper, 785 King George Blvd, STE 103. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority

Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Tea Time at Ola's (Book Club) Businesses may also recycle items on A book discussion group that meets the behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 4th Tuesday, 1pm. Bring a book you've 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or read this month and tell all about it. Treats call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. to share are always welcomed. Tea is dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. Walk on the Wild Side provided. Call for info. ongoing. 912-232Gay AA Meeting A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail 5488. liveoakpl.org/. Ola Wyeth Branch True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonywinds through maritime forest, freshwaLibrary, 4 East Bay St. mous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that ter wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays Nature and Environment live native animal exhibits. Open daily, Dolphin Project and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, ChristDolphin Project's Education Outreach Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd mas, New Years. Call or see website for Program is available to speak at schools, floor. New location effective 11/2012. info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. oatlandclubs, organizations. A powerpoint ongoing. island.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Georgia Equality Savannah presentation with sound and video about Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Local chapter of Georgia's largest gay estuarine dolphins and their environment. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month includrights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547Age/grade appropriate programs and ing guided trips with naturalists. Canoe 6263. ongoing. handouts. See website for info. ongoing. Savannah Pride, Inc. trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, thedolphinproject.org. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Litter Patrol understanding, stewardship, and enjoyFestival and helps promote the well-being Join Keep Chatham Beautiful volunteers ment of the natural world. Call or see collecting roadside trash along Johnny of the LGBT community in the South. website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. Mission: unity through diversity and social Mercer Blvd. Family friendly event with wilderness-southeast.org. refreshments provided (please bring own awareness. Second Tuesday/month. water bottle). No skills needed--just a Call for location. ongoing. 912-288-7863. Pets & Animals Low Cost Pet Clinic willing heart & helping hands. Commuheather@savpride.com. savpride.com. Stand Out Youth TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, nity service credit available. Please wear A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Upchurch questioning youth organization. Meets students, military and seniors the second Center, 140 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 31410 every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see and fourth Wednesdays of each month. FREE Sat., March 28, 9 a.m.-noon. website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 9125pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is do912-596-4308. keepchathambeauti657-1966. info@standoutyouth.org. stand- ful@gmail.com. https://facebook.com/ nated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). outyouth.org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 KeepChathamBeautiful?ref=hl. cvs.com/. See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin. Abercorn Street. com. tailsspin.com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies CVS (Wilmington Island), 150 Johnny What Makes a Family Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Mercer Blvd. A children's therapy group for children of Lowcountry Fly Fishing Expo Village. Operation New Hope GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice Experience a day of presentations, Operation New Hope allows inmates to seminars, demonstrations, activities, a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352train unadoptable dogs from the Huand opportunities for one-on-one casting 2611. mane Society for Greater Savannah. The instruction that will feature some of the 50 goals of the program are to decrease the Lowcountry and Southeast's premier fly

recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at www.humansocietvsav.org, and www. chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. ReptiDay Savannah Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo

ReptiDay Savannah is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, familyoriented fun for everyone. Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Sun., March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 863-268-4273. RepticonEvents@repticon.com. reptiday. com/savannah.html. aleeshrine.com. Alee Shriner's Temple, 100 Eisenberg Dr. St. Almo's

Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-2343336. caninepalacesavannah.com. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St. Religious & Spiritual

Band of Sisters Prayer Group

All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord." (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/georgia. Buddhist Meditation

Visit savannahzencenter.com for location, schedule & events. Teacher: Un Shin Beach, Sensei. Newcomers and all lineages welcome. Children of all ages welcome. Suggested donation $10. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Catholic Singles

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

All are invited to this Science of Mind community. Recognizing the presence and power of God within, and believing that this presence is in everything in the universe, unifying all of life. Welcoming all on their spiritual pathway. Celebration: Sunday mornings. Location: Bonaventure Chapel, 2520 Bonaventure Road. Meditation at 10:30am Service at 11:00am Childcare available in the "Funday School" Sundays. cslsavannah. org. Columba House

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building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with the city's young adults, college students, and creative demographic. Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm, includes dinner and a program focused on justice. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-228-9425. Columba House, 34th Street between Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:458:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. Holy Week Celebration

Festivities of Holy Week include the Palm Sunday service on March 29, Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion on April 2, and Good Friday's Tenebrae service on April 3. March 29-April 5. asburymemorial.org. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Maritime Bethel

"Sundays on Thursdays" worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City

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

Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts.edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. revwasson@ gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year

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

Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 912-308-8286. savbranart@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

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During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-3715209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline

Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church

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

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. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga. org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap

Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. distillerysavannah.com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

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

Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love – Unity is just glad that each person Sundays on Thursdays Worship Service is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service Thursdays. 912-826-0206. maritimebethe- and 11:00am celebratory service show latsavannah.org. The Fellowship Assembly what the New Thought Movement is all of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. about. Children’s church 11am service. Tapestry Church Unity loves all people, just as they are. A church for all people! We don't care Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. what you are wearing, just that you are org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of here. From the moment you walk in until Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challeng-

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ARIES

March 21-April 19

The term “jumped the shark” often refers to a TV show that was once great but gradually grew stale, and then resorted to implausible plot twists in a desperate attempt to revive its creative verve. I’m a little worried that you may do the equivalent of jumping the shark in your own sphere. APRIL FOOL! I lied. I’m not at all worried that you’ll jump the shark. It’s true that you did go through a stagnant, meandering phase there for a short time. But you responded by getting fierce and fertile rather than stuck and contrived. Am I right? And now you’re on the verge of breaking out in a surge of just-the-right-kind-of-craziness.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

If you happen to be singing lead vocals in an Ozzy Osbourne cover band, and someone in the audience throws what you think is a toy rubber animal up on stage, DO NOT rambunctiously bite its head off to entertain everyone. It most likely won’t be a toy, but rather an actual critter. APRIL FOOL! In fact, it’s not likely you’ll be fronting an Ozzy Osbourne cover band any time soon. But I hope you will avoid having to learn a lesson similar to the one that Ozzy did during a show back in 1982, when he bit into a real bat -- a small flying mammal with webbed wings -- thinking it was a toy. Don’t make a mistake like that. What you think is fake or pretend may turn out to be authentic.

GEMINI

May 21-June 20

In the spring of 1754, Benjamin Franklin visited friends in Maryland. While out riding horses, they spied a small tornado whirling through a meadow. Although Franklin had written about this weather phenomenon, he had never seen it. With boyish curiosity, he sped toward it. At one point, he caught up to it and lashed it with his whip to see if it would dissipate. This is the kind of adventure I advise you to seek out, Gemini. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. I don’t really believe you should endanger your safety by engaging in stunts like chasing tornadoes. But I do think that now is a favorable time to seek out daring exploits that quench your urge to learn.

CANCER

June 21-July 22

Novelist L. Frank Baum created the makebelieve realm known as Oz. Lewis Carroll conjured up Wonderland and C. S. Lewis invented Narnia. Now you are primed to dream up your own fantasy land and live there full-time, forever protected from the confusion and malaise of the profane world. Have fun in your imaginary utopia, Cancerian! APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. It’s true that now would be a good time to give extra attention to cultivating vivid visions of your perfect life. But I wouldn’t recommend that you live there full-time.

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“The national anthem of Hell must be the old Frank Sinatra song ‘I Did It My Way,’” declares Richard Wagner, author of the book *Christianity for Dummies.* “Selfish pride is Hell’s most common trait,” he adds. “Hell’s inhabitants have a sense of satisfaction that they can at least say ‘they’ve been true to themselves.’” Heed this warning, Leo. Tame your lust for selfexpression. APRIL FOOL! I was making a little joke. The truth is not as simplistic as I implied. I actually think it’s important for you to be able to declare “I did it my way” and “I’ve been true to myself.” But for best results, do it in ways that aren’t selfish, insensitive, or arrogant.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

No matter what gender you are, it’s an excellent time to get a gig as a stripper. Your instinct for removing your clothes in entertaining ways is at a peak. Even if you have never been trained in the art, I bet you’ll have an instinctive knack. APRIL FOOL! I lied. I don’t really think you should be a stripper. But I do recommend you experiment with a more metaphorical version of that art. For instance, you could expose hidden agendas that are causing distortions and confusion. You could peel away the layers of deception and propaganda that hide the naked facts and the beautiful truth.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Give yourself obsessively to your most intimate relationships. Don’t bother cleaning your house. Call in sick to your job. Ignore all your nagging little errands. Now is a time for one task only: paying maximum attention to those you care about most. Heal any rifts between you. Work harder to give them what they need. Listen to them with more empathy than ever before. APRIL FOOL! I went a bit overboard there. It’s true that you’re in a phase when big rewards can come from cultivating and enhancing togetherness. But if you want to serve your best relationships, you must also take very good care of yourself.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

It’s after midnight. You’re half-wasted, cruising around town looking for wicked fun. You stumble upon a warehouse laboratory where zombie bankers and military scientists are creating genetically engineered monsters from the DNA of scorpions, Venus flytraps, and Monsanto executives. You try to get everyone in a party mood, but all they want to do is extract your DNA and add it to the monster. APRIL FOOL! Everything I just said was a lie. I doubt you’ll encounter any scenario *that* extreme. But you are at risk for falling into weird situations that could compromise your mental hygiene. To minimize that possibility, make sure that the wicked fun you pursue is healthy, sane wicked fun.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

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happenings | continued from previous page ready and eager to have sex for nine hours straight. If you were a pig, you’d be capable of enjoying 30-minute orgasms. If you were a dolphin, you’d seek out erotic encounters not just with other dolphins of both genders, but also with turtles, seals, and sharks. Since you are merely human, however, your urges will probably be milder and more containable. APRIL FOOL! In truth, Sagittarius, I’m not so sure your urges will be milder and more containable.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

“The past is not only another country where they do things differently,” says writer Theodore Dalrymple, “but also where one was oneself a different person.” With this as your theme, Capricorn, I invite you to spend a lot of time visiting the Old You in the Old World. Immerse yourself in that person and that place. Get lost there. And don’t come back until you’ve relived at least a thousand memories. APRIL FOOL! I was exaggerating. While it is a good time to get reacquainted with the old days and old ways, I don’t recommend that you get utterly consumed by the past.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Some Aquarian readers have been complaining. They want me to use more celebrity references in my horoscopes. They demand fewer metaphors drawn from literature, art, and science, and more metaphors rooted in gossipy events reported on by tabloids. “Tell me how Kanye West’s recent travails relate to my personal destiny,” wrote one Aquarius. So here’s a sop to you kvetchers: The current planetary omens say it’s in your interest to be more like Taylor Swift and less like Miley Cyrus. Be peppy, shimmery, and breezy, not earthy, salty, and raucous. APRIL FOOL! In truth, I wouldn’t write about celebrities’ antics if you paid me. Besides, for the time being, Miley Cyrus is a better role model for you than Taylor Swift.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

Annie Edson Taylor needed money. She was 63 years old, and didn’t have any savings. She came up with a plan: to be the first person to tuck herself inside a barrel and ride over Niagara Falls. (This was back in 1901.) She reasoned that her stunt would make her wealthy as she toured the country speaking about it. I recommend that you consider out-of-the-box ideas like hers, Pisces. It’s an excellent time to get extra creative in your approach to raising revenue. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. It’s true that now is a favorable time to be imaginative about your financial life. But don’t try outlandish escapades like hers.

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Film: Mystery Leonard Nimoy Film

The Psychotronic Film Society planned to hold an 84th Birthday Tribute for Nimoy, but, as he just recently passed away, they have modified this to instead function as a Memorial Salute to his amazing life. The exact title of the selection will remain a secret until showtime, but the film is a rarely-seen feature from the early days of Nimoy's acting career, before he became famous as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. $7 Wed., March 25, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Film: Tough Guise 3

Armstrong’s Gender Studies Program will host a special screening of “Tough Guise 3,” a film exploring themes of male aggression and violence as means to obtaining power. Tue., March 31, 6 p.m. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/index. html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Sports & Games

Adult Coed Flag Football League

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

Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. savannahderby. com. Grief 101 Support Group

Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H. Savannah Bike Polo

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

The Hostess City Hellions vs. Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls play at 5, and the Savannah Derby Devils All-Stars vs. Blue Ridge French Broads play at 7pm. $13 Sat., March 28, 5 p.m. savannahcivic.com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Ultimate Frisbee

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

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soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912-3984014. savannahflipflop.com. Flip Flop Tiki Bar & Grill, 117 Whitaker St. Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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

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

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

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group

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

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

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

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

Meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the lives of polio survivors. Call or see website for info. Polio survivors and guests are invited. Free and open to the public. Next meeting: Sat., Mar.

28, 10:30am at the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion, 225 Candler Dr. in Savannah. Speaker: Dr. Judith Porter, pulmonologist with Southeast Lung Assoc.. ongoing. 912-927-8332. coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org.

Free and open to the public. Tuesdays. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga. org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

Klinefelter Syndrome/47-XXY Support Group

For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. This group is for children who have a loved Started by the mother of a boy with 47one with a life-limiting illness. WednesXXY. Email to meet for mutual support. days, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialongoing. amkw21@gmail.com. Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced health.com/. Memorial Health University and recurrent cancer. Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Debtors Anonymous Group addresses the concerns of adFor people with debting problems. Meets vanced and recurrent cancer survivors Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. from the physical, emotional, spiritual, See website or call for info. ongoing. 912- and social aspects of healing. To register 572-6108. debtorsanonymous.org. unityof- for a specific session and to learn about savannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, the group, please call Jennifer Currin2320 Sunset Blvd. McCulloch at 912-350-7845. ongoing. 912Eating Disorders Anonymous 350-7845. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Free, volunteer-led support group for Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. recovery from anorexia/restrictive eatMedical Center), 4700 Waters Ave. Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support ing and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not Group a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm- For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call or see website 8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. edasafor info. Located in the Summit Cancer vannah@yahoo.com. Asbury Memorial Care office at the Curtis and Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Essential Tremor Support Group Anderson Cancer Institute. Thursdays, 5-6 For those with the disease, care partners, p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth.com. family and caregivers. Managing the dismemorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health ease, treatments and therapies, quality of University Medical Center, 4700 Waters life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call Ave. for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. Narcotics Anonymous Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research PavilNA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-238ion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group 5925. Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call Overeaters Anonymous or see website for info. ongoing. 912-819- For people who are eating compulsively. If nothing else has worked, there is help. 6743. sjchs.org. sjchs.org. Candler Heart Savannah has 2 OA meetings a week: and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program Wednesday 5:30pm First Presbyterian Twelve step program offers freedom from Church, 520 Washington Avenue (at gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message Paulsen Street) Friday 6:30pm Unity with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. Church, 2320 Sunset Blvd. (off of SkidGeorgia Scleroderma Support Group away Rd.) Wednesdays, Fridays.. 912-844A group for people with scleroderma for 4524. elissabeam@yahoo.com. unityofsathe greater Savannah area and surround- vannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, ing counties. Meets regularly. Call for day 2320 Sunset Blvd. Is food a problem for and time. Lovezzola's Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. West, Pooler. Info: 912-412-6675 or 912Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 414-3827. ongoing. 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for Grief Support Groups locations and info, or call 912-358-7150. Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers ongoing. oa.org/meetings. Parents of Children with IEP's (Individualized a full array of grief support groups and Education Plans) individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Coun- For parents of children attending Chatham-Savannah Public School System seling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite who have IEP plans, to offer mutual H in Savannah, and appointments are support through the challenges of the also available in the United Way offices in IEP process. Email for info. ongoing. Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see amkw210@gmail.com. website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Parents of Ill Children HospiceSavannah.org/GriefSupport. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Meeting Backus Children's Hospital sponsors this This group is open to patients with cangroup for parents with a seriously ill child cers of the head or neck and their caregiv- receiving inpatient or outpatient treaters. Call or visit website for more informa- ment. Case manager facilitates the meettion. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. ings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health 912-350-5616. memorialhealth.com/ University Medical Center, 4700 Waters backus. memorialhealth.com/backus. Ave. Backus Children's Hospital, 4700 Waters Heartbeats for Life Ave. Free support and education group for Savannah-South Coast Parkinson's Support Group those who have suffered from or want The Savannah-South Coast Parkinson's to prevent or reverse heart disease and/ Support Group will meet the first Saturday or diabetes. One Tuesday/month, 6pm. Connect for Kids

of each month from 9am - 11am at South Coast Medical Group, 1326 Eisenhower Dr, Building 1. Contact James or Lou at 706-413-3264 or email: admin@gaparkinsons.org for more information. Contact name: James Trussell Saturdays.. 706-413-3264. admin@gaparkinsons. org. southcoastmedical.com/Search/ search_details_locations.php?location=1. Southcoast Medical Group (Southside Savannah), 1326 Eisenhower Dr. Parkinson's Support Group

First Thursdays, 5pm-6:30pm, Marsh Auditorium at Candler. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-6347. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Prostate Cancer Support Group: Man to Man

This group is for prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Meets in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 912-897-3933. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Pryme Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph’s Hospital,11705 Mercy Blvd., Meeting Room 1(on the 2nd Floor above ER entrance) at 6 p.m. An opportunity for people with MS and their families and friends to share information, develop coping strategies, receive support and become involved in community activities. ongoing. 912-819-2224. sjchs.org/. St. Joseph's Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. Rape Crisis Center

Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912233-7273. ongoing.

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Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-858-2335. sjchs. org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. SBC Toastmasters

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It's fun, informative, and a great way to network with area professionals. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. 912-663-7851. St. Leo University, 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite A. Spinal Injury Support Group

Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-8900. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Spouse/Life Partner Support Group

Open support group for adults whose spouses or life partners have died. Meets Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H.

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Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. ongoing. 912-351-2061. Elizabeth.brown@ bethesdaacademy.org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. Docents and Volunteers Needed at Flannery O'Connor House

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home seeks additional volunteers and volunteer For women who are on the infertility docents to help on Fridays and Saturdays, journey, or have the desire to pursue 1p-4pm, and for possible extended hours. adoption, and need support from other Duties: greet visitors, handle admissions, women who have been there or are on the conduct merchandise sales and help same journey. Meeting location: 217 E. with tours. Docent training and written 55th Street. Email for meeting days/times. narratives for reference during tours are Every fourth Thursday. emptycradle_saprovided. ongoing. 912-233-6014. haborvannah@hotmail.com. rello@aol.com. flanneryoconnorhome.org. Survivors of Suicide Support Group Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, E. Charlton Street. Dolphin Project Seeks Volunteers anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Dolphin Project needs boat owners, phoHospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal tographers, and other volunteers to help Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention Alwith scientific research on the Atlantic liance offer an ongoing support group. Bottlenose dolphin along coastal GeorThird Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss gia. Must be age 18 or older. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-232-6572. at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912thedolphinproject.org. 629-1089. ongoing. Full Circle Center for Good Samaritan Health Clinic Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H. Teens Nurturing Teens (Cancer Support) St. Joseph's/Candler's Good Samaritan Support group for teens with a family Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer member or loved one impacted by cancer. nurses, physician assistants, nurse pracMeets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call titioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical for information. ongoing. 912-819-5704. staff. The clinic serves people without Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Reinsurance and those whose income is less search Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. than 200 percent of the federal poverty Teens With No One to Turn To level. Call to volunteer. ongoing. 912-964Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned 4326. Hospice Volunteers Needed in Chatham and parents of teens. Park Place Outreach other Coastal Counties Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see Island Hospice, THA Group's nonprofit website. ongoing. 912-234-4048. parkhospice service, seeks volunteers for placeyes.org. Young Survival Coalition patient socialization and caregiver Young breast cancer patients and their respite. Also seeking nonpatient contact caregivers in the greater Savannah, volunteers who can contribute by providHilton Head, and Coastal Georgia area are ing services including, but not limited invited to join this group. Meetings include to, office work, crafting, sewing, light presentations from local medical commu- yard work, housekeeping, playing guitar nity and discussions. Meetings conducted for patients, and licensed hairdressin the Conference Room of the Curtis and ers. Serving patients in Chatham, Bryan, Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Sat- Bulloch, Effingham, Liberty, Camden, urdays, 4-6 p.m. 912-897-3933. memoriGlynn, McIntosh, and Screven Counties in alhealth.com/. Memorial Health UniverGeorgia, and Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, sity Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Charleston, Colleton Counties in South Carolina. See website or email or call for Theatre info. ongoing. 888-842-4463. kbuttimer@ Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood thagroup.org. thagroup.org. A fresh take on one of the most beloved Live Oak Public Libraries Volunteers needed to assist in a variety of Grimm’s Fairytales by renowned playways at its branches in Chatham, Effingwright Max Bush, this Kids On Stage proham, and Liberty Counties. Call or see duction is sure to delight an audience of all ages. Opens March 20 and runs for two website for info. ongoing. 912-652-3661. liveoakpl.org. weekends. $12-$15 Fri., March 27, 7-9 Medical Professional Volunteers Needed p.m., Sat., March 28, 3-5 p.m. and Sun., 54 March 29, 3-5 p.m. 912-238-9015. www. St. Joseph's/Candler's St. Mary's Health Support Group for Women Coping with Infertility or Who Desire to Pursue Adoption

Center, a free clinic serving the uninsured, seeks physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab techs, and patient care techs. Non-clinical volunteers needed to to schedule appointments. Contact Stephanie Alston. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph's/Candler--St. Mary's Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Now Searching For Hypnosis Volunteers

We're looking for volunteers to take part in a few short hypnosis sessions in order to examine and refine a few routines for an upcoming show in late 2015. We'll meet certain weekends in the upcoming months for quick, 1-2 hour sessions. Nothing silly, just strange and fun. Visit caitlynnbelle.com to take the survey and we'll be in touch! Every other Saturday, Sunday, 2-5 p.m. caitie@caitlynnbelle. com. caitlynnbelle.com/. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Pre-School Volunteers Needed

Seeking early childhood education majors, retired elementary teachers and/or community residents to help 3 & 4 year olds with language development skills. Mon.-Fri., 9am-12noon. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-0578. sjchs.org/1969.cfm. St. Mary's Community Center and Health Center, 812 W 36th St. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Share time and talents through the RSVP program of the Equal Opportunity Authority. Seniors 55 and older serve in various community organizations. Call for information. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x123. Ronald McDonald House

Help in the "home away from home" for families of hospitalized children. Volunteers needed to provide home-cooked meals for families at the house. Volunteer internships available for college students. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-356-5520. rmhccoastalempire.org. rmhccoastalempire.org/. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue. Specialized Foster Care Services

Lutheran Services of Georgia provides Specialized Foster Care services for children in the custody of DFACS and Department of Juvenile Justice. We specialize in placing children that are special needs including (a) sibling groups, (b) teens, (c) children with physical, mental, developmental and behavioral disabilities, (d) commercially sexually exploited children. We look for the best home to match the children’s needs. Lutheran Services seeks to provide the best support for the child and the foster family. LSG Foster families have been evaluated to ensure that children in care will be provide a safe and nurturing home that can provide care and attention to children’s medical, emotional, educational and social needs. ongoing. (912)228-7873. lmccrary@lsga.org. lsga. org. Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Lessons and tours. East Coast Paddleboarding, Savannah/Tybee Island. email

or call for info. ongoing. 912-484-3200. eastcoastpaddleboarding.com. Tutoring Volunteers Needed

Education majors, retired reading teachers or community residents sought to volunteer for a reading and math tutorial program for elementary and middle school students. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. sjchs.org/body.cfm?id=399. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Tutors Sought for Adult Learners (GED Prep and Literacy Needs)

The Adult Community & Education Program at Royce Learning Center seeks volunteer tutors to assist adult learners. Monday - Thursday, 5pm-7pm. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-11am. Classes at Royce Learning Center and at Wesley Community Center. Free tutor training. Email or call for info. ongoing. 912-354-4047. kmorgan@roycelc.org. Urban Hope

An after school program for inner city children seeking adult volunteers to help with homework, Bible Study, art classes, and more. See website or email for info. ongoing. urbanhopesav@aol.com. urbanhopesavannah.org. Volunteer at the Forsyth Farmers' Market

The market occurs each Saturday morning at the South End of Forsyth Park, from February through December. To volunteer, see website for contact info. ongoing. forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket.com/. Forsyth Farmers' Market, 501 Whitaker St., South End of Forysth Park. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels

There are seniors in our community who are hungry. You can make a difference by volunteering one hour a week to delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. We have routes throughout Savannah, so we can match you to an area that is convenient. Training included. Volunteers use their own vehicle. Gas stipend is optional. There are over 500 seniors on the waiting list to receive meals, and the number continues to grow. For more information, contact Lauren at Volunteer@seniorcitizens-inc.org or 912236-0363 Mondays-Fridays, 10:45 a.m. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. Volunteers Needed for the EOA

Share your time and special talents with others; join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of EOA. We need your help to help others. Through RSVP seniors 55 and older serve in various community organizations from 1 to 40 hours per week. Make your choice of where you want to serve from the many local agencies we are affiliated with. Qualifications are to be 55, want to enjoy life and have the desire to share your personal talents with others. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. The Yoga Room

visit the website or call for a schedule of classes, times, and fees. ongoing. 912898-0361. thesavannahyogaroom.com. thesavannahyogaroom.com/. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr.


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