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Week At A Glance

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.

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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

SMF: Chamber Music VIII: Brooklyn Rider

Celebrating its 10th anniversary together, Brooklyn Rider is one of today’s most technically accomplished string quartets, attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classic, world and rock critics. 11 a.m. Trinity UMC, 225 West President St. $30

SMF: 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, before embarking on an in-depth study of the roots of the Brazilian choro. 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $35

SMF: Recitals V: Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis’ cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim across the globe, solidifying his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of European classical repertoire. 6 p.m. Trinity UMC, 225 W President St. $52

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The popular Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio is showcased on this evening by the group Choro Famoso, featuring mandolinist Mike Marshall. 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $25-$65

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Thursday / 2 Concert and Lecture: The Emergence of Modernism: Art between the Wars

Part of Armstrong's "Moveable Feast." This collaborative performance with Drs. Benjamin Warsaw, Emily Grundstad-Hall, Deborah Jamieson and Steve Primatic integrates the visual and performing arts to explore the emergence of modernism. 6:30-8 p.m Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Free and open to the public. 912-344-2971. armstrong.edu

Lecture: Salzburgers

Claudia Christiansen and Anne Miller, retired educators and Georgia Salzburger board members, will discuss contributions of the Salzburgers to the history of Georgia. Come early to preview exhibits of life in colonial Ebenezer. 7 p.m Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. $5

Theatre: Orchards

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

SMF: Chamber Music IX: Bruch & Brahms

Bruch: Selections from Eight pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 83. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26. 12:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. $30

SMF: Josh Ritter

Folk-rock heaven. 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $22-$55

SMF: South Africa Meets the American South

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as “The Voice” in his home country. Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage. Riley Baugus represents the best of old-time American banjo and song. 6:30 & 9 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $35

SMF: The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff and Mike Marshall

Assad is a visionary composer and virtuoso pianist as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-tofuture unit Off The Cliff.

12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $25

Friday / 3 Theatre: Ain't I a Woman

Musical about the story of Sojourner Truth, a 19th century abolitionist. The play is presented by the J Rep Theater and is written by Dr. Ja A. Jahannes, directed by Gary Swindell, and choreographed by Muriel Miller. Starring are Lucia Jahannes (Miss Savannah 2014), The Chosen 7, and Kokumo Collective Dance Company. 7-8:30 p.m Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $15 912-695-9119. jjahannes@gmail.com.

Concert: The Honeycutters

Headed by Amanda Platt, the Honeycutters are an original country roots band from Asheville, N.C. 8 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $25

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how Acoustic Musician Magazine summed up the skill of a man whose concerts have delighted audiences for over 40 years. 8 p.m Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. $25 plus tax

Deen Family Book Signing

The Deen family will sign their books from 10 am to 12 pm. 300 wristbands will be distributed at 9 am for free. 10 a.m The Lady and Sons, 102 West Congress St.

River Street Art Fest

This year’s event will combine a fine arts show with live music, and interactive entertainment for all age groups to enjoy. The festival weekend will feature select regional and national artisans to display and sell their hand crafted works. April 3-4, 4-10 p.m River Street, River St.

Theatre: Fish and Grits - A Resurrection Story

A monthly art walk featuring galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids Art Activities. first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave.

This dinner musical will celebrate Christ's resurrection through dance, poetry and song, featuring Sankofa Center for the Arts students along with several other local Savannah artists. Southern style fish and grits will be served. 8-10 p.m Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. $10-$15 912-312-5353.

First Friday for Folk Music

Theatre: Orchards

First Friday Art March

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation. savannahfolk.org

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

SMF: Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

16 participants of the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar present latest compositions. 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $15-$45

SMF: Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Three is the magic number when you’re counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup. 7 & 9 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $35

SMF: Dianne Reeves

Returning for her fourth SMF appearance. 8 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $32-$62

SMF: Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus Two masters of old-time music. 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. $20

SMF: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors Formidable and distinctive indie Americana band. 8:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $30

Saturday / 4 Early Bird's Preservation Walking Tour

Take an early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah. Tours led by the Davenport House director who will introduce the personalities, structures and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden to follow. Davenport House, 324 East State St. davenporthousemuseum.org

Easter Extravaganza and Egg Hunt

This community event will feature free food, entertainment, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Last year, more than 4,000 participants hunted for 30,000 eggs. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill.

First Saturday Cars & Coffee

An informal exhibition of antique or collector cars, plus gourmet coffee at the old-fashioned price of 25 cents a cup (with a $1 or higher donation to the Richmond Hill History Museum). Car collectors encouraged to bring their vehicles, and lookers-only are welcome, too. first Saturday of every month, 9-11 a.m. Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. continues on p. 6

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First Saturday Hike

This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. $2 912-727-2339

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

River Street Art Fest

This year’s event will combine a fine arts show with live music, and interactive entertainment for all age groups to enjoy. April 3-4, 4-10 p.m River Street, River St.

Skidaway Island Marathon and HalfMarathon

Enjoy miles of perfect scenery, marsh and riverfront views, elegant homes and the Landings Golf Courses on this open course run. 8 a.m Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle. $110 last-minute registration

Spring Plant Swap

Bring plants you want to share with others, but having a plant is not required to attend or partake. There is no cost to the swap. 8-11 a.m Urban Folk Garden, West Boundary Street. 912-484-3045

Wilmington Island Farmers Market

This week is a special edition: the First Annual Healthy Living Day, with seminars, kids activities, massage, and yoga. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. Free wifarmersmarketpr@aol.com. wifarmersmarket.org

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SMF: Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

A collaboration of four extraordinary musicians. 3 p.m. Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $47-$57

SMF: Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. The band creates a universe of unexpected new music in a variety of native melodies and rhythms. 9 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd. $30

SMF: Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family. 7:30 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $32-$75

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13th Annual Gulfstream Challenge for Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity invites you to participate in a day on the links at one of Savannah's most beautiful golf courses. 11:30 a.m Savannah Quarters Country Club, 8 Palladian Way. 912-353-8122. facebook.com/HabitatSavannah

Tuesday / 7 First Tuesday Tour of City Hall

Discover City Hall’s history, architecture and art, while learning about their City government and viewing special rotating exhibits. Please pre-register. first Tuesday of every month, 12-12:45 p.m. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Free and open to the public. 912-651-6411. Lspracher@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov

Tongue: Open Mouth & Music Show hosted by Calvin Thomas

Music, poetry and spoken word on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. first Tuesday of every month, 7-10 p.m Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Free and open to the public. savannahcoffee.com

Wednesday / 8 Dance: Swan Lake

Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece, comes to Savannah in one of only seven stops on the Saint Petersburg State Russian Ballet limited U.S. tour. 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $50-$120 912-525-5050. lucastheatre.com


editor’s note

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Attacks enough for its business interests to have litjim@connectsavannah.com tle truck with foolishness of this nature. Since the days of Ivan Allen, William Hartsfield, and Robert Woodruff, Atlanta IT IS truly jarring that has a tradition of activist business and Easter and Passover— political leaders who quickly take the reins spiritual celebrations of when Georgia’s more retrograde bigoted side redemption and freedom threatens to show its ugly face to the world. —follow within days (They were more concerned with money of the revolting passage than morals, you say? Certainly a bit of in Indiana of a state both. People are complicated like that.) law allowing Add in the fact that Atlanta is one of businesses the America’s most gay-friendly cities, and the “religious liberty” to openly discriminate against gays and smart bet is that Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill won’t see the light of day. lesbians. Of equal concern in the long run is the In an odd way, it makes those holy days deep disconnect in this country between all the more fraught with meaning. religious folk and young people. As we go to press, Georgia’s own verThe Millennial generation isn’t only the sion of this odious legislation was dying largest generation in American history. a deserved death by asphyxiation in comThey are by far the most atheist/agnostic in mittee. However, as with most evil things, American history as well, forcefully rejecting it’s hard to kill and it ain’t dead yet, so stay religion in droves—no doubt driven away by tuned. by Jim Morekis

in exploration—has occurred within the framework of some societal construct acknowledging a higher power. That religion in a very real sense is the ultimate driver of civilization. It usually doesn’t work. Mostly I have to shrug and accept that the ugly side of religion has poisoned the well, and that these young people are, barring a major life change, unreachable by any church. And given abominations like the “religious liberty” bill, it’s hard to argue with them. But there are silver linings to these recent developments. On a minor note, for one day out of the year the internet took a break from bashing the South, turning its disapproving digital Eye of Sauron on a state north of the Mason-Dixon line for once. Much more importantly, we should take heart from the instant, loud chorus of disapproval directed toward Indiana. This hubbub, both in quantity and quality, is a most encouraging sign for the future.

The Millennial generation isn’t only the largest generation in American history. They are by far the most atheist/agnostic in American history as well, forcefully rejecting religion in droves—no doubt driven away by the sheer ugliness of the most conservative of American religious people. Georgia may have dodged a bullet mostly because Indiana was so quick to jump in front of one. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—hilariously, once considered serious presidential material in the Republican Party—signed the bill with smug pomp, only to discover within hours that a massive backlash was in store. Some high-profile concerns based in Indiana, such as the $4 billion software firm Salesforce, announced they’d consider leaving the state, taking their jobs with them. Others, like the hugely powerful NCAA, came under enormous pressure to also leave, or at the very least, boycott Indiana from any further national tournaments. It could have been us. Luckily for Georgia, we have something no one else has: Atlanta. A city big enough and dynamic

the sheer ugliness of the most conservative of American religious people. This complete mismatch of moral priorities has enormous ramifications for future American politics. And conservatives have missed that bus entirely, as they, like Gov. Pence, are belatedly discovering. It’s a subject of personal concern as well. I’m neither atheist nor agnostic myself, but as an alt-weekly editor I primarily work with and talk to young liberals, most of whom never darken the door of any church—unless it’s maybe to catch an Americana show at Trinity UMC. Occasionally I try and convince them that religion is one of the deepest impulses of humanity, and that virtually every major accomplishment in human history—in art, in science, in philosophy, in technology,

Never forget that a scant decade ago George W. Bush won reelection largely on the strength of gay-bashing ballot initiatives in key states. Those referenda against gay marriage— strategically launched in Electoral College swing states like Ohio—were intended to boost the turnout of religious conservatives in the 2004 election against John Kerry. They worked like a charm, and the rest, unfortunately, is history. But whatever happens next, the old ways are dying. Not fast enough, but as sure as the sun will come out Easter morning, The Age of Ascendant Bigotry is over. During this Holy Week to come, that’s something we can all celebrate, whether we’re believers or not. cs

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change—unless you’re doing it in front of the people who can help. The City had structured the workshop on If someone had told me a couple of that very idea: Delegates from every departyears ago that I would hop ment, from the police to sanitation to traffic out of bed on a perfectly engineering to Crimestoppers to the catchgorgeous Saturday mornall 311 network, presented themselves on ing to spend several their day off—in business casual, no less— hours inside talking for a no-holds-barred Q&A sesh. about traffic round“This is the way work gets done,” rallied abouts, I’d have Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson from the snorted chai latte out podium. “Information is power!” of my nose. He echoed the prevailing political battle But there I was last weekend taking the cry that Savannah is “the most wonderful steps of the Civic Center two at time, eager city in the world,” adding the caveat, “we as a bunny set loose in a salad to attend the have drama and issues like any other.” Neighborhood Leadership Training workOh yes, Savannah has its own special kind shop hosted by the City of Savannah. And I of drama. Not every municipality is lucky didn’t even know about the snacks. enough to have its police chief put away for Representing my ‘hood as Vice-President racketeering or have its poverty rate hover of the Lee Olin Heights Neighborhood stubbornly at 28 percent, after all. Association, I figured this would be where And come on, it isn’t everywhere that legal I learned what the hell it is that the second- consultants give themselves 1000 percent in-command of a neighborhood association raises with taxpayer money. Y’all know I actually does. I envisioned team-building have boundless love for this city and its peoexercises and Lesley Knope-level binders. ple, but Spongebob’s Bikini Bottom utopia I was also kind of hoping for an official it is not. (It is, however, the only location for badge, or possibly just one of those nifty the Census 2015 Test in the Eastern U.S. armbands that hall monitors wear. Have you filled out yours yet?) After perusing a lovely buffet of breakI expected hot topics, but as staff steeled fast sandwiches, I slid in next to interim themselves for an onslaught, it became eviLOHNA president David Tanner, a dent that the spiciest things happening here 30-something new dad who lives down were the chicken biscuits. (Of the 60 or so the street from me and has a contagious attendees, David and I were the only ones enthusiasm for community engagement. who didn’t qualify for AARP membership.) Our neighborly To listen to the association has softballs lobbed to the been laying line of city employees, low for a while, you’d think our most and it is David pressing problems are who recently illegal tire dumping reminded me and precarious tree of my official limbs. duties. We learned about It’s part of my the complex process job to report of how to remove an on such matabandoned car from ters, but I didn’t a public street. Somepersonally enter Mayor pro tem Van Johnson gets neighborly. one demanded to the deeper realms know whether ice cream of civic nerdery until a couple of years ago, trucks could be banned. when some out-of-town developers erected Lulled by the cordiality and free carbs, I some questionably zoned and undeniably forwent my question on why we can’t sue hideous Towers of Terror near my house. the shit out of greedy developers and instead It was then that I realized that complain- asked about the new traffic calming strucing loudly isn’t a super effective tool for tures near Habersham Village. By Jessica Leigh Lebos jll@connectsavannah.com


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Maybe being a good neighborhood leader means knowing when not to make a scene. Sweating your neighborhood’s small stuff may seem like micromanagement, a form of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. But there’s something to be said for discussing on-the-ground solutions for your personal, particular section of Savannah instead of having another hopeless conversation about the systemic apathy and buck-passing that seem to prevent the Big Problems from ever reaching resolution. These smaller concerns might be less sexy, but they’re just as valid as daytime drive-by bullet showers and failing schools, especially if there’s a creepy ice cream van broken down in front of your house. And because these tiny, manageable issues were brought to the attention of the City via organized groups, they’re the ones that will get addressed. “The neighborhoods that have a structured voice are the ones that get things done,” explained Ashley Helmholdt of Neighborhood Services. “We’re here to help train and build civic engagement skills, but you guys have all the power.” But are we taking full advantage of that empowerment potential? Of more than 100 recognized neighborhoods in Savannah, only 22 showed up at Saturday’s training, including Tatumville, Baldwin Park and Sylvan Terrace. Notably absent were reps from the otherwise active associations in Ardsley Park, Kensington Park and Gordonston. Totally forgivable, because Saturday. Perhaps if the leadership training had been held on a different day with less attractive weather, it would have been better attended. Maybe some people have given up on the official channels or just plain given up. Yet some of y’all are creating bigger solutions by dissolving the boundaries: After months of bullets flying around the streets, citizens of Gordonston are aligning with Victory Heights, Sunset Park and other nearby neighborhoods as the Eastside Alliance to share crime statistics and mount a demand for a police precinct (the closest one is currently on Whitemarsh Island.) Reaching out with a geographic and socioeconomic antenna, Emergent Savannah seeks to affect political change by bringing the city’s disenfranchised—and habitual non-voters—into the fold. Hell, maybe a few more of you will challenge the status quo by running for city council. The rest of us don’t need no stinkin’ badges to lead. We just have to show up for our neighbors, complain to the right people and not be too proud to sweat the small stuff. cs

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Lawsuit against City licensing could cripple key funding for public preservation By James Caskey

THERE are a lot of misconceptions about the current lawsuit leveled by a few tour guides who seek to abolish the City’s licensing requirements because they claim it violates their right to free speech. Chief among the mistaken impressions is the belief that all Savannah tour guides agree that the suit should have ever been filed in the first place. Many tour owners (like myself ) and guides, while still being respectful toward the companies and people involved in the lawsuit, feel it is a step in the wrong direction to completely dismantle the licensing process. Other aspects of the lawsuit target the legality of the Preservation Fee, which is a one dollar fee that companies pay for each adult on their tour (50 cents for kids), as well as whether or not one should have to pass a background check to work as a tour guide. In my 14 years as a licensed guide, there is not a single instance where I’ve felt like my own right to free speech was being infringed upon. No one has ever told me what I can or cannot say on a tour. I feel that Savannah city government is adept at many things, but they consistently fail in public relations, especially in regards to tourism. Some downtown residents have minor, yet legitimate, tourism gripes, especially relating to privacy and volume. It is easy for downtown residents to lose sight of the bigger picture, though: the huge, almost exclusively positive economic impact of our tourism industry during the last twenty years. To put it bluntly, tourism creates jobs, reduces property taxes, reduces crime, and vastly decreases urban decay. No one wants to return to the “wilderness years” before the tourism boom of the mid-1990’s. And yet the Savannah city government frequently fails to capitalize on this potentially excellent PR campaign, namely how they’re selling Savannah’s history and Historic Landmark District as a package deal. This reinvention of Savannah came with a price tag, but that fee has largely been paid by tourists, not residents.

The Preservation Fee, much like the Hotel/ Motel Excise Tax, is a vital part of the revitalization of our downtown. This was a fee designed initially to be passed on to the consumer (i.e. the tourist), not a fine levied at tour companies. A company wanting $20 per adult should charge $21, with $1 going to the city. Somewhere along the way this message got muddied, though, and the Tour Service Fees Revenue Ordinance now reads like a page ripped out of the DMV Charm School handbook. The way the ordinance is written it sounds exactly like a tax, though. The Preservation Fee is very important: it pays for vital upkeep of our precious squares and monuments. Last year, the fee generated almost $700,000 in revenue. $50,000 of the money generated went to monument preservation in 2014, and $60,000 went towards square renovation.

In my 14 years as a licensed guide, there is not a single instance where I’ve felt like my own right to free speech was being infringed upon. No one has ever told me what I can or cannot say on a tour. One shudders to think at what our sidewalks and historic memorials would look like if that valve of necessary funds was twisted to the “off ” position. The lawsuit seeks to do exactly that, unfortunately. By challenging the Preservation Fee in a court of law, these tour guides are in danger of defeating the very program which has enabled them to remain in business.

Tourists come to Savannah because it is picturesque; its beauty was bought and paid for, in part, by the same Preservation Fee they are attempting to eliminate. The city should have done a better job of explaining both the purpose of this fee, and how it should be passed on to the tourtaking public: Just as an owner of a brickand-mortar store has to spend money to maintain their property, tour companies should view it as a $1 surcharge to their ticket price in order to help maintain the Historic District. The background check is just a good idea. Getting a thumbs-up from the police might seem like a pain, but we want to keep unscrupulous individuals from leading tours. It seems perfectly reasonable to submit to a background check. After all, tour guides are going to be leading groups of children around after dark, and many of them will be handling credit card info. Doesn’t it make sense to know a little about their past? I’m not attempting to marginalize the frustration that these guides feel towards the current system. Many regulations of tour guides need to change. I, and many others, simply disagree with their flawed attempt at a legal solution. Tour guides are licensed professionals, and rightly so. It is not unusual for professions to require certification in order to ensure quality of service: doctors, lawyers, paramedics/ EMT’s, schoolteachers, engineers, and many other vocations all have such guidelines in place. It seems perfectly reasonable to expect potential guides to be able to demonstrate basic knowledge about the subject at hand, namely the history and layout of the city they represent. Encouraging tour guides to achieve a bare minimum of understanding is helpful to their livelihood, not harmful, and the City of Savannah has every right to protect its brand and legacy. cs James Caskey is owner and operator of Cobblestone Tours and the author of several travel books.


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The car doesn’t have to be the ruler of Pooler down if I were planning it. Once that lighthouse begins guiding cars and delivery trucks off the interstate, locals fear the already heavy traffic in Godley StaLET ME take you on a jourtion will become an ungodly mess. Some ney into the not too distant elected officials and residents are taking past. Close your eyes and steps to ensure this prediction comes true by imagine 15 years or so of calopposing Chatham Area Transit service in endar pages flipping by the area. in reverse. You see, in addition to attracting shopNow, picture yourself pers and semis, the outlet mall will also soaring above Coastal bring people into Godley Station to search Georgia. Eventually you descend from the clouds and come to a gentle landing at a spot the Famous Footwear Outlet stockroom for a size 8 in black, refold shirts after we paw just west of I-95 exit 104. through them at the Gap Factory Store, and Are you with me? Excellent. make perfect pretzels at Auntie Anne’s PretOpen your eyes. What do you see? Pine zel Perfect. trees. Lots of pine trees. And a Walmart Supercenter. Back then, this Walmart Supercenter was among the only shopping destination in the immediate area. Your entertainment options? The cluster of battered This is what passes as a sidewalk along one of the busiest secvideo game machines just tions of Pooler Parkway in Godley Station. inside the front door of the Walmart Supercenter. Hungry? Try the Some residents are wor- stores and restaurants. In fact, I’d wager The Preserve has a higher Walk Score, a McDonald’s inside the ried about additional tax ranking system that awards points based Walmart Supercenter. burden, especially when it on the numbers of amenities within walkNow, stay in the same funds a service they won’t ing distance, than many historic Savannah spot, but travel forward use. But even if they never neighborhoods, including my own. Thorthrough time to the present board a bus themselves, day. The pine trees are gone every person who does rep- oughfares like Towne Center Boulevard and the Walmart Superresents one less car backed have generous sidewalks and wide streets center has been joined by up at the intersection of that are practically begging for bike lanes, an an all-star team of stores Pooler Parkway and Benaffordable and relatively easy upgrade. and restaurants. ton Boulevard. The problem is Pooler Parkway itself, Ready for lunch? You And that brings us to which is unpleasant and dangerous to walk can sample delicacies from the most inventive reason along and cross. around the globe includWould you be comfortable crossing Pooler Parkway? How about with to oppose transit service: Sadly, those who oppose transit because ing distant lands like Italy children in tow? Some folks think buses will they worry about congestion and cost are (Olive Garden) and Texas make congestion even worse likely to eventually call for the widening of As it stands now, most of them will (Longhorn). Among your entertainment on Pooler Parkway. This theory requires one Pooler Parkway, which will be colossally be required to drive to work, along with options are an IMAX theater and, coming to believe that although transit has success- expensive and will make congestion even soon, a water park. employees of existing Godley Station busifully reduced congestion in cities around the worse. That’s why many communities are Much better! nesses and their customers. world, somehow it would have the opposite wisely abandoning similar ideas. Unfortunately, along with all this new Some of the reasons offered by CAT effect in Pooler. Now, let’s pretend it’s 15 years from today. development came cars. Lots of cars. opponents are predictable. The crime card is The most frustrating thing about the situ- When you open our eyes in that same spot, Folks who live, work, shop and dine in frequently played, not just to argue against ation is that although Pooler’s growth has will you see a desirable, prosperous, livable this area are already frustrated by traffic con- transit, but also to ward off bike trails and happened rapidly, there’s still time to learn community with plenty of transportation even sidewalks. This line of thinking regards from mistakes made in other places. There gestion, and it will likely become worse on options? It depends on the choices we make April 16 at 10 a.m. That’s when Ben Carter buses, bikes and hiking boots as excellent are plenty of good things happening that today. cs getaway vehicles, while ignoring the speed will shoot a flaming arrow toward the top can be made even better. of a faux lighthouse and officially open The and cargo capacity that makes a car a better For instance, people who live in The John Bennett is executive director of the Savannah tool for criminal endeavors. Tanger Outlets Savannah. At least that’s the Preserve at Godley Station or the Colonial Bicycle Campaign. Grand at Godley Lake can walk to nearby 12 way the grand opening ceremony would go by John Bennett

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Let’s talk about race, baby Indigo Sky Gallery hosts a conversation of ‘tender issues’ By Jessica Leigh Lebos jll@connectsavannah.com

The photographs taken by Craig Imar Butts in Washington, DC, serve as the background for Saturday’s panel. in DC, I’ve seen communities be much more energetic and outspoken in dealing with these issues,” laments Meadows, explaining that the discussion will serve as the closing event for Craig Imar Butts’ provocative exhibit of photographs taken at last December’s march for justice in Washington, DC. “I’m hoping that in the context of a gallery, in front of the art, people will take a different approach to the racial conversation.” The evening will commence with a screening of a video produced by Butts of the march in DC, after which a diverse panel of community firebrands will talk about how the national racial climate relates to what is happening on the ground in Savannah. “The idea is to bring together voices from various viewpoints throughout the city to speak candidly about this sensitive subject and by doing so to provide for greater levels of understanding,” says Meadows. The panel will include Butts himself as well as Armstrong Atlantic State University Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Maxine Bryant, who recently spoke about the need for voter re-enfranchisement among ex-felons.

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Also confirmed are beloved youth advocate Molly Lieberman and Alethea Raynor, co-founder of the Risers Academy for Young Men that operated within Hubert Middle School from 2008 to 2013. “You’ll notice none of them are politicians,” says Meadows wryly, making no secret of his frustration with the lack of effective solutions from elected leaders. Any conversation about race must include its intersection with education and poverty. Raynor, who has lived in Savannah since 2004, has spent her career implementing opportunities for academic success for underserved students and is still on the faculty at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. “It amazes me that people can think we can have a thriving economic vision in Savannah when the poverty rate is 28 percent,” says Raynor, who also serves on the board of Step Up Savannah. Adhering to former Mississippi governor William Winters’ adage that the road out of poverty runs by the schoolhouse, Raynor works to help provide examples of academic success of young black men so that more

can believe it’s possible. But racial disparities in discipline methods and suspension rates in the public school system impede those successes, and Raynor says those must be addressed. “It’s not a failure that we’re still talking about this. It’s a process,” she consoles, though she says the answer won’t be found with more committees and more research. “This isn’t about technical solutions. We have to be willing to go to the core of these issues and deconstruct what’s really there and put it back together again.” That may mean putting aside political correctness in exchange for progress when it comes to Savannah’s racial divide. “These issues are so tender and can evoke such fearful reactions, but maybe within the context of culture and art we can find the common ground,” says Meadows. “It may not work,” he adds with a laugh. “But we’re going to try.” cs “And Justice For All” closing event and discussion When: 6-8pm, Sat. April 4 Where: Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Info: galleryindigosky@aol.com

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The high-profile deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police have brought to the surface a reality that many have tried to ignore: Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, America still has a race problem. Here in Savannah, where the majority of citizens are people of color and police interactions are tense, it’s a topic that is tiptoed around constantly. That leads to few solutions, recognizes artist Jerome Meadows. “My experience is that Savannah doesn’t necessarily like to talk about these things,” says Meadows. “People tend to want to maintain decorum in a public setting.” The internationally-renowned sculptor founded Indigo Sky Community Gallery on Waters Ave. in 2004 partly with the intention to provide a public setting where truth trumps decorum. He’s inviting everyone and anyone interested in an honest conversation about race, poverty and society to a panel discussion on Saturday, April 4. The day coincides with the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Having grown up in New York and lived

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news & Opinion | environment

Talking with… Rene Heidt

She’s a captain, an environmentalist, an artist—and a sharktooth hunter By Orlando Montoya SAVANNAHPODCAST.COM

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CHARTER BOAT captain Rene Heidt motors past the last “No Wake” sign on her little creek coming out of Tybee Island. And she sails back in time. She cuts her engine to hear bottlenose dolphins breathe as they have for millions of years. She beaches her skiff on Little Tybee Island to listen to its relatively young 4,000 year old crash of waves. And, cruising up the Savannah River, she dodges our modern, massive container ships to enter another oceanic epoch. The age of the megalodon began about 16 million years ago. “They were like a school bus with teeth,” Heidt says. “They were at the top of the food chain and they were huge.” Megalodons preyed on whales and just about anything else they wanted for what must have been 13 million scary years for marine creatures. Jaws? Yes, the 53-ton behemoths had lots of them. Well, teeth, I mean. Their fossilized masticators now bring visitors from all over the world to this eco-tourism businesswoman, gifted watercolorist, turtle advocate and former architect. “I’ve been fossil hunting since we moved here when I was 14,” Heidt says. “It’s a passion.” Heidt also sails the more standard fishing charters. But unlike the wiggly things at the end of tight lines, the fossils don’t run or stay away. She knows where to find the Miocene and Pliocene goodies. “There’s certain places you look in a bank for fossils, like above the Georgia clay,” she says. “That’s where the fossils settle.” The Savannah River is a great place to hunt for fossils because people have been digging up its ancient bottom in search of a dollar for two centuries. We’re about to it again. A previous dredging actually created an island known to some as Shark’s Tooth 14 Island.

“People from Tybee have this ephemeral place,” Heidt says. “But I just go look on the river bottom when it’s low tide.” Old man Savannah also washes up whale bones and pre-Prohibition whiskey bottles. Finding something out of geologic time might take half the day. But as much as Heidt loves the hunt, she hasn’t painted a fossil yet. And lots of people know about Heidt’s art. It’s worth another conversation in itself (a conversation we have on my podcast.) A devotee of Andrew Wyath and Winslow Homer, she paints watercolors of coastal scenes such as marshes, lighthouses and all kinds of sea life. But so far, no megalodon teeth. “It’s difficult to paint something that people wouldn’t even know exactly what it is if they have it in their hand,” Heidt says. “I think at some point, I’ll eventually reach that level.”

Clockwise from top left: Charter boat operator and watercolorist Rene Heidt loves to spread the word about protected places like Little Tybee Island (photo by Jack Faller); Heidt’s watercolor “Giant Atlantic Cockle” is showing currently in the “Art of Georgia Exhibit” in the executive offices of the Georgia State Capitol; Megalodons were the ocean’s top predator for millions of years. Heidt looks for their fossilized teeth on river banks. That’s self-deprecating, of course. Her talent was good enough for the Georgia Arts Council recently to select two of her paintings – “Giant Atlantic Cockle” and “Cockspur Island Lighthouse” – to represent the coastal region in the state Capitol. Those and other collectable works of hers feature lots of blue, green and white, the colors at the edge of land and sea. “The edge is so important to me,” Heidt says. “When I was in architecture, and in painting, edges are so crucial, when you

turn from one thing to another, when you make that transition. And that’s why the coastal edge, to me, is fascinating.” Her megalodon teeth are at the edge of time. Her outings often take her to the edge of night and day. It’s like she’s sailing into one of her paintings. “When I’m out at a certain time of the evening… everything becomes like a watercolor,” she says. “The sea, the sky, the reflections, everything. I feel like I’m in a full, in-the-round color painting.” cs


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theoretically there’s no reason you couldn’t feed all Americans, plus the rest of the world, on things that didn’t used to have eyeballs. But all this has already been said, or rather shouted at you, by Greenpeace volunteers while you try desperately to get by them on the sidewalk without making eye contact. And it all misses the point. First, humans have been eating meat for roughly a bajillion years. As explained here some time back, we’ve spent eons evolving the teeth and the intestinal system needed to digest dead animals as well as celery. And I get the argument against the inhumane condi- experience suggests that as people attain tions of animals in factory farms. But, would it the wherewithal to eat more meat, they take even be possible to feed all 320 million Ameri- full advantage: in China, most notably, meat consumption has gone up 165 percent since cans (let alone the world) without them? — 1990. All the yoga teachers in the world are Kevin Schweitzer, Las Vegas unlikely to convince any significant chunk of SANCTIMONIOUS vegetarians cite sor- the population to give it up. Second, while the cruelty of factory farmdid tales of factory farms as evidence of the ing evokes a particularly visceral reaction— wickedness of meat-eating, and I concede all that documentary footage of unnaturally cutting out meat entirely makes a certain buxom poultry crowded into tiny cages is amount of sense. Compared to vegetables tough to dismiss—serious negative environand grains, factory-farmed meat is an inefficient food-energy delivery system: produc- mental impact is characteristic of Big Agriing a pound of beef is dozens of times more culture overall. The question really isn’t the merits of factory-farmed meat, but industriresource-intensive than producing a pound of whole-grain bread, but the calorie payoff alized agriculture generally. From a purely economic standpoint, for the bread is somewhat greater. there’s no disputing that both meat and There’s plenty of evidence that as long vegetables have become exponentially more as you get the right mix of nutrients, you’ll abundant in the developed world thanks to live longer if you limit yourself to veggies: coronary heart risk is reduced by 20 percent, technological advances. U.S. agriculture in particular has become the most productive as are colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. So

in the world due to farm consolidation, mechanization, and industrial techniques like factory farms. In 1960 the average American farmer fed 26 people; now it’s something more like 150. Consider our friend the hog. In 1978 factory farms accounted for 34 percent of hog production; by 1997, this had increased to 89 percent. Over roughly the same period, wholesale pork prices decreased 39 percent. (Retail pork prices decreased only 15 percent—somebody took the opportunity to get fat here, but it wasn’t the farmers.) The same was true of other U.S. farm products. The wholesale price of beef decreased 53 percent, the retail price 39 percent. Fruit, vegetable, and cereal wholesale prices decreased between 4 percent (navel oranges) and 62 percent (corn). In contrast, according to the food price index maintained by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, world food prices overall have gone up. World Bank data suggests global food prices were essentially flat (in inflation-adjusted terms) from 1985 to 2005, but have risen sharply since then. Today U.S. consumers spend a smaller percentage of their disposable income on food consumed at home than anyone else in the world. So let’s be clear: from an economic standpoint, industrialized farming of meat and vegetables has been incredibly successful at feeding people. But there are also plenty of costs that aren’t factored into those prices. As the industry has shifted from family

farms to large enterprises, livestock wastes have become more geographically concentrated and threaten air and water resources. Factory farms pump livestock with antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease among thousands of close-quartered animals, possibly contributing to increased pathogen resistance among animals and humans alike. Jumbo agriculture can lead to increased soil erosion, clogging waterways and contributing to flooding and contaminated water supplies. As anyone who skimmed through Silent Spring in college to impress a girl can tell you, runoff can also contain chemicals from pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that are harmful to the environment and to us. But these are negative externalities we’ll have to reckon with later—they don’t factor into the price we pay now. In practical terms, it’s hard to see how we could sustain current American meat consumption (annual per-person estimates range from 175 to 260 pounds) without cramming the animals in cages. If 1955 beef production practices were used today, we’d need 165 million more acres of land to produce the same output. It may mean our grandchildren will succumb to antibiotic-resistant whooping cough, but the idea that we can feed a crowded world with a bunch of cows chewing cud on a hillside is juvenile romanticism. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com

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news & Opinion | blotter charges in additional incidents are being investigated. 6 Detectives identified Myers as the driver of a stolen blue Ford Fusion from which (2 solved) shots were fired at the same person on the two successive days. The shooter has not yet been identified. “The victim of the Wells Park shooting, Four charged in shots fired cases, Kelvin Frazier, was not the intended target,” including Bull Street Library shooting police say. “He received non-life-threatening Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police injuries. No one was injured in the second on Thursday charged four suspects in three shooting in which rounds struck the Bull “shots fired” cases, including one for inciStreet Library.” dents in two city parks in January. The Fusion was located without wheels. Included were a shooting Jan. 29 in Wells Myers was arrested Wednesday by RichPark followed by shots fired the next day mond Hill police for theft by shoplifting and in Thomas Park “in which a library buildpossession of a firearm by a convicted felon. ing was struck; shots fired in the Cuyler He is expected to be served with Metro’s Brownsville area Thursday afternoon in warrants today in the Bryan County jail. which juveniles were detained; and a shots Detectives also charged a 16-year-old fired Thursday night in which three suspects male with theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, were charged,” police say. possession of a firearm by one younger Detectives have charged Joshua Tamil than 18 and reckless conduct Thursday Myers with aggravated assault in the shoot- afternoon. ing of a 28-year-old man on the basketOfficers heard shots fired near West 41st ball court of Wells Park on Jan 29 and the and Stevens streets at 1:47 p.m. and found attempted shooting in Thomas Park beside “a bicycle in the street, a male fleeing on foot the Bull Street Library the following day. and a car speeding away. As they began to He also has been charged with fleeing to investigate, more shots were heard a block elude police in another incident. Potential away and officers stopped a stolen Honda 2015 Sav/Chatham County Homicide Total through Sun. March 29:

17 Civic with three juveniles in exiting. He has been it,” police say. charged with obstrucThe driver of the vehicle tion, possession of a wore a holster on his belt. firearm by a convicted “A handgun was found in felon and tampering the lane in which the car had with evidence. been stopped. Officers later Another occupant, discovered the police car that Calvin Christopher first responded to the inciBrown, 28, of the dent had a flat tire but deter1800 block of Hale mined the damage was not Street, was held on arrs, Mye Joshua Tamil from a bullet,” police say. outstanding wargs otin sho two rested for An off-duty officer, Islands rants for false statePrecinct Patrol officers and ments and obtaining officers on a assignment converged to stop controlled substances. A Metro canine a vehicle at East Gwinnett and Pennsylalerted on the car and a bag with two other vania Avenue at 7:47 p.m. Thursday and weapons, including a machine pistol with arrest two of the three occupants. extended magazine, were found in the car. The off-duty officer heard shots in his Detectives also are trying to identify a neighborhood near Betty and Emory white Nissan sedan with a sunroof from drives in the Magnolia Park area and which shots were fired on East 37th Street reported a silver Suzuki speeding away. An Tuesday night. The incident was recorded officer located the Suzuki driving north on video showing a male firing at another on Skidaway Drive and stopped it when vehicle from the passenger window, but no other officers had saturated the area. reports of rounds striking anything or anyMarquis Demario Wallace, 22, of Capione were received. cs tol Street, was located by other officers Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestopseveral blocks away after he exited the pers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES Suzuki and ran. A handgun with extended (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020. magazine was found in a lane he was seen

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Researchers are now preparing a study seeking to confirm that dog slobber, by itself (and not just the psychological advantages of playing with and petting a dog), might provide human health benefits (such as relief from asthma, allergies and inflammation). Specialists from the University of Arizona and University of California San Diego point to existing evidence of the comparative healthiness of dog-owning families and suspect that canine saliva, like yogurt, may have unusual probiotic value.

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• India Justice: Since News of the Weird last visited the judicial backlog in India (2013), the problem has worsened. The open caseload grew to 31,367,915 by the end of that year — a quantity that, if all of the country’s judges, working around the clock, each resolved 100 cases an hour, it would still take 35 years to clear. Bloomberg Business Week reported in January that lawyers needlessly fatten the backlog with multiple filings, mainly to jack up their fees (and thus encouraging “extortion threats,” in place of “law,” as the preferred method of resolving disputes). • Death-penalty opponents have long sought a clear-cut case in which an obviously innocent person was wrongfully executed, and unsurprisingly, the great state of Texas appears about to provide that, in Cameron Todd Willingham (convicted in 1992 and executed in 2004). Since his trial, the arson evidence “proving” murder has been thoroughly discredited, and recently an excellmate’s 1996 letter surfaced — demanding that his own prosecutor comply with the sentence-reduction he was promised if he claimed that Willingham had “confessed” to him (and in fact the cellmate’s sentence was substantially reduced after he wrote the letter, though the cellmate later appeared grievously remorseful). Prosecutor John Jackson is facing a state investigation for not disclosing the sentencing promise before trial. • Elf Justice: Public policymaking in the United States is often gridlocked by recalcitrant ideologues, but at least administrators are not constrained by elves, as in Iceland. After seven years of controversy, the country’s Road Administration recently approved a new pathway near Reykjavik that had been delayed by a troublesome, 70-ton boulder in

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the right-of-way — which could not be dis- Zealand, among other countries. lodged because it is believed to be a “church” • Home Unimprovement: Recent cases for the country’s legendary “hidden people.” to add to the classic “Don’t DIY” Files: (1) The elves’ leading spokeswoman, RagnhilFred Horne of Columbus, Ohio, burned dur Jonsdottir, finally declared, to officials’ down his house in February trying to smoke relief, that the elves had accepted the boulthe bedbugs out of his couch. Only that der’s relocation (to the side of the road), one piece of furniture caught fire, but carryhaving “been preparing for this for a long ing it out of the house, Horne got stuck in time, moving their energy to a doorway, and the blaze the new location.” spread. (2) Near Darwin, • Four weeks ago, News Australia, in February, an of the Weird noted that a unnamed woman living in United Nations representaan RV came face-to-face tive opposed a suggestion with a snake and decided i’m in the final to open certain meetings to encourage the serpent to four to the public, fearing that leave — by lighting a fire it would only invite spectabeneath the RV’s floor. The tors in the gallery to throw vehicle was destroyed but, “mayonnaise” at the delegates. said the police superintenHowever, two months eardent, “we don’t know what lier (and unknown to News happened to the snake.” of the Weird), the Belgian • Supporting the prime minister, defending his Troops: Federal law procountry’s austerity measures, hibits foreclosures and had faced a group of protestrepossessions (unless by ers who had rained upon court order) against activehim french fries topped with duty military members, mayonnaise. but Americans would • Three months ago, News of the Weird hardly know that from observing creditors. highlighted a London man’s agreement to A 2012 Government Accountability Office pay the equivalent of $500 for surgery on report found at least 15,000 violations by a nondescript office-aquarium goldfish, to U.S. financial institutions, small and large, relieve its constipation. Subsequently, howincluding J.P. Morgan Chase (violations ever, veterinarians in Scotland (charging News of the Weird reported in 2011). In the equivalent of $750) performed cancer February, auto lender Santander Consumer surgery on two goldfish, and in September USA agreed to pay $9.35 million to settle 2014, in Melbourne, Australia, a goldfish charges that it illegally seized cars of 760 received “brain surgery” (for the apparent service members (some while deployed in bargain of $200). war zones) over the last five years. • Smash-Mouth Competition: Dentist Recurring Themes Leopold Weinstein, 63, was arrested in Feb• Japan may have its cat restaurants ruary in Camarillo, California, and charged (where loaner felines lounge during meals) with suspicion of setting fire to three comand even its penguin bar in Ikebukuro, and peting dental offices (one for the fourth London (as reported here a month ago) time). One victim said the arsonist even an experimental owl cafe (with specially drilled holes in the roof and poured in gasodomesticated birds perched on diners’ line to accelerate the blaze. (Later in Februshoulders), but not to be outdone, an entre- ary, in Hua Hin, Thailand, a 36-year-old preneur in Seoul, South Korea, guesses that woman was arrested for scattering screws on his Thanks to Nature Cafe will be a big hit a busy street in order to increase business — with sheep wandering through the dinfor her husband’s tire shop.) ing room. (After all, according to the lunar • Artists Working in the Medium of Silicalendar, 2015 is the Chinese zodiac Year of cone: Padge-Victoria Windslowe, a “Gothic the Sheep.) Owner Lee Kwang-ho said his hip-hop” performer known as “Black Madam” novel business model has attracted visitors who carried out buttocks-enhancement from Macedonia, Saudi Arabia and New procedures on the side (“thousands,” she

bragged) using industrial-grade silicone (and Krazy Glue to seal the injection site), was convicted in Philadelphia in March of the third-degree murder of one “patient” whose silicone leaked to her lungs. During the trial, Windslowe told the jury she had been called the “Michelangelo of buttocks injections” — though the reigning overachiever still appears to be Ron Oneal Morris, some of whose patients achieved higher booty-circumference numbers. (Morris is awaiting trial in Miami on manslaughter charges.)

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Too-Swift Justice: It is not unheard of for someone to commit a crime and then immediately surrender, usually for safety or the comfort of a jail cell. However, Gerard Cellette Jr., 44, tried to be even more helpful. Knowing that he would soon be arrested (and probably convicted) for running a $53 million Ponzi scheme in the Minneapolis area, he walked into a county judge’s chambers in December (2009) and offered to begin serving time. The judge explained patiently that Cellette would have to wait until he was arrested and charges were filed and a plea recorded — which would all take time. (He was disappointed but 12 months later was sentenced to eight years in prison.) By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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20 enjoy it. I love it. I started off playing solo— that’s how I got here—so it’s like going home. Do you have some new material you’ll be playing? Tons! I’ve been recording a ton recently and honing that up for a new record. What’s the process like in the studio?

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I decided I wanted to have a really fun recording kind of situation. Recording…I don’t believe it should be torture. It’s hard work, but it should still be a party at heart. You’re there with friends, and you have the ability to make a record and hope people will listen to it. It’s an exciting time. You’re in there at weird hours, and magic happens. You know how food tastes different in the middle of the night? Different and exciting? It’s like that. We made the record in New Orleans. I wanted to go down there and spend time down there, and I wanted everybody to have a great time. That’s really interesting. Did you choose New Orleans for the inspiration, for the vibe? Just the opportunity to walk out of the studio and ramble down Magazine Street in the middle of the night is just an adventure. That may not be for everybody, but for me, it’s super-exciting. What’s the new record like? Are you trying out different directions? I don’t think I’m really ready to talk about the record itself yet. I’m very proud of it; I’m expressing parts of myself that I’ve tried to downplay in my music in the past.

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of Bright’s Passage, a novel chronicling the life of a widower World War I veteran, his infant son, and the guardian angel watching over them. We spoke with Ritter about the making of his eighth album (release date to be determined), the writing approach of Novelist Ritter versus Musician Ritter, and the democracy of a good song.

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Josh Ritter has been counted among the world’s greatest living songwriters. With a voice distinguished by a kind of summery wear and compassionate ease, Ritter guides listeners through searing narrative lyrics that feel distinctly American in their So this is a solo tour? folk roots and, above all, piercingly human. In 2011, Ritter showed the world the Yeah, this will be me on my own. I’ve gotten 20 scope of his writing ability with the release to do a little bit of it in the last year, but I’ve

been missing for so long! What’s it like touring solo versus with a band? Does it allow for a kind of flexibility? It’s different. I believe that, to be really good in a band, you have to learn to play solo. And I believe, for my songs to be their best, I have to be able to play them by myself before they have any real credibility with a band. It is really fun to play in a band and have the rock going, but to be really sharp, you gotta play solo sometimes, and really

I remember hearing that you picked up guitar after first hearing [Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s] “Girl from the North Country.” I feel like that song’s a touchstone for so many musicians—what do you think it is about that song that so grabs people? At the time, I had no understanding of what folk music might be, or of what most music was. I think that, before “Girl from the North Country,” my favorite song was a Janet Jackson song. I didn’t come to it steeped in the mythology of the ‘60s. I still


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hold it very close, that kind of movement in music. There are amazing artists that came out of that, and there are equally amazing artists alive right now that are just so fantastic. With “Girl from the North Country,” what attracted me…I didn’t know Bob Dylan at all at the time. The song was so simple; it wasn’t trying to be produced. It felt democratic in the highest sense, where it felt like, ‘if he can do it, I can do it, we all can do it.’ That simple song, it was so beautiful and confident; it was punk, in a way. Do you think that kind of simplicity and accessibility is what defines folk music? I can’t speak to what folk is, but for what makes a song good, you should be able to sing it in the car on the way home. It should have some little moment that makes it memorable: “Two Hearts are Better Than One.” “Hungry Heart.” Everybody knows that. It’s not folk music; that’s just a good song. When writing, do you find yourself deliberately trying to make those moments, or is it more organic? I think about it like I have to assemble all the stones so I can carve it away. I have to block the marble and cut away at it. There’s so much stuff that gets used, wasted, thrown on the floor and forgotten about. I am listening for whatever rings my bell in whatever way. That’s why anybody should come to a show or buy a record; I feel like I have, I want to have, the trust that whatever’s ringing my bell is important. And that my bell will maybe catch someone. Do you go through lots and lots of material? So much! A large portion of the stuff is so bad. You know how some people burn their manuscripts before they die; they don’t want anyone to know about it? I want to keep it. I want people knowing how much work I did! You only have good stuff if the bad stuff is gone. I think that editing is the only way to treat a good idea. You’re a novelist, too; is it a similar process for you? I love it. I love doing it; it’s really fun, a whole ‘nother feeling of energy. How’s it different from your songwriting?

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It’s much more lonely. It’s almost like: people see you walking around, making lunch for your kid, but you’re working on this thing in the back of your head. You sit, write for half an hour, and it feels like you’ve gone to the beach. It’s the best feeling, a kind of rest and escape. It’s really great. I don’t think I bring the same kind of nervous attention to novels as I do to music. Do you think it’s carrying around this big concept, instead of these smaller worlds in individual songs, that makes [novel writing] so solitary for you? Mostly, it’s that there’s no audience. When you play a song, you can write it and play it for somebody that night; you can play it for the world, just post it up. With a novel, someone asks what you did that day; you drank a cup of coffee, looked at the dog, and wrote down some stuff! It’s so hard; when I go to my job, there’s applause involved. It’s difficult for me to not go a little nuts when I can’t show it to anybody. Do you ever workshop it? Well, I’ve only done one novel so far, so my first one, I worked a lot with an editor on it. I’m not a big fan of workshops, or collaboration like that. I feel like if my story isn’t good, it’s my story, and I have to fix it. What about collaboration in the studio? In the studio, the people I work with and other people, those people I consider to be indispensable to what I’m doing. I can write a song, but to really bring the full amount of life into it, I have to let people have their own ideas. In the end, it’s not fun to write all the parts yourself. It lacks the wildness and unpredictability of another person coming in and painting on your manuscript; it’s such a good thing. I really enjoy that. So what’s coming up for you in the near future? Got a timeline for the new record? I’d like to get it out this year; I’m going to be doing a bunch of writing, and, if I’m lucky, I’ll be traveling to beautiful places like Savannah. I can’t wait. I’ve driven through once and spent a couple of blessed hours there. But I really can’t wait. CS SMF: Josh Ritter

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seem unusual, but what Reeves is truly doing is keeping the heart of jazz tradition alive. “Jazz musicians have always taken the music of the times and given it a jazz sensibility,” she explains. “It was the music that moved them. This is the music that I came up with, my standards.” Grammy-winning jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper brought “Dreams” to the table. “I couldn’t believe he knew it!” Reeves laughs. “I said, ‘You mean, players only love you when they’re playing?’ [He said], ‘Yeah!’” Reeves’ “Dreams” is crisply soulful, smooth with an R&B beat bubbling beneath; it’s distinctly hers, but she’s skillfully captured the song’s original essence: the soberness of heartbreak, the dusty spaciousness of Nicks’ composition. She cuts to the heart of it, dissolving any preconceived notions of canon and tradition. Genre isn’t something to which Reeves subscribes. “I really don’t see [music] that way,” she says skeptically. “I can understand now that the industry has done that to make sure people buy this or that or the other. It’s a control issue.” That love of variety, particularly for world performing solo or with a team of varied Reeves worked with an impressive roster of music, goes all the way back to her childsupporters. guest musicians and collaborators, including hood and the record shop’s organizational Some have called the gap between 2008’s George Duke, Gregory Porter, Esperanza democracy. When You Know and 2014’s Beautiful Life a Spalding, Robert Glasper, and more. “The time that I grew up in, you listened “hiatus,” but Reeves says it was anything but. “I should have called it A Beautiful Life to everything,” she remembers. “Maybe some Though she may have taken time away from Experience!” Reeves laughs. “That’s what of the more popular records were up front, the studio, she was still touring and explorit has given me, and that’s what it was in but basically you were going through bins ing new collaborations. making the record. I was working with all in alphabetical order. It could encompass She is particularly proud of Sing the of these musicians who are much younger anything. Even in a concert, you could see Truth!, her collaboration with vocalists than me who were inspired by the music Ravi Shankar and Miles Davis on the same Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, and Simone that I lived through; that was our common stage, and nobody blinked! It was just music. (daughter of Nina Simone). What originally ground, where we came together.” I loved that part of my times, and that was began as a 2004 JVC Jazz Festival conThe array of people Reeves has had the my greatest inspiration. It was a really broad cert celebrating the music of Nina Simone opportunity to work with over the years is view of what music was, so I’ve always kept evolved into a touring production. something she cherishes. that.” The women so enjoyed performing “Collaboration is, I think the most powerFor the moment, Reeves plans to continue together and honoring one of America’s ful, intimate exchange that artists can have,” tour and begin writing her next record. She greatest musicians that they expanded the she says. “It’s an opportunity, too, because enjoys the process of delving into a new repertoire to include the songs of Billie everybody is so much an individual, and project, discovering fresh influences and Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Odetta, and other there’s nobody like anybody else. It’s like, directions, as well as revisiting old ones with icons of jazz and soul. worlds collide, and something beautiful is a new understanding. Maybe there’s another “It’s an amazing thing to see how many created.” GRAMMY to add to the mantle in the near young people gravitate so wonderfully to Reeves selected an incredible variety future, another step in her legacy. [Simone’s] music,” admires Reeves. “She of covers for A Beautiful Life, from Stevie As Reeves quips with an audible smile: always sung the truth, always, about the Nicks’ “Dreams” to a smoky-cool take on “I’m just staying open—doing my thing.” CS human condition; she was honest and Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” to a groovauthentic, and sometimes challenging.” ing and bold approach to Ani DiFranco’s Savannah Music Festival: Dianne Reeves The breadth of Simone’s work allowed the empowering hit “32 Flavors.” Friday, April 3 four singers to select a range of numbers to Often credited with continuing the traTrustees Theater pay tribute. “Nina came in so many ways— dition of vocal jazz, one of Reeves’ greatest 8 p.m. that was the beauty of it,” Reeves says. strengths is her taste for fusion, bringing $32, 42, 52, 62 For Beautiful Life, winner of the 2015 in reggae, soul, and salsa influences to her GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, sound. Such a broad catalog of covers may

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Diane Reeves is truly one-of-a-kind. In addition to her incomparable voice and its ability both float airily over piano strains and envelop a room in its soulful power, the singer took home her fifth—fifth—consecutive golden gramophone at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. She’s the only person to have ever done so. That’s Reeves: everything she touches is done with a down-to-earth sophistication and elegance. She’s grounded, with a steadfast dedication to her craft and drive to push herself to her highest potential. In a telling video clip from the 2015 GRAMMY Awards red carpet (pre-ceremony), a reporter is astounded to hear of the four awards Reeves already has at home. “You’re doing just fine!” he exclaims. “Yeah, I’m doing fine. And I could do better,” she coolly smiles. Even more fascinating is that, though her name is synonymous with jazz, Reeves is openly wary of genre and the corporate culling of sounds. She relishes the endless opportunities that exist in collaboration, the cross-sections of cultures, bringing up the times in which Dizzy Gillespie would bring musicians up from Cuba to perform with him. Her latest, Beautiful Life, is a per22 fect example of Reeves’ abilities, whether


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Hailing from New York’s esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han, Daniel Hope, David Finckel, and Paul Neubauer make a tour stop in Savannah to share a program of Romantic Piano Quartets. The players first collaborated in 2011 at Music@Menlo, the renowned chamber music festival; the chemistry was instant. Together, they will perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor; Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25. “It’s really special,” Han, pianist and Chamber Music Society Artistic Director, says of the collaboration, noting the virtuosic passages and timeless nature of the selections. Han advises that the evening is a great introduction to chamber music, and one that seasoned fans will embrace, as well. “This is a piece that, if you don’t know chamber music, you will fall in love with,” she asserts. “The rhythm, the melody, the variety!” Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors Han particularly relishes the Brahms selection. “It’s a real barnburner of a piece,” Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors @Ships of the Sea North Garden she says. “If people don’t get up and scream Drew Holcomb, alongside Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield, and his wife Ellie Holcomb bravo, then something’s wrong!” spin gently rolling Americana tunes with gentle builds and a folky textures. The quartet’s March 1 and 3 perfor2014’s Medicine consists of 12 dynamic tracks of love, dedication, and encouragement. Even when the going gets rough, Holcomb has a way of lifting his audience up: “I never was mances in New York were recorded live and much for small talk/born with a heart felt heavy as stone/but I still love the sound of laugh- engineered by Grammy Award winner Dater/it’s the sound of hope keeping us alive.” Hong Seeto; it will be available in late April. Friday, April 3, 8:30 p.m. $30

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Ukranian band DakhaBrakha was founded by underground theater performers in Kiev, and boy, does it show when they hit the stage. Blending traditional Ukranian songs with punk-pop, Balkan influences, the result is an electrifyingly haunting performance: your eyes and ears will hardly know where to focus with such excitement across the stage. Clad in coordinating tall, fuzzy black hats and white gowns, the band employs of accordions, bass drums, cello, and mouth harp, joining in percussive chanting and close harmonies that will both mesmerize and entrance. With their melting pot of styles, we can’t think of a better closer to Savannah Music Festival. Trust us: you’ve never seen anything like this before. Saturday, April 4, 9 p.m. $30

Roseanne Cash @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Eldest daughter of legend Johnny, Roseanne Cash is a cross-genre maven, blurring the lines of country, rock ‘n’ roll, roots, blues, and pop. A 12-time GRAMMY nominee and one-time winner, Cash’s voice, strong and enduring with a bit of a quavering waver underneath, carries her songwriting in an entrancing manner. A sage storyteller, Cash drives us through the country, summoning an inner strength with lush language. “A feather’s not a bird/the rain is not the sea/a stone is not a mountain/but a river runs through me,” she decrees on “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” opener of 2013’s The River & The Thread. Cash can break your heart and build it all back in one evening’s set; don’t miss it. CS

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I’ve been talking about Lucinda Wila thumb pick as she fingerpicked and pullliams’ show nonstop since Friday: to fellow ing up-tempo, brassier notes by strumming attendees, to people who have never heard higher up the neck. of the singer-songwriter, to everyone. At times, it sounded like Williams’ voice It was the kind of powerful set that isn’t was on the verge of collapse, then she easily explained in a quick exchange. Seeing pushed through, feverishly, with astonishing Williams play was a peek into the mind and resilience. Sometimes the high notes splinmanner of one of America’s greatest writers, tered and dissolve, as if she’d trailed off in complicated and entirely riveting. the recesses of memory. Williams kept the audience at arm’s length for much of the show, a near-drowsy swagger and nonchalance about her. She took to introducing songs with a simple off-hand introduction: “This song’s called ___.’” Not that Williams needs to contextualize her songs, build them up, or hold anyone’s hand through them. Her songs are snapshots (sometimes sprawling ones) of the American South, the open road, the broken lives of people she’s known and lost. They’re gorgeous, they’re high-res, they’re devastating, and they speak for themselves. Does Williams enjoy performing live, or is it just a necessary part of the job? I kept wondering, watching her face for clues, as she performed. She wasn’t trying to win her audience, wasn’t going on about how beautiful Savannah was, wasn’t gauging reactions or letting the crowd in her sight line. In fact, she had a music stand with a binder of songs that she kept her eyes locked on much of the time. Was it out of necessity? Does she have difficulty remembering lyrics, or was it a comforting barrier between stage and crowd? Sometimes it made me think of karaoke. Other times, I recalled someone telling me that poet Anne Sexton, riddled with anxiety, invited jazz musicians to perform with her while she read. A cocoon. Williams moved with her rhythms, simple steps going side-to-side. She started out 26 on her acoustic guitar, utilizing Lucinda Williams by Elizabeth Leitzell

Thundrous applause followed favorites “Drunken Angel” and “Something About What Happens When We Talk.” Hats off to Williams’ support: guitarist Stuart Mathis, who brought every ache of country twang out of his instrument, biggrinning and happy-footed bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton, who made use of a full kit and all kinds of

accoutrements, including what appeared to be a glass rain stick. They left her alone a few songs in, and that’s when Williams stood the starkest. Few can convey years of emotion in the arrangement of a handful of words the way Williams can. She can capture an entire family history in a still life, as she does in “Bus to Baton Rouge”: “The company couch covered in plastic/Little books about being saved/The dining room table nobody ate at/ And the piano nobody played.” “Look at the World,” off her latest, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, was especially powerful live, evoking Nina Simone’s “I Got Life” with verses acting like a laundry list of struggles juxtaposed against an optimistic pep-talk of a chorus. Williams told the crowd that she had long considered turning one of her poet father’s works into a song and had finally done it with “Compassion,” one of his best-loved poems. There was something about that lack of information—was it her most-loved? Did she have a particular bond with her father about this poem?—that was both upsetting and wonderfully distant. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t any of our business; this was how Williams had chosen to share her late father with strangers. Perhaps the best artists are the most tight-lipped between songs. The band returned to finish the evening with a streak of honky-tonk house rockers like “Burning Bridges” and the sultry flirtations of “Hot Blood,” which Mathis dressed up with a little James Brown lick. Williams took a look around the seated room and said, “I wish we were in a bar or something, so y’all could dance.” For the double-entendre-laden “Honeybee,” some couples did. It would be nice to experience Williams in such a setting—one in which she has made clear that she would be more comfortable. It’s a place where attention is easily diverted by a drink order, a conversation, a dance, but there was something beautiful about seeing her in a place where none of that was an option. Instead, we received a stark portrait: an untamed voice, an untamed head of hair, an untamed heart. CS


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‘There is definitely a campiness to that world...’

Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster talks about the band’s new wrestling-themed LP From middle school until early high school, The Mountain Goats were My Band. Insofar as I was a fanboy in any capacity, I was a Mountain Goats fanboy, and the idea of them playing Savannah is something of a longstanding dream. After stumbling across The Sunset Tree, the 2005 album many still consider their magnum opus, I absorbed as much of their catalog as I could find. Frontman John Darnielle’s intense, literary lyrics showed me that songwriting could take on a level of seriousness I hadn’t encountered before, and was key in developing how I thought about writing songs (and, really, about writing in general). The Mountain Goats are consistently prolific. Releasing an album a year (give or take) and already having an enormous trove of music released since the early ‘90s, their catalog seems inexhaustible. Their newest album, Beat The Champ, comes out on Merge on April 7. Thematically based on the world of ‘70s professional wrestling, Beat The Champ moves toward a new degree of complexity for the band, lyrically feeling like a collection of loosely-tied short stories and musically moving toward new arrangements. While The Mountain Goats are famous for the sheer quantity of boombox-recorded, hyper-lo-fi albums, their albums over the past decade have been polished, recorded as a trio and showing the band constantly developing and expanding its sound. I was lucky enough to talk with one of the most important forces behind this change, drummer Jon Wurster, about the making of the new album and the accompanying tour. I was just listening to an advance of Beat The Champ—already looking to be one of my favorites! It’s funny, we made it a while ago and I didn’t hear it for several months, and then

The jazziness of “Fire Editorial” was particularly striking for just how different parts of this album are.

we started rehearsing the songs again and I realized I’d forgotten just how different it is. I realized how many different flavors there are on the album, and I’m glad people are connecting with it right out of the gate.

That might be the hardest song we’ve ever played—it’s not really in my wheelhouse. But what I love about John and the band is that it’s always pushing the boundary of what comes natural to me in particular. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a player just from playing in the Mountain Goats. I learn from every band I play with, but the Mountain Goats always bring something out in me that I didn’t know was there.

It seems like all Mountain Goats albums are conceptual to a degree, but I noticed the different flavors and general it’s especially clear on Beat The Champ variety on the album, especially in terms with the wrestling theme. Was working of arrangements. Seems like there’s been on songs grouped around a specific theme a tendency on recent Mountain Goats different from working on a more thematalbums toward more varied arrangements, ically diverse album? but on Beat The Champ there are some especially surprising moments. There were always vintage wrestling magazines scattered around the studio, and in John had a really focused vision for this between takes we’d look at this stuff and you record. Obviously, the wrestling theme was couldn’t help but soak up the vibe of wresin place, but I think he very much wanted tling in Southern California in the mid-70s.

The wrestling theme really permeated the sessions. There’s a level of intensity and emotion in any Mountain Goats song, but especially in working with the wrestling idea, there’s a certain campiness that combines with it. There is definitely a campiness to that world, an undeniable showbiz element. I think John nailed both the playfulness and the reality of the wrestling world - you know, wrestlers who dropped out of the business and are driving a truck now - and John approached this knowing he could cover both sides. So about touring—having talked about the expansiveness of Beat The Champ, is touring it going to be significantly different from touring earlier albums? We have an auxiliary member on this tour handling all the extra touches on the record that we’re unable to get with the core band. Is there any general shift in how you and the band approach touring since you’ve joined the band? It’s always different because we add an extra member on most of our major tours. We always try to build the show, though, and there are peaks and valleys in any set. You want to pace it right to end on a high note. I’ve been a Mountain Goats fan since my early teens, and I remember thinking how incredible it would be to get a band that tours and produces music at the level of The Mountain Goats to Savannah. Any thoughts on playing Savannah? In my thirty years of touring with different bands, I don’t think I’ve ever played Savannah, and it’s always fun to play a city you’ve never been to. Those shows are usually exciting because it’s an unknown quantity and people are just excited that you’re there for the first time. cs The Mountain Goats Saturday April 4, The Jinx SOLD OUT

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to expand the sound in all kinds of ways—extra instrumentation, etc. We got the arrangements down on a stage at Duke University, where we rehearsed for a few days. It was especially cool because you’re working in a room that’s built for sound, as opposed to a rinky-dink reheatrsal room, and that helped create this bigger canvas of sound.

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The Steppin Stones Album Release Party @City Market

J-Live, Willie Evans, Jr., Dope Sandwich @The Jinx

One of the greatest rappers to come out of the ‘90s “golden era” of New York hip-hop, J-Live is still carrying the torch. An Atlanta resident of seven years now, his latest LP, 2014’s Around the Sun, showcases his knack for confident, smooth rhymes and soul influences as he takes on social issues with approachability and some fantastic wordplay. J-Live has released five LPs prior to Around the Sun, but no release process has been as legendary as the saga that surrounded the The Best Part. Caught in transition between indie and major labels, the debut release, originally slated for 1998, was put off, and put off, and put off. While press copies were distributed (to overwhelmingly positive feedback), the album still hung there, until bootlegs eventually leaked. In the midst of the weird career gap, J-Live began teaching English in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and Bushwick. His story is already a classic, but he’s not doing telling it just yet. Willie Evans, Jr. and Dope Sandwich join the bill. Thursday, April 2, 10 p.m.

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The Steppin Stones have been working on their self-titled LP since August. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina (where Cusses and many noteworthy talents have created stellar work), guitarist/vocalist Hannah Wicklund is thrilled to reveal the results of their hard work. “It was incredible,” Wicklund says of their Echo Mountain experience. “This is our first super-official studio album—we were working with a producer, Jonathan Ashley, and it was by far one of my favorite musical experiences.” Wicklund particularly enjoyed wielding a 1953 Telecaster and plugging into the studio’s old-school Vox, Marshall, and Supro amps. “I’ve never gotten a chance to play vintage instruments, so I was playing vintage guitars, vintage amps, stuff that was four times how old I was,” she laughs. With a slew of gear their fingertips, the band was able to explore entirely new tones for the record, approaching each song as an individual entity while keeping the big picture in mind. “We really played it song-by-song,” says Wicklund. “We were under a really big time crunch, so our producer helped me out tremendously when dialing in tones and stuff. Once we got a feel for how each guitar sounded through different amps, it got a bit easier and faster. We were really trying to dial in the unique tone to each song; we didn’t stick with the same guitar-amp combo for the whole album.” In her initial call to Ashley, Wicklund explained The Steppin Stones’ love of Led Zeppelin and big, raw production. “I said, ‘if we could get that Bonham drum sound, then man, that’d be killer!’” she recalls. Simply put: the results rip. Wicklund’s full-bodied voice tears through her searing guitar solos. Andrew Ottimo’s bass and Ryan Tye’s drum work add a heaviness to the sound hearkening back to aforementioned Zeppelin, early Black Sabbath, and Tom Petty. Just try to listen to standout track “Givin’ into You” and not stand up and clap for Wicklund’s vocal performance. Just when you think she’s reached the height of her range, she tears through the wall and keeps on climbing. With a repertoire built on classic rock covers, Wicklund isn’t shy about her influences. “I kind of like to think that we’re bridging the gap between classic rock and today’s music,” she explains. “We really are kind of like a classic rock kind of band, and this album is no exception. This new album is a bit bluesier and a little more rock…it’s a bit dirtier.” “Stranded” is a fine example of that dirt, with Ottimo taking lead vocals for a punchy refrain that evokes the brash shouts of Mötley Crüe and Van Halen choruses. The Hilton Head band celebrates its LP release with a two-night celebration at City Market. The album will be available digitally on April 6. “The local community there is so receptive and supportive,” says Wicklund. “Savannah has kind of adopted us.” Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m., free Sunday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., free

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Gymshorts, Wet Socks, Triathalon @Hang Fire

Hope For Agoldensummer, Black Water Choir @The Sentient Bean

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Hope For Agoldensummer, but it’s good to see them back at the Bean. Twin sisters Claire and Page Campbell weave soulful, saccharine harmonies over wispy instrumentation; they’re delicate and winsome folk melodies in the vein of early Indigo Girls-meet-Gillian Welch. Onstage, don’t be surprised to see slide guitars, singing saws, glockenspiels, and all kinds of percussive objects. 2012’s Life Inside the Body called on Athenians like Heather McIntosh, Jeremey Wheatey, Thayer Serrano, and Suny Lyons to contribute, resulting in a lush record with a hint of up-tempo melancholy. They’re joined by Savannah’s Black Water Choir; Connect premiered Furious Hooves’ redux of Stray Dogs last week. Corey Hines’ contemplative and distinctly Southern folk is a perfect Savannah compliment to Athens’ favorite folk twins.

Gymshorts’ approach to slacker rock comes in swinging with catchyas-hell arrangements, toughed-out power chords with a little surfy glisten thrown on ‘em, and push-off, “but-I-don’twanna” lyrics (from 2014 LP No Backsies’ opener, “Owed to the Bank”: “So what, they turned off my phone? So what, I can’t get a loan? So what, I won’t buy a home? Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever!”). They have vinyl coming soon from Manimal Records and a forthcoming tape on Weiner Records, garage label, the much-discussed subsidiary of garage-rock curators Burger Records. Weiner is a new kind of democratization in the music industry: any band can join the label and, for as little as $250, have a cassette release distributed and promoted under the Weiner name. Michael Younker (Sauna Heat) recently relocated to Rhode Island to handle bass duties for Gymshorts. A member of Triathalon back in the day, his return makes the evening a SAV family reunion of sorts. This is Triathalon’s first show back after a good run at South by Southwest, Valley of the Vapors Music Festival, and many a tour stop in between. Welcome home, fellas! CS Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 p.m.

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Ho me st re tc h to th e ha lf pi pe By Jessica Leigh Lebos

Concrete dreams become reality as public skate park breaks gro und

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Right now, Chatham County’s only public skate park may not look like much, just a patch of graded dirt and a sign that says “Coming soon.” But with a little luck and a little more money, next spring the air around the southeast shore of Lake Mayer will be filled with whoops, hollers and the e rails at Hawk rod ony T the late joyful sound of slamma in savannah ns. wheels grinding on by Tim Mali 80’s. Photo 9 1 concrete. It’s been five years since the Chatham County Skatepark Supporters signed a 20-year lease on a piece of the countyowned recreation complex, and progress has been slow but steady. Over $160K has been raised for the project, and a killer design from Orlando-based Team Pain is ready to go. Last week’s groundbreaking marks the nonprofit’s most major milestone yet. “It’s not just an idea anymore,” affirms Ben Maher, CCSS’ CEO and tireless champion. “This will be the first time in Savannah christian Ho that there will be a legit, free spot to skate.” soi hits the wall at MLK Arena. Ph Looking rather legit himself these days oto by tim mali ns. with close-cropped hair and a button-down shirt, Maher has waited more than 17 years for such a place. The native Savannahian grants as nearby Bluffton, spent his formative years riding in empty Hilton Head and Brunswick funded and swimming pools on the Southside, on hand- built their own their free parks—a testapoured ramps in Midtown and along any ment to what can be the molasses-pace of available handrail on River Street. progress in Savannah. He’s traveled all over the country checking “Now that we’ve broken ground, I bet out municipal skate parks and has devoted Pooler gets one now like that—” laughs the better part of the last decade working to Maher, snapping his fingers. create one close to home. No matter; to Maher and his crew, the After negotiations to establish a park on homegrown efforts makes their success that Tybee Island soured in 2006, the concept much sweeter. They convinced fashion icon found a haven at Lake Mayer thanks to sup- Marc Jacobs to bequeath almost $100K port from then-Chatham County Commis- of skate-themed t-shirts sales to the effort, sion Chairman Pete Liakakis. and CCSS recently awarded $25K from “It will get young people outside and the Tony Hawk Foundation, which seeks to occupied with recreation and keep them out empower youth by supporting clean, safe, of trouble. That improves our quality of life legal places to skate. (No promises, but it’s in Savannah,” Liakakis told Connect in 2011. likely that Mr. Hawk Himself will pay a But the Commission’s blessing didn’t visit to the new park once it’s finished.) come with a single taxpayer penny, so Maher There’s still several more thousand needed to pour out Team Pain’s park design, and 32 has continued to seek donations and write

s CEO Ben Maher has Skatepark Supporter ABOVE: Chatham County of the public-private e working on behalf spent the last decad Todd Maloy partnership. Photo by through its beat-ups and teardowns. Maher says that more fundraisers and corOne is Keith Saunders, co-founder of porate partnerships are planned for the Loose Leaf skateboards and a 20-year vetcoming months. eran of the southeast street skate scene. Apart from privately-owned Woody’s “This is a huge gamechanger,” says Skatepark, skateboarders in Savannah have Saunders. had to travel or practice their nollies and “People will come to Savannah just to nosegrinds illicitly (which, for visit this skate park.” some, is part of the fun.) Saunders points out that SavanBut even the cops agree that nah actually has a formidable skateboarding doesn’t have to skateboarding history. Though he be a crime. Instead of writing was just a wee grommet back then, tickets in the past few years, he remembers Savannah Slamma, some sympathetic SCMPD a pro skater exhibition that filled officers have reportedly been the Civic Center with spraydirecting skaters to homemade painted wooden half pipes and courses out of the way from the slapped-together rails for three tourist traffic. years in a row in the late 1980s. (The most popular of these (Yes, children, the legendary Tony DIY spots, near the homeless encampHawk, Steve Caballero and Christian ment on President Street, was razed Hosoi shredded the inside of MLK Arena during recent construction.) long before the X Games and XBox were “It helps that skateboarding has even a thing.) been mainstreamed in the media,” says Savannah Slamma was conceived in Maher. “People see that there are kids 1987 by then-18 year-old Tybee Island out here getting good at something.” skater boy Tim Malins, who decided out He acknowledges that the public of the blue to call up Thrasher magazine’s park wouldn’t be possible without Fausto Vitello to see if he’d be interested in the dedication of those who have hosting a skating exhibition in Savannah. nurtured Savannah’s skating comTo his surprise, Vitello flew to Savannah munity “on their own time and dime” for one day to broker a handshake deal that


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included an admonition that tickets be kept skateboarders of all ages and abilities since 2004 and also boasts the area’s only dedicheap so that every kid could attend. cated independent pro skate shop. Anyone “The whole idea was to put street skateboarding on the map in Savannah,” remem- can skate all day for a $5 admission fee, and Maher, Saunders, Maloy and every other bers Malins, who went on to work for locals has skinned a knee or two here. Powell Peralta Skateboards and now runs “This is a culture where you can meet the Board Loft at High Tide Surf Shop on people of all races and backgrounds, boys, Tybee. “I think it worked out pretty well.” girls, whatever,” says Parries, who does his Adding to the legacy is the fact that the best to keep Woody’s atmosphere familywhole event was taped by then-unknown friendly and non-competitive. skate video mogul Stacey Peralta. While he’s glad “The pros still his favorite activity say that their has gained popularfavorite VHS ity in the past two skate video decades, Parries has is Savannah no patience for posSlamma,” swears ers or aggro types Saunders. trying to get themSince the early selves hurt. 2000, another “Skateboarding scene stalwart has was never meant been Todd Maloy, to be a sport with who grew up with money involved and Maher and serves prizes. It’s supposed as the skatepark’s to be about havgraphic designer ing fun with your and illustrator. friends.” Maloy also docuWhile some ments his bude ground Ben maher brok longtime locals dies’ kickflips and k. ee st w at lake mayer la express concern that other tricks in Red Woody’s will suffer Brick Zine, which from the opening of recently published the free public skatepark next year, Parries its second issue. fears no such competition. No homage to the Savannah skateboard In fact, he’s stoked that local skaters will community would be complete without a have more options. deep gnarly bow to Woody’s Skatepark, a “The more places there are to skate, the battered collection of ramps and rails built more people there will be who want to around the old Windsor Forest neighborcheck them out,” he figures. hood pool. “And that’s just going to create more Owned and operated by skaters Boe Parskateboarders.” CS ries and Fabio Silva, Woody’s has cradled

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Performing the complete collection of seven short plays inspired by stories of the great Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, the Armstrong State University Masquers theatre troupe presents Orchards, this weekend only in the Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater. Director Daniel Zuzalek tells us: “In its 1985/86 season, New York’s The Acting Company commissioned seven diverse American playwrights to present some of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s most inspired short stories for the stage,” Zuzalek says. “Each dramatization varies widely from the others, a testament to the unique voice of each artist as they retell or reinvent the source material.” Zuzalek balanced “the challenge of assigning nearly 40 different roles required by the scope of this production by selecting actors for more than one production.” Zuzalek’s cast numbers around a dozen Armstrong theater majors.

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how she and her family live with her Type 1 Diabetes. Reception April 17, 5-7pm. April 3-May 1. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Transitions — Atlanta artist Laura Adams is inspired by nature: the forest, mountains, wildlife and wildflowers of the rainforest Freeality Senior Exhibition — This collaboraregion of North Carotive and interactive experience features lina. Source material a variety of 2-Dimensional mediums, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes found items includes the artwork of Jesse Aguirre, Kara from nature and Alexa, Sophia Blincoe, Jessica Cooley, Crys- textured, painted and patterned papers tal Jenkins, Toan Nguyen, and Julia Royal. cut in small pieces, Reception April 10 at 5:30pm. Armstrong layered and adhered Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. with acrylic medium. 45 Bistro, 123 East Olivia Beaumont and Shirley Daniell — Olivia’s Broughton St. paintings specialize in fantasy portraiture of animal kingdom utilizing historical Continuing costume and characters. Shirley designs one of a kind beaded jewelry pieces that Exhibits are stunning. April 1-30. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. Chasing the Horizon — In this exhibit, artist River Street Art Fest — This year’s event will Christina Edwards combine a fine arts show with live music, explores the rich world Last chance to see work by Christina Edwards at Kobo and interactive entertainment for all age of color and abstraction Gallery in ‘Chasing the Horizon’ groups to enjoy. April 3-4, 4-10 p.m. river- in her paintings. She River Street. brings each landscape data.tron/data.scan — Exhibition by acclaimed to life by pouring one translucent layer of Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Robert Segall — Savannah native Robert color onto a surface at a time. Edwards will Ikeda, marking his first exhibition in the Segall’s subject matter varies widely, from donate a portion of the proceeds from the southeastern U.S. His immersive installaSavannah land and seascapes to portraits, evening’s sales to the Rape Crisis Center of tions, sculptures and performances incorstill life and famous jazz musicians. April the Coastal Empire. Through April 5. Kobo porate physical elements and properties of 1-30. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. the smallest conceivable units including Abercorn St. pixels of light, bits and bytes. IThrough Clara Aguero and John M. Mitchell — Through June 14. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner The Sweet Life — An exhibit of photographic April 30. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Blvd. images created by Chelsea Warlick, tells The Dissection of Fear — Recent work by SCAD illustration and printmaking student Elizabeth Jean Younce. Reception April 10, 6-8pm. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Dicky Stone and Dana Richardson — Richardson’s 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. Reception April 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. 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. GIF Studio: Web Animation and Studio Art — The animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has risen in recent years from a crude adornment of early websites to an emerging contemporary art form. 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. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. In Living Color — Spanning three decades

of Andy 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. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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OOP For a movie that spends so much time wallowing in gay panic, Get Hard should be an early frontrunner for the title of the year’s worst comedy; instead, it provides enough sharp satire on other fronts – and finds one of its stars fully coming into his own – that it easily escapes that designation. Kevin Hart has impressed me repeatedly in subpar movies (including The Wedding Ringer, a 2015 comedy far worse than this one), and he does so again in this picture. He’s cast as Darnell Lewis, a loving family man and the hard-working owner of a car-wash business that services the employees of a multimillion dollar corporation. One such suit is James King (Will Ferrell), a one-percenter who isn’t evil so much as self-absorbed. So when James gets falsely accused of monetary fraud and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years within the maximumsecurity walls of San Quentin, he realizes he needs someone to help him toughen up so he won’t be anybody’s “bitch” behind prison walls. James approaches Darnell and offers to pay him for the guidance – he doesn’t really know Darnell, but since he’s black, he surely must have served time, right? The script (credited to four writers) traffics in humor that will be tagged racist by some and commended for puncturing racism by others. There’s certainly some controversial material on display (though nothing more envelope-pushing than what’s found in Blazing Saddles, which today is deemed a comedy classic), but there are also a number of indisputable choice bits, such as when Darnell, fully engaged in his ex-con persona, tells his hard-luck story to James and it turns out to be the plot of Boyz N the Hood (“Wow, that almost sounds like a movie!” gasps James). Yet for every couple of gags that work,

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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 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


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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 Lily James stars as Cinderella material, or has cardboard characters or gaping plotholes or narrative coincionly to bump into her again three years later dences the size of the Grand Canyon? You can let the critics bitch while you laugh all in Buenos Aires. the way to the bank. Now excuse me, I have He’s in the Argentinian capital to set up to call my agent and figure out my asking a scam at the behest of a race-car owner salary for K-19: The Widowmaker 2 after (Rodrigo Santoro), and he spots her when… this one becomes a Star Wars-size hit.” well, let’s not reveal too much. There’s one sharply staged sequence involving a series of bets placed on a football FOCUS game – BD Wong is memorable as this segOO ment’s linchpin – but the rest of this draggy We all know that Will Smith has effortfilm offers nothing but surface sheen, with less charisma to burn and acting ability to flex, so let’s focus on Margot Robbie, Smith’s the supposedly riveting twists taking a back seat – make that a spot in the trunk – to co-star in the new film Focus. Robbie made a splash as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in The the spectacle of watching two gorgeous Wolf of Wall Street, but given the excesses of people hungrily eye each other while engagthat picture, it was hard to completely gauge ing in flirtatious banter against luxurious backdrops. her talent behind all that glitz. Unfortunately, that dialogue, like most In Focus, she’s still playing a character of the yakking in this movie, is on the weak that’s only half-developed, but here she’s side, with only Gerald McRaney (as a allowed opportunities to demonstrate that she’s in possession of adequate comic chops. grouchy bodyguard) accorded a few choice cracks. Clearly, she’s more than just another pretty And as film fans know, yarns of this face. With Smith and Robbie at the top of the nature live and die by the beautiful turn of phrase. Even David Mamet’s Heist, one of ticket, we’re guaranteed a movie that’s easy on the eyes, even if its inconsistencies render the lesser entries in this field, knew enough to stack the deck with quips like, “I’m as it occasionally taxing on the brain. quiet as an ant pissing on cotton.” This is another in the long line of tricky, In Focus, what passes for profane poetry? sleight-of-hand yarns in which everyone “You hittin’ that? You should be hittin’ that.” is deceiving everyone else at all times, but Clearly, the con is on audience members based on the results of 2013’s Now You See expecting more for their money. 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,

of controversy among lifestyle practitioners. The film will doubtless follow suit, since it tends to sometimes confuse “lifestyle choices” with “abusive relationship.”

AMERICAN SNIPER

OOP The weakest of the eight newly nominees for the Best Picture Oscar, American Sniper nevertheless turns out to be one of the better Clint Eastwood releases of recent vintage. 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 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY the story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a U.S. Navy Seal shooter famous (infamous?) O for recording more kills than anyone else in Where to begin in tackling a movie as American military history (160 confirmed, awful as Fifty Shades of Grey? Let’s be fair another 95 probable). and consider that it was hardly a doomed Despite Eastwood’s own conservative project from the start. The allure of the leanings, the filmmaker has rarely proven book is largely its sexual explicitness, yet himself to be a knee-jerk chickenhawk or that’s nowhere to be found in this eunuch rambling right-wing tool (well, aside from of a film version. Universal had the opportunity to make history by releasing an enve- that Razzie-worthy bit opposite an empty chair at the RNC), and his films have over lope-shredding, NC-17 multiplex movie the decades served as an intriguing – and but opted to go with an R-rated version evolving – treatise on issues of gun violence penned by Kelly Marcel, whose previous screen credit was – whoa, how’s this for cut- and hero worship, beginning with the hardting edge? – the Disneyfied flick Saving Mr. line stylings of Dirty Harry through the revisionist politics of Unforgiven through the Banks. startlingly progressive stance of Gran Torino. For those unaware of its premise, this Unfortunately, American Sniper adds finds the powerful businessman Mr. Grey nothing new to this conversation – more so catching the eye and libido of a college stusince it comes on the heels of more accomdent named Anastasia Steele. She wants a romantic relationship, but this horny homey plished “over there” efforts like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt don’t play that. Instead, he’s all about the Locker. BDSM, urging her to sign a contract that And while Eastwood and scripter Jason states she will become the “submissive” to his Hall take some care in muddying the moral“dominant” and must obey his every whim, particularly when it comes to sexual matters. ity at play, they still err on the side of sainthood in painting their portrait of Chris And thus the template is set for the excruciatingly repetitive dialogue that dominates Kyle, a man whose more tasteless actions and comments have been white scrubbed the proceedings. “Be my sex slave.” “Why from this biopic. can’t we go on dates?” “I don’t operate that American Sniper features a solid turn by way.” “Well, OK.” “Be my sex slave.” “Why can’t we go on dates?” Blather, wince, repeat. Cooper (the other male parts are largely It’s obvious that no one involved with this indistinguishable from one another) and a project – and that includes the primary cul- few sequences that pack a visceral kick, but prit, E.L. James herself – has much insight a little more complexity would have allowed the picture to score a more direct hit. CS into how the BDSM community actually operates in the real world, which explains why the source material was a lightning rod 41

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Activism & Politics

Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, etc. Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Free first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.. (912) 341-7427. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/ savannah. Tondee's Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook.com/groups/SAVlibertarians. Savannah Tea Party

5pm social time. 5:30pm meeting begins. 6pm speaker. Reservations not necessary. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. Mondays, 5:30 p.m.. 912-598-7358. savannahteaparty. com. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby's Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Veterans for Peace

Local chapter 170 of VFP, a national organization of military veterans of all eras waging peace and exposing the costs of war. Meets every first Thursday at 7:30pm. ongoing. 303-550-1158. St. Frances Cabrini Church, 11500 Middleground Road. Young Democrats

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Auditions and Calls for Entries

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Call for Applications for Minor Home Repair Program

The City of Savannah’s Housing Department is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Minor Home Repair program. This program provides home repairs through grants or loans to residents who meet specific income guidelines. Applicants must be live in the city limits and occupy their house to be eligible for the program. Applications will be accepted until April 30. The repairs and home improvements are mostly done by one of several volunteer organizations that provide training to challenged youth. Repairs may range from painting to installing a new roof, depending upon the condition of the house and the skill level of the volunteers. Through April 30. savannahga.gov/homerepair. Online only, none. Call for Applications to the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Society of Women Engineers Savannah Coastal Empire will be awarding a $1000 42 scholarship for the upcoming 2015-16

42 compiled by Rachael Flora | happenings@connectsavannah.com Happenings is Connect Savannah’s listing of community gatherings, events, classes and groups. If you want an event listed, email happenings@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.

school year. The student must meet the following requirements to apply: female enrolled in her senior year of high school; intends to pursue a bachelor's degree at an ABET accredited university in engineering, computing, or engineering technology; and be a resident of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Long or McIntosh counties. Through April 3. swesce.org. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Art Instructors

The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting resumes for visual arts, puppetry, and age appropriate video and animation instructors for the 2015 Summer Art Camp, taking place June 1 through July 31 at 9 West Henry St. Children ages 5 to 12 can participate in the week-long camp which provides an introduction to painting, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, mixed media, puppetry, video and animation in age-appropriate group settings. Instructors at the full day art camp work with children ages 5-8, and/ or 9-12 and teen interns ages 13-18. The hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Each week, Monday through Thursday, instructors will teach five classes a day, one hour per group, with a maximum of 10 children per group. On Friday, instructors will meet with each group in the morning for 30 minutes. Instructors may plan multiple projects per week. Qualified instructors must submit to a background check. This is a contracted weekly position. Through June 1. 912-6516783. chefner@savannahga.gov. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

April 16. shipsofthesea.org/#!arts-festival/ c7b. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Call For Entries To "The Painted Skull"

You are invited to participate in our annual group show "The Painted Skull". Any and all adorned skulls of any medium are welcome. Artwork must be ready to hang, be titled and include a price or NFS. Deadline for submission is March 27th. The show will hang April 1-30. For more info, please visit our site blackorchidtattoo.com or call the studio 912-236-0010. We look forward to your participation. free Wed., April 1. 912-236-0010. blackorchidtattoo.com/. Black Orchid Tattoo Studio & Gallery, 118 West Victory Dr. Call for Grant Applications for the Savannah Friends of Music

The Savannah Friends of Music organization announces that grant applications are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 15. These grants are meant to help fund programs that fulfill their mission, which is to support, sponsor and promote music programs and musical education in the greater Savannah area. Eligible programs can be either a one-time event or an ongoing series. Applications must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, April 15. Recipients will be named shortly thereafter. Through April 15. savannahfriendsofmusic. com. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Proposals for 2015 Weave-a-Dream

The City of Savannah's Weave-a-Dream Panel has issued a call for proposals for its 2015 cultural and arts projects initiative. Applications will be accepted through the Call for Artists calendar year, while funds are available. The Sentient Bean seeks experienced art- Programs are to be completed prior to ists for one-month-long exhibitions of his/ October 1, 2015. Project funding is availher work. Artists must have a website with able up to $2,000 for specific and innovacurrent images representing a sample of tive arts, cultural, or heritage projects or the work to be shown in order to be conpresentations that have a measurable, sidered. Apply to sentientbooking@gmail. quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s dicom, subject line “art show." See webverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream site for info. Fridays.. sentientbean.com/ committee seeks proposals that actively booking#visualarts. sentientbean.com. The involve youth, seniors, and those who have Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. limited access to arts based programs in Call for Entries for "Your Art Here" Savannah. Programs engaging participates In its commitment to show both local and ranging from 6 -11 graders with disciplines national artists, Non-Fiction is launching of production, animation, photography a new exhibition opportunity. The gallery is desktop publishing, CAD, metalworking now seeking innovative emerging or midand carpentry are of particular interest to career visual artists to submit samples of Weave-A-Dream. While other programs their work to be considered for the award such as performing, visual, media, theater, of a gallery-sponsored show. Submissions folk, design (architecture), or literary arts can be for a solo or group show and of are also encouraged to apply. To be eligible any theme or media. Deadline is May 11. for consideration, an organization must be Through May 11. NONFICTIONGALLERY. a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in SaCOM/YOUR-ART-HERE/. Non-Fiction Galvannah’s corporate limits. Proposed prolery, 1522 Bull St. grams must also be produced within the Call For Entries: Maritime Arts Festival City’s corporate limits. No individual artist On May 9, 2015, Ships of the Sea will hold applications will be accepted. Through its first “Maritime Arts Festival.” The event Aug. 2. 912-651-5988 ext. 8969. rbrown02@ is a one day outdoor exhibition of maritime savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov/arts. related arts, crafts, and antiques. The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Museum invites artists, model ship buildAffairs, 9 West Henry St. ers, and antique dealers to submit images Call for Speakers for Geekend 2015 The theme of Creative Coast's Geekend of their maritime/nautical related paint2015 is Growth. All entrepreneurs, develings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, prints, opers, marketers, social media mavericks, mixed-media, woodworking, and collecttechnology enthusiasts, designers and able pieces for consideration. Through

other creatives are encouraged to apply to speak now. Geekend is looking for compelling cutting-edge content that 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. 912-4478457. 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. Registration Open for Camp Aloha

Children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the last 24 months are invited to attend a 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


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May 1. 912-303-9442. hospicesavannah. org/campaloha. New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road. Benefits

13th Annual Gulfstream Challenge for Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity invites you to participate in a rewarding day on the links at one of Savannah's most beautiful golf courses and help create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Socialize, eat, and network with fellow industry and construction professionals while you play. Mon., April 6, 11:30 a.m. 912-353-8122. facebook.com/HabitatSavannah. Savannah Quarters Country Club, 8 Palladian Way. 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.. 912-351-6750. animalcontrol.chathamcounty.org. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. 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. Maggie Palooza

Ramblin' Man Productions will host “Maggie Palooza” at Southbound Brewing Company, where 100% of the proceeds will go to fund Maggie Metzler's cancer treatment. Maggie has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in a year. The Accomplices Band, City Hotel, Jeremy John Riddle, Waits & Co. and The Train Wrecks have all risen to join this fight and are donating their time and talents and will be performing live. Beer samples, food and items for raffles and silent auctions have also been generously given to draw out the best crowd. $20 Sat., April 4, 2-7 p.m. maggiepalooza.brownpapertickets. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Month of the Military Child

The Music Medicine Institute is a non-profit corporation for education, treatment and research in the interface between music and medicine. Event is FREE to ages 6-10. For more information, contact Elizabeth Jacobi at 912-598-2118. FREE Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m.. 912-598-2118. musicmedicine.org/index.php. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers

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

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.

Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

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

(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 Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. savannahaux.com. Conscious Kids Yoga

A yoga class for children age 4 and up, to build skill, confidence, strength, and abilities of the body, mind, and heart. $15 per class or $50 for 6 sessions (to be used within 2 months) Wednesdays, 4-4:45 p.m.. 912-544-6387. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912443-0410. 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 (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRMSCP™). 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

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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. 912-349-4582. 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.

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ing. 912-484-6415. melindaborysevicz@ gmail.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Running Class

Do you like to run? Or need motivation to get moving? Check out our new class that will be in April. *Balance *Strength *Run (designed by Amy Henderson of Salon de Baile Dance and Fitness Studio- experience runner and athlete) will be constructed to help you condition your body for the road ahead. Balance and strength training will be incorporated with drills that will improve your running tactics. Ages 12+. Need childcare? Give us a 48 hour notice and we got it covered! FREE Sat., April 4, 9-10 a.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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

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

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

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 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.. 912-354-1500. 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. 912-692-8055. smisavannah@gmail.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program

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. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-704-7650. ann@douladeliveries.com. douladeliveries.com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street.

A series of 4 workshops designed to inspire you to love your body as it is. Using the powerful tools of forrest yoga and holistic nutrition, you will engage in guided self-inquiry that will build a foundation for greater self-love and compassion. Come to our free info session April 4th, 3p.m. Workshop runs every Saturday 4/11-5/2, from 1-3 p.m. Advanced registration required by April 10th. Workshops will be led by Lauren MacDonald, certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and Jesse Rosenblum, Holistic Nutrition Consultant. $100 nonmembers/$75 syc members Sat., April 4, 3-4:15 p.m. 912.308.8297 or 912.656.2701. rosenblum.jesse@gmail.com. savannahyoga.com/events/love-your-body-challenge/. savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center 44 Pooler, 111 Canal Street.

Quilting Classes

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

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.

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.. 912596-1952. info@roiseandassociates.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Love Your Body

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

Music Instruction

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

Piano Voice-Coaching

Quilting classes for beginners and advanced stitchers. See the website, call, or come by the shop. varies first Saturday of every month.. 912 925 0055. email@colonialquilts.us. colonialquilts.us. Colonial Quilts and Savannah Sewing Center, 11710 Largo Drive.

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.

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Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. 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.. 912-290-0072. 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, auNovel Writing dio/video for kids at its residential summer Write a novel, finish the one you've started, camp, June 14-26, 2015. Students, ages 14 revise it or pursue publication. Award-win- to 17, should apply by April 1, 2015 at www. ning Savannah author offers one-on-one or ssumediahigh.net. Some scholarships may small group classes, mentoring, manube available. $200 Through April 1. 912script critique, ebook formatting. Email 358-3378. mediahigh@savannahstate.edu. for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. ssumediahigh.net. savstate.edu/. Savanpmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. nah State University, 3219 College St. 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.

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.. 912-656-0760. 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. Writing Your Memoir

Memoir is a nonfiction, literary art form that relies heavily on storytelling techniques derived from fiction, and is formed around the memory and observation of the author. Students will survey and work from the memoir canon, including Mary Karr’s The Liars Club, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and others to inform their own writing. Upon completion of the course, students will have the first chapter of their own memoir complete. Creative Writing 1 and 2, is suggested but not required. $175 Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. 912-308-6768. 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 experience welcome. Tuesdays.. 912-233-1240. Exchange Club of Savannah - Weekly Lunch

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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.

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

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.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

Freedom Network

An international, leaderless network of individuals seeking more freedom in an unfree world. Meetings twice monthly, Thursdays, 8:30pm. Topics and meeting locations vary. No politics, no religious affiliation, no dues, no fees. Every other Thursday.. onebornfree@yahoo.com.

Georgia Nature Photographers AssociationCoastal Chapter

Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail. com. gnpa.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 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. Island MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, grades K-12. Mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. First and third Mondays. Childcare on request. A ministry of MOPS International. first Monday of every month.. 912-8984344. kymmccarty@hotmail.com. mops. org. 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. Knittin’ Night

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Low Country Turners

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

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. Prose--fiction and non fiction. Discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques/Fine Silver, 14 W. Jones St. All are welcome. No charge. first Tuesday of every month.. 912-308-3208. alicevantrease@live.com. 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

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places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Jaycees

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events. Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Building, 101 Atlas St. first Tuesday of every month.. 912-353-7700. savannahjaycees. com. 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

Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and 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

Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. 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, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net. APRIL 1-7, 2015

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Concerts

13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing)

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thun46 derbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave.

Concert: Armstrong University Singers and University Chorale

$6 Tue., April 7, 7:30 p.m. Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St. PICKConcert: The Honeycutters Headed by Amanda Platt, the Honeycutters are an original country roots band from Asheville, N.C. Since their formation in 2007, they've been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. $25 Fri., April 3, 8 p.m. marstheatre.com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. Concert: Tony Williamson and Jim Wann with Carver Blanchard

"Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson sure can play, and what he doesn't know about mandolins, nobody does." This is how Acoustic Musician Magazine summed up the skill of a man whose concerts have delighted audiences for over 40 years in every state of the Union and many foreign countries. He brings to the concert stage a love of music, a deep connection to his Carolina roots, and a wonderful knowledge of musical instruments and their history. $25 plus tax Fri., April 3, 8 p.m. randywoodguitars. com. Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. PICKFirst Friday for Folk Music Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912898-1876. savannahfolk.org. fpc.presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Recital: Kenneth Mosely

Kenneth Mosely presents a student composition recital. Fri., April 3, 2:30 p.m. Armstrong Fine Arts Center, 11935 Abercorn St.

Savannah Music Festival: Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

After five days of collaborations and instruction by some of the world's finest acoustic musicians, the 16 participants of the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar present their latest compositions in an original program. $15-$45 Fri., April 3, 6 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Savannah Music Festival: Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Three is the magic number when you're counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup. $35 Fri., April 3, 7 & 9 p.m. charleshmorriscenter. com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival: Chamber Music IX: Bruch & Brahms

Bruch: Selections from Eight pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 83. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26. $30 Thu., April 2, 12:30 p.m. uusavannah.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. Savannah Music Festival: Chamber Music VIII: Brooklyn Rider

Celebrating its 10th anniversary together, Brooklyn Rider is one of today's most technically accomplished string quartets, attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classic, world and rock critics. $30 Wed., April 1, 11 a.m. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist

Church, 225 West President St.

Savannah Music Festival: Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

This collaboration of four extraordinary musicians was born out of the incredible success at a 2012 Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center performance in New York that explored the influence of violinist Joseph Joachim. $47-$57 Sat., April 4, 3 p.m. savannahtheatre.com. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. Savannah Music Festival: Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. The band creates a universe of unexpected new music in a variety of native melodies and rhythms. $30 Sat., April 4, 9 p.m. shipsofthesea. org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Savannah Music Festival: Dianne Reeves

Returning for her fourth SMF appearance and her first since the 2011 double bill with Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, jazz singer Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists of the past three decades. $32-$62 Fri., April 3, 8 p.m. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Savannah Music Festival: Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus

This is an exclusive lunchtime performance by two masters of old-time music: Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus. $20 Fri., April 3, 12:30 p.m. charleshmorriscenter. com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Since releasing their debut album in 2005, Nashville-based Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (Drew, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield, and his wife Ellie Holcomb) have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive indie Americana band, selling out headlining shows and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars and Marc Broussard. Holcomb's songwriting is know for containing substantial grit and sincerity, mixing themes of melancholy and redemption while regularly drawing comparisons to such artists as Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. $30 Fri., April 3, 8:30 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. PICKSavannah Music Festival: Josh Ritter Since 1997, American songwriter, guitarist and author Josh Ritter has been creating some of the best folk-rock music to hit the airwaves. $22-$55 Thu., April 2, 8 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Savannah Music Festival: 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, before embarking on an in-depth study of the roots of the Brazilian choro. $35 Wed., April 1, 12:30 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival: Recitals V: Paul

Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis' cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim across the globe, solidifying his reputation as one of the world's foremost interpreters of European classical repertoire. $52 Wed., April 1, 6 p.m. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Music Festival: Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family, Rosanne's musical and family legacy is rooted in the origins of American country music with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South. $32-$75 Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Savannah Music Festival: South Africa Meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as "The Voice" in his home country, South Africa, and is celebrated for his distinctive, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. Riley Baugus represents the best of old-time American banjo and song. $35 Thu., April 2, 6:30 & 9 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Savannah Music Festival: The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, Clarice Assad, Off the Cliff

Brazilian choro, the instrumental popular Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio, is showcased on this evening by the group Choro Famoso, featuring mandolinist Mike Marshall. $25-$65 Wed., April 1, 8 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Savannah Music Festival: The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff and Mike Marshall

A visionary composer and virtuoso pianist who draws on Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hermeto Pascoal in equal measure, and an overall practitioner of vocalese, Brazilian native Clarice Assad is as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit Off The Cliff, which, as she puts it, "uses different combinations of instruments from song to song so that it never sounds the same." $25 Thu., April 2, 12:30 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Conferences

Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's conference

This one day conference will provide the attendees with cutting edge information about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and forgetfulness. This conference will provide healthcare professionals and caregivers with positive approaches for working with persons with dementia. Also, discriminate among the terms: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and forgetfulness; Describe symptoms that commonly occur


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with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia based or brain damage; recognize behaviors that are indicative of dementia-related conditions. Sun., April 5. Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, 847 Plant Dr. Dance

Adult Ballet Class

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

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

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

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 Brough-

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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.

day: 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. 912-748-0731. Irish Dance Classes

Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive Happenstance Bellydance programs, workshops, camps. Certified. All levels and styles of bellydance welWednesdays.. 912-704-2052. prideofirecome. Classes every Monday, 5:30-6:30pm. landga@gmail.com. Kids/Youth Dance Class Drop-ins welcome. $15/lesson Mondays, Kids Group class on various Ballroom 5:30 p.m.. (912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebel- and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. lydance.wordpress.com. Anahata Healing Prepares youth for social and/or competiArts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. C.C. Express Dance Team tive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ tap dance experience is necessary. Call gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing. Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Travis Street. LaBlast- Dance Fitness designed by Louis Van 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.

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

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm8:30pm. 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

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Learn to dance Salsa & Bachata. For info, call Austin (912-704-8726) or Omar (Spanish - 787-710-6721). Thursdays. 912-7048726. 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. 912335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Disco Hustle Dance Class

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. 912-652-6780. 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. Wednes-

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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.

Fridays 5:45pm – 6:45pm All Levels Yoga w/ Christine Harness Glover Saturdays 9:30am – 10:45am n/a first Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday of every month. 912-308-3410. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B.

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

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

Savannah Shag Club

Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing

ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. SHIMMY, Baby!

Shimmy, Baby will be taught by our very own Kitt Dobry, Certified Belly Dance Instructor, for mommies to dance with their little ones. Bring your baby, learn to dance, and get a great workout. We will be starting this class Monday, April 6th at 7pm. Registration is open; sign up today 612.407.6683. (4 weeks for $40) Babies attending must be 3+ months. FREE Sat., April 4, 11 a.m.-noon. 612.407.6683. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio

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

Instructor Rick Cody teaches the smooth rhythms of beach music and west coast swing. $12 drop in fee or $35 for 4 weeks Wednesdays, 7 p.m.. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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

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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. 912-349-2756. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. AHA Yoga Classes

Jivamkuti Inspired w/ Brittany Roberts Mondays 6:30pm – 7:45pm Soul Progression w/ Lynn Geddes Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30pm – 1:45pm & 6:30pm – 7:45pm 48 TGiF! Power Hour with Lynne McSweeny

Al-Anon Family Groups

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

Located in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Call or see website for info. first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-350-3438. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Beach Body Workouts with Laura

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. 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., 9:30am10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. 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. 912-308-7109. 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.

against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-9241.

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.

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.

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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. 912819-8800. 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.. 832470-2257. amanda@channelyourinnerathlete.com. channelyourinnerathlete.com/ work-with-me/sports-conditioning-bootcamp/. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-5982300. gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. 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

Latin Cardio

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. 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 Daly-Wilder, 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.

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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. 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. 912-4958010. 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. Skidaway Island Marathon and Half-Marathon

Enjoy miles of perfect scenery, marsh and riverfront views, elegant homes and the Landings Golf Courses on this open course run. $110 last-minute registration Sat., April 4, 8 a.m. skio.usg.edu/. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle. 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. 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 50 p.m. 912-350-9031. memorialhealth.com/. APRIL 1-7, 2015

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public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed Zumba Fitness (R) with April by the Drug Enforcement AdministraMondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. tion. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/index. Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongo- html. Armstrong State University, 11935 ing. 912-349-4902. Abercorn St. Food Events

CRAFT BREWS & BBQ

Summer is coming and what better way to celebrate than with some tasty local beers and some smoked goods. Join us April 4th, 2015 at Social and do some good to your taste buds. $25 in advance, $30 at door April 4, 12-3 p.m. 912.472.4044. mwd@tybeeislandsocialclub.com. https:// facebook.com/events/1013648401983016/. tybeeislandsocialclub.com/. Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave. 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. Easter Brunch Cruise

Celebrate Easter on the Savannah River. Join the Easter Bunny for Easter Sunday Brunch. All your favorite breakfast and lunch entrees will be served on this 1.5 hour brunch cruise. After brunch, children can enjoy exploring the boat during our Easter Egg Hunt. Boards 12:30 pm, sailing from 1-2:30 pm. Adults: $45.95*, Children(ages 5-12)$26.35*, Children 4 & under are FREE April 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 912.232.6404. info@savannahriverboat. com. savannahriverboat.com/riverboat/ cruises/2015-easter-cruises. savannahriverboat.com. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. Easter Dinner Entertainment Cruise

Celebrate Easter on the river. Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet on this 2 hour dinner cruise. Bring your family and friends and come take in the sights and sounds of historic Savannah. Boards 6pm, sails 7-9pm. Adults: $56.95*, Children(ages 5-12)$32.95*, Children 4 & under are Free April 5, 6-9 p.m. 912.232.6404. info@savannahriverboat.com. savannahriverboat.com/ riverboat/cruises/2015-easter-cruises. savannahriverboat.com. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. Health

All Level Free Fitness Class

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 Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the

Bariatric Surgery Information Session

Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery can affect patients' lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. Free Wed., April 1, 6 p.m. 912-350-3438. bariatrics. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Enrollment Help for Medicaid and PeachCare

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 Care for Uninsured People

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

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-9273432. savannahypnosis.com. 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 Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah

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

9544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. Living Smart Fitness Club

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph's Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. 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. 800264-7154. 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. LGBT

First City Network

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. 912-236CITY. firstcitynetwork.org. Gay AA Meeting

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

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

GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free first Thursday of every month, 10 p.m. houseofgunt@

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gmail.com. Chuck's Bar, 305 West River Street. Savannah Pride, Inc.

Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. Call for location. ongoing. 912-288-7863. heather@savpride.com. savpride.com. Stand Out Youth

A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-6571966. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth.org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. What Makes a Family

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

Dolphin Project

Dolphin Project's Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. PICKFirst Saturday Hike This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 912-727-2339. gastateparks.org/ FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. 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. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. Spring Plant Swap

Bring plants you want to share with others, but having a plant is not required to attend or partake. There is no cost to the swap. Sat., April 4, 8-11 a.m. 912-484-3045. Urban Folk Garden, West Boundary Street. Walk on the Wild Side

A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast

A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoy-

ment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wilderness-southeast.org. Pets & Animals

Low Cost Pet Clinic

TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin.com. tailsspin.com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. Operation New Hope

Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the 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. 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. 912-6638728. 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.

Columba House

Columba House is an inclusive, welcoming hospitality space dedicated to building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with the city's young adults, college students, and creative demographic. Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm, includes dinner and a program focused on justice. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-2289425. Columba House, 34th Street between Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. 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. Through 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. 912-2202976. 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.

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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. Savannah Reiki Share

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

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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. 6:00pm7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-2335354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E.

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

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Free will astrology ARIES

March 21-April 19

“Choconiverous” is an English slang word that’s defined as having the tendency, when eating a chocolate Easter Bunny, to bite the head off first. I recommend that you adopt this direct approach in everything you do in the coming weeks. Don’t get bogged down with preliminaries. Don’t get sidetracked by minor details, trivial distractions, or peripheral concerns. It’s your duty to swoop straight into the center of the action. Be clear about what you want and unapologetic about getting it.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

The American snack cake known as a Twinkie contains 68 percent air. Among its 37 other mostly worthless ingredients are sugar, water, cornstarch, the emulsifier polysorbate 60, the filler sodium stearoyl lactylate, and food coloring. You can’t get a lot of nutritious value by eating it. Now let’s consider the fruit known as the watermelon. It’s 91 percent water and six percent sugar. And yet it also contains a good amount of Vitamin C, lycopene, and antioxidants, all of which are healthy for you. So if you are going to eat a whole lot of nothing, watermelon is a far better nothing than a Twinkie. Let that serve as an apt metaphor for you in the coming week.

GEMINI

May 21-June 20

You may be as close as you have ever gotten to finding the long-lost Holy Grail -- or Captain Kidd’s pirate treasure, for that matter, or Marie Antoinette’s jewels, or Tinkerbell’s magical fairy dust, or the smoking-gun evidence that Shakespeare’s plays were written by Francis Bacon. At the very least, I suspect you are ever-so-near to your personal equivalent of those precious goods. Is there anything you can do to increase your chances of actually getting it? Here’s one tip: Visualize in detail how acquiring the prize would inspire you to become even more generous and magnanimous than you already are.

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

According to the Biblical stories, Peter was Christ’s closest disciple, but acted like a traitor when trouble came. After Christ was arrested, in the hours before the trial, Peter denied knowing his cherished teacher three different times. His fear trumped his love, leading him to violate his sacred commitment. Is there anything remotely comparable to that scenario developing in your own sphere, Virgo? If you recognize any tendencies in yourself to shrink from your devotion or violate your highest principles, I urge you to root them out. Be brave. Stay strong and true in your duty to a person or place or cause that you love.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Marketing experts say consumers need persistent prodding before they will open their minds to possibilities that are outside their entrenched habits. The average person has to be exposed to a new product at least eight times before it fully registers on his or her awareness. Remember this rule of thumb as you seek attention and support for your brainstorms. Make use of the art of repetition. Not just any old boring, tedious kind of repetition, though. You’ve got to be as sincere and fresh about presenting your goodies the eighth time as you were the first.

People are paying attention to you in new ways. That’s what you wanted, right? You’ve been emanating subliminal signals that convey messages like “Gaze into my eternal eyes” and “Bask in the cozy glow of my crafty empathy.” So now what? Here’s one possibility: Go to the next level. Show the even-more-interesting beauty that you’re hiding below the surface. You may not think you’re ready to offer the gifts you have been “saving for later.” But you always think that. I dare you to reveal more of your deep secret power.

In Cole Porter’s song “I Get a Kick Out of You,” he testifies that he gets no kick from champagne. In fact, “Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all,” he sings. The same is true about cocaine. “I’m sure that if I took even one sniff that would bore me terrifically, too,” Porter declares. With this as your nudge, Scorpio, and in accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to identify the titillations that no longer provide you with the pleasurable jolt they once did. Acknowledge the joys that have grown stale and the adventures whose rewards have waned. It’s time for you to go in search of a new array of provocative fun and games.

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SCORPIO

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ogy is nonsense. They think that everyone who uses it is deluded or stupid. I say that both of these groups are wrong. Both have a simplistic, uninformed perspective. The more correct view is that some astrology is nonsense and some is a potent psychological tool. Some of it’s based on superstition and some is rooted in a robust mythopoetic understanding of archetypes. I encourage you to employ a similar appreciation for paradox as you evaluate a certain influence that is currently making a big splash in your life. In one sense, this influence is like snake oil, and you should be skeptical about it. But in another sense it’s good medicine that can truly heal.

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Oct. 23-Nov. 21

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

The English writer William Wordsworth (1770-1830) wrote hundreds of poems.

Among his most famous was “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” which is also known as “Daffodils.” The poem sprung from him after a walk he took with his sister around Lake Ullswater in the English Lake District. There they were delighted to find a long, thick belt of daffodils growing close to the water. In his poem, Wordsworth praises the “ten thousand” flowers that were “Continuous as the stars that shine / And twinkle on the milky way.” If you are ever going to have your own version of a daffodil explosion that inspires a burst of creativity, Sagittarius, it will come in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Your subconscious desires and your conscious desires seem to be at odds. What you say you want is not in precise alignment with what your deep self wants. That’s why I’m worried that “Don’t! Stop!” might be close to morphing into “Don’t stop!” -- or vice versa. It’s all pretty confusing. Who’s in charge here? Your false self or your true self? Your wounded, conditioned, habit-bound personality or your wise, eternal, ever-growing soul? I’d say it’s a good time to retreat into your sanctuary and get back in touch with your primal purpose.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Sometimes you’re cool, but other times you’re hot. You veer from acting aloof and distracted to being friendly and attentive. You careen from bouts of laziness to bursts of disciplined efficiency. It seems that you’re always either building bridges or burning them, and on occasion you are building and burning them at the same time. In short, Aquarius, you are a master of vacillation and a slippery lover of the in-between. When you’re not completely off-target and out of touch, you’ve got a knack for wild-guessing the future and seeing through the false appearances that everyone else regards as the gospel truth. I, for one, am thoroughly entertained!

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

How can you ripen the initiatives you have set in motion in recent weeks? Of the good new trends you have launched, which can you now install as permanent enhancements in your daily rhythm? Is there anything you might do to cash in on the quantum leaps that have occurred, maybe even figure out a way to make money from them? It’s time for you to shift from being lyrically dreamy to fiercely practical. You’re ready to convert lucky breaks into enduring opportunities.

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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

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Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love . Sunday 9:15am meditative service and 11:00am celebratory service show what the New Thought Movement is all about. Children’s church 11am service. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. 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

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USMNT is a national soccer team that represents the U.S. in international soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912-398-4014. 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 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. . 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, 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 Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Children's Grief Support Group

Citizens With Retarded Citizens, 1211 Eisenhower Drive. Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Assoc.

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On the contrary, I felt a grounding intuition? — JJ website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572sensation that can best be described as Calm 6108. debtorsanonymous.org. unityofsaBefore The Storm. vannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, Dear JJ, Fear is a very ungrounded feeling. And 2320 Sunset Blvd. Be kind to yourself. It’s human nature to Eating Disorders Anonymous when you’re in the midst of it, it can be diffisecond-guess our instincts. Wouldn’t you Free, volunteer-led support group for cult to discern -- especially when it’s accomrather question your inner knowing and disrecovery from anorexia/restrictive eating panied by that rascally sidekick anxiety. But and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet cover that you were right than trust your gut when your intuition brings you need-togroup, nor for those who struggle solely and be proven wrong? with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. 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MARCH ONLY * ASK ABOUT OUR DEPOSIT SPECIALS* *Credit Issues, Prior Evictions, Bankruptcies may still apply *Weekly & Bi-Weekly Payment Options Available for Apts. $245 & $450 Videos of properties B Net Management Inc. on Facebook 426 E. 38th St. (Habersham & Price) 2BR/1BA Apt. Appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookup, carpet $650. 807-809 Paulsen St. 2BR/1BA Apt. Appliances, central heat/ air, carpet & hardwood floors $625. 912-228-4630 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www. bnetmanagement.com *For Qualified Applicants* WE ACCEPT SECTION 8

104 PITT STREET, 3 bed/1 bath, carpeted, $695/month. 1103 CORNWALL, 3 bedrooms, Central AC/H, $725/month. 30 ESCAPADE LANE, 3 bed/2 bath, large corner lot, Central AC/H, located in Berwick. $1495/month. 912-663-1908 or 912-631-4559 123 MILLER PINES ROAD, Pooler. 3BR/2BA, LR, central heat/air, total electric. $750/month, $750/ deposit. Call 912-441-5468 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: 1720 E.39th St. off Victory Dr. & Hibiscus, across from Whole Foods. No appliances, no pets. $400+dep. 912-507-8127 2207 BULLOCH ST. 2BR, 1 Bath Apt. LR, kitchen. $375/month. Call 912-354-0869 2307 ABERCORN STREET: 3BR, 1 Bath, all electric. No pets. $775/ month + $775 deposit. Reese & Co 236-4233 3 BEDROOM HOUSE for Rent, 3915 Crane Street. 1 BEDROOM, Furnished House for Rent, 3913 1/2 Crane Street. Call Richard Cole 912-659—9324 or 912-238-1400. FURNISHED APTS. $170/WK. Private bath and kitchen, cable, utilities, washer furnished. AC & heat, bus stop on property. No deposit required. Completely safe, manager on property. Contact Linda, (912)690-9097, Jack, (912)342-3840 or Cody, (912)695-7889 Happenings

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11515 White Bluff Road: $620/month for 1BR/1BA Apt. with $500/deposit. 1303 E. 66th Street. 2BR/2BA $780/month. Nice location, 207 Edgewater Rd. 2BR/2BA, all electric, $795/month.

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310 EAST MONTGOMERY X-ROADS, 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN: Remodeled mobile homes, 3BR/2BA, in Garden City mobile home park. Low down affordable payments. Credit check approval. Call Gwen, Manager, at 912-9647675 SOUTHSIDE •1BR Apts, washer/dryer included. $25 for water, trash included, $625/month. •2BR/1.5BA Townhouse Apt, total electric $700/month. Call 912-927-3278 or 912356-5656

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S R C d s I M VERY NICE HOUSE FOR RENT 2 *5621 Betty Dr. 2BR/1BA $685 *221 Croatan St. 3BR/1BA $885 Call 912-507-7934, 912-927-2853, 1 or 912-631-7644. W N Room for Rent 4 ROOMS FOR RENT d $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL TODAY!! 2 Clean, furnished, large. Busline, central heat/air, utilities. $100$130/weekly. Rooms with bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. AVAILABLE ROOMS: CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling fans. $125-$145 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065

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FURNISHED, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/ dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-2100144, leave message

ROOMS FOR RENT - ADULT LIVING: $150 weekly. No deposit. Furnished rooms. All utilities included. Call 912844-5995 SAVANNAH'S HOUSE OF GRACE

SENIOR LIVING AT IT'S BEST FOR AGES 50 & BETTER Shared community living for full functioning seniors ages 50 & above. Nice comfortable living at affordable rates. Shared kitchen & bathroom. All bedrooms have central heating/air and cable. Bedrooms are fully furnished and private. Make this community one you will want to call home. SAVANNAH'S HOUSE OF GRACE also has community housing with its own private bath. Different rates apply. Income must be verifiable. We accept gov. vouchers. Prices starting at $550.

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SHARED LIVING: Fully Furnished Apts. $170 weekly. No deposit. All utilities included. Call 912-844-5995 SINGLE, Mature Individual for Roommate: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, washer/ dryer. Bi-weekly $280, $280/ security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr.Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912234-9177.

Roommate Wanted 130 ALPINE DRIVE: Roommate Wanted. All utilities included. Near Hunter AAF. Available 4/1/15. $600/month $100 deposit, or $150/week. Call 912272-8020

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